Catholics urged to help fight racism in U.S. and pray for healing, unity

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The United States is seeing “a new kind of racism and nationalism” that is “rooted in fear,” and Catholics must work to overcome such new forms of racism and “every ideology that denies the equality and dignity of the human person,” the archbishop of Los Angeles said.
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“There is fear about what is happening in our society. There is fear about what is happening in our economy. Our country has become so angry and bitter, so divided — in so many different areas,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.
He made the remarks in homilies delivered at two Los Angeles parishes the weekend of Aug. 19-20.
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“This has been a hard week in our country,” he said, referring to the aftermath of the hate-filled and violent events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, the previous weekend. He urged prayers for the people of that city and called on Catholics to be “a true sign and instrument of healing and unity.”


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The announcement is contained in a statement signed and released by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council, Prof. Sambo Junaidu today August 23rd. 
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