- Bishop Dimarzio Named to Succeed Bishop Daily in Brooklyn; Bishops Appointed For Charlotte, NC and Houma-Thibodaux, LA (03-160)
August 1, 2003
Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn and appointed Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio of Camden to succeed him.
- Bishop Urges Acceptance of Mexican Identity Cards: Change in Treasury Department Rules Opposed (03-161)
August 5, 2003
U.S. Treasury Department rules which permit banks to accept identification cards issued by Mexican consulates should remain unchanged, according to the chairman of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, who said the cards allow immigrants to cash checks, open bank accounts, and build self-sufficiency.
- Recommit to the 'Challenge Of Peace:' Bishop Gregory Marks Anniversaries of Two Landmark Peace Documents (03-162)
August 5, 2003
As the world this week remembers the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Catholics to recommit to the challenge of peace articulated in two landmark documents which mark twenty- and forty-year anniversaries in 2003.
- Pre-Order Sales of John Paul II: A Light for the World Set Record Numbers (03-163)
August 6, 2003
Dioceses around the country have ordered more than 10,000 copies of John Paul II: A Light for the World well before the book hits bookstores across the United Sates.
- USCCB Film, Broadcasting Office Revises Movie Classification (03-164)
August 6, 2003
The Office for Film and Broadcasting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (OFB) has revised one of its movie classifications, changing the rating "A-IV - adults with reservations," to "L -limited adult audience; films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling."
- United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Responds To Reports About 1962 Vatican Document (03-165)
August 7, 2003
...Crimen sollicitationis, a forty-year-old document of the former Holy Office (now, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), issued March 16, 1962, is being portrayed by some in and outside the media as a "smoking gun" allegedly proving that there was a "ground plan" for "covering up" the crime of sexual abuse of minors by clerics.
- Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Chairman Issues 'Reflection' on Recent Episcopal Church Decisions (03-166)
August 11, 2003
Bishop Stephen Blaire, Chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said the recent decisions made at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States "have serious implications in the search for Christian unity and for the work of our bilateral Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in the United States."
- Media Alert – Worth Noting in September (03-168)
August 18, 2003
Migrants the Focus of Bishops' 2003 Labor Day Statement; First of African and American Solidarity Dialogues to Begin in September; A Light for the World Coming in September; Compliance Audits of Dioceses and Eparchies; September 11 Resource Honors Priests' Role; The Poetry of John Paul II Released on September 5.
- Bishop Condemns Bombing of UN'S Baghdad Mission, Remembers Victims of the Blast (03-169)
August 21, 2003
In a statement released today, the chairman of the bishops' Migration Committee condemned Tuesday's bombing of the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad and remembered the victims of the devastating blast as "tireless" and "selfless" champions of migrants and refugees.
- Labor Day 2003: Recomitting to Justice For Farm Workers (03-170)
August 22, 2003
Despite the diminished attention given to the plight of farm workers in recent years, they "still have a claim on our conscience," according to the chairman of the bishops' domestic policy committee in his annual Labor Day statement.
- 2003-2004 Respect Life Materials Are Now Available (03-171)
August 25, 2003
Respect Life program materials for 2003-2004 are now available from the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Respect Life Sunday, which begins the year-long campaign, is October 5.
- Book Launches, Exhibits, Pilgrimages to Mark Papal Anniversary (03-173)
August 26, 2003
Book launch parties, museum exhibits, pilgrimages to Rome, anniversary editions of diocesan newspapers and special liturgical events will mark U.S. celebrations of the silver jubilee of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
- Priests of 9/11 Highlighted In Bishops' Vocations Office Packet (03-172)
August 29, 2003
The stories of priests on the scene during the 9/11 attacks on New York City's World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon in Washington are highlighted in We Were There…Catholic Priests and How They Responded.
- John Paul II's New Book of Poetry—Widely Regarded as His Spiritual Last Testament—Released on September 5 (03-174)
August 29, 2003
The Poetry of John Paul II—Roman Triptych: Meditations, his new book of poetic meditations, will be available starting September 5 in over 400 Catholic bookstores and other venues across the country according to an announcement by USCCB Publishing, the official publisher of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.