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See you in September, Holy Father: Benedict heads for hilltop villa, Francis trims schedule

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis visited retired Pope Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence June 30 to wish him a happy summer.

After a 30-minute visit from Pope Francis, the retired pope then headed off to the traditional papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside of Rome. It was the first time the retired pope returned to the villa since spending about two months there after he resigned in early 2013.

Pope Francis chats with retired Pope Benedict XVI at the retired pope's home at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the Vatican June 30. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis chats with retired Pope Benedict XVI at the retired pope’s home at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the Vatican June 30. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

The 88-year-old retired pope is expected to remain at the summer villa just two weeks, until July 14. Before he resigned, Pope Benedict, like many of his predecessors since the early 1600s, spent a large portion of the summer months at the 135-acre papal villa to escape Rome’s oppressive heat.

Pope Francis, however, who, even as archbishop of Buenos Aires, is not known to take a full vacation, lightened his schedule just a bit for July.

He will still hold his Angelus prayer and address every Sunday; however, there will be no Wednesday general audience for all July, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. The general audience will resume in August in the Vatican’s solar-powered and air-conditioned Paul VI hall.

For the month of July, all audiences with the pope are expected to be suspended, except a meeting with members of the Catholic charismatic renewal movement in St. Peter’s Square July 3.

Pope Francis will not invite groups of Catholics to his residence, the Casa Santa Marta, for his early morning Mass throughout July and August.

Despite the somewhat reduced schedule for July, the 78-year-old pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay July 5-12, returning to the Vatican July 13.

He will visit at least seven cities and villages, whose altitudes range from 35 meters (116 feet) to 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level, and deliver 22 speeches, homilies and greetings. Millions of people are expected to attend the more than 37 scheduled events.

 

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Sister Nirmala Joshi, successor to Blessed Teresa, dies at 81

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KOLKATA, India (CNS) — Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Blessed Teresa of Kolkata as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity and led the order for 12 years until retiring in 2009, died early June 23 in Kolkota at age 81.

Church and political leaders paid tribute to Sister Nirmala for her devotion to serving poor, sick and hungry people. Read more »

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Christian leaders hope Palestinian saints can be intercessors for peace

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Christian leaders in the Holy Land hope two new Palestinian saints will become intercessors for peace and a bridge among faiths.

“I am sure they follow our situation from heaven and will continue to intercede for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land,” Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem said at a news conference May 6. “Their intercession is strong and efficacious.” Read more »

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Sisters from India represent newest religious order in the diocese

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Dialog Editor   This is the first in a series of stories on members of religious orders in the Diocese of Wilmington. The series is part of the paper’s coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis.   The Christu Jyothi Sisters or Sisters of Christ the Light are the newest order of religious women in the Diocese of Wilmington. The order, founded in 1992 in India, now has two sisters working for the Capuchin’s Ministry of Caring. Sister Lissy Sebastian Karottumalayil, CJS, works at the ministry’s Emmanuel Dining Room on Jackson Street in Wilmington. Read more »

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Year of Consecrated Life: Bishop leads Evening Prayer for religious of the diocese

February 5th, 2015 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Vocations

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The members of 38 religious orders of women and men in the Diocese of Wilmington bring God’s light to the people they serve.

Bishop Malooly told a congregation of religious — sisters, brothers and priests — at evening prayer on the World Day of Consecrated Life Feb. 2 at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Greenville that an aspect of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord is Christ’s light revealed to Simeon and Anna in the Temple, the revelation of God’s light to the world. Read more »

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Celebrating religious sisters, priests and brothers

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Now is the time to be especially nice to religious sisters, priests and brothers in your life; 2015 is their year.

The Diocese of Wilmington will begin its celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life on Feb. 2 with Solemn Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church in Greenville.

Bishop Malooly will preside at the service that’s sponsored by the diocese’s Office for Religious. Read more »

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Oblates made an impact on Father Brian Zumbrum, and now he hopes to

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Dialog reporter

 

WILMINGTON — Father Brian Zumbrum, ordained in 2013 as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, has found his vocation within his vocation. Now in his second year at Nativity Prep, the tuition-free middle school for boys in Wilmington, Father Zumbrum has an opportunity to combine his passion for teaching with that of working in an urban setting.

“My entire formation has been immersed in the urban world,” he said recently in his office at Nativity. “The urban setting can be a very difficult one, and not everyone’s matched for it, but I am. I thrive in the day-to-day craziness that sometimes can come, but also in that sense that everything we do truly does matter.” Read more »

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They came, they saw, they entered the seminary

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Dialog reporter   Diocese’s two newest seminarians took concerns, questions to priests at Come and Seek gatherings   The thought of entering the seminary had been in the minds of Brennan Ferris and Joe Sullivan for quite a while, but the decision to go wasn’t solidified until after both had attended Come and Seek meetings with local priests and other men discerning their vocation. Come and Seek is a program started by diocesan priests last year to introduce men to priestly life in an informal setting. Ferris, a Wilmington native who attended St. Elizabeth elementary and high schools, is a sophomore at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in South Orange, N.J. He said he had thought about entering the priesthood for several years, but it was as a senior in high school that the call became stronger. He attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., as a freshman and heard about Come and Seek when he was back in Delaware. Read more »

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Vocations drawing contest winners named

January 8th, 2015 Posted in Vocations Tags:

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Five students from schools and parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington have been recognized as winners in the annual Vocations Guild drawing contest , which was held in November during Vocations Awareness Week. One student each from first through fourth grade, along with one religious-education student, were honored. Read more »

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Elkton native ordained to priesthood

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FrMullanFather Peter Mullan, a native of Elkton, Md., was among 35 men ordained to the priesthood Dec. 13 in Rome for the Legionaries of Christ. Father Mullan told the Legionaries that he believes his vocation began during his unusual birth and baptism.

Born with a blockage in his intestines, he was flown from Elkton to Baltimore by helicopter for surgery.

“I still have that scar from that surgery across my stomach,” he said. “Before the operation my mother knew her catechism well enough to baptize me herself. So one day she gave birth to me, and the following day she gave birth to me spiritually. No time to lose for God.”

Father Mullan was ordained at the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

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