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Annual Diocesan Conference 2021:
Opening Remarks, Bishop George Leo Thomas

Ordination Mass for Bishop Gregory W. Gordon

 Bishop Thomas' 2021 CSA Reflection

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Popes and presidents: Biden is 14th U.S. president to visit Vatican
By  Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Almost 60 years have passed since a Catholic president of the United States visited a pope at the Vatican.

When President John F. Kennedy was preparing for his meeting with the new Pope Paul VI in July 1963, people were wondering if he would kiss the pope's ring, a traditional sign of deference, but one that could have been problematic for a president already dealing with questions about whether his church or his country came first.

The pope did not seem to mind shaking his hand.

Protocols and popes have changed. Today, Pope Francis prefers guests not kiss his ring.

President Joe Biden will be the 14th U.S. president -- and the second Catholic president -- to meet a pope at the Vatican. Read more.

Eucharistic revival could 'move needle' on understanding of Real Presence
By Chaz Muth Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Toni Guagenti of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was raised in a traditional churchgoing Catholic family and educated in the teachings of the church, yet as an adult she views the consecrated host as a symbol of Jesus and not the real presence of Christ.

It appears as though Guagenti's understanding of the Eucharist is the same for a majority of U.S. Catholics, and church leaders are trying to figure out what to do about that.

A 2019 Pew Research Center study showed that 69% of all self-identified U.S. Catholics said they believed the bread and wine used at Mass are not Jesus, but instead are "symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ." The other 31% said they believed in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Though that study has been criticized by several Catholic scholars, it got the attention of the U.S. bishops, who will be discussing what they consider a catechetical crisis at their upcoming fall general assembly in Baltimore in November. Read more.

Date: September 28, 2021
Notice to the Roman Catholic Clergy and Faithful of the
Diocese of Las Vegas

On July 28, 2021, Father Adam Kotas abandoned his parish in the Diocese of Santa Rosa and defected from the Roman Catholic Church. At present, he is a member of the schismatic Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) founded in 1897 by Reverend Francis Hodur, who led Pennsylvania parishioners away from the Roman Catholic Church.

For a period of three years, Father Kotas was “on loan” to the Diocese of Las Vegas before voluntarily returning to his home Diocese of Santa Rosa. He is using his prior association and charismatic preaching style to entice uninformed Catholics into the PNCC. Read more/sequin leyendo

Statements regarding Adam Kotas Click HERE

New Face Mask Mandate Effective Saturday, July 31, 2021

In accordance with the latest CDC recommendations and
Governor Sisolak's July 27, 2021, Emergency Directive No. 47 ("Directive 47"),
the Diocesan Restoration Advisory Council and Bishop Thomas direct:

Regardless of vaccination status, the wearing of face masks is required by all individuals age 2 and older who enter any Diocesan facility.

We ask for your patience as the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, and State of Nevada Governor's Office continue to update and modify
their requirements.

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