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Pope indicates he will travel to Ireland in 2018
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny during a private audience at the Vatican Nov. 28. CNS photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Reuters pool)
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny during a private audience at the Vatican Nov. 28. CNS photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Reuters pool)
VATICAN CITY  -- After meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the pope confirmed he will visit Ireland in 2018 and that trip organizers would look at the possibility of a stop in Northern Ireland. More ...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

At Thanksgiving, Americans 'united in debt we owe to God,' say prelates
WASHINGTON -- The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Nov. 23 that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and "give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us." More ...
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Proclaim Christ the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year
VATICAN CITY  -- Following Christ the King, whose regal power is love and mercy, means the whole church and each Christian must "follow his way of tangible love," Pope Francis said. More ...
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world
VATICAN CITY  -- The Catholic Church's 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world -- and sometimes a church -- often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said. More ...
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Bishops reject assessment hike; mail vote needed on change in formula
BALTIMORE -- The U.S. bishops could not muster enough votes to approve a 3 percent increase in the diocesan assessment for 2018, and it will take a mail vote of absent bishops to determine whether a change in the assessment formula will pass. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Report commissioned by bishops finds diversity abounds in U.S. church
BALTIMORE -- The Catholic Church is one of the most culturally diverse institutions in the United States and Catholic institutions and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said a report presented to the country's bishops Nov. 15. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Diversity theme dominates USCCB meeting with encuentro news, VP choice
BALTIMORE -- A groundbreaking new study commissioned by the bishops that finds diversity abounds in the U.S. Catholic Church is a clarion call to Catholic institutions and ministries to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Bishops approve moving forward four possible saints' causes
BALTIMORE  -- During the U.S. bishops' fall general assembly Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, they approved by voice vote the sainthood causes of four men and women as part of the episcopal consultation in the Catholic Church's process for possible canonization. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
U.S. bishops urged to bring wider attention to Christian persecution
BALTIMORE -- Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour called on the bishops of the United States to bring wider attention to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East to their parishes and political leaders. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Bishops' strategic plan urges 'missionary discipleship' across the church
BALTIMORE -- A new strategic plan adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 15 during its fall general assembly reflects the efforts of Pope Francis to establish a more merciful and accompanying church, said the archbishop who led the planning process. More ...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Bishops say Mass at historic black Catholic Church; elect new officers
BALTIMORE -- The U.S. bishops broke from tradition during this year's fall assembly by celebrating Mass at a West Baltimore church known as the "Mother Church" of black Catholics, rather than Baltimore's historic basilica.

"I pray our presence will convey the Church's solidarity with you," said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in opening remarks Nov. 14 to a few dozen parishioners attending the Mass with more than 250 bishops filling nearly every pew of the small church.

In his homily, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said the bishops came to the Church "to be present, to see with our own eyes, so that we might humbly take a step and lead others to do so."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Vincentian impact on higher education examined in bicentennial conference
Continuing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the first Vincentian missionaries to the United States, representatives of the nation's three Catholic universities sponsored by the Vincentians (Congregation of the Mission) --- St. John's University in New York, DePaul University in Chicago and Niagara University in Lewiston --- gathered for a conference Nov. 11-13 in New York City. More ...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Texas cardinal, L.A. archbishop elected USCCB president, vice president
BALTIMORE -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected president of the U.S. bishops' conference Nov. 15 for a three-year term to begin at the conclusion of the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. More ...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Religious liberty key part of church ministry, chairman tells fellow bishops
BALTIMORE -- All U.S. bishops are required to speak out for religious freedom for all people of faith whose beliefs are compromised, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Catholic leaders' convocation to focus on 'Joy of the Gospel in America'
BALTIMORE -- More than 3,000 people reflecting the diversity of the U.S. Catholic Church are expected to participate in a four-day church convocation exploring the Gospel in American life in 2017. More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Archbishop calls for bishops' racism statement given election tension
BALTIMORE -- Earlier this year, as communities faced tensions, protests and violence, following a spate of shooting and killings of black men by police, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked dioceses across the country to observe a day of prayer for peace. More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Bishops urged to walk with young people, bring them to deeper faith
BALTIMORE -- Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new apostolic nuncio to the United States, urged U.S. bishops Nov. 14 to pay close attention to young Catholics to both learn from them and help them to deepen their faith. More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016
As Trump talks deportation, bishop sends message on immigrants' dignity
BALTIMORE -- In a letter read Nov. 14 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration, Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle, called on President-elect Donald  Trump "to continue to protect the inherent dignity of refugees and migrants." More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Concerns about common good, immigrants among topics at USCCB assembly
BALTIMORE -- The victory of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, the need for the nation to heal from the acrimony of the presidential race, and concern for the well-being of immigrants and refugees under the new administration took the spotlight as the U.S. bishops opened their fall general assembly in Baltimore. More ...
Monday, November 14, 2016
Extension's 'digital pilgrimage' to take viewers to Rome for consistory
CHICAGO -- Catholic Extension is leading a pilgrimage to Rome for the Nov. 19 consistory and the Nov. 20 close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and is inviting those who cannot be in the Eternal City in person for the historic events to follow along online. More ...
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

VATICAN CITY -- Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together "to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict."

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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