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Beatification will see ‘Jesus planting his cross’ in heart of Detroit

Jerseys and helmets will be replaced by chasubles and miters as thousands of bishops, clergy and faithful from across the country prepare to celebrate the beatification of Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey at the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Bishops OK budget for 2018, hiking diocesan assessment for 2019

Last year the bishops voted down an increase in the assessment from US dioceses to the national conference. As a result the "tight, balanced budget" cuts programs, travel and building maintenance, and curtails wages "below market value for the D.C. area."

U.S. bishops’ predecessors read ‘signs of the times’ in founding USCCB

Held the day before the bishops opened their fall general assembly in Baltimore, the workshop featured three talks, the first by Cardinal Dolan, head of a task force on the centenary observance.

Bishops to put together pastoral plan for marriage, family life ministry

U.S. Catholic bishops acknowledged that Catholic families and married couples need more support from the church at large and hope to offer it by giving parishes plenty of resources through a pastoral plan for marriage and family life.

Sainthood cause of Lakota catechist moves forward

The U.S. bishops voted Nov. 14 to move forward the sainthood cause of Nicholas W. Black Elk, a 19th-century Lakota catechist who is said to have introduced hundreds of Lakota people to the Catholic faith.

Panama archbishop: World Youth Day will invite youth of other faiths

UPDATED - Archbishop Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama visited Baltimore for the gathering of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 13 and 14, where he gave bishops an informational overview of the preparations for World Youth Day. 

U.S. bishops take on immigration, racism at fall assembly

UPDATED - They acknowledged the current polarization in the country and divides within the Catholic Church and stressed their responsibility as church leaders to promote immigration reform, educate parishioners on justice issues and listen to those affected by "sins of racism."

Persecuted Christians at risk of being forgotten, bishop says

The plight of minority Christians will be the focus of "A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians" to be observed Nov. 26.

Catholic Charities resets focus to disaster relief after huge storms

This fall's onslaught of destructive hurricanes -– Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands –- has caused the agency to shift its priorities in the short-term toward aiding people who have lost homes and livelihoods, Dominican Sister Donna Markham said.

Bishops voice support of migrants, worries over ‘poisoning rhetoric’

The longest and most passionate discussion on the first day of the fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 13 focused on immigrants, on how to help them but also how to drive home the point that they, too, are our brothers and sisters and should not be demonized.