United States Conference

of Catholic Bishops

Promotion and Defense of Marriage

The Jubilee Year of Mercy


The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each particular Church, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God the Father through diligent labor for the Church's mission there.  The most evident sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in every diocese.  These doors, analogous to the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, will permit even people who cannot travel to Rome to make a Jubilee pilgrimage.



October 23, 2015

New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Most Reverend John C. Wester, M.Div., M.A.S., M.A.

Diocese of Las Cruces, Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, S.T.D.

Diocese of Las Cruces, Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez, Emeritus

Diocese of Gallup, Most Reverend James S. Wall


Statement on Physician Assisted Suicide


The Bishops of New Mexico are thankful to God that the Court of Appeals of New Mexico reversed the lower court’s approval of physician assisted suicide.


The Catholic Church strongly believes that life is a gift from a loving God which extends from conception to natural death. Only God can give or take life and the state does not have the competency to shorten this precious gift, even for seemingly laudable purposes. While each stage of life is sacred, the end of life is filled with special meaning and opportunities.



October 19, 2015

Liturgical leaders gather to discuss the state of commissions


Nearly two hundred leaders from dioceses across the United States gathered in Dallas, Texas, October 7-9, for the forty-sixth annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC).  Their focus was Liturgy and Ecclesiology, specifically the central role of the Eucharist and the role of diocesan liturgical commissions as advisors to diocesan bishops.


Msgr. Paul McPartlan of the Catholic University of America gave a sweeping historical and theological analysis of the central role of the Eucharist in the life of the Church, the role of the Bishop as Priest and Vicar of Christ, and the Bishop’s role as preacher of the Word.


Msgr. John Foster, Vicar General of the Archdiocese for Military Services, who has served as both a director of an Office of Worship and as a professor of Canon Law, offered historical background to the Second Vatican Council’s mandate of the formation of liturgical commissions.



Labor Day Statement

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami

Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice

and Human Development

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

September 7, 2015


Families have been receiving a lot of attention recently. In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis teaches that of all the groups that play a role in the welfare of society and help ensure respect for human dignity, “outstanding among [them] is the family, as the basic cell of society” (no. 157). READ MORE




Declaración del Día del Trabajo

Arzobispo Thomas G. Wenski de Miami

Presidente del Comité de Justicia Nacional

y Desarrollo Humano

Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos

7 de septiembre de 2015


Las familias han estado recibiendo bastante atención recientemente. En su encíclica Laudato Si’, el papa Francisco enseña que, de todos los grupos que desempeñan un papel en el bienestar de la sociedad y ayudan a garantizar el respeto de la dignidad humana, “destaca especialmente la familia, como la célula básica de la sociedad” (no. 157). PRECIONE AQUI PARA LEER MAS

September 4, 2015

New Report: “The Last Nail in Bethlehem’s Coffin: The Annexation Wall in Cremisan”


This new report by The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights​ is a comprehensive summary and analysis of the Cremisan Valley case.The report aims to shed light on the grave violation of building the annexation wall in Cremisan and its destructive effect on the Palestinian Christian families living in the area.


The report aims to condense all the proceedings and developments of the case from 2006, starting with a review of the history of the case and its main elements. The report then examines the legal frameworks that govern the case and the interconnection between the Israeli civil laws and military laws used for the annexation of privately owned lands and settlements purposes. The report finally analyses the case in light of international law.


The report is now available for download here.

United in Ministry Payment

United in Ministry


Appeal Goal


Amount Pledged


Pledged Applicable to Goal

$1,204,912 (93.0%)

Parishes Pledged Overgoal

39 of 58

Amount Paid


Applicable to Goal

$1,105,044 (85.3%)

Parishes Paid Goal


Earned Rebates to Date


Data current as of 9/30/2015

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United in Ministry 2015

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