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Mass. bishops urge state Senate to reject abortion expansion

The Catholic bishops of Massachusetts called out a budget amendment that would allow girls as young as 16 to get an abortion with the consent of a guardian or a court.

U.S. bishops urge Trump, Barr to stop upcoming federal executions

Two key archbishops called for a halt to the pace for 10 federal executions in 2020, more than double the record of four in 1938. The halt is "not 'soft on crime'; rather, it is strong on the dignity of life."

Limits on indoor worship aimed at gatherings, not religion, state says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's order limiting the size of a congregation does not target religious beliefs but addresses the "super-spreader potential" for COVID-19, to which the Brooklyn Diocese objects.

U.S. priests’ association among faith groups divesting from fossil fuels

The priests' group is one of 42 Catholic and five other faith institutions in 21 countries joining the Global Catholic Climate Movement's campaign that to divest from carbon-based energy.

Hope can overcome the most painful experiences, Msgr. Bransfield tells USCCB

Philadelphia priest Msgr. Brian Bransfield ended his term as general secretary of the USCCB Nov. 17 and painted a parallel for the bishops with the lessons of Father Steve Dougherty, his childhood pastor and priest friend.

Bishops form group to address Biden policies, church teaching

The vice president of the U.S. bishops will lead a working group to address policies of President-elect Biden that may be in conflict with Catholic teaching and the bishops' priorities.

Bishops reauthorize anti-racism ad hoc committee for three more years

"We hope that, once we get beyond COVID, to pick up on listening sessions" regarding racism around the U.S., said committee chairman Shelton J. Fabre of Louisiana.

Bishops approve pandemic-influenced budget for 2021

The USCCB had started trimming expenses in 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even as its stock portfolio gyrated wildly. The bishops approved a balanced budget Nov. 16.

Women urge bishops to continue response to top issues

Two women who lead groups that advise the U.S. bishops encouraged them to continue holding dialogues on racism, reaching out to Catholics during the pandemic and informing them about efforts to prevent abuse in the church.

Bishop Conley returns to lead Lincoln Diocese after medical leave

After treatment for depression and anxiety, Bishop James Conley cautioned bishops at the annual meeting that "there are a lot of stresses on bishops and it's only going to get worse."