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US bishops unanimously reaffirm opposition to HHS mandate

Nov 14, 2013 - 03:15 am .- At their annual fall gathering in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops issued a message voicing their continued opposition to the federal contraception mandate and the threats that it poses to religious liberty.

US bishops' new leaders commit to protecting human dignity

Nov 13, 2013 - 05:43 pm .- The incoming leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced a commitment to reaching out in love to defend human life and dignity wherever it is threatened in the modern culture.  

Church’s poverty work merits recognition, cardinal says

Nov 13, 2013 - 04:56 pm .- Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said that the Catholic Church’s work in addressing poverty needs to be made “front and center” in people’s minds.

US bishops to address 'pervasive' challenges of pornography

Nov 12, 2013 - 04:49 pm .- The U.S. bishops have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a statement on pornography to address the “serious pastoral challenges” and consequences that it poses on a spiritual, social and personal level.

Bishops create new staff position to aid post-abortion healing

Nov 12, 2013 - 03:55 pm .- The U.S. bishops have voted to add a bishops’ conference staff member to work with the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel at a national level, citing growing demand for help. 

Bishops extend initiative for life, marriage, religious liberty

Nov 12, 2013 - 01:23 pm .- The U.S. bishops have voted overwhelmingly to continue their “Call to Prayer” aimed at the promotion of life, marriage and religious freedom.

Archbishop Kurtz elected president of US bishops' conference

Nov 12, 2013 - 07:25 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville as its next president, giving national prominence to a prelate with significant experience in Catholic social services.  

Bishops asked to hold collection for Typhoon Haiyan relief

Nov 12, 2013 - 12:24 am .- U.S. Bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastation in Southeast Asia.

Synod, evangelization discussed at bishops' meeting

Nov 11, 2013 - 08:48 pm .- During the first day of their fall meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops discussed themes and priorities for their work as a whole, including evangelization, the family and Catholic education.  

Defend persecuted Christians, Cardinal Dolan urges bishops

Nov 11, 2013 - 11:11 am .- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf.

Pornography, liturgy among topics at upcoming bishops' meeting

Nov 7, 2013 - 02:24 am .- When bishops from across the country gather in Baltimore next week, they will consider issuing a formal statement on pornography and discuss a Spanish translation of Mass prayers, among other issues.

US bishops name religious freedom advocate as president's spokeswoman

Apr 30, 2013 - 04:22 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hired religious liberty attorney and mother of six Kim Daniels as spokesperson for conference president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Pope's resignation invokes sadness, gratitude from US bishops

Feb 11, 2013 - 10:01 am .- The U.S. bishops voiced sorrow over the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, as well as appreciation for his eight years of leadership and service to the Church.

Bishops building movement for life, marriage and religious freedom

Dec 7, 2012 - 12:21 am .- The U.S. bishops have announced a five-part pastoral strategy that is aimed at creating a movement dedicated to penance and prayer for a renewed culture of life, marriage and religious freedom.

US bishops say homilies should invite Catholics to conversion

Nov 14, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- Sunday homilies should promote repentance, instill a sense of mission and lead Catholics to grow in understanding their faith, the U.S. bishops said in a new document on preaching.

Bishops nix economy statement; approve preaching, confession documents

Nov 14, 2012 - 03:55 am .- Although they shelved a strongly debated statement on the economy, the U.S. bishops’ approved moving ahead with the reorganization of their communications department, and the publication of documents on preaching and confession.

Bishops choose new committee heads, treasurer-elect

Nov 13, 2012 - 10:44 am .- The United States Catholic bishops have elected Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas as their new treasurer-elect, as well as the chairman of their Committee on Budget and Finance.

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say

Nov 12, 2012 - 03:54 pm .- In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands.

Cardinal Dolan calls bishops to conversion at annual meeting

Nov 12, 2012 - 12:12 pm .- The mission of evangelization, which is critical to the calling of every bishop, must begin with penance and interior renewal, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops' conference.

Catechism's benefits explained for Year of Faith

Nov 1, 2012 - 09:49 am .- To encourage believers during the Year of Faith, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a reflection on the Catechism as a faith resource that is universal in nature, as well as a call to prayer.

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