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 Bishop Thomas' 2021 CSA Reflection

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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Bishop George Leo Thomas

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Bishop Vaccinated

Bishop Thomas receives first dose of COVID Vaccine on January 21, 2021.


January 20, 2021 

Bishop Thomas’ Pastoral Letter regarding President Biden's Inaugural Address
Dear Friends in Christ,
Today I wish to bring to your attention an important statement issued by the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Gomez issued this statement on the occasion of the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., now 46th President of the United States of America. Archbishop Gomez pledges the prayers of the Catholic Community for our new President and his family, asking God to grant Mr. Biden the wisdom and courage he needs to lead our nation during these trying and tumultuous times.   Read more HERE
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BIDEN
INAUGURATION BIBLE


Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021.
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Bishop Thomas Receives Claver Prayer

On January 8, 2021, Grand Lady Pam Hunter of the Knights of Peter Claver, along with her grandson, Elijah Hunter, Western States Junior Conference President, presented Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. with The Claver Prayer. The Knights of Peter Claver were founded on November 7, 1909 in Mobile, Alabama, consisting of seven founders – four Josephite priests and three laymen, all of whom served in Diocese of Mobile, Alabama.

The Claver Prayer was written by Brother Christopher Kiefer of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984. Brother Kiefer, at the time, was Grand Knight of Saints Peter & Paul Council No. 191. The Claver Payer was adopted by the 1984 National Convention in New Orleans. Thank you, Knights of Peter Claver, for your continued support. Special gratitude and New Year’s blessings to all the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver.


Bishop Thomas Extends Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass

DECREE

Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass
Extension - December 31, 2020 through January 31, 2021

While I have granted permission to begin the reopening of public Masses, due to the ongoing gravity of the present moment and the restrictions being placed on us during the civil reopening plan, I hereby extend the dispensation for all Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas and those Catholics visiting within the geographic boundaries of our Diocese, from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation up to and including January 31, 2021.

While we recognize that many are eager to return to Mass in our churches, it remains important for those who are elderly and otherwise at risk to refrain from returning to public Liturgies until it is manifestly safe to do so. For all the faithful, especially those who are sick, at high risk of becoming sick, and their caregivers, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is hereby dispensed.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Revered George L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Date: December 17, 2020

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December 21, 2020 
The Following is the Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the morality of the use of some anti-Covid-19 vaccines
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December 21, 2020  –  By USCCB Public Affairs Office
Traduzione in lingua spagnola Nota sobre la moralidad del uso de algunas vacunas contra la Covid-19
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December 14, 2020  –  By USCCB Public Affairs Office
U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines
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Obispos Presidentes de los Comités de Actividades Pro-?Vida y Doctrina abordan las preocupaciones éticas relacionadas a las vacunas contra el COVID-19
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Catholic Conference News

The Diocese of Las Vegas, in conjunction with local Catholic Health Care Ministry and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, shares with you this recent statement of the California Catholic Conference with regard to COVID-19 vaccinations.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops chairs of the Committee on Doctrine and the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, as well as the Catholic Health Association together with respected moral theologians, have found early Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidates to be morally acceptable from a Catholic perspective.

We offer this information to the faithful of the Diocese in our commitment to provide regular and accurate information to parishioners and the community in support of morally acceptable, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
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The McCarrick Report: A Tragic Chapter, A Full Accounting
Two years after Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through church ranks and promised to make the report public, the McCarrick Report, issued Nov. 10, is a devastating portrait of personal deception and institutional blindness, of opportunities missed and faith shattered.

At the same time, it is also the story of an unparalleled effort at transparency, revealing a church that is committed to the accountability of its leaders at all levels. Today and in the week ahead, Catholic News Service is examining all aspects of the report. It is also reminding readers of the vulnerability of victims who will suffer further pain as incidents of abuse are brought to light.

https://www.catholicnews.com/mccarrick-report-called-needed-step-toward-accountability-transparency/
https://www.catholicnews.com/fighting-abuse-what-pope-francis-has-done-during-his-pontificate/

Bishop Thomas’ Reflection on Pope Francis’ “Civil Unions” Statement
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Vatican officials hold funeral for man who used to live on streets nearby

By  Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Two cardinals, an archbishop and a dozen priests concelebrated a funeral Mass Jan. 25 for Roberto Mantovani, a soccer player decades ago, who spent much of the past few years living on the streets near the Vatican.

According to Vatican News, the many people whom Mantovani befriended and who tried to help him, recently convinced him to move into a homeless shelter after he'd had numerous bouts of pneumonia. The 64-year-old died in a shelter by Rome's main train station.

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 'Black lives matter!' says Las Vegas bishop in pastoral on racism

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LAS VEGAS (CNS) -- The "tragic death" of George Floyd, an African American killed while in the custody of a white police officer, "has torn the scab away from the gaping wound of racism that still infects communities across the globe," said Bishop George L. Thomas of Las Vegas. He made the comments in a pastoral letter, "When Words Fall Short: A Pastoral Letter on Racism," issued June 10. "What is needed in this critical moment is a genuine conversion of heart and a commitment to renew our communities," Bishop Thomas said. "The words of Pope Francis ring true in our hearts: 'Let no one think that this invitation is not meant for him or her.'" Read more.

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