- May 26, 2020
WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. bishops expressed sorrow over disparities in infection and death rates among African Americans in U.S. communities. “Our hearts are wounded for the many souls mourned as African American communities across the nation are being disproportionately infected with and dying from the virus that causes
Gertrudejane Holliday Stone, a parishioner at St. Mary of the Purification Church in Houston, was a Freedom Rider even before the term was coined.
On Feb. 26, 1970, 200 angry youths stormed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Port of Spain and criticized the church on its failure to challenge race and class imbalances in Trinidad and Tobago. Fifty years later, the Catholic Church and the National Joint Action Committee came together in that same cathedral for a joint observance of the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s Black Power Revolution.
Leaders of Latin American and Caribbean Afro-American pastoral commissions acknowledge that the Church has been paying more attention to the African-descendant community in the past few decades, but they consider that there’s a long way to go for diversity in liturgy and for inclusion in the hierarchy.
As Afro-Brazilian Catholic activists struggle to promote their culture and increase participation of black people in high-ranking positions in the Brazilian Church and society, the search of a new dialogue with the hierarchy on the agenda.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington urged students at Archbishop Carroll High School to take time during Black History Month to study the heritage and history of African Americans.