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placeholder July 15, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

July 12: 3 p.m., Consultors meeting

Aug. 5:
9 a.m., School administrators conference, Christ the King, Pleasant Hill

Aug. 8:
10 a.m., Bishop's Administrative Council

Aug. 10:
5 p.m., Mass, St. Anne Parish, Union City

Aug. 11:
9:20 a.m., Mass, St. Patrick Parish, Oakland

Aug. 15:
12:10 p.m., Feast of the Assumption, Mass at Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

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Interfaith Blood Drive

This year's Interfaith Blood Drive effort has begun. Those who wish to participate can go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "Interfaith" to make an appointment. Eligibility requirements are minimal: Be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 16 years old (minors need parental consent), have waited the minimum time between donations (usually 56 days) and provide an acceptable form of identification.

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'Gladdened hearts'

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The two popes whose canonizations received final clearance July 5 "each had a profound impact on the church and the world," as New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan put it.

Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII to be canonized, possibly later his year.

In a July 5 statement, Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said: "I know that today's news has gladdened the hearts of the faithful throughout the world, just as it did for me."

Blessed John, known most widely for having convened the Second Vatican Council, will be canonized without having met the normal requirement of having a second miracle attributed to his intercession.

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Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco greets guests during a reception following the pallium Mass at the Vatican.
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Archbishops reflect

VATICAN CITY — Making a pilgrimage to Rome with members of their flock, 34 archbishops named in the past year knelt before Pope Francis and received woolen bands symbolizing both their unity with him and their charge as shepherds of a local church. At the beginning of Mass June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the pope bestowed the pallium, a woolen band worn around the shoulders, on archbishops from 19 countries. They included: U.S. Archbishops Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco; Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis; Alexander K. Sample of Portand, Ore.; and Michael O. Jackels of Dubuque, Iowa; and U.S.-born Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius, Lithuania. Each year on the Jan. 21 feast of St. Agnes, the pope blesses two lambs raised by Trappist monks outside Rome. Benedictine nuns at the Monastery of St. Cecilia in Rome use wool from the blessed lambs to make the palliums, which are kept by St. Peter's tomb until the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The palliums are about 3 inches wide and have a 14-inch strip hanging down the front and the back. The strips are finished with black silk, almost like the hooves of the sheep the archbishop is symbolically carrying over his shoulders.

Light of human life

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a "successful and fruitful life," inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating "every aspect of human existence," including philosophy and the natural sciences. The document, begun by Pope Benedict XVI and released July 5, completes a papal trilogy on the three "theological virtues," following Pope Benedict's encyclicals "Deus Caritas Est" (2005) on charity and "Spe Salvi" (2007) on hope.

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