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The African American Catholic Youth BibleGiven the traditional European/American profile of the Church in the United States, there has always been urgings from the smaller ethnic groupings… Hispanic, African American, Italian, Polish, Asian, etc to have episcopal representation. And each group has its own story to tell with getting bishops appointed.

We have had to this day, since the 19th century, twenty-five extraordinary and gifted men from the black community appointed bishops of the Catholic Church.

Following upon the Civil Rights struggle and the neo-black consciousness of the African-American community with the concomitant search for identity and reception in the larger Catholic Church there was the press for more black bishops in this country.Full Story

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The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015

The African American Catholic Youth BibleThis study-guide is designed to assist parishes, schools, study groups, Small Christian Communities, and others who wish to participate in serious discussions of Bishop Edward K. Braxton’s “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.” This study-guide should be seen as a flexible resource that can be adapted for use by large or small groups. Full Story

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 Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Praised Be to You) is hot off the press!
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 Dear Hollywood, It’s Time To Start Making Films about Real Black Catholic Nuns
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National Black Catholic Congress LogoStatement of the National Black Catholic Congress on the civil unrest in Baltimore

The recent events in Baltimore, Maryland, along with those in Ferguson, Missouri and other communities in our nation, lead us to reaffirm our position as African American Catholics on the inviolate value of the Life and Dignity of every Human Person. Full Story

Life Style >>

Walking with the Saints, Learning about the Saints, Living like the SaintsWalking with the Saints, Learning about the Saints, Living like the Saints - When Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina received a grant from the Daniel Rudd Fund, they took it seriously. The school was among the twelve initiatives in the African American Catholic community that shared $95,000 from the Fund in its 2014 grant process. These organizations ranged from schools, parishes, and national groups, which developed one aspect of the Pastoral Plan of the National Black Catholic Congress.

Sankofa Day Of Reflection Looks Back, Looks Forward - Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrates the Vigil Mass that closes the Sankofa Day of Reflection held at St. Augustine Church in South Bend on March 14. Bishop Rhoades spoke of the Strategic Plan for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of Blacks in the diocese.

Inspired with the “audacity to look back at history and the prudence to look forward” to the future, the diocesan Black Catholic Advisory Board hosted “Sankofa - A Day of Reflection” at St. Augustine Parish in South Bend on March 14.

Youth & Young Adults >>

We celebrate Most Reverend Fernand Cheri’s ordination - We are providing a link from you tube to the entire ordination of Bishop Fernand Cheri in New Orleans. Please join us as we continue to celebrate his ordination, and let us continue pray for vocations to the consecrated life in our community. Consider asking a young adult: Have you ever considered religious life? If yes, guide him/her to the proper authority in their diocese to assist in discerning his or her vocation. Thank you!

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NBCC Servant of Christ award recipientNBCC Servant of Christ award recipient - Dr. Norman Francis is president of the United States only historically Black Catholic University, Xavier University of Louisiana. He is also an alumnus of Xavier University. Dr. Francis has served as president for 47 years since his appointment in 1968. He has been the administrator at Xavier for more than 5 decades. During Dr. Francis’ tenure as president, Xavier University has its enrollment, broadened its curriculum, the campus has expanded, and strengthened its financial base.

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History Bee shines on African-American History  The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Rho Chapter, invite the coaches of all the elementary and middle schools for a meeting at the beginning of the school year. Students begin studying for this event in early fall and continue to do so until the competition is held in mid-February. This way, we learn about black history six months and hope real soon, with the encouragement of our district, parents and the community, we can celebrate human history all year long

Newsmaker: The Rev. James Chukwuma Okoye 
Okoye, director of Duquesne University's Center for Spiritan Studies, edited a newly published adaptation of the Bible written from an African-American point of view. The African-American Catholic Youth Bible includes articles, introductions and graphics that make Scripture more accessible to young black Catholic readers.

Sister Bowman's presence, energy recalled 25 years after her death

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The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph

Fernand J. Cheri ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans

Mass marks 50 years since Selma civil rights marches

Students pray for safety of Pope Francis more than 1 million times

Bishop addresses race in the U.S.

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Read On For King JesusRead On For King Jesus God blesses musicians in various ways. One such way, for me, was God giving me the opportunity to experience playing music for different denominations: the Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the AME Church, the Pentecostal Church, and for the last two decades, the Catholic Church.

Father Augustus ToltonFather Augustus Tolton Father Augustine Tolton, also known as Augustus, is pictured in a photo from an undated portrait card. Born into slavery in Missouri, he was ordained a priest April 24, 1886. He served as pastor at St. Joseph Church in Quincy, IL, and later established St. Monica's Church in Chicago.

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Outgrowing Jealousy - How to show yourself that you’re lovable - The primary component of complex jealousy is self-diminishment—you feel unlovable and inadequate as an intimate partner. These "core hurts" give rise to the obsessions. If, in my heart, I don't believe that I am worthy of love, how can I believe someone who says she loves me? I will assume that she doesn't know the real me, or she wants something else (my money, house, car, or socks), or she wants someone else.

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Morning HomiliesMorning Homilies - Since Pope Francis's election, I have read his beautiful morning homilies, and their publication is something I've long been anticipating. These homilies-clear, brief, wise, often funny and always grounded in experience, are my favorite of all of the pope's talks and writings.

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Cajetan Ngozika IhewuleziCajetan Ngozika Ihewulezi - Cajetan Ngozika Ihewulezi is a Catholic priest of the Holy Ghost Order. He earned his Master's Degree at St. Louis University in Historical Theology. Beyond the Color of Skin: Encounters with Religions and Racial Injustice in America, by Cajetan Ngozika Ihewulezi is an inspiring memoir of one man's effort to help people live their lives in justice, true freedom and racial equality.

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