|July 15, 2013 • VOL. 51, NO. 13 • Oakland, CA|
July 12: 3 p.m., Consultors meeting
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.
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.
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.
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