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Front cover of FOCUS for May 2019: Clean and Affordable Water for All

Focus: Clean and Affordable Water for All

Water is an essential resource within the Great Lakes State, impacting so many aspects of life: cleaning, growing and cooking food, transportation, entertainment, and especially, nourishment. The latest FOCUS publication, “Clean and Affordable Water for All,” details the importance of water safety, affordability, and accessibility for each Michigander, as well as the Church’s insights from the Gospel teaching to “give drink to the thirsty.” Read more…

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USCCB Supports Freedom to Serve in Child Placement Services

The Catholic Church offers assistance to those most in need, including through foster care and adoption services. On February 1, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced support for the bipartisan “Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2019” introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation would allow faith-based providers to continue serving vulnerable children in accordance with their religious beliefs, without fear of adverse action from the federal or state government. Read more…

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USCCB Recognizes MLK’s Example for Society in Advance of Holiday

On Monday, January 21, Americans will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his commitment to racial equality and justice. In a statement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) highlighted the positive impact of this dedicated civil rights leader, calling him a “messenger and true witness to the power of the gospel lived in action through public life.” The bishops also urged Catholics and people of good will to continue Dr. King’s work, fighting racism in the Church and in society. Read more…

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March for Life on January 18 Promotes the Value of the Human Person

Each year, the March for Life in D.C. sends a strong signal that every human life has value, including the unborn. The event began as a peaceful protest of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion in America in 1973. The theme for this year’s rally is “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was pleased to see that during the event, President Donald Trump announced he will veto any measures that repeal or weaken existing pro-life laws or policies. Additional information on the March…

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National Catholic Schools Week Begins January 27

From January 27 to February 2, Catholic dioceses around the country will be celebrating National Catholic Schools Week with the theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This year’s theme focuses on the important contributions that are provided by a Catholic education and that assist students in becoming critical thinkers, strong communicators, and active members of society. In 2017, over 51,000 Michigan students received a Catholic education in 224 schools, leaving a significant positive impact on the state’s communities. Read more…

Front cover of FOCUS for January 2019: A Blueprint for the Common Good

Focus: A Blueprint for the Common Good: 2019–2020 Advocacy Principles

The Catholic Church calls for engagement in society, including in politics, to create a better world. At the state level, MCC actively engages in the public policy process on behalf of the Church, seeking policies that recognize the inherent value of every person and promote the common good. In its January FOCUS, MCC outlines the ten guiding principles that will guide staff advocacy throughout the 2019–2020 Michigan legislative session. Read more…

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Michigan Youth Remain Trapped in Outdated Policy; “Raise the Age” Key to Smart Justice

MCC is disappointed to report the Michigan Legislature will not take any further action on “Raise the Age” legislation this 2017-2018 legislative session. The bipartisan package of bills would have allowed 17-year-olds to access and receive services in the juvenile justice system, except in the most serious cases. Staff has worked with a diverse group of organizations as part of the “Raise the Age” Coalition and will continue to do so next year to pass these important reforms. Read more…

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USCCB and CRS Commend Reauthorization of Emergency AIDS Relief Plan

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) both applaud Congressional actions to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for another five years. So far the plan has saved millions of lives, prevented millions of new infections and supported 6.4 million orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers worldwide. The legislation, now on its way for final passage, also sets U.S. policy for the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Read more…

Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent

U.S. Bishops Introduce New Theme and Materials for Respect Life Month

Every year, October marks the observation of Respect Life Month in the U.S. Catholic Church. This celebration highlights the responsibility of all Catholics to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. The theme for this year is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.” Resources—including articles, posters, and graphics—are available for year-round use. Read more…

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