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Cardinal Dolan Applauds Church Agencies as they Challenge HHS for Violating Religious Freedom

With time running out, dioceses, agencies resort to the courts
Church united in defense of religious liberty
Diversity of church ministries at stake

USCCB SUBMITS COMMENTS ON PROPOSED HHS RULEMAKING, URGES RE-OPENING OF FINAL RULE DEFINING MANDATE, EXEMPTION

Future ‘accommodation’ excludes many, cannot meet incompatible goals
Urges re-opening final rule defining contraceptive mandate, religious exemption
Outstanding issues should be resolved ‘in favor of more, not less, religious freedom’

USCCB JOINS CALL TO WHITE HOUSE TO CHANGE NUCLEAR POLICY, DELIVERS PETITION WITH 50,000 SIGNATURES

Representatives of various groups advocating nuclear arms reduction, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented a petition with over 50,000 signatures to the White House. The petition urges President Obama to reduce the role and number of nuclear weapons as he makes a once-in-a-decade decision on the Presidential nuclear weapons policy “guidance.”

CONGOLESE BISHOP SAYS ILLEGAL MINING CAUSES VIOLENCE, POVERTY, URGES REGULATION IN CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY

Congress should continue to support laws that promote transparency among companies that mine in the Congo and to "resist watering down SEC regulations to half measures that may save money, but cost lives." said Bishop Nicolas Djomo Lola, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Congo, in May 10 testimony to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade.  The U.S.

BISHOPS REITERATE PRIORITIES TO PROTECT POOR, PROMOTE THE COMMON GOOD IN LETTER TO HOUSE

Congress should assess every budget decision by how it reflects the shared responsibility of the government and other institutions to protect human life and dignity, especially of the poor and vulnerable, said the bishop who chairs the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in a May 8 letter to the House of Representatives.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE FOR MARINERS AND PEOPLE OF THE SEA IS MAY 22

The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea will be celebrated May 22. The day is observed in conjunction with National Maritime Day in the United States of America, which has been celebrated since 1933 to honor those who serve as merchant mariners and to recognize the benefits of the maritime industry.

U.S. BISHOPS APPLAUD APPROVAL OF NORTH CAROLINA MARRIAGE AMENDMENT IN FACE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RECENT COMMENTS

Marriage protection essential to the common good, says Bishop Cordileone
Cites right of every child to be raised by mother and father
North Carolina is 30th state to protect marriage via constitutional amendment

Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Issues Statement On Connection Between Eucharist, Environmental Stewardship

Both Methodists and Catholics believe their celebration of the Eucharist helps them to see God’s glory in all of creation and therefore leads to greater care for the environment, according to a new joint statement produced by the United States dialogue between the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Catholic Church.

USCCB Issues New Statement on Religious Liberty

Urge strong lay involvement
Outline threats to First Freedom at all levels of government and abroad
Call upon dioceses to pursue religious liberty fortnight, June 21-July 4

US Bishops, Other Denominations file Amicus Curiae Brief in Supreme Court Case of Arizona v. United States

Brief argues federal government best positioned to protect family unity, human dignity. State laws could jeopardize religious freedom of churches to serve immigrants.

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