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January 23, 2018 – Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus and His Family Mark 3:31-35 This passage in Mark’s Gospel is clearly intended as continuation of his response to the blasphemous scribes. It is not important that he has blood relatives present. Jesus tells the crowd that, more than family ties, doing God’s will is what is necessary to be part of Jesus’ family, the kingdom of God. Prayer: I realize that when I cannot seem to understand your will for me, it has less to do with my mind and more with my heart. You will me to be the best me I can be, but I cannot do it alone. I need you.

January 22, 2018 – Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Blasphemy of the Scribes/Jesus and Beelzebul Mark 3:22-30 The Scribes are no match for Jesus. They launch what they likely think is the ultimate attack, claiming Jesus is possessed by the evil one. His strong response cleverly turns the spotlight back on them, a house divided. Prayer: We pray for all who suffer injustice, especially the unborn. Protect them, Lord, and change the minds and hearts of those who believe abortion is a right.

January 21, 2018 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry/The Call of the First Disciples Mark 1:14-20 The messenger, John, is gone, but the message endures. Jesus proclaims the will of his Father, that all open themselves to God through him and embrace the law of love. He then calls the first disciples to journey with him proclaiming the Good News. Prayer: I pray to be a worthy messenger of the gospel call to love and serve.

January 20, 2018 – Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Blasphemy of the Scribes Mark 3:20-21 Jesus returns home. Crowds gather making it impossible for him to rest and eat. Even his relatives, though concerned for him and his well-being, cannot help but think he is "out of his mind." Prayer: I think about that saying, "You can't go home again." I suppose that is a natural consequence of being sent on the journey with you, Lord. You are my home.

Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Praises House for Passing Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, thanked and praised the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today with a bi-partisan vote of 241-183.

"As Chairman of the United States Bishops' Committee, I offer gratitude and praise to the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712). This common-sense legislation offers a simple and widely supported proposition: a child born alive following an abortion should receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. I call on the Senate to pass this bill as well and ensure that the lethal mentality of Roe does not claim new victims – vulnerable human beings struggling for their lives outside the womb."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protections Act, House of Representatives, abortion, preservation of life and health, vulnerable human beings

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

Bishops’ Conferences Look to Youth to Bring Hope for a Better Future in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Noting the deteriorating prospects for peace in the Holy Land, representatives of bishops' conferences from several countries, including the United States, acknowledged the struggle of the young people they met but called them the "hope for a better future."

The bishops made their annual solidarity visit to the Holy Land January 13 – 18, 2018. They visited Gaza, met with school children there and in the West Bank and in Israel as well as with students at Hebrew University and Bethlehem University. They also visited l'Arche in Bethlehem and a home of the elderly in Beit Emmaus.

In a communique issued at the end of their visit, the bishops cited the many challenges (unemployment, discrimination, and lack of opportunity) faced by youth, particularly those living in the West Bank and Gaza. But in their discussions with Israeli youth, the bishops found that many shared with their Palestinian counterparts the "same aspirations for peaceful coexistence."  

For the bishops, it was clear that it is the youth from West Bank, Gaza and Israel who are resilient and courageous in keeping alive the hope for a peaceful resolution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops along with bishops from other nations on this solidarity visit have long decried violence as a way to resolve conflict but instead strongly supported a two-state solution in which a secure Israel coexists with a viable and independent Palestinian state.

The bishops called on communities in their respective countries to act in solidarity with youth who have an essential role in promoting peace through actions such as prayer, and supporting programs that create jobs, provide housing and foster dialogue.

The Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land has met every January since 1998 to pray and act in solidarity with the Christian community in the Holy Land. Bishops representing Europe, North America, and South Africa participated in this visit.

The bishops' statement is available at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/middle-east/israel-palestine/holy-land-coordination-communique-january-2018.cfm

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Holy Land, Gaza, West Bank, Israel, Bethlehem, L'Arche, Beit Emmaus, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, youth, violence, independent Palestinian state, dialogue

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane 
202-541-3200


Chairmen Applaud New HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty, offered the following joint statement in response to the creation of a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights and other related administrative actions:

"We applaud HHS for its significant actions to protect conscience rights and religious freedom. For more than forty years—dating back to the Church amendment of 1973—Congress has enacted federal laws protecting rights of conscience in health care. We are grateful that HHS is taking seriously its charge to protect these fundamental civil rights through formation of a new division dedicated to protecting conscience rights and religious freedom. For too long, we have seen medical professionals, including pro-life nurses like Cathy DeCarlo, who have been coerced by their employers into participating in abortion. And we have seen states like California, New York, and Oregon demand that even religious organizations cover elective abortions in their health plans. These violations of federal law require a remedy from HHS. 

We are pleased to see HHS's proposed regulation to enforce civil rights laws to protect Americans involved in HHS-funded programs, and we look forward to filing more detailed public comments on this proposal.  We also appreciate the Administration's action to rescind a 2016 guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that required states to provide Medicaid funding to family planning providers like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions.

Conscience protection should not be subject to political whims, however. Permanent legislative relief is essential. We urge Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act in order to give victims of discrimination the ability to defend their rights in court. No one should be forced to violate their deeply held convictions about the sanctity of human life."

A list of current federal laws protecting conscience rights can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/Federal-Conscience-Laws.pdf

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Keywords: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, conscience, religious freedom, religious liberty

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

January 19, 2018 – Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

The Mission of the Twelve Mark 3:13-19 By divine authority Jesus calls the twelve. They are to be his disciples, his closest companions, and are to follow him and learn from him. Once called, Jesus names them, and by doing so they become his and will share in his mission. Prayer: I am reminded that you knew me first and in creating me placed your imprint upon me, the first call. On the day of my baptism, you called me again and named me to be yours forever.

January 18, 2018 – Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

The Mercy of Jesus Mark 3:7-12 Mark presents a summary of Jesus' overwhelming appeal to the people. Crowds gather from near and far. Jesus heals people and casts out demons. He reiterates his concern that his mission is not fully understood and tells them to say nothing of his identity. Prayer: I pray that I can accept that I may not see the results of your holy work through me in my lifetime. I sow. You reap … in your time, not mine.

January 17, 2018 – Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot

The Man with the Withered Hand Mark 3:1-6 What does it say about the Jewish leaders who on the Sabbath in the Temple watch and wait to catch Jesus acting against the Law? What does it say about Jesus whose care and compassion move him to act in a way pleasing to God? Prayer: We pray for all who are in leadership positions in the Church that they are motivated by love and willing to be bearers of God’s mercy.