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‘Gospel Truth’ for March 24, 2019

Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the third Sunday in Lent, where Jesus calls us to repent, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Pope meets Maltese president

European integration, migration in the Mediterranean region and inter-religious dialogue were among the issues that the Holy See and the Maltese president discussed in the Vatican on Thursday

Pope to Pediatricians : Ensure equal access to healthcare

Pope Francis on Thursday received in audience, members of the Italian Federation of Pediatricians. In prepared remarks, he urged them to commit themselves to an inclusive form of health care that respects the human body.

“Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra” – Pope’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation

During his March 25 visit to the Marian shrine of Loreto, Pope Francis will sign the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, “Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra”, the Spanish for “Christ, our hope, lives”.

Reflections for the III Sunday of Lent

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the third Sunday in Lent. He says that the readings invite us to repent of our sins and to renew our lives by producing fruits of love, compassion, forgiveness, and faithful service.

Cardinal DiNardo released from hospital

The President of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston is expected to make a full recovery.

St. Enda: Saint of the Day for Thursday, March 21, 2019

Legend has him an Irishman noted for his military feats who was convinced by his sister St. Fanchea to renounce his warring activities and marry. ...

Card. Yeom: every human life from conception is noble, honourable, dignified

South Korean Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung has reiterated the Church’s pro-life stand against abortion and the death penalty.

US Bishops express their grief over destruction by record flooding

Four people have lost their lives, and millions have been affected by what is being described as historic floods in the US Midwest. The Bishops of the United States assure those affected of their prayers, and urge people to help out.

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Reaffirm Authentic Human Dignity and Rights in Letter to Congress Opposing Equality Act

WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have written in public opposition to the Equality Act (H.R. 5 / S. 788), which was introduced in Congress on March 13, 2019. The Act would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws, which has wide-reaching impacts on health care, women and girls’ legal protections, charitable services to needful populations, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and potentially parental rights.
 
With respect to those who identify as “LGBT,” “each and every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Part of that dignity, as Pope Benedict stated, is every person’s right to gainful and decent employment free of unjust discrimination. Also included is each person’s right to services that address their needs for health and safety,” affirmed Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; in their letter to members of Congress.
 
“Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, however, the Equality Act would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole,” they explained. The chairmen proceeded to elaborate on some of their several concerns with the Act’s consequences. In state and local jurisdictions with similar laws, many of these have already been coming to fruition – with students, charities, and businesses owners facing privacy violations, penalties, or litigation.

Stressing their desire to work toward social inclusion without divisiveness or harm to the common good, the bishops emphasized to members of Congress that “we readily stand with you, and are willing to assist you, in developing compassionate and just means to eradicate unjust discrimination and harassment from our country.”
 
The letter to the House and Senate is available online at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/Equality-Act-Letter-to-Congress-House-1.pdf, and www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/Equality-Act-Letter-to-Congress-Senate-1.pdf.
 
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop James D. Conley, Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; U.S. Congress, Equality Act (H.R. 5 / S. 788), LGBT, civil rights laws
 
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