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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.

Catechist Statement

Catechist Statement

The Bishops of New York State have released a new document on the qualities necessary for a successful leader of a parish faith formation program. The document is entitled "The Cathechetical Leader in the Third Millennium" and can be viewed 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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"Never resort to war! Never war! Above all, I think of all the children who are robbed of their hope for a better life and a decent future. Killed children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphans, children who play with remnants of war, instead of toys. Children who don't know how to smile. Please stop! I ask you with all my heart. It's time to stop. Stop it please!” -- Pope Francis

Pope: Stop the war, enough is enough!

July 28, 2014. As violence continues in Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq, the Pope made off the cuff remarks, calling for the killings to stop.

Posted: 9:36 2014-07-28 ⋅ Comment

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Cardinal Dolan reflects on the virtues of friendship and hospitality as we approach tomorrow's feast day honoring St. Martha.

Summer Reflections with Timothy Cardinal Dolan - Week of July 28

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Great news! Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has confirmed that Pope Francis will be coming to America next year for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Holy Father is considering an invitation to make a stop in New York during his stay in the U.S.

Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of...

Posted: 7:26 2014-07-25 ⋅ Comment

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"When do you know something is wrong? At four o'clock in the morning! When you wake up in those wee hours before the dawn and can't get back to sleep, the things that you cannot get out of your mind - the worries, the fears, the anxieties - are the demons that are, most probably, disturbing your peace, the peace that Jesus wants everyone to have." -- Bishop Ed Scharfenberger of Albany

Are you changing? - The Evangelist - Albany, NY

Posted: 18:20 2014-07-25 ⋅ Comment

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"The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church. I am awed by the witness and courage of my brothers and sisters in Christ. There is little that I can do to help them or to relieve their suffering. But I pray for them, and I humbly stand with them. I, too, am a Nazarene."

I, Too, Am a Nazarene « Stepping Out Of The Boat

The image at the top of this post is the Arabic letter “n”. It has become known worldwide in the last week. The violent fanatics who have formed what they call the “Islamic State” in northern Iraq and eastern Syria left this mark on the doorways of Christians who were living in areas they under th…

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