|January 8, 2018 • VOL. 56, NO. 1 • Oakland, CA|
Jan. 2-10: On duty with the Navy
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Paul VI canonized?
Blessed Paul VI is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Anthony of Padua Church in East Northport, N.Y. Blessed Paul VI could be declared a saint in 2018, perhaps during the Synod of Bishops, an institution he re-established after the Second Vatican Council, according to the newspaper of his home diocese, La Voce del Popolo of the Diocese of Brescia, Italy.
Hope where fear reigns
Cristmas calls believers to see God's presence where he is often perceived as absent, especially in the "unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors," Pope Francis said. "Christmas is a time for turning the power of fear into the power of charity," the pope said Dec. 24 as he celebrated Christmas Mass.
Church workers killed
The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. The agency said 23 people working for the church worldwide — 13 priests, one religious brother, one religious sister and eight lay persons — died violent deaths in 2017; that number was down from 28 people killed in 2016.
Cardinal Law's funeral
Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston when it became clear he had knowingly transferred priests accused of sexually abusing children, made mistakes as all people do, Cardinal Angelo Sodano said at his funeral. Cardinal Sodano, as dean of the College of Cardinals, celebrated the funeral Mass for Cardinal Law Dec. 21 at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica.
Curia exists to serve
The people who work at the Vatican and in the Roman Curia are supposed to be "sensitive antennas" that faithfully transmit the desires of the pope and receive information from dioceses and Eastern Catholic churches around the world, Pope Francis said.
Get to Mass early
Don't be late for Mass believing the introductory rites do not matter, Pope Francis told visitors and pilgrims. The words and gestures that open the celebration help the faithful come together as one and prepare them to listen to the Word of God and celebrate the Eucharist worthily, he said Dec. 20 during his weekly general audience.
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