Krakow, Poland, Jul 26, 2016 / 03:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting.
Msgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, secretary general of the French Bishops Conference, discussed the decision July 26.
“What happened in France had happened in other countries before, and actually we see Christians laying down their lives in the interests of their faith,” he told journalists gathered in Krakow for World Youth Day.
“They die because they are objects of hate and this for a fact gives us an additional motivation to live the life of fraternity we are called to.”
Earlier in the day, two armed gunmen stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in the Normandy region. The assailants entered the church during Mass and took the priest and four others hostage.
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El Centro Misionero de San Columbano, ubicado en la calle Magoffin no. 816, esquina con St. Vrain, ofrece un Taller de la Risoterapia este sabado 30 de julio de 2016, desde las 9 de la manyana hasta la 1:30 de la tarde, sin costo para los participantes. Stephanie Miranda es la persona capacitada que dirigira el taller, ella es miembro de los Companyer@s de la Mision Columbana.
The Seminarian Summer Send Off is a celebration of the seminarians for the Diocese of El Paso which will include a Mass at 6 pm to send them off as they leave for their studies this fall. Mass will be followed by dinner and music in the St. Pius X Parish Hall.
The event is free including the meal. The Foundation will be making an ask for donations to either the Seminarian Formation Program to support this year’s tuition of the seminarians or to the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund to provide for the long-term support of our Seminarian Program. Our goal is to increase the endowment fund for seminarians to $10 million which will provide an annual distribution of $400,000 for seminarian education. The fund’s value is currently at $1.5 million.
This year, the Diocese will have 23 men in formation who are studying at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Conception College in Missouri, Sacred Heart Seminary in Milwaukee, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in El Paso.
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At a Wednesday morning news conference, Hope Border Institute and the Borderland Immigration Council (BIC) — a newly formed binational coalition consisting of local immigration attorneys and advocacy groups — called today for an end to the apparent systematic denial of discretionary relief by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The use of prolonged detention, family separation and the denial of discretionary relief by ICE has developed into a punitive policy designed to discourage and deter vulnerable immigrants seeking asylum at El Paso ports of entry.
In recent months following the arrival of new leadership at ICE in El Paso, members of the Borderland Immigration Council have witnessed both a dramatic increase in the denial of parole to refugees fleeing to El Paso with credible fear claims as well a significant reduction in the approval of stay of removal requests for immigrants not prioritized for deportation. To read more, click here: http://bit.ly/2atCAiw
Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network’s live coverage of World Youth Day 2016 airs July 26-31 from Kraków, Poland with three of the best-known and most popular youth speakers in the country. Expect the unexpected from the Network’s in-country team including Fr. Mark Mary Cristina, MFVA (”Life on the Rock”); internationally acclaimed Author and Speaker Chris Stefanick (“Real Life Catholic,” “The Gospel Unplugged”); and “Chastity Project” and “Totus Tuus Press” Founder and Speaker Jason Evert. The team will be bringing viewers the sights and sounds of Kraków, along with their sure to be entertaining interviews with young people attending WYD, to both EWTN television and radio.
Spanish coverage will be provided on the Network’s U.S. Spanish-language channel EWTN Español and on the Network’s international Spanish-language radio service, EWTN Radio Católica Mundial, and will feature two more powerhouse speakers: Padre Agustino Torres CFR and Silvia Mariella Diaz.
Since its inception by the late Pope John Paul II in 1986, WYD has become the largest gathering of young people in the world. This year’s event, which is hosted by the Roman Catholic Church every three years, is expected to attract more than 2.5 million people.
In addition to EWTN’s television and radio coverage, viewers can tune in via live streaming on EWTN’s website or via EWTN’s free smartphone app. On the web, www.ewtn.com/wyd is the go-to place for all things World Youth Day. The mini-site will include the dates and times of all the events being broadcast, news articles about WYD from EWTN’s news services, transcripts of the Pope’s speeches, “On Demand” replay of events, a special app that will give viewers a 360 degree view of various sites around WYD, and a link to all of the above in Spanish!
Viewers will also be able to find WYD listings on EWTN’s free app under “Program Schedules” and “Video on Demand.”
This year’s theme, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” is fitting for the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, which began Dec. 8, 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and which concludes Nov. 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.
In a message to WYD coordinators, the Pope said: “Kraków, the city of Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina Kowalska, is waiting for us with open arms and hearts. I believe that Divine Providence led us to the decision to celebrate the Youth Jubilee in that city which was home to those two great apostles of mercy in our times. John Paul II realized that this is the time of mercy.”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN also includes radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.
DENVER, Colo., July 12, 2016 — More than 150 university students from around the world will gather at the Kartause Carthusian monastery in Gaming, Austria, July 17 – 22 for the In Via International Conference, presented by FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) in conjunction with CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach) of Canada. In Via will foster fellowship and feature pilgrimage, prayer, leisure and dynamic talks by Curtis Martin (FOCUS founder and CEO), John Zimmer (FOCUS vice president of apostolic development), Andre Regnier (CCO founder), Jeff Lockert (CCO president) and several other FOCUS and CCO missionaries.
Following In Via, the group will travel to Katowice-Zory, Poland, for the Youth Arise Festival, July 22 – 24. The festival will include talks from Curtis Martin, who will speak about university ministry at a workshop on Saturday, July 23, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
From July 25 – 31, the group will then travel to World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland, where millions will gather in fellowship to welcome Pope Francis. Curtis Martin will speak to a crowd of 15,000 at a Catechesis site run by the Sisters of Life.
FOCUS Missions is organizing the trip and conference. Since 2004, nearly 3,500 college students and FOCUS staff have traveled the world on hundreds of FOCUS mission trips. During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, FOCUS Missions hosted nearly 100 trips in 41 countries.
The first FOCUS International Conference brought together 150 university students from over 12 nations in Samos, Spain, on August 8, 2011. The 2012 FOCUS International Conference was held in County Limerick, Ireland. An abundance of fruit has come from these conferences: dozens of new FOCUS missionaries; Austrian youth starting their own mission apostolate; and at least eight men entering the seminary, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is a national outreach founded in 1998 that invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, more than 500 missionaries served full-time on 113 college campuses in 36 states and Washington, D.C. More than 20,000 FOCUS alumni have been prepared to evangelize parishes throughout the U.S. Within this number, 547 have made decisions to pursue Catholic religious vocations. By 2022, FOCUS expects to launch 75,000 alumni into America’s 17,000+ Catholic parishes. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to peers on campus. To learn more, visit us at www.focus.org.
Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)
The Foundation of Faith Dinner aims to bring the community together to celebrate our Catholic faith, experience the wisdom and grace of renowned national and international speakers, and disseminate the Stewardship message of, “Pray, Serve, Give.” This year our guest speaker is Fr. Leo Patalinghug.
Cocktails, Dinner, Dei Gratia Award, Live Auction, Keynote Speaker
Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are available. For more info: 915.872.8412 | fofdinner.org or contact Sofia Larkin Appleby at email@example.com. Proceeds from this event support the work of the Foundation in sustaining the long-term needs of the ministries, charities, parishes and schools of our diocese.
WASHINGTON—The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $25 million in financial assistance to 401 religious communities to aid in the care of senior members. The funding is made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious Collection, an annual, parish-based appeal benefiting nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.
The most recent collection was held in the majority of U.S. Catholic parishes in December 2015 and raised nearly $30.7 million, marking the sixth time in the collection’s history that donations exceeded $30 million. Fifteen dioceses and one archdiocese had record-high contributions. In addition, the largest single bequest in the appeal’s history was received from the Estate of David and Philip Slesur and was designated through the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“Words cannot express our gratitude for the love, sacrifice and generosity these donations represent,” said Sister Susan Schorsten, a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary who was recently appointed as the interim executive director of the NRRO. “The annual assistance the collection furnishes helps religious communities across the country provide for the ongoing needs of aging members.”
The funding disbursed the week of June 20, known as Direct Care Assistance, represents the majority of financial support distributed by the NRRO. Religious communities combine this assistance with their own income and savings to help meet such day-to-day expenses as prescription medications and nursing care. Additional allocations will be directed toward religious communities with the greatest needs and for ongoing education in retirement planning and eldercare delivery. Roughly 95 percent of donations aid elderly religious and their communities, while the remaining five percent are used for administration and promotion of the annual appeal.
The U.S. bishops launched the Retirement Fund for Religious collection in 1988 to address the profound deficit in retirement funding among the nation’s religious communities. Traditionally, Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests—known collectively as women and men religious—served for small stipends that did not include retirement benefits. Today, many religious communities lack adequate retirement savings. At the same time, health-care costs have risen dramatically while the number of religious able to serve in compensated ministry has declined.
The NRRO coordinates the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection and distributes the proceeds to eligible religious communities. The organization is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
More information is available at www.retiredreligious.org.