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Pope Francis: Religious have ‘special role’ in the Church

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On the 27th World Day for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis recalled the special role religious brothers and sisters have in the Catholic Church. “In the People of God, sent to bring the Gospel to all people, you consecrated men and women have a special role,” the pope said in a written message for February 2….
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St. John Berchmans School teacher named 2023 TCCB Elementary Teacher of the Year

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​In communion with the faithful from all across the archdiocese who will be gathering at 14 locations to take part in Assembly 2022 on November 4; Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette, and Auxiliary Bishop Gary Janak will celebrate a special Mass on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the archbishop’s chapel in his residence to pray for everyone taking part in this journey of missionary discipleship and outreach.
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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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​‘We need God’s light,’ San Antonio prelate says at Christmas Eve midnight Mass

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The birth of the Prince of Peace was celebrated at the Nativity of the Lord on December 25 at San Fernando Cathedral during a midnight Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, in which the San Antonio prelate wished everyone a Merry Christmas
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​San Fernando Cathedral La Gran Posada a reminder for today

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La Gran Posada, a Christmas tradition dating back to colonial times in the city of San Antonio and continued to this day, was presented by San Fernando Cathedral on December 19. Las Posadas are celebrated to prepare for the birth of Christ. The Spanish word posada translates into lodging in English. Each posada re-enacts the biblical account of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus’ birth.
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Archdiocesan attendees set ‘Ablaze’ by Holy Spirit at National Catholic Youth Conference

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More than 10,000 young people, including close to 100 from the Archdiocese of San Antonio, gathered last month in Indianapolis for an experience of faith and community in the name of Christ. The event was the National Catholic Youth Conference, hosted by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
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