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Just days after his election, Pope Francis said to a gathering of representatives from various faiths:
We know how much violence has been provoked in recent history by the attempt to eliminate God and the divine from the horizon of humanity, and we feel the need to witness in our societies the original openness to transcendence that is inherent in the human heart.
Catholicism in the United States has been growing and thriving for centuries. The Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of healthcare, education, and charitable services for the poor in America, in addition to being an important cornerstone of community for people nationwide. Our bishops are constantly calling lay Catholics to be leaders in their respective professions and communities for the greater good of all. Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles recently said that America “need[s] men and women like you and me who are committed to serving God and living their faith in every aspect of their lives. If we want to live in a society that promotes virtue and justice and human dignity – if we want leaders who reflect these values – then we need to become leaders and role models in our society.” TCA responds to our bishops’ call for an active citizenry that promotes and defends the Church and her teachings in our society.