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US bishops approve 5 priorities, discuss persecuted Christians

November 16, 2016

On the second day of their annual fall meeting, the members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a strategic plan for 2017-20 centered on five priorities: evangelization, family and marriage, human life and dignity, vocations and ongoing formation, and religious freedom.

On November 15, the US bishops also

  • elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as USCCB president, and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles as USCCB vice president (see related story)
  • discussed the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, which will take place in 2018
  • heard the conclusions of a study on multicultural parishes
  • lent their support to the beatification causes of Julia Greeley (c. 1843-1918), Sister Blandina Segale (1850-1941), Father Patrick Ryan (1845-78), and Father Bernard Quinn (1888-1940)
  • discussed assistance to persecuted Christians in the Middle East, emphasizing advocacy, humanitarian assistance, and ecumenical support


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