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St. Francis Hospital staff helps Bayard House mothers


Dialog reporter


WILMINGTON — While most of St. Francis Hospital’s care for pregnant women and their newborns takes place inside the building at Seventh and Clayton streets, the hospital staff has taken prenatal education on the road in an effort to help pregnant young women in Wilmington.

A group of hospital employees, under the direction of Dr. James Cosgrove, visits Bayard House once a week to assist the women who live there. Bayard House, operated by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington, is a residential program serving homeless or transitional pregnant teens and young women while they prepare to live independently. Read more »

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How to volunteer at Philadelphia’s World Meeting of Families


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PHILADELPHIA — For the past year, the question most often heard by Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, was “How can I help?”

Now there is an answer and a way anyone can lend a hand to the four-day conference and events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September. Read more »

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Archmere holds off St. Mark’s for 2-1 win in girls soccer


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CLAYMONT – After a sluggish first half in which both teams combined for five shots, Archmere and St. Mark’s found a bit of an offensive groove when play resumed. The Auks built a 2-0 lead, then held on as St. Mark’s scored once and threatened a few other times in the last 10 minutes of Wednesday afternoon’s 2-1 Archmere win in girls soccer.

Archmere came out after halftime and applied some offensive pressure, and in the 48th minute, the work paid off. Senior Gillian Sweeny beat her defender to catch up to a pass from classmate Maddie Love and put the ball past Spartans goalkeeper Heather Swain and into the far corner for a 1-0 lead. The Auks kept the heat on, and four minutes after Sweeny’s marker, Swain made a diving stop of another Auks shot to keep the score 1-0.

Archmere's Maddie Love dribbles away from Hannah Schepers of St. Mark's during the Auks' 2-1 win on Wednesday. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Archmere’s Maddie Love dribbles away from Hannah Schepers of St. Mark’s during the Auks’ 2-1 win on Wednesday. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The Auks took advantage of a corner kick in the 59th lead to double their lead. This time, it was a freshman, Maddie Law, who drilled the corner kick, which bounced off a Spartan and past Swain for the 2-0 advantage.

The offensive overtures continued for Archmere, as sophomore Leah DaCosta had a chance to add to the team’s lead in the 64th minute. DaCosta dribbled past a defender down the right side and let a shot fly from about 20 yards out. The ball sailed wide past the right post.

This shot from Leah DaCosta of Archmere (6) went just wide left of the St. Mark's net. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

This shot from Leah DaCosta of Archmere (6) went just wide left of the St. Mark’s net. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Although Archmere had found its footing, someone forgot to tell St. Mark’s. The Spartans kept attacking, and in the 70th minute, junior Madison Burnham found herself all alone in front of Auks keeper MacKenzie McDougal. Burnham left no doubt, lifting the ball over McDougal’s outstretched arms to cut the deficit in half.

The Spartans would have a few chances to tie the match as time wound down. A free kick in the 73rd minute was wide right, and on a corner kick in the final minutes, the teams scrambled as the ball settled just inches from the goal line before McDougal was able to corral it. Finally, McDougal deflected a shot wide with approximately a minute to go.

Archmere remained undefeated at 7-0-1. The Auks are home Friday at 3:45 p.m., hosting Delaware Military Academy in a Division II showdown. The Seahawks are 8-1-1. St. Mark’s, which fell to 5-5, is also at home Friday to play Middletown. That game also begins at 3:45 p.m.

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Pope Francis decries inequality of women in the workplace, blames decline in marriages on ‘fear of failure’


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VATICAN CITY — Two millennia after the “Gospel of the family” defeated an abusive social practice that humiliated women, the “radical equality” of spouses in Christian marriage must now bear new fruit in society, including “the right to equal pay for equal work,” said Pope Francis.

This disparity between men and women in the workplace is “a pure scandal,” Pope Francis said April 29 during his weekly general audience.

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Continuing a series of audience talks about marriage, the pope began by saying Jesus demonstrated his great fondness and solicitude for marriage and family when he changed water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

The love between man and woman in marriage is “God’s masterpiece,” the pope said, straying from his prepared remarks. Though Jesus’ message to married couples is always the same, “many things have changed” since then, he said.

Today there are fewer marriages, more marriage breakups, and fewer children, the pope noted. Family and marital bonds are broken with “always greater frequency and speed,” and children are always the biggest victims, he said.

The pope said that if a person, since childhood, experiences marriage as a temporary bond, then “unconsciously” he or she will tend to live that way, too.

Though young people rank family first as a social indicator for happiness, he said, many give up on the idea of “an irrevocable bond” and of a long-lasting family life.

“For fear of failure, many do not even want to think about (marriage),” Christian youth included, he said.

“I believe we need to reflect with great seriousness about why many young people don’t feel like getting married,” the pope said. Why do they “often prefer cohabitation” and why do “they have so little faith in marriage and family?”

The pope dismissed economic difficulties as a major factor, “even if these are truly serious.”

The argument that marriage has changed in recent decades because of women’s emancipation is not valid either, he said.

“This is an insult. It is not true,” he added, straying again from his prepared remarks. “It is a form of chauvinism that wants to dominate the woman” and that follows in the footsteps of Adam who blamed Eve because he ate the apple.

“Poor woman,” the pope said. “We must defend women.”

“In reality,” the pope continued, “almost all men and women would like permanent emotional security, a solid marriage and a happy family.”

The pope said the fear of failure in marriage is perhaps “the greatest obstacle to welcoming the word of Christ, who promises his grace on the marital bond and on the family.”

“The most effective witness to the blessing of marriage is the good life of Christian spouses and their families. There is no better way to communicate the beauty of the sacrament,” he said.

“Marriage, consecrated by God, safeguards that bond between man and woman that God has blessed since the creation of the world, and it is the fount of peace and goodness for marital and family life,” he added.

The pope also spoke of an abuse at the time of the early Christians, “which was the right of husbands to repudiate their wives, even with the most pretentious and humiliating reasons.” This practice was then considered to be normal, he said.

“The Gospel of the family, the Gospel that proclaims this sacrament (of marriage) had defeated this culture of habitual repudiation,” he added off the cuff.

“The Christian seed of radical equality between spouses must today produce new fruit,” he continued.

“Therefore, as Christians, we have to become more demanding in this respect. For example, backing to the right to equal pay for equal work; the disparity is a pure scandal,” he said. “At the same time, we must recognize the motherhood of women and the fatherhood of men as a treasure that is always precious, especially for the children’s benefit.”

He urged Christians to be unafraid to invite Jesus to their wedding feast and into their homes, so that Jesus may “safeguard the family.”

“When Christians marry in the Lord,” he continued, “they are transformed into an efficacious sign of God’s love. Christians do not marry only for themselves; they marry in the Lord for the benefit of the whole community, all of society.”


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Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Vatican correspondent, church spokeswoman, dies


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ALBANY, N.Y. — Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who went from hometown schoolteacher to Vatican correspondent, lived out her drive to be a writer even in her last days. She died April 28 in her hometown of Albany, New York, after a battle with cancer.

Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh talks with a journalist during the U.S. bishops' fall 2007 meeting in Baltimore. Sister Mary Ann, 68, a writer in the Catholic press and longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops, died April 28 in Albany, N.Y. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh talks with a journalist during the U.S. bishops’ fall 2007 meeting in Baltimore. Sister Mary Ann, 68, a writer in the Catholic press and longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops, died April 28 in Albany, N.Y. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Sister Mary Ann, 68, had stepped down last summer from her role of 21 years in media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the last six years as director. Just as she began a transition to a new job she quickly came to love, writing for America Magazine as the Jesuit publication’s U.S. church correspondent, she learned that she had fast-growing metastatic cancer and moved home to the motherhouse in Albany where she had entered the Sisters of Mercy 50 years earlier.

Over the next nine months as her health declined, Sister Mary Ann wrote obliquely about her own impending death, such as in a piece about the “underutilized sacrament of anointing of the sick,” shortly after she hosted a gathering of friends as she received the sacrament herself.

Her articles included observations about journalism, politics, civility in society, the effects of youth sports schedules on families that attend church and many other topics. In her last blog, published March 25, Sister Mary Ann tackled the topic of the need for mercy, as Pope Francis declared a jubilee year of mercy beginning in December.

In interviews with Catholic News Service and for the Sisters of Mercy, she talked frankly about the progression of her cancer and the inevitability of its outcome, though never complaining and always with appreciation for the outpouring of support she was getting.

As word spread of her death, tributes were effusive from people who knew and worked with Sister Mary Ann.

Reporters, colleagues and bishops praised her deep faith, her determination, her trail-blazing as a woman and a nun and her abiding friendship.

In addition to being a good friend and gifted writer, said Susan Gibbs, a public relations professional who was formerly spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington, Sister Mary Ann “helped break the marble ceiling for women in the church.”

Phil Pullella, senior correspondent in Italy and the Vatican for Reuters told of his friendship with Sister Mary Ann that began when she was a reporter in Rome for Catholic News Service.

“I always called her ‘Mother Mary’ and she always called me ‘my son,’” he said in a note to CNS. “Mary Ann was an exceptionally generous woman. … When she moved to America magazine, she wrote some of the clearest insightful, informed and entertaining columns about the U.S. church that I have ever read.”

Archbishop John Wester, bishop of Salt Lake City, who will become archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in June, visited Sister Mary Ann in March, presenting her with the St. Francis de Sales Award, the highest honor given by the Catholic Press Association. He is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications.

Archbishop Wester said he has “the deepest respect for her integrity and her love for the church. She was a clear thinker who could write persuasively and in a captivating manner.”

Like many others, he commented on her “clever wit” and her ability to “read people’s hearts with ease.”

Sister Mary Ann was born in Albany, Feb. 25, 1947, the only daughter of Irish immigrants. After attending local Catholic schools staffed by the Sisters of Mercy, she entered the order as a 17-year-old. She earned degrees in English at the College of St. Rose in Albany and began teaching elementary and then high school.

But the writing bug, which had led her as a child to stay up late, scribbling under the bedcovers under the light of a gooseneck lamp, soon led her to a reporting job at The Evangelist, newspaper of the Albany Diocese.

She went on to become a Vatican correspondent for Catholic News Service and then its media editor. In those roles, she traveled the world with Pope John Paul II and sat down for interviews with movie stars, including Raul Julia, Gene Hackman and Bruce Willis.

“Rome taught me how to cover Hollywood,” she told CNS in interviews in January. “They’re both complete bureaucracies.”

Her career path led her to the media relations staff of the USCCB, where she managed arrangements for press coverage of World Youth Day in Denver in 1993, for several other visits to the U.S. by St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and for the ins and outs of news about the U.S. church, from the sex abuse crisis to the annual meetings of the U.S. bishops.


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Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage in states that bar it


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WASHINGTON — The questions raised by Supreme Court justices as they considered April 28 whether they should rule that same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide covered a gamut of rights concerns — religious, equal protection, states’ ability to enact their own laws.

A man holds a sign supporting traditional marriage near Capitol Hill in Washington during the third annual March for Marriage April 25. The Supreme Court heard cases April 28 for states to honor the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

A man holds a sign supporting traditional marriage near Capitol Hill in Washington during the third annual March for Marriage April 25. The Supreme Court heard cases April 28 for states to honor the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

In two and a half hours of oral arguments, the line of questions and the answers by attorneys representing both sides made clear that all concerned recognize the potential for the court’s ruling to be history-making.

Even the justices who sounded inclined to allow states to continue to ban same-sex marriage and refuse to recognize such marriages from other states seemed to recognize that it is no longer a question of if but when and who decides that same-sex marriages are allowed.

“The issue is not whether there should be same-sex marriage, but who should decide,” said Justice Antonin Scalia in an exchange with Mary Bonauto, attorney for James Obergefell and other petitioners seeking the right to have same-sex marriage allowed or recognized in their states.

“And you’re asking us to decide it for this society when no other society until 2001 ever had it,” Scalia added.

Chief Justice John Roberts observed that the country has moved quickly from firm opposition to such marriages and a nationwide prohibition on them to the current status of broad acceptance and a majority of states allowing same sex marriage. Numerous legal observers have drawn a connection between the marriage cases and the speed with which the nation had to accept the legality of abortion when the court ruled in 1973 that it is constitutionally protected. They suggest that a constitutional finding in favor of same-sex marriage would similarly preempt voters’ rights to decide such a complex moral issue.

“If you prevail,” he told Bonauto, the nationwide legal debate about the issue will be over, but the people who are still making up their minds how they feel about same sex marriage will be deprived of the chance to weigh in about how their states act.

“People feel very differently about something if they have a chance to vote on it than if it’s imposed on them by the courts,” Roberts said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often is a swing vote in cases that divide along liberal/conservative lines, and Justice Samuel Alito also raised several questions about the speed with which same-sex marriage has become accepted and whether the court should be wading in to find a constitutional right at this time.

Kennedy said the 10-year period over which U.S. states have begun to allow same-sex marriage is a short amount of time on which to base a ruling to change that.

“This definition has been with us for millennia,” he said. “And it’s very difficult for the court to say, oh, well, we know better.”

Alito observed that, “until the end of the 20th century, there never was a nation or culture that recognized marriage between two people of the same sex. Now, can we infer from that that those nations and those cultures all thought that there was some rational, practical purpose for defining marriage in that way, or is it your argument that they were all operating independently, based solely on irrational stereotypes and prejudice?”

Bonauto said in response that “times can blind.” For example, discrimination on the basis of sex was assumed to be constitutionally protected, she said, and it took more than 100 years for the court to find otherwise.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out that the cases seeking reversal of rulings that upheld state bans on same-sex marriage wouldn’t be up for the court’s consideration “if marriage was what it was a millennium ago.” She gave the example of another change in how marriage is understood, citing times when a woman’s role in a marriage was subservient to the man’s decisions. “There was a change in marriage to make it egalitarian when it wasn’t egalitarian.”

Bonauto expanded on that, saying that for centuries the U.S. and Europe had a system “where a woman’s legal identity was absorbed into that of her husband and men and women had different prescribed legal roles. And again, because of equality and changing social circumstances all of those gender differences in the rights and responsibilities of the married pair have been eliminated. And that, of course, is a system in which committed same-sex couples fit quite well.”

Scalia also raised questions about whether clergy would be required to participate in same-sex marriages that violate their religious beliefs. “You could have ministers who conduct real marriages that are civilly enforceable at the National Cathedral (run by the Episcopal Church) but not at St. Matthew’s (Catholic) downtown because that minister refuses to marry two men and therefore cannot be given the state power to make a real state marriage. I don’t see any answer to that. I really don’t.”

No ministers in states with same-sex marriage have been forced to preside at marriages they don’t wish to perform, Bonauto said. But Scalia persisted, saying that if such marriages are constitutionally protected, they will have to do so.

Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer stepped into the issue.

“There are many rabbis that will not conduct marriages between Jews and non-Jews, notwithstanding that we have a constitutional prohibition against religious discrimination,” she said. “And those rabbis get all the powers and privileges of the state.”

Breyer quoted the First Amendment: “It’s called Congress shall make no law respecting the freedom of religion.”

The attorney representing the states that want to keep their bans on same-sex marriage, Michigan’s special assistant attorney general John J. Bursch, argued that if the court finds a constitutional right to such marriages, it would lead to fewer marriages between heterosexual couples and therefore fewer children being raised in two-parent households.

“There’s harm if you change the definition because, in people’s minds, if marriage and creating children don’t have anything to do with each other, then what do you expect? You expect more children outside of marriage.” That’s why, he said, the state must follow through with its obligation to protect children by keeping marriage defined in the way that lends itself to parents raising their own biological children.

“We’re talking about something that’s going to change the meaning of the institution over generations,” Bursch said. “You have things like no-fault divorce where we tweaked what marriage means and it had consequences over the long term that some people didn’t expect.”

In the second question the court took up, whether states that don’t permit same-sex marriages are obligated to recognize such unions performed in other states, attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier repeatedly referred to his clients’ marriages being dissolved by the states where they live.

“These petitioners have built their lives around their marriages, including bringing children into their families, just as opposite-sex couples have done,” Hallward-Driemeier said. “But the non-recognition laws undermine the stability of these families.”

He and attorney Joseph F. Whalen, associate solicitor general of Tennessee, who was defending several states’ rights to not recognize same-sex marriages, both agreed that if the court rules in the first question that there is a constitutional right to such unions, their cases become moot.

That portion of the argument batted around questions of when a state may decide a marriage recognized in one state can be ignored in another.

Whalen said before the question of same-sex marriages came up the last time Tennessee had refused to recognize another state’s marriage was in 1970, in a case involving a marriage of a stepfather and stepdaughter.

The court was weighing four cases from Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio.

All four cases under review are all from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in November that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are constitutional. That 2-1 ruling came in the case of a lesbian couple in Michigan who sought to jointly adopt the special needs children they are raising together. The state will not allow adoption by couples that are not married and it prohibits same-sex marriage.

The opinion said that although it is inevitable that same-sex marriage will be allowed nationwide, it is better to make that change through a political process, rather than a court ruling. The 6th Circuit was the first federal appeals court to find in favor of such bans. Four other federal appellate courts have found same-sex marriage prohibitions to be unconstitutional.

The court bundled the appeals under the title of the Ohio case, Obergefell v. Hodges. That case arose after the October 2013 death of John Arthur of Cincinnati. He and his longtime partner, Obergefell, had married earlier that year in Maryland. When the local Ohio registrar agreed to list Obergefell as the surviving spouse on Arthur’s death certificate, which is key to a range of survivor’s benefits, the state attorney general challenged the status because Ohio law bars same-sex marriages.

The other cases under consideration include: Tanco v. Haslam, the Tennessee case, and Bourke v. Beshear, the Kentucky case, which similarly challenge those states’ refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, and DeBoer v. Snyder, the Michigan adoption case.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was among Catholic organizations that filed “amicus” or friend-of-the-court briefs urging the justices to maintain the definition of marriage as applying just to one man and one woman.

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman. The church teaches that homosexual attraction itself is not sinful, but homosexual actions are. Any sexual activity outside of marriage is considered sinful.

As of late April, 37 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriages, most due to federal and state court rulings.

The court’s ruling is expected before it adjourns for the term in late June.


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Philadelphia priest’s conviction reinstated


Catholic News Service

PHILADELPHIA — Free from prison and living under house arrest since a December 2013 court ruling, Msgr. William Lynn’s freedom appears to be in jeopardy again.

The case of the former secretary for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the highest-ranking church official in the archdiocese convicted of a crime connected to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, took a dramatic turn April 27 when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that had released him on bail.

It remains unclear whether the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will press to revoke Msgr. Lynn’s bail and return him to a Northeast Pennsylvania prison pending appeals to yesterday’s ruling.

Msgr. Lynn, 64, had been convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in a landmark 2012 trial. In his position, he had supervised clergy on behalf of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua including former priest Edward Avery, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in 1999 and is serving a five-year prison sentence.

After Msgr. Lynn served 18 months of his three- to six-year sentence at Waymart State Prison, his conviction was overturned by the state Superior Court in December 2013. He subsequently took up residence with electronic monitoring at St. William Parish rectory in Northeast Philadelphia.

Msgr. Lynn’s defense contended he should not be convicted retroactively according to a 2007 amendment to a 1995 child endangerment law when he was a supervisor if priests. He held the position through 2004.

That argument formed the basis of the priest’s defense. The 2012 trial jury said the law did apply to him, the Superior Court said the law did not, and the Supreme Court held that it did.

Supreme Court Justice Max Baer, writing an opinion in the majority 4-1 decision handed down April 27, said at issue was if the “plain meaning” of an earlier 1995 statute on endangering the welfare of a child “clearly encompassed the class of persons added by the 2007 amendment,” supervisory persons such as Msgr. Lynn, “and the amendment merely clarified, rather than changed, the (1995) statute’s scope of liability.”

The three-judge Superior Court unanimously ruled the law’s scope was limited, and did not apply to Msgr. Lynn while he was a supervisor. The Supreme Court countered that he was culpable under the 1995 law.

In his 60-page opinion, Baer devoted 40 pages to recounting lurid Philadelphia grand jury testimony of clergy sexual abuse that was the basis for the 2012 trial of Msgr. Lynn, showing evidence of his responsibility as a supervisor of priests and for ensuring the welfare of children. The court agreed with the 2012 trial jury that Msgr. Lynn failed to properly supervise Edward Avery and ensure the welfare of his victim.

The opinion faulted the superior court’s disregard of “plain and unambiguous” language of the 1995 statute in that “it is not the child that (Msgr. Lynn) must have been supervising, but the child’s welfare, including that of (Avery’s victim),” Baer wrote.

However, the law’s intent was not clear to Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, who cast the lone dissenting vote in the decision. Despite the majority, he maintained that the 2007 amendment’s language should not apply to Msgr. Lynn’s case.

Saylor said Msgr. Lynn “may have been substantially derelict in his obligations,” but “there were no facts placed before the jury by which it could reasonably conclude he affirmatively intended that children’s welfare be endangered.”

Msgr. Lynn’s attorneys reportedly were considering appeal options, including a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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Panella nets hat trick in Pandas’ soccer shutout of Ursuline


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WILMINGTON – Karlee Panella scored three goals, all in the first half, and she added a second-half assist, to lead Padua to a 5-0 win over rival Ursuline in girls soccer Tuesday afternoon at Serviam Field. The Pandas, Delaware’s top-ranked team in Division I, stayed undefeated as they improved to 10-0. This was their second 5-0 win over Ursuline this season.

Padua put the pressure on the Raiders from the opening whistle, and it didn’t take long for Panella to open the scoring. The senior took a pass from sophomore Arryana Daniels in the seventh minute as she streaked down the left side and beat Raiders keeper Allie Olmstead.

Karlee Panella prepares to take a shot on the Ursuline goal during Tuesday's game. She missed this one but scored three other times in the Pandas' 5-0 win. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

Karlee Panella prepares to take a shot on the Ursuline goal during Tuesday’s game. She missed this one but scored three other times in the Pandas’ 5-0 win. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

The Pandas kept coming at Ursuline, but Olmstead turned away several scoring attempts to keep it 1-0. The Raiders also had some good fortune, as Panella beat Olmstead to a loose ball and got behind the goalkeeper. Her shot, however, skidded off the crossbar. Panella found the back of the net again in the 19th minute from nearly the same spot as the first goal. Mackenzie Scully picked up the assist on that goal.

Panella completed the natural hat trick as the half drew to a close. This time, Lindsay Machamer sent a pass from the keeper’s left into the box, where Panella took it and finished from 12 yards out.

Daniels and Scully added goals in the second half to complete the scoring. Panella garnered the assist on Daniels’ tally, while Machamer added her second helper on the final goal.

The Pandas finished the afternoon with 19 shots to Ursuline’s two. Abigail Boudart earned the shutout win; it was the sixth shutout for Padua in eight games against Delaware opponents. The Pandas face a stiff test their next time out as they travel to Caravel Saturday for a 6 p.m. start. Caravel is 7-1 and plays Newark Charter on Wednesday.

Olmstead had 14 saves for the Raiders. She is one of eight freshmen on the roster, which also features an eighth-grader. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak, and the Raiders will try to get back on the winning track Thursday at 3:45 p.m., when St. Elizabeth visits Serviam Field. The Raiders and Vikings opened the season against each other, with St. Elizabeth managing a 5-4 win.

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Catholics join efforts to heal, move forward in Baltimore


Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE — As the city cleaned up after a night of riots, looting and fires following the funeral of Freddie Gray, Archbishop William E. Lori said the church’s place is to pray, be a voice for peace, and participate in a wider community dialogue to solve the systemic issues that led to the unrest.

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori visits a riot-stricken section of  West Baltimore April 28. During a night of unrest that erupted in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody the archbishop called pastors to check on their safety and the situation in their neighborhoods. (CNS photo/Olivia Obineme, Catholic Review)

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori visits a riot-stricken section of West Baltimore April 28. During a night of unrest that erupted in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody the archbishop called pastors to check on their safety and the situation in their neighborhoods. (CNS photo/Olivia Obineme, Catholic Review)

Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after being arrested on a weapons charge and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in West Baltimore while in police custody. After his funeral April 27, peaceful protests turned into unrest later in the day, leading to damage of buildings and cars, and looting and fires seen nonstop on national TV news networks.

The next morning, as Archbishop Lori, Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden and other archdiocesan leaders toured the West Baltimore neighborhoods affected, adults and children with brooms and trash bags were as numerous as the rioters the night before.

Ray Kelly stopped outside of St. Peter Claver Church to talk with the archbishop’s group and Josephite Father Ray P. Bomberger, pastor. “We’re going to do a cleanup and bring Sandtown leaders together. We want to make sure that residents are part of this effort.”

Kelly, who said he has lived in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood “forever, 44 years,” said, “They’ve got to start restructuring. Right now. Today.”

He said because he has lived here, he could feel it was going to happen. He and a friend were talking after the weekend unrest April 25, and he wondered if this was the calm after the storm, or the calm before it. He said he knew “there’s more to come.”

Archbishop Lori made stops at St. Peter, St. Gregory the Great and the senior center next door, and at St. Edward, before heading to North Avenue to survey looted buildings and the carcass of a burned car.

He said during the unrest he called as many West Baltimore pastors as he could, and spoke to many of them.

“We will continue to do a lot of work, especially through Bishop Madden and the city pastors, especially on the west side,” he said.

“First of all, let’s pray. … We need to strengthen our communities that they might be a force of peace. We need to participate vigorously in a citywide dialogue on the systemic issues that have really bubbled up to the surface here,” the archbishop said. “It seems that’s our role in this.”

Stephen Scott, who lives just around the corner from St. Gregory the Great, greeted Archbishop Lori when he visited the Harvey and Jeanette Weinberg Sandtown Winchester Senior Center April 28. “It’s sad, so sad when it comes down to this and it hurts everybody,” Scott said of the violence.

Shirley Washington, who works at the center, said she hopes those who participated in the violence will realize what they have done. “When it all settles down, you’ll think about what you did wrong then,” she said.

At St. Bernardine Parish, a previously scheduled three-night revival opened as the violence flared.

“I think we’re all heartbroken over what’s happening, but we’re going to keep our faith in God and keep praying, keep looking for truth and answers, and look for peace as well,” said Msgr. Richard Bozzelli, pastor.

He said the parish planned to go ahead with the youth night portion of the revival April 28 in partnership with St. Frances Academy.

At the opening, Deacon B. Curtis Turner, principal of St. Frances Academy, preached about the hapless disciples, terrified in a boat in a storm, as they witnessed Jesus walking on water, Msgr. Bozzelli said.

“Little did he know when he was preparing that what storm we would be dealing with,” the pastor said.

Deacon Turner described the irony of first learning of the mayhem while in Washington, D.C., on a field trip with his students.

“We were literally standing under the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial when we heard about it,” he said.

“It’s disturbing because the students see (the violence) on TV, and they know that that’s not the majority of Baltimore youths,” Deacon Turner added. “Sadly, that’s what gets all the media coverage.”

Willa and Brendan Walsh of the Baltimore Catholic Worker Viva House, located several blocks from the violence, said they received many phone calls and emails inquiring about their safety. They responded in a statement on what they saw as the roots of the destruction.

“The unrest and anger are the results of decades of unemployment (over 50 percent in our ZIP code), decades of miserable uninhabitable housing, decades of under-funded chaotic schools, decades of the drug trade, and, it goes without saying, centuries of racism,” the Walshes wrote.

“The most violent country in the world has produced citizens, unfortunately another generation of young people, who will believe that violence is the solution to all problems.”

Public schools across the city cancelled classes for April 28. The Archdiocese of Baltimore did the same, closing all schools except for the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, located in Homeland, north of the violence.

Erik Zygmont also contributed to this story.


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Pope Francis says he hopes to visit Fatima in 2017

April 28th, 2015 Posted in Vatican News Tags: , ,


Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis already is looking ahead to 2017 and particularly to marking important Marian feasts that year.

Portuguese Bishop Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima issued a statement April 25 saying that Pope Francis authorized him to share publicly the pope’s hope to go to Fatima in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

“Pope Francis confirmed to Bishop Antonio Marto that, ‘if God gives me life and health’ he wants to go to Cova da Iria to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima,” said a statement posted on the website of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Cova da Iria was the place near Fatima where three shepherd children reported seeing Mary between May 13 and Oct. 13, 1917.

The Fatima anniversary is not the only Marian anniversary Pope Francis has said he wants to celebrate in 2017. When he was in Brazil in 2013 for the celebration of World Youth Day, he spent a day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida.

After Mass at the shrine, he took a copy of the statue of Mary outside with him to bless the thousands of people who could not be accommodated in the church.

He asked the crowd to pray for him, especially that he would be able to return to Aparecida in 2017 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the statue’s discovery.

The image of Our Lady of Aparecida is a dark wooden sculpture that was caught in the nets of three local fishermen in 1717. One of the men kept the statue in his home for 15 years; his neighbors, then people from farther away, came to consider it an object of devotion. A chapel was built to house the statue in 1734, and work on the first basilica began in 1834. In 1929, Pope Pius XI declared Our Lady of Aparecida the “queen and patron of Brazil.”


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