Greetings from
Bishop Amos


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Middle East Special Collection
September 6-7

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa



Update: Summary of Activities
Catholic Charities USA
Unaccompanied Children Immigration Crisis
As of June 27, 2014

Statement on the Developing Humanitarian Situation on the Southern Border of the United States

A November 2013 report from the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Migration alerted us to the ongoing increase in migration of unaccompanied children across the border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since the beginning of the year.

The report found a “perfect storm” of reasons leading to this phenomenon, including an absence of economic opportunities, a lack of access to education, and a desire to reunify with family in the United States. One cause has played a decisive role in recent years: extreme violence in the countries of origin and a corresponding breakdown of the rule of law. This violence has resulted in part because of the drug trade driven by users in the United States.

We appreciate government officials for responding as best they can to this crisis and ask them to make sure that legal services are available to unaccompanied children. Children without family in the U.S. are at risk of being sent back to an unsafe situation. The best interests of these children should be a priority.

In a recent statement for World Refugee Day, Pope Francis said “Jesus was a refugee” and called upon Catholics and others to “alleviate their suffering in a concrete way.” We are responding the best we can through our Catholic Charities organizations and ask the government to do the same.

Most Rev. Michael Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque

Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless
Bishop of Sioux City

Most Rev. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport

Most Rev. Richard Pates
Bishop of Des Moines







Diocesan Prayer for New Evangelization 2014prayerlogo


Official prayer of the Diocese of Davenport, 2014
PDF: English | Spanish





Synod of Bishops to be convened  this fall to discuss  “pastoral challenges to the
family in the context of evangelization”

– A letter from Pope Francis to Families


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Bishop's Safe Environment Letter 2014

Response from Bishop Amos to the Survey
for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family 2014

Response Document | The Catholic Messenger  Article


Diocese of Davenport CCHD
Youth Contest Awards video
 

   

Immigration Prayer Card

From Bishop Amos:

The Holy Father has challenged us to proclaim our faith values; and he has specifically addressed the threats to dignity, and even of life itself, of migrants. 

My fellow Iowa bishops and I have issued a Statement on Immigration Reform through the Iowa Catholic Conference.  This statement underlies all of our Church teachings.  It applies from the moment of conception to the last moments of life and encompasses all people on earth. 

We recognize that not only are the vast majority of the people of Iowa of immigrant descent but that even our Catholic faith is an immigrant to this great state and nation. 

 

Iowa Bishops' Joint Statement on Immigration Reform

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HHS Mandate
Diocese's HHS Mandate page
USCCB Page on HHS mandate (including legislative contacts)
Iowa Catholic Conference

Initiatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Religious Freedom
Marriage: Unique for a Reason
Research and Resources for the New Evangelization – CARA Research November 2012
 

Abuse of Minors - The Church's Response

The Catholic Messenger video site
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Diocesan Planning Commission
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Bishop Amos' Vision Planning Video
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