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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Suicide solution?

Suicide Solution?

The bills to legalize assisted suicide in New York State are a recipe for abuse, even requiring doctors to lie about cause of death, and no counseling requirement to screen for depression. HERE.

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.

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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Make no mistake, Pope Francis fully understands the power of social media. Let us work together to bring the light of Christ to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and wherever we encounter others. From the Vatican Press Office on the pope's meeting with Facebook's founder and CEO: “Together they spoke about how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged.”

Updating his relationship status: Pope Francis ‘friends’ Mark Zuckerberg

Diane Montagna has the scoop: Pope Francis on Monday received Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, in a private audience at his residence in the Vatican. “To…

Posted: 10:21 2016-08-29 ⋅ Comment

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Take a couple of minutes to watch this great video. Kudos to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Conventual Franciscans of San Damiano MIssion in Brooklyn for this great evangelization effort through a simple ministry of presence.

Bringing God to hipsters in Brooklyn

From the In My Backyard Desk, a terrific video from CNS (kudos to Katie Breidenbach and Chaz Muth) that gives a glimpse of Franciscans engaging in a little hip evangelization. First thing you do? P…

Posted: 6:09 2016-08-26 ⋅ Comment

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#Pray4Italy

The New York Times

Posted: 11:48 2016-08-24 ⋅ Comment

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We join with Pope Francis in praying for the many victims killed in this morning's devastating earthquakes in Italy, southwest of Rome. The Holy Father discarded his planned catechism lesson at this morning's general audience in St. Peter's Square and, instead, led the pilgrims in praying the Rosary. We urge the faithful to do the same.

6.2-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Italy, Killing Dozens

Roughly 40 strong quakes in the nation’s center were reported over a three-hour period, officials said, and tremors awakened residents in Rome, nearly 100 miles away.

Posted: 5:25 2016-08-24 ⋅ Comment

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The vocations director for the Diocese of Rockville Centre is a former Olympian.

From Olympic Athlete to Diocesan Priest

New York native Father Joe Fitzgerald now recruits others to serve at the altar.

Posted: 14:19 2016-08-23 ⋅ Comment