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Rome, Italy, Mar 5, 2015 / 02:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Italian bishops conference relaunched on Monday its microcredit initative for families and small businesses, a program first begun in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis. 12 hours 3 min
Mobile, Ala., Mar 4, 2015 / 12:58 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday night halted the illegal distribution of marriage licenses to people of the same sex, setting up a potential constitutional conflict with a federal judge who imposed "gay marriage" on the state.
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Rome, Italy, Mar 4, 2015 / 07:16 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which views them only as burdensome is 'perverse' and ill. 1 day 6 hours
Vatican City, Mar 4, 2015 / 07:05 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Statutes for the Vatican's three finanical oversight bodies were released earlier this week, largely consolidating the influence of the Secretariat for the Economy and its prefect, Cardinal George Pell. 1 day 7 hours
Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 06:18 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A statue of "Homeless Jesus" now sits just outside Catholic Charities in downtown Washington, D.C., with the organization's president hoping it will spur passers-by to service.
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Vatican City, Mar 4, 2015 / 05:39 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Last week it was informally announced to journalists that the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year in the same month as the synod on the family.
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Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 4, 2015 / 04:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On the Day of the Family, celebrated in Mexico March 1, Cardinal Norberto Rivera laid out seven challenges the Church must face to help the family authentically be what every person truly needs.

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Chicago, Ill., Mar 4, 2015 / 03:11 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- After being dropped from a cancer drug trial over a month ago, Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been admitted to the hospital for testing and further evaluation of his health. 1 day 11 hours
Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 02:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Can numbers say something about the future of Christianity? George Weigel thinks so. 1 day 12 hours
Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 10:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion. 2 days 4 hours
Chicago, Ill., Mar 3, 2015 / 08:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pro-life leader, Catholic commentator, and University of Notre Dame law professor Charles E. Rice was commemorated at a requiem Mass Monday, as his friends and admirers remembered his "countless" contributions. 2 days 6 hours
Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 07:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco's native auxiliary bishop, Robert W. McElroy, as the new head of the archdiocese of San Diego.
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Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 07:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Christian groups lead the world in a sobering statistic: they suffer harassment in more countries than any other religious group.
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Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 06:54 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Asia poses unique challenges to the spreading of the Catholic faith and the Church must respond by evangelizing through personal encounters, insisted the leading Filipino cardinal. 2 days 7 hours
Miao, India, Mar 3, 2015 / 06:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service. 2 days 8 hours
Karachi, Pakistan, Mar 3, 2015 / 04:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Archdiocese of Karachi, based in Pakistan's largest city, held a Lenten seminar last month to help the faithful there revitalize their faith life and to meaningfully prepare for Easter. 2 days 10 hours
South Bend, Ind., Mar 3, 2015 / 02:16 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The University of Notre Dame mourned the death of its former president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., prompting outpourings of appreciation and remembrance for his deeply influential and sometimes controversial legacy. 2 days 11 hours

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Staff Report Catholic Rural Life of St. Marys and Sidney deaneries is encouraging Catholic farming families in those deaneries to apply for enrollment in the Catholic Century Farms Registry. Active Catholic families who have farmed and nurtured the same land … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
Staff Report In the late 1950s, just as today, it wasn’t common to see a bishop in full clerical garb riding atop a bulldozer,  but it happened once. Pictured in today’s Throwback Thursday is Archbishop Karl J. Alter. On Jan. … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Mercy Mary Annice Quinter was celebrated Feb. 7 at St. Clare Church in Cincinnati. Sister Mary Annice, 75, died Jan. 31 at McAuley Convent. She was a Sister of Mercy for 57 … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Harry Gerdes will be celebrated March 4 at St. Joseph Church, North Bend, with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presiding. Father Gerdes, 79, died Feb. 26 at Bayley Place in Delhi Township. Father Gerdes … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Francisco has been named to head the Diocese of San Diego by Pope Francis. The appointment was announced in Washington March 3 by Archbishop Carlo Maria … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
Press Release Mount St. Joseph University president Tony Aretz has announced his resignation from his leadership role at the liberal arts institution effective with the culmination of this academic year.    “I have been honored the past seven years to lead … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George, retired archbishop of Chicago, was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center March 1 to undergo several days of tests. A March 3 news release from the Chicago Archdiocese said … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Seeing the elderly only as a burden “is ugly. It’s a sin,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience. “We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
Press release   With 2015 decreed as the Year of Consecrated Life by Pope Francis, University of Dayton Libraries is honoring the priests, sisters and brothers — the vowed religious — who devote their lives to serving God and humanity. … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October. Cardinal Angelo … Continue reading → 12 hours 11 min
  By John Franko Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH — Donald Nohs, who is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, talked to a Pittsburgh audience about the evidence of authenticity for … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
Staff Report The Light is On for You” is today, Tuesday, March 3rd. Today, every parish or pastoral region in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will open its doors from 7 to 9 p.m. for quiet prayer and the Sacrament of … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow,” it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Imelda Laub was celebrated Feb. 10 in St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame convent. Sister Imelda, 97, died Feb. 5 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center in … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marianist Brother Howard Lohrey was celebrated Jan. 28 at All Saints Church in Cincinnati. Brother Howard, 65, died Jan. 24. A native of Cleveland, Brother Lohrey entered the Marianist novitiate at Marcy, NY, and … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Deacon J. Thomas Wray, 55, will be ordained to the priesthood at 4:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Margaret of York in Mainville by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. Wray’s path to the Catholic priesthood … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY  — Drop the innocent look and the habit of judging others, Pope Francis said; recognizing one’s own faults and failings is the first requirement of being a good Christian. In fact, paradoxically, … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Doug Weller Catholic News Service SALINA, Kan. — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York says one of the virtues of rural life is the number of priests who come from country parishes. The Diocese of Salina would seem … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
Athenaeum of Ohio Report Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, one of the nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the pope, will present two lectures on March 11 at the Athenaeum of Ohio. “I know from personal experience that … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Catholic News Service NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME  — With the aim of ensuring that the public display of the Shroud of Turin promotes conversion and healing, the archbishop of Turin has given priests throughout the archdiocese special faculties to offer … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
  Staff Report The Light is ON for You! Gather your family and friends and head to church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 2, 2015, as every church will be open in the Archdiocese … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours

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Bro. Ray Fitz, SM (second from right), who served the longest-ever term as president of the University of Dayton, received the Rev. Theodore Hersburgh Award last month.

Bro. Ray Fitz, SM (second from right), who served the longest-ever term as president of the University of Dayton, received the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Award last month.

University of Dayton Past President Bro. Raymond Fitz, SM, received the Theodore M. Hesburgh  Award for outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education last month in Washington, DC.

The longest-serving president in UD’s history, Bro. Ray was nominated for the award by current UD President Daniel Curran. Named for Fr. Hesbugh, CSC, the award is given every year at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)’s annual meeting.

“Bro. Ray’s contributions to Catholic higher education are both local and global,” said Michael Galligan-Stierle, president of the ACCU. “He lent his insights to the Vatican as a U.S. consultant during the drafting of Ex corde Ecclesiae; he informed the writing of the Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae in the United States; and he has significantly transformed the University of Dayton.”

Bro. Ray accepting the award.

Bro. Ray accepting the award.

Bro. Ray served as president from 1979 to 2002. “His twin abilities to think boldly and empower people led to remarkable growth during his tenure with dramatic gains in the operating budget, endowment and sponsored research,” a UD spokesperson said. “An engineer by training and a deeply humble and spiritual man, he is known for his systematic, persistent approach to addressing complex community issues.”

In the 1990s, Fitz chaired Montgomery County’s Child Protection Task Force after five children in Dayton’s child welfare system died. Through work with the Dayton Public Schools’ Neighborhood School Centers and urban Catholic schools, he focused on partnerships that create opportunities for young people to succeed and families to flourish. For the past 12 year, he has served as the Ferree Professor of Social Justice at the university, where he teaches classes that connect Catholic social teaching to urban social justice issues.

In October, UD dedicated its College Park Center as Raymond L. Fitz Hall. The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community is also named for him. Every year, the Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development Department gives the Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., Ph.D. Award to a front-line agency worker or grassroots community member “who exemplifies Brother Ray’s dedication and commitment to the cause of nurturing and protecting children.”

Photos courtesy the University of Dayton.

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Many events are planned for St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Many events are planned for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Following this weekend’s German festivities in Cincinnati, which include the Bockfest Parade and other events, including a special Bockfest Mass featuring the area’s German societies Sunday at Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati, the area’s Irish will celebrate nextg week with Masses and the 49th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

All are welcome at all events.

St. Patrick’s Day events:

Mar. 12, Fenian’s Annual St. Patrick’s Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, 7 pm. Celebration follows on second floor of Molly Malone’s (Covington).

Mar. 14, Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Mass at St. Xavier Church (downtown Cincinnati), 10 am. Parade follows.

March 14, 49th Annual Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade, noon. Honorary Grand Marshal: Jim O’Toole, Reds Hall of Fame Class of 1970. Parade begins at Eggleston and Reedy; ends at Sentinel (click here for route). Parade never cancels — rain, snow or shine.

Mar. 15, 64th Annual Memorial Mass for the Deceased Friends of Ireland at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati), 11 am. At 10:40 the Friendly Sons of St Patrick Glee Club will perform a medley of Irish music. Fr. Barry Windholtz will celebrate the sung Mass, held every year “to honor and perpetuate the memory of those dedicated individuals who loved Ireland and worked for her freedom.” Sponsored by the Memorial Committee for Friends of Ireland. This year’s ecumenical mass dedicated to those working for the continued success of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Participating in the ceremonies: the Ancient Order of Hibernians-St Patrick’s Division No. 1 and Our Lady of Knock Color Guards with the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Music will be provided by the Cathedral choir under the direction of Anthony J. Dicello, and by the Friendly Sons of St Patrick Glee Club. Reception in the Undercroft.

Mar. 17, St. Patrick’s Day Mass at Mother Of God Church (Covington, KY), noon. Sponsored by the LAOH.

Mar. 17, 88th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner featuring Rocky Boiman at the Marriott Courtyard (Hamilton, OH), 6 pm. Sponsored by Badin High School and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Men only; coat and tie. Benefits the Badin l Scholarship Fund through the Hamilton Community Foundation.Drinks 6 pm, dinner 7:30 pm, program follows. Masters of Ceremonies: Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller and Badin favorite Tom Collins. Tickets $60; contact Sean McKnight,

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Beef is mentioned in the Bible more than once. We know the story of Abraham and the fatted calf. Beef was not a common food during Bible days as the oxen and cows were considered beasts of burden and used for plowing fields – much too valuable for everyday food.

On special occasions, though, beef was served usually in the form of a “fatted calf,” one raised especially for eating.

You will love this easy beef stew recipe. Really one of my all time favorites, and so easy!

Mary  Helen’s “No peek” Classic French Beef Oven Stew

Mary Helen Spry was my best friend, Carol’s, mom. Back in the day, she was the most gourmet cook around. This recipe proves easy can be elegant!  Get ready for compliments and clean plates!!

Even though I’ve made numerous versions of classic beef stew that were delicious, none were as quick as this and really, the taste of this stew is outstanding. Here’s the recipe with my adaptations. I used my Le Creuset enameled cast iron pot. Just make sure your pot and lid are ovenproof.

  • 2 pounds beef, cut in 1-1/2” cubes (I used a generous 2 pounds and bought stew beef already cut up)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped, about 3 cups
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced – my addition which is optional (Mary  Helen did not add garlic)
  • 3 ribs celery, cut up
  • 4 medium carrots cut crosswise and then lengthwise
  • 1-1/4 cups tomato juice (I didn’t have any so used one can beef broth mixed with 1 generous tablespoon tomato paste)
  • 1/3 cup quick/instant cooking tapioca
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 medium red potatoes, chunked up (I used 3 Yukon gold)

Preheat oven to 300-325. Pour a thin film of oil in bottom of pot. Put beef in and then everything else except potatoes. Give it a stir. Cover and cook a total of 3-3/12 hours, until meat is tender but remember to add potatoes during last hour of cooking. (I forgot to add potatoes so cooked them separately and added to stew after it was done.)  Good with mashed potatoes, too. If stew is too thick, add a bit of hot water.

Tip from Rita: Stir some frozen, thawed peas in at the end.

To cook in crockpot: 8-12 hours on low, 4-6 on high. Add potatoes at beginning of cooking time.

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

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

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Covington Catholic High School students who won prizes at the pep rally introducing the school's new STEM program, which will hold its first classes in the fall.

Covington Catholic High School students Tyler Micek, Justin Colvin, and Ryan Lape-Gerwe, who won prizes at the pep rally introducing the school’s new STEM program, which will hold its first classes in the fall.

Famous for its fans, the ““Crazies,” Covington Catholic High School brought that spirit to academics this month at a pep rally for the school’s new STEM (Science,  Technology, Engineering, Math) program, which will debut next year.

Members of the Park Hills (KY) school’s Robotics Club, which finished their first competitive season this year, held a robot battle won by the junior class.

CCHS's robotics team.

CCHS’s robotics team.

Three students won technology-oriented prizes for answering a short STEM quiz: Tyler Micek won a Bluetooth speaker, Ryan Lape-Gerwe a Kindle, and Justin Colvin scored the top prize, an ASUS two-in-one tablet. Prizes were donated by Global Business Solutions and the CCH Alumni Association.

STEM Coordinator Bob Lind praised the Robotics Club, which fielded three teams in competitions this season. One, the RoboColonels, recieved a bid for state. “I am very proud of you all. We had a fantastic first year!” he said. “You have laid the groundwork for future Robotics Teams and the Engineering Program at CCH.”

CCH will hold its first two STEM program classes, introductions to engineering, in the fall. The  curriculum is provided by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and will allow students to earn college credits by passing the courses.

Photos courtesy Covington Catholic High School.

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When Elder High School (Price Hill/Cincinnati) closed last week like every other school in town, students didn’t have to miss the pep rally for its highly anticipated basketball match against LaSalle — the school created a video pep rally they (and you) could watch at home.

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Sábado 7 de março, às 18:00 (hora local), na Paróquia de Todos os Santos localizada à Via Appia Nuova 244, Roma, Francisco celebrará a Santa Missa por ocasião do 50º aniversário da primeira missa em italiano e o 75º aniversário da morte de São Luigi Orione. Foi Paulo VI que, nesta mesma igreja e no mesmo dia, em 7 ... 21 hours 7 min
Papa Francisco ressaltou que o bispo não reúne os fiéis em torno de sua pessoa, mas em torno de Cristo. Fê-lo na audiência com os participantes do 38 °Congresso dos Bispos amigos do Movimento dos Focolares, que está sendo realizado em Castel Gandolfo de 3 a 6 de março. Presentes no encontro 60 prelados de 35 países... 21 hours 45 min
Está se realizando em Cuba o encontro dos Diretores nacionais das Pontifícias Obras Missionárias (POM) do continente americano. Segundo o programa recebido pela Fides, de 2 a 6 de março os Diretores nacionais enfrentarão os temas da animação missionária na América e compartilharão suas experiências neste campo.  ... 21 hours 46 min
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(Vatican Radio) “Where the elderly are not honoured, there is no future for the young”. This was the powerful message delivered by Pope Francis during his catechesis on Wednesday, devoted to the elderly. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience the Pope continued in his series of teachings on the family, focusing this time on the role of grandparents. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:  Reflecting on the fact that life expectancy has increased in modern societies, Francis denounced a widespread lack of respect and consideration for the elderly and their dignity.  Recalling the words of Benedict XVI during a visit to an old age home when he said: “The quality of a society, I mean of a civilization, is also judged by how it treats elderly people and by the place it gives them in community life”, Pope Francis reiterated: “It is true, attention for the elderly is what makes the difference within a civilization”. Nowadays, he said, people tend to live longer, but often our societies not only fail to make room for the elderly, but even consider them a burden. And recounting an anecdote dating back to when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis told of how when visiting an old age home, he stopped to chat to one of the guests and asked her how her children were doing: “Well” answered the old woman. “Do they come to visit you?” he said. “Oh yes, always” she replied. “And when was the last time they came?” he continued. “At Christmas” she said. “It was August… Eight months without a visit from her children – this Pope Francis said is a mortal sin.” “It’s is a mortal sin to discard our elderly”. The Pope insisted: “The elderly are not aliens,  we are them, in a short or in a long while; we are inevitably them, even although we choose not to think about it”.  “If we do not learn to look after and to respect our elderly, we will be treated in the same way” he warned.  “A society where the elderly are discarded carries within it the virus of death” he said. And calling the issue a major challenge for Western societies which are marked on the one hand by aging populations and on the other by a cult of youth efficiency and profit which tends to discard everything not considered productive or useful, Pope Francis said that because of the vulnerability and special needs of the elderly, especially of those who are ill or alone, they call for particular attention and care.  But rather than a burden – he said – they are, as the Bible tells us, a storehouse of wisdom. The Church, Francis pointed out, has always accompanied the elderly with gratitude and affection, making them feel accepted and part of the community.  The Church, Pope Francis concluded, cannot accept degenerations such as the ones that see elderly people abandoned and marginalized: “where the elderly are not honoured there is no future for the young”.         (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 7 hours
(Vatican Radio) In the Paul VI Audience Hall before his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis met with the Bishop Friends of the Focolare Movement. Founded in Italy in 1943 by Chiara Lubich, the Focolare, also known as the Work of Mary, is an ecclesial movement that promotes the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood. Since 1977, a number of Bishops who desired to live out the spirituality of communion promoted by Focolare, have gathered together as the Bishop Friends of the Movement. The Bishop Friends hold regular meetings at international and regional levels. Listen to Christopher Wells' report:  In his address to the Bishops, Pope Francis called to mind the theme of their current meeting: “The Eucharist, Mystery of Communion.” He said, “the charism of unity proper to the Work of Mary is strongly anchored in the Eucharist, which gives it its Christian and ecclesial character.” It is the work of the Bishop to gather the community “around the Eucharist, around the double table of the Word and of the Bread of Life.” This, the Pope said, “is our service, and it is a fundamental one.” Pope Francis said, “the Bishop is the principle of unity in the Church, but this does not take place without the Eucharist: the Bishop does not gather the people around his own person or his own ideas, but around Christ present in His Word and in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood.” When the Bishop is conformed to Christ, “nourished with faith in Christ the living Bread,” he is “is urged on by his love to give his life for the brothers and sisters, to go out, to go to meet those who are marginalized and despised.” The Holy Father had special words of greeting for those Bishops present who had come from “the blood-soaked lands” of Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine. “In the suffering you have lived with your people,” he said, “you experience the strength that comes from the Eucharistic Jesus, the strength of going forward united in faith and hope.” He assured the Bishops the Church is united to them in the daily celebration of the Mass. Concluding his address, Pope Francis encouraged the Bishops to carry on their “commitment in favour of the ecumenical journey and inter-religious dialogue” and thanked them for the contributions they make “to a greater communion between the various ecclesial movements.” Below please find the full text of the Pope’s address to the Bishop Friends of the Focolare Movement: Dear brothers, I welcome you, and I thank Cardinal Kovithavanij for his introduction. And I thank the President and Co-President of the Focolare Movement for their presence. You have brought together in Rome the friendship with this Movement and an interest in the “spirituality of communion.” In particular, in these days your reflection has centred on the theme of “The Eucharist, Mystery of Communion.” In effect, the charism of unity proper to the Work of Mary is strongly anchored in the Eucharist, which gives it its Christian and ecclesial character. Without the Eucharist, unity would lose its divine pole of attraction, and would be reduced to simply human, psychological, sociological feeling and dynamic. Instead, the Eucharist guarantees that at the centre there is Christ, and there is His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to move our steps and our initiatives of encounter and of communion. The Apostle Paul writes: “Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf” (1 Cor 10:17). As Bishops, we gather the communities around the Eucharist, the double table of the Word and of the Bread of Life. This is our service, and it is fundamental. The Bishop is the principle of unity in the Church, but this does not take place without the Eucharist: the Bishop does not gather the people around his own person or his own ideas, but around Christ present in His Word and in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood. And in the school of Jesus, the Good Shepherd made Himself the Lamb sacrificed and risen, the Bishop gathers the sheep entrusted to him with the offering of his life, himself taking on a form of Eucharistic existence. And so the Bishop, conformed to Christ, becomes a living Gospel, becomes Bread broken for the life of many with his preaching and his witness. He who is nourished with faith in Christ the living Bread is urged on by his love to give his life for the brothers and sisters, to go out, to go to meet those who are marginalized and despised. In a particular way I thank you, Brothers, who come from the blood-soaked lands of Syria and of Iraq, and also of Ukraine. In the suffering you have lived with your people, you experience the strength that comes from the Eucharistic Jesus, the strength of going forward united in faith and hope. In the daily celebration of the Mass we are united to you, we pray for you offering the Sacrifice of Christ; and from it the many initiatives of solidarity in favour of your Churches gain their strength and significance. Dear Brothers, I encourage you to carry on your commitment in favour of the ecumenical journey and inter-religious dialogue. And I thank you for the contribution you make to a greater communion between the various ecclesial movements. May the Lord bless you and the Madonna protect you. Let us pray for one another. I thank you for your prayers. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 8 hours
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A partir do próximo 12-15 de março o Secretário de Estado Vaticano, o cardeal Pietro Parolin, fará uma visita oficial à República da Bielorrússia. Quem confirmou essa notícia foi a Conferência Episcopal da Bielorrússia, informando que durante a sua estadia, o cardeal vai abençoar a primeira pedra do novo edifício d... 2 days 6 min
(Vatican Radio) The official programme for Pope Francis’ visit to Pompeii and Naples was published Tuesday by the Vatican Press Office. The one-day visit scheduled for Saturday, 21 March will begin at 7am in the Vatican where the Pope will board a helicopter that will take him to the Shrine of Pompeii where he will gather in prayer. Listen to Christopher Wells' report:    At 9am Pope Francis is due to arrive in Scampia, an impoverished area close to Naples where he will meet with the community in the John Paul II Square. Midmorning sees the Pope celebrating Mass in Naples’ central Piazza del Plebiscito. A special moment will be dedicated to prison inmates when the Pope travels to the “Giuseppe Salvia” Detention Centre in Poggioreale where he will also share lunch with some of the detainees. In the early afternoon he is scheduled to venerate the relics of Saint Gennaro and meet with the clergy, the religious and the deacons in the city's main Cathedral. Before departing for the Vatican at approximately 6pm, Pope Francis will visit some sick people in the Basilica del Gesù and will meet a group of young people at a venue on the Caracciolo sea-front. He will travel back to the Vatican by helicopter.   (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 3 hours
(Vatican Radio) A press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office Monday morning to present the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), established in 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil, during a meeting of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions, priests, missionaries of congregations who work in the Amazon jungle, national representatives of Caritas and laypeople belonging to various Church bodies. “We are not talking simply about ecological issues – maintaining the trees which are threatened by the logging that goes on there – it is also about the biodiversity which is also being threatened by the fact when farms are created they basically go monocultural for intensity of production,” said Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Listen to the interview with Cardinal Peter Turkson:  “The indigenous population is also threatened by the fact that their natural habitat is taken away,” he told Vatican Radio. “When they talk about the Amazonian threat, it is not just that the forests are disappearing - and that the source of water and the atmosphere – but the different lifeforms are all under threat,” Cardinal Turkson said. The form in which REPAM is structured is meant to  serve as a model for other local churches in other countries facing similar challenges. “This is an initiative that has been brought over here to put emphasis on the ecclesiality of the initiative,” said Cardinal Turkson. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 7 hours
(Vatican Radio)  God “generously forgives” those who “learn to do good”, but what he doesn’t forgive is “hypocrisy and fake saints”, said Pope Francis at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta chapel. Pope Francis said that there has never been any doubts that God prefers “sanctified sinners” – people who, despite their past sins, learn how to do a greater good -- to “fake saints” – people who are more concerned with appearing saintly than doing good. The Pope was reflecting on the first reading from Isaiah, which he described as an "invitation and an imperative" that comes directly from God: "Cease to do evil, learn to do good" defending orphans and widows, namely "those who no one remembers".  Pope Francis said this category includes the "abandoned elderly", "children who do not go to school", and those "who do not know how to make the sign of the Cross". Essentially it is an invitation to conversion: "But how can I convert? 'By learning to do right!'. Conversion. You cannot remove the filth of the heart as you would remove a stain: we go to the dry cleaner and leave cleansed ... This filth is removed by 'doing': taking a different path, a different path from that of evil. 'Learn to do right!', That is, the path of doing good. And how do I do good? It’s simple! 'Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow'. Remember that in Israel the poorest and most needy were orphans and widows: do justice to them, go there to the wounds of humanity, where there is so much pain ... And by doing so, by doing good, you will cleanse your heart ". Pope Francis continued that a cleansed heart is promised God’s forgiveness.  God does not keep account of the sins of those who concretely love their neighbors.  "If you do this, if you take this path to which I invite you - the Lord tells us - 'though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow'. It is an exaggeration, the Lord exaggerates: but it is the truth! The Lord gives us the gift of His forgiveness. The Lord forgives generously. 'I forgive you this much, then we'll see about the rest....' No, no! The Lord always forgives everything! Everything! But if you want to be forgiven, you must set out on the path of doing good. This is the gift! '. Pope Francis went on to say the Gospel of the day, instead, presents the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Scribes. He was reflecting on people "who say all the right things, but do the exact opposite." "We are all clever and always find a path that is not right, to seem more virtuous than we are: it is the path of hypocrisy".  "They pretend to convert, but their heart is a lie: they are liars! It 'a lie ... Their heart does not belong to the Lord; their heart belongs to the father of all lies, Satan. And this is fake holiness. Jesus preferred sinners a thousand times to these. Why? Because sinners told the truth about themselves. 'Get away from me, Lord, I am a sinner!': Peter once said. One of those [the hypocrites] never says that! 'Thank you Lord, that I am not a sinner, that I am righteous  ... In the second week of Lent we have these three words to think about, to ponder: the invitation to conversion; the gift that the Lord will give us, which is great forgiveness, a great forgiveness; and the trap -- that is, pretending to convert, while choosing the path of hypocrisy". (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 8 hours
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Não julgar, mas acusar a si mesmo: este é o primeiro passo da caminhada cristã. Poderíamos resumir assim a homilia de hoje do Papa em Santa Marta. Após os Exercícios Espirituais da Quaresma Francisco ainda se concentra no tema da misericórdia, pela qual somos chamados a não acusar os outros, mas a nós mesmos, recon... 2 days 21 hours
Dois anos se passaram após a renúncia do Papa Bento XVI e da eleição do Papa Francisco. Dois anos cheios de novidades e de acontecimentos inéditos. Nesta entrevista concedida a ZENIT, a jornalista libanesa, Hala Homsi, especialista desde 1995 em matéria religiosa para o jornal Annahar nos apresenta a sua leitura de... 2 days 23 hours
O Patriarcado de Moscou exortou nestes dias a comunidade internacional a intervir imediatamente para parar o terror contra os cristãos no Oriente Médio. Em um comunicado, o Patriarcado exige o fim imediato da perseguição das comunidades cristãs e a garantia da segurança completa, ressaltando que no Oriente Médio ... 2 days 23 hours
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Os responsáveis de algumas organizações católicas da Europa reuniram-se em Paris no dia 26 de fevereiro, na sede da Conferência Episcopal da França, para analisar em conjunto alguns dos desafios mais importantes que eles estão enfrentando no contexto da vida social em diferentes países europeus. Caritas Europa, a... 2 days 23 hours
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Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized in October. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, ... 22 hours 50 min
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WASHINGTON—Decisions around the 2016 budget resolution should be measured against whether they protect human life and dignity, the poor and vulnerable and the common good, particularly workers and their families, said two U.S. bishops in a letter, February 27, to every member of Congress.

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, wrote, “The moral measure of the federal budget is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless, or poor are treated. Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources.”

Archbishop Wenski and Bishop Cantú chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on International Justice and Peace, respectively.

The bishops expressed support for reduction of future unsustainable deficits and their impact on the economy, but said a just framework for a federal budget cannot rely on “disproportionate cuts in essential service to poor persons.” The bishops noted how Budget Control Act caps and sequestration have limited many domestic and international poverty-focused programs and cautioned lawmakers against using the reconciliation process to achieve savings by cutting health care, nutrition and other programs.

“As pastors, we see every day the human consequences of budget choices. Our Catholic community defends the unborn, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, educates the young, and cares for the sick, both at home and abroad. We help poor families rise above crushing poverty, resettle refugees fleeing conflict and persecution, and reach out to communities devastated by wars, natural disasters and famines. In much of this work, we are partners with government, and our combined resources allow us to reach further and help more,” the bishops wrote.

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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert W. McElroy, 61, bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. Bishop McElroy has served as an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco since 2010. He succeeds the late Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died September 6, 2014.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, March 3, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Robert Walter McElroy was born February 5, 1954. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1975, a master’s degree in American history from Stanford University in 1976, and a master of divinity degree from St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, California, in 1979. He was ordained a priest for the San Francisco Archdiocese April 12, 1980, and named a monsignor in 1996.

Following ordination, he was parochial vicar of St. Cecilia Church in San Francisco, 1980-1982; and secretary to Archbishop John R. Quinn, 1982-1985. He studied for a licentiate in sacred theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California, in 1985; and for a doctorate in sacred theology at the Gregorian University, Rome, 1985-1986. He studied for a doctorate in history at Stanford from 1986-1989.

From 1989-1995, he was parochial vicar at St. Pius Church, and was vicar general for the San Francisco Archdiocese, 1995-1997. From 1997-2010, he was pastor of St. Gregory Parish in San Mateo, California. He was appointed a bishop by Pope Benedict XVI on July 6, 2010, and consecrated on September 7 of that year.

He is author of “The Search for an American Public Theology: The Contribution of John Courtney Murray,” Paulist Press, 1989; and “Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs,” Princeton University Press, 1992. He also has been published in journals and America magazine.

The Diocese of San Diego covers 8,852 square miles in Southern California and has a total population of 3,236,492 people, of whom 998,127, or 31 percent, are ...
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