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Jan 23

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

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

Jan 23

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

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

Jan 22

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

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

Jan 21

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), urged support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it comes before the U.S. House of Representatives. ...

Jan 21

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

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

Jan 21

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

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

Jan 16

USCCB Chairman Responds to Supreme Court Decision to take Marriage Cases

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

Jan 16

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

WASHINGTON—Over 10,000 pilgrims, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil ...

Jan 16

Collection for the Church in Latin America, Opportunity to Share Faith

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) is scheduled for the weekend of January 24-25, in parishes across the country. The collection supports pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that help Catholics to

Jan 16

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

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

Jan 15

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

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

Jan 14

Pope Names Omaha Pastor Bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska

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

Jan 13

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

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

Jan 12

Pope Names Franciscan Father Cheri Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans

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

Jan 9

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

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

Jan 6

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

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

Jan 5

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

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



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