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Gaze upon the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and over again. #PrayTogether #GoodFridaypic.twitter.com/nV9MOuzQRb

Gaze upon the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and over again.

Praying for the World on Good Friday

Like all of you reading this, I too have found this time of crisis very challenging. It has impacted negatively on my sense of purpose as a priest with schools shut, hospitals on lockdown, quarantine, not being able to minister God’s mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation and celebrating the Eucharist looking down on empty […]

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Dear brother priests, we have been anointed to anoint, to give of ourselves. Let us #PrayTogether today asking for the humility to protect this gift of anointing, and imploring God's mercy for the people entrusted to us and for the entire world. #HolyThursday

Dear brother priests, we have been anointed to anoint, to give of ourselves. Let us today asking for the humility to protect this gift of anointing, and imploring God's mercy for the people entrusted to us and for the entire world.

The Prince of the Air and the Pulse of God

This week, I have been thinking about the power of a pulse—how it assists the beating heart, moving a constant surge of blood throughout the body. The strong pulse helps to cleanse and oxygenate every portion of the body. A weak pulse, on the other hand, makes the body sluggish, like a stagnant pond, until […]

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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman of International Justice and Peace Committee Shares Solidarity with Pope Francis Calling for Cessation of Hostilities and Greater Humanitarian Access

WASHINGTON—Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace, has issued the following statement calling for cessation of hostilities and greater humanitarian access.

Bishop Malloy’s full statement follows:

“In the context of the global scope and scale of the COVID-19 virus crisis, Pope Francis during his Angelus message on Sunday, March 29 called for a global cease fire in all hostilities. His plea seeks to allow for a deepening of the fraternal bonds of the human family in search for not just a momentary but a lasting peace.

“Over a billion people on our planet live without access to the basic necessities of life. Over 70 million are displaced who already live amidst violent conflict and persecution. The unfolding global health pandemic and subsequent economic crisis only exacerbate their intolerable suffering. As chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, I join my prayers to those of the Holy Father. May God’s grace open the hearts of combatants throughout the world so that they realize their shared frail humanity and allow a cessation of hostilities to come to pass. With such cessation, corridors of humanitarian assistance can be established and strengthened to allow relief to reach those in greatest need.

“May God use even the difficulties of this moment to bring about peace and solidarity in the world.”

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Bishop David J. Malloy, Committee of International Justice and Peace.

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U.S. Bishops Cancel June Assembly in Detroit

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) were scheduled to gather for their Spring General Assembly in Detroit, June 10-12. Given the current situation with the Coronavirus that has been classified by the World Health Organization as a pandemic, the Administrative Committee of the USCCB voted earlier this week to cancel the June assembly.

In announcing the decision, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB said, “The Administrative Committee made this very difficult decision with consideration of multiple factors, but most importantly the health, well-being and safety of the hundreds of bishops, staff, observers, guests, affiliates, volunteers, contractors and media involved with the general meetings. Additionally, even if the numerous temporary restrictions on public gatherings resulting from conditions associated with COVID-19 are lessened by June, the priority for the physical and pastoral presence of the bishop in his See will be acute to tend to the faithful.”

This marks the first cancellation of a plenary assembly in the Conference’s history. The bylaws of the Conference state that a plenary assembly is to be convened at least once a year. As such, the November general assembly meeting in Baltimore (scheduled for November 16-19) would fulfill this requirement.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, U.S. bishops, Archbishop José H. Gomez, June meeting, Spring General Assembly, Fall General Assembly, Detroit, Baltimore, #USCCB20.

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From the open heart of the Crucified one, God’s love reaches each one of us. Let us allow His gaze to rest on us. We will understand that we are not alone, but loved, for the Lord does not abandon us and He never, ever forgets us. #GeneralAudience

From the open heart of the Crucified one, God’s love reaches each one of us. Let us allow His gaze to rest on us. We will understand that we are not alone, but loved, for the Lord does not abandon us and He never, ever forgets us.

Let's think of the little Judas that we all have within ourselves. Every one of us is capable of choosing between loyalty and self-interest. We are each capable of betraying, of selling, of making choices based on our own interests. Where are you, Judas? #HomilySantaMarta

Let's think of the little Judas that we all have within ourselves. Every one of us is capable of choosing between loyalty and self-interest. We are each capable of betraying, of selling, of making choices based on our own interests. Where are you, Judas?

Let us pray today for the people doing business with those in need during this pandemic, who seek to profit from the needs of others and "sell" them. May the Lord touch and convert their hearts. #PrayTogether

Let us pray today for the people doing business with those in need during this pandemic, who seek to profit from the needs of others and "sell" them. May the Lord touch and convert their hearts.