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Featured Article: New Bible Is Designed Specifically for Young Black Catholics - In January Saint Mary’s Press will publish The African American Catholic Youth Bible®, the first Bible designed specifically for use by young black Catholics in the US. It has taken five years for the initial concept to become a reality. In 2009 John Vitek, president of Saint Mary’s Press, talked with Bishop John Ricard, president of the National Black Catholic Congress. Read Full Story

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Bishop Ricard goes to AfricaBishop John Ricard, SSJ, of Pensacola-Tallahassee, preaches to seminary students during Mass at St. Peter's Regional Seminary in Pedu, outside Cape Coast, Ghana. Bishop Ricard was leading a delegation representing the U.S. bishops' subcommittee on the Church in Africa, and a solidarity trip to the African nation of Ghana and Nigeria.

Other members of the delegation included Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin A.Holley and Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y. Bishop Ricard holds a 6-month-old Richard Samuel at Our Lady of Apostles Hospital in Akawanga, Nigeria. Bishop Ricard, and Bishop Holley, along with Rosaline GanDzide, listen as a guide describes the former slave dungeon at the Cape Coast Castle Museum in Cape Coast, Ghana.

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