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The Vatican announced a new Action Platform this week, a collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of goodwill” to respond to Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for our common home.
Understanding the diversity of Asian American Pacific Islanders; May Budget Revise and other legislative news; toxic Exide batter plant site to be cleaned up; and the celebrating the 50-year history of the CCC's legislative work in this week's Insights.
The prospects for re-opening and getting back to a semblance of what life was like pre-COVID-19 have never been better after news this week that 60 percent of all adults in the U.S. have received at least the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
With the June 4 deadline for legislation to pass out of their house looming, lawmakers are busily trying to shepherd bills to the other side of the Capitol. Amidst that flurry of activity, Senator Toni Atkins also announced yesterday that lawmakers will only be allowed to advance 12 bills for the remainder of the Session, a result of increased COVID-related technology issues that have taken extra time to work through in committee hearings.
Coinciding with Ladauto Si Week, the CCC is pleased to report that Governor Newsom’s May budget revision allocates $454 million to clean up lead and arsenic that has polluted homes and neighborhoods near the toxic Exide battery recycling facility in Southeast Los Angeles.
Collectively and individually, the members of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops have called for an end to violence, discrimination, and hatred as we stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) brothers and sisters. As AAPI Month comes to a close, the Conference offers the following reflection on a history of unjust discrimination, the uniqueness and pride of the many AAPI nationalities, and the ongoing contributions of our AAPI brothers and sisters.
Over the course of its five decades, the California Catholic Conference faced many significant legislative campaigns. The bishops, staff, and lobbyists offer the Church’s wisdom, counsel, and experience to those who craft public policy in the public square. Over the Conference’s 50-years, that effort has seen history-changing debates, evolving societal norms, and the ebb and flow of political tides. This article touches on some of the most noteworthy.
Catholic agencies providing rental relief; Ladauto Si' Week'; World Communications Day; and the Pfizer vaccine approved for ages 12-16 in this week's Insights.
In his message for the 55th World Communications Day, being celebrated May 16, Pope Francis says Jesus’ invitation to “Come and see” is the way by which the Christian faith is communicated.
Laudato si’ Week 2021, running May 16-25, will be the pinnacle of the Special Laudato si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the progress the Church has made on its journey toward ecological conversion. It will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.