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Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Ordinations give reason for hope, but need for priests still great

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's ordination season and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the church well into the future.

    In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observers reason to believe there is not a ...

    Seminarians pray with their rector April 4 at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Providence, R.I.
  • Bishop supports medical marijuana in letter to lawmakers

    DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) -- Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

    In a letter April 26 to House and Senate members, Bishop Pates said a comprehensive bill was needed to "give Iowans the ability to ...

    A horticulturalist clips leaves off stems during harvesting of buds from marijuana plants being grown for medical use in 2009.
  • Kelly McCracken chosen first president of Franciscan Media

    CINCINNATI (CNS) -- Kelly McCracken has been promoted to the position of president of Franciscan Media, publisher of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, Servant Books and the website.

    There had been no position of president prior to McCracken's appointment.

    She, in effect, succeeds Tom Shumate, who had been ...

    Kelly McCracken, president of Franciscan Media.
  • Pope advances sainthood causes of Irish Jesuit, Albanian martyrs

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of an Irish Jesuit, who was raised Anglican, and dedicated his life to the sick and the dying as well as the cause of 38 Albanian martyrs killed during the communist persecution of Christians.

    During an ...

    Photographs of Albanian priests killed during the former communist regime hang in the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, Sept. 17, 2014.
  • U.S., Mideast Christian leaders vow to work for peace

    ATLANTA (CNS) -- Christian churches have a responsibility to work to bring the chronic conflict in the Middle East to a just peace, and more effective advocacy is needed in the United States, said church leaders meeting in Atlanta.

    Nearly 40 heads of Christian churches and church-related ...

    Speakers are seen on a panel on peace in the Holy Land on April 19 in Atlanta.
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Joseph Benedict Cottolengo: In some ways Joseph exemplified St. Francis’ advice, "Let us begin to serve the Lord God, for up to now we have made little or no progress" (<i>1 Celano, </i>#103). 
<p>Joseph was the eldest of 12 children. Born in Piedmont, he was ordained for the Diocese of Turin in 1811. Frail health and difficulty in school were obstacles he overcame to reach ordination. </p><p>During Joseph’s lifetime Italy was torn by civil war while the poor and the sick suffered from neglect. Inspired by reading the life of St. Vincent de Paul and moved by the human suffering all around him, Joseph rented some rooms to nurse the sick of his parish and recruited local young women to serve as staff. </p><p>In 1832 at Voldocco, Joseph founded the House of Providence which served many different groups (the sick, the elderly, students, the mentally ill, the blind). All of this was financed by contributions. Popularly called "the University of Charity," this testimonial to God’s goodness was serving 8,000 people by the time of Joseph’s beatification in 1917. </p><p>To carry on his work, Joseph organized two religious communities, the Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul. Joseph, who had joined the Secular Franciscans as a young man, was canonized in 1934.</p> American Catholic Blog The image of God! This is what it means to be human! We are not just a bunch of cells randomly thrown together by some impersonal forces. Rather, we reflect an eternal God who knew us from before we were made and purposely called us into being.

 Pope Francis speaks about medical  research and care of the sick

Sixth Sunday of Easter
Easter is an attitude of inner joy. We are an Easter people!
St. Catherine of Siena
This 14th-century scholar combined contemplation and action in service to God and the Church.
St. Gianna Beretta Molla
This 20th-century wife and mother courageously embraced the joys and sorrows of family life.
Administrative Professionals Day
Say thanks today to those whose work makes someone else’s job a little easier.
Easter Weekday
In his rising from the dead, Jesus has given us the power to rise above ourselves.

Mother's Day
Nearly everyone in the sprawling ensemble comedy "Mother's Day" (Open Road) harbors a secret.

They are, quite often, terribly complicated mysteries involving racist beliefs, homophobia and even children abandoned at birth. Each story line could, in theory, be a compelling and instructive ...

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