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Archbishop Coakley leads Middle East mission to Gaza, Iraq

Archbishop Coakley recently led a Catholic Relief Services mission to Gaza and northern Iraq to support and assess the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons.

"Please pray for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, especially for persecuted Christians who are being driven from their homeland." -- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

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Archbishop Coakley comments on U.S. Supreme Court decision not to review same-sex marriage cases

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is deeply disappointing. Our faith affirms the central importance of marriage and family life. Marriage is not merely a human institution that can simply be redefined at will, but one established by our Creator and necessary for human flourishing. Children deserve a mother and a father who are committed to a faithful and permanent union. As the Extraordinary Synod on the Family begins this week with Pope Francis meeting with bishops from around the world, we will remain purposeful in our commitment to promoting the well-being of marriage and family life as we pray for God’s continued grace and blessings.” - Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City        

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Archbishop Coakley's Statement on Prayers of Exorcism and Cleansing


"From the beginning, we have taken seriously the dark and dangerous spirits being invited into our community. We anticipated this would be a concern for those visiting the Civic Center, and we've received many questions about the safety of the building following the satanic ritual. To address those concerns, we visited the venue the next morning to pray prayers of exorcism over the place and to pray the prayers for cleansing." – Archbishop Paul Coakley

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September 21, 2014
St. Francis of Assisi Church

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Praised be Jesus Christ!  It is my great privilege to welcome you to St. Francis of Assisi Church and to spend this hour together with the Lord in prayer and adoration.  Thank you for being here.  Your presence is a powerful witness of faith in the midst of what has been a particularly challenging time for our community.  I would like to gratefully acknowledge the participation of our Catholic people from around the Archdiocese but also those of you who have come from near and far to join us today.  I am especially grateful for the presence of my brother bishops (and their support), Archbishop Beltran, Bishop Slattery of Tulsa, Bishop Kemme of Wichita, Abbot Lawrence of St. Gregory's University and so many priests, deacons and religious women and men.  It is a special blessing to recognize here so many Christian leaders and believers from other churches and ecclesial communities who have come to join us in prayer as well.

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 This year (2014) the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has four Jubilarians, Fr. Kevin Devlin and Fr. William B. Ross celebrated 60 years of priesthood, Fr. Jesus Sancho-Martin, OCD celebrated 50 years of priesthood and Fr. Paulose V. Kottackal celebrated 40 years of priesthood. In this video Fr. William B. Ross and Fr. Paulose V. Kottackal reflect back over their priesthoods.



A Very Effective Evangelist in a Very Tough PlacePodcast
by Sooner Catholic
Earlier this year, Deacon Roy Forsythe stopped in the Office of New Evangelization to inquire about opportunities for evangelizing prisoners at the county jail where he ministers. He indicated that he has about 10 minutes of one-on-one time with each prisoner, and sometimes there can be 40 men waiting to see him on a given day. With only ten minutes, he doesn’t waste time--he goes for the sale. He then made his sales pitch to me, and I was so impressed that I thought perhaps it might be helpful to others to encounter his method. It is outstanding. Beginning from here, Deacon Forsythe has had the opportunity to bring many prisoners into full communion with Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Have a listen, and ponder how you might adapt the same content when you are having dinner with a friend, a chat with a teen, or a conversation with a co-worker. Perhaps more to the point, how could such a sales pitch be built into various ministry contexts with people who need to take a step forward with Jesus? If it can work in a jail, where else can it work?
Date: 5/5/14
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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

In a recent issue of the Sooner Catholic I shared a copy of the Aug. 29 letter I had submitted to Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, concerning the Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother.

I had presented my letter personally along with an extensive document called the Positio, which summarizes the facts and testimony concerning the life and death of Father Rother. In that letter, I formally petitioned the Congregation to consider the merits of Father Rother’s Cause for Beatification and Canonization, and render an affirmative judgment that he is worthy to be considered a martyr of the Church. To that petition I added my own opinion that he is indeed worthy of such a designation.

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Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

En una reciente edición del Sooner Catholic compartí una copia de la carta de 29 de agosto que había presentado al Cardenal Ángelo Amato, Prefecto de la Congregación para las Causas de los Santos, en relación con el Siervo de Dios, Padre Stanley Rother. Yo había presentado mi carta personalmente, junto con un extenso documento llamado Positio que resume los hechos y testimonios relativos a la vida y la muerte del Padre Rother. En esa carta hice la petición formalmente la Congregación para considerar los méritos de la causa del Padre Rother de Beatificación y Canonización y hacer un juicio afirmativo que él es digno de ser considerado un mártir de la Iglesia. A esa petición añadí mi propia opinión de que es realmente digno de tal designación.

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