USCCB Statement on the Proper Disposition of Bodily Remains


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine has issued a statement providing principles for evaluating some newer methods and technologies for disposition of the bodies of the deceased.  The USCCB’s Administrative Committee approved the issuance of the statement on March 15. In their statement, the doctrine committee affirms that every […]

Lenten Service for Ukraine: Praying for Peace

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Archdiocese of Boston and Ukrainian Catholic Church to hold joint service on March 25th The people of Ukraine are our brothers and sisters standing firm in the face of aggression and unimaginable suffering, war, death and destruction. More than one year after the Russian invasion, the Archdiocese of Boston and Ukrainian Catholic Church will join […]

MCC Urges Legislators to Provide Additional Funding for Migrants

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March 8, 2023The Massachusetts Legislature and Gov. Maura Healey are on the verge of passing a fiscal year 2023 supplemental budget. One of the line items in the budget would provide funding to expand emergency shelters and related educational costs for the fast-growing population of migrants flowing into the state over the past several months. “The proposed $86 […]

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Statement on Reappointment to Council of Cardinals

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 “This morning, I was notified that Pope Francis has renewed my appointment to the Council of Cardinals. It is an honor to serve in this capacity, and I am grateful for the Holy Father’s faith and confidence in my assistance. With membership drawn from throughout the world, the Council advises Pope Francis on matters concerning […]

Pope Names New Cardinals to his Council of Advisers

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named five new members to his international Council of Cardinals and renewed the mandate of four current members, the Vatican announced March 7. Those whose mandates have been renewed are: Cardinals Seán P. O’Malley of Boston, 78, who was appointed to the council in 2013; Pietro Parolin, 68, Vatican […]

Maria Wagner appointed new superintendent of Catholic schools for Diocese of Springfield

Springfield Bishop William D. Byrne has appointed Maria P. Wagner as the new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Springfield. Wagner, currently the principal of St. Bernadette School in Hollywood, Fla., has served in a variety of professional areas including logistics engineering, education, and administration. For the last nine years, Wagner has served […]

Bishop Chairman Marks One Year Anniversary of Russian Invasion of Ukraine


WASHINGTON – Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace, marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by renewing the Church’s call to prayer, solidarity and hope amidst the mounting tolls of this war. Bishop Malloy’s full statement follows: “It […]

Canadian government moves to delay expanding assisted suicide to include the mentally ill

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The Canadian government has introduced legislation to delay by one year plans to include mental illness among the list of conditions eligible for the country’s assisted suicide program. The assisted suicide law — which is euphemistically coined Medical Assistance in Dying — excludes Canadians from eligibility whose only medical condition is mental illness. In 2021 […]

Cardinal O’Malley Authorizes a Special Collection for Turkey/Syria Earthquake Relief

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The images coming out of Turkey and Syria following the February 6, 7.8 magnitude earthquake, are showing the world that the people there are experiencing immense suffering, destruction, and death. There are reports that the death toll has surpassed 19,000 and continues to rise.  Catholic Relief Services reports that “across affected areas in both countries, […]