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Memorial Day 2015

Every day, men and women in the nation’s military put their lives on the line in order to protect America’s freedom. This Memorial Day, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services, USA calls on all to remember those that have sacrificed so much for this country, especially those who have died during the course of their service. In honor of these service men and women, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) is televising a Memorial Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. at noon on May 25th, with a second showing at midnight on the 26th. Find additional prayers for those in the military and for their families and friends…

USCCB Committee on Migration Issues Report on Immigrant Detention, Calls For a ‘Transformation’ of the System

WASHINGTON—The U.S. immigrant detention system, which treats vulnerable immigrant detainees as criminals, needs extensive reforms, said representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Center for Migration Studies, May 11, as they released a report and policy recommendations. They urged Congress and the administration to build a system that affords due process protections, honors human dignity and minimizes the use of detentions. “It is time for our nation to reform this inhumane system, which unnecessarily detains persons, especially vulnerable populations, who are no threat to us and who should be afforded due process and legal protections,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. Read more…

Faith Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Marriage and Religious Freedom in Open Letter

Over thirty diverse religious leaders have issued an open letter on marriage and religious liberty, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The letter, “The Defense of marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness,” highlights marriage as “integral to a healthy and free society” because it brings children together with their mother and father. Additionally, the letter calls for civility and mutual respect during the discussion to ensure that people of faith will be able express their beliefs and convictions about marriage without fear of intimidation or marginalization. Several Catholic leaders signed onto the letter, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read more…

The Word from Lansing Column: Serving Michigan’s Greatest Gift—Our Children

Whether looking to be reunited with their biological family or looking to be placed with an adoptive family, Michigan’s 13,000 children in the foster care system require care and support during their time of need. Faith-based agencies, including those that are Catholic, have been a critical partner to the State of Michigan in this work, providing adoption and foster care services, recruiting quality families, and ensuring that the best interests of the child are being met. Unfortunately, in other states, Catholic agencies have been forced out of adoption and foster care services because they would not agree to abandon their religious beliefs. MCC’s latest The Word from Lansing column highlights the importance of legislation that would preserve the right of faith-based agencies to operate in accordance with their religious mission. Read more…

Pope Francis: “The Death Penalty is a Failure”

“For a State of Rights, the death penalty is a failure, because it obliges the State to kill in the name of justice”. The Pope wrote this in a letter on Friday, 20 March, to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty. The Holy Father underlined that “States can kill by action when they apply the death penalty, when they lead their people to war or when they perform extrajudicial or summary executions”, but “they can also kill by omission, when they do not guarantee their people access to essential means for life.” Legislation was recently introduced in Michigan that would have allowed for the death penalty in certain circumstances, a policy to which Michigan Catholic Conference is strongly opposed. Read more…

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