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The Catholic headmaster of a school in Pakistan has been beaten by Islamic teachers who say that he is unfit to exercise authority over them, the Fides news service reports. After ... 6 hours 49 min
The English daily <I>The Independent</i> has published a sensationalized story claiming that a monastery in Italy is being used to “cure” priests of ... 6 hours 54 min
The Archdiocese of Chicago has revealed that a priest has been suspended from active ministry because of an "inappropriate relationship with an adult man." Father Marco ... 7 hours 2 sec
As the Synod of Bishops began its 2nd day of deliberation on October 6, Pope Francis made an unscheduled intervention to remind participants that the treatment of divorced and remarried ... 7 hours 23 min
Pope Francis is planning a trip to Mexico next year, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Pope reportedly considered adding Mexico to his itinerary for his latest trip to Cuba and the ... 7 hours 38 min
A Canadian archbishop took the discussions of the Synod of Bishops in a new direction on October 6, suggesting that women should be ordained as deacons. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher ... 7 hours 43 min
Pope Francis warned pastors against hardness of heart, in his homily at morning Mass on October 6. Celebrating Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae before joining the Synod of Bishops, the ... 7 hours 46 min
Cardinal John Tong of Hong Kong has issued a pastoral letter on marriage. Citing Pope Francis’s remarks on integral ecology, the prelate criticized Justice Anthony Kennedy’s ... 17 hours 32 min
Marie Collins, an Irish laywoman and abuse victim who serves on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, criticized Pope Francis for defending the appointment of Bishop Juan ... 17 hours 46 min
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called for a less cautious Vatican diplomatic strategy in reacting to Russian aggression in Ukraine. “I would have expected a lot ... 18 hours 21 min
Pope Francis sent a message to the Irish people for the Day for Life, which took place on October 4. “Let us imitate God in protecting, guarding and defending all human life, in ... 18 hours 50 min
Eighteen Trappist monks who were murdered out of hatred for the faith in 1936 were beatified as martyrs in Santander, Spain, on October 3. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the ... 19 hours 2 min
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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill legalizing assisted suicide in California. “We are particularly disappointed that the very real concerns and risks posed to our brothers and ... 19 hours 48 min
Over 100 adult converts to the Catholic faith, most of them Americans, have signed an open letter calling upon the Synod of Bishops to affirm Catholic teaching on the indissolubility of ... 20 hours 15 min
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Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the discussion began at the world Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis urged members not to act as if the only question that mattered was the pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, his spokesman said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters Oct. 6 that the pope took the microphone that morning to affirm again that “Catholic doctrine on marriage has not been touched or put into question.”

Pope Francis told the bishops that the only documents that are “official” for their work are the speeches he gave at the opening and closing of last year’s synod and the final report voted on by synod members in October 2014. The report, along with additions made based on responses to a questionnaire, is the working document for this year’s synod, Father Lombardi said.

The pope also said, “We should not let ourselves be conditioned by or to reduce the horizons of our work as if the only problem were that of Communion for the divorced and remarried or not,” Father Lombardi said. The Vatican did not release the text of the pope’s remarks.

Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, writing on his blog, said that during the hour of open discussion at the synod Oct. 5, some bishops were “uneasy about the impression given by the presentation of Cardinal (Peter) Erdo in the morning that some key questions are already decided and seemingly off the table. They felt that such a stance was premature.”

Cardinal Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, chosen by Pope Francis to introduce the synod’s work, had made it appear there was little support for or possibility that the church would adopt German Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to design a “penitential path” that eventually would allow some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion even without an annulment and without a promise to abstain from sexual relations.

Responding to reporters later, Cardinal Erdo said his report’s affirmation of the indissolubility of marriage and moving away from seeking a pastoral approach to allowing those couples to receive Communion were the result of the input the synod sought from Catholics around the world after the extraordinary synod on the family last year.

Using his Twitter account to report Pope Francis’ comments to the synod Oct. 6, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, a synod member, said the pope asked the synod “not to give into a ‘hermeneutic of conspiracy,’ which is sociologically weak and spiritually unhelpful.”

Instead, Father Spadaro tweeted, the pope called for a “profound discernment” in order “to understand how the Lord wants his church.”

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and member of the synod, told reporters the discussion about the “penitential path” or other forms of outreach to divorced Catholics “is open. I think the intervention of the pope this morning … was to recall that the documents to which we are to refer are the final report (of the 2014 synod) and his two speeches — opening and closing the synod — which leave open the possibility.”

At the same time, the archbishop told reporters, “the synod does not have this as its only point of reference” as the pope himself said. “It is just one of the points.”

“If everything was concluded with the report yesterday (by Cardinal Erdo), then what are we doing here?” Archbishop Celli asked.

Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, a synod member who also attended last year’s extraordinary synod on the family, said participants see a growing distance between modern cultural attitudes toward marriage and family life and what the church teaches and proposes.

Catholic pastors have different attitudes about what the response should be, he said. “One reaction is to emphasize what the teaching is for fear that, as the culture moves away from that vision, our own understanding gets diluted. The other fear is that we lose contact with that culture and that we close in on ourselves and become a kind of a ghetto or a sect that no longer has an impact on culture.”

“All the bishops agree,” he said, “that the teaching of the church coming from Jesus is a gift for the world — it’s not just for a select few.”

The challenge, Archbishop Durocher said, is to not lose the teaching while learning to enter into dialogue with the world as it is “in a way that will speak to the world and provoke its imagination and its interest. So some bishops will emphasize the teaching and some bishops will emphasize the dialogue,” which is the importance and beauty of the synod, he said.

“Cardinal Erdo’s talk was a beautiful and classical presentation of the church’s teaching,” he said. “Other bishops are saying, ‘This is important. We need to hold on to this. Now how do we enter into dialogue with this world.'”

Cardinal Erdo’s presentation, he said, “is an important piece, but it is one piece” of finding a way to bring the good news about the family to the world.

At the official media briefing for the synod, Father Lombardi and the others charged with summarizing the synod’s activity each day listed dozens of other topics raised by the first 72 synod members to speak: the challenges to families and the church posed by the “cultural revolution”; the need to be careful in using language that appears immediately judgmental; how to help all Catholics and families grow in the Christian life; war, anti-Christian persecution and migration; violence against women and children; polygamy; and the role of the family in the new evangelization.

Preparing priests to minister with and to families was another topic, said Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language briefer. He also listed the topics of the role of the extended family; multiple calls for better and longer marriage preparation programs; and the need to love and respect homosexual Catholics, who are “our children, our family, not outsiders, but our flesh and blood.”

Posted Oct. 6, 2015

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill into law July 25, 2011. (CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Vida Nueva)

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill into law July 25, 2011. (CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Vida Nueva)


After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients.

“This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,” said Californians against Assisted Suicide. The group warned in an Oct. 5 statement that people and families in the state could be harmed “by giving doctors the power to prescribe lethal overdoses to patients.”

With the passage of the law, California will become the fifth state allowing ill patients to end their lives. Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington also allow assisted suicide, while similar bills have been defeated in several states, including Colorado and Massachusetts.

The California law, based on similar legislation in Oregon, allows doctors to give lethal drugs to adults with a terminal illness if they are deemed medically competent and expected to die within six months. It will not take effect until 90 days after the end of the legislature’s special healthcare session, which will likely be next year.

The controversial bill had drawn criticism for months. It was temporarily withdrawn from the State Senate in July, but resurfaced and was passed Sept. 11 by a vote of 23-14.

Local Catholic leaders had decried the measure as a violation of human dignity.

“Death will always be a mystery and death will never be easy – for those who are dying or for those who love them. But we can make death less painful, less frightening and we can even make it a time of beauty, mercy and reconciliation,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez had written in a letter to state lawmakers.

“Once we start down this path – once we establish in law that some lives are not as valuable as others, not worth ‘paying for’ – there will be no turning back,” he warned. “The logic of doctor-assisted suicide does not stop with the terminally ill.”

Health care and civil rights groups also opposed the bill, along with disabilities rights groups, who say that the legislation discriminates against the disabled and could lead to pressure on them to end their own lives.

Opponents argued that assisted suicide sends a dangerous societal message that suicide is an acceptable way to handle pain and difficulty. They pointed to abuses in other states where the practice has been legalized and lethal prescriptions have changed hands – either knowingly or unknowingly – with deadly results.

In addition, those fighting the bill noted that terminal diagnoses are not always correct, and assisted suicide may end the life of patients who may have gone on to live longer than anticipated or lived to see medical advances that could have cured or eased their condition.

Posted Oct. 6, 2015

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Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, center, is seen with Fathers Kenneth Walker, left, and Joseph Terra, right, in a recent photo. The two priests of the Mater Miseidordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission. On June 11 the priests were victims of a violent attack. Father Walker died of a gunshot wound. Father Terra June 12 was listed in critical but stable condition. (CNS photo/courtesy (June 12, 2014) See PRIESTS-ATTACK June 12, 2014.

Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. (CNS photo/courtesy (June 12, 2014) 

By Tony Gutierrez
Catholic News Service

PHOENIX — Catholic men must reclaim and live the virtue of Christian masculinity, Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted says in his newly released apostolic exhortation, “Into the Breach.”

Addressed to Catholic men in the diocese — “my spiritual sons” as the bishop calls them — it charges them to be prepared for spiritual battle for their souls and the souls of their families is aimed.

The name of the exhortation is taken from a passage from the Book of Ezekiel: “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land.”

Citing statistics about the decreasing involvement in parish life and participation in the sacraments, the bishop notes that “while we know that Christ welcomes back every repentant sinner, the truth is that large numbers of Catholic men are failing to keep the promises they made at their children’s baptisms — promises to bring them to Christ and to raise them in the faith of the church.”

In defining what it means to be a Catholic man, Bishop Olmsted says that Jesus, fully God and fully man, is the perfection of masculinity. “Only in Jesus Christ can we find the highest display of masculine virtue and strength that we need in our personal lives and in society itself.”

Bishop Olmsted offers the saints as models of masculinity, recommending male saints such as St. Joseph, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas More, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and others as examples.

Bishop Olmsted then asks: How does a Catholic man love? He describes the types of masculine love: as friend, husband and father. Stressing the importance of men finding a “band of brothers” to join in Christian fraternity, he offers examples in the diocesan men’s conferences, Knights of Columbus, That Man Is You program and Cursillo movement.

“We see that Jesus called his disciples to himself in such a way that they would form deep bonds of friendship and brotherhood,” Bishop Olmsted says. “I am convinced that if men will seek true brotherhood, the adversities we face today will solidify bands of brothers who will be lauded in heaven!” adds the bishop.

Regarding how a man loves as a husband, he challenges young men to prepare for marriage before meeting their future brides. “Such training in sacrifice is to love your bride before you meet her, so that you may one day say, ‘Before I knew you, I was faithful to you.'”

Speaking to those called to be husbands, he reminds them of St. Paul’s exhortation for husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church. “This is the glory, men! Called to marriage, you are called to be as Christ to your bride.”

“We need to see masculine chastity for what it is, whereas too often, this virtue is seen in negative light, as something weak,” adds the bishop. “Chastity is strength and a rejection of slavery to the passions. Christians have always believed that chastity, whether in marriage or celibacy, is a freedom from the enslavement to sin and our passions.”

Tackling the sins of pornography and masturbation, he says that while the culture wrongly encourages these “narcissistic” habits, they do nothing more than teach men to use others.

“Think of pornography as just as serious and no less grave than adultery,” he says. “To attempt to love another person while engaging in this practiced narcissism, without being transformed by mercy, will surely bring grave harm.”

By considering the contexts of temptations, we are able to invite God to send his grace, says the bishop, adding that in the sacrament of confession is found “superabundant grace and support.”

“Through building purity of heart, men, you will not only see God in the women in your lives but also in yourselves, also the ‘image of God’! Even if the darkness seems insurmountable, Christ never abandons us.”

Moving into the final section of his exhortation, Bishop Olmsted notes that the number of children born to unmarried homes has increased 700 percent since 1950, adding that there are those in the culture who don’t see fatherlessness as a problem.

“Do not be fooled by those voices wishing to erase all distinctions between mothers and fathers, ignoring the complementarity that is inherent in creation itself,” he says. “Step up and lovingly, patiently take up your God-given role as protector, provider and spiritual leader of your home. A father’s role as spiritual head of the family must never be understood or undertaken as domination over others, but only as a loving leadership and a gentle guidance for those in your care.”

Fatherhood, whether in a family or through the priesthood, reflects imperfectly the fatherhood of God, Bishop Olmsted says.

“To fully live, all men must be fathers and live out their fatherhood!” says Bishop Olmsted. “If you do not embrace the spousal and fatherly vocation God has planned for you, you will be stuck in the impotence of the ‘seed’ that refuses to die and refuses to give life. Don’t settle for this half-life! The question for every man is not, ‘Am I called to be a father?’ but rather, ‘What kind of father am I called to be?'”

In a special section devoted to grandfathers, Bishop Olmsted remembers his own grandfathers, who passed along to him faith, the value of hard work, and a respect for all other people and for God’s creation.

Bishop Olmsted also has a message for those whose fathers were absent in their lives.

“There are many reasons why men abandon their responsibilities, or even if they remain, stay distant, as a result of the lack of positive experience of fatherhood in their own lives,” he says. “This wound in your heart may not yet have healed. … Allow Christ to show you the Father who never abandons his children, but rather offers his only begotten Son.”
He encourages those who have failed in their role as a father, to ask God the Father to guide them and to seek renewal in prayer and the sacrament of reconciliation.

The bishop concludes his exhortation with a call to action:
“We need to get off the sidelines and stand up for life on the front lines. We need faith like that of our fathers who defended the children of previous generations and who gave up their own lives rather than abandon their faith in Christ. My sons and brothers, men of the Diocese of Phoenix, we need you to step into the breach!”

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The full text of the document can be found at

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Gutierrez is editor of The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix.

Posted Oct. 6, 2015

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Staff Report

The staff of The Catholic Telegraph wishes to express our gratitude to the following women and men religious celebrating jubilees in 2015 for their steadfast faith and dedicated service to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The following were published in the October 2015 print edition to The Catholic Telegraph. Additional photos and bios will be published in the November and December editions.

Sisters of the Precious Blood 

60 Years

Sister Marita Beumer

Sister Marita was an elementary teacher and Burkettsville and Russia, Ohio, and in Ft. Wayne, Ind., before ministering in Chile for 12 years. She then worked 27 years in Arizona and California, including 12 years as a pastoral coordinator in San Bernardino. She served in leadership for the Sisters of the Precious Blood for four years. Sister Marita volunteers at the Catholic Hispanic Ministry Center in Dayton and lives in the Sisters of the Precious Blood discernment house in Dayton.

Sister Noreen Jutte

Raised in St. Peter in Mercer County, Ohio, Sister Noreen became a teacher and spent 39 years teaching primary grades at schools in Ohio, including 26 years as a first grade teacher at Glandorf Elementary. She also taught in Cleveland, Cloverdale, Columbus Grove and Cincinnati. She has been the archivist for the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton since 1996. She lives at Salem Heights in Dayton.

Sister Dolores Keller

Raised in Deer Park, Sister Delores attended the then-St. John the Evangelist Catholic School and the former Regina High School in Norwood. She spent her first nine years of ministry teaching in elementary schools in St. Mary’s and Cincinnati, and in Falls Church, Va. She then worked as a director of religious education at parishes in Troy, Montgomery, and Ottawa, Ohio, and Falls Church, Va. She was a pastoral associate in Defiance, Ohio. She was a chaplain at Mercy hospitals in Hamilton and Fairfield. Later, she served on the school board and parish council at Margaret Mary School in North College Hill. She lives at Salem Heights in Dayton and volunteers at the Maria Joseph Center.

Sister Catherine Nader

A native of Farrell, Penn., Sister Catherine came to Cincinnati at age 18 to attend the former Our Lady of Cincinnati College in Walnut Hills. She taught for four years at the then-Peaslee School in Cincinnati before entering the Sisters of the Precious Blood. She was a teacher and counselor at schools in Ohio and Indiana. She also served as the northern regional director for the congregation. She lives at Salem Heights in Dayton.

Sister Rae Marie Ratermann

A native of Cincinnati, Sister Rae Marie was raised in St. Margaret Mary Parish and attended the parish grade school. She graduated from Fatima High School in Dayton, the former aspirancy of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Sister Rae Marie spent the first 16 years of ministry teaching primary grades in North College Hill, Wapakoneta, Burkettsville, and St. Henry in Ohio. She also taught St. Anthony School in Falls Church, Va., and was later school secretary. She worked in the business office at the Maria Joseph Center in Dayton, and was house manager at St. Leonard Center in Centerville. She also worked as a receptionist at St. Mary Center and Crestview Manor, both in Dayton. Sister Rae Marie volunteers at Salem Heights, the sisters’ central house, and lives in Dayton.

Sister Alice Schoettelkotte

Sister Alice attended the then-St. John the Evangelist School in Deer Park and Regina High School. She was an elementary teacher and counselor in North College Hill. She was also a classroom and music teacher at schools in Colorado, California and Virginia. She worked at the Maria Joseph Center in Dayton for 24 years and is now a spiritual care volunteer there. Sister Alice lives in Dayton.

Sister Florence Seifert

Sister Florence is a native of Fort Recovery and attended St. Mary School there. She spent much of her ministry as a teacher and administrator at schools in Ohio in Vandalia, Centerville, Dayton, Cleveland and Ottawa. She was principal at St. Anthony School in Falls Church, Va. Sister Florence was pastoral associate at Ascension Parish in Kettering for 15 years. She served three terms as president of the Sisters of the Precious Blood and nine and a half years as treasurer of the community. She serves on the boards of the Maria Stein Shrine, the Brunner Literacy Center and Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley.

Sister Patricia Will

A native of St. Peter in Mercer County, Ohio, Sister Patricia spent her first 13 years of ministry as a teacher and organist in Miamisburg and Botkins, and in California. She worked at the retreat house in Maria Stein for 10 years before beginning parish ministry in Ohio and Michigan. She came to Salem Heights to work in initial formation of new members and liturgy. She is now the liturgy coordinator at the central house, where she oversees liturgical celebrations and is assistant organist. Sister Patricia lives in Dayton.

50 Years

Sister Barbara Brown

Sister Barbara is a native of Dayton and attended Precious Blood School. She spent her first 13 years in ministry teaching junior and senior high school and at the college level in Vandalia, Norwood, Blue Ash and Dayton. She served in the Sisters of the Precious Blood treasurer’s office for 21 years, first as assistant treasurer and then as treasurer. She currently works at A. Brown and Sons Nursery in Phillipsburg, Ohio and lives in Union.

Sister Joyce Kahle

A Cincinnati native, Sister Joyce retired from TriHealth after 17 years as a parish nurse. She previously worked at Miami Valley Hospital and the Maria Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dayton, and at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She has also ministered as a missionary nurse in Guatemala. She was an algebra teacher at the then-Regina High School in Norwood for two years. Sister Joyce recently returned to Guatemala to begin a new ministry working with women there.

Oldenburg Franciscan Sisters  

75 Years

Sister Rosemary Lee

Sister Rosemary, formerly known as Sister Damien Marie, taught primary grades at St. Francis in Cincinnati 1964-69. She taught many years in Indiana, and then served as staff member at Marian University in Indianapolis. She retired to Oldenburg in 1996.

Sister Ruth Greiwe

Sister Ruth, formerly known as Sister Margaret George, began her teaching ministry in Indiana, then moved to Ohio, teaching art the former Our Lady of the Angels High School in St. Bernard, Badin High School in Hamilton, and Fenwick High School in Middletown. She taught chemistry, physical science, and English. In 1974, she began missionary service at Tari High School in Papua, New Guinea, and served there until 1995. Sister Ruth returned to Oldenburg and compiled the missionary experiences of the sisters into a history of the PNG Mission and the works of the Franciscans among the people. Now retired, she is still the “go-to” person for oral interviews about the mission.

70 Years

Sister Francis Joan Clements

Sister Francis Joan, née Anita, taught primary grades in parish schools in Indiana and Missouri as well as in Ohio. Assignments in Ohio included St. Ann in Hamilton, St. Joseph and St. Francis in Cincinnati, and St. Peter in Chillicothe. When she returned to Oldenburg in 1988, she served on the Oldenburg Academy staff. In retirement she assisted in the Stamp Room, collecting and sorting postage stamps to raise funds for the missions.

Sister Mary Ann Miles

Sister Mary Ann, formerly known as Sister Hobart, is a native of Cincinnati. Trained in music with a master’s degree from Jordan College of Music, Butler University, Indianapolis, she served as organist, music teacher and band director in parish schools and high schools in Indiana and in Ohio. In Cincinnati, she worked at St. Leo, St. Catherine, and Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard. From 1991-2012, in addition to teaching at Oldenburg Academy, she also served as clerk in the Communications Office at the motherhouse. She retired in 2012.

60 Years

Sister Jane Frey

Sister Jane, known formerly as Sister Mary Kevin, is a native of Cincinnati. She attended St. James School, White Oak, Mother of Mercy High School, and Campbell Business College before entering the Sisters of St. Francis. While and after completing work toward a master of education degree in home economics from St. Louis University, she began teaching in Indianapolis, then in Oldenburg. She later became involved in pastoral counseling, completing requirements for a master’s degree from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1986. As pastoral counselor she served at St. Brendan Parish, North Olmstead, Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, and now in private practice through St. John the Baptist and Corpus Christi parishes as counselor and therapist.

Sister Davida Lund

Sister Davida, née Linda, has served in a variety of ministries, beginning as teacher in primary grades in Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. In Ohio she taught at St. Joseph in Cincinnati (1974-75), and St. John in Middletown (1977-81). In Beattyville, Ky., she served as pastoral associate (1993-97). She returned to Cincinnati in 1997 to work as receptionist for St. Anthony Messenger Press until 2010. Sister Davida now serves as a phone operator/receptionist at the motherhouse in Oldenburg.

Sister Evelyn Lindenmaier 

Sister Evelyn began her teaching ministry in parish schools in Indiana. In 1970, she moved to Cincinnati to continue service there for more than 30 years. Various appointments included St. Leo, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Victory, St. Bernard, Taylor Creek, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Bridgetown, St. Francis Seraph, and St. Boniface. In 1997, she accepted a position in tele-ministry at St. Anthony Messenger Press. She is now retired and resides in Oldenburg.

Sister Rachel Lindenmaier

Sister Rachel taught elementary grades in Indiana and Ohio. Teaching assignments in Cincinnati included St. Francis Seraph, St. Joseph, St Aloysius Bridgetown, and St. Boniface. From 1993-99, she served in tele-ministry at St. Anthony Messenger. She then served as secretary in the Franciscan Friars’ Vocation Office until 2002. Returning to Oldenburg she supervised the housekeeping staff at the motherhouse until retirement in 2012.

Sister Maureen Mahon

Sister Maureen, known formerly as Sister Zita, is a native of Cincinnati. She attended St. Vincent De Paul grade school and Seton High School. Her varied ministries began with teaching primary grades, then as a missionary to Papua, New Guinea. For the next 26 years, she taught, was parish catechist, and was director of a liturgical catechetical institute in mission stations named Tari, Mendi, Erave, and Goroka. In Ohio, before the mission experience, she taught at Our Lady of Victory in Cincinnati. After returning to the United States, she served one year at St. Anthony Messenger Press, then at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Zanesville as a pastoral minister. She is now retired and residing at the motherhouse in Oldenburg.

Sister Carol Slinger

Sister Carol trained in mathematics (bachelor of science degree from Marian University) and physics (master of science degree from St. Louis University) and has served as the educator, principal, department chair and associate professor. In Ohio, she taught at the former Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard, and Badin High School in Hamilton. She was teacher and principal at St. Mary Academy in Indianapolis before being assigned to Marian University in 1977. At Marian, she served 37 years in the mathematics department as teacher and administrator. In 2014, she retired from academia and now is busy in volunteer service.

50 Years

Sister Melanie Bair 

Sister Melanie, née Jeanene, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Marian College (now university) in Indianapolis, a M.A.T. in special education from Cardinal Stritch, and a Ph.D. in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. She taught primary grades and learning disabled children in Indiana, Missouri, and in Ohio at St. Francis in Cincinnati. Six years as ESL instructor at Song Sim University in Seoul, Korea was followed by two years as director of development at the motherhouse in Oldenburg. In 2004, she moved to Cincinnati and served as executive director of Boys Hope/Girls Hope. Currently, she serves as the corporate benevolence coordinator for Prasco Laboratories. Sister Melanie serves as the liaison between the company and outside groups, such as Matthew 25 Ministries, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.

Sister Annette Grisley 

Sister Annette holds a bachelor’s degree from Marian College (now university) in Indianapolis, a master’s degree in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. Mary’s College, Minnesota. She taught middle grades and junior high in parish schools in Indiana and Ohio. She taught at St. Catherine in Cincinnati (1972-74). Then, in 1990, at St. Peter in Chillicothe, she added music ministry and pastoral assistant to her resumé. Since July 2002, she has served as pastoral associate at Holy Angels Parish in Dayton.

Sister Janet Linz

Sister Janet is a native of Cincinnati. She attended Sacred Heart School and Our Lady of Angels High School. Her early ministry appointments were in Indiana and Missouri. In 1985 she joined the teaching staff at St. Francis Seraph in Cincinnati, and in 1988, was named principal, continuing in that role until 1998. Since 1999, she has served in the Intervention Program at Purcell Marian High School.

Sister Maureen Irvin 

Sister Maureen began her teaching ministry in Missouri, followed by 16 years in Ohio, including five years at St. James, White Oak, five years at Our Lady of Mercy, Dayton, and six years at Carroll High School, Dayton. In direct service to the congregation, she served eight years as director of the Vocation Office and six years as councilor on the leadership team. In Illinois, she worked as justice and peace coordinator with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield. In 2012, Sister Maureen was elected congregational minister of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, the position she holds currently.

40 Years

Sister Michelle Corliss

Sister Michelle studied at Marian University in Indianapolis. She served as an instructor in art and in religion at Our Lady of Angels and Roger Bacon high schools. In 1997, she joined the staff in the Public Relations Office in Oldenburg as graphic designer. She became director of the office in 2002. She then broadened her training with academic degrees from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, earning a bachelor’s degree in aging services administration and a master’s degree in religious studies/pastoral care. Sister Michelle returned to Oldenburg in 2011 to serve as coordinator of communications and as a freelance artist.

Sisters of Providence  

60 Years

Sister Ann Margaret O’Hara 

Sister Ann Margaret is a native of Louisville, Ky. Currently, she ministers as the general treasurer for the Sisters of Providence. Sister Ann Margaret entered the congregation on July 22, 1955. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1963. She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned her master’s degree in business education from Indiana University and another master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Her ministries in the archdiocese of Cincinnati include serving as special projects coordinator and director of program services for the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators. Sister Ann Margaret also served as general superior of the Sisters of Providence from 2001-06. In addition, she has ministered in Indiana, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart  

50 Years

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski  

Sister Angela Ann arrived in the archdiocese in 1971, serving the Northern area as the religious education consultant for parishes and Catholic schools. She co-founded the archdiocese’s first cable TV studio, producing adult faith formation programs. The Northern Area Religious Education Congress in the early 1970’s was initiated under Sister Angela Ann’s leadership and continues totoday.

She became the director of the Office for Moral and Religious Education in 1979, (now the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives) and professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Dayton, positions she continues to hold.

Sister Angela Ann has served as the world president for Catholic Radio and TV; on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Vatican); USCCB Communications Committee; a consultant to the Asian Bishops Social Communications Committee; co-principal and co-founder of the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications; and serves on a number of national and international Catholic committees. She served on her religious community’s leadership team from 2000-2008. She continues to be a keynote presenter at diocesan and international conferences.

In 2001, Saint Pope John Paul II awarded Zukowski the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award in Rome, for her contributions and leadership role in church communications.

Society of Mary (Marianists)  

50 Years

Father James Fitz  

Father Fitz is a native of Akron. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dayton and a master’s in historical theology from Saint Louis University. He entered the Marianists in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1947.  He has served the Marianists as a high school educator, religious education department chair and adult religious education lecturer and instructor in Kalamazoo, Mich.; a college religious studies lecturer and graduate theology instructor in San Antonio; director of novices and provincial council assistant in Dayton; and director of campus ministry and religious studies instructor at University of Dayton. Father Fitz  left the university to serve as assistant provincial for the Marianist Province of the United States in St. Louis from 2002 through 2010. He returned to the University of Dayton in 2010, and is serving as vice president for mission and rector. He currently resides at the Marianist Community in Dayton.

Posted Oct. 5, 2015

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By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

Matthew Kelly is a household name with his famous book Rediscover Catholicism, which is one of the top selling religious books of all time. He’s back again with a similarly titled book, Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation.

The 40-chapter book, published by Kelly’s Beacon Publishing in July, sells on his website for $18.95 ($25 elsewhere) and could be beneficial to Catholics who find themselves in a complacent place spiritually, but are open to rediscovering the person of Jesus, and transforming their life.

Meant to be read daily, the chapters are short and easy to digest. Kelly opens strong with a powerful narrative story and an honest invitation to stay open to the possibility of rediscovering Jesus.

“Some books find us at just the right time in our lives, and those books change our lives forever. I hope this is that kind of book for you,” he writes.

He’s right that this book needs to be read in the right state of mind. Not every book is meant for every audience, and Rediscover Jesus is perfect for those who find themselves in the pew on Sunday, but aren’t feeling the fire of faith. Helpful exercises at the end of each chapter give a “point to ponder,” “Verse to live,” “Question to consider” and a prayer. These will help the open-hearted reader to, as Kelly invites, rediscover who Jesus was and what He asks of us.

One can nearly hear Kelly’s Australian accent and easy-going demeanor in the writing style, which does a good job of preaching the truth without sounding “preachy.” Though it often references the Bible and important points of theology, the book’s reading level should be accessible for anyone from junior high students to educated adults.

No book is perfect, however.

Readers of Kelly’s other books, or those who have heard him speak, will note a repeating of phrases and ideas they’ve heard before, but hearing a good message repeatedly can be a positive thing. His chapter on “tweaking” our behavior, for example, was teased in a 2013 speech available on Youtube, but the message remains important.

“We pray for tweaking — and then wonder why God doesn’t answer our prayers,” Kelly writes. “The reason is simple: God is not in the business of tweaking. He’s in the business of transformation.”

Repetitive or not, Kelly strives to portray Jesus as more than just a person to visit on Sundays. He shows in many chapters how an experience with Christ changed those in the Bible, and states more than once that if all 2 billion Christians on Earth lived as Christians, we would change the world in an instant. Rediscover Jesus isn’t a fluff book designed to make one feel better about their faith, but rather is an invitation — a challenge really — to rediscover the Lord and be the person He wants us to be.

For the Catholic seeker looking to deepen their relationship with Christ, the Sunday-only-Catholic-with-an-open-heart or fans of Kelly’s previous work, (Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation) is a worthwhile read.

The book is available for sale or order at most Catholic bookstores and can also be found at

This book review originally appeared in the October 2015 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

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Jeanne Hunt

Running through the airport, you realize you’re late for your flight. You forgot your watch, so you ask a well-dressed young business traveler for the time. He pulls out his cell phone to give you the time. You think to yourself, “Hmmm… he forgot his watch too.”

It’s time for your eight-year-old daughter to go to bed. You want to continue a ritual you had with your mother: reading the classics a chapter at a time before bed. You pull out Tales of Narnia. Your daughter stops you, saying, “O, Mom, that takes too long, and besides I saw the DVD.”

You’re attending a college graduation party for your nephew. He receives a heartfelt letter from his 82-year-old grandfather. He opens the envelope and says, “Could someone read this to me. I can’t read cursive.”

You call the local Catholic high school to find out what Bible they use for the religion classes. The head of the religion department calls you back to say, “Oh, we don’t buy Bibles anymore. We do all that online.”

Whether we like it or not, as the folk song goes, “the times they are a changin’.” What would have been considered common practice has now become obsolete.  Are we dismissing good practice for the sake of convenience? Was there some wisdom in the way things used to be done? Are we disregarding valuable experiences to be expedient? Did Grandma and Grandpa know something we don’t?

In this secular age, we need to face these questions head on. As we try to live spiritual lives in this hi-tech world, we may be sacrificing the essence of a spiritual practice because it takes too long, is inconvenient, or requires that we stop multitasking so we may sit with the mystery of God’s presence in the things that we do. In the interest of getting answers quickly and trying to saving time and money, I believe we’ve forgotten how to occasionally take the slow road.

Holding a real Bible in our hands and entering into a conversation with the “Word” is an experience that’s hard to replicate on our iPads. When my mother-in-law died, she gave me her personal Bible. In the margins are hundreds of comments that came from her beautiful soul. Because it’s written in her hand, because the pages are real relics of her relationship with God, she and I often meet to encounter the living Word long after her death. While electronic messages fade into cyberspace, paper messages remain. Her messages are written in her distinctive cursive hand, and I feel as if I have been in her company.

We are members of an ancient church. Catholicism is rich with practices and traditions that seem antiquated in our age. Rushing through a 30-minute Mass in order to get to soccer practice may block your soul from getting anything out of that Mass. The liturgy is meant to be slow and mindful. Weaning your self from the noise of the world and sitting in silence before the Eucharist can calm your mind and soul like no earthly tranquillizer. Owning a Bible, signing yourself with the cross, fingering rosary beads, telling your sins to a priest and receiving absolution — these practices are more than they seem. Each has a deep and powerful meaning that the world cannot comprehend. They come to us as touchstones of grace that lead us into the heart of God.

While the electronic age is a blessing in many ways, it’s time to reclaim some of the old ways. I invite you to take a stand for tradition! Wear a watch. Savor the mystery of a three-dimensional Bible. Write a page in a spiritual journal — in cursive. Give up the “fast Mass” for the 60 minute variety. What’s essential is that we look at our lives, decide to slow down, and encounter the divine mystery who is all around us.

Jeanne Hunt is a nationally recognized author and catechetical leader.

This Catholic Thoughts column by Jeanne Hunt originally appeared in the October 2015 print edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

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Sister Rose William Herzog chats with a student at St. John the Baptist School in Harrison. (Courtesy Photo)

Sister Rose William Herzog chats with a student at St. John the Baptist School in Harrison. (Courtesy Photo)

By Eileen Connelly, OSU
The Catholic Telegraph

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Rose William Herzog has never served as a missionary herself, but she strongly believes in supporting mission efforts and encouraging others to do the same.

The longtime educator is dedicated to doing so through her fundraising efforts at St. John the Baptist School in Harrison on behalf of the Missionary Childhood Association (MCA). The organization was originally founded as the Holy Childhood Association with the goal of helping children reach out in faith to their counterparts in need. The mission of the MCA continues today, inviting young people to pray and offer financial assistance so that children in mission areas may come to know Christ and experience His love. 

“I feel so deeply for children who are hungry,” Sister Rose William said. “So many live in dirt houses and even sleep on the ground. If there is something we can do to help them, then we should.”

That’s the message she shares with the students at St. John the Baptist School, where she first arrived to teach in 1983. Sister Rose William now visits the school each Friday, attending Mass with children and teachers and sharing her passion for helping the missions.

Her work includes coordinating annual Advent and Lenten fundraising campaigns. Proceeds benefit the MCA, along with the ministries of other Sisters of Charity involved in missionary service.

Sister Rose William said the students are excited about praying for and helping those in need.  “I try to tell the students stories and use examples to motivate them to donate,” she said.

A favorite example is the definition of loving kindness. As explained by Sister Rose William, kindness would be sharing a piece of bread with someone who is hungry. Loving kindness would be adding jam to the bread. “I tell the children to put jam on their offerings,” said Sister Rose William.

“It’s good for the students spiritually to learn to make sacrifices,” she added. “It helps them to know they are giving other children hope.”

Teresa Phillips, associate director of the archdiocesan Mission Office, praised Sister Rose William’s efforts, saying, “She models the missionary spirit for the students. It’s because of her enthusiasm and love for the missions that they are inspired to give.”

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

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A woman reacts to Pope Francis' final words during the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

A woman reacts to Pope Francis’ final words during the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service

PHILADELPHIA — It’s difficult to forget Pope Francis’ passionate Sept. 26 speech, his gestures and the tone of his voice when he addressed the value of the family in Philadelphia.

A “society grows strong, grows in goodness, grows in beauty and truly grows if it is built on the foundation of the family,” said the pope, addressing the Festival of Families on the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway that Saturday evening.

“All of the love that God has in himself, all of the beauty that God has in himself, all of the truth that God has in himself, he gives to the family,” he continued. “And a family is truly a family when it is able to open its arms and receive all of this love.”

It is the passion shown that evening that many hope will drive the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family set for Oct. 4-25 in Rome.

Msgr. Duarte da Cunha, general secretary of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, which represents the 33 bishops’ conferences in Europe, said the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia “is the door to enter the synod … and we will enter the synod with joy, not with the weight of problems but with the experience of the joy of the families.”

It’s not about hiding the problems families face, Msgr. da Cunha said. After all, the pope publicly admitted in that same speech that while the family is beautiful, it is difficult.

“It brings problems,” the pope said. “In the family, sometimes there is enmity. The husband fights with the wife or they give each other dirty looks, or the children with the parents.”

“But it’s worth fighting for the family,” said Msgr. da Cunha.

And for clergy, religious, and all those who attend the three-week synod, it is about something more than just defending a small group of people. It is about defending society itself. Society is about being in communion with others, said Msgr. da Cunha. In that sense, all that the pope has addressed, including war and the environment, is tied to that communion, he added.

The culture of individualism is really a problem in some societies, especially those that learn to value the material and not people, he said.

“No one can experience happiness of the fullness of life if (he or she) is alone,” he said. That doesn’t mean that the person necessarily needs to have a family but if one has been part of a family, that person can understand love, sacrifice for the common good of others.

“We have to be in communion with others, belong to one another,” Msgr. da Cunha said. But sometimes that’s a challenge. “We are living in times that are materialistic … we forget that people are more than things. God created us for communion.”

A parish can serve as a place for the creation of family, a sense of belonging, where even “one person alone is welcome,” he said.

But if people don’t have a network of family and friends, they may have what they need materially but it’s very hard to find happiness in that, he said.

“Sometimes the parish has a family structure and is place you feel loved,” he said.

In Cuba, Maria del Carmen Zellek Camayd, said that in a society where Catholics have undergone periods of persecution and social difficulty, the parish helped her deal with what was happening to those of her faith in an atheistic nation but to also to deal with personal travails that included a childless marriage that dissolved.

However, children from her parish on the eastern end of the island have become like her nieces and nephews, and visits from other parishioners with whom she has shared difficult, but also happy times, helped them become a different type of family — one rooted in the spiritual but also in a social community.

It is this type of love that Msgr. da Cunha refers to and it is one that can help other societies dealing with challenges, such as the recent wave of refugees fleeing war and other societal ills. The church can and has helped them pastorally, helping those who are poor, sometimes helping alleviate some of the materially problems, or to advocate for them with governments and politicians, Msgr. da Cunha said.

When seen from the point of view of a society of communities and not from the point of view of an individual, problems or challenges — such as war, the environment, migration — have solutions, he said.

“Everything is different if you see these in society, through the experience of love, of this family,” he said.

Posted October 4, 2015

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(Vatican Radio) Following  Sunday’s  opening Mass for the Ordinary General Synod on the Family, Cardinal Francis Arinze reflected on the significance of the readings for the three week assembly of bishops. Cardinal Arinze, who is Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, was present at the Mass at the Vatican with Pope Francis to open the Synod. Listen to Vatican Radio’s interview with Cardinal Arinze: “The readings were as if they were prepared for the Synod,” he said and noted that the family is a gift from God. Quoting from the Book of Genesis, he noted that uniting Eve with Adam means that God is the source of the family. This unity is underscored by Christ’s admonition that “what God has put together, let nobody separate.” Cardinal Arinze added, this is “very clear.” The Ordinary Synod runs from  4-25 October  and focuses on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world. (from Vatican Radio)... 15 hours 2 min
(Vatican Radio) Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, on Monday addressed representatives of the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO is a global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. In his remarks, Archbishop Tomasi, noted the “vastly different” situation of intellectual property in the contemporary world, in contrast to the situation in which IP was born. “Over the past few decades, the centre of wealth creation has been shifting from tangible assets or physical capital to intangible assets or intellectual capital or, as the OECD calls it, knowledge based capital.” Archbishop Tomasi reminded his audience that protection of intellectual property is essential to incentivizing innovation and spreading the benefits of those innovations. Yet, he said, “while we recognise the value of intellectual property protection, the scope of those rights must always be measured in relation to greater principles of justice in service of the common good.” He warned, “the fruits of scientific progress, rather than being placed at the service of the entire human community, are distributed in such a way that inequalities are actually increased.” Archbishop Tomasi insisted, “The law of profit alone cannot be applied to that which is essential for the fight against hunger, disease, and poverty,” citing Pope St John Paul II. Concluding his statement, Archbishop Tomasi assured the participants that they could “count on the constructive spirit and support of the Holy See during these Assemblies.” Below, please find the full text of Archbishop Tomasi’s remarks to the World Intellectual Property Organization: Statement by H.E. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva 55th  Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies Geneva, 5 October 2015 Mr. President, The Delegation of the Holy See would like to congratulate you on your election to chair the General Assembly. We welcome the two new vice-chairs as well and thank the outgoing chair and vice-chair for all their hard work over the past year. My Delegation is confident that under your leadership we will be able to reach a positive outcome during this session, as we did in the previous ones. Allow me also to express our appreciation to the Director General and the Secretariat for the preparation of these Assemblies and for the substantial outcomes achieved by WIPO in recent years, in particular in relation to work concerning global IP services. The steady growth of applications and the expansion of membership cannot be achieved without proper responses to the evolving demands from the real world. The context in which intellectual property (IP) operates in the contemporary world is vastly different from the one in which IP was born. The new context has changed the position of IP both in the economy and in society. Over the past few decades, the centre of wealth creation has been shifting from tangible assets or physical capital to intangible assets or intellectual capital or, as the OECD calls it, knowledge based capital. We live in a global knowledge economy and the key to future progress is to excel at turning what we discover and learn into marketable new products and technologies. As clearly shown by the Global Intellectual Property Reports, innovation adaptation and the use of these new technologies are the primary drivers of growth within international economies. Through both private and public investments, we continue to see incredible scientific advancement in the understanding and use of biological resources, the applications of which hold great social value and potential to improve the lives of people, particularly in the medical, pharmaceutical, and agricultural fields. To continue incentivizing such innovations and to spread the benefits of these innovations widely, just legal frameworks for intellectual property protection play an essential role. Yet, while we recognise the value of intellectual property protection, the scope of those rights must always be measured in relation to greater principles of justice in service of the common good. However, nowadays, the fruits of scientific progress, rather than being placed at the service of the entire human community, are distributed in such a way that inequalities are actually increased. The law of profit alone cannot be applied to that which is essential for the fight against hunger, disease, and poverty.[i] WIPO is also making a significant contribution to IP information sharing and dissemination through its work related to global IP infrastructure. The contribution to society from the invention to be patented does not consist only of the invention as such, but also of the provision of technical information related to that invention. The global patent system needs continued improvement towards increased transparency and efficiency. International enterprises can be caught unaware of existing patent rights in various markets, while inventors and researchers need access to a fully articulated and comprehensive database of patent claims. A comprehensive database would lower search costs for inventors and examination offices. While WIPO needs to follow the principles and objectives set in the Organization’s Convention, this has to be done in a manner that continues responding to the ever-changing realities of the international community. This means that the Organization has to continue to work at the service of the real world, which is formed by innovators, creators, and especially the users of the IP system and IP information. The Secretariat and the Member States should revive the normative work in a functional and responsible manner that could be accepted across the system and through which we can fulfill our responsibility as a member of the global community. The present-day Intellectual Property Rights system is built on long-standing and traditional concepts of protection and designed for an era before the technological revolution. Classic copyrights cannot be sustained in this modern digital world and the “one-size-fits-all” approach of patent rules is no longer viable for the cross-industry complexities of the new technology development. The Organization is called to face major challenges and offer a place for bridging the gap between the prevalent trade-oriented approach and the broader implications of intellectual property regulation. In this sense, the renewal of the mandate for the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) could represent a strong signal. Mr. President, In conclusion, let us assure you that you can count on the constructive spirit and support of the Holy See during these Assemblies. Thank you Mr. President.   Endnotes [i] John Paul II, Address to ‘Jubilee 2000 Debt Campaign’, 23 September 1999. (from Vatican Radio)... 15 hours 12 min
(Vatican Radio) The third General Congregation of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened on Tuesday morning with the celebration of Terce (mid-morning prayer). The homily for the Liturgy was delivered by Cardinal George Alencherry of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Major Archbishop and President of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church. In his homily, Cardinal Alencherry reminded the Synod Fathers that “the pastors of the Church in the present times are called to take upon their lives a prophetic role of suffering and kenosis.” Below please find the full text of Cardinal George Alencherry’s homily during Terce at the third General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops: Holy Father and My dear friends, The reading from Jeremiah 22:3, gives us a message very much applicable to the goal of our Synodal deliberations on family. Prophet Jeremiah uttered a few oracles to the royal family of Judah cautioning the King against the ruin that may fall upon the Kingdom, if the King does not render Justice and righteousness and save the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor. Josiah and Jehoiakim were the Kings of Judah, at that time. We know that both of them were weak Kings, and Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon destroyed the Kingdom of Judah and the temple. Owing to the failures of the Kings the people were driven to exile and all the sufferings arising there from. Josiah and Nebuchadnezzar, the Kings of Judah could not render justice and righteousness and save the oppressed from the hand of the oppressor. Justice means the acceptance of the reign of God and righteousness is the grace of God resulting from the acceptance of God’s reign. The Kings of Judah failed in their responsibility to give justice and righteousness to the people due to which the people had to suffer the consequences. The words of the prophet are applicable to rulers and leaders of all the times and also to the people governed by them. In many countries of the world people are denied of justice and righteousness by the promotion of individualism, hedonism and oppression by secularist values and lines of action. The question arises whether the leaders of the Church have come forward with a prophetic role like that of Jeremiah to support the people by the Word of God and by personal witness. Jeremiah had to suffer at the cost of his prophetic role. His life was a symbol of the message he gave. Suffering and ruin, he had to take upon himself. He was asked to accept three signs in his life: not to marry, not to attend funerals and not to attend parties. Do not take a wife (16:2): Jeremiah is not to experience the deep love of a bride, for the bride, Israel, has rejected Yahweh’s love. He must experience loneliness, as Yahweh experiences loneliness. In Christian times, celibacy becomes a sign. Do not go into a house where there is mourning (16:5): Jeremiah is not to mourn or show compassion to the dead, because Yahweh has lost all feelings for his people. They will die unlamented. Do not go into a house where there is a celebration (16:8): Jeremiah is not to join any celebration, because there is nothing to celebrate. Jeremiah is called to lead a terrible life, no wonder he goes into deep depression and bitter lament (cf. 20: 7ff). It is not easy to be a prophet. (The New Community Bible, St Paul Publications, Mumbai, India) The pastors of the Church in the present times are called to take upon their lives a prophetic role of suffering and kenosis, similar to that of prophet Jeremiah. The words of Holy Father Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium (n. 49) become meaningful here. “I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat’ (Mk 6:37).” (from Vatican Radio)... 15 hours 36 min
"Eu creio nos Santos Sacramentos da Igreja Católica, em particular, creio que o pão e o vinho consagrados, na Santa Missa, são o Corpo e sangue, verdadeiros, de Jesus Cristo", professava Bruno, nascido em Colônia na Alemanha no ano 1035. Filho de uma família nobre, os Hartefaust, desde cedo não se deteve nas honras... 15 hours 47 min
(Vatican Radio) The first of the daily press conferences to report on the proceedings of the Synod of the Family took place at 1pm Rome time on Monday. The Synod began on Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica and the first session sat on Monday morning. Fr. Russell Pollitt, S.J. reports  Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, was accompanied by Cardinal Péter Erdö from Hungary - who is the synod rapporteur; Cardinal André Vingt-Trois from France - one of the president delegates; and Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte - who is special secretary to the Synod. In his remarks Fr. Lombardi said that each day there would be Synod Fathers present at the press conference as guests. Fr. Lombardi explained the order of the morning’s session which began with prayer and the singing of the Veni Creator Spiritus. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the synod, welcomed everyone before Pope Francis gave his opening address to the Synod Fathers. After the morning coffee break, Cardinal Péter Erdö gave the introductory address entitled “The Vocation of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.” Cardinal Vingt-Trois said that his first impression of the Synod was that there is “a wide diversity of participants, geographically, which includes members form the Latin and Oriental Churches but all are hinged around the Pope.” He said that the Holy Father had reiterated what he had said before; he wants to tackle issues in an “open-minded way through prayer, meditation and dialogue.” Cardinal Erdö explained that his introductory address had followed the structure of Instrumentum Laboris. “I tried to systematise all the data which was received from the Church around the world, including families and individuals who wrote to us, following the themes already in Instrumentum Laboris.” Archbishop Forte, in his remarks, said that the aim of the Synod was to “propose the gospel of the family” but also to “echo the hopes and pains of families around the world today.” He emphasised the need for “openness to the Holy Spirit as well as prayer and humility before God.” The prelates answered some questions after their short inputs. They were asked if they feel under pressure form the media. Archbishop Forte responded saying that last year some media had a “bi-polar interpretation” of what was happening at the Synod but that this was “not the perception inside the Synod.” He said “We are here to listen to the problems people have, we are more united than the media assumes. There are divergent views, which are ok, but this does not mean division. I feel we are on a marvellous spiritual pathway with God.” Cardinal Vingt-Trois explained how, in Paris, people were invited to create “synod teams.” He said that these teams found there were divergent opinions among them and they “could be expressed without breaking communion.” The prelates emphasised that the Synod was a pastoral one. “It will not lead to doctrinal changes, because it is about pastoral attention, pastoral care. We are about resonating pastorally,” Forte said. Cardinal Erdö said that there was an active interest in the Synod because of the issues that were raised last year. He said that the Synod Fathers hope to develop the Church’s understanding of family by listening to each other and paying special attention to tradition. “Development is not unlimited; we have to look at tradition.” (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
The first working day of the Synod of Bishops on the Family was due to start at 9am on Monday, but like every good host, Pope Francis was in the hall, well ahead of time, welcoming the bishops, priests, religious and lay people as they took their seats for the opening prayer. Philippa Hitchen reports..... Listen:  In his greeting to the gathered assembly, the Pope recalled that a synod is not a parliament or senate, where people do deals and make compromises, but rather a journeying together of the people of God, guided by the Holy Spirit. He appealed for courage, humility and prayer, so that participants may not be intimidated by worldly temptations, but at the same time that they may not turn the Church into a “museum of memories”, unable or unwilling to respond to the challenges facing so many families today. Synod secretary general Cardinal Baldisseri outlined the previous steps on this journey, from the much talked about consistory of cardinals back in 2014, right up to the World Meeting of Families that concluded in Philadelphia last weekend. In between we’ve had a year of reflections on family life from the Pope at his weekly general audiences and a new document making it simpler and cheaper to obtain annulments for those whose marriages can be declared invalid – both important parts of the puzzle for those trying to predict how this highly charged meeting will pan out. For the secular press inevitably, the focus of the past weekend has been on the ‘coming out’ of a Polish monsignor working at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, timed- as the head of the Holy See press office put it – to subject the Synod to “undue media pressure” on issues of celibacy and gay relationships. In a lengthy introductory presentation, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo touched on – in his words - the “pastoral care of people with homosexual tendencies”, but he also outlined so many other issues, from violence, migration and unemployment to cohabitation, divorce or declining birth rates, often stemming from the individualism or fear of commitment often experienced by young people today. In short, there’s a lot for synod participants to get their heads around over the next three weeks before a final document is drawn up and voted on. A couple of cardinals I chatted with over coffee this morning said despite the huge workload, the atmosphere was ‘serene’ with bishops convinced that differing perspectives can enrich the discussion, rather than being a source of irreconcilable division, as the media would so often have it. Other participants were a bit more realistic perhaps, describing a sense of tension and awareness of just how important this meeting may prove for the credibility of the Church over the coming years. The only person in the room I spotted completely unaffected by the whole proceedings was a tiny baby snoozing quietly in the arms of his father, one of the 18 couples who’ll be sharing some very practical experiences of the joys, hopes, sorrows and anxieties of bringing up a family today.  (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 11 hours
Jovem, esbelto, magro, sorridente, bom. Padre Dario Bossi é um missionário comboniano que há 12 anos mora e trabalha no Brasil, na área de mineração do estado do Maranhão, a maior e mais rica do mundo, onde, no entanto, a exploração, a violência estão ameaçando a vida das pessoas e pilhando os recursos naturais. Co... 1 day 12 hours
Intensa, alegre e emocionante são palavras que descrevem as famílias na vigília de oração realizada sábado, 3 de outubro, na Praça de São Pedro, presidida pelo Papa. Foi um marco do sínodo que ocorre de 04 a 25 de outubro sobre o tema “A vocação e missão da família na Igreja no mundo contemporâneo”. A praça repl... 1 day 13 hours
Começa o tão esperado Sínodo ordinário dos bispos que tem como tema: A vocação e a missão da família na Igreja e no mundo contemporâneo. Hoje foi a primeira Congregação Geral, na Sala do Sínodo, na presença de Francisco, com o discurso introdutório do cardeal Peter Erdo, relator geral do encontro. Em cima da mesa, ... 1 day 13 hours
Foi a Gaudium et Spes o ponto de partida do discurso introdutório do cardeal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretário-geral do Sínodo dos Bispos, na primeira Congregação Geral da Assembleia sinodal ordinária sobre a vocação e missão da família na Igreja e no mundo contemporâneo. O Sínodo atual, de fato, coincide com o 50º... 1 day 13 hours
O sínodo é um caminhar juntos com espírito de colegialidade, aceitando com valentia a “parresia, o zelo pastoral e doutrinal, a sabedoria, a franqueza, e colocando sempre diante dos nossos olhos o bem da Igreja e das famílias”.  O sínodo não é um congresso, nem um parlamento ou um senado em que é preciso chegar a u... 1 day 13 hours
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Krzysztof Charamsa, padre católico e alto funcionário do Vaticano, “saiu do armário”, como se diz popularmente quando uma pessoa revela a sua homossexualidade. De origem polonesa, Charamsa trabalhava desde 2003 na Congregação para a Doutrina da Fé e era secretário da Comissão Teológica Internacional, além de ensina... 1 day 13 hours
Os militantes do auto-intitulado Estado Islâmico explodiram no domingo, 4 de outubro, o Arco do Triunfo de Palmira, principal referência histórica e cultural da cidade, que data do tempo dos romanos. Os fundamentalistas destruíram os arcos, mas as colunas ficaram, provavelmente porque continha símbolos e inscrições... 1 day 14 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Monday morning - the morning of their first full day of sessions. Below, please find Vatican Radio's full English translation of the Holy Father's remarks. ********************************************** Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, brothers and sisters, The Church today takes up once again the dialogue begun with the announcement of the extraordinary Synod on the family, and certainly even long before that, to evaluate and reflect on the text of the Working Document (Lt. Instrumentum laboris ), elaborated on the basis of the [Extraordinary Assembly’s] final report ( Relatio Synodi ) and the responses of the Bishops’ Conferences and from the other organizations with the right to contribute. The Synod, as we know, is a journey undertaken together in the spirit of collegiality and synodality, on which participants bravely adopt parrhesia , pastoral zeal and doctrinal wisdom, frankness, and always keep before our eyes the good of the Church, of families and the suprema lex , the Salus animarum . I should mention that the Synod is neither a convention, nor a parlor, nor a parliament or senate, where people make deals and reach compromises. The Synod is rather an Ecclesial expression, i.e., the  Church that journeys together to read reality with the eyes of faith and with the heart of God; it is the Church that interrogates herself with regard to her fidelity to the deposit of faith, which does not represent for the Church a museum to view, nor even something merely to safeguard, but is a living source from which the Church shall drink, to satisfy the thirst of, and illuminate, the deposit of life. The Synod moves necessarily within the bosom of the Church and of the holy people of God, to which we belong in the quality of shepherds – which is to say, as servants. The Synod also is a protected space in which the Church experiences the action of the Holy Spirit. In the Synod, the Spirit speaks by means of every person’s tongue, who lets himself be guided by the God who always surprises, the God who reveals himself to little ones, who hides from the knowing and intelligent; the God who created the law and the Sabbath for man and not vice versa; by the God, who leaves the 99 sheep to look for the one lost sheep; the God who is always greater than our logic and our calculations. Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be a space for the action of the Holy Spirit only if we participants vest ourselves with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer: with that apostolic courage, which refuses to be intimidated in the face of the temptations of the world – temptations that tend to extinguish the light of truth in the hearts of men, replacing it with small and temporary lights; nor even before the petrification of some hearts, which, despite good intentions, drive people away from God; apostolic courage to bring life and not to make of our Christian life a museum of memories; evangelical humility that knows how to empty itself of conventions and prejudices in order to listen to brother bishops and be filled with God – humility that leads neither to finger-pointing nor to judging others, but to hands outstretched to help people up without ever feeling oneself superior to them. Confident prayer that trusts in God is the action of the heart when it opens to God, when our humors are silenced in order to listen to the gentle voice of God, which speaks in silence. Without listening to God, all our words are only words that are meet no need and serve no end. Without letting ourselves be guided the Spirit, all our decisions will be but decorations that, instead of exalting the Gospel, cover it and hide it. Dear brothers, as I have said, the Synod is not a parliament in which to reach a consensus or a common accord there is recourse to negotiation, to deal-making, or to compromise: indeed, the only method of the Synod is to open up to the Holy Spirit with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and confident, trusting prayer, that it might be He, who guides us, enlightens us and makes us put before our eyes, with our personal opinions, but with faith in God, fidelity to the Magisterium, the good of the Church and the Salus animarum . In fine, I would like to thank: His Eminence Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod; His Excellency, Archbishop Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary; and with them I thank the Rapporteur, His Eminence Cardinal Peter Erdő and the Special Secretary, His Excellency Archbishop Bruno Forte; the Presidents-delegate, writers, consultors, translators and all those who worked with true fidelity and total dedication to the Church. Thank you so much! I also thank all of you, dear Synod Fathers, fraternal delegates, auditors and assessors, for your active and fruitful participation. I want to address a special thanks to the journalists present at this time and to those who follow us from afar. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation and for your admirable attention. We begin our journey by invoking the help of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Thank you. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 15 hours
“E tu, Faustina, dom de Deus ao nosso tempo, dádiva da terra da Polónia à Igreja inteira, obtém-nos a graça de perceber a profundidade da misericórdia divina, ajuda-nos a torná-la experiência viva e a testemunhá-la aos irmãos” dizia São João Paulo II na canonização de Santa Faustina, nascida na Polônia no dia 25 de... 1 day 15 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday described the just opened Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family as an ecclesial expression that is guided by the action of the Holy Spirit. Greeting participants at the Assembly just before work began on Monday morning, the Pope reminded them that a Synod of Bishops is not a conference, a parlor or a senate during which an agreement is reached. It is, he said, a “walking together with the spirit of collegiality and synodality” never losing sight of the good of Church and of families.      Noting that the Holy Spirit speaks in the language of all the people of God who never fails to surprise us, the Pope said participants must be armed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting oration so that the Synod may be a space of action of the Holy Spirit. The only method to be used, Pope Francis concluded, is to open oneself to the Holy Spirit so that he may guide us and enlighten us. A full Vatican Radio translation of the Pope’s words to the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family will be provided shortly.    (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 16 hours
Queridos irmãos e irmãs, bom dia! Acaba de terminar, na Basílica de São Pedro, a celebração eucarística com a qual demos início a Assembleia Geral do Sínodo dos Bispos. Os Padres sinodais, vindos de todas as partes do mundo e reunidos em torno do Sucessor de Pedro, irão refletir durante três semanas sobre a voca... 2 days 11 hours
O Papa Francisco inaugurou neste domingo (4), a XVI Assembleia Geral Ordinária do Sínodo, cujo tema é a família, com uma missa solene na Basílica de São Pedro. A partir desta segunda-feira (5), os padres sinodais vão debater “A vocação e a missão da família na Igreja e no mundo contemporâneo”. Apresentamos a seg... 2 days 12 hours
(Vatican Radio) The front of St. Peter’s Basilica was lined with green and scarlet as the Synod Fathers gathered around the altar for the opening mass of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family on Sunday presided over by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Listen to the report by Fr. Russell Pollitt SJ:   The Scripture texts were those of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in ordinary time but, as the Pope himself remarked at the beginning of the homily, they “seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing.” The Pope said that the readings centred on three themes, “solitude, love between man and women, and the family.” The First Reading came from the book of Genesis – the Lord giving Adam a helpmate. Pope Francis, reflecting on Adam’s loneliness, likened it to the drama of solitude experienced by men and women today – especially the elderly, widows and widowers and those left by their spouses. He said that many today are lonely because they are misunderstood and unheard – referring particularly to migrants and refugees. The Holy Father went on to say that we experience “the paradox of a globalised world filled with luxurious mansions and skyscrapers, but a lessening of the warmth of homes and families.” He spoke of the growing interior loneliness that many in the world experience. He said that we live in a time when we have “many liberties, but little freedom.” Speaking on the family Pope Francis said that people today are “less and less serious about building a solid and fruitful relationship of love: in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, in good times and in bad.” He went on to say, “Love which is lasting, faithful, conscientious, stable and fruitful is increasingly looked down upon, viewed as a quaint relic of the past.  It would seem that the most advanced societies are the very ones which have the lowest birth-rates and the highest percentages of abortion, divorce, suicide, and social and environmental pollution.” Pope Francis said that God did not make men and women to live in sorrow or alone but, rather, for happiness. Reflecting on Mark’s Gospel, the Holy Father said that Jesus was asked a rhetorical question to trap him and make him unpopular with the crowd: “Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?” In answer, he said, Jesus “responds in a straightforward and unexpected way.” The Pope said that he brings everything back to the beginning of creation: “to teach us that God blesses human love, that it is he who joins the hearts of two people who love one another, he who joins them in unity and indissolubility.” When Jesus says “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder,” exhorts believers to “overcome every form of individualism and legalism which conceals a narrow self-centredness and a fear of accepting the true meaning of the couple and of human sexuality in God’s plan,” the Pope said. “For God marriage is not some adolescent utopia, but a dream without which his creatures are doomed to solitude! Being afraid to accept his plan paralyses the human heart,” the Holy Father said. He said that it was paradoxical that people today ridicule this plan and yet continue to be attracted and fascinated by authentic love. “We see people chase after fleeting loves while dreaming of true love, they chase carnal pleasures but desire total self-giving.” The Holy Father said that it was in this “extremely difficult social and marital context” that the Church was to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love.” He said that the Church must be faithful to her Master’s voice and in so doing defend the sacredness of life, the unity and indissolubility of marriage, and be a sign of God’s grace and of the human ability to love seriously. The truth, Pope Francis said, is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions. “The truth which protects individuals and humanity as a whole from the temptation of self-centredness and from turning fruitful love into sterile selfishness, faithful union into temporary bonds.”   Quoting his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the Holy Father said “Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality.  Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way.  In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love.” Speaking about the Church’s mission “in charity” Pope Francis used the image of a mother “conscious of her duty to seek and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy.” He spoke of the Church as a “field hospital” with “doors wide open to whoever knocks in search of help and support.” The Holy Father said that the Church teaches and defends fundamental values yet does not forget “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mk 2:27) He also reminded us that Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mk 2:17). At the end of the homily Pope Francis quoted Pope St. John Paul II: “Error and evil must always be condemned and opposed; but the man who falls or who errs must be understood and loved… we must love our time and help the man of our time.” He said that the Church must search out these persons to welcome and accompany them and not become a “roadblock” but a “bridge.” (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 12 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for the victims of the landslides in Guatemala that have left over 70 people dead with hundreds of others still missing. Speaking at the end of his Angelus address, the Pope called for spiritual closeness but also concrete solidarity for all those affected by the disaster that occurred when a hillside collapsed on houses in the village of El Cambray, just outside the Guatemalan capital on Thursday night. Pope Francis also prayed for those who have lost their lives in the flash flooding in south-eastern France that has killed at least 16 people. Heavy storms hit the French Rivera on Saturday night, with several people dying trapped in their cars in tunnels or underground car parks.  French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of "natural disaster" in the affected region, close to the Italian border. The Pope’s words came following Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. In his Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the readings for the day, focused on the complementarity between man and woman, who together become one flesh and share in the creative power of God himself. The Pope prayed for all parents and all educators, that they may be open and welcoming to the love which God shows especially to children. He mentioned especially those children who are hungry, abandoned, exploited, rejected or forced to fight in wars, saying that it is painful to see the pictures of children fleeing from poverty and conflict, knocking on our doors and imploring our help. The Pope prayed that the Lord may help our societies to become not fortresses, but rather families that always welcome others with love. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 13 hours
HOLY MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4 October 2015 [ Multimedia ]   “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which begins with this Eucharistic celebration. The readings centre on three themes: solitude, love between man and woman, and the family. Solitude Adam, as we heard in the first reading, was living in the Garden of Eden. He named all the other creatures as a sign of his dominion, his clear and undisputed power, over all of them. Nonetheless, he felt alone, because “there was not found a helper fit for him” (Gen 2:20). He was lonely. The drama of solitude is experienced by countless men and women in our own day. I think of the elderly, abandoned even by their loved ones and children; widows and widowers; the many men and women left by their spouses; all those who feel alone, misunderstood and unheard; migrants and refugees fleeing from war and persecution; and those many young people who are victims of the culture of consumerism, the culture of waste, the throwaway culture. Today we experience the paradox of a globalized world filled with luxurious mansions and skyscrapers, but a lessening of the warmth of homes and families; many ambitious plans and projects, but little time to enjoy them; many sophisticated means of entertainment, but a deep and growing interior emptiness; many pleasures, but few loves; many liberties, but little freedom… The number of people who feel lonely keeps growing, as does the number of those who are caught up in selfishness, gloominess, destructive violence and slavery to pleasure and money. Our experience today is, in some way, like that of Adam: so much power and at the same time so much loneliness and vulnerability. The image of this is the family. People are less and less serious about building a solid and fruitful relationship of love: in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, in good times and in bad. Love which is lasting, faithful, conscientious, stable and fruitful is increasingly looked down upon, viewed as a quaint relic of the past. It would seem that the most advanced societies are the very ones which have the lowest birth-rates and the highest percentages of abortion, divorce, suicide, and social and environmental pollution. Love between man and woman In the first reading we also hear that God was pained by Adam’s loneliness. He said: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Gen 2:18). These words show that nothing makes man’s heart as happy as another heart like his own, a heart which loves him and takes away his sense of being alone. These words also show that God did not create us to live in sorrow or to be alone. He made men and women for happiness, to share their journey with someone who complements them, to live the wondrous experience of love: to love and to be loved, and to see their love bear fruit in children, as the Psalm proclaimed today says (cf. Ps 128). This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self. It is the same plan which Jesus presents in today’s Gospel: “From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mk 10:6-8; cf. Gen 1:27; 2:24). To a rhetorical question – probably asked as a trap to make him unpopular with the crowd, which practiced divorce as an established and inviolable fact – Jesus responds in a straightforward and unexpected way. He brings everything back to the beginning, to the beginning of creation, to teach us that God blesses human love, that it is he who joins the hearts of two people who love one another, he who joins them in unity and indissolubility. This shows us that the goal of conjugal life is not simply to live together for life, but to love one another for life! In this way Jesus re-establishes the order which was present from the beginning. Family “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mk 10:9). This is an exhortation to believers to overcome every form of individualism and legalism which conceals a narrow self-centredness and a fear of accepting the true meaning of the couple and of human sexuality in God’s plan. Indeed, only in the light of the folly of the gratuitousness of Jesus’ paschal love will the folly of the gratuitousness of an exclusive and life-long conjugal love make sense. For God, marriage is not some adolescent utopia, but a dream without which his creatures will be doomed to solitude! Indeed, being afraid to accept this plan paralyzes the human heart. Paradoxically, people today – who often ridicule this plan – continue to be attracted and fascinated by every authentic love, by every steadfast love, by every fruitful love, by every faithful and enduring love. We see people chase after fleeting loves while dreaming of true love; they chase after carnal pleasures but desire total self-giving. “Now that we have fully tasted the promises of unlimited freedom, we begin to appreciate once again the old phrase: “world-weariness”. Forbidden pleasures lost their attraction at the very moment they stopped being forbidden. Even if they are pushed to the extreme and endlessly renewed, they prove dull, for they are finite realities, whereas we thirst for the infinite” (Joseph Ratzinger, Auf Christus schauen. Einübung in Glaube, Hoffnung, Liebe, Freiburg, 1989, p. 73). In this extremely difficult social and marital context, the Church is called to carry out her mission in fidelity, truth and love. To carry out her mission in fidelity to her Master as a voice crying out in the desert, in defending faithful love and encouraging the many families which live married life as an experience which reveals of God’s love; in defending the sacredness of life, of every life; in defending the unity and indissolubility of the conjugal bond as a sign of God’s grace and of the human person’s ability to love seriously. The Church is called to carry out her mission in truth, which is not changed by passing fads or popular opinions. The truth which protects individuals and humanity as a whole from the temptation of self-centredness and from turning fruitful love into sterile selfishness, faithful union into temporary bonds. “Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love” (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 3 ). And the Church is called to carry out her mission in charity, not pointing a finger in judgment of others, but – faithful to her nature as a mother – conscious of her duty to seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy; to be a “field hospital” with doors wide open to whoever knocks in search of help and support; even more, to reach out to others with true love, to walk with our fellow men and women who suffer, to include them and guide them to the wellspring of salvation. A Church which teaches and defends fundamental values, while not forgetting that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mk 2:27); and that Jesus also said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mk 2:17). A Church which teaches authentic love, which is capable of taking loneliness away, without neglecting her mission to be a good Samaritan to wounded humanity. I remember when Saint John Paul II said: “Error and evil must always be condemned and opposed; but the man who falls or who errs must be understood and loved… we must love our time and help the man of our time” (John Paul II, Address to the Members of Italian Catholic Action, 30 December 1978 ). The Church must search out these persons, welcome and accompany them, for a Church with closed doors betrays herself and her mission, and, instead of being a bridge, becomes a roadblock: “For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Heb 2:11). In this spirit we ask the Lord to accompany us during the Synod and to guide his Church, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.... 2 days 20 hours

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 Archbishop George Lucas, Chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, welcomes the introduction of the bipartisan Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act of 2015(SOAR – HR 10) by Speaker John Boehner (OH-8th), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CO-3rd), Rep. John Kline (MN-2nd) Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3rd), Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11th), Rep Luke Messer (IN–6th) and Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-4th) in the House of Representatives,. In addition to opportunity scholarships for low-income families to attend private schools, the SOAR Act also provides additional funding and support to public and charter schools in the District of Columbia.

"Since its inception in 2001, the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) has been an educational lifeline for nearly 6,000 children from low-income families in the District of Columbia," stated Archbishop Lucas. "As Pope Francis recently reminded us in his address to the United Nations, the fulfillment of the right to education is a sacred duty of parents and this program assists low-income parents fulfill this important obligation."

OSP continues to have strong parental satisfaction with graduation rates above 90 percent and nearly 90 percent of graduates enrolling in college. The average family in the program makes less than $22,000 per year; 97 percent of participating children are African American and/or Hispanic; and 87 percent of participating children come from zones whose schools are designated as in need of improvement.

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Author and speaker Neal Lozano will lead the Unbound Freedom in Christ Conference, a two-day conference at Incarnation Church in Dayton, OH, Oct. 23-24th.


The author of eight books on deliverance ministry, Neal holds a Masters degree in Religious Education from Villanova University and is the author of eight books including Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance. He and his wife Janet have more than 40 years experience helping people to find freedom in Christ.


The conference is sponsored by the Dayton Unbound Ministry, which is part of the CREDO Apostolate (Catholics in Renewal & Evangelization Dayton, Ohio). CREDO is a Charismatic Renewal apostolate obedient to the Church and dedicated to helping people experience a personal relationship with Christ and grow in the Holy Spirit through sound teaching, evangelization, fellowship, and outreach.


The sponsors say Unbound is for anyone who is seeking greater freedom in Christ, especially those who find themselves struggling with forgiveness, wrestling with the same sin time after time, or focused on negative patterns of thinking.


Chris Jasek, director of the Dayton Unbound Ministry Team, says, “Unbound presents basic information that every Christian should know about Satan’s underhanded strategies in our lives.  It has given me tools to recognize and overcome those strategies and has greatly blessed me and my family.


“I don’t know anyone who has come to an Unbound conference or read Neal’s book that hasn’t been positively affected by it,” he says. “Many people experience a new found freedom in their lives. I hope many people in the area take advantage of this opportunity.”


The conference begins at 7 pm Friday and continues all day Saturday. Tickets are $65 before Oct. 1, $75 after, and include two meals Saturday. For information or to register, visit and click Events.


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Bishop Binzer at the 2013 America Needs Fatima Rosary Crusade rally and prayer vigil. Photo by Pat and Mary Ashcraft.

Bishop Binzer at the 2013 America Needs Fatima Rosary Crusade rally and prayer vigil. Photo by Pat and Mary Ashcraft.

October is the Month of the Rosary, an extension of the Feast of Our Lady of Victory (later renamed Our Lady of the Rosary) — which dates to the late 1500s — to the whole month. The Feast of Our Lady of Victory dates to the miraculous victory of the Battle of Lepanto on Oct. 7, 1571, after Pope Pius V asked every Catholic in the world to pray the rosary for the Holy League’s victory against the Ottoman Empire.


In the late 1800s Pope Leo XIII encouraged praying the rosary, writing 11 encyclicals on the subject, and began the custom of devoting the month to it.


More recently, devotion to Our Lady of Fatima (one of the few apparitions of Mary approved by Rome) has led to many October rallies and prayer gatherings where the rosary is prayed. One organization, America Needs Fatima, helps organize noon rallies on the Saturday closest to Oct. 7th, along with other organizations in other countries around the world.


This month numerous organizations and parishes will hold rosary rallies of all sizes, from the Family Rosary Rally in Dayton that attracts well above 1000 people, to small gatherings at parishes and schools. A list of some follows.


For more about Mary and the Rosary, see The Mary Page at the University of Dayton.


Downtown Cincinnati


9th Annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade on Fountain Square, held in conjunction with America Needs Fatima. From the organizers:


We invite you to attend the 9th Annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade on Fountain Square which will be held on Saturday, October 10th, from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. This is one of mnore than 15,000 national and international Rosary Crusades on the 98th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima.


The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will commence the Rosary Crusade with an honor guard procession onto the Square, carrying a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is a duplicate of the original statue in Portugal.

The featured speakers for the Crusade this year are Bishop Joseph R. Binzer,, Fr. Shannon Collins, MSJB (St. Bernard Parish in Northern Kentucky), and Fr. Cyril Whitaker, SJ (Xavier University). We are also blessed to have Fr. Gabriel Toretta, OP, from St. Gertrude Parish, and Deacon Amado Lim from All Saints Church to lead us in praying the Rosary and reciting the Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The singing this year will be conducted by Mrs. Fatima Spoor and the Community Schola, with musical accompaniment by Ric Aielli. A DVD of 180 historic Marian images (newly revised) dwill be shown on the 30’ x 42’’ display screen on the Square, commencing at 11:30.

We have a limited supply of Mr. John Horvat’s riveting new book entitled Return to Order, which will be given to those attending the Crusade this year, so please arrive early to assure you receive on. The books were donated through the La Rosa Foundation. We sincerely hope that you, your family, and your friends will be able to join us at Fountain Square. Please help us in witnessing to our faith by recognizing and honoring the Marian apparitions at Fatima.  We also humbly request that you please keep the Rosary Crusade in your prayers and that you follow Our Lady’s counsel at Fatima to “pray the Rosary every day.”


If you have any questions, please e-mail or if you prefer, call us at 513.793.5872.


West Chester: St. Maximilan Kolbe


Sponsored by St. Maximilian Kolbe and held in conjunction with America Needs Fatima. From the organizers:


On Saturday October 10th at 12 noon St Max will be leading a rosary rally in conjunction with ANF (America Needs Fatima) at the West Chester bell tower (9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester 45069). This rally is meant to be a peaceful public display to bring awareness and devotion to Mary in this time of need in our country. With the current attacks on marriage and the family, religious freedom, and the sanctity of life, we now more than ever need to lift our prayers to Mary to intercede for us to God our Father. We also need to publicly proclaim that we will not be silenced by those trying to limit our religious freedom.


We will pray all 20 mysteries of the rosary which should take a little over an hour. Please join us for all or some of the mysteries as you’re able. We will be joining thousands of other Catholics around the United States as they pray at more than 10,000 city squares and public locations throughout the country. If you have any questions please contact Kyle Schafer at


Mt. Washington/Anderson Twp: Guardian Angels Church


Public Square Rossary Rally sponsored by America Needs Fatima; from the organizers:


All are invited to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 10, at 12 noon at Guardian Angels Church (Beechmont Ave.). This Public Square Rosary, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be one of more than 14,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States ont his day. Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States.


For information or to volunteer, contact Nick Carpinello  513-289-1743.


Sharonville, OH: Rosary for Life

Every Saturday throughout the year.

Weekly Rosaries for Life are held every Saturday morning year-round in front of the “Women’s Med Center” abortion business in Sharonville owned by Martin Haskell. Each week a different parish leads. The schedule for October is: Week one, St. Susanna parish; Week two, Sts. Peter and Paul parish, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parish, and St. Michael parish; week three, St. Maximilian Kolbe parish; and week four, St. Gertrude. Fifth Saturday rosaries are led by Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Ann parishes. The business is not open on Saturdays; participants simply gather to pray.


Ft. Mitchell, KY: Rosary on the Lawn


Every evening in October from Sunday – Thursday; from the organizers:


Blessed Sacrament Church on Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, will honor our Blessed Mother in October every Sunday evening through Thursday evening at 6 pm, when the Angelus Bells toll, with rosary at the front door of of the church.  Bring a lawn chair if you like to pray for life, our families, our country and our world. We begin with the Angelus and finish with Mary’s rosary.  

Every Wednesday evening, we will be inside the church at 6:00 pm for rosary and benediction at Eucharistic Adoration. Please join us for ROSARY ON THE LAWN in this October devotion, the month of the holy rosary.


Dayton: 11th Annual Family Rosary Rally


This annual event draws more than 1000 people and includes music, a “living rosary,” and more. Sponsored by the Dayton Council of the Knights of Columbus with financial support from area parishes, it takes place at the University of Dayton Arena. This year Bishop Joe Binzer will preside, and prayer will focus on peace, particularly on the persecution of Christians by ISIS. For information, see our story here.


Kettering/Dayton: Rosary Rally with Archbishop Schnurr and 40 Days for Life


Archbishop Schnurr will preside over this 2 pm rally at Dayton’s Stroop Road abortion center, part of the 40 Days for Life – Dayton Fall prayer vigil.


Western Hills: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Rosary Rally

Noon, Oct. 10th on the front steps of the old OLL gym on Glenway Avenue.


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Dayton's Family Rosary Rally is sponsored by local councils of the Knights of Columbus. Here knights process past some of the people who will pray a Hail Mary at the living rosary portion of last year's rally.

Dayton’s Family Rosary Rally is sponsored by local councils of the Knights of Columbus. Here knights process past some of the people who will pray a Hail Mary at the living rosary portion of a previous rally.

Sponsored by Dayton councils of the Knights of Columbus and supported by Dayton parishes, the Dayton Family Rosary Rally will return Oct. 11th to the University of Dayton Arena, where it is expected to draw a crowd of at least 1200.


Bishop Joe Bizner will preside at the free event, which will begin with a musical prelude at 2:30 pm. A procession with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima begins at 2:50, followed by  the entrance of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:00, and then a one-hour service that includes a homily, Adoration, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a multi-lingual Living Rosary that includes creating a “rose garden” for Mary, and Benediction.

Prayer will specifically address:

  • Peace in our Families
  • Peace in our Community
  • Peace in the Entire World (especially Christians persecuted by ISIS)
  • Gainful Employment for the Unemployed
  • An Increase in Vocations
  • For the Sanctity of Life

Dayton’s Radio Maria (1600 AM, WULM Dayton/Springfield; 88.7 FM, WHJM Anna/West Central Ohio) will broadcast the event live for those who cannot attend.


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Bishop Joe Binzer at last year's Dayton Family Rosary Rally. More than 1200 attend the annual rally at UD's stadium, which includes Adoration, a living rosary, Marian hymns, and more.

Bishop Joe Binzer at a previous Dayton Family Rosary Rally. More than 1200 attend the annual rally at UD’s stadium, which includes Adoration, a living rosary, Marian hymns, and more.

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Members of at least three Dayton pro-life groups (Dayton Right to Life, Keep Life Legal, and Stand True Pro-life Outreach) prayed at a remembrance for aborted children sponsored by Dayton Right last month.

Members of at least three Dayton pro-life groups (Dayton Right to Life, Keep Life Legal, and Stand True Pro-life Outreach) prayed at a remembrance for aborted children sponsored by Dayton Right last month.

Members of several Dayton (OH) pro-life groups gathered at grave for aborted children at Woodland Cemetery on September 12th for a prayer service, one of three in the area hosting services for the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Some of the people attending the annual Lifetech pro-life conference, being held at a building next door, took a break from the program to pray at the chain link fence between the properties.

See our coverage of the event here and here.

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