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Dec 8

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement on California Fires

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered the following statement of solidarity with the people of California.

Dec 7

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12th, Celebrated Around the Country as Day of Solidarity with Immigrants

WASHINGTON— On Tuesday, December 12, the Catholic Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn. Celebrations in dioceses across the nation will be held throughout the month of December to honor Our ...

Dec 6

Advance Final Tax Reform Bill Only if it Meets Key Moral Concerns, Says USCCB Chairman

WASHINGTON— As Congress prepares to reconcile the House of Representatives and Senate tax reform bills, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, ins ...

Dec 5

USCCB Chairmen Comment on Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments on Religious Freedom of Creative Professionals

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case involves a Christian baker named Jack Phillips who declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a s ...

Dec 5

U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Express Disappointment with U.S. Government Withdrawal from UN’s Process to Develop a Global Compact on Migration

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, expressed disappointment aft ...

Dec 5

Pope Francis Names Auxiliary Bishop of Washington as New Bishop of Richmond

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Archdiocese of Washington as the new bishop of Richmond, Virginia.  

Dec 4

U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee Awards Grants for 187 Projects in Latin America, Including Help for Migrants and Victims of Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON—With the goal of strengthening and supporting the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $3.2 million in gra ...

Dec 4

Pope Francis Names Fr. Mario Alberto Avilés as Auxiliary Bishop of Brownsville

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Fr. Mario Alberto Avilés, C.O., up until now the Procurator General of the Congregation of the Oratory, as Auxiliary Bishop of Brownsville, Texas.

Dec 2

Congress Must Change Fundamentally Flawed Tax Policies in Final Bill, Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

WASHINGTON— As the U.S. Senate passed its tax reform bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for Congress to fix fundamentally fla ...

Dec 1

U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Chairman of International Justice and Peace and President of Catholic Relief Services Urge Continued Funding of U.S and Global HIV/AIDS Programs

WASHINGTON—On World AIDS Day, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, along with Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, urg ...

Dec 1

Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking Advocate for Slave-Free Seafood Label

WASHINGTON—To commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2, 2017, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is asking seafood producers, distributors and seafood retailers to ...

Nov 29

USCCB Offers Advent and Christmas Online Resources for Prayerful Preparation

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is offering online resources for prayerful preparation for Advent and Christmas. The daily suggestions for reading, reflection, and prayer during the Advent and Christmas seasons are

Nov 28

Jonathan Reyes, Ph.D., Named as Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Jonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D., has been appointed as Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), based in Washington D.C. In the newly established position, Dr. Reyes wil ...

Nov 28

Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Communications Voices Strong Support for Net Neutrality Protections

WASHINGTON—Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Communications, is urging the retention of an open internet in the wake of a Federal Communications Commission proposal unveiled last wee ...

Nov 24

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Response to Egypt Mosque Attack

WASHINGTON—— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement in response to today's bombing at a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai region. The bombing has left at lea ...

Nov 22

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Calls for Senate to Amend Tax Proposal to Ensure Just Moral Framework

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for amendments to the Senate tax reform proposal to "ensure a just and moral framework for ...

Nov 21

Migration Chairman Responds to Troubling Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti; Calls on Congress to Find a Solution

WASHINGTON—On November 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily-authorized humanitarian migration program that permits individuals to rem ...

Nov 21

MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Bishops Mark Nov. 26 as Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

WASHINGTON—The USCCB in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and Aid to the Church in Need announce the observance this Sunday, November 26, as A Day of Prayer for Persecuted ...

Nov 21

“Trade must benefit people,” say U.S. and Mexican Bishops in Statement on NAFTA Renegotiation

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of the Committee on International Justice and Peace and Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as chairmen of the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate's Pastoral Social ...

Nov 21

Pope Francis Names New Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville; Pope Francis also Names New Bishop of Jefferson City

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father J. Mark Spalding of the Archdiocese of Louisville as the new bishop of Nashville. Pope Francis has also named Father Shawn McKnight, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, as the new bishop of Jefferson City after acc ...

Nov 20

USCCB President Makes Thanksgiving Day Appeal for Protection of the Vulnerable, Especially Migrant & Refugee Families

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.

Nov 17

Catholic Partners Urge 18-month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

WASHINGTON—On November 17, 2017, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, was joined by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) in ...

Nov 17

U.S. Bishops Chairman Greatly Disappointed by House Passage of Tax Bill that Harms Poor, Many Families

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the deeply fla ...

Nov 16

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Justice of San Francisco

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop William J. Justice as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Bishop Justice's resignation was accepted upon reaching the retirement age of 75. 

Nov 14

At General Assembly, Bishops Approve 2018 Budget, Diocesan Assessment Increase, Order of Baptism for Children; Elect CRS Board

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved today their 2018 budget and a three percent increase in the diocesan assessment for 2019 during their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Nov 14

U. S. Bishops Vote for Conference Secretary, Chairman and Chairmen-Elect of Six Committees at Fall General Assembly in Baltimore

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathering in Baltimore for today's 2017 General Assembly have elected a new conference secretary-elect along with a new chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty and chairmen-elect of fiv ...

Nov 14

Bishops Approve Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause for Lakota Catechist

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Bishops have approved by voice vote the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Sought by Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota, the voice vote is ...

Nov 11

Time Needed to Review Impact of Tax Plans, Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

WASHINGTON— As the U.S. Senate unveiled details of its tax reform proposal, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for prudence and ade ...

Nov 10

USCCB Chairmen Urge Congress to Provide International Funding for Climate Change

WASHINGTON— In a letter to members of Congress today, Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú urge the United States to support international climate assistance during the year-end appropriations process. The bishops request that Congress dedicate $10 ...

Nov 9

USCCB Migration Chair Opposes Termination of Central American Minors (CAM) Program

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, expresses his opposition to the Administration's decision to end refugee processing for individuals in Honduras, El Salvador and ...

Nov 9

House Tax Reform Bill “Unacceptable” as Written, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen

WASHINGTON—In a letter of November 9, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio called for amendments to the current draft of the House of Representatives tax ...

Nov 9

Appeal Supports Retirement Needs of Elderly Sisters, Brothers, Religious Order Priests

WASHINGTON—The 30th appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held Dec. 9-10 in most U.S. Catholic parishes. The annual, parish-based collection is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits some 32,000 agi

Nov 9

USCCB Migration and Refugee Services Releases Report Recommending Extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), released its report today, entitled Haiti's Ongoing Road to Recovery: The Necessity of an Extension of Temporary Protected Status, recommending the U.S. governm ...

Nov 8

Migration Chairman Responds to Automatic Six-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

WASHINGTON— On November 6th, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it needs more time to assess country conditions before rendering a final decision on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras, thereby automatically extending the cur ...

Nov 7

U.S. Bishops Fall General Assembly to be Live Streamed, Live Tweeted, Carried Via Satellite, #USCCB17

WASHINGTON—The 2017 Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Baltimore will be live streamed on the Internet, November 13-14, and will be available via satellite for broadcasters wishing to air it. The live stream wil ...

Nov 7

Domestic Justice Chairman Urges True Debate on Gun Violence

WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of the recent and horrific attacks in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Dev ...

Nov 6

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Acquires Catholic.Bible

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has acquired Catholic.Bible.

Nov 5

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Responds to Mass Shooting in Texas

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to today's mass shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Tex ...

Nov 3

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Approves $85,900 in Grants

WASHINGTON—This Fall 2017, for the first time, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $85,900 for four projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation. ...

Nov 3

U.S. Bishops Chairman Urges Prudence and Thoughtful Deliberation on Tax Reform

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged the U.S. House of Representatives toward prudence, ensuring that they and the nation understand fully the impacts of tax ...

Nov 2

Hindus and Catholics Meet for Third Time; Apostolic Nuncio to Give Keynote Address

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, will deliver a keynote address for the third Hindu-Catholic meeting to be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, MD. The theme for the ...

Nov 2

Statement on the Emerging Crisis in Puerto Rico and the Response by the Catholic Church

WASHINGTON—In a November 2 statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Archbishop Paul D. Etienne of Anchorage, Alaska, Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Catholic Hom ...

Nov 1

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President on Dialogue Within the Church

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on the nature of dialogue within the Church today.

Nov 1

For Immediate Release: Consultant Steps Down from Committee on Doctrine

WASHINGTON—James Rogers, chief communications officer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), released the following statement this afternoon.

Oct 31

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Responds to Terror Attack in New York City

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to this afternoon's deadly attack on innocent people in Manhattan that has ...

Oct 31

2017 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection to be Held on First World Day of the Poor

WASHINGTON—The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be held in most parishes the weekend of November 18-19, on the celebration of the First World Day of the Poor instituted by Pope Francis.

Oct 31

Pope Francis Names New Bishop of Chaldean Eparchy of Toronto

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Bawai Soro, 63, as bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto. Up until now, Bishop Soro has been an auxiliary bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle in San Diego.

Oct 30

Catholic Partners Urge DHS to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador

WASHINGTON—On October 30, 2017, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined representatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CL ...

Oct 27

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Publish “Prayers Against the Powers of Darkness”; Prayers Drawn from Appendix of the First Official English-Language Translation of Exorcism Rite

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is making available through their publishing division prayers drawn from the appendix of the first official English-language translation of the ritual book on the rite of Exorcism. While the ritual boo ...

Oct 25

Congress Urged to Remember the Poor and Strengthen Families in U.S. Bishop’s Letter on Tax Reform

WASHINGTON—In a letter today addressed to all members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called for legislators to consider bedrock moral principles ...

Oct 19

U. S. Bishops to Vote for Conference Secretary, Chairman and Chairmen-Elect of Five Committees at Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 13-14

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the conference secretary, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty and chairmen-elect of five additional standing committees at the upcoming annual 2017 General Assembly tak ...

Oct 18

Pope Names Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel as New Bishop of Evansville

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Joseph M. Siegel, up until now Auxiliary Bishop of Joliet, as the new bishop of Evansville, Indiana.

Oct 17

USCCB Migration and Refugee Services Release Report Recommending Extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador and Honduras

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), released its report today, entitled Temporary Protected Status: A Vital Piece of the Central American Protection and Prosperity Puzzle recommending the U.S. government extend Temporary Protected ...

Oct 16

Pope Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop of Newark

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop John W. Flesey from the office of auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark. 

Oct 14

U.S. Bishops Chairman Expresses Concern, Calls for Careful Implementation of Health Care Executive Order

WASHINGTON—On October 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order on health care, and news about the Administration ending subsidies to insurers to help lower-income individuals was confirmed by Administration officials around the same time. In lig

Oct 12

Attorney General’s Religious Liberty Guidance Protects Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations

WASHINGTON–On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum for all executive departments and agencies on the subject of "Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty". Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Com

Oct 12

U.S. Bishops Chairman Calls for Prayer for those Impacted by California Wildfires

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, asked for prayers for favorable weather and assistance for those impacted by devastating fir ...

Oct 12

Pope Francis Appoints New Auxiliary Bishop of Miami

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Father Enrique Delgado as a new auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Miami, Florida. Father Delgado is a priest of the Archdiocese of Miami and currently serves as pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Church in Weston, Flo ...

Oct 11

National Vocations Awareness Week Set for November 5-11

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, November 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the United States to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to ...

Oct 10

U.S. Bishop Chairman Statement on Immigration Principles and Need for Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers

WASHINGTON—On Sunday evening, the White House released Immigration Principles and Policies that are a proposed list of priorities to be considered when working on legislative protection for Dreamers. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of ...

Oct 10

U.S. Bishops to Meet November 13-14 in Baltimore; Address from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Report from Bishops Working Group on Immigration, Centennial Anniversary

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet in Baltimore, November 13-14, for their fall general assembly. During the assembly, the bishops will elect a new secretary for the Conference as well as five committee chairs. Cardinal Dan ...

Oct 10

USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman Calls for Renewed Carbon Emissions Solutions

WASHINGTON—After Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the EPA will formally seek to revoke the Clean Power Plan, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and

Oct 6

US Catholics Join with Pope Francis in Campaign to “Share the Journey” of Migrants and Refugees

WASHINGTON— Following last week's kick-off of the "Share the Journey" Migration Campaign, launched by Pope Francis on Sept. 27, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA are calling for ...

Oct 6

HHS Mandate Decision Represents Return to Common Sense

WASHINGTON–Today's decision to expand the HHS mandate exemption is a "return to common sense, long-standing federal practice, and peaceful coexistence between church and state," according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Car ...

Oct 6

U.S. Bishops Chairman Calls on U.S. Government to work with Burma, Bangladesh, and the International Community to Address Burma Refugee Crisis for Religious Minority

Washington—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, submitted written testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for a hearing on October 5, 2017, entitled "The Rohingya Cri ...

Oct 6

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Orange

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Father Thanh Thai Nguyen as a new auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Orange, California. Father Nguyen is a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine where he currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Jacksonville, Flo ...

Oct 3

Cardinal Dolan Launches 2017-18 Program with Respect Life Month Statement

WASHINGTON—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2017, Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York reiterated the need to build a culture of life throughout the year. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of ...

Oct 3

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson; Names Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger as Successor

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, 76, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona.  Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger, up until now Bishop of Salina, Kansas, has been named as the new bis

Oct 2

Bishops Conference President Calls for Prayers, Care for Others After Tragic Shooting in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON—On October 2, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed "deep grief" after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Sep 29

USCCB Pro Life Chairman Urges Passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). It is expected to come to

Sep 29

USCCB Migration Chairman “Gravely Concerned” About Presidential Determination for Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON—On September 27, 2017, the Administration, in a consultation with Congress, proposed to only admit up to 45,000 refugees to the United States in fiscal year 2018. This Presidential Determination (PD) for Refugee Admissions is the lowest sin ...

Sep 28

USCCB Chairmen Urge Congress to Support the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017, H.R. 2405 / S. 1823

Legislation would eNsure fair treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters Bill passed U.S. House with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2013 FEMA shouldn't discriminate 

Sep 27

US Catholics Join with Pope Francis in Campaign to “Share the Journey” of Migrants and Refugees

WASHINGTON—Today, several dozen bishops across the United States are joining Pope Francis as he launched the two-year "Share the Journey" campaign, holding events and reaching out to support migrants and refugees in their own dioceses as the campaign ...

Sep 22

U.S. Bishops Welcome Bipartisan Bill that Seeks Climate Solutions

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú voiced their support for the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017, a bill that would establish a bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission.

Sep 22

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Statement on Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on the impact of Hurricane Maria. The storm has devastated Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and ...

Sep 22

Recognize Harm to Poor and Amend “Graham-Cassidy” Bill Say U.S. Bishop Chairmen

WASHINGTON—On September 21, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin called on the U.S. Senate to "think of the harm that will be cau

Sep 20

Statement from President of U.S. Bishops Conference - Mexico Earthquake

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement to the people of Mexico following yesterday's powerful earthquake that struck southeast of Mexico City. The dea ...

Sep 14

U.S. Bishops Conference President Announces Emergency Collection for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma for Week of September 23-24

WASHINGTON—The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited his brother bishops to take up an emergency collection the weekend of September 23-24 on behalf of those devastated in parts of the Caribbean and southeastern Uni ...

Sep 12

U.S. Bishops Executive Committee Release Statement on Administration’s DACA Decision; Calls on Catholic Faithful to Urge Congress to Pass DREAM Act

WASHINGTON—The Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend DACA renewal deadlines in hurricane impacted states. The statement also urges Congress to fin ...

Sep 12

A Statement of Support for the New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism from the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—The following is a statement released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Executive Committee in support of the new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. The committee focuses on addressing the sin of racism in our society and the urgent nee ...

Sep 12

U.S. Bishops Conference Executive Committee Issues Statement in Wake of Catastrophic Hurricanes; Encourage Faithful to Respond with Prayers and Support

WASHINGTON—In the wake of two devastating hurricanes in just two weeks, the Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following statement:

Sep 9

USCCB President Calls for Prayers, Perseverance as Hurricane Irma Approaches Mainland

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement as Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida. In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo calls for pra ...

Sep 8

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Offers Condolences and Call for Prayer for Victims and Families Involved in Mexico Earthquake

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement and call for prayer for those involved in this morning's devastating earthquake off the southern coa ...

Sep 8

U.S. Catholic Bishops Chairman Statement in Response to Senate Judiciary Committee Line of Questioning of Nominee

WASHINGTON—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty has issued the following statement in response to the line of questioning directed at a federal judicial nom

Sep 7

Response from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Care for Migrants and Refugees

WASHINGTON—The following statement has been issued by James Rogers, Chief Communications Officer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), clarifying the USCCB position on advocacy and care for migrants and refugees.

Sep 6

Joint Letter to Congress: 33 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act of 2017

 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined thirty-two other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on September 6 urging the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 201 ...

Sep 5

USCCB President, Vice President and Committee Chairmen Denounce Administration’s Decision to End DACA and Strongly Urge Congress to Find Legislative Solution

WASHINGTON— The President and Vice President along with Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued a statement denouncing the Administration's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after six ...

Sep 5

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Walsh of New York

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, for reasons of age. He has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.

Sep 1

U.S. Bishops’ Anti-Racism Committee Chair Lifts Up National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON—Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, called on Catholics and all people of faith to observe an annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on Sep ...

Aug 31

U.S. Bishops Call for Solidarity and Conversion Ahead of World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

WASHINGTON—In anticipation of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, ...

Aug 31

Pope Francis Conveys Spiritual Closeness and Pastoral Concern to All Victims of Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, in a message conveyed by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Con ...

Aug 30

USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Calls on President to Continue DACA Program

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA, and Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Imm ...

Aug 30

Labor Day Statement Calls for Action at Time of Crisis and Opportunity

WASHINGTON—In his 2017 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for action based on a vision of work that supports the flourishing of the fam ...

Aug 29

Emergency National Collection to Assist Dioceses Affected by Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection to support victims of Hurricane Harvey and to provide pastoral and ...

Aug 27

A Call for Solidarity with Our Brothers and Sisters Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON—U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) president, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Cardinal DiNardo also called on all people of good will to ...

Aug 23

U.S. Bishops Establish New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, the committee will focus on add

Aug 21

USCCB Migration Chairman Deeply Disappointed by Administration’s Decision to Terminate the Central American Minors Parole Program

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, expresses his opposition to the Administration's decision to end parole processing for individuals in Honduras, El Salvador and ...

Aug 17

U.S. Bishops Conference Chairman Statement in Response to Barcelona Terror Attack

WASHINGTON—Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, has issued the following statement in response to today's terror attack in Barcelona:

Aug 13

USCCB President and Domestic Justice Chairman Call for Prayer and Unity in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Attack

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, are calling on all

Aug 12

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Calls for Calm Amid Violent Protests in Charlottesville

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia that has left three dead and at least 19 ...

Aug 9

Nearly $1.4 million in funding approved for Church in Africa, Including Pastoral Care for Migrants and Youth Summer Vocations Camp

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 54 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million in funding to support dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent.

Aug 9

Pope Names Bishop Emmanuel Challita as Bishop of Chaldean Eparchy in San Diego; and Bishop Frank Kalabat of Detroit as Apostolic Administrator of Eparchy in Toronto, Canada

WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has named Bishop Emmanuel Challita of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto, Canada, as Bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle in San Diego. The pontiff also named Bishop Frank Kalabat of the ...

Aug 8

Pope Names Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Andriy Rabiy as auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Father Rabiy, 41, currently serves as vicar general of the archeparchy and as pastor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mar ...

Aug 5

New Bishop of Syro-Malankara Eparchy of St. Mary Queen of Peace of the U.S. and Canada is Named; First Bishop of New Eparchy in Parassala, India also Named

WASHINGTON—The Synod of Major Archbishops of the Syro-Malankara Church has erected the Eparchy of Parassala, India, and with the assent of Pope Francis, elected as the first bishop of this new eparchy, the Most Reverend Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil. Up ...

Aug 2

RAISE Act Will Weaken Family Bonds and Impact Nation’s Ability to Respond to Those in Crisis says U.S. Catholic Bishops Chairman

WASHINGTON—The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, says that the newly proposed RAISE Act would cause our nation to turn its back on those setting out to build bet ...

Jul 31

Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America Awards nearly $6 Million in Grants to Projects Including Pro-Life Centers, Hurricane Matthew Affected Areas

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $4 million in funding in the form of 244 grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, and nea ...

Jul 28

U.S. Bishops Chairman Responds to Defeat of GOP "Skinny Repeal” Bill

WASHINGTON—In response to last night's Senate vote on the "skinny repeal" bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued the following statement:

Jul 27

U.S. Bishops Provide Aid to Education Center in Albania and Support for Those Affected by the War in Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved over $4.8 million in funding for 206 projects in 22 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Jul 25

U.S. Bishops Chairman Appeals to Members of U.S. Senate to Work Together to Remedy Health Care to Serve the Common Good

WASHINGTON—In light of today's Senate Republican vote to address the healthcare law, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, is appealing to Senators on both sides to ...

Jul 24

USCCB Chairman Mourns for Migrants Involved in Texas Tragedy

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement on San Antonio law enforcement's identification of a tractor trailer containing 39 ...

Jul 21

Jewish, Christian and Muslim National Religious Leaders Unite for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

WASHINGTON—In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, thirty-five Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious leaders agree that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. They believe, "based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and ...

Jul 21

U.S. Bishops Domestic Justice Chairman Exhorts Senate For More Reasonable Approach on Health Care

WASHINGTON—In light of uncertainty about how the Senate will proceed on health care in the coming days, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to ...

Jul 20

V Encuentro’s Nuestra Alegría Viral Video Contest Winners Announced

WASHINGTON—The V Encuentro announced the winners of the Nuestra Alegría Viral Video Challenge via social media. Twenty-two groups of young Hispanic/Latino Catholics across the nation submitted entries for the viral video challenge representing 11 of

Jul 20

House Budget Resolution Places Poor in Jeopardy Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development expressed concern over the proposed U.S. House of Representatives budget resolution, which was voted out of Committee lat ...

Jul 18

USCCB Chairman Expresses Ongoing Support for DACA; Calls on Administration and Congress to Ensure Permanent Protection for DACA Youth

WASHINGTON— Over 750,000 youth have received protection from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) since its inception by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2012. While DACA provides no legal status, it does provide recipients with a t ...

Jul 14

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Chairmen Condemn Today’s Attack in The Old City of Jerusalem

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruces, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Bishop Mitchell Roz

Jul 14

U.S. Bishops Chairman Urges Administration to Raise Cap on Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON—This week, U.S. refugee admissions reached the historically low cap of 50,000 refugees allowed to be resettled in the United States for Fiscal Year 2017, as set forth by the Administration's March 6th Executive Order 13780. Executive Order 13780 al ...

Jul 13

Revised Senate Health Care Reform Bill Still “Unacceptable,” Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reacted strongly to the revised Senate health reform bill, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA).

Jul 13

National Religious Retirement Office Distributes $25 Million to Support Elderly Religious

WASHINGTON—In June, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $25 million to 390 religious communities across the United States. The funding is provided by donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection. The annual, parish-based app ...

Jul 11

Pope Francis Names Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez as New Bishop of Cleveland; Pope also Names Father Andrew Bellisario as New Bishop of Juneau

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson Perez, up until now Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, as the new bishop of Cleveland. Pope Francis has also named Father Andrew Bellisario as the new bishop of Juneau, Alaska.

Jul 6

U.S. and European Catholic Bishops Call for Strategy to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Globally

WASHINGTON—A joint declaration issued today by U.S. and European Catholic bishops calls for all nations to work together to develop a "credible, verifiable and enforceable strategy for the total elimination of nuclear weapons."

Jul 5

Pope Names Bishop Zarama as Bishop of Raleigh

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Luis Zarama, auxiliary bishop of Atlanta as Bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jun 30

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop of Boston

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Arthur Kennedy, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop Kennedy is retiring having reached the retirement age for bishops of 75 on January 9.

Jun 27

U.S. Bishops Chairman Calls Senate to “Reject Changes” to Social Safety Net

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has provided a more detailed critique of the Senate "discussion draft" health care bill, dubbed the "Better Care Rec ...

Jun 27

Pope Francis Names Monsignor Schlert as New Bishop of Allentown

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert as Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Monsignor Schlert is currently the diocesan administrator of the diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Jun 26

U.S. Bishops Conference Chairman Responds to Today’s Sup reme Court Action on Travel Ban

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Administration's Executive Order 13870 announcing an emergency stay partially overturning preliminary injunctions that were put in place by federal courts in Maryland and Hawaii and upheld by the Fou ...

Jun 26

U.S. Bishops Chairman Responds to CBO Report on Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today has released its score on the Senate health care bill. The score could impact how the Senate votes on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. As he is analyzing the ...

Jun 26

USCCB Chairman Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision Protecting Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON– Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, in which the Court held that the exclusion of churches from an otherwise available public benefit violates the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. ...

Jun 24

Pope Francis Nominates Auxiliary Bishop from Slovakia as Apostolic Administrator of Eparchy of Parma for the Ruthenians

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop, Milan Lach, SJ, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Prešov, Slovakia, as Apostolic Administrator of the sede vacante (vacant see) of the Epharcy of Parma for the Ruthenians. The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of P ...

Jun 22

U.S. Bishops Chairman Reacts to Draft Senate Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON—After the U.S. Senate introduced a "discussion draft" of its health care bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, highlighted certain positive elements in ...

Jun 20

USCCB President and Bishop Chairmen Urge Department of Homeland Security to Defer Deportation of Refugees Who Have Escaped Religious Persecution

WASHINGTON—The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as well as the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on ...

Jun 20

USCCB President and Chairman of Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Respond to Terror Attack at Mosque in London

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs hav ...

Jun 19

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Chairman of International Justice and Peace Statement on Cuba Policy Changes

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump recently announced modifications to existing U.S. policy towards Cuba that will impact travel by U.S. citizens to the island, as well as U.S. commercial relations with Cuban government-controlled entities.

Jun 19

World Refugee Day 2017, International Day Celebrating Refugees to be held June 20

WASHINGTON—World Refugee Day 2017 will take place June 20th with celebrations noting the contributions of refugees occurring locally, nationally and globally. The international day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the global refugee situat ...

Jun 15

USCCB President Extends Bishops’ Working Group on Immigration

INDIANAPOLIS—Recognizing the continued urgency for comprehensive immigration reform, a humane refugee policy and a safe border, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has extended the ...

Jun 15

USCCB’s International Justice and Peace Chair Urges Solidarity with Those Suffering Religious Persecution in Asia, Middle East

INDIANAPOLIS—"Persecution has a face," said Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, as he presented an oral report to the full body of bishops on the situation of religious dis ...

Jun 15

Bishops Vote on Permanent Committee for Religious Liberty, Revised Guidelines for Celebration of Sacraments for People with Disabilities

INDIANAPOLIS—The U.S. bishops voted on and approved a number of items including, establishing a permanent Committee for Religious Liberty and the revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, during their Spring ...

Jun 14

USCCB Working Group on Immigration Presents Update During Bishops’ Assembly

INDIANAPOLIS—The chairmen of the U.S. Bishops' Working Group on Immigration, and the Committee on Migration, presented an oral report to the full body of bishops on the work done to advance collaboration in developing spiritual, pastoral and policy adv ...

Jun 14

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Appoints Four New Members of National Review Board for the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People

INDIANAPOLIS — Four new members have been appointed to serve on the National Review Board (NRB) by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The NRB advises the bishops' committee on the Protection of Children and ...

Jun 13

USCCB Chairman Welcomes Ninth Circuit Decision Upholding Preliminary Injunction on Refugee Resettlement Pause and Travel Ban

INDIANAPOLIS—On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit largely affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of sections of the Administration's executive order that attempted to suspend and limit the U.S. refugee res ...

Jun 13

Pope Names Bishop Charles Thompson as Archbishop of Indianapolis

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Charles Thompson, of Evansville, Indiana, as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

Jun 9

U.S. Bishops’ Conference Chairman Urges Senate Passage of “Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act”

WASHINGTON—Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, has urged the Senate to pass the "Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act" (H.R. 390). The proposed legislation cal ...

Jun 9

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Children and Young People

Washington—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People has released their 2016 Annual Report – Findings and Recommendations on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and You ...

Jun 7

Sister Tracey Horan is Winner of 2017 CCHD Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

WASHINGTON—Sister Tracey Horan has been named as the winner of the 2017 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award, sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD is the anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bis ...

Jun 5

U.S. Bishops Will Gather for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse; Mass Will Mark Opening of June Plenary Assembly

WASHINGTON—As they begin the Spring General Assembly, Bishops from across the U.S. will gather at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in ...

Jun 4

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholics Across the U.S. Join in Praying for Victims of the Latest Terror Attack in London

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement following last night's terror attack which has left seven people dead and at least 48 injured. This is ...

Jun 2

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Provide Senate with Moral Principles for Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON—As the U.S. Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to ...

Jun 1

U.S. Bishops Chairman Regrets the President’s Withdrawal From The Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump announced today that the United States will not honor the Paris agreement on climate change. The United States and China, the two largest carbon emitters, and 195 other nations, signed the agreement that was ratified in ...

Jun 1

USCCB Chairman Encourages Broadening of Exemption from HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON– Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, has issued an initial response to the apparent draft interim final regulations that were recently leaked, pertaining to the U.S

Jun 1

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman Urges the President to Honor The Paris Agreement

WASHINGTON— According to White House officials, President Donald J. Trump is reviewing the United States' commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change. The president tweeted that he will make an official statement on the agreement today.

May 30

Be a Witness of Charity with the Peter’s Pence Collection

WASHINGTON—The annual Peter's Pence collection will be taken in many dioceses across the United States the weekend of July 1-2. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis' charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world.

May 30

Pope Names Priest as New Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father William A. Wack,C.S.C., 49, as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida. Father Wack is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and pastor at St. Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, Texas.

May 26

USCCB President Offers Prayers for Victims in Latest Attack on Coptic Christians

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in the wake of the latest attack on Christians in the Middle East. In what officials are calling ...

May 24

Ordination Class of 2017: Encounter, Encouragement, Active Parish Life, Are Key Factors in Discernment Process, Answering the Call

WASHINGTON—According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, 82 percent of the 2017 class of men ordained to the priesthood were encouraged by about four people in their lives including parish priests, friends or

May 23

USCCB President Offers Condolences on Behalf of U.S. Catholics and All People of Goodwill Across America to Victims and Families of Manchester Terror Attack

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is expressing shock and sadness in the wake of last night's terror attack at Manchester Arena.  In this moment of national tragedy and ...

May 23

USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Thankful for Administration’s Decision to Extend Temporary Protection for Haitians; Urges Continued Engagement on Humanitarian Assistance

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, offered his appreciation to Secretary John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security for his decision to ext ...

May 22

U.S. Bishops Send Letter in Advance of President Trump’s Proposed Budget Emphasizing the Need for Spending Priorities Promoting the Common Good

WASHINGTON— Six Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a letter in advance of the anticipated unveiling of President Donald J. Trump's full budget plan tomorrow.

May 16

Convocation of Catholic Leaders – The Joy of the Gospel in America, Taking Place July 1-4 in Orlando; Unprecedented Gathering of Catholic Bishops and Leaders from Across the Nation

WASHINGTON—This summer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of diverse leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the country to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, par ...

May 15

Pope Francis Names Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Bernard E. Shlesinger, III, a priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Atlanta. Father Shlesinger,57, currently serves as Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Charles Bor ...

May 12

U.S. Bishops to Meet June 14-15 in Indianapolis; Discussions will include Religious Liberty, Immigration, Upcoming Synod

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 14-15, in Indianapolis. During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address issues of immigration and refugees, religious fre

May 4

U.S. Bishops Chairman Calls on Senate to Strip Harmful Proposals from House-Passed Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON—After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to

May 4

USCCB President: Today’s Executive Order Begins a Process

WASHINGTON– Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a response to President Donald J. Trump's executive order signed this morning.

May 2

Gospel Message Spreads with the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 27-28

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) collection is an annual national appeal to support evangelization through the internet, television, radio, and print publications. This year's collection will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of ...

May 1

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

WASHINGTON—The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea will be celebrated on May 22. The day is observed in conjunction with National Maritime Day in the United States of America, which has been celebrated since 1933 to ...

Apr 27

U.S. Bishops Chairman Urges House Members To “Insist on Changes” To Proposed Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON—As the U.S. House of Representatives appears poised to vote on the American Health Care Act (HB 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, stressed tha ...

Apr 26

Cardinal Dolan Calls Pro-Abortion DNC Pledge Extreme, Disturbing, Intolerant

WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee's chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge "very disturbing," Car ...

Apr 20

Pope Francis Names Bishop Aleksiychuk as Head of Chicago Eparchy

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk, M.S.U., as bishop of the Eparchy of St Nicholas in Chicago for Ukrainians, in Illinois. Prior to the appointment, Bishop Aleksiychuk was an auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of ...

Apr 19

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Martin Amos Of Davenport; Names Msgr. Thomas Zinkula As Successor; Pope Also Names Rev. John Dolan As Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Martin Amos, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, and has named Monsignor Thomas R. Zinkula, to succeed him.  Monsignor Zinkula is a priest of the Archdiocese of ...

Apr 17

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Releases Easter Message Encouraging Joy Over Fear

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following Easter message as we celebrate the joy of Christ's Resurrection.

Apr 13

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Chairman Calls for Arkansas to Abandon Scheduled Death Row Executions

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued a statement this morning in response to the scheduled executions of seven men in 11 days in Arkansas. The state is ...

Apr 11

Advisory for Broadcasters: Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts Information for Holy Week and Easter

WASHINGTON—The Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis on Good Friday and Easter. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Tim ...

Apr 10

Inclusion Act Receives Continued Strong Support from USCCB Chairmen

WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are offering their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017. The Act would prevent the federal government, and any state receiving federal funds for ...

Apr 10

Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil

WASHINGTON—A married couple in their golden years, a couple inspired by their late daughter's legacy, and a salesman who heard Jesus' call to conversion on a stranger's porch, are among the thousands who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Eas ...

Apr 9

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Responds to Today’s Explosions at Two Coptic Churches

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to explosions on Palm Sunday at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed at least 40 ...

Apr 7

U.S. Bishops Conference calls for renewed peace efforts in Syria

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, have issued a joint statement calling for ...

Apr 6

Cardinal Dolan Applauds Administration for Withdrawing Funding to UNFPA’s Coercive Abortion/Sterilization Program

WASHINGTON–Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed the State Department's April 4th announcement that it will withhold federal funding from the U.N. Population Fund ("UNFPA") because UNFPA monies go to C ...

Apr 6

Pope Names Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle

 WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Monsignor Daniel H. Mueggenborg, a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Msgr. Mueggenborg currently serves as pastor of Christ the King Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  ...

Apr 5

President & Vice President of U.S. Bishops Conference Respond to Syria Chemical Attack

WASHINGTON—  Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement on yesterday's che ...

Mar 31

Cardinal Dolan Welcomes Congressional Action to Nullify Title X Rule

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, praised both chambers of the U.S. Congress for taking action to nullify a bad policy imposed by the Obama Administration. Congress' joint resolution of disapproval (H. ...

Mar 31

Dioceses Across the U.S. Benefit from Catholic Home Missions Appeal

WASHINGTON—The annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held in most parishes across the country on the weekend of April 29-30 with the theme Strengthening the Church at Home. This appeal supports over 40 percent of dioceses and eparchies in the Uni ...

Mar 31

U.S. Bishop Chairmen Urge Congress Toward Bipartisan Reform on Key Health Care Issues

WASHINGTON—After the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida urged members of ...

Mar 29

U.S. Bishops Chairman Opposes Environmental Executive Order

WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order on March 28, 2017 that rescinds and weakens numerous environmental protections, and effectively dismantles the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the national program designed to reduce carbon emissions fro ...

Mar 23

USCCB President’s Statement on the Passing of Cardinal Keeler

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

Mar 22

Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

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

Mar 20

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

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

Mar 16

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

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

Mar 16

Pope Francis Names South Dakota Priest as New Bishop of Cheyenne

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

Mar 8

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

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

Mar 8

Pope Names Priest as New Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

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

Mar 7

Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis

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

Mar 6

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

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

Feb 24

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

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

Feb 24

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

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

Feb 24

The Catholic Relief Services Collection Reaches Vulnerable and Marginalized Communities

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

Feb 23

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

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

Feb 17

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

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

Feb 17

Bishops along Northern Mexico and Texas Border Issue Statement on Immigration

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

Feb 16

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

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

Feb 16

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

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

Feb 10

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

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

Feb 10

Solidarity at the Service of All People in the Middle East

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

Feb 10

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

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

Feb 3

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

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

Feb 2

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

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

Feb 2

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

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

Feb 2

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

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

Feb 1

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

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

Jan 31

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

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

Jan 31

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

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

Jan 31

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

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

Jan 27

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

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

Jan 27

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

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

Jan 26

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

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

Jan 25

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

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

Jan 25

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

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

Jan 25

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

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

Jan 25

Pope Names New Auxiliary Bishops of Milwaukee

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

Jan 24

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

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

Jan 23

USCCB Pro Life Chairman Applauds Reestablishment of Mexico City Policy

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

Jan 23

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

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

Jan 19

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

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

Jan 19

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

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

Jan 19

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

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

Jan 18

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

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

Jan 18

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

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

Jan 17

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

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

Jan 13

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

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

Jan 13

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

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

Jan 13

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

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

Jan 12

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

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

Jan 10

World Day for Consecrated Life to be Celebrated in Early February

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

Jan 10

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

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

Jan 9

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

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

Jan 6

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

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

Jan 5

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

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

Jan 4

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

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



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