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placeholder November 5, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 5-6: Priest Retreat

Nov. 8: (Morning) Concord Deanery Meeting

Nov. 8-10: Seattle

Nov. 11-15: USCCB meeting, Baltimore

Nov. 18: 10 a.m. Stational Mass, Cathedral

      (Afternoon) Golden Jubilee History of the Diocese, Cathedral

Nov. 19: (Morning) College of Consultors meeting

      (Evening) St. Joseph Evening Prayer with Kmhmú Communitye

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Last Twilight
Several hundred people gathered for the last of the free Twilight by the Lake mixers Oct. 18 on the plaza of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, where they enjoyed complimentary appetizers and beverages, docent tours of the cathedral and listened and danced to '50s and '60s music by Vocal-ease and The Boogie Men.
DEXTER Valencia/The Catholic Voice

Crèche Festival is Dec. 14-16

Fifty crèches — one for each year of the Diocese of Oakland.

That's what organizers are aiming for as the third annual Crèche Festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, scheduled for Dec. 14-16, approaches.

Each parish has been invited to send a crèche to be displayed at the three-day event, which will also include concerts, a lecture and the opportunity for families to learn how to make a crèche.

In its second year, the Crèche Festival drew 28 entries from parishes — up from 17 in its first year. Some of the crèches were created by schoolchildren.

The crèches will be on display in the Cathedral Event Center. Other highlights of the weekend will include a reception for donors, who will get the first peek at the festival Dec. 14. Chanticleer's annual Christmas concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 14, while the San Francisco Boys Chorus will perform a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 15. The festival will end with a holiday jazz concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

The family crèche-making event is scheduled for the afternoon of Dec. 15.

Professional florists will decorate the chapels of the cathedral for the event.

Additional information on the events, including how to order concert tickets, is available at www.ctlcathedral.org.

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Internal matters top list

WASHINGTON — Statements on preaching and ways that bishops can respond using new technologies to modern-day challenges to their teaching authority are among the items the U.S. bishops will consider when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly. Set for Nov. 12-15, the assembly also will consider a statement on work and the economy proposed by the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development as a way to raise the profile of growing poverty and the struggles that unemployed people are experiencing.

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Synod of Bishops
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 28. Members of the Synod of Bishops recommended the Vatican establish a commission to monitor religious freedom, develop guidelines for training evangelizers and ensure there is a church in every diocese where confession is always available. At the end of the three-week world Synod of Bishops on new evangelization, members of the gathering approved 58 propositions to give to the pope; although synod rules say the proposals are secret.
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Papal vehicles
The "Graham Paige 837" was donated by the Graham brothers of the United States in 1929 to Pope Pius XI to mark the occasion of the Lateran agreement between Italy and the Vatican. The car is part of a newly revamped, permanent Popemobile Pavilion exhibit on papal vehicles at the Vatican Museums. The underground exhibit, which houses more than a dozen ornate papal carriages and nine papal cars, had been open only sporadically over the years.
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Patience with SSPX

VATICAN CITY — "Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed" as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, said a statement from the Vatican commission overseeing the discussions. The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," in a statement released Oct. 27, said the leadership of the SSPX had requested "additional time for reflection and study" before responding to Pope Benedict XVI's latest efforts to reintegrate them into the church.

Ratzinger Theology Prize

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the 2012 Ratzinger Prize for Theology on an American expert on the early church fathers and a French scholar of religious philosophy. U.S. Jesuit Father Brian E. Daley and Remi Brague received the award from the pope at a ceremony in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace Oct. 20.

Butler begins sentence

VATICAN CITY — Paolo Gabriele, the pope's former butler who was found guilty of aggravated theft, was to be transferred from house arrest to a Vatican prison cell to begin his 18-month sentence. Because the Vatican's prosecutor decided not to file an appeal, Gabriele would immediately begin serving his prison sentence by order of a Vatican court, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

Luis Tagle
Six new cardinals

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI surprised pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Oct. 24 by announcing he would create six new cardinals, including 63-year-old U.S. Archbishop James M. Harvey, prefect of the papal household, in late November. The pope said the consistory to create the new cardinals, who come from six countries, would take place Nov. 24, the eve of the feast of Christ the King. It will be the smallest group of cardinals created since the 1977 consistory when Pope Benedict, the then-Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger, received his red hat from Pope Paul VI along with three other churchmen. The new cardinals also will include: Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, 72; Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, 53, head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church; Nigerian Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, 68; Colombian Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, 70; and Philippine Archbishop Luis Tagle of Manila, 55.

— Catholic News Servicee

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