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The Diocese of Laredo is celebrating Stewardship Month in November! 

Our Stewardship and Development Office has started a "30 Days of Gratitude" social media campaign. Please visit the Diocese of Laredo's Catholic Stewardship Facebook page for their daily posts. Leave a comment about what you're most grateful for and then share with friends and family so that they may do the same!

This art contest is open to children and youth, 1st grade through high school in the Diocese of Laredo.  Any kind of ORIGINAL art such as drawings, pictures or paintings on posters can be submitted, dealing with the theme “Be an Instrument of God’s Mercy.”

Winners will be determined by a panel consisting of Martha Miller (Director of the Family Life Office), Very Rev. Anthony Mendoza (Vicar General), and Fr. Francisco Quiroz (Adult Religious Education and Vocations Director).

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life; and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis.

Announcing the names of the new cardinals Oct. 9, Pope Francis said, "Their coming from 11 nations expresses the universality of the church that proclaims and witnesses the good news of God's mercy in every corner of the earth."

For the current Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, religious liberty is reduced to "nothing except hypocrisy," and religion is being used as a "weapon ... by those seeking to deny others equality." He makes the shocking suggestion that Catholic, evangelical, orthodox Jewish, Mormon, and Muslim communities are comparable to fringe segregationists from the civil rights era.

These statements painting those who support religious freedom with the broad brush of bigotry are reckless and reveal a profound disregard for the religious foundations of his own work.

Each year during October the Church observes Respect Life Month. During this time, we pray and reflect on the precious gift of life and recommit ourselves to working toward a culture that truly welcomes and protects human life in our society, from conception to natural death. Catholic teaching on abortion and euthanasia is very clear, as is our commitment to the ongoing work of improving living conditions, education, and health-care access for all, especially the poor and those without resources.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated October as "Respect Life Month." The Life Chain is an annual event observed the first Sunday of October where people join to affirm the sanctity of human life.

The Diocese of Laredo's Family Life Ministry joined this national event, with hundreds of faithful from the Diocese of Laredo gathered in the sidewalks along the intersection of McPherson and Hillside Road to pray together for the respect of all human life.