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By Bishop Richard J. Malone 1/5/2016

    The motto for this Jubilee Year of Mercy is, "Merciful like the Father." What will we allow this to mean in our lives? With God? With one another?

    • Vatican II declared: "Upon the Muslims, too, the Church looks with esteem." How dare any American suggest that refugees who profess the faith of Islam be prohibited from entry into the United States solely on that basis? 
    • Studies show that teens who practice the faith most often have parents who practice the faith.
    • Pray for vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, diaconate and Christian marriage!
    • College and university students: seek out and become active in your school's campus ministry community!


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    Take advantage of all the Jubilee Year of Mercy offers

    By Bishop Richard J. Malone 12/17/2015

    I write this month from Baltimore, where the bishops of the United States are gathered for our annual Fall Plenary Meeting.  As we concelebrated the Eucharist early this Sunday morning. I offered Mass for all of you who constitute the community of faith that is the Diocese of Buffalo.  (Did you know that diocesan bishops offer one Mass each Sunday and holy day of obligation pro populo, that is, "for the people," just as pastors are required to do weekly for their parishioners?)

    This Sunday Mass was different for me.  Before I went down to the large hotel meeting room that serves as our chapel, I was watching continuing TV coverage of the horrific massacre in Paris perpetrated by ISIS terrorists and resulting in 129 people killed and 352 injured.  Sitting quietly in the chapel for the half hour before Mass, I struggled to put aside, at least for that next hour, the emotions of shock, anger, sadness and, yes, anxiety that were roiling my soul.


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    Concern for refugees and immigrants

    By Bishop Richard J. Malone 11/23/2015

    We have all been horrified by the senseless terrorist attacks in Paris.  Join me in fervent prayer for victims of the massacre, for justice for ISIS leaders and killers, and for world peace.

    While there have been calls to close our borders to Syrian refugees fleeing the ravages of civil war, we cannot simply close our doors to refugees simply because they are from Syria.  But we must remain vigilant. Careful screening of all who wish to enter this country is needed.

    Pope Francis' concern for refugees and immigrants is very well known, as we see in this recent comment: "Facing the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees - fleeing death by war and famine, and journeying towards the hope of life - the Gospel calls, asking of us to be close to the smallest and forsaken. To give them a concrete hope," he said. "And not just to tell them, 'Have courage, be patient!'"


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