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One year later: Boston still strong

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Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley joins the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard at the finish line for a wreath-laying ceremony in Boston April 15. Martin’s sister, Jane, wipes her face as she stands with her mother, father and another brother. The ceremony was one of many events marking the first anniversary of the bombing. Young Martin was killed in the attack, just a few days shy of his ninth birthday.

(CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters )


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Boys hit the fields for final games before Easter

April 15th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth

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The week before Easter is loaded with some big games, so let’s take a look at the schedule. Rain has claimed nearly all of Tuesday’s action, so be alert for rescheduled games. Read more »

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Holy Week, rain lead to limited girls sports schedule for the week

April 15th, 2014 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth

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After a nice Monday that featured a soccer showdown between Padua and A.I. DuPont, the weather has claimed nearly all of Tuesday’s scheduled contests. Here is a look at the games for this week for the girls, weather permitting, of course.

 

Tuesday

Soccer

St Elizabeth’s at Archmere, 3:45 p.m. (still scheduled as of 1 p.m.)

 

Wednesday

Softball

Urusline at St Mark’s at 3:45 p.m.

Delmarva Christian at St. Thomas More, 4 p.m.

 

Soccer

St. Mark’s vs. Padua at Hockessin Soccer Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Ursuline at Sanford, 4 p.m. (rescheduled from Tuesday)

 

Lacrosse

Archmere at Sanford, 3:45 p.m.

Wilmington Charter at St. Mark’s, 3:45 p.m. (rescheduled from April 3)

 

Tuesday’s lacrosse game featuring No. 1 Cape Henlopen at Ursuline was postponed for the second time. The two unbeaten teams were first scheduled to play March 25.

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Priests on front line in Italy’s battle against Mafias

April 15th, 2014 Posted in International News Tags: , , , ,

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ dramatic appearance at a March prayer vigil with the families of Mafia victims, where he said he would plead on bended knee with Mafia bosses to “stop doing evil,” has highlighted the Catholic Church’s role in combatting Italian organized crime.

“Pope Francis awakens consciences. Many who were a long way from the church are now asking to be baptized,” said Father Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia association Libera, which organized the March 21 vigil in Rome. “The pope brings a moral renewal that touc

Pope Francis bows his head as people read the names of Mafia victims during a prayer service at Rome’s Church of St. Gregory VII March 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

hes everyone. Every day I see the results.”

Although the Catholic Church has been “tepid and prudent” in the past, the pope’s praying with the families of Mafia victims has become a model for change, Father Ciotti told the Turin daily La Stampa. “His church is no longer closed and inward looking; it’s everyone’s home. Its doors are always open.”

Born in 1945, Father Ciotti was only 19 when he founded an association in Turin aimed at helping young people in financial and legal trouble. His work increasingly entailed dealing with drug use among youth. In the 1990s, the association evolved into Libera.

Like other priests with similar missions, Father Ciotti draws inspiration from the example of Blessed Pino Puglisi, the first modern Mafia martyr. Born in 1937 in Palermo, Sicily, Puglisi was killed by a Cosa Nostra hit man on his 56th birthday, Sept 15, 1993. Some 100,000 Sicilians gathered in Palermo May 25 for his beatification celebration, led by Palermo’s Cardinal Paolo Romeo, with Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi representing Pope Francis.

Other anti-mob priests have received serious threats, particularly in in the southern Campania region, where the local Mafia, known as the Camorra, controls the drug traffic and the massive illegal dumping of toxic waste.

At Marano, near Naples, shots were fired Feb. 28 into the automobile of Father Luigi Merola, whose foundation “A voce d’e creature” (The Voice of the Children) works with children in Naples’ Arenaccia slum, encouraging them to stay in school as a way to keep them from crime.

“I’ve lived with these threats for years,” Father Merola told the Catholic daily Avvenire. “I’ve gotten used to them.”

Don Tonino Palmese, 55, is a Salesian priest who represents Don Ciotti’s Libera association in Campania. He is slated to participate in a series of “Dialogues on the Mafias,” to take place between June and October at the University of Naples. The talks will be part of a UNESCO Culture Forum on the theme of the “Collective Identity as a Value of Humanity.” Among the topics will be how the various Mafias influence finance and economies worldwide.

The Sicilian Mafia and the Calabrian crime organization the “Ndrangheta” are also active in the north of Italy, where Msgr. Carlo Galli, a pastor in the region of Lombardy, has spearheaded a project called “Vedo, sento… parlo?” (I see, I hear… dare I speak?) to encourage witnesses to speak out.

“Mafia, ‘Ndrangheta, usury — these are words that have made headlines all over Lombardy,” Msgr, Galli told the Milan daily Il Giornale. “It’s omerta; people know and don’t say. Instead they must find the courage to speak out.”

— By Judith Harris

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Our Lenten Journey: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Shooting victims at Kansas Jewish community center mourned

April 14th, 2014 Posted in National News, Our Diocese

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park April 13, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.

Although none of the three dead were Jewish, local police and the FBI labeled the killings a hate crime the day after the shootings. A former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism was charged in connection with the killings.

A police officer guards the entrance to the scene of a shooting at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., April 13. A gunman opened fire at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City that day, killing three people, police said. (CNS photo/Dave Kaup, Reuters)

One of the dead was a Catholic woman, Terri LaManno of Kansas City. She was at Village Shalom, where Frazier Glenn Cross, according to police, headed after allegedly shooting a doctor and his teenage grandson at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City a mile away.

LaManno was a member of St. Peter Parish in Kansas City. Her identity was released midmorning April 14. Her mother lives at Village Shalom, an assisted living residence near the community center.

The married mother of two college-age children, LaManno, 53, worked an occupational therapist at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, according to the Kansas City Star.

The newspaper reported that a rosary was said for LaManno after Mass April 14.

“I express my deepest condolences to the Jewish community for the unspeakable act of violence that occurred on their campus on Sunday,” said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in an April 13 statement.

“Our prayers also extend to the Methodist Church of the Resurrection for the loss they feel as a congregation, and to all the families who have experienced pain, sorrow and loss because of this event,” Archbishop Naumann added. The other two victims, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 69, and 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, were members of that congregation.

“I will remember all of you as we enter this prayerful time of remembrance, Holy Week and Passover,” Archbishop Naumann said.

The American Jewish Committee lamented the killings in an April 13 statement.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this heartbreaking tragedy,” said AJC executive director David Harris.

“As we await more details on the attack and its motive, we join in solidarity with the entire Kansas City area community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, in expressing shock, sadness and dismay,” Harris added. “We can’t help but note that this attack comes on the eve of Passover, a celebration of Jewish freedom from oppression and violence.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Muslim advocacy group, said U.S. Muslims “stood in solidarity” with American Jews in the wake of the attacks, which also critically wounded a 15-year-old boy.

President Barack Obama, in an April 13 statement, said, “While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking.”

Underwood had been driven by his grandfather to the Jewish Community Center so he could audition for an “American Idol”-style competition called KC SuperStar.

Cross, 73, who has also used the name Frazier Glenn Miller, or simply Glenn Miller, was caught by a television camera shouting “Heil Hitler” inside a police car after his arrest.

An April 15 AP story said that Cross was charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of the 14-year-old and his grandfather and one count of first-degree premediated murder for the killing of LaManno. Cross was being held on $10 million bond and was to appear in court the afternoon of April 15.

When he heard about the Overland Park shootings, Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik said, “I felt sick: Not again. Not ever again.” For the Pittsburgh area, he said, the news was “doubly painful,” because southwestern Pennsylvania was still reeling from the stabbing rampage at an area high school just days earlier.

“I pray for their healing in body, mind and spirit. My heart is troubled by both tragedies,” he said in an April 14 statement. “As we grieve the brutal act of hatred committed against our dear sisters and brothers in Overland Park, we are appalled that it was committed in the very week that Jews and Christians each begin to celebrate the redeeming love of God at Passover and at Easter.”

“This year it is the grief and horror of this hate crime that will mark the holiday as different,” Bishop Zubik added. “In sharp contrast, our response must be marked by love and solidarity as Jews and Christians, people of all faiths and people of no faith at all reach out to one another with comfort and to say that hatred has no place in our society. Together we must redeem this moment. Love must triumph over hate.”

In a statement released April 15 by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, based in Silver Spring, Md., Wasim Malik, the organization’s national vice president said: “As Muslims, we have regard for all humanity: Hindus, Christians, Jews or Muslim — they are all our fellow brothers and sisters. … (We) mourn the loss of our fellow human beings. Our prayers and sympathies are with our Jewish brethren.”

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During Holy Week, pope asks, which Gospel character do you resemble?

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VATICAN CITY — Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection they resemble most.

“Where is my heart? Which of these people do I resemble most?” Pope Francis asked April 13 as he celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass of the Lord’s Passion.

Pope Francis carries palms as he walks in procession at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Joined by thousands of young people for the local celebration of World Youth Day, the pope set aside his prepared homily and instead urged people to adopt an exercise recommended by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits: imagining themselves as one of the characters in the Gospel story.

Throughout the Holy Week liturgies — Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter vigil and Easter morning Mass — “it would do us good to ask one question: Who am I? Who am I before my Lord?” the pope said.

“Am I able to express my joy, to praise him?” the pope asked. “Or do I keep my distance? Who am I before Jesus who is suffering?”

Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. “Am I like Judas?” the pope asked. “Am I a traitor?”

“The disciples didn’t understand anything and they fell asleep while the Lord suffered,” he said. “Is my life one of sleeping?”

When Jesus was about to be arrested, one of the disciples cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant; “am I like that disciple who wanted to resolve everything with the sword?” the pope asked.

“Am I like those courageous women and like Jesus’ mom, who were there suffering in silence?” he asked.

Pope Francis did not offer explanations but asked people to let “these questions accompany us throughout the week.”

Prisoners from a jail in Sanremo, Italy, sent Pope Francis a new pastoral staff, which he used during the Mass. Carved out of olive wood, it featured a simple cross on top and elements from Pope Francis’ coat of arms: the official seal of the Society of Jesus, an eight-pointed star symbolizing Mary and the spikenard flower, a symbol of St. Joseph.

At the end of Mass, turning his attention to the young people, Pope Francis presided over the transfer of the World Youth Day cross from young representatives of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, site of World Youth Day 2013, to youths from the Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland, where the next international gathering with the pope will be held July 25-Aug. 1, 2016.

The hand-off of the cross marked the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s entrusting it to Catholic youths, asking them to “carry it throughout the world as a sign of Christ’s love for humanity,” Pope Francis said. Noting that he would declare Pope John Paul a saint April 27, the pope repeated an announcement made in February that St. John Paul, who began the World Youth Day celebrations, would become the gatherings’ “great patron.”

After the Mass and the recitation of the Angelus, the pope waded into the crowd, blessing many of the young people and posing for photographs with some of them.

 

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‘Draft Day’ audience could use a NFL rule book

April 14th, 2014 Posted in Movies Tags: ,

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Catholic News Service

The National Football League is front and center in “Draft Day.”

This rather parochial promotional sports drama explores the extreme measures professional teams will take to secure new talent and, they hope, a shot at the Super Bowl.

Kevin Costner stars in a scene from the movie “Draft Day.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Summit)

Producer-director Ivan Reitman tackles a factual subject in this take on the NFL draft, the annual event during which teams negotiate to sign the top players coming out of college.

Niccolo Machiavelli would feel right at home amid all the cunning and duplicity; athletes are mere pawns in a great big money game. Along with the morally troubling machinations, some plot elements, a fleeting female shower scene and overheated language put this out of bounds for youngsters.

The first day of the draft has not started well for Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner), the fictitious general manager of the real-life Cleveland Browns. Personal and professional issues bubble to the surface: Ali (Jennifer Garner), Sonny’s colleague and girlfriend, has announced she’s pregnant. His acerbic mother, Barb (Ellen Burstyn), is a mess, grieving the death of her husband, the former Browns coach.

The present occupant of that job, Coach Penn (Denis Leary), has threatened to quit. And Browns owner Anthony Molina (Frank Langella) is expecting big things from the draft.

“You need to make a splash,” he tells Sonny. “A splash sells tickets. People will pay to get wet.”

Sonny’s splash is more like a tsunami. The Seattle Seahawks offer Sonny a chance to secure their number-one draft pick, quarterback Bo Callahan (Josh Pence), in return for future prospects from the Browns.

Sonny can barely believe his luck, in fact, the deal seems too good to be true. Trouble is, Sonny already has a star quarterback, Brian Drew (Tom Welling), and he was planning to use his Browns pick to draft promising running back Vontae Mack (Chadwick Boseman).

His hold on Bo puts Sonny in the catbird’s seat, and “Draft Day” turns into an extended telephone call as teams cascade Sonny with alternative deals. Reitman makes good use of split-screen sequences to show the tense emotions at each end of the phone line. As the draft clock ticks away, promising young careers are held in the balance.

Ultimately, “Draft Day” is for confirmed football fans. Others will wish they had a rulebook to follow all the complex regulations, as well as a guide to the many cameo appearances by celebrity players and sports announcers.

The film contains a premarital situation, brief, partially obscured rear nudity as well as frequent profanity and rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III, adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

 

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Our Lenten Journey: Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Our Lenten Journey: Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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