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USCCB Issues Response to Pope Francis Video During National Migration Week

From January 8–14, the Catholic Church has been celebrating National Migration Week 2017 to draw attention to the positive contributions of migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims in society. To celebrate this week, Pope Francis joined in a Los Angeles Mass on January 12 with a special video message. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed solidarity with the Holy Father over the need to welcome and treat all with respect, regardless of their national origin or religion. He also called for comprehensive immigration reform and humane refugee policy. Read more…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from MCC

The celebration of Christmas highlights the promises of faith through the Holy Family. The U.S. bishops encourage all to live out this faith with hope, love, and charity towards one another. Throughout the past year, people of goodwill have done just that, advocating for the needs of the marginalized in society and for the common good at the State Capitol. On behalf of the Michigan bishops and the Board of Directors, Michigan Catholic Conference would like to thank these individuals and wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Read more…

“… our immigration system must treat migrants and refugees with the same dignity as native-born citizens. It must recognize the fundamental wrong of separating families, particularly when children are involved. And it must not be blind to the rich contribution made — in the past and in the present — by men and women who have come to this country as migrants or refugees.” —The Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

Archbishop Vigneron: We Stand With Immigrants and Refugees

On December 12th the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Memorial of St Juan Diego. To commemorate the celebration this year, Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit and chairman of the MCC Board of Directors, released a powerful statement calling for the protection of immigrants and migrants, and urges elected officials to ensure the dignity of all human persons and the protection of families. Read more…

Bishop Walkowiak Opens Senate Session With Prayer

On Tuesday, November 29th, Most Reverend David Walkowiak, Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, offered the opening invocation to start the day’s session of the Michigan Senate. Bishop Walkowiak was a guest of State Senator Dave Hildenbrand, whose legislative district lies within the Grand Rapids diocese. Bishop Walkowiak was joined during the invocation by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who is also from the Grand Rapids area and is president of the Senate. During his invocation, Bishop Walkowiak stated that “all authentic service on behalf of the common good and the dignity of all is based upon justice, truth, and love.”

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USCCB President Urges All To Come Together for the Common Good After Election

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated President-Elect Donald Trump and others who were elected by the American people in the November 8th General Election. He also called for all to come together and heal divisions, saying that "now is the time to move toward the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens." Read more…

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ELECTION 2016: Vote on Tuesday, November 8

On Tuesday, November 8, Michiganders will vote on a number of races and ballot issues. Every candidate chosen on November 8 will make decisions that impact our communities, whether at the local, state, or federal level. Selecting candidates who are concerned with those most in need, the protection of human dignity, and the promotion of the common good should be an important priority. The Candidates, the Issues, and Your Vote provides some helpful questions to reflect upon before voting. View your local ballot…

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Urges Respect for Religion

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released a video message encouraging all to take a moment and reflect upon one of the founding principles of our republic: the freedom of religion. Archbishop Kurtz notes recent political comments seeking to interfere with the internal life of the Church for short-term political gain and says “If this is true, it is troubling.”

'The Gospel serves the common good, not political agendas.' —Archbishop Kurtz

USCCB President Says the Gospel Serves the Common Good, Not Political Agendas

A lack of civility has at times overtaken discussion about real issues in the 2016 election. Recently, reports indicating a desire by some to interfere in the internal life of the Church for political gain, as well as comments demeaning women, have raised further concerns for the American people. In an October 13 statement, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, emphasized a clear message: “The Gospel serves the common good, not political agendas.” He continues in the message to call on politicians, their staffs, and volunteers to hold themselves to higher standards and to respect the rights of people to live their faith without interference from the state. Read more…

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U.S. Bishops to President and Congress: Reject Biased Religious Liberty Report

Last month, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a report called Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Non-Discrimination Principles With Civil Liberties. Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, joined leaders from diverse faiths in writing to President Barack Obama, Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, and House Speaker Paul Ryan with concerns that the report stigmatizes religious individuals, communities, and faith-based institutions. Read more…

Moved by Mercy: October Marks Respect Life Month

Each year in October, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launches its Respect Life Program, which highlights the value of all human life. Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, announced this year’s theme as Moved by Mercy, saying “everyone should be cherished and protected.” Materials developed for the program address assisted suicide, infertility, post-abortion healing, end-of-life care, attentiveness to God’s creation, and support for birthmothers. Read more…

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