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Bishop celebrates Mass for 200th anniversary of Vincentian ministry
Bicentennial Blessing -- Bishop O'Connell celebrates Mass in the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia, marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Vincentian priests and brotehrs to the United States. Craig Pittelli photos
Bicentennial Blessing -- Bishop O'Connell celebrates Mass in the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia, marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Vincentian priests and brotehrs to the United States. Craig Pittelli photos
Members of the Vincentian community including priests, religious and laity gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Vincential service in America Sept. 24. More ...
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Despite drop in poverty, advocates say much work remains to lift up poor
WASHINGTON  -- While 3.5 million fewer Americans were living in poverty and the median household income grew 5.2 percent in 2015, advocates maintain that there's much more work ahead to help the country's 43.1 million poor in their struggles to obtain affordable housing, feed their families and find well-paying jobs. More ...
Friday, September 23, 2016
Retired Archbishop Gerety of Newark dies at 104
TOTOWA -- Retired Archbishop Peter L. Gerety of Newark died Sept. 20 while in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the order's elder-care facility in Totowa. He was 104. More ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
NJ bishops oppose 'deceptive' ad campaign
The Catholic bishops of New Jersey are responding vociferously and unanimously in opposition to a pro-abortion ad campaign recently conducted by a group calling itself Catholics for Choice.

The abortion advocacy organization placed full-page ads Sept. 12 in the print editions of more than 20 local and national publications, including Politico, the Nation, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News and La Opinion. 

In New Jersey, the ad ran in The Star-Ledger and The Record (of Bergen County).  Digital advertising was also included in the campaign, which featured a statement by a young woman who claimed to be Catholic and who condoned abortion.  The ad aimed to portray the public funding of abortion as a social justice value.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Day of prayer aims to begin restoring peace to U.S. communities
WASHINGTON -- Prayers for peace at Catholic schools and parishes around the country Sept. 9 are meant to "build relationships and plant seeds in people's minds and hearts" said Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. More ...
Friday, September 9, 2016
USCCB objects to NIH plan to fund part-human, part-animal embryo research
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops objected to a National Institutes of Health proposal to authorize federally funded research on part-human, part-animal embryos in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 2. More ...
Friday, September 9, 2016
Murdered nuns recalled for their generosity, service in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. -- The deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill demand justice, but not revenge, Franciscan Father Greg Plata said during a memorial Mass for the women religious in the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. More ...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Pope proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy
VATICAN CITY -- Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said, care for creation requires "a grateful contemplation of God's world," while as a corporal work, it calls for "simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness."

The pope reflected on the need for an integral ecology in Christian life in his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Sept. 1.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016
Pope leads prayers for care of the earth, defense of the poor
VATICAN CITY -- With psalms praising the marvels of God's creation and prayers begging God's help to end the selfishness that destroys the earth and harms the poor, Pope Francis led vespers for the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. More ...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
For Catholics choosing a new parish, it's location, location, location
WASHINGTON -- The driving force behind Catholics' search for a new parish is location -- most likely how close it is to their new home. More ...
Friday, August 26, 2016
Labor Day statement ties lack of good jobs to decline in family life
WASHINGTON  -- Today's "economic and political forces have led to increasingly lowered economic prospects for Americans without access to higher education, which is having a direct impact on family health and stability," said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
2016 USCCB Labor Day Statement
This Labor Day, we draw our attention to our sisters and brothers who face twin crises—deep trials in both the world of work and the state of the family. These challenging times can pull us toward despair and all the many dangers that come with it.  Into this reality, the Church shares a word of hope, directing hearts and minds to the dignity of each human person and the sanctity of work itself, which is given by God.  More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Collection for The Catholic University of America to support the future of faith-filled education
Next month, parishes around the Diocese of Trenton will join Catholic communities across the country in supporting The Catholic University of America, Washington. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Vatican newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is authoritative Church teaching
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. More ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Novena planned in Asbury Park in anticipation of Blessed Teresa canonization

Share in the joy of praying with the Missionaries Sisters of Charity in Asbury Park as they lead a novena for soon-to-be St. Teresa of Kolkata at their Ridge Avenue convent beginning Aug. 26.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Assembly OKs document marking 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue
NEW ORLEANS -- A key action at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans was the approval Aug. 10 by 980 voting members of a document that marks 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue. More ...
Friday, August 12, 2016
Knights of Columbus convention highlights humanitarian efforts, religious freedom
Whether serving in a council in Georgia or Guam, Delaware or the Dominican Republic, each member of the Knights of Columbus shares a common faith and a commitment to service that permeates the international organization. More ...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Training prepares dioceses for terrorism, mass shootings, other disasters
WASHINGTON -- To help before tragedy occurs, a Washington-based priest and psychologist is conducting a free webinar at the end of August to prepare priests, religious and other church members to deal with the trauma that follows a natural disaster, an act of terrorism or any other large-scale tragedy that they and the communities they serve might face. More ...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Priest-psychologist gives advice to follow after mass tragedy
WASHINGTON  -- When tragedy arrives in a city, town or parish, there are several things church members, staff, priests, and religious sisters and brothers can do to help and others they shouldn't do, said Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, who will be conducting a free Aug. 31 webinar about dealing with mass trauma and tragedy through Maryland's St. Luke Institute. More ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Kolkata gears up for celebrations of 'St. Teresa'
KOLKATA, India -- A group of young independent photographers are busy clicking away, taking photos of the "City of Joy." More ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Catholics surveyed say election issues, not candidates, mentioned at Mass
WASHINGTON -- Catholics, by and large, haven't heard endorsements for one presidential candidate over the other while in the pews this presidential election season. More ...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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