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placeholder November 10, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA

Nov. 10-14: USCCB General Assembly, Baltimore, Maryland

Nov. 14: 7:30 a.m., fundraising breakfast, St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Nov. 15: Deaconate ordination, St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San José, Fremont.

      5 p.m., Knights of Columbus Vocations Dinner, Carondelet High School, Concord

Nov. 16: 11 a.m., Mass. St. Leo the Great Parish, Oakland

      3 p.m., Confirmation, St. Jarlath Parish, Oakland

Nov. 18: Noon, Salvation Army lunch, cathedral events center

      6 p.m., Capital Campaign reception, St. Edward Parish, Newark

Nov. 20: Presbyteral Council

      Capital Campaign reception

Nov. 22: 11 a.m., Magnificat prayer breakfast, Concord

      4 p.m., Mass, parish visit, St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo

Nov. 23: 11:30 a.m., Vietnamese Martyrs Mass, St. Anthony Parish, Oakland

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Rabbi Bloom address

Rabbi Mark Bloom of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland will join with Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, during a weekend of interreligious dialogue between the temple and Cathedral of Christ the Light congregations. Bishop Barber will deliver the homily at Temple Beth Abraham on Nov. 8, and Rabbi Bloom will address the congregation at the 10 a.m. Nov. 9 Mass at the cathedral, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

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Morning concert at the cathedral
Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from a dozen Catholic schools, as well as some neighbors, were treated to a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals" at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on Oct. 30. John Karl Hirten performed the music on the cathedral's pipe organ. (Students would later ask how many pipes there are.) St. Leo School Principal Sonya Simril and Leo Keegan, the cathedral's director of docents and ministerial services, provided the narration, reading Ogden Nash's poetry. The Voices of All Saints Children's Choir, composed of third- through fifth-graders at the Hayward school, provided the music for the 12:10 p.m. Mass, singing in Hebrew, Spanish, Tagalog and English.
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Liturgical items on agenda

WASHINGTON — Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore. There will be five liturgical items up for consideration. All are subject to amendments from bishops. All but one require approval of two-thirds of the bishops, followed by final approval from the Vatican.

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All Saints' Mass
Nuns and young people attend Pope Francis' celebration of Mass at the Verano cemetery in Rome Nov. 1, the feast of All Saints.
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God is the Big Bang

The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy. And God's existence does not contradict the discoveries of science, he told members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Oct. 27. "When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we risk thinking that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand, able to do everything. But it is not like that," he said. "He created living beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave each one, so that they would develop and reach their full potential."

Exorcists show love

Exorcists, assigned to that ministry by their bishops, demonstrate the love and care of the church for "those who suffer because of the work of the devil," Pope Francis said in a message to the International Association of Exorcists. The organization, which was recognized by the Congregation for Clergy in June, brought some 300 exorcists to Rome for a convention focused particularly on the impact of the occult and satanism on modern men and women.

Abolish life imprisonment

Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. "It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor," the pope said Oct. 23 in a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law.

A 'great pope'

Retired Pope Benedict XVI is a perfect example of how intellectual knowledge and scientific curiosity do not lead a person further from God, but can strengthen their love for God and for his human creatures, Pope Francis said. "Benedict XVI was a great pope," he said: "Great for the power and penetration of his intellect, great for his considerable contribution to theology, great for his love for the church and for human beings, great for his virtues and his religiosity."

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