Archbishop: Church must take action to help end racism, promote justice

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June 10, 2015

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops speaks June 10 speaks during the annual spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See BISHOPS-RACISM and BISHOPS-OPENING June 10, 2015.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops speaks June 10 speaks during the annual spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops join with other religious leaders and civic leaders “in pledging to work for healing and reconciliation” after a series of racial conflicts “that have taken place around our beloved country,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky.

The archbishop, who is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the comments June 10 as he opened the bishops’ spring general assembly in St. Louis with a statement on race relations.

In the statement, approved by the bishops, he highlighted that the spring meeting was taking place so close to Ferguson and that the bishops’ November general assembly will be in Baltimore — two places roiled in past months by protests, violence in the streets and looting following the deaths of two young African-Americans after confrontations with white police officers.

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