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Pope apologizes for Catholics’ participation in Rwanda genocide

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VATICAN CITY — Meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Pope Francis asked God’s forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatred and violence perpetrated by some priests and religious.

Pope Francis poses with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his wife, Jeannette, during a private March 20 private meeting at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, pool via EPA)

Pope Francis poses with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his wife, Jeannette, during a private March 20 private meeting at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, pool via EPA)

“He implored anew God’s forgiveness for the sins and failings of the church and its members, among whom priests and religious men and women who succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission,” said a Vatican statement released March 20 after the meeting of the pope and president.

Some 800,000, and perhaps as many as 1 million people, most of whom belonged to the Tutsi ethnic group, died in the ferocious bloodshed carried out from April to July 1994.

“In light of the recent Holy Year of Mercy and of the statement published by the Rwandan Bishops at its conclusion” in November, the Vatican said, “the pope also expressed the desire that this humble recognition of the failings of that period, which, unfortunately, disfigured the face of the church, may contribute to a ‘purification of memory’ and may promote, in hope and renewed trust, a future of peace, witnessing to the concrete possibility of living and working together once the dignity of the human person and the common good are put at the center.”

Pope Francis “conveyed his profound sadness, and that of the Holy See and of the church, for the genocide against the Tutsi,” the Vatican said. “He expressed his solidarity with the victims and with those who continue to suffer the consequences of those tragic events.”

In President Kagame’s 25-minute private meeting with the pope, as well as during his meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, note was made of “the collaboration between the state and the local church in the work of national reconciliation and in the consolidation of peace for the benefit of the whole nation,” the Vatican said.

In a statement read in churches throughout Rwanda Nov. 20, the country’s bishops apologized for “all the wrongs the church committed” during the genocide. “We regret that church members violated their oath of allegiance to God’s commandments” and that some Catholics were involved in planning, aiding and carrying out the massacres.

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New Mexico deacon, 92, mugged for $20,000 in collection money

December 29th, 2015 Posted in National News Tags: , , , ,

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 92-year-old deacon at an Albuquerque church was recovering after being mugged by three individuals who stole the Christmas offerings from his car’s trunk.

Sgt. Sean Frick, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said Deacon Ruben Barela was walking across the snow-shrouded parking lot of Queen of Heaven Parish Dec. 28 carrying a bag with Christmas offerings when a man approached him from a Jeep asking directions. After providing the man an answer, Deacon Barela put the bag in the trunk of his car.

“As he was backing out the Jeep drove up and blocked him in,” Frick said.

Frick said one of the three male suspects, all in their 20s, reached into the vehicle and took the keys out of the ignition. He then went to the trunk and stole the bag of money.

Deacon Barela sustained a minor injury in the altercation and later sought medical attention at a local hospital, Frick added.

Father William Young, Queen of Heaven pastor, estimated that up to $20,000 was taken by the thieves.

An angered Father Young did not couch his feelings when speaking with KOB-TV.

“I don’t have a high opinion of these losers,” Father Young said. “These people are really cowardly to do that to an elderly man.”

Father Young also expressed disappointment in a society that failed to embrace the spirit of Christmas.

“Generally speaking, the values of our society (are) crumbling to the point where, sadly for some people, nothing or no one is safe and sacred,” he said.

Fueling parishioners’ frustration is the fact that the church was robbed of a symbolic artifact during the Thanksgiving holiday. Two crowns valued at $7,000 were stolen from the heads of statues of Mary and the infant Jesus.

— By Joseph Kolb

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Fire destroys St. Mary Refuge of Sinners’ rectory in Cambridge, Md.

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A two-alarm fire may have destroyed the rectory at St. Mary Refuge of Sinners Parish in Cambridge, Md., on Oct. 12, but the parish will continue business as usual, the pastor said Tuesday.

St. Mary Refuge of Sinners' rectory in Cambridge, Md.. The 55-year old building, which also housed the parish office, burned down Oct. 12. Diocesan photo

St. Mary Refuge of Sinners’ rectory in Cambridge, Md.. The 55-year old building, which also housed the parish office, burned down Oct. 12. Diocesan photo

“The church is fine, the parish hall is fine,” said Father Bill Lawler, who has led the Eastern Shore congregation for 11 years. “All of that is going to continue as normal. We’ll have to set up some temporary office space in order to pay bills and payroll and those kinds of essential things.”

Daily Mass has been canceled for the remainder of this week.

The fire, which was first reported shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, left the building a total loss. Joseph Corsini, the chief financial officer for the diocese, said insurance will pay for full replacement costs. The value of the house, which was 3,240 square feet, could be as high as $380,000, he said, but the insurance will meet whatever the final price is to rebuild its replica.

Father Lawler was not home when the blaze broke out. He spent Sunday night in Delaware with relatives and received a phone call Monday morning from the parish secretary who asked if he was OK, unaware that the priest had not been home. He was about an hour from Cambridge at the time. The fire’s origin was likely electrical, he said.

“It may have started in the office in the front of the building. It’s possible there was a short in a device, computers and copiers and fax machines that every office has to have nowadays,” he said.

“I haven’t seen any official report from the fire marshal yet.”

All the parish records were in the 55-year-old rectory, and Father Lawler had yet to determine what was lost.

“Quite a bit is also on microfilm. It’s probably the last five or 10 years we have to recover,” he said.

Father Lawler said he will be looking for an apartment in Cambridge, although he has been offered a place to live by Father James Nash, the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul in nearby Easton, Md. He expects it to be a year or possibly two before there is a new rectory on the parish grounds.

One bit of good news that emerged in the fire’s aftermath is that Father Lawler’s cat, Señor Gato, was able to escape the building through a cat door. He was found at the church, where, according to the pastor, he spends a lot of time.

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Pope urges young people to use their freedom to share love, faith

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

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VATICAN CITY — Meeting 50,000 altar servers, Pope Francis urged young Catholics to make careful use of their freedom, treasure their dignity as sons and daughters of God and make time to pray each day.

“If you follow Jesus and his Gospel, your freedom will blossom like a plant in bloom and will bring good and abundant fruit,” the pope said Aug. 5. “You will find authentic joy, because he wants us to be men and women who are happy and fulfilled.”

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 5. The pilgrimage to Rome, sponsored by the German bishops' conference, included tens of thousands of Germans ages 13 to 27, but also altar servers from Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania and northern Italy.  (CNS photo/ Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Aug. 5. The pilgrimage to Rome, sponsored by the German bishops’ conference, included tens of thousands of Germans ages 13 to 27, but also altar servers from Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania and northern Italy. (CNS photo/ Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

The pilgrimage to Rome, sponsored by the German bishops’ conference, included tens of thousands of Germans ages 13 to 27, but also altar servers from Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania and northern Italy. The five-day pilgrimage included Masses and talks focusing on the freedom God gives to people and the challenge of using it well.

For the first time in his pontificate, the pope gave a short public homily in German, a language he learned in the late 1980s when he worked on his doctorate in Germany.

During evening prayer with the young people, he said, “God showed us that he is a good father. How did he do it? Through the incarnation of his Son, who became one of us.”

In Jesus, the pope said, “we can understand what God really wants. He wants human beings who are free because they always know they are protected like the children of a good father.”

Still preaching in German, the pope said God needed a human being to bring his plan to completion: Mary, who “was totally free. In her freedom, she said yes.”

Later, responding in Italian to questions three young people posed in German, Pope Francis asked the young people to be very attentive when serving Mass, a service that “allows you to be close to Jesus, the word and bread of life.”

“I’ll give you some advice: the Gospel that you listen to during the liturgy, read it again personally, in silence, and apply it to your life; and with the love of Christ, received in holy Communion, you can put it into practice,” he said.

The young people asked the pope what their role in the church should be, how they could reconcile church activities with other activities and responsibilities and how they could experience the freedom he is talking about when their lives are governed by family and school rules.

Pope Francis told them the world needs “people who witness to others that God loves them, that he is our father,” and that they are the ones who need to share that good news with their peers.

People are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and heal the sick, but “we disciples of the Lord have another mission as well: that of being channels that transmit the love of Jesus.”

Just as the hungry long for food, he said, many young people need someone to show them “that Jesus knows us, loves us, forgives us, shares our difficulties and supports us with his grace.”

Pope Francis told them that “time is a gift from God” but, like other gifts, it must be used well. “Perhaps many young people waste too much time in useless things: chatting on the Internet or with your mobile phone … the products of technology that should simplify and improve the quality of life, but sometimes take attention away from what is really important.”

As for time management, Pope Francis told the young people, “but you’re German and you do this well.”

No matter what people do each day, he said, “one priority must be that of remembering that Creator, who allows us to live, who loves us and accompanies us on our journeys.”

Responding to the question about freedom, Pope Francis said that if people do not use it well, it leads them far from God and “can make us lose the dignity with which he has clothed us,” which is why the church, one’s parents and schools make rules and give young people guidance.

A misuse of freedom “can transform into slavery, slavery to sin,” he said. “Dear young people, do not use your freedom unwisely. Don’t squander the great dignity of being children of God that has been given to you.”

 

 

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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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A year in prison for stealing from parishioner

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Father Michael Angeloni, a former associate pastor at Church of the Holy Child in north Wilmington, is serving one year in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from an elderly parishioner to feed his gambling addiction.

Superior Court Judge Diane Clarke Streett imposed the sentence in late March. Following his release from prison, Father Angeloni will be on probation and will be required to repay the victim $305,425. He also is not to have any contact with the victim, casinos or other gambling establishments; must receive gambling treatment; and must obtain a mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment, according to the judge.

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Priest pleads guilty to theft from parishioner

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WILMINGTON – Father Michael Angeloni, most recently an associate pastor at the Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington, pleaded guilty Nov. 17 in Delaware Superior Court to stealing more than $300,000 from a parishioner.

He will be sentenced Feb. 17 and faces up to 15 years in prison, according to the state Department of Justice.

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