Religious freedom, vocations among bishops’ top priorities

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Bishops gather for Mass on June 10, 2015 at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Photo by Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Bishops gather for Mass on June 10, 2015 at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Photo by Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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ST. LOUIS But some bishops argued that the group should follow in the steps of Pope Francis and place a greater emphasis on alleviating poverty.