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Former state policeman has experience keeping people safe

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St. Mary Magdalen parishioner will be the next coordinator of the Office for Safe Environments

Michael Connelly, who becomes the Diocese of Wilmington’s new coordinator of the Office for Safe Environments April 24, first dealt with cases of children being sexually and physically abused during his 20-year career in the Delaware State Police.

The former captain, who served most of his career in the detective division in New Castle County, retired in 1998 as commander of Troop 2, then in New Castle, now in Glasgow. Read more »

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Look it up: Fifty years after ‘Populorum Progressio’

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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As our nation saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the emergence of the War on Poverty, the Catholic Church saw the advent of a landmark expression of its own social doctrine when Blessed Paul VI promulgated “Populorum Progressio” (“The Progress of Peoples”) in 1967 as the first concrete application of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (“Gaudium et Spes”). Read more »

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Living justly in a changing world

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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On March 26, 1967, Blessed Paul VI promulgated his social encyclical “Populorum Progressio” (“The Progress of Peoples”).

In doing this, Blessed Paul continued in the footsteps of his predecessors Pope Leo XIII, Pope Pius XI and St. John XXIII in enunciating the church’s social teaching and how it was to be implemented throughout in the world.

Just as Pope Leo XIII had done in 1891 when he focused his encyclical “Rerum Novarum” on the changes happening in the world between workers and business owners, Blessed Paul focused his attention on the changes happening at the end of colonialism and the spread of industrialization. Read more »

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‘Development means peace,’ 1967 encyclical said

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Development is “the new name for peace,” Blessed Paul VI declared in “The Progress of Peoples” (“Populorum Progressio”). Those well-known words reflect the heart and soul of this encyclical, whose 50th anniversary we celebrate in 2017.

Blessed Paul wanted to communicate a clear message that “peace is not simply the absence of warfare, based on a precarious balance of power.” Extreme economic, social and educational disparities between nations often jeopardize peace between them, he stressed. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: ‘Populorum Progressio’

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On March 26, 1967, Blessed Paul VI promulgated his social encyclical “Populorum Progressio” (“The Progress of Peoples”).

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson is pictured in this 1964 photo with a group of civil rights leaders who include the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Clarence Mitchell and Patricia Roberts Harris. As our nation saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the emergence of the War on Poverty, the Catholic Church saw the advent of a landmark expression of its own social doctrine when Blessed Paul VI promulgated "Populorum Progressio," "The Progress of Peoples," in 1967. (CNS photo/Yoichi Okamoto, courtesy LBJ Library)

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson is pictured in this 1964 photo with a group of civil rights leaders who include the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Clarence Mitchell and Patricia Roberts Harris. As our nation saw the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the emergence of the War on Poverty, the Catholic Church saw the advent of a landmark expression of its own social doctrine when Blessed Paul VI promulgated “Populorum Progressio,” “The Progress of Peoples,” in 1967. (CNS photo/Yoichi Okamoto, courtesy LBJ Library)

Fifty years later, the words of Blessed Paul may be more pertinent than ever.

Debates continue over nationalism, borders, globalization and isolation, divisions between rich and poor, and racial issues.

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 16, 2017

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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The Resurrection of the Lord

 

1) Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

2) Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel: John 20:1-9

 

I’ve long wondered why “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad,” was the responsorial psalm chosen for Easter, the most important celebration of the year for Christians.

Not that there’s anything inappropriate in it, but I’ve always taken it to mean each day is a gift from God, so appreciate it. The verse just never seems momentous enough. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Bernadette Soubirous

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Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Feast Day: April 16

St. Bernadette Soubirous is pictured in this undated photo provided by the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. (CNS photo/Durand, courtesy of Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes)

St. Bernadette Soubirous is pictured in this undated photo provided by the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France. (CNS photo/Durand, courtesy of Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes)

As a child in a poor French family in the Hautes-Pyrenees town of Lourdes, Bernadette suffered both asthma and cholera. Uneducated, she had not made her first Communion by 1858, the year she experienced 18 visions of a beautiful lady calling herself the Immaculate Conception and calling for penance and pilgrimage.

Bernadette was unchanged by this extraordinary experience, and in 1866 became a member of the Sisters of Charity, taking the name Maria-Bernarda. Chronically ill after 1875 with worsening asthma and tuberculosis of the bones, she died at age 35. When she was canonized in 1933, it was not for being the Lourdes visionary, but for her simple life of prayer, devotion and obedience.

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Look it up: Roll away the stone to new life

April 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 Tom Conry’s “Roll Away the Stone” is arguably the most powerful Easter song to have been composed in English in recent years. Remarkable in its musical and textual simplicity, it answers the cynicism of unbelievers with the refrain, “Roll away the stone, see the glory of God.”

What is this “glory of God”? St. Paul tells us in one of the readings for the Easter Vigil: “Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). Read more »

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Baptized into new life

April 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 Franciscan Father Rock Travnikar, who died on Christmas Day 2016, was one of the first priests in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, to fully implement the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

As the pastor of the small (only 95 families today) mission parish of Mother of Good Counsel in Hazard, Kentucky (now part of the Diocese of Lexington), he absolutely loved the Easter Vigil. Read more »

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The liberation Easter brings

April 10th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Easter begins in the darkness and at night, when the great vigil Mass for this central Christian feast is celebrated. Yet Easter is all about daylight — a “new day” in time.

The resurrected Jesus is “the Morning Star,” according to the Exsultet, the rather ancient and remarkable hymn still heard during the Easter Vigil. Like the morning star shining at dawn, Jesus signals a new day’s arrival, with all the hopes attached to it. Read more »

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