Bells tolled around the country this past Wednesday, April 4, paying homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of fighting racial inequality with non-violent resistance.
Catholic churches and cathedrals throughout the country joined in the commemoration, ringing cathedral and church bells 39 times to represent the number of years that Dr. King was alive. The bells rang out at 4:05pm, the exact time that Dr. King was assassinated 50 years ago while speaking to a crowd in Memphis, TN.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles saw Pope Francis accept the resignation of Bishop Thomas John Curry as Auxiliary Bishop for reasons of age as well as the appointment of Monsignor Marc V. Trudeau as new Auxiliary Bishop in the diocese.
During the three days of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, many of our readers stopped by the booth to talk about the Catholic Legislative Network. Many more joined us online for a series of Facebook Live broadcasts on Saturday.
According to childhelp.org, each day between four and seven children tragically lose their lives to child abuse in the U.S., and a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. This includes instances of abuse, neglect, and child trafficking in every city across America.
Attorneys for a pro-life pregnancy center resource group reported that they are optimistic after presenting oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that could reverse a California law that promotes abortion in all pregnancy crisis centers in the state.
“The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another,” said Pope Francis in his 2014 World Communication’s Day Message. “We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.”
This weekend the Catholic Legislative Network is inviting Catholics to engage in just such a dialogue as we hold our Faith in the Public Square conversation in conjunction with the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.
This year’s Catholic Advocacy Day at the California State Capitol will take place on Tuesday, April 24, and the list of bills that participants will discuss with lawmakers showcases the vital importance that this day exists.
Bills that will be discussed with lawmakers that day include:
Thank you to the hundreds of readers who called their lawmakers this past Monday for National Catholic Call-In Day, aimed at urging lawmakers to take action to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and “Dreamers” – children who were brought to the United States by their parents and are not U.S. citizens.
The end of life’s journey can be many things. It is often a time of sorrow but it is also a time to celebrate the passage of a loved one into eternal life and remember a life well lived. Creating an environment where the ill and dying feel loved, worthy and cared for is the effort of a new initiative jointly developed by the Catholic Bishops of California and the state’s Catholic health care systems.