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President of U.S. Bishops’ Responds to Today’s Mass Shooting at New Zealand Mosques

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement in response to today’s mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The full statement follows:

“I am deeply saddened by the senseless attacks at the Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed dozens of worshippers and seriously injured many others, including children. This slaughter of innocent Muslim brothers and sisters praying peacefully is being described as a terrorist attack carried out by a self-identified fascist and his accomplices. As the Catholic bishops of New Zealand said, 'we are particularly horrified that this has happened at a place and time of prayer.'

Unfortunately, we Americans are all too familiar with gun violence, which often targets religious communities. However, we must not remain complacent or desensitized to the horror of these tragedies.

I join with my brother bishops in New Zealand in expressing solidarity with the Muslim community and in calling Catholics to join in prayer for the victims of this shooting, their families, and the Muslim community that was directly targeted.

May almighty God change the hearts of those who hate to recognize the inherent dignity of all people and bring consolation to all those affected by this heart-rending loss.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, mass shootings, Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque attacks, Muslim brothers and sisters, terrorist attack, fascism , Muslim community, prayers, inherent dignity

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Bishops’ Conference Committee Chairman Welcomes Governor of California’s Declaration of Moratorium on Death Penalty

WASHINGTON—After California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on executions, Bishop FrankJ. Dewane of Venice, FL, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed gratitude for the decision as a step to further the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human life.

The full statement follows:

"We join the California Catholic Conference and all people of good will in welcomingCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom’s declaration issuing a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in his state. We are grateful and urge California lawmakers to take the next logical step to repeal the death penalty to bring a permanent end to this practice.  

“In his 2015 address to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis called for 'the global abolition of the deathpenalty,' as he explained, 'I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. . . . [A] just andnecessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.' Today’s decision is a wise step in better orienting the criminal justice system to recognize the inherent dignity of all human life.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Committee onDomestic Justice and Human Development, Governor Gavin Newsom, California Catholic Conference, death penalty, moratorium, U.S. Congress, Pope Francis, human person, inalienable dignity, rehabilitation, criminal justice system, inherent dignity

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Los Presidentes del Comité de Migración de la USCCB y de CRS se solidarizan con el comunicado de los Obispos en la Frontera Texas-México sobre la política del Gobierno de EE.UU. con respecto al asilo

WASHINGTON— El Obispo Joe S. Vásquez, de Austin, Texas, Presidente del Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) y Sean Callahan, Presidente y Director Ejecutivo de Catholic Relief Services (CRS) emitieron una declaración conjunta en solidaridad con el comunicado emitido el 4 de marzo de 2019 por los Obispos en la frontera de Texas con México.

El comunicado completo es el siguiente:

“Al igual que lo expresaron los Obispos en la Frontera Texas-México en su comunicado del 4 de marzo, nos oponemos a la política de Estados Unidos que requiere a las personas que están solicitando asilo que permanezcan en México mientras esperan la aprobación para recibir protección en Estados Unidos. Nosotros urgimos a la Administración a revertir esta política que incrementa innecesariamente el sufrimiento de los más vulnerables y viola los protocolos internacionales. Apoyamos firmemente el derecho de una persona a buscar asilo y nos resultan profundamente preocupante los recientes esfuerzos para reducir y disuadir ese derecho. Nosotros debemos ver más allá de nuestras fronteras, las familias están escapando de la violencia extrema y la pobreza en sus países y están huyendo por sus vidas. Nuestros trabajadores y organizaciones asociadas en Centro América son testigos de ese sufrimiento y luchan contra él. Nuestro Gobierno debe adoptar políticas y financiar más programas que aborden las causas fundamentales de la migración y promuevan la dignidad humana y los medios de vida sostenibles. Al igual que los Obispos en la Frontera de Texas con México, nos comprometemos nuevamente con el llamado del Papa Francisco para dar la bienvenida, proteger, promover e integrar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes en Cristo".

Para más información sobre la política “Migration Protection Protocol” del Gobierno de Estados Unidos, que requiere que ciertos solicitantes de asilo esperen en México la autorización de entrada y protección, por favor hacer click aquí.
 
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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Obispo Joe S. Vásquez, Comité de Migración, Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, Texas-México, Obispos en la Frontera, migrantes, asilo, inmigración, Centro América.

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USCCB Migration Chairman and CRS President Issue Statement Supporting Texas-Mexico Border Bishops’ Statement on Recent U.S. Government Asylum Policy

WASHINGTON— Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services issue the following statement in solidarity with the March 4th statement of the Texas and Mexico Border Bishops.

The full statement follows:

“Consistent with the Texas-Mexico Border Bishops’ March 4th statement, we oppose U.S. policy requiring asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting to access protection in the United States. We urge the Administration to reverse this policy, which needlessly increases the suffering of the most vulnerable and violates international protocols. We steadfastly affirm a person’s right to seek asylum and find recent efforts to curtail and deter that right deeply troubling. We must look beyond our borders; families are escaping extreme violence and poverty at home and are fleeing for their lives. Our staff and partners in Central America witness the suffering there and fight against it. Our government must adopt policies and provide more funding that address root causes of migration and promote human dignity and sustainable livelihoods. Like the Texas-Mexico Border Bishops, we recommit to Pope Francis’s call to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate our immigrant brothers and sisters in Christ.”

For more information on the U.S. government’s Migration Protection Protocol policy which requires certain asylum seekers to wait in Mexico please click here.
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Committee on Migration, Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, Texas-Mexico, Border Bishops, migrants, asylum, Immigration, Central America.

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Co-Chair of USCCB dialogue with National Council of Synagogues Issues Statement Regarding Opening of Vatican Archives

WASHINGTON— Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Co-Chair of the USCCB’s dialogue with the National Council of Synagogues, praised Pope Francis’ recent announcement regarding the opening of the Vatican Archives from the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII.

“I am grateful to His Holiness for taking this welcome step and allowing scholars to examine the records of Pope Pius XII’s pontificate during the Second World War,” commented Cardinal Dolan. “Along with our Jewish partners and colleagues, I have previously called for access to these files. Today, we look forward to the 2020 opening of the Archives.”

In a March 4 audience with Vatican officials, Pope Francis announced his intention to permit access to the Secret Archives of Pius XII’s pontificate. The Pope set the date of March 2, 2020 for the official opening.

Pius XII’s papacy began in 1939, just months before the outbreak of the Second World War. Scholars, particularly those interested in Catholic-Jewish relations, have been anxious to examine Vatican files, especially those related to the war years and the fate of the Jewish community in Rome.

As a U.S. leader in Catholic-Jewish relations, Cardinal Dolan has actively called for the release of these documents since becoming Archbishop of New York in 2009. “Whatever is needed to complete this project, even in phases rather than only as a whole, I suggest must be explored,” His Eminence said in a speech at Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011.

“I echo Pope Francis’ sentiment that sincere historical research will present an opportunity to grow in public understanding,” reflected Cardinal Dolan. “I pray it will bring about a new era in which Catholic and Jewish scholars, who have deepened their trust and friendship, can continue working together to examine this important new material.”

Rabbi David Straus, Senior Rabbi of Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and co-chair of the National Council of Synagogues dialogue with the USCCB, echoed the Cardinal’s sentiments, saying, “We look forward to this new moment of openness, which will only build upon our previous work together, and, we pray, continue to strengthen our relationships, friendships, understandings of each other in our important work together. Our shared commitment to making the facts known can only serve to demonstrate the mutuality of respect and concern that is reflected in Pope Francis’s decision.”

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/index.cfm.

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, National Council of Synagogues, Pope Francis, Pope Pius XII, Second World War, Secret Archives, Catholic-Jewish relations, Jewish community in Rome, Rabbi David Straus, Main Line Reform Temple

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La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos publica una traducción revisada del rito para bendecir los santos óleos

WASHINGTON— La División de Publicaciones de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos publicó recientemente una traducción revisada del rito para bendecir los santos óleos, titulada Orden de Bendición del Oleo de Catecúmenos y de Enfermos y de Consagración del Crismo.

El libro se usa en la Misa Crismal, que es uno de los aspectos más destacados del año en una diócesis, que normalmente se celebra en la mañana del Jueves Santo o en un día anterior de la Semana Santa. En esa misa, el obispo, rodeado por un gran número de clérigos, religiosos y fieles, bendice nuevos óleos sagrados para el año que viene. Los óleos se utilizarán para diversas ceremonias, como la preparación y celebración del bautismo y la celebración de los sacramentos de confirmación, las órdenes sagradas y la unción de los enfermos. Se usan en algunas de las ceremonias católicas más majestuosas, como la dedicación de una nueva iglesia, y también en algunas de las más simples, como una unción en una habitación de hospital.

“La división de publicaciones de USCCB ha producido un libro atractivo como lo merece una ceremonia tan importante como es la Misa Crismal. El uso de los santos óleos es una parte conmovedora de la oración de la Iglesia en varios momentos de la vida de una persona y en momentos importantes de la vida de una parroquia”, explicó el padre Andrew Menke, director ejecutivo de la Secretaría de Adoración Divina de la USCCB. "Todas estas ceremonias en toda la diócesis están unidas a través de los óleos bendecidos por el obispo".

La Orden de Bendición del Oleo de los Catecúmenos y de los Enfermos y de la Consagración del Crismo está dirigida principalmente a los obispos de los Estados Unidos y sus oficinas de adoración diocesanas, pero también será una referencia útil para los seminarios, las bibliotecas de teología y para aquellos interesados en la liturgia romana.

Puede ser ordenada en internet en http://store.usccb.org/order-of-blessing-the-oil-p/7-624.htm. Por favor haga click también en el siguiente enlace para la imagen de portada de la edición revisada: http://www.usccb.org/about/marketing/products/images/usccb-7-624-blessing-oils-cover.jpg


Otros libros y recursos adicionales relacionados con el matrimonio y la vida familiar, el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, el Vaticano, ministerio y más se pueden encontrar visitando la librería en línea de la USCCB en este enlace https://store.usccb.org.

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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Orden de Bendición del Oleo de los Catecúmenos y de los Enfermos y de la Consagración del Crismo, Misa Crismal, Jueves Santo, Semana Santa, santos óleos, unción de los enfermos, ceremonias Católicas, padre Andrew Menke, Secretaría de Acción Divina

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President of U.S. Bishops’ sends letter to Chairman of Catholic Relief Services following deadly plane crash

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent a letter to the Most Reverend Gregory John Mansour, Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, following the tragic plane crash yesterday. Bishop Mansour serves as the chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services. Of the 157 lives lost, four were employees of Catholic Relief Services.
The full letter is below:

Dear Bishop Mansour,

It was with great sadness that I learned of the deaths of four of our esteemed colleagues from Catholic Relief Services who were on the airplane that crashed on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

I, along with my brother bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, join together with the entire CRS family, especially CRS Ethiopia and our EARO colleagues, in mourning the tragic loss of Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku, and Mulusew Alemu. Their service to the poor and their accompaniment of the marginalized stand as a great witness to Christ and His love for us all.

Please know that I have asked all our brother bishops here in the United States to pray for the repose of the souls of Sara, Getnet, Sintayehu, and Mulusew, and we will especially do so at the upcoming meeting of the USCCB Administrative Committee this week. May the consolation of the Savior’s embrace be now a source of comfort to their loved ones and co-workers on this difficult and painful day.

United in prayer and vigil for the Risen Lord, I remain,

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop Gregory Mansour, Eparchy of Brooklyn, Catholic Relief Services
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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Publishes Revised Translation of the Rite for Blessing the Holy Oils

WASHINGTON—The publishing division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently made available a revised translation of the rite for blessing the holy oils, entitled the Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism.

The book is used at the Chrism Mass, which is one of the highlights of the year in a diocese, normally held on Holy Thursday morning or on an earlier day of Holy Week. At that Mass the bishop, surrounded by a great number of clergy, religious, and faithful, blesses new holy oils for the coming year. The oils will be used for various ceremonies, such as for the preparation and celebration of baptism and for the celebration of the sacraments of confirmation, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick. They are used in some of the most majestic Catholic ceremonies, such as the dedication of a new church, and also in some of the simplest, like an anointing in a hospital room.

“USCCB Publications has produced an attractive book that is worthy of a ceremony as important as the Chrism Mass. The use of the holy oils is a striking part of the Church’s prayer in various moments of a person’s life and in important moments in the life of a parish,” explains Father Andrew Menke, executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Divine Worship. “All of these ceremonies throughout the diocese are linked together through those oils blessed by the bishop.”

The Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism is intended primarily for bishops in the United States and for their diocesan worship offices, but will also be a useful reference for seminaries, theological libraries, and for those interested in the Roman liturgy. It may be ordered online at http://store.usccb.org/order-of-blessing-the-oil-p/7-624.htm. Please also click on the following link for a cover image of the revised translation: http://www.usccb.org/about/marketing/products/images/usccb-7-624-blessing-oils-cover.jpg

Additional books and resources pertaining to marriage and family life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Vatican, ministry and more can be found by visiting the USCCB’s online bookstore at https://store.usccb.org.

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism, Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday, Holy Week, holy oils, anointing of the sick, Catholic ceremonies, Father Andrew Menke, Secretariat of Divine Worship

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Presidentes de la Conferencia Episcopal y del Comité de Justicia Doméstica de USCCB expresan pesar e instan a la oración y apoyo tras mortales tornados que afectaron a Alabama y otros estados

WASHINGTON— Tras los tornados que dejaron más de 20 muertos en el Condado Lee en Alabama y causaron destrucción en Georgia y estados vecinos durante el fin de semana, el Cardenal Daniel DiNardo, Arzobispo de Galveston-Houston y Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos y el Obispo Frank Dewane de Venice, FL, y Presidente del Comité de Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano de la USCCB expresaron su pesar por las víctimas y convocan a la esperanza y a la generosidad al comenzar la Cuaresma.

El comunicado completo es el siguiente:

“Con nuestros corazones afectados seguimos conociendo sobre la destrucción que causaron en Alabama y Georgia los tornados durante el fin de semana. Al momento de emitir este comunicado (miércoles 6), había 23 muertos confirmados en Alabama, incluidos tres niños, muchos más desaparecidos y millas de destrucción de hogares y comunidades. Ofrecemos oraciones por las víctimas y sus familias y amigos en duelo. Ahora es el momento de ofrecer asistencia de cualquier manera que podamos a aquellos que enfrentan grandes dificultades. Una forma de hacer esto es donando a Caridades Católicas y otras organizaciones que trabajan para proporcionar necesidades de emergencia y ayudar a reconstruir.

Nuestra esperanza, en esta temporada de Cuaresma, como siempre, está en el Señor de la vida que ha vencido a la muerte. Que el Señor conceda descanso eterno a aquellos que han muerto, y que el Espíritu Santo obre a través de todos nosotros para brindar consuelo a los que sufren con generosidad y amor”

Las donaciones pueden ser hechas a través de Caridades Católicas en la página https://catholiccharitiesusa.org.
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Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Cardenal Daniel N. DiNardo, Obispo Frank Dewane, Comité de Justicia Doméstica y Desarrollo Humano, Alabama, Georgia, tornado, asistencia, Caridades Católicas, primeros auxilios, Cuaresma

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Bishops’ Conference President and Domestic Justice Committee Chairman Express Sorrow, Urge Prayer and Support, After Deadly Tornadoes Hit Alabama and Damage Other States in the Southeast

WASHINGTON—After tornadoes killed more than 20 people in Lee County, Alabama, and caused destruction in Georgia and surrounding states over the weekend, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, FL, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed sorrow for those in mourning and encouraged hope and generous support at the beginning of the Lenten season.

The full statement follows:

"It is with heavy hearts that we continue to learn about the destruction in Alabama and Georgia from tornadoes over the weekend. At the time of this writing, there are 23 confirmed dead in Alabama, including three children, many more missing, and miles of destruction of homes and communities. We offer prayers for the victims and their grieving families and friends. Now is the time to offer assistance in any way we can to those facing great difficulties. One way to do this is by donating to Catholic Charities and other organizations that are working to provide emergency needs, and to help rebuild.
Our hope, in this Lenten season, as always, is in the Lord of life who has conquered death. May the Lord grant eternal rest to those who have died, and may the Holy Spirit work through all of us to give comfort to those who are grieving with generosity and love."

Donations can be made to Catholic Charities USA at https://catholiccharitiesusa.org.

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop Frank Dewane, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Alabama, Georgia, tornado, assistance, Catholic Charities, emergency aid, Lenten season

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