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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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"Pope Francis is not coming as a politician, an economist, a scientist, an ethicist, a social commentator. Pope Francis will come as a pastor, an evangelist, an apostle."-- Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Francis Effect

            The “Francis Effect” - - a renewed interest in the Church by many people and a return to...

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan discusses plans for Pope Francis' upcoming apostolic journey to the U.S., as well as other issues facing the Archdiocese of New York and the Church in America. (Be sure to watch both video clips in the link below.)

Up Close: Cardinal Dolan discusses visit by Pope Francis

Joining us this week to talk about the pope's visit to the United States, the preparations, and more is New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Posted: 5:47 2015-08-24 ⋅ Comment

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The Vatican website for Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Cuba and the United States is now live.

Apostolic Journey of the Holy Father to Cuba, to the United States of America and Visit to the...

Prayer to the Virgen de la Caridad with the Bishops and the Papal Entourage at the Minor Basilica of the “Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre” Shrine in Santiago

Posted: 4:24 2015-08-23 ⋅ Comment

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“For an increasing number of families, the pressure to sustain both taxes for public schools and tuition for the education of their own children is unsustainable, and without some assistance from lawmakers, more and more families will be forced to enroll their children in public schools at a far greater cost to taxpayers" -- James Cultrara, director for education, NYS Catholic Conference

Catholic schools look to tax credits to save them | Crux

Catholic school officials believe tax credit scholarship programs will stem the tide of school closings, but critics say they give tax breaks to the wealthy while diverting funds from public schools.

Posted: 13:54 2015-08-20 ⋅ Comment