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December 2017 Good News Newsletter

View the latest Good News newsletter, plus all issues for the past year, including December 2016.

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World Day of Peace message from Pope Francis

The pope’s annual message for World Day of Peace, January 1, 2018, is titled “Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace.” The message and handout for reflection and action (English and Spanish) are available at the U.S. bishops’ Justice, Peace and Human Development web page.

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Pope Francis and Archbishop Sartain invite you to “Share the Journey”

Pope Francis has launched a two-year global initiative to support our sisters and brothers who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. Contact us in the Missions Office with questions, and your ideas and plans! Learn about the resources available to you, your parish, school, and community:

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month

Resources for parishes, schools, families and individuals.


World Day of the Poor

…as announced by Pope Francis was celebrated throughout the world on November 19 (the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time as will be done each year from now on). Click on “view” for the pope’s message, and for resources that can be used throughout the year.


Missionary Childhood Association Annual Christmas Artwork Contest 2017-2018

Twenty-four winners will be selected in this competition. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during Advent and Christmas 2018.

Entry Form

2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, "Building Community: A Call to the Common Good"

February 3 - 6, 2018, Washington D.C.
Organized by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 16 national Catholic organizations, CSMG participants share inspiration, fresh perspectives, and new vision for how to put faith into action at home and abroad. Don’t miss this unique networking opportunity with social ministry professionals from a cross-section of Catholic ministries!


Missionary Discipleship Formation Program – March 3-4, 2018

For Catholic ministers and educators to grow in knowledge, skills, and resources to better help their communities go forth as agents of encounter and positive Christian change. At the Isaac Orr Conference Center at the Chancery in Seattle. Program available in English and Spanish tracks.

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Multimedia Youth Contest

Creating on the Margins/ Creando desde la Periferia. Sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) for students in grades 7-12, making a creative work about our Catholic response to poverty, using any media. Local deadline is March 17, 2018.

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Global emergencies and Catholic Church responses

Whether the disasters are rooted in civil strife or natural causes, millions of innocent people have found their lives in turmoil. Your Catholic Relief Services teams and local partners are on the ground providing vital assistance.


Advocacy: Sign up for Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP)

Learn how you can join other U.S. Catholics to defend the lives and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, and urge our nation to act in response to the many faces of poverty.


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