- Jan 17, 2020
Declaring he was happy to call the parish of St. Mary of the Graces “my new family,” Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said, “It gives me joy to share our faith, the word of God and the sacraments with you. Pray for your brother ‘Giuseppe’ and I will never forget to pray for you.”
Cardinal Farrell said St. Julian, his new titular church, “encourages us to think about how today, too, there are many laypeople and many young people enthusiastic about their faith, ready to make many sacrifices to be coherent with their faith and to share it with others.”
Newark Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz was offering the opening prayers of the Mass when a man wearing a white robe over a red suit left his pew, approached the altar, and punched the bishop in the face, according to local news outlets.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin said on Friday that Trump’s actions were “not rational acts” and called the orders “inhuman policies.” He also vowed to continue resettling refugees in the area. He also defied Mike Pence on the settlement of Syrian refugees in Indianapolis when Pence was governor of Indiana.
Like St. John Bosco more than a century ago, Pope Francis has relied on a resounding “yes” to the possibility of change, repeatedly calling on youth and young adults to lead a “revolution of tenderness” in our world today. He has summoned them to work against “the globalization of indifference,” and to look for ways to be a brother and sister to one another and to those around them.
Chaput’s defense of Donald Trump was notable given many of the new president’s statements and behavior have alarmed many Catholic leaders. And some of his actions as president — such as following up on his pledge to build a wall with Mexico, restrict refugees and overturn Obamacare — have also drawn sharp criticism from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.