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Pledge to pray daily Rosary draws 80,000 signatures

Boston, Mass., Jan 6, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 80,000 people have pledged to pray the Rosary daily, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI.

Father John Phalen, C.S.C., president of the Massachusetts-based Holy Cross Family Ministries, presented a book recording their pledges to the Pope in December during the Ecclesia in America international congress at the Vatican.

Fr. Phalen said the presentation was “a special opportunity.”

“It was an honor to present His Holiness with the book and ask his apostolic blessing on our ministry,” he said Jan. 3 statement.

The book contains the names of those from around the world who have pledged to pray the Rosary daily.

“There are even pledges in languages we can’t understand, like some of those from India and Bangladesh,” Fr. Phalen said.

Family Rosary, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, marked its 70th anniversary in 2012. It collected the pledges as part of its campaign to gave out free rosaries to those who agreed to pray the Rosary daily. Many participants pledged to say the Rosary with their families.

The ministry asked participants in the campaign to pray for peace in accord with the wishes of the Virgin Mary. They are encouraged to post a pledge card in their homes to remind them of their promise.

The rosary campaign was begun in 1991 by Family Rosary founder Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

Fr. Peyton, known as the “Rosary Priest,” famously used the catchphrase “the family that prays together, stays together.” He drew inspiration from his father, who gathered his family to pray every evening.

Fr. Peyton founded Family Rosary in 1942 to help the family through prayer. He was one of the most influential American priests of the 20th century and pioneered Catholic evangelization in radio, movies, televisions and billboards. He died in 1992 and he is under consideration for sainthood .

Holy Cross Family Ministries employs 30 Holy Cross religious and about 125 laypeople worldwide. It has offices in 17 countries and provides rosaries to everyone who asks. The ministry, which is supported by free will donations, has given away more than 20 million rosaries.

San Francisco police officers honored for saving life of newborn

San Francisco, Calif., Jan 6, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Quick thinking by two San Francisco police officers, who drove a dying newborn to the hospital in the front seat of their patrol car, is credited with saving the baby’s life.

Officers Steve Gritsch and Matt Cloud are “absolute genuine heroes,” said Police Chief Greg Suhr. “Baby boy Nash is alive today because of the quick thinking of these officers.”
Gritsch performed CPR holding the newborn on his lap in the front seat of the car while his partner drove to San Francisco General Hospital, where an emergency room team was prepped and waiting.

“It was interesting in a small space and we were sliding around pretty good, but it worked out I guess,” said Gritsch, who had been an EMT and firefighter for about four years in the Santa Rosa area before joining the police department.

Gritsch is a five year veteran of the police department and Cloud has been a San Francisco police officer for seven years.

“We drove right up front and I kind of sprinted into the hospital and when we put him on the table he was kind of moving around. So I was pretty thrilled about that,” said Gritsch, who when asked, said he did not believe he had a chance of saving the child’s life.

Baby boy Nash was stable and doing well at San Francisco General Hospital, police said. His mother, Nneka Nash, 39, faces one felony count of willful cruelty to a child and one misdemeanor count of failure to provide care to a child, said Stephanie Ong Stillman, district attorney spokesman.

The story began Dec. 12 when police got a 2 a.m. call of a bleeding baby at Third and McKinnon streets in the Bayview District of San Francisco, where a woman had handed the baby to a man on the street and disappeared, police said.

“We pulled up – some guy hands me a bloody jacket and it was all closed up and I open it up and there’s a blue baby in there. It wasn’t breathing so I began CPR on him and then we just kind of sprinted for our patrol car and hopped in and he drove,” said Gritsch.

“There was no movement, no screaming, no crying, no puffing of the chest. I didn’t think he was breathing,” said Cloud at a press conference Dec. 17 at the Bayview police station.

Cloud watched his partner take the baby to the Muni platform to do CPR. Both men have young children. Gritsch has a child almost 2 and Cloud has a 1½-year-old and a 4-year-old.

“I knew it was possibly going to be 10 or 15 minutes before the baby got to the hospital and I really didn’t think the baby had any kind of chance at point of waiting that long. I knew in my head I wasn’t going to let that baby die on a Muni platform in the middle of the rain,” Cloud said.

Cloud called out his partner’s name, and said, “‘Hey, you want to take him, let’s go.’ His response was, ‘yeah, let’s go,’” Cloud said. “I hopped in the car and we took off and told dispatch if that ambulance catches us we’ll pull over.”

The men “couldn’t have been more quick-thinking,” said Suhr. “The baby had to get to the hospital if the baby was going to make it.”

“It’s a great Christmas story,” said San Francisco Police Commission President Thomas Mazzucco. “They were doing the Lord’s work.”

 Posted with permission from Catholic San Francisco, official newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
 

Pope says Epiphany shows universality of Jesus Christ

Vatican City, Jan 6, 2013 / 12:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said that the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the Feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is “the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.”

“The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the People of the New Covenant,” the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 6. “But this people, from the beginning, is universal; and we see this today in the figure of the Magi, who come to Bethlehem following the light of a star and the indications of the Sacred Scriptures.”

He said that Christmas shows the faith of the Virgin Mary, of Joseph and of the shepherds, while Epiphany shows “the faith of the Magi” who came from the East to adore the King of the Jews.

Pope Benedict explained that the Virgin Mary represents the “branch” of Israel and the remnant “foretold by the prophets, from which the Messiah will spring forth.”

In contrast, the Magi represent the people, “the civilizations, the cultures, the religions” that are “on the path to God, in search of his reign of peace, of justice, of truth, and of liberty.”

Mary embodies the “nucleus of Israel,” the people who “know and have faith in that God that was revealed to the Patriarchs.” Her faith is like that of Abraham, because it is “the new beginning of the same promise” that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The Pope added: “the light of Christ is so clear and strong that it makes the language of the cosmos and of the Scriptures intelligible, so that all those who, like the Magi, are open to the truth can recognize it and join in contemplating the Savior of the world.”

In English, he greeted pilgrims including the boys of the Palestrina Choir of Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. They had sung at the Sunday Mass of the Epiphany at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Benedict celebrated that Mass, during which he ordained three priests as bishops: Angelo Vincenzo Zani, who is named secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education; Fortunatus Nwachukwu, who is named the apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua; Georg Ganswein, the nominated Prefect of the Papal Household; and Nicholas Henry Marie Denis Thevenin, the nominated apostolic nuncio to Guatemala.

The Pope asked the faithful to pray for the new bishops and their respective ministries.

“May the new bishops be faithful successors of the Apostles, always bearing witness to Christ, who today reveals the face of God to the nations. May the Lord bless all of you and grant you his peace!” the Pope prayed.

Time magazine says pro-life advocates are winning

New York City, N.Y., Jan 5, 2013 / 05:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Time magazine cover story contends that pro-life advocates have been “winning the abortion war” through legislative successes, changes in public opinion and new ultrasound …

Tens of thousands pledge support for Hobby Lobby

Washington D.C., Jan 5, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- More than 64,000 people throughout the U.S. have signed up to support Hobby Lobby on Jan. 5 for risking millions of dollars in profit to follow its Christian principles.

A Facebook page dedicated to supporting the arts and crafts retailer called on “all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS Mandate’s unfair impositions” to support the company on Jan. 5 by shopping at either their local Hobby Lobby store or online.

The national arts and crafts retailer could face fines of $1.3 million per day for following its owners’ religious beliefs, which conflict with a federal mandate requiring employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraception – including some drugs that can cause early abortions – and sterilization.

The Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby holds moral objections to facilitating any type of abortion, including those caused by “morning after” and “week after” pills.

Although the mandate includes a narrow exemption for a small percentage of religious organizations, no conscience protection has been extended to non-religious companies such as Hobby Lobby that are owned by Christian individuals wishing to put their faith into practice.

More than 100 plaintiffs – including Hobby Lobby and its owners – have sued over the mandate, arguing that it violates the constitution’s guarantees of religious freedom.

The company was recently denied an injunction to temporarily block the mandate by both a district and appellate court, as well as by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has jurisdiction over emergency requests from the circuit where the lawsuit originated.

Having exhausted its legal recourse for an injunction, the company may proceed to argue its case in court but is not protected from the possibility of massive of fines while the lawsuit is pending.

Kyle Duncan, an attorney representing Hobby Lobby in court, said the company will continue providing employee health insurance without paying for the abortion-inducing drugs.

Founded in an Oklahoma garage by Evangelical David Green, Hobby Lobby has expanded to include 500 stores in over 40 states. However, despite this growth, it has remained a family business since its conception in 1972.

The Greens have previously explained that their Christian faith influences every aspect of their life, including their business decisions.

Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sundays – sacrificing millions of dollars in profit – in order to allow employees to rest and worship with their families.

Motivated by Christian principles, the company also donates significant amounts to charities around the world, provides minimum wage levels that are considerably above the federal requirement and takes out full-page newspaper ads on Christmas and Easter.

When the lawsuit was first announced, Green stated that his family “simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

Individuals who signed up to support the company showed enthusiasm about protecting religious liberty.

One participant encouraged Americans to be “proactive in the fight to retain religious freedom.”

“I don’t need anything from Hobby Lobby but I’ll be there and I’ll be purchasing something,” said another.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee threw his support behind the grassroots event, promoting it on his Facebook page and website.

“Hobby Lobby is a respected and very successful business that is privately owned by a family who have sought to honor God in their personal lives and in their business,” he wrote on Facebook on Jan. 3.

“Their generosity to missions, to the relief of poverty around the world, to Christian education, and to their employees is legendary and exemplifies the kind of business principle that should be applauded and appreciated,” Huckabee said. “Instead they are having to fight in court for the most basic American rights of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”

The former governor encouraged Americans to show their support for the Hobby Lobby and its owners, warning that “we will either stand together or fall together.”

Hanukkah celebration honors legacy of Pope John Paul II

San Antonio, Texas, Jan 5, 2013 / 01:08 pm (CNA).- For the 11th year, Catholics and Jews gathered together for a special joint Hanukkah celebration that has become a unique San Antonio tradition.

On Dec. 13, about 500 members of both faiths filled th…

Church of England allows gay men to become bishops

London, England, Jan 4, 2013 / 06:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church of England has decided to permit gay male clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops, provided that they promise to be celibate.

“The House (of Bishops) believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church’s teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline,” Graham James, Anglican bishop of Norwich, stated Jan. 4.

“All candidates for the episcopate undergo a searching examination of personal and family circumstances, given the level of public scrutiny associated with being a bishop in the Church of England.”

The decision was published Dec. 20, and was made by the Church of England’s House of Bishops earlier that month.

Civil partnerships were introduced in the United Kingdom in 2005, at which time those in civil partnerships were allowed to become priests of the Church of England so long as they promised celibacy.

The Church of England holds that clergy “cannot claim the liberty to enter into sexually active homophile relationships,” according to a 1991 document “Issues in Human Sexuality.”

The Church of England teaches that “sexual intercourse…properly belongs within marriage exclusively” and that marriage is “between a man and a woman,” according to its 2005 statement on civil partnerships.

The Church of England’s new policy is the result of controversy surrounding Jeffery John, a priest of the church who is gay.

In 2003 he was appointed bishop of Reading, but was forced to withdraw. Then in 2010 he was nominated for bishop of Southwark but was rejected because of his sexual orientation. He has been in a civil partnership since 2006, and maintains that his relationship is celibate.

The move has drawn criticism from both Anglo-Catholic and evangelical factions within the Church of England, who in November successfully opposed plans to allow women bishops in the church.

Rod Thomas is chairman of the evangelical group Reform, and told the BBC that the decision is a grave one and will further split the Anglican Communion.

“It would be much more divisive than what we have seen over women bishops. If you thought that was a furore, wait to see what will happen the first time a bishop in a civil partnership is appointed.”

Gay advocates within in the Church of England greeted the announcement with mixed reviews. Colin Coward, a Church of England priest and director of the group, Changing Attitude, stated that the celibacy requirement was a poor one.

“Jesus, the Holy Spirit, advocates deeply loving faithful committed relationships in which people express their love sexually, and that is Biblical teaching,” he said, according to the BBC.

Bishop Fellay: Jews, Masons, and Modernists are ‘enemies of the Church’

New Hamburg, Canada, Jan 4, 2013 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, mentioned Jews as “enemies of the Church” in a recent address reviewing the situation of the group as it considered full communion with Rome this past year.

“Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would recognize the Society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons, the Modernists,” Bishop Fellay, superior general of the society, said during a talk Dec. 28 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel in New Hamburg, Ontario.

The comment was made in passing during the wide-ranging address, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

The Society of St. Pius X was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1970 as a response to what he described as errors that had crept into the Church following the Second Vatican Council. Its relations with the Vatican became strained in 1988 when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops without the permission of Pope John Paul II.

Since Benedict XVI became the Pope, talks to reconcile the society with the Church have intensified, with a particular increase in 2012. However, the discussions seem to have broken down over the summer.

Speaking about this impasse, Bishop Fellay said that groups “outside the Church, who were clearly during centuries, were enemies of the Church,” expressed opposition to the reconciliation of the traditionalist society with the Catholic Church. His reference to “groups” seems to have been a reference his earlier mention of “the Jews, the Masons, the Modernists.”

The bishop said that 2012 saw trials “extended to almost the whole Society,” an experience he worried could mean “some people have then lost the trust in the authority.”

Bishop Fellay said that the society has received mixed signals from Rome, and that talks eventually broke down with accusations of the Pius X Society being “Protestants,” and of Roman Catholics being “Modernists.”

The group’s position, according to Bishop Fellay, is that the portions of the Second Vatican Council are “opposed to what the Church has always taught” must be rejected. He said that Pope Benedict’s “hermeneutic of continuity” is untenable because the council documents are in places “contrary” or “opposed to Tradition.”

But Bishop Fellay said that he remains hopeful for the situation in the long-term, even if reconciliation will not be possible in the near future.

“The situation is not desperate, no. It’s not worse than before … there’s some hope. I don’t think for right for now, but for us, we just continue.”

We must “continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray the Rosary,” Bishop Fellay concluded.

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U.K. Anglican Ordinariate Given ‘Beautiful’ London Parish

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LONDON — The Archdiocese of Westminster has designated the historic Our Lady of the Assumption parish in London to a group of former Anglicans who have joined the Church and are known as an ordinariate.

“I hope that the …

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