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Episcopate

 

Against Discrimination

Fostering freedom of thoughts, eradicating corruption and fighting religious discrimination via the establishment of a Ministry for Minorities are some of the hopes expressed by ...

Defending the freedom to teach

An attack on the very principle of the freedom to teach contained in the Constitution: this is how the French Bishops’ Conference has defined the ...

Marriage is more than a relationship

The Bishops of Ireland are encouraging voters to say “no” to the referendum which would legalize gay marriage, to be held on Friday, 22 May. ...

When two people meet

All throughout the stages of vocational discernment, seminary formation and permanent formation, the purification of one’s motivation for ordained ministry must be faced with courage. ...

Migration and mixed marriages

The phenomenon of migration and of mixed marriages between Catholics and Orthodox represent the main challenges to the Churches in Europe, especially those in south-east ...

The tragic situation of the families in Dilley

San Antonio, 30. It was an important testimony. One which sheds light on families of illegal immigrants who are being held in detention centers. Thus, ...

Marriage is only between man and woman

On 22 May the people of Ireland will vote on a referendum that could change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution. Catholic Bishops have ...

United against the death penalty

Four Catholic media sources in the United States, 'America', 'National Catholic Register', 'National Catholic Reporter' and 'Our Sunday Visitor' the following editorial together calling for ...

We have something to say

Peripheries of the world but not of the Church. Dressed in the scarlet conferred to him by Pope Francis on 14 February, Cardinal John Dew, ...

It is Christian to welcome the stranger

“Switzerland needs to continue being a place that welcomes the stranger”. Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches ...

Ending world hunger with the Pope

Washington, 11. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “stand with Pope Francis in his call to end world hunger”. This statement was released from the ...

With ever greater commitment

Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz of Louisville has been elected as the new President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The election took place ...

In defence of conscientious objection

The US Catholic bishops are again appealing to federal authorities to intervene in order to protect the right to conscientious objection by all those who ...

Increasingly multi-cultural parishes

Parish communities in the United States are increasingly more multi-cultural. This is the latest analysis in a study by the Center for Applied Research in ...

Pastors listening to the people

A bishop in accordance with the will of God generously welcomes the mission to guard the flock entrusted to him. He accompanies his sheep along ...

Peace and aid to Egypt

Catholic bishops of the United States are calling for an increase in humanitarian and economic aid to Egypt. In a statement, 23 August, on the ...

A treasure to protect

The Japanese Parliament is proposing to amend Article 9 of the Nation’s Constitution which bars the country from exerting military force in international disputes. The ...

The Latin American Episcopate in Rio for the World Youth Day

The relationship that exists between the Latin American Episcopal Council and the Holy See has been fundamental to the Council’s service to the 22 Bishops’ ...

The marriage that founded America

“Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not an historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society ...

Prayers for Northern Ireland

A call to prayer for all Christians: this is the request from the Anglican Bishop of Down and Dromore, Harold Miller, in regard to the ...

An education in respect for life is urgently needed

“In families, there is no education in respect for life”, said Bishop Felix Anthony Machado of Vasai (northern India). He was talking about latest rape, ...

The poor first of all

The United States' Catholic Episcopate is again expressing the necessity to safeguard the poorest population groups and humanitarian aid on an international level, in the ...

The ignorance  of the faith

The ignorance of the content of the faith is one of the most serious problems of our time and is an obstacle for the mission ...

Renewing, the key word for the Year of Faith

Renewing, Church, mission and faith. These are the four words that according to Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput of Philadelphia require greater attention in the Year ...

A necessary reform for the rights of immigrants

Following the Presidential election, the Bishops of the United States of America are once again calling on the government to reach a final agreement for ...

Decalogue for the Year of Faith

Washington,26. Participation in the sacraments, prayers, charity work, reading the Bible and the documents of the Councils. These are just a few of the 10 ...

New evangelization and greater protection of the weak

Addressing the challenge of the transmission of the faith in light of the rapid and profound societal changes. This is one of the central themes ...

Courage and optimism, a response to secularization

The Church in France, described by John Paul II at the Mass he celebrated at Le Bourget on 30 June 1980 as an “educator of ...

Religions must give a message of peace

During the war in Bosnia he suffered three attacks. He never left the besieged capital, strolling among his people. Yet Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of ...

Synod of Greek-Catholic Bishops opens in Canada

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halyč, spiritual guide of the Ukranian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC), sent a letter greeting the Ukranian Catholics of Canada at the ...

In Colombia hatred gives way to forgiveness

“Sow the Gospel and gather reconciliation, knowing that, wherever Christ goes, peace makes headway, hatred gives way to forgiveness and rivalry is transformed into brotherhood”. ...

The tragic situation of children of illegal immigrants in the US

There are several thousand children in the United States separated from their parents, who have been subjected to judicial measures or who have been deported ...

Swiss bishops against the logic of financial markets

The minds of millions of Europeans are teeming with thoughts and worries about the difficult financial situation: under fire above all is speculation, which makes ...

A faith purified and revitalized

In Colombia “the people of God are called to purify themselves and revitalize their faith”. Speaking this morning, Friday 22 June, to bishops from the ...

For a new image of the Church

At the General Assembly, which recently concluded in Atlanta, the U.S. bishops have launched a plan to better communication. The plan, now in its beginning ...

Let us start afresh from God

The “ancient and new mission” that the Pope announced to participants in the General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference at the Audience on Thursday ...

Necessary recourse in defence of religious freedom

The Archdioceses of New York, of Washington and of Saint Louis, along with 40 other dioceses, institutions and Catholic organizations (schools, universities, hospitals and charities) ...

Catholic unity and new evangelization

The “Catholic unity” as “an essential condition for the fulfilmentof the Church’s mission” was reiterated by the Pope on Friday morning, 18 May, in his ...

The future of society young people formed in the faith

The contribution which Catholic educational institutions can offer to the building of a “society ever more solidly grounded in an authentic humanism” was a central ...

The bell rallies the Church in Ireland

Not as an isolated event but as a moment of grace, especially for a Catholicism seeking to renew itself after a difficult and, in many ...

Life is always a marvellous gift

“Nothing can justify the destruction of an innocent life”. Again the Catholic Episcopate in Argentina forcefully reiterates their adamant opposition to the spread of abortion. ...

Reasoned defense of Christian marriage

It is urgent and necessary to take another look at marriage preparation programs especially to help the youth, who seem to be unaware that the ...

A world free of nuclear arms

The path of diplomacy must be a priority to resolve the disputes between states and the use of force can never be first solution. This ...

Protagonists of evangelization

On Saturday morning, 17 December, the Holy Father met with Bishops of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference and of the Episcopal Conference of the ...

The radicalism of the Gospel to overcome violence

“Among people who love truth and honesty and who have always fought for equality and freedom,” negative situations paradoxically still exist, such as social exclusion ...

Evangelization and conversion priorities of the Church

On Saturday morning, 26 November, Benedict xvi met with Bishops from the State of New York, Region ii of US Bishops on their “ad limina” ...

Brotherhood is stronger than division

In the Church, the “new family of those that believe in Christ”, there is no room for any kind of division because brotherhood is stronger ...

Dialogue with religions and respect for minorities

An appeal to intensify dialogue with religions, with respect for differences and rights of minorities, was made by the Pope on the occasion of the ...

The right to life and the common good meeting ground for faith and politics

On Thursday morning, 28 October, the Holy Father spoke to the Prelates of the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, North East v Region, at the end ...

The Episcopate is a service of love

On Saturday morning, 11 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence, Castel Gandolfo, the Pope spoke to 102 Bishops who ...

A healthy ecumenism to combat indifferentism and ecclesiological relativism

On Saturday, 11 September, in the Hall of the Swiss at the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops ...

Mission and presence

The Pauline Year has just ended. Why do you put so much energy into organising cultural events around the figure of Saint Paul and pilgrimages ...

Archbishop Mamberti's official visit to Cuba

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, recently made an official Visit to Cuba – at the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs ...

The Pope sends condolences  on death of Bishop Luigi Padovese

When the Holy Father learned of the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, ofm cap, titular Bishop of Monteverde and Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia, Turkey, on ...

Children have the right to be brought into the world

On Thursday, 25 March, in his Private Library, the Holy Father spoke to the Bishops of Scandinavia who were in Rome for their “ad limina” ...

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