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Pope Francis' newest video calls for us to pray for families in difficulty. In this Year of Mercy, we are called listen to the Lord's call to live for our brothers and sisters. As we prepare to remember and celebrate the Lord's greatest act of love, we would like to know:
 
♦ What could you do to help to care for families in need?
♦ Are there resources that USCMA could share about families in mission or families in difficult situations that would be helpful in caring for families?
♦Are there events and activities you would like to share with USCMA members and friends related to caring for families in need?
 
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Save the Date 
 
USCMA Conference
 
Together In Mission
 
October 28-30, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
 
In honor of USCMA’s 35th Anniversary, the aim of USCMA’s 2016 conference will be to highlight the mission reality of US Catholics serving around the world and at home. How can mission make our local communities a reflection of Jesus’ liberating spirit? How will these expressions of mission need to adapt in the coming years?
Pope Francis' 
Prayer Intentions
 
March
 
Families in Difficulty
That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.
 
Evangelization
That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.
 
 
 
Mission Monthly Survey 
 
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Mission Monthly
March 2016
Dear Sister Marie
 
It has been a painful three weeks for mission. On February 20th, a monster cyclone hit Fiji. The Colomban Fathers and Marists have communities there. Monsignor Ed Lofton, from the Diocese of Charleston, worked with several churches in Fiji over the last ten years. He reports that the damage is severe and “they will be in dire condition for some time as the homes are poorly built.” These communities are now on the long road to recovery.
 
Then, on March 4th, four Missionaries of Charity were gunned down in their ministry to the elderly in Aden, Yemen: Sr. Anselm from India, Sr. Margherite from Rwanda, Sr. Reginette from Rwanda, and Sr. Judith from Kenya. Also killed were their lay collaborators – many from Ethiopia and some from Yemen. One sister was not killed and has been released. A Salesian priest, Fr. Tom, was kidnapped and his whereabouts is still unknown.
 
The Catholic Relief Service has donated $50,000 to Caritas International. To donate directly to the recovery efforts in Fiji, led by Caritas New Zealand, click here. The Missionaries of Charity are asking for prayers for their sisters.
 
Added to these tragedies, the people of Brussels were the victims of a terrorist attack as the Church prepares for the Holy Triduum and Easter celebrations. The Body of Christ continues to suffer. In and through these sufferings, what is the Lord saying to us? What is he saying to us about mission? These are the questions I am taking to the Lord this Holy Week.
 
Don

 
Natural Disaster in Figi 
Columban missionaries care for children after schools collapsed in cyclone. USCMA report mentioned. 
 
Suva (Agenzia Fides) – In the Fiji islands some 40 per cent of the population was affected by tropical cyclone Winston, which struck the archipelago on 20 February. Presently about 62,000 people are living in emergency centres. The Missionary Society of Saint Columban, one of several religious communities on the islands, has been in Fiji for over 60 years. In a report sent to Fides, the United States Catholic Mission Association USCMA calls for solidarity in support of the religious and the cyclone victims and various initiatives. Read more here.
 
USCMA Report: Mobilizing For Mission: Read more here.
 

 
Witnesses With Their Blood 
Terrorist attack kills 4 Mother Teresa Sisters, together with helpers and elderly patients in care.
 

Aden (Agenzia Fides) Four Missionary Sisters of Charity, the community founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, were shot dead by gunmen early this morning in an attack on the structure in the Yemenite city of Aden where they assisted elderly and disabled persons. The news was confirmed to Fides by sources at the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia. Besides the Sisters, the driver and at least two Ethiopian community helpers were killed whereas the Sister Superior was unhurt. Among the casualties, old and disabled persons assisted by the community. The total number of dead, according to local sources, is 16 at least, while no one knows the whereabouts of Indian Salesian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who had been staying at the sisters house since the church where he lived was sacked and torched by unidentified gunmen. Read more here.
 
More news on the Missionaries of Charity:
 
 
 
Video: Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia makes this urgent appeal for prayer to all the faithful of the Vicariate for Salesian Priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil kidnapped in Yemen in the recent attack on the Care Home in Aden.
 

 
Zike Virus Continues to Spread 
Zika virus continues to spread, 30 countries in Latin America already affected
 
Havana (Agenzia Fides) –Hygiene and Epidemiology Department officials, who asked not to be named, confirmed that on February 28 Cuban health authorities spoke of 21 cases of Zika virus on the island of Cuba. The government continues to deny the presence of the illness on Cuban soil . The first case reported yesterday 2 march, concerns a Venezuelan student of medicine, said to have contracted the virus in Venezuela. Read more here.
 

 
Bishops of the Americas Gather 
America's Catholic Bishops: "Encourage prophets of mercy"
 
Tampa (Agenzia Fides) – According to a first report on a meeting of American continent’s Catholic Bishops held in Tampa, Florida (USA), 22 - 25 February (see Fides 23/02/2016), despite the complexity of issues facing Catholics today and the distinct cultures within the Church, the bishops shared a common desire to invite everyone to "an encounter with Jesus Christ."

The elected officers of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), discussed wide ranging topics. Immigration, evangelization of urban cultures, the rights of native peoples, physician assisted suicide, the danger of pornography, and the growing threat to religious freedom around the world.

According to a report sent to Fides by the secretariat of CELAM, the bishops shared with each other the various projects underway in support of the Year of Mercy. A particular focus was the topic of mercy in the Aparecida document. As one participant said, "the work is to reveal the presence of God and encourage prophets of mercy."". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 01/03/2016)
 
Announcement of Gathering: Read more here.

 
 
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