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Murderous attack on two Phoenix priests stuns parish, community

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PHOENIX — The Diocese of Phoenix is “stunned and deeply saddened” about the “tragic assault” on a downtown Phoenix church that took the life of one priest and left a second priest critically injured.

Father Kenneth Walker, 28, died of a gunshot wound. Father Joseph Terra, 56, survived the June 11 attack and remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Police tape and vehicles are seen outside Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission in Phoenix the morning after a priest was killed and another critically injured during an attack at the mission the night of June 11. Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said police received a 911 call at about 9 p.m. reporting a burglary. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

“The police are still gathering information and trying to sort through the details of this senseless act of violence,” the diocese said in a statement. “We ask that people offer prayers for both priests, the religious community, their families and the parish.”

The priests, members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, served at Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission, where they were attacked during a nighttime burglary.

Father Walker was pronounced dead at the hospital. A police spokesman described Father Terra’s injuries as severe and said that it appeared he was beaten by intruders.

At a news conference at the Phoenix Police Department the morning of June 12, Police Chief Daniel Garcia asked the community for assistance in solving the crime. He remained tight-lipped about the attack and would not comment as to whether the murder took place in the church itself or the rectory.

Father Terra made the 911 call, Phoenix police say, shortly after 9:30 p.m. June 11.

“We have an extensive investigation underway as of last night,” Garcia said. “The Phoenix Police Department will exhaust its resources to bring to justice the individuals who have committed this crime.”

“Our city lost a young priest,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “Although we don’t know who did this, be assured that our very capable police department is working around the clock.”

Father Fred Adamson, the diocese’s vicar general and moderator of the curia, also spoke at the news conference. Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was in New Orleans for the U.S. bishops’ spring general assembly June 11-13.

The vicar general said Father Terra administered last rites to Father Walker in spite of his own suffering.

“They (the two priests) have been there four year years and felt it was a safe place to live,” Father Adamson said when asked whether there were security problems with the church being close to the state Capitol grounds.

Father Terra is “a pretty strong man, he’s not afraid of anybody, and if anyone came in there and asked him, he would give them the shirt off his back. That’s the type of priest he is, a real servant of God,” Father Adamson said.

Both priests were known for their stalwart efforts on behalf of the unborn. Bishop Olmsted, in comments he made in New Orleans, said the two priests often participated in prayer vigils at abortion clinics.

“Every time that I went to pray during the ‘40 Days for Life’ at the abortion places, (Father Walker) was there with Father Terra,” he said, calling them “faithful priests, joyfully serving their people.”

Father Walker, a priest since 2012, was parochial vicar at Mater Misericordiae. Father Terra, a priest since 1989, was the pastor. Both were ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The order is dedicated to celebrating the Mass in the extraordinary form, commonly known as the Tridentine rite.

“They loved their people. It couldn’t be something they provoked,” Bishop Olmsted said of the attack. “There has to be some other reason this violence happened.”

Despite the tragedy, the bishop offered words of hope. “We need to keep in mind that we’re people of hope, because death is not the last word, ever.”

Bart Tesoriero, a Mater Misericordiae parishioner, is a longtime technician with Radio Family Rosary and recently recorded a number of radio programs with Father Walker.

“I am really saddened,” Tesoriero told The Catholic Sun, Phoenix’s diocesan newspaper. “Father Walker was a very pure young man who was devoted to his priesthood. He was a beautiful person.”

Catholics were quick to react to the news of the attack on social media. “Horrible!” one woman posted on Facebook. “Our place of peace so horribly violated. Lord be with us all.”

Crosier Father Robert Rossi, presided at a noon Mass at the diocesan pastoral center June 12. A group of staff members had gathered before the Mass for a rosary on behalf of the two victims.

“We’re gathering at this table with great sadness,” Father Rossi said. “It’s a tragedy for our church and for our friends.”

He told diocesan staff the Gospel selection for the day’s Mass, Chapter 5, Verses 20-26 of St. Matthew’s Gospel, was particularly poignant in light of the attack because it mentioned murder and pointed to the importance of about being reconciled.

“Jesus called us to ask where does anger take root,” Father Rossi said. “The person who pulled the trigger must have been a very angry person and that anger built up. It’s a wake-up call for all of us.”

Members of Mater Misericordiae, many of the women wearing chapel veils, crowded into the Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral for a prayer vigil June 12.

Clarissa Quiring, who moved to the Phoenix area in December and joined Mater Misericordiae, attended the prayer vigil.

“They are men of profound prayer, with a deep respect for the Eucharist,” Quiring said of the two priests. “They understand that the Eucharist is central to the spiritual life and to our life in general.”

In his homily, Father John Lankeit, cathedral rector, described the two priests as courageous.

He, too, referred to how Father Terra, though badly beaten in the attack, administered last rites to Father Walker.

“In that moment facing darkness, he brought a soul into the hands of Jesus. He needs our prayers,” Father Lankeit said. “He has our admiration.”

 

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Pope denounces ‘merchants of death’ — human traffickers and arms producers

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounced those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing, saying people producing weapons of war are “merchants of death.”

“One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God,” the pope said at his weekly general audience June 11.

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 11. The pope denounced those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing, saying people producing weapons of war are Òmerchants of death.Ó (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The pope also launched an appeal to the international community to help safeguard children from forced labor, highlighting the plight of an estimated 160 million child workers worldwide.

Holding up a bright red leaflet, which had, in Italian, “All together against child labor” written on it, the pope asked the world community to help “eradicate this scourge.”

The leaflet was part of the International Labor Organization’s #RedCard campaign, urging people to “blow the whistle,” like a referee on a soccer field, and give a “red card” to those exploiting children.

Speaking at the end of his audience talk, the pope said June 12 was World Day Against Child Labor, a day meant to call attention to the millions of children forced to work in degrading conditions, “exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, maltreatment and discrimination.”

He called on everyone, especially families, to do all they could to safeguard “the dignity and possibility of a healthy upbringing” of all children so they could look to the future with hope.

During his main address, the pope wrapped up his series of audience talks about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. The pope dedicated his catechesis to the last of the gifts.

He said fear of the Lord isn’t about being afraid; It’s recognizing “how small we are before God” and his immense capacity to love and forgive.

The Holy Spirit’s gift of fear of the Lord helps people open their hearts and abandon themselves completely “with humility, respect and trust” to God, he said.

Jesus invites everyone to find “consolation and peace” by handing over “all one’s worries and hopes to God” and letting oneself be embraced and supported “by his warmth and protection just like a child with his or her daddy,” the pope said.

A proper fear of God is a “docility” to God’s will that fills hearts with hope, he said.

“Many times, in fact, we aren’t able to understand God’s plan and we realize that we aren’t capable of ensuring our own happiness and eternal life.

“However, exactly by experiencing our limits and our deficiencies, the Spirit comforts us and lets us see that the only thing that’s important is letting ourselves be led by Christ into the arms of his Father.”

Filled with fear of the Lord, people will follow him “with humility, docility and obedience” in a way that isn’t fatalistic, passive or mournful, he said.

People’s hearts are filled with “wonder and joy, the joy of children who recognize they are helped and loved by the Father.”

Rather than “making us be timid and sheepish Christians, fear of the Lord generates courage and strength in us … making us be committed and enthusiastic Christians who aren’t submissive to the Lord out of fright, but because we are moved and bowled over by his love!”

However, the pope said, a sense of fear of the Lord is also an “alarm bell” that warns people of sin in their lives and reminds them that they will be held accountable.

“When a person lives in evil, when they blaspheme God’s name, when they exploit others, when they lord over others, when they live just for money, vanity, power and pride, then the blessed fear of God gives us a warning: Watch out. All this power and money, with all of your pride and vanity, you will not be happy,” he said to applause.

The pope said many people don’t feel any fear of the Lord because their hearts have been hardened by corruption.

“I think of those who live (promoting) human trafficking and slave labor. Do you think these people have the fear of God in their hearts?” the pope asked.

“No, they have no fear of the Lord and they’re not happy,” he said, just like “those who manufacture arms to fuel wars.”

He said he was sure that no one in the square was involved in the arms industry because such people “do not come to listen to the Word of God. These people manufacture death, they are merchants of death.”

Pope Francis asked people to join in the cries of those in distress and accept the Holy Spirit’s gift to recognize the love and mercy of God, our Father.

A video on this story can be found at http://youtu.be/8bwlkVf295w.

 

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Being a Christian demands actions and deeds, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said.

And, he said, the “how-to” manual is found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spells out the consequences awaiting those who fail to help others in need.

Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said in his morning homily June 9. (CNS)

Jesus offers a guide to life that is “so simple, but very difficult,” the pope said June 9 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

It’s difficult because Christianity is “a hands-on religion; it isn’t for thinking about, it’s for putting into practice, to do it,” he said in his homily, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

The pope focused his homily on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Matthew in which Jesus teaches the beatitudes, which begin, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

The beatitudes are the “program” and “the identity card” for every Christian, outlining a step-by-step guide to being “a good Christian,” he said.

Jesus’ teaching goes “very much against the tide” of a worldly culture, he said, in which monetary wealth, superficial joy and personal satisfaction are the measures of happiness and success.

But “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” he said, and “blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

People who face reality and life’’s big and small difficulties will mourn in their hearts, but they will also find consolation in Jesus, the pope said.

Most of the world, on the other hand, “doesn’t want to cry, it prefers to ignore painful situations and cover them up” or just turn the other way and pretend they’re not there, he said.

Jesus also says, “Blessed are the meek in this world that, from the beginning, is a world of war, a world where people everywhere fight, where there is hatred everywhere,” the pope said.

Jesus, however, wants people to be meek, even if everyone “will think that I’m a dolt.”

The world has become all about “business” and deal-making while “so many people suffer” from so many injustices.

Even though “it’s very easy to slip into corrupt cabals” and fall into the “daily politics of ;do ut des,’” the give-and-take of exchanging favors, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, who fight for justice, the pope said.

Jesus never said, “Blessed are those who wreak revenge,” but rather, blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Those who forgive, understand the mistakes others have made, the pope said, underlining how “we are all part of an army of people who have been forgiven. We have all been forgiven.”

He said blessed are the clean of heart, those who have “a simple heart” and a heart that “knows to love with purity,” for they will see God.

Today, it’s all too common to be “makers of war or at least makers of misunderstanding,” the pope said. Instead, blessed are the peacemakers.

Gossip and backstabbing are another form of warmongering, he said.

“These people who gossip do not make peace, they are enemies of peace. They are not blessed.”

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, he said, as theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Pope Francis said the beatitudes are “the program of life that Jesus offers us.”

He said, “If we want something more, Jesus also gives us other instructions” in the “Judgment of the Nations” in later chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel.

People should remember the “protocol by which we will be judged,” by what everyone has done or didn’t do for the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the ill and the imprisoned, he said.

He asked that people find the time to read the beatitudes and the final judgment “once, twice, three times.”

By following these two teachings, “you can live a holy Christian life,” the pope said.

 

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‘We need the help of God’ to bring peace to Holy Land, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres arrive for an invocation for peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

“More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. “That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.”

The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an “invocation for peace” in the Holy Land, to which he had invited them during his visit to the region two weeks earlier.

“I was young, now I am old. I experienced war, I tasted peace,” Peres said in an English portion of his statement. “Never will I forget the bereaved families, parents and children, who paid the cost of war. And all my life I shall never stop to act for peace for the generations to come. Let’s all of us join hands and make it happen.”

According to an official translation of Abbas’ prepared Arabic text, the Palestinian president said: “We want peace for us and for our neighbors. We seek prosperity and peace of mind for ourselves and for others alike.”

The event, at which Christians, Muslims and Jews prayed in each other’s presence, was almost certainly the first of its kind at the Vatican, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.

The starting time of 7 p.m. had been chosen in part to avoid the midday heat, yet temperatures were still in the mid 80s less than an hour earlier, when Peres arrived by car at the Vatican guesthouse, where the pope lives. Abbas arrived at 6:30 p.m., and 15 minutes later the two presidents embraced in the presence of the pope.

“Nice to see you,” Peres and Abbas told each other in English.

Joining the group was Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, whom Father Lombardi had described as one of the event’s “four protagonists,” and Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land and the principal coordinator of the event.

The five men rode together in a white minivan the short distance to the site of the ceremony, a triangular swath of lawn walled off by tall hedges along two sides. The setting had been chosen, according to Father Lombardi, because of its neutral appearance, lacking in religious imagery.

Pope Francis and the two presidents sat at the corner of the triangle where the two hedges met.

Along the hedge to to their left sat what the Vatican described as political members of the Israeli and Palestinian delegations, including both nations’ ambassadors to the Holy See; Christian religious leaders, including Patriarch Bartholomew, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and Palestinian Lutheran Bishop Monib Younan; and musicians who performed between prayers during the ceremony.

Along the other hedge sat various Muslim, Jewish and Druze religious figures, including Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, longtime friends of the pope from Buenos Aires and leaders respectively in their city’s Jewish and Muslim communities, who accompanied Pope Francis during his visit to the Holy Land.

Members of the Palestinian and Israeli delegations and guests of Pope Francis read a selection of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, in order of their religions’ historical precedence. Each set of prayers praised God for creation, begged forgiveness of sins and asked for peace in the Holy Land.

Patriarch Bartholomew read in English from the Book of Isaiah: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent, its food shall be dust.”

At the end of the ceremony, which lasted about an hour and 45 minutes, the pope, patriarch and the two presidents kissed each other on both cheeks, then took up shovels and added dirt to the base of a newly planted olive tree. They then spent about 15 minutes speaking privately inside the nearby Casina Pio IV, a 16th-century villa which now houses several pontifical academies.

A related video has been posted at http://youtu.be/LDVbPQxrRc0

 

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Pope remembers ‘heavy sacrifice’ of Allied forces on D-Day

June 6th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — People must continue to recognize the sacrifice of the Allied soldiers who liberated Europe from “Nazi barbarism,” but also should not forget the German soldiers “dragged into this drama,” Pope Francis said.

U.S. World War II veteran Bob Thomas, 88, of Connecticut, who served with the 87th Division, known as the “Golden Acorn,” visits the American War cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 3. World leaders were to attend ceremonies in Normandy June 6, marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied beach landings on D-Day. (CNS photo/Regis Duvignau, Reuters)

The pope believes “present generations should express their full recognition to all those who made such a heavy sacrifice,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, in a message commemorating the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy.

The cardinal’s D-Day message was sent to Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris and Bishop Jean Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux, who were marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of France. The bishops blessed a commemorative bell, naming it after St. Edith Stein, a co-patron of Europe, who was killed in a Nazi death camp.

Cardinal Parolin said Pope Francis hoped the commemoration would “remind us that excluding God from the lives of people and society cannot but bring death and suffering.”

“May European nations find in the Gospel of Christ, the prince of peace, the roots of their history and the source of inspiration for forging bonds that are always fraternal and marked by solidarity,” the pope prayed.

 

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Piety is embracing God and others with love, not fake devotion, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Being pious is not squeezing one’s eyes shut to the world and putting on a sweet little angel face, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis embraces a girl as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 4. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Piety is opening up one’s heart to God and one’s arms to embrace everyone as brothers and sisters, he said June 4 at his weekly general audience.

“The gift of piety that the Holy Spirit gives us makes us meek; it makes us peaceful, patient and at peace with God in gentle service to others,” he said.

Under a cloudless bright sunny sky in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis continued a series of audience talks about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

Focusing on the gift of piety, the pope said he wanted to clarify its meaning right away “because some people think that being pious is closing your eyes, putting on a sweet angel face, isn’t that right? To pretend to be a saint” and holier than thou.

But piety is recognizing “our belonging to God, our deep bond with him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him, even during the most difficult and troubled moments” in life, he said.

This personal bond with the Lord is not created out of obligation or force, he said; it is “a relationship lived from the heart,” a friendship that “changes our life and fills us with enthusiasm and joy,” gratitude, praise and “authentic worship of God.”

“When the Holy Spirit helps us sense the presence of the Lord and all of his love for us, it warms our heart and drives us almost naturally to prayer and celebration,” the pope said.

Once people experience the loving relationship of God as father, “it helps us pour out this love onto others and recognize them as brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said.

Piety is about identity and belonging, he said, that is why it renders people “truly capable of being joyful with those who are happy; to cry with those who weep; to be near those who are alone or in distress; to correct those in error; to console the afflicted; to welcome and come to the aid of those in need.”

Citing a verse from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8:14-15), the pope said the spirit of God is about kinship, a spirit of adoption, not “a spirit of slavery to fall back on into fear.”

“Let us ask the Lord that the gift of his Spirit overcome our fears and uncertainties, our restless and impatient spirit, too, and that it may make us joyous witnesses of God and his love.”

The pope asked that people pray they could adore God in a genuine, not forced or fake, way, and to be in service to others “with gentleness and also a smile.”

The text of the pope’s audience remarks in English is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140604_udienza-generale_en.html

 

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Pope Francis prays with 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome

June 2nd, 2014 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , , , ,

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ROME — Meeting more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis admitted he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed, but he knelt onstage as they prayed for him and over him by singing and speaking in tongues.

“In the early years of the charismatic renewal in Buenos Aires, I did not have much love for charismatics,” the pope said June 1. “I said of them: They seem like a samba school.”

Pope Francis arrives for an encounter with more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics at the Olympic Stadium in Rome June 1. The pope knelt onstage as the crowd prayed over him by singing and speaking in tongues. During the event the pope acknowledged he had once been uncomfortable with the charismatic movement. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Little by little, though, he came to see how much good the movement was doing for Catholics and for the church, he told a gathering organized by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships.

50th anniversary in 2017

Pope Francis invited the crowd, which included charismatics from 55 countries, to come to St. Peter’s Square for Pentecost in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movement. The Catholic charismatic movement traces its origins to a retreat held in 1967 with students and staff from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

“I expected all of you, charismatics from around the world, to celebrate your great jubilee with the pope at Pentecost 2017 in St. Peter’s Square,” the pope said.

The celebration in Rome’s Olympic Stadium began with the song, “Vive Jesus, El Senor,” (“Jesus, the Lord, Lives”) a Spanish-language song which Pope Francis, who claims he is tone deaf,  joined in singing with his hands open like many in the crowd. The pope said he likes the song, which charismatics in Argentina also sing.

“When I celebrated the holy Mass with the charismatic renewal in the Buenos Aires cathedral, after the consecration and after a few seconds of adoration in tongues, we sang this song with such joy and strength,” he said.

At another point, when the crowd prayed that the Holy Spirit would fill Pope Francis, he knelt on the bare floor of the stage, while they sang with their hands raised toward him. After the song, many in the crowd kept their hands raised as they prayed in tongues, speaking in unfamiliar languages.

Responding to a married couple, who spoke about the renewal’s positive impact on their family life, Pope Francis said the family is the domestic church, the place where Jesus’ presence grows in the love of spouses and in the lives of their children. “This is why the enemy attacks the family so hard; the devil doesn’t like it, and tries to destroy it.”

“May the Lord bless families and strengthen them during this crisis when the devil wants to destroy them,” the pope prayed.

‘A current of grace’

In a speech, Pope Francis told the charismatics that they their movement was begun by the Holy Spirit as “a current of grace in the church and for the church.”

He pleaded with charismatic groups not to try to organize everything or create a bureaucracy that attempts to tame the Holy Spirit.

The temptation “to become ‘controllers’ of the grace of God” is a danger, the pope said. Group leaders, sometimes without even meaning to, become “administrators of grace,” deciding who should exercise which gifts of the Holy Spirit. “Don’t do this anymore,” Pope Francis said. “Be dispensers of God’s grace, not controllers. Don’t be the Holy Spirit’s customs agents.”

From the beginning, he said, charismatics were known for their love of and familiarity with the Scriptures; the pope asked those who lost the habit of carrying their Bible with them everywhere to “return to this first love, always have the word of God in your pocket or purse.”

Pope Francis also said Catholic charismatics have a special role to play in healing divisions among Christians by exercising “spiritual ecumenism” or praying with members of other Christian churches and communities who share a belief in Jesus as lord and savior.

A related video has been posted at http://youtu.be/xWcujx1II2w

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Our Lady of Haste: Mary is always ready to help, pope says

June 2nd, 2014 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Standing before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.

A statue of Mary overlooks the grounds of St. Jude Church in Mastic Beach, N.Y.(CNS fileo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

“She is the virgin of readiness, Our Lady of Haste,” the pope said May 31 at the end of a rosary procession and prayer service marking the feast of the Visitation and the end of May, the month traditionally devoted to Mary.

As darkness fell and those participating in the procession held candles in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis noted how in the Gospel of Luke’s description of Mary visiting her cousin Elisabeth, it says Mary went “in haste.”

“She did not lose time; she went right away to serve,” the pope said.

Mary is always “ready to come to our aid when we pray to her, when we ask her help, her protection over us,” Pope Francis said. “In the many moments of life when we need the help of her protection, remember that she will not make us wait: she is Our Lady of Haste.”

 

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Help Catholic Charities ‘Stock the Pantry’ this summer

May 29th, 2014 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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Hunger doesn’t take the summer off, and Catholic Charities is asking its friends to “Stock the Pantry” by donating nonperishable food goods during the month of June.

Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards at Catholic Charities locations in the Diocese of Wilmington during business hours.

“Today, many of our neighbors are making tough choices in order to survive, such as, ‘Do I pay the rent, or do I buy food?’” said Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities’ executive director.

“The benefit reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, further penalizes low-income households already at risk of going hungry. We continue to need your support to meet the increasing demand we are experiencing.” Read more »

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Benedictine School’s ministry expands into flour and flowers

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 DENTON, Md. – Sweetly Made Bakery offers more than pastries, cakes, cookies and cupcakes to people in Caroline County.

“We’re the showcase for Benedictine Adult Services,” said Kathleen Bartlett, bakery manager.

The bakery also offers custom cakes for special occasions; handmade candy-grams and special occasion greeting cards. There’s also a gift shop featuring t-shirts, jewelry, homemade dog biscuits, and other items made by Benedictine Adult Services.

While shopping for baked goods and gifts, customers can also special order flower arrangements and plants from B Blossoms Garden Center on the campus of the Benedictine School. Read more »

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