Vatican to host 'summit' on climate change, development
The focus of the workshop, with more than 60 environmental experts invited, will be the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable development. "The desired outcome is a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people -- especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations," said a statement by organizers.
Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer
By retiring in 2014, Cardinal George accomplished what he often joked was his aspiration, to be the first cardinal-archbishop of Chicago to step down from the job, rather than dying in office, as his predecessors had. In the last few months the archdiocese had issued a series of press releases about changes in Cardinal George's health status as it declined. At an event Jan. 30 where he received an award from the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal George spoke frankly about living with terminal illness, saying that his doctors had exhausted the options for treating his disease and that he was receiving palliative care.
Pope thanks Papal Foundation for support (Scroll down for English)
The Pontiff thanked the Papal Foundation for its support of various charitable initiatives, particularly the education of seminarians from poor mission dioceses, and expressed hope that during the Jubilee of Mercy, the Foundation’s members experience the “healing and freedom that come from the encounter of forgiveness and gratuitous love offered in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.”
Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome
Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him. The Pope will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra, set to be held at the Pontifical North American College, according to the program sent out with invitations to the event.
Playing organ for New York teams is sports heaven for church musician
In addition to his parish duties, Paul Cartier plays the organ for Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the National Hockey League's New York Islanders. With baseball season and hockey's postseason underway, Cartier is a busy man, driving between his home in South Hempstead and his jobs at Our Lady of Hope in Carle Place, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.
Getting married? Want to stay married? These Catholics can help
First, learn what love – the heart of marriage – really means, said a group of lay Catholics and theologians who have produced a marriage prep video series. “Many married couples don’t know what love really is. They don’t know how to love. They don’t know what marriage is and they don’t know of the real graces that are present to them in the sacrament to help in their marriage and family life,” Dr. Edward Sri of the Denver-based Augustine Institute said in an April 8 conference call.