Archbishops and bishops

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'inflicts' nation

WASHINGTON -- Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 "to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions."

'The love of Christ impels us' | Bishop-elect Rivituso ready to serve Archdiocese of St. Louis

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Msgr. Mark Rivituso's mother was practically speechless when he broke the news that Pope Francis appointed him as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The day after she learned the news, Rosemary Rivituso was still in a joyful, celebratory mood. The 87-year-old is looking forward to his May 2 episcopal ordination, already making plans to buy a new outfit for the special occasion.

"I was happy for him," she said. "I was about to cry, but I didn't want to do that! He knows how proud I am. He always put others before himself and thinks of others."

Msgr. Mark Rivituso named auxiliary bishop for St. Louis

Msgr. Mark Rivituso, vicar general for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was appointed by Pope Francis to be auxiliary bishop of St. Louis.

Msgr. Mark S. Rivituso was at his desk on a recent Monday morning when the papal nuncio called. Pope Francis had appointed him as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre said.

Immediately, Msgr. Rivituso gazed at large crucifix hanging on the wall of his office. "He gave everything for me upon this cross," he reflected. "Now He's asking something of me, and looking at me with love upon the cross. How can I refuse Him? I have to trust enough to say yes." He told the nuncio, "What the Church needs of me, I will do it."

Abp. Gomez calls on Catholics to ‘show forth image of God’

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

LOS ANGELES — The answer to society's dysfunctions can be found in one person: Jesus Christ.

That message is at the core of a new pastoral letter by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez — "For Greater Things You Were Born" — released March 1, Ash Wednesday.

The letter is a 16,000-word meditation on human nature, which the archbishop maintains can only be understood in relation to God.

"Jesus Christ alone knows who we are and He is the one teacher of life," he wrote. "He alone shows us the way to live in order to lead a truly human life."

Newly named Dallas bishop says he'll build on predecessor's 'great work'

Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau, Alaska, smiles during a Dec. 13 news conference in Dallas after Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Dallas. He succeeds now-Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who headed the diocese until he was named in August to be the first prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life.

DALLAS (CNS) -- Bishop Edward J. Burns met with staff at the Catholic pastoral center in Dallas the morning of Dec. 13, asking for their prayers, telling them that he had already been praying for them and saying that he looked forward to working with them and others doing God's work.

Head of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, since 2009, Bishop Burns, 59, was named that day by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, succeeding Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who is now the prefect of the new Vatican office for the laity, family and life.

Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas spoke at an interfaith prayer vigil at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas July 8. Bishop Farrell was appointed to direct the Vatican's new office for laity, family and life.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican's new office for laity, family and life.

The Dublin-born bishop will celebrate his 69th birthday Sept. 2, the day after the new Vatican office officially begins its work.

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