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Mar 23

USCCB President’s Statement on the Passing of Cardinal Keeler

 WASHINGTON—Cardinal William H. Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 1992-1995, was a "servant of priestly virtue and gentlemanly manner," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Gal

Mar 22

Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued the following pastoral reflection in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the

Mar 20

U.S. Bishops Chairman Commends Life Protections in AHCA, Expresses Concerns About Harmful Provisions That Will Impact the Poor

WASHINGTON—In a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed leg ...

Mar 16

Bishops Welcome Constructive Dialogue In Congress To Protect Creation And Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú welcomed a new resolution introduced in Congress yesterday, March 15, by a group of Republican legislators.

Mar 16

Pope Francis Names South Dakota Priest as New Bishop of Cheyenne

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Steven Biegler as bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Father Biegler is a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City and currently serves as Vicar General and pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.          

Mar 8

USCCB Chairmen Call on Congress to Consider Moral Criteria During Debates on Health Care Policy

WASHINGTON—As Congress prepares to discuss possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, the chairmen of four United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees called on lawmakers to consider important moral criteria, especially pertaining to th ...

Mar 8

Pope Names Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Roy E. Campbell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Father Campbell, 69, currently serves as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Largo, Maryland. 

Mar 7

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the Reverend Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso as auxiliary bishop of Saint Louis, Missouri. Monsignor Rivituso, 55, is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and currently serves as Vicar General.         

Mar 6

U.S. Bishops Chairman on Migration says New Executive Order Still Leaves Many Innocent Lives at Risk

WASHINGTON—The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump's latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the ...

Feb 24

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman on Interreligious Affairs Responds to Recent Rise in anti-Semitic Actions Across U.S.

WASHINGTON—In response to the recent rise in anti-Semitic actions that have taken place across the U.S., the Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has iss ...

Feb 24

USCCB Committee Chairmen Applaud the Repeal of “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students”

WASHINGTON– The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and the Committee on Catholic Education, expressed gratitude for the Trump Administration's repeal of the "deeply disturbing" May ...

Feb 24

The Catholic Relief Services Collection Reaches Vulnerable and Marginalized Communities

WASHINGTON—The annual Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held in most parishes on Laetare Sunday, March 26with the theme, "Help Jesus in Disguise."

Feb 23

U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Responds to DHS Memoranda on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security

WASHINGTON—On February 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memoranda implementing Executive Orders 13768 and 13767, relating to border and interior immigration enforcement. In response to the memoranda, the Most Reverend Joe ...

Feb 17

USCCB Chairmen and President of Catholic Relief Services Urge Trump Administration to Care for Creation

WASHINGTON— In a letter to the United States Secretary of State today, chairmen of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on International Justice and Peace, along with Sean Callahan, President of Catholic Rel ...

Feb 17

Bishops along Northern Mexico and Texas Border Issue Statement on Immigration

WASHINGTON—More than 20 Bishops along the border of Texas and Northern Mexico have issued a joint statement emphasizing the need for us to listen to the cry of our migrant brothers and sisters.  The bishops issued the statement while participating in ...

Feb 16

USCCB Chairmen Ask President Trump to Fulfill His Promise to Protect Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON—In early February, several media outlets reported that President Donald J. Trump is considering issuing an executive order establishing a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. A copy of a draft executive order was published by ...

Feb 16

Faith, Grassroots Leaders to Mobilize to End “Economy of Exclusion” as Part of Worldwide Grassroots Movement Called for by Pope Francis

WASHINGTON—A worldwide effort sponsored by the Vatican to energize and empower grassroots leaders will convene in Modesto, Calif., February 16-19. Twenty U.S. bishops will join nearly 700 participants representing 12 countries to examine and discuss col ...

Feb 10

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Support the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

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 both Houses of the United Sta ...

Feb 10

Solidarity at the Service of All People in the Middle East

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committees on Migration, Religious Liberty and International Justice and Peace, along with the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) issued a joint statement expressing sol

Feb 10

U.S. Bishops’ Chair on Migration Responds to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

WASHINGTON—On February 9, 2017, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous decision upholding a lower court's temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the implementation of several key provisio ...

Feb 3

Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe to be Held On Ash Wednesday, March 1

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on Ash Wednesday, March 1, with the theme: "Restore the Church, Build the Future." The collection supports pastoral, evangelization, and construction pro ...

Feb 2

Strong Prayer Life Influences Choice to Become Nun, Brother, Suggests CARA Study

WASHINGTON—Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2016 had a strong prayer life prior to entering their religious institute, according to a survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in ...

Feb 2

Chair of USCCB International Committee Calls on Trump Administration to Pursue Peace between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON—In a letter issued yesterday congratulating Secretary Rex Tillerson on his confirmation as Secretary of State, Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), cal ...

Feb 2

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Ronald Herzog of Alexandria; Succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop David Talley

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, 74, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana. Bishop David P. Talley, 66, up until now coadjutor bishop of the same diocese, will succeed him

Feb 1

USCCB Chairmen Respond with Concern to Decision to Retain Deeply Flawed Executive Order

WASHINGTON—The bishop-chairmen of two USCCB committees expressed concern and disappointment with President Donald Trump's decision to retain President Barack Obama's Executive Order 13672 of July 21, 2014, which prohibits federal government contractors from ...

Jan 31

USCCB Chairmen Express Solidarity with Muslim Community, Deep Concern over Religious Freedom Issues, in Response to Executive Order on Refugees

WASHINGTON—On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that, among other things: suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days; indefinitely sus

Jan 31

USCCB Chair of International Justice and Peace Opposes Congressional Review Action to Repeal Transparency in Extractive Industries

 WASHINGTON—Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, today urged Congress to reject a Congressional Review Act (CRA) (Senate: SJR 9; House: HJR 41) that would repeal rules des ...

Jan 31

National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Day Celebrate Gift of Marriage

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 (USCC ...

Jan 27

USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee and Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, red ...

Jan 27

National Catholic Schools Week 2017 Celebrates “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”

WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2017 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 29–February 4. This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," focuses on the important faith-building, academic and ...

Jan 26

USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Responds to Trump Administration Sanctuary City Executive Order

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas and chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration has issued the following statement in response to yesterday's executive order signed by President Donald Trump. The executive order would deny fed ...

Jan 25

Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement to Build a Wall at U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention and Deportation Forces

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump today issued an executive order to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, to significantly increase immigrant detention and deportation, and to disregard the judgment of state and local law enforcement on how

Jan 25

USCCB Spokeswoman Welcomes House Passage of 2017 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

WASHINGTON—Deirdre McQuade, primary spokeswoman on abortion for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed passage of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017" (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of ...

Jan 25

USCCB and Major Catholic Organizations File Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Catholic Hospitals

WASHINGTON—On January 24, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other Catholic charitable organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Catholic and other religious health systems in cases involving the "church pla ...

Jan 25

Pope Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Milwaukee

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Jeffrey R. Haines and Father James T. Schuerman as auxiliary bishops of Milwaukee. Both are priests of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Until now, Fr. Haines has served as rector and pastor of the Cathedral of St. ...

Jan 24

Thousands to Participate in 2017 National Prayer Vigil for Life in Advance of Friday’s March for Life

WASHINGTON—The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 26 to Friday morning, January 27, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray the ...

Jan 23

USCCB Pro Life Chairman Applauds Reestablishment of Mexico City Policy

WASHINGTON, DC—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the memorandum issued today by President Donald Trump restoring the Mexico City Policy and extending its requirements to all U.S. global assistance.

Jan 23

Pope Names Msgr. Michael Boulette as Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Monsignor Michael J. Boulette of the Archdiocese of San Antonio as Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio, Texas.  

Jan 19

Permanent Subcommittee on the Church in Africa Established and over $1.2 million Approved in Grants

WASHINGTON—At their General Assembly in Baltimore last fall, the full body of bishops voted to confer permanent status on the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa. The Subcommittee is part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on ...

Jan 19

Cardinal Dolan Invites Nationwide Participation in ‘9 Days for Life’ Prayer, Action Campaign

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, invited Catholics and others to join the nationwide "9 Days for Life" campaign.

Jan 19

Bishops’ Conferences Call for Prayers, Action, Support for Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Representatives of bishops' conferences from several countries, including the United States, gathered in the Holy Land to call for peace and action to end the occupation that violates "the human dignity" of Palestinians and Israelis in the

Jan 18

USCCB Chairman Calls on Congress to Preserve Gains in Healthcare Coverage While Also Emphasizing the Need to Protect Human Life, Conscience Rights and the Poor

WASHINGTON—As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, is urging members of the ...

Jan 18

Rev. Alfred Baca Named New Executive Director of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Department

WASHINGTON—Rev. Alfred Baca from the Diocese of Orange in California, has been appointed as Executive Director of the Secretariat on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, based in Washington D.C.  

Jan 17

Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe Awards Over $2 Million in Grants

 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved over $2.3 million in funding for 75 projects in 23 countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

Jan 13

USCCB Chairmen Welcome Preparatory Document for Next Synod Focusing on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment

 WASHINGTON—The chairmen of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) committees issued a joint statement welcoming the Vatican's release of the preparatory document for the upcoming Synod of bishops on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Dis ...

Jan 13

USCCB President Urges Encounters of the Heart in Message for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan 13

USCCB Migration Chairman Expresses Disappointment over Abrupt End of “Wet Foot / Dry Foot” Policy, Which Has Long Benefitted Cuban Migrants and Refugees

 WASHINGTON—On January 12, 2017, the Obama Administration announced the end of the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy towards Cuban arrivals, which allows Cubans who arrive onto American soil to stay in the U.S. and apply to become legal residents while returning those ...

Jan 12

A Message from the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Response to Pope Francis’ Video Message During National Migration Week, January 8-15

WASHINGTON—The follow statement has been issued by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in support of Pope Francis' video message issued today during National Migration Week. Natio ...

Jan 10

World Day for Consecrated Life to be Celebrated in Early February

WASHINGTON—In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. Therefore, the World Day for Consecrated Life wil

Jan 10

Pope Names Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis as Bishop of Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop, Oscar A. Solis of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jan 9

Collection for the Church in Latin America to be held January 21-22

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of January 21-22. This collection has existed for over 50 years as a sign of solidarity between the Churches of the United States and those

Jan 6

Celebrating National Migration Week –A Message from the President and Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—The following is a joint statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on ...

Jan 5

USCCB Special Task Force Releases Written Report and Recommendations On Promoting Peace in Our Communities

WASHINGTON—The USCCB Special Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities has released a written version of the report today. The report includes findings and recommendations for bishops to continue the vital work of fostering healing and lasting pea ...

Jan 4

US Catholics Show Spirit of Generosity and Donate over $7 Million to Natural Disaster Collections in 2016

WASHINGTON—Throughout 2016 dioceses across the country participated in three emergency appeals, donating over $7 million for support in response to natural disasters.



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