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News Release (USCCB): Echoing Pope Francis, Cardinal O’Malley and Brother Bishops Decry Indifference to Suffer

Celebrate Mass and lay wreath at border to remember dead migrants
Call upon Congress to move quickly to end family separations
Request Administration to limit deportations of family members

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014)—Led by Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border April 1, and celebrated Mass in remembrance of migrants who have died attempting to reach the United States. This Mission for Migrants included a wreath laying ceremony and a tour of the border. It was inspired by the trip by Pope Francis to Lampedusa, Italy, last year to pray for migrants who died attempting to reach Europe by boat.

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News Release: Minnesota Catholic Conference urges passage of the voting restoration bill

Criminal offenders have God-given dignity that calls for justice, not vengeance, as they are re-entering society

St. Paul, Minn (March 12, 2014)—The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy office of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, today joined with their “Restore the Vote Minnesota” coalition partners at the Capitol to urge the passage of the voting restoration bill (HF 491 / SF 107) in Minnesota. The announcement coincided with the 7th Annual Second Chance Coalition Day on the Hill which, this year, focused its attention on the disenfranchisement of Minnesotans who have been convicted of a felony, but are no longer incarcerated and now living in the community.

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News Release (USCCB): Bishop Pates, Southern Baptist Leader Urge Senators to Advance Bill to Create Special Envoy for Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, D. C. (March 4, 2014)—The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a “growing crisis of religious minorities” by allowing a vote on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in a March 4 letter.

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News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Larry Snyder Urge Congressional Support for Second Chance Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2014)—Congress should take an important step to address issues faced by the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who reenter society each year from prisons, jails and detention centers. This was the message of the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA in a March 4 letter supporting the Second Chance Act (S. 1690/H.R. 3465).

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News Release (USCCB): Christians Leaders Oppose Mass Incarceration

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2014)—Christian leaders, representing a broad coalition of Christian churches and denominations in the United States, voiced their united opposition to mass incarceration, February 7. Mass Incarceration was the topic of the 2014 annual meeting of Christian Churches Together (CCT), in Newark, February 4-7. USCCB has taken part in CCT since 2004.

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News Release (USCCB): USCCB and National Catholic Partners Respond to Farm Bill Conference Committee Bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. (January 29, 2014)— The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, along with representatives of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Rural Life, responded to the agreement of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, commending their ability to set aside partisan differences to advance a farm bill.

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News Release (USCCB): Catholic Schools Week to be Observed in Dioceses Across the Country, January 26-February 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 15, 2014)—National Catholic Schools Week 2014 will be observed in dioceses around the country January 26 – February 1. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the principles of a Catholic education.

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Catholic Spirit: Finishing prison sentence should bring back voter rights

(by Jason Adkins)
December 18, 2013

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states that “participation in community life is not only one of the greatest aspirations of the citizen, called to exercise freely and responsibly his civic role with and for others, but is also one of the pillars of all democratic orders and one of the major guarantees of the permanence of democratic life.” (CSDC 190.)

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News Release: USCCB Chairmen Praise Introduction of the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’ in the Senate

Non-discrimination Act necessary because of intolerance
Those who affirm that marriage is one man and one woman need protection
House and Senate urged to pass Act

WASHINGTON, D. C. (December 12, 2013) —Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, expressed strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (S. 1808) introduced today in the U.S. Senate by Senator Mike Lee. Both archbishops previously endorsed the companion Marriage and Religious Freedom Act introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 19, 2013.

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News Release: USCCB Committee on Migration Designates February 8 as a Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 9, 2013) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking.

February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.

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