IMAGE: CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The CrBy Sean GallagherINDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- As 23,000
youths from across the country worshipped together during the closing Mass of
the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Leanna Long felt "amazingly
overwhelmed" to be in the midst of so many people who shared her faith.
She attended the conference from
her home in North Carolina, where Catholics are a small minority of the overall
"We know the church is
large," said Long, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill, in the
Raleigh Diocese. "But to be able to see it and know that I'm not alone (is
"We're told that where two
or three are gathered, (Jesus) is in your presence. Well, I'm one of one in my
school. Is God with me still? The answer is, 'Yes.' Even though I'm in North
Carolina and someone else is in New Hampshire, we're still ... praying together,"
she told The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. "We're
still gathered together, and he's there."
In her words, Long captured the church's
youthful vitality and diverse universality. Both were on display Nov. 21 as
conference attendees were led in worship on the feast of Christ the King by
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who was the principal celebrant.
During his opening remarks at
the Mass, Cardinal Rodriguez shared with his young listeners the mission they
were being given as they returned to their homes.
"This is not the end,"
he said. "This is the beginning of another stage when you will go back to
your places in order to spread the kingdom of Jesus Christ."
In his homily, Cardinal
Rodriguez reflected on the feast of Christ the King that the church was
celebrating that weekend.
"Today, we want to
celebrate all his triumphs in one single feast, especially established to show
Jesus as the only sovereign (in) a society that seems to want to turn its back
on God and not acknowledge any of this," said the cardinal, who is a close
adviser of Pope Francis.
Cardinal Rodriguez later
exhorted his "young brothers and sisters" "to spread out his
reign of love, with all the values of the kingdom."
The kingdom of Christ, he said,
is "the salt of the earth, the light of the world, the leaven of the
dough, a sign of salvation in order to build a more just world, more brotherly,
one based on Gospel values, the hope and eternal joy to which we are all
The feast of Christ the King
also leads the Catholic Church to consider its ultimate fulfillment at the end
of time, and the relevance of that future event to the world here and now, he
"Today's feast is like
experiencing an anticipation of the second coming of Christ in power and
majesty, the glorious coming which will fill the hearts and will dry forever
the tears of unhappiness," Cardinal Rodriguez said. "And, at the same
time, it is an encouragement to make real this experience of the second coming
by our good works, because the hope of a new earth should not scare us.
"Rather, it should
strengthen our commitment to cultivate the earth, where that body of a new
human family grows and can give us an advance taste of the new world."
In addition to the 23,000 youths
participating in the Mass, approximately 250 priests concelebrated. The liturgy
also featured 18 bishops, 50 deacons and 50 seminarians.
The NCYC closing Mass capped the
conference that began Nov. 19 and took place in the Indiana Convention Center
and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis
has hosted the last three conferences, which are held every two years. It is
scheduled to host the next one in 2017. The conference is sponsored by the
National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.
While many Catholic youths
traveled thousands of miles to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference,
Frankie Auriemma's trip to the event only took about 20 minutes.
A member of St. Susanna Parish
in Plainfield, a suburb of Indianapolis, Auriemma was proud that the
archdiocese was hosting so many Catholic youths from across the country as she
looked upon the attendees in the stadium prior to the start of the closing
"It's here in our hometown.
That's crazy," she said. "We get to be the hometown. I can say, 'Yeah,
I'm from Indianapolis. It's cool. This is my home turf.' It makes me really
proud. This is where I grew up. I've been here my whole life."
Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph
W. Tobin expressed his pride in the Catholic Church in central and southern
Indiana for working hard to host the youth conference by telling the story of St.
Mary Parish in Lanesville, which sent 20 youths to the conference and also 40
"Young people face
particular challenges today," Archbishop Tobin said. "In the heart,
we know what it means to be young. And we can serve them. I'm so pleased that
so many people in the archdiocese believe in the young people."
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IMAGE: CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via ReutersBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN
CITY (CNS) -- Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended
their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way
they acquired confidential information was illegal.
five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential
documents about Vatican finances were present at the opening of the criminal
trial in a Vatican courtroom Nov. 24.
accused are: Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, secretary of the
Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See; Francesca Chaouqui, a
member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of
the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See; Nicola Maio, who served
as personal assistant to Msgr. Vallejo Balda when he worked on the commission; and
the journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of "Merchants in the Temple,"
and Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of "Avarice."
Vallejo Balda, Chaouqui and Maio were accused of "committing several
illegal acts of divulging news and documents concerning fundamental interests
of the Holy See and (Vatican City) State." Nuzzi and Fittipaldi were
accused of "soliciting and exercising pressure, especially on (Msgr.) Vallejo
Balda, in order to obtain confidential documents and news."
Vatican court granted Fittipaldi's request to address the courtroom at the
trial's opening session. He expressed his "disbelief" at finding
himself being tried by a non-Italian court system when he wrote and published a
book in Italy.
said the charges against him were not "for publishing false or defamatory
news, but simply for publishing news, an act protected by the Italian
Constitution," as well as European and universal human rights conventions.
10 of the Vatican criminal code states that whoever "illegitimately
obtains or reveals news or documents" that are confidential can face a
fine between 1,000 and 5,000 euros and possible imprisonment from six months to
two years. Classified information dealing with diplomatic relations or "fundamental
interests" of the Holy See or Vatican City State carry more severe
penalties, including a maximum eight-year prison sentence.
Vatican criminalized the release of "news and documents" in July 2013.
The move came in the wake of the first so-called "VatiLeaks" trial in
2012 when Pope Benedict XVI's butler was charged with "aggravated theft"
for giving Vatican documents and papal correspondence to Nuzzi.
updated criminal laws were approved by Pope Francis.
the first session of the trial, Emanuela
Vallejo Balda's court-appointed attorney, objected that there was not enough
time to examine and prepare a proper defense.
and his Vatican-appointed defense lawyer argued that the court summons did not
specify the documents he stands accused of releasing and therefore makes his
The Vatican's assistant prosecutor, Roberto Zannotti, responded
to Fittipaldi's objection, arguing that the trial is not meant to infringe on
freedom of the press and is not about the
publication of documents, but that he was to "be held accountable"
for the illegal way he allegedly obtained the documents published in his book "Avarice."
five defendants were represented by Vatican court-appointed attorneys. Msgr.
Vallejo Balda, Chaouqui, and Nuzzi requested the Vatican's appellate court to
allow them to be represented by their own lawyers. However, shortly after the
proceedings, Nuzzi tweeted that the appellate court denied his request.
told the pool reporters present in the courtroom, "We are not martyrs, we
are journalists," who were just doing their job and that certain
principles needed to be upheld.
Dalla Torre, head of the tribunal for the Vatican City State, along with three
Vatican judges deliberated about the introductory motions privately for 45
minutes. The judges overruled Fittipaldi and Bellardini's objections and
scheduled the next trial date for Nov. 30.
Vatican judges said Msgr. Vallejo Balda would be the first to take the stand,
followed by Chaouqui and the other defendants over the course of a week.
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IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Personal OrdiBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After consultation with the governing
council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis
named Msgr. Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the ordinariate, which
serves former Anglicans living in full communion with the Roman Catholic
The appointment of Bishop-designate Lopes, 40, was announced
by the Vatican Nov. 24 along with the announcement that Pope Francis had
accepted the resignation of Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, 63, who had led the
ordinariate since its establishment by Pope Benedict XVI Jan. 1, 2012.
"This is the happy outcome of much careful consultation
with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to whom I first made this
request almost a year ago," Msgr. Steenson said in a statement posted on
the ordinariate's website. "I welcome this news with all my heart, for the
ordinariate has now progressed to the point where a bishop is much needed for
our life and mission."The personal ordinariate, similar to a diocese, serves
parishes in the United States and Canada. Its offices are in Houston, Texas.Msgr. Steenson was ineligible to become a bishop because he
is married. After 28 years of ministry in the Church of England and in the
Episcopal Church in the United States, he and his wife were received into the
Catholic Church in 2007. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest two years
Bishop-designate Lopes, who was ordained a priest for the
Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2001, has worked at the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith since 2005. And since 2012 he has served as secretary of
the Vatican's "Anglicanae Traditiones" commission, which was
responsible for developing "Divine Worship," the new missal for use
in the personal ordinariates. The missal combines elements of the Catholic and
Anglican liturgical traditions.
Although Bishop-designate Lopes was not raised in the
Anglican tradition, Msgr. Steenson said he had worked so closely with former
Anglicans and with the establishment of the ordinariates for them that "there
is no one who knows better" the personal stories of those who joined the
Catholic Church and the history of the creation of the ordinariates for
Anglicans who wanted to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic
Church while maintaining elements of their Anglican heritage and liturgy.
Bishop-designate Lopes was born April 22, 1975, in Fremont,
California. He studied philosophy at the University of San Francisco and at
Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck. He did his seminary studies at St.
Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and in Rome at the Pontifical
North American College. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical
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IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob RollerBy Carol ZimmermannDERWOOD,
Md. (CNS) –- Dorothy Day's granddaughter Martha Hennessy looks a little like
her grandmother with her pulled-back white hair, and although she is soft
spoken, she likely sounds just like her activist grandmother, too, when talking
about helping the poor and promoting peace.
spoke about such topics and the influence and memories of her grandmother, who
is a candidate for sainthood, at a morning talk Nov. 21 in the church basement of
St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood.
observations, to a group of about 50 people sitting at long cafeteria tables, were
not just sentimental musings but challenges, stressing, for example, that Catholics
have a responsibility to respond to violence, poverty and wars.
also spoke candidly about her grandmother, noting that even though Day was
quoted as saying: "Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so
easily," she is pretty sure her grandmother is "great with the idea"
said the church needs Day's example as a laywoman, mother and grandmother who
lived her faith intentionally.
60, is one of Day's nine grandchildren. Seven are still living. Her mother,
Tamar, Day's only child, died in 2008. Hennessy, who has three children and
five grandchildren, has distinct childhood memories of Day who died in 1980 but
she also remembers her as an adult since she was 25, and was raising her
2-year-old son, when her grandmother died.
influence on Hennessy, 60, is palpable. "She has played a role in every
decision in my life," Hennessy told the group.
first memory of Day is when she was 3, at her home sitting on her grandmother's
lap and listening to her tell a story.
were all enthralled when she came," Hennessy said, adding: "I believe
that was my first awareness of the presence of God being that close to her
heart and hearing her voice resonate in her chest."
remembers how her grandmother was sustained by prayer: saying the rosary,
attending daily Mass and reading the lives of the saints. She also found her
spiritual path living in communion with the poor.
a retired occupational therapist who lives in Vermont, also spends a good deal
of time living with the poor by volunteering at the Catholic Worker Maryhouse
in East Village, a New York City neighborhood, where she cooks, washes dishes
and answers the door and the phone, or as she puts it: what she would do at
home. She also has visited war-torn regions to meet and speak with people and
has been arrested a handful of times for acts of civil disobedience protesting
war, drone use and pollutants.
experience at the Catholic Worker houses of hospitality -- a movement founded
by her grandmother and Peter Maurin -- always pushes her beyond herself, she
said, which she described as part of the blessings of the homes.
can't isolate ourselves from the poor," she said.
with the poor, she added, is the only way to know what they experience on a
daily basis. "It places us in solidarity with them and is the only way we
can begin to understand the injustices they experience."
others is no doubt in Hennessy's DNA, as is her Catholicism, but her
involvement with the church is something she has only returned to in the past
10 years. It's been a journey, she told the group at the Maryland suburban church.
days she gives about a dozen talks a year at colleges or parishes, talking
about her grandmother and the legacy she left behind.
before her visit to the parish, Hennessy attended the U.S. bishops' annual fall
general assembly in Baltimore representing The Catholic Worker newspaper as one
of its editors. Just three years ago at the meeting, the bishops, by voice
vote, endorsed Day's sainthood cause, which was opened in 2000 and she was
given the title of "servant of God."
a news briefing at this year's meeting, Hennessy asked if the bishops would
condemn the possibility of escalating war with Syria after the recent attacks
in Paris. Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is president
of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops would approach the
current situation in the church's tradition of just-war theory, which among
other criteria asks whether the damage inflicted by the aggressor is "lasting,
grave and certain" and examines whether all other means to ending the
aggression "impractical or ineffective."
Kurtz said the bishops would be in union with the pope's view and also "see
war is not a solution to problems."
reminded the bishops that two months earlier Pope Francis singled out her
grandmother as one of four Americans who had made the country better in his
speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. Besides Day, he mentioned the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Trappist Father Thomas Merton.
Hennessy said three of the four names he mentioned were pacifists who favored
when the pope was making this address, Hennessy
was in the middle of a three day fast and vigil across the street from the
United Nations with a group advocating their solidarity with the pope's
messages about caring for the poor and the environment.
She attended the pope's Mass at
Madison Square Garden in New York which she said she is still trying to
process. "It wasn't the best venue, but his holy presence was still felt
there in that huge space," she said.
told the parish group, many of whom were more than familiar with her
grandmother's works and writings, that she said what needed to be said at the
bishops' meeting, but it wasn't something that fell on her shoulders alone.
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IMAGE: CNS/ReutersBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The educational alliance among families,
schools and states is broken, causing a serious situation that leads to
selecting to educate only "supermen" chosen solely based on
intelligence or wealth, Pope Francis said.
"Behind this, there is always the ghost of money -- always,"
he said. Education has become "too selective and elitist. It seems
that only those people or persons who are at a certain level or have a certain
capacity have the right to an education."
The pope held an impromptu question-and-answer session Nov.
21 during an audience with more than 2,000 participants in a conference marking
the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Christian Education
and the 25th anniversary of "Ex Corde Ecclesiae," St. John Paul II's apostolic constitution
on Catholic universities.
Taking questions from administrators and faculty members,
the pope spoke about Catholic identity in education and warned about
the dangers of exclusion and educating within "the walls" of a
selective and safe culture.
Zappala, headmaster of Milan's Gonzaga Institute, asked the pope what
makes a school "truly Christian." Christian education, the pope
responded, is not just about providing catechesis, but requires educating
children and young people "in human values," particularly the value
Educating that is too focused on the tangible and ignores
the spiritual dimension of existence is "the biggest crisis" facing
Christian education, he said. "We must prepare hearts so the Lord can
manifest himself," which requires an education that strives to reflect
"the fullness of humanity that has this dimension of transcendence,"
Spanish Lasallian Christian Brother Juan Antonio Ojeda, a professor at the University of Malaga, asked
the pope how educators can foster a culture of encounter and restore the broken
bonds among schools, families and society.
The pope said Catholic educators must overcome a tendency of
being selective and must work to restore the broken "educational
alliance" among families, schools and society, which tends to place profit
"This is a shameful global reality," the pope said.
"It is a reality that leads us toward a human selectivity that, instead of
bringing people together, it distances them; it distances the rich from the
poor; it distances one culture from another."
Educators, he continued, "are among the worst-paid
workers: what does this mean? It means that the state simply has no interest.
If it did, things wouldn't go that way. The educational alliance is broken. And
this is our job, to find new paths."
The pope called on both families and educators to take
"reasonable risks" in educating children and youth, helping them to
When asked how Catholic schools could contribute to building
peace in the world, the pope called on them to educate the poor and the
marginalized even if that meant cutting the staff at some of their schools in
"They have something that youth from rich neighborhoods
do not through no fault of their own, but it is a sociological reality: they
have the experience of survival, of cruelty, of hunger, of injustice. They have
a wounded humanity. And I think about the fact that our salvation comes from
the wounds of a man injured on the cross," he said.
Pope Francis also gave the participants a homework
assignment: to think about how to fulfill the corporal and spiritual works of
mercy through education.
"Think about it in this Year of Mercy: is mercy just
about giving alms or how can I do the works of mercy in education?" he
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