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USCCB's strategic plan responds to church's call for new evangelization

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives a thumbs up as U.S. bishops consider a proposal to establish a new position of director for public affairs for the bishops' conference. The bishops' approved the proposal Nov. 13 during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's call for a new evangelization will guide the work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next four years under a strategic plan adopted during the bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

Operating under the theme "Journey with Christ: Faith/Worship/Witness," the plan offers a "road map" for the conference to shape programs and activities to strengthen the faith of Catholics and position them to be active witnesses to their faith in all aspects of life.

Archbishop joins voices urging Obama to 'seize moment' on immigration

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles.

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration joined the broadening chorus calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to "seize the moment" and pass comprehensive immigration reform next year.

In a statement issued Nov. 13 during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall general assembly in Baltimore, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, committee chair, called on Obama and congressional leaders to work together on a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

Bishops OK new document on preaching

U.S. bishops discussed a proposed document on preaching during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore Nov. 13. The document, which was approved, encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives.

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

The document, "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily," encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people's daily lives.

The vote was 227-11, with four abstentions. Approval required two-thirds of the membership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or 182 votes. There were four abstentions.

Internal matters top agenda of bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore

WASHINGTON -- Statements on preaching and ways that bishops can respond using new technologies to modern-day challenges to their teaching authority are among the items the U.S. bishops will consider when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly.

Set for Nov. 12-15, the assembly also will consider a statement on work and the economy proposed by the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development as a way to raise the profile of growing poverty and the struggles that unemployed people are experiencing.

U.S. Catholics urged to renew commitment 'to defend' life during October

WASHINGTON -- During October, designated each year as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholics should "renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

New Vatican doctrinal chief talks about traditionalist society, women religious discussions

VATICAN CITY -- Asked about how he would handle the most controversial cases he inherited, the new head of the Vatican's doctrinal office said, "For the future of the Church, it's important to overcome ideological conflicts from whatever side they come."

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