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Cdl. Dolan, Abp. Kurtz praise new HHS conscience protection policies

WASHINGTON -- New policies put in place by the civil rights office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services won praise from two former presidents of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"We applaud HHS for its significant actions to protect conscience rights and religious freedom," said a joint Jan. 19 statement by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, now chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chair of their Committee for Religious Liberty.

Some key points from USCCB General Assembly statement on racism

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released a statement Sept. 9, 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act addressing the importance of working against racism. Some of the points he makes are:

• We honor the many civic, business, and religious leaders, students, laborers, educators and all others of good will who courageously stood up for racial justice against bigotry, violence, ignorance, and fear. We are especially grateful for the vital contributions of the faith community during this period.

Pope speaks as a pastor in call to protect earth, USCCB president says

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed media at the National Press Club in Washington June 18 about the U.S. perspective on Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis speaks with a pastor's voice and with deep respect for science in calling the world to address threats to all life on earth through environmental degradation and a the mindset of a "throwaway culture" in his encyclical, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishops discuss upcoming encyclical, pope's visit, uses of social media

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis. They gathered for Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, celebrated by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the USCCB.

ST. LOUIS-- The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. Church's ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting children from abuse.

On the first day of their meeting June 10, there also were reports on the bishops' efforts to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and help rebuilding work in Haiti, which is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake.

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Pope Francis bows in front of an icon of the Presentation of Jesus at the beginning of the beatification Mass of Blessed Paul VI in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass was celebrated at the close of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.

VATICAN CITY -- After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

USCCB president suggests Sept. 28 as day of prayer for upcoming synod

WASHINGTON -- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal day of prayer Sept. 28 for the upcoming synod on the family.

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will take place at the Vatican Oct. 5-19.

Archbishop Kurtz, head of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, called the synod as "an important moment for the Church and for families."

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