Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

VATICAN DICASTERY DISABILITY VATICAN The #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities begins from 6 December with a series of video testimonies of Christians living with disabilities. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch on Monday of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, “I am Church!” “I am Church” through Baptism In his message to persons with disabilities on the occasion of the International Day dedicated to them, Pope Francis noted that Baptism gives each one of us, “without exclusion or discrimination, the possibility of exclaiming, ‘I am Church!'” Echoing the Pope’s words, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the videos, which will be released weekly, with the aim of highlighting the contribution that persons with disabilities offer to the ecclesial community on a daily basis. The videos will illustrate the work of evangelization carried out by some young deaf persons in Mexico, of a monastery in France where several nuns with...

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life – Vatican News

US Bishops: Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life In a letter to Congress, several committee chairmen of the US Bishops’ Conference have expressed their opposition to proposed legislation, warning that it poses legal and social threats to citizens. By Vatican News staff writer Five US Bishop committee chairmen have expressed their opposition to the recent reintroduction of the Equality Act (H. R. 5), scheduled to be voted upon by the House of Representatives in coming days. In a letter jointly signed by the chairs of the USCCB committees on Religious Liberty, Pro-Life, Marriage, Catholic Education and Domestic Justice, they highlight threats posed by the proposed law to both people of faith and of no faith, to the right of freedom of speech, as well as to faith-based charities and health-care workers with conscience objections, among others. Gender discrimination, abortion and the Equality Act The Bishops warned that the Equality Act, while purporting to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from discrimination, rather represents an imposition by Congress “of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding ‘gender’ on individuals and organizations;” including dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as a social construct. Re-echoing Pope...

Save Babies in NJ from Gov. Murphy’s Abortion Sentence

Save Babies in NJ from Gov. Murphy’s Abortion Sentence     Your help is needed immediately to stop the Reproductive Freedom Act, the most radical abortion bill ever proposed in this state. NJ already holds the infamous status of the most unsafe state in the nation for a baby in the womb, as abortion facilities outnumber pro-life pregnancy centers, 50 -37. As the life movement continues to win the public debate regarding protections for babies in the womb, Gov. Murphy, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Sen. Linda Greenstein and 14 Assembly members have put forth a bill that would seal the fate of the unborn for decades to come in our state. Currently, NJ has no restrictions on abortion. Any abortion regulations that passed the legislative process in previous decades were found to be unconstitutional by activist judges in our state. Therefore, our abortion laws reflect those of Communist China and North Korea. The Reproductive Freedom Act will now codify into law the extreme anti-life policies practiced in only a handful of nations. This includes: Babies can be aborted up to the point of birth. Pregnant teenage moms can abort their children without the abortionist or school officials ever notifying parents....

Choices Matter Program – Paterson Diocese

Making Its Way to the Paterson Diocese on November 2 See below for details, information, registration links HOME OUR SPEAKERS SAMPLE PRESENTATION TESTIMONIALS APPLICATION The “Choices Matter” program will be visiting the Paterson Diocese on November 2.  See below for more information and how to register for it and other events this Fall in the Diocese. The program brings in speakers to share their stories about the impact underage drinking had on their lives to the student body. The life changing presentation led by Chris Sandy has been shared with over one million students across the country. In addition, the program includes an opportunity for the students to participate in interactive demonstrations throughout the day with a safe driving simulator and impairment goggles.  The program was incredibly well received by those schools that participated last year and we are excited about expanding the efforts to reach additional schools this year. October 6 National Life Chain You can find the flyer by clicking here. October 13 Knights of Columbus New Jersey State Council Family Rosary Rally  Northern New Jersey Click here for the flyer. November 2 Choices Matter Conference Click here for the flyer. Click here for the FaceBook page. Source: Choices Matter...