• President and Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Stand in Defense of All Faiths in Response to Executive Order on Refugees

    “When did we see you a stranger and welcome you?” – Matthew 25:38

    WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement regarding the recent executive order on the new refugee policy announced by President Trump this past Friday. President Trump’s executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days. The order also indefinitely stops the admission of Syrian refugees and for 90 days, bars individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. More.

  • USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee and Immigrant Families

    WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In addition, it prioritizes religious minorities suffering from religious persecution, thereby deprioritizing all other persons fleeing persecution; calls for a temporary bar on admission to the United States from a number of countries of particular concern (all Muslim majority); and imposes a yet-to-be determined new vetting process for all persons seeking entry to the United States. More.

  • USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Responds to Trump Administration Sanctuary City Executive Order

    WASHINGTON—Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, Texas and chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration has issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s executive order signed by President Donald Trump. The executive order would deny federal funding for jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. Bishop Vásquez says such an order could be injurious to local relationships between communities and law enforcement where building trust and supportive relations with immigrant communities is essential to reducing crime and helping victims. More.

  • USCCB Spokeswoman Welcomes House Passage of 2017 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

    WASHINGTON—Deirdre McQuade, primary spokeswoman on abortion for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” she said. More.

     

  • Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement to Build a Wall at U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention and Deportation Forces

    WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump today issued an executive order to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, to significantly increase immigrant detention and deportation, and to disregard the judgment of state and local law enforcement on how best to protect their communities. More.

     

  • Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Administration’s Announcement to Build a Wall at U.S.-Mexico Border, Increase Detention and Deportation Forces

    WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump today issued an executive order to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, to significantly increase immigrant detention and deportation, and to disregard the judgment of state and local law enforcement on how best to protect their communities.  More.

  • From Bishop Tobin: Prayer for Inauguration Day

    As our Nation prepares to mark the Inauguration of a new President, I invite all the members of the Catholic Church in Providence to pray this week, and especially on Friday, for our Nation and its new leaders. If we must protest, let us protest peacefully. But most of all, by attending Holy Mass, or visiting our churches, and in moments of personal silence, let us pray for God’s assistance.

    Let us pray:

    “Almighty God, we ask that you grant abundant wisdom, courage and compassion to those chosen to lead us. May they humble themselves in your sight and recognize that all authority comes from you alone. May their service be directed to promoting the common good, protecting the weak and vulnerable, and securing peace and justice in our land and throughout the world.

    We pray that you will also bestow unity, peace and harmony to all the people of our Nation. Remove from us all fear and loathing, and let us work together, with mutual respect, for life and liberty, and for peace and justice for all of your children. This we ask through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

  • Cardinal Dolan Calls for Renewed Fight Against Doctor-Assisted Suicide

    USCCBWASHINGTON—The Washington, DC, City Council and the voters of Colorado both recently acted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called for increased efforts to fight against assisted suicide, saying it must be “opposed with renewed vigor.” More.

  • Catholics’ postelection to-do list: work for unity, healing

    catholic-news-serviceBy Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — All the distrust, vitriol and rancor stirred up during the 2016 presidential election campaign did not go away when votes were tallied. More.

  • The Threat to Christians in Iraq

    RIC - blue logo - hmpg footerOver the last few years Catholics have been rightly concerned about government-imposed restrictions upon religious liberty. The United States Bishops have spoken out forcefully against attempts by both politicians and secular groups to silence the Church on important moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage. But the possible threats that Catholics face in this country are nothing compared to what our Catholic friends in Iraq are experiencing. More.