U.S. Bishops’ President and Committee Chairman say horrific death of father and daughter at border and appalling conditions for children are cries that reach heaven itself

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
WASHINGTON—The cry of a father and his baby daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande reaches heaven itself. This unspeakable consequence of a failed immigration system, together with growing reports of inhumane conditions for children in the custody of the federal government at the border, shock the conscience and demand immediate action. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joins Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in calling on the federal government to hear the cry of the poor and vulnerable. Their joint statement follows: “We join with our Holy Father Pope Francis in immense sadness, having seen the horrific images of Oscar Martinez and his daughter Angie Valeria who drowned in the Rio Grande Valley while…
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U.S. State Department honors nun as anti-trafficking ‘hero’

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Honored as one of the U.S. State Department's "heroes" in combating human trafficking, Comboni Sister Gabriella Bottani urged action to fight the situations that make people, especially women and children, vulnerable to trafficking. Sister Bottani, international coordinator of the Talitha Kum anti-trafficking network of Catholic women's and men's religious orders, was honored June 20 as one of the State Department's 2019 TIP Report Heroes. Speaking at an event that included the release of the State Department's annual report on trafficking in persons, Sister Bottani identified three "causes and vulnerabilities that contribute to human trafficking": -- "Unequal power structures in our societies, especially regarding women, children and indigenous people. -- "Inadequate migration polices in an increasingly interconnected world. -- "An economic model that exploits human beings and environmental…
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Peter’s Pence Collection 2019 supports the Holy Father’s charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
WASHINGTON— The annual Peter's Pence Collection will be taken in many dioceses across the United States the weekend of June 29-30. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis' charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world. The proceeds benefit people on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. “Pope Francis continues an ancient tradition of the Church of distributing the material support of disciples to those most in need. When we support the Peter’s Pence Collection, we, as members of the Catholic Church, unite ourselves to the concerns of the Holy Father,” said Archbishop Paul D. Etienne, chairman of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. “I am grateful to the faithful of the United States for their steadfast support and generosity.” For example, in the Dioceses of Embeder,…
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House passes spending bill that would overturn pro-life policies

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The House of Representatives passed a bill June 19 that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, including reinstating taxpayer-funded abortion domestically and abroad, according to Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. The bill passed 226 to 203, with every Republican voting against it. The bill is H.R. 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. As the Senate begins debating the bill, Smith said House Republicans continue to push for a removal of all anti-life provisions. "If the Senate fails to protect pro-life policies, President Trump has promised to veto the bill," Smith said in a June 20 email. Smith, a Catholic, is co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. If passed, the bill will block a…
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Procession of the Silver Rose coming up

June 2019, Local
June 19 – There will be a procession of the Silver Rose on Wednesday, June 19. It will begin with a Rosary at 6 p.m. in the Mother's Garden located south of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. The Rose will then be processed to Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Share the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe and promote respect for life through this meaningful pilgrimage. The Silver Rose Program demonstrates the unity between Knights of Columbus in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, through a series of prayer services promoting the dignity of all human life and honoring Our Lady. All are welcome to join. Each year, from early March through mid-December, Silver Roses are stewarded by councils along routes from Canada to Mexico. Every stop the Silver Rose makes throughout…
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Pro-lifers decry Illinois governor signing into law ‘extreme’ abortion bill

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
CHICAGO (CNS) — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law an abortion bill that Illinois' Catholic bishops said eliminates "even minimal limitations on abortions under previous law" and whose passage by the legislature marked "a sad moment in our history as a state." Pritzker signed the legislation June 12 in a ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. His action "drew enthusiastic whoops and cheers from the crowd," The Washington Times reported. Across the country in Vermont June 10, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a similarly expansive abortion measure into law. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of the statewide Diocese of Burlington had said the law "goes far beyond Roe v. Wade." In Illinois, as the abortion bill made its way through the Illinois House and Senate, the state's Catholic bishops called it…
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Ignoring the poor falsifies the Gospel, pope says in message

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must not underestimate the importance of embracing and assisting the poor, oppressed and outcast, Pope Francis said. Not only did Jesus entrust his disciples with the task of continuing his ministry on earth by giving hope to the poor, but "the credibility of our proclamation and the witness of Christians depends on it," the pope said in a message for the World Day of the Poor. "Faced with countless throngs of the poor, Jesus was not afraid to identify with each of them" and tell his disciples "whatever you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did to me," the pope said. "If we refuse to make this identification, we falsify the Gospel and water down God's revelation," he said. "If the…
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U.S. Bishops’ vote in favor of moving forward on third-party system for reporting abuse allegations against bishops

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have taken three separate votes that will lead to the establishment of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops per Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi. The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of each of the elements necessary to establish a third-party reporting system yesterday. By a vote of 205 to 16 with 3 abstentions, the General Assembly voted to authorize the design of a third-party system for receiving confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops of Vos estis lux mundi. By a vote of 200 to 21 with 2 abstentions, the bishops voted to authorize the Executive Committee to develop a more detailed proposal for a third-party reporting system, including…
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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee applauds AMA’s action reaffirming opposition to physician-assisted suicide

Bulletin Extras, June 2019
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted by a 2 to 1 margin to affirm its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Following the vote, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued the following statement: “We strongly applaud today’s action by the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates to reaffirm its policy against physician-assisted suicide.  The practice and promotion of assisted suicide poses grave consequences for our entire society but particularly for persons living with illness, disabilities, or socioeconomic disadvantages. The AMA was right to reaffirm its longstanding view that physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.”
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St. Thomas School, Madison, celebrating 90 years of education

June 2019, Local
Sunday, June 23 – St. Thomas School in Madison is celebrating 90 years of education. The building was built in 1928 with classes beginning in January of 1929. All St. Thomas alumni are invited to a special day to commemorate this event. The day will begin with a 10 a.m. Mass offered for all St. Thomas alumni, followed by a tour of the school and lunch served in the school gym.
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