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Canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII around the corner

By Brianna Osborne

In a ceremony expected to bring 3 million people to Rome and the Vatican, Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII will be canonized saints on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, many look back on the experiences of Vatican II, a milestone of the Church convoked by Pope John XXIII. Others remember traveling to Denver in 1993 to spend World Youth Day with Pope John Paul II.

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Archbishop Coakley on upcoming double canonization: Each of us is called to be a saint

Through the canonization of Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII, Pope Francis is affirming the kind of human and Christian qualities that have enduring universal value, indeed eternal value, Archbishop Paul Coakley writes in his most recent "Put Out into the Deep" column.

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Metro Hispanic Initiative: Archdiocese to purchase property with plans to establish a new parish

By Sooner Catholic Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 27, 2014) – The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has entered a contract to purchase property in south Oklahoma City with the intent to build a new church and possibly establish a new parish to serve Spanish-speaking Catholics in the south part of Oklahoma City, Archbishop Paul Coakley announced March 27 at a meeting with priests of the metro area.

“The Latino community throughout the Archdiocese, throughout the state, continues to grow rapidly and to bring many, many gifts to our community,” Archbishop Coakley said. “(We want to be) able to respond adequately and suitably to the pastoral needs of this growing population.”

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On the third day, He rose from the dead

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.

Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “feast of feasts,” the “solemnity of solemnities.” Saint Athanasius calls Easter “the great Sunday” and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week “the Great Week.” The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our old time, until all is subjected to him.

The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross.

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"Go Make Disciples" is the new, five-year vision statement of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

"This vision will guide our archdiocesan family over the course of the next five years," Archbishop Coakley has said. "It is where we are going. It is the vision against which we will evaluate and justify our initiatives, programs, ministries and expenditures. It reflects who we are and what we do."

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The Churchs Missionary TranformationPodcast
by Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Evangelii Gaudium Study Day Talks The Church’s Missionary Transformation: Dr. Carole Brown situates the document in the historical context of the 20th century—a world experiencing a crisis of humanism; a church that has also been shaken by crisis; and the crisis of missionary identity following the Second Vatican Council.
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A double canonization for the Church

It seems unprecedented today that Pope Francis has so quickly been anointed with “rock star” status, the highest accolade that our popular culture bestows upon its heroes.  Already during the first year of his Pontificate his humble smiling image has graced the cover of Time, Esquire and other secular periodicals.  He is certainly the first pope to have his picture on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine!  He has been depicted as Superman by a graffiti artist on the streets of Rome.  The Holy Father wisely ignores this sort of popular acclaim.  He knows that it is likely to fade as quickly as the morning dew! 

But on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis will preside at the double canonization of two of his predecessors who each in their own time won the hearts and fired the imaginations of the Church and the wider world.   They are being offered to the Church and to the world not as “rock stars” but as saints.  Through the canonization of Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII Pope Francis is affirming the kind of human and Christian qualities that have enduring universal value, indeed eternal value. 

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Una Doble Canonización para la Iglesia

Parece sin precedentes hoy que el Papa Francisco tan rápidamente ha sido ungido con el estatus de "estrella de rock", el galardón más importante que nuestra cultura popular concede a sus héroes. Ya durante el primer año de su pontificado su imagen sonriente e humilde ha aparecido en la portada de Time, Esquire y otras revistas seculares. ¡Él es sin duda el primer Papa de tener su foto en la portada de la revista Rolling Stone! Ha sido descrito como Superman por un artista de grafiti en las calles de Roma. El Santo Padre ignora sabiamente este tipo de aclamación popular. ¡Él sabe que probable desaparezca tan rápidamente como el rocío de la mañana! 

Pero el 27 de abril, Domingo de la Divina Misericordia, el Papa Francisco presidirá en la doble canonización de dos de sus predecesores que cada uno a su tiempo se ganó el corazón y disparó la imaginación de la Iglesia y del mundo en general. Ellos se están ofreciendo a la Iglesia y al mundo no como "estrellas de rock", pero como santos. A través de la canonización de San Juan Pablo II y San Juan XXIII, el Papa Francisco está afirmando el tipo de cualidades humanas y cristianas que como valores universales perduran, de hecho son valores eternos. 

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Vayan y Hagan Discípulos

Una Carta Pastoral Arzobispo Pablo S. Coakley

La guía de estudio estará disponible en breve.