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U.S. Bishops To Meet June 13-15 In Atlanta, Discuss Domestic And International Religious Freedom

May 7, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet June 13-15, in Atlanta, for their annual Spring General Assembly. The bishops will have a two-hour floor discussion on domestic and international religious freedom. They will also hear an address by Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., the new president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in the United States.

Other items on the agenda include:

·A 10-Year Progress Report by the National Review Board on the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

·Recommendations by the National Review Board from the study, Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

·Discussion of a proposal for a special message on Catholic Reflections on Work, Poverty and a Broken Economy

·A report from chairmen of committees collaborating for the Year of Faith

·A report by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, on the subcommittee’s work

·A report by Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Communications, on the Task Force for Communications

·An update by Bishop George Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Ohio, secretary of USCCB, on the development of the 2013-2016 strategic plan

·A report from the National Advisory Council

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media. Sessions open to the media will be Wednesday, June 13, and the morning of Thursday, June 14. Media conferences will follow open sessions of the meeting. Reporters seeking to cover the meeting can download a credential application form at and submit it by June 1 to, fax to (202) 541-3173, or mail to:

June Meeting Credentials
Office of Media Relations
3211 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194


Don Clemmer
O: 202-541-3206

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