- Dec 10, 2019
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations, says some dialogues among persons of different faiths and cultures in the past 50 years have scarcely risen above the level of monologue. “Genuine dialogue presupposes that each side wishes to know each other and desires to increase and deepen its knowledge of each other,” he said.
On Sept. 30, nearly 1,000 people saw Cardinal Shehan students anchor an archdiocesan Catholic Schools Choir in an uplifting performance of the song “Rise Up” at the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s ninth annual gala for Catholic schools. But when the teacher recorded a video of the rehearsal on her phone and shared it on Facebook Live, it gained an unexpected new audience.
Pope Francis says St. Vincent de Paul’s “passion for charity” has endured for four centuries because it is grounded in prayer and flows from adoration. The pope said a Christian who spends time in adoration “starts to act toward others the way the Lord acts toward him; he becomes more merciful, more understanding, more available, overcoming his rigidity and opening himself to others.”
The bishops of Kenya have called on the population to remain “calm and peaceful” if elections scheduled for later this month are postponed. The crisis started Sept. 1, when the Supreme Court nullified the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta over irregularities and illegalities. The new election has been scheduled for Oct. 26, but the opposition says it will boycott it.
The state of California has been consumed by devastating fires during the past several days, and Bishop Robert F. Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa who has been forced to work from his car is trying to reach out to those in his large diocese. He worries that the helpless feelings of his parishioners “extends to the caregivers who know that short term solutions are necessary but also severely inadequate to meet the long-term needs.”
In a ceremony last week, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, saying, “In her maternal presence, Mary is there to advocate for us.”