The Catholic Church exercises its freedom to serve others in order to improve the lives of Michiganders. How?
Whether through the Catholic charitable organizations that provide essential services, the Catholic schools that prepare students to achieve their dreams, or through the Catholic health care system, which save lives and nurtures health, the Catholic Church has a vibrant impact on communities.
The Church provides educational services such as schools; health care services such as hospitals, hospice, and homes for the terminally ill; charitable services such as food pantries, meal programs, personal needs closets, employment training immigration and refugee services, foster care and adoption services, and counseling.
EAST AFRICA THREATENED BY FAMINE
A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country — or 4.9 million people — are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.
The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths. The drought is compounded by decades of violence that many hoped would end in 2011 with the country’s independence. Instead, a civil war broke out, and millions have been forced from their homes and farms. Many have fled to neighboring countries.
U.S. BISHOPS URGE CONSIDERATION OF MORAL CRITERION IN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE DEBATE
Health care is a vital concern for nearly every person in the country. Discussions on health care reform have reached a level of intensity which is making open and fruitful dialogue difficult, even while most people recognize that improvements to the health care system are needed to ensure a life-giving and sustainable model for both the present and future.
Given the magnitude and importance of the task before us, we call for a new spirit of cooperation for the sake of the common good. Legislation has just been introduced in the House of Representatives and the Bishops will be reviewing it closely.
U.S. Bishops Chairman On Migration Says New Executive Order Still Leaves Many Innocent Lives At Risk
WASHINGTON—The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump's latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk.
In a statement issued after the announcement of a travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and continuing to welcome the stranger.
March Means Nutrition
and Ag Week
National Nutrition Month, celebrated every March, focuses on helping people to make correct food choices as well as developing good eating and exercising habits.
As coincidence would have it, March 1 was also the beginning of Lent, which we tend to associate with fasting, but in fact is also about health and wellness – in body, mind and spirit.
Another annual event this month is National Agriculture Week — which concluded on March 25 — a fitting reminder during Nutrition Month that our health begins with care and tilling of the earth. “Food for Life” was the theme of this year’s National Ag Day (March 21), a key part of National Ag Week.