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Quotable: Bishop Malooly on church’s newest saints




The following text is excerpted from Bishop Malooly’s homily April 27 at St. Hedwig Church in Wilmington, where he celebrated a Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday commemorating the canonizations that day of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

It’s very moving for me to see so many of Polish descent because John Paul was not only a great leader, he was almost a savior to his people. A sign of hope when there was not hope, a sign of love and he had a real sense of strength and confidence, which is not unlike you as people.

So it’s great to see so many of you here today to celebrate the canonization of both men [Popes John XXIII and John Paul II].

I like to think of this time of the year as the second season. Salvation history was a long stretch leading up to Jesus. With Jesus, we had his public ministry; we had the time after he rose, the time he spent with his disciples during the Easter season, and the third season began at Pentecost and continues today, the coming of the Spirit, the growing of the church. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Francis and the cult of celebrity

March 23rd, 2014 Posted in Opinion Tags:


One year ago in Rome, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio called his local newsstand in Argentina to cancel his subscription to a daily paper. He had been elected pope, and his reading material at the Vatican would change.

That phone call became an example of the pope’s modest personality and gave his former newsstand a long “15 minutes” of fame. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Snow plows under parish budgets


Lent would be a good time to give the snow devil a cold shoulder.

That’s Father William T. Cocco’s feeling at St. John the Beloved in Wilmington, where as pastor he’s been watching the unusual amounts of snowfall cover the church’s and school’s walkways and extensive square feet of parking lots.

“Snow removal, putting down salt, maintenance, it’s not cheap,” Father Cocco said last week before the eighth significant snow of the winter covered parish property on Monday. Read more »

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Reflection: Having more while possessing less

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Opinion Tags:


Twenty years ago, Maura Cardona joined a program to train health promoters who would provide basic medical care and hygiene education for Guatemalan communities throughout the San Marcos area.

Today, she is as a model for what is possible in San Marcos, a country that hugs Guatemala’s border with Mexico from the coastal plains along the Pacific Ocean to the volcanic mountain highlands.  Read more »

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How do we become peacemakers in our lives?

February 9th, 2014 Posted in Opinion Tags: ,


By Kathy Ebner


Entering a new year brings us all to reflect on the quality of our life. How do I live as a Catholic Christian? Are my decisions in line with God’s will? These questions are crucial to a person desiring to live a life honoring God, the creator.

I believe the practical wisdom necessary for living a Christian life can be found in the Beatitudes and their influence on my decisions. The Ten Commandments are mainly a list of what not to do. The Beatitudes are the new law, given by Jesus, teaching us how to live in God’s grace. Keeping in mind these Beatitudes and observing how Christ lived, we can learn how to live our lives wisely. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Weathering the storms that arise

February 8th, 2014 Posted in Opinion



“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice.”

Robert Frost, whose very name was cold, speculated that fire would be the world’s end in his poem “Fire and Ice.” He readily admitted, however, that ice “would suffice.”

This winter, snow and freezing weather hold the lead in apocalyptic threats to the Diocese of Wilmington. Read more »

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Viewpoint: The Good News still draws attention


Before completing his first full year as pope, Francis was named Time magazine’s person of 2013 this week.

Pope Francis’ nine months in Rome have given birth to his advocacy for the poor that’s been heard around the world, to his constant proclamation of the gift of God’s mercy and to his daily reflections on the salvation offered to all by Jesus.

Following his unique election to the papacy after the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, took the name of St. Francis of Assisi and soon came to personify his namesake’s love of the poor and all creation. Read more »

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Viewpoint: It’s looked like Christmas for a month already

November 29th, 2013 Posted in Opinion Tags: , ,


The church devotes each Advent, four weeks, to the coming of Christmas in its liturgical calendar.

In business, that anticipation has expanded from five weeks to eight shopping weeks heralding the coming of consumer goods under a tree.

Halloween now stands as the only civic and commercial event between Labor Day and Christmas. If not for trick-or-treating, the Christmas advertising launched at the start of November would quickly find a way to begin at the end of summer. Read more »

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Editorial: It’s a First Amendment issue


To deny conscience rights, government refuses to call Catholic charities, hospitals and colleges ‘religious’

You don’t have to be a conservative Catholic to be dismayed by the Obama administration’s decision to force Catholic hospitals, Catholic colleges and Catholic charitable institutions to buy insurance plans for their employees that cover contraceptives, including some that can cause abortion, and sterilizations, even though the church teaches abortion, sterilization and contraception are immoral.

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Analysis: Ruling over teacher’s firing could have far-reaching implications

January 19th, 2012 Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized


Catholic News Service

The direction the courts will take with other cases related to religious employment is far from clear, but the Supreme Court’s Jan. 11 ruling opens a whole track of possibilities.

The decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC held that fired teacher Cheryl Perich could not sue under federal disability discrimination laws, because the Michigan Lutheran school where she worked considered her a “called” minister. Read more »

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