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Diocese looking for parish addiction advocates with conference
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 01:05 pm
We've all seen those commercials about who to call when you slip and fall. But who do you call months later when you find yourself still taking opiates for the pain, and can't stop? Your local parish should be able to answer that question.
Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON D.C. — Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform.
Catholic Charities to phase out foster care and adoption services
Thu, Aug 23rd 2018 07:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has begun the process to phase out current foster care and adoption services under a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS). The contract is set to expire in March 2019.
Justice Perspective: Do all you can to learn these issues, and act
Mon, Aug 20th 2018 09:25 am
I hope you read Bishop Richard J. Malone's column in the July issue that talked about "building bridges instead of walls." He ended his powerful reflection with this observation: "Do all you can to learn about these issues ... Study them through the lenses of sacred Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. And then ... act!
Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always
Thu, Aug 16th 2018 12:55 pm
WASHINGTON, DC — Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform.
Cardinal Dolan calls for national prayer effort to support pro-life causes
Mon, Jul 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
Support grows for Catholic Charities organizations reuniting families
Thu, Jul 12th 2018 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border.
USCCB offers pastoral response to Asia & Pacific Islands
Fri, Jul 6th 2018 02:55 pm
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is publishing a new document, Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters. The full text is available on the USCCB website at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/asian-pacific-islander/upload/asian-and-pacific-island-pastoral-response-encountering-christ-in-harmony-2018.pdf .
Is Roe v. Wade being used as litmus test for judicial nominees ?
Fri, Jul 6th 2018 11:00 am
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), wrote to the members of the Senate on July 6, urging them not to use support for Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for judicial nominees in their deliberations about the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Dioceses contribute more than $58 million to hurricane and earthquake recovery
Mon, May 21st 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In response to the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico, Catholics across the United States have contributed nearly $59 million to relief and recovery efforts. Initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), special collections and funds were launched last year to support humanitarian relief efforts as well as to provide pastoral services and financial support to rebuild facilities in dioceses impacted by these disasters.
"Violence is not the answer" to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Fri, May 18th 2018 01:50 pm
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:
St. Benedict lives out 'Laudato Si' through service
Tue, May 15th 2018 03:10 pm
At a recent monthly meeting, the St. Benedict Creation Care Team held an informational session to inform those interested in living out Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment called "Laudato Si" or "On Care For Our Common Home."
New York assisted suicide bill draws fire from disability rights group
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 04:00 pm
NEW YORK CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Disability rights activists are speaking out in opposition to a proposal in New York that would legalize physician assisted suicide.
Catholic Charities Appeal raises $7 million so far
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 12:00 pm
The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, was joined by Catholic Charities officials and Appeal leadership Tuesday to provide an update on this year's 94th annual campaign following the conclusion of Appeal Week 2018 on Palm Sunday in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo.
USCCB urges support for 'First Amendment Defense Act'
Wed, Mar 14th 2018 11:40 am
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recently introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the U.S. Senate:
A call for Congress to enact the Conscience Protection Act
Tue, Mar 6th 2018 01:20 pm
WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emails and calls asking for enactment of the Conscience Protection Act as part of the 2018 funding bill and to pray for this outcome. Congress is currently considering whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation, and a decision on the Conscience Protection Act's inclusion will be made prior to March 23, 2018.
Anointing of the Sick at annual White Mass
Mon, Feb 12th 2018 09:00 am
"We value tremendously the service that you render to us," Bishop Richard J. Malone told a gathering of healthcare workers Saturday afternoon at the annual White Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. "We pray that all of you in the healthcare professions will be guided by the hand of God and sustained by Christ's grace as you engage the art and science of healing body, mind and spirit."
Diocese, VOICE-Buffalo hold day of community organizing
Mon, Feb 5th 2018 09:00 am
The Diocese of Buffalo partnered with VOICE-Buffalo and Back to Basics Ministries for their first-ever day of community organizing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at SS. Columba-Brigid Parish in Buffalo. It focused on how to mobilize community awareness on issues in accordance with King's own methods and legacy.
Buffalo Peace House celebrates five years helping asylum seekers
Thu, Jan 25th 2018 09:00 am
On Saturday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m., Bishop Richard J. Malone will celebrate an Asylum Seekers and Refugee Awareness Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs. It will mark the fifth anniversary of Buffalo Peace House. A reception will follow in the Parish Social Center with a meet and greet with the bishop as well as residents and alumni of the Buffalo Peace House. Tours of the house will also be available.
House passes Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, thanked and praised the House of Representatives for passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today with a bi-partisan vote of 241-183.
March for Life hears praise from President Trump
Fri, Jan 19th 2018 04:30 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - President Donald Trump praised the pro-life movement's support for pregnant women and touted his administration's pro-life policy achievements in his remarks to the March for Life Friday.
Justice Perspective: The four verbs of welcoming strangers
Fri, Jan 12th 2018 01:05 pm
Happy New Year! That greeting resounds among friends, acquaintances, coworkers and even strangers. It lasts for more than just the day, and continues through much of the month of January as a wish for health, happiness and good fortune through the coming year.
Community organizing day planned to honor MLK
Fri, Jan 12th 2018 12:00 pm
This month, many will honor slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with prayer vigils, peace marches and service projects. SS. Columba-Brigid Parish is planning something a little closer to King's vision: building a community.
Cultural Diversity: Many Journeys, One Family
Fri, Jan 12th 2018 10:00 am
This year, National Migration Week is from Jan. 7-14. This week has been celebrated in the Catholic Church in the United States for over 50 years. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, children and victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Bishops support finding solution for Dreamers
Thu, Jan 11th 2018 08:25 am
WASHINGTON—On Jan 9th, congressional members met at the White House with President Trump to discuss immigration reform. In response to this important bipartisan meeting, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), issued the following statement:
Catholic bishops celebrate National Migration Week
Mon, Jan 8th 2018 09:00 am
For more than 30 years, the Catholic Church and United States bishops have recognized National Migration Week. This year, NMW will take place from Jan. 7-13, and its theme, "Many Journeys, One Family," will serve as a reminder that Americans came from many different origins, with every person and family having a unique story.
National Migration Week prompts special message from USCCB
Fri, Jan 5th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a National Migration Week message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.
Bishops call on President to continue working with Congress toward acceptable tax bill
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON— After the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed The Tax Reform and Jobs Act, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, drew attention to unacceptable problems that remain, and called on President Trump to insist that Congress fix them before he signs a bill into law.
USCCB stresses key moral concerns in final Tax Reform Bill
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 11:35 am
WASHINGTON— As Congress prepares to reconcile the House of Representatives and Senate tax reform bills, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, insisted that "Congress should advance a final tax reform bill only if it meets the key moral concerns . . ."
USCCB grants assist Latin America and hurricane victims
Mon, Dec 4th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON—With the goal of strengthening and supporting the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America awarded nearly $3.2 million in grants for 183 pastoral projects in the region for 2018. These most recent grants were made at the Subcommittee's meeting in November and bring the total awarded for pastoral grants 2018 to almost $7.2 million. Four other projects were awarded in response to natural disasters.
Continued funding urged for U.S. and global HIV/AIDS programs
Fri, Dec 1st 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—On World AIDS Day, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, Chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, along with Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, urge full funding of U.S. and global HIV and AIDS programs in the FY 2019 budget request. Their position was outlined in a letter sent to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Catholic organizations advocate for slave-free seafood label
Fri, Dec 1st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON—To commemorate the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on December 2, 2017, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) is asking seafood producers, distributors and seafood retailers to make public, through packaged product labeling, their efforts to fight human trafficking in their product supply chains. According to CCOAHT, consumers are not receiving enough information needed to make moral purchasing decisions.
Why character counts in the voting booth
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 12:00 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA) - Sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought Alabama's special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat into the national spotlight.
House passage of Tax Bill disappointing to bishops
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the deeply flawed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, calling on the Senate to work toward legislation that fixes the problems with H.R.1. The full statement reads as follows:
House passes contentious tax plan despite bishops' warnings
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 11:40 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a major tax reform bill, which had drawn caution from the U.S. bishops, who had warned that it could place additional burdens on the working poor.
Adoption tax credit restored to GOP proposal after outcry
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Republican leaders have restored the adoption tax credit to their federal tax proposal, after a week of criticism over the credit's omission from the original House plan.
Shootings demonstrate need for gun control, USCCB says
Wed, Nov 8th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In response to mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada and the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring, Texas, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has encouraged public debate on gun control, suggesting specific policies that might quell gun violence.
Bishop calls on Congress to consider tax reform's impact on 'the least of these'
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - With House lawmakers releasing their tax reform bill on November 1, one U.S. bishop has laid out moral principles encouraging Congress to care for the poor, families, and the common good.
Care for Creation committee looks to share ideas at fall gathering
Fri, Oct 20th 2017 04:05 pm
The Diocesan Care for Creation Committee will hold a gathering of parish leaders to discuss best practices for educating the community about protecting the environment. Everyone is welcome to the meeting at Villa Maria Convent in Cheektowaga, Monday, Oct. 23.
Advocates maintain peaceful presence outside clinic
Wed, Oct 18th 2017 03:00 pm
For those who wish to advocate for the pro-life cause in a visual, humanitarian way, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities supports training for so-called "sidewalk advocates," people who stand outside of abortion clinics holding anti-abortion signs and praying. These advocates stand in front of an abortion clinic on Main Street in Buffalo early on Saturday mornings, as they will do in the month of October.