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U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Applaud Kansas and Oklahoma for Enacting Laws that Keep Kids First in Foster Care and Adoption Services

WASHINGTON—By enacting laws protecting the conscience rights of adoption and foster care providers, "Kansas and Oklahoma are keeping kids first," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religio ...

Cardinal Dolan Says Separating Abortion from Title X Family Planning Program is “Greatly Needed” and “Deeply Appreciated”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to the news that the Trump Administration intends to separate abortion from the Title X family planning program:

"The news that the Trump Administration will be issuing new regulations to separate abortion from the federal Title ...

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Responds to Santa Fe High School Shooting
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe,Texas:

"Our community and our local church joins an ever-growing list of those impacted by the evil of gun violence. I extend my heartfelt prayers, along with my brother bishops, for all of ...

Chair of USCCB International Committee Says “Violence is Not the Answer” to Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians

WASHINGTON—In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the ongoing violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, stated the following:

"The violence in Gaza that has led to the deaths of 60 Palestinians ...

Dominic Lombardi Named as Executive Director of Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON— Dominic Lombardi has been appointed as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Based in Washington, D.C., the secretariat assists the bishops in advancing the vocation and mission of the lay faithful, married couples, families, lay ecclesial ministers, and young people.   

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U.S. Bishops to Discuss Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care and Hear Update on National V Encuentro at June General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, June 13-14

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the assembly, the full body of bishops will address a variety of topics including ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare services, a pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the US, and the upcomin ...

Pastoral Leaders of Young Adult Ministry from Across U.S. will Gather in D.C. for National Summit, May 15-17

WASHINGTON—The USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in collaboration with its ad-hoc National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, will offer a National Young Adult Ministry Summit May 15-17, 2018, at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

Over 130 pastoral leaders in the field of young adult ministry will attend, representing 53 ...

Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, steps down from Chair of Committee on Catholic Education amidst treatment for Leukemia; Bishop John M. Quinn of Winona to serve as Chair of the Committee

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Bishop John M. Quinn to serve as Chair of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education. The appointment was made following the resignation of Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, previous chair of the committee, after his diagnosis with a form of acute Leukemia ...

Help Spread the Gospel Through the Catholic Communication Campaign, May 12-13

WASHINGTON—The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will be taken in many dioceses across the United States on the weekend of May 12-13. This annual national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ.

"Through the Holy Spirit we have the courage an ...

V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry; Taking Place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas; Gathering of Catholic Bishops and Delegates from Across U.S.

WASHINGTON—This September, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening a gathering of more than 3,000 delegates from across the U.S. for the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry with the theme, "Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God's Love."

The event will be a crucial turning-point for the Catholic Church in America and its response to the growing number ...

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announce Publishing of 50th Anniversary Edition of Blessed Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae

WASHINGTON—In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a special 50th anniversary edition that includes reflections from succeeding popes on the prophetic teaching that honors the spiritual and sensory elements f ...

Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, steps down from Chair of Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism amidst treatment for Leukemia; Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux to serve as Chair

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux to serve as Chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. The appointment was made following the resignation of Bishop George Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, previous Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, after his diagnosis ...

USCCB Looks Forward to Working with White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative

WASHINGTON–Yesterday, on the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an Executive Order announcing the establishment of the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

Jonathan Reyes, Ph.D., USCCB Assistant General Secretary for Integral Human Development, stated the following:

"We look forward to working with the White House on its Faith and Opportunity Initiative ...

Bishop Chairmen, Ecumenical and Interfaith Leaders Strongly Support Legislation Keeping Kids First in Adoption and Foster Care

WASHINGTON—At the start of National Foster Care Month, three bishop chairmen, faith leaders, and numerous nonprofit organizations sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady urging the committee to give a high priority to the enactment of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017 (H.R. 1881) this year.

The Inclusion Act protects child welfare provider ...

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 honor those who serve as merchant mariners and to recognize the benefits of the maritime industry.

Most Reverend Brendan J. Cahill ...

Request for Proposals for Annual Audit of Dioceses and Eparchies for Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People; Sought by USCCB’s National Review Board

WASHINGTON—The National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are inviting applications for proposals to conduct annual audits of U.S. dioceses and eparchies to assess compliance with the bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The annual audits would cover a three-year cycle beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, ...

USCCB Religious Liberty Chairman Announces Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29, 2018

WASHINGTON—Catholics across the United States are encouraged to pray and act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad during Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018, which begins on June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends on June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The chairman of the USCCB's Committ ...

USCCB Committee on Migration Chairman Endorses USA Act and Calls for Immediate Legislative Solution for Dreamers

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe Vásquez, of Austin Texas, announces support for H.R. 4796, the "Uniting and Securing America" (USA) Act of 2018 as it is currently written. The USA Act is a bipartisan bill that offers a path to citizenship to Dreamers and augments existing border security technology at the U.S./Mexico border.

"We are hopeful o ...

Ordination Class of 2018: CARA Report Gives Reasons for Hope and Areas for Growth

WASHINGTON—According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) annual survey, in the Ordination Class of 2018, almost all responding ordinands reported being baptized Catholic as an infant (90 percent). Among those who became Catholic later in life, the average age of conversion was 26. Four in five responding ordinands (83 percent) report that both their parents were Ca ...

Miguel Guilarte Named Manager of Public Affairs for U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Miguel Guilarte has been named manager of the Office of Public Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

Mr. Guilarte previously worked as a reporter and editor for eighteen years at El Tiempo Latino, a Spanish-language weekly newspaper published in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1991, it was acquired by The Washington Post in 2 ...

Catholic Home Missions Collection to be held April 28-29; Grants Support Essential Pastoral Programs

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be held in parishes across the country over the weekend of April 28-29. The Catholic Home Missions (CHM) grants assist dioceses and eparchies that would otherwise struggle due to difficult geography, impoverished populations, and limited resources. CHM funding supports essential pastoral pr ...

Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy as Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia; Accepts Resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia and appoints Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the same Archeparchy as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia until the appointment of the new Archeparch. 

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Was ...

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Supports Southern Border Bishops Concerns Over White House Decision to Deploy National Guard at U.S./Mexico Border

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic Bishops of the southern border issued a statement on April 6, 2018, regarding their deep concern over the Administration's decision to deploy the National Guard ...

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Welcomes Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness in the Contemporary World; Rejoice and Be Glad
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is welcoming the release of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation, "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and Be Glad), subtitled "On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World." In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo expresses his deep gratitude to the Holy Father ...

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Welcomes Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness in the Contemporary World; Rejoice and Be Glad
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is welcoming the release of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation, "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and Be Glad), subtitled "On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World." In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo expresses his deep gratitude to the Holy Father ...