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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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"The Christians of the Middle East and some African nations truly have put out into the deep, and it is not clear if they will ever find a safe shore. They have been propelled into the chaotic situation by Islamist extremism. Our own communication outlets, The Tablet and NET-TV, have tried to report news about the present plight of Christians in the Middle East and Africa to bring the attention to their plight. It seems that we are isolated in this attempt. A call to your federal representatives explaining your concern might be helpful."

Eyewitnesses to Mideast Persecution - Christians Face ‘Mass Cleansing’ in Mideast -

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Last week, I received visits from several bishops from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Nigeria.

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

It is easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged by the news each day. But, what are we doing about it? Let us not just be an observer. Let us be kind. Do what you can to help one another and maybe we could make a difference in someone’s life. Be a good Christian.

Posted: 8:00 2014-07-29 ⋅ Comment

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"Never resort to war! Never war! Above all, I think of all the children who are robbed of their hope for a better life and a decent future. Killed children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphans, children who play with remnants of war, instead of toys. Children who don't know how to smile. Please stop! I ask you with all my heart. It's time to stop. Stop it please!” -- Pope Francis

Pope: Stop the war, enough is enough!

July 28, 2014. As violence continues in Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq, the Pope made off the cuff remarks, calling for the killings to stop.

Posted: 9:36 2014-07-28 ⋅ Comment

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Cardinal Dolan reflects on the virtues of friendship and hospitality as we approach tomorrow's feast day honoring St. Martha.

Summer Reflections with Timothy Cardinal Dolan - Week of July 28

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Posted: 8:46 2014-07-28 ⋅ Comment

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Great news! Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has confirmed that Pope Francis will be coming to America next year for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Holy Father is considering an invitation to make a stop in New York during his stay in the U.S.

Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of...

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