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Bishop Richard Pates is calling for prayers and a special collection in parishes to help the people of Nepal with disaster relief following a devastating earthquake on April 25. All donations in the Diocese of Des Moines will be sent from the diocese to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will send the gifts to Catholic Relief Services. CRS has already begun a major emergency response to the disaster and will put donations to work for extended relief efforts.

Pope Francis granted Howard Fitzgerald's request for a dispensation from the priesthood and the obligation of celibacy on Jan. 19 following a credible allegation that came to the attention of the Diocese of Des Moines last year regarding a decades-old case of sexual abuse.

Bishops support ESAs 
The four bishops of Iowa support Education Savings Accounts

Bishop Richard Pates will call for solidarity and reform of the broken immigration system in the United States during an education forum called "A Church Without Borders" on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale.

The Diocese of Des Moines is launching Courage and Encourage chapters. Courage is a ministry dedicated to servingpeople who experience same-sex attraction. Encourage serves their family and friends.

Circle of Protection 
Christian leaders challenge presidential candidates to focus on ending hunger, poverty

Mass for Life 
The four bishops of Iowa will celebrate the Midwest Mass for Life on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

The New Year is kicking off with a bang with three major events held in one weekend, with the goal of drawing crowds from all corners of the state. The Midwest Mass for Life, the third annual Midwest March for Life and the Iowa Institute of Social Action will be held in the Des Moines metro area the weekend Jan. 17-19.

Bishop Richard Pates has organized a search committee to look for a new diocesan Schools superintendent following the announcement of the upcoming retirement of Dr. Luvern Gubbels at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

Bishop Richard Pates has placed Father Howard Fitzgerald on indefinite administrative leave following a determination by the diocesan Allegation Review Committee that an allegation of a decades-old incident of sexual abuse of a minor is credible. Victims of sexual abuse by clergy are encouraged to contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Advocate at 515-286-2028 or

Bishop Richard Pates reacts to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding religious liberty.

Bishop Richard Pates invites everyone to complete a questionnaire for the Vatican on marriage and family life.

Four Iowa dioceses, through the Iowa Catholic Conference, issued a statement on immigration reform. Bishop Richard pates said issues of justice, human dignity and the rule of law must override political considerations that could derail progress on immigration reform.

Bishop Richard Pates supports the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statement following today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage.

Sister Mary Christine Athans, BVM, will be at St. Theresa Church in Des Moines on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. to talk about her new book "In Quest for the Jewish Mary."

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