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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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ABM-TV-Mass 4446Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated the daily televised Mass this morning as part of the U.S. Bishops’ ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ campaign, a two-week initiative that emphasizes prayer and Church teaching on religious freedom.

The Mass was broadcast on WCTT-TV by the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio and Television.

Parishes throughout the archdiocese and nationwide are participating in the initiative in various ways, from special prayers to eucharistic adoration, candlelight processions, film showings and more.

The purpose of the initiative is to garner support to overturn the federal health care mandate that will require Catholic organizations to provide health insurance coverage for procedures that run counter to the Catholic faith, such as surgical sterilizations, pills that may induce abortion, and contraception.

In his homily, Archbishop Mansell said that the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the health care act before the end of the month.

“It’s a critical moment; it’s a marquee moment in the history of our country,” he said. “But we have to keep up our prayers; we have to keep working; we have to keep praying. It’s all in the hands of God.“

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.