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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.
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.
Posted: 14:42 2014-12-18 ⋅ Comment
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
Posted: 12:01 2014-12-17 ⋅ Comment