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Archive for September, 2012

Jesus Abrego, director of the Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Beaumont, has received $10,000 to go toward his ministry for being a nation-wide finalist for the 2012 Lumen Christi Award, an award given by Catholic Extension.

Only 12 finalists were chosen throughout the country. Now in its 35th year, the Lumen Christi Award is given to an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who shares the light of Christ with the communities they serve. Through their ministries, these hidden heroes stand witness to the transformative power of faith that changes hearts, lives and society. (more…)

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Parishioners from St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, Parish, Port Arthur, were hard at work Friday morning as they prepared and seasoned chicken for the annual Parish Festival. The festival will be this Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The parish will be selling barbecue chicken dinners for $7. It will also include a Country Store, Religious Booth, games for the kids and more. Join in the fun. Find them at 6412 Garnet Avenue, in the Port Acres area of Port Arthur. (more…)

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Bishop Guillory issues statement on lawsuit

Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, S.V.D., issued a statement today, Sept. 27, 2012.

A lawsuit originally filed by a single plaintiff in April of this year was recently amended to add two additional plaintiffs. All of the plaintiffs are claiming the Diocese of Beaumont is liable for alleged sexual abuse in the mid-1970s of the plaintiffs by a priest, Ronald W. Bollich, who is now deceased. The amended suit is under review by the diocesan attorney.

The diocese takes all allegations of abuse very seriously. More information on how to report abuse can be found on the diocese’s website at http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/safeenvironment/index.html.

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops send their “unconditional support to the Church in Nigeria” following the September 23 bombing of St. John’s Cathedral in Bauchi, according to a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa to Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria. (more…)

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By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, president of the German bishops’ conference, presents a statement to the media at the opening of the bishops’ fall meeting Sept. 24 in Fulda, Germany.

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The German bishops’ conference defended a controversial decree that said Catholics who stop paying a church membership tax cannot receive sacraments.

“There must be consequences for people who distance themselves from the church by a public act,” said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, conference president, in defending the Sept. 20 decree.

“Clearly, someone withdrawing from the church can no longer take advantage of the system like someone who remains a member,” he said at a Sept. 24 news conference as the bishops began a four-day meeting in Fulda. “We are grateful Rome has given completely clear approval to our stance.”

The archbishop said each departure was “painful for the church,” adding that bishops feared many Catholics were unaware of the consequences and would be “open to other solutions.”

“The Catholic church is committed to seeking out every lost person,” said Archbishop Zollitsch, whose remarks were reported by Germany’s Die Welt daily. (more…)

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By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Societal transformation “often begins with the zeal, enthusiasm and creativity of young people who challenge us to see things in new ways,” a Honduran cardinal told participants at a U.N. forum Sept. 24.

Young people also often “approach life with great passion and dedication,” Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said at the event, sponsored by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. The theme was “Empowering Youth to be Agents of Change in Eradicating Poverty.” (more…)

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By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The increase of restrictions on religion are up worldwide — and, for the first time, those restrictions increased markedly in the United States, according to a new Pew report.

For the United States, it was the first time in the study’s four-year history that both government restrictions and social hostility were up by at least one point on a scale of 0 to 10, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, which issued the study Sept. 20. The United States was one of 16 countries with such large measurable increases in both criteria. (more…)

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