Bishop Ricken offers 10 ways Catholics can live the Year of Faith

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013.

New Poverty USA Website offers Statistics, Stories, and Resources to Catholics

Catholics can learn about the state of poverty in the United States and concrete ways they can make a difference at a new website from the the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The site,, was launched August 15 and offers tools and resources to spread the word about poverty in America.

Passing of Nellie Gray, March for Life Founder, Mourned by Pro-life Spokeswoman

At news of the death of Miss Nellie Gray, founder and long-time organizer of the annual national March for Life in Washington, Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for policy and communications at the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offered the following comment:

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.