Archive for April, 2013

cns-logoBy Catholic News Service

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNS) — A suspect was being held on $75,000 bond after being arrested following the stabbing of four worshippers at an Albuquerque parish near the end of Mass April 28.

The suspect, Lawrence Capener, 24, also had his hand lacerated in the scuffle following the initial attack.

Two stabbing victims remained hospitalized the day after the attack at St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Albuquerque. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope administers sacrament of confirmation to U.S. teen during Mass at Vatican

Pope Francis administers the sacrament of confirmation to Brigid Miniter, 14, of Ridgewood, N.J., during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 28. The pope confirmed 44 people from 22 countries. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Administering the sacrament of confirmation to 44 people, including two teenagers from the United States and two from Ireland, Pope Francis encouraged them to “swim against the tide; it’s good for the heart.”

In a partially improvised homily at Mass April 28 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis encouraged young people to hang on to their ideals and pursue them. “We Christians weren’t chosen by the Lord to do little things,” he said.

After making the sign of the cross with chrism oil on the foreheads of those being confirmed, Pope Francis rubbed the oil all over their foreheads, sealing them with the Holy Spirit. After wishing them peace, he gave each a quick kiss on the cheek. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

cns-logoNEW YORK (CNS) — The Archdiocese of New York has dropped its legal demand that the Obama administration provide documents from the White House staff related to the church’s lawsuit against the government’s insurance mandate for birth control coverage.

Reuters reported that the archdiocese filed a notice with the U.S. District Court April 22 dropping its request for documents from the administration. In February, the archdiocese subpoenaed the records of White House staff, including those of the president, to use in the archdiocese’s lawsuit over the contraceptive mandate in the health insurance law.

On April 4, the White House asked the federal court to toss out the request, saying it was inappropriate and a burden on the administration. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope waves as he arrives to lead general audience at VaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis may publish his first encyclical this year, the Vatican spokesman said.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said he “would not exclude” the possibility of the publication of the pope’s first encyclical “within this year,” Vatican Radio reported.

The spokesman told reporters April 25 that retired Pope Benedict XVI had already “fleshed out material on the theme of faith” for an encyclical.

Vatican officials had said Pope Benedict completed work in late 2012 on what would have been his fourth encyclical — a letter on the theological virtue of faith. Its release was expected in the first half of 2013, but the pope resigned Feb. 28 before its publication. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

POPE JOHN PAUL II PRAYS AT CASTEL GANDOLFOVATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican-convoked commission of doctors concluded a healing attributed to Blessed John Paul II had no natural explanation, according to Italian news reports.

Eventual papal approval of the alleged miracle would clear the way for the canonization of the pope, who died April 2, 2005, and was beatified May 1, 2011.

Once a panel of physicians convoked by the Congregation for Saints’ Causes determines a healing is authentic and lasting, and that there is no natural, medical explanation for it, the files are passed on to a panel of theologians.

The theologians study the events — especially the prayers — surrounding the alleged miracle and give their opinion on whether the healing can be attributed to the intercession of a particular sainthood candidate. (more…)

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One year of giving vegetables

givinganniv6It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since The Giving Field on Liberty Street planted its first seeds. April 23 the community garden celebrated its first anniversary.

“This is so amazing that we’ve kept it going and actually grown in our first year so much. It’s all due to our volunteers and everyone who has supported us through their donations. None of this would be possible without you,” Sharon Begnaud, one of the gardens organizers, said at the anniversary celebration. (more…)

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Gathered in grace, focused on family

gathered7Women from all over the diocese spent this past weekend becoming rejuvenated in their faith and spirituality at the Gathered in Grace Women’s Conference April 19-20. National speakers Julie Carrick and Leighton Drake led the retreat and focused their talks on how faith affects family.

“No matter what kind of family situation you have. No matter how many kids you have, the family is a place where we learn how to serve, we learn how to love and we learn how to forgive. We learn all these things through our family,” Drake said.

Drake put an emphasis on evangelization in the home and setting an example of Christ-like living. (more…)

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