By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service
ROME (CNS) -- Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their lives and their surroundings, Pope Francis said.
Before receiving and distributing ashes at an evening Mass March 5, Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a homily focused on a line from the prophet Joel: "Rend your hearts, not your garments."
The prophet, he said at the Mass at Rome's Basilica of Santa Sabina, "reminds us that conversion can't be reduced to exterior forms or vague resolutions, but involves and transforms one's entire existence, starting with the center of the person, the conscience."
OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 25, 2014) – Between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., during morning car pool at Christ the King Catholic School, pre-kindergartener Quaid Thomas Dolan, 4, was struck by a car and subsequently died.
“It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the painful tragedy that occurred at Christ the King this morning,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. “As an archdiocese, we grieve the loss of Quaid Thomas ‘QT’ Dolan and pray for the peace and comfort of all those who are affected by this sad and unexpected occurrence. My sympathy and concern go out especially to the Dolan family and to the entire Christ the King community in this time of suffering.”
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If you haven't been to confession recently, don't wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness.
By Tina Korbe Dzurisin
Released Nov. 26, 2013, “Evangelii Gaudium” or “The Joy of the Gospel” was Pope Francis' first apostolic exhortation. In it, Pope Francis invites the faithful to rejoice in Jesus' love for them -- and to then extend Jesus' love to others.
In the weeks -- now months -- since the release of "Evangelii Gaudium," people of all stripes have mined the document for insight into the mind of Pope Francis. Meanwhile, many others have not yet had the time or opportunity to crack the cover.
To provide just such an opportunity in a communal setting, Saint John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon will host an archdiocesan-wide Day of Study and Reflection on "Evangelii Gaudium" or "The Joy of the Gospel."
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The liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and ends on Holy Saturday, April 19. Archbishop Paul Coakley offers his reflections on the meaning of this 40-day observance and provides practical advice to the faithful as to how best to prepare for Easter.
Since joining the board of Catholic Relief Services two years ago I have made three visits to various CRS project sites around the world. It has been an extraordinary blessing to witness the good work being done worldwide on behalf of Catholics in the United States. While many noble efforts are carried out in the name of individual Catholics and local communities, CRS is the official humanitarian development and relief agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
My visit in early February to the Philippines was the first time I had seen CRS in action in one of its signature program areas, emergency response. This visit came in the wake of the November Super-typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, as it is called locally. Three months after the devastating storm raked across the island nation, I participated in a delegation that included, among others, Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of CRS, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB. Our delegation spent time with local CRS staff, local Church officials and international Caritas partners who have been on the frontlines of the disaster response in Tacloban and Palo on the island of Leyte, where we spent a considerable portion of our time.
Nota del Traductor: Catholic Relief Sevices, CRS por sus siglas en inglés, se traduce como Servicios de Auxilio Católico, una agencia internacional humanitaria fundada por los Católicos de los Estados Unidos.
Desde mi incorporación a la Junta de Catholic Relief Services hace dos años he hecho tres visitas a diversos lugares con proyectos de CRS en todo el mundo. Ha sido una bendición extraordinaria ser testigo de la buena labor que se realiza en todo el mundo en nombre de los católicos en los Estados Unidos. Mientras que muchos nobles esfuerzos se llevan a cabo en nombre de católicos individuales y comunidades locales, CRS es la agencia de desarrollo humanitario y auxilio de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos.
Mi visita a principios de febrero a las Filipinas fue la primera vez que había visto CRS en acción en uno de sus programas claves, respondiendo a emergencias. Esta visita se produjo a raíz del Súper-Tifón Haiyan, o Yolanda como es llamado localmente, ocurrido el pasado noviembre. Tres meses después de la devastadora tormenta que destruyó la nación/isla, participé en una delegación que incluyó entre otros a la Dra. Carolyn Woo, Presidenta y Ejecutiva Principal de CRS, el Arzobispo Joseph Kurtz, Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos. Nuestra delegación pasó un tiempo con el personal local de CRS, los dirigentes de la Iglesia local y los socios internacionales de Caritas que han estado en la vanguardia de la respuesta al desastre en Tacloban y Palo en la isla de Leyte, donde pasamos una gran parte de nuestro tiempo.
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