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For the first time, bill to defund Planned Parenthood heads to White House
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - After the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a budget bill blocking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the legislation will reach President Barack Obama's desk in a historic first for the pro-life movement.
Little Sisters to Supreme Court: Don't make us pick between faith and the poor
Wed, Jan 6th 2016 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Religious sisters should not be forced to choose between caring for the poor and obeying their conscience, the Little Sisters of the Poor told the Supreme Court in a recent legal brief, adding that this is what the government is demanding of them through the HHS mandate.
Hamburg parish begins Creation Care team
Sun, Nov 22nd 2015 03:00 pm
Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg with its newly formed environmental committee hope to promote greener living and reflect the message of Pope Francis in his most recent encyclical.
Sisters work to spread awareness of human trafficking
Mon, Oct 5th 2015 09:00 am
Five Sisters of St. Mary of Namur from the diocese attended a conference on human trafficking which took place at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on July 9 and 10. The conference titled, "Answering Pope Francis' Call: An American Catholic Response to Modern-Day Slavery," was sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA.
Religious freedom faces state laws in WMOF session
Fri, Sep 25th 2015 04:00 pm
Issues of religious freedom have become a regular feature of headlines in recent years. Lawsuits have tried to protect small businesses, individuals and even a religious order from being forced to act against their religious morals. During the World Meeting of Families, one of several breakout sessions dealt with religious freedom and the family.
Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells U.S. Congress
Thu, Sep 24th 2015 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before, and praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values.
Appeal for Poland is a tradition of love and sharing
Sat, Aug 8th 2015 08:00 am
The 2015 Catholic League Appeal for Religious Assistance to the Church in Poland takes place throughout the month of August in the eight counties of the Diocese of Buffalo. Your contributions will help keep open the Polish Pontifical College and the Polish Pontifical Institute, both in Rome, where bishops of Poland send their talented priests for higher studies.
Bishop Malone: Defend our religious freedom
Mon, Aug 3rd 2015 08:00 am
The tragic and mistaken Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage legally to include so-called "same-sex marriage" has many negative consequences. Among those consequences, one of the most alarming, in my judgment, is the threat this ruling poses to the religious freedom of people of faith and faith-based institutions that honor marriage as God has created it to be, the union of one man and one woman, open to the birth and rearing of children.
Religious leaders join with Mayor Brown for Buffalo Opportunity Pledge
Wed, Jul 29th 2015 02:00 pm
Over the past few years, there's been a lot of excitement over the new economic developments and community revivals in Buffalo. Canalside, the nearby HarborCenter, Larkinville and the Buffalo medical corridor have seen lots of new construction, businesses and people come to the city.
How an anti-discrimination bill could end up discriminating
Tue, Jul 28th 2015 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) - A bill in Congress that brands itself as fighting discrimination might end up doing the exact opposite, said legal experts last week.
Bible publisher wins permanent victory over HHS mandate
Tue, Jul 21st 2015 10:00 am
CHICAGO, ILL. (CNA/EWTN News) - A Bible publisher based in Illinois has won its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, with a final ruling delivered July 15 by a federal district court.
Pope Francis makes human trafficking fight a priority
Fri, Jul 17th 2015 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican examining the link between climate change and human trafficking is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers.
Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters in mandate case
Wed, Jul 15th 2015 03:05 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate.
Marriage has had its day in Court, but religious freedom could soon follow
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - Friday's Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision.
Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?
Mon, Jun 22nd 2015 10:15 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) - With the release of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope's statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics.
Bishop talks religious liberty on EWTN
Thu, Jun 18th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone discussed the current status and future of several religious liberty issues on "EWTN Live" Wednesday night. Host Father Mitch Pacwa interviewed the bishop about gay marriage, human trafficking and the HHS mandate forcing religious institutions to provide health care coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, with Bishop Malone explaining that government intrusion is starting to prevent the Catholic Church from performing its ministries.
NY Catholic Conference issues statement on Assembly bill
Tue, Jun 16th 2015 01:00 pm
As the battle for the Parental Choice in Education Act wages on, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey of Queens has sponsored a bill that would reopen child sexual abuse cases to lawsuits years after the abuse. Currently, the state permits the accuser to file suit up to five years after his or her 18th birthday.
Here's what the US bishops expect from the pope's new encyclical
Thu, Jun 11th 2015 01:00 pm
ST. LOUIS, MO. (CNA/EWTN News) - With Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology and the environment to be released next week, the U.S. bishops are reflecting on possible themes of the upcoming document.
NYS bishops urge public to tell lawmakers: 'Don't come home without the Education Tax Credit'
Thu, Jun 4th 2015 08:00 am
In the final days of this legislative session in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and key legislators are leading the fight to enact the Education Tax Credit. The governor's plan, called the Parental Choice in Education Act, will help keep Catholic schools affordable.
NY bishops to lobby state leaders on education bill
Mon, Jun 1st 2015 08:00 am
At the invitation of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Richard J. Malone and several other New York State Bishops and representatives from all eight dioceses will meet with members of the New York State Senate and Assembly today, June 1, at the Executive Mansion in Albany
Obama's immigration order stalls. For 5 million immigrants, now what?
Fri, May 29th 2015 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - As the Obama administration's massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are helping undocumented immigrants any way they can.
Educators ask Assemblyman to pass education act
Thu, May 21st 2015 10:00 am
A dozen educators, parents and students marched around the office of New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan on May 20 chanting those slogans and carrying signs to let him know that as voters, they wanted him to pass the Parental Choice in Education Act.
Cuomo, Catholic leaders promote parental choice in revised proposal
Tue, May 12th 2015 04:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Richard J. Malone joined together today to introduce the Parental Choice in Education Act, a revised version of the Education Tax Credit bill. Educators and students alike gathered together at Eggertsville Youth and Community Center to hear of the common goal of religion and government.
Robert Bennett appointed to Catholic School Advisory Council
Tue, May 5th 2015 04:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named former New York State Regent Chancellor Robert M. Bennett to the Diocese of Buffalo's Catholic School Advisory Council, the panel which advises the bishop on matters related to Catholic education.
Monday Morning Roundup: Junipero Serra, the Avengers and outdoor faith
Mon, May 4th 2015 09:20 am
Welcome to our new feature, Monday Morning Roundup, where we note a couple of interesting Catholic stories from the weekend to get you tuned up for the week.
Catholic Relief Services helping survivors of Nepal
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 09:00 am
BALTIMORE, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is launching a major relief effort in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 24. A CRS team is on the ground in Kathmandu, the capital city and one of the most affected areas, and our local partner Caritas Nepal has started distributing food and shelter.
St. Rose of Lima community supports life, marriage
Sat, Apr 25th 2015 08:00 pm
More than a hundred people went to Mass first thing Saturday morning in North Buffalo; not just for the Eucharist, but also to show support for the Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Bishop Richard J. Malone noted the consistent attacks on pro-life beliefs and traditional marriage resembled the work of Satan as he presided over a Rosary Novena for Life and March for Marriage celebration at St. Rose of Lima Parish.
Senate reaches compromise on abortion funding in trafficking bill
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 12:25 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) - After six weeks of gridlock, members of both parties in the Senate bridged a disagreement over abortion funding in a new human trafficking bill by dividing up funding streams for the new project.
Faith leaders reaffirm commitment to marriage and religious liberty
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 08:00 am
WASHINGTON—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. An open letter entitled "The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness" was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.
Bishop Richard J. Malone celebrates special Mass on Saturday
Tue, Apr 21st 2015 09:00 am
Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone and the Office of Pro-Life Activities invite all to participate in prayer for a culture of life at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Rosary Novena for Life Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Ave., Buffalo. All priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate and vest for Mass.
Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 01:00 pm
Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections.
State bishops oppose physician-assisted suicide bills
Mon, Apr 13th 2015 09:00 am
New York is facing three bills that could allow physician-assisted suicide to take place in the Empire State. The New York bishops are urging voters to prevent these bills from becoming law.
Statement from Cardinal Dolan on behalf of the NYSCC
Mon, Mar 30th 2015 06:00 pm
My brother bishops and I are sorely disappointed in all of our political leaders in Albany, who again assured us of their strong personal support, but again could not deliver for the children of our state. Yet we have no alternative but to turn to them again and implore them to please pass this legislation once and for all before the close of the legislative session.
Catholics at the Capitol to be replaced with multi-pronged approach
Mon, Feb 23rd 2015 08:00 am
In recognition of the changing nature of public policy advocacy and communication, and in an effort to use the Church's resources in these areas most effectively, the bishops of New York state have determined that the "Catholics at the Capitol" lobby day in Albany will not be held this year and is not likely to be held in subsequent years.
Former Planned Parenthood director speaks up for life
Fri, Feb 13th 2015 01:45 pm
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities held its fourth annual banquet to support the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center on Feb. 11. The dinner gathered those who work in the pro-life ministries throughout the diocese to hear the testimonies of people affected by the center. Bishop Richard J. Malone led a prayer for those in attendance.
Keenan new representative on Public Policy Committee
Wed, Feb 11th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone has named Kevin A. Keenan as diocesan representative to the New York State Public Policy Committee. In this role Keenan will serve as a voice for Bishop Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo to Albany legislators.
Religious and pro-life leaders urge Congress to protect fundamental freedoms in DC
Fri, Feb 6th 2015 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia are "unprecedented assaults upon our organizations" and "violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law," said representatives of a number of national and local organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a February 5 letter to Congress.
March for Life speaker is founder of Project Rachel
Tue, Jan 27th 2015 10:00 am
Pro-life activists from across the country, including a delegation of representatives from the Diocese of Buffalo, assembled at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life 2015 on Jan. 22. Before the event, Vicki Thorn, original founder of Project Rachel, the Catholic Church's official ministry for post-abortive women, discussed the work she has done.
Catholic leaders react to Education Tax Credit
Wed, Jan 21st 2015 05:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo included the Education Investment Tax Credit in his 2015 budget proposal Wednesday, pleasing many Catholic leaders who have been advocating for the bill for years. The New York Senate passed the tax credit bill, which allows taxpayers to claim credits for donations to public schools or private scholarships for students attending parochial schools.
Education leaders call for support for state tax credit
Thu, Jan 15th 2015 03:00 pm
Administrators in the Department of Catholic Schools are asking supporters to contact New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the Education Tax Credit proposal in his 2015 executive budget. The tax credit would help encourage donations to private scholarship funds, which officials believe would generation an additional $150 in awards for students and families.