Issue 9908-4/11/19

By: Staff
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

Columbus, Ohio--His Excellency, The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America and Chancellor of the Pontifical College Josephinum, made a historic visit to the seminary on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Archbishop Pierre celebrated Mass in Saint Turibius Chapel, formally greeted each seminarian and faculty member, and enjoyed a festive brunch with the seminary community.


“I greet you in the name of Pope Francis,” he said, “and assure you of his prayers, his spiritual closeness, and his paternal affection.”


By: Rita H. DeLorme
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

There was much excitement in the Catholic Diocese of Savannah on Saturday, October 11, 1958 about something that was going to be done to honor a man who was not only Catholic but also an outstanding Revolutionary War hero who died defending the city of Savannah. A dashing soldier who came from Poland, as had others, to help free America from ties with England, Count Casimir Pulaski was fated to be the namesake of military installations and to be carved on monuments. One such memorial to this heroic Pole is Fort Pulaski.

By: Cindy Wooden (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

VATICAN CITY (CNS)-- The life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one is “holy ground” that pastors and parents must respect, nurture and encourage, Pope Francis wrote in a new apostolic exhortation.


“Christus Vivit” (“Christ Lives”), the pope’s reflections on the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, is a combination letter to young people about their place in the Church and a plea to older members of the Church not to stifle the enthusiasm of the young, but to offer gentle guidance when needed.


By: Mary Marrocco (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

Not far from where I live is a donkey farm. It’s highly popular because of the donkeys’ beauty. Donkeys, the most mistreated of animals, have a gentleness that draws and heals people. It’s a sanctuary for the donkeys but also for the people.


When the Gospels were written, no therapeutic donkey sanctuaries existed, but the donkey was a common animal of service, humble and ordinary. The donkey appears in every Gospel. All four evangelists show Jesus entering Jerusalem to a great welcome — riding, not a majestic horse that a king or warrior might ride, but a donkey.

By: Shemaiah Gonzalez (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

Holy Week invites us to walk through the sufferings of Christ. Christ said very little when he was betrayed. He did not attempt to defend himself, but “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8).


With so little said, Christ’s last seven words hold weight. A Jesuit priest in the 17th century is said to have started this devotion and it has become a well-loved tradition since. We contemplate not on a single word but these last seven statements said. During Holy Week, set some time aside to meditate on his precious words.


By: Jennifer Ficcaglia (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

After Jesus returned to his Father in heaven, the apostles preached to the people about Jesus.


This angered the high priest and the Sadducees, who had the apostles thrown in jail.


During the night, an angel of the Lord came to the jail and opened the doors.


“Go and take your place in the Temple area, and tell the people everything about this life,” the angel said.


The apostles left the jail. In the morning, they went to the Temple to teach.


By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

George Weigel, the author of the best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, has been a friend of the Australian Cardinal George Pell for over 50 years.

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

La parábola del hijo pródigo es quizás la más conocida de toda la Biblia, en competencia solamente con la Parábola del Buen Samaritano. Es una historia simple pero duradera que ha cautivado a generaciones de cristianos y no cristianos por igual. Lo que hace tan atractiva esta parábola es la esperanza que transmite. Generaciones de hombres y mujeres han encontrado esperanza y aliento en la conversión del joven que insultó a su padre al pedir su herencia, malgastó sus dones y talentos y regresó a la casa de su padre con intenciones nada perfectas.



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