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Press Releases/Statements

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...

October 28, 2020

In a dramatic demonstration of Catholic-Jewish amity, the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (CRRJ) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) exchanged public messages in commemoration of the fifty-fifth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the milestone document of the Catholic Church articulating a new and better era in Christian-Jewish relations.

Oct. 16, 2020

Two powerful incidents frame the Gospel according to St. John. Chapter 2 contains the hope-filled story of the wedding at Cana, and Chapter 19 provides St. John’s perspective on the crucifixion of Jesus. Both incidents involve Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother. The wedding at Cana is a situation nearly everyone can relate to. A mother and her adult son disagree. There’s a problem—not enough wine—and Mary wants Jesus to intervene. He resists. “Woman, how does your...

Oct. 5, 2020

The Catholic Church believes and teaches that all human life is sacred from conception to natural death. For that reason, we, the Bishops of each of the dioceses in New Jersey, join in voicing the strongest possible opposition to the “Reproductive Freedom Act.” Without minimizing other serious threats to human life and dignity evident in contemporary American society...

Oct. 1, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark announces the livestream of a memorial Mass for Archbishop Emeritus John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D., to be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. (EST). Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the celebrant and Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Paterson, will be the homilist...


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