United States Conference

of Catholic Bishops

Promotion and Defense of Marriage

Labor Day Statement

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami

Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice

and Human Development

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

September 7, 2015


Families have been receiving a lot of attention recently. In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis teaches that of all the groups that play a role in the welfare of society and help ensure respect for human dignity, “outstanding among [them] is the family, as the basic cell of society” (no. 157). READ MORE




Declaración del Día del Trabajo

Arzobispo Thomas G. Wenski de Miami

Presidente del Comité de Justicia Nacional

y Desarrollo Humano

Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos

7 de septiembre de 2015


Las familias han estado recibiendo bastante atención recientemente. En su encíclica Laudato Si’, el papa Francisco enseña que, de todos los grupos que desempeñan un papel en el bienestar de la sociedad y ayudan a garantizar el respeto de la dignidad humana, “destaca especialmente la familia, como la célula básica de la sociedad” (no. 157). PRECIONE AQUI PARA LEER MAS

September 4, 2015

New Report: “The Last Nail in Bethlehem’s Coffin: The Annexation Wall in Cremisan”


This new report by The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights​ is a comprehensive summary and analysis of the Cremisan Valley case.The report aims to shed light on the grave violation of building the annexation wall in Cremisan and its destructive effect on the Palestinian Christian families living in the area.


The report aims to condense all the proceedings and developments of the case from 2006, starting with a review of the history of the case and its main elements. The report then examines the legal frameworks that govern the case and the interconnection between the Israeli civil laws and military laws used for the annexation of privately owned lands and settlements purposes. The report finally analyses the case in light of international law.


The report is now available for download here.

Homily for Mass on Peace and a World

without Nuclear Weapons

By Bishop Oscar Cantú

Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki • August 9, 2015


It is a great honor for me to be here with you in this historic cathedral and at this moving commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings that devastated so much of Nagasaki. As I meditated on today’s readings, I was ... READ MORE

Message from Most Rev. Oscar Cantú

Bishop of Las Cruces

August 3, 2015



Dear Catholics of the Diocese of Las Cruces,


Last Sunday explosive devices were detonated at two distinct churches in Las Cruces: Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Cross Catholic Church. The device at Holy Cross was detonated during 8:00 a.m. Mass - precisely during Eucharistic Prayer, at the words of Institution. Within several minutes the police arrived on the scene and ordered the church evacuated. Msgr. John Anderson, who was presiding at Mass, proceeded to the other side of the street with his parishioners and there offered prayers for peace and safety.


For over 24 hours authorities searched the premises for other explosive devices and to gather evidence. I was impressed with their thoroughness and professionalism. It will surely take some time for the authorities eventually to find the perpetrator(s) and discover the motives of these criminal and violent acts.


We extend our prayers for and solidarity with our Baptist brothers and sisters. They will remain in our prayers. As for Holy Cross Parish, we are very close to Msgr. Anderson and his parishioners in our thoughts and prayers, as they recover from the trauma of having their most sacred moments violently disrupted last week. We pray that, though with increased vigilance, the parish community will return to its routines of worship, formation, service, and community building.


I ask our pastors, deacons, and parish leaders to exercise increased vigilance in our parish surroundings and activities. Let us all be aware of any suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities. Let us do this with heightened awareness, but without alarm. It is important that as much as possible we all return to our routines of parish, school, and community activities - yet with prudent caution and awareness.


In discussion with out pastors last Monday, we realized a need for training in emergency preparedness in our parishes. We will certainly do so in order that our parish and Catholic school leaders can be prepared to respond to any emergencies that may arise.


Let us pray for each other. Let us pray for peace. Let us pray for the perpetrator(s), that they might discover the joy of peace and forgiveness and leave behind the frustration of hatred and violence. We pray for our first responders and those who work to maintain the peace. We pray for strength and healing.


+Oscar Cantu

Bishop of Las Cruces

August 3, 2015

Important news from the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church


Call for Action!

Justice for Immigrants National Call-in Days to the White House Request!


Please call the White House today at 1-855-589-5698 and give this message: "Please do not appeal the July 24th federal district court ruling to release families in detention and please end the government's practice of family detention of immigrants."



On July 24, 2015, Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California ruled that current U.S. family detention policies violate a 1997 legal settlement known as the Flores Settlement. The Flores Settlement set the standards to be used by the U.S. government regarding the detention, release, and treatment of all children in immigration detention. To comply with Judge Gee's order, the government must reverse the family detention policies and dismantle the facilities it instituted last year, and release from detention accompanied children together with their parents.


In a USCCB statement released on July 27, 2015, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, welcomed the ruling and "(urged) the administration to comply with expeditiously" and not appeal the decision. Moreover, Bishop Elizondo said, "Hopefully, the court's decision will end the suffering and further traumatization of these families. The detention of families is unnecessary, inhumane, and unworthy of our nation."



Again, please call the White House today at 1-855-589-5698 and give this message: "Please do not appeal the July 24th federal district court ruling to release families in detention and please end the government's practice of family detention of immigrants."

Every week the Pastoral Center Staff holds one of our parishes or special groups of the faithful in our prayers. To see for whom we pray this week, see our Facebook page.

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