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Reverend Jonathan P. Defelice

CARDINAL O’MALLEY APPOINTS REVEREND JONATHAN P. DEFELICE, O.S.B., PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE TO BE JUDICIAL VICAR FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap announced the appointment of Reverend Jonathan P. DeFelice, O.S.B. as Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Boston. Father Jonathan currently serves in the Tribunal for the Diocese of Providence and is the President Emeritus, Saint Anselm College. His appointment is effective September 4, 2018. Father Jonathan succeeds Most Reverend Mark O’Connell, JCD, who is Auxiliary Bishop for the North Region in the Archdiocese of Boston.

 

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces New Book on Pope Francis’s Vision for the Permanent Diaconate

WASHINGTON—  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is making available a new book titled, Pope Francis, Deacons: Servants of Charity. 

Written through the eyes of a deacon, this study of the permanent diaconate discerns who deacons are in relation to the Church and the service that flows from their interior character as ordained ministers, preachers of the Word, and models of Christ. As deacons move along the path of charity, they herald the Good News of Jesus Christ in the world.

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Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA Lend Their Support to Catholic Charities Agencies Reuniting Families

July 12, 2018

WASHINGTON—The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border.

 

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference to Senate: Support for Roe v. Wade Should Not Be Used as a Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees

Friday July 6, 2018

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), wrote to the members of the Senate on July 6, urging them not to use support for Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for judicial nominees in their deliberations about the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop John Dooher of Archdiocese of Boston

June 30, 2018

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend John Anthony Dooher from the Office of Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop Dooher has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.The resignation was publicized in Washington on June 30, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Chairmen of U.S. Bishops’ Migration Committee and Religious Liberty Committee Express Disappointment with Supreme Court’s Ruling in Travel Ban Case

June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON—On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Trump v. Hawaii, which involves a challenge to President Donald Trump’s Proclamation No. 9645 restricting travel from several predominantly Muslim-majority countries.  The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upheld the travel ban.

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following joint statement:

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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee Praises Supreme Court’s Respect for Free Speech in NIFLA v. Becerra Decision

June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. This case challenges a California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry.  The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of NIFLA under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement praising the ruling:

Catholic Charities

United Way, The Boston Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Catholic Charities Statement on Immigrant Family Separation Policy

United Way, The Boston Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Catholic Charities Statement on Immigrant Family Separation Policy

 

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