- ADVISORY: Schedule For March 1-3 U.S. Bishops’ Advisory Group Visit To Haiti
February 26, 2010
WASHINGTON—The delegation will assess the impact of the earthquake on the local Church and identify ways in which the subcommittee can assist.
- Give Hope to Jesus in Disguise is Plea of the Catholic Relief Services Collection
February 26, 2010
WASHINGTON—The 2010 Catholic Relief Services Collection calls Catholics to Give Hope to Jesus in Disguise. The collection will be taken in most parishes around the country the weekend of March 14.
- Bishops Call for Bipartisan Action to Advance Health Care Reform That Protects Human Life and Dignity
February 24, 2010
WASHINGTON—On the eve of the White House Health Care Summit, the U.S. Bishops urged Congressional leaders “to commit themselves to enacting genuine health care reform that will protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all.” In their February 24 letter to Congressional leadership, the bishops also cited their longtime support of adequate and affordable health care for all, calling health care a basic human right.
- USCCB Subcommittee on Church in Latin America Creates Haiti Advisory Group
to Visit Haiti March 1-3
February 24, 2010
WASHINGTON—As part of the ongoing response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Archbishop José H. Gomez of San Antonio, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, has created a Haiti Advisory Group to help assess the impact on the local Church. Haiti was hit by a 7.0 earthquake on January 12.
- Pope Names Bishops for Scranton, Pennsylvania; Ogdensburg, New York
February 23, 2010
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Joseph C. Bambera, 53, administrator of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, as bishop of Scranton, and Father Terry R. LaValley, 53, administrator of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, as bishop of Ogdensburg.
- USCCB Liturgist: Welcoming Catechumens into Church a Job for all Catholics
February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON—During Lent candidates for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) experience final preparation to become members of the Catholic Church. The "Elect," as they are called, rely on the whole Church to welcome them.Father Richard Hilgartner, assistant director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the United States Conference on Catholic Bishops offered ten things Catholics can do to welcome new members into the Church.
- Series of Seminars Slated to Introduce Revised Roman Missal
February 18, 2010
WASHINGTON—A series of workshops slated from April 15-16 to November 4-5 will be offered around the nation to prepare priests and diocesan leaders for implementation of the revised Roman Missal.
- Bishops’ Conference Launches Por Tu Matrimonio, A Spanish Website On Marriage For Couples
February 16, 2010
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launched this week www.PorTuMatrimonio.org, a new Web site in Spanish for couples. The Website, completely in Spanish, is the Hispanic version of the popular www.ForYourMarriage.org, although it is not a translation of it, said Alejandro Aguilera-Titus director for Hispanic Affairs of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church and coordinator of the project. The initiative responds to the bishops’ current priorities on marriage and cultural diversity with special emphasis on Hispanics.
- USCCB President Clarifies Status of New Ways Ministry
February 12, 2010
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I, archbishop of Chicago and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the status of the organization "New Ways Ministry":
New Ways Ministry is an organization based in Mount Rainier, Maryland, that describes itself as "a gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities."
- Catholic Service Agencies Serving Haitians Call For Rigorous Safeguards In Protecting Haitian Children
February 5, 2010
WASHINGTON—In a letter to three Cabinet secretaries February 4, the heads of five major Catholic agencies serving Haitian earthquake victims outlined steps that should be taken to ensure the protection of unaccompanied Haitian children in the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake.
- Cultural Diversity Director Unveils Report on the Status of National and Regional Hispanic Ministry Initiatives
February 4, 2010
WASHINGTON— Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, announced February 4 the completion of a report titled National and Regional Hispanic Catholic Ministry Organizational Initiatives: An Assessment.
- Catholics Urged to Give ‘Faith to the Future’ Through Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe
February 4, 2010
WASHINGTON—Years after the fall of communism, even though some are now European Union citizens, the Catholics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union still have great needs. The 2010 Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, slated for February 17, Ash Wednesday, will focus on the theme “Great needs remain. Give faith to the future.”
- Archbishop O’Brien Speaks At Summit Aimed At Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
February 3, 2010
WASHINGTON—Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore said humanity must “build a future free of the nuclear threat” in remarks on February 3 at the Global Zero Summit in Paris. The February 2-4 event brings together 200 international political, military, business and faith leaders for strategy talks on the phased elimination of all nuclear weapons.
- 2010 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering To Bring 400 Leaders To Washington To Focus On Common Good, Papal Encyclical
February 2, 2010
WASHINGTON—The 2010 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering will bring together over 400 Catholic leaders from across the country with the theme, “Charity in Truth: Seeking the Common Good,” echoing Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. Sponsored by 19 national Catholic organizations including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the gathering will take place February 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill.