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Conflict and the “Joy of the Gospel”

I have been reading Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) for the last couple of weeks (I read slowly as I reflect over the text).  I just read paragraph 227 and was deeply struck by it.  I think it is very relevant today as we watch conflicts between individuals, political parties, nations, and religions.  […]

We Have a Pope

Today we have a new Pope, Francis I.  It is Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentine.  You can read more about him at http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301150.htm.    As he begins his papacy, I will be praying for him as our Pope and invite all of you to do the same. Peace, Fr. Jeff

It Begins

I write this at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  That means the cardinals have celebrated the Mass that opens the conclave and are now in the process of moving into the locked conclave. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel tells of his vision of the restoration of the temple.  He writes in the time […]

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI

I write at 2:43 p.m. local time or 8:43 p.m. in Rome (on February 28th).  That means Pope Benedict XVI resignation went into effect 43 minutes ago.  It was not a simple decision for him to retire, especially since there is no retirement provision for popes.  That’s why all the headlines say he resigned.  Our […]

Some Resources from the USCCB on the Papal Transition

Here is a link to some resources from the USCCB on the process as Pope Benedict XVI resigns and a new pope is elected. http://usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/pope-benedict-xvi/papal-transition-2013-graphics-downloads.cfm Peace, Fr. Jeff