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Bishops urge leniency for refugees escaping religious persecution
Wed, Jun 21st 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as well as the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, urging him to defer deportation of those persons to Iraq, particularly Christians and Chaldean Catholics, who pose no threat to U.S. public safety.
USCCB hears report on religious persecution in Asia, Middle East
Thu, Jun 15th 2017 01:00 pm
"Persecution has a face," said Bishop Oscar Cantú, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, as he presented an oral report to the full body of bishops on the situation of religious discrimination and persecution in Asia and the Middle East.
USCCB working group on immigration updates bishops' assembly
Thu, Jun 15th 2017 09:00 am
INDIANAPOLIS—The chairmen of the U.S. Bishops' Working Group on Immigration, and the Committee on Migration, presented an oral report to the full body of bishops on the work done to advance collaboration in developing spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support for refugees and immigrants. The presentation took place at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Spring General Assembly in Indianapolis, June 14.
USCCB Chairman welcomes decision upholding injunction of travel ban
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 12:00 pm
On June 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit largely affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of sections of the Administration's executive order that attempted to suspend and limit the U.S. refugee resettlement program and also attempted to ban the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries.
On first World Day of the Poor, Pope encourages personal encounter
Tue, Jun 13th 2017 11:35 am
Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News)- In his message for the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said that the suffering and broken bodies of the poor are where we encounter the body of Christ - and to know Christ we must know the poor.
USCCB releases report on protection of young people
Sat, Jun 10th 2017 01:20 pm
Washington—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People has released their 2016 Annual Report - Findings and Recommendations on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Speak up for the voiceless, Pence encourages Catholic prayer breakfast
Wed, Jun 7th 2017 10:55 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - United States Vice President Mike Pence exhorted those in attendance at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday to continue to be a "voice for the voiceless", after proclaiming that "life is winning" in the nation.
Catholic leaders dismayed by Trump's exit from the Paris climate agreement
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 03:50 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Catholic leaders around the world expressed disappointment as President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. was pulling out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
USCCB chair urges president to honor Paris agreement
Thu, Jun 1st 2017 09:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - According to White House officials, President Donald J. Trump is reviewing the United States' commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change. The president tweeted that he will make an official statement on the agreement in a few days.
A moral obligation: devout Catholics must defend the environment
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently urged our politicians not to abandon our commitment to the 2016 Paris Treaty on reducing pollution. Despite their leadership, are we Catholics sufficiently concerned about God's creation, including the environment?
USCCB urges Trump to include common good in budget plan
Mon, May 22nd 2017 04:05 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Six Chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a letter in advance of the anticipated unveiling of President Donald J. Trump's full budget plan tomorrow.
USCCB chairman calls on Senate to strip harmful proposals from AHCA
Fri, May 5th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to strip out the harmful provisions of the bill when the chamber takes it up for consideration.
U.S. bishops support petition for religious freedom executive order
Thu, May 4th 2017 09:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday sent out a text message alert urging Catholics to sign a petition calling on President Donald Trump to issue an executive order protecting religious freedom.
U.S. bishop chair urges House members to "insist on changes" to proposed health care bill
Thu, Apr 27th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As the U.S. House of Representatives appears poised to vote on the American Health Care Act (HB 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, stressed that remaining flaws in the bill will harm poor and vulnerable people and called on members to insist upon changes.
Catholics speak out against execution of two more Arkansas inmates
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 04:00 pm
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (CNA/EWTN News) - As Arkansas prepares to conduct the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000, Catholics prayed for all involved in the execution and the victims of the capital crimes.
Justice Perspective: A budget should be seen as a moral document
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 09:00 am
Each year at this time, governments large and small go through their budget process. It's the time when the executive and legislative branches work together to develop a plan for where money comes from and where money goes.
Care for Creation workshop to be held at Villa Maria Convent
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 09:10 am
For those interested in forming and participating in a local parish committee or team to promote helping the environment, the diocesan Care for Creation Committee will host an informational workshop at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at Villa Maria College in Buffalo. The committee has been reaching out to pastors to see if their parishioners would be interested in having such a group in their parish, as well as seeking feedback from people in diocesan parishes that have them and would like to share their experiences.
Inclusion Act receives strong support from USCCB
Mon, Apr 10th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are offering their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017. The Act would prevent the federal government, and any state receiving federal funds for child welfare services, from taking adverse action against a provider that, for religious or moral reasons, declines to provide a child welfare social service.
US Bishops call for renewed peace efforts in Syria
Fri, Apr 7th 2017 04:35 pm
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, have issued a joint statement calling for renewed peace efforts in Syria.
U.S. bishop chairmen urge Congress toward bipartisan reform on key health care issues
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida urged members of Congress to "seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship" and make necessary reforms on access, affordability, life and conscience.
Bishop Malone speaks out on physician assisted suicide
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard Malone shares the experience of being with his parents when they died and how physician assisted suicide is a big mistake. He offers examples of why it is problematic for society.
Pence casts tiebreaking vote as Senate advances pro-life measure
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in the Senate Thursday to advance a measure allowing states to once more have the freedom to avoid funding Planned Parenthood clinics with federal "family planning" grants.
Supreme Court nominee drilled on abortion, religious freedom at hearings
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The judge nominated to replace Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court answered questions on abortion and religious freedom jurisprudence on Tuesday.
Don't cut foreign assistance, Catholic leaders tell Trump
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The United States mustn't cut foreign aid while conflicts, famines, and a worldwide refugee crisis rage, Catholic leaders are insisting.
Don't shut U.S. doors to refugees, bishops plead
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - With people fleeing humanitarian crises around the world, President Donald Trump's new executive order halting refugee admissions is wrong, Catholic bishop and aid groups maintain.
President's order puts Catholic Charities program in peril
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 10:00 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has provided assistance and care for incoming immigrants and refugees in the Western New York area for decades now. But now that program is in jeopardy after President Donald J. Trump signed a revised and controversial executive order that halts incoming refugees for 120 days, and severely restricts immigration from six countries.
US anti-Semitism feared to rise if incidents aren't condemned
Thu, Feb 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States must be prosecuted and condemned by the government to curb their rise, a religious freedom expert insists.
Catholic leaders urge support of Conscience Protection Act
Sun, Feb 12th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - 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).
Is a meeting between Pope Francis and Donald Trump on the horizon?
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 10:50 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - Pope Francis could meet with President Donald Trump at the end of May.
Bishop Malone: It's a matter of life and death
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 03:00 pm
Two lethal bills have been introduced in Albany: A.1748 in relation to abortion expansion, and A.10059/S.7579 in relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Catholic leaders: Refugee ban actually harms national security
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Rather than protecting U.S. interests, recent executive orders restricting immigrants and refugees could actually pose a threat to national security, warned a group of Catholic leaders on Wednesday.
Cardinal Tobin praises Trump admin on pro-life stance, criticizes on immigration
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 09:05 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - In the first days of U.S. president Donald Trump's administration, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said he has seen encouragement on pro-life matters, but cause for concern when it comes to refugees.
USCCB Pro Life Chairman applauds re-establishment of Mexico City Policy
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the memorandum issued today by President Donald Trump restoring the Mexico City Policy and extending its requirements to all U.S. global assistance.
Racial healing service draws hundreds
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 01:00 pm
Nearly 400 people gathered for a prayer service at the historic Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo to mark a National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The interfaith service was organized by the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable to encourage the community to work toward healing the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias.
Ohio lawmakers revive 'heartbeat abortion' ban
Fri, Dec 9th 2016 03:00 pm
COLUMBUS, OHIO (CNA/EWTN News) - Citing the prospect of a more favorable Supreme Court, Ohio legislators have passed a ban on abortions once an unborn child's heartbeat can be detected.
LCWR calls for Gospel values after election
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 12:00 pm
The presidency and staff of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious congratulate President-elect Donald J. Trump and promise to work with him to build a society worthy of our values where the dignity of each person is respected and all can flourish.
Night of Prayer begins December 8
Sat, Dec 3rd 2016 07:00 am
The 27th Annual Night of Prayer will be observed Thursday, Dec.8, at 9 p.m. to Friday, Dec. 9, at 1 a.m., Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Feast of St. Juan Diego.
Day of Prayer set for families of immigrants
Fri, Dec 2nd 2016 01:55 pm
WASHINGTON—A Day of Prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States on December 12, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It will be a time to place before a merciful God the hopes, fears, and needs of all those families who have come to the U.S. seeking a better life.
Thanksgiving Day message from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Wed, Nov 23rd 2016 08:00 am
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, offer Thanksgiving Day wishes to the nation.
Cardinal Dolan renews opposition to doctor-assisted suicide
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 08:55 am
The Washington, DC, City Council and the voters of Colorado both recently acted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called for increased efforts to fight against assisted suicide, saying it must be "opposed with renewed vigor."