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Nov. 10, 2020

I welcome the report of the Holy See’s investigation into its knowledge and decision-making regarding Theodore McCarrick during his long career as a priest, bishop, and cardinal. We are studying these findings, and we are grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral concern for the family of God in the United States and his leadership in calling the Church to greater accountability and transparency...

Oct. 30, 2020

The day following his visit to Assisi on October 3, 2020, the Vatican published a new encyclical by Pope Francis. The encyclical’s title, Fratelli tutti, is taken from St. Francis who used these words as a term of endearment to “address his brothers and sisters” and to propose to them “a way of life marked by the flavor of the Gospel” (Fratelli tutti, #1). This new social encyclical speaks to all members of the human family, reminding us that we are sisters and brothers regardless of our race, ethnicity, social status or country of origin...

October 28, 2020

In a dramatic demonstration of Catholic-Jewish amity, the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (CRRJ) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) exchanged public messages in commemoration of the fifty-fifth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the milestone document of the Catholic Church articulating a new and better era in Christian-Jewish relations.

Oct. 16, 2020

Two powerful incidents frame the Gospel according to St. John. Chapter 2 contains the hope-filled story of the wedding at Cana, and Chapter 19 provides St. John’s perspective on the crucifixion of Jesus. Both incidents involve Mary, the mother of Jesus and our mother. The wedding at Cana is a situation nearly everyone can relate to. A mother and her adult son disagree. There’s a problem—not enough wine—and Mary wants Jesus to intervene. He resists. “Woman, how does your...

Oct. 5, 2020

The Catholic Church believes and teaches that all human life is sacred from conception to natural death. For that reason, we, the Bishops of each of the dioceses in New Jersey, join in voicing the strongest possible opposition to the “Reproductive Freedom Act.” Without minimizing other serious threats to human life and dignity evident in contemporary American society...

Oct. 1, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark announces the livestream of a memorial Mass for Archbishop Emeritus John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D., to be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. (EST). Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, will be the celebrant and Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Paterson, will be the homilist...

Oct. 1, 2020

Archbishop John J. Myers was recalled as a man of faith, prayer, a scholar, a teacher, and as “a really good bishop” during a Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Archbishop Emeritus of Newark and former Bishop of Peoria was interred in the Bishop’s Mausoleum at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria following a funeral liturgy attended by family members of the Earlville native...

Sept. 29, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Whom should we vote for in the upcoming election? Can faithful Catholics who are conscientious about their religious beliefs and fundamental human values vote for candidates or political parties that have taken positions that are contrary to our deepest convictions? Like many Catholics, I have spent considerable time prayerfully contemplating the untenable nature of such questions... 

Sept. 25, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., recieved this letter from Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre on Sept. 25 in which Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin expresses the condolences of Pope Francis at death of Archbishop Emeritus John Joseph Myers, J.C.D., D.D...

Sept. 24, 2020

The Most Reverend John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of Newark, entered into eternal life on Thursday, September 24, 2020.  He was 79 years old. Upon hearing the news of Archbishop Myers’ passing, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, said, “On behalf of my brother Bishops and the entire family of God here in our local Church of Newark, I extend my heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family. Let us thank God for Archbishop Myers’ service and his love of our Church. I entrust him to the loving arms of..."

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