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Washington State Catholic Conference’s new director shares his vision

SEATTLE – The state’s bishops have appointed Mario Villanueva as executive director of the Washington State Catholic Conference. Villanueva will lead advocacy efforts and represent the bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Spokane and the Diocese of Yakima on public policy matters.

School immunization policy updated to reflect Catholic teaching

SEATTLE — Students at the archdiocese’s 73 Catholic schools must be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption, under an updated Archdiocese of Seattle policy that takes effect January 1, 2020. However, students not vaccinated will be able to complete the 2019-2020 academic year at their schools.