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Bishops invite Catholics to ‘pray, reflect, and act’

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U.S. bishops invite Catholics to ‘pray, reflect, and act’ to promote religious freedom The Catholic bishops of the United States are inviting Catholics to observe a week dedicated to prayer, reflection, and action related to religious freedom with topics such as church vandalism, blasphemy laws, and Christian persecution in India as particular areas of focus. …
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National Eucharistic Pilgrimage routes begin

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At the start of Mass on May 19 at one of the launch sites of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, Bishop Andrew Cozzens remarked that although he had his hiking shoes on, the journey ahead would need something more than natural support to reach its intended destination. “In order to make this pilgrimage fruitful, we need the Holy…
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Vatican to publish document on apparitions

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The Vatican’s doctrine office will publish a new document next week on discerning Marian apparitions and other supernatural events. The Holy See Press Office announced on May 7 that Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), will unveil new norms for discernment regarding “apparitions and other…
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Pope Francis to canonize new female saint

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Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Elena Guerra, paving the way for the canonization of a new female saint known as “an apostle of the Holy Spirit.” A friend of Pope Leo XIII and the teacher of St. Gemma Galgani, Elena Guerra (1835–1914) is known for her spiritual writings and her passionate devotion…
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Archbishop statement on ‘Reproductive Justice Fund’

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April 10, 2024 Statement from Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, regarding City Council consideration of ‘Reproductive Justice Fund’ budget proposal I am very concerned to hear that the City Council is again considering allocation of scarce taxpayer dollars for a “Reproductive Justice Fund” to enable circumvention of Texas state law for abortion procurement out of state….
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​Funeral arrangements set for Bishop John W. Yanta

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Bishop John W. Yanta, a prelate proud of his Polish heritage who traced his lineage to the first settlers of Panna Maria, died in his residence in San Antonio on August 6 — the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord — after years of dealing with a number of serious health ailments with a resolute and prayerful demeanor as he continued to lead and guide work on a number of endeavors close to his heart.
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Archbishop homily at ​Mass of Healing in Uvalde July 17

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Saint Paul says to the Colossians that – through his own suffering – he joins Christ in his afflictions for the sake of his people. The Lord had died on the Cross and Paul was eventually beheaded. It is certainly a great mystery that our almighty God – who is infinitely good – allows the misfortune of the innocent at the hands of the wicked or the negligent. But in Jesus he reveals to us that, although the Father allows even his only Son to suffer the consequences of our sins, he does so with one purpose: to save us from ourselves. The Lord has no need to take sides. He is the reference for what good is. And not a single drop of our Lord’s blood is spilled in vain! He is the Prince of Peace. It is up to us to join him in his purpose.
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Archbishop homily at memorial Mass for migrants June 30

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Dear people of God. Present here, we have bishops, clergy, leaders of different faith communities, people who are dedicated to serve the migrants, public servants, consuls from different nations, women and men in consecrated life. In a special way we recognize migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and many other nations present here, who have come to pray and show solidarity with what happened. Thank you for giving a human face to our migrant brothers and sisters.
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Archbishop Gustavo statement about deaths of 53 people

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We pray for the souls of the 53 people who died in such a cruel, inhuman manner last night, and also keep in prayer the 12 survivors – adults and children – as well as their families and all of the first responders who assisted and saved lives and must now carry with them the memories of this scene of carnage.
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​Statement of Archbishop Gustavo regarding Dobbs ruling

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I am truly heartened and overjoyed by today’s historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturns the Roe v. Wade decision after nearly five decades. In the United States, that tragic ruling has resulted in the deaths of more than 60 million babies in the womb since the early 1970s.
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​USCCB statement on U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs ruling

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In response to the Supreme Court of the United States issuing its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
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Supreme Court rules for Maine religious schools

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision June 21 in the case of Carson v. Makin, which challenged a decision by the First Circuit to allow the State of Maine to exclude religious schools from a tuition assistance benefit on the basis that those schools include religion as part of their instruction. By vote of 6-3, the Court ruled in favor of the petitioners.
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Archbishop’s homily from Feast of Corpus Christi Mass

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After the liberation from Egypt, all Jewish priests had to be descendants of Aaron. Animals were often offered as victims in religious sacrifices, not the fruit of the earth and work of human hands, such as wine and bread. But Melchizedek’s priesthood is much older. We do not know his origin nor do we know if he had descendants. Melchizedek is a mysterious priest-king. His name means king of justice.
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Homily of Archbishop Gustavo in Uvalde on May 29

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The Church is a mother. La Iglesia es madre. All the baptized are represented here by this congregation. We are all members of the Church. Todos somos Iglesia. As a mother to those suffering in Uvalde, today we look up, towards heaven, begging the Father to show them his mercy. And we embrace the families as a mother her children. We cry like a mother does! Our children have been taken away! The pain of families in Uvalde is our own. We need to pray passionately for them and their children.
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​Archbishop letter regarding consecration of Russia and Ukraine

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I have previously advised you through the Presbyteral Council that that I will be signing a revised Proclamation of the Pastoral Vision of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on Friday, March 25, 2022, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. This important event will take place at 9:30 a.m. during a televised Mass celebrated at Our Lady’s Chapel at Assumption Seminary. This document will be sent to you for publishing on your social media platforms and in your parish, school, or agency locations.
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​Online encounter: The Fruits of Living as a Synodal Church

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The Archdiocese of San Antonio invited all the people of God to join Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette and guest speakers Professor Rafael Luciani and Father David McCallum, SJ, from the Theology and Methodology Commissions of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops to the online encounter on January 8 hosted by Yesenia Ramirez, executive director of Catholic Television of San Antonio.
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​God cares passionately for His people, archbishop tells those assembled for Our Lady of Guadalupe l

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A longtime San Antonio tradition, the Our Lady of Guadalupe midnight Mass at San Fernando Cathedral, again saw a full sanctuary on December 12, and while the large serenata celebration usually held just prior was pre-taped this year, matachines and drummers insured that music and dance were still part of the festivities.
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