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President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Makes Statement at Close of Public Sessions; Fall General Assembly, Baltimore Nov. 12-14


November 14, 2018 BALTIMORE—On the final day of the public sessions of the U.S. Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the following remarks. Cardinal DiNardo’s full address follows: “Brothers, I opened the meeting expressing some disappointment. I end it…

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Bishops Approve Pastoral Letter Against Racism


Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service   BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore. The document, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” passed 241-3 with one abstention. It required a two-thirds vote by all…

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National Review Board Urges Need to Broaden the Scope of the Charter to Include Bishops; Lay Panel Urges Reform to Improve Transparency and Enhance Accountability


November 13, 2018 BALTIMORE—On Tuesday, November 13, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ independent lay advisory panel on the protection of children and young people delivered a special report to the body of U.S. bishops regarding the abuse crisis in the Church.  In an address to the bishops who have gathered in Baltimore for…

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Vatican Asks Bishops to Delay Vote on Sex Abuse Response Proposals


Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service BALTIMORE — At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss at their Baltimore meeting regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed the bishops as they…

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Bishop Knestout Will Attend 2018 LARCUM Conference


Bishop Knestout will participate in the annual LARCUM Conference, which brings together people from Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist backgrounds in Charlottesville from November 30-December 1. This year’s theme is Praying, Believing, Doing: An Ecumenism of Liturgy and Life. View the event brochure and schedule of events: Find more information and register…

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U.S. Bishops To Meet Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore; Will Address Abuse Crisis and Action Items; Assembly to be Live Streamed, Live Tweeted, Carried Via Satellite


October 29, 2018 WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 12-14. The assembly will begin with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB and also an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.  The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel for a full day of spiritual discernment and…

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Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration and Presidents of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA Urge Humane Action Towards Those Seeking Protection


October 29, 2018 WASHINGTON— Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, and Sister Donna Markham OP PhD, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA issued the following statement urging all people of goodwill to speak and…

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Bishops Urge Voters to be Citizens Faithful to the Lord


In anticipation of Election Day on November 6, Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout have issued a statement offering principles and observations to the faithful of their dioceses on exercising the right to vote with a conscience formed through prayer, attentiveness to the Church’s teachings, and understanding issues and candidates’ positions on them. See their statement…

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Joint Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge (Diocese of Arlington) and Bishop Barry C. Knestout (Diocese of Richmond) in Response to the Attorney General’s Investigation


For Immediate Release – October 24, 2018 Today, Attorney General Mark Herring publicly announced his office’s investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy in Virginia.  The Diocese of Arlington and the Diocese of Richmond assure the faithful and the public that we are cooperating with the Attorney General’s office. Any instance of child sexual abuse…

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Bishop Prays with 40 Days for Life Participants


More than 40 people gathered to pray the rosary with Bishop Barry C. Knestout in front of a Richmond Planned Parenthood clinic, Tuesday, Oct. 23. The vigil was part of 40 Days for Life, a national effort in which participants pray for an end to abortion. According to organizers, this was the first time a…

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