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Dr. Ryan T. Anderson; photo courtesy The Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Ryan T. Anderson; photo courtesy The Heritage Foundation.

“What You Need to Know about Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court,” by marriage advocate and Catholic Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, was published April 21st on The Daily Signal web site from The Heritage Foundation. Oral arguments begin Tuesday at the Supreme Court for six gay marriage cases from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee, including one from Cincinnati resident Jim Obergefell. Obergefell and his legal team left Cincinnati Friday from City Hall, where Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley (a Catholic) and other politicians appeared with him in support of redefining marriage.

One week from [April 21st], the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about gay marriage. Here’s what you need to know.

1. There simply is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that requires all 50 states to redefine marriage. Whatever people may think about marriage as a policy matter, everyone should be able to recognize the Constitution does not settle this question.

Unelected judges should not insert their own policy preferences about marriage and then say the Constitution requires them everywhere.

2. The overarching question before the Supreme Court is not whether a male–female marriage policy is the best, but only whether it is allowed by the Constitution. The question is not whether government-recognized same-sex marriage is good or bad policy, but only whether it is required by the Constitution.

Those suing to overturn male-female marriage laws thus have to prove that the man–woman marriage policy that has existed in the United States throughout our entire history is prohibited by the Constitution. They cannot successfully so argue.

3. As Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pointed out two years ago, there are two different visions of what marriage is on offer. One view of marriage sees it as primarily about consenting adult romance and care-giving. Another view of marriage sees it as…

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More than 30 religious leaders, including four prominent Catholic bishops, signed an open letter to “all in positions of public service” released Thursday.

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, and Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone signed the letter, as did representatives of the Orthodox Churches, the Mormons, the Southern Baptists, and many Christian denominations and associations. A Washington, DC, Imam is also among the signers.

“We hope this letter serves as an encouragement to all of us, especially those dedicated to public service, to continue to promote both marriage and religious freedom as integral to a healthy and free society,” said Archbishop Kurtz.

“Marriage as the union of one man and one woman provides the best context for the birth and rearing of children and should be specially protected by law. The law, when it upholds the unique meaning of marriage, is simply recognizing an objective reality, not constructing one: children always have a mother and a father and deserve to be loved and raised by both of them. Society should work to strengthen the unique bond between husband and wife, knowing that strong marriages build stronger communities.”

The complete text of the letter follows:


An Open Letter from Religious Leaders to All in Positions of Public Service

Released April 23, 2015

Dear Friends:

At this significant time in our nation’s history with the institution of marriage before the United States Supreme Court, we reaffirm our commitment to promote and defend marriage—the union of one man and one woman. As religious leaders from various faith communities, we acknowledge that marriage is the foundation of the family where children are raised by a mother and a father together. Our commitment to marriage has been expressed on previous occasions, including the Letter of Shared Commitment and Letter on Marriage and Religious Liberty. This commitment is inseparable from affirming the equal dignity of all people and the necessity of protecting their basic rights.

The state has a compelling interest in maintaining marriage as it has been understood across faiths and cultures for millennia because it has a compelling interest in the well-being of children. Every child has a mother and a father, and every child deserves the opportunity, whenever possible, to be raised by his or her own married mother and father in a stable, loving home. Marriage as the union of a man and a woman is the only institution that encourages and safeguards the connection between children and their mother and father. Although this connection cannot always be realized and sustained—and many single parents, for example, are heroic in their efforts to raise their children—it is in the best interests of the state to encourage and uphold the family founded on marriage and to afford the union of husband and wife unique legal protection and reinforcement.

The redefinition of legal marriage to include any other type of relationship has serious consequences, especially for religious freedom. It changes every law involving marital status, requiring that other such relationships be treated as if they were the same as the marital relationship of a man and a woman. No person or community, including religious organizations and individuals of faith, should be forced to accept this redefinition. For many people, accepting a redefinition of marriage would be to act against their conscience and to deny their religious beliefs and moral convictions. Government should protect the rights of those with differing views of marriage to express their beliefs and convictions without fear of intimidation, marginalization or unwarranted charges that their values imply hostility, animosity, or hatred of others.

In this and in all that we do, we are motivated by our duty to love God and neighbor. This love extends to all those who disagree with us on this issue. The well-being of men, women, and the children they conceive compels us to stand for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We call for the preservation of the unique meaning of marriage in the law, and for renewed respect for religious freedom and for the conscience rights of all in accord with the common good. Sincerely Yours:

The Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson
National Association of Evangelicals

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr.
Presiding Bishop
International Pentecostal Holiness Church

The Rev. John F. Bradosky
North American Lutheran Church

Rev. Mark Chavez
General Secretary
North American Lutheran Church

Clint Cook
Executive Director
General Association of General Baptists

Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
Chairman USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Archbishop of America President of the Holy Eparchial Synod
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

The Most Rev. Robert Duncan
Archbishop Emeritus
Anglican Church in North America
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh

Rev. Dr. Ron Hamilton
Conference Minister
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference

Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

Rev. Bruce D. Hill
Evangelical Congregational Church

John Hopler
Great Commission Churches

Steven R. Jones
Missionary Church, Inc.

Imam Faizul Khan
Islamic Society of Washington Area

Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Most Rev. William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
Chairman, USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
General Superintendent
The Wesleyan Church

Most Rev. Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Buffalo
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

Dr. Russell Moore
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Dr. Gus Reyes
Christian Life Commission, Texas Baptists

Rev. Eugene F. Rivers, III
Founder and President
Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies

Jacqueline C. Rivers
Executive Director
Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies

Larry Roberts
Chief Operating Officer
The Free Methodist Church – USA

Rocky Rocholl
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference / Hispanic Evangelical Association

Bishop Gary E. Stevenson
Presiding Bishop
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dr. L. Roy Taylor
Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church in America

His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Tikhon
Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Orthodox Church in America

Dr. Joseph Tkach
Grace Communion International

Rev. Dr. David Wendel
Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism
North American Lutheran Church

Rev. Phillip Whipple
United Brethren in Christ Church, USA

David P. Wilson
General Secretary
Church of the Nazarene

Rev. Paul Winter
Bruderhof Communities

Dr. George O. Wood
General Superintendent
Assemblies of God

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Cincinnati's Mayor John Cranley at the April 24 rally.

Cincinnati’s Mayor John Cranley at the April 24 rally.

Calling opposition to same-sex marriage “unAmerican” on the steps of City Hall, just feet away from St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati’s Catholic Mayor John Cranley led an official sendoff for a city resident whose case will be heard Tuesday at the US Supreme Court. Adding that people anywhere in the world should be able to marry anyone they love, he said, “there’s a lot of problems government needs to solve, but too much love isn’t one of them.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) oppose redefining marriage, and earlier this month submitted an amicus brief (a legal argument in support of a case) opposing the one Mayor Cranley endorsed (read it here).

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Chatfield College’s Car, Craft and Quilt Show and Dayton Right to Life’s Children's Fun Festival are two of many events this week.

Chatfield College’s Car, Craft and Quilt Show and Dayton Right to Life’s Children’s Fun Festival are two of many events this week.

Retreats, workshops, ordinations, concerts, family festivals in Dayton and St. Martin (OH), an art auction, Golden Jubilee wedding anniversary Masses, an all-ages prayer festival, and more: some Catholic events through May 3rd.

April 10-30,  National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Covington parishes. For a complete schedule, click here.

April 24-26, Married Couples Retreat with Chuck and Kathy Kohl at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford (OH). Rawaken all the hopes and dreams you have for the future of your marriage; focus on how your faith and your love have been strengthened through your entire journey together. The weekend will focus on the family dimension of the sacrament of marriage, children in a couple’s relationship at each stage of development, and the mission from God in raising and forming children in faith and love, by example and with a mission of service to the community. $300; for information call (513) 248-3500, ext. 10, or visit

April 25, Contagiously Catholic Workshop: Intentional Parish Evangelization. Part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Contagiously Catholic series for parish leaders; parishes encouraged to send groups. For information, email Sean Ater at

April 25, Deacon Ordinations, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 10 am.

April 25, 9th Annual Taste of St. Henry at St. Henry District High School (Erlanger, KY), doors open at 6 pm. Hosted by the SHDHS Athletic Boosters.Sample food from several local restaurants including – Oriental Wok, Old Town Cafe, Bill Finke and Sons, and much more. Drinks, games, prizes, and fun.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. More information at

April 25,  Community Electronics Recycling Day at Oak Hills High School,10 am – 2 pm. Co-sponsored by Mount St. Joseph University. Computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices, and all items with electrical cord attached accepted. Computer items will be donated to the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Project Saving Species” program, other items will go to Indianapolis-based RecycleForce. $10 donation requested for all cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors and $20 forrefrigerant-containing appliances. Please delete data.

April 25, Spanish Language Marriage Retreat at St. Susanna Parish (Mason, OH), 8:30 am – 6 pm. For all couples wanting to strengthen their relationships. For information contact  Fr. Samuel González at 513.383.8867 / or Karla Eysoldt at 513.448.8994 /

April 25,  “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you? Our Lady’s response to Sr. Lucy” Talk at St. Joseph Church (Cold Spring), 8:30 am – noon. Mother Seraphina of Franciscan Daughters of Mary, will lead. 8:30 am Mass followed by Rosary and talks.  A National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima event.

April 25, UNBOUND: Freedom in Christ DVD Seminar with Neal Lozano at Our Lady of Good Hope (Miamisburg, OH), 9 am – 5 pm. One-day introduction to Neal Lozano, who will be at Our Lady of Good Hope for a conference in October. Ticket price includes breakfast, snacks, and lunch. Affiliated with Catholics in Renewal & Evangelization Dayton, Ohio (CREDO). Register on the Events page at or contact or (937) 530-3151.

April 25, Annual Car, Craft and Quilt Show at Chatfield College (St. Martin, OH), 10 am – 5 pm. Free horse and carriage rides; classic car and bike show; quilt show and contest; quilt raffle; vendors; used book sale; student art show; live music; food. $4 adults, $2 seniors, children 12 and under free.

April 25, Dayton Right to Life Children’s Fun Festival at Holy Family Church (Dayton, OH), 1-3 pm. Carnival games, animals, treats, more. For information call 937-461-3625.

April 25,  Thomas More College Bank of Kentucky Observatory Open House. Talk at 8 pm at Steigerwald Hall (inside the Saints Center), sky viewing at 9 pm (weather permitting). No fee; all ages welcome. Deteails to come; for information see

April 25, “Where Will Your Life GPS Take You?” Retreat for Women at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish (Liberty Twp., OH), 9 am – 4:30 pm. For all single women ages 18-40. Begins with Mass (optional) followed by coffee and donuts at 8:30 am; lunch provided by  St. Maximilian Kolbe Vocation Committee. Sponsored by InterCommunity Vocation Ministers. Register by April 19 with

April 26, Open House for Franciscan Daughters of Mary Free Medical Clinic (Covington), 1 – 4 pm. At the Clinic is at the Rose Garden Center for Hope and Healing. For information see www.FDof

April 26, Xavier University Choruses and Orchestra concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 3 pm. Mozart’s Requiem. A Cathedral Concert Series event; no fee (donations accepted).

April 29, Former Notre Dame Head Coach Gerry Faust at Holy Redeemer Church (New Bremen, OH), 7 pm (pizza and fellowship at 6 pm). A Men’s Mission event. For information email

April 30, Bobby Schindler: “My Sister Terri Schiavo’s Death and the Continuing Fight For Life”  at Cancun Restaurante (Norwood, OH). A Cincinnati Theology on Tap series event. Drinks at 7; talk at 7:30.

April 30, National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima closing ceremony and Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington), 7:30 pm (rosary at 7:10). Children are invited to bring roses to Our Lady.

April 30, Part 2 of Fr. Tim Schehr Two-Part Presentation on the Book of Psalms at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Western Hills/Cincinnati), 7 pm. No fee.

May 1, Vigil Praise Cincinnati: An Evening of Adoration and Worship at the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great, the main chapel at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati), 6:30 – 8:30 pm. For all ages; Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh will celebrate this inaugural event. Music, Adoration, Benediction. For information contact Luke Carey, Office of the New Evangelization, at

May 1, St Thomas Adult Choir and Contemporary Liturgical Ensemble Spring Concert at St. Thomas Church (Ft. Thomas, KY), 7:30 pm. For information call 859.441.1282.

May 2, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Golden Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains (Cincinnati), 2 pm. For couples celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th and 75th anniversaries. For information call Caron Bergen in the Family and Respect Life Office at (513) 421-3131, ext. 2653. Archbishop Schnurr will celebrate.

May 2, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Golden Jubilee Mass at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (Dayton), 2 pm.  For couples celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th and 75th anniversaries. For information call Caron Bergen in the Family and Respect Life Office at (513) 421-3131, ext. 2653. Bishop Binzer will celebrate.

May 2, Art Auction at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School (Milford, OH), 6:15. Benefits Father John J. Wenzel, SJ,. Knights of Columbus Council # 10003 programs and charities. MarlinArts will auction a variety of fine art pieces, sports items, and collectibles. Live music; wine tasting and hors d’oevres. See under auction number 64164 to preview or bid online. Tickets $15; reservations requested. For information or reservations, call (513) 575-9136.

May 3, Italian Evening at St. Clare Church (College Hill/Cincinnati), 5-8 pm. Homestyle dinner, live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Little Brothers of the Elderly. Tickets $15 ($7 children 10 and under).

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St. Peter in  Chains Cathedral

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

Bishop Joe Binzer will ordain seven men transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Saturday at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati).

The ordination Mass will begin at 11 am and is open to the public. The men and their home parishes are:

  • Timothy Fahey – Our Lady of Good Hope (Miamisburg)
  • Matthew Feist – Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Thomas More
  • Christopher Geiger – St. Susanna (Mason)
  • Alexander McCullough – Sacred Heart (Camp Washington/Cincinnati)
  • Eric Roush – St. Monica / St. George (Clifton/Cincinnati)
  • Jason Williams – St. William, Price Hill
  • Sean Wilson – Emmanuel, Dayton

Transitional deacons are pursuing ordination to the priesthood and are generally ordained priests a year after ordination to the diaconate.

  Sean Wilson

Top: Timothy Fahey, Matthew Feist, Christopher Geiger; Middle: Alexander McCollough, Eric Roush, Jason Williams; Bottom:
Sean Wilson

Three more men studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Mt. Washington/Cincinnati are scheduled to be ordained deacons for other dioceses or religious congregations this spring. They are:

  • Jason Bertke – Diocese of Covington, (St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption parish)
  • Br. Thomas Reagan, CPM – Fathers of Mercy (St. Maximillian Kolbe, Liberty Township, OH)
  •  Jeffery Smith – Diocese of Toledo (St. Mary, Tiffin)


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Archbishop Dennis Schnurr has accepted the resignation of Fr. Earl Simone, who has been on medical leave since March, from St. Peter Church in Huber Heights/Dayton and from his position of Administrator of four other parishes.

Made public this week, the resignation took place in early April and follows a police investigation into what the Dayton Daily News reports may be a “substantial” amount of money missing from St. Peter’s.

The Archdiocese reported the financial irregularity to Dayton police in March, after receiving a complaint in February.

“An initial investigation by auditors on the Archdiocesan staff indicated there was substance to the report,” said a March 18 statement by the Archdiocese. “The Archdiocese contacted an outside auditing firm with expertise in forensic accounting and reported the allegations to the secular law enforcement authorities.

“Because there is a continuing police investigation, the Archdiocese cannot say anything more at this time.”

The Archdiocese has beefed up financial oversight in the past five years, and hired its second full-time parish auditor this spring. Other efforts include establishing a confidential fraud hotline to report irregularities, installing a new accounting system, and providing parishes with “tools to help them secure collections.”

According to the Dayton Daily News, Fr. Simone owns real estate companies that control several dozen Dayton properties worth $2.8 million. While parish priests do not take vows of poverty and are permitted to make investments, they must receive permission to own businesses. Fr. Simone did not have permission to do so.

Last weekend, a letter from Fr. Simone was distributed to parishioners. The complete text (courtesy the Dayton Daily News) follows).

Fr. Simone has been pastor of St. Peter, one of Dayton’s largest parishes, for 23 years. Two other priests who currently serve at St. Peter and the parish’s seven permanent deacons will run the parish until a new pastor is assigned. Both priests, Fr. Robert Hadden and Fr. Matthew Robben, had already been slated for assignments to other parishes starting in July, according to Archdiocesan spokesman Dan Andriacco, and those assignments will not be cancelled.

Text of letter from Fr. Earl Simone:

April 7, 2015

Dear Parishioners, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr has graciously accepted my resignation as Pastor of Saint Peter and Administrator of Our Lady of the Rosary, Saint Adalbert,, Saint Stephen, and Holy Cross. He has also approved my request for medical retirement effective this date. I am sincerely grateful to the Archbishop for his kindness and pastoral care. Age, health and personal concerns have made my decision the correct one.

Twenty-three years when I was stationed with the 4th Marine Regiment on Okinawa, Japan I received a letter from Mr. Bill Eder, who was President of the Parish Council, welcoming me to the parish and a few facts which indicated Saint Peter was indeed an very active parish. I found that to be genuine understatement! During the intervening years I have been deeply indebted to each of you for allowing me to share the gift God’s gift of Priesthood.

I have been the privileged to share your happy times and your concerns and your times of grief. I believe the essence of priesthood is found in the celebration of the Mass and the ministry of presence in people’s lives. The celebration of the sacraments with you has truly been significant events in exercising my priesthood. Thank you for those opportunities.

Any pastor knows that his success comes not what he does alone but from those around him to provide support and guidance. Father Hadden, Father Robben and Father Kindle have been generous in sharing their time and talents in the life of the parish. Their support and priestly comradery has been a true blessing. The Deacons have always asked what can we do to minister to the parish. And finally to administer a parish like Saint Peter requires a gifted and dedicated professional and support staff. The parish would not be what it is today without your help. Thank you!

To those who I have angered or disappointed I asked your forgiveness and understanding. Each of you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I leave Saint Peter with profound thanks for the kindness, love and your concern for me that I have experienced these past twenty-three years. To quote a line from the song Hosea please “always remember me as loving you.” May God continue to be present in your lives and may He bless you now and forever.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Earl F. Simone

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(Vatican Radio) The word “solidarity” maintains it “prophetic force” today, even though some people may have thought the term had seen its day, said Pope Francis on Saturday, during his message to members of the John Paul II Foundation. Listen to the report by Laura Ieraci: The foundation was established by papal decree in 1981 and carries out charitable work in the fields of education, science, culture and religion. It is based in the Vatican. In his message, Pope Francis said the canonization of the late pontiff gave the foundation’s mission “a new impulse,” making it even “more universal.” The foundation offers “a precious contribution” to the promotion of the “spiritual legacy” of Saint John Paul II,  he added. He thanked foundation members for their educational initiatives among youth – noting Saint John Paul II’s “great love for young people and special pastoral care for them” – allowing the late pontiff’s “charism and paternity (to) continue to bear fruit.”   The foundation’s formation opportunities also help to prepare priests and laity to “accompany communities faced with the cultural and pastoral challenges today,” the pope said. “To this, you can also add the rich magisterium of social doctrine that Saint John Paul II left us, which is always actual,” he said. One of the “key words” of social doctrine is “solidarity,” which is a word that perhaps some people thought had seen its day, said the pope. “But in reality, it retains today its prophetic force,” he said. He urged the foundation’s members to “live this solidarity” among themselves and to nurture it with Christian fellowship, animated continually by prayer and the obedience to the Word of God.” Learn more about the foundation at: (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a major earthquake in Nepal. The major earthquake, which  measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale, shook Nepal just before noon on Saturday, causing major damage to the densely-populated Kathmandu Valley. Officials fear hundreds of people have died. The quake’s epicenter was 80 km northwest of the country’s capital, Kathmandu. The quake toppled a 100-year -old temple, split roads, and razed houses and buildings. Among the damages is the Dharahara Tower, a national monument, built by Nepal’s royal rulers in the 1800’s. Officials estimate that at least 50 people are trapped inside the collapsed structure. The quake is reported to have caused avalanches in the Mount Everest region of the Himalayas and Tremors could be felt as far away in New Delhi in neighbouring India . Vatican Radio spoke with Fr Pius Perumana, an aid worker from Caritas Nepal in Kathmandu, who said many of the houses in the tightly packed city have collapsed  and survivors need emergency medical care and shelter.  “I managed to reach Kathmandu, though the roads were blocked…they are still searching for survivors. The reports are still coming in…The picture is not very clear,” he said. This is Nepal’s second-worst earthquake since 1934, when an 8.0-magnitude quake destroyed three cities: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Listen to the report by Andrew Summerson:   (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 1 hour
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Ontem, quinta-feira 23, em uma liturgia realizada na cidade de Yerevan, na sede patriarcal do Catholicosato de Echmiadzin, presidida por Karekin II, a Igreja Armênia elevou a mártires as vítimas do massacre de mais de um milhão de armênios na Turquia. Há poucos dias, o arcebispo Kissag Mouradian, primaz da Igreja A... 1 day 19 hours
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In Padua, Cardinal Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Holy See, gave an insight into the current thougts of the Holy Father.  Speaking at the inauguration of the academic year for the Theological Faculty of Triveneto in Padua, the Cardinal commented on recent issues and the Holy Father's thoughts and plans, particularly on terrorism, Africa, the Middle East, Cuba, the Armenian genocide, as well as on the dangers of fundamentalism. Terrorism and the Vatican On the recent revelation that the Vatican was an intended target of terrorists recently arrested in Italy, Cardinal Parolin commented that the “Pope is calm”, but for authorities “there is fear and it is proper, but there is not an exaggerated preoccupation with the issue, but certainly we need to be alert.”  The Cardinal also mentioned that as a precaution all Vatican buildings are being guarded.  Africa On Africa Cardinal Parolin said  “after visiting Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, late last year and early this year, the Pope would like to dedicate more attention to Africa,”  and continued “plans are already underway to visit the continent, especially the countries that are currently faced with conflict and difficulty.” Middle East “The Pope has asked that the forces of the so-called Islamic State be stopped,” Cardinal Parolin went on to continue, saying that the Pope “suffers to see the walls that have arisen between the communities in the Middle East,” and that the “ongoing conflicts run the risk of fragmenting the whole region.”  The Cardinal also mentioned that “for this reason, the Holy See is working to guarantee constant communication and collaboration between the different communities and also to denounce the violence that is now a daily occurrence in the region.”   Cuba On the topic of Cuba the Cardinal said that “The Pope will go to Cuba during his planned visit to South America, especially because of the warming of relations after a long period of coldness and misunderstanding and conflict.  However this process has just started and things are still fragile.  It is not easy that after many years of non-communication and imcomprehension, to build a climate of mutual confidence.”  Cardinal Parolin said that the Pope’s visit to the country will be an “encouragement of the process.”   Fundamentalism With regards to the current issue of fundamentalism, the Cardinal commented that "Pope Francis speaks constantly on the dangers of fundamentalism, whether it is cultural, relgious or theological.  With fundamentalism there is a grave threat to the political order because of the indefinite violence that it produces."  The Cardinal concluded that "It is up to religious people to question themselves and to participate in the construction of peace." The Armenia Genocide Concerning the anniversary of the genocide in Armenia and the Pope’s comments, Cardinal Parolin said “the Pope spoke clearly and always in terms f reconciliation.  When the Pope recalled the incident, it was not to elicit any animosity, but rather to approach the issues fairly, and attempt to find new ways of understanding and cooperation.”   (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 23 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman,  who subsequently met with His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for  Relations with States. A statement released by the Holy See Press Office called the meeting “cordial”, and noted the meeting took place on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the  restoration of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the then-Czech and Slovak Federative  Republic, which took place on 19 April 1990. The statement said the two men spoke of their mutual willingness to strengthen the good bilateral  relations, along with their hope of concluding negotiations with a view to stipulating a  bilateral Agreement. The Parties expressed their wish to further develop cooperation between  Church and State in sectors of mutual interest, especially in culture, education and social welfare,  for the benefit of the entire nation. Attention then turned to the current international context, with special attention to the  situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 34 min
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with the bishops of Namibia and Lesotho, who are in Rome on their ad limina visit. “I give thanks, with you, to Almighty God for the continued witness and service of so many communities of religious brothers and sisters who are vital to the praying heart of the Church, along with the many committed sodalities and other lay associations in the Church in Lesotho and Namibia,” Pope Francis said.  “For just as we have relied on them in building up the Church, both materially and spiritually, so now their role becomes ever more indispensable.”   The full text of Pope Francis’ speech to the Bishops of Namibia and Lesotho   Dear Brother Bishops, I greet you, the pastors of Lesotho and Namibia, in the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, on your visit to pray at the threshold of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul. By this visit you express your desire to deepen the bonds of communion with the Successor of Peter and the See of Rome.  I thank Archbishop Lerotholi and Archbishop Nashenda for their kind words offered on your behalf and in the name of all entrusted to your care. You have come to Rome from the cities, towns and villages of Lesotho and Namibia, lands known for their flourishing Christian faith.  The Holy Spirit planted the seeds of faith through the labours and sacrifices of many missionaries, who were sustained equally by generations of indigenous coworkers in the vineyards of the Lord.  Your lands often presented great challenges, both environmental and social, but your Christian forebears persevered so that green shoots should spring up “like grass amid waters, like willows by flowing streams” (Is 44:4).  From the deserts of Namibia to the high peaks of Lesotho, the tall tree of faith grew, giving God’s protection and shelter to many souls, nourished as it is by the waters of grace. Your countries are rightly known for their churches and chapels, parishes, mission stations and outstations, which draw many to a community life centered on prayer and work. Renowned too are your numerous schools at every level, your clinics and hospitals, built with love and faithfulness from the materials of Namibia’s soil and Lesotho’s mountains.  I encourage you to continue supporting and nurturing these great blessings, even when resources are sparse, for the Lord promises that he will not fail to bless us: “I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring” (Is 44:3).  I know that your communities face many challenges daily, and I am sure that this weighs heavily on your hearts.  Strengthen them in love to overcome selfishness in private or public life; be generous in bringing them the tenderness of Christ where threats to human life occur, from the womb to old age – and I think particularly of those suffering with HIV and AIDS.  In all of this, “for their formation in Christian virtues and their growth in holiness” (Africae Munus, 109) the faithful entrusted to your care will look to you and your priest coworkers.  By your devotion to them, in turn, you will “not only win them to the cause of Christ but also make them protagonists of a renewed African society” (ibid.). I think too of Christian families fragmented due to employment far away from home, or because of separation or divorce.  I urge you to continue offering them help and guidance. Be of fresh resolve in preparing couples for Christian matrimony, and in constantly sustaining families by offering generously the Church’s Sacraments – ensuring in a particular way that the Sacrament of mercy is widely available.  I thank you for your efforts in promoting healthy family life in the face of distorted views that emerge in contemporary society.  May we all help to form families who can be purveyors of peace in the world; for “the family is the best setting for learning and applying the culture of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation” (ibid., 43).  From healthy families will come numerous priestly vocations, families where men have learned “to love inasmuch as they [have been] unconditionally loved... [having learned] respect... justice... the role of authority expressed by parents [and] loving concern for the members who are weaker” (ibid., 42-43).  The children of such families will more readily be open to a life of unconditional service to the family of the Church.  In a time of an apparent decrease in vocations to the priesthood and to religious life, it is important to speak openly about the fulfilling and joyful experience of offering one’s life to Christ.  For when your Christian communities are built up by your own continued example of “living in truth and joy your priestly commitments, celibacy in chastity and detachment from material possessions” (ibid., 111), then vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life will most certainly abound.  Continue, too, the demanding work of guiding, with personal and paternal care, every vocation properly discerned as well as all your priests already ordained, so that with the nourishment of ongoing formation these coworkers in the Lord’s fields may be nurtured and sustained throughout their priestly lives.  I ask you to convey to them my spiritual closeness and prayerful support. Careful spiritual attention in developing pastoral plans needs to be offered to the poorest in your societies (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 33); I have found that “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, then there will be no more place for the poor” (ibid., 2).  I ask you to be particularly mindful of those most in need in your Churches, entrusting all your initiatives to God’s care, for he is “able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work” (2 Cor 9:7).  In living this way, you will help all the faithful discover the greatest richness: the love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I give thanks, with you, to Almighty God for the continued witness and service of so many communities of religious brothers and sisters who are vital to the praying heart of the Church, along with the many committed sodalities and other lay associations in the Church in Lesotho and Namibia.  For just as we have relied on them in building up the Church, both materially and spiritually, so now their role becomes ever more indispensable. I urge you, finally, to persevere as men of deep and constant prayer, in the way of Blessed Joseph Gerard, who listened to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in all matters.  Prayer precedes and leads to authentic evangelization.  As you know from experience, when the Church summons all Christians to constantly take up anew the task of evangelizing the world, “she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfilment” (Evangelii Gaudium, 10); that is, she is showing us the path to our deepest happiness.  Dear Brothers, on returning home may you be like the tree planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in due season, whose leaves do not wither; may you prosper in all that you do (cf. Ps 1).  May your visit here lead you to bring Christ’s healing mercy ever more abundantly to all for whom you have care.  Commending you and the faithful whom you serve in Lesotho and Namibia to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, who rekindles our hearts in service of her Son, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in the Risen Lord.  To him be glory for ever and ever. From the Vatican, 24 April 2015 (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 1 hour
O Papa Francisco recebeu esta manhã, no Vaticano, o presidente da República Tcheca, Milos Zeman, em uma audiência privada que durou cerca de 30 minutos, saudou a delegação e houve a tradicional troca de presentes. Ele é o presidente eleito pelo voto direto dos cidadãos, após o fim do sistema indireto parlamentar ... 2 days 2 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Jesus never forgets the day we encountered Him for the first time; we should ask God for the “grace of memory” so that we  can always remember it. That was the Pope’s hope for us in the homily at Mass on Friday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. Listen to Christopher Wells' report:  An encounter is the means chosen by Jesus to change lives. A good example of this is Paul of Tarsus, the anti-Christian persecutor who, by the time he reached Damascus, had already become an Apostle. Pope Francis spoke about the celebrated episode in the first reading of the day’s liturgy, and related it to the many encounters that appear in the Gospel narratives. The first encounter More precisely, Francis considered the “first encounter” with Jesus – the encounter that “changes the life” of those who meet Him: John and Andrew, who stayed with the Master throughout the night; Simon who immediately became “the rock” of the new community; and then the Samaritan, the leper who returned to thank Jesus for healing him, the sick woman who was healed when she touched Christ’s tunic: these, the Pope said, are decisive encounters that should prompt a Christian to never forget his own first encounter with Christ. “He never forgers, but we forget the encounter with Christ. And this would be a good assignment to do at home, to consider: ‘When have I really felt that the Lord was close to me? When have I felt the need to change my life, or to become better, or to forgive someone? When have I felt the Lord asking something of me? When have I encountered the Lord?’ Because our faith is an encounter with Jesus. This is the foundation of our faith: I have encountered Jesus, as Saul did.” Daily memory Pope Francis said we should look inside ourselves sincerely and ask: “When did you say something to me that changed my life, or invited me to take a step forward in my life?”: “This is a beautiful prayer, and I recommend saying it every day. And when you remember, rejoice in it, in that memory, which is a memory of love. One more beautiful assignment would be to take the Gospels and look at the stories there and see how Jesus encountered the people, how He chose the Apostles… So many encounters with Jesus are there. Maybe one of them is similar to mine. Each one of us has his own.” Let us remember the first love And we should not forget, the Pope said, that Christ intends the “relationship with us” in the sense of a predilection, a relationship of love “of you and for you”: “Pray and ask for the grace of memory. ‘When, Lord, was that first encounter, that first love?’ – so that we might not hear the complaint the Lord makes in Revelation: ‘I have this against you, that you have forgotten your first love’.” (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 3 hours
(Vatican Radio) The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the Holy See, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, has participated in a United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “The role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace,” looking at the role of social media plays in the life of young people. “Young people around the world can use the internet and social media to enter into contact, make friends and learn about the great cultures and traditions of other people in every corner of the world,” said Archbishop Auza. “Unfortunately, these great technological advances can also be manipulated to spread messages of hate and violence.” He said the phenomenon of young people’s responding to the recruitment of those inciting them to engage in violent extremism develops within a context of disillusionment and missed opportunities, of socio-cultural identity crisis and failed integration, of alienation and dissatisfaction, of intergenerational break-up and broken families. “A fundamental step in addressing the radicalization of young people is to work with and support the family in its efforts to educate children and young people in the values of dialogue and respect for others, to make them better equipped to resist what appear at first as attractive calls to a ‘higher cause’ and to ‘adventure’ with extremist groups,” he said.   The full text of the intervention by Archbishop Auza is below   Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “The role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace” New York, 23 April 2015   Your Royal Highness, At the outset, let me congratulate Jordan for its Presidency during this month and, in particular, for scheduling this debate on the role of young people in countering violent extremism and promoting peace. The ever-increasing globalization and technological interconnectedness have brought many benefits to our world today, but they have also created new and emerging challenges. Young people around the world can use the internet and social media to enter into contact, make friends and learn about the great cultures and traditions of other people in every corner of the world. Unfortunately, these great technological advances can also be manipulated to spread messages of hate and violence. Today’s debate allows us to examine more in depth how these harmful messages are finding new audiences and how States can work together to face the challenge. The phenomenon of young people’s responding to the recruitment of those inciting them to engage in violent extremism develops within a context of disillusionment and missed opportunities, of socio-cultural identity crisis and failed integration, of alienation and dissatisfaction, of intergenerational break-up and broken families. A fundamental step in addressing the radicalization of young people is to work with and support the family in its efforts to educate children and young people in the values of dialogue and respect for others, to make them better equipped to resist what appear at first as attractive calls to a “higher cause” and to “adventure” with extremist groups. The family is the first educator of children. If States really want to reach young people before they are exposed to extremist ideologies, they should “render appropriate assistance to parents…in the performance of their child-rearing responsibilities.”1 1 Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 18.2. Studies and events show that some governments tend to avoid frank and constructive conversations on the question of radicalization. Hiding the problem, however, is counterproductive. Fostering public debate, on the other hand, can encourage young people to ventilate their frustrations before they succumb to extremist ideologies, and can assist the State to articulate policies accordingly. Failure to bring the problem into public discussion may imply disinterest, fear or both, while encouraging debate will ordinarily promote collective confidence and deeper mutual knowledge among the various ethnic or racial, and religious components of society. This dialogue can lead to the formulation of government policies of which all members of the society can claim collective ownership, and offer young people convincing counter-narratives to extremist propaganda. Indeed, balanced public policy plays a key role in facilitating a solid integration of immigrants in society as citizens. Policies that discourage xenophobic or racist perceptions are much needed, and contribute to the observance of healthy religious and socio-cultural values. Religion constitutes a potent part of these value systems. Policies and education that seek to minimize or eliminate the faith component of individual and collective identities could leave the young disoriented, alienated, marginalized or excluded, and prone to the message of extremist groups. There is no doubt that the catchwords and slogans used by extremist groups to recruit young people often involve distorted religious and socio-cultural values. Unemployment and despair also lie behind the vulnerability of many young people towards the propaganda and manipulations of extremist recruiters. Idle minds and hands are highly vulnerable to extreme ideologies. Thus, global economic inequalities and the marginalization and exclusion from development to which they lead are not only a grave social and economic concern, but can become a threat to international peace and security. Thus, achieving social justice is key to counter the phenomenon of young people’s joining extremist organizations. Your Royal Highness, In our fight against extremist ideologies and in our efforts to promote a culture of peace, young people themselves are a most precious resource. We can counter extremist recruiters by promoting voices that are trusted and respected among their peers, in the very platforms they use to recruit new members, like the social media. Faith leaders and organizations must condemn messages of hate in the name of religion and provide young people with the religious formation that fosters understanding and respect between peoples of different faiths. People of faith have a grave responsibility to condemn those who seek to detach faith from reason and to instrumentalize faith as a justification for violence. As Pope Francis emphasized during his visit to Albania on 21 September 2014, no one should consider oneself “to be the 'armour' of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Thank you, Your Royal Highness (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 3 hours
Fidelis nasceu no ano 1577 na cidade de Sigmaringen, Alemanha. Sua família pertencia à nobreza alemã. Foi batizado com o nome de Mark Roy. Desde criança foi introduzido nos estudos e logo ingressou na Universidade de Friburgo, na Suiça, onde estudou filosofia, direito civil e canônico vindo a formar-se advogado no ... 2 days 5 hours

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Em sua catequese das quartas feiras, no último dia 15 de Abril, o nosso Papa Francisco alertou o povo de Deus sobre a gravidade da chamada “ideologia do gênero”, que está crescendo em nosso país e no mundo. Para esta ideologia, e para as pessoas que a defendem e propagam, as pessoas não se dividiriam por sexo (sexo... 2 days 18 hours
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O papa Francisco receberá amanhã, em visita "ad Limina Apostolorum", os bispos da Conferência Episcopal da Namíbia e do Lesoto. Os dois países do sul da África são predominantemente cristãos: na Namíbia, prevalecem os evangélicos; no Lesoto, os católicos. Ambos enfrentam uma série de problemas econômicos e sociais ... 2 days 18 hours
(Vatican Radio) Monsignor Guillermo Karcher is an Argentinian priest and pontifical usher and has known the Pope for over 20 years. It was he who held Pope Francis’ microphone when he addressed his first words to the world from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica following his election. In an interview with Vatican Radio marking the Pope's name-day of Jorge or George, Monsignor Karcher described the Pope as a modern- day St. George because "he is a great fighter against the forces of evil and does this with a truly Christian spirit." Monsignor Karcher said Pope Francis showed the same strength and same characteristics when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires where he sowed good in order to fight evil and was much loved by his flock. Despite the Pope’s huge popularity, Monsignor Karcher was asked if Francis gets upset when criticisms are levelled against him, including from those within the Catholic Church. He replied saying that the Pope responds to such criticisms by laughing and saying “OK, it’s better that we know what people are like.” He says this reaction is due to Pope Francis’ freedom of spirit and his interior strength. The Pope, he continued, is carrying forward a ministry entrusted to him for the good of the Church and the world and he does it with a tranquil heart and a feeling of certainty. He also has a strong spirituality and every morning dedicates two hours to prayer and reflection.   Asked what greeting or wish he would like to give the Pope on his name-day, Monsignor Karcher said he hopes the Holy Father will continue to be himself, with his consistency and his transparency because "he is doing so much good." I hope, he concluded, that St. George protects him and that he continues "this battle for good, by sowing the good that he is already doing."   Listen to the report by Susy Hodges:   (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 22 hours
(Vatican Radio) Here in the Vatican we are marking Saint George’s Day in a special way. Yes, Cardinal Bergoglio may have taken the name Francis as Pope but his Christian name is Jorge, George to you and me. That’s why we've chosen to bring you a timely reflection for his Feast day on the 23rd of April.  Especially as in England our patron Saint is Saint George. One who's most often depicted as a soldier fighting a dragon to save someone else's life. Monsignor Peter Fleetwood reflects for us on the meaning of this symbolism explaining how dragons may be mythical animals, but myths contains symbols and symbols sum up some aspect of life that is very important or powerful: " I suspect the dragon represents evil in any form. Some people may not like to hear this , but the dragon may represent evil people". Listen to Monsignor Peter Fleetwood in a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick for the series "Why Bother? Staying Catholic despite it all.."   :  We would have to apologise to the Chinese in this respect, Father  Peter Fleetwood specifies, for according to an ancient tradition they believe dragons are symbols of good, so exactly the opposite. But this is no Chinese story for as he tells us here in the West : "The dragon is a symbol of the power evil people can wield in this world. They can force good people into submission and either damage them or humiliate them or lead them astray. This is a frightening reality, and it is a reminder that sometimes goodnes and holiness mean bravery in the face of wickedness. At a baptism, the new Christian is exorcised, not because she or he is possessed , but because the Christian Church recognises where human power runs out and we simply have to rely on God. Saint George is a reminder that we need help to survive when evil is about. It may be a naive symbolism, but the pictures and statues of Saint George are all about the battle between good and evil. They also heark back to what Jesus said about his sheep. He was there to protect them , because they needed protection. Saint George is a reminder that sometimes good people are called upon to bother to be brave and offer that protection in place of Jesus".   (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 23 hours

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Chicago, Ill., Apr 25, 2015 / 06:42 am (EWTN News/CNA).- As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was laid to rest Thursday, religious and lay members of the archdiocese revered him as a caring shepherd who wouldn't let cancer get in the way of his ministry.
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Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 06:14 am (EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Friday that Fr. Edward C. Malesic of Harrisburg, Penn. has been nominated to lead the Greensburg diocese, a role he wishes to carry out by imitating Pope Francis' compassion. 2 days 4 hours
Chicago, Ill., Apr 24, 2015 / 05:23 am (EWTN News).- A strong leader, yet humble. Approachable, yet not preoccupied with a desire to be liked. A high-ranking prelate and intellectual powerhouse, yet a friend to the poor who embraced the sufferings in his own life.
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Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2015 / 05:23 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- On the day marking 100 years since the systematic killing of over a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman authorities, a Catholic historian insists that peaceful coexistence is possible today in Turkey. 2 days 5 hours
Bogotá, Colombia, Apr 24, 2015 / 03:21 am (EWTN News).- A top Colombian archbishop warned that if the country's government persists in forcing Catholic hospitals to start practicing euthanasia on patients, the Church will close all its health centers. 2 days 7 hours
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By Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Marking the celebration of Earth Day, Pope Francis asked that everyone recognize the earth as God’s gift to protect and cultivate, sharing the world’s natural resources. May the way people treat the earth … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
Staff Report NET Ministries, which has put on more than 300 retreats in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is continuing its mission of proclaiming the Gospel. On March 26, the NET team hosted a retreat for sixth through eighth grade students … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
Staff Report The Summit Country Day School, a Catholic school educating students from age 2 through high school in Hyde Park, announced an $18.6 million capital campaign entitled “Aiming Higher” Tuesday afternoon. Among the initiatives, the campaign would fund a … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
Staff Report  The Catholic Telegraph, the official news source of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is seeking an intern for the summer of 2015. The position is unpaid but will provide a student of mass communications, journalism, graphic arts or photography … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
Staff Report The Cincinnati chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians Association (NPM Cincinnati) hosted three choral festivals in recent months, one in Lent and two in the Easter Season. A photo gallery of the performances appears at the bottom of … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and appointed as his successor Father Edward C. Malesic, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Just one day prior, … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
Staff Report The seven men expected to be ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 2016 will be ordained transitional deacons Saturday, April 25. The ordination begins at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, with … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
Staff Report  Just days after Earth Day, the Mayerson JCC, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, and Mother of Mercy High School have announced an Intercultural Day of Service. Sunday, April 26, beginning at 3 p.m. approximately 60 teens from … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
By Joyce Duriga Catholic News Service CHICAGO — Alfredo Fricano is probably one of the only people who could get away with telling Cardinal Francis E. George he looked like a “bum.” Once the cardinal’s longtime barber — who his … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In every relationship, including one’s relationship with Jesus, it is important to remember that “first encounter,” that initial, life-changing moment of love, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass April 24 in the … Continue reading → 1 day 8 hours

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