Bishops welcome inclusion of conscience provisions in House appropriations bill

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHS "“took a first, urgently needed step toward upholding rights of conscience and religious freedom in our health care system."

Record Crowd Closes Fortnight For Freedom At National Shrine In Washington

A crowd of almost 5,000 people filled the 3,500-seat capacity of Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, July 4.

Bishops Renew Plea To Congress And Administration To Repair Affordable Care Act

Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision upholding as a tax the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires individuals to purchase a health plan—the so-called “individual mandate.”

Bishops Greet Supreme Court Decision On Immigration With Hope, Caution

See decision as step toward humane immigration reform
Seek federal government’s strong role in immigration
Wary that part of decision might lead toward racial profiling

Fortnight for Freedom Begins Today!

Catholic communities nationwide join text message campaign
Promote education, action in support of First Amendment
Support Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4

Cardinal O'Malley Praises President's Immigration Policy

Some recent coverage from the Boston Globe: 


Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is hailing the Obama administration’s decision not to deport young, law-abiding illegal immigrants who came here as children.


“This action by the President makes it possible for these young men and women, who have spent most of their lives in this country, to pursue education and employment opportunities and to make a contribution to American society,” O’Malley said in a statement issued today.


USCCB Brings Catechism Of The Catholic Church To New Browser-Based E-Book Format

About the new e-book version of the
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Most browser-based e-book readers:
• Make the e-book readable in a web browser
• Have some type of table of contents that links to chapters
• Don't require any modifications to the e-book file
The new e-book version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has all those features, plus new custom features that most e-book readers don't offer. The new USCCB e-book reader has:
• A built in search feature
• Robust internal linking feature set
• Footnotes and internal page references are hyperlinked.
• Each internal link displays the referenced paragraph in a lightbox overlay.
• The lightbox overlay has a link to jump directly to that section of the book
• No browser plugin is required for legacy browsers.
• The USCCB e-book application works natively in any browser, including Internet Explorer.
• It works on an iPad.
• It can print entire sections, not just a single page.

General Assembly Of Bishops Unanimously Adopts ‘United For Religious Freedom’ Statement


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reaffirmed by a unanimous voice vote on June 13 a recent statement of the USCCB Administrative Committee regarding the HHS mandate.

Peter’s Pence Collection Helps Cast The ‘Peace Of Christ’ Upon The World

Later this month, Catholics in the United States have the opportunity to help Pope Benedict XVI in his assistance to Catholics in all parts of the world including poor dioceses where many people depend on the Church for support,

Town Hall Meeting with Cardinal Sean: Defending Religious Freedom

Cardinal Sean has joined his brother bishops in the United States in joining in a "Fortnight for Freedom," from June 21 through July 4.