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U.S. Bishops Urge Catholics To Pray For Life, Marriage, Religious Liberty

December 6, 2012

Not another program but part of a movement for life, marriage and religious liberty; Invitation to 'prayer and penance,' Archbishop Cordileone says; Second Fortnight for Freedom June/July being planned

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty.


Holy See Statement Regarding UN Vote on Palestinian Authority

VATICAN CITY - Here is a statement from the Holy See regarding the United Nations voted on Nov. 29, 2012, by which the Palestinian Authority was given the status of non-member state. The vote was 138 in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions.




To make the New Evangelization a reality is to become pilgrims on a journey or pilgrimage with Jesus Christ- much like the journey of Jesus meeting the disciples along the road to Emmaus.  The journey or pilgrimage includes moments for a deepening of our faith, increasing our participation in the sacramental life of the Church, and leads finally to our destination of being Christian witnesses.


Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, we thank you
for the goodness of our people
and for the spirit of justice
that fills this nation.
We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the
land and the challenge of the cities.


USCCB General Assembly - 2012 November - Presidential Address

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Address given at the USCCB General Assembly Fall meeting on November 12, 2012.

My brother bishops,

Yes, we have "a lot on our plate" as we commence our meeting, urgent issues very worthy of our solicitude as pastors -- the suffering in vast areas not far from here caused by the Hurricane of two weeks ago, the imperative to the New Evangelization, the invitation offered by the Year of Faith, and our continued dialogue, engagement, and prophetic challenge to our culture over urgent issues such as the protection of human life, the defense of marriage, the promotion of human dignity in the lives of the poor, the immigrant, those in danger from war and persecution throughout the world, and our continued efforts to defend our first and most cherished freedom -- all issues calling for our renewed and enthusiastic commitment.


Catholics Care! Catholics Vote! - Prayer Service

Leader 1: We hear these words from the leaders of our Church.

Leader 2: From Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical on Love:

The mission of the lay faithful is therefore to configure social life correctly, respecting its legitimate autonomy and cooperating with other citizens according to their respective competences and fulfilling their own responsibility (Deus Caritas Est, #29).


Bishop Ricken Calls For Greater Understanding Of The Sacraments In The Year Of Faith

October 5, 2012

WASHINGTON—The Year of Faith, which begins October 11, is a time for Catholics in the United States to strengthen their faith "through a greater love and understanding of the sacraments," according to the chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the USCCB offers a new guide to help bishops achieve this.


YEAR OF FAITH: Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013

"… They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith..." (Acts 14:27).

In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church. But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him. The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.

With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei. . . , Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. . . (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

"The 'door of faith' (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. "--- Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.

The upcoming Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

On these pages you will find videos and links to a variety of resources to help you renew you baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love.  Our Q & A will help you better understand what the Year of Faith is all about.

“International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good”

USCCB President Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s address at Sept. 12, 2012 international religious freedom symposium.


Rediscovering the Faith

Welcome. Have you been away from the Church? Are you thinking about coming back? Do you know someone who wants to come home to the Catholic Church, but is struggling with their faith? Maybe you or someone you know has experienced one of these thoughts:

I grew up Catholic, but for some reason I just sort of stopped going to Church…

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