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U. S. Bishops to Vote for Conference Treasurer-Elect, Chairman and Chairmen-Elect of Five Committees at Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12-14

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the conference treasurer-elect, chairman of the catholic education committee, and chairmen-elect of five additional standing committees at the upcoming annual 2018 General Assembly taking place November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. The five committee chairmen will serve for one year as chairmen-elect before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the bishops' 2019 Fall General Assembly.

Nominees for the Conference Treasurer, Chairman of the Committee for Catholic Education, and Chairman-elect of each committee are as follows:

Conference Treasurer-elect:

Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, Diocese of St. Petersburg

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

For Chairman:

Committee on Catholic Education:

Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland

Bishop David J. Malloy, Diocese of Rockford

For Chairman-elect:

Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations:

Bishop James F. Checchio, Diocese of Metuchen

Bishop Michael F. Olson, Diocese of Fort Worth

Committee on Divine Worship:

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, Archdiocese of Hartford

Bishop David L. Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay

Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development:

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Archbishop John C. Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth:

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Bishop John F. Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette

Committee on Migration:

Bishop Mario E Dorsonville-Rodriguez, Archdiocese of Washington

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., Diocese of Lexington

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Keywords: USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, November meeting, Fall General Assembly, Baltimore, committees, elections, conference secretary, committee chairmen-elect

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

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 act with compassion towards those migrating north and seeking refuge from violence and poverty.

The full statement follows:

“As Catholic agencies assisting poor and vulnerable migrants in the United States and around the world, we are deeply saddened by the violence, injustice, and deteriorating economic conditions forcing many people to flee their homes in Central America. While nations have the right to protect their borders, this right comes with responsibilities: governments must enforce laws proportionately, treat all people humanely, and provide due process.

We affirm that seeking asylum is not a crime. We urge all governments to abide by international law and existing domestic laws that protect those seeking safe haven and ensure that all those who are returned to their home country are protected and repatriated safely.

Furthermore, we strongly advocate for continued U.S. investments to address the underlying causes of violence and lack of opportunity in Central America. Our presence throughout the Americas has convinced us that migration is a regional issue that requires a comprehensive, regional solution. An enforcement-only approach does not address nor solve the larger root causes that cause people to flee their countries in search of protection.

As Christians, we must answer the call to act with compassion towards those in need and to work together to find humane solutions that honor the rule of law and respect the dignity of human life.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Committee on Migration, Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, Sister Donna Markham, Catholic Charities USA, migrants, asylum, Immigration, Central America.

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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs Statement on Pittsburgh Violence

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop chair of the Committee for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, released the following statement regarding the violence in Pittsburgh.

Full statement follows:

“Yesterday morning, death and violence entered a house of worship. The attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, is a cowardly act and to be condemned by all Americans. Those killed and injured represent the best of who we are: people of faith gathered to pray and celebrate the birth of a child and officers responding to the ensuring violence with no concern for their own safety.  

Anti-Semitism is to be condemned and has to be confronted by our nation. The Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stands with our Jewish brothers and sisters during this time of great distress. May God grant peace to the dead, healing to the injured, and comfort to the families of those hurt and killed and to all the Jewish Community.”
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joseph Bambera, Committee for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs, Tree of Life Synagogue, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, violence, Anti-Semitism, Jewish brothers and sisters, Jewish Community

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President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Issues Statement Following Shooting in Pittsburgh

WASHINGTON—Following the tragic shooting this morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling for prayer and action to put an end to violence.

The full statement is as follows:

"This morning violence, once again, struck one of our communities, this time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is apparent at least eight souls lost their lives in a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. To our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community, we stand with you. We condemn all acts of violence and hate and yet again, call on our nation and public officials to confront the plague of gun violence. Violence as a response to political, racial, or religious differences must be confronted with all possible effort. God asks nothing less of us. He begs us back to our common humanity as His sons and daughters.

I commend to our Lord the victims, including first responders, and for the consolation of their families. May Almighty God be with them and bring them comfort at this tragic time."


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Keywords: USCCB, U.S. Bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pittsburgh, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, gun violence, prayer, peace


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U.S. Bishops Will Gather for Seven Days of Prayer and Reflection at Invitation of Pope Francis

WASHINGTON— At the invitation of Pope Francis, the Bishops of the United States will gather for a spiritual retreat set to take place at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The bishops will gather in prayer and unity for seven days, from January 2-8, as brothers in the Episcopacy.


“The Holy Father has kindly offered the preacher to the Papal Household, Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., to serve as the retreat director as we come together to pray on the intense matters before us. For this, I am grateful,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “I am also grateful to Cardinal Blase Cupich for his kind offer to use the campus of Mundelein Seminary as the location for this retreat.”


The announcement comes after Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo met with the Pope earlier this month as part of a regularly scheduled Curia visit. The retreat takes place as the U.S. bishops continue their work to address the current U.S. clergy sex abuse crisis. In September, the U.S. bishops Administrative Committee http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-152.cfm announced an action plan including a third-party reporting mechanism, standards of conduct for bishops, and protocols for bishops resigned or removed because of abuse.


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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Mundelein Seminary, Archdiocese of Chicago, episcopacy, retreat, prayer, Office of Meetings and Events, USCCB General Secretariat


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