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Memorial Day Weekend Mass Schedule

05/25/2018 - 9:53am

Gate of Heaven Cemetery Field Mass
11000 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati OH 45249 (513) 489-0300. Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 28 beginning at 11:00 a.m.. Please bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the Mass will be celebrated at Good Shepherd Church, same day and time at 8815 East Kemper Rd., Cincinnati OH 45249.

Calvary Cemetery Memorial Day Mass
1625 Calvary Dr., Dayton OH 45409. Fr. Ethan Moore will celebrate Mass at Calvary Cemetery for their annual Memorial Day Mass on Sunday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m. For more information, call (937) 293-1221,

St. Boniface/St. Mary Memorial Day Mass
Forest Hill Cemetery, 8660 N State Route 66, Piqua OH 45356. Mass will be held adjacent to the Priest section on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.. Bring Lawn Chair. In case of rain, Mass will be held at St. Mary Church, 528 Broadway, Piqua OH 45356.

St. Joseph Cemetery
3819 W 8th St., Cincinnati Ohio, Monday May, 28 at 11:00 a.m.; Mass will be held in the Mother of God Chapel, Fr. Ralph Westerhoff celebrant.

St. Joseph New Cemetery
The Memorial Field Day Mass will be help on Monday May 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the Historic Mausoleum at the corner of Rapid Run and Nebraska. This event will take place outside; if it rains, Mass will be moved inside. Fr. Chris Lack celebrant.

St. Mary Cemetery
701 E. Ross Ave., St. Bernard Ohio, Monday May 28 at 11:00 a.m.. Mass will be held in the Christ Our Saviour Chapel, Fr. Fred Link OFM celebrant.

St. Philomena
Stonelick Williams Corner Rd, Stonelick Twp OH 45160, Memorial Day Mass, Monday May 28 at 8:30 a.m. Bring lawn chair and breakfast item to share. American Legion Post will present the colors to pay tribute to Men and Women who have served our nation and have paid the price for our nations freedom.

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Scouts see how different faith traditions live out Ten Commandments

05/24/2018 - 8:10pm

IMAGE: CNS photo/Marie Mischel, Intermountain Catholic

By Marie Mischel

OGDEN, Utah (CNS) — Each year for the past decade, a group of Boy Scouts in Ogden have spent a day walking from house of worship to house of worship, learning how the Ten Commandments are put into practice in different faith traditions.

“From the very beginning, the idea was to build an awareness of an ecumenical spirit,” said Deacon Herschel Hester, one of the four original organizers of the Ten Commandments Walk.

Because most of the Scouts have never been exposed to a faith outside their own, “the whole idea is for these young men to be introduced to a larger (faith) community than just theirs,” he told the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper of the statewide Diocese of Salt Lake City.

“It has nothing to do with a merit badge, but it all has to do with living out the 12th point of the Scout Law: A Scout is reverent,” said Deacon Hester, who is a member of the diocese’s Committee on Scouting and a member of the executive board of the Boy Scouts Trapper Trails Council.

Scouts who belong to the council’s member troops take part in the event, which took place this year May 12.

The walk also helps emphasize the Scout oath, which promises duty to God, the deacon said.

Ninety Scouts participated in the inaugural walk. This year more than 300 boys walked the 6.6-mile route that took them to Ogden’s Second Baptist Church, Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, the Salvation Army, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Elim Lutheran Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Fourth Ward, Hope Resurrected Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist, First Presbyterian Church and Congregation Brith Sholem.

At the final stop, Rabbi Ben Stern chanted the Ten Commandments in Hebrew from the synagogue’s Torah scroll.

“When someone reads Torah, the most important thing is to be accurate on their reading,” he said, and explained that generally on the Jewish Sabbath the person reading or chanting from the Torah uses a book rather than the handwritten scroll because the book is easier to read.

The book is held by a person other than the reader, and the person holding the book will correct the reader if there is a mispronunciation, Rabbi Stern said. “If you get something wrong, they have to stop you. It’s required.”

Rabbi Stern also answered questions such as why yarmulkes are worn, how long the Jewish worship services are, and the concept of kosher.

The night before the hike, the Scouts camped out at Marshall White Center Park. That evening, they heard from Charles W. Dahlquist II, the national commissioner of Boy Scouts of America and past Young Men general president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Scouting is a world organization of people who care about each other and who care about duty to God and faith in God, and who not only believe what they have learned but they practice what they preach and they practice what they believe,” said Dahlquist.

He urged those present to learn about the different faith practices they would hear about the next day “because understanding brings peace.”

Dahlquist was invited to speak to the gathering by Jacques Behar, a member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and president of the Ogden synagogue.

Some of Dahlquist’s closest friends are people of faiths different from his own, he said. “There is much more that joins us than separates us. We live in a time when we need to be joined more than ever before.”

Behar, who has been an adult Scout leader for 32 years, said in an interview that he is pleased young men of many faiths participate in the hike because afterward “it’s interesting to have them walk away and say, ‘Gee, I didn’t realize how close we all are.'”

“And I always tell them that if you would just concentrate on the 85 percent that we’re all alike, and not so much on the 15 percent that we’re not, the world would be a much better place,” he said.

Riley Crezee, an Eagle Scout from St. James the Just Parish’s Troop 293 who served as the master of ceremonies for the evening, said the opportunity the Ten Commandments Walk gives for Scouts to learn about different people’s faith is important, “especially today where everything is just very polarized. … I think that makes us better people as a society.”

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Mischel is editor of the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

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Ryan, Brownback, archbishop address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

05/24/2018 - 5:26pm

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By Mark Pattison

WASHINGTON (CNS) — This year’s National Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senate member and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washington hotel May 24.

Also speaking was outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who was a staffer for Brownback in the latter’s early days in Congress.

“We support the right to religious freedom,” said Brownback, now the U.S. at-large ambassador for international religious freedom. It is not because that right appears in the Constitution or the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights, he said, but “because it’s a God-given right.”

“No government has the right to infringe upon a God-given right. No government has the right to do that,” he added to applause.

“It’s important to us because it’s important to God,” Brownback said. The right to religious freedom is “not in our DNA, but it’s in our souls,” and all humans have that right “even if we disagree with their path or destination.”

Despite this, “more people are being persecuted for their faith right now than at any other time in human history,” according to Brownback. “God knew before he made us that we would mess it up — and he created us anyway.”

Brownback began his remarks by congratulating those in the audience who “fought and fought and fought” for the right to life. He said that during his six years as Kansas governor, which ended with his February confirmation to the ambassadorial post, he had “signed 19 pro-life bills, and we had 17,000 fewer abortions in Kansas in those six years than we had in the prior six years.”

Ryan, who is not running for re-election, thanked those in attendance “for what do you on this excellent journey.”

He lamented the political culture in Washington. “‘Survival of the shrillest’ is what some people call us these days,” he said. It seems, he added, as if everything is viewed “always in survival mode” and people find intrigue in things “that frankly aren’t all that intriguing.”

In Washington politics, Ryan said, “optics” is what counts. “That is a word I will not be missing,” he said to laughter.

He recommended Catholic social teaching, sometimes calling it “Catholic social doctrine,” as “the perfect antidote to what ails our society.”

“As Catholics, there is nothing more fulfilling than fulfilling our mission with passion, with prayer and with joy,” Ryan said.

He lauded the twin principles of subsidiarity and solidarity as the best approach to dealing with issues, rather than relying on government to solve every problem. With those principles in hand, Ryan said, “people and problems are not treated as if they’re distractions,”

In his remarks, Archbishop Naumann, who begins a three-year term in November as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, warned that the nation’s most serious crisis is “a God-crisis — a crisis of faith.”

He looked askance at “the large number of millennials who profess atheism or, even more commonly, identify themselves as spiritual, but not religious. This nonreligious spiritualism is a new paganism, where God is not the God of revelation who makes himself known to us, but a god or gods that are fashioned in our own image to reinforce our own desires.”

Archbishop Naumann said, “It is this loss of a sense of God that also leaves us vulnerable to losing sight of the innate value of each and every human being.” It promotes a culture in which “human life becomes just another thing in a world of things. Materialism reigns and breeds utilitarianism; our value is determined by our usefulness,” he said.

“We are called to renew our nation, not primarily by enacting laws, but by announcing the joy and hope of the Gospel of Jesus to individuals in desperate need of its good news. It is our task to reclaim our culture — one mind, one heart, one soul at a time,” Archbishop Naumann said.

To do so, he added, we need Jesus. “Jesus defeats humanity’s twin enemies, sin and death, by walking through death to eternal life. We believe in a God who died but is far from dead. The triumphant, risen Lord is still animating the lives of those who open their hearts to encounter his love. Thus for the Christian, we are never without hope,” the archbishop said.

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Remains of St. John XXIII begin pilgrimage in his home diocese

05/24/2018 - 5:21pm

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By Paul Haring

BERGAMO, Italy (CNS) — Accompanied by Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo and escorted by both Italian and Vatican police officers, the glass coffin containing the body of St. John XXIII left the Vatican early May 24 for a 370-mile drive to Bergamo.

The route taken for the trip north was kept secret for security reasons.

When the procession reached Bergamo’s central Vittorio Veneto Square, Bishop Beschi told thousands of people gathered there that it was “with great joy and emotion that I accompanied to our diocese, our city, the urn with the mortal remains — now relics — of John XXIII, which return for a few days to the land of his birth.”

St. John, who opened the Second Vatican Council, was born Nov. 25, 1881, in Sotto il Monte, a town near Bergamo. After his ordination as a priest and years of service in the Vatican diplomatic corps, he was appointed patriarch of Venice in 1953. He was elected pope Oct. 28, 1958, and died five years later.

The pilgrimage with his remains was meant to mark the 60th anniversary of his election and the 55th anniversary of his death.

Maria Calagari was in the square with her sister and some friends to welcome St. John’s remains. 

“We are fortunate because we saw him when he was pope, we saw him die and we just saw him now — 55 years later as a saint here in Bergamo,” she said. “We are fortunate.”

In connection with the pilgrimage of St. John’s relics, Pope Francis gave an interview to L’Eco di Bergamo, the area’s main daily newspaper, which is owned by the Diocese of Bergamo.

In the interview, Pope Francis described St. John as “a saint who did not know the word ‘enemy,'” but “always sought what would unite people.”

For St. John, he said, “the church is called to serve human beings, not just Catholics, and to defend always and everywhere the rights of the human person and not just of the Catholic Church.”

Pope Francis said the pilgrimage was meant to be “a gift and an occasion” to renew one’s faith and to remember the great pope. It is a special opportunity for the elderly, the sick and the poor, who have not been able to go to St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at his tomb.

The visit to the Diocese of Bergamo included a stop at the city’s prison, where 180 prisoners — including 35 Muslims — asked permission to enter the internal courtyard where a truck carrying the remains was to stop.

The prison yard was the first place in Bergamo where people were allowed to touch the glass coffin. The prisoners were given a square of either yellow or white fabric to touch to the glass; most of them touched the glass with their hands, then used the fabric to wipe the glass clean.

Vincenza, one of the inmates, told the local television station that it was amazing to have the saintly pope’s remains stop in the prison at the beginning of the pilgrimage “because usually, especially for important events, prisoners are the last ones people think about.”

From the prison, the relics were to be driven to the diocesan seminary named after Pope John XXIII. The priests of the diocese were to escort the remains to the cathedral later in the day.

Teens and young adults of the diocese planned a prayer vigil in the cathedral May 25, and the remains were also to be present the next morning as new priests were ordained for the diocese.

After a Mass with the poor May 27, the body was to be moved to the hospital named after the late pope, then transferred to the Shrine of St. John XXIII in Sotto il Monte.

Pilgrims can pray before the saint’s remains at the shrine until June 10, when Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, will celebrate Mass and the body will be returned to the Vatican.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, told Vatican Media that “this is the first time — it’s never happened before — that the remains of a pope make a return visit to his home, to his roots.”

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Contributing to this story was Cindy Wooden at the Vatican.

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Blessing of the Bikes

05/24/2018 - 3:43pm

With the motorcycle season upon us, hundreds of motorcycle enthusiast gathered at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia for the annual Blessing of the Bikes. Check out the scene:

Update: Pope to meet with second group of abuse survivors from Chile

05/23/2018 - 4:50pm

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By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will meet with five priests who suffered abuse by Chilean Father Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said.

The pope will meet June 1-3 with “five priests who were victims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse,” the Vatican said in a statement May 22.

Two priests who have accompanied the survivors “in their juridical and spiritual journey” and “two laypeople involved in this suffering” also were invited by Pope Francis, the statement said. They will all be guests at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where Pope Francis lives.

The pope will celebrate a private Mass with the group June 2 and will meet with members of the group together and individually, the statement said. In late April, Pope Francis had hosted three laymen who were sexually abused by Father Karadima.

“With this new meeting, planned a month ago, Pope Francis wants to show his closeness to abused priests, accompany them in their pain and listen to their valuable opinion to improve the current preventative measures and the fight against abuses in the church,” the statement said.

The day after the Vatican’s announcement, three Chilean priests who will take part in the meeting read a statement on behalf of all nine, confirming their participation in the meetings with Pope Francis.

At a May 23 news conference in Santiago, Chilean Fathers Francisco Astaburuaga Ossa, Alejandro Vial Amunategui and Eugenio de la Fuente Lora thanked the pope for his invitation, which they said they hope would “re-establish justice and communion, particularly within our Archdiocese of Santiago and its presbyteries.”

The statement was signed by the three priests, as well as Fathers Javier Barros Bascunan and Sergio Cobo Montalva.

The four other members of the group, the statement said, wished to remain anonymous.

They also expressed the “hope that our experience may give a voice to many others who have suffered abuses or have accompanied abused persons.”

The Chilean priests also asked journalists to respect the “confidentiality and the privacy” of the meetings and that there will be “no more public statements until our return to Santiago.”

The Vatican said the priests were abused by Father Karadima and his followers in the parish of Sagrado Corazon de Providencia, also known as the community of “El Bosque” (“The Forest”).

Known as an influential and charismatic priest, Father Karadima founded a Catholic Action group in the wealthy Santiago parish and drew hundreds of young men to the priesthood. Four of Father Karadima’s proteges went on to become bishops, including Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.  

However, several former seminarians of “El Bosque” revealed in 2010 that the Chilean priest sexually abused them and other members of the parish community for years. One year later, Father Karadima was sentenced by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance after he was found guilty of sexual abuse.

Chilean survivors have also alleged that Bishop Barros — then a priest — as well as other members of Father Karadima’s inner circle had witnessed their abuse by his mentor.

The pope, who initially defended his 2015 appointment of Bishop Barros as head of the Diocese of Osorno, apologized after receiving a 2,300-page report from Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta.

In a letter released April 11, Pope Francis said he had been mistaken in his assessment of the situation in Chile, and he begged the forgiveness of the survivors and others he offended. He invited three survivors — Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo — to Rome in late April and called all of the Chilean bishops to the Vatican for meetings May 15-17.

In a document leaked by Chilean news channel Tele 13 before the meeting with the bishops, Pope Francis said he was concerned by reports regarding “the attitude with which some of you bishops have reacted in the face of present and past events.”

The document’s footnotes included several details from the investigation made by Archbishop Scicluna, which confirmed that, in some instances, the bishops deemed accusations of abuse as “implausible.”

But Pope Francis said he was “perplexed and ashamed” after he received confirmation that undue pressure by church officials was placed on “those who carry out criminal proceedings” and that church officials had destroyed compromising documents.

Those actions, he said, “give evidence to an absolute lack of respect for the canonical procedure and, even more so, are reprehensible practices that must be avoided in the future.”

After the three-day meeting, most of the Chilean bishops offered their resignations to the pope.

Back in Chile, bishops — including Bishop Alejandro Goic of Rancagua, president of the Chilean bishops’ commission for abuse prevention — continue to face a backlash over their handling of cases of abuse.

Bishop Goic suspended 14 of the diocese’s 68 priests May 19 after an investigative report by Tele 13 alleged there was a sex-abuse ring made up of clergy and known as “La Cofradia” (“The Brotherhood”).

According to the report, “La Cofradia” had its own hierarchical structure and carried out, as well as covered up, the sexual abuse of minors by members of the group.

The report also alleged that although Bishop Goic was informed and presented with evidence of the group’s existence by Elsa Fernandez, a local youth minister, he refused to act.

Fernandez said she contacted the Chilean bishops’ conference in January to inform them of the abuses committed by “La Cofradia.” However, she said, she was informed in an email that the conference “does not formally receive complaints.”

In an interview published on the Tele 13 website May 22, Bishop Goic said he had thought people talking about “La Cofradia” were speaking “in jest” and said he “never received a formal complaint that seriously said this was happening.”

After the report’s broadcast, Bishop Goic acknowledged that he had met with Fernandez, and he apologized for his failure to act “with the appropriate agility in the investigation” of the priests allegedly involved in the sex abuse ring.

“I must admit that personally, as a Christian and a pastor, I find myself very affected by this difficult situation that hurts and embarrasses me,” the bishop said. “I pray that the truth, the whole truth, may come to light in these cases and in any other situations that threaten the Gospel of Christ’s love.”

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Chicago priest’s effort to build community earns CCHD leadership award

05/23/2018 - 4:02pm

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By Dennis Sadowski

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A year into his priesthood, Father Matt O’Donnell was named a pastor.

Days before his 27th birthday in 2013, Father O’Donnell arrived at St. Columbanus Parish in Chicago’s South Side Park Manor neighborhood and since then has embraced his ministry to the African-American community.

It didn’t take long for the young priest who grew up at St. Fabian Parish in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview to become a leading figure in the neighborhood.

Father O’Donnell, now 31, went about getting to know residents and parishioners and learning what they thought the community needed. From that, Father O’Donnell recruited volunteers in spearheading the creation of a variety of services and ministries that has cemented St. Columbanus as an anchor in Park Manor.

For starters, there’s the parish food pantry that serves more than 500 people 49 of 52 Wednesdays a year, the building of a new playground that gives kids a safe space to be kids and an athletic center that gives older kids an alternative to gang life. The parish also is the site of Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy, an acclaimed elementary school focusing on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math.

The parish opens its doors to the wider community, hosting its popular “Pop Up Clergy” program from time to time in front of the church, complete with a grill for barbecuing. The event brings neighbors and police together to foster friendship and understanding. The most recent in early May attracted 150 people.

“The people (at the parish) are very grateful that I’m young and have inexhaustible energy,” he told Catholic News Service.

For his efforts, Father O’Donnell was named the 2018 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty and social justice program.

The award is to be presented June 13 at a reception during the spring assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich in a statement called Father O’Donnell’s work of building a parish “a living example of Pope Francis’s vision of a field hospital church that exists to serve humankind and spread the Gospel of a loving God.”

“By his caring presence, his limitless energy for good works and his compassionate ministry, he has made St. Columbanus a beacon of hope in its community and an example of faith in action far beyond its borders,” he said.

In nominating Father O’Donnell for the award, Olivia Silver said she wanted to call attention to the “good things that were happening at the parish and the good things that Father Matt was doing.”

Silver, a member of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral and a St. Columbanus volunteer, called the priest an “innovative pastor who gives his entire heart to his parish, his community and his loved ones.”

“He is doing such great stuff there,” she said.

Father O’Donnell takes little credit for the parish’s accomplishments, citing instead parish staff for the success of the many ministries. He said he strives to “empower the people in the parish to take the responsibility to run the different aspects of the ministry that we have.”

And he thanked parishioners for being “forgiving and patient with me.”

Father O’Donnell also credited the “good priests around me to give me on-the-job training” in the work of a pastor.

The young priest has long held an interested in serving in the African-American community. His internships before ordination were in other South Side parishes where he “fell in love with the liturgy, the music, the preaching” and discovered that the hospitality of the neighborhoods was “very giving.”

A period spent at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans strengthened his desire for his chosen ministry.

That interest convinced then-Cardinal Francis E. George to appoint Father O’Donnell as pastor. “Cardinal George said he would rather have me because I have the desire to serve the black community than to have somebody who had more experience but didn’t have the desire,” Father O’Donnell recalled.

As for the future, Father O’Donnell has eyes on opening a community service center to help residents prepare for the GED test and apply for work. He has even thought of opening a coffee shop “to create some jobs in the area.”

The priest acknowledged Park Manor is going through changes, like many other Chicago neighborhoods: longtime residents have either moved away or died; violence has increased; locally owned businesses have closed; and poverty is growing.

Such factors motivate Father O’Donnell to do his best while partnering with others interested in building an inclusive, welcoming community.

“St. Columbanus has been here since 1909 and has been an anchor in in Park Manor,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out what more we can be doing to better the life of the neighborhood.”

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Pope prays that Catholics in China may live their faith in peace

05/23/2018 - 2:00pm

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked people to pray for Catholics in China so that they may be able to live their faith with serenity and in full communion with the pope.

The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians May 24. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI established the feast as a world day of prayer for the church in China because Mary is venerated under that title at the Marian shrine in Sheshan, outside Shanghai, China.

At the end of his general audience talk in St. Peter’s Square May 23, Pope Francis said the feast day “invites us to be united spiritually with all the Catholic faithful who live in China.”

He asked people pray to Our Lady so that Catholics there would be able “to live the faith with generosity and serenity” and so that they would know how to carry out “concrete gestures of fraternity, harmony and reconciliation, in full communion with the successor of Peter.”

“Dear disciples of the Lord in China, the universal church prays with you and for you so that even in the midst of difficulties you may continue to trust in God’s will,” he said.

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Editors: Here is the prayer in English that Pope Benedict XVI released in 2008 on the occasion of the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China: https://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/prayers/documents/hf_ben-xvi_20080515_prayer-sheshan.html

In Chinese: https://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/zh_tw/prayers/documents/hf_ben-xvi_20080515_prayer-sheshan.html

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Church official cautiously optimistic about DACA bills before Congress

05/22/2018 - 7:37pm

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By Carol Zimmermann

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services gives credit to a group of moderate Republicans in Congress trying to revive interest in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation, or DACA, by their efforts to bring not just one bill, but four, to the House floor.

“They are surfacing the issue forcefully and making the House deal with it,” said William Canny.

Although he believes the bills could bring about a “path forward,” he said he is not fully convinced it will happen because of the extent of anti-immigrant sentiment in Congress and the White House.

A current proposal, led by Reps. JeffDenham, R- California, and Will Hurd, R-Texas, along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is tapping into an obscure House rule called “queen of the hill” which would bring four immigration bills to the House floor for a vote and the bill with the most votes would pass.

But for Congress to even consider these multiple bills, there needs to be enough signatures on a discharge petition. As of May 21, 20 Republicans and 176 Democrats have signed the petition, which needs signatures from 25 Republicans and all 193 Democrats.

If the “queen of the hill” procedure gets the go-ahead, there will be debate on each of the four bills in the course of one day, followed by votes. Another technicality of this procedure is that discharged bills can only be brought to the House floor on the second and fourth Monday of each month, when the House is in session, which narrows the window for this to happen to June 25 and July 23.

In the meantime, it’s a waiting game, Canny told Catholic News Service.

He said the U.S. bishops want Congress to help Dreamers find a path to stay in this country and become citizens “without the fear and stress” they currently live with daily. He also called it “tragic” that DACA recipients — who have been here since childhood and have been educated here — are currently left “to the whims of various courts.”

When President Trump announced last September that he was terminating DACA, he asked Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for DACA participants. His March 5 deadline has passed and now the DACA battle is in the courts with multiple lawsuits challenging Trump’s decision and seven states filing a lawsuit to try to end DACA.

The four DACA bills that could come up for vote are: Securing America’s Future Act, also known as Goodlatte Bill, written by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia; the DREAM Act; the Uniting and Securing America Act (USA) Act; and a fourth bill that will be chosen by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.

The Goodlatte Bill would grant temporary status for DACA recipients with renewable three-year visas and would include stronger border enforcement and legal immigration restrictions. The DREAM Act primarily offers a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other Dreamers. The USA Act, sponsored by Reps. Denham and Pete Aguilar, D-California, would grant permanent legal status to qualified Dreamers and border improvements.

If the four bills do not come up for House vote, Securing America’s Future Act could come to a floor vote in mid-June but it is said to have little chance of passing in its current form.

Canny said the U.S. bishops have supported the DREAM Act and the USA Act, which have narrow immigration reform, but they are against the restrictions within the Goodlatte Bill, and of course they don’t know what Ryan bill would look like.

Three California bishops placed an ad in a local newspaper May 18 asking House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, to allow a debate and a vote on DACA, specifically the USA Act. The ad, in the form of a letter, urged McCarthy to recognize: “The time to act is now. We have to do what we can to protect these blameless people who were brought into our country when they were only small children.”

In late April, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin Texas, stressed his support for USA Act, saying he hoped Congress would “find a humane legislative solution for Dreamers.”

He said the USA Act would provide qualifying Dreamers with protection from deportation and give them a path to citizenship while also augmenting border security at the U.S./Mexico border, increasing the number of immigration judges and Board of Immigration Appeals staff attorneys.

A May 21 editorial in The Los Angeles Times by Denham, said: “Immigration policy is the responsibility of Congress, and this may be our last chance for a legislative fix before DACA recipients’ lives are upended; if we leave DACA in the courts to languish (or be dismantled) and fail to act in Congress, then program recipients will be left in limbo or, worse, deported to a ‘home’ they never knew.”

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Cardinal stats: Pope makes college more international, not much younger

05/22/2018 - 5:00pm

By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although it is not unusual for a pope to set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of 80, Pope Francis has done so in a way that could last for more than a year.

The pope announced May 20 that he would create 14 news cardinals June 29; 11 of them are under the age of 80 and would be eligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.

In early June, Cardinal Angelo Amato will celebrate his 80th birthday, which will drop the number of electors to 114. Three weeks later, the batch of new cardinals will raise the number of potential electors to 125.

Cardinal Amato is the last cardinal to turn 80 in 2018. And it will take until July 31, 2019, for another five cardinals to age out.

Confirming the limit of 120 electors set by Blessed Paul VI, St. John Paul II wrote in “Universi Dominici Gregis,” his rules for a conclave, that “the maximum number of cardinal electors must not exceed 120.”

That led one major news agency to report, “If a conclave has to be called before any other cardinal turns 80, the electors would have to draw lots to see which five men would be barred from the gathering.”

Conclaves don’t happen that often and none in recent history took place when there were more than 120 eligible electors. But the idea of a lottery for entrance into the Sistine Chapel, where the voting would take place, led many people to scratch their heads.

After all, “Universi Dominici Gregis” and the changes made to it by Pope Benedict XVI in 2013 both strongly state: “No cardinal elector can be excluded from active or passive voice in the election of the supreme pontiff.”

A pope, as the supreme legislator of the Catholic Church, can set aside the limit of 120 potential electors. But doing so does not change the no-exclusion clause.

And while a year may be a long time to exceed the 120 limit, exceeding it by five cardinals is minor compared to what St. John Paul II did in February 2001. Creating 44 new cardinals — the biggest batch ever at one consistory — the pope raised the number of cardinal electors to 135.

St. John Paul created another 30 cardinals in 2003, bringing the number of electors back up to 135 once again. But, by the time he died in 2005, only 117 were under 80, and two of those were too ill to participate in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict.

The Polish pope’s mega-consistories broadly expanded the international — in other words, the catholic — identity of the College of Cardinals. It is a process that continues.

Pope Francis’ latest cardinals-designate include churchmen from five countries not currently represented in the College of Cardinals. But each of those countries — Bolivia, Pakistan, Japan, Madagascar and Iraq — has had a cardinal in the recent past.

With the edition of the new cardinals, the group of electors will represent 67 nations. The cardinals who elected Pope Francis in 2013 came from 48 countries.

The number of Italians with a red biretta, the cardinal’s three-cornered hat, still far exceeds those of any other nation, and Pope Francis is about to add three more to their number.

The day before the consistory, 18 Italians would be eligible to enter a conclave — 19 if you count Cardinal Mario Zenari, the Italy-born nuncio to Syria, who Pope Francis made clear was chosen to represent Syria. Still, in the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis, 28 were Italian.

The country with the next-highest number of cardinal electors is the United States, which has 10 cardinals under the age of 80.

At a Mass with the College of Cardinals in 2017, a Mass marking his 25th anniversary as a bishop, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church is not a “gerontocracy” ruled by old men; “we aren’t old men, we are grandfathers.”

But his choices for the June consistory do very little to lower the average age of the group of electors. Only one, Cardinal-designate Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, is still in his 50s. He is 54. Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic, is 51 years old and still will be the youngest cardinal once the consistory is over.

On June 28, there will be 114 electors with an average age of 71 years, 11 months and one day. After the consistory the next day, there will be 125 electors with an average age of 71 years, eight months and 20 days.

The cardinals who elected 58-year-old Cardinal Karol Wojtyla — St. John Paul II — in 1978 had an average age of 67.

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Millennial Corner: Dating Podcast

05/22/2018 - 1:22pm

A few weeks ago, Luke Carey, the Director of the Office for Young Adult Evangelization & Discipleship, gave a Theology on Tap talk called, ‘Dating: It Doesn’t Have to Suck (But It Probably Will).’ Luke recorded a podcast with author and speaker Arleen Spenceley to explore the remaining questions from the Q & A session.

Below is the first podcast of two that discusses online dating, personhood, asking girls for their number, dating stages, how married friends can support single friends in their relationships, rejection, dating people with different religious beliefs and more! Look for part two next week!

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First Mass of Fathers Craig Best and Jacob Willig

05/22/2018 - 12:53pm

Pentecost Sunday, May 20 this year, is known as the birthday of the church. In honor of the occasion, “The Catholic Telegraph” covered the first Masses of Thanksgiving celebrated by Fathers Craig Best and Jacob Willig.

Father Best’s Mass of Thanksgiving was held at St. Margaret-St. John Church in Fairfax, a suburb of Cincinnati’s east side. Fathers Jamie Weber, Jason Williams, and David Sunberg concelebrated. Father Sunberg, Father Best’s spiritual director during his final two years in the seminary, gave the homily. Deacons Robert Barnell and Kyle Gase, classmates from the seminary who will be ordained next weekend for other dioceses, served as deacons.

Father Willig’s Mass was held at St. Antoninus Church on the west side of Cincinnati. Fathers Anthony Brausch, Cyrus Haddad, Zachary Edgar, Gregory Carl, Ronald Haft, and John McQuarrie concelebrated. Father Brausch, the new president/rector of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, gave the homily. Deacon Scott Perry, who will be ordained next weekend for the Diocese of Toledo, and Deacon Ambrose Dobroszi served as deacons.

Fathers Best and Willig each presented their mothers a traditional gift near the closing of the Mass — a maniturgium, a linen cloth used to wrap a newly ordained priest’s hands after he is anointed. The cloth is given to the mother because she was the first protector of the ordinand during his time in her womb. According to tradition, when the priest’s mother passes away, she is buried holding the maniturgium so that all in heaven and on earth will know that she is the mother of a priest. And on the last day when we are raised from the dead, she can present the Maniturgium to Christ the Lord and say, “My son, too, shared in Your priesthood.”

Father Willig presented his father his first confessional stole. The stole is the sign of priestly office, and the priest wears it when he engages in holy things, such celebrating the holy Eucharist and the sacrament of penance. It was the father of the newly ordained priest who first taught him about justice and mercy. When a priest’s father dies, he is buried holding the purple stole so that all in heaven and on earth will know that he was the father of a priest. And, on the last day when we are raised from the dead, he can present the purple stole to Christ the Lord and say, “My son, too, shared in Your priesthood.”

The gifts of bread and wine at St. Margaret St. John Parish (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Gifts of bread and wine at St. Antoninus Parish. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Acolytes enter St. Margaret St. John Parish for Rev. Craig Best Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best censes the altar at St. Margaret St. John Parish (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. David Sunberg gives the homily for Rev. Craig Best First Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Anthony Brausch gives the homily at Rev. Jacob Willig's First Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig awaits the gifts at St. Antoninus Parish (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig prays over the gifts at his First Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best prays over the gifts at his First Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig censes the altar at St. Antoninus. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best during Eucharistic Prayer I (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig during the Eucharistic Prayer (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)  "Take this all of you and eat it...." (CT Photo/Greg Hartman Rev. Jacob Willig during Eucharistic Prayer I "...this is my body which will be given up for you." (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best during Eucharistic Prayer I, "When supper was ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples,..." (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)  this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me." (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best during First Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Margaret St. John Parish (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) The Recessional at the First Mass of Thanksgiving for Rev. Jacob Willig (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best receives a congratulatory hug from a parishioner at St. Margaret St. John (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig with well wishers after First Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Antoninus (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best with seminarians that attended his First Mass of Thanksgiving. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig after his First Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Antoninus Parish (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) (From left to right) Rev. Mr. Robert Barnell, Rev. Craig Best, Rev. Mr. Kyle Gase. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig poses with his sister (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Vestments for Rev. Jacob Willig (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

Accompanying families, reaching out to youth recurring encuentro themes

05/21/2018 - 5:30pm

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By Norma Montenegro Flynn

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs to walk with and accompany Hispanic and immigrant families, reach out to youth and young adults, and strengthen faith and leadership formation.

These were the recurring themes voiced by participants of the episcopal Region IV encuentro held May 19, at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

As part of the National Fifth Encuentro process, nearly 100 regional participants — lay and religious leaders from seven dioceses — from Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, gathered for the day to “encounter,” as the word “encuentro” suggests, each other and listen to the voices from parish communities and organizations within the region.

They discerned priorities and strategies on Hispanic ministry and how to better answer Pope Francis’ call to become missionary disciples reaching out to those on the peripheries.

“It’s important for us to get to know the drama, the anxieties of our people to bring the peaceful presence of Jesus Christ into their lives,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington and lead bishop for the Region IV encuentro.

“We have to be able to speak the same language from soul to soul in order to be able to connect them,” he said in an interview with Catholic News Service, noting that such accompaniment doesn’t change through the years.

Participants sharing in small groups and at-large, widely spoke about the ways Hispanic families need the Catholic church community to accompany them in their struggles, their desire for a better and more accessible faith formation, on outreach to youth and young adults, on family values and on keeping families together.

In a region with high numbers of recent immigrants, Central Americans who were Temporary Protected Status recipients and others covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, many voiced fears of deportation that breaks families apart.

TPS was recently terminated by the Department of Homeland Security leaving over 300,000 Salvadorans, Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Haitians facing possible deportations. About 690,000 DACA recipients are in a similar immigration limbo.

“Over and over, we saw that specially youth are feeling overwhelmed with the many stresses that they have, stresses because of immigration issues that affect them directly, especially those with DACA, those under TPS, and those whose parents, relatives or friends are undocumented,” said Lia Salinas, director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Region VI encuentro co-chair. “That is a voice that needs to be heard and that needs to be addressed.”

Proposed strategies to accompany families include: nurturing families through each stage, helping families integrate into their communities and following up with pastoral care. They also proposed to provide support for families who suffer separation and be involved in advocacy.

As part of advocacy efforts, many participants signed letters to their senators seeking a legislative solution for TPS recipients. The letters are part of the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative led by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services.

Throughout the day, participants shared priorities and strategies in the ministerial areas of evangelization and mission; vocations and leadership development; youth and young adult ministry; family ministry; immigration and social justice; faith formation and catechesis; intercultural competencies, stewardship and development; and Hispanics and public and professional life.

Priorities across the different areas of work included: the need to prepare catechists, priests, deacons and lay leaders to be multilingual and multicultural to reflect the universal church, placing greater emphasis on cultural integration and competencies.

“We have to develop the competencies, they’re very important, but I just want to stress the importance of developing an open heart,” noted Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore to participants. He noted that although more needs to be done in the different areas, the church is headed down the right path.

Other priorities addressed were: finding ways to strengthen Hispanic ministry by strengthening the formation of Hispanic leaders; making available training in Spanish and scholarships to assist those who want to further their formation but lack the resources to do it; supporting and build up leaders, particularly among youth and young adults; access to Catholic education for youth, and providing a greater support for families, single parents and women.

In the afternoon, a group of bishops or their representatives joined the small group conversations and later exchanged views and answered questions with the participants.

We’re called to proclaim and live the joy of the Gospel, we come here today very much aware of the real struggles that so many immigrants, people, families experience in their lives, and struggles are difficult,” said Father Thomas Ferguson, vicar general of the Diocese of Arlington, who represented Bishop Michael Burbidge. “But even in the midst of carrying the cross or embracing the struggle and the sorrow and the suffering, it is radiated in this room joy, because we’ve been called by Jesus to carry out his work.”

Other panel participants were: Archbishop Lori; Bishop Dorsonville, Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark E. Brennan and Msgr. John J.M. Foster, vicar general for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, representing Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio.

Episcopal Region IV includes the dioceses of Arlington and Richmond, Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia; and the Washington and Baltimore archdioceses; and the U.S. military archdiocese.

Participants came from all walks of life including immigrants and nonimmigrants; ministry leaders from city, suburbs and rural communities; and leaders of Catholic ecclesial movements, organizations and institutions.

“We want to in some way continue the encuentro process in the parishes and the diocesan teams to prepare and ignite that fire that it’s still there,” said Gabriel Garza, a delegate in the Archdiocese of Washington, voicing the desire of many to continue being engaged in the process of leadership, consultation and discernment that the Fifth Encuentro has begun.

Military spouses and active duty members stationed in Japan, Italy, Hawaii and the eastern and western U.S., also participated in the meeting as part of the delegation representing the U.S. military archdiocese, which is based in Washington.

The military archdiocese facilitated access to the encuentro process for Catholics in the military services who wished to participate.

Zack Mackeller is a senior airman in the Air Force and became involved after attending a Catholic conference in Chicago. He represents the voices of young Catholics in the military and embraces the call to be a missionary disciple.

“I try to engage people as they are, where they’re at. Just that very basic, person to person connection, that’s really all you can do. Then the Holy Spirit will unite people in its own way,” he said.

Recommendations will be included in a final report, which will form part of the working document for the National Fifth Encuentro, or V Encuentro, to be held in Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 20-24.

The Region IV participants will be part of over 3,000 delegates from across the country who are expected to convene during those four days to discern priorities and develop strategies for the “Pastoral Hispana,” or Hispanic ministry, in the United States, including seeking ways to better respond to the call to be missionary disciples.

“Evangelizacion y alegria,” or evangelization and joy, were the two words of encouragement that captured what Archbishop Lori wished for the delegates who will attend the National Fifth Encuentro.

The day concluded with a sending-off Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, with Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl presiding and Bishop Burbidge, Archbishop Lori and Bishop Dorsonville concelebrating.

 

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Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

05/20/2018 - 1:01pm

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By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others.

Announcing his choices May 20, the pope said that coming from 11 nations, the new cardinals “express the universality of the church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of the earth.”

Pope Francis’ list included three men over the age of 80 “who have distinguished themselves for their service to the church.”

When the pope made the announcement, the College of Cardinals had 213 members, 115 of whom were under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, was to celebrate his 80th birthday June 8.

Under Pope Francis, the idea that some church posts and large archdioceses always are led by a cardinal is fading, but is not altogether gone. His latest choices included the papal vicar of Rome, Cardinal-designate Angelo De Donatis, and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Luis F. Ladaria. But other traditional cardinal sees like Venice and Milan in Italy or Baltimore and Philadelphia in the United States were not included in the pope’s latest picks.

With the new nominations, the number of cardinal-electors — those under 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave — will exceed by five the limit of 120 set by Pope Paul VI. But previous popes also set the limit aside without formally changing the limit.

After the consistory June 29, Pope Francis will have created almost half of the voting cardinals. Nineteen of those under 80 in late June will be cardinals given red hats by St. John Paul II; 47 will have been created by retired Pope Benedict XVI; and 59 will have been welcomed into the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.

The new cardinals hail from: Iraq, Spain, Italy, Poland, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Japan, Mexico and Bolivia.

The new cardinals, listed in the order Pope Francis announced them, are:

— Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, 69, Iraq.

— Spanish Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, 74, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

— Italian Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, 64, papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome.

— Italian Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, 69, substitute secretary of state.

— Polish Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, 54, papal almoner.

— Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, 72.

— Bishop Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima, Portugal, 71.

— Archbishop Pedro Barreto of Huancayo, Peru, 74.

— Archbishop Desire Tsarahazana of Toamasina, Madagascar, 63.

— Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila, Italy, 69.

— Archbishop Thomas Aquinas Manyo Maeda of Osaka, Japan, 69.

— Archbishop Sergio Obeso Rivera, retired archbishop of Xalapa, Mexico, 86.

— Bishop Toribio Ticona Porco, retired prelate of Corocoro, Bolivia, 81.

— Spanish Claretian Father Aquilino Bocos Merino, 80.

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More priests ordained to serve the 450,000+ Catholics in the Archdiocese

05/19/2018 - 3:37pm
(From Left to Right) Rev. Andrew Smith, Rev. Craig Best, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Rev. Jarred Kohn, Rev. Jacob Willig, Rev. Anthony Brausch (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)(From Left to Right) Rev. Andrew Smith, Rev. Craig Best, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Rev. Jarred Kohn, Rev. Jacob Willig, Rev. Anthony Brausch (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati celebrated four men being ordained to the priesthood for service to God and the Church on Saturday May 19th. The ordination Mass was open to the public, and the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains was packed to capacity. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr celebrated  the Mass. Bishop Joseph R. Binzer concelebrated the Mass. The liturgy included the archbishop exercising the rite of ordination, the authority given by Christ to the apostles to make new priests.

The four priests  served as transitional deacons for the last year. Their ministry included baptizing, assisting in marriages, and preaching at Mass. Parish assignments for the new priests were announced at the ordination. The men graduated on May 13th of this year from The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, after at least seven years of formation for the priesthood.

The four men have varied backgrounds but all discerned a vocation to the priesthood.

Rev. Craig Best attended St. Mary School in Hyde Park and Purcell Marian High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from Xavier University. His assignment July 1, 2018 is St. Francis deSales in Lebanon and St. Philip in Morrow.

Rev. Jacob Willig’s home parish is St. Antoninus in Cincinnati. His brother is also in the seminary and his late uncle was a priest as well. Rev. Willig has been assigned the Eastside Pastoral Region of St. Cecilia and St. Margaret St. John Parish effective July 1, 2018.

Rev. Andrew Smith is a former Air Force Officer and holds an MBA from the University of Dayton. Rev. Smith’s assignment is Incarnation Parish in Centerville.

Rev. Jarred Kohn worked as a welder after high school before going into the seminary. Rev. Kohn has been assigned to the Petersburg Region which comprises of St. John the Evangelist, Fryburg, St. Joseph, Wapakooneta, Immaculate Conception, Botkins, and St. Lawrence, Rhine effective July 1, 2018.

The four new priests will contribute to the growing trend of men being ordained priests over the last decade. According to an annual survey at Georgetown University, there were 590 men ordained to the priesthood in the U.S. in 2017 – an increase of 47% over the 401 men ordained in 2008.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 450,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students. The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Deacon Jacob Willig awaits Ordination, May 19, 2018. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Deacon Craig Best awaiting the beginning of Ordination. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) 30 a.m. May 19, 2018 (CT Photo/.Greg Hartman) The processional on Ordination Day 2018. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Priest throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati attended this most sacred of days at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) (From left to right) Deacon Jacob Willig, Deacon Andrew Smith, Deacon Jarred Kohn, Deacon Craig Best. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Deacons Craig Best, Jarred Kohn, Andrew Smith, & Jacob Willig listen to the homily of Archbishop Schnurr. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) The ancient tradition of The Litany of Supplication. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Laying on of Hands and Prayer of Ordination. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Investiture with Stole and Chasuble (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Sign of Peace,The ASrchbishop and all the concelebrating priests welcome the newly ordained into the order of presbyters. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Craig Best during the Eucharistic Prayer (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Andrew Smith during the Eucharistic Prayer (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) Rev. Jacob Willig during the Eucharistic Prayer (CT Photo/ Greg Hartman) The newly ordained await their assignments (CT Photo/Greg Hartman) A very joyous day in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Archbishop Schnurr congratulates the newly ordained. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

 

Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14

05/19/2018 - 9:52am

By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived.

The date was announced May 19 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

During the consistory, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, formally petitioned the pope “to enroll in due course among the saints” six candidates for canonization “for the glory of God and the good of the whole church.”

Each of the candidates, the cardinal told the pope, gave “a convinced and coherent witness to the Lord Jesus. Their example continues to enlighten the church and the world in accordance with the perspective of mercy that your Holiness never ceases to indicate and propose.”

Briefly giving a biographical sketch of the candidates, Cardinal Amato said that during El Salvador’s civil war, Archbishop Romero, “outraged at seeing the violence against the weak and the killing of priests and catechists, felt the need to assume an attitude of fortitude. On March 24, 1980, he was killed while celebrating the Mass.”

Reviewing the facts of Blessed Paul’s life, Cardinal Amato highlighted how, as a high-level official in the Vatican Secretariat of State during World War II, the future pope “organized charitable assistance and hospitality for those persecuted by Nazism and Fascism, particularly the Jews.”

Pope Francis then certified that he had solicited the opinion of the cardinals, who agreed that “these same blesseds should be proposed to the whole church as examples of Christian life and holiness.”

Blessed Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated one day after calling on the government to end its violation of the human rights of El Salvador’s people.

While Catholics inside and outside El Salvador recognized him as a martyr immediately, his sainthood cause was stalled for years as some church leaders debated whether he was killed for his faith or for his politics.

As Pope Francis told a group of Salvadoran pilgrims in 2015, even after his death Blessed Romero “was defamed, slandered, his memory tarnished, and his martyrdom continued, including by his brothers in the priesthood and in the episcopate.”

In February 2015 Pope Francis signed the formal decree recognizing Blessed Romero’s martyrdom; the Salvadoran archbishop was beatified three months later in San Salvador.

The Salvadoran bishops’ conference and many Salvadorans had hoped Pope Francis would preside over the canonization in San Salvador, particularly because of the difficulty and expense of traveling to Rome. Others, however, argued that holding the ceremony at the Vatican makes it clear that Blessed Romero is a saint for the entire church, not just for the church in El Salvador.

Salvadoran Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez told TV2000, the Italian bishops’ television station, that he hoped Pope Francis would make a brief trip to San Salvador in January to pray at the tomb of by-then St. Oscar Romero. The pope will be in Central America for World Youth Day in Panama.

Blessed Paul VI, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini, was pope from 1963 to 1978. He presided over the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council and its initial implementation. He also wrote “Humanae Vitae,” a 1968 encyclical on married love, the 1975 apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Nuntiandi” on evangelization and “Populorum Progressio,” a 1967 encyclical on social development and the economy.

Speaking in 2013 to a group of pilgrims from Brescia, Italy, Pope Paul’s home diocese, Pope Francis said his predecessor had “experienced to the full the church’s travail after the Second Vatican Council: the lights, the hopes, the tensions. He loved the church and expended himself for her, holding nothing back.”

And, beatifying Pope Paul in 2014, Pope Francis noted that even in the face of “a secularized and hostile society,” Pope Paul “could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom — and at times alone — to the helm of the barque of Peter while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord.”

Pope Francis referred to him as “this great pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle,” who demonstrated a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church.”

The other men and women to be canonized include: Father Francesco Spinelli of Italy, founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Father Vincenzo Romano, who worked with the poor of Naples, Italy, until his death in 1831; Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of the religious congregation, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, the Spanish founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.

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Update: Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

05/18/2018 - 8:57pm

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HOUSTON (CNS) — In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer healing to those affected.”

“As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in our schools and communities,” he added in a May 18 statement.

The cardinal said he was “deeply saddened” and that his prayer and the prayers of Catholics in the archdiocese are with the “victims and families of those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy.”

In a separate statement as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo said: “Our community and our local church joins an ever-growing list of those impacted by the evil of gun violence. I extend my heartfelt prayers, along with my brother bishops, for all of those who have died, their families and friends, those who were injured, and for our local community.”

The school shooting, occurring just three months after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place when a male shooter opened fire at a Santa Fe High School the morning of May 18 killing 10 people, most of them students. Another 10 were reported injured.

A suspect taken into custody was identified as 17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis and another person of interest also was detained and questioned. Explosive devices also were found at the school and off campus. 

The shooting was the deadliest in Texas since a gunman attacked a rural church late last year, killing more than two dozen people.

“Sadly, I must yet again point out the obvious brokenness in our culture and society, such that children who went to school this morning to learn and teachers who went to inspire them will not come home,” Cardinal DiNardo said in his statement at USCCB president. “We as a nation must, here and now, say definitively: no more death!”

He prayed that “the Lord of life” would be “with us in our sorrow and show us how to honor the precious gift of life and live in peace.”

“We experienced an unthinkable tragedy at our high school this morning,” Santa Fe Superintendent Leigh Wall said in a message posted to Facebook.

“As soon as the alarms went off, everybody just started running outside,” 10th-grader Dakota Shrader told reporters, “and next thing you know everybody looks, and you hear boom, boom, boom, and I just ran as fast as I could to the nearest floor so I could hide, and I called my mom.”

Another student told CBS News he ran behind some trees, heard more shots, jumped a fence and ran to a car wash. He said he saw firefighters treat a girl who had a bandage around her knee and may have been shot.

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, said in a May 18 tweet: “Please keep the victims of the Houston-area school shooting in your prayers. Pray also for their family members and friends who now begin a tragic grieving process. For those killed, grant eternal rest unto them, O Lord, and bestow grace and strength to all in their community.”

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All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

05/18/2018 - 2:22pm

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By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

“We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country’s bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary-general of the Chilean bishops’ conference, said the pope had read to the 34 bishops a document in which he “expressed his conclusions and reflections” on the 2,300-page report compiled by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu, during a visit to Chile to investigate the scandal.

“The pope’s text clearly showed a series of absolutely reprehensible acts that have occurred in the Chilean church in relation to those unacceptable abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse that have resulted in the lessening of the prophetic vigor that characterized her,” Bishop Ramos said.

After reflecting on the pope’s assessment, he added, the bishops decided to hand in their resignations “to be in greater harmony with the will of the Holy Father.”

“In this way, we could make a collegial gesture in solidarity to assume responsibility — not without pain — for the serious acts that have occurred and so that the Holy Father can, freely, have us at his disposal,” Bishop Ramos said.

Shortly after the announcement, Juan Carlos Cruz, one of three survivors who met privately with Pope Francis in April, tweeted, “All Chilean bishops have resigned. Unprecedented and good. This will change things forever.”

The bishops will continue in office unless or until the pope accepts their resignations.

The document in which Pope Francis gave his evaluation of the situation of the church in Chile was leaked May 17 by Chilean news channel Tele 13. The Associated Press reported that the Vatican confirmed the document’s authenticity.

The pope wrote in the document that removing some church leaders from office “must be done,” but that “it is not enough; we must go further. It would be irresponsible of us not to go deep in looking for the roots and structures that allowed these concrete events to happen and carry on.”

In it, the pope said that “the painful situations that have happened are indications that something is wrong with the ecclesial body.”

The wound of sexual abuse, he said, “has been treated until recently with a medicine that, far from healing, seems to have worsened its depth and pain.”

Reminding the bishops that “the disciple is not greater than his master,” Pope Francis warned them of a “psychology of the elite” that ignores the suffering of the faithful.

He also said he was concerned by reports regarding “the attitude with which some of you bishops have reacted in the face of present and past events.”

This attitude, the pope said, was guided by the belief that instead of addressing the issue of sexual abuse, bishops thought that “just the removal of people would solve the problem.”

In an accompanying footnote, the pope said the bishops’ behavior could be labeled as “the Caiphas syndrome,” referring to the high priest who condemned Jesus saying, “Better for one man to die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

The act of covering up cases of abuse, he added, was akin to the Latin American saying, “Muerto el perro se acabo la rabia” (“Dead dogs don’t bite”).

The document’s footnotes included several details from the investigation made by Archbishop Scicluna, who is president of a board of review within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; the board handles appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse or other serious crimes.

The pope said the report confirmed that, in some instances, the bishops deemed accusations of abuse as “implausible.”

But Pope Francis said he was “perplexed and ashamed” after he received confirmation that undue pressure by church officials was placed on “those who carry out criminal proceedings” and that church officials had destroyed compromising documents.

Those actions, he said, “give evidence to an absolute lack of respect for the canonical procedure and, even more so, are reprehensible practices that must be avoided in the future.”

Following the document’s release, Cruz applauded the pope’s evaluation of the abuse crisis and of the bishops’ behavior toward survivors of sexual abuse.

“This is the pope that I met during my conversations in the Vatican,” Cruz told Chilean news site, Emol, May 17. “I hope all (the bishops) resign and that the church in Chile begins to rebuild with true shepherds and not with these corrupt bishops who commit and cover up crimes, as the document states.”

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Graduates head home for ordination

05/18/2018 - 8:57am

Meet five from Toledo, Louisville, and Fathers of Mercy

Five men from outside the archdiocese who have been preparing for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary will be ordained in their dioceses or religious orders this spring. With Cincinnati’s four graduates, they make up the ordination class of 2018.

Deacon Victor-Antonio Moratin will be ordained June 2 by the Fathers of Mercy, an order of priests founded after the French Revolution to re-evangelize Catholics by preaching missions and retreats about God’s mercy available to all through the sacraments. Their community is now based in Auburn, Kentucky.

Three men from Toledo, Deacons Kyle Gase, Scott Perry, and Andrew Wellmann, will be ordained May 26 at the city’s Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral by Bishop Daniel Thomas.
Deacon Robert Barnell will also be ordained May 26, in Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption, by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz.

Deacon Barnell said he first felt the call to the priesthood in eighth grade. With age came a deeper understanding of “how Christ’s power could save us from our sinfulness and lead us to peace, joy and true love of God and our neighbor,” he said.

He attended Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Louisville and holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. He cites volunteering in the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, and a priest who befriended him in college, Father Rick Nagel, with affirming his discernment of a vocation.
He is the son of Thom and Joan Barnell and has a brother and a sister.

Deacon Kyle Gase of Fostoria (Diocese of Toledo) said a family conversion back to practicing the faith that took place when he was in high school resulted in his dis-cernment. “During the following years I came to fall in love with the Catholic faith, and the seed of a vocation to the priesthood was planted,” he said.
“Be open to the Lord’s will for your life. No matter the vocation to which you are called, as long as you remain open to His grace and promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will take care of you.”
He did his undergraduate work in philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus.

Deacon Scott Perry, Tiffin, (Diocese of Toledo) holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, but his mother, Jane, suspected he had a vocation at his high school graduation. “In his valedictorian speech, he spoke of faith and hope in God, and was very comfortable doing so,” she said. She and his father, Roger, “asked him before and during college if he thought he might have a calling. He said, ‘No, I don’t think so,” but eventually he would see what we all saw early on.”

When he decided to explore the idea that he might have a vocation to priesthood, Deacon Perry said, “I experienced a deep sense of peace that has never left and has only grown stronger over my time in the seminary.” He has three siblings.

Deacon Andrew Wellmann, son of Jim and Jean Wellmann, hails from Delphos (Diocese of Toledo). He attended Ohio Northern University and Pontifical College Josephinum.

“The thought of being a priest appealed to me at an early age,” he said. “I always saw it as a possibility, and from there the desire grew.
“It is most important to be open to the Lord,” he said. “Talk to Him daily about His plan for your life and trust that He will help you as you discern your vocation. Be courageous! Do not be afraid of the Lord and what He asks of you.”

Brother Victor-Antonio Moratin (Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy) said he was reluctant when he first felt a nudge towards the priesthood, but “I began to grow in my relationship with Him and He began to nudge me to say yes to His call to be a priest.”

He holds a degree in engineering from Montgomery College in his native Maryland, and in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut.

Ordination Masses

Archdiocese of Louisville:
May 26, 11 a.m., Cathedral of
the Assumption

Diocese of Toledo:
May 26, 11 a.m., Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

Fathers of Mercy:
June 2, 10 a.m. CDT, Chapel of Divine Mercy, Auburn, Kentucky

Deacon Robert Barnell Deacon Kyle Gase Deacon Victor-Antonio Moratin Deacon Scott Perry Deacon Andrew Wellmann

Meghan Markle’s Catholic school celebrates royal wedding

05/17/2018 - 7:00pm

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By Carol Zimmermann

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Royal wedding fever has caught on in many places, but it has a particular soft spot at Immaculate Heart Middle School and High School outside Los Angeles, the school Meghan Markle attended from seventh to 12th grade.

The school is located more than 5,000 miles from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England, where Markle and Prince Harry’s May 19 wedding is taking place, but the California school bridged this gap during an outdoor pre-wedding celebration May 15.

Students waved British and American flags, toasted their famous alumna with glasses of lemonade, listened to student speeches and did a group dance all while local and international TV and print reporters mingled among them.

The students at the all-girls school were thrilled for the 1999 graduate’s big day but they were also proud of the humanitarian and activist work the actress has already done.

“I know that I’m not going to marry a prince … but it makes me feel like, as a woman, I can do anything, and I can be empowered by Meghan,” seventh-grader Amina Brenlini told Reuters during the event, adding that Markle is her “biggest inspiration.”

In a speech during the celebration, Mia Speier, the high school student body president, praised Markle for her dedication to service.

“The idea that someone like her, who has had an upbringing so similar to ours, will now be able to voice her concerns on a global platform as an internationally recognized figure is a story that impacts so many young women, especially the young women at our school,” said Speier.

Stella Lissak, middle school student body president said Markle’s humanitarian work showed that “we at Immaculate Heart truly are women of great heart.” Highlights of the speeches were posted on the school’s website.

The school, founded in 1906 by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, has mission-style terra cotta roofs and is located just a few miles from the landmark Hollywood sign.

Many of the 674 students have been pretty excited to say the least about the royal wedding since the engagement was announced last November. At the time, the communication director for the school, Callie Webb, told Catholic News Service that some of the students had never heard of Markle and others knew every detail about her 15-month romance with Prince Harry, her engagement, her TV career, activism and now- discontinued lifestyle blog, The Tig.

Early on, the school tried to put the engagement news in perspective, announcing when the news first broke in a Nov. 27 tweet: “Over 10,000 women of great heart and right conscience have graduated from Immaculate Heart, and we are proud to count actress and humanitarian” Markle among them.

It posted a similar message that day on its Facebook account but added that as a global ambassador for World Vision Canada, Markle campaigned for clean, safe drinking water. And as a U.N. Women’s Advocate, she has spoken up for women’s rights and gender equality.

In other words, the school had already been proud of its graduate for a long time.

But they also are fully embracing Markle’s upcoming role as Duchess of Sussex.To demonstrate their dedication, and also witness history, some students, alumnae and families will attend a wedding viewing party May 19 at the school that will start at the wee hour of 3 a.m. (PDT).

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