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  • Ministry to African Americans

    Article by Rev. Matthew Hawkins... Few Black Americans are Catholic, and few American Catholics are Black. No one should be satisfied with this. Members of all parishes, not only those with a large percentage of African Americans, should reflect on how this came to be and why it persists. It can’t be dismissed as “just the way things are.”  Read more...

  • The first African-America cardinal is a tribute to the faith of Black Catholics

    Without a doubt, the announcement that Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be elevated to the College of Cardinals next month is a milestone in U.S. Black Catholic history. Yet perhaps few truly grasp its significance for both Black Catholics and the wider Catholic community.  Read more...

  • New York Clergy, Seminarians told preaching can help address racism

    In a special webinar requested by Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana told New York priests, deacons and seminarians “we must preach on racism because it is an evil and sin that continues to burden our Church and society, and it is a challenge that we must help our people to address and overcome.”   Read more...

  • National Black Sisters' Conference urge Catholics to do more to end racism

    "In this moment of dual life-threatening pandemics; COVID-19 and racism, the voice of the church in America is, for the most part, eerily silent when it comes to the racial unrest in this country," said the Sept. 16 statement by the national organization of more than 150 Black Catholic women religious and associates in the United States. Read more...

  • “Made in God’s Image: Pray and Work to End the Sin of Racism.”

    At Mass marking anniversary of March on Washington, Archbishop Gregory announces archdiocesan initiative to oppose racism.
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  • Pittsburgh’s Newest Personal Parish Shines Light on the Black Catholic Tradition

    The Black Catholic tradition comes from Black Catholics and is open to all, but parish closures risk losing a treasure to be shared. Read more...

  • "The Look"

    "A Story about Racial Bias in America" from Proctor & Gamble.  More...

  • Black Catholics for Justice March in Louisville

    "And that's what we need to uphold today — the dignity of every human being."     Read more...

  • Black Lives Matter — and not just present ones, some Catholic educators are saying

     "My concern is that the interest in African American history, culture and experiences is likely to be just a passing fad," said Hawkins, parochial vicar at St. Benedict the Moor, the Diocese of Pittsburgh's personal parish for the Black Catholic community in Pittsburgh. Read more...

  • Bishop Zubik's Statement on Racial Healing

    Given all that is transpiring around us and within us, I ask that you ponder the following: “OPEN WIDE OUR HEARTS”: THE ENDURING CALL TO LOVE".  Read more...