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USCCB News Release Archives

 

May 2011

May 6
Bishops Call on Senate to Protect Poor and Vulnerable People in Budget Debate

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2011)— “The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated,” said the U.S. bishops in

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May 5
USCCB Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

House took “decisive step” toward protecting life
‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ reflects will of the people
Conscience protection essential for access to life-saving health care WASHINGTON (May 5, 2011)—The Secretariat

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May 5
Catholic Communication Campaign Collection Helps the Good News Get Around

CCC national collection coming up June 5 WASHINGTON (May 5, 2011)—The national date of the collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) is June 5. This year, the campaign focuses on new ways to bring the gospel to wherever

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May 4
Asian and Pacific U.S. Catholics Will Celebrate Heritage, Tenth Anniversary of Bishops’ Pastoral Statement Harmony in Faith

WASHINGTON (May 4, 2011)—Asian and Pacific Catholics will hold a one-day celebration of faith and heritage at The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday,

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May 2
Pope Sends Prayers and Support to Tornado Victims

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI was saddened to learn of the death, devastation and suffering caused by the April 25-28 tornadoes across the Southern United States and sends his prayers and support to victims and those

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May 2
USCCB Launches First Fridays for Food Security Event on Facebook

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2011)—On the first Friday of each month from May 6, 2011 to April 6, 2012, Catholic families and individuals can participate in First Fridays for Food Security, as a way to raise awareness about food insecurity

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May 2
U.S. Bishops to Meet June 15-17 in Seattle, Discuss Charter Revisions, Assisted Suicide Document, Spanish Mass Translation

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2011)—The annual Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be June 15-17, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel in Seattle. The meeting will begin with Mass at 7:30 a.m.

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Apr 2011

Apr 28
U.S. Bishops Join with Other Christian Leaders to Call for ‘Circle of Protection’ Around Programs for Poor People

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2011)—A diverse coalition of Christian leaders, including Catholic bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, Bread for the World, Salvation Army, Christian Churches Together in the USA, National Council

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Apr 27
Pope Names Miami Auxiliary Bishop Estévez as Bishop of St. Augustine, Florida; Accepts Resignation of Bishop Galeone

Bishop Estevez
Miami Auxiliary Bishop Felipe de Jesús
Estévez named as bishop of St. Augustine WASHINGTON (April 27, 2011)—Pope Benedict

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Apr 26
Pray for Vocations Day Set for May 15

Pope asks all to urge youth to consider becoming priests, religious
USCCB offers web resources to develop vocation culture
Dioceses urged to link to bishops’ vocations website WASHINGTON (April 26, 2011)—The Vatican has called

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Apr 26
Pope Names Louisville, Kentucky Vicar General to Succeed Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger of Evansville, Indiana

WASHINGTON (April 26, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Charles C. Thompson, 50, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, and pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Louisville, to succeed Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger

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Apr 25
New Priests Younger, Influenced by Parish Priests, Catholic Education, Service as Altar Boys, Social, Church Environment

Half between 25 and 34 years of age
Seventy-one percent were altar servers
Sixty-seven percent attended Catholic college WASHINGTON—The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average

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Apr 18
Polish National Catholic-Roman Catholic Dialogue Discusses Steps Toward Communion, Local Misunderstandings

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2011)—A meeting of the Polish National Catholic-Roman Catholic dialogue took place at St. Paul’s College in Washington on April 5 and 6. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of Buffalo and Bishop John E. Mack of the Central

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Apr 18
Doctrine Committee Chairman Gives Rationale for Critiquing Quest for the Living God

Cites bishops’ role to teach faith in its entirety
Voices concern for poor catechesis since seventies
Notes bishops and theologians must show mutual respect, support WASHINGTON (April 18, 2011)—Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington,

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Apr 18
Pope Names San Antonio Seminary Rector as Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father José Arturo Cepeda, 41, rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
           
The appointment was publicized

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Apr 15
U.S. Bishops, Interreligious Leaders Call on President to Take Lead on Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2011)—In response to the launching of a new Israeli Peace Initiative by former Israeli government, intelligence and security officials, leaders of twenty-five Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations

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Apr 14
New U.S. Catholics Include Former Abortion Clinic Administrator, Marine, Seven Family Members

Thousands around the country will join Catholic Church at Easter WASHINGTON (April 14, 2011) —A young adult raised in communist Cuba, an African woman who grew up as a Muslim, a marine being deployed in June, and a former abortion

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Apr 14
Bishops to Congress: At a Time of Painful Budget Cuts, Defunding Planned Parenthood ‘Not One of Those Hard Choices’

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2011)— In an April 13 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged Congress to vote for a resolution to ban federal funding of the Planned Parenthood Federation

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Apr 13
Bishops Highlight Protecting the Poor, Fiscal Responsibility as Moral Criteria of Budget Debate

WASHINGTON (April 13, 2011)—The federal budget should protect human life and dignity, make the poor a top priority and promote the common good of all during tough economic times, said the U.S. bishops who oversee foreign and domestic

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Apr 12
Bishops’ Website Honors Legacy of Pope John Paul II

Memorial video captures key moments, messages during U.S. visits WASHINGTON (April 12, 2011)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a new website to honor the legacy of the late Pope John Paul II. The

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Apr 12
Pope Names Auxiliary Bishop Tyson of Seattle to Succeed Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima, Washington

WASHINGTON (April 12, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Seattle,  53, to succeed Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima, Washington,

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Apr 11
Drop in Number of Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse Continues; Application of Charter Needs Clarification

Credible accusations by seven youth against seven clerics in 2010
Dioceses beginning to receive reports on boundary violations
Dioceses spent $20 million-plus for safe environment programs WASHINGTON (April 11, 2011)—Reports

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Apr 7
Bishops Call for Responsible Transition in Afghanistan, Voice Concern over U.S.-Pakistan Relations

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2011)—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) stressed the importance of a responsible transition of the leadership of Afghanistan to the Afghan people and expressed concern over the U.S. partnership with

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Apr 6
Cardinal DiNardo Urges Support for ‘Respect for Rights of Conscience Act’

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2011)— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has written to urge all members of the U.S. House

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Apr 6
Pope Names Vicar General as Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Joseph Binzer, 55, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and pastor of St. Louis Parish in Cincinnati, as an auxiliary bishop for the Cincinnati Archdiocese.

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Apr 5
Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts for Holy Week, Easter and John Paul II Beatification Ceremonies

Advisory for telecasters WASHINGTON (April 5, 2011)—The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has announced its Worldwide Telecasts for April-May, 2011. In addition to the traditional Holy Week and Easter liturgies, this year

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Apr 4
Catholic Home Missions Appeal Strengthens the Church at Home

Close to 90 dioceses in the U.S. are considered “mission” territory today
Catholic Home Missions Appeal slated for May 1 WASHINGTON (April 4, 2011)—There are 87 Catholic home mission dioceses in the United States. Whether due

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Mar 2011

Mar 30
Bishops’ Doctrine Committee Faults Book by Fordham Professor

Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God distorts Catholic concept of God
Book does not recognize divine revelation as the standard for Catholic theology
Differs from authentic Catholic teaching on essential points

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Mar 30
Bishops’ Doctrine Committee Faults Book by Fordham Professor

Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God distorts Catholic concept of God
Book does not recognize divine revelation as the standard for Catholic theology
Differs from authentic Catholic teaching on essential points

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Mar 30
Bishops’ Doctrine Committee Faults Book by Fordham Professor

Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God distorts Catholic concept of God
Book does not recognize divine revelation as the standard for Catholic theology
Differs from authentic Catholic teaching on essential points

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Mar 29
Cardinal to Senate: Respect Religious Freedom of All

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2011)—“We remain firmly committed to the defense of religious liberty for all—not just for Catholics—because our commitment is to the dignity of each and every human person,” said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick,

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Mar 29
Cardinal to Senate: Respect Religious Freedom of All

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2011)—“We remain firmly committed to the defense of religious liberty for all—not just for Catholics—because our commitment is to the dignity of each and every human person,” said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick,

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Mar 29
Cardinal to Senate: Respect Religious Freedom of All

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2011)—“We remain firmly committed to the defense of religious liberty for all—not just for Catholics—because our commitment is to the dignity of each and every human person,” said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick,

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Mar 28
Bishops’ Subcommittee on Church in Latin America Approves Nearly $2 Million in Grants at March Meeting

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2011)— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved nearly $2 million in grants during its March 21 meeting. The purpose of the grants is to aid the pastoral

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Mar 28
Bishops’ Subcommittee on Church in Latin America Approves Nearly $2 Million in Grants at March Meeting

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2011)— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved nearly $2 million in grants during its March 21 meeting. The purpose of the grants is to aid the pastoral

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Mar 25
USCCB Urges HUD Not to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Among Protected Categories

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2011)——The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) not to adopt a proposed regulation that would add sexual orientation and gender

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Mar 25
Bishops Ask Administration to Weigh Use of Force in Libya in Light of Duty to Protect Human Life and Dignity

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2011)—As the U.S. and other nations take military action to protect the people of Libya from their own government, the U.S. bishops asked the Obama administration to stay focused on this limited goal and mission,

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Mar 24
President of USCCB Reiterates Bishops’ Resolve to Deal Firmly with Clerics Who Abuse Children

Clerics who sexually abuse minors are forbidden from ministry
Backs April Child Abuse Prevention Month for protection of children
Implementation of Charter to protect children must continue WASHINGTON (March 24, 2011)—Archbishop

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Mar 24
The Catholic Relief Services Collection Helps “Jesus in Disguise”

Collection’s national date is the weekend of April 2-3 WASHINGTON (March 24, 2011)—The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC) supports families in distress, whether across the street or half way around the globe. The national

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Mar 23
On Anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s Death, Bishops Call U.S. to Do More for Latin America

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2011)—On the anniversary of the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, the chairmen of various committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reflected on the relevance

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Mar 23
USCCB Launches Major Spanish-Language Media Initiative to Support Marriage

Radio public service announcements campaign support marriage and family
Successful “Por Tu Matrimonio” website marks first anniversary WASHINGTON (March 23, 2011)— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced

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Mar 22
Pope Names Detroit Priests as Auxiliary Bishops of Detroit

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Donald F. Hanchon, 63, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit and episcopal vicar for the central region of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Father Michael Byrnes, 52, pastor of Presentation/Our

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Mar 21
Media Advisory

“The Catholic Church and Immigration: Pastoral, Policy and Social Perspectives” conference at The Catholic University of America (CUA) is being live-streamed today, March 21, at http://live.cua.edu/,   9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference

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Mar 16
Bishops Voice Solidarity with Japan, Urge Catholics to Support Efforts of Catholic Relief Services Following Earthquake

WASHINGTON (March 16, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed the prayers and solidarity of the U.S. bishops and Catholic for the people of Japan

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Mar 16
Pope Names San Francisco Vocations Director as Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose

WASHINGTON (March 16, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Thomas A. Daly, 50, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and president of Marin Catholic High School, as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San

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Mar 16
Bishops Voice Solidarity with Japan, Urge Catholics to Support Efforts of Catholic Relief Services Following Earthquake

WASHINGTON (March 16, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed the prayers and solidarity of the U.S. bishops and Catholic for the people of Japan

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Mar 16
Pope Names San Francisco Vocations Director as Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose

WASHINGTON (March 16, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Thomas A. Daly, 50, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and president of Marin Catholic High School, as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San

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Mar 11
Anglican-Catholic Dialogue Looks at Moral Discernment, Homosexuality

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2011)—Anglican and Catholic ecumenical leaders examined moral discernment and homosexuality at their current round of dialogue where they explore the positions of the Catholic and Episcopalian churches on theological

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Mar 11
Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Ricard; Names Archbishop Wenski as Apostolic Administrator until New Appointment

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, 71, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, for health reasons. At the same time, Pope

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Mar 11
Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Ricard; Names Archbishop Wenski as Apostolic Administrator until New Appointment

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ, 71, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, for health reasons. At the same time, Pope

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Mar 10
USCCB, Illinois Bishops Laud State’s Death Penalty Repeal

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2011)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) congratulated the Illinois bishops, the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, and

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Mar 10
USCCB, Illinois Bishops Laud State’s Death Penalty Repeal

WASHINGTON (March 10, 2011)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) congratulated the Illinois bishops, the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, and

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Mar 8
Bishops to Launch Scholarship Fund in Africa, Part of Efforts of Solidarity Fund

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2011)—The U.S. bishops will begin a scholarship program and provide funding for educational programs identified by the bishops’ conferences of Eastern Africa. Initial funding comes from a $500,000 anonymous gift

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Mar 8
Bishops to Launch Scholarship Fund in Africa, Part of Efforts of Solidarity Fund

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2011)—The U.S. bishops will begin a scholarship program and provide funding for educational programs identified by the bishops’ conferences of Eastern Africa. Initial funding comes from a $500,000 anonymous gift

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Mar 7
Bishops Continue to Urge Congress to Remember the Poor in Budget Priorities

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2011)—Congress should place the needs of the poor, unemployed, hungry and other vulnerable people first as it sets its budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, said the bishop who oversees domestic policy on behalf

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Mar 7
Bishops Continue to Urge Congress to Remember the Poor in Budget Priorities

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2011)—Congress should place the needs of the poor, unemployed, hungry and other vulnerable people first as it sets its budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, said the bishop who oversees domestic policy on behalf

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Mar 7
Bishops Continue to Urge Congress to Remember the Poor in Budget Priorities

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2011)—Congress should place the needs of the poor, unemployed, hungry and other vulnerable people first as it sets its budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2011, said the bishop who oversees domestic policy on behalf

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Mar 4
Bishops Decry Assassination of Pakistani Official Who Worked For Rights of Minorities, Christians

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011)—The March 2 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister of Minority Affairs, silenced the voice of someone who worked to raise the profile of all minorities, especially Christians, said the bishop

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Mar 4
Bishops Decry Assassination of Pakistani Official Who Worked For Rights of Minorities, Christians

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011)—The March 2 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister of Minority Affairs, silenced the voice of someone who worked to raise the profile of all minorities, especially Christians, said the bishop

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Mar 4
Bishops Decry Assassination of Pakistani Official Who Worked For Rights of Minorities, Christians

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011)—The March 2 assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minister of Minority Affairs, silenced the voice of someone who worked to raise the profile of all minorities, especially Christians, said the bishop

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Mar 3
Thousands Prepare to Attend World Youth Day in Madrid

Over 16,500 U.S. participants, 380 groups and 60 bishops already registered
Early-bird registration ends March 31 WASHINGTON (March 3, 2011)—More than 16,500 youth and young adults from across the United States have already registered

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Mar 3
Bishops Urge Illinois Governor to Sign Bill Ending Death Penalty

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2011)—Signing a bill to end the use of the death penalty would “begin building a culture of life in our country,” said the bishop who oversees the domestic justice efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic

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Mar 3
Thousands Prepare to Attend World Youth Day in Madrid

Over 16,500 U.S. participants, 380 groups and 60 bishops already registered
Early-bird registration ends March 31 WASHINGTON (March 3, 2011)—More than 16,500 youth and young adults from across the United States have already registered

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Mar 3
Bishops Urge Illinois Governor to Sign Bill Ending Death Penalty

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2011)—Signing a bill to end the use of the death penalty would “begin building a culture of life in our country,” said the bishop who oversees the domestic justice efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic

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Mar 1
Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Coadjutor Archbishop Gomez Succeeds Him in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal presented his resignation upon having reached the age

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Mar 1
Pope Accepts Cardinal Mahony’s Resignation, Coadjutor Archbishop Gomez Succeeds Him in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cardinal presented his resignation upon having reached the age

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Feb 2011

Feb 25
Pope Names Harrisburg Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop for Pittsburgh

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father William J. Waltersheid, Secretary for Clergy and Consecrated Life of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh. The appointment was

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Feb 25
Pope Names Harrisburg Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop for Pittsburgh

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father William J. Waltersheid, Secretary for Clergy and Consecrated Life of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh. The appointment was

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Feb 24
USCCB Chairman Supports Wisconsin Bishops on the Rights of Workers

WASHINGTON (February 24, 2011)—Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed his “support for and solidarity”

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Feb 24
USCCB Chairman Supports Wisconsin Bishops on the Rights of Workers

WASHINGTON (February 24, 2011)—Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed his “support for and solidarity”

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Feb 24
USCCB Chairman Supports Wisconsin Bishops on the Rights of Workers

WASHINGTON (February 24, 2011)—Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed his “support for and solidarity”

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Feb 23
USCCB Decries Refusal to Support Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2011) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues the following from its Office of General Counsel: “Marriage has been understood for millennia and across cultures as the union of one man and

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Feb 23
USCCB Decries Refusal to Support Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON (February 23, 2011) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues the following from its Office of General Counsel: “Marriage has been understood for millennia and across cultures as the union of one man and

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Feb 18
USCCB Finds Weakening of Health Care Conscience Rule a ‘Disappointment,’ Affirms Some Positive Elements

WASHINGTON (February 18, 2011)—The Obama administration’s final rule rescinding important elements of a federal regulation protecting the conscience rights of health care providers is a disappointment, but there are also reasons for

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Feb 15
San Antonio Executive Al Notzon Appointed Next Chair of the National Review Board

Two-year term starts in June WASHINGTON (February 15, 2011)—Al J. Notzon III of the Archdiocese of San Antonio has been appointed the next chair of the National Review Board (NRB) by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president

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Feb 15
Put the Poor First in Federal Budget Decisions Say Catholic Bishops, CRS President

More than three hundred Catholic leaders visit Capitol Hill February 15 with this message. WASHINGTON (February 15, 2011)— Expressing concern over proposed federal budget cuts in the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Appropriations Resolution,

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Feb 15
Put the Poor First in Federal Budget Decisions Say Catholic Bishops, CRS President

More than three hundred Catholic leaders visit Capitol Hill February 15 with this message. WASHINGTON (February 15, 2011)— Expressing concern over proposed federal budget cuts in the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Appropriations Resolution,

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Feb 14
Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe to Help Alleviate the Great Needs That Still Remain

Collection slated for Ash Wednesday, March 9 WASHINGTON (February 14, 2011)— The national Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will take place on Ash Wednesday, March 9, in parishes across the country.
           

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Feb 14
Peter Murphy Named Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON (February 14, 2011)—Peter J. Murphy, director of the Office of Family Life of the Archdiocese of Washington since 2005, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis of the United

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Feb 14
Peter Murphy Named Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON (February 14, 2011)—Peter J. Murphy, director of the Office of Family Life of the Archdiocese of Washington since 2005, has been named executive director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis of the United

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Feb 11
Bishops of the Americas Discuss Successes, Challenges of Communicating the Gospel with Modern Social Media

BALTIMORE, Md. (February 11, 2011)— The annual meeting of the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America

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Feb 8
Permanent Ban on Abortion Funding Long Overdue, Says USCCB in House Testimony

WASHINGTON (February 8, 2011) — A permanent ban on abortion funding is long overdue, which is why the U.S. bishops support the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (H.R. 3), said a representative of the United States Conference of

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Feb 7
Deportations to Haiti Should Be Halted, Say USCCB Migration Committee Chair and Chairman of Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2011)—In a joint letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano February 7, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference

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Feb 7
Deportations to Haiti Should Be Halted, Say USCCB Migration Committee Chair and Chairman of Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2011)—In a joint letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano February 7, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference

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Feb 2
Women Entering Religious Orders Today Highly Educated, Experienced in Church Activities, Survey Finds

Newly professed class more diverse than past classes
One-quarter enter with graduate degrees
Half attended Catholic elementary school WASHINGTON (February 2, 2011) — Women entering religious orders today are highly educated

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Feb 2
Women Entering Religious Orders Today Highly Educated, Experienced in Church Activities, Survey Finds

Newly professed class more diverse than past classes
One-quarter enter with graduate degrees
Half attended Catholic elementary school WASHINGTON (February 2, 2011) — Women entering religious orders today are highly educated

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Feb 1
Pre-Orders for New Roman Missal Editions Accepted as of March 1

New Missal to be implemented in parishes Nov. 27, first Sunday of Advent
Latest in USCCB high quality liturgical books WASHINGTON (February 1, 2011)—Pre-orders for the Altar and Chapel editions of the new Roman Missal will be

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Feb 1
Pre-Orders for New Roman Missal Editions Accepted as of March 1

New Missal to be implemented in parishes Nov. 27, first Sunday of Advent
Latest in USCCB high quality liturgical books WASHINGTON (February 1, 2011)—Pre-orders for the Altar and Chapel editions of the new Roman Missal will be

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Jan 2011

Jan 31
Catholic Health Association Affirms the Role of the Local Bishop in Catholic Health Care

WASHINGTON (January 31, 2011)—In response to questions raised about the authority of the local bishop in the interpretation and implementation of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs), conversations

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Jan 25
Bishops’ Marriage Website Saw Rise in Popularity in 2010

WASHINGTON (January 25, 2011)—The popularity of the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage, www.foryourmarriage.org, continued to grow in 2010. According to a report from Google Analytics, the website received

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Jan 25
Bishops’ Marriage Website Saw Rise in Popularity in 2010

WASHINGTON (January 25, 2011)—The popularity of the U.S. bishops’ website for strengthening and supporting marriage, www.foryourmarriage.org, continued to grow in 2010. According to a report from Google Analytics, the website received

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Jan 24
Pope Names Bishop Vasa Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa

WASHINGTON (January 24, 2011) —Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Robert Vasa, until now bishop of Baker, Oregon, as Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa in California. 
The appointment as coadjutor bishop confers on Bishop Vasa, 59,

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Jan 24
Bishops Support Three Bills to Strengthen Protections for Life and Conscience

WASHINGTON (January 24, 2011)—Three bills currently in the U.S. House of Representatives would help ensure that adequate protections are in place for the consciences of taxpayers and health care providers and against federal funding

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Jan 24
Bishops Support Three Bills to Strengthen Protections for Life and Conscience

WASHINGTON (January 24, 2011)—Three bills currently in the U.S. House of Representatives would help ensure that adequate protections are in place for the consciences of taxpayers and health care providers and against federal funding

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Jan 24
Pope Names Bishop Vasa Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa

WASHINGTON (January 24, 2011) —Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Robert Vasa, until now bishop of Baker, Oregon, as Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa in California. 
The appointment as coadjutor bishop confers on Bishop Vasa, 59,

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Jan 21
World Day for Consecrated Life to Be Observed February 6 in U.S. Parishes

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2011) —The 15th celebration of the annual World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in parishes in the United States the weekend of February 5-6.  World Day for Consecrated Life, traditionally observed

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Jan 21
Thousands to Pray For End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2011)—Over 10,000 worshippers, 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

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Jan 21
World Day for Consecrated Life to Be Observed February 6 in U.S. Parishes

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2011) —The 15th celebration of the annual World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in parishes in the United States the weekend of February 5-6.  World Day for Consecrated Life, traditionally observed

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Jan 21
Thousands to Pray For End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2011)—Over 10,000 worshippers, 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

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Jan 21
Thousands to Pray For End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life

WASHINGTON (January 21, 2011)—Over 10,000 worshippers, 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

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Jan 20
Bishop Curry Announces the 10 Year Review of the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2011)—Bishops and Catholic university presidents across the United States will engage in conversations over the next year as a first step in the 10 year review of The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the

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Jan 20
Christian Churches Together Respond To ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ Voice Gratitude for Civil Rights Leaders

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2011)—Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) issued a response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on January 14. The Christian leaders, who gathered in Birmingham, Alabama, January

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Jan 20
Bishop Curry Announces the 10 Year Review of the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2011)—Bishops and Catholic university presidents across the United States will engage in conversations over the next year as a first step in the 10 year review of The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the

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Jan 20
Bishop Curry Announces the 10 Year Review of the Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2011)—Bishops and Catholic university presidents across the United States will engage in conversations over the next year as a first step in the 10 year review of The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the

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Jan 20
Christian Churches Together Respond To ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ Voice Gratitude for Civil Rights Leaders

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2011)—Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) issued a response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on January 14. The Christian leaders, who gathered in Birmingham, Alabama, January

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Jan 18
Archbishop Dolan Outlines U.S. Bishops’ Legislative ‘Principles and Priorities’ For New Congress

The poor and vulnerable must not be neglected in times of difficult choices
Respect for the dignity of all human life an underlying principle
Subsequent letter on health care reform reflects bishops’ principles at work WASHINGTON(January

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Jan 14
Bishops See Their Work Supported In World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week USA

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2011)—Two separate marriage initiatives in February affirm the priority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to support and strengthen marriage, said Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South

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Jan 14
Pope Names Pennsylvania Priest Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Adamec, Names Indianapolis Auxiliary

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2011) - Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Mark L. Bartchak, a priest of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph

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Jan 14
Bishops See Their Work Supported In World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week USA

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2011)—Two separate marriage initiatives in February affirm the priority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to support and strengthen marriage, said Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South

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Jan 14
Pope Names Pennsylvania Priest Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Adamec, Names Indianapolis Auxiliary

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2011) - Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Mark L. Bartchak, a priest of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph

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Jan 14
Pope Names Pennsylvania Priest Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Adamec, Names Indianapolis Auxiliary

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2011) - Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Mark L. Bartchak, a priest of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph

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Jan 12
Vatican Head of Justice and Peace to Address 2011 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

WASHINGTON (January 12, 2011)—Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will address the opening plenary of the 2011 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, which will be February

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Jan 11
U.S. Bishops’ President Sends Message of Support to Haitian Church, Committee Chairmen Outline Concrete Steps to Help Haiti

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sent a message of support to Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap Haitien, president of the Bishops’

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Jan 11
U.S. Bishops’ President Sends Message of Support to Haitian Church, Committee Chairmen Outline Concrete Steps to Help Haiti

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sent a message of support to Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap Haitien, president of the Bishops’

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Jan 10
Archbishop Dolan Calls for Prayers, Greater Respect for Human Life in Wake of Arizona Shooting

WASHINGTON -- (January 10, 2011) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) renewed their call for respect for human life, as the nation mourned for those affected by the shooting that killed six, including John M. Roll,

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Jan 10
Linda Hunt Named Associate General Secretary of USCCB

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2011) —Linda Hunt has been named associate general secretary and secretary of administration of the United States Conference of
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Jan 10
Linda Hunt Named Associate General Secretary of USCCB

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2011) —Linda Hunt has been named associate general secretary and secretary of administration of the United States Conference of
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Jan 10
Collection for Church in Latin America to Help Keep Faith

Collection slated for January 22-23 WASHINGTON—( January 10, 2011)  The 2011 Collection for the Church in Latin America is slated for the weekend of January 22-23 in parishes across the country.
           
This year’s theme,

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Jan 10
Archbishop Dolan Calls for Prayers, Greater Respect for Human Life in Wake of Arizona Shooting

WASHINGTON -- (January 10, 2011) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) renewed their call for respect for human life, as the nation mourned for those affected by the shooting that killed six, including John M. Roll,

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Jan 6
Bishops Invite Catholics to Commemorate Haiti’s Earthquake Anniversary with Prayer, Reflection

Novena, prayer intentions, reflection materials offered WASHINGTON (January 6, 2011)—As the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti last year approaches, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites

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Jan 6
Archbishop Dolan, Bishop Hubbard Decry Violence against Christians, Express Solidarity, Urge U.S. To Protect Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON (January 6, 2011)—In separate letters to the head of Egypt’s Coptic Christians and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. bishops condemned the recent attacks on Christians, including the New Year’s Day attack

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Jan 6
Revised Edition of New American Bible Approved for Publication, Will Be Available in Variety of Formats March 9

WASHINGTON (January 6, 2011)—The New American Bible, revised edition (NABRE), the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) translation in 20 years, has been approved for publication. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, then

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Jan 6
Bishops Invite Catholics to Commemorate Haiti’s Earthquake Anniversary with Prayer, Reflection

Novena, prayer intentions, reflection materials offered WASHINGTON (January 6, 2011)—As the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti last year approaches, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites

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Jan 6
Archbishop Dolan, Bishop Hubbard Decry Violence against Christians, Express Solidarity, Urge U.S. To Protect Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON (January 6, 2011)—In separate letters to the head of Egypt’s Coptic Christians and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. bishops condemned the recent attacks on Christians, including the New Year’s Day attack

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Jan 6
Revised Edition of New American Bible Approved for Publication, Will Be Available in Variety of Formats March 9

WASHINGTON (January 6, 2011)—The New American Bible, revised edition (NABRE), the first major update to the New American Bible (NAB) translation in 20 years, has been approved for publication. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, then

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Jan 5
Bishop Cordileone of Oakland Appointed New Chairman of  USCCB  Defense of Marriage Committee

WASHINGTON  (January 5, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has appointed Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California as chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee

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Jan 5
Bishop Cordileone of Oakland Appointed New Chairman of  USCCB  Defense of Marriage Committee

WASHINGTON  (January 5, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has appointed Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California as chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee

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Jan 3
Pope Names Army Chaplain Auxiliary Bishop for the Military Services

WASHINGTON (January 3, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Neal Buckon, 57, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and titular bishop of Vissalsa. Father Buckon is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland

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Jan 3
Pope Names Army Chaplain Auxiliary Bishop for the Military Services

WASHINGTON (January 3, 2011)—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Neal Buckon, 57, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and titular bishop of Vissalsa. Father Buckon is a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland

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Dec 2010

Dec 22
Bishop Hubbard Commends Senate Ratification of New Start Treaty

WASHINGTON (December 22, 2010)— Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, NY, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, commended today’s ratification of the New START

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Dec 21
Vatican’s Doctrine Office Issues Statement on ‘Erroneous Interpretations’ of Pope Comments on Sexual Morality in Book Interview

Text denounces manipulation of the pope’s thought, banalization of sexuality
Pope’s Comments not a change in Catholic moral teaching, pastoral practice WASHINGTON (December 21, 2010)—The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of

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Dec 21
USCCB Chairman Calls Senate Vote on Dream Act “A Setback, Not a Defeat”

Archbishop Gomez reaffirms Church support for immigrant rights WASHINGTON (December 21, 2010)—Archbishop Jose Gomez, coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration,

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Dec 16
First Director General Named for New Haiti Building Unit

WASHINGTON (December 16, 2010)— Yves Lacourcière has been appointed as the first director general of the newly established architecture and engineering unit of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman

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Dec 16
Pope Benedict Accepts Resignation of Oklahoma City Archbishop Beltran, Appoints Kansas Bishop Coakley as Successor

WASHINGTON (December 16, 2010)—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Eusebius Beltran, 76, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, and has named Bishop Paul Coakley, 55, until now Bishop

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Dec 16
Migrant Families Focus of 2011 National Migration Week

Addressing root causes of migration key to resolving current migration patterns WASHINGTON (December 16, 2010) — Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice is the primary theme for the 2011 National Migration Week, to be held January 2-8 in parishes

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Dec 15
Pope Benedict XVI Accepts Resignation of Dodge City Bishop Gilmore, Names Kansas Pastor to Succeed Him

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2010)—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald Gilmore, 68, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, and named Father John Brungardt, 52, a priest of the Diocese

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Dec 15
Father J. Brian Bransfield Appointed Associate General Secretary of USCCB

WASHINGTON (December 15, 2010)—Father J. Brian Bransfield, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been appointed associate general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The appointment was

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Dec 13
Declan Murphy Named Director for Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON (December 13, 2010)—Declan Murphy, Ph.D, has been named associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of National Collections and director of the Collection for Aid to the Church

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Dec 10
Mini-Documentary on Homelessness by Hawaiian Seventh Graders Wins 2010 CCHD Multi-Media Art Contest

WASHINGTON (December 10, 2010)—A mini-documentary on homelessness by the seventh grade religious education class at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Kailua, Hawaii, won the grand prize of the 2010 Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest

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Dec 10
USCCB Chairman Commends House Passage of Dream Act, Calls on U.S. Senate to Follow Suit

WASHINGTON (December 10, 2010)—Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, today commended the House of Representatives for

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Dec 9
National Vocation Awareness Week to Be Celebrated January 9-15

A week to urge young people to think of priesthood and religious life
Families and parishes urged to work actively to alert youth to God’s call for them
Helpful resources found at ForYourVocation.org or PorTuVocacion.org WASHINGTON

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Dec 8
Archbishop Gregory Named Bishops’ Moderator of Jewish Affairs, Succeeds Archbishop Dolan, Newly Elected USCCB President

Appointment reflects continued commitment to dialogue with Jewish community
Past cooperation has included Holocaust education, opposing anti-Semitism, and building friendships at the grassroots WASHINGTON (December 8, 2010) —Archbishop

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Dec 7
Catholic Bishops, Evangelicals Call for Ratification of New Start Treaty

WASHINGTON (December 7, 2010) — Representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) called for the ratification of the New START Treaty in a December 7 media

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Dec 7
Archbishop Dolan, Bishop Blaire Urge Congress to Support Tax Credits for Low-Income Families, Relief for Unemployed

Urge protection for low-income families, children
Current unemployment numbers concern bishops
Need to continue Emergency Unemployment Compensation to protect jobless and families WASHINGTON (December 7, 2010) — Congress should

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Dec 6
Catholic Bishops, Evangelicals Call for Action on New Start Treaty

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2010)—Spokespersons for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals are making a joint call for a vote on the New START Treaty's ratification. In a news conference

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Dec 6
Religious Leaders Voice Shared Commitment to Protect Marriage

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2010) — Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have come together to express their commitment toward the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In an

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Dec 3
U.S. Catholic Bishops to Congress:  The Dream Act is the ‘Right Thing to Do’

WASHINGTON (December 3, 2010)—In a letter to Congress December 2, Coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called on Congress to

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Dec 1
Pope Names Co-Adjutor Bishop O’Connell as Bishop of Trenton, Accepts Resignation of Trenton’s Bishop Smith; Names New Auxiliary for St. Louis, Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary There

WASHINGTON (December 1, 2010) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Co-Adjutor Bishop David M. O’Connell, 55, as bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, and accepted the resignation of Bishop John M. Smith from the pastoral governance

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Nov 2010

Nov 30
Archbishop Dolan, Bishop Hubbard Voice Bishops’ Support for Ratification of Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2010)—The new president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace have urged the United States Senate to

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Nov 29
Bishops Commend House Resolution Seeking Protection for Religious Minorities in Iraq

WASHINGTON (November 29, 2010) — The U.S. bishops commended a resolution in the House of Representatives that condemns recent attacks on religious minorities in Iraq and calls for the U.S. government to work with the Iraqi government

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Nov 23
Catholic Home Missions Subcommittee Announces 2011 Grants

WASHINGTON (November 23, 2010)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions has announced its 2011 grantees. A total of 362 projects in 88 “home mission” dioceses were approved at

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Nov 22
American College in Leuven, Belgium to Close in 2011

WASHINGTON (November 22, 2010) — Due to the small number of seminarians and available priest faculty, the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Leuven, Belgium, has announced its closure in June 2011. The announcement was

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Nov 19
Bishop Soto Named Chairman of Subcommittee on Catholic Campaign for Human Development

WASHINGTON (November 19, 2010) — Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, has been named the new chairman of the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the United

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Nov 18
Bishops’ Website Offers Resources for Advent and Christmas Seasons Including Book of Reflections from Pope Benedict XVI

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2010) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is continuing its tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas


Nov 18
Divine Worship Committee Affirms Timeline for Implementation of Roman Missal

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2010) — After meeting in Baltimore for the annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Committee on Divine Worship issued a statement affirming the timeline

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Nov 18
Bishop Morin Reports to Bishops on Review and Renewal of Catholic Campaign for Human Development

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2010) — Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Mississippi, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the anti-poverty program of the U.S. bishops, reported on the recent

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Nov 18
Catholics can ‘Share in the Care’ of Elderly Religious

Parishes to Conduct Annual Collection for Retired Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders WASHINGTON (November 18, 2010) — Catholics across the United States will join together to “Share in the Care” of senior religious as

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Nov 16
Pro-Life Spokesperson Urges Institute of Medicine Committee to Focus on Life-Saving Preventive Health Services for Women, Exclude Contraception, Sterilization

Contraception is not authentic preventive health care because pregnancy is not a disease
Birth control poses serious health risks to women and adolescents
Mandating coverage would pose unprecedented threat to conscience rights

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Nov 16
Bishops Elect Msgr. Ronny Jenkins General Secretary of USCCB

BALTIMORE (November 16, 2010) — The U.S. bishops elected Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, a canon lawyer and priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as the new general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The

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Nov 16
U.S. Bishops Elect Archbishop Dolan New President, Archbishop Kurtz Vice President, Bishop Bransfield Treasurer, Also Vote on Chairs-Elect of Six Committees

BALTIMORE (November 16, 2010) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) elected Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York as their new president and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky vice president at their

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Nov 15
Bishops Praise Generosity of U.S. Catholics, Detail Breadth of Church’s Response to Tragedy in Haiti

BALTIMORE (November 15, 2010) — After the terrible earthquake that last January devastated Haiti and buried almost 300,000 people beneath the rubble, U.S.  Catholics responded with remarkable generosity, reported Bishop Kevin Farrell,

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Nov 15
Bishops Urged to Embrace Social Media in Order to Effectively Evangelize ‘Digital Continent’

BALTIMORE (November 15, 2010) — The Catholic Church faces an urgent call to evangelize the new “digital continent” of social media, according to a presentation to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their annual

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Nov 15
Bishops Affirm Cardinal George's Letter to President, Voice Solidarity with Suffering of Christians in Ira

BALTIMORE (November 15, 2010) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) affirmed by acclamation during their annual Fall General Assembly a November 9 letter from Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI, USCCB president,

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Nov 11
Bishops Announce Framework for Rebuilding the Church in Haiti, Present Haitian Bishops’ New Building Agency

WASHINGTON (November 11, 2010) — At their Fall General Assembly, November 15-18, the U.S. bishops will receive an update on the situation in Haiti and the U.S. Catholic Church’s emergency relief efforts so far, as well as plans to

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Nov 11
New Video from USCCB Explains Work of Catholic Campaign for Human Development

WASHINGTON (November 11, 2010) — With the National Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) coming up the weekend of November 20-21, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a video

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Nov 11
Advisory for Broadcasters

Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts Information for Christmas and World Day of Peace Ceremonies WASHINGTON (November 11, 2010) — The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has released information for broadcasters regarding

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Nov 10
Cardinal George Urges President Obama to Take Measures to Protect Iraqi Citizens in Wake of Attacks

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2010) — Following the October 31 assault on the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad and subsequent violence, Chicago Cardinal Francis George, OMI, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,

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Nov 10
Midwest Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Begins Report on Role of Religion in Civic Life

WASHINGTON (November 10, 2010) —The Midwest Catholic-Muslim Dialogue gathered in Milwaukee for its 14th annual meeting, October 25-26, to begin drafting a report on the role of religion in civic life. The report, which has the working

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Nov 9
Father Daniel Mindling to Serve as Consulting Theologian for Catholic Campaign for Human Development

WASHINGTON (November 9, 2010) — Father Daniel Mindling, OFM Cap., has accepted an invitation from Bishop William Murphy and Bishop Roger Morin, the bishops who oversee the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), to serve as

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Nov 8
Janine Carreiro is Winner of 2010 CCHD Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

Janine Carreiro WASHINGTON (November 8, 2010) — Janine Carreiro, executive director of Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC) in Brockton,

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Nov 4
Bishops to Vote on Baptism Agreement with Reformed Christians at November Meeting

WASHINGTON (November 4, 2010) — The U.S. Catholic bishops will vote on an agreement with four Protestant communities to mutually recognize one another’s baptism as valid when they meet for their annual Fall General Assembly, November

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Nov 2
Religious Leaders, Youth to Meet in ‘Generations of Faith’ Interreligious Encounter

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2010) — Religious leaders and young adults from Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh traditions will meet for a day of dialogue and interreligious exchange at the John Paul II Cultural Center,

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Nov 2
Catholic Home Missions Appeal Director Receives Father Mader Award for His Support of Missionary Work

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2010) — David Suley, director of the Catholic Home Missions Appeal at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been awarded the “Father George Mader Award” for his support of mission work.

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Nov 2
President of U.S. Bishops Offers Prayers, Solidarity with Iraqi Christians, Says U.S. Has Moral Obligation to Help

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2010) — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offered the prayers of the U.S. bishops and expressed solidarity with the suffering Christians

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Nov 2
2010 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection Slated For November 20-21

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2010) — The 2010 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection is slated for November 20-21 in parishes throughout the United States. Fight Poverty in America, Defend Human Dignity is this year’s theme.

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Oct 2010

Oct 29
Bishops to Elect Conference President, Vice President at November Meeting

WASHINGTON (October 29, 2010) — The U.S. bishops will elect their president and vice president at their annual Fall General Assembly, November 15-18, in Baltimore.

The new president will succeed Cardinal Francis George, OMI,

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Oct 29
Bilingual Resources Available for November 27 Worldwide Vigil for the Unborn

WASHINGTON(October 29, 2010) — On Saturday, November 27, Pope Benedict XVI will open the new liturgical year by celebrating a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life at St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope has requested that “all diocesan bishops

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Oct 28
USCCB Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Federal Anti-Trafficking Law, Issues Report on Needed Improvements in Services to Trafficking Victims

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2010) — Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, Utah, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB) Committee on Migration, today commemorated the tenth anniversary of enactment of

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Oct 28
Bishops’ Meeting to be Broadcast by Telecare, USCCB Social Media

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2010) — For the second year in a row, Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, will broadcast the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Oct 27
Catholic-Reformed Dialogue Completes Documents on Baptism, Eucharist/Lord’s Supper

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2010) — The Seventh Round of the Catholic-Reformed Dialogue concluded their final plenary in Henryville, Indiana, from October 6-8. The dialogue produced two documents to present to the churches, one on Baptism

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Oct 26
U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Completes Statement on Death and Eternal Life

WASHINGTON (October 26, 2010) — Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States approved by unanimous consent on October 17 the dialogue’s final report on "The Hope of Eternal Life." The 65-page report represents

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Oct 26
Review Offers Road Map for Renewal of Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Review emphasizes Gospel mission
Makes clear Catholic principles behind CCHD
Makes 10 commitments for the future WASHINGTON (October 26, 2010) — “The Review and Renewal of CCHD reaffirms CCHD’s Catholic foundations and priority

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Oct 25
USCCB Delegation to Attend Opening of New Seminary in Havana

Seminary is first new religious construction in over 50 years
Collection for Church in Latin America helped fund new seminary WASHINGTON — A delegation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee

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Oct 23
Pope Names Miami Auxiliary Noonan Bishop of Orlando

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2010) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop John Noonan, an auxiliary bishop of Miami, bishop of Orlando, Florida.

Bishop Noonan, 59, succeeds Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who served as bishop of Orlando

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Oct 22
Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Discusses Youth Outreach, Christians in the Holy Land, Judaism’s Contributions to Christianity

WASHINGTON(October 22, 2010) — Representatives of the U.S. Bishops and two Orthodox Jewish associations discussed a wide range of ethical and cultural issues at their semi-annual meeting on October 18 at the Orthodox Union (OU) headquarters

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Oct 21
USCCB Sponsors ‘Pope Culture’ Week on Twitter

WASHINGTON (October 21, 2010) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging Catholics to learn about the pope—in 140 characters or less. Following the success of the week of “Pope Culture” trivia on the

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Oct 19
Pope Accepts Resignation of Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Sklba

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2010) —Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, for reasons of age. Bishop Sklba reached the retirement age for bishops of 75 on September

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Oct 14
Pope Names Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Garcia as Archbishop of San Antonio

WASHINGTON (October 14, 2010) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of Chicago, 53, Archbishop of San Antonio.

Archbishop-designate Garcia-Siller, a native of Mexico, is a member of the Congregation

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Oct 8
Bishops to Hear Report on Haiti Response, Greet New Catholic University President, Vote on Ecumenical Agreement at November Meeting

WASHINGTON(October 8, 2010)—The annual Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be November 15-18, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The meeting will begin with Mass at 8 a.m.

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Oct 7
Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Lays Out a Vision of Unity in Unprecedented Document

Role of Bishop of Rome acknowledged as central point of disagreement
Recommends immediate steps to foster unity between churches
Determining date of Easter addressed in second document WASHINGTON (October 7, 2010)—Representatives

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Oct 6
USCCB Sponsors ‘Pope Culture’ Week on Facebook

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is sponsoring Pope Culture Week on the USCCB page on the social networking site, Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb).


Oct 1
Mission Congress 2010 will Paint Broad Portrait of U.S. Catholics in Mission

Congress to gather October 28-31 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, of Caritas International, among keynote speakers
Young adults discerning about missionary call encouraged to attend WASHINGTON (October

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Sep 2010

Sep 29
In Message To White House, Religious Leaders Say Peace Is Possible

WASHINGTON(September 29, 2010) —In visits to the White House and the State Department, religious leaders representing the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities offered support for the Obama administration’s efforts to continue

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Sep 28
Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Dialogue Discusses Proselytism, Other Pastoral Issues Facing Their Churches

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2010) —The United States Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation held its 2010 meeting at the Passionist Spiritual Center in Bronx, New York, on September 20 and 21. The meeting, co-chaired by Catholic

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Sep 28
USCCB Pro-Life Committee Chairman Issues Statement for Respect Life Month

Cardinal DiNardo calls for awareness, prayer, healing and action in defense of life
Worldwide ‘Vigil for All Nascent Human Life’ set for November 27 WASHINGTON (September 28, 2010)—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October

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Sep 27
USCCB Publishes Findings, Recommendations after Mission to Haiti and Haitians in Other Caribbean Nations

Plea of Haitian children especially troublesome WASHINGTON (September 27, 2010)—Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, head of the U.S. bishops Haiti Advisory Group, introduced September 27, the report “The Displaced of Haiti:  Long-Term

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Sep 24
Advisory: Telephonic News Conference

Please join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for a press event: WHAT: "The Displaced of Haiti:  Long-Term Challenges and Needed Solutions"
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and staff from CLINIC as well as the U.S. Conference

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Sep 23
Bishops To Elect Next General Secretary At Meeting In Baltimore

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will elect a new general secretary of the Conference at the annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 15-18. The two candidates are Msgr. Ronny Jenkins,

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Sep 23
Doctrine Of The Faith Congregation Names Archbishop Wuerl To Guide Bringing Anglican Groups Into Catholic Church In U.S.

WASHINGTON(September 23, 2010)—The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has named Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States.

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Sep 22
Bishops’ Doctrine Committee Says Book By Creighton University Professors Conflicts With Catholic Teaching On Sexuality

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2010)— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine has issued a statement in response to a request from the former and current archbishops of Omaha to review the content

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Sep 21
Bishop Murphy Urges Congress To Preserve, Improve Tax Credits That Benefit Working Poor Families And Children

WASHINGTON (September 21, 2010) —The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, urged Congress

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Sep 20
Pope Accepts Resignation of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Catanello

WASHINGTON(September 20, 2010) —Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 paragraph 2 of the Code of Canon Law,

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Sep 20
USCCB Officials Urge HHS Not to Require Coverage of Contraception and Sterilization

WASHINGTON (September 20, 2010)—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should not require coverage of contraception or sterilization in group and individual health plans as part of “preventive” services for women, said

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Sep 20
PAPA NOMBRA OBISPO AUXILIAR DE DETROIT A RECTOR DE SEMINARIO EN SAN ANTONIO, JOSÉ CEPEDA

WASHINGTON (18 de abril de 2011)—El Papa Benedicto XVI ha nombrado al padre José Arturo Cepeda, de 41 años y actual rector del Seminario de La Asunción en San Antonio, Texas, obispo auxiliar en la Arquidiócesis de Detroit. El nombramiento

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Sep 17
Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Commission Meets, Plans Statement on Approaches to Moral Issues

WASHINGTON(September 17, 2010)—The Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation in the United States held its sixty-eighth meeting in Alexandria, Louisiana, on September 9 and 10. Bishop Ronald P. Herzog of Alexandria, the Catholic

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Sep 16
New Poll: Americans Continue to Oppose Tax Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Support Ethical Alternatives

Americans Want Taxes Used For Ethical Stem Cell Research
76 Percent Oppose Cloning Human Embryos For Research WASHINGTON (September 16, 2010)— As the U.S. Senate prepares to hold a hearing on human embryonic stem cell research

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Sep 16
Pope Names Bishop Sartain of Joliet, Illinois to Succeed Retiring Archbishop Alex Brunett of Seattle

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2010) —Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Illinois, 58, to succeed Archbishop Alexander Brunett of Seattle, 76. At the same time, the pope accepted Archbishop Brunett’s resignation

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Sep 13
USCCB Announces New Book about Pope Benedict XVI to Be Released September 19

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), with Sheed & Ward, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, will release September 19 Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on His Papacy, an unprecedented

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Sep 9
Respect Life Program Packet For 2010-11 Now Available

WASHINGTON—The 2010-11 Respect Life Program is now available in preparation for Respect Life Sunday, October 3. This year’s theme is “The measure of love is to love without measure.”

The Respect Life flyer explores this

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Sep 9
Bishops Committees Voice Concern for Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Denounce Derision, Misinformation, Bigotry
Intolerance has no place in nation founded on religious freedom
Back ‘Beyond Park 51’ Statement by Interfaith Group WASHINGTON—Catholic Bishops dealing with interfaith, domestic and

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Aug 2010

Aug 30
Bishop Farrell to Be New Episcopal Moderator of Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference, Bishop Trautman to Step Down

WASHINGTON—After 25 years, Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pennsylvania, is stepping down from his duties as episcopal moderator of the Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference (DFMC), the national association of financial leaders of

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Aug 25
Bishops Welcome Ruling Against Embryonic Stem Cell Funding, Urge Government to Pursue Ethical Stem Cell Research

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the federal court injunction against the Obama administration’s

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Aug 24
Bishop Murphy Calls for New Social Contract for ‘New Things’ in Today’s Economy in Labor Day Statement

WASHINGTON—With millions unemployed and U.S. workers experiencing tragedies such as mining deaths in West Virginia and the oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Americans “must seek to protect the life

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Aug 20
Cardinal DiNardo Urges Support for Law Preventing Federal Funding of Abortion

Law would apply Hyde amendment policy to all federal funds
Would protect health care providers from retaliation for not assisting with abortions WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life

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Aug 20
Cardinal George Announces Vatican Approval of New Roman Missal English-Language Translation, Implementation Set for First Sunday of Advent 2011

U.S. Adaptations to Mass Prayers Also Approved
Parish Education Efforts Urged To Precede Implementation
Resources Available Through USCCB WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the

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Aug 11
Cardinal DiNardo Presents ‘People of Life’ Awards to Three Honorees

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, presented the People of Life award to three individuals

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Aug 10
Bishops’ Child Protection Office Lists Messages Children Hear In Safe Environment Programs

WASHINGTON—As schools launch a new academic year, millions of children also are set to learn the ABC’s of child protection. In Catholic schools and parishes nationwide, safe environment training gives children the skills necessary

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Aug 5
Bishops' Delegation Finds Mission to Haiti both Disturbing and Hopeful

Much needs to be done to rebuild country, protect vulnerable populations WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sponsored a delegation July 26-August 2 to Haiti and the Caribbean region to examine the

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Aug 4
Cardinal George Decries Court Decision Striking Down California Marriage Law

Archbishop Kurtz Joins Cardinal George in Criticism
Notes That Voters Have Upheld Traditional Marriage at Every Turn
Calls Marriage Essential to Well Being of Society WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis George, President of the United

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Jul 2010

Jul 29
USCCB Migration Chairman Lauds Court Decision Regarding Arizona SB 1070, Urges Comprehensive Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON— As chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City applauded the July 28 decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to halt some of the most controversial provisions of Arizona

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Jul 23
U.S. Bishops Send More Help to the Church in Haiti

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee dedicated to administering money raised for Haiti after the earthquake there last January has approved $212,700 of funding for 10 projects. The grants were made from the Subcommittee on the

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Jul 15
Pro-Life Chair Welcomes HHS Exclusion of Abortion from Federal Insurance Program, Calls For Permanent Law

WASHINGTON— Following public criticisms of new federally-funded health insurance plans that would have covered elective abortions in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a statement

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Jul 15
U.S. Bishops’ Doctrine Chairman Welcomes Vatican Clarification On Ordination, Praises The Work Of Women In The Church

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, Chairman of the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded to a clarification from the Vatican that raised the attempted ordination

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Jul 15
Bishops Welcome Update of Vatican Norms on Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON-Bishop Blase Cupich, bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, and bishop-designate of Spokane, Washington, and Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Protection of Children and Young People, welcomed the Vatican’s update

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Jul 14
Tucson Bishop Kicanas Testifies Before Congress, Urges Federal Action on Immigration Reform

Immigration, ultimately a humanitarian issue with moral consequences
SB 1070 reflects Arizonans and Americans’ frustration with Congress inaction WASHINGTON—Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, Vice-president of the U.S.

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Jul 14
Pope Erects Exarchate For Syro-Malankara Catholics In U.S.; Names Priest From India As First Bishop

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has erected an Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States and appointed Father Thomas Naickamparampil as its first bishop. The pope also appointed him Apostolic Visitator

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Jul 13
World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid Opens Registration

U.S. Bishops Set Up Web Site to Facilitate Registration WASHINGTON—Registration to participate in World Youth Day (WYD) Madrid 2011 is now open. Though the registration is done online with the WYD organization in the Spanish capital,

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Jul 12
Bishops Concerned Over Federal Court Rulings Rejecting Marriage as Between One Man, One Woman

Fabric of Society Depends on Basic Legal Definition of Marriage
Position Protects Roles of Fathers, Mothers
Marriage Existed Before State, Not Open To Redefinition WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, chairman

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Jul 7
Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Looks at Environment, Eucharist

WASHINGTON— Scholars from the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church (UMC) discussed the relationship between the environment and Eucharist at the fourth session of the seventh round of the Catholic-Methodist dialogue, June

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Jul 6
Pope Names New Auxiliary Bishop For San Francisco

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Robert McElroy, 56, pastor of St. Gregory Parish, San Mateo, California, as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
           
The appointment was publicized

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Jun 2010

Jun 30
Pope Names Seminary Rectors as Auxiliary Bishops in Boston, Accepts Resignation of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emilio Allué

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Arthur Kennedy, 68, and Father Peter J. Uglietto, 58, priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and both seminary rectors, as auxiliary bishops of Boston. The pope also accepted the resignation

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Jun 30
Pope Accepts Resignation of Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Rosazza

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Hartford Auxiliary Bishop Peter A. Rosazza, 75, from the office of auxiliary bishop.
           
The resignation was publicized in Washington, June 30, by Msgr.

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Jun 30
Pope Names Bishop Cupich to Spokane, Accepts Resignation of Bishop Skylstad

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Blase Cupich, 61, of Rapid City, South Dakota, to the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, and accepted the resignation of Bishop William Skylstad, 76, from pastoral governance of the diocese.

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Jun 29
Bishops Urge Senate to Remove Abortion Amendment from Defense Bill

WASHINGTON—A Senate committee amendment that would authorize the performance of elective abortions at military hospitals in this country and around the world is “misguided” and should be removed from the National Defense Authorization

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Jun 29
Bishops' Committee Launches New Initiative, Marriage: Unique for a Reason

DVD Resource on Sexual Difference Set for Release
First of Five Videos in New Initiative
Effort Crucial to New Evangelization, says Archbishop Kurtz WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee

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Jun 22
Pope Names Auxiliary Bishop Joseph McFadden to Harrisburg; Announces New Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Joseph McFadden, 63, as Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and named Msgr. Michael Fitzgerald, 62, Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal of Philadelphia,

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Jun 18
Bishops Express Prayers, Solidarity for Those Harmed by Oil Spill

WASHINGTON—While meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida, for prayer and reflection, on June 18, the U.S. bishops voiced their prayers and solidarity for those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Full text of the bishops’

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Jun 17
Pro-life Chair Voices ‘Grave Concern’ Over FDA Plan to Approve Abortion Drug for ‘Emergency Contraception’

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities voiced “grave concern” to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its move toward approving a new drug that may induce early abortions as an “emergency

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Jun 16
Apostleship Of The Sea Sets Up Network, Urges Catholics To Assist Those Harmed By Oil Spill

WASHINGTON—The overseer of the maritime ministry of the U.S. bishops expressed solidarity with those impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and announced the creation of a network to help with the human and environmental

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Jun 15
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Approves $300,000 for Grants Assisting Those Affected by Gulf Oil Spill

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development approved grants up to $300,000 to assist people and dioceses affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Meeting June 12, the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign

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Jun 11
Full Video, Text Of Canon Law Seminar On Abuse Available Online

WASHINGTON—Video and print resources from the Canon Law Seminar for Media, explaining the Church’s processes for dealing with clergy sexual abuse of minors, are now available online at http://www.usccb.org/canonlawseminar/


Jun 11
Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Callahan Named Bishop Of La Crosse

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM, Conv., 59, as Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The announcement was made in Washington, June 11, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic

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Jun 11
Regional Bishops Issue Joint Statement on Migration

Cooperation among governments in region, economic development key factors
U.S. should afford legal protection to foreign workers WASHINGTON—Participants at the Catholic bishops’ Regional Consultation on Migration in Washington,

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Jun 10
Book Explores What It Means to be Human in Light of Theology of the Body

WASHINGTON—“What does it mean to be human?” A new book by the priest who spearheads the evangelization and catechetical efforts of the U.S. bishops explores this question by drawing on the teachings of Pope John Paul II in his theology

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Jun 8
Pope Names New Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia; Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Maginnis

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. John J. McIntyre, 46, secretary to Cardinal Justin Rigali, as an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, and accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Robert P. Maginnis, 76, from the office

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Jun 8
Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Examines Steps to Unity

WASHINGTON—The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation continued work on a new agreed statement during its meeting at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, June

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Jun 4
Pope Names President of Catholic University Coadjutor Bishop of Trenton

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Vincentian Father David O’Connell, up until now President of The Catholic University of America, coadjutor bishop of Trenton, New Jersey. The appointment was publicized by Archbishop Pietro Sambi,

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Jun 1
West Coast Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Compares Sacred, Pious Writings

WASHNGTON—Catholics and Muslims compared sacred and pious writings at the 11th meeting of the West Coast Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, in Orange, California, May 19-20. The dialogue is co-sponsored by the Committee for Ecumenical and

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Jun 1
Peter's Pence Collection Helps Needy People Around The World

WASHINGTON—The Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken up in most Catholic parishes the weekend of June 26 - 27. This year’s theme, “Cast the love of Christ upon the world,” focuses on the relationship between solidarity and love.

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May 2010

May 28
Generosity, Resilience, Education, Key Features of Permanent Deacons

Most permanent deacons in active ministry are married
Number of permanent deacons on the rise WASHINGTON—A national survey of permanent diaconate offices in Catholic dioceses in the United States found that one-quarter of active

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May 24
Pope Names Baltimore Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Military Services

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Father F. Richard Spencer, 58, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and up until now vice commandant of the military chaplains of the U.S. Forces in Europe, as Auxiliary Bishop of the

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May 21
Bishops Note Way Forward With Health Care, Clarify Misconceptions

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops called for steps to protect the lives of the most vulnerable, provide fairness for immigrants and guarantee conscience protections for individual and institutions in a statement on health care reform issued

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May 20
Bishops Urge Congress to Support Bill to Remedy Abortion, Conscience Flaws in Health Care Reform Law

Act Applies Hyde Amendment to New Funds
Fixing Health Care a Legislative Goal of U.S. Bishops WASHINGTON—Congress should support a bipartisan bill that will remedy the abortion and conscience flaws in the Patient Protection and

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May 20
2010 Catechetical Sunday Focuses On Marriage as a ‘Sacrament of Enduring Love’

Web Site Offers Materials for Couples, Catechists, Pastors
Catechetical Sunday is September 19 WASHINGTON— This year’s Catechetical Sunday theme is “Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love.” Materials for Catechetical Sunday 2010

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May 19
Bishops Withdraw From Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Coalition; Renew Opposition to Discrimination

WASHINGTON-The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has pulled out of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition group founded in 1950.
           
At the same time the USCCB reiterated

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May 19
Migration Chairs of Mexican and U.S. Bishops’ Conferences Issue Joint Statement on President Calderon’s Visit to the United States

WASHINGTON—Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, and Archbishop Rafael Romo Muñoz of Tijuana, Mexico, head of the Mexican Episcopal Conference Migration

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May 19
Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Sees Individualism, Porous Boundaries in Faith Practice, Religious Identification

Society moving from a sense of religious duty to sense of religious feeling
Family life, fidelity to religious practice, common concerns for Jews, Catholics
Faith groups need creative means to reach young adults WASHINGTON—Individualism

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May 17
Regional Bishops Consultation On Migration To Meet June 2-4 In Washington

WASHINGTON—Representatives of bishops’ conferences of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American and Caribbean countries will convene June 2-4 in Washington for the 2010 Regional Bishops’ Consultation on Migration.

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May 17
Pope Names Head of Bishops’ Central, Eastern Europe Office as Rector of Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Jesuit Father James McCann, 61, as rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.
           
Father McCann currently heads the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

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May 17
Mid-Atlantic Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Discusses Interreligious Education, Makes Statement on Stereotypes

Must understand roots of another’s faith tradition before teaching about it
Agree to root out religious stereotypes that permeate media WASHINGTON—Interreligious education and the danger of stereotypes were discussed at the 14th

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May 14
What National Review Board Learned From Child Sex Abuse Victims

Victim/Survivors need to be heard
Abuse affects faith life, ability to trust
Effects of abuse on victim/survivors vary WASHINGTON—Diane Knight, MSW, chair of the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic

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May 13
Questions and Answers Regarding the Canonical Process for the Resolution of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Deacons

ADVISORY WASHINGTON—The Office of Media Relations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers the following Q&A on Canon Law as it relates to sexual abuse of minors. This resource also can be found at: www.usccb.org/comm/q&a-canonical-process-sexual-abuse.pdf


May 12
Mass to Honor Mariners and People of the Sea at National Shrine in Washington

National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea is May 22 WASHINGTON— In observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and people of the Sea, a Mass will be celebrated May 22 at 12:10

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May 12
Pope Names Rockford, Illinois Pastor to Succeed Bishop William Higi as Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Timothy Doherty, 59, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, in Dundee, Illinois, as Bishop of Lafayette in Indiana, and accepted the resignation of Bishop William Higi, 76, from pastoral

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May 11
New Website Highlights Catholic Church’s Significant Role in Immigration Debate for Almost a Century

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) has partnered with The Catholic University of America to develop an educational Website that highlights the significant role that

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May 11
Pope Names Seminary Vice-Rector Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Eduardo A. Nevares, 56, Vice-Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, and a priest of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, as Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix, assigning him the

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May 10
Archbishop Gregory: Christ the Foundation of our Unity, Diversity a Gift God has Fashioned into the Heart Of Humanity

Atlanta Archbishop delivers homily at Catholic Cultural Diversity Convocation NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta weighed in on the issues of unity and diversity in the Church during the homily, May 7, at a Mass

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May 8
Leaders at Cultural Diversity Convocation Send Letter of Support to Arizona Bishops on Immigration

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Catholic leaders from across the United States participating in the Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, on the last day of their meeting, sent an open letter to

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May 5
Bishops Thank Congress for Working on Extension and Improvement of Trade Preferences for Haiti

WASHINGTON—By extending and improving trade preferences for Haiti, Congress “will send a clear signal that the United States is prepared to take the necessary steps to improve the lives of thousands of Haitians both in the short-term

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May 3
Unity in Diversity, Catholic Identity Key to U.S. Church Future

Bishops, 300 leaders to meet at Notre Dame May 6-8
Catholic identity, cultural competency main topics of Convocation WASHINGTON—Building unity in diversity and linking it to a robust sense of Catholic identity for the sake of

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Apr 2010

Apr 30
Vatican Approves New Version of Roman Missal, Bishops to Decide When to Implement in Dioceses, Parishes

Date for implementation still to be set
Educational preparation vital for priests, parishioners
First major change to Mass in decades WASHINGTON—The Vatican has given its “recognitio,” or statement of acceptance, of the proposed

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Apr 30
Immigration Reform Framework Needs Work, But ‘Important First Step’ In Legislative Process, Say U.S. Bishops

Urge bipartisan action affirming rule of law, human rights in 2010
See need to address root causes of migration
Urge not using immigration reform to promote same-sex marriage WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops called the introduction

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Apr 29
Catholic Communication Campaign Collection Keeps Catholics Connected Through Digital Media

CCC Collection national date is May 16
Dioceses keep half of proceeds for local communications projects WASHINGTON—“Help Us Connect the World with God’s Word!” is the theme of the 2010 collection for the Catholic Communication

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Apr 28
Students Who Attend Catholic High Schools More Likely To Graduate, Go To College, Report Finds

WASHINGTON—Students who attend Catholic high schools are more likely to graduate and attend college than students attending other schools, according to The Annual Statistical Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing , United States

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Apr 28
Haiti, Chile, Clergy Education Receive Grants From Bishops’ Subcommittee On Latin America

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has made public the grantees for its latest funding cycle. In total, $2,777,917 was approved for distribution among 128 projects

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Apr 27
USCCB Migration Chairman Joins Arizona Bishops in Decrying Anti-Immigrant Measure, Calls for Comprehensive Reform

WASHINGTON— In solidarity with the Catholic bishops of Arizona, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, issued a statement April 27, opposing the enactment

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Apr 26
Archbishop O’Brien Urges Ratification Of New START Treaty, Welcomes Nuclear Posture Review In Catholic University Panel Discussion

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Bishops urge members of the U.S. Senate to come together across party lines to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and also welcome the Nuclear Posture Review as a “significant, yet modest, shift

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Apr 26
Father Hilgartner Slated To Head Bishops Divine Worship Office In 2011, Succeeding Msgr. Sherman

WASHINGTON—Father Richard Hilgartner, 41, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and associate director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Divine Worship, has been tapped to become head of the secretariat in 2011. The current

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Apr 26
ADVISORY Canon Law for Media Seminar

The USCCB Office of Media Relations and the Canon Law Society of America will sponsor a seminar on Canon Law for Media, May 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the USCCB, 3211 4th St., NE, Washington, DC 20017-1194. Attendance will be limited to

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Apr 25
New Priest Class Boasts Variety of Religious, Ethnic Backgrounds

Several Vietnamese refugees among class
Almost ten percent with military experience
Two brothers to be ordained in Indiana WASHINGTON—A deaf man, escapees from Vietnam, grandfathers, military veterans, and ministers who converted

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Apr 23
Father Of Priest, Scientists, Military Men, People From Other Countries And Faith Traditions Among New Priests

WASHINGTON—Gregory A. Rapisarda of the Archdiocese of Baltimore is a widowed deacon with four children, one of whom is priest. When he is ordained to the priesthood this year, he and his son will be the first father-son priests to

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Apr 23
Catholic Marriage, Divorce and Bereavement Ministries to Host Conference on Strengthening Marriage and Family Life

WASHINGTON—Hundreds of Catholic leaders, including bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity, will gather June 23-26, at Xavier University, Cincinnati, for a national conference entitled “Marriage-Building Parishes: Blueprints

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Apr 22
Bishops Launch Campus Web Site to Promote Catholic Social Teaching, Life and Dignity

Offers Resources for Campus Ministers, Students, Young Adults
Responds to Pope’s Call to ‘Build a More Just and Fraternal World’ WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development

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Apr 20
Bishops Launch National Website To Promote Vocations To Priesthood And Consecrated Life

‘ForYourVocation.org’ offers resources for people in discernment
Includes info for parents, teachers, catechists, vocation directors
Efforts respond to Pope Benedict XVI’s call to use social media WASHINGTON—The U.S. Bishops’

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Apr 20
Pope Names Orlando Bishop As Archbishop Of Miami, Chicago Auxiliary Bishop As Bishop Of Springfield In Illinois

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Florida, 59, as Archbishop of Miami, and accepted the resignation of Archbishop John C. Favalora, 74, from the pastoral governance of the Miami Archdiocese.

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Apr 16
Ordination Class of 2010 Completed College, Held Jobs, Participated in Parish Ministry Before Entering Seminary

WASHINGTON—The vast majority (92 percent) of men being ordained to the priesthood report some kind of full-time work experience prior to entering the seminary, most often in education. Three in five (60 percent) ordinands completed

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Apr 15
Advisory Media Credentialing Open For Cultural Diversity Convocation In May

WASHINGTON—Media intending to cover the Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, May 6-8, can register now with the USCCB Office of Media Relations. Registration is required to gain

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Apr 15
Given Inappropriate Content in Digital Media Era, Parents Want More Control

Parents want help from government, media makers
Media portrayal of drug abuse, alcohol, and inadequacy of ratings cause concern
Greater availability of easy-to-use parental controls desired WASHINGTON— A United States Conference

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Apr 12
Bishops' Expert on Prevention of Clergy Abuse of Minors Offers Ten Points for Protecting Children

Sexual molestation is about the victim
Child sexual abuse can be prevented
Warning signs of abuse can be spotted WASHINGTON—The Catholic bishops’ expert on preventing clergy abuse of minors, Teresa Kettelkamp, offered ten

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Apr 12
Pope Names Los Angeles Pastor As Bishop Of Eparchy Of Our Lady Of Deliverance Of Newark For Syrian Catholics

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Reverend Chorbishop Yousif Habash, 58, pastor of Sacred Heart Syrian Catholic Church in Los Angeles, as bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark for Syrian Catholics. He succeeds

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Apr 9
U.S. Bishops Welcome Signing Of New START Treaty, Call For Bipartisan Senate Ratification

WASHINGTON—"The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomes the signing of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and the Russian Federation," said Cardinal Francis George of Chicago,

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Apr 8
Catholics Donate Almost $60 Million Through Special Sunday Collection for Haiti

Another $60+ million donated by individuals, groups through Catholic Relief Services
CRS now focusing on long-term reconstruction
Church in Latin America Subcommittee to help rebuild the Church in Haiti WASHINGTON— A special

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Apr 8
Relationship Between Salvation, Justice, Topic Of Council Of Churches Faith And Order Commission

WASHINGTON— The relationship between salvation and justice was one of the key topics at the spring meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC).
           
Membership

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Apr 6
Pope Names San Antonio Archbishop José Gomez Coadjutor Archbishop Of Los Angeles

José GomezWASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop José H. Gomez of San Antonio, 58, as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los

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Apr 1
USCCB Reaches Out to Help the Church in Earthquake Rattled Chile

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has made a $280,000 grant to support a mobile chapels project in Chile. This grant will provide 20 temporary chapels to

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Mar 2010

Mar 4
Bishops Call For Extension Of Trade Preferences For Haiti As Part Of Long-Term Recovery Support

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ?radical change? from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> WASHINGTON—As part of

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Feb 2010

Feb 26
Give Hope to Jesus in Disguise is Plea of the Catholic Relief Services Collection

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ?radical change? from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> WASHINGTON—The 2010 Catholic

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Feb 24
Bishops Call for Bipartisan Action to Advance Health Care Reform That Protects Human Life and Dignity

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ?radical change? from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> WASHINGTON—On the eve

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Jan 2010

Jan 28
Bishops Call for a Longterm Strategy in Haiti That Focuses on Poverty Reduction

WASHINGTON—The U.S. needs “a long-term coherent strategy for recovery, development and poverty reduction in Haiti,” helping Haiti rebuild and get back to the path of long-term sustainable development, said the chair of the U.S. Bishops’

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Jan 26
Bishops Urge Congress to Resume Work on Health Care with Access for All, Protection of Life, Conscience Rights

Health care a basic human right, say bishops
Don’t go backwards on conscience protections
Government health care plans should follow Hyde and not pay for elective abortions WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops called on Congress to

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Jan 26
Pope Names Auxiliary Bishop Joe S. Vasquez as Bishop of Austin, Texas

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Auxiliary Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Galveston-Houston, 52, as bishop of Austin, Texas, succeeding Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who was named archbishop of New Orleans, June 12, 2009.
           

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Jan 25
Christian Churches Together Discusses Evangelization, Issues Statement On Haiti, Plans Day For Common Anti-Poverty Effort

WASHINGTON—Christian Churches Together in the USA okayed a common action against poverty across the country for April 2, 2011 and issued a statement of solidarity with earthquake-stricken Haiti at their January 12-15 meeting outside

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Jan 25
World Day for Consecrated Life Set for February 7 in U.S.

WASHINGTON—The 14th celebration of the annual World Day for Consecrated Life, February 2, will be marked in the United States the weekend of Feb. 7.  The occasion is celebrated in the United States on the Sunday following Feb. 2,

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Jan 25
Catechism Expert for U.S. Bishops Explores the Place of Christian Art in the New Evangelization in Recent Book

WASHINGTON—Christian art can serve as a visual Gospel in a visual culture, according to a new book by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., interim director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis for the United States Conference of Catholic

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Jan 23
President of U.S. Bishops Expresses Sorrow for Earthquake Aftermath in Letter to President of Haitian Bishops

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed “profound sorrow and deepest condolences for the terrible tragedy” in Haiti in a January 21 letter to Archbishop

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Jan 22
Archbishop Dolan To Represent U.S. Bishops At Funeral Of Haitian Archbishop, Will Be Joined By USCCB General Secretary

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will represent the U.S. Bishops at the Saturday, January 23, funeral of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot in Port-au-Prince Haiti.

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Jan 18
Pope Names Austin, Texas Administrator to Succeed Bishop Edmond Carmody as Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. W. Michael Mulvey, 60, administrator of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, to be bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Edmond Carmody,76,  from pastoral governance

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Jan 15
Head of Catholic Bishops Asks President Obama to Grant Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON—In a letter sent to president Barack Obama on Friday, January 15, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked the White House to designate the country of Haiti

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Jan 15
USCCB, Other Episcopal Conferences Call for the Courage to Achieve Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined with Catholic bishops from Europe and Canada in issuing a communiqué called "The Courage to Achieve Peace

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Jan 15
Video Messages of Archbishop Dolan Outline Haiti Devastation, Need for Generous Response

WASHINGTON—New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Chairman of Catholic Relief Services, appears in three Web videos addressing the devastation in Haiti in the wake of the January 12 earthquake and what Catholics can do to help.

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Jan 15
Bishops Welcome New Obama Policies on Cuba, Express Hope

WASHINGTON (January 15, 2010) —The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed new directives by President Obama broadening the scope of travel allowed to Cuba and allowing non-family remittances to Cuba.
            

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Jan 13
U.S. Bishops Mourn Devastation in Haiti, Urge Special Collection January 16-17 to Support Efforts of USCCB, CRS

WASHINGTON—The Church mourns the terrible suffering of the people of Haiti, and parishes across the country are urged to take up a special collection the weekend of January 16-17 for the humanitarian efforts of the U.S. bishops and

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Jan 13
Obispos Estadounidenses Urgen Colecta Especial, Enero 16-17, para Ayudar a Haití

Catholic Relief Services enviará $5 millones para ayuda humanitaria WASHINGTON—La Iglesia llora el sufrimiento terrible del pueblo de Haití, y urge a las parroquias del todo el país a realizar una colecta especial el fin de semana

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Jan 11
U.S. Bishops Call on Parishes to Help Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform

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Jan 11
Bishops Praise New Jersey Senate Vote Preserving Marriage

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> Senators stood for truth,

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Jan 11
Priest Offers 'Ten Things That Promote Vocations' In Honor Of National Vocation Awareness Week

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> WASHINGTON—The Catholic

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Jan 8
Collection For Church In Latin America, January 23-24, Highlights Theme 'Keep Faith'

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> Collection For Church

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Jan 6
U.S. BISHOPS ANNOUNCE PUSH FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM IN 2010

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> U.S. BISHOPS ANNOUNCE

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Papa Nombra Arzobispo De San Antonio Al Obispo Auxiliar De Chicago García -Siller

WASHINGTON (14 de octubre de 2010) — El Papa Benedicto XVI ha nombrado arzobispo de San Antonio, Texas, a Monseñor Gustavo García-Siller, hasta ahora obispo auxiliar de Chicago.

El arzobispo-designado García-Siller, nativo

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COLECTA NACIONAL DE CAMPAÑA PARA EL DESARROLLO HUMANO SE REALIZARÁ NOVIEMBRE 20-21

Luchar contra la pobreza en EE.UU., defender la dignidad humana, tema 2010 WASHINGTON (2 de noviembre de 2010) — La Colecta de la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano 2010 se realizará en la mayoría de parroquias estadounidenses

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ALTO NIVEL EDUCATIVO Y EXPERIENCIA EN ACTIVIDADES ECLESIALES RASGOS DE MUJERES QUE ENTRAN ACTUALMENTE A LA VIDA RELIGIOSA

Mayor diversidad étnica entre las nuevas profesas
Aproximadamente un cuarto del total ingresa con título universitario de postgrado
La mitad asistieron a escuelas católicas WASHINGTON (2 de febrero de 2011) — Las mujeres

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JANINE CARREIRO GANADORA DEL PREMIO CARDENAL BERNARDIN AL NUEVO LIDERAZGO  2010

Janine Carreiro El galardón lo otorga la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano WASHINGTON (9 de noviembre de 2010) —Janine Carreiro,

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LOS CATÓLICOS PUEDEN PARTICIPAR EN EL CUIDADO DE LOS RELIGIOSOS ANCIANOS

Parroquias llevarán a cabo la colecta anual a favor de religiosas, hermanos y sacerdotes religiosos jubilados WASHINGTON (18 de noviembre 2010) — Los católicos de Estados Unidos participarán en la campaña “Compartan su Cuidado” para

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ACTUALIZACIÓN DE NORMAS VATICANAS SOBRE ABUSO SEXUAL BIENVENIDA POR OBISPOS ESTADOUNIDENSES

WASHINGTON—El Obispo Blase Cupich de Spokane, Washington, presidente del Comité para le Protección de Niños y Jóvenes de la conferencia episcopal estadounidense, expresó aprecio por la reciente actualización hecha por el Vaticano

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CONGRESO MISIONERO 2010 PINTARÁ AMPLIA IMAGEN DE CATÓLICOS ESTADOUNIDENSES EN MISIÓN

Congreso se reunirá del 28 al 31 de octubre en Alburquerque, Nuevo México
Cardenal Rodríguez Maradiaga, de Caritas Internacional, entre principales ponentes
Se alienta a participar a jóvenes adultos tratando de discernir posible

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OBISPOS ACOGEN FAVORABLEMENTE DECISIÓN JUDICIAL CONTRA  FINANCIACIÓN PÚBLICA DE INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE CÉLULAS MADRE EMBRIONARIAS

Piden al Gobierno que promueva investigación ética de células estaminales WASHINGTON—El cardenal Daniel DiNardo de Galveston-Houston, presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro Vida de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados

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Obispo Murphy Urge A Congreso A Que Mantenga Y Mejore Créditos Impositivos Que Benefician  A Familias Trabajadoras Pobres Y A Sus Hijos

WASHINGTON(21 de septiembre de 2010) —El presidente del Comité sobre Justicia Nacional y Desarrollo Humano de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, el obispo William Murphy de Rockville Centre, New York, urgió al

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OBISPOS DE LA REGIÓN PUBLICAN DECLARACIÓN CONJUNTA SOBRE MIGRACIÓN

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> Cooperación entre gobiernos

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OBISPO DE TUCSON TESTIFICA ANTE EL CONGRESO, PIDE REFORMA MIGRATORIA CON CARÁCTER DE URGENCIA

Inmigración, ultimadamente un asunto humanitario con consecuencias morales
La SB 1070 refleja la frustración en Arizona y EE.UU. por la falta de acción federal WASHINGTON—El Obispo Gerald F. Kicanas de Tucson, Arizona, vicepresidente

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Delegación Episcopal Estadounidense Asistirá a Inauguración de Seminario en la Habana

Seminario es primera construcción religiosa de nueva creación en más de 50 años
Colecta para Iglesia en América Latina ayudó a financiar nuevo seminario WASHINGTON—Una delegación del Subcomité para la Iglesia en América Latina

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Obispo Auxiliar de Galveston-Houston Joe S. Vasquez Nombrado Obispo de Austin, Texas

WASHINGTON—El Papa Benedicto XVI ha nombrado obispo de Austin, Texas, al hasta ahora obispo auxiliar de Galveston-Houston Joe S. Vasquez, de 52 años. El Obispo Vasquez sucederá al Arzobispo Gregory Aymond, quien fue nombrado Arzobispo

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Papa Nombra Arzobispo De Miami A Obispo Wenski De Orlando Y Obispo De Springfield En Illinois A Obispo Auxiliar De Chicago

Jose GomezWASHINGTON—El Papa Benedicto XVI ha nombrado arzobispo de Miami, al Obispo Thomas Wenski de Orlando, Florida, de

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Haití, Chile, Educación Del Clero, Principales Destinatarios De Ayudas Otorgadas Por Subcomité De Obispos Para América Latina

WASHINGTON—El Subcomité para la Iglesia en América Latina de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos ha hecho públicos los beneficiarios de nuevas ayudas. Un total de 2.777.917 millones de dólares se aprobaron para

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Papa Nombra Obispo Auxiliar De Fénix A Vicerrector De Seminario En Ohio

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> WASHINGTON—El Papa Benedicto

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Consulta Regional De Obispos Sobre Emigración Se Reunirá Junio 2-4 En Washington

Pro-Life Chairman urges Representatives to amend H.R. 3200
Abortion as a mandated benefit is ‘radical change’ from current law
Says much-needed reform cannot become vehicle for promoting abortion --> WASHINGTON—Representantes

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U.S. Bishops’ President Sends Message of Support to Haitian Church, Committee Chairmen Outline Concrete Steps to Help Haiti

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2011)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sent a message of support to Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap Haitien, president of the Bishops’

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Vatican’s Doctrine Office Issues Statement on ‘Erroneous Interpretations’ of Pope Comments on Sexual Morality in Book Interview

Text denounces manipulation of the pope’s thought, banalization of sexuality
Pope’s Comments not a change in Catholic moral teaching, pastoral practice WASHINGTON (December 21, 2010)—The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of

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Interfaith Group Urges Speaker of the House to Defend DOMA Legislation in Court

Administration’s decision to abandon DOMA was ‘lapse in judgment’
House must join litigation fully to ‘defend true meaning of marriage’ WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011)—Leaders of Catholic, Protestant and Sikh communities of faith—together

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Ordenaciones sacerdotales en 2011 incluyen gran diversidad de experiencias y procedencia étnica y religiosa

Varios vietnamitas escaparon persecución en botes
Casi el 10 por ciento tiene experiencia militar
Dos hermanos serán ordenados en Indiana WASHINGTON—Un hombre sordo, varios refugiados de Vietnam, abuelos, veteranos militares

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Obispos norteamericanos expresan sus esperanzas para Latinoamérica tras visita de Obama a tumba de Monseñor Romero

WASHINGTON (23 de marzo de 2011)—Con motivo del aniversario del asesinato en 1980 del Arzobispo Oscar Romero de San Salvador, los presidentes de varios comités de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos expresaron la

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Obispos De América Dialogan Sobre Éxitos Y Retos Al Comunicar El Evangelio Mediante Modernos Medios De Comunicación Social

BALTIMORE, Md (11 de febrero, 2011)—La reunión anual de la presidencia de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, la Conferencia de Obispos católicos de Canadá y el Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano, con la asistencia

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Papa nombra a dos sacerdotes obispos auxiliares de Detroit

WASHINGTON—El Papa Benedicto XVI ha nombrado a monseñor Donald F. Hanchon, de 63 años, y al padre Michael Byrnes, de 52, obispos auxiliares para la Arquidiócesis de Detroit. Mons. Hanchon es actualmente párroco de Holy Redeemer Parish

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Jornada Mundial de Vida Consagrada se celebrará febrero 6 en Estados Unidos

WASHINGTON (21 de enero de 2011) —La 15ª celebración anual de la Jornada Mundial de la Vida Consagrada se celebrará el fin de semana del 5-6 de febrero en las parroquias de Estados Unidos. La jornada, que tradicionalmente se celebra

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Interfaith Group Urges Speaker of the House to Defend DOMA Legislation in Court

Administration’s decision to abandon DOMA was ‘lapse in judgment’
House must join litigation fully to ‘defend true meaning of marriage’ WASHINGTON (March 4, 2011)—Leaders of Catholic, Protestant and Sikh communities of faith—together

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Archbishop Dolan Calls Refusal to Defend Defense of Marriage Act an ‘Alarming and Grave Injustice’

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2011)— “Our nation and government have the duty to recognize and protect marriage, not tamper with and redefine it, nor to caricature the deeply held beliefs of so many citizens as ‘discrimination,’” said Archbishop

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OBISPOS CATÓLICOS ESTADOUNIDENSES  DICEN QUE APROBAR EL DREAM ACT        “ES LO CORRECTO”

WASHINGTON (3 de diciembre de 2010) — En una carta al Congreso el 2 de diciembre, el Arzobispo Coadjutor de Los Angeles, Monseñor José Gómez, presidente del Comité para Asuntos Migratorios de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de

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La Familia Migrante Tema Central De La Semana Nacional De La Migración 2011

Abordar las causas originarias de la emigración es clave para solucionar patrones migratorios actuales WASHINGTON (16 de diciembre de 2010)—Renovando la esperanza, buscando la justicia es el tema principal de la Semana Nacional de

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Papa acepta la renuncia del Obispo Gilmore de Dodge City,  nombra a párroco de Kansas como sucesor 

WASHINGTON (15 de diciembre de 2010)—El Papa Benedicto XVI ha aceptado la renuncia del obispo Ronald Gilmore, de 68 años, al gobierno pastoral de la Diócesis de Dodge City, Kansas, y ha nombrado sucesor al padre John Brungardt, de

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Obispos Expresan Satisfacción Y  Esperanza Por El Anuncio De Una Nueva Política Hacia Cuba  Por Parte Del Presidente Obama

WASHINGTON (19 de enero de 2011)—La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos dio la bienvenida al anuncio de  una  )directiva del Presidente Obama que amplia el ámbito de razones por las cuales se permiten los viajes a Cuba

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Presidente de Comité de Asuntos Migratorios Califica voto sobre Dream Act en el Senado  de  “contratiempo pero no derrota”

Arzobispo Gómez asegura que la Iglesia continuará defendiendo los derechos de los inmigrantes WASHINGTON (21 de diciembre, 2010)—Monseñor José H. Gómez, arzobispo coadjutor de Los Ángeles y presidente del Comité de Asuntos Migratorios

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Presidente De Comité Sobre Migración Denuncia Medida Antiinmigrante En Arizona Y Pide Reforma Integral

WASHINGTON—En solidaridad con los obispos católicos de Arizona, el Obispo John C. Wester, de Salt Lake City, presidente del Comité sobre Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de EE.UU., publicó un comunicado el 27 de abril

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Papa Nombra Arzobispo Coadjutor De Los Ángeles

Jos? GomezWASHINGTON—El Papa Benedicto XVI ha nombrado Arzobispo Coadjutor de Los Ángeles al Arzobispo José H. Gomez, hasta

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