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Appeal To Governor Of Texas For Stay Of Execution 

The Texas Catholic Conference has appealed to Governor Rick Perry to intercede on behalf of Jose Luis Villegas Jr. who's scheduled execution is at 6:00 p.m. on April 16, 2014. In Texas, Villegas would become the fifth death row inmate to be executed in less than a month. 

While expressing the deepest sympathies and prayers to the families of the victims for their loss and suffering, the Catholic Church continues to oppose the use of capital punishment. At a time when the sanctity of life is threatened in so many ways, state-sanctioned killing is not a solution, but undermines society's respect for life. 

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Pope Names Cardinal DiNardo To New Council For The Economy
U.S. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston among seven other cardinals and seven additional lay experts in the field of business, management and finance have been appointed by Pope Francis to be the first members of the Vatican's new Council for the Economy.

The Pontiff established the Council for the Economy on February 24, 2014 while the announcement of who had been appointed came in March 8 of that same year. According to a Vatican statement the novel council "will meet on a regular basis and to consider policies and practices and to prepare and analyze repots on the economic-admnistrative activities of the Holy See."

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Appeal To Governor Of Texas For Stay Of Execution  
The Texas Catholic Conference has appealed to Governor Rick Perry to intercede on behalf of Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas who's scheduled execution is at 6:00 p.m. today. 

While expressing the deepest sympathies and prayers to the families of the victims for their loss and suffering, the Catholic Church continues to oppose the use of capital punishment. At a time when the sanctity of life is threatened in so many ways, state-sanctioned killing is not a solution, but undermines society's respect for life.  
 
 

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USCC Migration Committe Remembers Fallen Migrants   
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.

The purpose of the trip is to highlight the human suffering caused by a broken immigration system, an aspect of the national immigration debate which is often ignored.

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Periodic Messages from the Texas
Bishops to the Catholic Faithful 

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform  
By Daniel Cardinal DiNardo 

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Immigration reform has begun to show up again in news stories as it appears that both national parties in the House of Representatives are growing closer in dealing with this important topic (the Senate already voted on a bill last summer). The current situation on immigration is unworkable and piecemeal legislation will only exacerbate the problems. Comprehensive immigration reform is required. 

For a long time, religious leaders, including an interfaith coalition of religious leaders here in Houston, have been voicing the need for comprehensive immigration reform. 
It is a view that is also being shared more and more by representatives of the business community.” 

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Catholic Schools: Fanning the Flame of Faith 
By Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller 

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I once read the words of an Irish poet who wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” This tells us that while you fill up a pail only once it is limited by its capacity, but when you light a fire it spreads with great energy and the more you fuel it, the brighter it burns.

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Comments On Payday Lending
By Bishop Curtis Guillory

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In Jan. 22 2014, Bishop Curtis Guillory hosted Beaumont city leaders for a discussion of the impact of payday and auto-title lending in the area.  Community leaders gathered at Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas in order to explore alternative loan products and possible city action to protect consumers from usurious lending rates.

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