Bishops say care for poor must be top concern following pope's example

ST. LOUIS  -- After a presentation about future priorities for the U.S. bishops at their spring general assembly in St. Louis, several bishops stepped up to microphone emphasizing that care for the poor has to be a top concern.

"Don't forget the poor," Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., urged the bishops June 11. "If we do all these wonderful things, and don't obviously remember the poor, we're losing the star moment of this extraordinary Holy Father," he said.

Bishops urged to help Catholics understand upcoming encyclical

 Bishop Oscar Cantu gave a presentation discussing themes associated with the upcoming papal encyclical on human ecology and the environment. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS -- A week before the anticipated release of Pope Francis' encyclical on human ecology and the environment, the U.S. bishops were urged to help Catholics hear and understand it.

Pope Francis will challenge the assumptions of "both the left and the right" with the document, said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

He made the comments June 10 on the first day of the bishops' spring general assembly in St. Louis.

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.

U.S. bishops assembly in St. Louis opens with rapid start to communications


A few hours before the U.S. bishops' Spring General Assembly opened June 10 in St. Louis, the meeting already had begun.

Tweets were trickling out from bishops, media and observers, using the hashtag #usccb15. Among their first items to share: a link to the live stream of the proceedings, bishops making their presence known and media types encouraging followers to watch their live coverage.

Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

BALTIMORE -- Though there were no actions on the U.S. bishops' agenda in Baltimore dealing with immigration, poverty and other public policy issues, the president of their conference said Nov. 11 that he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders soon on several topics.

USCCB names more threats to religious liberty

HHS mandate for sterilization, contraception, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services forces religious institutions to facilitate and/or fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. Further, the federal government tries to define which religious institutions are "religious enough" to merit protection of their religious liberty.

Catholic foster care and adoption services.

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