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Sep 19

USCCB President Encourages Day of Prayer for Synod

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal Day of Prayer on September 28, for the Third ...

Sep 18

National Vocation Awareness Week, November 2-8, Calls Catholics to Greater Prayer, Awareness in How They Support Vocations

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 2-8. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is a special time for parishes in

Sep 17

Cardinal O’Malley Launches 2014-15 Program with Respect Life Month Statement

WASHINGTON—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2014, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., of Boston called for “community and solidarity” as an antidote to threats against life. Cardinal O’Malley chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities ...

Sep 16

Cardinal O'Malley: Government Report Confirms Bishops’ Concern on Abortion Coverage

WASHINGTON—A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee

Sep 15

USCCB Chairmen and NCEA President Welcome Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached To Reform Child Care and Development Block Grant Program

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska; the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami; ...

Sep 9

USCCB President Highlights Achievements of the Civil Rights Act; Calls for Unity and Respect of Human Dignity

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act has called for unity and perseverance to continue the vital work begun in the ...

Sep 5

Mary Mencarini Campbell Named Executive Director of USCCB National Collections

WASHINGTON—Mary Mencarini Campbell has been named executive director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She has served as interim director of that office since November 2013 and as director of Catholic ...

Sep 4

USCCB Chairman Applauds Federal Court Decision Upholding Marriage

WASHINGTON–The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, applauded the decision on September 3, by the U.S. District Court for the ...

Aug 26

Pope Names Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Thomas as Bishop of Toledo, Ohio

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia, 55, as Bishop of Toledo, Ohio.

Aug 25

Celebrating the 50 Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement: Then and Now

WASHINGTON—To celebrate the 50 anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on African American Affairs will release a series of resources to highlight the achievements of the Civil Rights era ...

Aug 22

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’

Aug 20

USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Reasserts Commitment to Dialogue with Muslims

WASHINGTON—The Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reasserted their commitment to dialogue with other religions and Muslims in particular in a statement developed between October 2013

Aug 19

USCCB President, Archbishop Kurtz, calls for a special collection for victims of violence in the Middle East

WASHINGTON— Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection “to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for ...

Aug 14

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Welcome Ceasefire, Call Urgently for Renewed Negotiations for a Two-State Peace Agreement

WASHINGTON—Leaders of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations in the United States welcomed the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in a statement, August 14. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington and coordinator of ...

Aug 14

Archbishop Kurtz to President Obama: Plight of Religious Minorities in Iraq Requires Increased Support

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged President Obama to answer the call of Pope Francis for the international community “to do all that it can to stop and to prevent ...

Aug 14

Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Pledges to Build Peace, Understanding Between World’s Faith Communities

WASHINGTON—Violent acts against Christians and Christian sites across the world are a mounting concern to leaders of Catholic and Jewish communities in the United States, according to a joint statement issued August 14 by the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue ...

Aug 13

2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People

Archbishop Wenski reiterates Pope Francis’ call for an inclusive economy

Aug 7

Bishop Pates Asks Bishops, Parishes to Offer Special Prayer on August 17 for Peace in Iraq

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard ...

Aug 7

Pope Names Seminary Rector from Stamford, Connecticut, To Head Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Bohdan J. Danylo, 43, rector of St. Basil Seminary, in Stamford, Connecticut, as bishop the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio.  

Aug 4

National Religious Retirement Office Gives $24 Million to Orders in Need

Donations offset retirement shortfall for more than 400 religious orders

Jul 31

USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act

WASHINGTON–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives ...

Jul 30

Cardinal O’Malley Presents 2014 People of Life Awards to Exemplary Pro-Life Leaders

WASHINGTON—An order of sisters, a former state Catholic Conference leader and an archdiocesan social justice director received the 2014 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement during a July 28 ceremony at the annual Diocesan ...

Jul 29

USCCB Communications Sends Over 1,200 Donated Bibles to Unaccompanied Minors Detained in Arizona

WASHINGTON—Over 1,200 Spanish Bibles donated by the American Bible Society and the publishing house Verbo Divino have gone to unaccompanied minors from Central America. Requested by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, the Bibles were requested ...

Jul 25

Bishop Pates Urges National Security Advisor Rice to Provide Humanitarian Assistance, Work With Other Governments to Stop Violence in Iraq

WASHINGTON—The United States should help Christian communities and other Iraqis plagued by violence through humanitarian assistance and international collaboration, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in ...

Jul 24

USCCB Chairman Responds to Recent Federal Court Decisions on Marriage

WASHINGTON–Yesterday’s order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado enjoining the state from enforcing its laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman follows recent decisions on marriage by the U.S. Court of Appeals ...

Jul 24

USCCB Committee Chairman Calls on President Obama, Central American Presidents To Protect Children and Families

WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and ...

Jul 24

Bishop Pates to Secretary Kerry: United States Must Change Trade and Economic Policies, Stop Drugs and Arms Flow to End Border Crisis

WASHINGTON—The United States cannot separate the humanitarian crisis of many thousands of unaccompanied minors journeying to the U.S. border from root causes in Latin America, many generated by U.S. policies, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee ...

Jul 24

Pope Names Rector of Syro-Malabar Cathedral in Bellwood, Illinois, as auxiliary bishop of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Joy Alappat, 58, vicar of Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago, as auxiliary bishop of that diocese.

Jul 22

Archbishop Kurtz Joins Pope Francis in Calling for Prayers, Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Afr ...

Jul 21

USCCB Chairmen Respond to ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ Executive Order

WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”

Jul 21

Bishop Pates Urges Secretary Kerry to Pursue an Israel-Hamas Ceasefire, Reiterates Call to Work for Lasting Peace

WASHINGTON—The United States should seek an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, provide humanitarian relief to the vulnerable people of Gaza, and return to the challenge of pursuing a just and lasting peace, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ ...

Jul 16

'More Respect for Religious Freedom' Needed After Failed Senate Vote to Curtail It

WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. Senate voted against considering S. 2578, a bill empowering the federal government to override the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal conscience laws when it mandates including any "item or service" in health pla ...

Jul 14

Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori to Senate: Oppose Bill that Attacks Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON—In a letter sent July 14 to all U.S. Senators, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stated their “strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. ...

Jul 14

Subcommittee on Church in Central and Eastern Europe Awards $5 Million in Grants

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved 211 grants for a total of $4,998,428 in aid to finance pastoral, educational, and construction projects in Central and ...

Jul 8

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder Urge U.S. Sentencing Commission To Fix Broken Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines

WASHINGTON—The Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA, urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively fix flawed federal sentencin ...

Jul 8

Subcommittee on the Church in Africa Awards Nearly $1.3 Million

WASHINGTON—The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 46 grants totaling $1,260,571 to assist the pastoral work of the Church in Africa. The subcommittee approved the grants during their June 10 meeting ...

Jul 3

Pope Names Bishop Edgar da Cunha, S.D.V., auxiliary bishop of Newark, as Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha, S.D.V., of Newark, 60, as Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, and accepted the resignation of Bishop George Coleman, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese.

Jun 30

Jun 27

Pope Names Lansing, Michigan Chancellor as Bishop of Gaylord, Michigan

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Steven J. Raica, 61, chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, as bishop of Gaylord, Michigan.

Jun 26

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Affirming Freedom of Speech for Pro-Life Americans

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech for pro-life Americans in a June 26 decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The Court unanimously declared unconstitutional a Massachusetts law barring pro-life advocates from public sidewalks ...

Jun 20

USCCB Chairmen Concerned about Reported Executive Order

WASHINGTON—The Chairman for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, the Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, the

Jun 19

Bishop Pates Urges Obama Administration to Promote Inclusive Government and Provide Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq

WASHINGTON—The current conflict in Iraq demands humanitarian assistance from the United States in addition to diplomatic measures, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace in a ...

Jun 19

Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Approves Over $14 Million in Grants to Combat Poverty, Injustice

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved grants totaling over $14 million to empower poor and low-income communities to overcome

Jun 19

Pope Names Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell Rozanski as Bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts

WASHINGTON--Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Baltimore, 55, as bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts and accepted the resignation of Bishop Timothy McDonnell from pastoral governance of the diocese.

Jun 17

U.S. Bishops, Iran Religious Leaders Jointly Declare Opposition to Violations of Human Life and Dignity, Including Weapons of Mass Destruction

WASHINGTON—Catholics and Shia Muslims oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to a joint declaration signed by U.S. bishops and Iranian religious ...

Jun 16

Mark Rohlena Named U.S. Bishops’ Director of Domestic Social Development

WASHINGTON—Mark Rohlena, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, has been named director of the Office of Domestic Social Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Jun 16

USCCB Subcommittee Approves over $4.6 Million in Grants to the Church in Latin America

WASHINGTON—At their meeting on June 9, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 112 projects, totaling over $1.7 million. The funds will be disbursed as grants to aid the pastoral ...

Jun 16

Pope Names Three Auxiliary Bishops for New York Archdiocese

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named three priests of the Archdiocese of New York as auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese. They include Msgr. John Jenik, 70, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx and vicar for Northwest Bronx; Father John O’Hara, ...

Jun 12

Bishops Approve Renewal of Directory for Permanent Deacons, Religious Liberty Ad Hoc Committee and Plan for Faithful Citizenship Document at Spring General Assembly

NEW ORLEANS—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), meeting for their June 11-13 Spring General Assembly, approved action items relating to the permanent diaconate, the bishops’ religious liberty efforts and their quadrennial statement on Cat ...

Jun 3

2014 Peter’s Pence Collection: Be a Witness of Charity

WASHINGTON—The Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken up in most U.S. dioceses on the weekend of June 28-29. This collection offers Catholics the opportunity to reach out to the poor and suffering by joining Pope Francis in his charitable works throughout ...

Jun 2

U.S. Bishops To Vote on Renewal of National Diaconate Directory

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops will vote on renewal of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States at their Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, June ...

May 29

U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution To Stem Climate Change

Reduce carbon pollution to mitigate climate change

May 29

More Than 15,000 Active Permanent Deacons In U.S. Church

Most married, white; 70 percent age 60 or older

May 28

Bishops’ Spring General Assembly in New Orleans to be Available by Web Stream, Satellite Feed, Social Media

WASHINGTON—The 2014 Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be broadcast via satellite from New Orleans, June 11-12, to Catholic television outlets and all broadcasters wishing to air it. The satellite feed will ...

May 28

Founder of Philadelphia Community Center is Recipient of 2014 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

WASHINGTON—A convert to Catholicism dedicated to “serving the immigrant and the stranger” is the recipient of the 2014 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. Bethany Welch, Ph.D., is being recognized for her commitment and work to empower immigrants ...

May 28

Innovative Resource, myUSCCB, Available to Catholic Leaders Free Until July

Lets subscribers download timely resources for ministry

May 27

Catechetical Sunday 2014 to Focus on ‘God’s Gift of Forgiveness’

WASHINGTON—Catholics are called to learn more about the practice of going to confession, as Catechetical Sunday 2014 focuses on the theme “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis offers

May 21

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Calls Decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice

Archbishop Cordileone says marriage, democracy, children deserve better

May 21

Jewish, Christian and Muslim National Religious Leaders Urge Secretary of State Kerry to Continue Providing Determined U.S. Leadership for Peace

WASHINGTON—In a May 20 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 33 religious leaders, including present and past heads of Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations, said “the time for Israeli-Palestinian peace is now,” and that “achieving ...

May 19

National Day of Prayer, Remembrance for Mariners, People of the Sea May 22

WASHINGTON— Bishop J. Kevin Boland, bishop emeritus of Savannah, Georgia, and Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) promoter will celebrate a Mass in observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea. The Mass will take ...

May 15

Archbishop Kurtz, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios Celebrate Growing Closeness Between Catholics and Orthodox Ahead of Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Meeting in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON—The historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem in January 1964 was a joyful occasion that swept aside centuries of division and has born good fruit, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, ...

May 15

Ordination Class 2014 Is 15 Percent Hispanic, Includes Many Catholic School Graduates, Median Age, 32

About 31 percent of new priests foreign-born, 15 percent Hispanic

May 14

2014 National Migration Conference to Advocate for Vulnerable Populations; Immigration Reform

This year’s theme: ‘In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service’

May 12

Bishop Pates Briefs Bishops and Public Officials on U.S. Bishops’ Dialogue with Religious Leaders in Iran

March 11-17 delegation included Cardinal McCarrick, Bishops Pates, Madden

May 12

Bishops to Travel to Capitol Hill May 29, to Urge House of Representatives to Act on Immigration Reform

Bishops who celebrated border Mass to continue ‘Mission for Migrants’

May 9

Bishop Pates to National Security Advisor: Help Nigerian Government and Faith-Based Institutions Counteract Religious Extremism in Wake of Kidnappings

WASHINGTON—The United States should assist the Nigerian government to promote national security and social development and should partner with civil society, especially faith-based institutions, to build social cohesion and stop violence, said the chairman ...

May 6

U.S. Bishops to Meet in New Orleans for Spring General Assembly, June 11-13

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet June 11-13, in New Orleans, for their annual Spring General Assembly. The opening Mass of the June general session will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, ...

May 5

Pope Names Michigan Pastor To Head Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Ibrahim N. Ibrahim from the pastoral governance of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle and has appointed as bishop of the same eparchy Father Frank Kalabat, a priest ...

May 1

Judge, Federal Prosecutor, Family Therapist Appointed to National Review Board

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary. K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid of Granger, Indiana, and Marriage and Family ...

Apr 29

Catholic Communication Campaign Uses Technology to Share the Faith

WASHINGTON—The 2014 Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of May 31-June 1. The collection offers an opportunity for Catholics around the country to support evangelization through technology ...

Apr 28

Bishops, Policy Specialists, Other Catholic Leaders Convene Renewed Effort on Nuclear Disarmament at Stanford University

WASHINGTON—Nuclear weapons “present an existential threat to mankind,” said former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz to a group of Catholic leaders on April 24. “We need to reduce the numbers of these weapons, identify and take the steps needed to ...

Apr 28

Third Fortnight for Freedom to be Observed June 21-July 4

2014 theme focuses on ‘Freedom to Serve’ poor, vulnerable

Apr 25

Asian Pacific Catholics to Hold 12th Annual Pilgrimage at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, May 10

WASHINGTON—Asian and Pacific Catholics will hold their 12th annual Marian Pilgrimage Saturday, May 10. This one-day pilgrimage is a celebration of faith and heritage held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington ...

Apr 24

Archbishop Kurtz Celebrates Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II, Calls Them Models of Courage, Holiness, Charity

WASHINGTON—Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II “modeled courage, holiness, charity, and attentiveness to the call of Jesus,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, April 24. The ...

Apr 22

Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue Releases Joint Statement: “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness.”

WASHINGTON—The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States (ARC-USA) has concluded a six-year round of dialogue with the release of “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness,” approved at the most recent meeting February ...

Apr 21

World Day Of Prayer For Vocations Set For May 11

Vocations Blossom in Good Soil, says Pope Francis

Apr 10

Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter

Archdiocese of Washington reports record numbers entering the Church

Apr 9

Advisory for Broadcasters: Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts Information for Holy Week, Easter and Canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII

WASHINGTON—The Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter and the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. All times ...

Apr 9

USCCB Committee Votes on Distribution of Funds from Special Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan; Proceeds to be Split Evenly for Immediate Humanitarian Relief and Long-Term Church Reconstruction

WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special collection for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan between humanitarian relief and long-term church reconstruction and ...

Apr 2

Bishop Pates Applauds Senators Urging Declassification of Intelligence Committee Information on Torture

Torture Is Intrinsic Evil that Can Never Be Justified, Says Church

Apr 1

Catholic Home Missions Appeal Strengthens the Church at Home

WASHINGTON—The 2014 Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 26-27. The appeal supports isolated, challenged parishes and missions in dioceses and eparchies across the United States and in several U.S. territories ...

Mar 28

Church Increased Spending for Child Protection by More Than 50 Percent, Annual Audit Finds

Most cases reported last year occurred 30-40 years ago, some go back half a century

Mar 28

USCCB Committee on Migration Calls All Catholics to Pray, Fast, Take Action for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and bishops who will attend the Mass on the Border and “Mission for Migrants,” in Nogales, Arizona, March 31-April 1, invite all Catholics to unite in prayer, fasting and action ...

Mar 27

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder Ask Senate to Support Smarter Sentencing Act

WASHINGTON—The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) is a “modest first step in reforming our nation’s broken sentencing policies,” said the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities ...

Mar 27

USCCB Subcommittee Approves Almost $2.5 Million in Grants to the Church in Latin America

WASHINGTON—At their meeting on March 13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 127 projects, totaling over $1.7 million. The funds will be disbursed as grants to aid the pastoral ...

Mar 12

Archbishop Kurtz, Bishop Pates Commend President Obama, Secretary Kerry for Initiative To Resolve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Echo Pope Francis’ Urging ‘Courageous Decisions’ Aimed at Just, Lasting Solution

Mar 10

USCCB Launches Multicultural Parish Resource, Best Practices for ‘Shared Parishes’

Guide is a bilingual resource available in English and Spanish

Mar 10

Bishop Pates Urges Prayer and Action During Lent for Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Catholics can make praying for peace in the Holy Land part of their Lenten journey by using resources from the Justice, Peace and Human Development department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The bishop who chairs the USCCB ...

Mar 4

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President, Issues Statement on Ukraine

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Ukraine, March 4, and cited concerns for “current tensions and troubling events which continue to unfold there.” His comments followed

Mar 4

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Larry Snyder Urge Congressional Support for Second Chance Act

WASHINGTON—Congress should take an important step to address issues faced by the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who reenter society each year from prisons, jails and detention centers. This was the message of the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ ...

Mar 4

Bishop Pates, Southern Baptist Leader Urge Senators to Advance Bill to Create Special Envoy for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a “growing crisis of religious minorities” by allowing a vote on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central ...

Mar 4

Pope Names Portland, Oregon Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Portland

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Peter Smith, 56, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Feb 28

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Leaders Say Support From Religious Communities Essential to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

WASHINGTON—Thirty-three leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations said that support from religious communities is essential to achieving a two-state peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. In a February 28 letter

Feb 28

State Marriage Defense Act introduced in U.S. Senate Receives Strong Endorsement From USCCB Subcommittee Chairman

Archbishop Cordileone says federal government acting contrary to Supreme Court decision

Feb 25

Christians Leaders Oppose Mass Incarceration

WASHINGTON—Christian leaders, representing a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations in the United States, voiced their united opposition to mass incarceration, February 7. Mass Incarceration was the topic of the 2014 annual meeting of ...

Feb 25

USCCB Offers Online Resources For Lent

Bishops offer Lenten resources on website

Feb 25

Catholic Relief Services Collection Helps ‘Jesus in Disguise’

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Relief Services Collection will take place the weekend of March 29-30. This year’s collection theme is “Help Jesus in Disguise.” The collection provides an opportunity to change the lives of more than 100 million people at home ...

Feb 20

Bishop Pates Urges Ratification of Mine Ban Treaty in Letter to National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON—The United States should sign and ratify the Convention on the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa Convention or the Mine Ban Treaty, said the chair of the U.S.

Feb 20

Pope Names Springfield, Illinois Priest as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas and Newark Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Miami

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Carl Kemme, 53, vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas. He also named Msgr. Peter Baldacchino, 53, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, as an auxiliary bishop of ...

Feb 19

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Strongly Supports Amending U.S. Constitution to Protect Marriage

Archbishop Cordileone: Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is needed

Feb 18

Collection for the Church in Central, Eastern Europe Builds Future

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on March 5, Ash Wednesday. The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central ...

Feb 11

Pope Names Brooklyn Priest as Bishop of Albany, New York; Names Rockville Centre, New York Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard James Hubbard, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and named Brooklyn, New York priest, Msgr. Edward Bernard Scharfenberger, 65, to succeed him. The ...

Feb 7

USCCB Subcommittee Releases Film in Spanish Promoting and Defending Marriage

New Spanish DVD Resource on the Unique Meaning of Marriage

Feb 6

BISHOP SAYS NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK USA, WORLD MARRIAGE DAY, PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE MARRIAGE

National Marriage Week observed Feb. 7-14; World Marriage Day Feb. 9

Feb 4

Catholic Leaders From Across Country Urge Legislators to Promote Peace

WASHINGTON—Hundreds of leaders in Catholic social ministry from dioceses, parishes, national Catholic organizations and universities of the United States urged their members of Congress to promote peace abroad through negotiations, humanitarian assistance ...

Jan 29

USCCB and National Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill

WASHINGTON— The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, along with representatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society ...

Jan 28

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), urged support for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) when it comes before the U.S. House

Jan 28

Bishop Pates Renews Plea for Secretary Kerry to Urge Israel to Stop Unnecessary Confiscation of Palestinian Lands in Occupied West Bank

WASHINGTON—The United States should urge the government of Israel to cease and desist in efforts to unnecessarily confiscate Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, said the chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S

Jan 28

U.S. Bishops File Amicus Curiae Brief Supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in Supreme Court Cases Challenging HHS Mandate

Brief highlights 'potentially fatal fines' confronting closely held businesses Reiterates support for business owners challenging HHS mandate Laws must protect individuals and families who seek to practice faith in daily life ...

Jan 27

Archbishop Kurtz to Visit the Philippines February 2-7, Meet With Typhoon Survivors, Church Leaders, Relief Workers

Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, health care leaders from United States to assess needs

Jan 24

Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Supreme Court Injunction for Little Sisters of the Poor Against HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the move by the U.S. Supreme Court, January 24, to extend an injunction granted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, December 31, ...

Jan 24

Pope Names Bishop Gainer of Lexington as New Bishop of Harrisburg, Names Fresno Vicar General as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The pope also named Msgr. Myron J. Cotta, vicar general of the Diocese of Fresno, California, as auxiliary ...

Jan 23

College Debt factor in men and women entering religious life, CARA survey finds

Survey finds those taking final vows well-educated, multi-ethnic

Jan 17

Thousands to Pray for End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil During '9 Days for Life' Campaign

WASHINGTON—Over 10,000 pilgrims, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil ...

Jan 17

2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering to Focus on Pope's Call for 'a Poor Church for the Poor'

WASHINGTON—The 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering will focus on the message and vision of Pope Francis: “Becoming ‘a Poor Church for the Poor.’” The gathering will be in Washington, February 2-5, 2014. In his first audience, March 16, 2013 Pope

Jan 17

National Religious Retirement Office Awarded $2.5 Million from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Washington—The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) recently received a $2.5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, payable over three years. The grant will support the NRRO’s ongoing efforts to help religious communities in the United ...

Jan 16

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Pates Ask Congress to Remember Values of Human Life and Dignity in Trade Deals

WASHINGTON—As Congress has the opportunity to consider and ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the year ahead, it should remember principles that defend human life and dignity, said the bishops who chair the Committees on Domestic ...

Jan 16

Bishops’ Conferences Say Hope is Essential for Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America, gathered in the Holy Land for an annual meeting, said that hope is needed to bring lasting peace to the Holy Land, January 15. Eleven countries made up the 2014 Co-Ordination of Bishops’ ...

Jan 15

Catholic Schools Week to be Observed in Dioceses Across the Country, January 26-February 1

WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 26 – February 1. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the principles of a Catholic education. ...

Jan 15

Cardinal O’Malley Encourages Catholics to Participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage Surrounding Roe v. Wade Anniversary

WASHINGTON—Catholics can observe the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States by participating in nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage by attending local events and by joining a nationwide ...

Jan 15

Pope Names Texas Priest as Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Stephen Berg, 62, a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, and diocesan administrator of that diocese, as bishop of Pueblo, Colorado. He succeeds Bishop Fernando Isern, who resigned last June for health reasons. ...

Jan 14

USCCB Chairman of Committee on Migration Calls for Senate Action on Syria

Bishop Elizondo Urges Senate to Seek End to Violence in Syria

Jan 13

Pope Names Chaldean Leader Most Reverend Bawai Soro to Titular See of Foraziana

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Most Reverend Bawai Soro to the titular see of Foraziana. He will continue to reside at the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle in San Diego.

Jan 10

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Strongly Endorses State Marriage Defense Act

Federal government disregarding state marriage laws in certain instances

Jan 10

Bishop John Manz Visits Cuba; Calls for Ongoing Support of Reforms, Openness

WASHINGTON—Bishop John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and member of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, will visit the Dioceses of Holguin and Santa Clara in Cuba, January 10-17.

Jan 10

Bishops’ Official Voices Support for ‘No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act’

Calls permanent ban on abortion funding “long overdue”

Jan 10

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Pates Call for Expansion of Humanitarian Aspects of Response to U.S.-Mexican Drug Trafficking

WASHINGTON—Calling an overemphasis on military “counterproductive,” the bishops who chair the domestic and international peace and justice committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine the ...

Jan 8

Catholic Leaders Urge Senate to Promote Decent Work and Just Wages

Current federal minimum wage is not a just wage

Jan 6

Collection for the Church in Latin America, Opportunity to Share Faith

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) is scheduled for the weekend of January 25-26 in parishes across the country. The collection supports pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that help Catholics to share ...

Jan 3

USCCB Bishop to Visit the Middle East, Support Continued Peace Talks

WASHINGTON— Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, will visit the Middle East January 6-17 in support of the local Church and peace talks in the region.



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