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 September 19, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

New North
Carolina cathedral

This is an artist rendering of the new cathedral for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C. The proposed 2,000-seat cathedral, the centerpiece of a 39-acre campus, will be dedicated under the title Holy Name of Jesus and cost an estimated $75 million to $90 million. It will include a two-story gathering hall and a three-story parking facility that will be built partially underground on land owned by the diocese, three miles west of downtown Raleigh.
CNS photo/courtesy
Diocese of Raleigh
Japanese schoolgirls
gather in prayer

Schoolgirls observe a minute of silence for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Japan, on Sept. 11, six months after the disaster struck. Throughout the nation on Sept. 11, Japanese gathered for memorial services and to offer prayers for the more than 20,000 people who died and the hundreds of thousands made homeless in the disaster, which also triggered a nuclear reactor meltdown.
CNS photo/Kim
Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

Archbishop George Niederauer
The San Francisco archbishop, who underwent cardiac double bypass surgery Aug. 29 at a hospital in Long Beach, is recuperating in Southern California, and the recuperation is on schedule and in line with the expectations of his physicians, according to the archdiocese.

Sheila K. Gilbert
The first woman to be elected president of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization that works extensively with those in need and living in poverty, was sworn in Sept. 3.

Enda Kenny
Ireland’s Prime Minister speaks during a news conference in Brussels in late July. The Irish Government has defended comments by Kenny, who said in July that the Vatican attempted to undermine the investigation of sex abuse by clergy.

Detroit launches $135M capital campaign

DETROIT — Strengthening the 270 parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit is the No. 1 priority of the $135 million stewardship campaign officially launched Sept. 6. Strong parishes make for a strong archdiocese and a strong church, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, former Oakland bishop, said as the multiyear “Changing Lives Together” campaign was rolled out before an audience of priests and lay representatives from throughout the archdiocese, plus members of the media. Seventy percent of the funds collected — $95 million, if the campaign reaches its target — will remain in the parishes of those who donate to the campaign, to be used for whatever purposes the parishes themselves have identified, such as fixing roofs and boilers, establishing new ministries or enhancing tuition assistance.

City’s bankruptcy affects its one Catholic school

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — Central Fall’s ongoing fiscal crisis has impacted the city’s one Catholic school and the delivery of services. State-appointed Receiver Robert G. Flanders Jr. announced in August that he had filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on behalf of Central Falls under the federal Bankruptcy Code. According to Maria Rocheleau, principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy, the closure of the city’s Adams Memorial Library will affect the school’s book club, which relied on the facility to supply multiple copies of selected books and provided many other resources for students who used the facility for research and enrichment.

Mary honored marking L.A.’s 230th birthday

LOS ANGELES — The Grand Marian Procession started inside La Placita Church during the early afternoon of Sept. 3, a day before the 230th anniversary of the founding and dedication of Los Angeles to Our Lady of the Angels. “Here is where Los Angeles was born. Here is where our great city came to be,” said Claretian Father Roland Lozano, pastor of Los Angeles’ first church near what is now Cesar Chavez Avenue and Main Street. Then the 300 modern-day pilgrims — representing the 44 people of Spanish, Indian and African-American ancestry who started their trip in Sonora, Mexico, and then, accompanied by four soldiers, trekked from the San Gabriel Mission to colonize the new settlement of “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles” (the Village of Our Lady Queen of the Angels) on Sept. 4, 1781 — processed down Main and Temple Streets to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Church will get through, Archbishop Chaput says

PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, installed Sept. 8 as the new archbishop of Philadelphia, offered encouragement that members of his new archdiocese will get through the “difficult moment” the local church has endured regarding abuse cases and a strike by Catholic high school teachers. “The church in Philadelphia faces very serious challenges these days,” he said during his homily. He succeeds Cardinal Justin Rigali, who has retired at age 76.

Catholics must link beliefs with action

NEW YORK — Politics is a good thing, participation in public life is a moral obligation and Catholics need to do a better job of linking their beliefs to their actions, according to speakers at a Sept. 6 conference on “Faithful Citizenship: Voters, Bishops and Presidential Elections.” The program at Jesuit-run Fordham University featured a lively exploration of a document on political responsibility issued every four years by the Catholic bishops of the United States.

New Roman Missal adds 17 saints

WASHINGTON — Along with the more noticeable changes taking place in the third edition of the Roman Missal come more subtle ones, like the addition of 17 saints on the U.S. calendar. The Proper of Saints is part of the missal that identifies the calendar of saints’ days and lists prayers for each day. Joining the Proper of Saints are canonized men and women from all walks of life, such as St. Rita of Cascia, a wife, mother, widow and nun who conformed herself to the crucified Christ, and St. Lawrence (Lorenzo) Ruiz, a father and husband who spread the Gospel through the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan with his companions.

Dioceses find ways to cope with mandate

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — A new federal regulation that would require employer insurance plans to provide contraceptives that some consider abortifacient and voluntary sterilization among cost-free preventive care measures such as inoculations and Pap smears is being greeted with varying levels of dismay in Catholic dioceses across the country. This is “a direct infringement on our ability to do ministry,” said George Wesolek, communications director for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “It’s part of a larger issue,” he said. “The room for religious liberty is getting narrower and narrower” in the United States.


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