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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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This weekend Timothy Cardinal Dolan heads to Rome to participate in the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that has been called by Pope Francis. The Synod will run from October 5 to 19. What are your hopes for this important gathering?

Posted: 9:52 2014-09-30 ⋅ Comment

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Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester has promulgated new policies related to the ages at which diocesan children receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, and has clarified other matters, including who may serve as a extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in parishes.

Diocese issues policy updates

In an effort "to assist diocesan parishes and institutions to fulfill their mandate to proclaim Jesus Christ in Word and to strengthen the faithful in Sacrament," Bishop Salvatore R. Matano promulgated Policies for the Administration of the Sacrament

Posted: 9:13 2014-09-30 ⋅ Comment

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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

Pope Francis: Satan seduces by disguising evil as good

On Monday’s feast of the archangels Pope Francis spoke of the ongoing battle between the devil and mankind, encouraging attendees to pray to the angels, who have been charged to defend us.

Posted: 20:03 2014-09-30 ⋅ Comment

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Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo reflects on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after his return from the region. Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre and Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of Albany were also among a delegation of U.S. Bishops to travel to the troubled region.

Key message from pilgrimage

Prayer is powerful, peace is possible and a non-military solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine are the key messages taken from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the surrounding area in mid-September. Bishop Richard J. Malone was one of 18 bishops who represented the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during an eight-day trip to the Holy Land through the Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Posted: 11:07 2014-09-25 ⋅ Comment

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The Bishops of New York State wish a most blessed and happy new year to our elder brothers and sisters in faith. L’Shanah Tovah!

Posted: 9:46 2014-09-24 ⋅ Comment