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September 19, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Sept. 11 anniversary
A large American flag is displayed on the field Sept. 11 in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during the national anthem before a football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.
Derick E. Hingle/ USA TODAY Sports via Reuters, cns

Learning Spanish key
Blasito Oximis, pictured in an Aug. 28 photo, helps other Haitians to learn Spanish at the Nuestra Senora de la Victoria community center in downtown Santiago, Chile. Learning Spanish is one of the many things the Haitian refugees hope to do to build a new life in Chile. In 2010, an earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to the infrastructure and economy in Haiti.
Jane Chambers/cns

Emmylou Harris concert series
Emmylou Harris, who has won more than a dozen Grammy awards during a 45-year career singing country music, poses with young refugees at Adi-Harush refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. She is headlining a series of concerts this fall to benefit Jesuit Refugee Service.
Christian Fuchs/Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, cns

Curiosity about God
Colette Kalvesmaki is trained in the ancient art of iconography, combining her knowledge of theology and her love of art to pass down stories of inspiration to future generations. Growing up in a small town in a nonreligious family, she had a curiosity for God and religion that appeared in her late teens. "Initially, I didn't necessarily like (iconography), but as I grew more in my faith, I learned more about it and learned more about what the icon actually meant to the faith and to the Eastern Church," she continued. "It's actually the banner of our faith, and is also a statement because Christ became man like us, (therefore) we can depict him." Kalvesmaki and her family run the Center for Byzantine Material Arts, a small gallery and workshop in Washington, D.C.'s, Brookland neighborhood that displays authentic iconography available for purchase and hosts lessons for those interested in learning the centuries-old art form.
Tyler Orsburn/cns

Praying to end violence

DETROIT — In a city with the second-highest murder rate and highest violent crime rate in the country, peace can often feel like a hopeless cause in Detroit. But on a warm August night, with thunderstorms looming, at the corner of Gratiot and McClellan avenues on the city's east side, peace and prayer were on the lips of Detroiters, friends and strangers alike. Taking Back the Night is prayer group started by the Archdiocese of Detroit's Office of Black Catholic Ministries. Its objective is simple: asking God for peace on the streets of the city they love.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly dies

Phyllis Schlafly, 92, died Sept. 5 at her home in Ladue, Missouri, outside St. Louis, according to the Eagle Forum, an organization she founded in 1975. No cause of death was given, but she had been ill for some time. A Catholic who gave birth to six children to her husband, John, Schlafly immersed herself for most of her adult life in a host of conservative causes, including stopping ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Georgetown reconciliation

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University last year stripped from a building the name of one of its past presidents, a priest who authorized the sale of 272 women, children and men — slaves sold to save the university from financial ruin in 1838. In a historic change of fortune, current university president John J. DeGioia announced Sept. 1 that the building will be renamed after one of the men the university sold as a result of the priest's decision. It was one of several steps DeGioia detailed as part of a plan to begin to deal with what he called "Georgetown's participation in that disgrace," meaning slavery.

Bishop Thomas G. Doran

Retired bishop dies

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 9 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford for retired Bishop Thomas G. Doran of Rockford, 80, who died Sept. 1 at his residence at Presence Cor Mariae in Rockford. He had served as bishop from 1994 until his retirement from active ministry in 2012. Bishop Doran had lung cancer surgery in December 2006 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Diocese reports abuse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, said it will notify the state attorney general of any allegations of sexual abuse of a minor in an effort to strengthen its child protection policies. The diocese said it already reports allegations of sexual abuse of a minor to law enforcement officers and said in a statement Aug. 31 that the additional step of notifying the attorney general's office "provides supplemental transparency" to help ensure a safe environment.

Frugal bishop

OXFORD, England — A spokesman for the new bishop of Limburg, Germany, said he would not live in the luxurious residence built for his predecessor. Stephan Schnelle, Limburg diocesan spokesman, said the residence would be used for offices, meetings and exhibitions. The diocese has said Bishop-designate Georg Batzing would live at a convent after his Sept. 18 installation, then move to a nearby church house. Bishop-designate Batzing replaces Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who resigned in March 2014 after protests over his personal expenditures, such as disputes over the costs of renovating his residence and office when diocesan staffers faced salary cuts.

Missionaries stay

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — While most expatriate aid workers left South Sudan after a brutal attack on foreigners in the capital, a group of Catholic missionaries chose to stay. "We stayed because we are committed to the ordinary people who are suffering so much," La sallian Christian Brother Bill Firman, director of Solidarity with South Sudan, said in an Aug. 29 telephone interview from Juba, the capital.

Early release

ROME — A man imprisoned for killing an Italian Catholic priest in Turkey was released after serving almost half of his 18-year sentence. Oguzhan Akdin was among thousands of prisoners released early from prison in Turkey to make room for new prisoners allegedly involved in a July coup attempt, reported Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Military push

MANILA, Philippines — A Catholic bishop in the southern Philippines is backing a military campaign against Abu Sayyaf militants, who claim to have links with the Islamic State group. "The Abu Sayyaf is a terrorist group and it is not for dialogue," said Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela, in Basilan province. "They must be destroyed," said the bishop, adding that it is time that the terror group is "dismantled and apprehended."

Bishop arrested

ROME — Chinese authorities arrested the coadjutor bishop of Wenzhou, China, and local faithful said it was to prevent him from taking possession of the diocese after the death of Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang. AsiaNews, the Rome-based missionary news agency, said police took Coadjutor Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin out of the diocese in early September. Under canon law, a coadjutor would take over the diocese when the bishop retires or dies. AsiaNews reported Sept. 8 that Bishop Shao Zhumin was taken to northwest China "on a trip."

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