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Bishop Zaidan Calls for Peace and Humanitarian Aid


WASHINGTON – As Russia’s war against Ukraine enters its third year, the need for humanitarian assistance has greatly increased to help the millions of Ukrainians impacted by violence and destruction. People are struggling to survive in the cold winter with little food, heat, or shelter, said Bishop A. Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of […]

A Bishop for 25 Years and Counting

Bishop McManus

The Catholic Free Press Interview by Margaret M. Russell | CFP Twenty-five years ago Msgr. Robert J. McManus had to shoo away a young seminarian from his office in Our Lady of Providence Seminary and rush over to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul to meet with Bishop Robert E. Mulvey, the bishop of Providence. […]

Pope accepts resignation of Maine bishop, names Rhode Island pastor as successor

Bishop Deeley

WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland, Maine, and appointed as his successor Father James T. Ruggieri, a pastor in the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. Bishop Deeley has headed the statewide diocese just one day shy of 10 years: He was installed as Portland’s […]

In D.C. speech, Cardinal Sean O’Malley denounces physician-assisted suicide- Boston Globe 1-22-24

Cardinal O'Malley

By Danny McDonald Globe Staff,Updated January 22, 2024, 9:22 p.m. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, condemned physician-assisted suicide at a conference concerning the value of human life over the weekend in Washington, D.C., according to a Catholic news service. O’Malley forewarned that “the next major assaults” on the […]

USCCB President’s Statement in Observance of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2024

Dr. King

WASHINGTON – In observance of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement: On Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we pause and reflect on Rev. King’s indelible legacy, and […]

Christmas Message from Bishop McManus

Bishop McManus

Christmas 2023 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth involve a disparate group of people—the sinless virgin, the upright Joseph, an indifferent innkeeper, Jewish shepherds, pagan magi, the ruthless Herod, incurious scribes, and murderous soldiers.  Among this radically varied group, there was one thing in common.  They were all—each […]


Bishop McManus

Statement from Bishop Robert McManus on Blessing Ireegular Marriages or Same Sex Unions“Fiducia supplicans, issued by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope Francis, has reaffirmed that the Church does not have the power to impart a liturgical blessing on irregular or same-sex couples or to bless their union. It can, however, […]


Cardinal O'Malley

“We thank the Holy Father for his love and care of all the people in the flock. We caution and make clear that the Holy Father has not endorsed gay marriage, but has recognized all Catholics, including those whose unions are not recognized by the Church, as equally in need of God’s grace and love. […]

Statement of USCCB on Vatican’s Document Addressing Pastoral Blessings


WASHINGTON – In response to the Declaration “Fiducia supplicans” issued by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offered the following statement from its spokesperson, Chieko Noguchi, executive director of public affairs. “The Declaration issued today by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the […]

Pope names Father Cristiano Barbosa auxiliary bishop of Boston

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley announced Dec. 9 that Pope Francis has named Father Cristiano Guilherme Borro Barbosa auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop-Elect Barbosa, 47, has served as Episcopal Vicar for the Central Region and as Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship since July 1. He will continue in these roles after his episcopal […]