"But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now."

 

Read Open Wide Our Hearts   Leer Abramos nuestros corazones

Bishop Shelton Fabre on the Death of George Floyd

Bishop Shelton Fabre on the Death of George Floyd

 

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, on the Death of George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.

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USCCB and (Arch)Diocesan Statements on the Death of George Floyd and National Protests

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days.

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.

In Wake of Horrific, Hate-Filled Violence in El Paso, USCCB Migration Chairman, Domestic Social Development Chairman, and Chairman of the ad hoc Committee Against Racism Call for Change in Language and Rhetoric of All Americans | August 8, 2019

U.S. Bishops Approved “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love," A Pastoral Letter Against Racism | November 15, 2018

USCCB President Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue | July 8, 2018

A Statement of Support for the New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism from the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops | September 12, 2017

USCCB Special Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities: Report and Recommendations | November 10, 2016

USCCB President Calls for Dialogue, Peace in the Midst of Violence | July 18, 2016

New Resources

Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism: An Invitation - This Guide was prepared to assist Catholics and people of good will in reflecting on the evil and harm of racism. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides actionable steps that may assist Catholics to reflect and respond in faith.

Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism
This new Stations of the Cross resource on overcoming racism can help you, your family, or faith community reflect on the pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. A rich Lenten reflection, this prayer resource can help open our hearts to the persistent sin of racism and the call to help overcome it.

Prayer Against Racism

Everyone Belongs children's book on the reality of racism and our Catholic response 

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - Study Guide

St. Peter Claver Prayer Service 2019 Printable Version

Mass Formulary-St. Peter Claver 2019 Printable Version

The USCCB, the Catholic Mobilizing Network, the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), the United States Catholic Mission Association recently hosted a webinar full of ideas for implementing the call of "Open Wide Our Hearts" in your community.

Catholic Mobilizing Network recently released a new short video in honor of Black History Month highlight important lessons from the USCCB's recent pastoral letter against racism, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love."

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism | Abramos nuestros corazones: El incesante llamado al amoarta pastoral contra el racismo

Purchase print copies from the USCCB Store!

Check out the educational resources and parish resources that were created to accompany the pastoral letter against racism.

U.S. unrest: Pope condemns 'sin of racism'

U.S. unrest: Pope condemns 'sin of racism'

During his general audience June 3, Pope Francis condemned the sin of racism.