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Bishop Malooly thanked officials at MTS Broadcasting Feb. 4 for years of broadcasting Catholic programming during a visit to the company’s offices in Cambridge, Md.

Bishop Malooly presents a certificate of appreciation to Shane Walker (left0, operations manager, and Troy Hill, general manager of MTS Broadcasting in Cambridge, Md., on Feb. 4 (Bob Krebs/Diocese of Wilmington).

Bishop Malooly presents a certificate of appreciation to Shane Walker (left, operations manager, and Troy Hill, general manager of MTS Broadcasting in Cambridge, Md., on Feb. 4
(Bob Krebs/Diocese of Wilmington).

The bishop presented a certificate of appreciation to Shane Walker, operations manager, and Troy Hill, general manager of MTS.

The four radio stations that are owned and operated by MTS have been airing programming produced or distributed by the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington for many years.

Currently, Catholic Forum airs on WAAI-FM 100.9 on Sunday mornings at 9:05 a.m. and Country Roads airs Sunday mornings at 6:05 on WCEM-FM 106.3, at 6:30 a.m. on WAAI-FM 100.9 and at 8:30 a.m. on Radio 1240 WCEM-AM.

During the bishop’s visit to the stations, he was interviewed by Hill for his Good Morning Mid-Shore public affairs program.

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Maryland governor supports education tax credit bill


ANNAPOLIS, MD. — In his first State of the State address, Gov. Larry Hogan announced his support for the Maryland Education Credit. The legislation is dedicated to ensuring that every K-12 student in Maryland has access to high-quality, diverse, and affordable education opportunities.

The Maryland Education Credit will provide a tax credit to businesses that donate to nonprofit organizations that support public and nonpublic school students.

“We are grateful that Gov. Hogan mentioned the education tax credit issue during his State of the State address,” Maryland Catholic Conference Executive Director Mary Ellen Russell said. “We understand there are challenges in the budget but the tax credit will leverage private business support for the education of poor kids in both public and nonpublic schools. We look forward to working with the House and Senate to find funding for all students.”

For more information, visit educationmaryland.org.

Maryland Catholic Conference advocates for the Church’s public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other civil officials. The conference represents all three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington. Approximately 1.2 million Catholics live in Maryland.



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An American at last: After 11 years in U.S., Padua junior Ludan Gbaye is a citizen of only country she’s really ever known

February 5th, 2015 Posted in Our Diocese, Youth Tags: , , ,


Dialog reporter


WILMINGTON — Ludan Gbaye officially became a citizen of the United States at the same time her mother did in December 2013, but it didn’t feel real.

Gbaye got her citizenship because of her mother; she hadn’t been recognized on her own. That changed on Dec. 30, 2014, during a ceremony in Philadelphia, and now Gbaye can finally call the only country she has really ever known home.

“I had seen other (ceremonies), but it was weird for it to actually be mine,” the Padua junior said. “It was really moving because I had spent … 11 years in America and I wasn’t a citizen. Then I finally became a citizen.” 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


Dialog Editor


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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Aquinas Academy welcomed to the fold


Dialog reporter


Small K-12 private school run by laity in Bear is recognized as Catholic by diocesan schools office


BEAR — Nineteen years after opening its doors, Aquinas Academy has been recognized as a Catholic school by the Diocese of Wilmington, and both the administration and students are excited about the possibilities that may bring.

They are also eager to explain what the small private school run by laity near Lums Pond is, and isn’t. Read more »

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Concerning families: Parish groups discuss family life in anticipation of pope’s visit to Philly


For The Dialog


BETHANY BEACH — Pope Francis’ focus on family life has struck a chord with parishioners of St. Ann Parish in Bethany Beach.

Study groups there are poring over the final report of the October 2014 World Synod of Bishops on the family with hopes of preparing a document of their own to be sent to Bishop Malooly and to leaders of a second synod, building upon the first, this coming fall.

Like those at the October synod, people attending St. Ann’s study sessions have strongly held and often differing views involving issues affecting family life today, Roach said.

“The church is really involved in a time of discernment about the family and pastoral care for the family,” said Molly Roach, director of religious education at St. Ann. “People want to talk about this. They are really concerned about what is going on with the family in the church.” Read more »

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House Speaker Boehner announces Pope Francis will address Congress


WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.

The pontiff’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.”

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington where Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. (CNS/Reuters)

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington where Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. (CNS/Reuters)

Boehner noted that “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”

“We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people,” he added.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington called it “a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September.”

The statement said the announced visit “will be a time of grace for all of us.” It also said the archdiocese looks forward “to the official announcement of more details of the visit.”

On Jan. 19 when the pope was on the plane returning to Rome from his visit to the Philippines, he told reporters that his September trip to the U.S. would take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington, where he intends to canonize Blessed Junipero Serra.

The pope also confirmed he would visit the United Nations in New York. He had already announced his participation Sept. 26 and 27 in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families there.


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Photo of the week: Christians at war in Ukraine


Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The only word worthy of being heard in the throes of war is “peace,” and there is nothing more scandalous than a nation made up of Christians engaged in conflict, Pope Francis said.

“When I hear the word victory or defeat, I feel such great pain, great sadness in my heart. These are not the right words, the only word that is right is peace,” he said, when commenting on the escalation of violence in Ukraine. Read more »

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Pope writes letter urging cooperation of church leaders in preventing sexual abuse, caring for victims


Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The leaders of the world’s bishops’ conferences and religious orders must ensure they are doing everything possible to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and are offering appropriate care for victims and their families, Pope Francis said.

“Priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors,” he said in a written letter. Read more »

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Salvation is not a ‘theology of prosperity,’ Pope Francis says


Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Salvation has nothing to do with the “theology of prosperity” some people claim to see in the Gospel, thinking material well-being comes with faith, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives  for his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 4. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Feb. 4. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

In fact, he said, those who proclaim salvation must live simply, in accordance with Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to “take nothing for the journey but a walking stick — no food, no sack, no money in their belts.”

At this morning Mass Feb. 5 in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta where he lives, Pope Francis focused on the day’s Gospel reading, Mark 6:7-13, and how Jesus’ instructions to his disciples are still valid today.

The Gospel “must be proclaimed in poverty,” the pope said, because “salvation is not a theology of prosperity,” but the “good news” of liberation for all who are oppressed.

“This is the mission of the church, the church that heals and cures,” he said. “Sometimes I have spoken of the church as a field hospital. That’s true. How many of these injured people are there, how many wounds. How many people need their wounds to be healed. This is the mission of the church: to heal wounded hearts, open doors, liberate, tell people that God is good, God forgives all, God is father, God is tender, God always waits for us.”

One who strays from the purity of the Christian message risks presenting the church as a philanthropic organization rather than an evangelizing one, he said, according to Vatican Radio.

Bringing Christ to the poor, the wounded and the prisoners, he said, includes providing material assistance “because the Lord gives us gifts for that reason. But when we forget our mission, when we forget to live in poverty and forget our apostolic zeal and instead place our trust in our means, the church slowly slips into being a nongovernmental organization.”

“It can become a great organization, powerful,” he said, “but it is not evangelical because it is lacking that spirit, that poverty, that power to heal.”

The greatest praise any Christian can receive, the pope said, is being lauded as “a worker for the kingdom,” because that means he or she proclaimed Jesus and helped people draw closer to God and find healing and peace.


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