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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 »

Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad

Posted by Nancy Lambert

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. I am glad to welcome you all to this year’s Summer Festival. It is always a blessing and a thing of joy whenever we come together as one big family of God. It’s really beautiful ... Read More »

World Youth Day Cross and Icon to Travel Around United States

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The official World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Marian Icon, entrusted to the youth and young adults of the world by St. John Paul II in 1984, will make a multi-city tour of the United States in August 2018, the first time in twenty-five years such a coordinated journey ... Read More »

USCCB Chairmen Applaud Supreme Court's Decision

Posted by Nancy Lambert

June 4, 2018

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Case of Masterpiece Cake shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  The case involves a Christian baker named Jack Phillips who declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony.  State officials sought to compel Phillips ... Read More »

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Approves Grants to Support Biblical Literacy

Posted by Nancy Lambert

May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON—This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $46,729 for three projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.

The CCD works with the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) to offer these ... Read More »

Cardinal Dolan's Message

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Cardinal Dolan Says Separating Abortion from Title X Family Planning Program is "Greatly Needed" and "Deeply Appreciated"

May 18, 2018

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to the news that the Trump Administration ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Any Need to Go to the Priest for Confession?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Our Lord Jesus Christ went about doing good by healing the sick, casting out demons and feeding the hungry. But, while Jesus occupied Himself in bringing relief to corporal infirmities, the principal object of His mission was to release the soul from the bonds of sin. In fact, the ... Read More »