- Religious Persecution, Lack of Freedom Still Reality, Archbishop Laments (97-073)
April 2, 1997
At least 46 Catholic missionaries were killed in 1996, and state sponsored persecution of Christians continued in many parts of the world, according to a statement by the chairman of the Bishops' Committee on International Policy released today.
- New Directory of Catholic Communications Personnel Issued (97-074)
April 4, 1997
The 1997 Directory of Catholic Communication Personnel, compiled and published by the Communication Department of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC), has been published.
- Archbishop Francis E. George Named Archbishop of Chicago; Bishop Edwin O'Brien Named Coadjutor of Military Archdiocese (97-075)
April 7, 1997
Pope John Paul II has named Most Reverend Francis E. George, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, to be Archbishop of Chicago. Archbishop George, 60, succeeds Cardinal Joseph L. Bernadinn, who died last November 14.
- U.S., International Efforts must Bring Cease Fire, Democratic Transition to Zaire, Archbishop Urges (97-076)
April 8, 1997
The continuing violence in Zaire is having a destabilizing effect on the entire Great Lakes region of Africa, and one Archbishop is calling on the United States to "employ all diplomatic means" to bring about a cease-fire and the democratization of that troubled nation.
- Support Urged for Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act (97-078)
April 9, 1997
In a letter to members of Congress, an official of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) urged support for the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act.
- NCCB Official Comments on Announcements Concerning RU-486 (97-077)
April 9, 1997
An official of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) commented on the announcement by the German drug company Hoechst AG that will cease making RU-486, the abortion pill.
- Family Gathering with Pope Slated for Rio Dejaneiro; NCCB Coordinating U.S. Participation (97-079)
April 11, 1997
A worldwide gathering of families with Pope John Paul II has been slated for October 4 and 5 in Rio de Janeiro.
- Fr. Pollard Honored for Contribution to Religious Education (97-080)
April 11, 1997
Father John E. Pollard, Executive Director of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for the Catechism, has been named to Receive this year's F. Sadlier Dinger Award for "an outstanding contribution to the ministry of Religious Education in the United States."
- Archbishop Urges U.S., International Food Aid To Avert 'Major Humanitarian Disaster' (97-081)
April 11, 1997
Based on recent news reports from North Korea that "millions of people are going to starve to death" in coming months without massive international assistance, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark (NJ) is urging the Clinton Administration to take the lead in averting catastrophe.
- Hundreds to Be Ordained Priests in Spring; Lawyers, Engineers, Teachers, Doctor, Coach Among Them (97-082)
April 14, 1997
Lawyers, engineers, teachers, farmers, a doctor and a college basketball coach are among the almost 500 men to be ordained Catholic priests in the United States this spring.
- U.S. Moral Credibility at Stake with Chemical Weapons Ratification, Archbishop Warns (97-083)
April 15, 1997
Failure by the United States Senate to ratify an international agreement banning chemical weapons "will diminish the moral credibility of the United States around the world," according the Chairman of the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Catholic Conference.
- Bishops' Committee on Religious and Ministry Issues Statement on Death of Sister Margaret Cafferty (97-087)
April 21, 1997
Following is the statement of Bishop Joseph A. Galante, Chairman, Bishops' Committee on Religious Life and Ministry, on the death of Sister Margaret Cafferty, PBVM, executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, who died April 20, 1997.
- Foreign Aid Is a Moral Obligation for the United States (97-088)
April 24, 1997
Foreign assistance is more than a budgetary matter, it is a moral obligation, a representative for the United States Catholic Conference told members of a congressional subcommitteetoday, urging a reversal of the pattern of declining U.S. aid.
- 92-Year Old Immigrant Faces Homelessness Due to Welfare Law; Bishop Urges Corrective Legislation (97-091)
April 25, 1997
With less than 100 days remaining before the immigrant provisions of last year's welfare reform bill are fully implemented, the Chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Migration is urging that Congress pass legislation "to ameliorate the severe hardship that this law will impose on our communities."
- More than 26 Million Dollars to Religious Retirement Fund;Collection Hits Second Highest Level in Fund History (97-089)
April 28, 1997
People nationwide donated more than $26 million to support aging religious sisters, brothers and priests during the most recent Retirement Fund for Religious Collection.
- Millennium, Jubilee Year 2000 Logo Available Now, Banners, Buttons, Video Coming out in Summer (97-086)
April 29, 1997
Clip art camera-ready sheets of the Vatican-approved logo for Jubillee Year 2000 are available through the U.S. Bishops' Office for the Millennium and Jubilee 2000. Buttons emlazoned with the logo will be available in summer. Banners with the logo will be available in late summer.