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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.

Voice for Voiceless

Voice for Voiceless

Catholic Charities leaders from across the state gathered at the Capitol in Albany on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9-10, to advocate for their 2015-16 state budget priorities. 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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Given today's "throwaway" culture and so many problems unfolding in the world, "Do I as a Catholic watch from my balcony? No, you can't watch from the balcony. Get right in there!" he said.

Catholics must be active in politics, no matter how 'dirty,' pope says | National Catholic Reporter

Carol Glatz Catholic News Service | May. 1, 2015 The Francis Chronicles PrintemailPDF Catholics must get involved in politics even if it may be "dirty," frustrating and fraught with failure, Pope Francis said. Given today's "throwaway" culture and so many problems unfolding in the world, "Do I as…

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“Northern New York is quite an expanse, and so it’s quite an ambitious project,” Bishop LaValley said. The census started last October and is expected to wind up this August. “People have already begun to hit the pavement and knock on doors. And again, it’s not just people we think we know or think they’re not Catholic or whatever; we’re asking them [parish volunteers] to go to every door.”

NY Diocese Goes Out to Count Christ’s Flock and Bring Back the Lost Sheep

Inspired by Pope Francis, Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley sends out the laity two by two to every home to learn who is Catholic, who is ...

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In his will, Cardinal Egan, who had inherited family money, left large gifts to numerous Catholic causes, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, a retirement home for archdiocesan priests, and the Catholic Center at NYU, as well as personal gifts to former associates, including his priest secretaries.

Frugal in Life, Charitable in Death

Cardinal Edward Egan was well known as a persuasive fundraiser for Roman Catholic causes, many of which he remembered in his will.

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"For 40 years we carried on a conversation about any and all issues that concerned us both. I cannot tell you how much I learned from him. I doubt he learned much of anything from me. But that is the nature of friendship: we both grew because we both respected and, yes, loved each other." --Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre pays tribute to his beloved spiritual friend, Cardinal Francis George

Bishop’s Blog: Recalling a friend, scholar, leader, and loving priest | The Long Island Catholic

Photo: Cardinal Francis E. George, who retired as archbishop of Chicago in 2014, died April 17 after a long battle with cancer. He is pictured in a 2013 photo. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany addressed the New York State RIght to Life Committee's Lobby for Life Day at the state Capitol complex, speaking of being people of civility and compassion as we stand up for all human life.

Bishop Scharfenberger at Lobby for Life Day

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany addressed the NYS Right to Life Committee's Lobby for Life Day at the Legislative Austin Building at the state Capitol...

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