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Catholic social teaching

*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Advent Reflection Series

Taking their message to Capitol Hill on May 29th, bishops emboldened Catholics to seek justice for immigrants through support for comprehensive reform.  A mass, offered for the families of those separated by our broken immigration system, was concelebrated by six bishops at St. Peter Church in Washington, D.C.  The prayers of principal celebrant Archbishop Thomas Wenski were clear:  migration is a central narrative of our faith and nation’s history, and ensuring that laws evolve to uphold the dignity of migrants is a moral obligation.

This Sunday, April 27th, we join the global celebration of the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.  In this historic moment, we witness the sainthood of spiritual leaders who embodied the Church’s most dearly held values.  Popes John XXIII and John Paul II worked tirelessly for vulnerable groups and shared the timeless principles of human dignity, family unity, and solidarity on behalf of at-risk migrants. 

Diakonia - Although this word is certainly a familiar concept for CLINIC affiliates who are guided by a philosophy of selfless service, it was not until the Holy Father’s Lenten message that this word entered my vocabulary.   Diakonia, Pope Francis explains, is the universal call to “meet needs and bind the wounds which disfigure the face of humanity.”  As we embark on Ash Wednesday, I look to the Holy Father’s Lenten message to identify who and how I can help with my Lenten

This season of Advent calls us to reflect, prepare, and renew our dedication to the Word.

Do you have today, December 10th, Human Rights Day, marked on your calendar?  Human Rights Day was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the adoption and resolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration is recognized as a major humanitarian and diplomatic achievement, furthering international obligations to uphold the dignity of every person.