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General That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency, and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens. Mission That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centers, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity, and peace.
General That every national and transnational institution may strive to guarantee respect for human life from conception to natural death. Mission That the churches in Asia, which constitute a “little flock” among non-Christian populations, may know how to communicate the Gospel and give joyful witness to their adherence to Christ.
General That the shameful and monstrous commerce in human beings, which sadly involves millions of women and children, may be ended. Mission That ordained ministers, religious women and men, and laypeople involved in apostolic work may understand how to infuse missionary enthusiasm into the communities entrusted to their care.
…and standing up for him. In this time of attack on the Holy Father, it’s imperative that Catholics know the facts. We’ve posted some here and here. Fr. Z is beginning a series on his blog to provide “fair and balanced reporting on clerical sexual abuse.” (He’s also encouraging readers to respond in support of [...]
General That every tendency to fundamentalism and extremism may be countered by constant respect, by tolerance, and by dialogue among all believers. Mission That Christians persecuted for the sake of the Gospel may persevere, sustained by the Holy Spirit, in faithfully witnessing to the love of God for the entire human race.
A number of interesting stories have crossed my screen this week. I haven’t had time to post each individually, but wanted to draw attention to some of them nonetheless. This link will take you to the YouTube video “‘Unwanted’: A Story about Choice.” It’s about one child–a child of rape–and the effect of his mother’s [...]
General That the world economy may be managed according to the principles of justice and equity, taking into account the real needs of peoples, especially the poorest. Mission That the Churches in Africa may be signs and instruments of reconciliation and justice in every part of that continent.
General For all scholars and intellectuals, that by means of a sincere search for truth they may arrive at an understanding of the one true God. Mission That the Church, aware of its own missionary identity, may strive to follow Christ faithfully and to proclaim His Gospel to all peoples.
From the USCCB:
In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, the Anchoress has news updates, as well as links to organizations where we can donate to help with relief efforts (h/t to American Papist). Also from AMP: Early reports from the region suggest an unmitigated disaster: the Archbishop of Haiti, Joseph Serge Miot has died in the rubble, [...]
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