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U.S. Bishops' Respect Life Statement

People discover their worth when they discover their true identity as created in God’s image and called to an eternal destiny with him, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the USCCB in the annual Respect Life Month statement. Cardinal O’Malley emphasized, “Human dignity is forever. Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love.”

Catholics and all people of good will in the United States are invited to participate in Respect Life Month. This year’s theme is “Every Life is Worth Living.” Please visit to learn more about this year’s Respect Life Program.


Pope on Religious Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2015 09:00

Pope Highlights Religious Freedom during US Visit

On his visit to the United States, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of religious freedom. At the start of his visit, Pope Francis’ first point when speaking at the White House was about the vital importance of religious liberty.

“With countless other people of good will,” American Catholics are “concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”

Speaking at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Holy Father called religious freedom “a fundamental right.” Pope Francis expressed his deep appreciation for “all those, of whatever religion, who have sought to serve God, the God of peace, by building cities of brotherly love, by caring for our neighbors in need, by defending the dignity of God’s gift, the gift of life in all its stages, and by defending the cause of the poor and the immigrant.”

For more on Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the United States, visit the Vatican website.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2015 09:16
2015 Labor Day Statement PDF Print E-mail

2015 Labor Day Statement

This year’s Labor Day statement by the U.S. Catholic Bishops focuses on the relationship between work and the family.  Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, sites, “Work is meant to be for the sake of the family. We do not undertake labor for its own sake, but as a way to grow toward lasting and meaningful realities in our lives and communities.”  The statement, pastoral resources, including homily helps, prayer materials, and posts are available.

The statement also includes significant material from Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, and may indicate some of the themes that the Pope will present during his visit to the United States next month, including the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis in U.S. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:29

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has two great resources to follow the events during the visit by Pope Francis to the United States, September 23-27. There is a special website that will offer live video throughout the Holy Father’s visits to Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia.

The USCCB has also developed a free Catholic Church app for mobile devices that enables Catholics to follow Pope Francis with news, audio, even live streaming of events.  Visit the Catholic Church Mobile Solution to find out more.

For general information about this month’s Papal Visit, click here.

Pope Marks A-bomb Events PDF Print E-mail

Pope Marks A-bomb Events

On August 9th, Pope Francis recalled the 70th anniversary of the "terrible" atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying this tragic event "still arouses horror and revulsion" in us many years later. The Pope said these attacks have become the symbol of the enormous destructive power of humanity when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress and serve “as a lasting warning to humanity.”

The human family should reject war and ban nuclear weapons and all arms of mass destruction. Pope Francis appealed to all people that “one cry rise up from every land, ‘No’ to war and violence and ‘Yes’ to dialogue and to peace.  With war one always loses. The only way to win a war is never to wage it.”

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