Archbishops and bishops

Stress hope, bishop tells Hispanic community

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., listened to Leticia Seitz of Latinos en Axion during a recent visit to St. Louis. Bishop Soto is the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He later addressed the CCHD’s work with immigrants at the Aquinas Lecture.

Bishop Jaime Soto leaned in to listen to the woman detail her recent communication with U.S. immigration authorities.

Though his visit wasn't about personal struggles, he gave the woman his complete attention, letting her talk and then giving her reassurances of support.

Jesus invites all to take risk 'of being more,' says Chicago archbishop

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich exited Holy Name Cathedral after his installation as Chicago’s new archbishop Nov.18. Archbishop Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed Cardinal Francis E. George, who retired.

CHICAGO -- At his installation as the ninth archbishop of Chicago Nov. 18, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich urged the congregation at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral to fearlessly share their faith, recognizing that God calls them "to more" and "to greater things."
Before an overflow crowd, the archbishop said he had "a bit of a panic attack" when he saw the day's Gospel reading was about Jesus walking on water and calling his disciples to follow him.

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Wash., pictured here in a 2010 photo, as archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis E. George. The appointment was announced Sept. 20.

CHICAGO -- The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George.

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago.

The appointment was announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Cupich, 65, will be installed in Chicago Nov. 18 during a Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Obituary | Retired Missouri bishop dies in home country of Ireland at age 82

Bishop Boland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Retired Bishop Raymond J. Boland of Kansas City-St. Joseph died Feb. 27 in Cork, Ireland, in a hospice facility surrounded by his family. He was 82.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated March 4 in Ireland. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City.

U.S. bishops hope bill restores unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON -- The Senate rounded up 60 votes Jan. 7 to ward off a potential filibuster on a bill that would resume the federal payment of emergency unemployment benefits.

The Senate has yet to vote on the bill, and leaders in the Republican-controlled House have said they would not consider it until savings were found elsewhere in the budget to offset its expected $6.4 billion cost over three months.

Restoring aid for the jobless has been a priority of the U.S. bishops.

Abp. Kurtz elected president of USCCB; bishops urged to make religious freedom a priority

BALTIMORE -- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops by a wide margin.

The archbishop, the current USCCB vice president, received 125 votes during the first round of balloting during the fall general assembly of the U.S. bishops Nov. 12.

In the voting for vice president, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected to the post during the third round of voting.

He defeated Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, 147 to 87. 

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