Free Webinar on Pornography for Parents and Church Leaders

The Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP), will host a free webinar entitled Parents, Kids and Porn: The Conversation on May 15 (noon) and May 22 (8 p.m.). The webinar will address how to initiate age appropriate discussion free of fear and shame, how to approach technology, social media and pornography and ultimately how to provide ways to create an atmosphere of openness and honesty in homes where parents are the go-to person for their children.

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U.S. Bishops Reflect on the Life and Work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Administrative Committee serves as the Board of Trustees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Committee’s full statement follows:

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SPECIAL REPORT Pope Francis’ 5th Anniversary

By Peggy DeKeyser

Pope Francis is a pontiff of firsts, to be sure. The first pope from the Americas, he is also the first Jesuit, the first non-European since Gregory III, a Syrian, in 741, and the first from south of the equator.

Five years ago, on March 13, 2013, white smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signifying his election to the papacy by a two-thirds majority of cardinal electors. To mark his fifth anniversary as Holy Father, let’s take a look at some accomplishments and interesting facts about Pope Francis.

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Call to Prayer and Action Urging Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emails and calls asking for enactment of the Conscience Protection Act as part of the 2018 funding bill and to pray for this outcome. Congress is currently considering whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation, and a decision on the Conscience Protection Act’s inclusion will be made prior to March 23, 2018.

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