||Latino 'encuentro' in Chicago
Rev. Manuel Dorantes, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Chicago, talks with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles during the 2016 opening Mass of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders annual conference in Chicago. In Spanish, the word "encuentro" means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community. A report by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University commissioned by the U.S. bishops shows that more than half of millennial-generation Catholics born in 1982 or later are Hispanic or Latino.
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||New ways to help victims
Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, attends a seminar on safeguarding children at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome March 23. The seminar was organized by the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The commission said the resignation of Marie Collins, a prominent member of the commission and abuse survivor, was a "central topic" of its March 24-26 plenary assembly, and it "expressed strong support for her continuing work" to promote healing for abuse victims and ensuring best practices for prevention. Among the main concerns addressed by the commission was outreach to victims, an issue first raised by Collins shortly after she resigned from her position. In an editorial published online March 1 by National Catholic Reporter, Collins said an unnamed dicastery not only refused to respond to letters from victims, it also refused to cooperate on the commission's safeguarding guidelines.
at Jesus's tomb completed
The dome of the Edicule, the traditional site of Jesus' burial and resurrection, is seen March 23. Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony led by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The 200-year-old structure was rehabilitated for the first time after Israeli authorities deemed it unsafe and leaders from the three churches that share custody of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher came to an agreement for the work to proceed.
Honor to head Homeboy Industries
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, who started a social enterprise in Los Angeles to help young people avert a life of gangs, drug abuse and street violence, will receive the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal. Father Boyle, 62, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will be honored during commencement ceremonies at the university May 21.
Suicide bill dies
HONOLULU — The House Health Committee of the Hawaii Legislature March 23 unanimously voted to defer a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. The move by the seven-member committee, which took place after hours of what new reports described as "intense debate," essentially means no further action will be taken on the measure this session. On March 7, the Hawaii Senate passed the measure, called the "Medical Aid in Dying" bill, or S.B. 1129, with 22 votes in favor, three against. The Catholic Church in Hawaii actively opposed the bill.
Popes Paul and Francis
WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a church that goes to the margins of the world, he undoubtedly thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration. Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive development of peoples" as "an object of deep interest and concern to the church" in his encyclical "Populorum Progressio" ("The Progress of Peoples") that emerged in the years following the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has used language similar to that in the encyclical in his admonitions of the world economy and his vision for a more merciful world. Released March 26, 1967 — perhaps purposefully on Easter — Blessed Paul's encyclical rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world's poorest nations.
Slain Jesuit inspires
WASHINGTON — Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande has been credited with inspiring Blessed Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, toward a journey of defending the poor that led to his martyrdom in 1980. But now, Father Grande's life seems to have inspired the current archbishop of San Salvador, who issued a pastoral letter remembering, praising and apologizing for the long-overdue recognition of Catholics, including U.S. church members, who suffered persecution and death during Central America's armed conflicts.
Abortion always wrong
SANTA FE, N.M. — Comments made by Catholic legislators in New Mexico in support of abortion and physician-assisted suicide "do not represent" church teaching and "may be confusing to the Catholic faithful," said the state's Catholic bishops. "It is not appropriate for elected officials to publicly invoke their Catholic faith and to present their personal opinions as official church teaching," the bishops said in a statement.
New bishop on board
WASHINGTON — The Catholic ministry whose work includes caring for the spiritual life of those who work in the seas announced Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of Victoria, Texas, as its new bishop promoter in the United States. Bishop Cahill succeeds now-retired Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, Georgia, who has served as bishop promoter of the Apostleship of the Sea since February 2008.
Aid to Haiti
BOCA RATON, Fla. — In the nearly six months since Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, a Florida-based Catholic agency said its relief efforts have resulted in the rebuilding of 117 demolished homes and 15 damaged facilities, delivery of medicines to remote areas and distribution of tons of food. Cross Catholic Outreach in Boca Raton issued a news release about its efforts March 14, noting that April 4 will mark six months since wind-whipped rains from Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti's southwest peninsula, downing trees, ripping open makeshift wooden homes and causing widespread flooding. The death toll from the storm quickly soared past 1,000.
Catholic 'brand' defined
AUSTIN, Texas — McDonald's, Apple, Starbucks and the "Catholic Church." In terms of recognizable organization names, the Catholic Church has to rank near the top. But, does it view itself as a brand to be marketed? That was among several questions raised by attendees during a March 12 panel titled "Compassionate Disruption" at the annual South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The panel was one of the festival's first steps to address faith's place in secular discussions. Bishop Paul Tighe, adjunct secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture, was on the panel with Catholic communicators Helen Osman, Michael Hertl and Christoph Krachten at the Hyatt Regency. Bishop Tighe told the large crowd inside a Hyatt Regency ballroom that the Vatican would not likely play a centralized role in defining a Catholic brand online. The church's real strength, he said, comes from the local level.
WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one of its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma.
— Catholic News Service
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