Church observers say they will be watching to see if any of the votes or liturgical decisions reflect a change in tone within the USCCB.
In light of the recent political, military and social conflicts taking place around the world, Catholics and other Christians have found reason to come together in faith to pray for world peace and healing.
The 22nd International Week of Prayer and Fasting will take place Sept. 20-28. Organizers are encouraging individuals, families and parishes around the world to participate by fasting, attending daily Mass, prayer services and Holy Hours, going to confession, and praying the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet.
U.S. military chaplains around the world are receiving copies of new Armed with the Faith prayer books for Catholics in the armed forces.
The pocket-sized booklets are described by the Archdiocese for the Military Services as "virtually indestructible, waterproof, flip-top prayer books, designed for use in the most rugged conditions, including hard battle."
NCR Today: The Catholic prelate responsible for spiritual care of the members of the U.S. armed forces around the world was honored with a lifetime achievement award.