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A Unified Voice for All New York State Catholics

The New York State Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of the state in working with government to shape laws and policies that pursue social justice, respect for life and the common good. We provide a unified voice for the eight dioceses of the state to speak on such issues as education, marriage, health care, poverty, abortion, euthanasia, social services, criminal justice and the environment. We apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day and encourage citizen involvement in the legislative process.

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End of Life Booklet

End of Life Booklet

The NYS Bishops offer a helpful guide to Catholics on the difficult decisions involving end-of-life treatment and care. The document is called "Now and at the Hour of Our Death. Go HERE to order or download. Una versión en español está aquí.

Catechist Statement

Catechist Statement

The Bishops of New York State have released a new document on the qualities necessary for a successful leader of a parish faith formation program. The document is entitled "The Cathechetical Leader in the Third Millennium" and can be viewed HERE.

Faithful Citizenship

Faithful Citizenship

Watch Cardinal Dolan discuss the Catholic call to faithful citizenship as you form your conscience throughout the year to better participate in the public square. HERE.

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If you could only hear one Christmas carol by one artist, which would you choose? Tell us in the comments.

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Catholic New York? There's an app for that.

Catholic New York’s New App - Catholic New York

Since we last published in print two weeks ago, Catholic New York has made some publishing news as our long-planned E-edition made its debut as an app on Apple’s Newsstand. If that sentence …

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As columnist Bill Dodds reminds us, Christmas is a particularly difficult time for widows and widowers, particularly new ones. Please pray for all widows and widowers that they may be consoled by the happy memories of Christmases past, and the hope of being reunited with their spouses in eternal life.

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As I head toward my second Christmas as a widower, I now know the challenges begin with Halloween. Yes, Halloween. Filled with happy “couple” memories, it’s a tough day for a lot of widows and widowers. It is followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s – one blow after another, pummeling an alre…

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Today's release of an American prisoner in Cuba and President Obama's subsequent announcement of an agreement between the United States and Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, was the culmination of negotiations brokered, in part, by Pope Francis. How fitting that this important development in the Americas comes on the birthday of the Pope of the Americas. Here is the official Vatican statement: "The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the Governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history. "In recent months, Pope Francis wrote letters to the President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr Raúl Castro, and the President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama, and invited them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest, including the situation of certain prisoners, in order to initiate a new phase in relations between the two Parties. "The Holy See received Delegations of the two countries in the Vatican last October and provided its good offices to facilitate a constructive dialogue on delicate matters, resulting in solutions acceptable to both Parties. "The Holy See will continue to assure its support for initiatives which both nations will undertake to strengthen their bilateral relations and promote the wellbeing of their respective citizens." From the Vatican, 17th December 2014

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