- Polish National, Roman Catholic Churches Address Doctrinal Issues At Spring Meeting
May 28, 2008
WASHINGTON—Doctrinal issues led agenda items at the spring session of the Polish National Catholic (PNCC) – Roman Catholic Dialogue, May 19 and 20, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The meeting was held at the PNCC's National Church Center and hosted by Bishop Robert Nemkovich, the PNCC Prime Bishop. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of Buffalo and Bishop Anthony Mikovsky of the PNCC Central Diocese co-chaired the meeting.
- Cardinal Mahony, Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Government Officials, To Speak At National Migration Conference
May 27, 2008
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles; Edwidge Danticat, Haitian immigrant and author; U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), a long-time advocate for global human rights and assistance to victims of human trafficking; Immaculee Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor and author; Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, renowned migration expert and university professor on globalization; and representatives of the U.S Departments of State, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security are all part of this year's program of the National Migration Conference.
- Bishop Murphy Welcomes Labor Agreement Reached Between Burger King And Coalition Of Immokalee Workers
May 23, 2008
WASHINGTON – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)-supported organization of migrant farm workers, and the Burger King Corporation reached a groundbreaking agreement that will increase the price paid to farm laborers and establishes a code of conduct related to working conditions. The Immokalee, Florida-based coalition comprises more than 3,300 members throughout rural South Florida, primarily Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs.
- Educators, Psychologists, Judges, Civic Association Leader Named To National Review Board
May 22, 2008
WASHINGTON—Two educators, a psychologist, a district court judge and a civic association leader have been named to the National Review Board for three-year terms beginning June 1. Another psychologist and judge have been tapped for three-year terms beginning June 1, 2009.
- Bishop Wenski Calls For Priority For The Poor In Senate Climate Change Debate
May 21, 2008
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace declared "a central moral measure of climate change legislation is how it touches the poor and vulnerable." Speaking at a press briefing that included the sponsors of Senate climate change legislation (S. 2191) and interreligious leaders, Bishop Thomas Wenski said, "The real 'inconvenient truth' is that those who contribute least to climate change will be affected the most and have the least capacity to cope or escape.
- Visible Unity In Faith And Eucharistic Fellowship Stressed At Faith And Order Commission Meeting In Atlanta
May 20, 2008
WASHINGTON—The need for visible unity in faith and Eucharistic fellowship was stressed at the April 3-5 meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches (NCC). The commission, which met at Morehouse College in Atlanta, inaugurated its 2008-2011 quadrennium at the meeting.
- 'Choosing To Forgive' An Interfaith Religion Special To Air Sunday, June 8, On The Cbs Network
May 16, 2008
WASHINGTON – Choosing to Forgive, an interfaith religion special on the meaning and practice of forgiveness, will be broadcast Sunday, June 8 on the CBS Television Network. For exact airing time check your local station.
- Religious Groups Can Better Public Discourse, Speakers Tell Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Group
May 15, 2008
WASHINGTON—Religious groups can better public discourse, John Carr and Mark Silk, Ph.D., said at the spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the National Council of Synagogues of America, May 12, in New York.
- Reformed-Catholic Dialogue Opens Discussion On Eucharist
May 14, 2008
WASHINGTON—The Seventh Round of the Reformed-Catholic Dialogue opened discussion on the Eucharist during its May 4-7 meeting in Washington. The dialogue also included review of an 80-page report on baptism based on five years of research.
- Reports On Cara, Pew Research Part Of June Bishops' Meeting
May 13, 2008
WASHINGTON—Reports on research on the Catholic Church from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life will be presented at the June meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Orlando, Florida.
- Bishops To Vote In June On English Translation Of 'Proper Of Seasons' Prayers From The Roman Missal
May 12, 2008
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops will vote at their June general meeting on the English translation of the Proper of Seasons portion of the Roman Missal. The Proper of Seasons contains the proper prayers (the opening Collect, the Prayer over the Offerings, and the Prayer after Communion) for the Masses of the Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter as well as the Sundays of Ordinary Time and the Solemnities and holy days of obligation.
- Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Looks At U.S. Interreligious Education
May 9, 2008
WASHINGTON—A new round of the Mid-Atlantic Muslim Catholic Dialogue, April 23-24, in Washington, looked at interreligious education in the United States.
- Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Says Ten Commandments Can Provide Basis For Secular Arguments On Contemporary Issues
May 7, 2008
WASHINGTON—The Ten Commandments can provide the basis for secular arguments on contemporary moral issues, members of the Catholic-Jewish Consultation noted at an April 30 meeting in New York.
- Road to Priesthood as Varied as Priests; For Some Through Trials, Others Through Careers, Others Right From College
May 6, 2008
WASHINGTON—For some, such as Hai Duc Din, 46, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, who spent a year in a Vietnamese labor camp, the road to the priesthood was marked by soul-searing ordeal.
- Many Foreign-Born, Men in Thirties Among 2008 New Priests
May 6, 2008
WASHINGTON—Many men in their thirties and many foreign-born are among the U.S. priests slated for ordination in 2008. This continues the trend of recent years. The average age is 36 for newly ordained diocesan priests and 39 for newly ordained men in religious orders, such as the Jesuits and Dominicans. About 30 percent of new priests are between 25 and 29 years of age. About 39 percent are in their thirties.
- Catholic Communication Campaign Collection To Help Fund Multimedia Programs That Spread Gospel Values
May 5, 2008
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic bishops have designated the third Sunday of May as the national date for the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign to coincide with World Communications Day. The collection will take place in parishes across the country the weekend of May 17-18.
- USCCB Official Testifies That U.S. 'Should And Must' Do More To Address Iraqi Refugee Crisis
May 1, 2008
WASHINGTON—Testifying before Congress on behalf of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, Anastasia K. Brown, director of Refugee Programs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said May 1 that the United States is "not doing everything in its power" to avert a looming refugee crisis in the Middle East. Currently, there are an estimated two million Iraqi refugees, mostly in Jordan and Syria, and two and a half million displaced in Iraq.
- Pope Accepts Resignation Of Archbishop Flynn, Co-Adjutor Archbishop John Nienstedt Succeeds Him
May 2, 2008
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, 61, who has been co-adjutor archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis since April 24, 2007, succeeds him. Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement in Washington.
May 1, 2008
WASHINGTON—Credential applications for media who wish to cover the spring meeting of the U.S. bishops, June 12-14, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, are now being accepted.