- Secretariat of Cultural Diversity Launches New Website
July 29, 2008
WASHINGTON—The Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (SCDC) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a new website. The Secretariat wants to build a strong online presence through the use of innovative and effective communication resources to support the overall evangelization efforts of the Church.
The new website features links to the five ethnic offices in which the secretariat is organized. In the site information can be found about the Bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity and its subcommittees. Features include resources such as articles, PowerPoint presentations, demographics, videos and more, which will be periodically updated.
- Catholic Bishops And Catholic Relief Services Welcome Passage Of PEPFAR Reauthorization
$48 billion, five-year bill will continue to address the scourge of HIV/AIDS
July 28, 2008
Baltimore, MD.— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) welcome yesterday’s passage of a new five-year version of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $48 billion five-year commitment that will help alleviate the suffering of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
- Vatican Approves New English Translation For The Order Of Mass
July 25, 2008
WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has received approval (recognitio) from the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the new English-language translation of the Order of Mass (Ordo Missae).
- National Migration Conference Advisory
Registration for Media Now Open
July 21, 2008
WASHINGTON—Registration is now open for media to cover the 2008 National Migration Conference, Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice, July 28-31, at the Hilton Washington Hotel. To register, please fill out the registration form and fax it to 202-541-3173 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cardinal Rigali Urges Congress To Respect Conscience Rights
July 18, 2008
WASHINGTON— Responding to objections to anticipated federal HHS regulations protecting health care providers’ fundamental rights of conscience, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, today wrote to all members of Congress defending "efforts to reaffirm and implement laws on conscience protection."
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform To Be A Major Topic At National Migration Conference
July 14, 2008
WASHINGTON— Comprehensive immigration reform will be a major topic at the 2008 National Migration Conference, "Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice," to be held July 28-31 at the Hilton Washington Hotel.
- Pope Names Minnesota Pastor Bishop Of New Ulm, Minnesota
July 14, 2008
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Father John M. LeVoir, 62, pastor of St. Michael Church, Stillwater, Minnesota, in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as bishop of New Ulm, Minnesota.
- Teens To Provide World Youth Day Web Coverage From Sydney
July 11, 2008
WASHINGTON – Twenty-two "youth reporters" have been trained in Washington and Los Angeles to report on events at the tenth international World Youth Day, set for July 15-20 in Sydney, Australia. Training was sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in cooperation with MyCatholicVoice and the Embassy of Australia, as a way to provide Catholics around the world with real-time coverage of the event, in addition to coverage provided by traditional media. Training occurred during June at the Australian Embassy in Washington and the Australian Consulate in Los Angeles. Those unable to attend in person received training by attending "virtually" over the internet.
- Pope Names Bishop Ricken Of Cheyenne To Diocese Of Green Bay
July 9, 2008
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop David Ricken of Cheyenne, Wyoming, as Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He succeeds Bishop David Zubik, who was named Bishop of Pittsburgh last year.
- Bishops Reopen Consultation Process After Translation For Proper Of Seasons Fails To Meet Two-Third Majority
July 7, 2008
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops failed to approve the English translation of the Proper of Seasons prayers from the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia, at the June general assembly of the United States Conference of Bishops, in Orlando, Florida. A two-thirds majority of Latin rite members of the Conference is needed for approval of the translation. The vote at the meeting was inconclusive and subsequent mail ballots from absent members kept the measure from passing.
- Pope Names Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Malooly To Succeed Wilmington Bishop Saltarelli, Names Philadelphia Priest Bishop Of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
July 7, 2008
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, and named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop W. Francis Malooly, 64, to succeed him. The pope also named Msgr. Herbert A. Bevard, 62, a Philadelphia pastor, as Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Bishop-elect Bevard succeeds Bishop George Murry, who was transferred from St. Thomas to the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, in January 2007.
- U.S. To Send Largest International Pilgrim Group To World Youth Day In Sydney
July 2, 2008
WASHINGTON---The United States will send 15,000 young people to World Youth Day, the international event convened by Pope Benedict XVI, scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia, from July 15 through 20. According to U.S. organizers, this will be the largest delegation representing any country outside of Australia. The young pilgrims will be joined by 50 U.S. bishops, including Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Nearly $4 Million Awarded To Support The Pastoral Needs Of The Church In Latin America
July 2, 2008
WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved in June an additional $1.57 million in grants to 105 pastoral projects in 21 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean for a total of $4 million in the first half of this year.