WASHINGTON—TheU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual SpringGeneral Assembly, June 14-15, in Indianapolis. During the assembly, the fullbody of bishops will address issues of immigration and refugees, religiousfreedom at home and abroad as well as health care policy developments. Thebishops will also begin consultation on the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishopsbeing convened by the Holy Father in 2018.
BishopOscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the Committee onInternational Justice and Peace, will lead a presentation on religiouspersecution, genocide and human rights violations in the Middle East. The bishops will receive a briefing fromtheir working group on immigration and hear from outside experts.
ArchbishopCharles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee onLaity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R ofNewark, chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations,will lead the discussion on the 2018 Ordinary Synod of Bishops, which willfocus on young people, faith and vocational discernment.
Thebishops will also discuss and vote on whether to establish the Ad Hoc Committeefor Religious Liberty as a permanent USCCB committee. Other items considered for discussion andvotes are: the revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments withPersons with Disabilities, a collection of blessings in Spanish (the Bendicional:Sexta Parte), and a new translation of the Order of Blessing the Oil ofCatechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism.
The Wednesdayevening Mass will be moment of prayer and penance for the bishops as theyrespond to the call from Pope Francis for an international Day of Prayer topray for the survivors of clerical sex abuse.
Coverageof the meeting is open to credentialed media. Sessions open to the media willbe Wednesday, June 14, and the morning of Thursday, June 15. Media conferenceswill follow open sessions of the meeting as time allows. Reporters seeking tocover the meeting can download a credential application form at: www.usccb.org/about/public-affairs/upload/application-news-media-credentials.pdfand submit it by June 9 to @emailor mail to:
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