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The history and evolution of the U.S. bishops’ conference

Before the 20th century, the American Catholic Church had no institution to represent it in national or international affairs. The establishment of the National...

Q&A with Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the USCCB

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What is a bishops' conference and what role does it have? A bishops' conference is the assembly...

Trump administration plan to change how inflation is measured concerns advocates...

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is weighing a plan that uses a different definition of inflation to determine who lives in poverty and who...

Supreme Court to review DACA case in next term

WASHINGTON -- In its next term, the Supreme Court will examine if the Trump administration illegally tried to end a program that protects young...

U.S. bishops join Pope Francis reacting to photos of drowned migrant...

WASHINGTON -- U.S. bishops joined Pope Francis in expressing sadness after seeing photos of the lifeless bodies of a migrant father and his daughter...

Vatican, USCCB chronology shows church moving forward: Greg Erlandson

For many Catholics these days, bishops are like members of Congress. We may like ours but distrust the lot of them. To judge from...

Bishops bring ‘sense of urgency’ in taking on serious business of...

BALTIMORE -- The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual. "The spring meetings are usually more pastoral, and...

Bishops on Facebook Live address questions of anger, mistrust caused by...

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. bishops met in Baltimore for their spring general assembly, social media users had the opportunity to pose questions to...

USCCB votes: Third-party reporting system advanced for complaints against bishops

BALTIMORE -- A nationwide third-party system for receiving confidential reports of "certain complaints" against bishops took a step closer to being implemented during the...

Analysis: Bishops weigh ‘effective’ policies on accountability, transparency

WASHINGTON  -- When the bishops gather in Baltimore starting June 11, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Missouri, said he's "hopeful we will...

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