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placeholder July 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

July 11-30: On duty with the Navy

July 31: 5:30 p.m., Solemn Mass, feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola,
Cathedral of Christ the Light

Aug. 2: 10 a.m., seminarians' day, St. Paschal Parish, Oakland

Aug. 3: Meeting, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Aug. 5: Auction dinner (FACE), bishop's residence, Oakland

Aug. 6: 5 p.m. , Mass, dinner, jubilee celebration of St. John Vianney Parish,
Walnut Creek

Aug. 7-13: On duty with the Navy

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Confirmation meeting
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, talks with students prior to Mass and Confirmation at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Oakland on July 3. Another Mass and Confirmation later that day at St. Cornelius Parish in Richmond marked the end of Confirmation celebrations in the diocese for this cycle.

Special Mass July 31
All are invited to a special Mass at 5:30 p.m. July 31 said by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, to honor the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

St. Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Pope Francis and Bishop Barber are among the 17,000 Jesuit priests and brothers worldwide.

Most Rev. George Niederauer

SF speaker series
"The Church, Recipient and Agent of Mercy" will be the topic of a talk given by Most Rev. George Niederauer, archbishop-emeritus of San Francisco, from 10:30 a.m. to noon July 23 at Saint Mary's Cathedral Event Center, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. The free talk is part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Monthly Speaker Series of the archdiocese. Margaret Turek, director, Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization of the Oakland diocese, was the first speaker in this series. The chaplet of Divine Mercy begins at 10:15 a.m. Information: 415-567-2020 or www.stmarycathedralsf.org.

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Pope in Armenia
Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, pour water on a tree in a model of Noah's Ark during an ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, June 25. Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II urged common action on behalf of persecuted Christians, welcome for refugees and defense of the family. The pope and the Oriental Orthodox patriarch signed their joint declaration at the end of Pope Francis' June 24-26 visit to Armenia.
Paul Haring/CNS

Mercy a way of life
Mercy is not an abstract concept but a lifestyle that invites Christians to make an examination of conscience and ask themselves if they place the spiritual and material needs of others before their own, Pope Francis said. A Christian who chooses to be merciful experiences true life and has "eyes to see, ears to listen, and hands to comfort," the pope said June 30 during a Year of Mercy audience in St. Peter's Square.

Encouraging error
The superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said Pope Francis, rather than denouncing errors in Catholic doctrine, has "encouraged" them. "The Society of St. Pius X prays and does penance for the pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety," said a statement published June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, patron saints of the church of Rome.

Day of Migrants
Migrant children, the most vulnerable and fragile victims of war and persecution, will be at the heart of the Catholic Church's annual day of reflection and prayer on the situation of migrants and refugees. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2017 will reflect on "vulnerable and voiceless" minors, the Vatican announced June 22. The pope also will release a message for the world day prior to its celebration, which will be Jan. 15 in most countries.

Christians welcome
Flanked by a group of refugees, Pope Francis appealed to Christians to care for and welcome those whom society often excludes. "Today I'm accompanied by these young men. Many people think they would have been better off if they had stayed in their homelands, but they were suffering so much there. They are our refugees, but many people consider them excluded. Please, they are our brothers," the pope said June 22 during his weekly general audience.

Death penalty not justice
Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said. No matter how serious the crime, to kill a convicted person is "an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person," as well as a contradiction of God's plan and "his merciful justice," the pope said June 21 in a video message to participants at the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

'Laudato Si' website
Marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace launched a new website dedicated to the document and efforts around the world to put its teaching into practice. The site — www.laudatosi.va — "witnesses not only to the impact of the encyclical, but also the creativity and generosity of the people of God everywhere in the world," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, council president.

Catholic News Service

Floral art
A floral rendition of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" decorates the area outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 29. The artwork was made by an Italian floral association.
Paul Haring/CNS
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