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Apr 29

Pope Names Bishop Neil E. Tiedemann as Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Neil E. Tiedemann, CP, as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Bishop Tiedemann, 68, has served as bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica, since 2008.

Apr 27

Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Lucas Support Reauthorization of DC Scholarship Program

 WASHINGTON—Archbishop George Lucas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, urged legislators to support H.R. 4901, the Scholarship for Opportunity and Res

Apr 27

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

WASHINGTON—The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea will be celebrated on Monday, May 23. The day is observed in conjunction with National Maritime Day in the United States, which has been celebrated since 1933, to ...

Apr 26

Pope Names St. Louis Auxiliary Bishop Rice as Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Edward M. Rice, 55, as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Bishop Rice has served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 2010. He succeeds Bishop James V. Johnston, who ...

Apr 25

USCCB, Missouri Catholic Conference, Other Religious Groups File Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Remedy Religious Discrimination by State of Missouri

 WASHINGTON—On April 21, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Missouri Catholic Conference, and other Catholic and non-Catholic organizations filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case entitled Trinity Lutheran Church v. ...

Apr 21

Richard Doerflinger to Retire After 36 Years of Service to U.S. Bishops, Greg Schleppenbach Named Pro-Life Secretariat’s New Associate Director

 WASHINGTON—Richard Doerflinger will retire as associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, April 29, after 36 years of service to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). After a nationwide search, Greg Schleppenbach, executive dir ...

Apr 21

Ordination Class of 2016: Encouragement, Active Participation in Parish Life, Ministry, Are Key Factors in Discernment Process, Answering the Call

 WASHINGTON—The 2016 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 (70 percent) say ...

Apr 19

Joint Letter to Congress: 26 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act of 2016

 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on April 19 urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 482

Apr 19

Catholic Communication Campaign Spreading the Gospel Message at Home and Around the World

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Communication Campaign is an annual national collection to support evangelization through the internet, television, radio, and print publications. This collection will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of May 7-8, 2016. ...

Apr 12

Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty Releases Video on Meaning of Religious Freedom, Features Little Sisters of the Poor

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has released a new video on religious freedom. "The Right to Religious Freedom" explores the foundations of Church teaching on religious liberty, including the

Apr 12

Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Appointment of Archbishop Pierre as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, titular archbishop of Gunela, as the new apostolic nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Pierre, 70, has served as nuncio to Mexico since 2007 and succeeds Archbishop Carlo Maria Vig ...

Apr 8

Pope Francis’s Love Letter Invites Deeper Reflection on the Beauty of Marriage and Christ’s Teaching, USCCB President Says

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family. Pope Francis' "love letter to families" invites eve ...

Apr 7

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family Welcomed by USCCB Family Life Committee Chairman

WASHINGTON-Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), released April 8, brings "a rich reflection on the mission of the family and on how the Church can equip couples to embrace God's vision for marriage and can offer ...

Apr 1

Cardinal Dolan Calls New FDA Abortion Drug Guidelines 'Irresponsible,' Offers Assistance to Pregnant Women

 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York and chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities responded to new guidelines issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the abortion drug, RU-486.

Apr 1

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Support the Conscience Protection Act

 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – wrote to the U.S. House of Representatives, Mar ...

Mar 28

USCCB President Sends Prayers and Support to President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan

 WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed the prayers and support of the Catholic Church in the United States to Archbishop Joseph Coutts, president of the Catholic Bis ...

Mar 28

Rural, Struggling Areas Benefit from Catholic Home Missions Appeal

 WASHINGTON—The annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held in most parishes the weekend of April 23-24. This appeal helps to sustain nearly 45 percent of all dioceses and eparchies in rural and struggling areas of the country and in a number of ...

Mar 28

Archbishop Kurtz Lauds ‘Devout Believer, Media Pioneer’ Mother Angelica

 WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, praised Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA, who died March 27, Easter Sunday.

Mar 24

Pope Names Archbishop Bernard Hebda as Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, 56, archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis since June 2015 and as coadjutor archbishop of New ...

Mar 22

Archbishop Kurtz Sends Prayers and Support to Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed the prayers and support of the Catholic Church in the United States in a letter, March 22, to Archbishop Josef De Kesel of

Mar 21

Catholic Church in the United States to Welcome Thousands of New Catholics at Easter Vigil

 WASHINGTON—Thousands of people across the United States will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, March 26. Among them, many dioceses around the country are welcoming entire families who, inspired by each other, want to receive the sac ...

Mar 16

USCCB President Urges Support for Petition to Stop Christian Genocide

 WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB)

Mar 16

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 during Holy Week and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinate Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time).

Mar 9

U.S. Bishops Join Faith-Based Organizations in Supreme Court Amicus Brief Defending Stays of Deportations

 WASHINGTON—Immigration guidelines permitting deferral of the deportations of millions of people provide "substantial humanitarian benefits" and should be permitted to stand, said an amicus curiae brief, filed March 8 in the U.S. Supreme Court by the

Mar 8

USCCB Administrative Committee Honors ‘Martyrs of Charity’

 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Administrative Committee issued a statement, March 8, honoring the work and the lives of the four religious sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, who along with 12 other people were murdered in ...

Mar 8

Pope Names Msgr. James Checchio Bishop of Metuchen, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Bootkoski

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. James Checchio,49, as bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, 75, from the pastoral governance of that diocese. Msgr. Checchio is a priest of the Diocese of Cam ...

Mar 3

USCCB Child and Youth Protection Chairman Underscores Importance of Charter

 WASHINGTON—A recent grand jury report from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the award-winning movie Spotlight are painful reminders that the Catholic Church must remain vigilant in the efforts to protect children from "the scourge of abuse," said the chairman of ...

Feb 25

2016 Meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Church in America Concludes with a Sense of ‘Urgency to Make Mercy Practical’

 WASHINGTON—Fourteen bishops representing the Catholic Church in Canada, Latin America and the United States concluded three days of prayer and dialogue at the 38th Meeting of the Bishops of the Church in America, February 25. Gathering together after the ...

Feb 22

Bishops from United States, Canada, Latin America Gather to Discuss Pope’s Teaching on Mercy

 WASHINGTON—The 40th meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Church in America will take place in Tampa, Florida, February 22-25, bringing together representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bis ...

Feb 22

Catholic Relief Services Collection Helps “Jesus in Disguise”

WASHINGTON—The annual Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held in most parishes on March 6, Laetare Sunday. The collection supports Catholic organizations that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts and continues to help those suf ...

Feb 17

Pope Names Dallas Auxiliary Bishop Deshotel as Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Jarrell

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, 64, as bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, and accepted the resignation of Bishop C. Michael Jarrell, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. Bishop Deshotel has served as ...

Feb 15

USCCB President Sends Message to Faithful on Pope Francis' Visit to Mexico

 WASHINGTON—On the occasion of Pope Francis' visit to Mexico, including the U.S.-Mexico border, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), invited Catholics to pray together "as one ...

Feb 8

National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Archbishop Cupich Named Catholic Co-Chair

 WASHINGTON—Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago will serve as the first Catholic co-chair of a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, sponsored by the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (US

Feb 4

Nearly All of Religious Profession Class of 2015 Participated in Vocation Program, Served in Parish Ministry Prior to Pursuing Vocation

WASHINGTON—Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2015 had a strong, active parish life or participated in a vocation program or experience prior to entering their religious institute, according to the annual survey ...

Feb 4

National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Day Emphasize Support for Married Couples

 WASHINGTON—National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities "to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage," said the chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (US ...

Feb 3

Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill Named New Associate General Secretary of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

 WASHINGTON—Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, S.T.L. was appointed Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), February 3, where he will serve as administrator of the USCCB's pastoral offices and a member of

Feb 2

USCCB President Appoints Bishops Flores, Cantú as Representatives of U.S. Bishops to Papal Visit to Mexico

 WASHINGTON—Two bishops who head U.S. dioceses bordering Mexico will officially represent the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the February 12-17 visit of Pope Francis to Mexico. Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, and Bis ...

Feb 2

Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe to be Held on Ash Wednesday, February 10

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes February 10, Ash Wednesday. The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Centra ...

Feb 2

USCCB, Texas Catholic Conference and Other Christian Groups File Amicus Brief to Support Regulations Protecting Women's Health and Safety in Abortion Clinics

WASHINGTON—The Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, February 1, on behalf of USCCB, the Texas Catholic Conference and several Christian partners in suppor

Jan 27

Catholic Schools Week, January 31-February 6, to Focus on Catholic Schools as ‘Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service’

 WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, January 31-February 6. This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," focuses on the important faith-building, academic and ...

Jan 21

Bishop Cantú Urges Administration to Work to Build Lasting Peace, Stability in Middle East in Letters to Kerry, Rice

 WASHINGTON—Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, urged Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Ambassador Susan Rice to take renewed action to build on steps toward peace in the Middle East and work toward long term stability in ...

Jan 20

Catholic and Orthodox Christians Affirm Sanctity of Life, Invite People into the Embrace of Christ

NEW YORK—On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred.

Jan 15

Thousands to Participate in 14-Hour National Prayer Vigil for Life

 WASHINGTON—The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 21-Friday morning, January 22, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass during his recent visit to ...

Jan 14

Cardinal Dolan’s Roe v. Wade Anniversary Statement Calls Pro-Life Movement to Spread ‘A Vision of Life and Love,’ Encourages Participation in ‘9 Days for Life’ Campaign

 WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. ...

Jan 14

Collection for the Church in Latin America: 50 Years of Spreading Faith, Evangelization

WASHINGTON—From Mayan communities in Guatemala breaking language barriers that bring them closer to the Catholic faith, to at-risk youth and young adults in poverty stricken communities in Colombia and Peru becoming faith leaders in their neighborhoo

Jan 13

2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Will Bring Together Pope Francis’ Emphases on Ecology, Mercy

 WASHINGTON—Hundreds of Catholics from across the country who work in ministries at parishes, dioceses, national organizations and college and university campuses will explore the implications of Pope Francis' teachings on ecology and mercy at the Cat ...

Jan 12

Bishops Elizondo and Vann Call for an End to Deportation Raids and Detention of Immigrant Mothers with Children

 WASHINGTON—In light of recent enforcement actions conducted by the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of deporting 121 individuals, primarily mothers with children, the bishops who chair the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration and the Cat ...

Jan 12

Subcommittee on the Church in Africa Awards $1 Million in Grants

 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa announced the approval of 42 grants totaling $1 million to support pastoral projects in 18 countries in Africa.

Jan 11

USCCB General Counsel Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case Challenging HHS Mandate

Supports Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic dioceses, dozens of ministries now before Court

Jan 6

Archbishop Wenski Comments on President Obama’s Measures on the Regulation of Firearms

 WASHINGTON—"For a long time now, the bishops of the United States have called for reasonable policies to help reduce gun violence," said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the

Jan 4

Pope Francis Elevates the Syro-Malankara Apostolic Exarchate in the U.S. to an Eparchy for the U.S. and Canada

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has elevated the Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States to an eparchy for the United States and Canada. 



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