The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee pledges its commitment to honor and respect life at all stages from natural conception to natural death.
"It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace."
- Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (1995), no. 101
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January 17 - 25, 2015
NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK - JANUARY 4 - 10, 2015
(you've heard of "dinner and a movie", how about "bishop and a movie")
Join Bishop Parkes on Monday, 1/26/15 at 6:30pm at the Carmike Bayou 15 Cinemas on Bayou Blvd., Pensacola
In recognition of National Migration Week, this film documents the struggles of Florida farm workers who endure harsh working conditions and unfair wages in order to provide a meager existence for themselves and their families. Food Chain$ documents the activities of a group of workers who battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve wages for farm laborers in the United States.
For tickets and movie information go to: https://www.tugg.com/events/12746
February 8th, 2015
International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
Last month the Vatican announced that the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers designated February 8th as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. February 8th is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
On February 8th, 2015 the USCCB will promote this day by encouraging Catholics throughout the country to observe the international day of prayer through Mass, prayer vigils, and other events to raise awareness about human trafficking in their parishes and communities. We will be hosting a Mass here in DC. Please join us if you are in the area.
To download resources and tools to host an event locally visit www.usccb.org/shepherd. Visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery for more information about human trafficking and to download flyers for the International Day of Prayer. If you are in the Washington, DC area please join us for Mass on Sunday, February 8th at Noon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
In the words of our Holy Father Pope Francis, may we be “slaves no more, but brothers and sisters.”
For more information, please contact:
Deacon Ray Aguado