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Interfaith Leaders Call on President and Congress to Reject Biased Religious Liberty Report

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, joined leaders from diverse faiths in writing to President Barack Obama, Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, and House Speaker Paul Ryan ... Read More »

Laity Sunday

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Today is Laity Sunday. This is a special day set aside by the Church to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of the laity and their role in the Church.

 "LAY PEOPLE, TOO, SHARING IN THE PRIESTLY, PROPHETICAL AND KINGLY OFFICE OF CHRIST, PLAY THEIR PART IN THE MISSION OF ... Read More »

Positive Dialogue Between Catholics and Muslims

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Co-Chair of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Calls for Positive Engagement with Different Faith Tradition WASHINGTON—Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, Catholic co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, issued the following statement on the report Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam, recently published by Georgetown ... Read More »

We Must Overcome Partisan Divides on Migration Issues

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

On September 19, The United Nations General Assembly is calling together for the first time a summit level meeting of Heads of State and government officials to discuss the large ... Read More »

Catechitical Sunday

Posted by Nancy Lambert

CATECHITICAL SUNDAY Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Catechetical Sunday materials focused on the theme: “Prayer: The Faith Prayed.” Catechetical Sunday, which is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of September in parishes across ... Read More »

Pope Francis Invites Us to "Show Mercy to our Common Home"

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, September 1, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), extended an invitation to people of all faith to join Pope Francis and unite as witnesses for the care of ... Read More »

Labor Day Statement Invites Us to Replace Fear with a Fuller Vision

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—The lack of jobs that can support families, particularly among those without access to higher education, has placed heavy burdens on families and communities across the country.

This Labor Day, the Church draws close to these families and expresses words of hope, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, ... Read More »

USCCB President Calls for Emergency Collection to Assist Louisiana Flood Victims

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) president, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, has called for an emergency collection to assist victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana. He also issued a statement of solidarity with the victims and invited Catholics to generously help those in need.

The ... Read More »

Questions and Answers About the Eucharist

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Why does Jesus give himself to us as food and drink?

Jesus gives himself to us in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment because he loves us.  God's whole plan for our salvation is directed to our participation in the life of the Trinity, the communion of Father, Son, and ... Read More »

The "Gospel of Convenient"...???

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We often hear people say, "I cannot go to Mass every Sunday because it is not convenient for me."  We hear some people say, "I cannot join the Pastoral Council or that other committee because it is not convenient for me."..."Oh Father, honestly I would love to help but ... Read More »