#ShortNews: 2018 Catholic social ministry gathering to focus on racism, environment, immigration

The 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and 16 collaborating organizations, attracts more than 500 participants from around the country and seeks to equip Catholic leaders to bring the voice of faith to the public square. This year’s theme is “Building Community: A Call to the Common Good.” Participants will focus on issues such as racism, the environment and immigration.

When: February 3-6, 2018.

Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington DC, 20008.

Press release available at: www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-249.cfm

More information is available online: www.catholicsocialministrygathering.org/

Read More: http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-018.cfm

#ShortNews: Church in US needs to take more decisive action against racism

Since 1979, the study found, only 18 percent of U.S. bishops had issued statements condemning racism. Of those, very few addressed systemic racism. In addition, the study noted that many diocesan seminaries and ministry formation programs were inadequate in terms of their incorporation of the history, culture and traditions of the black community.

The committee has begun with the reality, as expressed in “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” that “Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family…and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.”

Read More: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/01/25/usccb-anti-racism-committee-will-seek-improve-churchs-role-racial-relations

#ShortNews: Singapore prelate calls on catechists to be Christ’s missionary disciples

Catechumens, children, students of a catechism class “should see Christ in their catechists. The important thing is your encounter with Christ”: as Agenzia Fides learns, this was a message Archbishop of Singapore Goh shared with more than 300 catechists who gathered to welcome the new catechetical year with the traditional meeting held in recent days at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Center.

Archbishop Goh outlined the process of forming catechumens “into missionary disciples”: First, help the person to encounter Jesus; help the person to discover who she/he is in Christ; help the person to “reach out to others” in turn”. Catechists need to get to know their catechumens personally and Archbishop Goh expressed his hope for smaller groups in catechesis.

Read More: http://www.fides.org/en/news/63620-ASIA_SINGAPORE_Archbishop_Goh_to_catechists_The_important_thing_is_your_encounter_with_Christ