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  •     Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII.
  •     The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane.
  •     The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties.
  •     The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.

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Test of Fire: Election 2012

Dear Friends:

I usually don't pass along many videos, but one of our priests forwarded this video to me regarding faith values and public policy. It's not partisan. It's also short – less than five minutes – and it highlights Pope Benedict XVI's emphasis on three key values:
(1) protection of life
especially the life of the unborn young; (2) the importance for society to strengthen and not redefine marriage; and (3) freedom especially religious liberty being a key to a flourishing society. This short video might be a discussion starter for one of your parish meetings and a way to shift the focus away from political parties and candidates and toward values we would like carried forward into public life for the common good of everyone – believer and non-believer. As you know, the Church endorses no candidates. We are not here how to tell people to vote. We are here to form consciences so that our people can vote well. Click on the image or the link below to view the video.

Test of Fire: Election 2012

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Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847. The Diocese of Yakima was created on June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII. The new diocese was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane. The Diocese of Yakima serves 41 parishes in 7 counties. The original diocesan newspaper began as Our Times in 1959.
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