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Apr 24

Pope Names Harrisburg Judicial Vicar as Bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Brandt

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Father Edward C. Malesic, 54, bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, 76, from pastoral governance of that diocese. Father Malesic is a priest of the Diocese ...

Apr 23

USCCB Official Urges Congress to Improve In-Country Refugee Program for Central American Minors

WASHINGTON—The Central American Minors (CAM) program, a new initiative of the U.S. government which allows children in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for asylum and humanitarian parole in the United States from their home countries, is ...

Apr 23

Faith Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Marriage and Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States ...

Apr 23

Pope Names Galveston-Houston Priest as Bishop of Victoria, Texas, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Fellhauer

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Brendan Cahill, 51, a priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, bishop of Victoria, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop David E. Fellhauer, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese.

Apr 22

Catholic Communication Campaign Connects People with the Church

WASHINGTON—The 2015 Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of May 16-17. This collection helps support evangelization efforts at home and abroad through a variety of communications platforms, including the ...

Apr 17

Archbishop Kurtz Pays Tribute to Former USCCB President Cardinal George

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, retired archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2007-2010, was an exemplary servant of the Church, distinguished by his kindness and intellect, said Archbishop ...

Apr 17

2014 Annual Report: Church Paid Over $150 Million Related to Child Protection, Abuse Allegations, New Allegations Almost Entirely From Decades Past

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States spent a total of $150,747,387 in costs related to child protection efforts and to allegations of clergy sexual abuse of minors in dioceses and religious orders between July 2013 and June 2014, according ...

Apr 15

Catholic Leaders Express Support for Smarter Sentencing, CORRECTIONS Acts

WASHINGTON—Two pieces of legislation amount to a step in the right direction toward meaningful criminal justice reform, said the bishop who chairs the Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee of the U.S. bishops and the president-elect of Catholic ...

Apr 14

Bishop Cantú Urges House Support for International Religious Freedom Act

WASHINGTON—Violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land, Libya, Nigeria and Kenya exemplify why Congress should support a bill that would advance international religious freedom, said the bishop who chairs the International Justice and Peace Committee ...

Apr 13

Two Storybooks To Help Elementary Students Put Faith in Action

WASHINGTON—Two illustrated storybooks offer elementary school-aged children, their parents and teachers examples of how to put their faith in action and participate in solutions to important problems related to the life and dignity of others. The books ...

Apr 13

Bishop Cantú Backs Iran Framework in Letters to Kerry, Congress

WASHINGTON—The adoption of a framework for Iran’s nuclear program is a step “important in advancing a peaceful resolution of the serious questions that have been raised regarding Iran’s nuclear program,” said the bishop who chairs the Committee on International ...

Apr 7

Ordination Class of 2015 Shows Increase in Number Ordained, Reflects Positive Impact of Support From Families, Catholic Schools, Parish Priests

WASHINGTON—The 2015 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people. Seven in 10 (71 percent) ...

Apr 2

Father Ralph O’Donnell Named Executive Director of USCCB Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

WASHINGTON—Father Ralph B. O’Donnell has been appointed executive director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The appointment is effective July 1. Father O’Donnell, 45, is ...

Mar 31

Pope Names Melkite Priest Serving in Pittsburgh Archeparchy as Bishop of Byzantine Eparchy of Piano degli Albanesi in Palermo

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father George D. Gallaro, 67, a priest of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts, as bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of Piano degli Albanesi in Palermo, Italy. Father Gallaro currently serves as professor of Canon ...

Mar 30

Easter Vigil to Bring Thousands into the Catholic Church Across the United States

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people across the United States will be welcomed into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter vigil, April 4, including a retired Marine captain who appeared on the cover of National Geographic, a woman from The Gambia now living ...

Mar 30

Catholic Home Missions Appeal Strengthens Church in the United States

WASHINGTON—The 2015 annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 25-26. This appeal helps to sustain nearly 45 percent of all dioceses and eparchies in rural, struggling areas in the country and in a number ...

Mar 27

Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Bishops Visit Texas Detention Facility, Call for an End to Detention of Families

WASHINGTON—Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran bishops visited with young mothers and children who have fled violence in their home countries and are now incarcerated at Dilley Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, on March 27. The faith leaders called upon ...

Mar 25

Advisory for Broadcasters: Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecast Information for Holy Week, Easter

WASHINGTON—The Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinate Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).

Mar 20

Congress Urged to Act for Protection of Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON—By its recent approval of the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), the Council of the District of Columbia ran afoul of federal law and constitutional principles, says a letter ...

Mar 20

Pope Names Father Mario Dorsonville-Rodríguez Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis named Father Mario E. Dorsonville-Rodríguez, 54, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. Bishop-elect Dorsonville-Rodríguez serves as vice president for mission of Catholic ...

Mar 19

Catholic Leaders Urge Congress To Protect Housing and Agriculture Funding That Serves Poor and Vulnerable People

WASHINGTON—As it makes budget appropriations decisions, Congress should protect funding to housing and agriculture programs that serve poor and vulnerable people, said leaders of national Catholic social service providers, as well as the bishops who

Mar 19

Latin American Bishops Petition Inter-American Commission on Human Rights To Hold Mining Companies Accountable for Economic and Environmental Harm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and Canadian governments must hold mining companies from their countries that operate in Latin America to laws and standards that protect indigenous communities and vulnerable groups, as well as local economies and the environment, ...

Mar 12

Pope Names San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Daly as Bishop of Spokane, Conventual Franciscan Father Stowe as Bishop of Lexington

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Thomas A. Daly, 54, as bishop of Spokane, Washington, and Conventual Franciscan Father John Stowe, 48, as bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. Bishop Daly has served as auxiliary bishop of San Jose, California, since ...

Mar 10

Bishops Call for Prayer Amidst 'Stark Reality' of Religious Persecution, Violence

WASHINGTON—People of all faiths are called to pray for victims of religious persecution and violence and work to protect the marginalized and persecuted around the world, according to a statement of the Administrative Committee of the U.S. bishops, app ...

Mar 9

Inclusion Act Receives Strong Support from Three USCCB Chairmen

WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015. The Act would forbid the federal government, and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare ...

Mar 6

USCCB Officials Say Syrian Refugee Crisis at Tipping Point

WASHINGTON—The Syrian refugee crisis ¬–now totaling nearly 4 million refugees– has reached a “tipping point,” in which countries in the region are no longer able to handle the flow of refugees across their borders, warned U.S. Conference of Catholic

Mar 6

Catholic Relief Services Collection Helps ‘Jesus in Disguise’

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Relief Services Collection, scheduled to take place March 14-15 in many dioceses across the United States, aids more than 100 million people around the world including those affected by persecution, war and natural disasters,

Mar 3

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Cantú Urge Protection for Programs Serving the Poor and Vulnerable in Federal Budget

WASHINGTON—Decisions around the 2016 budget resolution should be measured against whether they protect human life and dignity, the poor and vulnerable and the common good, particularly workers and their families, said two U.S. bishops in a letter, February ...

Mar 3

Pope Names San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop McElroy New Bishop of San Diego

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert W. McElroy, 61, bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. Bishop McElroy has served as an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco since 2010. He succeeds the late Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died September 6, 2014.

Feb 26

Bishop Wester Welcomes FCC Vote Preserving Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON—The vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) preserving an open Internet and preventing service providers from discriminating against content makers is a welcome move, crucial for allowing religions, including the Catholic Church, ...

Feb 24

U.S. Catholic Bishops Urgently Call for Greater Protection of Middle East Religious Minorities

WASHINGTON—In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and ...

Feb 23

Catholic and Evangelical Humanitarian Agencies Voice Concern Over Impact of Rule Regarding Unaccompanied Children

WASHINGTON—An interim final rule published by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services risks harmful effects on unaccompanied children resettled by the United States, according to comments filed by

Feb 20

Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act

WASHINGTON—Congress should reaffirm the principle that government “should not force anyone to stop offering or covering much-needed legitimate health care” because of a conscientious objection to abortion or other procedures, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ...

Feb 13

USCCB’s Online Lenten Resources Help Catholics to Raise Up, Sacrifice and Offer

WASHINGTON—A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, this year February 18, is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Feb 12

Bishop Cantú Urges Congress To Intervene in Cremisan Valley Situation

WASHINGTON—Congress should urge the government of Israel to halt unnecessary confiscation of Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, a move that would help address the plight of Christian Palestinians in the Cremisan Valley and “renew hope for a ...

Feb 11

USCCB Chairman Gives Strong Support to the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave strong support for the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015 (H.R. 824, S. 435) ...

Feb 11

Border Bishop Urges Congress To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Instead Of Harsh Enforcement Bills

WASHINGTON—Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, testified on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, February 11, in opposition

Feb 10

James Rogers Appointed Executive Director of USCCB Public Affairs

WASHINGTON—James L. Rogers has been named executive director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  

Feb 6

USCCB and Other Religious and Pro-Life Organizations Urge Congress to Protect Fundamental Freedoms in the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON—Two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia are “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations” and “violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal ...

Feb 5

Collection for the Church in Central, Eastern Europe Restores Hope, Builds the Future

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on Ash Wednesday, February 18. The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central ...

Feb 4

Bishop Says National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Day, Provide Opportunities to Celebrate Marriage and Support Married Couples

WASHINGTON—In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops on January 16, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), hailed National Marriage ...

Jan 28

Jessi Poré Named Director for Catholic Home Missions

WASHINGTON—Jessi Poré has been named director for the Catholic Home Missions and associate director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Poré currently works in the USCCB Department of Migration and ...

Jan 27

Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection

WASHINGTON—The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in

Jan 26

Religious Profession Class of 2014 Highly Educated, Very Likely To Have Attended Catholic High School, University

CARA study finds two-thirds of new religious entered community life with bachelor’s degree or higher

Jan 23

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House ...

Jan 23

February 8 is the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON—The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated ...

Jan 22

Religious Leaders Urge the United States to Work with International Partners to Present a Framework for Israelis and Palestinians to Negotiate a Two-State Peace Agreement

WASHINGTON—Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders of 25 national religious organizations wrote to President Obama today urging “a renewed, determined U.S. effort, in coordination with the Quartet, to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to achieve ...

Jan 21

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection 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 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it comes before the U.S. House of Representatives. ...

Jan 21

Archbishop Lori Praises Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Protecting the Religious Freedom of Muslim Prisoner

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of a Muslim inmate in an Arkansas state prison who sought to wear a half-inch beard in accordance with his faith.

Jan 21

Pope Names Austin, Texas Vicar General Garcia Auxiliary Bishop of Austin Diocese

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Daniel E. Garcia, a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, auxiliary bishop of Austin. Father Garcia, 54, is currently the vicar general of the diocese and moderator of the curia.

Jan 16

USCCB Chairman Responds to Supreme Court Decision to take Marriage Cases

WASHINGTON—The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request, January 16, to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Jan 16

Thousands to Pray for End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life Marking 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

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 16

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 24-25, in parishes across the country. The collection supports pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that help Catholics to

Jan 16

Archbishop Kurtz Urges All To Pray, Act for Human Dignity in Message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON—Communities should strive to live the words of Martin Luther King Jr., to move “from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference ...

Jan 15

Bishops’ Conferences Call Human Dignity Basis for Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—The path to peace in the Holy Land requires respect for the human rights and dignity of both Israelis and Palestinians, said bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America, gathered in the Holy Land to pray for peace, January 15. The

Jan 14

Pope Names Omaha Pastor Bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Joseph G. Hanefeldt, 56, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Omaha, Nebraska, bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska, and accepted the resignation of Bishop William J. Dendinger, 75, from pastoral governance of the ...

Jan 13

Bishop Cantú Reiterates Bishops’ Support for Dialogue Over Iran’s Nuclear Program, Urges Patience

WASHINGTON—Congress should avoid measures that jeopardize the prospects of a diplomatic solution over Iran’s nuclear program, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to the chairs and ranking members ...

Jan 12

Pope Names Franciscan Father Cheri Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Franciscan Father Fernand Cheri III, 62, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Bishop-elect Cheri is a member of the Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor and currently serves as director of ...

Jan 9

Archbishop Kurtz, Archbishop Wenski to Attend Vatican Day of Reflection on Solidarity with Haiti January 10

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and the chairman of the USCCB’s Haiti Advisory Group, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, will attend the Day of Reflection ...

Jan 6

9 Days for Life Unites Faithful in Prayer, Action around Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON—A period of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage, January 17-25, 2015, will mark the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. The “9 Days for Life” novena encourages nationwide ...

Jan 5

Catholic Schools Week To Be Observed In Dioceses Across The Country, January 25-31

WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2015 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 25–31. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important academic, faith-building and societal ...



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