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Pope Francis' General Audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2023.

U.S. bishops ask for prayer for pope’s quick recovery

Mar 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Following news of Pope Francis’ hospitalization on Wednesday, U.S. bishops asked for prayer for the pontiff’s quick recovery. Read more


Abortion ballot initiative would also give minors right to gender transition, bishops warn

Oct 14, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Michigan’s Catholic bishops warned this week that a proposal to codify abortion in the state also would codify a right... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley, chair of the USCCB domestic justice and human development committee, preaching during Mass in the cathedral in 2021.

USCCB ‘grateful’ for passage of infrastructure bill, urges no funding of abortions

Aug 12, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Tuesday offered some praise of the U.S. Senate’s passage of a $1.2... Read more

US bishops welcome emergency resettlement of Afghans

Aug 2, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Leading U.S. bishops on Friday welcomed Afghan nationals to the United States who had assisted the United States’ military, diplomatic,... Read more

Two weeks after Pope Francis' Traditional Latin Mass restrictions, US bishops continue to respond

Jul 30, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Two weeks after Pope Francis issued his motu proprio restricting the use of traditional liturgies, bishops throughout the United States... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

US bishops condemn abortion funding in House-passed spending bill

Jul 30, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Leading U.S. bishops on Thursday opposed the House passage of appropriations bills that would fund abortions and exclude conscience protections... Read more

Priest celebrating the traditional Latin Mass at the church of St Pancratius, Rome

Do we have a Traditional Latin Mass? US bishops continue to respond to Traditionis custodes

Jul 21, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Bishops throughout the United States have continued to respond to Pope Francis’ motu proprio on traditional liturgies, addressing the impact... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

In confidential interviews, Catholic bishops talk COVID, Joe Biden, Pope Francis

Feb 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A series of one-on-one interviews with more than two dozen bishops has revealed significant concern among the Church leaders over... Read more

Bishops offer prayers for Biden on Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2021

As Joe Biden took office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, individual U.S. bishops offered statements... Read more

Everyone Belongs, Loyola Press, 2019.

Catholic bishops' anti-racism book wins prize for children's literature

Oct 15, 2020

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recently-released children’s book “Everyone Belongs” has won a gold medal in the Religion/Spirituality... Read more

Former headquarters for the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Why priests don't endorse candidates: Experts respond to FEC chair

Sep 17, 2020

By Ed Condon

In an interview Wednesday, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission accused Catholic bishops of “hiding” behind the Church’s tax... Read more

US bishops and Knights of Columbus voice solidarity with Iraq, Lebanon

Nov 15, 2019

The U.S. bishops and the Knights of Columbus have professed their solidarity with the people of Iraq and Lebanon, telling... Read more

A demonstrator holds a sign protesting President Trump’s visit to El Paso after a mass shooting over the weekend.

Citing El Paso shooting, US bishops condemn divisive, hateful rhetoric

Aug 9, 2019

Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference on issues of immigration and racism denounced xenophobic and dehumanizing language in the United... Read more

Refugees flee the Syrian Civil War in 2015.

Bishops mark World Refugee Day amid 'biggest migratory crisis since WWII'

Jun 20, 2019

Today, on World Refugee Day, the world marks the highest number of forcibly displaced people in nearly 70 years. In... Read more

US bishops ask Senate to pass prison reform bill

Nov 28, 2018

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a letter last week urging the Senate to pass the bipartisan First... Read more

To help fight sex abuse, Catholic group offers guide to the news

Nov 18, 2018

Catholic bishops must act to counter sex abuse of adults as well as minors, says a lay group that has... Read more

CNS photo / Bob Roller.

US bishops divided on how to deal with sex abuse accusations

Nov 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

Wednesday afternoon, the bishops of the United States resumed their discussions of the proposals for policies which were intended to... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

Nov 12, 2018

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on... Read more

Cardinal's biretta.

National Review Board calls for lay investigation of all misconduct claims

Aug 28, 2018

The body charged with advising the U.S. bishops on sexual abuse prevention has called for an independent lay-led investigation into... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Vigano testimony receives mixed response from US bishops

Aug 27, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Multiple bishops have responded to a testimony published over the weekend by a former apostolic nuncio to the United States,... Read more