U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Welcomes Temporary Protected Status Designation for Ukraine, Urges Support for Refugees

March 4, 2022

WASHINGTON - On March 3, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas designated Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS allows foreign nationals to remain and work in the United States during a period in which it is deemed unsafe for them to return to their home country. In response to this designation and the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:


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February 9, 2022

"Today, in light of Governor Baker's announcement and updated Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidance, the Archdiocese of Boston is eliminating all school masking mandates on behalf of all Archdiocesan parochial schools and Archdiocesan-related Catholic schools.  


This applies to children of any age in our schools.



U.S. Bishops’ Education Chairman Expresses Gratitude to Catholic Schools and Applauds Bipartisan Legislation Honoring Catholic Schools

February 7, 2022


WASHINGTON – In observance of the annual National Catholic Schools Week celebration, which concluded on February 5, Bishop Thomas A. Daly of Spokane, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education expressed gratitude to Catholic educators for their work in forming students in the Catholic faith:


Seek Peace in Ukraine, Says U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace

January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON - Tensions are mounting as the United States and its NATO allies consider how best to respond to the massive build-up of Russian military forces and equipment on the border of Ukraine. In the face of these increased tensions, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace issued the following statement:


U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized abortion nationwide in its decision on Roe v. Wade. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities called on the faithful to “pray, fast, and work for the day when the gift of every human life is protected in law and welcomed in love” on the anniversary of the court’s decision.


Archbishop Lori’s full statement follows:



MEDIA ADVISORY: Nationwide Prayer Vigil for Life to Take Place from January 20-21

January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 20 to Friday, January 21, 2022, marking the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 62 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.


U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Denounces FDA Decision on Chemical Abortion Pill

December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today they will eliminate the safety requirement of in-person dispensing in the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for the chemical abortion drug mifepristone. The FDA’s action clears a path for the drug to be dispensed by clinics, medical offices, and hospitals through the use of online pharmacies or drug delivery services.

In response, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement:

COVID: Mask requirements and guidance

December 9, 2021

From the Pandemic Response Team:

In the light of spiking numbers of new COVID cases and the likely increase in those numbers in the upcoming holiday season, Cardinal Seán is mandating that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This mandate takes effect the weekend of December 18/19, 2021, and expires on January 17, 2022. 


Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, servers, choir members, and instrumentalists, should all wear masks except when they are speaking.


Justices seem willing to allow Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the Supreme Court's first major abortion case in decades -- which looked at Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy -- the majority of justices Dec. 1 seemed willing to let that ban stay in place.

But it was unclear if they would take this further and overturn Roe.