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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.

Bishops Voice Concern for Peace in the Middle East

Moved by the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the U.S. bishops stand with Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops of the region as witnesses against violence and appeal for peace “for all peoples and nations in the Middle East,” according to a statement issued by the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

BISHOPS PROMISE TO CONTINUE ‘VIGOROUS EFFORTS’ AGAINST HHS VIOLATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN HEALTH CARE REFORM MANDATE

Declare government has no place defining religion, religious ministry
Seek protection for conscience rights of institutions, individuals
Stress action with the public, White House, Congress, courts

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