May 18, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 10 • Oakland, CA
Stage for death-defying feats, and religion
Wonder for Romero's relics
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The chapel of Divine Providence Hospital in El Salvador is one of the most visited places by local and foreign pilgrims. They come wishing to learn more about Archbishop Oscar Romero, the controversial archbishop who has become a Salvadoran icon. In 1966, the Congregation of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese built this hospital under the leadership of Sister Luz Isabel Cuevas Santana, a Mexican missionary who saw the need to care for cancer patients. It was in the small chapel of the hospital that on March 24, 1980, Archbishop Romero was killed, shot near his heart, just as he prepared to consecrate the host. The day before, the archbishop challenged army soldiers for killing their own brothers and sisters. Afterward, some said the bishop was advised to go into hiding, but he refused. He believed he had not done anything wrong by asking the soldiers not to kill, and he was already committed to celebrate a memorial Mass at the hospital's chapel for the mother of one of his friends. When Archbishop Romero was shot, the vestments he wore were bathed in blood. After the attack, the Carmelite nuns kept them with the greatest possible care. For a while, the sisters hid his belongings for fear that the murderers would return to eliminate any form of evidence. "Some of the sisters who were there at the moment of his death rushed out and washed their habits because they were stained with blood," said Sister Maria Julia Garcia, Carmelite superior and director of the hospital. "They feared for their lives since they had been witnesses of the crime. From then on, things have never been the same at this small dwelling place."
Prayers for peace
BALTIMORE — Prayer provides the strength and patience needed to love neighbors and will help Baltimoreans as they addresses the injustices that led to a night of rioting and looting, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said. "Given my occupation, I think it's important to start every occasion this way," Archbishop Lori said. The calls for prayer followed hours of rioting and looting the night of April 27-28 that rocked West Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, who died April 19, a week after he was seriously injured while in police custody.
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Kate Mulgrew discovered she had a talent for performance early in life when she read a poem to her class at Resurrection Elementary School in Dubuque. Her brother Sam, speaking recently at a book signing event at the Julien Hotel in late April in Dubuque, revealed to a crowd of several hundred fans that his sister recited a poem with such intense feeling, it made her teacher, a religious sister, cry. "She wasn't the only Mulgrew to make the nuns at Resurrection cry," Sam Mulgrew joked. His sister, probably best known for her television roles on "Star Trek: Voyager" and the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" returned to her hometown as part of a tour for the new memoir she has written. In the book, "Born with Teeth," Mulgrew details life growing up as one of eight children in an Irish Catholic family in a home on Langworthy Street.
SAN JOSE — Msgr. Hien Minh Nguyen, a priest from the San Jose Diocese, was indicted on federal fraud and tax evasion charges for allegedly diverting thousands of dollars from parishioner donations into his own bank account during a three-year period. The priest, former director of the Vietnamese Catholic Center for the Diocese of San Jose, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose on bank fraud and tax evasion charges He was charged with 14 counts of bank fraud totaling $19,000 and for not reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in income between 2008 and 2011. In a statement, San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath said the diocese has been cooperating with federal investigators since October 2012. The priest has been on a leave of absence since December 2013. He was arrested April 18.
PHILADELPHIA — For the past year, the question most often heard by Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, was "How can I help?" Now there is an answer and a way anyone can lend a hand to the four-day conference and events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September. Registration for volunteers is now open at the World Meeting of Families 2015 website: www.worldmeeting2015.org. The meeting runs Sept. 22-25 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
— Catholic News Service
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