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U.S. Bishops Launch Spanish-Language Facebook Page

Social Media Initiative Part of Effort to Reach Hispanic Catholics

WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 18, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a Spanish-language page on the social-networking site Facebook. The initiative is part of an effort by the USCCB to effectively reach Hispanic and Spanish-speaking Catholics.

The page, will feature a variety of updates from USCCB on news, issues of concern to the Catholic Church and faith-building resources.

“Hispanics make up 16 percent of the total U.S. population, almost 40 percent of U.S. Catholics, and 50 percent of U.S. Catholics under age 25,” said Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications.

“It is critically important to engage this demographic, especially through the expanding field of social media, and provide them with accurate, quality information that encourages them to grow in their faith.”

In a video message posted in Spanish on the new page, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of USCCB’s Committee on Cultural Diversity, said the U.S. bishops “are grateful for the rich contributions of culture and faith that Hispanics bring to this country and to our Catholic Church,” and invited them “in a spirit of faith and kindness” to use the new page to “communicate and dialogue with us.”

Content posted to the page will include the essay “Cosas Ordinarias, amor extraordinario: Mother Teresa and Latin America” by TIME Magazine writer David Van Biema, which depicts Mother Teresa’s missionary work from Tijuana, Mexico to Chile.

The author describes her work with the poor and how the Missionaries of Charity are established in 65 cities in Latin America. Additionally, photos will show Mother Teresa in her early years helping the poor and sick, her connection to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Shrine in Tijuana built in her name.

For the Official Spanish-language Facebook page of the USCCB, go to www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the republican national convention

I was very impressed with Republican’s outreach to the religious leadership that they brought out to their convention to invoke God’s help and mercy for our nation. I was dissapointed that they had not brought out a Catholic and lo and behold, out pops Cardinal Dolan of New York to close the RNC’s National Convention. Below you will find the text as he read it that night. God bless America!

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The text of his prayer from Thursday was published on Cardinal Dolan’s blog.

With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray:
Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home. We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life. Bless those families whose ancestors arrived on these shores generations ago, as well as those families that have come recently, to build a better future while weaving their lives into the rich tapestry of America.

Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom

We lift up to your loving care those afflicted by the recent storms and drought and fire. We ask for the grace to stand in solidarity with all those who suffer. May we strive to include your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, in the production and prosperity of a people so richly blessed.
Oh God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us, and on those who would govern us: the president and vice-president, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and on all those who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office, especially Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country. Help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself.

Almighty God, who gives us the sacred and inalienable gift of life, we thank you as well for the singular gift of liberty. Renew in all of our people a respect for religious freedom in full, that first most cherished freedom. Make us truly free, by tethering freedom to truth and ordering freedom to goodness. Help us live our freedom in faith, hope, and love; prudently, and with justice; courageously, and in a spirit of moderation. Enkindle in our hearts a new sense of responsibility for freedom’s cause. And make us ever-grateful for all those who, for more than two centuries, have given their lives in freedom’s defense; we commend their noble souls to your eternal care, as even now we beg your mighty hand upon our beloved men and women in uniform.

May we know the truth of your creation, respecting the laws of nature and nature’s God, and not seek to replace it with idols of our own making. Give us the good sense not to cast aside the boundaries of righteous living you first inscribed in our hearts even before inscribing them on tablets of stone. May you mend our every flaw, confirming our soul in self-control, our liberty in law.
We pray for all those who seek honest labor, as we thank you for the spirit of generosity to those in need with which you so richly blessed this nation.
We beseech your blessing on all who depart from here this evening, and on all those, in every land, who seek to conduct their lives in freedom.

Most of all, Almighty God, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country.
For we are indeed “one nation under God.”

And “in God we trust.”

Dear God bless America. You who live and reign, forever and ever,

Amen!

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