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Berrigan's message to peacemakers: Persevere

A breathless hush filled the overflowing room at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House here as Jesuit Fr. Dan Berrigan slowly approached the podium. Organizers and audience seemed painfully conscious there wouldn’t be many more times this 89-year-old Catholic peace icon -- whose life has been punctuated with countless arrests and prison time, and guided by an unyielding commitment to Christian nonviolent resistance -- would appear in a public forum.

Now frail and bent, he carried with him to the front of the room not only more than a solid half century of peace work but also many associations with other peacemakers, including his late brother, Philip, and, on the 30th anniversary of her death, the cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day.

The Nov. 29 talk was billed as Berrigan’s reflection on Day. But as with any other Berrigan talk, it would cut to the essence and contain a message for his audience. And what would this peace message on this evening be?

Persevere.


http://ncronline.org/news/people/berrigans-message-peacemakers-persevere

Biden speaks about faith and curing cancer at the Vatican

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. came to this tiny city-state to talk about two of his deepest passions: his Roman Catholic faith and curing cancer.

At the Third International Regenerative Medicine Conference at the Vatican, Mr. Biden spoke about the urgent need to come up with new cures for cancer, a subject that has come to define his final year in office.

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While fiercely committed to the church, Mr. Biden often has seemed to take pride in defying parts of its hierarchy. His mother, he often has said, taught him never to kiss the pope’s ring. And of those who doubted his faith because of his disagreement with Catholic dogma, he once said, in 2005, “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious, I’m going to shove my rosary down their throat.”

Mr. Biden has met two previous popes: John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He famously told Pope Benedict XVI to be easier on American nuns, the target of a Vatican crackdown for their activism on issues like poverty and health care. But his fondness for Pope Francis is obvious.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/world/europe/joe-biden-speaks-about-faith-and-curing-cancer-at-the-vatican.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Joe Biden speaks about faith and curing cancer at the Vatican

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. came to this tiny city-state to talk about two of his deepest passions: his Roman Catholic faith and curing cancer.

At the Third International Regenerative Medicine Conference at the Vatican, Mr. Biden spoke about the urgent need to come up with new cures for cancer, a subject that has come to define his final year in office.

...

While fiercely committed to the church, Mr. Biden often has seemed to take pride in defying parts of its hierarchy. His mother, he often has said, taught him never to kiss the pope’s ring. And of those who doubted his faith because of his disagreement with Catholic dogma, he once said, in 2005, “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious, I’m going to shove my rosary down their throat.”

Mr. Biden has met two previous popes: John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He famously told Pope Benedict XVI to be easier on American nuns, the target of a Vatican crackdown for their activism on issues like poverty and health care. But his fondness for Pope Francis is obvious.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/world/europe/joe-biden-speaks-about-faith-and-curing-cancer-at-the-vatican.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Teenagers get surprise chance to confess to the pope

Sixteen teenagers have gotten an unexpected opportunity to confess sins to Pope Francis.

The pontiff made a surprise appearance late Saturday morning in St. Peter’s Square, where thousands of Catholics faithful, ranging in age from 13 to 16, were participating in a special Holy Year youth day, including confession near the famed Colonnade of Bernini.

Francis and each of the 16 teenagers sat face-to-face in simple chairs set up in pairs for him and many others hearing confessions in the square. The teenagers seemed at ease, with Francis shaking hands warmly with the youths. In all, the pope spent more than an hour in the square.

He has dedicated the Holy Year to two central themes of his papacy: mercy and reconciliation.


http://woodtv.com/2016/04/23/teenagers-get-surprise-chance-to-confess-sins-to-the-pope/

Archbishop Christophe Pierre named Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

Pope Francis has appointed the French-born Archbishop Christophe Pierre, one of the Holy See’s most distinguished and respected diplomats, as the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Vatican made the announcement, April 12, after the Holy See received the formal agreement from the Obama administration. He succeeds Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò who served as nuncio to the United States since Oct. 10, 2011. The Italian archbishop now ends his long years of service to the Holy See, and will retire to his homeland.

At the time of his new assignment, Archbishop Pierre was nuncio to Mexico, a position he has held with considerable distinction for the past nine years, since March 22, 2007. He comes to Washington, D.C., as an experienced diplomat, with first-hand knowledge of the dramatic plight of migrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States, and will be able to give voice to Pope Francis’ concern for them.

As nuncio, he will be the Holy See’s point man in relations with the U.S. administration and with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.). One of his most important roles will be the identification of candidates to be bishops in this country. Pope Francis has already outlined clearly the qualities he wants to see in future bishops, and the new nuncio will ensure this is reflected in the names he presents to Rome.


http://americamagazine.org/issue/pope-appoints-french-born-archbishop-christophe-pierre-new-nuncio-united-states

UPDATE: My friend's sister died after a car crash.

My friend's sister was involved in a terrible accident Sunday morning. This (Monday) morning, she passed away.

She was only 16 years old.

Michigan man steals 33 cases of Whoppers

Warren Police are investigating how at least 33 cases of Whoppers burgers disappeared from the back of a delivery truck on Friday morning, according to the city’s mayor, Jim Fouts.

“It’s a whopper of a theft,” Fouts said dryly. He added of the thieves: “They probably consumed the evidence.”

The incident began on Thursday night, when a semi-truck driver tried to deliver several cases of the famous burgers to a Reinhart food distribution center located on Ryan Road and East 10 Mile.

For reasons that aren’t clear, the driver had to wait several hours to make his delivery. He fell asleep in the truck and awoke at 2 a.m. — only to notice that his truck’s shipping seal was broken and a few boxes of Whoppers were missing.


http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/macomb/2016/03/29/warren-whopper-theft-hamburglar-jim-fouts-crime/82398442/

A peaceful and prayerful Triduum to all.



Let us pray for the victims in Brussels.

Loving God,
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.


http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Protestant/Violence-Disasters/Prayer-For-Victims-Of-Terrorism.aspx#TKqVYfMzyjphZPib.99

"There's no one as Irish as Barack Obama!"

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