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April 3, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Pope at Urbi et orbi








Pope Francis gives a "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing on March 27, 2020.  Click here to read the text of his Homily.


Catholic Schools Trailblazing Distance Learning in California

March 27, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Diocesan Announcements and State Policy Updates

As the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, it’s challenging to keep up with the latest updates. The California Catholic Conference is now posting the latest policy updates each day as well as updates on announcements by arch/diocese in California. 

March 20, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Public Celebration of Mass Suspended throughout California

Dioceses Offer Catholics Resources to Continue Lenten Journey

In response to unprecedented measures taken by California and the nation to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), every Roman Catholic Diocese in the state has suspended the public celebration of Mass.  Catholics around the world are in the season of Lent – in preparation for Easter, the most holy Feast of the liturgical year – making this necessary move particularly heartbreaking.

March 13, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Sorting Through the Latest on the Coronavirus

As news, updates, and reactions on COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, continues to dominate media everywhere, there are several updates on the Catholic front to note.

March 6, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Physician-Assisted Suicide Supporters Push for Expansion

As they usually do soon after getting laws passed, supporters of physician-assisted suicide are looking for ways to make it easier for more people to end their life with the aid of a doctor.

February 28, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

U.S. Senate Rejects Pro-Life Bills

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate failed to advance two pro-life bills – the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). The Pain-Capable bill would protect unborn children from late-term abortions. 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 their life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

February 21, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor Focuses on Homelessness in State of the State


Breaking tradition, Governor Gavin Newsom spent almost his entire State of the State address this week focusing on the homeless epidemic in California and urging the Legislature to find a solution.

In his speech, the Governor called the current environment a ‘disgrace’ and asked the Legislature to pass laws that would roll back regulations that stall progress on new housing for the homeless and give authorities more leeway in insisting on treatment for the mentally ill.

February 7, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

USCCB Voices Opposition to Further Restrictions to Immigration and Family Reunification

The President issued a proclamation last week restricting the issuance of immigrant visas to people from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria. People from Sudan and Tanzania will no longer be eligible for certain visas to come to the United States, commonly called “Diversity Visas.”

January 31, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Bishops Meet with Pope Francis for ‘Ad Limina’ Visit

Thirty-three bishops, auxiliary bishops and retired bishops from California, Nevada, and Hawaii met Pope Francis for more than two-and-a-half hours last Sunday for the “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) visit. An "ad limina" visit is a papal meeting required for every diocesan bishop in the world to provide an update on the state of his diocese.

January 24, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering and March for Life in D.C.

Catholics from around the nation are gathering in Washington, D.C. over the few days to take part in the March for Life 2020 and advocate for Catholic values as part of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) 2020.

This year’s theme for the March for Life is “Life Empowers.” The three-day event began on Thursday and includes an expo, conferences, concert, youth rally, and a dinner in addition to the march starting at the National Mall and continuing up Constitution Ave.