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"Some of you said: this system can no longer be endured. We must change it; we must put human dignity again at the center and on that pillar build the alternative social structures we need. It must be done with courage, but also with intelligence, with tenacity but without fanaticism, with passion but without violence. And among us all, addressing the conflicts without being trapped in them, always seeking to resolve the tensions to reach a higher plane of unity, peace and justice."
-- Pope Francis, 10/28/14
Congress XI Pastoral Plan
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U.S. Catholic Bishops Documents continued
Statement on Iraq, November 2002
Statement on Israeli-Palestinian Violence, March 2002
Resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis, June 2001
Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity | en Español November 2000
Everyday Christianity: To Hunger and Thirst for Justice | en Español
A Jubilee Call for Debt Forgiveness, April 1999
PRAYERS & LITURGY RESOURCES
Prayer Card: Prayer for Peace in Our Communities | en Español
Prayer of the Faithful for Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities | en Español
2016 National Day of Prayer for the African American Family
BISHOP'S LETTERS continued
USCCB President Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue
July 8, 2016
Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism - 2001. collated in 2013
The Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the United States Revisited... Bishop Edward Braxton, Diocese of Belleville, IL
February 26, 2016
The Racial Divide in the United States:
A Reflection for the World Day of Peace - Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Diocese of Belleville, IL - 2015
Statement on Race Relations
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
Statement on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky
May 7, 2010
What We've Seen and What We've Heard: A Pastoral Letter on Evangelization | En Español
From the Black Bishops of the United States - September 9, 1984
CHURCH STATEMENTS AND BACKGROUND
Brothers and Sisters to Us - U.S. Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979
25th Anniversary Executive Summary - We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight: The Church's Response to Racism in the Years Following
Reconciled Through Christ | En Español - Published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013, this publication explores the reconciliation and greater collaboration between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics.
On Racial Harmony - A Statement by the Administrative Board, National Catholic Welfare Conference (August 23, 1963) that reaffirms the U.S. Catholic bishops' official position against racial discrimination and segregation.
Racism Backgrounder - A two-page background information sheet on systemic racism and the Church's response.
USCCB President Calls for Dialogue, Peace in the Midst of Violence
July 18, 2016
Papal and Vatican
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis...(On Social Concern) -Pope John Paul II, 1987
The Church and Racism: Towards a more fraternal society...-Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 1989
Centesimus Annus...(The Hundredth Year) -Pope John Paul II, 1991
Veritatis splendor...(The Splendor of Truth) -Pope John Paul II, 1993
Evangelium Vitae...(The Gospel of Life) -Pope John Paul II, 1995
Dignitas Personae...(The Dignity of a Person) -Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1998
Ecclesia in America...(The Church in America) -Pope John Paul II, 1999
Fides et Ratio...(Faith and Reason) -Pope John Paul II, 1998
Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life...-Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2002
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church... -Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2004
Deus Caritas Est... (God Is Love) -Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Sacramentum Caritatis...(The Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church's Life and Mission) -Pope Benedict XVI, 2007 (especially paragraphs 47, 49, 82-84, and 88-92)
Caritas in Veritate... (Charity in Truth) -Pope Benedict XVI, 2009
Evangelii Gaudium... (The Joy of the Gospel) -Pope Francis, 2013
Laudato Si'... (On Care for Our Common Home) -Pope Francis, 2015
U.S. Catholic Bishops Documents
Create in Me a Clean Heart
A Pastoral Response to Pornography. November 2015.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, November 2015, November 2011, November 2007
Respecting the Just Rights of Workers, June 2009
Catholics in Political Life, June 2004
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Newly-Released Papal Documents
Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio of the Supreme Pontiff Francis
Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus by which the Canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage are reformed, July 11, 2013.
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Brother Dale Recinella wins first-place award in "Resources for Ministry" in 2017 ACP Awards for his book "When We Visit Jesus in Prison"
When We Visit Jesus in Prison combines Catholic Church teaching, the best in current sociological and psychological thinking on incarceration, and the reflections and stories of a trained and certified Catholic lay chaplain who has been doing prison ministry for over twenty years after leaving a successful career as a lawyer in the financial industry.
Br. Dale is also presenting his workshop, "Answering the Call to Visit Jesus in Prison" at the upcoming Congress XII!