2021 Josephite African American History and Educational Calendar


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Joyful Mysteries:
Annunciation: humility;
Visitation: love of neighbor;
Birth of Jesus: detachment;
Presentation: obedience;
Finding in the Temple: greater commitment 
     & devotion to Jesus
.

Luminous Mysteries:
Baptism: openness to the Holy Spirit;
Miracle at Cana: Mary’s intercession;
Proclamation of the Kingdom & Repentance: 
     Christian witness & conversion;
Transfiguration: courage to bear the cross;
Institution of the Holy Eucharist: greater love
     for the Holy Eucharist
.

​$20.00 to $24.00

Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

Download images by clicking on the portraits below

Click here to read biographies of the Holy Men and Women Rising to Sainthood

THE ROAD TO SAINTHOOD
Promoting the African American Candidates for Sainthood

Recorded Webinars

OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 4:00-5:30 PM EDT

​Healthy Mind, Healthy​ Faith: How brain health impacts spiritual health, 

and vice-versa. 

This webinar focused on identifying what brain
(mental) health is, its pervasiveness in the
Black
community and how we can be champions
of
​change in our community around this issue. 


Facilitated by: Tricia B. Bent-Goodley,
​Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C
 


With Panelist: Robert J. Wingfield, Ph.D. 

and Dwight Hollier, LPC, NCC

Key Objectives:

• Encounter God

• Acknowledgement of the intersection of our faith and femininity

• Moment-by-Moment
experience to peace and wholeness

• Journey through our
​uniqueness as women of color

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Employment Opportunity


The National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC) is an inclusive Catholic Organization of vowed Black Catholic Women Religious and Associates from many congregations of religious across the United States, the Caribbean and of the continent of Africa.


POSITION AVAILABLE: Executive Director


CATEGORY: Full-Time Employee


EDUCATION/SKILLS REQUIRED: Master’s Degree in Administration or a related field; Experience in a senior leadership/management position; Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and coordinate a successful strategic plan inclusive of several projects; Strong communication skills to include interpersonal, verbal, written, and technical; Promote effective, collaborative relationships among persons and groups in keeping with the strategic plan.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Implement and oversee the strategic plan to advance the Mission and activities of NBSC; Ensure commitment to all applicable laws and regulations; Create a culture of transparency and clear communication; Develop positive collaborative relationships with NBSC Board Members and identified constituents


SALARY RANGE: 30,000.00-65,000.00


ACCOUNTABILITY: Accountable to the NBSC Board and reports directly to the NBSC President

The DEADLINE for submitting your application with requested information is November 1, 2020. If there are any questions, please email or call Sister Josita Colbert, SNDdeN at cjtamsnd@aol.com or 203 913 5822.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Job Opening: Full-Time Customer Service Representative

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Customer Service Representative is responsible for helping customers with complaints and questions, providing customers with information about products and services, taking customer orders, and processing online orders.  The individual in this role provides fast, friendly customer service at the cash register and on the sales floor, and guides new student hires in development of their customer service skills through on-the-job coaching.

Please apply online: Franciscan University Staff Positions

This Guide was prepared to assist bishops and presbyters reflect on the evil and harm of racism. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides actionable steps that may assist Catholics to reflect and respond in faith. With the aid of Holy Scripture, Catholic social teaching, and sacred tradition, this is an open invitation to journey toward reconciliation.  Click here to download.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Executive Director of Communications for The Archdiocese of Baltimore

In Loving Memory of

Sister M. Wilhelmina
April 13, 1924 -- May 29, 2019
Foundress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Click on the image below to download a printable PDF file.

Questions?  Contact us at journeytogether@usccb.org

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Harvest
for news, interviews & commentary.

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NOVEMBER 18, 2020  |  3:00 PM EDT

Temple Talk-preparing for what is to come

Healthwise things are looking very uncertain with COVID and flu season. In this webinar we will discuss how to get prepared and stay prepared with God.  “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow march down against them.”
2 Chronicles 20:15

Presented by: L. Beaman-Morris

LB Morris is a certified health coach, health food

educator, foodie, home cook and faith-based nutrition

educator. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Morris moved

to Atlanta, GA for undergraduate studies at Clark Atlanta University. There, she earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in English. After graduation, she worked on and led political campaigns, eventually working as a legislative assistant in Georgia politics. While Morris truly loved and enjoyed her career in politics, she felt God calling her to work in health. For over four years, she worked as a project coordinator for a medical association. In 2014, she developed her passion for nutrition when she took ill. She became more interested in what she put into her body, noticed significant benefits to her new lifestyle and found a natural niche’ in teaching what she learned. Morris is elated to continue working in a field she has been passionate about for many years. She loves being of service and helping people while cooking and teaching. An Atlanta resident, Morris is living with her college sweetheart husband and daughter. She is currently in graduate school to earn a master's degree in nutrition and wellness. She loves being a wife, mother, educator, and woman of God.

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Where Did the Rosary Originate?


By D.D. EMMONS | SIMPLY CATHOLIC

Except for the Our Father, no Catholic prayer or devotion may be more revered than the Rosary.

Many say the Rosary daily, reciting this prayer not only in church but during special times and places we set aside. Many keep the beads in their pocket, hang them in cars, put them on bedposts. They may be part of the essentials carried every day, such as keys, wallets or purses. When lost or misplaced, many may feel incomplete until the beads are found or a new set is in their possession. But when did this whole idea of counting beads while praying begin? Where did the Rosary originate? Read more...

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin


The Cross and the Lynching Tree
by James H. Cone


What Truth Sounds Like

by Michael Eric Dyson


How To Be An Antiracist 

by Ibram​​ X. Kendi


So You Want to Talk About Race

by Oluo Ijeoma


Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
by Bryan N. Massingale


I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made

for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

By Bill Miller | The Tablet
First African American Cardinal Designate Praised by Brooklyn Catholic Clergy

WINDSOR TERRACE — The archbishop who will become the first African American cardinal in the U.S. has achieved much for the Catholic Church, and with calm, steely resolve, said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Read more..

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Your donation makes it possible for us to give to programs that
​benefit Black Catholics across the United States.

by JD Flynn | Catholic News Agency

What did Pope Francis say about civil unions? A CNA Explainer

“Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. Read more...

Pope Francis. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

The Social Concerns Office & The Office of the African American, African, African and Caribbean Apostolate of Archdiocese of Newark

Invites you to the North Essex Deanery 16
Four Zoom Evening Reflections

Open Wider Our Hearts

Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action


Presenters:

Dr. Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley
Healer, scholar, pastoral theologian and Social Justice Advocate who teaches at Caldwell University Theology and Philosophy Department

Cary Dabney

Director of the Office of Ministry to African American Catholics for the Diocese of Cleveland and teaches Theology at Walsh University

Facilitators:

Dr. Eric M. Johnston

Associate Processor at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

Dr. Glenn Cassidy

Teacher and the Executive Director of the Vox Institute at St. Benedict's Prep. Newark


7 PM on the Following Wednesdays:

October 28, 2020  |  November 11, 2020  

November 18, 2020  |  and December 2, 2020


To register please go to: https://forms.gle/kxMLbxF6u37mPL6W8

For more information, call or email Michele G. Gilfillon, mggilgillon@yahoo.com

646-584-8187

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The iBreviary -- Your portable breviary.


iBreviary brings the traditional Catholic prayer of the Breviary and all the texts of the Liturgy on your iPhone and iPad.

You can use it to pray with the full texts of the Liturgy of the Hours in five languages. Launch the application to see all of the texts of the day, formatted just as they appear in the printed version. 

NATIONAL NEWS
An Outpouring of Support for First African American Cardinal-Designate for U.S.

Lil' Red Wagon of the Servant of God Julia Greeley

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JOURNEY TOGETHER: A NATIONAL CATHOLIC INTERCULTURAL ENCOUNTER FOR MINISTRIES WITH YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS 

Journeying Together is a process of dialogue and encounter focused on the Church’s ministry with youth and young adults that fosters understanding and trust within and across cultural families toward a more welcoming and just community of faith. 

12-year-old genius on soaring through college: "I just grasp information quickly"

GEORGIA (CBS News) -- Whip-smart kids apply every year to Georgia Tech. But no one like Caleb Anderson. He's 12 years old. Read more...

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10-MONTH WEBINAR SERIES
NEXT EPISODE: Sunday, Nov. 1st
​6:00-7:30 PM EDT

What’s Our Story? Chptr. 4:
Emerging From the Soil
Presenters: Lauren Morton and 
Justin T. White

With Special Guest Nicole Moore

Born in Haiti, Guy A. Sansaricq decided at age 13 that he wanted to become a priest. He attended seminary in the Jeremie Diocese, after which he attended St. Paul’s Pontifical Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology. In 1960 he was ordained a priest in the cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was assigned by his bishop to serve as chaplain for Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas, then he was given a scholarship to study social sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a master’s degree in 1971. In that same year, he was accepted to serve in the Diocese of Brooklyn and was appointed diocesan coordinator of the Haitian Apostolate, and in 1987 he was selected to head the National Haitian Apostolate. Bishop Sansaricq retired in 2010.

Being a Black Father in the United States of America
Tony Porter  |  June 8, 2020


I’m in pain. My community — my people — are hurting. And I’m hurting. I find myself calling my 21-year-old son — over and over — just to hear his voice. Just to tell him I love him. I’m struggling to explain what’s happening to my 8-year-old grandson. It’s too hard to look into his big, innocent, brown eyes and tell him the world doesn’t value him the same way it does his White friends. Yet, I have to educate him. I have to because knowing how the world sees him — and how he needs to respond — is what can help keep him safe. Read more...


Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues and the Chief Executive Officer of A Call to Men. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. 

Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine  as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.” (View video below)

A call to men | Tony Porter

The Subcommittee on African American Affairs, Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church (USCCB) issues a guide to eradicate racism. 

A Call to Transformative Love in Religious Life: Stories of Race,
Place and Grace

You are invited to attend this 3-part series, jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life and The National Black Sisters’ Conference, to begin a conversation about the role of religious life in addressing and dismantling racial injustice.

November 9 | 7-8:30 pm CST –  Session I
November 16 | 7-8:30 pm CST – Session II
November 23 | 7-8:30 pm CST – Session III

If you have any questions please contact Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ at mcimperman@ctu.edu.

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“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
​-
Proverbs 16:24

Sorrowful Mysteries:
Agony in the Garden: trust in God;
Scourging at the Pillar: purity;
Crowning with Thorns: fortitude;
Carrying of the Cross: perseverance
     in trials
;
Crucifixion: forgiveness for others.

Glorious Mysteries:
Resurrection: faith;
Ascension: hope;
Descent of the Holy Spirit: gifts of
​     the Holy Spirit
;
Assumption: To Jesus
     through Mary
;
Coronation: final perseverance.

Novena to St. Martin de Porres

(Begin with this prayer every day)

Prayer to St Martin de Porres 
Most humble Martin de Porres, your burning charity embraced not only the poor and needy but even the animals of the field. For your splendid example of charity, we honour you and invoke your help. From your place in heaven, hear the requests of your needy brethren, so that, by imitating your virtues we may live contentedly in that state in which God has placed us. And carrying our cross with strength and courage, may we follow in the footsteps of our blessed Redeemer and his most sorrowful mother, so that at last we may reach the kingdom of heaven through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (Read more...)

By Rhina Guidos | The Tablet

WASHINGTON (CNS) — They came in tweets, news releases and Instagram posts from old friends, women religious and brother bishops in various languages congratulating Washington’s Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Read more...

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The National Black Catholic Congress®

Pope Francis Names Washington DC Archbishop Wilton Gregory First African American Cardinal

Congratulations, Wilton Cardinal-designate Gregory!

Archbishop of Washington DC

About the Study
The Study of Spirituality in the United States is a qualitative and quantitative inquiry into how people—of all spiritual and religious backgrounds—from across the country describe their spirituality. Through illuminating personal stories and survey data, the study reveals how the spiritual dimension of our nature informs our understanding of ourselves and each other. This study seeks to build on existing spirituality research by reflecting how people understand spirituality and live spiritual lives in their own words, and exploring the relationship—and perceptions of the relationship—between spirituality and public engagement. Access the study here.

BISHOPS' SPOTLIGHT

Most Reverend

Guy Sansaricq

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is taking applications for the position of Chaplain for the Women's Correctional Facility.

Duties:

The Chaplain shall provide the following services to the Catholic population in a fashion consistent with the beliefs and practices of the faith (addt'l duties)

  1. Develop  monitor and deliver worship services, including Mass
  2. Provide instructional and personal growth opportunities,
  3. Addressing spiritual and emotional needs through pastoral counseling,


To apply or for more information, contact:

Dcn. Seigfried Presberry
Director, Office of Prison Ministry
SPresberry@archbalt.org, 410-547-5575
or
​Steve Anderson
Manager, Human Resources
Sanderson@archbalt.org, 410-547-5513

The Executive Director of Communications is primarily responsible for developing, implementing and managing all communications of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate for the position will be expected to fully optimize all communications platforms and channels, as well as cultivate and maintain effective professional relationships with members of the secular and Catholic news media; ensure a robust internal communications program to inform and engage Archdiocesan department heads, priests and members of religious orders, parish leaders, and employees about initiatives and developments as appropriate; amplify through effective storytelling the ministries and impact of the Catholic Church in Baltimore City and throughout the Archdiocese. 


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NBCC Autumn 2020 E-Blast

Full copy available here or click button to print

If we journey together, young and old, we can be firmly rooted in the present, and from here, revisit   the past and look to the future. To revisit the past in order to learn from history and heal old wounds that at times still trouble us. To look to the future in order to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge, awaken prophecies, and enable hope to blossom. Together, we can learn from one another, warm hearts, inspire minds with the light of the Gospel, and lend new strength to our hands. Pope Francis | Christus Vivit 199

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       The Upper Room Crisis Hotline receives approximately 500 calls per month from throughout the United States and over 30 other countries up to this point. The Upper Room is a ministry in the Catholic tradition that serves and welcomes all callers regardless of their background. The Upper Room Crisis Hotline Ministry operates with all volunteers. This includes: the board of directors, administrators, office personnel and phone counselors. Phone counselors provide compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental spiritual and emotional support to callers to the Hotline. Calls to the Hotline may now be received by phone counselors on their cell phones anywhere in the U.S. and beyond.

       The Ministry is seeking volunteer phone counselors to serve the many callers in need of support that call the Hotline. In order to serve as a phone counselor, the individual must be a Catholic in good standing. While a mental health background is beneficial, it is not necessary. We are seeking individuals with integrity and a compassionate heart for serving others in need. There is no cost for the training program. The training program is conducted over a 7- 8 week period with two sessions per week. Each session is 2 hours long. The next class will begin on October 6, 2020 and end on November 24, 2020. The classes are conducted through Zoom from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays-    Central time. Instructors are highly qualified, credentialed professionals with experience as university professors and years of experience in the fields of mental health, education, and ministry. Those interested in participating in the Upper Room Training Program may contact the Upper Room through our website: www.Catholichotline.org or contact Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director, at 815-727- 4367.

For more information:

Bee at Peace, LLC

1031 State St NW Unit 308

Atlanta, GA 30318 (678) 485-1319 Beeatpeace2017@gmail.com

For Immediate Help, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255; Online: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


Mental Health America: https://www.mhanational.org  (800) 969.6642


National Alliance on Mental Illness https://www.nami.org/Home
1-800-950-NAMI Monday to Friday 10AM - 6PM EST  
Or, in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741 for 24/7, confidential, free counseling


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline: 

1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)

Therapy for Black Girls https://therapyforblackgirls.com


If you’re experiencing a crisis and need to chat, please text TRIBE to 741741 in the US to chat with someone at the Crisis Text Line.


Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us


Screening tools: https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools


Mental Health Related Stats for Black/African-American Communities: https://mhanational.org/issues/black-and-african-american-communities-and-mental-health


Boys Town ​National Hotline, a 24/7 crisis and referral for children and families: https://www.boystown.org/hotline/Pages/default.aspx


Parenting Tips to Promote Open Communication:

https://www.boystown.org/parenting/Pages/Conversation-Starters.aspx


The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/covid-19-resource-center

Historically Black Catholic Parish Has a Thriving Community

St. Augustine Parish in Washington, D.C. has been called the "mother church of black Catholics." But what really makes this parish special is the community that gathers here.

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ESSAYS&COLUMNS 

Insights from Black Catholic women

by C. Vanessa White

​Over the past few weeks, NCR has given space to various Black scholars and writers, as they have reflected on the current societal challenges of pandemic, police shootings and protest while addressing the systemic racism and violence perpetrated on Black bodies. The voice that has been largely missing from this discourse has been the voices of Black Catholic women, whose pain has been magnified as they witness the death of members of their families, the continued abuse of their sisters, and the systemic racism that has been embedded in our nation for more than 400 years. Read more...


The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It

by Bryan N. Massingale


Five Theologians on the Biggest Takeaways from Fratelli Tutti

by C. Vanessa White, Kate Ward, Drew Christiansen, Kevin Ahern, Vincent
J. Miller. 

Journeying Together is the USCCB’s contribution to the recent global Synod process and Christus Vivit, which both focused on the engagement and protagonism of youth and young adults. The vision of Journeying Together is to “translate” and implement Christus Vivit for the Catholic Church in the United States, as the process engages young people and ministry leaders from each and every cultural family in this country: African Americans; Asian and Pacific Islanders; European Americans; Hispanic/Latinos; Native Americans and Alaska Natives; and migrants (inclusive of ethnic communities), refugees, and people on the move. Read more...

Visit the NBCC Prayer Wall to see daily inspirational messages, ask for prayer, and pray for others. Click here.

The formative experience of Bee at Peace is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality.


Bee At Peace will addresses the Pastoral Plan

of Action established by the National

Black Catholic Congress through

evangelization of young adults, unchurched, and domestic violence towards women.


Five Focus Areas to
exceed objectives:

• Honeycombs – monthly small faith
​sharing circles

• Just Bee Quiet – a progressive series of
silent retreats

• Practicum Site for Spiritual Directors

• Development of Educational Grants

and Scholarships for Spiritual

Directors of Color

• Funding for Spiritual Direction and retreats

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In his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM), St. John Paul II tells how we are to assimilate the mysteries of the rosary by meditating on the life of Jesus as we contemplate each mystery. When we immerse ourselves into the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, with the aid of the Blessed Virgin and by means of contemplation, we enter more deeply into the life of Jesus, and we are rewarded by the "fruits" of the mysteries, which are listed below:

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Mental Health Disparities:
African Americans

Mental Health Status, Use of Services, and Disparities


• Rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population. However, disparities exist in regard to mental health care services. African Americans often receive poorer quality of care and lack access to culturally competent care.7

• Only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it.8  Read more...

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | 4:00-5:30 PM EDT

The Male Viewpoint on Domestic Violence
This webinar explores the role of men of faith in responding to domestic violence. Through an interactive panel discussion with male experts, we explore how to support men exposed to domestic violence, how to support healthy manhood conversations, and ways to build conversations with young men on these topics.

Prayer to Overcome Racism


       Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other.

       We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another.

       We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society.

       We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person.

       Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us.  Amen.


www.usccb.org/racism

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JUSTICE, PEACE & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship


"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13


The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (en Español), which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States. (
English PDF PDF en Español)