USCCB 2020 fall meeting: Day 2 recap

CNA Staff, Nov 17, 2020 / 06:26 pm (CNA).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concluded the public portion of its annual Fall General Assembly Tuesday, discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, racism, and preparations for a Biden presidency.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the USCCB, led the meeting, which was held virtually Nov. 16-17 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gomez announced that the conference is creating a bishops’ working group to assess a Joe Biden presidency.

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Aid to the Church in Need: Hundreds of Churches, Monuments, Buildings to be Illuminated in Red Light

In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, #RedWeek 2020, a campaign initiated to draw attention to the persecution of Christians all over the world, will still take place this year from 18-25 November. “COVID 19 may have brought many changes, but Christians continue to be the most persecuted religious community in the world. In order to raise awareness about this painful fact, cathedrals, churches, and public buildings will be illuminated in red light in many countries across four continents. Furthermore, a large number of initiatives will be offered online,” confirmed Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). He explained that the initiative represents a strong sign of support for all those who are suffering discrimination but cannot speak freely about it themselves and hope that others will raise their voices in their stead.

#RedWeek is an initiative launched in 2015 by the international pontifical foundation ACN, an international Catholic charity that supports suffering and persecuted Christians. About 250 million Christians all over the world are living in environments in which they are violently persecuted, discriminated against or prevented from freely practicing their faith.

This year the initiative will begin in Austria. On Wednesday 18 November a mass for persecuted Christians will be held in red-lit St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. On this day, the red spotlight will shine on almost 50 participating Austrian churches and state institutions such as the Austrian parliament in Vienna.

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Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Feast of Saint Laurence O’toole

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin celebrated Mass for the Feast Day of St. Laurence O Toole, on webcam from the Pro Cathedral on Saturday 14 November 2020. Laurence O Toole is Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Dublin. Following are the Archbishops homily notes.

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Saint Paul reminded us in our first reading that his ministry was a ministry of service for Jesus’ sake.  He himself was simply the earthenware jar charged to carry the treasure that is the saving power of Jesus Christ.

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