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Catholics urged to focus on Holy Family, the Eucharist during Advent

In the Diocese of Nashville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding has asked Catholics to focus on the Holy Family this Advent.

Washington Archdiocese’s pro-life Mass in January to have more local focus

In one change, the archdiocese has canceled its long-running arena-size Youth Rally and Mass for Life to instead host a smaller Youth Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Life Jan. 20.

Annual National Prayer Vigil for Life will take place in Washington Jan. 19-20

Scheduled for Jan. 19-20 at the national shrine, the vigil has always coincided with the eve of the March for Life, which marks the date of 1973 decision of the court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The 2023 March for Life is Jan. 20.

USCCB: U.S. Bishops Vote for New Conference President and Vice President at Plenary Assembly

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the Fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore was elected as USCCB vice president.

Papal nuncio urges U.S. bishops to stay true to church’s mission

In his Nov. 15 address to the U.S. bishops at their annual fall assembly in Baltimore, the papal nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, emphasized the need to remain focused on the church's missionary role of spreading the Gospel message.

Virginia bishop mourns loss of life in shooting, decries ongoing violence

The Catholic bishop of Richmond decried the Nov. 13 fatal shooting of three football players at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, urging everyone to pray for the victims, their families and the entire university community.

After abortion vote, Michigan prelate says church must help women even more

In a letter to the faithful, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit said he grieved with those who have spent months praying, fasting and advocating against Proposal 3 for the "millions of lives" that are now at stake because of the ballot proposal's passage Nov. 8.

New Ascension yearlong podcast starts Jan. 1, will present entire catechism

Over the course of 365 daily podcast episodes, Father Mike Schmitz will read the entire catechism.

USCCB: Nationwide Prayer Vigil for Life to Continue After Reversal of Roe v. Wade

Catholics across the country are encouraged to observe a nationwide prayer vigil from Thursday, January 19 to Friday, January 20, 2023, to pray for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life.

Fordham report finds poverty growing globally, reversing recent gains

Declining access to food, greater discrimination against women and widening restrictions on religious freedom have contributed to a higher rate of poverty worldwide, said a new report issued by a Fordham University program.