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placeholder July 13, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

July 3-20: On duty, Navy

July 23: Solemn vows, Carmelite Monastery, Kensington

July 25: Confirmation, St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland

July 26: Mass, 10 a.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Aug. 1-2: Napa Institute Conference, Napa

Aug. 3: Mass, Department of Catholic Schools Administrators' Day, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill

Aug. 5: Mass of solemn vows, Carmelite Monastery, Kensington

Aug. 7: Priests annual picnic

Aug. 8: Perpetual profession, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont

Aug. 9: Pastoral visit, 11 a.m., Mass and Capital Campaign reception, St. Andrew Kim Pastoral Center, Oakland

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Regina Mundi breakfast
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, says grace at the beginning of the annual Regina Mundi breakfast June 27. Members of Regina Mundi give at least $1,000 to the Bishop's Appeal; in 2014, 579 people were participants. At Mass earlier that morning, the bishop said, "Thank you for being generous to Christ and his church," adding people's support helps "make sure His mission continues."

Clergy assignments

Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, announced these assignments:

Rev. Benedict Woganant, from St. Patrick Parish, Rodeo, to parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Walnut Creek, effective June 1.

Rev. James Sullivan, from parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Brentwood, to chaplain at Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland, effective July 1. He will reside at St. Clement Parish, Hayward.

Rev. Stephen Ayisu, SVD, has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Joachim Parish, Hayward, effective July 1.

Rev. Carl Schlichte, OP, as pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley, effective
July 1.

Rev. Kieran Healy, OP, to parochial vicar of St. Mary Magdalen, effective July 1.

Thanks to Rev. Jeffrey Keyes, CPPS, for his 11 years of dedicated and loyal service as pastor of St. Edward Parish, Newark. Rev. Keyes will be going on sabbatical effective July 1.

Rev. Jayabalu Nuthulapati, CPPS to pastor of St. Edward Parish, effective July 1.

Rev. Joseph Duong Phan, of the Apostleship of the Sea will reside at St. Lawrence O'Toole-St. Cyril Parish, Oakland, effective July 1.

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Meeting with charismatics
Pope Francis gestures as an older couple leaves after giving a testimony during a meeting with Catholic charismatics in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 3. Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox must pray together and work hand-in-hand helping the poor, Pope Francis told thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of other Christian communities. More than 30,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square July 3 to take part in an ecumenical gathering of reflection, prayer and song dedicated to praying for unity and for those killed for their Christian faith around the world. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Israeli singer Noa were part of the lineup of performers.
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Visits to Cuba, US

In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic's approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Visiting both Cuba and the United States on the same trip not only acknowledges his role in encouraging detente between them, but will give Pope Francis an opportunity to demonstrate that while different political and cultural challenges face Catholics in both countries, the Gospel and its values are the same.

South favored

The "global south" saw a greater presence than the "global north" at the pallium ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica June 29. New archbishops named the past year represented 21 countries in the "global south," which includes Africa, Latin America, and developing nations of Asia. Archbishops representing 13 countries in the "global north" were represented. However, the number of prelates from both regions invited to the pallium ceremony was equal with 23 archbishops from each region for a total of 46 archbishops serving in 34 countries.

Calls for two states

The Holy See and Palestine have signed a historic agreement that supports a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land, based on the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine. The two parties signed the "Comprehensive Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Palestine" at the Vatican June 26. The accord, which includes a preamble and 32 articles, focuses mostly on the status and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine. The preamble recognizes the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people, the importance of Jerusalem and its sacred character for Jews, Christians and Muslims and the objective of a two-state solution.

Educate for responsibilities

Girls must be educated in preparation for great responsibilities in the church and the world, said Pope Francis. "Today, it is very important that women are sufficiently valued and can take their rightful place in the church and in society," he said June 26, during an audience with a delegation of the International Catholic Conference of Guiding. While faith has been a part of Girl Guiding, called Girl Scouting in the United States, since its inception more than 100 years ago, the international Catholic conference was only formed in 1965.

Children's suffering

The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is "morally necessary" to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter's Square June 24. Continuing a series of talks about the family, the pope reflected on the hurts family members cause each other, calling this type of behavior "the ugliest thing."

Catholic News Service

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