Publication of the National Black
Catholic Apostolate for Life
Pray Proclaim and Promote the Gospel of Life
National Day of Prayer for the African American
First Sunday of Black History Month February 2,
Jesus our strength in
a weary land.
On Sunday, February 2, 2003, Black
Catholics were united in prayer for the African American family. As Dr. Beverly
A. Carroll stated: During these days of increased unemployment, terrorism, the
fear of war, domestic violence, inadequate health care, HIV-AIDS, our families
need the reassuring grace of prayer. Thank you National Black Catholic
organizational leaders for your support. We also wish to thank the many pastors
and parishes who collaborated to make this day a time of prayer and unity.
NO TO WAR
War is not
always inevitable. It is always a defeat for humanity. International Law,
honest dialogue, solidarity between states, the noble exercise of diplomacy,
these are methods worthy of individuals and nations in resolving their
differences. Pope John Paul II
Abortion Must End
To all those who participated in the Vigil for
Life Mass and the March for Life, marking the 30th anniversary of Roe
v. Wade, thank you. Since that Supreme Court decision (1973) over 14 million
African American babies have been aborted. We will not stop praying,
proclaiming, and promoting the end of abortion until Roe v. Wade is overturned.
As Pope John Paul II reminds us, It is impossible to further the common good
without acknowledging and defending the right of life upon which all the other
inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop (The
Gospel of Life, no. 101).
Sudan Peace Talks
Through the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita
The Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita was on
Saturday, February 8, 2003. On Thursday,
February 6, 2003, in Nairobi, the Sudanese government and the countrys leading
rebel group signed a peace agreement in a breakthrough that could presage the
end to 20 years of civil war.
The Khartoum government and the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army agreed to
and wealth in a new government of national unity. The two sides also agreed
that displaced families be returned to their homes. Through the intercession of
St. Josephine Bakhita,
let us continue to pray for our sisters and brothers in Sudan.
The Black Church Week of Prayer for the
Healing of AIDS
March 2-9, 2003
The National African American Catholic
HIV-AIDS Task Force has coordinated prayer materials for this week of prayer and
healing. All materials and suggestions as to how we can celebrate this week for
the healing of HIV-AIDS will be forwarded from the Secretariat for African
American Catholics. For more information please contact
SAAC at USCCB.org/SAAC or 202- 541-317
NBCAL Board of
Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, D.D.,
Fr. Jim Goode, OFM, Ph.D, President
Dr. Beverly A. Carroll, USCCB: SAAC,
Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS, NBSC
Fr. Anthony Bozeman, NBCCC
Supreme Lady Mary Briers, KPCLA
Ms. Charolette Davis, NABCA
Br. Tyrone Davis, CFC, - NBCCC
Deacon Jerry Lett, NAAACD
Mr. Joseph Powell, Pres. NABCA
Supreme Knight Arthur McFarland, KPC
Sr. Claire Napoleon, FMM, NBSC
Msgr. Patrick R. Wells, NBCCC
Mr. Michael Youngblood, NAACYMN
Sr. Anita Baird, DHM, Pres. NBSC
Fr. Chester P. Smith, SVD, Pres. NBCCC
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Catholic Apostolate for life in proclaiming Life by becoming
an Affiliate of NBCAL. We would welcome your organization or group
Affiliate of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life as we witness the
dignity and sacred of life as Black Catholics. Our affiliates will be posted on the
An Affiliate of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life will:
for Life in the Black community and throughout the world.
the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to its natural
the Black community and throughout the world.
Pro-Life Issues with the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life in the
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 14, 2003
National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2003
By the President of the United States of America
Our nation was built on a promise of life and liberty for all citizens.
Guided by a deep respect for human dignity, our Founding Fathers worked to
secure these rights for future generations, and today we continue to seek to
fulfill their promise in our laws and our society. On National Sanctity of
Human Life Day, we reaffirm the value of human life and renew our dedication
to ensuring that every American has access to life, liberty, and the pursuit
As we seek to improve quality of life, overcome illness, and promote
vital medical research, my Administration will continue to honor our
country's founding ideals of equal dignity and equal rights for every
American. Every child is a priority and a blessing, and I believe that all
should be welcomed in life and protected by law. My Administration has
championed compassionate alternatives to abortion, such as helping women in
crisis through maternity group homes, encouraging adoption, promoting
abstinence education, and passing laws requiring parental notification and
waiting periods for minors.
The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which I signed into law in August
2002, is an important contribution to our efforts to care for human life.
This important legislation helps protect the most vulnerable members of our
society by ensuring that every infant born alive, including one who survives
abortion, is considered a person and receives protection under Federal law.
It helps achieve the promises of the Declaration of Independence for all,
including those without the voice and power to defend their own rights.
Through ethical policies and the compassion of Americans, we will
continue to build a culture that respects life. Faith-based and community
organizations and individual citizens play a critical role in strengthening
our neighborhoods and bringing care and comfort to those in need. By helping
fellow citizens, these groups recognize the dignity of every human being and
the possibilities of every life; and their important efforts are helping to
build a more just and generous Nation. By working together to protect the
weak, the imperfect, and the unwanted, we affirm a culture of hope and help
ensure a brighter future for all.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 19, 2003, as
National Sanctity of Human Life Day. As we reflect upon the sanctity of
human life, I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate
ceremonies in our homes and places of worship, to rededicate ourselves to
compassionate service, and to reaffirm our commitment to respecting the life
and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of
January, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-seventh.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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REVERENCE FOR LIFE A PUBLICATION OF NBCAL CAN BE REPRODUCED
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NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC APOSTOLATE FOR LIFE.