The Washington State Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s bishops on matters of public policy, has produced voter resources, including a webpage and flyer, in advance of the October 8 deadline for online voter registration. The general election is November 6.
SEATTLE – The week before Pope Francis’ September 22 visit to Lithuania, members of the local Lithuanian-American community gathered here for the rare occasion of attending Mass in their native language.
SEATTLE – For the sixth year, the younger members of St. John the Evangelist Parish kicked off the school year by bringing backpacks full of food donations to Sunday Mass.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. bishops’ conference has announced new accountability measures in response to recent clerical sex-abuse scandals. The reforms include the establishment of an independent reporting mechanism to receive complaints against bishops, and the development of a code of conduct for bishops.
VATICAN CITY – In a new apostolic constitution, Pope Francis has reformed the Synod of Bishops, creating a mechanism for the assembly’s final documents to be included in official church teaching.
To promote healing in the wake of the abuse crisis in the church, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, along with auxiliary bishops Eusebio Elizondo and Daniel Mueggenborg, will lead a public prayer service at St. James Cathedral October 4 at 7 p.m. “It will be an opportunity for us bishops to express our sorrow and contrition for the scourge of sexual abuse in the Church,” the archbishop said, “and to pray for the healing of all those who have been victims, as well as the Church herself.”