Citing World Migrant, Refugee Day Message from Pope Francis, USCCB Chairman Calls on House of Representatives to Begin Consideration of Immigration Reform Legislation

Pope Francis says people not to be part of throwaway culture
Archbishop Gomez urges House to move on path to citizenship for undocumented
Workplace exploitation violates human rights

USCCB Chairmen Applaud Introduction of "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act"

Non-discrimination Act would protect religious liberties
Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection
Chairmen urge support for the Act

US Bishops seek to live by faith, serve needy, insure employees; continue legal and moral analysis of HHS Mandate

Cardinal Dolan reaffirms commitment to oppose mandate, protect conscience
Notes Church groups among first to provide health care in the nation
Decries three-tiered approach: freedom for churches, less for ministries, nothing for faithful

Catholics Nationwide Push for Immigration Reform

Dioceses to hold Masses, pilgrimages, meetings with legislators through October
Archbishop Gomez says ‘now is the time’ for Catholics to voice support

United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Joins Pope Francis’ Call For Day Of Fasting And Prayer

U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to join a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World Sept. 7 as the United States government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis called the world’s Catholics to the day of fasting and prayer for peace during an address Sunday, Sept. 1.

MCC Testifies on Homeless Youth Legislation

The MCC recently testified in favor of House Bill 135, which would aid homeless youth in the Commonwealth.  To read the MCC's testimony, click here.

Bishop Blaire Calls for Reduction in Inequality

Cites rampant income inequality in the midst of uneven economic recovery
Urges bold action to create just economy with jobs that provide living wage
Calls for increased minimum wage, immigration reform, end to wage theft

Cardinal O'Malley Presents 2013 People of Life Awards

A lawyer, a Franciscan health care executive, and a diocesan leader and social worker received the 2013 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement during an August 4 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference held this year in Boston. The honorees were Frances X. Hogan, Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein and Barbara Thorp. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards.

Massachusetts Bishops Release Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Massachusetts Bishops encourage US House to follow Senate’s lead on Immigration Reform

USCCB responds to Supreme Court rulings on Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The statement follows.