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U.S. bishops say Pope Francis has ‘added new life’ to the papacy in his first year

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WASHINGTON — In his first year as the 265th successor of Peter, Pope Francis “has brought to light new dimensions of the Petrine ministry and added new life to the office he holds,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee said March 11.

Pope Francis, in white, attends a weeklong Lenten retreat with senior members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, Italy, March 9. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

He has done this in many ways, the committee said, including by consistently calling on Catholics “to look again at the fundamental values of the Gospel” and encouraging “us to be a church of the poor and for the poor, reaching out to the marginalized and being present to those on the periphery of society.”

The Administrative Committee is the highest ranking body of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops when the bishops are not in their plenary session. During a March 11-12 meeting in Washington, the committee issued the statement to congratulate the pope on his first anniversary.

Pope Francis “has set an example by choosing a personal simplicity of life, by washing the feet of prisoners, and by taking into his hands and kissing the badly disfigured,” the committee said. “His Holiness has also set in motion a process that will lead to the reshaping of the Roman Curia in a way that will enhance the effectiveness of his ministry and better serve the needs of the church in our present day.”

The Administrative Committee also noted the impact that Pope Francis’ leadership and simple lifestyle have had on the world.

“His constant outreach to the alienated, his emphasis on mercy and his sheer humanity have served as an inspiration not only to Catholics but also to other Christians and people of good will around the globe,” the statement said.

“On this first anniversary of his election, the Administrative Committee invites the prayers of all the faithful that Christ our Lord will bless Pope Francis and grant him many years of fruitful ministry as bishop of Rome, as the servant of the servants of God,” it added.

 

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Our Lenten Journey: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Pope Francis will visit South Korea this summer

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will travel to South Korea in August for Asian Youth Day and to preside over the beatification of a large group of Korean martyrs, the Vatican spokesman said.

Choir members from Daegu, South Korea, sang Gregorian chant at the Vatican in 2012. (CNS/Paul Haring)

The pope will leave Rome Aug. 13 and fly to South Korea, staying in the country Aug. 14-18, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. He said no other countries would be on the itinerary.

The main point of the trip, Father Lombardi said, is to participate in the youth gathering Aug. 13-17 in Daejeon, South Korea. The theme of Asian Youth Day is “Asian youth, wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines on you.”

Sponsored by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, the gathering is expected to draw delegates from 30 countries.

Father Lombardi said Pope Francis also will visit South Korea’s capital, Seoul, and meet President Park Geun-hye.

According to the Korean Herald, Park’s office issued a statement saying, “The upcoming visit by Pope Francis, a symbolic figure of (someone who has lived) a poor but honest life and (upheld) neighborliness, will be an opportunity to deliver the message of love and peace to the northeast Asian region.”

In February, Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions, clearing the way for their beatification. The martyrs were among an estimated 10,000 Catholics in Korea killed for their faith between 1785 and 1888.

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul said the people of South Korea appreciate the pope’s willingness to “travel so far to be with Asian youth and Korean Catholics,” according to the Korean news agency Yonhap. The trip will be a “big pleasure” and “blessing” for the nation.

The news service quoted Bishop Peter Kang U-il of Cheju, president of the bishops’ conference, as saying the pope’s decision to visit “the divided Korean Peninsula as the destination of his first Asian trip” was motivated in part by a desire to pray for peace and reconciliation.

 

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Don’t debate Satan, pope says, quote Scripture instead

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — When temptation comes your way, don’t try to dialogue or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible.

Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square March 9, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the

Pope Francis arrives for a weeklong Lenten retreat with senior members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome, March 9. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

desert.

“The tempter tried to divert Jesus from the Father’s plan, which was the path of sacrifice and love, of offering himself in expiation, and instead convince him to take the easy way of success and power,” the pope said.

Each time the devil tempts Jesus, asking him to transform stones into bread, throw himself from the top of the temple and see if angels would rescue him, or worship Satan in exchange for earthly power, Jesus responds by reciting Scripture, the pope said.

“He doesn’t dialogue with Satan like Eve” did in the Garden of Eden, the pope said. “Jesus knows well that you can’t dialogue with Satan because he is so cunning.”

“Remember this,” Pope Francis told the crowd, “at times of temptation, in our temptations: No arguments with Satan; defend yourselves with the word of God.”

Pope Francis said Lent is a time for everyone to set out on the path of conversion and to prepare to renew their baptismal promises, including “renouncing Satan and all his works and his seductions, because he is a seducer, in order to walk the pathways of God.”

The pope also asked those gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray for him and his collaborators in the Roman Curia during their March 9-14 Lenten retreat.

With more than 80 cardinals, archbishops and other top officials of Vatican offices, Pope Francis boarded a bus in the late afternoon to travel the 20 miles to a retreat house in Ariccia for joint reflection, prayer and silent meditation.

 

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Our Lenten Journey: Monday, March 10, 2014

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Our Lenten Journey: Sunday March 9, 2014

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DiVincenzo’s big fourth quarter leads Sals to first state basketball crown

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and Jason Winchell
For The Dialog

NEWARK – When his team needed him most, Donte DiVincenzo rose to the occasion. In the end, Salesianum cut the nets down for the first time, winning the Delaware boys basketball championship with a 50-45 win over St. Georges Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Sals jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes, and the sellout crowd, which included hundreds of white-shirted Salesianum students and a sizable number of alumni, sensed something special. St. Georges, however, found its footing, and with a minute and a half to go in the third, the Hawks took their first lead. Salesianum rebounded for a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but the Sals’ faithful needed more. Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey: Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Annual Catholic Appeal helps safe environments leader continue work ‘For the Sake of God’s Children’

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Most people don’t know Sister Carroll Juliano yet, but her work has a major impact on how the Catholic Church operates in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Sister Carroll is coordinator of Safe Environments in the diocese, charged with ensuring the safety of children while they are involved in church activities and with educating those children on the elements that comprise a safe environment. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly’s homily at Cathedral Mass on Ash Wednesday marking the start of 40 Days for Life

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Jim Maucher of St. Paul Parish in Delaware City receives ashes from Bishop Malooly during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington at noon. That morning, Bishop Malooly celebrated the 40 Days for Life Mass there.
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See Bishop Malooly’s homily here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFAhLtenWCg

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