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Apr 22

Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue Releases Joint Statement: “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness.”

WASHINGTON—The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States (ARC-USA) has concluded a six-year round of dialogue with the release of “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment: Seeking a Unified Moral Witness,” approved at the most recent meeting February ...

Apr 21

World Day Of Prayer For Vocations Set For May 11

Vocations Blossom in Good Soil, says Pope Francis

Apr 10

Thousands of New Catholics Prepare to Receive the Sacraments this Easter

Archdiocese of Washington reports record numbers entering the Church

Apr 9

Advisory for Broadcasters: Vatican Announces Worldwide Telecasts Information for Holy Week, Easter and Canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII

WASHINGTON—The Vatican Television Center has released information for broadcasters regarding worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis in Holy Week and Easter and the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. All times ...

Apr 9

USCCB Committee Votes on Distribution of Funds from Special Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan; Proceeds to be Split Evenly for Immediate Humanitarian Relief and Long-Term Church Reconstruction

WASHINGTON—Members of the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee ratified a recommendation to evenly distribute the proceeds of the special collection for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan between humanitarian relief and long-term church reconstruction and ...

Apr 2

Bishop Pates Applauds Senators Urging Declassification of Intelligence Committee Information on Torture

Torture Is Intrinsic Evil that Can Never Be Justified, Says Church

Apr 1

Catholic Home Missions Appeal Strengthens the Church at Home

WASHINGTON—The 2014 Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 26-27. The appeal supports isolated, challenged parishes and missions in dioceses and eparchies across the United States and in several U.S. territories ...

Mar 28

Church Increased Spending for Child Protection by More Than 50 Percent, Annual Audit Finds

Most cases reported last year occurred 30-40 years ago, some go back half a century

Mar 28

USCCB Committee on Migration Calls All Catholics to Pray, Fast, Take Action for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and bishops who will attend the Mass on the Border and “Mission for Migrants,” in Nogales, Arizona, March 31-April 1, invite all Catholics to unite in prayer, fasting and action ...

Mar 27

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder Ask Senate to Support Smarter Sentencing Act

WASHINGTON—The Smarter Sentencing Act (S. 1410) is a “modest first step in reforming our nation’s broken sentencing policies,” said the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities ...

Mar 27

USCCB Subcommittee Approves Almost $2.5 Million in Grants to the Church in Latin America

WASHINGTON—At their meeting on March 13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 127 projects, totaling over $1.7 million. The funds will be disbursed as grants to aid the pastoral ...

Mar 12

Archbishop Kurtz, Bishop Pates Commend President Obama, Secretary Kerry for Initiative To Resolve Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Echo Pope Francis’ Urging ‘Courageous Decisions’ Aimed at Just, Lasting Solution

Mar 10

USCCB Launches Multicultural Parish Resource, Best Practices for ‘Shared Parishes’

Guide is a bilingual resource available in English and Spanish

Mar 10

Bishop Pates Urges Prayer and Action During Lent for Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Catholics can make praying for peace in the Holy Land part of their Lenten journey by using resources from the Justice, Peace and Human Development department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The bishop who chairs the USCCB ...

Mar 4

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President, Issues Statement on Ukraine

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Ukraine, March 4, and cited concerns for “current tensions and troubling events which continue to unfold there.” His comments followed

Mar 4

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Larry Snyder Urge Congressional Support for Second Chance Act

WASHINGTON—Congress should take an important step to address issues faced by the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who reenter society each year from prisons, jails and detention centers. This was the message of the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ ...

Mar 4

Bishop Pates, Southern Baptist Leader Urge Senators to Advance Bill to Create Special Envoy for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a “growing crisis of religious minorities” by allowing a vote on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central ...

Mar 4

Pope Names Portland, Oregon Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Portland

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Peter Smith, 56, vicar general and moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Feb 28

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Leaders Say Support From Religious Communities Essential to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

WASHINGTON—Thirty-three leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations said that support from religious communities is essential to achieving a two-state peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. In a February 28 letter

Feb 28

State Marriage Defense Act introduced in U.S. Senate Receives Strong Endorsement From USCCB Subcommittee Chairman

Archbishop Cordileone says federal government acting contrary to Supreme Court decision

Feb 25

Christians Leaders Oppose Mass Incarceration

WASHINGTON—Christian leaders, representing a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations in the United States, voiced their united opposition to mass incarceration, February 7. Mass Incarceration was the topic of the 2014 annual meeting of ...

Feb 25

USCCB Offers Online Resources For Lent

Bishops offer Lenten resources on website

Feb 25

Catholic Relief Services Collection Helps ‘Jesus in Disguise’

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Relief Services Collection will take place the weekend of March 29-30. This year’s collection theme is “Help Jesus in Disguise.” The collection provides an opportunity to change the lives of more than 100 million people at home ...

Feb 20

Bishop Pates Urges Ratification of Mine Ban Treaty in Letter to National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON—The United States should sign and ratify the Convention on the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa Convention or the Mine Ban Treaty, said the chair of the U.S.

Feb 20

Pope Names Springfield, Illinois Priest as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas and Newark Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Miami

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Carl Kemme, 53, vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas. He also named Msgr. Peter Baldacchino, 53, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, as an auxiliary bishop of ...

Feb 19

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Strongly Supports Amending U.S. Constitution to Protect Marriage

Archbishop Cordileone: Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is needed

Feb 18

Collection for the Church in Central, Eastern Europe Builds Future

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on March 5, Ash Wednesday. The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central ...

Feb 11

Pope Names Brooklyn Priest as Bishop of Albany, New York; Names Rockville Centre, New York Priest as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard James Hubbard, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and named Brooklyn, New York priest, Msgr. Edward Bernard Scharfenberger, 65, to succeed him. The ...

Feb 7

USCCB Subcommittee Releases Film in Spanish Promoting and Defending Marriage

New Spanish DVD Resource on the Unique Meaning of Marriage

Feb 6


National Marriage Week observed Feb. 7-14; World Marriage Day Feb. 9

Feb 4

Catholic Leaders From Across Country Urge Legislators to Promote Peace

WASHINGTON—Hundreds of leaders in Catholic social ministry from dioceses, parishes, national Catholic organizations and universities of the United States urged their members of Congress to promote peace abroad through negotiations, humanitarian assistance ...

Jan 29

USCCB and National Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill

WASHINGTON— The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, along with representatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society ...

Jan 28

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion 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 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) when it comes before the U.S. House

Jan 28

Bishop Pates Renews Plea for Secretary Kerry to Urge Israel to Stop Unnecessary Confiscation of Palestinian Lands in Occupied West Bank

WASHINGTON—The United States should urge the government of Israel to cease and desist in efforts to unnecessarily confiscate Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, said the chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S

Jan 28

U.S. Bishops File Amicus Curiae Brief Supporting Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in Supreme Court Cases Challenging HHS Mandate

Brief highlights 'potentially fatal fines' confronting closely held businesses Reiterates support for business owners challenging HHS mandate Laws must protect individuals and families who seek to practice faith in daily life ...

Jan 27

Archbishop Kurtz to Visit the Philippines February 2-7, Meet With Typhoon Survivors, Church Leaders, Relief Workers

Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, health care leaders from United States to assess needs

Jan 24

Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Supreme Court Injunction for Little Sisters of the Poor Against HHS Mandate

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the move by the U.S. Supreme Court, January 24, to extend an injunction granted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, December 31, ...

Jan 24

Pope Names Bishop Gainer of Lexington as New Bishop of Harrisburg, Names Fresno Vicar General as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The pope also named Msgr. Myron J. Cotta, vicar general of the Diocese of Fresno, California, as auxiliary ...

Jan 23

College Debt factor in men and women entering religious life, CARA survey finds

Survey finds those taking final vows well-educated, multi-ethnic

Jan 17

Thousands to Pray for End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil During '9 Days for Life' Campaign

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 17

2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering to Focus on Pope's Call for 'a Poor Church for the Poor'

WASHINGTON—The 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering will focus on the message and vision of Pope Francis: “Becoming ‘a Poor Church for the Poor.’” The gathering will be in Washington, February 2-5, 2014. In his first audience, March 16, 2013 Pope

Jan 17

National Religious Retirement Office Awarded $2.5 Million from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Washington—The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) recently received a $2.5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, payable over three years. The grant will support the NRRO’s ongoing efforts to help religious communities in the United ...

Jan 16

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Pates Ask Congress to Remember Values of Human Life and Dignity in Trade Deals

WASHINGTON—As Congress has the opportunity to consider and ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in the year ahead, it should remember principles that defend human life and dignity, said the bishops who chair the Committees on Domestic ...

Jan 16

Bishops’ Conferences Say Hope is Essential for Peace in the Holy Land

WASHINGTON—Bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America, gathered in the Holy Land for an annual meeting, said that hope is needed to bring lasting peace to the Holy Land, January 15. Eleven countries made up the 2014 Co-Ordination of Bishops’ ...

Jan 15

Catholic Schools Week to be Observed in Dioceses Across the Country, January 26-February 1

WASHINGTON—National Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 26 – February 1. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the principles of a Catholic education. ...

Jan 15

Cardinal O’Malley Encourages Catholics to Participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage Surrounding Roe v. Wade Anniversary

WASHINGTON—Catholics can observe the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States by participating in nine days of prayer, penance and pilgrimage by attending local events and by joining a nationwide ...

Jan 15

Pope Names Texas Priest as Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Stephen Berg, 62, a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, and diocesan administrator of that diocese, as bishop of Pueblo, Colorado. He succeeds Bishop Fernando Isern, who resigned last June for health reasons. ...

Jan 14

USCCB Chairman of Committee on Migration Calls for Senate Action on Syria

Bishop Elizondo Urges Senate to Seek End to Violence in Syria

Jan 13

Pope Names Chaldean Leader Most Reverend Bawai Soro to Titular See of Foraziana

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Most Reverend Bawai Soro to the titular see of Foraziana. He will continue to reside at the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle in San Diego.

Jan 10

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Strongly Endorses State Marriage Defense Act

Federal government disregarding state marriage laws in certain instances

Jan 10

Bishop John Manz Visits Cuba; Calls for Ongoing Support of Reforms, Openness

WASHINGTON—Bishop John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and member of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, will visit the Dioceses of Holguin and Santa Clara in Cuba, January 10-17.

Jan 10

Bishops’ Official Voices Support for ‘No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act’

Calls permanent ban on abortion funding “long overdue”

Jan 10

Archbishop Wenski, Bishop Pates Call for Expansion of Humanitarian Aspects of Response to U.S.-Mexican Drug Trafficking

WASHINGTON—Calling an overemphasis on military “counterproductive,” the bishops who chair the domestic and international peace and justice committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine the ...

Jan 8

Catholic Leaders Urge Senate to Promote Decent Work and Just Wages

Current federal minimum wage is not a just wage

Jan 6

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 25-26 in parishes across the country. The collection supports pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean that help Catholics to share ...

Jan 3

USCCB Bishop to Visit the Middle East, Support Continued Peace Talks

WASHINGTON— Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, will visit the Middle East January 6-17 in support of the local Church and peace talks in the region.

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