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placeholder April 22, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

April 25: 9 a.m., Faith Leadership Breakfast, Holy Names High School, Oakland

      10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

April 27: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Philip Neri/St. Albert, Alameda

      4:30 p.m., Mass celebrating 140th anniversary of St. Catherine of Siena, Martinez

April 28: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      4:30 p.m., Latino Charismatic Congress, Mt. Eden High School, Hayward

May 2: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

May 5: 10 a.m., Stational Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light

      4 p.m., Confirmation, St. Patrick Parish, Oakland

May 7: 10 a.m., Deanery 13 meeting

May 9: 10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

May 11: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Cathedral Group
(St. Paul, San Pablo; St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley; St. Monica, Moraga)

      5 p.m., Confirmation, St. Clement, Hayward

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Diocesan Directory out

The newsprint edition of the Diocesan Directory for 2013 has been distributed to parishes.

Copies of this special edition of The Catholic Voice should be available to parishioners after Sunday Masses in the church entryways.

Orders for the deluxe edition, which includes a complete telephone directory, can still be made by mailing your request to Sandi Gearhart, The Catholic Voice, 2121 Harrison St., Suite 100, Oakland 94612-3788. Payment must accompany order. Cost including shipping and handling is $15 for one copy, $12 each when ordering five or more copies. If you have any questions, please contact Sandi Gearhart at 510-893-5339.

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Student art
Thanks to a grant from the Lillian Black Arts Council, fifth-graders at St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland had the opportunity to learn the fine art of calligraphy. Under the direction of Sister Anne Maher, the students, inspired by the Saint John's Bible created by artist Donald Jackson, chose a Biblical quotation to write using their new-found skills. Each begins with a creatively constructed capital letter, just as Jackson's work does. The students' work will be on display through the end of May in the Art Hall, which is on the first floor of the Event Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. Visitors may also take a look at a copy of the Saint John's Bible in a display case in the Cathedral near the elevator by the front entrance.
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Action sought on treaty

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace urged U.S. leaders to take fast action on a United Nations treaty that will regulate arms sales across international borders. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, called upon Secretary of State John Kerry to "expedite a thorough review of the treaty" so that the U.S. Senate can adopt it and President Barack Obama can sign it in early June.

Lawsuits 'secure freedom'

WASHINGTON — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, said he has "deep gratitude" and "solidarity and appreciation" for those who have challenged the contraceptive mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that forces employers to pay for contraceptive services. Archbishop Lori said in an April 8 statement that the goal of these litigants is "nothing less than securing the freedom of the church to continue to obey the Lord's command — and, in turn, to serve the common good — by providing charitable ministries in health care, education, and service to the poor, all without compromising Catholic beliefs."

Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON — Bishops and men and women religious are urging governors and state legislators in a handful of states to opt for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The action comes in states where no final decision has been made on whether to expand Medicaid or let the federal government step in to set up federal exchanges to widen access to health care for the uninsured. Individual bishops or state Catholic conferences in Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia have called for health care expansion in some form, advocating that it is a morally just action to take for the uninsured and working poor.

'Simply wrong'

WASHINGTON — An April 5 decision by a New York federal judge to lift age limits on purchases of over-the-counter emergency contraceptives should be "appealed and overturned," according to an official of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. "No public health consideration justifies the unregulated distribution of such drugs to children," said Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the USCCB's Secretariat for Pro Life Activities.

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Same symbols,
different details

The papal coat of arms has undergone a few major adjustments to more clearly reflect the symbolism of Mary and St. Joseph. On the blue shield is the symbol of the Society of Jesus. Below it is a star and the buds of a spikenard flower, which represent respectively Mary and St. Joseph. The papal motto is the Latin phrase "Miserando atque eligendo," which means "having mercy, he called him." The phrase refers to a line in a homily by St. Bede: "Because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him."

Pope's spring calendar

Releasing the calendar of Pope Francis' liturgical celebrations for April and May, the Vatican confirmed he would keep the Year of Faith appointments set by his predecessor, retired Pope Benedict XVI. Calendar dates include: April 21, celebration of Mass and priestly ordinations in St. Peter's Basilica; as part of the Year of Faith, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass April 28 in St. Peter's Square and administer the sacrament of confirmation to some young people; the pope will visit the patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major May 4 and lead the recitation of the rosary; as part of the Year of Faith, Pope Francis will preside over a Mass May 5 in St. Peter's Square for members of confraternities who promote processions and other acts of popular piety.

Panel on reform

Amid rising concerns about corruption and mismanagement in the central administration of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis named an international panel of cardinals to advise him on the latest reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. The Vatican Secretariat of State announced April 13 that the pope had established the group — which includes Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and Sydney Cardinal George Pell — to "advise him in the government of the universal church and to study a plan for revising the apostolic constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus.'"

Hypocrisy hurts credibility

ROME — The credibility of Christianity is undermined by pastors and faithful who preach one thing and do another, Pope Francis said. "One cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one's life," the pope said April 14 during a homily at Rome's Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Meeting on stem cells

Finding safe and effective cures to disease and illness does not have to go against moral and ethical principles; that was the message of a three-day conference at the Vatican on adult stem-cell therapies. "To address global suffering, one does not have to choose between faith and science. ... These two ideas fit together symbiotically," said Dr. Robin Smith, chairman and CEO of the for-profit NeoStem biopharmaceutical company and president of its nonprofit Stem for Life Foundation.

LCWR reform reaffirmed

Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors." The doctrinal congregation met April 15 with the LCWR leadership and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who had been assigned by the Vatican to oversee the reform of the pontifically recognized leadership group. LCWR, in a statement on its website, said, "We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the church," without further elaboration.

Understand Bible's nature

The Catholic faith is not centered simply on a book — the Bible — but on Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh, Pope Francis said. "The sacred Scriptures are a written testimony to the divine Word," which came before the Bible and exceeds it," the pope said April 12 during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, an international body of scholars that advises the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

College expansion

The Pontifical North American College, the seminary sponsored by the U.S. bishops, officially embarked April 12 on a $7 million project to build a 10-story, 36,000-square-foot tower to house high-tech classrooms, practice chapels where the students will learn to preach and celebrate the sacraments, administrative offices and more.

How to be Christian

A Christian isn't a person who simply follows some commandments, but is a person who tries to think like Christ, "act like him, love like him," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience. More than 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the audience April 10; the crowd included a group whose presence Pope Francis described — with a smile — as "very important": directors of Argentina's San Lorenzo de Almagro soccer team, which has been his favorite team since he was a child.

— Catholic News Service

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