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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 issued the following statement expressing solidarity and support for our Jewish brothers and sisters, while also calling for the rejection of th ...

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 2016 guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled "Dear Colleague Letter on Transge ...

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."

"The needs of our world are great, and the effects of this collection are far-reaching.," said Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on National Col ...

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 S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement:

"We rec ...

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 Relief Services, urged the Administration to do everything they can to care for creation both domestically and globally.

Build ...

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 the biannual Tex-Mex Border Bishops meeting this week.  The meetings included priests, religious and layperson as well as invited representa ...

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 multiple news outlets. The President has not yet signed the executive order on religious freedom.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of ...

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 collective responses to the issues of land, labor, lodging, racism and migration.

Celebrated as the first U.S. Regional World Meeting o ...

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 States Congress on February 8, urging support for the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644, S. 301).

The Conscience Protectio ...

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 solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the Middle East.

The full statement follows:

A statement from Arc ...

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 provisions of Executive Order 13769. The TRO was put in place by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on February 3, 20 ...

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 projects, as well as scholarships in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

In 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bis ...

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 the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The survey results were released February 2, to coincide with the annual celebration of ...

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), called on the Secretary to work for peace in Israel and Palestine.

Bishop Cantú, who recently participated in a solidarity visit to I ...

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 as bishop of Alexandria.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, February 2, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio t ...

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 undefined "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination, and forbids "gender identity" discrimination in the employment o ...

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 suspends resettlement of refugees from Syria, which is also predominantly Muslim, subject to a possible exception for those who are "religiou ...

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 designed to institute greater transparency and accountability in the payments that oil and mining companies make to foreign governments.

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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 (USCCB).

"Promoting and strengthening marriage remains a pastoral priority of our Conference," wrote Archbishop ...

President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees

 "When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?"
Matthew 25:38

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 ...

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, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends ...

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 societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.

"Catholic schools are integral to our nation's character – serving the co ...

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 federal funding for jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. Bishop Vásquez says such ...

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 best to protect their communities.

The U.S./Mexico border, spanning approximately 2000 miles, already has roughly 700 miles of fencing ...

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 Representatives. "By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will ...