Archbishops and bishops

Elections, marriage and confirmation texts among bishops' agenda items

WASHINGTON -- Elections for a new president and vice president, a discussion and vote on a Spanish-language book of prayers at Mass, and a proposal to develop a statement on pornography are among the items awaiting the U.S. bishops when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly.

Bishop Pates: Help the pope extend God's love

Linda McAnany, chair of the Missouri Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee, addressed the opening session of the MCC’s Annual Assembly Sept. 28 in Jefferson City. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, left, gave the keynote address. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, center, is general chairman of MCC’s board of Directors.

Join Pope Francis and bolster his voice, thus extending the frontiers of God's love, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines told about 500 people attending the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly. The assembly was held Sept. 28 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

Bishop Pates, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, gave the keynote address, based on the theme of the conference, "Francis, Rebuild My Church," a reference to St. Francis and the newly elected pope.

MCC assembly workshops show Church's concern for poor people

The Catholic Church's concern for the poor is as old as the Church and has not waned, Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice told a gathering at the Missouri State Capitol Sept. 28.

Bishop Rice presented a workshop on "Pope Francis and the Poor Among Us" at the Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly.

Iowa bishop urges public discussion of U.S. use of drones

WASHINGTON -- The United States' use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to hunt down suspected terrorists deserves a wide-scale public discussion, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Several St. Louisans

Several St. Louisans spent a day last week lobbying at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.

Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice, along with other St. Louis members of the Missouri Catholic Conference's Public Policy Committee met with legislators Feb. 20 for the group's annual Lobby Day. Joining Bishop Rice were Diane Daly, John Schwob, Deborah Meister and Pat Dougherty, along with other committee members from other parts of the state.

Pope accepts retirement of Bishop Casey in Bolivia

Bishop Morgan Casey, right, concluded a Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Brentwood in August. Pope Benedict XVI recently accepted Bishop Casey’s retirement as Bishop of the Vicariate of the Pando in Bolivia.

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Morgan Casey, a St. Louis priest who has served as vicar of the Pando region of Bolivia.

Bishop Casey, 77, earlier reached the mandatory age limit where he was required to submit his resignation. In August, he celebrated his 50th anniversary in the priesthood at a Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Brentwood, followed by a reception at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

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