"Who does not long for a better kind of politics? Recent years have shown beyond any doubt that political discourse and activity here in the United States, and in virtually every region of the world, is broken, ineffective and even harmful to the common good of humanity. This is not the way it should be. As Pope Francis observes, 'Sadly, politics today often takes forms that hinder progress towards a different world.' As a result, many people have begun to wonder whether there is any hope for the future." Read more of Cardinal Tobin's column and newsletter here...
Creating dignified conditions for quality living in countries of origin is essential to avoiding what the pope calls “unnecessary migration,” but when this is not possible for political, economic or cultural reasons, our response must be one of respect and hospitality. The four words welcome, protect, promote and integrate each describe concrete actions that we are called to take on behalf of our sisters and brothers who have been forced to flee their homelands.
The Archdiocese of Newark’s African American, African, and Caribbean Apostolate will celebrate Black History Month with four special Masses and Synod listening sessions in local parishes throughout the archdiocese during the month of February. All are invited to attend to honor Black culture and its impact on American history. Click here for details.
The Archdiocese of Newark will honor women and men who are committed to consecrated or religious life during its 25th annual Consecrated Life Mass on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. in Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., will preside over the Mass. All are welcome to attend. The Mass will also be livestreamed for those who prefer to participate virtually.
Every human life is sacred. Every person is a child of God who possesses incomparable dignity and worth—no matter what his or her state in life or personal gifts and talents. Regardless of who we are; or what our background is; or the state of our physical, emotional or mental health; or our accomplishments; or our race, religion or cultural heritage; or our age; or our social status; every individual human being is precious in the sight of God and, therefore, should also be valuable in the eyes of his or her fellow human beings.
Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a proclamation designating the week of January 30 – February 5, 2022, as Catholic Schools' Week in New Jersey and acknowledging the contributions of Catholic schools to the public welfare of all New Jerseyans. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools’ Week is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.”
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our profound disappointment and deep concern about the passage of S49/A6260 - - the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which codifies into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions. This law departs from the fundamental Catholic teaching that all life is sacred from conception to natural death.
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our strongest opposition to S49/A6260. This harmful legislation would: codify into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions; potentially violate the religious freedom of healthcare workers and hospitals; and require private businesses to expand group health coverage to include abortion services.
In his latest newsletter to the faithful, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., writes, "Peace is such a simple, universal concept. Why is it so hard to achieve—in our personal lives, our families, our neighborhoods and our world?...Peace is the absence of violence, but it’s also much more."
The New Jersey Catholic Conference (NJCC) is calling on Catholics and all people of good will to urge their state elected officials to vote “no” on S49/A6260, legislation which effectively serves as a replacement to the Reproductive Freedom Act (RFA). The RFA was a controversial bill introduced in October 2020 that would have expanded abortion services in New Jersey to include late-term abortions, state-funding for abortions, mandating health insurance coverage for abortion services, and allowing for non-physician medical providers to perform abortions, all of which the NJCC vigorously opposed.
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