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Feb. 8, 2020

On March 31, 2005, the Vatican confirmed that Pope John Paul II was near death. Tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray with and for the dying pope—now St. John Paul II. On Saturday, April 2, at about 3:30 in the afternoon, the Holy Father spoke his final words, “Let me go to the house of the Father.” A few hours later, he died...

Jan. 26, 2021

WASHINGTON - The on-site evening program for the January 28 National Prayer Vigil for Life will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, is closed to the public and will be taking place...

Jan. 22, 2021

What is peace? It’s the absence of violence, certainly, but it’s also much more. St. Augustine called it “the tranquility of order,” which is certainly an important aspect of peace. Peace is experienced personally and communally. When we’re at peace, we’re not filled with anxiety; our homes are not filled with loud arguments and discord; our neighborhoods and cities are safe and well-ordered, not threatening or chaotic; and nations, races and peoples live together in harmony and mutual respect without...

Jan. 20, 2021

Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden: On the day of his inauguration, I congratulate President Joseph R. Biden and draw inspiration from his words, “With purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasks of our time, sustained by faith, driven by conviction, and devoted to one another and the country we...

Jan. 11, 2020

Following are guidelines for the Memorial of Saint Blaise blessing of throats, Ash Wednesday distribution of ashes, and the distribution of palms on Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. They still require wearing masks and social distancing by presiders, ministers and recipients, as stated in all of our diocesan directives. Also included are updates on the use of Holy Water.

Jan. 8, 2020

There are many reasons why this new year warrants the special patronage of Joseph, the righteous man who quietly obeyed the instructions given to him by God’s messenger on at least four occasions. By reading carefully the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), we can see the wisdom of this decision. St. Joseph is a man for all seasons, but his intercession and example are especially needed in troubled times like these...

Jan. 7, 2020

As I watched the appalling chaos in the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I witnessed an icon of democracy occupied and hostage to mob rule.  The procession of violent images was deeply troubling.  Particularly disheartening is that this event unfolded amid a deadly pandemic, a terrible plague that our troubled nation should face in solidarity...

Jan. 6, 2020

WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol: “I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the...

Jan. 6, 2020

We, the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, ask Catholics and people of good will to join us on Friday January 22, 2021, the 48th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, in a Day of Prayer and Fasting to end abortion. As we mark this tragic event in our nation’s history, we remember the millions of lives lost to abortion and pray...

Dec. 22, 2020

Do you think the saints and angels celebrate Christmas in heaven? I hope so. This is a wonderful feast—filled with warmth and love, peace and joy. I know that every day in heaven is delightful, but maybe even heavenly bliss can be turned up a notch—at least one day a year—with the magnificent voice of an angelic choir and the brilliant glow of a shining star! I can just imagine the joy that our Blessed Mother and all the saints...

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