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United States Catholic Bishops Hold Fall General Assembly

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The United States Catholic bishops are holding their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 15-18.

For the second year in a row, Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, will broadcast the Assembly. The proceedings will also be covered via the social media outreach of the USCCB on Twitter (twitter.com/usccb) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb).

The telecast will air during the days of public sessions of the bishops’ meeting, Monday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, November 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It can be accessed directly at http://www.usccb.org/meetings/2010Fall/.

Among the agenda items up for a vote is a historic agreement with four Reformed churches on the “Mutual Recognition of Baptism.” The denominations are the Christian Reformed Church in North America, Reformed Church in North America, Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian leadership has ratified the agreement. If the United States bishops ratify the agreement, then any Baptism performed in the Catholic and Presbyterian Churches will be mutually recognized as long as the proper formula is used and documented. The other three Protestant denominations will vote on ratification at their upcoming annual meetings.

During their Assembly, the United States bishops will also elect a new President and Vice-President of the Bishops Conference to succeed Francis Cardinal George of Chicago. The new President will assume the post at the conclusion of the Fall Assembly.