Monthly Archives: April 2017

Pope, Coptic patriarch honor martyrs, urge unity for peace

Pope Francis, accompanied by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, lights a candle outside St. Peter’s Church in Cairo April 28. The pope lit the candle in remembrance of victims of a December 2016 bombing inside the church. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-EGYPT-ORTHODOX April 28, 2017.

For more information go to:  http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/pope-coptic-patriarch-honor-martyrs-urge-unity-for-peace.cfm

2017 National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

Register today!  Presenters:  Fr. Ron Rolheiser, Sr. Lynn Levo, Robert Wicks, Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, Hoffsman Ospino, Sr. Theresa Rickard, Mike Patin, Jack Jezreel, and Aida Hildago.  To find out more information or to register go to:  https://www.nccl.org/conference-2017/

 

On the Centrality of the Resurrection for the Christian Faith

On this Easter day in which we celebrate with great joy and solemnity the Resurrection of Christ the Lord, a helpful essay reminding us as to why this mystery is the central mystery of the Christian faith on which everything else rests.

https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/article/the-case-for-christ-and-a-stubbornly-historical-religion/5441/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_term=twitter-barron&utm_content=case-for-christ&utm_campaign=article

New free laundry for the homeless opens in Rome

Moved by the exhortations of Pope Francis, a religious group in Rome has created a free laundry for the homeless. Can and should such an undertaking be repeated in major metropolitan centers in this country that also have significant homeless populations?

http://www.lastampa.it/2017/04/10/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/the-popes-laundry-opens-for-the-poor-and-the-homeless-OTOb3AnGf9As8Wsdb37fYI/pagina.html

Helpful resource and Q & A on the Easter Triduum

A concept and idea often misunderstood even by those who use the term, we enter into the Easter Triduum (aka the Paschal Triduum) this evening. This refers to three days, and not three liturgies.  Easter Sunday is a part of the Triduum.

The USCCB has a great resource and FAQ page on the Triduum at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/triduum/index.cfm

On the relations between Catholics and Coptic Christians

With the tragic events of last Sunday much in the news this week, many people are hearing for the first time about the existence of an ancient group of Christians known as the Copts. The following article provides a helpful primer on the contemporary relationship between that ancient Church and our own.

http://www.lastampa.it/2017/04/06/vaticaninsider/eng/world-news/egypt-when-paul-vi-returned-the-relics-of-st-mark-to-the-copts-MX1acxYJsrzFlad0LuPIGK/pagina.html