- Bishops Praise Archbishop Burke's Appointment To Church's Highest Court
June 30, 2008
WASHINGTON---Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), praised the recent appointment of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke by Pope Benedict XVI as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, a court that serves as the highest tribunal of appeal of the Catholic Church. Cardinal George assured Archbishop Burke of the prayers and best wishes of his brother bishops.
- Bishops Launch Pauline Year Website
June 27, 2008
WASHINGTON---In time for the Year of St. Paul, beginning June 28, the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a website dedicated to the Pauline year honoring the 2000th anniversary of the birth of St. Paul. The site is designed to provide resources and related materials to those interested in participating in and learning more about the year-long celebration.
- Social Justice, Family Life And Respect Life Leaders To Gather As "Partners In The New Evangelization"
June 24, 2008
WASHINGTON— This July, an historic convocation will gather family life, social justice, and respect life leaders together with physicians and ethicists to discuss new ways to promote human life and dignity. Entitled "Life, Justice & Family: Partners in the New Evangelization," the convocation will take up John Paul II's call for creativity and deeper unity in crafting a "new evangelization—new in ardor, methods and expression." Open to the public, the three-day convocation begins on Friday, July 25, 2008, the fortieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical on the openness of spouses to new life.
- U.S. Bishops Agree With Pew Study Finding That Faith Is Important To Americans, Stress Importance Of Ongoing Religious Education
June 23, 2008
WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reacted to the findings of a report on religious beliefs and practices by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life made public today.
- Bishops' Book On Music In The Liturgy Available July 8
June 20, 2008
WASHINGTON—Sing to the Lord, a statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on the role of music in the liturgy, will be available for purchase as a book on July 8. The statement was approved by the bishops and posted on the USCCB Web site in November 2007.
- National Migration Conference To Stress The Plight Of Refugees
June 19, 2008
WASHINGTON—The plight of refugee and asylum seekers from throughout the world will be a prevalent theme of the National Migration Conference to be held at the Hilton Washington Hotel in the District of Columbia, July 28-31.
- Bishops Of G8 Nations Urge Their Leaders To Address Global Poverty And Climate Change At July G8 Summit
June 19, 2008
WASHINGTON – In a letter to leaders participating in the G8 Summit in Japan on July 7-9, the presidents of all the Catholic bishops' conferences of the G8 nations urged Summit leaders to "deepen your commitments and actions to reduce global poverty and address global climate change." The bishops wrote: "Our religious and moral commitment to protect human life and promote human dignity moves us to be particularly concerned for the poorest and most vulnerable members of the human family, especially those in developing countries." The G8 leaders include President Bush and the heads of state of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, signed the letter.
Bishops' Communications Committee Praises Russert's Witness To Catholicism
June 17, 2008
WASHINGTON-NBC newsman and political commentator Tim Russert, who was slated for burial June 18 after a funeral Mass in Washington, unabashedly witnessed to his Catholic faith, said Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Communications Committee.
West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue Explores Stories Of Abraham
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON—Understanding the story of Abraham in the Bible and in the Qur'an was the key topic at the West Coast Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims, May 27-28, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Christ Our Hope Theme Of 2008 Peter's Pence Collection
June 16, 2008
WASHINGTON—Christ Our Hope is the theme for this year's Peter's Pence Collection, which will be held in most parishes of the United States on the weekend of June 28-29, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Pope Accepts Resignation Of Auxiliary Bishop Quinn Of Cleveland
June 14, 2008
WASHINGTON-Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Alexander James Quinn, 76, from the office of Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland.
June 10, 2008
The spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be held June 12 through June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.
Bishops To Vote On Embryonic Stem Cell Research Statement At Spring Meeting
June 9, 2008
WASHINGTON—U.S. Catholic bishops, convening June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida at their semi-annual spring meeting, will vote on a proposed statement concerning embryonic stem cell research. If approved, this statement will be the first formal statement issued by the bishops devoted exclusively to this issue.
Catholics, Orthodox Examine Means of Expressing Authority, Sacramental Nature of The Church
June 9, 2008
WASHINGTON—The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation examined how the two church bodies understand ecclesial authority and the sacramental nature of the Church at their 74th meeting at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 2 to 4. Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati and Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh chaired the meeting.
- Pope Names Hospital Ministry Leader Auxiliary Bishop Of Newark
June 9, 2008
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Msgr. Manuel A. Cruz, 54, Newark Archdiocesan Director for Hospital Apostolate, as auxiliary bishop of Newark.
The appointment was announced in Washington, June 9, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
- Michigan Woman Named Associate Director For Child, Youth Protection Office
June 3, 2008
WASHINGTON—Mary Jane Doerr, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been named associate director of the U.S. Bishops' Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection (SCYP).