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USA: Thousands of new Catholics welcomed at Easter Vigil Masses

Dioceses across the United States welcomed more than 37,000 people into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses on the evening of 20 April, the US Bishops Conference report.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States, welcomed 1,560 catechumens and 913 candidates; the Archdiocese of San Francisco welcomed 174 catechumens and 175 candidates; and the Diocese of Sa...

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Mexican bishops deplore plight of migrants

The Catholic Bishops in north east Mexico have united to welcome convoys of migrants attempting to enter the country and pass to the border with the United States of America. Bishop Alonso Garza Treviño, of the diocese of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, says he intends to open a new Migrants Home in that area. Similar decisions have been taken by the Archbishop of Monterrey, Rogelio Cabrera López, ...

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Catholic Church urges US government to designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela

Bishop Joe S Vásquez, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration Committee, and Sean Callahan, CEO of Catholic Relief Services, have sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, urging an 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela.

TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily-aut...

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Pope Francis names new Archbishop of Washington DC

Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Wilton D Gregory as the new Archbishop of Washington. The appointment was announced in Washington, DC, on 4 April by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory, 71, was born on December 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Saint Mary at Mundelein Seminary, and completed his ...

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California: Catholic leaders welcome governor's decision to halt executions

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Yesterday morning, Gavin Newsome, the Catholic Governor of California, announced a moratorium on the death penalty. Up that date, 737 inmates in the state were on Death Row. The ruling means they will not be executed during the governor's tenure.

"I cannot sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing that among them will be innocent human beings," Newsom told a pr...

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US bishops oppose new government asylum policy

Bishop Joe S Vásquez

US bishops issued a statement yesterday in which they oppose a new government policy forcing people seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico - sometimes for many months before they can apply for their cases to be heard.

Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Cat...

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US archbishop calls for prayers after deadly tornados rip through southern states

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Rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors of the deadly tornadoes which tore through Alabama, Georgia, Florida and parts of South Carolina on Sunday. Twenty three people are known to have died, but the emergency services expect the death toll to rise. Thousands of homes are without power, and many have been destroyed or badly damaged.

Archbishop Thomas J Rodi of Mobile, Alabam...

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Mexico: Bishops praise faith of migrant caravans

Mexican bishops have praised the faith of people on the migrant caravans, walking through their diocese.

Father Arturo Montelongo, secretary of the Mobility Commission in the Episcopal Conference of Mexico (CEM) said: "The Church in Mexico is very involved and follows with concern the events of migrant caravans, from the place of origin to that of destination, showing solidarity and hospi...

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Rome: US Cardinal statement at close of meeting on Protection of Minors

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement on the final day of a four day meeting attended by Presidents of Bishops' Conferences from across the globe.

"The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth." Psalm 145:18

"The...

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US Bishops Urge President and lawmakers to end government shutdown

As the longest government shutdown in history continues in America - leaving hundreds of thousands of people without pay for a second month and cuts to many essential services - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Houston, Texas, President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration, have issued the following joi...

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US bishops call for prayers on anniversary of Roe v Wade

US Bishops Pro-Life Committee Chairman Archbishop Joseph F Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful "to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God's grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image."

His statement on January 18 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the 1973 US Supreme Court decision legalizing ...

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US Catholic school faces outcry after students mock Native American veteran

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A disturbing new video on Youtube yesterday shows a mob of Catholic high school students in Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' baseball caps surrounding an elderly Native American man, Nathan Philips, chanting "build the wall," and mocking him as he peacefully drums and chants.

Many of the students came from Covington Catholic High School, an all-boys high school in Park Hills, Kentu...

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Washington DC: National Prayer Vigil for Life, March For Life

The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 17 to Friday morning, January 18, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. More than 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will gather at the Shrine to pray for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life, taking place the following day.

The Vigil marks the 4...

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