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Annual Diocesan Conference 2021:
Opening Remarks, Bishop George Leo Thomas

Vatican: Racial, religious bigotry leads to human rights violations
By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- World leaders must commit to rooting out the evil of racism, xenophobia and racial discrimination through meaningful legislation and action, said Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister.

Addressing a high-level U.N. meeting Sept. 21, Archbishop Gallagher also said that violence against religious groups as well as prenatal diagnostics that lead to a denial of the right to life "because of disability, sex, or other traits" must not be ignored.

"Universal human rights are indivisible and interdependent and thus cannot exist in opposition. Laws and norms that seek to root out discrimination and intolerance must therefore respect the right to freedom of opinion, thought, religion and conscience," he said. Read more.

Date: September 10, 2021
Bishop Vasa's Statement Regarding Adam Kotas (update 9.10.21)
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Clarifications concerning Father Adam Kotas
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USCCB launches initiative to address polarization in U.S. society
By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service

CLEVELAND (CNS) -- Polarization across society has prompted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to launch an initiative that looks to bring people together to serve the common good.

Called "Civilize It: A Better Kind of Politics," the initiative is designed to "move forward the kind of conversations that we need to be having to overcome our divisions," said Jill Rauh, director of education and outreach in the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, which is coordinating the effort.

The USCCB introduced the initiative Sept. 7

The effort draws heavily from the teachings of Pope Francis, particularly his call in the third encyclical of his papacy, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship."

"We are in a situation where both in society and the church we are experiencing a lot of division and polarization," Rauh told Catholic News Service. "In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis specifically is calling Catholics and all people of goodwill to build a better kind of politics, one at the service of the common good." Read more.

Shared Statement from the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California regarding Adam Kotas Click HERE

Declaración publicada por la Diócesis de Santa Rosa en California con respecto a Adam Kotas Oprima AQUI

New Face Mask Mandate Effective Saturday, July 31, 2021

In accordance with the latest CDC recommendations and
Governor Sisolak's July 27, 2021, Emergency Directive No. 47 ("Directive 47"),
the Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council and Bishop Thomas direct:

Regardless of vaccination status, the wearing of face masks is required by all individuals age 2 and older who enter any Diocesan facility.

We ask for your patience as the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, and State of Nevada Governor's Office continue to update and modify
their requirements.

Vatican Appoints The Most Reverend Daniel Mueggenborg the New Bishop of Reno
 RENO — Pope Francis has named Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg as the eighth Bishop of Reno after having accepted Bishop Randolph R. Calvo’s request for retirement. Bishop Mueggenborg currently serves as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

He will be introduced to the priests and religious of the diocese on July 20 at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. The presentation will be live-streamed at 10 a.m. at Bishop Mueggenborg will be installed as the Bishop of Reno on September 24.

Born and raised in rural western Oklahoma, Bishop Mueggenborg graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a geology degree and a related computer science degree. He attended the pre-theology program at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and the theology program at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tulsa in 1989. Read more.

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