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U.S. Bishops' Chairman on Interreligious Affairs Responds to Recent Rise in Anti-Semitic Actions Across U.S.

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—In response to the recent rise in anti-Semitic actions that have taken place across the U.S., the Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has issued the following statement expressing solidarity and support for our Jewish brothers ... Read More »

It's Lenten Season

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Most Catholics seem to be aware of the forty-day period before the feast of Easter. Lent, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning “spring,” is a time marked by particular rituals, such as reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday or the decision to “give up some habits, food ... Read More »

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Support the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – wrote to both Houses of the United States Congress on February 8, urging support for the Conscience ... Read More »

Chair of USCCB International Committee Calls on Trump Administration to Pursue Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians

Posted by Nancy Lambert

February 2, 2017

Bishops oppose all acts of violence, Israeli settlement expansion, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

Joint communiqué by bishops from Europe, Canada, South Africa and the United States calls for diplomatic solution that respects the human dignity for both Israelis ... Read More »

President and Vice President of the USCCB Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees

Posted by Nancy Lambert

 January 30, 2017  "When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?" Matthew 25:38 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint ... Read More »

Bishops' Conferences Call for Prayers, Action, Support for Peace in the Holy Land

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Representatives of bishops' conferences from several countries, including the United States, gathered in the Holy Land to call for peace and action to end the occupation that violates "the human dignity" of Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. 

"As Bishops we implore Christians in ... Read More »

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace

Posted by Nancy Lambert

At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness ... Read More »

World Day for Consecrated Life

Posted by Nancy Lambert

February 2, 2017 (Celebrated in Parishes February 4-5)

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; ... Read More »

National Migration Week 2017 to be Celebrated January 8 -14

Posted by Nancy Lambert

National Migration Week 2017 will take place January 8-14. This year's theme is "Creating a Culture of Encounter." The celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the contributions of migrants, including refugees, and victims of human trafficking in our communities. With over 65 million people forcibly displaced from ... Read More »

My New Year Prayer for You

Posted by Nancy Lambert

My favorite prayer is from the Scriptures.  I enjoy praying scripturally because it is real, it works, and the words are genuine.

The Lord said to Moses:  "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them, 'This is how you shall bless the Israelites.  Say to them; the Lord ... Read More »