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Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter - Sept. 26,2019


The Vatican’s World Day for Migrants and Refugees will be held this Sunday, Sept. 29. The theme for the celebration is, “It is not just about migrants.” Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, noted:

“The World Day for Migrants and Refugees reminds us that it is not about where people come from but their unique God-given human dignity.” Vásquez said. “It reflects our call as people of faith to welcome our brothers and sisters, promote their well-being, protect them from cruelty and human indifference, and assist in their integration into our community.”

Educational resources related to the upcoming World Day for Migrants and Refugees can be found by visiting the Justice for Immigrants website.

In related news, administration officials will reportedly recommend to President Trump that the number of refugee admissions for the coming year will be fewer than 30,000 refugees, already an historic low. You are encouraged to send a message to your members of Congress and the President asking them not to “zero out” the refugee program. For the action alert, go to:


While we defend human life year-around, the Church in the United States sets aside October as Respect Life Month. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said: “This year’s theme, Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life, is particularly suited for our times. While attacks against human life seem to grow ever more numerous and callous, we know that Christ has conquered sin and death. Through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith … Be assured of my prayers for you and for our common efforts to bring about a world in which every life is cherished. And so, together, may we hold fast to Christ, our hope.”

Here in Iowa, you might be interested in an event that is taking place at the Capitol sponsored by Iowans for LIFE. It will be on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the first-floor rotunda followed by prayer at the Iowa Supreme Court. The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be present.

The Iowa Catholic Conference’s Human Life and Dignity Committee has met to discuss the 2020 legislative session. One of the items we’re working on is to pass an amendment to Iowa’s constitution to reverse the Iowa Supreme Court’s 2018 decision finding a fundamental right to abortion. The court’s ruling put at risk restrictions on late-term abortions and taxpayer funding of abortion.

Later this fall the ICC will release its legislative agenda which also typically addresses issues such as education, support for lower-income Iowans and immigration.


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