Monthly Newspaper • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Healing Racial Divide Starts with Dialogue, Black Bishops Say

The threat of being pulled over by police and arrested for something that even “hinted of going beyond the status quo,” was very real to retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, when he was growing up in segregated Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The African-American bishop, president of the National Black Catholic Congress, said he and his friends “lived under constant threat of being arrested” during his teenage years.

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Summer Camp is a ‘Safe Space’ at McGivney Center

On any given summer weekday, campers at the McGivney Community Center can be found creating rockets in science class, tie-dyeing T-shirts, brushing up on reading skills, and performing in a “McGivney’s Got Talent” showcase.

Located on the East Side of Bridgeport, a neighborhood once riddled with violent crime, McGivney Center was founded in 1992 as a respite for the neighborhood’s children.

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Five Dallas Officers Killed in Ambush; Bishop Calls for Prayer and Peace

Religious and civic leaders called for peace after five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed July 7 when a sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas. “We have been swept up in the escalating cycle of violence that has now touched us intimately as it has others throughout our country and the world,” said Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who has blogged in the past several months about the escalating gun violence across the country and world. “All lives matter: black, white, Muslim, Christian, Hindu. We are all children of God, and all human life is precious.

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