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Featured Article: We joyfully announce the ‘Daniel Rudd Fund for African American Catholic Ministries’ - The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF) for African American Catholic Activities was established by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) Board of Trustees on Friday, November 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a result of donations to the Congress to promote the ministry of African American Catholics. The Fund will financially support organizations who promote the NBCC Pastoral Plan. Read Full Story

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 Black and Born to Succeed is Released
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 Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated
 Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?
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The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) African American Catholic Youth Bible receives Imprimatur!

African American Catholic Youth BibleWe are happy to announce the NBCC African American Catholic Youth Bible: New American Bible Revised Edition has received the imprimatur and is scheduled to launch, January 2015. The imprimatur is a license/permission granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published.

John Vitek, president of St. Mary's Press and publisher of the bible said, "I wanted to create a bible that was unique for the African American teen audience and culturally complementary to the many various written and visual elements of the bible." Upon reading the articles, he said; " I have read the text myself and it is a beautiful, powerful work. May lives be transformed by His Spirit through this good work."

Many thanks to Fr. James Chukwuma Okoye C.S.Sp., D. Phil. (Oxon), L.S.S (PIB, Rome)
general editor, writers and editorial team for their dedication, time, and commitment to this youth bible. More news as it happens.

Scholar recounts Black Catholics rich History

"Black Catholicism is not something new. From the very first century, people of color have been involved in the universal Church," Dr. Camille Brown, author of the 2008 book "African Saints, African Stories," told CNA. "They have embraced the Universal Church with courage and with love of the Lord, just like everyone else. We need our families so in love with the Church that they have to support their sons becoming priests and they have to support and advocate for their daughters to become religious sisters," she urged. We need our families so in love with Jesus and so in love with the Church that we are going to church together, sitting in the pews together," she said. "We have to be at table praying, we have to be together saying our rosary. This is the time for us to pull our act together." Full Story

Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP

The challenge for Catholic politicians might be finding the balancing act between a Catholic and an evangelical appeal, said Amy E. Black, a political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois. “While the Catholic faith used to be a liability, it might even be an asset now,” Black said. “Evangelicals are a solid voting bloc in the Republican Party, whereas Catholics are likely to be swing voters. Republican presidential candidates know they need to appeal to evangelical voters, and they want to win over as many Catholic voters as they can.” Full Story

Black and Born to Succeed is Released

Samuel F. Black had served his country for four years and displayed loyalty to the Catholic university where he worked for a decade, but in the end his employer chose to let him go rather than honor his service. In Black and Born to Succeed, Black shines a light on issues of employment discrimination, racial discrimination, and the shameful treatment of veterans in the United States. Full Story

Phoenix priest killed, another wounded in attack

Father Kenneth Walker, 28, was shot and killed and Father Joseph Terra was wounded at a Catholic church Wednesday night near the state Capitol, a Phoenix police spokesman said. Police were responding to a burglary call shortly after 9 p.m. near 16th Avenue and Monroe Street at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission, Sgt. Steve Martos said…“He was very dedicated to Christ, his church and to his parishioners,” she said. Livingston described Walker as being warm and generous. She said the last thing he told her when she saw him Monday, June 9, was “humility is everything.” Full Story

Pope condemns mafia, says members are excommunicated

“When instead of adoring the Lord, one substitutes the adoration of money, one opens the path to sin, personal interests and exploitation,” Pope Francis said to applause from an estimated 250,000 people gathered in a field near the town of Sibari. “When one does not adore the Lord God, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live lives of crime and violence.” Full Story

Are We Willing to Die for the Mass?

Catholic doctrine teaches that the bread and wine, once consecrated at Mass, actually become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. This radical belief has been worth the cost of everything for countless Catholics throughout history. In a brief, two-and-a-half minute YouTube video entitled “Mass”, the well-known Catholic public speaker paints a powerful picture of what a privilege it is to attend Mass in freedom and how this can be so easily taken for granted. Full Story

Nudist Claims Catholic Saint Francis Embraced Body Freedom, Plans Naked March To Religious Shrine

Catholic clergy don their heavy black vestments every day, even covering their head with hoods and habits, but nude activist Gypsy Taub claims a pillar of the Catholic faith embraced nakedness, and is planning a naked march to the National Shrine of Saint Francis to make her point. Full Story

IRAQ: ‘Crisis on top of a crisis’ as food, water become scarce in upheaval

Black-clad fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (ISIL) have caused nearly half a million people to flee their homeland. The long-troubled Middle Eastern nation now faces the very real prospect of an all-out sectarian war. In the face of this upheaval, shelter, food and medical care are urgently needed in Iraq. Full Story

Perkasa thanks God for judgment

Hundreds of supporters of Perkasa and other Muslim groups rejoiced over the Federal Court’s judgment that did not allow the appeal filed by the Catholic Weekly, The Herald on the use of the word ‘Allah’. Full Story

Msgr. Leonard Scott Retires

Msgr, Leonard G. Scott, who has been pastor of Emmaus Catholic Community in Mount Ephraim since 2011, will retire June 30. Msgr. Scott, who holds a doctorate in canon law from Rome, served as Judicial Vicar of the Camden Diocese Tribunal from 1978-2002. He was the first black priest elevated to the rank of monsignor in the Camden Diocese and the second named in the United States. He also has served as president of the Canon Law Society of America Full Story

Faithful honor martyred Ugandan saint: Waltham service attended by 200

Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, from the Malaka Diocese of Uganda, served as the main celebrant during Sunday’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s canonization of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions. “ I bring you all greetings from your brothers and sisters in Uganda,” he said to applause. “They all love you, and they wish you a happy celebration today.”

Wearing long robes and bright traditional Ugandan dresses with pointed shoulders, parishioners sang, danced, and offered prayers honoring the men known as the Uganda Martyrs. The worshipers were led by a traveling choir that honors the men, singing from the gallery overhead. Full Story


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