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Interreligious Leaders Support Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process to Secretary Kerry, Congress Leader

July 26, 2013

WASHINGTON—In a July 26 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 30 Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, including three Catholic bishops, voiced "strong support for his determined initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace." In letters to the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the leaders called on Congress "to support Secretary Kerry's continuing urgent efforts for peace."

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Bishops Blaire, Pates Offer Moral Framework For U.S. Trade Agreements To Trade Representative

July 19, 2013

WASHINGTON—When entering trade agreements, the United States should support principles that "defend human life and dignity, protect the environment and public health, and promote justice and peace in our world," wrote the bishops who oversee the justice and peace committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a letter to new United States Trade Representative Michael Froman.

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Pope Francis’s First Encyclical Emphasizes Life-Changing Faith

July 5, 2013

'Lumen Fidei' says faith like a light illuminating all of human existence; Faith lets us see like Jesus, pope says; Faith not for the fainthearted, says Pope Francis

WASHINGTON—"Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), the first encyclical of Pope Francis, says that faith is like a light illuminating all of human existence.

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HHS Final Rule Still Requires Action In Congress, By Courts, Says Cardinal Dolan

July 3, 2013

Rule still divides Church between houses of worship, ministries of service; Questions remain for 'accommodated' employers, more analysis needed; Rule still ignores rights of individuals and business owners

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' final rule on its mandate that requires employee health insurance for contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and female sterilization does not appear, on first analysis, to eliminate "the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts," Cardinal Timothy Dolan ofNew York said July 3.

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Vietnamese Conference of Catholic Bishops offered Our Lady of Lava Statues for Federation

Vietnamese Conference of Catholic Bishops offered Our Lady of Lava Statues for Federation

Most Rev. Joseph Linh Nguyen, Vice President of VCCB; Fr Peter Son Vo, General Secretary of Federation, Most Rev. Francis Xavier Hong Le, Archbishop of Hue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archbishop Peter Nhon Van Nguyen, President of Vietnamese Conference of Catholic Bishops and Bishop Joseph Linh Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr Andre Spegne, Secretary of Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Nuncio to Vietnam; Cardinal John the Baptist Minh Man Pham, Archbishop of Sai Gon;  Fr Peter Son Vo.

 

 

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

We make the sign of the Cross every day and we see thousands of people doing it.  At dawn, before starting work, when we make our first sale, when our health gets better, and even the great athletes of the world do it looking up to heaven.  Do you remember what it means?

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Vatican to UN: 100 thousand Christians killed for the faith each year

(Vatican Radio 28-05-2013) The Holy See has expressed "deep concern" for violations of religious freedom and systematic attacks on Christian communities in regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. This was pointed out by Msgr. Silvano Maria Tomasi, who spoke Monday at the United Nations in Geneva.

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Fortnight For Freedom Planned For June 21 To July 4

May 13, 2013

Baltimore and Washington Masses planned to open and close 2013 Fortnight; Threats to religious liberty at home and abroad remain; Resources available at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org. . .

WASHINGTON—The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year's Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

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USCCB President Says ‘Now Is the Time’ To Reform Immigration System

April 22, 2013

Cardinal Dolan: Suffering of migrants must end; Path to citizenship should be improved and families protected; Enforcement should guarantee basic human rights

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said in a press conference April 22 that “now is the time” to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. Cardinal Dolan was joined at the press conference by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, and Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chair of the USCCB Communications Committee.

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World Day Of Prayer For Vocations Set For April 21

April 4, 2013

Vocations sign of hope founded in faith; USCCB offers web resources to develop vocation culture

WASHINGTON—The Vatican has set the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations for April 21, the fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday.

The theme for this year's celebration is "Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith." The theme underscores the hope that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life bring to the entire Church.

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