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THE CHURCH WE WANT

POPE FRANCIS--URGENT COLLECTIVE ACTION TO REPAIR THE PLANET

Pope Francis has called for collective action to repair the planet, and wants "citizen pressure groups" organizing ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit, September 8, in San Francisco, CA. Francis said "it is our duty and our moment to cooperate in responsibly cultivating and protecting the Earth."

Before September 8, organizers will call for decisive action on climate with actions across the globe and a huge march in San Francisco on September 8. On that day. local leaders will be asked to take action on climate change and commit to a Fossil Free world.

We must call for 100% renewable energy that protects communities, creates jobs, and brings an immediate end to new fossil fuel projects. Each and every action around the U.S. will help bolster our efforts and show solidarity with communities impacted by the climate crisis. Every city has been invited to make a commitment in the lead up to the Summit.

Please plan to be a part of actions going on in your city. Thank you.

BACKING THE CLIMATE DECLARATION

Nearly 600 Catholic institutions have signed the Catholic Climate Declaration, which renews Catholic support for continuing U.S. actions to address climate change despite President Trump's action to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

The announcement was made on June 18, 2018, which coincided with the 3rd anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology, "Laudato Si" on "Care for Our Common Home."

Among the signers are 37 dioceses, close to 200 religious communities, more than 100 parishes, 61 Catholic universities, and more than a dozen Catholic health care organizations, including the Catholic Health Association.

TEAR DOWN THE WALL OF SILENT COMPLICITY!

El Paso--Statement of the Diocese of El Paso Commission on Migration on Family Separation at the Border
 
In recent weeks, our border communities have witnessed several actions that gravely trouble the Christian conscience. The bridges that unite us to our sister city of Ciudad Juárez have been converted into steel gates against families fleeing for their lives. We have heard the crying of children separated from mothers and fathers. Our Tornillo port of entry will soon be transformed into the likes of a child refugee camp. The blood of Claudia Patricia Gómez González continues to cry out to heaven and question us - why?
 
In the words of the soon to be canonized Monseñor Oscar Romero, we greatly fear that very soon the Bible and the Gospel will not be able to enter through our borders. We fear that if Jesus of Nazareth returned, as at that time, from Galilee to Judea, that is, from San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala to Laredo, Texas or from Parral, Chihuahua to El Paso, we dare say he would not get as far as Sacred Heart Church downtown before being detained.
 
What is at stake is the fundamental question of being Christian today, of being a person of faith today in our country and on the continent that is suffering an hour of Christ's passion. In this darkness, we are hungry for the real God.
 
The Bishop of El Paso, Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, calls on the People of God in the Diocese of El Paso, on all the faithful, clergy and religious to take part in a public, prayerful procession in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who continue to migrate to our border on Friday evening, July 20th, 2018. Together we will implore the Mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, to give us wisdom and grace to move forward. We also call on all people of faith and goodwill, as well as our leaders in public life, the worlds of culture and commerce and the legal community to join us in this public witness to human dignity. We will publish more details in the coming days.
 
All things have been made one in Christ. And still, Christ is found in the one lonely migrant who knocks at our door, looking for respite. Now, let us feed them, pray with them and wash their feet.
 
Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso
Ms. Lily Limón and Mr. Dylan Corbett, Co-Chairs

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SHOULD WOMEN BECOME PRIESTS?

Univision asked 12,038 Catholics in 12 countries if women should be allowed to join the priesthood. Here, a sample of how many responded positively:

83%--France
78%--Spain
59%--United States
35%--Mexico
21%--Philippines

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--Pope Francis encouraged women attending a baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel to "breast-feed, without fear" inside the church. The Pontiff previously aired his support for public breast-feeding in 2013

--In a papal decree, Pope Francis established legal procedures to remove bishops who mishandle sex-abuse cases. Critics have long argued that bishops shuffle priests accused of abuse to different parishes rather than reporting them to the police.

--Pope Francis called on U.S. priests to devote more time to their parishioners' spiritual needs. But 20% of U.S. parishes no longer have a priest in residence. For each U.S. priest, there are 2,600 parishioners. (FiveThirtyEight.com)

--45% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass at least once a week. 19% attend monthly, and 35% say they attend less often or never. (The Washington Post/ABC News)