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U.S. Bishops to Meet November 11-14 in Baltimore, Hear Addresses by Cardinal Dolan, Nuncio

October 1, 2013

Bishops will vote for new president, vice-president, chairmen and board members; Votes on Spanish and English liturgical items on agenda; Will also hear proposal for formal statement on pornography

WASHINGTON—The annual fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel. During the meeting, the bishops will hear addresses by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of USCCB, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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U.S. Bishops Urge Congress to Fulfill Role of Government and Meet Basic Needs of People...

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON—The bishops who chair three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress to fulfill the basic role of government and meet the challenges facing the United States at home and abroad. In September 30 letters to the House and Senate, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, cited issues including rampant domestic unemployment and the millions of people displaced by the conflict in Syria.

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Cardinal O’Malley Calls for Compassion, Hope, Action in 2013 Respect Life Month Statement

September 27, 2013

Respect Life Sunday opens year-long program of education, prayer, advocacy; 2013-14 Respect Life Program theme: "Open your hearts to life!"; USCCB Pro-Life chairman: "Share the truth about human life"

WASHINGTON—In a statement marking Respect Life Month, October 2013, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston exhorted Catholics to “engage others and share the truth about human life.” Cardinal O’Malley, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), addressed various threats to human life and the need to entrust pro-life efforts to prayer.

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Pope Francis: An Exclusive, America Magazine’s Coup

"AN EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT IN JOURNALISM" — USCCB Media Relations Director Sister Mary Ann Walsh blogs about Pope Francis' 12,000-word interview released September 19 in America magazine and other Jesuit publications.

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Catechetical Sunday 2013: "Open the Door of Faith"

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2013, and will focus on the theme "Open the Door of Faith." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

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United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Joins Pope Francis’ Call For Day Of Fasting And Prayer

September 3, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to join a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World Sept. 7 as the United States government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis called the world's Catholics to the day of fasting and prayer for peace during an address Sunday, Sept. 1.

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U.S. Bishops Letter to President Obama Regarding Syria

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September 4, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC 20270

Mr. President:

As our nation contemplates military action in Syria, we want to assure you and your Administration of our prayers.  We know that the situation in Syria is complex and appreciate the patience and restraint that your Administration has exercised to date.  We affirm your decision to invite public dialogue and Congressional review of any possible military action, and want to contribute to that discussion from our perspective as Catholic pastors and teachers.

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Bishops’ Labor Day Statement, Martin Luther King Jr. Fiftieth Anniversary Rally Highlight Economic I

August 30, 2013

Bishops' Annual Labor Day Statement Highlights Income Inequality; Noted Dr. King: Can't Sit at Lunch Counter If You Can't Afford Burger; Bishops: Need Bold Steps To Achieve Just Economy

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops' 2013 Labor Day statement parallels concerns for the economic inequality voiced at the Let Freedom Ring rally on the National Mall August 28. The rally marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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March on Washington 50th Anniversary: Time To Face Unmet Goals

August 13, 2013

March led to advances in civil rights for minority racial groups; More effort needed for non-violence, dialogue among races; Need to address poverty, joblessness, voting rights, racial inequality

WASHINGTON—The 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom calls people to address poverty, racism and class inequality, said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity.

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U.S. Bishops 2013 Labor Day Statement

Bishop Blaire Calls On Businesses, Churches, Unions, Private Citizens To Reduce Inequality In 2013 Labor Day Statement

August 12, 2013

Cites rampant income inequality in the midst of uneven economic recovery; Urges bold action to create just economy with jobs that provide living wage; Calls for increased minimum wage, immigration reform, end to wage theft

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