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US Bishops Reflect on ‘Rallying Cry’ of Martin Luther King Jr.

Ahead of the federal holiday commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. bishops said that we should continue to heed King’s “call to action” on behalf of justice and peace given divisions within our society.

The bishops’ statement was written by Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“On Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day we pause and reflect on Rev. King’s indelible legacy and his rallying cry in the pursuit of justice and peace,” Archbishop Broglio said.

Archbishop Broglio said that the renowned civil rights leader, known for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963, taught that “we must confront the evils of racism and prejudice with the love of Christ.”

Quoting King, he wrote:

“‘Deeply etched in the fiber of our religious tradition is the conviction that men are made in the image of God … the heirs of a legacy of dignity and worth. … This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men.’”

Archbishop Broglio said that King’s message remains especially relevant today, “given the issues of migration, antisemitism, and racial and religious discrimination touching our communities.”

Read more at National Catholic Register 

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