In March 2014, the Oklahoma-based Catholic Benefits Association filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma to challenge the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that requires nearly all employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers conscience-violating contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and related counseling.
In his latest "Put Out into the Deep" column, Archbishop Paul Coakley asked the faithful of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to join him in praying for the success of this lawsuit.
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Catholic Relief Services worker Carmen Matty-Cervantes has always had an appetite for international missions – if not necessarily an appetite for sunny side-up eggs.
In an effort to reduce and eliminate child abuse, both religious and civic groups throughout the nation designate the month of April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month.” This year, the Office of Safe Environment of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has tried to work in cooperation with other groups to help promote the observance of this important month, which is designed to raise awareness about the problem of child abuse in our society.
Christian evangelization and the advancement of human flourishing are profoundly connected because Christ not only redeems individual persons, but also restores social relationships, the two bishops of Oklahoma said recently.
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"Go Make Disciples" is the new, five-year vision statement of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
"This vision will guide our archdiocesan family over the course of the next five years," Archbishop Coakley has said. "It is where we are going. It is the vision against which we will evaluate and justify our initiatives, programs, ministries and expenditures. It reflects who we are and what we do."
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It seems unprecedented today that Pope Francis has so quickly been anointed with “rock star” status, the highest accolade that our popular culture bestows upon its heroes. Already during the first year of his Pontificate his humble smiling image has graced the cover of Time, Esquire and other secular periodicals. He is certainly the first pope to have his picture on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine! He has been depicted as Superman by a graffiti artist on the streets of Rome. The Holy Father wisely ignores this sort of popular acclaim. He knows that it is likely to fade as quickly as the morning dew!
But on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis will preside at the double canonization of two of his predecessors who each in their own time won the hearts and fired the imaginations of the Church and the wider world. They are being offered to the Church and to the world not as “rock stars” but as saints. Through the canonization of Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII Pope Francis is affirming the kind of human and Christian qualities that have enduring universal value, indeed eternal value.
Parece sin precedentes hoy que el Papa Francisco tan rápidamente ha sido ungido con el estatus de "estrella de rock", el galardón más importante que nuestra cultura popular concede a sus héroes. Ya durante el primer año de su pontificado su imagen sonriente e humilde ha aparecido en la portada de Time, Esquire y otras revistas seculares. ¡Él es sin duda el primer Papa de tener su foto en la portada de la revista Rolling Stone! Ha sido descrito como Superman por un artista de grafiti en las calles de Roma. El Santo Padre ignora sabiamente este tipo de aclamación popular. ¡Él sabe que probable desaparezca tan rápidamente como el rocío de la mañana!
Pero el 27 de abril, Domingo de la Divina Misericordia, el Papa Francisco presidirá en la doble canonización de dos de sus predecesores que cada uno a su tiempo se ganó el corazón y disparó la imaginación de la Iglesia y del mundo en general. Ellos se están ofreciendo a la Iglesia y al mundo no como "estrellas de rock", pero como santos. A través de la canonización de San Juan Pablo II y San Juan XXIII, el Papa Francisco está afirmando el tipo de cualidades humanas y cristianas que como valores universales perduran, de hecho son valores eternos.
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