Vatican diplomat criticizes stigmatization of motherhood in some nations (Holy See Mission) Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed a
meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. He said that “while many countries fear that the decline in fertility will lead to economic and cultural tipping points, their public services and protection programs regularly fail to extend to mothers and families the kind of social justice and the economic and employment assistance that would enable them to satisfy their noble desire to enjoy the beauty of motherhood.”
USCCB committee endorses American Dream and Promise Act (USCCB) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration endorsed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R.6), sponsored by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The legislation would “provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders,” the USCCB stated in a news release.
US prelate condemns mosque attacks, calls for prayer (USCCB) “This slaughter of innocent Muslim brothers and sisters praying peacefully is being described as a terrorist attack carried out by a self-identified fascist and his accomplices,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said of the Christchurch mosque shootings.
As Lenten Retreat ends, Pope thanks preacher (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis thanked Abbot Bernardo Francesco Maria Gianni, OSB, the preacher for the Lenten Retreat, as he and the leaders of the Roman Curia finished their annual week-long spiritual exercises. The Pope said that the meditations had caused him to think about the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes, and “the courage of the Council Fathers when they signed that document.”