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Vatican prays Trump presidency will promote peace amid conflict
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 10:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - After Donald Trump pulled off what was for many a surprising victory in the United States election, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin offered his prayers that the new president-elect would promote peace in a world torn by conflict.
Life after Election Day
Wed, Nov 9th 2016 10:00 am
After a hard-fought presidential election, Bishop Richard J. Malone offers a reflection and prayer for the United States to come together in a special episode of "Consider This."
What does the Catholic Church say about voting?
Tue, Nov 8th 2016 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA) - As Americans across the country prepare to step into the voting booth today, what are the most important principles for Catholics seeking to form their consciences according to Church teaching?
Making a Difference: The crucial importance of voting with a Christian conscience
Sun, Nov 6th 2016 07:00 am
Throw your political affiliation out the window. But you're a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you're a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important.
Justice Perspective: The other races on Election Day
Sat, Nov 5th 2016 07:00 am
Can there be any doubt that this election cycle has been unlike any other that we have seen in many years? Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we are told, have had historically unfavorable ratings, and have engendered stronger dislike than past candidates. And some observers remark that these two candidates have succeeded in polarizing our country to a greater extent than it was before the primaries began.
Bishop Malone: Election Reflection II
Wed, Nov 2nd 2016 08:45 am
It's a common experience for bishops. Often enough, after we have addressed some controversial moral issue (which may also be a neuralgic political issue), we get mail. This intensifies during an election season. No surprise there.
Bishop urges students to say 'No"
Tue, Oct 25th 2016 02:00 pm
Dozens of 11, 12 and 13-year-old students were urged to shout out the word "No' inside of Saint Mark's Church on Tuesday morning. They did it at the urging of Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, who was stressing to them the dangers of substance abuse as part of Red Ribbon Week.
During personal health crisis, mother refused to abort twins
Fri, Oct 21st 2016 01:00 pm
During October, those of us who cherish God's gift of life prayerfully look to both heaven and earth for encouragement and inspiration. We pray, celebrate successes and share stories that encourage us in the cultural struggles we face.
In final debate, candidates diverge sharply on abortion
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In the final presidential debate on Wednesday, the major party candidates were pressed to explain their positions on abortion. Hillary Clinton defended her earlier support of partial-birth abortion, while Donald Trump reiterated the assertion that he is pro-life.
Bishop Malone: Election Reflection I
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 01:00 pm
I haven't met many people who are not by now exasperated, confounded and dismayed by the ongoing presidential election campaign. Ordinarily in an election year I would be looking forward to the day after the election; at least the war of words would be (pretty much) behind us. This time, however, I expect that I will feel no better about the national situation then than I do right now, a few weeks away from Nov. 8. In fact, I may feel worse.
Leaked emails show Clinton campaign head discussing 'revolution' against bishops
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 09:30 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In a leaked email hacked from a private account, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign appears to discuss with a progressive figure whether it is possible to "plant the seeds of the revolution" against the U.S. bishops and their stances.
When American Catholic politics split the Church
Fri, Oct 14th 2016 09:00 am
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - For history professor Christopher Shannon, Catholics in American politics have a long history, yet this legacy is overshadowed by a troubling disunity in the present.
Moral theologian: Tim Kaine 'gravely wrong' to treat abortion as a personal matter
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 09:35 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was gravely wrong to say he personally opposed abortion while taking a pro-choice stance in public office, a moral theologian says.
Trump tape splits Catholic support
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 09:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA) - Recently released audio of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women in 2005 has created a split in his Catholic supporters - with some continuing to back him and others pulling away from the GOP nominee.
Read Donald Trump's letter to Catholic leaders
Fri, Oct 7th 2016 01:00 pm
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrote a letter to Catholic leaders during a two-day conference in Denver this week, identifying himself as pro-life and vowing to support core values such as religious liberty and school choice.
Here's what the VP candidates said about abortion last night
Wed, Oct 5th 2016 04:00 pm
FARMVILLE, VA. (CNA/EWTN News) - The topic of abortion made an appearance at the vice presidential debate last night, as both candidates discussed the role of faith in their lives, and how it aligns with their political views.
Judges and lawyers turn out for Red Mass
Wed, Sep 28th 2016 03:00 pm
"I have personally seen the difference that committed Catholic lawyers can make in confronting big societal challenges," said Bishop Richard J. Malone to dozens of judges and lawyers gathered Wednesday at the annual Red Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral.
Cardinal Dolan on deceptive 'Catholics for Choice' campaign
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 02:05 pm
WASHINGTON - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement alerting the public to a deceptive ad campaign calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith.
Bishop Malone reaffirms Church's teaching on Marriage
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 02:00 pm
Two USCCB committee chairmen have issued a joint statement reaffirming the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage "as exclusively the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman [and] cannot change."
Forum takes aim at doctor-assisted suicide
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 09:00 pm
"It simply will be cheaper to kill than to treat," said Dennis Vacco as he made a case against physician assisted suicide. The former New York State Attorney General was one of the featured speakers at a forum hosted by the Public Policy Committee of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
OLBS students get a lesson in Faithful Citizenship
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 11:00 am
They are years away from being eligible to vote, but on their first day of the school year, eighth graders at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew got a lesson on Faithful Citizenship.
Voter registration drive begins with the new school year
Sun, Sep 4th 2016 08:00 am
On the first day of school, each Catholic elementary school student will go home with a blank registration form to encourage all those who are eligible, but are not registered to vote, to do so in time to vote in the fall elections.
Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 08:00 am
On September 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging dioceses, parishes, and other faith communities to participate in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. This day complements the ongoing work of a special task force, led by Archbishop Gregory, to help bishops and communities engage the challenging problems connected with race relations.
Mother Teresa Home opens with a blessing
Thu, Aug 25th 2016 06:40 pm
After a few years of planning and one year of construction, the Mother Teresa Home has officially opened on Buffalo's East Side. Hundreds gathered on Thursday afternoon for a dedication Mass at St. Adalbert Church and then watched on a live video stream as Bishop Richard J. Malone blessed the tiny chapel in the Mother Teresa Home next door.
Forum on physician assisted suicide legislation
Tue, Aug 23rd 2016 02:00 pm
The Public Policy Committee of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is hosting a public forum on Thursday, Sept. 8, to address proposed New York State legislation that would legalize doctor-assisted suicide. The bill has already been approved by the Assembly Health Committee, setting the stage for a possible vote this year. Senator Diane Savino, of Staten Island, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, of Scarsdale, each sponsored bills which 'relate to a terminally ill patient's request for and use of medication for medical aid in dying.'
Faithful Witness to Marriage
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 03:00 pm
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops offers some thoughts on Faithful Witness to Marriage
Women religious call for civil discourse in presidential race
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 11:00 am
SYRACUSE - The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities (SOSF) with sisters in Syracuse, Williamsville, Poughkeepsie and Mount Vernon, New York, joined more than 5000 Catholic sisters in asking the U.S. presidential candidates to stop using language "that disrespects, dehumanizes or demonizes" others during the presidential campaign.
A tale of two Catholic candidates - looking at the 2016 vice presidential picks
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA) - Although both major 2016 vice presidential nominees were raised Catholic and still profess to be Christians, their public policy records have drawn concern from some members of the faithful.
Even a former Obama staffer thinks the Democratic platform is extreme
Thu, Jul 28th 2016 01:10 pm
PHILADELPHIA, PA. (CNA/EWTN News) - The Democratic Party platform has drawn the ire of critics - including a member of Barack Obama's former campaign - who say its extreme positions on abortion shut out millions of pro-life voters.
What Catholics have to say about the GOP platforms
Thu, Jul 21st 2016 03:00 pm
CLEVELAND, OHIO (CNA) - The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.
Nuns on the Bus roll through Buffalo
Wed, Jul 20th 2016 02:00 pm
"We cannot be couch potatoes," said Sister Simone Campbell, SSS to dozens of people gathered at a busy intersection in downtown Buffalo. It was part of her 'Nuns on the Bus' tour which stopped briefly, Wednesday morning, at St Paul's Episcopal Church.
Faith Perspective: Little Sisters of the Poor uphold Church teaching
Mon, Jul 18th 2016 10:00 am
United States have observed the Fortnight for Freedom in preparation for Independence Day on July 4. The theme set by the U.S. Bishops' Conference for this year's fortnight is "Witnesses to Freedom."
Franciscans make commitment to care for creation
Wed, Jul 13th 2016 09:00 am
Father William "Jud" Weiksnar, OFM, of the Holy Name Province in Buffalo, returned home in June from a two-week trip to Italy for a meeting on justice, peace and the integrity of creation. The gathering brought together Franciscans from throughout the world who discussed the importance of caring for creation and the lasting impact of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si."
Fortnight seeks 'Witnesses to freedom'
Wed, Jun 22nd 2016 09:00 am
"To be Catholic and to be American should not mean having to choose one over the other," said Father Robert Zilliox in a Mass that began the two week period known as the Fortnight for Freedom.
Fortnight events highlight religious liberty
Thu, Jun 16th 2016 12:00 pm
Once again, the bishops of the United States have asked Catholics to celebrate the annual Fortnight for Freedom, a national effort to educate Americans on the challenges to religious liberty, from June 21 - July 4. This year's theme is "Witnesses to freedom."
Religious women take stand against human trafficking
Wed, Jun 15th 2016 03:00 pm
SYRACUSE — Heeding Pope Francis' call to fight "modern forms of enslavement," the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have taken a congregational stand against human trafficking.
Life Issues Forum: The 70-day-after abortion pill
Fri, May 20th 2016 04:00 pm
Much to the delight of abortion advocates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has loosened its guidelines for the powerful abortion drug, RU-486/Mifepristone, marketed as "Mifeprex."
Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court
Mon, May 16th 2016 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA) - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor HHS mandate case back to the lower courts on Monday, in light of new developments in the case.
Catholic school official advocates for education tax credits
Fri, May 6th 2016 10:15 am
In anticipation of the passage of the 2016 New York state budget, advocates for Catholic education had expressed support for education tax credits which would have provided additional financial assistance to low- and middle-income tuition-paying families who send their children to private schools.
The case against assisted suicide
Mon, May 2nd 2016 02:00 pm
Several bills have been introduced in New York State that would fundamentally alter the doctor-patient relationship by authorizing physician-assisted suicide for individuals declared by a doctor to be terminally ill.