Archive for April, 2014

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

Retired Pope Benedict XVI embraces Pope Francis before canonization Mass at VaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.

“They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century,” the pope said April 27, in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. “They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful.” (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope Francis lights the paschal candle, held by Brian Baker, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, during the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Alfonso Di Stefano)

Pope Francis lights the paschal candle, held by Brian Baker, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, during the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Alfonso Di Stefano)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Trusting that people took his Lenten advice and either downloaded a Bible app or bought a pocket-sized edition of the Gospels, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to re-read the accounts of the Resurrection during Easter week.

“Remember this week to pick up the Gospels, find the chapters about the Resurrection and read them — a passage from those chapters each day. This would do us good,” the pope said April 21, Easter Monday. At midday on the Italian holiday, the pope led the recitation of the “Regina Coeli,” the Marian prayer used from Easter to Pentecost.

With thousands of visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stood in the window of the papal apartment he chose not to live in and urged those in the square to let their Easter joy be evident in the way they think and interact with others.

“Let us allow the joyful awe of Easter Sunday radiate in our thoughts, gazes, attitudes, gestures and words,” he said before leading the prayer. (more…)

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Relic finds home at Basilica

relic5Southeast Texans gathered April 17 to witness history as a relic of a soon to be saint – Blessed Pope John XXIII – was enshrined at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont. The relic is a zucchetto worn by Pope John XXIII that was given to Father Michael Jamail, vicar general, in 1960 by a fellow classmate in seminary.

“It gives me great pleasure to know that it is here in our Cathedral now and it will be here for a very long time,” Father Jamail said. (more…)

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Palm Sunday at OMOM

retouched-IMG_0361Our Mother of Mercy Parish, Beaumont, held a reenactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

The parishioners gathered to follow Jesus on the horse and sang as they paraded around the block of the parish. (more…)

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By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service

usccb-logoWASHINGTON (CNS) — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops’ committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization’s responses.

The aim of the resource, issued April 2 by the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, was not to support or oppose Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA, known as GSUSA, but to provide local bishops, pastors, youth leaders and parents with necessary information to determine their level of involvement. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

cns-logoVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting four victims of human trafficking, dozens of religious sisters and senior police chiefs from 20 countries, Pope Francis praised their coordinated efforts to fight against a “crime against humanity.”

“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ,” he said. (more…)

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