July 10-26: On Duty with the Navy
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July 27-28: Meetings, Chancery, Oakland
July 29: 9:15 a.m., Mass for the LifeTeen/Steubenville Conference, Hayward
July 31: 5 p.m., celebration in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
St. Ignatius Mass
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Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate a special Mass for the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola at 5 p.m. July 31 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. St. Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1540. Both Pope Francis and Bishop Barber are among the 11,000 priests worldwide that belong to the order.
Bishop's online interview
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will appear on Shalom World's Heart Talk. The episode will be telecast at 5 p.m. July 16. Heart Talk is shown every third Sunday of the month with a new bishop each time. View it at ShalomWorldTV.org.
People display signs showing their support for religious freedom during a 2012 rally in downtown Minneapolis. It has been 20 years since the International Religious Freedom Act was passed by Congress and became law.
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Protecting religious liberty
WASHINGTON — In launching this year's Fortnight for Freedom, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for renewed dedication to protecting religious freedom.
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"Freedom for Mission" was the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, which took place June 21 to July 4. The 14-day observance of action, education and prayer focused on religious freedom began in 2012, stemming from a 12-page statement released that June by the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty titled "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty."
The U.S. bishops recently voted to make the ad hoc committee permanent. It has been chaired since its creation by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori.
Cardinals should serve the people
Cardinal Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, poses for photos after Pope Francis elevated him and four other men to cardinal during a June 28 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Cardinals are not called to be "princes" of the church, but to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, Pope Francis told the five new cardinals. Jesus "calls you to serve like him and with him, to serve the father and your brothers and sisters," the pope said as he created five new cardinals from five nations. The new cardinals created during the prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica were: Cardinals Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, 73; Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, 71; Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, 67; Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos, 73; and Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador.
Cardinal Müller out
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The Vatican announced July 1 that as Cardinal Gerhard Müller's term as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith comes to an end, the pope has not renewed it, but has appointed Jesuit Archbishop Luis Ladaria to take his place. Cardinal Müller is known to have been a conservative voice within the Curia. July 2 marked the end of Cardinal Müller's five-year mandate as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which included the positions of president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the International Theological Commission. The Vatican did not specify what Cardinal Müller will be doing next. Cardinal Müller is 69. Normal retirement age for bishops is 75.
Latin America's traditional social values of cooperation and solidarity must prevail over the societal ills that threaten the livelihood of the region's inhabitants, Pope Francis said. The current social and economic crisis facing Latin American countries has allowed for the "growth of poverty, unemployment, social inequality" and a situation in which the planet, "our common home, is exploited and abused," the pope said June 30."
Never with violence
Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said. Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest," he said June 28 during his weekly general audience.
God, not horoscopes
The Christian life is a path along which men and women are called to be led by God rather than turning to psychics and horoscopes in the hopes of knowing what lies ahead, Pope Francis said. Like Jesus, who was stripped of everything and nailed to a cross, Christians are called to "strip" themselves of their securities and follow God's call even though they do not know where it will lead, the pope said June 26 in his homily during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae. "A Christian does not have a horoscope to see the future," the pope said.
No visit to S. Sudan
With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support. Because a planned trip with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury couldn't happen this year as hoped, Pope Francis "wants to make tangible the presence and closeness of the church with the suffering people through this initiative 'The Pope for South Sudan,'" Cardinal Peter Turkson told reporters at a Vatican news conference June 21.
— Catholic Voice news services