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Labor Day Statement Says Renewed Respect For Workers Is Key To Renewed Economy

August 13, 2012

WASHINGTON—People of faith stand with people who've been left behind and should seek economic renewal that makes workers and their families a central concern, according to the annual Labor Day Statement from the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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Do's and Don'ts Guidelines During Election Season

Political Responsibility Guidelines

Parishes and other IRS-designated section 501(c)(3) church organizations are prohibited from participating in political campaign activity. Thus, certain political activities that are entirely appropriate for individuals may not be undertaken by church organizations or their representatives. The USCCB Office of General Counsel (202-541-3300) provides detailed guidance on what is allowed and not allowed under the law. In addition, many dioceses and state Catholic conferences provide resources that apply and summarize these guidelines for use by parishes and other church organizations.

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Bishops Urge Congress To Act On Religious Liberty Crisis In Health Care Before Year’s End

August 3, 2012

Cardinal DiNardo highlights problems for religious institutions, individuals; Sees Administration policy’s approach to religious freedom most grudging, arbitrary ever; Congressional action defending religious freedom long overdue

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Record Crowd Closes Fortnight For Freedom At National Shrine In Washington

July 5, 2012

Almost 5,000 in attendance, applause interrupts ceremony several times; Homilist Archbishop Chaput stresses when state curtails freedom it undercuts itself; Future activities include texting campaign (Text 'freedom' or 'libertad' to 377377)

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Fortnight for Freedom June 21 – July 4

The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country.

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Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

Each year the Church celebrates 50 days of Easter, culminating at the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection. Before Pentecost, the disciples were unsure of what they were to do next, and spent most of their time in hiding. After Pentecost, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, they understood their mission to spread the Good News of Jesus, and they had the courage to come out of hiding and speak openly about who Jesus was, and what he had accomplished by his dying and rising.

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Cardinal Dolan Applauds Church Agencies As They Challenge HHS For Violating Religious Freedom

May 21, 2012

With time running out, dioceses, agencies resort to the courts; Church united in defense of religious liberty; Diversity of church ministries at stake

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a May 21 statement applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom.

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New Priests Younger, Were Altar Servers, Lectors, Carry Debt

May 17, 2012

Two-thirds between 25 and 34 years of age; Most were altar servers, lectors; Many carry student debt into priesthood

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U.S. Bishops Applaud Approval Of North Carolina Marriage Amendment ...

... In Face Of President Obama’s Recent Comments

May 10, 2012

Marriage protection essential to the common good, says Bishop Cordileone; Cites right of every child to be raised by mother and father; North Carolina is 30th state to protect marriage via constitutional amendment

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U.S. Bishops To Meet June 13-15 In Atlanta, Discuss Domestic And International Religious Freedom

May 7, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet June 13-15, in Atlanta, for their annual Spring General Assembly. The bishops will have a two-hour floor discussion on domestic and international religious freedom. They will also hear an address by Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., the new president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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