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Mensaje del Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos con Motivo de la Semana Santa 2020

WASHINGTON – El arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Ángeles, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos emitió una declaración con motivo de la Semana Santa.

El comunicado completo del arzobispo Gomez dice lo siguiente:

“Las generaciones futuras recordarán ésta como la larga Cuaresma del 2020, un tiempo en el que la enfermedad y la muerte de repente oscurecieron toda la tierra. A medida que entramos en la Semana Santa, los días más sagrados del año, los católicos en todo Estados Unidos y el mundo están viviendo en cuarentena, nuestras sociedades están aisladas debido a la pandemia del coronavirus.

Pero sabemos que nuestro Redentor vive. Aún en este extraordinario y desafiante momento, damos gracias por lo que Jesucristo ha hecho por nosotros con su vida, muerte y resurrección. Incluso ahora, nos maravillamos del hermoso misterio de nuestra salvación y de lo valioso que es cada uno de nosotros ante los ojos de Dios.

Estos son tiempos casi sin precedentes en la larga historia de la Iglesia. Al enfrentarnos a esta pandemia mundial, los obispos aquí y en casi todos los países del mundo se han visto obligados a suspender temporalmente las misas, adoraciones públicas y la celebración de los sacramentos.

Mis hermanos obispos y yo estamos dolorosamente conscientes de que muchos de nuestros fieles católicos están preocupados y heridos por la pérdida de la Eucaristía y el consuelo de los sacramentos. Esta es una aflicción amarga que todos sentimos profundamente. Nos duele con nuestra gente y todos anhelamos el día en que podamos reunirnos alrededor del altar del Señor para celebrar los misterios sagrados.

En este momento difícil, le pedimos a Dios por su gracia, para que podamos soportar esta carga junto con la paciencia y la caridad, unidos como una familia de Dios en su Iglesia universal.

El Viernes Santo, en nombre de los obispos de Estados Unidos, voy a rezar las Letanías al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús para pedir por el fin de la pandemia del coronavirus.
 
Les pido que se unan a mí en esta oración nacional que va a ser transmitida por internet a las 9am en la Costa Oeste y a las 12pm en la Costa Este. Unámonos como una sola familia de Dios aquí en Estados Unidos para pedirle a nuestro Señor su misericordia.

El Santo Padre ha concedido una indulgencia plenaria especial para quienes recen por el fin de esta pandemia. Para recibir esta indulgencia, usted deberá rezar las Letanías al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús el Viernes Santo, arrepentirse mucho por sus pecados, recibir el Sacramento de la Reconciliación tan pronto como sea posible y rezar por las intenciones de Papa.

En el corazón de Jesús, clavado y colgado de la cruz el Viernes Santo, vemos el amor de Dios por la humanidad, su amor por cada uno de nosotros.

Esta Semana Santa será diferente. Nuestras iglesias podrán estar cerradas, pero Cristo no está en cuarentena y su Evangelio no está encadenado. El corazón de nuestro Señor permanece abierto a todos los hombres y mujeres. Aunque no podamos adorarlo juntos, cada uno de nosotros puede buscarlo en las profundidades de nuestros propios corazones.

Porque él nos ama y porque su amor nunca puede cambiar, no debemos tener miedo, incluso en este momento de prueba y dificultad. En estos misterios que recordamos esta semana, renovemos nuestra fe en su amor. Y pidamos a nuestra Santísima Madre María que interceda por nosotros, para que nos libere de todo mal y nos conceda paz en nuestros días".

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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Papa Francisco, arzobispo José H. Gomez, Letanías al Sagrado Corazón, Semana Santa, Viernes Santo.


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President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases Message for Holy Week 2020

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement for Holy Week.

Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows:

“Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth. As we enter into Holy Week, these most sacred days of the year, Catholics across the United States and the world are living under quarantine, our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

“But we know that our Redeemer lives. Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us by his life, death, and resurrection. Even now, we marvel at the beautiful mystery of our salvation, how precious each one of us is in the eyes of God.

“These are times almost without precedent in the long history of the Church. In the face of this worldwide contagion, bishops here and in almost every country have been forced to temporarily suspend public worship and celebration of the sacraments.

“My brother bishops and I are painfully aware that many of our Catholic people are troubled and hurt by the loss of the Eucharist and the consolation of the sacraments. This is a bitter affliction that we all feel deeply. We ache with our people and we long for the day when we can be reunited around the altar of the Lord to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

“In this difficult moment, we ask God for his grace, that we might bear this burden together with patience and charity, united as one family of God in his universal Church.

“On Good Friday, on behalf of the bishops in the United States, I will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I ask you to join me in this prayer, which will be livestreamed over the internet at 9 a.m. on the West Coast and 12 noon on the East Coast. Let us join as one family of God here in the United States in asking our Lord for his mercy.

“The Holy Father has granted a special plenary indulgence to those who pray for an end to this pandemic. To receive this indulgence, you need to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday, be truly sorry for your sins and desire to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as it is possible, and you need to pray for the intentions of the Pope.

“In the heart of Jesus, pierced as he hung on the cross on Good Friday, we see the love of God for humanity, his love for each one of us.

“This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacles of our own hearts.

“Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love. And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us, that he might deliver us from every evil and grant us peace in our day.”

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Litany of the Sacred Heart, Holy Week, Good Friday.


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Bishop Chairmen Issue Statement on Rationing Protocols by Health Care Professionals in Response to Covid-19

WASHINGTON— Recent news reports have highlighted policies and practices relating to rationing protocols in response to the COVID-19 virus, prompting a response by three committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement:

“Hospitals and health care systems are the true epicenter of this pandemic and our health care professionals – doctors, nurses, technicians, administrators, and support staff – have all demonstrated courage, compassion, and truly remarkable professional care in a time of growing crisis. This pandemic has highlighted the fact that we have limited resources and therefore may be facing some difficult decisions ahead. At all times resources are limited – there are only so many beds and so many supplies – but this crisis has and will continue to challenge us greatly.  

“Every crisis produces fear, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. However, this is not a time to sideline our ethical and moral principles. It is a time to uphold them ever more strongly, for they will critically assist us in steering through these trying times.  

“We are grateful for the numerous statements reminding both medical professionals and the general public of these principles. The Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Catholic Medical Association, the National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center have all published excellent reminders of these principles and guidelines. We ask people, especially medical professionals, to read these documents and apply them appropriately in their work. We also commend the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for issuing a reminder that in a time of crisis we must not discriminate against persons solely on the basis of disability or age by denying them medical care. Good and just stewardship of resources cannot include ignoring those on the periphery of society, but must serve the common good of all, without categorically excluding people based on ability, financial resources, age, immigration status, or race.      

“Foremost in our approach to limited resources is to always keep in mind the dignity of each person and our obligation to care for the sick and dying. Such care, however, will require patients, their families, and medical professionals to work together in weighing the benefits and burdens of care, the needs and safety of everyone, and how to distribute resources in a prudent, just, and unbiased way.

“With our Holy Father, Pope Francis, the entire Church continues to pray for, and offer support to, all those affected by this pandemic.”  

For further resources from the U.S. Bishops on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit
http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/usccb-president-reflection-and-prayer-during-coronavirus.cfm.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Committee on Doctrine, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, COVID-19, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Catholic Medical Association, National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA, National Catholic Bioethics Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville; Names Father Michael McGovern of Archdiocese of Chicago as Successor

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward K. Braxton, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Belleville and has named Father Michael G. McGovern, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago as Bishop-elect of Belleville.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on April 3, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-elect McGovern was born on August 1, 1964 and ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994 for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Father McGovern graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1990, and holds a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois. His assignments in the Archdiocese of Chicago after ordination include: Associate Pastor of Queen of the University Parish (1995-1998) and St. Mary Parish (1998-1999); Associate Chancellor (1998-1999); Vice Chancellor (1999-2000); and Archbishop’s Delegate for Extern and International Priests (2000-2002). Father McGovern has also served as Associate Pastor of St. Juliana Parish (2003-2004), Pastor of St. Mary Parish (2004-2016) and as Dean of one of the deaneries of the archdiocese since 2007. He is currently Pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish where he has served since 2016.

The Diocese of Belleville is comprised of 11,678 square miles in the State of Illinois and has a total population of 841,814 of which 90,968 are Catholic.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Father Michael McGovern, Diocese of Belleville, Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Aviso de Prensa: Presidente de la USCCB Convoca a un Momento Nacional de Oración el Viernes Santo

WASHINGTON – El Arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Angeles, Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) invita a los fieles a unirse a él en un momento de oración el Viernes Santo (10 de abril) para rezar las Letanías al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Orando juntos como nación, el Arzobispo nos pide que busquemos la curación para todos los que no están bien, la sabiduría para aquellos cuyo trabajo es detener la propagación del coronavirus y la fuerza para todos los hijos de Dios.


Viernes, 10 de abril de 2020 (Viernes Santo)
12:00 PM EDT

Transmisión en vivo: USCCB y Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles
Textos de las Letanías al Sagrado Corazón: Inglés / Español
Invitación para redes sociales
                                                      

El Viernes Santo es un día en que los cristianos de todo el mundo conmemoran solemnemente el día en que Jesús sufrió y murió en la cruz. Los católicos tradicionalmente cumplen este día con ayuno, penitencia y reflexión sobre el sacrificio amoroso de Jesús. Esta oportunidad de rezar juntos durante la pandemia del coronavirus ofrece un momento especial de unidad para los fieles, cuando las comunidades en Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo no pueden congregarse físicamente para la Semana Santa y Pascua debido al virus conocido como COVID-19.

Adicionalmente, con permiso especial recibido de la Penitenciaria Apostólica de la Santa Sede, la indulgencia plenaria estará disponible para quienes se unan al Arzobispo Gomez en el rezo de las Letanías al Sagrado Corazón el Viernes Santo.

La transmisión de las Letanías al Sagrado Corazón con el Arzobispo Gomez va a estar disponible en la página web de la Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles www.lacatholics.org y en la página de Facebook en inglés de la USCCB:www.facebook.com/usccb.


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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Arzobispo José H. Gomez, Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles, oración, Letanías al Sagrado Corazón, indulgencia plenaria, Covid-19.


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Media Advisory: USCCB President Calls for National Moment of Prayer on Good Friday

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children.

Friday, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
12:00 PM EDT
Livestream: USCCB and Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Text of Litany of the Sacred Heart: English / Spanish
Social Media: Invitation

Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19.

Additionally, with special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.

A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, prayer, prayer card, Litany of the Sacred Heart, plenary indulgence, Covid-19.

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Presidente del Comité de Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano de la Conferencia Episcopal elogia a los congresistas por la histórica legislación de emergencia para aliviar efectos del coronavirus

WASHINGTON— El arzobispo Paul S. Coakley, de Oklahoma City, presidente del Comité de Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano de la Conferencia Episcopal de Estados Unidos elogió a los miembros del Congreso y al presidente por aprobar y firmar la Ley de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica ante los efectos del coronavirus (CARES Act, por sus siglas en inglés), un histórico paquete de ayuda de emergencia para quienes sufren los efectos de la crisis COVID-19. El arzobispo expresó su gratitud por la enorme ayuda aprobada en la ley y anticipó los problemas que merecen más asistencia en el futuro.

A continuación, el comunicado completo del arzobispo Coakley:

“Estamos en un momento de dos crisis simultáneas y de propósito común: durante la peor crisis de salud pública mundial en nuestras vidas, también estamos experimentando la que puede ser la peor crisis económica desde la Gran Depresión. Sin embargo, en todo el mundo, estamos unidos en el objetivo común de cuidar a los enfermos, buscar una cura y elevar el espíritu humano. Es inspirador ver los esfuerzos incansables de los proveedores de atención médica, los empleados de supermercados y otras personas que trabajan para mantenernos seguros y saludables. Los videos que llegan desde Italia muestran a personas cantando a sus vecinos desde sus balcones. Aunque deben quedarse en casa, encontraron una manera de ofrecer alivio y esperanza.

Nuestro gobierno ha estado trabajando duro también. Miembros del Congreso y el presidente deben ser elogiados por trabajar juntos durante largas horas y hasta altas horas de la noche para lograr este acuerdo bipartidista, que ofrece alivio de emergencia a millones de estadounidenses que están sufriendo. Dadas las extraordinarias necesidades de este momento, este paquete de $2.2 trillones es la acción legislativa más costosa en la historia de Estados Unidos.

Nosotros estamos agradecidos por muchas disposiciones que aliviarán a los pobres y vulnerables, incluidas varias resoluciones que ayudarán a los empleadores a retener a sus trabajadores. También por las provisiones que asistirán a muchas personas que desafortunadamente han sido despedidas y quienes necesitarán ingresos inmediatos, cuando las circunstancias actuales hacen que obtener un nuevo trabajo sea mucho más difícil. Es bueno que haya asistencia financiera directa para los estadounidenses de bajos y medianos ingresos, y que habrá una inyección de recursos financieros para hospitales e instituciones de caridad a los que se les pedirá que hagan más que nunca durante esta crisis.
Nada es perfecto, y ya se está discutiendo una futura ronda de legislación que será necesaria a medida que la crisis continúe. Hay algunas áreas donde la ayuda y el alivio pueden mejorar. Continuaremos abogando por los más necesitados, por la seguridad alimentaria, por las personas sin hogar, por los prisioneros, por los enfermos que tienen grandes facturas médicas, por todos los estadounidenses que luchan para llegar a fin de mes, y por aquellos que han perdido amigos y seres queridos. Fue decepcionante que cierta ayuda y socorro no se extendiera a los indocumentados, y extremadamente preocupante que se les negara la prueba y el acceso a la cobertura de atención médica a ciertos inmigrantes. La salud y el bienestar de todos en esta crisis se ve amenazada si alguien se excluye categóricamente de obtener ayuda.

El viernes, el Papa Francisco ofreció una profunda reflexión sobre la historia del Evangelio de Jesús calmando la tormenta en el mar. Ahora es un momento de gran ansiedad y angustia. Tenemos menos control de lo que pensábamos. Esta Cuaresma es un tiempo para volver cada vez más a nuestra fe, para confiar en el Señor incluso en medio de todos estos problemas. Como dijo el Papa Francisco, el Señor ‘no nos dejará a merced de la tormenta’. Le pedimos al Señor una vez más que nos diga: ‘No temas’ (Mt. 28: 5). Y a instancias del Papa Francisco, debemos aceptar el consejo de San Pedro: ‘Echa todas tus preocupaciones sobre él porque se preocupa por ti’”.
 (1 Pet. 5:7).”      

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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Papa Francisco, Arzobispo Paul S. Coakley, Arquidiócesis de Oklahoma City, Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano, COVID-19, Ley CARES.


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U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Domestic Justice and Human Development Praises Lawmakers for Historic Emergency Legislation on Coronavirus Relief

WASHINGTON— Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, praised members of Congress and the President for passing and signing into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a historic package of emergency relief for those suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. He expressed gratitude for the enormous aid in the bill and noted issues that merit further assistance in the future.

Archbishop Coakley’s full statement follows:

“We are in a time of twin crises and united purpose: during the worst global public health crisis in our lifetimes, we are also experiencing what may be the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Yet, around the world, we are united in common purpose of caring for the sick, pursuing a cure, and lifting the human spirit. It is inspiring to see the tireless efforts of health care providers, supermarket employees, and others who are working to keep us safe and healthy. Videos from Italy show people singing to their neighbors from their balconies. Although they must stay home, they found a way to offer beauty and hope.  

“Our government has been hard at work as well. Members of Congress and the President are to be commended for working together through long hours and late nights to reach a bipartisan agreement that provides emergency relief to millions of Americans who are suffering. Given the extraordinary needs of the moment, this $2.2 trillion package is the most expensive single piece of legislation in American history.

“We are grateful for many provisions that will help the poor and vulnerable, including several provisions that will help employers retain their workers, and provisions that will help the many people who unfortunately have been laid off and will need immediate income when present circumstances make getting a new job much more difficult. It is good that there will be direct financial assistance to low- and middle-income Americans, and that there will be an infusion of financial resources for hospitals and charitable institutions which will be asked to do more than ever during this crisis.  

“Nothing is perfect, and there is already discussion of a future round of legislation that will be needed as the crisis continues. There are some areas where aid and relief can improve. We will continue to advocate for those most in need, for food security, for the homeless, for prisoners, for the sick who have large medical bills, for all Americans who are struggling to make ends meet, and for those who have lost friends and loved ones. It was disappointing that certain aid and relief was not extended to the undocumented, and extremely concerning that testing and access to health care coverage was denied to certain immigrants. The health and wellbeing of all in this crisis is threatened if anyone is categorically excluded from getting help.

“On Friday, Pope Francis offered a profound reflection on the Gospel story of Jesus calming the storm at sea. Now is a time of great anxiety and distress. We are less in control than we thought. This Lent is a time to return ever more to our faith, to trust in the Lord even in the midst of all this trouble. As Pope Francis said, the Lord ‘will not leave us at the mercy of the storm.’ We ask the Lord once more to tell us: ‘Do not be afraid’ (Mt. 28:5). And at the urging of Pope Francis, we should accept the advice of St. Peter: ‘Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.’ (1 Pet. 5:7).”

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Domestic Justice and Human Development, COVID-19, CARES Act.

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Declaración del Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal de Estados Unidos sobre el mensaje Urbi et Orbi del Papa Francisco

WASHINGTON - El arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Angeles, Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, emitió hoy la siguiente declaración sobre el mensaje Urbi et Orbi del Santo Padre.

La declaración completa del arzobispo Gomez es la siguiente:

“Junto a mis hermanos obispos en Estados Unidos, estoy muy agradecido con el Papa Francisco por el mensaje Urbi et Orbi pronunciado hoy. Nos unimos a él para pedirle a Dios que bendiga al mundo y nos libere de esta pandemia del coronavirus.

“Creo que todos entendemos que hoy fuimos parte de algo histórico, cuando todo el mundo estuvo unido al sucesor de San Pedro, a través de los medios de comunicación, en una oración ante la presencia viviente de Jesucristo en la Santísima Eucaristía.
 
“Fue un momento impactante y emocionante, y yo insto a mis hermanos Católicos y a todas las personas de buena voluntad, a leer y releer la emotiva meditación del Papa Francisco.  

“En su mensaje, el Santo Padre nos recuerda que este tiempo del coronavirus es un llamado al coraje, un llamado a la fe. Y como él dice, la fe no significa simplemente estar de acuerdo con un conjunto de ideas. Fe significa tomar la decisión de confiar nuestras vidas a Jesucristo, seguir su camino, abrazar su cruz.

“El Santo Padre nos dice hoy que esta pandemia es un momento de conversión, un tiempo para que tomemos decisiones sobre lo que realmente importa en nuestras vidas, un tiempo para que cambiemos las prioridades de nuestras sociedades. Es un momento para invocar a Dios y reconocer que no importa cuán avanzada sea nuestra civilización y tecnología, no podemos salvarnos a nosotros mismos. Necesitamos a Dios.

“En estos momentos se están haciendo los santos, el Santo Padre nos dice, señalando el noble heroísmo de la gente común que lleva a cabo sus labores diarias en tiempos extraordinarios,
sirviéndose los unos a los otros con amabilidad y paciencia. ‘Cuanta gente reza, ofrece e intercede por el bien de los demás’, destaca el Santo Padre. ‘Oraciones y servicio en silencio: éstas son nuestras armas ganadoras’.

“Vamos a continuar unidos al Papa Francisco al pedirle a Nuestro Señor, a través de la intercesión de María nuestra Santísima Madre, para que bendiga nuestro mundo y nos dé el coraje de amar y servir a nuestros hermanos y hermanas en estos tiempos de prueba.”


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Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Message

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement on the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message today.

Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows:

“Along with my brother bishops of the United States, I am grateful for Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi message today. We join with him in asking God to bless the world and to deliver us from the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think we all understand that we took part today in something historic, as the whole world was gathered together through communications media by the successor of St. Peter, united in one prayer before the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist.

“It was a moving and emotional moment, and I urge my fellow Catholics, and every person of good will, to read and reread Pope Francis’ beautiful meditation.  

“In his message, the Holy Father reminds us that this time of the coronavirus is a call to courage, a call to faith. And as he says, faith does not mean simply agreeing with a set of ideas. Faith means making a decision to entrust our lives to Jesus Christ and to follow his path, to embrace his cross.  

“The Holy Father tells us today that this pandemic is a time for conversion, a time for us to make choices about what truly matters in our lives, a time for us to change the priorities of our societies. It is a time to turn to God and to recognize that no matter how advanced our civilization and technology, we cannot save ourselves. We need God.

“In this moment saints are being made, the Holy Father tells us, pointing to the quiet heroism of ordinary people carrying out their daily duties in extraordinary times, serving one another with kindness and patience. ‘How many people pray, offer and intercede for the good of all,’ our Holy Father observes. ‘Prayer and silent service: these are our winning weapons.’

“So, let us continue to unite with Pope Francis in asking the Lord, through the intercession of Mary our Blessed Mother, to bless our world and to give us the courage to love and serve our brothers and sisters in this time of trial.”

 

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