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THE CHURCH WE WANT

SISTER NORMA PIMENTEL NEEDS OUR HELP

Sister Norma (pictured) runs a Catholic Charities respite center in the border city of McAllen, Texas. She offers food, medicine, and clothing to people crossing the border while they await their asylum cases. Sister Norma was hoping to meet with President Trump when he visited McAllen in January, but that never happened. Now she has fewer then 90 days to vacate the center she runs. Closing the center would leave migrants with nowhere else to go.

Will you sign the petition to the City of McAllen asking them to allow Catholic Charities to keep their respite center open in its current location and not force them to vacate?

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VATICAN OPENS HOMELESS CLINIC

Just before Christmas, the Vatican announced it had opened a new medical clinic for the homeless and the poor, expanding services previously offered in a small space just outside St. Peter's Square.

The Merciful Mother Clinic, which has three fully equipped examining rooms, an office and a waiting room, occupies space previously used as a secondary Vatican post office.

The clinic will be open Monday, Thursday and Saturday, said the announcement December 22. it will be staffed by personnel from the Vatican medical service and volunteer doctors from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Italian medical associations.

 

BISHOP DEFENDS ACTIVISTS

The seven Catholic peacemakers who entered a naval base to symbolically dismantle nuclear weapons armed submarines acted from the primacy of conscience rooted in their faith, the bishop of Jackson, Mississippi, told a Georgia court November 7.

Testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the Kings Bay Plowshare activists, Bishop Joseph Kipacz said their actions were consistent with long-standing Catholic teaching about the sinfulness of nuclear weapons.

The defendants are seeking to have federal charges to conspiracy, trespassing and destruction and depredation of property dismissed under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They have argued in court filings that their action is protected under the law.

April 4, the seven entered the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, home to Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines, and placed crime scene tape and spilled blood at different locales while posting an "indictment" charging the military with crimes against peace, citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Kopacz cited the U.S. Catholic bishops' 1983 pastoral letter on peace and nuclear weapons, "The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response."

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)