Pope Francis today named Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. The responsibilities of the congregation include moderating all aspects of episcopal appointments, assisting bishops in the correct exercise of their pastoral functions, handling ad limina visits (regular visits to Rome by bishops every five years) and establishing episcopal conferences and reviewing their decrees as required by canon law.  Learn more about Cardinal Donald Wuerl and this appointment.

“Let us not reduce the involvement of women in the church, but instead promote their active role
in the ecclesial community.”  Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013, Brazil

In Haiti, many citizens suffer from preventable diseases and malnutrition, and poverty is often a barrier to essential medical treatment for women and children suffering from such illnesses as HIV/AIDS.  Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has provided $2 million to Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) to build a 30-bed facility in Cotes-De-Fer, Haiti.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the pope to raise greater awareness in the church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting.

The people of the Nuba Mountains--a disputed region in Sudan that shares a border and ethnic ties with South Sudan--are starving, reports a recent article by the National Catholic Reporter. A Catholic bishop and Catholic medical missioner visited the United States earlier this year to speak for the Nuba people and seek an international intervention to halt aerial bombings, open roads to allow food relief to be brought in, and to require the parties in conflict to negotiate peace.

Bishop Macram Max Gassis, who heads the diocese of El Obeid in Sudan and South Sudan, and Dr. Tom Catena, a volunteer physician, presented a briefing in February on the food crisis in the region, at an event co-sponsored by Caritas International and the Catholic Medical Mission Board and held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

To learn more about the crisis in Sudan and Catholic Medical Mission Board’s work, visit the following links:



Congratulations to the Cassins and the Healeys, members of FADICA. The National Catholic Educational Association will honor them with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on October 7th in Washington DC. The Seton Award is NCEA's highest honor, given in recognition of significant contributions to Catholic education. B.J. Cassin founded the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation in 2000 to establish quality Catholic college preparatory middle and high schools in economically challenged communities.