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By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

VATICAN CITY (CNS)--The Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis affirmed the U.S. bishops’ strong belief that bishops and cardinals who abuse children or cover up abuse must be held accountable, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

 

The cardinal attended the Feb. 21-24 summit as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

 February 15, 2019

After consultation with the members of the Presbyteral Council and with others, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop of Savannah, decrees that the name of the mission of St. Raymond be renamed and from henceforth referred to as the mission of St. Frances of Rome.  The boundaries of this mission are not changing and they remain the same, all of Bacon County.  The church serving this parish is located in the city of Alma, Georgia.  This change took effect on January 30, 2019.  

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

SAVANNAH--Two first-class relics of Saint Anthony of Padua arrived in Savannah Feb. 22 for veneration as a part of a 10-day diocesan-wide tour.

 

Transported by Father Bortolino Maistrello, OFM Conv., a friar of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Padua, Italy, the relics first stopped at Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah, and over the next nine days also traveled throughout many of the Diocese of Savannah’s seven deaneries. 

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9905-2/28/19

The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity in Warner Robins (Trinitarians) want to make the “Holy Spirit better known and loved”—as per their rule of life and charism—by offering customizable retreats for parishes throughout the Diocese of Savannah this Lent.

 

By: Jessica L. Marsala
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

Approximately 100 couples celebrated their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries by attending an annual jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah Feb. 10. The Mass was held on World Marriage Day, which is celebrated on the second Sunday in February each year. 

 

When reflecting on the components of a successful marriage, many couples suggested that a shared religion isn’t necessarily one of them, as long as both partners have faith, prayer and a belief in God in common. 

By: Sarah Routh
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

MCRAE-HELENA--Over 60 people from parishes and missions in the Diocese of Savannah gathered to learn and grow in their faith on Feb. 9-10 at Little Ocmulgee State Park in McRae-Helena. Attendees included those involved in Hispanic Ministry in some capacity who were eager to bring some fresh, exciting ideas and knowledge back to their home parishes. These individuals, either official parish staff or volunteers, were chosen by their parish priest(s) and given the opportunity to help create a stronger sense of community among our Hispanic brothers and sisters throughout the diocese.

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9904-2/14/19

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--In an officially Muslim nation where Christians are welcomed as guest workers and free to worship, Pope Francis urged leaders of the world’s main religions to embrace a broader vision of freedom, justice, tolerance and peace.

 

Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi Feb. 4, Pope Francis said all those who believe in one God also must believe that all people are their brothers and sisters and demonstrate that belief in the way they treat others, especially minorities and the poor.

 

By: Peter Finney, Jr. (CNS)
NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- Lent is coming.
 
So is the salvation of many a harried Catholic couple with three or four mouths to feed on a seafood-only Friday night -- the parish fish fry.
 
The fish fry has become a savory staple of parish fellowship. All in good fun, and in the advancement of culinary civilization, many parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have embarked on a seafood arms race that would require drones with infrared cameras to monitor properly.
 
By: Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19
My dear friends, some will say that life begins at 40. The Roman Catholic Church believes and teaches that life begins at the very first moment of conception, and life continues to be sacred, until the end, to the moment of natural death. Today, we are asked to reflect and to pray in a special way upon the precious gift of life that has been given and that has been given to others.  
 
By: Barbara D. King
Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

Accountant Scott Voynich, a parishioner of St. Anne Church in Columbus and the chairman of the Diocese of Savannah Finance Council, has been appointed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) National Advisory Council.

 

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