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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman On Interreligious Affairs Responds To Recent Rise In Anti-Semitic Actions Across U.S.

February 24, 2017
WASHINGTON—In response to the recent rise in anti-Semitic actions that have taken place across the U.S., the Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has issued the following statement expressing solidarity and support for our Jewish brothers and sisters, while also calling for the rejection of these hateful actions:

Resources for Lent – From the US Bishops

Lent begins this year on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. It is usually a time where Catholics seek to grow deeper to the Lord by prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In other words, Catholics attempt to intensify their prayer life, sometimes be going to daily Mass and other times by taking up a prayerful devotion or practice. Catholics also choose to remove from their lives those things that keep them from growing in faith in God. Catholics usually refer to this as “giving something up for Lent.” It can also be doing something extra. Some choose to visit a soup kitchen or volunteer at some other agency. Below are some suggestions to help you to grow this Lent. Click here to read the entire post.

Help the Church in Eastern Europe

The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. They have been oppressed by czars, radical communism, horrendous crimes against humanity, and revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and their economies.

Pope Francis Words to World Bishops at World Meeting of Families

Dear Brother Bishops,

[I hold the stories and the suffering and the sorrow of children who were sexually abused by priests deep in my heart. I remain overwhelmed with shame that men entrusted with the tender care of children violated these little ones and caused grievous harm. I am profoundly sorry. God weeps.

The crimes and sins of the sexual abuse of children must no longer be held in secret. I pledge the zealous vigilance of the Church to protect children and the promise of accountability for all.

They, the survivors of abuse, have become true heralds of hope and ministers of mercy. We humbly owe each one of them and their families our gratitude for their immense courage to shine the light of Christ on the evil of the sexual abuse of children.

Pope Francis Address at Midday Prayer, Cathedral of Saint Matthew

First of all, I wish to send a greeting to the Jewish community, our Jewish brothers and sisters, who today are celebrating Yom Kippur. May the Lord bless them with peace and help them to advance on the path of holiness, as we heard today in his word: “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 19:2).

I am pleased that we can meet at this point in the apostolic mission which has brought me to your country. I thank Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz for their kind words in your name. I am very appreciative of your welcome and the generous efforts made to help plan and organize my stay.

As I look out with affection at you, their pastors, I would like to embrace all the local Churches over which you exercise loving responsibility. I would ask you to share my affection and spiritual closeness with the People of God throughout this vast land.

Homily for Saturday, April 18, 2015

Just what should you do when a crisis confronts you? Life has no shortage of them. We hear about them constantly on the news. Some crises are the result of natural disasters. Consider the residents of Fairdale, Illinois, whose entire town was destroyed by a tornado. Consider the Christians that were thrown overboard trying to get to Italy. Consider those Christians in the Middle East who are martyrs for their family. How about those girls kidnapped a year ago who still have not been found? Imagine the crisis this has caused for their family. I could go on, but I think the picture is clear.

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