‘Faithful citizenship’ revisions reflect words of Popes Benedict, Francis

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November 16, 2015

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, center, listens to a speaker Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See BISHOPS- Nov. 16, 2015.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, center, as well as, Bishop Donald Kettler, in the back right, listen to a speaker Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Revisions in the U.S. bishops’ quadrennial document on political responsibility draw on the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and take into account developments in U.S. foreign and domestic policy over the past four years.

The document, revised by a working group of bishops comprised of the chairmen of several committees whose work is affected by public policy, will be voted on Nov. 17, the second day of public sessions during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly.

For passage, the document requires two-thirds of voting bishops to support it. The bishops had set aside 45 minutes to discuss the document before the vote.

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