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Ash Wednesday Collection to Support the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON— The annual special Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be taken up in most dioceses on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The funds collected are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects in 28 counties in Central and Eastern Europe.

“As we embark on our Lenten journey it is a fitting time to remember our sisters and brothers in Central and Eastern Europe, who are working to restore the Church and build the future after decades of oppression,” said Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Bishop of Steubenville and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. “I thank the American faithful for their support. As a Paschal people, we help bring God’s consolation and the hope of rebirth when we extend our generosity to those in need.”

In 2017, the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe awarded over $9 million through more than 300 grants. Among projects recently supported is the construction of a Catholic youth center in a remote part of Georgia, helping to form a new generation of disciples.

The Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe (CCEE) oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. More information about the collection, including detailed information about who it supports and how the funds are distributed, can be found at People who live in dioceses that do not participate in the collection or who wish to give directly can learn how to give here.

Tetiana Stawnychy, Director of the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, is available for media interviews.

Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction, renovation, Catholic communications projects

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Judy Keane


Cologne's cardinal warns against inventing 'a new Church'

Cologne, Germany, Feb 19, 2019 / 06:38 pm (EWTN News).- Noting the challenges facing the Church in Germany, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne told EWTN last week that amid dispute over the Church's "direction", the bishops are called to preserve the faith.

Supreme Court overturns death penalty for man with intellectual disability

Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2019 / 05:29 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In a ruling released Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the death penalty sentence of a Texas inmate whom the court found to be intellectually disabled.

Bishops ask Supreme Court to hear case on racism in death sentencing

Atlanta, Ga., Feb 19, 2019 / 05:28 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Three U.S. bishops have called on the Supreme Court to take up the case of a death row inmate in Georgia whose sentence may have been prejudiced by the racism of a juror.

Assisted suicide threatens the entire medical profession, Maryland doctor warns

Baltimore, Md., Feb 19, 2019 / 03:14 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Assisted suicide contradicts the foundations of medical ethics, violates the basic standards of medical care, and threatens people who most need the assistance of the medical profession, warned a doctor who is opposing Maryland's proposal to legalize the practice.

With Nigerian elections postponed, Catholic leaders stress peace

Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 19, 2019 / 03:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Catholic leaders have voiced disappointment at a last-minute delay in Nigerian elections, but called for Christians to remain peaceful and participate in the postponed vote next weekend.

Religious superiors voice shame over child abuse failings

Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2019 / 01:08 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Superiors general of men's and women's religious communities expressed sorrow Tuesday for sexual abuse committed within religious congregations and orders ahead of a Vatican meeting on child sex abuse.

Emergency declaration raises new questions about Texas border chapel

Brownsville, Texas, Feb 18, 2019 / 03:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the southern border has again raised the possibility of a barrier being constructed through La Lomita Historical Park, blocking access to an historic chapel on the site.

Pope Francis Names Bishop Boris Gudziak as Archbishop of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Bishop Boris Gudziak as archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Bishop Gudziak, 58, currently serves as bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saint Vladimir-le Grand de Paris in France.

The appointment was publicized in Washington on February 18, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Gudziakwas born November 24, 1960 in Syracuse, New York. He was ordained on November 26, 1998 by Bishop Sofron Mudry O.S.B.M.He was ordained a bishop in Franceon August 26, 2012.

Bishop Gudziak holds a duel bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology (1980) from Syracuse University, a degree in theology (1983) from the Pontifical Urban Universityin Rome, and a Ph.D., in Slavic and Byzantine Cultural History (1992) from Harvard University.

Post-ordination assignments include: vice rector of the Lviv Theological Academy, rector of the Lviv Theological Academy, and rector and president of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia includes the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of eastern Pennsylvania. It has a total Catholic population of 67,250. The Archeparchy has been sede vacante since April 2018.


Keywords: bishop appointment, Pope Francis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Boris Gudziak, Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Ukrainian Eparchy of Saint Vladimir-le Grand de Paris

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Judy Keane


Australian bishop urges faithful to fight 'radical' abortion bill

Adelaide, Australia, Feb 16, 2019 / 07:17 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A local bishop is speaking out against a bill to remove regulations on abortion in Adelaide, Australia, saying it would be the nation's most radical abortion law.