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Make this Lent Special: Participate in CRS Rice Bowl Campaign

Make this Lent Special: Participate in CRS Rice Bowl Campaign

Ash Wednesday is next week and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is once again inviting Catholics to participate in the CRS Rice Bowl project. This project incorporates the three major disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Put a rice bowl on your dinner table, say the prayers provided, and add your monetary contribution to your […]

Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

The New York Times Magazine had a compelling article this past July that you may have missed. The article poses this question: Is this the end of Christianity in the Middle East? As some call for barring Syrian and Iraq refugees from legally entering the U.S., this article offers a chilling reminder of the awful violence confronting […]

MCC Calls for Full and Fair Participation in Elections

MCC Calls for Full and Fair Participation in Elections

This week the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) testified before the Senate Committee on Financial and Governmental Organization and Elections in opposition to a proposed state constitutional amendment that could require photo IDs for voting. As presently drafted, HJR 53 fails to include provisions to make voters aware of the photo ID requirement prior to elections. The […]

MCC Testifies in Support of Early Parole of Geriatric Inmates

MCC Testifies in Support of Early Parole of Geriatric Inmates

This week the House Corrections Committee heard a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe) that would allow for the early parole of geriatric inmates. Under HB 1963, any incarcerated offender 65 years of age or older who has no prior felony convictions of a violent nature and who is serving a sentence of life […]

Director of DOC Confronted About Executioners' Payments

Director of DOC Confronted About Executioners’ Payments

This week George Lombardi, Director of the Department of Corrections (DOC), faced tough questions before the Appropriations Committee on Public Safety and Corrections regarding payments made to individuals who assist with executions.  Lombardi revealed that the DOC does not give 1099 tax forms to those employees and there is no Department policy or procedure to […]

Lenten Recipes

Lenten Recipes

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday next week, and with it comes the meatless Friday’s Catholics are used to observing each year during the Lenten season. For those who are used to a carnviorous diet, it can be difficult to think of a meatless main course to throw together. We’re here to help you out. Each […]

Two Pro-Life Bills on Abortion and the Death Penalty Passed By Senate Committees

Two Pro-Life Bills on Abortion and the Death Penalty Passed By Senate Committees

SB 816, which would repeal the death penalty in Missouri, and SB 644, which addresses fetal tissue donations in Missouri and inspections of abortion clinics, both received a “Do Pass” vote this week from their respective committees. The MCC is working for passage of both bills.  Those in favor of the bills testified about the importance […]

First MCC Messenger of 2016

First MCC Messenger of 2016

Missouri Catholic Conference’s quarterly publication, The Messenger, will appear in diocesan newspapers this weekend. This issue focuses on the Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) department of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO). Several former clients now work for RIS, and a few of their stories are shared in the first Messenger of 2016.  […]

MCC Urges Passage of Ethics Reform Legislation

MCC Urges Passage of Ethics Reform Legislation

This week the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) sent a letter to all members of the Missouri General Assembly urging prompt action on ethics reform legislation. The MCC letter noted that: “Ethics reform can restore trust in government.”  The MCC urged support for banning lobbyists’ gifts to legislators, limits on campaign contributions and a one-year “cooling […]