Bishops announce opposition to Equality Act (USCCB) The Equality Act (H.R.5 / S. 788), sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), “would add the new terms ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the definition of ‘sex’ in federal civil rights laws,” the US bishops’ conference noted, adding: “Each and every person should be treated with dignity and respect ... Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, however, the Equality Act would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole.”
Vatican diplomat praises women's caregiving in the home (Holy See Mission) In introductory remarks at a UN conference on “Valuing Unpaid Work and Caregiving” (video), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, questioned “the idea that a person’s work outside the home is far more valuable than a person’s work inside the home ... It must be asked whether such a prioritization of a person’s work in the labor markets over care work at home flows from woman’s deepest desires or whether it’s an emulation of a flawed, hyper-masculine, way of looking at the world, one in which work, and what work can provide, is treated as the most important value.”
8 sainthood causes advance (Vatican Press Office) Among the causes are those of Father Alfredo Cremonesi, PIME, an Italian missionary martyred in Myanmar in 1953, and several bishops martyred between 1950 and 1970 under Romania’s Communist regime.
'Your will be done' is theme of Pope's general audience (Vatican Press Office) The March 20 general audience took place in St. Peter’s Square (video). In 2018, Pope Francis devoted his Wednesday general audiences to the Holy Mass, the Sacrament of Baptism (April 11-May 16), the Sacrament of Confirmation (May 23-June 6), the Commandments (June 13-November 28), and the Our Father (beginning December 5). In his 2019 audiences, he has continued to reflect on the Lord’s Prayer.