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Sept. 16, 2020

Cardinal Tobin has neither endorsed nor opposed any candidate running for public office. He has simply reminded Catholics of our responsibility to take part in the elective process. Cardinal Tobin echoes the USCCB’s guidance on “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” which recognizes that Catholics often face difficult decisions about how to vote as well as the need for a properly formed...

September 14, 2020

The Archbishop of San Juan, Roberto Octavio González Nieves, O.F.M, calls on Puerto Ricans in the United States to remember their families and their homeland this election season.  Watch here: www.facebook.com/franciscanactionnetwork/videos/359693412072279/ 

Sept. 1, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark announced today that the attendance limit for its 212 churches in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties has increased. Based on the latest New Jersey public official guidelines, the number of faithful now permitted indoors for public liturgies and Baptisms, weddings and funerals has increased to 150 participants or 25 percent of the church’s capacity, whichever is lower...

August 31, 2020

In November 2018, we bishops of the United States issued a pastoral letter against racism entitled, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. Although our conference has spoken out against racism many times in the past, we believed that the increasing incidents of violence and injustice in our nation warranted a renewed commitment on our part to call attention to the evils of racist thought, speech and actions... 

August 14, 2020

For nearly half a year now, it seems like we have all been living in the Twilight Zone. Things just don’t appear to be the way they should be, and it’s kind of eerie. I certainly don’t want to joke about this deadly serious pandemic. Too many people have lost family members, friends and close colleagues. Many others have lost their jobs or are experiencing severe economic hardships...

August 4, 2020

In response to the urgent need to address enrollment loss and growing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Schools of the Archdiocese of Newark has announced that five elementary schools will not reopen this fall and three elementary schools will consolidate with nearby school communities...

July 29, 2020

The devastating consequences of the current pandemic have gravely impacted our Church as well as every aspect of our society. The financial insecurity that has been generated by COVID-19 affects in a particular way the schools of the Archdiocese, their students, parents, faculty and administration...

July 24, 2020

Despite a global pandemic, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark continues to serve the poor and spread God’s message of hope and mercy. “We never stopped working,” said John Westervelt, the Chief Executive Officer of CCAN. “A lot is still going on in Catholic Charities even though today is 128 days since the pandemic started. We’re still servicing the poor..."

July 24, 2020

The Holy Father’s request that the entire Church pray for, and reflect on, the importance of families was addressed in significant ways during the initial years of his pontificate. In his letter, Pope Francis said: “Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.”...

July 15, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark won 13 awards from the Catholic Press Association during its virtual 2020 Catholic Media Conference.  The awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence in Catholic media, including newspapers, journals, books, multimedia and wire services across the United States and Canada

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