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Meet the volunteer friar firefighters started by St. Maximilian Kolbe

The volunteer friar firefighters started by St. Maximilian Kolbe / EWTN News In Depth

Niepokalanow, Oct 11, 2021 / 10:00 am (CNA).

A group of firefighters from Poland looks just like any other firefighting brigade, with heavy uniforms, hard helmets, and a red truck ready to go at a moment’s notice. But these men are something else, too: friars dedicated to God.

New JPII Institute president: My stance on Humanae vitae was misinterpreted

Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne, president of the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in Rome. / Arnaldo Casali.

Rome, Italy, Oct 11, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne officially took office on Sept. 22.

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Welcomes Refugee Admissions Target of 125,000

WASHINGTON - On October 8, the Biden Administration announced a Fiscal Year 2022 Presidential Determination (PD) of 125,000 refugees for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). This is the highest PD since 1993 and follows four consecutive years of historic lows. During the previous fiscal year, which ended on September 30, the U.S. resettled only 11,411 refugees out of a possible 62,500, the lowest number in the program’s history.

The USRAP was created in 1980, and it has received strong bipartisan support ever since. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is one of nine national resettlement agencies that partners with the U.S. government in this effort. The Catholic Church’s involvement in refugee resettlement stems from the Church’s social teaching on the common good and is consistent with its longstanding role in welcoming newcomers and supporting integration.

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

“The last few years have had a devastating impact on refugee resettlement, all while we witness the greatest forced migration crises in decades. We commend the Administration for seeking to reassert American leadership in this area, and we look forward to continued action in support of this goal. We also urge Congress to provide the resources necessary to not only rebuild the Refugee Admissions Program but sustain it for the next four decades and beyond.

“Whether fleeing war, natural disaster, or persecution, the positive contributions of refugees to our society have been well documented. First and foremost, however, we recognize them as vulnerable members of the same human family to which we ourselves belong.

“In a special way, we as Catholics are called to this ministry of welcome and encounter, through which we express the fullness of the Church’s universality. The bishops of the United States pledge our continued commitment to this work, and we praise the many Catholic organizations, communities, and persons dedicated to what Pope Francis has referred to as ‘a new “frontier” for mission, a privileged opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ and the Gospel message at home, and to bear concrete witness to the Christian faith in a spirit of charity.’”

In May, Bishop Dorsonville called 125,000 refugee admissions “a figure more consistent with our values and capabilities as a nation.” For more information about refugees, the USRAP, and the Church’s work on this issue, please visit the Justice for Immigrants website.

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Toledo archbishop apologizes for "misuse of a sacred place" after questionable music video filmed in cathedral

Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, Spain. / Nikthestunned via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Toledo, Spain, Oct 8, 2021 / 14:39 pm (CNA).

Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo apologized Friday for the improper use of the city’s cathedral in a music video, which includes sensual dance scenes within the church.

Catholic bishops’ leader to discuss confessional seal comments with France’s interior minister

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. Credit: Diocèse de Reims. / null

Paris, France, Oct 8, 2021 / 06:20 am (CNA).

The meeting will take place on Oct. 12.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader entrusts nation to St. Joseph

Poland is entrusted to St. Joseph at the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Kalisz, Oct. 7, 2021. / Opiekun.kalisz.pl.

Kalisz, Poland, Oct 8, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

The act of entrustment took place at the National Shrine of St. Joseph.

U.S. Bishops Invite Young People to Join Celebration for World Youth Day 2023

WASHINGTON - Lisbon, Portugal will be the host of the next international World Youth Day (WYD), from August 1 to 6, 2023. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Bishop Edward J. Burns of Dallas, the USCCB’s episcopal liaison to World Youth Day, released a statement expressing solidarity with Pope Francis and the universal Church as anticipation builds for the major international event.

“We are overjoyed to now have the dates we can look forward to when millions of people will come together and join the Holy Father for World Youth Day in Lisbon in August 2023.

“We hope that many from the U.S. will participate, and we invite all youth and young adults – in fact, every person age 16 to 35 in the United States – to join us. Whether you plan to travel to Lisbon, participate through digital media, or join your peers at one of many local celebrations taking place in dioceses across the country, we want you to be part of this moment in the life of the Church.

“It is providential that the WYD Mass with the Holy Father will take place on the feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 2023. The experience of Peter, James, and John at the Transfiguration was a pivotal moment of transformation for them.  We hope that WYD will have a similar impact on young people today, no matter where or how they make this pilgrimage to celebrate this special international festival of faith.”

Since 1985, the international World Youth Day has been held every two to three years in a different country and is intended to draw together youth and young adults, ages 16 to 35, from every continent for a worldwide pilgrimage and festival of faith along with the Holy Father. The Lisbon WYD gathering was originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2022; however, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis extended the preparatory period to August 2023.

The USCCB will be developing materials and supporting local communities in the coming months before WYD 2023. More details can be found online at: https://www.usccb.org/topics/world-youth-day.

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Pope Francis: All religious traditions must resist ‘temptation to fundamentalism’

Pope Francis attends the concluding ceremony of the Prayer for Peace Meeting organized by the Sant’Egidio Community at Rome’s Colosseum, Oct. 7, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Rome, Italy, Oct 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

He was speaking at an interreligious gathering in front of the Colosseum.

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on Rescinding of “Protect Life Rule”

WASHINGTON – The Biden Administration has published a new rule rescinding the “Protect Life Rule” governing the Title X family planning program. That rule had the commendable effect of ensuring compliance with federal law by stipulating that Title X projects may not share office space or financing with abortion facilities and are not required to refer for abortion. The rescission becomes effective on November 8. 

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:  

The Catholic bishops have grave concerns about government promotion of contraceptives. At the same time, we have long supported efforts to ensure that abortion is kept physically and financially separate from family planning under Title X.

“Title X was intended and authorized to be a program entirely separate from abortion and it plainly states that ‘the funds authorized under this legislation [shall] be used only to support preventive family planning services, population research, infertility services, and other related medical, informational, and educational activities’ (emphasis added). 

“Abortion is not family planning. Abortion takes the life of an already-conceived and growing child. The violence of abortion wounds countless women physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The Administration is wrong to allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortion providers who participate in a pre-pregnancy program specifically designed to exclude abortion.”

In January, Archbishop Naumann issued a statement reacting to the White House’s decision to rescind the Title X Rule: U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on White House Action to Rescind Title X Rule | USCCB.

The USCCB filed comments to the proposed rule: 2021.title-X-comments-final (usccb.org).

 

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U.S. Bishops to Vote for Treasurer-elect and for Chairmen-elect of Five Standing Committees at Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 15-18, 2021

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the conference’s treasurer-elect as well as chairmen-elect for five standing committees during the 2021 General Assembly taking place November 15-18 in Baltimore.

Each bishop elected will serve for one year as the treasurer-elect or as chairman-elect of the respective committee before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the bishops’ 2022 Fall General Assembly.

The following bishops were nominated:

USCCB TREASURER-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND FINANCE

  • Bishop James F. Checchio
  • Archbishop Paul D. Etienne

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON CLERGY, CONSECRATED LIFE, AND VOCATIONS

  • Bishop Earl A. Boyea
  • Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON DIVINE WORSHIP

  • Bishop Steven J. Lopes
  • Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC JUSTICE AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

  • Archbishop Borys Gudziak
  • Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON LAITY, MARRIAGE, FAMILY LIFE, AND YOUTH

  • Bishop Robert Barron
  • Bishop Edward J. Burns

CHAIRMAN-ELECT, COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION

  • Bishop Mark J. Seitz
  • Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
     

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