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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis

Posted by Nancy Lambert


Dear Brothers and sisters,

On this Day of Prayer, I wish first to thank the Lord for the gift of our common home and for all those men and women of good will committed to protecting ... Read More »

Pastoral Message on Growing Older Within the Faith Community

Posted by Nancy Lambert

A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. (Eccl 3:1)

Smiling Older couple arriving at an older age is to be considered a privilege: not simply because not everyone has the good fortune to ... Read More »

World Youth Day Cross Now on Historic Tour of U.S.

Posted by Nancy Lambert

August 23, 2018

WASHINGTON—To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first and only World Youth Day (WYD) in the United States (in Denver, Colorado, in August 1993), the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will make a five-city tour across the United States in August 2018.

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President of USCCB Responds to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Posted by Nancy Lambert

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.

In response to today's Pennsylvania grand jury ... Read More »

Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

Posted by Nancy Lambert

ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.

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Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers about Marriage and Same-Sex Unions

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Continued from July 21 st –22nd Why can marriage exist only between a man and a woman?

The natural structure of human sexuality makes man and woman complementary partners for the transmission of human life. Only a union of male and female can express the sexual complementarity willed by ... Read More »

Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers about Marriage and Same-Sex Unions

Posted by Nancy Lambert


A growing movement today favors making those relationships commonly called same-sex unions the legal equivalent of marriage. This situation challenges Catholics—and all who seek the truth—to think deeply about the meaning of marriage, its purposes, and its value to individuals, families, and society. This kind of reflection, using ... Read More »

Region's Bishops Express Concern Over Immigrants Deaths, Call Governments to Action

Posted by Nancy Lambert


WASHINGTON— Catholic bishops of the North and Central American region and the Caribbean, who are in charge of the pastoral care of migrants, gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1-3, 2011. A joint declaration after the meeting was made public June 30. The prelates, representing the bishops’ ... Read More »

Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life Committee Praises Supreme Court's Respect for Free Speech in NIFLA V. Becerra Decision

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. This case challenges a California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of NIFLA under the Free Speech ... Read More »

USCCB Announces Publishing of Pope Francis' New Book

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a new book, Pope Francis: Embrace of Hope - Compassion in Times of Illness. The book is filled with the Pope's insight and inspiration for all who face the test of sickness and illness. In this book, Pope ... Read More »