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Dec.17, 2020

As we approach the commemoration of the Savior's birth, I invite you to join me in maintining our vigilance against Covid-19 and thereby offer a gift of love to our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable. Together we can celebrate safely and responsibly by maintaining safeguarding measures, including wearing maskes...

Dec. 10, 2020

The Holy Father has granted a plenary indulgence associated with the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from home. Click here for the official decree, along with an explanation of the indulgence in both English and Spanish from Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Archbishop and Primate of Mexico...

Dec. 8, 2020

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021.

Dec. 4, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As Pope Francis has taught us, by virtue of our baptism we are all called to be both disciples and missionaries. Our Church is a community of missionary disciples of Jesus Christ who have been sent out “to the whole world” to proclaim the Good News, to share what we believe, and to serve all our sisters and brothers, especially the poor and vulnerable. All of us—whatever our particular vocations—are companions on a journey, called to play an active...

Nov. 25, 2020

November is often called Gratitude Month. It’s a time when we recognize the abundant blessings we’ve received and remember Whom to thank. Blessings like the gift of life itself, our families, the love that we share with spouses and children and friends, our vocation as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ, our freedom as Americans, our intellectual gifts and talents, and so much more...

Nov. 13, 2020

Especially during this time of pandemic, many of our sisters and brothers are struggling to find reasons to be grateful. Many will be unable to celebrate Thanksgiving in their homes with family and friends because of illness, social distancing or restrictions on travel. Let’s be sure to pray for those who are less fortunate than we are, and let’s help them every way we can—especially as we prepare for the Advent and Christmas seasons...

Nov. 11, 2020

After the Vatican released its extensive report on Theodore E. McCarrick, Pope Francis renewed the Catholic Church's pledge to uproot the scourge of sexual abuse. Before concluding his weekly general audience Nov. 11, the pope made his first public statement on the release of the report regarding the "painful...

Nov. 10, 2020

In response to the Holy See’s publication of its report on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, issued the following statement: Together with the global community of the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Newark is studying the findings of this unprecedented and substantial report. We commend the leadership of Pope Francis and the Holy See in seeking to bring...

Nov. 10, 2020

I welcome the report of the Holy See’s investigation into its knowledge and decision-making regarding Theodore McCarrick during his long career as a priest, bishop, and cardinal. We are studying these findings, and we are grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral concern for the family of God in the United States and his leadership in calling the Church to greater accountability and transparency...

Oct. 30, 2020

The day following his visit to Assisi on October 3, 2020, the Vatican published a new encyclical by Pope Francis. The encyclical’s title, Fratelli tutti, is taken from St. Francis who used these words as a term of endearment to “address his brothers and sisters” and to propose to them “a way of life marked by the flavor of the Gospel” (Fratelli tutti, #1). This new social encyclical speaks to all members of the human family, reminding us that we are sisters and brothers regardless of our race, ethnicity, social status or country of origin...


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