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Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Bishop Oscar Cantu urge Congress to protect programs that help the poor and vulnerable  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:59 PM
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. bishops stand ready to work with Congress “to protect poor and vulnerable people, promote human life and dignity, and advance the common good,” said the bishops who chair two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a November 17 letter to Congress. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, urged Congressional leaders to draw a “circle of protection” around programs serving the poor and vulnerable as they weigh spending and tax legislation.

“As pastors, we see every day the human consequences of budget choices. Our Catholic community defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. These voices are too often missing from public policy debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources,” wrote Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú.

Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú chair the USCCB committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, respectively.

They highlighted nutrition for women, infants and children; affordable housing; community health centers; and mental health services and workforce development as programs that should not be cut. They also expressed support for extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú also noted the importance of poverty-focused international assistance, humanitarian and disaster assistance, long-term development programs and international food and agriculture programs.

Full text of the letter is available online: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/federal-budget/upload/wenski-cantu-to-congress-federal-spending-2014-11-17.pdf


Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, Archbishop William E. Lori urge Congress to include abortion non-discrimination act in funding legislation  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:57 PM
Washington, D.C. - Congress should incorporate the protections of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) into must-pass funding legislation, said the chairmen of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a November 17 letter to Congress. Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore cited the California Department of Managed Health Care’s recent move to mandate elective abortions in all health plans under its jurisdiction, with no religious or moral exemption, as one urgent reason for Congress to improve federal laws protecting conscience rights on abortion.

“The crisis in California requires Congress to reaffirm a principle that has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support: Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop offering or covering much-needed legitimate health care because they cannot in conscience participate in destroying a developing human life,” wrote Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Lori. They chair the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively.

Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Lori noted that such rules proposed in California and other states violate the longstanding Weldon amendment, which forbids governmental bodies receiving federal funds from discriminating against those who object to taking part in abortion or abortion coverage. However, that law lacks an effective means of enforcement and has been subject to legal challenges. The bishops support ANDA as an assurance of greater legal protection. Its protections were included in the U.S. House of Representatives’ draft version of the Labor/HHS appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, but that act was ultimately not passed by Congress.

“We strongly urge you to incorporate ANDA into must-pass funding legislation at your earliest possible opportunity,” the bishops concluded.

Full text of the letter is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/Abortion-Non-Discrimination-Act-O-Malley-Lori-Letter-to-Congress-11-17-2014.pdf

More information on the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/upload/the-need-for-the-abortion-non-discrimination-act.pdf


Annual collection benefits 35,000 sisters, brothers, priests in religious orders  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:54 PM
Washington, D.C. - The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held in most U.S. Catholic parishes December 13-14. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.

The 2013 appeal raised nearly $28.4 million, enabling the NRRO to distribute $23 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities. Additional funding is allocated for communities with the greatest needs and for retirement planning and educational resources.

Catholic bishops in the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds are distributed to eligible communities to help underwrite such day-to-day needs as prescription medications and nursing care. Since the collection began, Catholics have contributed $726 million. Over 93 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.

Despite the overwhelming generosity to this fund, many religious communities continue to lack resources sufficient to support retirement and eldercare. Of 590 communities submitting data to the NRRO in 2013, fewer than eight percent were fully funded for retirement.

The financial crisis is rooted in low salaries and changing demographics. Traditionally, Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests—known collectively as women and men religious—worked for small stipends that furnished only the basics of daily living. As a result, many communities lack adequate retirement savings. At the same time, elderly religious are living longer and now outnumber younger, wage-earning religious. Sixty-eight percent of religious in communities providing data to the NRRO are past age 70, and the income of those engaged in compensated ministry cannot keep pace with the growing cost of eldercare. In 2013 alone, the total cost of care for senior women and men religious was over $1.2 billion.

In recent years, the NRRO has expanded efforts to help religious communities address the root causes of the retirement-funding shortage. For many, a major obstacle to financial stability is the struggle to maintain outdated congregational properties while providing quality eldercare. In 2013, the NRRO received a $2.5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, payable over three years. A substantial portion of this award is being dedicated to the creation of educational programming and resources related to effective property planning and management.

“Despite the troubling statistics, many religious communities have made great strides in addressing their funding deficits, and contributions to the Retirement Fund for Religious have bolstered this progress,” said Precious Blood Sister Janice Bader, NRRO’s executive director. “Religious are humbled by the generous donations to this fund and determined to make the most out of every dollar.”

More information is available at www.retiredreligious.org


USCCB chairmen welcome FCC chairman’s proposal to permanently raise funding for program assisting Catholic schools with broadband internet access  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:52 PM
Washington, D.C. - Two U.S. bishops applauded a proposal by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission that would help provide sustainable broadband capacity to Catholic schools. In a November 18 letter, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha and Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City expressed their appreciation and support for the proposal of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to permanently increase the funding level of the E-Rate program. The proposal is subject to a vote of the full Commission, December 11.

“The E-rate program is a vital resource to the Catholic schools in the United States and an important means for ensuring all children have access to the internet,” wrote Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Wester. “Last year, Catholic schools educated 1,974,578 students in 6,594 Catholic schools, 3,200 of which participated in the E-Rate program.”

Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Wester chair, respectively, the Committees on Catholic Education and Communications of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishops said the E-Rate program, while successful in helping schools gain access to telecommunications services, the Internet and other technology funds, has been “consistently and severely underfunded.” They said the proposal to fund the E-Rate program at $3.9 billion annually will allow public and private schools previously unable to participate in the program “to provide 21st century education and learning with the additional funding connecting students and their teachers to high-speed broadband.”

They noted the difference the proposed funding would make in the lives of Catholic school students: “It will improve Catholic student outcomes by allowing our teachers to take full advantage of the online and digital resources and tools needed to transform teaching and learning. Finally, the additional funding will ensure adequate access to connectivity, including a focus on our schools in disadvantaged communities so that everyone, everywhere – rural, urban and suburban – has access to sufficient capacity. Catholic schools have a rich tradition of educating the disadvantaged and the underserved children in this country and doing it well.”

Full text of the letter is available online: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/public-policy/upload/E-Rate_Letter_to_Chairman_Wheeler-Nov__18-Final-2.pdf


Mount Marty College Concert Band presents fall band concert  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:42 PM
The Mount Marty College Concert Band, directed by Dean Rettedal, will present the fall concert on Sunday, November 23 at 7:30 pm in Marian Auditorium on the Mount Marty College campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

The band will open the concert with a famous Sousa march, “The Liberty Bell”. The rest of the concert will feature a variety of styles of music including: Ployhar’s “Song of Praise”, which is based on the hymn, “This is My Father’s World”; the Symphonic Suite from the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves; “Triumph of the Argonauts” – a brand new Robert Sheldon work about a band of heroes in Greek mythology; “Chase the Shouting Wind” – a fast paced piece based on the poem “High Flight”, written by a World War II pilot experiencing the thrill and freedom of flight.
 
The band, under the direction of Dean Rettedal, includes: Amy Berning - Comfrey, MN; Kelsey Thury - Mitchell, SD; Megan Leader - Crofton, NE; Nathan Porras - Crofton, NE; Samantha Huber - Sioux Falls, SD; Sarah Donovan - Gretna, NE; Tessa Carda - Armour, SD; Trisha Kaufman - Armour, SD; Jenny Bjergaard - Yankton, SD; Kristen Shanahan – Burke, SD; Martee Herman - Yankton, SD; S. Candyce Chrystal - Yankton, SD; Robbie Neswick- Sioux City, IA; Ellen Renz, Lennox, SD; S. Corinne Lammer – Yankton, SD; Christian Petrich – Lennox, SD; Abbey Keffeler, Piedmont, SD; Morgan Citterman, Ivanhoe, MN; S. Kathy Burt – Yankton, SD; Wayne Sharp – Yankton, SD; Kelsey Abbey – Elk Point, SD; William Danner – N. Sioux City, SD; Bobbi Jo Carr – Yankton, SD; Hannah, Buchholz, Tyndall, SD; Sean Bauder – Tyndall, SD; Alan Ferris – Yankton, SD; Kelsey Sutera, Tyndall, SD; Natalie Ferris, Yankton, SD; Todd Carr - Yankton, SD; Alexander Olson, Long Grove, IA; Gabriel Goehring, Okoboji, IA; Aaron Schmeling – Vermillion, SD; Kevin Cosman – Yankton, SD; Elliot Bierwagen – Sioux Falls, SD; Rebecca Bryan – Murdo, SD; Elly Miller – Vermillion, SD; Kendra Rock – Canton, SD; S. Debra Kolecka – Yankton, SD; Taylor Wingert, Valley Springs, SD; Jason Denne, Sioux City, IA.

For more information on the Mount Marty College Concert Band, please visit www.mtmc.edu/arts/music/Band.aspx or contact Dean Rettedal at 605-668-1538 or drettedal@mtmc.edu.

Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, the college exists as a community of learners. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills, and a composite of moral, spiritual, and social values. With an enrollment of over 1,100 students at all three locations and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning. To learn more about Mount Marty College visit www.mtmc.edu. 

Avera McKennan earns highest nursing credential with prestigious Magnet recognition...again  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:39 PM
Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center has again attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

Out of 6,000 U.S. hospitals, Avera McKennan is one of 403 nationally and internationally to be Magnet-recognized, and one of only 26 to be recognized for the fourth consecutive time. In 2001, Avera McKennan was the 36th hospital in the nation to earn Magnet status. Redesignation was earned in 2005, 2010 and now in 2014.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to communities in our region,” said Judy Blauwet, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations at Avera McKennan. “To earn Magnet recognition once was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for the fourth time underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

Magnet recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence. To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes. If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant. After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

In particular, the Magnet Model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research and measurement of outcomes. Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as

• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information

• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue

• Higher job satisfaction among nurses

“We’re a better institution today because of the Magnet process over the past 14 years,” Blauwet said. “It has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high-quality care that helped us become a Magnet facility, and it’s why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today.”

About Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

The multi-campus facilities of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center include its 545-bed tertiary care hospital, the Avera Behavioral Health Center, primary and specialty care clinics, long-term care and more. Avera McKennan is recognized for excellence in cancer care, critical care, emergency medicine and trauma, air ambulance services, behavioral health, gastroenterology, endocrinology and diabetes care, hospice, imaging, medical education and research, brain and spine care, women’s health care, pediatrics, neonatology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and a full range of wellness services. Avera McKennan partners with the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota to offer award-winning cardiac care. Avera McKennan is a member of Avera Health with 300 locations and more than 15,000 physicians and employees in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.
 

USCCB Secretariat on Cultural Diversity in the Church to assess the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the United States  
Thursday, November 20, 2014  1:36 PM
Washington, D.C. - In the coming months, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church will conduct a nationwide assessment of the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. Findings from this project will be used to formulate a broader National Pastoral Plan.

“Building upon the USCCB’s mission of evangelization, and desiring to minister in the best possible way to all Catholics, the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church has determined the need for a National Pastoral Plan for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics,” said Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno, Nevada, chairman of the Subcommittee for Asian and Pacific Islands Affairs. “This plan aims to identify current conditions and needs, revealing how faith is lived and expressed in culturally-specific contexts.”

The assessment will be conducted by a team of social scientists, led by Tricia Bruce, Ph.D. of Maryville College in Tennessee and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), and will include the participation of pastoral leaders such as bishops and diocesan directors, pastors and pastoral teams,volunteers and parishioners. The survey (http://bit.ly/NSAPICUS) will include questions related to liturgy, formation, leadership, identity, integration, as well as family and community among Asian and Pacific Island Catholics.

The study will also convene focus groups at large gatherings, such as the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and the Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, and will conduct extensive interviews with influential leaders who minister to these communities.

Participation in these efforts is essential to help the Catholic Church develop a better understanding of the contributions and needs of such a diverse community, Bishop Calvo said.

“Today, the Church continues to be enriched by the presence and growth of people of Asian and Pacific Island descent who now constitute six percent of the overall United States population. They represent a wide diversity of groups and cultures,” Bishop Calvo said. “Some are new immigrants, others are well-established, and an increasing number are U.S. born. Some come from distant lands and others, such as Hawaiians or Guamanians, are native to the U.S.”

The project’s findings will be summarized in a report and will inform the development of a National Pastoral Plan for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics.

More information on the USCCB Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs can be found online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/asian-pacific-islander/index.cfm


USCCB subcommittee approves over $9.2 million in grants to the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean  
Monday, November 17, 2014  9:07 AM
Washington, D.C. - At their meeting on November 8, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 197 projects, totaling over $3.2 million. The funds will be disbursed as grants to aid the pastoral work of the Church in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

“This collection gives help to Catholic communities in the Latin America and Caribbean countries that are struggling with poverty, sometimes violence and a lack of resources,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the subcommittee. “All the members of the subcommittee travel to visit our funded projects and speak with the people and local bishops. We see first-hand what a difference these grants make, and how the Church is built up by the solidarity of Catholics here in the United States,” the bishop stated. “We also are supporting capacity development for stewardship and fundraising throughout the region,” he continued, referring to a grant to help fund stewardship development and a deeper understanding of Catholic giving among Church leaders in the region.

At this meeting, the subcommittee funded projects that focus on the formation of lay leaders, catechists, seminarians, and men and women religious. The subcommittee also funded several projects that carry out the call to the new evangelization and that strengthen and catechize families. Of special note are grants that were awarded to support attendance at the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia next year.

In Brazil, a grant of $30,000 will support the network of Women’s Help Centers (Centro de Apoyo a la Mujer). These centers reach out by phone and online to offer women facing an unexpected pregnancy support and information. To date, the center claims 177,000 lives saved through their outreach.

In many areas of Latin America, rural communities may become isolated from the life of society and the Church. In Chile, a grant for $25,000 will train 90 young people as missionaries. These young people will attend workshops and receive training to go out to 30 parishes across seven dioceses to build community and include rural youth in the life of the Church.

In addition to 21 pastoral projects for the Church in Haiti funded by the regular parish Collection for the Church in Latin America, the subcommittee also approved 6 projects for the reconstruction of churches in that country, totaling nearly $6 million. Funding for these projects comes from the Special Collection for the Church in Haiti taken in 2010. One such project is the reconstruction of the parish of St. Louis Roi de France, located in Port-au-Prince, which was completely destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. A grant of $1,761,935 will complete funds provided by others to cover the church reconstruction portion of a $2.6 million project that includes new basement facilities.

All USCCB aid for reconstruction work in Haiti goes through the Partnership for Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti (PROCHE), an entity of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference. Since the Special Collection for Haiti was taken in dioceses across the United States, a total of nearly $22.65 million has been awarded to reconstruction projects.

The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America oversees the Collection for the Church in Latin America as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. More information on this collection and a complete list of approved projects can be found online www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america.


Avera Celebrates Rural Health Day Nov. 20  
Monday, November 17, 2014  8:56 AM
Avera Health joins other state and national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America and increase awareness of rural health issues. Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an annual celebration on the third Thursday of each November.

Rural communities face unique health care needs, including an aging population, a shortage of medical professionals, and disproportionate funding levels.

As a health network serving a largely rural area, Avera has a long-standing commitment to rural health. Avera has more than 300 locations in 100 communities throughout a five-state region. Avera covers a service area of more than 72,000 square miles and 86 counties.

On Rural Health Day, Avera salutes the local practitioners who provide quality health care throughout the region. For example, Kanya Vanadurongvan, MD, known as Dr. Kay, and Vichit Vanadurongvan, MD, known as Dr. Van, have been practicing in Milbank, S.D., for 30 years. “We are caring for our friends and neighbors. We have had the opportunity to care for four generations in the same families,” Dr. Kay said. “Many have become close friends and we will continue to have a long-lasting relationship with them.”

Rural health has evolved and improved throughout the past decades, Dr. Kay said, with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services available locally. “For difficult and emergency cases we have immediate access to e-services support, and if the need arises, we can provide a direct channel to a specialist in the Avera system.”

“Instead of asking patients to drive to an urban center for health care services, Avera excels at providing quality care, close to home, through community hospitals, local clinics, eCARE, air transport and more. We work hard to support our health care professionals who serve in rural locations, and the patients who reside there in order to help ensure a secure future for quality health care services,” said Rachael Sherard, Senior Vice President for Rural Health Services, Avera Health.

Avera’s Rural Health Institute collaborates with community leaders and other agencies to find solutions to challenges that affect rural health care through educational health planning, consulting, economic development, leadership development, strategic planning and grant writing.

Avera eCARE is a specialized program that benefits quality rural health care. Avera eCARE harnesses interactive video and computer technology to extend specialty care from a “virtual hospital” in Sioux Falls throughout a 545,000-square-mile area across eight states. Having impacted more than 210,000 patients, the system has saved an estimated $143 million in health care costs.

Avera eCARE has several distinct arms that serve varied needs: eICU, eConsult, eEmergency, ePharmacy, eLTC and eUrgent Care-Correctional Facilities.

“To our knowledge, no one else in the world is doing what we’re doing in a rural setting,” said Deanna Larson, Senior Vice President of Quality and eCARE, Avera Health. “We built upon solutions that were already in place to continue the Avera mission to make a positive impact in the lives and health of individuals and communities.”

Approximately 62 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” notes NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

To learn more, visit Avera.org 

Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families; USCCB president says papal visit will be ‘joyful moment’  
Monday, November 17, 2014  8:55 AM
Washington, D.C. - The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

“The presence of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in our country will be a joyful moment for millions of Catholics and people of good will. Our great hope has been that the Holy Father would visit us next year to inspire our families in their mission of love. It is a blessing to hear the pope himself announce the much anticipated news,” said Archbishop Kurtz.

The World Meeting of Families, sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families and is held every three years.World Meeting of Families 2015 will be September 22-25, 2015, hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and will focus on the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on society.

More information about the meeting, including open registration, is available online: www.worldmeeting2015.org/

The Vatican has not announced additional dates or cities for the 2015 papal visit at this time.


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