Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families; USCCB President Say

November 17, 2014
WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Statement on the Passing of Boston Mayor Tom Menino

“Mayor Menino placed family, faith and public service above all else.  His passing is a great loss to the City of Boston, the Commonwealth, our country, and to his family, who were the center of his life.


Boston Globe endorses 'Yes' vote on Question 3

The Boston Globe has endorsed a "yes" vote on Question 3, which would repeal the 2011 gambling law enacted in 2011 in Massachusetts.  You can read the editorial here

Massachusetts Bishops release statement in support of earned sick time

The Massachusetts Bishops issued a statement today in support of Ballot Question 4, which would mandate earned sick time for most Massachusetts workers.  If passed, Massachusetts would be the third state to mandate earned sick time.  You can read the statement here. 

USCCB Chairmen Express Grave Disappointment Toward Supreme Court’s Action


The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed serious disappointment at the October 6 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that strike down laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman.


Bishops Release Statement on Casino Gambling

Today the Massachusetts Bishops released a statement in support of Ballot Question 3, which would repeal casino gaming in the Commonwealth and which will appear on the ballot in November.  You can read that statement here. 

USCCB Chairmen Respond to ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ Executive Order

July 21, 2014
WASHINGTON–The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.

Pope Names Bishop Edgar Da Cunha, S.D.V., Auxiliary Bishop Of Newark, As Bishop Of Fall River, Massachusetts

Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha, S.D.V., of Newark, 60, as Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts, and accepted the resignation of Bishop George Coleman, 75, from pastoral governance of that diocese. 

The appointment was publicized in Washington, July 3 by Msgr.