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 March 5, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Shroud of Turin copy
in Spain

A copy of the original Shroud of Turin is displayed above a statue of Christ's body at an exhibition at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Malaga, Spain, Feb. 20. The shroud, believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, bears the image of an apparently crucified man. The exhibition will run from Feb. 21 until June 1. In the Oakland diocese, there's a copy of the shroud at St. Margaret Mary church in Oakland.
CNS photo/
Jon Nazca,Reuters

New Belize bishop
Pope Benedict XVI appointed U.S. Viatorian Father Christopher Glancy as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan in Belize Feb. 21. Bishop-designate Glancy, 51, worked in Belize from 1998 until last August and at the time of his appointment was parochial vicar at St. Viator Parish in Chicago.

Trailblazing journalist
This is the cover of "A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism, 1854-1933" by the Rev. Gary B. Agee. The author profiles the life of Rudd, a trailblazer who was born in 1886 in Bardstown, Kentucky, to Catholic parents who were slaves. He was an enterprising local businessman and published the first black Catholic weekly newspaper in Cincinnati, the American Catholic Tribune.

Mary statue
A close-up of Mary, part of a larger "Mary and Joseph" statue, is seen in the Troutdale, Ore., studio of nationally renowned artist Rip Caswell, who is creating the work for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, Kan. Caswell was commissioned to create this heroic-size bronze sculpture and a second one the same size titled "The Crucifixion" as part of the renovation of the cathedral.

Philly schools rescued

PHILADELPHIA All four Philadelphia archdiocesan Catholic high schools that were recommended for closure will remain open, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Feb 24. He announced the establishment of a new independent foundation to support Catholic education in the archdiocese called Faith in the Future: The Fund for Educating Tomorrow's Leaders. The foundation has a goal of raising at least $100 million in the next five years, he said.

Christie vetoes same-sex

TRENTON, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Feb. 17 made good on his pledge to veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed by the state Legislature but at the same time said he might name an ombudsman to make sure the state's current law recognizing civil unions is respected. Christie, a Catholic, said legalizing marriage for same-sex couples should be put on the November ballot for voters to decide the issue.

Ballot issue eyed

BALTIMORE The Maryland Catholic Conference's executive director, vowing to work with others to bring the measure to a referendum, said the people of the state "will be outraged" at how quickly the bill to legalize same-sex marriage made it through the Legislature to final passage the state Senate approved it 25-22 after deliberating just 48 hours.

Bishop had to make 'fix'

BELLEVILLE, Ill. Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville said he did not "fire" Father William Rowe, 72, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mount Carmel for the past 17 years, but was obligated to correct the situation as shepherd of the diocese. Father Rowe was removed from his pastorate for using his own wording in some parts of the Mass.

Chicago shrine to reopen

CHICAGO For generations to come, it will seem an odd place for a shrine: tucked in the shadow of a high-rise condo building in an affluent area of Chicago's Lincoln Park. But the National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, scheduled to reopen Sept. 30, marks the spot where Mother Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized and the universal patroness of immigrants, died. As such, it is the only one of Chicago's many shrines to be built on a spot of historical significance to the person that it honors. The shrine building, constructed as an addition to Columbus Hospital in 1955, closed in 2002 after the hospital closed and was sold to developers. It will reopen this fall with a new entranceway and lobby built as part of the ground floor of the neighboring condo building.

Anglican priests train

HOUSTON Forty-two former Anglican priests from across the country have officially begun their training to become Catholic priests. It was both a long-awaited milestone and the beginning of a new journey as they gathered in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for the first formation weekend in late January at St. Mary Seminary and Our Lady of Walsingham Church in Houston.

Catholic News Service

Pope to visit Mexico, Cuba
A candle, crucifix and statue of Mary are seen as students depart an ethics and values class at Miraflores College in Leon, Mexico, Feb. 9. Pope Benedict XVI will be staying at the Catholic academy during his March 23-26 visit to Mexico's Guanajuato state. Pope Benedict will also visit Cuba March 26-28.
CNS photo/David Maung

Cardinal Dolan serves breakfast
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York hands a man breakfast on Ash Wednesday outside St. Francis of Assisi Church in midtown Manhattan. The newly elevated cardinal was serving breakfast to the homeless outside the
St. Francis Breadline, founded in 1930 by Franciscan
Brother Gabriel Mehler to feed people impoverished
by the Great Depression.
CNS photo/Octavio Duran


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