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placeholder September 5, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA

Sept. 6: Presbyteral Council, Chancery

      5:30 p.m., Interfaith event, Prayer for Peace, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Sept. 7: Priests study day

Sept. 8: 10 a.m., Mass, Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland

Sept. 9: 11:30 a.m., retired priests luncheon, St. Isidore Parish, Danville

Sept. 10: 5 p.m., St. Patrick's Seminary and University gala, Menlo Park

Sept. 11: 7 p.m., Holy Hour at Marin Catholic High School, Greenbrae

Sept. 13: 6:30 a.m., Catholics@Work, Mass and talk, Danville

      Noon, first Mass for Eighth Graders, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Sept. 14: Noon, second Mass for Eighth Graders, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

Sept. 15: Priest Personnel Board

      Catholic Charities of the East Bay, quarterly meeting

Sept. 17-24: On duty with the Navy

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Facebook founder visits
Pope Francis accepts a book from Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, who was accompanied by his wife, Priscilla Chan, during a private audience at the Vatican Aug. 29. The book details the history of internet connectivity throughout the world. At right is Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office. Zuckerberg told the pope he hoped to help spread the pope's "message of mercy and tenderness," and presented Pope Francis with a model replica of Aquila, a solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to areas with limited or no connection.

Focus on nonviolence

When nonviolence is the basic approach of political decisions and public policy, it promotes the restoration and consolidation of peace, the Vatican said. In his message for the Jan. 1 celebration of World Peace Day, Pope Francis will offer reflections on the importance of nonviolence as a political choice, the Vatican said in a statement Aug. 26. "Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace" is the theme the pope chose for World Peace Day 2017, the Vatican said.

'Duty' to resign

Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a "duty" to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel. While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, he felt he was "incapable of fulfilling" the demands of another international trip, especially with World Youth Day 2013 scheduled for Brazil.

Jesuit discernment

ROME — When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. He asked the Jesuits to begin an outreach to diocesan seminaries and diocesan priests, sharing with them the prayerful and careful art of discernment as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The pope met with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day; his remarks were published in Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal.

— Catholic News Service

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