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Cdl. DiNardo decries Texas church shooting, 'fundamental problem in our society'

A man and woman attended a candlelight vigil after a mass shooting Nov. 5 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A gunman entered the church during Sunday services taking the lives of at least 26 people and injuring several more.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Catholic Church stands "in unity" with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others.

Those who died ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, and included 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor of the church but he was not at the service.

Catholic groups mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath

Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Aug. 28 in Beaumont Place, Texas. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters) See

Editor's note: Updated on Aug. 29 with information about special collection in Archdiocese of St. Louis Sept. 2-3 and Sept. 9-10.

Cdl. DiNardo elected USCCB president, Abp. Gomez elected vice president

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, rear, applauded Nov. 15 after Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, seated, was elected president during the annual fall general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected president of the U.S. bishops' conference Nov. 15 for a three-year term to begin at the conclusion of the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

Cardinal DiNardo collected a majority of votes on the first ballot of voting during the second day of the bishops' public session. Based on the number of bishops voting, 104 votes were needed for election, and Cardinal DiNardo -- the current vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- received 113.

Bishops elect new leaders, approve liturgical texts, discuss relief aid

BALTIMORE -- The U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly in Baltimore elected new leaders, discussed taking a second collection in their dioceses for typhoon relief in the Philippines, reviewed efforts to defend traditional marriage and religious liberty, and approved development of a statement on the dangers of pornography.

The actions came during the first two days of their Nov. 11-14 meeting. The bishops were to meet behind closed doors in executive session Nov. 13 and 14.

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