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placeholder June 25, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 11   •   Oakland, CA

June 27: (Afternoon) Invocation, Oakland Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

June 28: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

         (Afternoon) Chancery staff lunch

         (Afternoon) Presbyteral Council, Chancery

         (Afternoon) Diocesan Consultors, Chancery

June 29: (Morning) Catholic Telemedia Network Board meeting, Menlo Park

         (Evening) Priesthood Ordination, Cathedral

June 30: (Morning) Group Confirmations, Cathedral

July 1: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, Cathedral

July 5: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

         (Afternoon) Cathedral Corporation Board meeting

         (Evening) Police Foundation Board meeting, Oakland

July 8: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, Cathedral

July 12: (Morning) Bishop's Administrative Council, Chancery

         (Afternoon) Society of St. Vincent de Paul meeting, Oakland

July 13: (Morning) Mass, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Sacramento

July 13-14: Catholic Family Conference, Ontario

July 15: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, Cathedral

July 16: (Afternoon) Chancery staff lunch

         (Afternoon) Diocesan Consultors

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Rhythm 'n views
About 100 people bent and stretched June 12 in part of a series of free health classes sponsored by the Cathedral of Christ the Light and the Downtown Oakland YMCA. Other classes involved Tai Chi and at 5:30 p.m. June 26, circuit training. For more information go to www.ctlcathedral.org.
Z'ma Wyatt photo

Cathedral consulted

After a February 2011 earthquake damaged the Cathedral of Christchurch, New Zealand, so badly, diocesan officials decided to "deconstruct" it down to a height of about 10 feet for safety reasons. Leaders of the Anglican diocese and architects are touring a dozen of the world's great cathedrals to develop ideas for rebuilding.

On June 2, Victoria Matthews, bishop of Christchurch, and other officials and architects toured the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

After the New Zealand quake, 25 church buildings were closed and eight more demolished. The Oakland cathedral was built after the Loma Prieta quake of 1989 destroyed the former St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

New Zealand cathedral officials are maintaining a blog, http://blogs.anglicanlife.org.nz/cathedral for anyone interested.

Christmas in July

An evening celebration benefiting the December 2012 Crèche Festival, featuring live entertainment by the Bishop O'Dowd High School Jazz Combo, a silent auction and a tasting of fine wines and hors d'oeuvres provided by the cathedral's featured caterers is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 21. Tickets are $25 or, with a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Program for needy children, $20. For reservations and information please contact Denise Kogler, 510-271-1935.

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Year of Faith

ATLANTA — The Year of Faith set to begin in October will give Catholics the chance to experience a "conversion" by turning back to Jesus and entering into a deeper relationship with him, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis said June 13. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., told the spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that the 2012-13 observance stems from Pope Benedict XVI's call for a new evangelization and will incorporate television, radio, social media and numerous online resources to better connect — or reconnect — Catholics with their faith.

Bishop pleads for aid

ATLANTA — Making an impassioned plea on behalf of Iraq's dwindling Christian population, Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad called upon the U.S. bishops to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country. Speaking June 13 during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the cleric from Iraq said the country's Christians are being targeted by Muslim extremists bent on ridding the country of all religious minorities.

Embrace new media

ATLANTA — The new evangelization calls for using new forms of media to reach people in their everyday lives, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications. From electronic books to social media to traditional forms of print and broadcast, the church is rethinking how to carry its teachings and its stances on public policy issues to broader audiences, including Catholics, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City said.

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New Spanish ambassador
Pope Benedict XVI receives letters of credential from Eduardo Gutierrez Saenz de Buruaga, the new ambassador of Spain to the Holy See, during a meeting at the Vatican June 18.
L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters/cns

Recovery focus on jobs

VATICAN CITY — Economic recovery needs to focus on job creation, especially for young adults, and protecting workers, a Vatican official said. "The path forward to an effective recovery presupposes a new vision and strategic investments to provide employment and to sustain enterprises," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to U.N. agencies based in Geneva.

Fidelity based on faith

VATICAN CITY — Working for the Vatican at the service of the church is not based on "blind loyalty," but on a sincere belief that Jesus entrusted his church to Peter and his successors, Pope Benedict XVI told priests studying to be Vatican diplomats. Every Catholic, every priest, and even more so everyone who works for the Holy See, he said, should "cultivate a personal bond with the Vicar of Christ" — the pope. Working for the Holy See "entails a serious responsibility, but also a special gift, which, as time goes on, should make you grow in closeness to the pope, a closeness marked by interior trust," which is expressed by the word "faithfulness," he said.

Fidelity, equality, respect

VATICAN CITY — Strengthening Catholic teaching about the sanctity of marriage must include emphasizing the essential roles of fidelity, equality and mutual respect in the relationship of a married couple, Pope Benedict XVI told bishops from Papua New Guinea. The family, based on the marriage of one man and one woman, is "the basic unit of society and the first place where faith and culture are appropriated," the pope told the bishops June 9 at the end of their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican.

Eucharistic adoration

ROME — A misunderstanding of the Second Vatican Council has led some Catholics to think that eucharistic adoration and Corpus Christi processions are pietistic practices that pale in importance to the celebration of Mass, Pope Benedict XVI said. "A unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension" of Catholic faith, which is to recognize Jesus truly present in the Eucharist and worthy of adoration, the pope said June 7 during a Mass marking the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Baptism = "no" to Satan

ROME — The life of a baptized Christian must be marked by a constant effort to say "yes" to God and "no" to the devil and all of his lies, Pope Benedict XVI said. In baptism, "we are united to God in a new existence, we belong to God, we are immersed in God himself," the pope said June 12, opening the annual pastoral convention of the Diocese of Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. At the moment of baptism and when baptismal promises are renewed, as at the Easter vigil, Christians renounce Satan, all his works and all his lies, the pope said, offering a 20-minute off-the-cuff meditation on the meaning of baptism.

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