Archive for May, 2013

By Michelle Martin Catholic News Service

Father Andrew Greeley pictured in 2003 file photoCHICAGO (CNS) — Father Andrew Greeley, a Chicago archdiocesan priest and well-known novelist, journalist and sociologist, died late May 29 at his home in Chicago’s John Hancock Center. He was 85 years old.

Father Greeley was perhaps most widely recognized for the more than 60 novels he wrote, some considered scandalous with their portraits of hypocritical and sinful clerics. But he also wrote more than 70 works of nonfiction, often on the sociology of religion, including 2004’s “Priests: A Calling in Crisis.” (more…)

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Corpus Christi is here

This weekend Catholics in the Diocese of Beaumont will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. But how did this feast come to be? In the 13th century a religious woman named Juliana of Liège had a vision of Christ that instructed her to petition for a feast outside of Lent that honored the Blessed Sacrament.

After 40 years of hard work and more visions in 1246 Bishop Robert de Thorete of Liège held a synod and ordered a celebration of Corpus Christi to be held each year. In 1264 Pope Urban IV made the day a feast throughout the entire Church. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope Francis carries monstrance during observance of Corpus Christi feast

Pope Francis carries a monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament during the Corpus Christi observance May 30 in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself the food that nourishes and sustains Catholics, even when the road gets rough, Pope Francis said before leading a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome.

Mass and participation in Corpus Christi processions are times for Catholics to reflect on how they follow Jesus and, particularly, what the Eucharist means to them, the pope said at Mass May 30 to celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The pope encouraged Catholics to ask themselves: Is the Eucharist a “moment of true communion with the Lord, but also with my many brothers and sisters who share at this same altar?” and “Adoring Christ truly present in the Eucharist, do I allow myself to be transformed by him?”

The pope celebrated the Mass outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, then — on foot — joined a candlelight Corpus Christi procession from St. John’s to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, just over a mile away. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Lawsuits filed by family-owned businesses against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate on moral grounds continue to make their way through the courts.

The businesses offer a range of services, from making wooden cabinets to selling car supplies to and running a chain of arts and crafts stores, and the owners include Catholics, evangelical Christians and Mennonites.

What they have in common is the belief that their for-profit businesses should be allowed to seek an exemption from that part of the health law they say violates their religious beliefs. (more…)

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Janice Moore, mother of Father Andy Moore, died May 26 at the age of 74. A visitation will take place at Broussard’s Mortuary, 1605 Major Dr., Beaumont, 5 – 7 p.m. May 28. There will be a funeral Mass May 29 at Infant Jesus, Lumberton, at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served after Mass. The burial will take place in Washington, LA, at 3:30 p.m.


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Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, has called for an optional special collection for the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The collection may be taken up May 24-26 or June 1-2. Earlier this week the Oklahoma City area was struck by a string of tornadoes leaving a 20-mile path of destruction. Please keep the folks in Oklahoma and all those affected by natural disasters the past few weeks in your prayers.

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

the_vaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — The director of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority said the Vatican will further amend its finance-related laws in the coming months, increase screening of account holders at the Vatican bank and continue assessing the potential risk that accounts could be used for money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Rene Brulhart, the Swiss finance lawyer hired to monitor the legality and transparency of Vatican financial activity, presented his office’s first report at a May 22 news conference. (more…)

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