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 November 22, 2010   •   VOL. 48, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Vatican Library treasures
A reproduction of music in a hymnal from the 1500s is displayed in a new exhibit on the Vatican Library. The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse of the Vatican Library, which is only open to qualified scholars. The 500-year-old library is not only an extraordinary repository of the knowledge of mankind, but a “precious tool” for pontiffs in their governance of the Church, Pope Benedict XVI said at the opening of the show combining state-of-the-art technology with centuries-old treasures.
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Poles dedicate largest statue of Christ
Divine Mercy Church, a parish in Swiebodzin in western Poland, has built what it says is the world’s largest statue of Christ in a “show of devotion.” The statue’s head is shown above before it was placed on the body. “We’re treating this monument as a sign of faith — an external manifestation that religious belief is still alive here,” said Father Andrzej Sapieha, spokesman for the Zielona Gora-Gorzow Diocese. The reinforced-concrete statue, more than 35 feet taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is proposed to “provide a catechesis for millions of people” passing the town.
CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters

Spanish youths carry cross
Young people carry the World Youth Day cross during a procession in Zamora, Spain, Nov. 13. The procession of the WYD cross and Marian icon ended in a dramatic service led by the local bishop in the town square. The cross is traveling throughout Spain in advance of the Aug.16-21, 2011 international Catholic youth gathering in Madrid.
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Crosiers gather to mark 800 years since founding

PHOENIX (CNS) — More than 500 people crowded into St. Mary’s Basilica for Mass Nov. 7 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Crosier order in Belgium in 1210. The Crosiers Fathers and Brothers, a worldwide religious order, have been serving in the Phoenix Diocese for 30 years and in the United States for 100 years. In 2007, the Crosiers moved their national headquarters to Phoenix.

Baghdad victims flown to Rome for treatment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Twenty-six Iraqi Catholics injured in an Oct. 31 attack on their cathedral in Baghdad were transferred to a Rome hospital for treatment. Pope Benedict XVI thanked Italy’s foreign minister for helping facilitate the transfer. Fifty-eight people died in the attack on the Syrian Catholic church after military officials tried to end a terrorist siege of the church.

Haiti rebuilding slow; church support strong

BALTIMORE (CNS) — In the 10 months since Haiti’s devastating earthquake buried nearly 300,000 people beneath rubble, the response from American Catholics for relief and rebuilding has been like none before, reports Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell. But ongoing needs are massive and redevelopment of Haiti is proceeding slowly and with many obstacles. Bishop Farrell, chairman of the Committee on National Collections, said special collections in parishes raised $82.6 million to aid victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Respect for religion is vital for real peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Respect for each person’s relationship with God is an essential part of building a just social order and real peace, Pope Benedict XVI said in a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “It is my profound conviction that respect for the transcendent dimension of the human person is an indispensable condition for the construction of a just social order and a stable peace,” the pope wrote to the Iranian leader.

Philadelphia’s Hispanic national church established

AVONDALE, Pa. (CNS) — The Phila-delphia Archdiocese has established a national parish to serve the needs of Spanish-speaking Catholics and celebrate their Hispanic heritage, according to an announcement by Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. It is St. Rocco Parish in Avondale in southern Chester County, where a large number of Latinos have moved in recent years. It will be the 32nd national parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the first to be designated for Hispanics.

Lebanese Christians numbers dwindling

BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Father Louis Matar believes in miracles, and he believes that if there’s just one Christian left in Lebanon, Christianity will survive in the country. But even if Christians continue to emigrate, he said, the Gospel spread from the Middle East throughout the world on the strength of the witness of just Twelve Apostles and “even with one Christian person to preserve the faith, the seeds of salvation and love will continue to be planted.”

Bishops seek more priests for military service

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services appealed to his fellow bishops to release more of their priests for service as military chaplains. Broglio said his flock — which includes Catholics serving in all branches of the military, their families and those at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide — is served by only 275 priests, a number that will decline in coming years. He said most people serving in the military are between the ages of 18 and 28, and studies have shown that most of those who abandon the faith they were raised in do so before the age of 24. Archbishop Broglio also talked about a bishop who had denied the request of a priest in his diocese who was willing to continue working as a military chaplain. The bishop expressed concern about not having a priest to assign to a certain parish in his diocese.


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