US Bishops Defend the Poor as Priority for the Federal Budget
WASHINGTON D.C.— The U.S. bishops have urged Congress to ensure that budget cuts don't unfairly affect the poor.
In a call for action, the Bishops encourage the faithful to call their Senators and tell them:
• Many proposals under discussion fail the moral criteria of Catholic social teaching to advance the common good and the Constitutional requirement to promote the general welfare.
• Poor and vulnerable people didn’t cause our budget deficit. Don’t make them pay for it.
• As the final bill is negotiated, shared sacrifice should guide spending cuts, not disproportionate cuts in programs that serve poor persons at home or abroad.
• Responsible leadership for the common good is needed to avert a government shutdown that would most negatively impact those with the least resources
Pope Appoints Auxiliary Bishop to Cincinnati
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Joseph Binzer, 55, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and pastor of St. Louis Parish in Cincinnati, as an auxiliary bishop for the Cincinnati Archdiocese.
Bishop-elect Joseph R. Binzer was born April 26, 1955, in Cincinnati, and ordained a priest for the Cincinnati Archdiocese in 1994. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University (Ohio), a Master of Divinity degree from Mount St. Mary’s of the West Seminary, and a Licentiate in Canon Law from The Catholic University of America.
Holy Week and Beatification to Be Broadcasted
VATICAN CITY—This year, in addition to the traditional Holy Week and Easter liturgies, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications will also broadcast the beatification ceremonies of Pope John Paul II.
There will be three seasonal global broadcasts: the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum on Good Friday, April 22; the Easter Sunday Mass immediately followed by the Message and Blessing “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) from St. Peter’s Square on April 24; and the Holy Mass and Beatification of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II on May 1, also from St. Peter’s Square.
A U.S. domestic satellite distribution will be used by the Vatican for its two worldwide broadcasts on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to allow local television networks and outlets to pick up the broadcasts. The Vatican offers this service free of charge to all broadcasters through Eurovision World Feed.
Television commentary in English, Spanish and French will be provided on satellite audio channels. Commentary in other languages may be available from Vatican Radio via ISDN.
Additionally, all other Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations will be made available free of charge to Catholic broadcasters in Europe and the Americas.
Don’t miss out. Make sure to check the EWTN schedule. Their live broadcasting is also available online.
Creativity: Parishes Donate Communion Outfits
BRAINTREE—Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston found a creative way to curb the effects of financial hardship. They are accepting donated apparel -- lightly-used white dresses and boy's suits -- for families of first communicants who are in need.
Parishioners have welcomed the idea. The parishes already received a number of donations for this year's first Communions. A few of the donated outfits are brand-new.
Donation of items for boys is especially rare and the parish is also accepting monetary donation for shoes.
Does your parish have a similar program?
Cardinals Meet Up in Phoenix
Twenty U.S. cardinals will visit the Phoenix Diocese next month to participate in the Cardinals’ Dinner, a scholarship fundraiser for The Catholic University of America.
The May 6 event begins with a 4 p.m. Mass at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish, followed by a reception, dinner and program at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.
Organizers hope to raise much needed-scholarship funds as well as increase local Catholics’ awareness of CUA.
CUA sits on a 193-acre campus in Washington, D.C. and is home to 12 schools and 21 research facilities. The school offers more than 70 bachelor’s programs, including theology, nursing, engineering, canon law and music, along with graduate and master’s degree programs.
Traders and other professionals -- roughly a group of 50 people – at the Chicago Board of Trade meet weekly for a Bible study to help them live their faith in the marketplace.
Participants reported trying to apply God’s wisdom on their financial deals. They seek peace over profit.
The Bible study teaches Christianity from a Jewish perspective.
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