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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Suicide solution?

Suicide Solution?

The bills to legalize assisted suicide in New York State are a recipe for abuse, even requiring doctors to lie about cause of death, and no counseling requirement to screen for depression. HERE.

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.

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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Welcome Bishop Tiedemann!

Diocese of Brooklyn

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has blessed us with a new auxiliary bishop: Welcome home Bishop Neil Tiedemann!

Posted: 12:11 2016-04-29 ⋅ Comment

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"They'll say to me, 'Why are you and the Church so pro-immigrant?' And I say, 'Because I believe in the Bible, which teaches to love and welcome the immigrant. And because, darn it, I'm an American.' So it's part of my religious upbringing and it's part of my proud American patriotism that I have an obligation to welcome, embrace, defend and protect the immigrant." -- Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan visits Daily News' Citizenship NOW!

The Daily News' Citizenship NOW! efforts to help immigrants got a major boost during a visit by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Posted: 12:34 2016-04-28 ⋅ Comment

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Bishop Terry Lavelly of the Diocese of Ogdensburg reflects on his recent audience with Pope Francis.

Ogdensburg Bishop Speaks With Pope Francis

A North Country Bishop recently had the chance to visit Italy with a group exploring holy sites. The visit included a trip to the Vatican, which ended up being one of the main highlights of the trip. Caitlin Landers has more about Bishop Terry LaValley who was granted an audience with Pope Francis.

Posted: 19:00 2016-04-25 ⋅ Comment

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The Catholic Bishops of New York State wish a happy and blessed Passover to our elder brothers and sisters in faith.

Posted: 8:18 2016-04-22 ⋅ Comment

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"If love is the engine that drives a marriage, mercy is the oil that keeps its many parts running smoothly."

To Love and to Cherish: Bringing mercy into marriage

By Bill Dodds. While no marriage — or spouse — is perfect, you can transform your union by striving to be kind, compassionate, patient and lenient

Posted: 13:42 2016-04-20 ⋅ Comment