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Pope Francis Names Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer as Archbishop of Atlanta

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, O.F.M., Conv. of Savannah, as Archbishop of Atlanta. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on March 5, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop-designate Hartmayer was ordained to the priesthood on May 5, 1979 as a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans). He was named bishop of Savannah in 2011. His full biography may be accessed here.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta has been a vacant see since April 2019. The archdiocese is comprised of 21,445 square miles in the State of Georgia and has a total population of 7,480,000 of which 1,170,000 are Catholic.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, O.F.M., Conv., Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Oral Argument on Abortion Case

WASHINGTON– Today, the Supreme Court of the United States hears oral argument in an abortion case out of Louisiana, June Medical Services v. Russo. The case challenges a Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Kat Talalas with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“Women, their bodies, and their babies are immeasurably valuable. The violent act of abortion not only destroys the lives of unborn children, but often severely harms women’s physical, psychological, and spiritual health. Louisiana is right to prioritize women over abortion industry profits. All states, not only Louisiana, have a strong interest in regulating a procedure which is lethal to children and immensely damaging to women. It adds insult to injury, and speaks to the callousness of the abortion industry, that providers are seeking to overturn basic, standard protections for women seeking this life-altering procedure. The Catholic Church encourages all people of faith to pray about the outcome to this very important case. We also ask all to pray for the women who are compelled to seek abortion: that they may find alternatives that value their health and well-being, and the lives of their precious children.”

The USCCB filed a joint amicus curie brief in the case along with the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals urging the Supreme Court to uphold the law. The brief can be viewed here: http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/18-1323-USCCB-amicus-June-Med-v-Gee-12-30-2019.pdf

 

Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, June Medical Services v. Russo, Supreme Court of the United States, abortion, amicus curia, National Association of Evangelicals.

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Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Luis M. Romero Fernandez, M. Id. as Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre.

Bishop-elect Romero is a priest of the Institute of Christ the Redeemer (Idente Missionaries) and currently serves as Pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Hempstead, NY. The appointment was publicized today in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Father Romero was born June 16, 1954 in Palencia, Spain. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the International Seminary of Idente Missionaries in Tenerife, Spain (1974-1980). He holds graduate degrees in Biological Sciences (University of Seville, Spain, 1978), Philosophy and Letters (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, 1985), and a Doctoral degree in Medicine (University of Saragossa, Spain, 1987).

He entered the Idente Missionaries in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood on September 11, 1981 in Tenerife, Spain.  

Father Romero’s assignments after ordination include: Provincial Superior of Idente Missionaries in Saragossa, Spain (1981-1987), La Paz, Bolivia (1987-1996) and Santiago, Chile (1994-1997). From 1987 to 1994, Father Romero served as Director of the University Pastoral (Campus Ministry) and Religious Sciences Department of the Catholic University of Bolivia in La Paz, Bolivia. He was also Adjunct Director of the Religious Sciences Department at the Catholic University of Bolivia (1991-1994).

Father Romero served as Chaplain of the Convent of the Order of Immaculate Conception in La Paz, Bolivia (1987-1994). From 1994-1996, he was Pastor of Holy Mary of Pura Pura Parish and Dean of the Deanery of Munaypata (4 parishes) in the Archdiocese of La Paz, Bolivia; Pastor of Saint Norberto Parish, Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile (1996-1997); Pastoral Assistant (Chaplain for Campus Ministry) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago (1996-1997); Chancellor and Rector-Chancellor (President) of the Private Technical University of Loja, Ecuador (1996-2009).

From 2009 to 2010, Father Romeo was part of several missions in the headquarters of Idente Missionaries Institution in Rome, Italy, and the General See of the Male Branch in Madrid, Spain. He served as Director of the University Pastoral Department (Campus Ministry) in the Diocese of Cadiz, Spain (2009-2011); Counsellor of the General See of Idente Missionaries, Men’s Branch (2009-2017). From 2011 to 2013, he served as Provincial Superior of Idente Missionaries in India (Cochin). Bishop-elect Romero has also held positions as Professor/Researcher, University of Saragosa, Spain (1978-1987), Professor/Researcher, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia (1990-1996), and Professor, School of Medicine and School of Biochemistry, Private Technical University of Loja, Ecuador (1998-2008).

In 2014, Father Romero was named Pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Hempstead, New York. He is fluent in English and Spanish, and also has familiarity with French, Portuguese and Italian languages.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is comprised of 1,198 square miles in the state of New York and has a total population of 3,004,366 of which 1,428,296 are Catholic. Bishop John O. Barres is the current bishop of Rockville Centre.

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Keywords: Bishops appointment, Pope Francis, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Bishop-elect Luis M. Romero Fernandez, M. Id, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop John O. Barres.

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz of Buffalo

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Edward M. Grosz as Auxiliary Bishop of Buffalo. Bishop Grosz has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.

The resignation was publicized in Washington on March 2, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Buffalo.

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Reacts to House Rejection of Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act

WASHINGTON–Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A procedural vote to amend another piece of legislation (H.R. 2339, Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019) to include the Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Protection Act failed by a vote of 187 to 220. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:

“Just three days ago, the U.S. Senate tragically failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives shamefully followed suit. The Born-Alive bill simply and rightly provides additional protections to ensure that newborn babies who survive an abortion attempt are given the same care as any other baby and are not left to die or directly killed. Americans should be outraged that our U.S. Congress cannot pass a law to ensure that newborn babies are not vulnerable to infanticide. We will not and cannot stop pressing Congress to do the right thing and pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.”

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Keywords: Bishops appointment, Pope Francis, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congress.

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Pope Francis Names New Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego

The following press release has been amended to include updated biographical information for Bishop-elect Bejarano that the Diocese of Stockton provided upon the announcement. The original announcement indicated that Father Bejarano was pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish in Modesto, CA.

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed the Rev. Ramon Bejarano as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego.

Father Bejarano is a priest of the Diocese of Stockton and currently serves as Pastor of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton, CA. The appointment was publicized today in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Father Bejarano was born July 17, 1969 in Seagraves, TX. His family is from Chihuahua, Mexico, and he lived there from 1972 until 1987 when he moved with his family to Tracy, CA in the Diocese of Stockton. In 1989, he entered formation for the Diocese of Stockton. Bishop-elect Bejarano attended and received his Master of Philosophy from Seminario Diocesano de Tijuana (1989-1992) and his Master of Divinity from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon (1992-1998). He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Stockton on August 15, 1998.

Assignments after ordination include: Parochial Vicar at St. George Church, Stockton, CA (1998-2003) and Sacred Heart Church, Turlock, CA (2004-2006), Founding Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Modesto, CA (2006-2008); Pastor at Saint Stanislaus Parish, Modesto, CA (2008-2019). From 2019 until present, he has served as Pastor at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton.

Father Bajarano has served on the Presbyteral Council and the Board of Consultors for the Diocese of Stockton. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

The Diocese of San Diego is comprised of 8,852 square miles in the state of California and has a total population of 3,484,311 of which 1,391,278 are Catholic. Bishop Robert W. McElroy is the current bishop of San Diego.

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Keywords: Bishops appointment, Pope Francis, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Bishop-elect Ramon Bejarano, Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Robert W. McElroy.

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Pope Francis Names Three New Auxiliary Bishops of Newark

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Msgr. Gregory Studerus, Rt. Rev. Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., and Rev. Michael Saporito as Auxiliary Bishops of Newark.

Monsignor Studerus is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and currently serves as Pastor of St. Joseph of the Palisades Church in West New York, NJ. Rt. Rev. Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B. is a monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, NJ and serves as Abbot President of the American Cassinese Benedictine Congregation. Father Michael Saporito is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and currently serves as Pastor of St. Helen Parish in Westfield, NJ. The appointments were publicized today in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-elect Studerus was born March 31, 1948 in West Orange, NJ. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education (1970) from Montclair State College. He received his Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on May 31, 1980.

Assignments after ordination include: Curate at St. Aloysius Parish (1980) where he founded and developed the Spanish community; Pastor at St. Bridget Parish (1990-1997); Pastor at Parish of Resurrection (including St. Michael, St. Bridget, St. Peter and St. Boniface) (1997-2005). Monsignor Studerus has served as a member of the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council (1991-1994), as well as Dean of the Jersey City Downtown Deanery (1991-1998 and 2002-2005), and the Dean of the Hudson North Deanery (2013-2016), and Episcopal Vicar of Hudson County (2015). He was named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI with the title of “Monsignor” in 2005. He has been serving as Pastor of St. Joseph of the Palisades Church in West New York, NJ since 2005.

Bishop-elect Lorenzo was born October 6, 1960, in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (1982) from Don Bosco College Seminary in Newton, NJ. In 1983, Abbot Lorenzo entered Saint Mary’s Abbey, Benedictine Monastery, American Cassinese Congregation in Morristown, NJ. In 1985, he made his First Profession, and his Solemn Profession in 1988, both at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, NJ. He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1989.

Abbot Lorenzo also holds a Master of Arts in Liturgical Theology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN; a Master of Art in Education in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, and a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. From 1983 to 2005, Abbot Lorenzo held different faculty, administrative and leadership positions at Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ. He was also Director of Liturgy at Saint Mary’s Abbey (1988-1998), Prior of Saint Mary’s Abbey (1995-2002), and Rector of Abbey Church (1995-2009).

Abbot Lorenzo’s service includes the Paterson Diocesan Liturgical Commission (1988-2000), Chairman of the Paterson Diocesan Liturgical Commission (1991-2000), President of Abbey Woods (senior health care/housing) (2001-2005), Liaison for Abbey Review Board regarding cases of sexual misconduct (2002), and Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Metuchen (2005-2009). Additionally, his work has included: Prior of the Primatial Abbey of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome (2009-2016); Procurator General for American Benedictine monks and nuns (2009-2016); President of the International Benedictine Confederation (2011-2016); and Canonical Counsel for Praesidium, Inc. (2007-2009) where he currently serves on their advisory board. His work as a member of the advisory board for Operation Smile International (1999-2009) has taken him on numerous international medical missions. Abbot Lorenzo is a founding member of the International Commission for Benedictine Education (1999-present), President of the International Commission for Benedictine Education (2013-present), Abbot President of the American Cassinese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict (2016-present), and a member of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, as well as a member of the Union of Superior General (2016-present).

Father Saporito was born May 3, 1962. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1984) and a Master of Divinity from the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, South Orange, NJ (1992). He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark on May 30, 1992.

Father Saporito’s assignments after ordination include various parishes throughout the State of New Jersey: Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in West Orange (1992-1994), St. Peter the Apostle Parish in River Edge (1994-1999), Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Paramus (1999-2001), and St. Elizabeth in Wyckoff (2001-2004). From 2004 to 2011, Father Saporito served as Pastor at St. Joseph in Maplewood, NJ, and since 2011, he has been serving as a pastor at St. Helen Parish in Westfield, NJ.   

The Archdiocese of Newark is comprised of 513 square miles in the state of New Jersey and has a total population of 2,965,397 of which 1,220,143 are Catholic. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR is the current archbishop of Newark.

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Keywords: Bishops appointment, Pope Francis, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Bishop-elect Gregory Studerus, Bishop-elect Elias Lorenzo, O.S.B., Bishop-elect Michael Saporito, Archdiocese of Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin.

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Reacts to Senate Rejection of Pro-Life Bills

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). In the Senate, 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster and advance a bill to a vote on passage. The Pain-Capable bill would protect unborn children from late-term abortions. It failed to advance by a vote of 53 to 44. The Born-Alive bill would prohibit infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It failed to advance by a vote of 56 to 41.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:

“Today, the United States Senate failed to advance two critical human rights reforms that most Americans strongly support. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization when a child can certainly feel pain and has a reasonable chance of survival. And the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act helps ensure that Roe v. Wade’s license to kill unborn children does not extend to killing the newborn babies who survive abortion. It is appalling that even one senator, let alone more than 40, voted to continue the brutal dismemberment of nearly full-grown infants, and voted against protecting babies who survive abortion. Our nation is better than this, and the majority of Americans who support these bills must make their voices heard.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, Roe v. Wade, pro-life.

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Statement from U.S. Bishops Chairman of International Justice and Peace Committee on Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan’s Pastoral Solidarity Visit to the Church in Cuba

WASHINGTON—Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement:

“I would like to congratulate His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan on his recently concluded pastoral solidarity visit to the Church in Cuba. His Eminence, who traveled to the island at the invitation of the Cuban bishops, celebrated Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Caridad del Cobre in Santiago--the spiritual heart of Cuba--as well as at the Cathedral of Havana, the Adolfo Rodriguez convalescent home in Camaguey, the Carmelite Convent in Havana, among others.

“The Cardinal reiterated longstanding Holy See and USCCB policy on Cuba: Mutually beneficial trade relations, tourism, and cultural exchange with the United States are key in transforming Cuba and bringing prosperity to the Cuban people.

“Recognizing the Church's role in the development of Cuban civil society, His Eminence visited the Dominican-founded University of Havana and the tomb of Fr. Felix Varela, the great 19th century Cuban priest-patriot. The Cardinal also visited the Latin American School of Medicine and Caritas Cuba.

“In addition to expressing solidarity with our brother bishops in Cuba and meeting with Apostolic Nuncio Giampiero Gloder, His Eminence met with President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The Church in Cuba and the United States believe in the transformative power of dialogue, especially regarding the promotion of life, dignity, integral human development, and prosperity. I echo the Cardinal's expressions of solidarity and urge Cuban and U.S. leaders to work for concord and collaboration between our countries.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop David J. Malloy, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Cuba.

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Catholic Response to Outbreak of Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace; Sean Callahan, president of Catholic Relief Services; and Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, president of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, issued a statement addressing the Catholic response to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Their joint statement follows:

“As communities and public health officials respond to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and closely monitor its presence and progression in other parts of the world, we join in solidarity and prayer for those impacted or working to treat those infected by the disease. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and the Catholic Health Association of the United States hope that governments will work together in partnership to improve all nations’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to this virus.

“The Catholic Church in the United States stands in solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus and their families, health workers who are valiantly trying to diagnose and treat patients, and those under quarantine awaiting results of their screening for the virus. We offer our prayers for healing and support those organizations, both domestic and international, working to provide medical supplies and assistance to address this serious risk to public health.

“In early February, the Holy See sent 700,000 respiratory masks to China to help prevent the spread of the disease. Within the United States, Catholic healthcare providers are at the front line of providing treatment and care to those impacted by the virus.  

“We also commend the U.S. government for transporting more than 17 tons of donated medical supplies to China. This response to the novel coronavirus demonstrates the critical importance of the need to work together and to invest in crucial health care systems here and in other countries, thus preventing and responding to community-wide emergencies. We urge the U.S. Congress to support these efforts by protecting access to domestic health care safety net programs and by providing additional emergency international assistance to areas impacted by the virus.

“We also urge individuals to stay informed as information becomes available by going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.”  

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop David J. Malloy, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services, Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus.

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