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A tapestry in Buffalo may hold pieces of saints
Thursday, February 02, 2012 by Currents

This interview with Msgr. James Campbell, rector of St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, focuses on a rare reliquary that was recently discovered after being stored away for more than 100 years.  Currents is produced by the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Bishops vow to voice government edict forcing contraceptive coverage
Friday, January 20, 2012 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops



The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. The Jan. 20 announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.

Bishop Kmiec hails appointment of new cardinals
Saturday, January 07, 2012 by Office of Communications

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec issued the following statement upon the appointmenet of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI

Today’s announcement by the Holy Father that he has named Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto to the College of Cardinals has brought great joy to me and to the faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Cardinal-designate Dolan is a caring priest who shepherds the people of the Archdiocese of New York with great pastoral care, especially when it comes to his concern for the voiceless and the disadvantaged. I have great respect and admiration for him, and I feel blessed to have known him for the past 18 years.

Cardinal-designate Collins is admired for his wisdom and for his service to the Church in Toronto and throughout Canada.

Archbishop Dolan elevated to cardinal
Friday, January 06, 2012 by Office of Communications, Archdiocese of New York

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has announced that His Excellency the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be elevated to the dignity of Cardinal in a Consistory to be held on February 18, 2012.

Archbishop Dolan released a statement in which he expressed his gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI saying that he is "honored, humbled, and grateful."  He also thanked the people of the archdiocese of New York, “this is about an affirmation of love from the Pope to a celebrated archdiocese and community, and a summons to its unworthy archbishop to serve Jesus, His Church universal, His vicar on earth, and His people better.”

Cardinal-designate Dolan was among 22 new cardinals named today by the Holy Father.  Two other Americans will also be elevated to cardina:  Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto and Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O'Brien, former archbishop of Baltimore and curernt grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Bishop Kmiec celebrates 50 years of priesthood
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by Kevin Keenan

In December of 1961, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” was number one on the album charts, President John F. Kennedy approved of the deployment of U.S. military crews and helicopters to Vietnam and young Edward U. Kmiec of Trenton, N.J. was preparing for his ordination to the priesthood.

His priestly journey would include an assignment as assistant pastor at St. Rose Parish in Belmar, N.J., secretary and master of ceremonies to the bishop of Trenton, and vice-chancellor of the Diocese of Trenton.

Following 12 years as bishop of Nashville, Bishop Kmiec has spent the last seven years as bishop of Buffalo.

Dec. 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Bishop Kmiec’s priestly ordination at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (left).

Midnight Mass produced by Daybreak TV to air nationwide
Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Office of Communications

Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo was honored to produce the Christmas Midnight Mass that will air on ABC television stations nationwide on December 24 and 25.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, celebrates the Mass at the Felician Sisters’ Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel at the Villa Maria Convent Complex, Buffalo.   Daybreak chose Villa Maria’s Chapel for its architectural design that is both beautiful and ideal for multiple camera placement.

Highlights of the Mass include music by the St. Joseph Cathedral Festival Chorus and the Paraclete Conservatory Chamber Choir. 

Don't lose your public voice, Holy Father tells NY bishops
Monday, November 28, 2011 by Catholic News Agency

Bishop Kmiec applauds the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI has told New York's bishops not to be silenced by those who seek to muzzle Catholicism in public life.

“Despite attempts to still the Church’s voice in the public square, many people of good will continue to look to her for wisdom, insight and sound guidance,” Pope Benedict said in his address to 20 bishops, including Bishop Edward U. Kmiec (pictured applauding the entrance of the Holy Father) gathered in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Nov. 26.

Bishop Kmiec celebrates 50 years as a priest
Monday, October 31, 2011 by WKBW-TV
Pope Benedict declares a "Year of Faith"
Monday, October 17, 2011 by David Kerr, Catholic News Agency


Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith” which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time,” said the Pope, making his announcement during Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Year of Faith will run from October 11, 2012, until November 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.