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Diocese of Las Cruces
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Las Cruces NM 88005
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse by clergy or church personnel, contact the Victim's Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Las Cruces at (575) 523-7577, or send an email message here.
Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido víctima de abuso sexual por parte del clero o personal de la iglesia, póngase en contacto con el Coordinador de Asistencia a Víctimas de Abuso Sexual de La Diócesis Católica de Las Cruces, llamando al 575-523-7577, o mandando un correo electrónico aqui.
Most Reverend Oscar Cantú elected Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace
November 21, 2013
On November 12, 2013, in Baltimore, Bishop Oscar Cantú was elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace. Bishop Cantú, a committee member, was elected to the chairman position in a 126-110 vote.
This position is an important one in the Church. It comes at a time when the threat to religious believers is growing. The Pew Research Center reports that 75 percent of the world’s population “lives in countries where governments, social groups, or individuals restrict people’s ability to freely practice their faith.” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in his address to the USCCB General Assembly on November 11, 2013, stated that we do not need a report to tell us something that we sadly see on the news every day. Religious persecution in the form of violent attacks happens every day all over the world. Pope Francis urges all Christians to pray for one another, to look beyond one’s own fence. Collectively, the body of bishops established this committee to protect religious freedom, to advocate for justice and peace in our world.
The USCCB Committee on International Justice & Peace assists the bishops, both collectively and individually, in advancing the social mission of the church on international justice and peace through policy development, advocacy, education, outreach and acts of ecclesial solidarity. The committee advises the bishops on international public policy issues, especially integral human development, human rights, religious freedom and peace.
Bishop Cantú is an academic and a theologian; an advocate of Hispanic Ministry, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, social justice, Catholic education, youth and family life. He is the youngest bishop in the U.S. leading a diocese. He is an articulate, soft-spoken man of God, who chooses his words with care in order to convey Gods’ message. Cantú has accepted this new challenge prayerfully and thoughtfully. Bishop Cantú’s motto is “Zeal for the Lord’s house does consume me.”
Decree from the Holy Father
To have the Plenary Indulgence which was given for the Year of Faith be extended for the Diocese of Las Cruces until December 12, 2013.
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October 8, 2013
Sacred Image Pilgrimage
Great News! Bishop Cantú petitioned the Holy Father to have the Plenary Indulgence which was given for the Year of Faith be extended for the length of the time of our Sacred Image Pilgrimage. The Holy Father has granted this petition.
Therefore the faithful of the diocese will receive the Plenary Indulgence when they:
• Visit the Sacred Images during their pilgrimage for the close of the Year of Faith between October 4 and December 12.
• While visiting the Sacred Images, participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for an appropriate period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Francis of Assisi.
• Within 20 days of visiting the Sacred Images on pilgrimage (either 20 days before or 20 days after) go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray for Pope Francis.
For more information on plenary indulgences please visit the USCCB web page on the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith.
October 3, 2013
Please help Catholic Charities help the poor
For every online vote (and you can vote one time each day), Catholic Charities will receive $5 from Washington Federal, our new partner in the Catholic Charities and the Three Bares: Bare Bottoms, Bare Tops, and Bare Feet campaign. This is to help collect donations of underwear for the poorest of the poor to be collected and distributed in November at parish sites throughout the Diocese and at Washington Federal locations in our ten County geographical area. Please VOTE!
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