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 June 20, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Rain leads to
spike in cholera

Homeowners try to empty their house of several inches of mud caused by severe rainstorms in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, June 7. Three weeks of intermittent heavy rain have led to a spike in the number of cholera cases in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and in several rural areas where health care workers are struggling to handle the surge. The rain also caused flooding in low-lying areas and mudslides in the hills around the capital, causing more than two dozen deaths and displacing hundreds of people from makeshift tent camps that sprouted after the country’s January 2010 earthquake.
CNS photo/Swoan Parker, Reuters

Mission trips to Mexico suspended
A woman re-enacts a crucifixion as the peace caravan led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia arrives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, June 9. The procession through Mexico is protesting the country’s drug war. Sicilia’s son was murdered by suspected cartel hitmen. Catholics are reporting mission trips to Mexico have been scaled back and canceled due to perceptions of insecurity — especially near the U.S.-Mexico border. Many parts of Mexico continue being safe for travel and free of the organized crime violence that has claimed nearly 40,000 lives over the past 41⁄2 years. But many parishes in Texas and other parts of the United States have suspended cross-border ministries and partnerships with counterparts in Mexico.
CNS photo/Gael Gonzalez, Reuters

Two auxiliary bishops named in Chicago
Two Chicago pastors — one born in Mexico, the other in Poland — have been named auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Chicago by Pope Benedict XVI. The appointments of Father Alberto Rojas (LEFT), pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, and Father Andrew Wypych, pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish, were announced June 13. Bishop-designate Rojas, a 46-year-old native of Mexico, will become the 27th active Hispanic bishop in the United States. Bishop-designate Wypych, born 56 years ago in Kazimierza Wielka, Poland, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow in 1979 and came to the United States in 1983. Chicago is believed to have the second-largest Polish population in the world, after Warsaw.

Nuncio renews calls for efforts to limit AIDS

UNITED NATIONS — Abstinence and fidelity-based programs remain the only universally effective, safe and affordable means of halting the spread of AIDS, the Vatican’s ambassador to the United Nations told a meeting to review progress and chart the future course of the global response to the disease. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt also said in remarks delivered June 10 that access to anti-retroviral drugs is vital in treating the disease and for reducing the risks for spreading it, but should not be seen as a means to “diminish the consequences of dangerous and irresponsible behavior.”

Canonization cause of Opus Dei priest begins


BRAINTREE, Mass. — The Archdiocese of Boston has opened the canonization cause of an Opus Dei priest, Father Joseph Muzquiz, who established the organization in the United States and worked for many years in the greater Boston area. Upon coming to the United States from Spain in 1949, Father Muzquiz helped establish Opus Dei centers in Chicago and Washington. He also laid the foundations for Opus Dei’s work in Canada and Japan. The organization, a personal prelature of the pope, today has about 87,000 members around the world, including about 1,900 priests.

Catholic Santorum in race for GOP


WASHINGTON — There are signs religion will play as big a role in the 2012 election as it has in other recent campaigns. Many of the declared or potential candidates lined up in Washington June 3-4 to address a “strategy briefing” sponsored by the Faith & Freedom Coalition, an organization headed by Christian Coalition founding executive director Ralph Reed, and to pledge their commitment to the coalition’s views on abortion, same-sex marriage and similar social issues. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a Catholic, is one of the many announced Republican presidential candidates.

Former US attorney to conduct review


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph appointed a former U.S. attorney to conduct an independent investigation of diocesan policies and procedures used to address sexual misconduct by church personnel. Effective immediately, Todd P. Graves will conduct an independent review of the case of Father Shawn Ratigan, a pastor who faces charges of possession of child pornography.

FlockNote.com, Tweet Catholic unite Catholics


WASHINGTON — Matt Warner, creator of Tweet Catholic and author of FallibleBlogma.com, said as a Catholic blogger, he has more than 17,000 readers, but it is his Tweet Catholic, www.tweetcatholic.com, that has brought Catholics together in the blogosphere. Tweet Catholic was created in 2009 to connect Catholics already on Twitter so they can follow each other, share information and build the Catholic community on Twitter.

‘Priesthood not about power or prestige’


LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, who was ordaining his first class of priests as the new archbishop of Los Angeles, told the six young men June 4 that “the priesthood is not about power or prestige. It is not an office or an occupation. It is a sacrament. It is a response to God’s call to serve souls. “You are called to be other Christs,” he continued. “This is not a metaphor or a pretty idea. You are his voice and his hands.”

Church cancels Quran reading, plans dialogue


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A plan to allow for the reading of the Quran from the pulpit during a Mass at St. Peter Church in Charlotte June 26 has been canceled, with an interfaith dialogue planned for October instead. In announcing the cancellation June 7, Jesuit Father Patrick Earl, pastor of St. Peter, noted that a 2004 Vatican document, “Redemptionis Sacramentum” (“The Sacrament of Redemption”) expressly forbids the reading of texts from other religions during the celebration of Mass. Father Earl was not aware of the Vatican prohibition when he agreed to host the event.

Government forces kill two church workers


WASHINGTON — Two church workers were murdered by government forces in Sudan’s South Kordofan state in what one church adviser called a campaign of “ethnic cleansing.” John Ashworth, an adviser to the Sudan Ecumenical Forum, which includes the Catholic Church, would not elaborate on the religious affiliation of the church workers, who were killed June 11 after two days in detention.

 

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