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Vatican City, May 22, 2015 / 08:14 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of visits. Today's rounds included four different offices. 1 hour 16 min
Santiago, Chile, May 22, 2015 / 05:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or "Nachito" as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive. 4 hours 28 min
Washington D.C., May 22, 2015 / 01:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday. 8 hours 22 min
Lincoln, Neb., May 21, 2015 / 06:11 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Nebraska's Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature's veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment "cannot be justified" in the state at present. 1 day 3 hours
Cairo, Egypt, May 21, 2015 / 05:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Egypt's Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday. 1 day 4 hours
South Bend, Ind., May 21, 2015 / 05:03 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame's request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward. 1 day 4 hours
Denver, Colo., May 21, 2015 / 05:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- New York Times columnist, best-selling author and all-around pundit David Brooks has made headlines recently for his bold new book making the case for a societal return to morality.   1 day 4 hours
Paris, France, May 21, 2015 / 03:37 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project. 1 day 5 hours
Rome, Italy, May 21, 2015 / 01:05 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Following last week's online release of an audio message from the caliph of the Islamic State, one expert says the group's understanding of Islam calls on all Muslims to re-evaluate Islamic history. 1 day 8 hours
Washington D.C., May 20, 2015 / 11:48 am (EWTN News).- Congress should reapprove funding of a scholarship program that allows low-income students to attend private and religious schools in the District of Columbia, the U.S. bishops have said. 1 day 21 hours
Vatican City, May 20, 2015 / 11:40 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction. 1 day 21 hours
Rome, Italy, May 20, 2015 / 05:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather than being opposed, the two go hand-in-hand, and can lead to greater prosperity all-around.

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Fort Wayne, Ind., May 20, 2015 / 04:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love. 2 days 5 hours
Lourdes, France, May 20, 2015 / 03:10 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- After nearly losing his life in combat nine years ago, retired U.S. Marine Paul McQuigg journeyed to Lourdes with his wife and son this month to pray for healing and restoration from chronically painful injuries. 2 days 6 hours
Vatican City, May 19, 2015 / 11:15 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta could be canonized during the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy, although he clarified that no concrete plans have been made. 2 days 22 hours

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Welcome to Friday Photo. A post where CT staff select an image that shows the vibrant life of the faith community in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and around the world. (Courtesy Photo)

Welcome to Friday Photo. A post where CT staff select an image that shows the vibrant life of the faith community in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and around the world. (Courtesy Photo)

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Seniors from Lehman Catholic High School take the traditional plunge after their final day of exams on Monday. The class of 2015, fully clothed, jumped into the pool of  Scott and Kristy Sherman of Sidney. Their son, Dylan, is a graduating senior. 

The plunge is a long awaited day in Lehman Catholic Cavalier tradition.

Seniors joined Friday morning with the underclassmen for Senior Awards and Recognition.  Baccalaureate will be held at Holy Angels on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Commencement exercises will be Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at Lehman Catholic High School.

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Welcome to Friday Photo. A post where The Catholic Telegraph staff select an image that shows the vibrant life of the faith community in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and around the world. To submit a photo for consideration, email John Stegeman with “Friday Photo” in the subject line.

Posted May 21, 2015

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Father Brian Phelps, left, and Father James Riehle look on during their first moments as newly ordained priests on May 17, 2014. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Father Brian Phelps, left, and Father James Riehle look on during their first moments as newly ordained priests on May 17, 2014. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

The recent ordination of priests for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati took place almost one year to the day following the previous year’s class. The Catholic Telegraph’s Throwback Thursday team caught up with the 2014 ordinands — Father James Riehle and Father Brian Phelps — to see what life was like one year after ordination.

Father Riehle serves as the parochial vicar of Holy Angels parish in Sidney and teaches at Lehman Catholic High School. Father Phelps is parochial vicar at Incarnation in Centerville. The men were ordained May 17, 2014.

Father James Riehle

Father James Riehle

Father Riehle

The Catholic Telegraph (CT): How did your first year live up to expectations?

Father Riehle: “It was great. Obviously full of surprises and unexpected things. It was a good year.”

CT: What lessons have your learned in the past year?

Father Riehle: “I learn more and more than I’m not in charge. I just sort of trust in the church and trust in the Lord and let Him take charge.”

CT: What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?

Father Riehle: “It will be nice to have year under my belt to know what to expect better. I’m teaching at Lehman so having that year down it will be less finding my way and I’ll be more comfortable. I thank people for their prayers.”


Father Brian Phelps

Father Brian Phelps

Father Phelps

CT: How did your first year live up to expectations?

Father Phelps: “It went beyond my expectations. Once you get into it you start really realizing the greatness of it and also how much you must rely on the grace of God and other people for your ministry.”

CT: What lessons have your learned in the past year?

Father Phelps: “Always seek in prayer first. Make sure every day your day begins with prayer. There are many people in the parish that God has given many gifts.“

CT: What advice to you have for the newly ordained priests?

Father Phelps: “Understand who you are and your gifts so that you may live your life as a priest. Trust that God will be with you in your ministry.”

Welcome to The Catholic Telegraph’s edition of Throwback Thursday. Throwback Thursday is a weekly online activity wherein users of social media share an old photo or anecdote about times gone by.We use Throwback Thursday to highlight the history of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and our publication.

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Posted May 21, 2015

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Pope Francis greets a baby as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis greets a baby as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Laura Ieraci
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Parents must not exclude themselves from their children’s lives and, despite what some “experts” may say, they must take an active role in their children’s education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 20.

“It’s time for fathers and mothers to come out of their exile — because they have exiled themselves from their children’s education — and to fully assume again their educational role,” he said.

Continuing a series of talks about the family, the pope said its “essential characteristic” is its “natural vocation to educate children so that they grow in responsibility for themselves and for others.”

But, faced with numerous experts who tell them how their children should be raised, many parents have withdrawn their involvement in their children’s education, and this is “very grave,” he said.

“‘Critical’ intellectuals of all types have silenced parents in a thousand ways to defend the younger generation from the damages — real or imagined — of education in the family,” he said. “The family has been accused, among other things, of authoritarianism, favoritism, conformism and affective repression that generates conflict.”

The result is a “divide between families and society, between families and schools,” he said.

“The educative partnership between society and family is in crisis because mutual trust has been undermined,” the pope said.

Tensions and disagreements between parents and teachers are a symptom of the crisis, he said, and children bear the brunt of it.

He also spoke of the multiplication “of so-called ‘experts,’ who have taken over the role of parents, even in the most intimate aspects of education,” convincing parents their only role is to “listen, learn and adapt.”

Parents then “tend increasingly to entrust to the ‘experts’ even the more delicate and personal aspects of their children’s lives, setting themselves off alone in a corner,” he said.

In trying to demonstrate how “things have changed,” the pope told a personal story about when he said a bad word to his fourth-grade teacher, who promptly called his mother. When his mother came to school the next day, she made him apologize to the teacher and then disciplined him when he got home.

Today instead, he said, parents will reprimand a teacher who tries to discipline their child.

The pope said it is obvious the current situation is “not good” or “harmonious,” since it tends to put families and schools in opposition rather than in collaborative relationships.

In addition, he said, “puzzled by the new demands made by children” and the complexity of life, many parents are “paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake.”

“Educating children is difficult for parents who see them only in the evening when they return home tired from work,” he said. “It is even more difficult for parents who are separated, who are weighed down by their circumstances.”

He urged separated parents to “never, never, never take a child hostage” by speaking ill of the other parent. He recognized that being separated is “a trial” but added that “children must not be the ones to carry the weight of this separation or to be used like hostages against the other spouse.”

The advice the apostle Paul gives to both children and parents in his Letter to the Colossians — that children obey their parents in all things and that parents not exasperate their children by “commanding in a bad way” so as not to discourage them — is “a wise rule,” he said.

To exasperate a child is to ask them to do things they are not able to do, the pope explained. Rather, children must be accompanied and “grow without being discouraged, step by step,” he said.

He also exhorted families to practice patience.

“Even in the best of families, there is the need to put up with each other,” he said. “But that’s life. Life is not lived in a laboratory, it’s lived in reality.”

“Wonderful” Christian parents “full of human wisdom” demonstrate that good education in the family is the “spine of humanism,” he said. Their “radiance compensates for the gaps, wounds and voids of fatherhood and motherhood” that many children experience, he added.

If families were able to recover their pride in being the primary educators of their children, he said, “many things would change for the better, (both) for uncertain parents and for disappointed children.”

Posted May 21, 2015

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Servant of God Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement and its newspaper, The Catholic Worker, is depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in the Staten Island borough of New York. Day was received into the Catholic church at Our Lady Help of Christians in 1927 at age 30. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Servant of God Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement and its newspaper, The Catholic Worker, is depicted in a stained-glass window at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in the Staten Island borough of New York. Day was received into the Catholic church at Our Lady Help of Christians in 1927 at age 30. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)


Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.

“It was not the teachings of the Church that convinced her to leave the past behind and change her life. She was changed by Love, changed by the over-powering awareness of the reality of God’s love and mercy,” the archbishop said during his May 14 keynote address at the Dorothy Day Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Archbishop Gomez said he admires the social activist for the example of holiness that she has left for today’s Catholics.

As a young woman in the early 20th century, Day embraced what she and many others in her generation believed would bring happiness: a life that included abortion, communism and “free love.”

“Dorothy and many others thought they had found the ‘answers’ they were looking for in the ‘progressive’ vision of a society liberated from Christian morality and the capitalist economy,” Archbishop Gomez said, but what followed was a period of great pain and suffering in her life, including the abortion of her child.

When Day converted to Catholicism years later in 1929, it was not due to the hardships she had endured, the archbishop continued. Rather, Day converted because she found love – first in the birth of her beloved daughter, Tamar, and then in God.

“As she described it, the beauty of the created world convinced her that there must be a Creator. The joy of human love helped her to realize the beauty of divine love,” he explained. “She came to see that her life – and all our lives – are a search for love, a search for a love that is Supreme, for God.”

While it remains to be seen whether the Church will declare Day a saint – she is currently recognized as a Servant of God – Archbishop Gomez said that her life makes him want to be a saint.

“And I know a lot of people feel the same way – including some of you, probably,” he said.

Archbishop Gomez reflected that the great Catholic social activist has left a legacy that illustrated how to live in and evangelize a culture that has rejected God. Day believed that the surest way to do this “was to raise up a new generation of saints.”

While not everyone is called to a radical life among the poor like Day, we are all called “to take personal responsibility” in caring for the poor and to live out something she called “heroic charity,” the archbishop said.

When we see Christ in others, we are moved to serve Christ in others, he explained.

“Dorothy Day helps us to see that Jesus made the works of mercy the way for every Christian. She told us over and over what Jesus said – that in the evening of our lives, our love for God will be judged by the mercy we have shown to others – especially those who are the most vulnerable, those who cannot defend themselves,” he said.

Day’s example of holiness and service is echoed today in Pope Francis’ teachings when he talks about going “to the peripheries” to evangelize and serve, Archbishop Gomez continued.

Just like Pope Francis, everything for Day “was rooted in the encounter with Jesus Christ,” – and not simply an ideology – he said.

The Dorothy Day Conference also featured talks from Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy; author Brandon Vogt; Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review; and publisher and editor of Day’s diaries Robert Ellsberg.

Posted May 20, 2015

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Karen Juliani, Ph.D., has been named principal and CEO of Catholic Central effective July 1. (Courtesy Photo)

Karen Juliani, Ph.D., has been named principal and CEO of Catholic Central effective July 1. (Courtesy Photo)

Official Release
Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Karen Juliano, Ph.D., has been named Principal/CEO of Catholic Central School in Springfield, effective July 1. The Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, made the appointment following a national search and the affirmation of the Principal Search Committee.

Juliano is lifelong Catholic educator with extensive experience in school administration. Since 2011, she has served as the President of Raritan Bay Catholic Preparatory School in South Amboy, NJ. Juliano began her career as a math and religion teacher at the high school level. She later became Principal at Holy Rosary Academy in Louisville, KY, serving 1990-2002. She was hired as Principal of DeSales High School in Geneva, NY, in 2002, serving until 2005, and was President of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA, 2005-2010.

As President and Principal, Juliano has been instrumental in forming and implementing a vision for the future in her schools,” said Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “She has worked hard to build quality in the classroom, while communicating and building support from supporters and alumni. She is a woman of deep faith who has accepted a lifelong vocation to leadership in Catholic education. I am very pleased to be taking advantage of Dr. Juliano’s abundant talents at Catholic Central.”

Juliano holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Regis College, a master’s in secondary dducation from Boston College, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Spaulding University. For many years, Juliano has been a featured speaker at the Catholic Education Law Symposium, an annual conference sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association.

At Central Catholic she will succeed Peter Dunlap, who has been Catholic Central’s Principal/CEO since July 2013.

“I wish to thank Mr. Dunlap for his service to Catholic Central over the past two years, and wish him well in his future pursuits,” Rigg said.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 212 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Posted May 20, 2015

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From left to right, Fathers Joe Nelson, Samuel Gonzalez, and Louis  Gasparini (all linked through Hispanic ministry). (CT Photo/Jeff Unroe)

From left to right, Fathers Joe Nelson, Samuel Gonzalez, and Louis
Gasparini (all linked through Hispanic ministry). (CT Photo/Jeff Unroe)

By Mary Bertollini
For The Catholic Telegraph

Father Samuel Gonzalez had to leave his country of Colombia in 2000 because of serious threats to him from the political arena. He had worked for 32 years in the diocese of Socorro as an outspoken advocate for social justice. He assisted his brother, Father Ramon, now 86 and retired, in creating organized programs of education and leadership that have been successful in helping people find a voice in their world.

He visited relatives in Miami and tried to discern what he might do in the future. He called Margaret Singer in Cincinnati in the process. The two had worked together in the seventies when Singer was in Colombia as part of the Peace Corps. As a strong advocate for immigrants and a volunteer at Su Casa, the first Cincinnati organization to focus on their many needs, she invited him to come for a few days and see what was being done for Latinos in the area. He ended up staying 15 years, all spent in Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Father Gonzalez will go back to Colombia in May.

“I didn’t know there were immigrants in the Midwest,” Father Gonzalez said. “I thought they were in coastal cities like Miami and Houston and big cities like New York and Chicago. I was very surprised to find them in Ohio.”

He discovered that a significant number of Hispanics were working in construction through the Carpenters’ Union of Southwest Ohio. The union wanted a bilingual person to explain the ropes to workers, and the men were in need of a person they could trust.

“A visit to a number of work sites opened my eyes to just how great the need was for a priest who could speak their language and who had a sense of their cultures and customs. That’s how my ministry here began,” Father Gonzalez said.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati opened a place for worship and social services in 1998 for Hispanics at St. Charles Borromeo in Carthage. Franciscan Father Joe Nelson, who was very active at the time in outreach to immigrants, told Father Gonzalez about the center. FatherGonzalez, having visited the homes of the construction workers, knew how spread out they were over southern Ohio.

“It would have been good for the people to go to St. Charles, but distance, lack of transportation, and fear of getting caught along the way without legal documents were all big deterrents,” he said.

Father Gonzalez set to work to create centers within the archdiocese where Latinos could have religious celebrations and receive services close to home. Those who began coming to Mass started out as passive guests, grateful just to be inside church walls and attend Mass in their native language. Through the years Father Gonzalez served the archdiocese, he worked not only to get Latinos into the pews of area churches, but also to help them get into ministry.

“Mother Church wants active members, not passive,” FatherGonzalez said. “To become active, the Hispanic immigrants need mentoring, encouragement, and guidance. They need someone to accompany them, not hold their hand.”

He called on his experience in Colombia with organizing and educating prospective leaders and did his best to meet those needs, driving 2,500 miles or more per month to visit the developing centers, say Mass in Spanish, and administer the sacraments. Hispanic pastoral centers are functioning successfully today in cities throughout the archdiocese, including Cincinnati, Lebanon, Mason, Hamilton, Dayton, Springfield, Sydney, Tipp City, Bellefontaine, and New Carlisle.

“It has been a great blessing to work with Comboni Father Louis Gasparini, current director of Hispanic Ministry for the archdiocese, and the many lay Hispanic coworkers in the different communities,” Father Gonzalez said. “We have come a long way together from the day when Latinos only dreamed of having an active part in the church. Today it is happening.”

Catholic Hispanics are now participating in the archdiocesan catechetical leadership program, offered in Spanish. They are developing strategic pastoral plans so that in the future, if no priest is available, they will be able to successfully carry out their responsibilities in lay pastoral ministry. They are part of pastoral council programs. They have become a voice to offer ideas as to how cultures can share space, work and worship together, and still maintain cultural identity.

“I feel confident that, with God’s help, what we have done here for and with Catholic Latinos will continue to grow, “ Father Gonzalez said. “I have recruited someone to take my place, Fr. Fernando Ariél, also from Colombia, and I trust fully that he will take what I have done and make it better. I am grateful to the archdiocese for having given me the opportunity to serve its Hispanic population. And to all my Hispanic friends, I ask that you keep supporting one another, serve your church faithfully, and stay centered in Jesus and Mary.”

This story originally appeared in the May 2015 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.


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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says each of us should ask Jesus to gaze at us and tell us what we need to do to change our hearts and repent for our sins. We should consider whether Jesus looks at us with a call, with a pardon or with a mission? The Pope’s remarks came during his homily at morning Mass on Friday (May 22nd) at the Santa Marta residence. Taking his inspiration from the day’s readings, Pope Francis’ homily was a reflection on the three different types of looks which Jesus gave to the Apostle Peter. He said these three different looks were one of choosing, one of forgiveness and one of mission.  The Pope recalled how according to the gospel reading the apostle Andrew told his brother Peter that they had found the Messiah and took him to see Jesus. Christ looked at him and said “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Peter (Cephas) which means Rock.” He said Peter was enthusiastic after that first look from Jesus and wanted to follow our Lord. Moving ahead to the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, Pope Francis recalled how Peter disowned him three times and when Jesus turned and looked straight at him after that third denial, Peter wept. “The gospel of Luke says: ‘He wept bitterly.’ That earlier enthusiasm about following Jesus had turned to grief, because he had sinned: He denied that he knew Jesus.That look (by Jesus) changed Peter’s heart, more than before. The first change was being given a new name and a new vocation. That second look was a gaze that changed his heart and it’s a change of conversion to love.” The Pope said the third look that Jesus gave Peter was one of mission when he asked three times for a confirmation that Peter loved him and urged him to feed his sheep. He noted how the gospel recounts that Peter was hurt when Jesus asked him that question a third time. “Hurt because Jesus asked him for the third time ‘Do you love me?’ and he said: 'Lord, You know everything: You know I love you.' Jesus replied: ‘Feed my sheep.’ This was the third look, a look of mission.  The first, a look of choosing, with the enthusiasm of following Jesus: the second, a look of repentance at the time of that very grave sin of having disowned Jesus: the three look is one of mission: ‘Feed my lambs,’ ‘Look after my sheep,’ ‘Feed my sheep.’” Pope Francis urged his listeners to re-read that dialogue with the Lord and think about Jesus’ gaze on us. “We too can reflect: what look is Jesus giving me today?  How is Jesus looking at me?  With a call? With a pardon? With a mission? But on the path He created, all of us are being looked at by Jesus.  He always looks at us with love.  He asks us something, he forgives us for something and he gives us a mission.  Jesus is now coming on the altar.  May each one of us think: ‘Lord, You are here, among us.  Fix your gaze on me and tell me what I must do: how I must repent for my mistakes, my sins; what courage do I need to go forward on the path that You first created.” (from Vatican Radio)... 1 hour 20 min
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Rita nasceu no dia 22 de maio de 1381 na região da Úmbria em um lugarejo chamado Roccaporena na Itália. Filha do casal Antônio Mancini e Amada Ferri, Rita foi fruto da velhice do casal que pedia a Deus a graça de conceberem. Trabalhavam na lavoura e apesar de serem analfabetos, os pais de Rita transmitiram-lhe com ... 4 hours 31 min
Esta manhã, das 9h em diante (horário local), o Papa Francisco visitou os escritórios de vários Dicastérios da Cúria Romana, localizados na Praça Pio XII. Primeiro, o Pontifício Comitê das Ciências Históricas, depois, a Congregação para a Educação Católica, a Congregação para o Clero e da Congregação para os Instit... 4 hours 33 min
(Vatican Radio)  The 3 day conference 'Nostra Aetate - Celebrating 50 years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims'   concluded yesterday at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.  The President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity - and also responsible for the Church’s dialogue with the Jewish people - Cardinal Kurt Koch, was there.  He says the Nostra Aetate declaration was a landmark in relations between the Catholic Church and other faiths.  But, he notes that while the Church has ongoing bilateral talks with Jewish and Muslim religious leaders, it may be too early to engage in a “trialogue” among the three monotheistic faiths. “We don’t have trialogue and for us it is too early to make this because sometimes we speak about an Abrahamitic ecumenism – this is very clear – it is a good issue.  But on the other hand, we have a very, very different interpretation of Abraham and we cannot deny this issue.  And in the interreligious discussion, it is very important to treat also this difference that we have in the interpretation of Abraham.” Asked if Muslim and Jewish religious leaders would be open to such a dialogue and if it could pave the way to improved relations among the three faiths, Cardinal Koch responds, “We hope that we can go in this [direction] in future but we have in every religion, we have opposition.  We have open leaders, we have open Muslim leaders, we have open Christian leaders, but we have opposition in all the three religions.  We have also opposition in the Catholic Church against Nostra Aetate.  The same groups, they are against ecumenism, against interreligious dialogue, against the religious freedom declaration.  And I think that they are minorities.  We must go on the basis of the Second Vatican Council with the high authority of the Catholic Church and we cannot deny this very important influence.” Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s extended interview with Cardinal Koch: (from Vatican Radio)... 5 hours 38 min
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Para a Irlanda, amanhã será um dia divisor de águas data. O povo será chamado, por meio de referendum, para decidir sobre a modificação da Constituição, que introduziria o casamento entre pessoas do mesmo sexo, incluindo a possibilidade de adotar crianças. Para esta alteração será suficiente a maioria simples, sem ... 17 hours 10 min
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Repensar as principais características da vida econômica e social é a proposta da conferência internacional promovida pela Fundação Centesimus Annus - Pro Pontifice, de 25 a 27 de maio, na Sala Nova do Sínodo (Cidade do Vaticano) e no palácio da Chancelaria (Roma). "Com este encontro, a Fundação continua o seu t... 17 hours 22 min
O Brasil e grande parte do mundo atualmente vivem apreensivos devidos a escalada do terrorismo. Grupos terroristas, como a Al-Quaeda, Boko Haram, Estado Islâmico (EI) e a Frente al-Nusra, espalham a dor e a morte pelo mundo, populações inteiras na África e no Oriente Médio estão sendo perseguidas, escravizadas e at... 17 hours 23 min
O 13 de maio de 2015, memória litúrgica de Nossa Senhora de Fátima, foi o dia escolhido para o início das transmissões de Rádio Maria Irlanda. A abertura desta rádio em língua inglesa no velho continente, que transmite de Dublin, representa um importante marco para a emissora católica espalhada por todo o mundo. ... 18 hours 40 min
Foi encontrado no Oriente, em escavações arqueológicas, um “manuscrito” em aramaico, dos fins do século I, atribuído a um grupo de cristãos reacionários, oriundos das seitas dos fariseus (críticos radicais) e dos saduceus (incrédulos). Por isso, esse documento, cuja autenticidade ainda está sendo estudada, foi clas... 19 hours 7 min
"Os meus fiéis perderam tudo porque conservaram a sua fé. Não sabemos qual futuro nos espera, mas continuamos a ter confiança em Deus”. Assim declara à Ajuda à Igreja que Sofre mons. Yoanna Petros Mouce, arcebispo siro-católico de Mosul, durante uma visita à sede italiana do AIS. O prelado recordou a tomada de M... 20 hours 8 min
Com um sincero “obrigado” o Papa Francisco começou a sua audiência com os familiares das vítimas e dos caídos no serviço da Polícia de Estado Italiana. Agradecimento dirigido especialmente aos “parentes daqueles que perderam a vida ou foram gravemente feridos no exercício do seu dever, pelo testemunho de esperança ... 20 hours 22 min
O Ano Jubilar Oratório, para o V Centenário do nascimento de São Felipe Neri começa na próxima segunda-feira, 25 de maio, com a celebração da Santa Missa na igreja romana de Santa Maria em Vallicella e a indulgência plenária concedida pelo Papa Francisco para os participantes dos diversos eventos do Jubileu. Par... 20 hours 49 min
Acolhendo o convite da Conferência Episcopal Italiana para oferecer a vigília de Pentecostes pelos mártires contemporâneos, pelos cristãos e pessoas cujo direito à vida e à liberdade religiosa é violado, Assis, a "cidade da paz", lança um forte apelo ao mundo e convida a rezar no sábado, 23 de maio às 21:00 (hora l... 22 hours 51 min
O Santo Padre Francisco expressou sua tristeza e prometeu orações às vítimas da enchente que atingiu a cidade de Salgar na Colômbia, provocando a morte de 78 pessoas. Ele enviou uma carta à diocese de Jericó, assinada pela Secretaria de Estado do Vaticano. O desabamento teve lugar na madrugada de segunda-feira, ... 23 hours 34 min
Carlos José Eugênio de Mazemod nasceu no dia 1 de agosto de 1782 na cidade de Aix-en-Provance, no sul da França. Seus pais, Charles Antoine de Mazenod e Marie-Rose, eram burgueses nobres que pertenciam a Corte dos Condes da Provença e tinha duas irmãs chamadas: Antonieta e Elisabete. Em 1790, a Revolução Frances... 1 day 34 min
O preço que Jesus pagou para que a Igreja estivesse sempre unida a Deus foi suas feridas. Os cristãos de hoje são chamados a pedir a graça da unidade e a lutar para que entre eles não se insinue o espírito de divisão, de guerra e de ciúmes. Isto foi o que destacou o Papa Francisco na homilia da Missa celebrada esta... 1 day 38 min
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Thursday (May 21st) encouraged Italy’s police officers to take action against violent and corrupt individuals, saying the country needs people to serve it with altruism, generosity and continuity.  He praised the police officers for their help in welcoming migrants landing on the nation’s shores and in counteracting the “unscrupulous human traffickers" and said their job is an important and noble mission of service to the entire community that sometimes can lead to the sacrifice of their own lives. The Pope’s remarks came in an address to the family members of Italian police officers who were killed or injured whilst on active duty. Pope Francis said the work of a police officer is a mission that carries a strong sense of duty and discipline and a willingness, if necessary, to lay down one’s life in order to uphold “the rule of law, defend democracy” and engage in the struggle against “organized crime or terrorism.” Your mission, he said, requires "the courage" to rescue whoever is in danger and to stop the aggressor in order to protect the wider society from "the arrogance of corrupt or violent individuals."  The Pope noted that nowadays police officers often find themselves on the front line, both in welcoming migrants landing on Italy’s shores and in taking action to apprehend the unscrupulous human traffickers. In this work, he said, you distinguish yourselves by "the moral imperative to do good, to save as many people as possible and to not spare yourselves in donating energy and time for this mission."   Pope Francis concluded by urging the police officers to continue their mission and Christian witness at the service of all and said by defending the weak and the rule of law they are a role model for Italy that "needs people to serve it with altruism, generosity and continuity."   (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 1 hour
(Vatican Radio)  His wounds are the "price" that Jesus paid for the Church to be united forever to Him and to God. Christians today are called to ask for the grace of unity and to fight against all "spirit of division, of war, of jealousy."  That was Pope Francis’s reflection during his Homily at Mass Thursday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta guesthouse. Listen to this report by Tracey McClure: For Pope Francis, "the great prayer of Jesus" is that the Church is united - that Christians "be one" as Jesus is with his Father. Drawing his reflections from the day’s readings, Pope Francis immerses us in the atmosphere of the Last Supper - not long before Christ gives Himself over to the Passion.  Recalling Christ’s weighty words entrusted to the Apostles, the Pope warns us against "the great temptation" and entreats us not to yield to the other "father:" the one of "lies" and "division." The price of unity It is comforting, observes Francis, to hear Jesus say to the Father that He did not want to pray simply for his disciples but also for those who will believe in Him "through their word." That’s a familiar phrase, but one the Pope thinks is worth drawing special attention to: "Maybe, we do not pay enough attention to these words: Jesus prayed for me! This is really a source of confidence: He prays for me;  He prayed for me ... I imagine …a figure …as Jesus is before the Father in Heaven. It is so: He prays for us; He prays for me. And what does the Father see? The wounds, the cost. The price He paid for us. Jesus prays for me with His wounds, with His wounded heart and He will continue to do so.” The faces of the division Jesus prays "for the unity of His people, for the Church." But Jesus knows, Pope Francis says, that “the spirit of the world" is "a spirit of division, of war, of envy, jealousy, even in families, even in religious families, even in dioceses, even in the Church as a whole: it is the great temptation." One that leads, the Pope says, to gossiping, to labelling, to pigeonholing people. All attitudes and behavior, the Pope stresses, that we are called to refrain from: "We must be one, just one being, as Jesus and the Father are one. This is precisely the challenge for all of us Christians: to not give way to division among us; to not let the spirit of division, the father of lies, come between us.  Continuously seek unity.  Everyone is different in his own way, but [we must] try to live in unity.  Has Jesus forgiven you? He forgives everyone. Jesus prays that we are one, one being. And the Church has great need of this prayer of unity. " Unity is grace, not "glue" A Church held together by "glue,"  jokes the Pope, doesn’t exist - because the unity Jesus calls us to "is a grace of God" and "a struggle" to be won on this earth. "We have to make room for the Spirit, Pope Francis concludes, so that we are transformed as the Father is in the Son:  one being": "Another bit of advice that Jesus gave in these days before He takes His leave is to remain in Him: 'Abide in me.' And He asks for this grace, that we all remain in Him. And here He shows us why;  He clearly says: 'Father, I want those whom you have given me, that they too may be with me where I am.' That is, that they remain there, with me. Remaining in Jesus, in this world, in the end [means] remaining with Him 'so that they may see my glory.' " (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 1 hour
Vatican City, 21 May 2015 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the second International Conference on Women (22-24 May, ex Domus Pacis, Rome) organised – like the first Conference held in 2009 – by the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, in collaboration with the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) and the World Women's Alliance for Life and Family (WWALF). The theme of the conference will be “Women and the post-2015 development agenda - the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The conference will be attended by over a hundred participants – mostly women, but to a lesser extent also men – from diverse cultural and social contexts and from all five continents, and will aim to offer the most complete overview possible of the main issues that affect women throughout the world in our times. The speakers at the conference were Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”; Flaminia Giovanelli, under-secretary of the same dicastery; Olimpia Tarzia, president of the WWALF, and Maria Giovanni Ruggieri, president of the WUCWO. Cardinal Turkson explained that the first day, 22 May, will begin with an analysis of female anthropology in the context of modern culture, which will also seek to shed light on recent and increasingly incisive semantic changes in terms of reference. The second panel will focus on the theme of education and the role of women in this field, as well as “the alliance between men and women and their mutual respect … in order to combat violence and abuse of power”. The cardinal emphasised that “education is an essential resource for ensuring the right to life, which is still denied in some parts of the planet where the birth of a female child is seen as a misfortune, since the sole destiny of a woman is an arranged marriage for which the family is required to provide a dowry”. Another theme is interreligious dialogue as a path towards lasting peace, and the role of women in this context. “The many episodes in recent times in which women and girls have been victims of unspeakable atrocities involving sexual violence, also and above all due to their Christian faith, are an important challenge to us. Such episodes demand that we intensify interreligious dialogue and appeal to our shared human nature, that transcends all religions and cultures, to forcefully condemn such atrocities in order to protect those under threat”. The second International Conference on Women will also offer the opportunity to discuss the many old and new forms of slavery and violence that affect women in various ways in different parts of the world. While in the western world domestic violence prevails and there is an increasing incidence of episodes of so-called “femicide”, in other poorer areas of developing countries the infanticide of female children and selective abortion of female foetuses are widespread practices. Inspired by Pope Francis' Message for Peace, the theme of which this year is “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters”, the Conference will denounce the phenomenon of human trafficking which the Pontiff has on numerous occasions described as a crime against humanity whose victims are, for the most part, girls and women. “While in many countries there has certainly been significant progress in favour of women, especially in the fields of education, political representation and economic participation, much still remains to be done”, observed the president of Justice and Peace, noting that it is true that poverty continues to affect women disproportionately, and many women “have no protection in many fields, including domestic, manufacturing and agricultural work”. However, the Conference does not intend merely to provide an overview of the most urgent matters linked to the conditions of women, or to be simply an opportunity to denounce the violations of the dignity of women and their rights. It will also endeavour to offer a contribution that may be useful within the framework of current negotiations for the new agenda for post-2015 developments. Therefore, on the second day of the meeting, on Saturday 23 May, working groups will focus on the main thematic areas of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The question of women is transversal and crucial in the majority of the current proposals of the SDGs: women play a key role in the reduction of poverty, hunger throughout the world, and education, and are also the guardians of life in all its phases”.... 1 day 1 hour
“It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – for they have exiled themselves from bringing up their children – and to fully resume their educational role”. This was the Pope's declaration at the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 20 May. Continuing his series of catecheses on the family, he spoke to the crowds – many of them families – about the importance of parents as educators. The following is an English translation of the Pope's catechesis which was delivered in Italian. Today, dear brothers and sisters, I would like to welcome you because I saw among you many families, Good morning to all the families! Let us continue to reflect on the family. Today we will pause to reflect an essential characteristic of the family, the natural vocation to educate children so they may grow up to to be responsible for themselves and for others. What we heard from the Apostle Paul, at the start, is very beautiful: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Col 3:20-21). This is a wise rule: children should be raised to listen to their parents and obey their parents, who, in turn, should not order them around in a negative way, so as not to discourage the children. Children, indeed, must grow without becoming discouraged, step by step. If you parents say to your children: “Let's climb this ladder” and you take them by the hand and step by step help them climb, things will go well. But if you say: “Go up!” - “But I can't” - “Go!”, this is called provoking your children, asking them to do things they don't have the ability to do. That is why the relationship between parents and children must be one of wisdom, of a great balance. Children, obey your parents, this pleases God. And you parents, don't provoke your children by asking of them things they can't do. And this needs to be done so that children can grow up to be responsible for themselves and for others. It would seem like an obvious statement, there are difficulties still in our times. It is hard to educate when parents only see their children in the evening, when they come home tired from work. Well, those who are fortunate enough to work! It is even more difficult for parents who are separated, who are weighed down by their condition: the poor dears, they have had real hardships, they have separated and frequently the child is taken hostage and the father speaks ill of the mother and the mother speaks ill of the father, and so much harm is done. But I say to separated parents: never, never, never take your child hostage! You separated because of many difficulties and reasons, life has given you this trial, but the children should not be the ones to carry the weight of this separation, they should not be used as hostages against the other spouse, they should grow up hearing their mother speak well of their father, even though they are not together, and the father speak well of their mother. For separated parents this is very important and very difficult, but they can do it. Above all, the question is: how should we educate? What tradition do we have today to pass on to our children? Intellectual “critics” of every kind have silenced parents in countless ways, in order to protect the younger generations from the damage – real or presumed - of family education. The family stands accused, among other things, of being authoritarian, of favoritism, of conformism, of the emotional repression that generates conflict. In fact, a rift has opened up between the family and society, between the family and school, the educational pact today has been broken; and thus, the educational alliance between society and the family is in crisis because mutual trust has been undermined. There are many symptoms. For example, at school relationships between parents and teachers have been compromised. At times there is tension and mutual distrust; and naturally, the consequences fall on the children. On the other hand, the number of so-called “experts” has multiplied, and they have assumed the role of parents in even the most intimate aspects of education. With regard to emotional life, personality and development, rights and duties, these “experts” know everything: objectives, motivations, techniques. And parents must simply listen, learn and adapt. Deprived of their role, they often become overly apprehensive and possessive of their children, to the point of never correcting them: “You cannot correct the child”. They tend to entrust them more and more to the “experts”, even in the most delicate and personal aspects of their lives, putting themselves alone in a corner; and thus parents today run the risk of excluding themselves from the lives of their children. And this is very grave! Today there are cases like this. I am not saying that it always happens, but there are cases. The teacher will admonish the child at school and send a note to the parents. I remember a personal anecdote. Once, when I was in the fourth grade, I said a bad word to the teacher and the teacher, being a good woman, called my mom. She came the next day, they spoke together, and then I was called. And my mother explained to me in front of the teacher that what I had done was bad, that I shouldn't have done it; but my mother did it with such sweetness and she asked me to apologize to the teacher in front of her. I did it and then I was glad that I did: the story had a happy ending. But that was only the first chapter! When I got home, the second chapter began... Imagine today if a teacher were to do something of the kind, the next day the parents or one of the two will seek to admonish her, because the “experts” say that children should not be reproached like this. Things have changed! That is why parents should not exclude themselves from the education of their children. It is clear that this approach is not good: it is not harmony, it is not dialogue, and rather than fostering cooperation between the family and other educational agencies, schools, gymnasiums... it counteracts it. How did we get to this point? There is no doubt that parents or, better yet, certain past educational models had their limitations, there is no doubt. But it is also true that there are mistakes that only parents are allowed to make, because they can compensate for them in a way that is impossible for anyone else. On the other hand, as we well know, life has become stingy with the time for talking, reflecting and facing oneself. Many parents are “sequestered” by work - mom and dad have to work – and by worries, uncomfortable with the new needs of their children and with the complexity of modern life – which is the way it is and we must accept it as it is - and they find themselves as if paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake. The problem, however, is not just talking. Superficial “dialogue” does not lead to a true meeting of mind and heart. We ask instead: do we seek to understand “where” our children really are in their journey? Where is their soul, do we really know? And above all: do we want to know? Are we convinced that they, in reality, aren't waiting for something else? Christian communities are called to offer support to the educational mission of families, and they do this first of all with the light of the Word of God. The Apostle Paul recalls the reciprocity of duties between parents and children: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Col 3:20-21). At the foundation of everything is love, that which God gives us, which “is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but ... bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1Cor 13,5-7). Even the best families need support, and it takes a lot of patience to support one another! But such is life. Life is not lived in a laboratory, but in reality. Jesus himself experienced family upbringing. Also in this case, the grace of the love of Christ leads to the fulfillment of what is inscribed in human nature. How many astounding examples we have of Christian parents filled with human wisdom! They show that a good family upbringing is the backbone of humanity. Its radiance in society is the source that allows us to fill in the gaps, wounds and voids in parenthood that affect less fortunate children. This radiance can work real miracles. And in the Church these miracles happen every day! I hope that the Lord bestows on Christian families the faith, freedom and courage necessary for their mission. If family education rediscovers the pride of its leadership, many things will change for the better, for uncertain parents and for disappointed children. It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile – for they have exiled themselves from bringing up their children – and to fully resume their educational role. We hope that the Lord gives this grace to parents: not be to exile themselves from the education of their children. And this can only be done with love, tenderness and patience. Day of prayer for the Church in China (24 May 2015) On the 24 May, the Catholics in China will implore with devotion Our Lady Help of Christians, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In the statue, which towers above the Shrine, we see Mary who holds her Son high, presenting him to the world with arms opened wide in a gesture of love and mercy. We too will ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be always credible witnesses of this merciful love among their fellow citizens and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter upon whom the Church is built. The Italian Bishop's Conference has proposed through out the dioceses, on the occasion of the eve of Pentecost, remembrance of our many brothers and sisters who have been exiled or killed for the sole fact that they are Christian. They are martyrs. I hope that this moment of prayer increases awareness that religious freedom is an inalienable human right, and increases sensitivity for the drama of persecuted Christians in our time and that there be an end to this unacceptable crime. I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from Great Britain, Finland, Norway, South Africa, China, India, Korea, Canada and the United States of America. In a special way, I great these young musicians, you played well! Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke an abundance of joy and peace in the Lord Jesus. God bless you all!... 1 day 3 hours
A difícil situação da população iraquiana está ficando injustificadamente em segundo plano diante de outros acontecimentos e precisa do apoio internacional, afirmou Ján Kubis, representante especial do Secretário Geral da ONU para esse país e chefe da Missão de Assistência da mesma organização para o Iraque (UNAMI)... 1 day 16 hours
O cardeal Pietro Parolín, secretário de Estado do Vaticano, enviou uma mensagem aos participantes da conferência “A Nova Economia Climática: como o crescimento econômico e a sustentabilidade podem andar juntos”, realizada na Pontifícia Universidade da Santa Cruz, em Roma, com a colaboração do Pontifício Conselho Ju... 1 day 16 hours
A intolerância e a discriminação contra os cristãos foi o tema da conferência realizada pela Organização pela Segurança e Cooperação na Europa (OSCE), da qual participaram vários países membros, uma delegação das Conferências Episcopais Europeias (CCEE), um observador da Santa Sé e várias ONGs comprometidas na luta... 1 day 16 hours
“Peçamos a Maria que ela ajude os católicos da China a serem sempre testemunhas credíveis, no seio do seu povo, deste amor misericordioso que ela tem pelo seu Filho e a viverem espiritualmente unidos à rocha de Pedro, sobre a qual a Igreja foi construída”. Este foi o convite do Santo Padre nesta quarta-feira, duran... 1 day 16 hours
É "Missionário da Misericórdia” o tema escolhido pela Conferência Episcopal de Cuba para acompanhar o período de preparação para a visita do Papa Francisco, prevista para o mês de Setembro, antes da viagem do Pontífice aos Estados Unidos. O anúncio foi feito pelo site oficial dos bispos da ilha, onde lemos: "Em ... 1 day 16 hours
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Os rumores sobre uma possível iminente canonização da beata Madre Teresa de Calcutá suscitou reações positivas entre os bispos indianos. Conforme relatado à Agência Fides, pelo pe. Stephen Alathar, vice-secretário geral e porta-voz da Conferência Episcopal Indiana, os bispos "estariam extremamente felizes e grat... 1 day 17 hours
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(Vatican Radio)  This week a major international conference titled: "The new climate economy, exploring how economic growth and sustainability can go hand-in-hand" was held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) in Rome.  The conference was held under the joint sponsorship of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Holy See, with the cooperation of the World Resources Institute and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.   The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a message to the conference and highlighted the conference's purpose, to “explore the compatibility between economic growth and sustainability.” The Cardinal began his message by quoting a section from the Encylical Letter of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in veritate , “the human consequences of current tendencies towards a short-term economy — sometimes very short-term — need to be carefully evaluated.”  Cardinal Parolin then drew attention to “the serious ethical and moral responsibility that each of us has towards the whole human family, especially the poor and future generations.” Cardinal Parolin then referenced the Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and said, “When the future of the planet is at stake, there are no political frontiers, barriers or walls behind which we can hide to protect ourselves from the effects of environmental and social degradation.” The full text of Cardinal Parolin’s message can be found below. To the participants of the Conference on “The New Climate Economy.   How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand”.    Rome , May 20, 2015             I have the honour to send warm greetings to all participating in today’s Conference on “The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand” .             I would like to start my brief reflection by recalling the following passage of the Encyclical Letter Caritas in veritate of Pope Benedict XVI: “the human consequences of current tendencies towards a short-term economy — sometimes very short-term — need to be carefully evaluated. This requires further and deeper reflection on the meaning of the economy and its goals , as well as a profound and far-sighted revision of the current model of development, so as to correct its dysfunctions and deviations. This is demanded, in any case, by the earth’s state of ecological health; above all it is required by the cultural and moral crisis of man, the symptoms of which have been evident for some time all over the world” (n. 32).             These words can be a significant source of inspiration for this Conference, which seeks to explore the compatibility between economic growth and sustainability as well as developing the so-called “win-win opportunities” that would help achieve these two important goals for the benefit of present and future generations.             Many studies, such as that made by the New Climate Economy Report, show various possibilities for enhancing the complementarities between these two objectives.             The Conference is timely given that  two important preparatory processes of the United Nations system are underway: the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and the UNFCCC COP-21 in Paris, next December, to adopt a new agreement on facing the adverse effects of climate change. Both of them represent the serious ethical and moral responsibility that each of us has towards the whole human family, especially the poor and future generations.             In his Message to COP-20 in Lima, Pope Francis underlined clearly the “gravity of neglect and inaction. The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find appropriate solutions only if we act together and in agreement. There is therefore a clear, definitive and urgent ethical imperative to act. An effective fight against global warming will be possible only through a responsible collective action, which overcomes particular interests and behaviours and develops unfettered by political and economic pressures. A collective response which is also capable of overcoming mistrust and of fostering a culture of solidarity, of encounter and of dialogue; capable of demonstrating responsibility to protect the planet and the human family.”             When the future of the planet is at stake, there are no political frontiers, barriers or walls behind which we can hide to protect ourselves from the effects of environmental and social degradation. There is no room for the globalization of indifference, the economy of exclusion or the throwaway culture so often denounced by Pope Francis (cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium , 52, 53, 59).             Of course, the path is not easy, since this ethical and moral responsibility calls into question the resetting of the development model, requiring a major political and economic commitment. However, as I said to the UN Climate Summit on 23 September 2014, “the technological and operational bases needed to facilitate this mutual responsibility are already available or within our reach. We have the capacity to start and strengthen a true and beneficial process which will irrigate, as it were, through adaptation and mitigation activities, the field of economic and technological innovation where it is possible to cultivate two interconnected objectives: combating poverty and easing the effects of climate change.”             It is my earnest hope,  and I am sure that it is possible, that this Conference can make a strong contribution in this direction, taking into account that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium , n. 203).             With sentiments of esteem and respect, may I convey to you the prayerful best wishes of His Holiness Pope Francis and his hope that the discussions and reflections of this Conference may contribute to further and deepen reflection on the meaning of the economy and its goals , as well as to finding ways to guarantee access to a truly integral human development for all, especially the poor and the future generations.                         Pietro Card. Parolin                         Secretary of State (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 17 min
A Conferência Episcopal Italiana propôs a Vigília de Pentecostes, dia 23 de maio, como um dia dedicado à oração pelos cristãos perseguidos no mundo. Recordou o Papa Francisco na Audiência Geral desta quarta-feira, expressando seus "votos que este momento de oração aumente a consciência de que a liberdade religiosa ... 2 days 21 min
O presidente do Uruguai, José Mujica, está na Europa por ocasião do seu 80º aniversário que celebra nesta quarta-feira. No dia 28 de maio ele estará em Roma, quando o Papa Francisco o receberá em uma audiência privada. A informação é da editora EIR, responsável pelo livro de Mujica intitulado “La felicidade al p... 2 days 40 min
Bernardino nasceu dia 08 de setembro no ano 1380, em Massa Marítima, uma cidade que então pertencia a Siena na Itália. Pertencia a nobre família dos Albizzeschi. Seu pai era o governador da cidade de Siena, mas o jovem finfou por morar com sua tia aos seis anos com o falecimento dos pais. Por sua tia foi educado e ... 2 days 59 min
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(Vatican Radio) The many Christians who are being persecuted in our times "are martyrs" Pope Francis said on Wednesday, at the end of his General Audience. The Holy Father praised an initiative of the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) to make a special remembrance, on the Vigil of Pentecost, of the many “brothers and sisters” who have been exiled or killed for no other reason than being Christian. He expressed his hope that the moment of prayer for the new Christian martyrs would increase the recognition that “religious liberty is an inalienable human right.” Pope Francis also said he hoped Saturday’s time of prayer and remembrance would “increase sensitivity to the plight of Christians persecuted in our day” and help “put an end to this unacceptable crime.” (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) In his catechesis at the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis focused on the role of parents in the education of their children, which he called “an essential characteristic” of the family. The Holy Father noted the many difficulties facing parents today, especially those who find themselves in difficult situations. He spoke especially about the difficulties of separated couples, calling on them to “never, never, never take the children hostage!” He spoke out strongly against “intellectual critics” who have “silenced” parents in order to defend younger generations from real or imagined harm . This has opened up a fracture between families and societies, leading to a crisis in the relationship between families and society. So-called experts have often taken the place of parents, depriving them of their proper place in the education of their own children, “even in the most delicate and personal aspects of their lives.” Parents often are afraid to correct their children, leaving it instead to experts. Pope Francis recalled an episode from his own life, when he had said a bad word to his teacher, and his mother had come to the school to make him apologize to the teacher – and then corrected him when he got home. This wouldn’t happen today, where too often a teacher who tried to discipline a child would be criticized by the child’s parents. The rupture between parents and other educators can lead parents to exclude themselves from the education of their children. “It is evident that this approach is not good,” the Pope said. “It is not harmonious, it is not dialogical, and rather than favouring the collaboration between families and other educational agents, it opposes them to one another.” Christian communities, on the other hand, “are called to offer support for the educational mission of families – and they do so above all with the light of the Word of God.” Pope Francis noted how the relations between parents and children, described by St Paul, are rooted in love, which is the gift of God. “Even in the best families there is need of support, and great patience,” he said. Pope Francis said that the grace of Christ brings to completion what is written in human nature. The many examples of the wisdom of Christian parents show that good family education is the backbone of a healthy society. He prayed, “May the Lord grant to Christian families the faith, the liberty, and the courage necessary for their mission!” Below, please find the English-language summary of the Pope’s catechesis during the weekly General Audience: Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our catechesis on the family, today we consider the vocation of families to educate their children, to raise them in the profound human values which are the backbone of a healthy society.  This educational mission, essential as it is, nowadays encounters a variety of difficulties.  Parents spend less time with their children and schools are often more influential than families in shaping the thinking and values of the young.  Yet the relationship between family and school ought to be harmonious.  Our children need sure guidance in the process of growing in responsibility for themselves and others.  Christian communities are called to support the educational mission of families.  They do this above all by living in fidelity to God’s world, cultivating faith, love and patience.  Jesus himself was raised in a family; when he tells us that all who hear the word of God and obey are his brothers and sisters, he reminds us that for all their failings, our families can count on his inspiration and grace in the difficult but rewarding vocation of educating their children. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 2 hours
(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis made a special appeal for prayer for Catholics in China. Listen to Christopher Altieri's report:  The Holy Father’s appeal comes ahead of Sunday’s feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, celebrated throughout the world on May 24. Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, whose feast day is marked with special devotions and pilgrimages, especially to the National Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In a letter to Chinese Catholics in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his hope that the liturgical feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, might “become an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China.” In his appeal on Wednesday, Pope Francis noted that the statue at the Shrine of Sheshan depicts Mary holding the Child Jesus in the air with his arms outstretched “in a gesture of love and mercy.” He called on all Christians to “ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be ever more credible witnesses of this merciful love in the midst of their people, and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.” Below please find the English translation of Pope Francis’ appeal for prayer for Catholics in China: On May 24, Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In the statue overlooking the Shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy. May we, too, ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be ever more credible witnesses of this merciful love in the midst of their people, and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built. Benedict XVI’s Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in 2008 can be found below: Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians", the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection. We come before you today to implore your protection. Look upon the People of God and, with a mother’s care, guide them along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens. When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth, you allowed God’s eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption. You willingly and generously cooperated in that work, allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul, until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary, standing beside your Son, who died that we might live. From that moment, you became, in a new way, the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith and choose to follow in his footsteps by taking up his Cross. Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter. Grant that your children may discern at all times, even those that are darkest, the signs of God’s loving presence. Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China, who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love. May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world, and of the world to Jesus. In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high, offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love. Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love, ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built. Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and for ever. Amen! (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 3 hours
Ciclo B Textos: Atos 2, 1-11; 1 Cor 12, 3b-7.12-13; Jo 20, 19-23 Ideia principal: Eu creio no Espírito Santo, que é Deus. Síntese da mensagem: Creio no Espírito Santo, Senhor e Dador de vida, que procede do Pai e do Filho, que com o Pai e o Filho recebe uma mesma adoração e glória, e que falou pelos profet... 2 days 15 hours
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Do 28 ao 31 de maio desse ano acontecerá, na Basílica de Sant'Eustorgio em Milão, o 26° Seminário Internacional sobre o Sistema das Células Paroquiais de Evangelização (CPE). Passaram-se, de fato, 25 anos desde que este evento começou como Seminário Europeu, adquirindo no tempo o caráter de internacionalidade qu... 2 days 16 hours
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Foi aberta na manhã de ontem, em Viena, a segunda conferência internacional da OSCE (Organização para a Segurança e Cooperação na Europa) sobre a prevenção e a repressão da intolerância, discriminação e crimes de ódio contra os cristãos, com delegações de 57 países e numerosas ONGs. A primeira conferência sobre ... 2 days 17 hours
A candidatura dos Caminhos de Santiago do Norte da Espanha a Patrimônio Mundial da Humanidade já conta com o aval do Conselho Internacional de Monumentos e Sítios Culturais (ICOMOS), associação ligada à Organização das Nações Unidas para a Educação, Ciência e Cultura (UNESCO, pelas siglas em inglês). A decisão defi... 2 days 17 hours
A turnê do famoso cantor italiano Andrea Bocelli, inserida no ano dedicado à reflexão sobre a família como desejado pelo Papa Francisco, começará no dia 28 de maio na Igreja da Sagrada Família de Barcelona. É parte do projeto ‘O Grande Mistério, o evangelho da família escola de humanidade para os nossos tempos’ que... 2 days 17 hours
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(Vatican Radio)  Milan’s International Exhibition Expo 2015 dedicated Tuesday May 19 th to the Catholic Church’s humanitarian and relief organization Caritas - invited for the first time ever - to be present on a par with states and governments, all of them celebrating Food for Life. Energy for the Planet . Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni is in Milan at Expo and sent us this report:  When the powerful earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25  rocked the land  across the border in India where it wreaked damage and caused over 125 deaths, the farmers in the region did not complain: they are farmers. When extreme weather conditions rob them of their livelihood, they do not complain: they are  farmers.  When push comes to shove, they do what they have to: they are small-holder farmers.  They feed their families and their communities;  they protect indigenous seeds and they safeguard the environment. This was what the representative of Caritas India told Caritas members from across the globe gathered at the Milan Expo 2015 to celebrate Caritas Day – a joyous conclusion to the organization’s 6-day General Assembly. During an intense programme of power/point presentations, testimonies ,speeches and videos, outgoing Caritas  President, Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga passed on the baton to newly elected President Cardinal Luis Tagle followed by appeals from Caritas leaders who in turn  took to the stage calling for action at all levels to promote dignity and reject the misunderstanding that hunger is inevitable. Yes, because as it was pointed out again and again, over 800 million people still suffer from hunger in the world today, and as Pope Francis never tires of saying: hunger is a scandal. A scandal that Caritas does not turn away from as illustrated by Caritas representatives from countries as far apart as Malawi and Myanmar, Nicaragua and Italy, Canada and Australia, Peru and Philippines, all of whom  passionately see their  mission as much more than a job. And although much of the discussion focused on the need to promote sustainable agriculture,  on the importance of implementing just land tenure and environmental policies,  and on the importance of engaging governments and  policy makers who must not be permitted  to look away, the lessons that a Catholic dimension can contribute and the whole faith dimension of Caritas was never forgotten. Because, just as Pope Francis was extensively quoted providing  inspiration for  almost all the speeches  of the day, his invitation to all Caritas members to go out into the world to serve others in the name of Christ was embraced and upheld by all those present, at least judging by the swells of applause that erupted each time the word  love – CARITAS in Latin - was pronounced. Linda Bordoni (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 19 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis said on Tuesday (May 19th) many people like the Rohingya of Myanmar or the Christians and Yazidis in Iraq have been forced to say farewell to their homes and the lives of all of us are marked by farewells of varying importance.  He said each of us should reflect on our own final farewell from this life and what it means for Christians to entrust themselves to God. The Pope’s words came during his morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence. Listen to this report by Susy Hodges:    Pope Francis’ homily was a reflection on how our lives are marked by saying goodbye or farewell, how we do it and the reasons why we do it. He took as his inspiration the day’s readings where Jesus bids farewell to the disciples before his Passion and death and where St Paul bids farewell before going to Jerusalem and weeps on the beach with those who have come to say goodbye to him. He said our lives are made up of many farewells, small and big ones and with some of them there is a great deal of tears and suffering. “Let’s think nowadays of those poor Rohingya from Myanmar.  When they left their lands to flee from persecution, they didn’t know what would happen to them.  And they’ve been in boats for months over there. They arrive in a town where people give them water and food and tell them to go away. That’s a farewell. In addition, this great existential farewell is taking place in our times. Think about the farewell for the Christians and Yazidis (in Iraq) who believe they can no longer return to their lands because they were chased out of their homes. This is happening now.” The Pope said there are small farewells such as when a mother hugs her son who’s going off to fight in a war and then there’s the final farewell for a person who is leaving this world and this theme of farewell is explored in art and in songs. “I’m thinking of one, of the Italian “Alpini” regiment, when the captain bids farewell to his soldiers: the captain’s Will. I’m thinking of the great farewell, my great farewell, not when I must say ‘see you then,’  ‘see you later,’ ‘bye for now,’ but ‘farewell.’ These two readings use the word ‘addio’ (farewell in a final sense.)  Paul entrusts everything of his to God and Jesus entrusts to God his disciples who remain on this earth. ‘They are not of this world but look after them.’ We only say ‘addio’ at a time of final farewells, be they of this life or be they our final farewell.” Pope Francis went to say that each of us would do well to think of our final farewell or passing and examine our conscience, just like Jesus and St Paul did. “What will I leave behind?  Both St Paul and Jesus in these two readings carry out a kind of examination of conscience: ‘I’ve done this, this and this … And what have I done? It’s good for me to imagine myself at that moment.  We don’t know when it will happen, but it will be that moment when expressions like ‘see you later,’ ‘see you soon,’ ‘see you tomorrow,’ ‘goodbye for now,’ will become ‘farewell.’  Am I prepared to entrust to God all that I have? To entrust myself to God?  To say that word which is the word of the son entrusting himself to his Father.”   The Pope concluded his homily by praying that the Holy Spirit teaches us how to say farewell and truly entrust ourselves to God at the end of our life.    (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 23 hours

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More than 3000 Christians of all backgrounds, including Catholics, Baptists, and Messianic Jews, participated in last year's Outpouring prayer event. This Memorial Day, it moves to the larger Cincinnati Gardens to accommodate more people who want to pray together for Cincinnati.

More than 3000 Christians of all backgrounds, including Catholics, Baptists, and Messianic Jews, participated in last year’s Outpouring prayer event. This Memorial Day, it moves to the larger Cincinnati Gardens to accommodate more people who want to pray together for Cincinnati.

May Festival concerts; Memorial Day Field Masses; a two-day music festival in Ft. Mitchell; and a chance to pray with Archbishop Schnurr and Christians  from around the region at a prayer festival: some events this week:

May 22, Haydn’s “Creation” at Music Hall (Cincinnati), 8 pm. A May Festival 2015 event. For information or reservations call (513) 381-3300.

May 23, St. Gertrude 20s Group Evening of Anticipation for and Celebration of Pentecost at St. Gertrude Church (Madeira, OH), 5 pm. All young adults invited. Games, cookout, Adoration and Mass. For information see

May 24, Memorial Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery (Dayton, OH), 11:30 am.

May 24, May Festival Concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington), 8 pm. Annual concert features the May Festival Youth Chorus and the May Festival Chamber Choir. A May Festival 2015 event. For information or reservations call (513) 381-3300.

May 25, Memorial Day Field Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Cincinnati), 11 am. Bishop Joe Binzer will celebrate.

May 25, Memorial Day Mass for the Dead at St. Stephen Cemetery (Ft. Thomas, KY), 10 am. Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate this outdoor Mass; all welcome.

May 26, Memorial Day Field Mass at St. Joseph New Cemetery (Cemetery), 10 am. Fr. Chris Lock will celebrate.

May 27, Presentation, Mass, and generational healing service at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH), 6:45 pm. For information call 513.351.9800.

May 29, Berlioz’s Requiem at at Music Hall (Cincinnati), 8 pm. A May Festival 2015 event. For information or reservations call (513) 381-3300.

May 29 – 30 DCCH Center for Children and Families Music Fest, 6 – 11:30 pm each night at the DCCH Center in Ft. Mitchell (KY). Sponsored by WNKU. Food trucks; local beers at the Craft Beer Garden; two music stages featuring live music including Pete Dressman, The Menus, the Queen City Silver Stars, Jamsion Road, Carter New Band, and others. New this year: The Bourbon Barn! Admission $5. For information and band schedules click here.

May 31, Outpouring 2015 at the Cincinnati Gardens (Norwood, OH), 3 – 5 pm. Thousands are expected for this second annual interfaith event in a new, larger venue. More than 3000 people attended last year. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will participate. Benefits Whole Again. No fee. For information click here.

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40 days marriage (CV) is asking all Catholics to pray for marriage from May 22 – June 30, a campaign timed to coincide with the Supreme Court’s deliberations on six same-sex “marriage” cases being heard as one.

Named for a Cincinnati case, Obergafell v. Hodges, the combined suits come from four states from the same region, and were heard last month in an extra-long, 90-minute session (see our coverage of the case here, and our coverage of Cincinnati’s Catholic Mayor John Cranley and Catholic State Representative Denise Driehaus giving an official sendoff to some of their plaintiffs and their legal teams here).

CV, a political advocacy group, is asking all Catholics to pledge to pray daily for marriage, giving a variety of suggestions:

  • Offer specific sacrifices or do something generous, however small, for your spouse and children; offer this up for the cause of marriage (your marriage and family life will benefit too!).
  • Fast on Fridays, which is still the normal practice of the Church — specifically for the cause of marriage.
  • Pray the rosary for marriage, or perhaps you could pray nine rosaries during these 40 days — one rosary for each of the nine justices on the Supreme Court.
  • Organize a Holy Hour for marriage in your parish.
  • Simply pray a Hail Mary each day for this special intention.

The group says “Fasting, prayer, and sacrifice are exactly what we need right now. We don’t know how the Supreme Court will rule. They have surprised us before. But no matter what happens, you can’t lose with prayer. And if the Court rules against us, our prayers and sacrifices will only prepare us for whatever comes next.”

In a letter to priests and deacons earlier this month, Cincinnati’s Archbishop Dennis Schnurr asked pastors to let their parishes know that a loss in the Supreme Court would probably mean that “churches that do not perform same-sex marriages will most likely lose tax-exempt status” because while states that changed the definition of marriage can grant exemptions, having it declared a right guaranteed by the constitution would not.

“This information needs to get out,” he wrote. “Please ask your people to pray that the Supreme Court will uphold religious liberty.”

Participating in the CV campaign is one way to answer the Archbishop’s call. While no one knows what the Supreme Court will rule, CV reminds all that prayer is an important witness, as well as an important practice.

“In witnessing for the cause of marriage, we will show future generations that when this historic decision came down, we stood with the truth. We voted for marriage at the ballot box. We supported candidates who stand up for marriage as a union of one man and one woman. And we defended marriage in the court room.

“And each time, we surrendered ourselves to the will of God, uniting all our our action with prayer.”

For more on the 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage campaign, or to sign their online prayer pledge, click here. is a political advocacy group and is not affiliated with The Catholic Beat.

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Fr. Kyle Schnippel in a Eucharistic procession at an Enounter prayer festival. Eucharistic Adoration is growing in popularity; on June 6 the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood (OH) will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

Fr. Kyle Schnippel in a Eucharistic procession at an Enounter prayer festival. Eucharistic Adoration is growing in popularity; on June 6 the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood (OH) will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH) invites all to a celebration of 15 years of continuous Eucharistic Adoration at the Center’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel next month.

A morning Mass June 6 will mark the milestone, followed by a celebration picnic in OLHSC courtyard.

Adoration of Christ in the form of the Blessed Sacrament can be traced to the earliest centuries of the Church. While adoration has always been during the Mass (or “Divine Liturgy”) in the Eastern Church, in the West it grew into a variety of devotions as simple as going to more than one Mass a day to be present with Christ, to processing through the streets with the Blessed Sacrament in an elaborate holder, known as a monstrance, that allows it to be seen.

Adoration was popularized by St. Francis of Assisi, and the devotion spread throughout Europe over several centuries through such practices as “40 Hours” (in which the Host is placed in a monstrance and adored at the altar for 40 continuous hours), which began in the 1500s, and placing the tabernacle in a central, elevated place in church, so that the consecrated Hosts inside it could be venerated.

At most Perpetual Adoration Chapels, a monstrance is kept on the altar at all times except for Mass in what is called “Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament” (some chapels offer Adoration without Exposition, which is an opportunity to pray before the tabernacle). Because the Blessed Sacrament may not be left alone when it outside the tabernacle, the devotion began in monastic churches, where monks or nuns could pray before it 24 hours a day. At Perpetual Adoration Chapels, people commit to sit and pray with the Blessed Sacrament in one-hour shifts.

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center began to offer Adoration in 1992, after the building — formerly Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, which merged with the city’s other seminary, St. Gregory’s — had been closed for almost 11 years.

“Fr. Richard Willhelm was inspired to purchase the building with the vision to have a spiritual center for religious and laity,” says Keith Merz, who coordinates the Adoration schedule. “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was a central part of his vision.”

A group called the Apostles of the Holy Spirit renovated the small chapel off the building’s main Holy Rosary Chapel for what began as Adoration once a week for volunteers.

Adoration hours gradually expanded to several days a week, “and in 2000 we felt we had enough support to begin Perpetual Adoration, which is essentially having at least one Adorer in the chapel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Merz says. “It was a complete success and we have maintained the program to date.”

Anyone is welcome to visit the Adoration chapel at any time the building is open, and many visitors to the Center stop in to pray for a few minutes or hours. A group of about 250 people keep adoration going at the chapel, some committing to one hour a month, others present once a week or more.

“We are always looking for more dedicated adorers and we have a goal of three people per Adoration hour for 2015,” Merz says. Visitors to the Adoration Celebration will have the opportunity to sign up for one or more shifts.

Once considered old-fashioned, Eucharistic Adoration is again becoming an important part of Catholic devotional life. Several Perpetual Adoration chapels have opened in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati the past few years, including chapels at St. Albert the Great (Dayton)   St. Charles Borromeo (Kettering),  St. Maximilian Kolbe (Fairfield), St. Mary’s (Piqua), Immaculate Heart of Mary (Anderson Twp.), and St. Gertrude the Great (Madeira). About 100 churches and chapels offer Adoration weekly or monthly, including St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, and the National Shrine of St. Anthony in Mount Airy (OH) offers those pressed for time five minutes of Adoration at its half-hour Novena prayer service every Tuesday at 2 pm. Adoration is also increasingly central to many youth gatherings and retreats, such as the Archdiocese’s Encounter prayer festivals for young people.

Eucharistic Adoration was encouraged by St. Pope John Paul the II and Bl. Mother Theresa as a powerful way to experience the presence of Christ outside of Mass. Wayne Topp, associate vocations director for the Archdiocese, told the Catholic Telegraph that vocation surveys consistently find that Eucharistic Adoration is important in the spiritual lives of men called to the priesthood.

“Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened. Come to me and I will refresh you.’ That is exactly what happens in Adoration,” Merz says. “Simply put, you get to spend peaceful, intimate time with your best friend, Jesus. How you spend that time  is entirely up to you.

“You can pray your Rosary, or read your Bible or other spiritual reading. Talk with Jesus – tell Him your problems, your needs, your concerns and your joys! It is also time  to stop and listen, let Jesus do some of the talking. He’s been waiting for a chance to visit with you, but your life is so busy with work, family and school, Jesus can’t get through to you.

“Whatever you decide to do, it is all in the loving presence of the Son of God, and you get to enjoy a foretaste of eternal peace and happiness during this special time. Indeed, our adorers will testify that one hour each week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the most peaceful, the most satisfying hour of their whole week.”

Fr. Michael Cordier, President of the Holy Spirit Center and Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (Milford, OH — which offers Adoration for 24 hours every Friday and Saturday) will concelebrate the 15th Anniversary Mass with Fr. Bill Cross. Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center will provide the picnic lunch. All past, current, and future Adorers are welcome — as is anyone who is curious about the devotion. Spanish translations of all materials will be available.

You can sign up to be an Adorer now, Merz says. Adorers during overnight hours will require a special code to enter the building. Substitute Adorers are also needed for emergencies, and Merz says signing up is a “great way to ‘test the waters’” for those concerned that they can’t make a regular commitment. And for those who want to see what Adoration is all about, “all are welcome to come to the  Adoration chapel and adore the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during daytime hours. The center is open to the general public from 8 am – 8 pm Monday through Friday.

To find the Adoration chapel, enter through the Center’s main doors on Moeller Avenue. The Holy Rosary Chapel’s doors are directly opposite; enter and you will find the Adoration Chapel to your left. Regular Adorers sign in but no one else is required to do. Someone is always present inside the small chapel but anyone may come and go at any time.

“All are welcome to join our Adoration 15th year Celebration,” say the OLHSC staff. “Won’t you join us?”

Photo courtesy Encounter Cincinnati.

For additional information or to be added to the Adoration or Substitute Adorer program, contact Keith Merz by phone at (513) 463-3240 or at .

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Photo by Remington Phillips, courtesy

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I  love Memorial Day weekend. We start the day by attending outdoor Mass, weather permitting, at St. Philomena outside Batavia (OH). My mom and dad are buried in the small cemetery there so after we put flowers on their graves, the little ones help me plant sprigs of my mom’s heirloom mint there, as well. Then the day progresses to a celebration.

During Bible days, people celebrated feast days and other special days by having people over, just like today.  The difference would be that they didn’t have grocery stores for the supplies they needed for the celebration. People of Bible days truly ate seasonably, whatever was growing in their gardens.

And the passage in Hebrews 13:2 says it all:  ”And do not be willing to forget hospitality. For by it, certain persons, without realizing it, have received Angels as guests.” What a meaningful passage – so before you eat your Memorial day meal, think about who the “silent” guests may be at your table!

I’m Stuffed Burgers

These are so good and really kick your burgers up a notch. Great for Memorial Day picnics. Feel free to use your favorite cheese in here….I bet Matt Swaim will change the recipe up a bit!

Mix together and set aside:

  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • 1 pound ground beef – I like chuck but you can use up to 90% lean beef
  • 2 green onions, sliced very thin
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs – can use dry, canned or fresh
  • 2 tablespoons catsup
  • Several shakes of salt and pepper
  • About 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced fine or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sage, minced or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage

When you mix meat for burgers, use a light hand to keep the burgers tender. Shape meat into 8 thin patties. Spoon cheese mixture onto center of 4 patties and top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.

Grill, covered, over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side or until temperature reaches 160. Add lettuce and tomatoes on bun and enjoy.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. In 2014 she was inducted into the Escoffier Hall of Fame. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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Participants at last year's Cross the Bridge for Life walk. This year's staging and celebration location on Riverboat Row will be larger -- and  cooler. Photo courtesy Cross the Bridge for Life; click any image to enlarge.

Participants at last year’s Cross the Bridge for Life walk. This year’s staging and celebration location on Riverboat Row will be larger — and cooler. Photo courtesy Cross the Bridge for Life; click any image to enlarge.

After outgrowing its original location, Cross the Bridge for Life returns June 7th for its 10th year celebrating the sanctity of life.

Participants will gather on Newport’s Riverfront Row, rather than at the World Peace Bell, for a celebration that includes live music, short talks, balloon animals and face painting, and a free picnic provided by JTM Food Group, as well as the famous walk across the Purple People Bridge and back.

Matt Swaim, host of the Son Rise Morning Show produced at Sacred Heart Radio and heard nation-wide, will be the Master of  Ceremonies.

Matt Swaim, host of the Son Rise Morning Show produced at Sacred Heart Radio and heard nation-wide, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Photo provided.

Festivities begin at 1 pm with family activities and music by Trybe Band (Totally Radical Young Believers Engaged in Worship).

The walk begins after a brief program at 2 pm. featuring emcee Matt Swaim, host of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Also speaking will be Cincinnati’s Archbishop, Dennis Schnurr; Covington’s Bishop, Roger Foys; and Pastor Eric Petree of CityGate Church (West Chester, OH).

Bagpipers from theAncient Order of Hibernians will lead walkers across the bridge. The event will end back at Riverfront Row with a free picnic by JTM Food Group, and more music by Trybe. Several food trucks will also have treats for purchase.

The walk is a peaceful, positive celebration of life at every stage, religious liberty, and conscience rights. Signs are prohibited — the day is a community, family-friendly event meant for enjoying life, not for protest, according to organizers.

This year’s honored Defender of Life will be Brian Patrick, executive producer of EWTN News Nightly. Brian served for many years as Cross the Bridge for Life’s Honorary Chairman. A longtime WCPO news anchor, he is also the former multimedia director for the Business Courier, former host of the Son Rise Morning Show, and current co-host of EWTN’s television program Crossing the Goal, which uses a sports show format to encourage men to get into spiritual shape.

Trybe Band will play before and after the walk. Leave protest signs at home for this  positive and celebratory event for all ages.

Trybe Band will play before and after the walk. Leave protest signs at home for this positive and celebratory event for all ages. Photo courtesy Trybe Band.

A coalition of more than 20 area pro-life organizations sponsors the annual event. For information or to become a sponsor, contact Karen Riegler, Kentucky Co-Chair, at (859) 393-7304 or; or Paula Westwood, Ohio Co-chair, at (513) 728-7879 or

Photos of the 2014 walk courtesy Cross the Bridge for Life; for a gallery of photos click here.

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Pipers lead the way across the Purple People Bride and back.

Pipers from the Ancient Order of Hibernians lead the way across the Purple People Bride and back.

A young participant displays a sign for one of last year's sponsors. A coalition of 20 pro-life groups on both sides of the Ohio River sponsor the walk.
A young participant displays a sign for one of last year’s sponsors. A coalition of more than 20 pro-life groups on both sides of the Ohio River sponsor the walk.

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To honor Chicago’s late Archbishop, Francis, Cardinal George, Chicago-based Spirit Juice Studios made this short film using footage from his being awarded the Knights of Columbus Gaudium et Spes Award. It’s interspersed with photos and film of the Cardinal.

Cardinal George passed away one month ago. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Students at St. Gertrude School in Madiera (OH) join their pastor, Fr. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, OP, in wishiing their principal a happy silver jubilee. Photo courtesy St. Gertrude School.

Students at St. Gertrude School in Madiera (OH) join their pastor, Fr. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, OP, in wishiing their principal a happy silver jubilee. Photo courtesy St. Gertrude School.

St. Gertrude School Principal Sr. Mary Aquinas celebrated her 25th year as Dominican Sister this spring, and the Madiera (OH) elementary school helped her celebrate — in a big way!

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It was a remarkable thing even for the 1960s—the takeover of the Catholic University of America by its heterodox Department of Theology. I am referring, of course, to the wholesale defiance of episcopal oversight as soon as the bishops on the Board of Trustees tried to put a stop to the promotion of a non-Catholic vision of sexual morality by the ever-popular Fr. Charles Curran. The sad tale is recounted remarkably well in Peter M. Mitchell’s new book from Ignatius Press: The Coup at Catholic University: The 1968 Revolution in American Catholic Education.

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