Papal nuncio praises Missouri Catholic Conference

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, delivered the keynote speech Oct. 7 at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s annual assembly in Jefferson City, Mo. The public policy arm of the Missouri bishops is marking its 50th anniversary.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — Pope Francis' diplomatic representative to the United States hailed the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) as a shining example of missionary discipleship and the joyful proclamation of the Kingdom of God.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, gave the keynote address at the MCC's 50th anniversary celebration Oct. 7 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City.

MCC statement on terrorist attacks in Paris and the Syrian refugee crisis

We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, write to express our solidarity with all those terrorized by ISIS and other violent extremists who falsely invoke the name of God to justify their bloody attacks on innocent people. Our concern especially goes out to the French people as they cope in the aftermath of the November 13 terrorist attacks and to the many Syrians also terrorized by ISIS who are fleeing their country for the safety of new lands.

Immigration reform seen as way to improve lives

Naomi Carranza laughed with her friend, Grace Magee, at her locker in the hallway of Notre Dame High School in south St. Louis County. Carranza is a speaker on the topic of immigration and shares her personal testimony of the difficulties in becoming a citizen.

An attorney called it broken, a 16-year-old Catholic school student said it has meant that she cannot visit her grandparents and the former director of the National Farm Worker Ministry said it is a threat to the U.S. agricultural system.

MCC puts together resources on Medicaid

The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) has put together some resources on Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health coverage to low-income Americans, as the Missouri General Assembly considers how to reform it and possibly expand it to cover more uninsured Missourians.

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