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News Release (USCCB): USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman, President of Catholic Charities USA Urge Fair and Just Minimum Wage in Letter to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)—Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, Ph.D., in a letter to Congress, July 27.

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News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried by Pope Francis

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2015)—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

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USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

(June 26, 2015)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
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News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Wenski Urges Congress to Answer Pope Francis’ Call to Protect Creation and Support Implementation of a National Carbon Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2015)—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged Congress to answer Pope Francis’ call to protect creation and oppose legislation and appropriation riders that would reverse efforts to develop a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

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USCCB: On World Refugee Day, USCCB Migration Chairman calls upon United States to Protect Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and Displaced

Humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored

Religious minorities at risk

The United States must take leadership

June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON—In comments made in conjunction with World Refugee Day, observed June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon U.S. officials to do more to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq.

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MCC: Faith Communities Condemn Racist Murder in Charleston, S.C.

Minneapolis, Minn. (June 18, 2015) – The Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and Dakotas, the Islamic Center of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s murders in Charleston, S.C.: Read More…

USCCB: Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’

June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’, June 18.

Full text of Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:

Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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News Release (USCCB): New Website To Help Catholics Be Salt and Light

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2015)—A new website will help Catholics respond to Jesus’ call to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” found in the Matthew’s Gospel. WeAreSaltAndLight.org, a project of the U.S. bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, includes:

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB President Comments on Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments on Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015)—The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 28, on the constitutionality of states defining and recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

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News Release (USCCB): Faith Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Marriage and Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 23, 2015)—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. An open letter entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness” was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.

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