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World Youth Day 2016

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—More than 40,000 Americans are registered to attend World Youth Day (WYD), July 26-31, in Krakow, Poland. To assist this record breaking number of participants from the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has lined up a variety ... Read More »

Remember Rev. Jacques Hamel in your Prayers

Posted by Nancy Lambert

ST.-ÉTIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — Two men with knives stormed a parish church in northern France on Tuesday morning and took several hostages, slitting the throat of an 85-year-old priest and critically injuring another person, before the attackers were shot dead by the police, officials said. The Rev. Jacques Hamel, the ... Read More »

USCCB President Calls for Prayers, Reflection, Civility and Dialogue

Posted by Nancy Lambert

July 8, 2016

WASHINGTON—Following the deadly attacks on police officers in Dallas, during a protest rally stemmed by the killings of two men in Louisiana and Minnesota, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops extended a call to prayer, reflection, civility and peaceful dialogue.

Archbishop Joseph E. ... Read More »

Theological and Moral Perspectives on Today's Challenge of Peace

Posted by Nancy Lambert

War Against Terror

Hopefully today no one questions the need to combat terrorism, without ambiguity. We are all in agreement in affirming the need to stop that crazy desire of a small number of people to impose their ideology of hate on everyone by violent means. This ideology of ... Read More »

Letter from Bishop Braxton

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Diocese of Belleville Office of the Bishop

June 22, 2016 St. Thomas More

“A Man For All Seasons”

Dear Priests, Deacons, and Parish Life Coordinators:

         As the two leading candidates for the Office of the President of the United States prepare to be nominated at the Conventions of their ... Read More »

World Refugee Day

Posted by Nancy Lambert


On World Refugee Day, USCCB Migration Chairman calls Catholics to remember refugees around the world.

In remarks in advance of World Refugee Day, celebrated June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, and chairman ... Read More »

We Must Recognize Dignity of All, Orlando Bishop Says at Prayer Vigil

Posted by Nancy Lambert

In Orlando and major cities around the nation and the world, people gathered June 13 to pay tribute to those killed and injured in the shooting rampage in Orlando the previous day.

About 700 people also gathered to pray for those attacked and for peace in the world at ... Read More »

A Call to Political Responsibility from the USCCB

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Americans share many blessings and strengths, including a tradition of religious freedom and political participation. However, as a people, we face serious challenges that are clearly political and also profoundly moral in nature.

We are a nation founded on "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," but the right ... Read More »

Coincidence or Miracle?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

We trivialize many things these days. We think human or scientific explanation is sufficient for everything. We seem to have forgotten that there is something called “supernatural”. It is concerning that our misinterpretation of coincidence has led to a poor understanding of miracle.

Sometimes, it is hard to believe ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Posted by Nancy Lambert

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. We congratulate Karson Baird, Jennifer Gao, Corynn Miles, Rosalily Robinson, William S. West,  on this special and memorable day in their lives as they receive the Holy Body and Precious Blood of Christ. I must ... Read More »