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Press Releases/Statements

Oct. 1, 2020

Archbishop John J. Myers was recalled as a man of faith, prayer, a scholar, a teacher, and as “a really good bishop” during a Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Archbishop Emeritus of Newark and former Bishop of Peoria was interred in the Bishop’s Mausoleum at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria following a funeral liturgy attended by family members of the Earlville native...

Sept. 29, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Whom should we vote for in the upcoming election? Can faithful Catholics who are conscientious about their religious beliefs and fundamental human values vote for candidates or political parties that have taken positions that are contrary to our deepest convictions? Like many Catholics, I have spent considerable time prayerfully contemplating the untenable nature of such questions... 

Sept. 25, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., recieved this letter from Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre on Sept. 25 in which Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin expresses the condolences of Pope Francis at death of Archbishop Emeritus John Joseph Myers, J.C.D., D.D...

Sept. 24, 2020

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of Newark, entered into eternal life on Thursday, September 24, 2020.  He was 79 years old. Upon hearing the news of Archbishop Myers’ passing, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, said, “On behalf of my brother Bishops and the entire family of God here in our local Church of Newark, I extend my heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family. Let us thank God for Archbishop Myers’ service and his love of our Church. I entrust him to the loving arms of..."

Sept. 16, 2020

Cardinal Tobin has neither endorsed nor opposed any candidate running for public office. He has simply reminded Catholics of our responsibility to take part in the elective process. Cardinal Tobin echoes the USCCB’s guidance on “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” which recognizes that Catholics often face difficult decisions about how to vote as well as the need for a properly formed...

September 14, 2020

The Archbishop of San Juan, Roberto Octavio González Nieves, O.F.M, calls on Puerto Ricans in the United States to remember their families and their homeland this election season.  Watch here: www.facebook.com/franciscanactionnetwork/videos/359693412072279/ 

Sept. 1, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark announced today that the attendance limit for its 212 churches in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties has increased. Based on the latest New Jersey public official guidelines, the number of faithful now permitted indoors for public liturgies and Baptisms, weddings and funerals has increased to 150 participants or 25 percent of the church’s capacity, whichever is lower...

August 31, 2020

In November 2018, we bishops of the United States issued a pastoral letter against racism entitled, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. Although our conference has spoken out against racism many times in the past, we believed that the increasing incidents of violence and injustice in our nation warranted a renewed commitment on our part to call attention to the evils of racist thought, speech and actions... 

August 14, 2020

For nearly half a year now, it seems like we have all been living in the Twilight Zone. Things just don’t appear to be the way they should be, and it’s kind of eerie. I certainly don’t want to joke about this deadly serious pandemic. Too many people have lost family members, friends and close colleagues. Many others have lost their jobs or are experiencing severe economic hardships...

August 4, 2020

In response to the urgent need to address enrollment loss and growing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark has announced that five elementary schools will not reopen this fall and three elementary schools will consolidate with nearby school communities...

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