Bishop Bradley offers condolences on the passing of Cardinal Francis George
"We are saddened by the loss of one of our great spiritual leaders, Cardinal Francis George, who passed away on Friday, April 17 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was an extraordinary man with a sharp intellect, an unwavering pastoral heart, and a true inspiration to me of what it means to be a strong leader who always spoke the truth in love. He will be long remembered for his courageous leadership within the Church. We extend our heartfelt prayers to Archbishop Blase J. Cupich and the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago."
Video message from inside St. Peter's Basilica
Video message from on top of the Pontifical North American College
Bishop Bradley concludes Rome pilgrimage
to view vide greeting from St. Peter's Square
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Bishops call to unite our prayers to those suffering from religious persecution
Bishop Paul J. Bradley, as a member of The Administrative Committee, chaired by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB, shares the following statement urging all people to unite with those suffering from religious persecution:. Following is the full text of the statement.
STATEMENT ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Upon learning of the death of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of ISIL terrorists, Pope Francis called their murder a “testimony which cries out to be heard.” On behalf of America’s Catholic Bishops, we pause to listen and invite people of all faiths to join us in prayer for those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere. The testimony of those 21 brave and courageous martyrs does not stand alone as thousands of families – Christian and other religions – find themselves fleeing from horrific violence.
We urge all people of goodwill to work toward protections of the marginalized and persecuted. In union with the local Churches and the Holy See, we call upon our nation to: work with the international community to intervene and protect the rights of religious minorities and civilians within the framework of international and humanitarian law; address political and economic exclusion that are exploited by extremists; and increase humanitarian and development assistance.
Lent is a season to meditate upon the Cross and unite ourselves even more closely with Christ’s suffering. Let us use this season to unite with our suffering brothers and sisters and pray for them and with them in a special way. With hope, let us pray for the day when we can all share in the joy and lasting peace of Christ’s resurrection.
Bishop Bradley calls for time of hope and renewal during 2015 liturgical year
In conjunction with the release of his pastoral letter,
The Church: A Center of Hope,
Bishop Bradley has called all the faithful to enter into this new liturgical year for a time of hope and spiritual renewal.
"I urge all Catholics in a particular way to observe
the Fridays of this new church year
, (beginning November 30, 2014) until the last day of this Liturgical Year, November 28, 2015, as days of special prayer and sacrifice," said Bishop Bradley, "voluntarily making all Fridays days of abstinence from meat (as we are obliged to do on the Fridays of Lent), and to find ways on those Fridays especially, as families/households, parishes and communities, to offer times of prayer and sacrifice for these special intentions. While it is important that we remain actively engaged in the political process to work for change, we must put even more emphasis on the power of prayer and sacrifice to root out the influences of evil at work in our world.