Feeds Media Cova - a network of artists and artisans building Catholic culture http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds.html Mon, 03 Aug 2015 02:27:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cardinal William Levada on upcoming Papal Visit to United States http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4113-cardinal-william-levada-on-upcoming-papal-visit-to-united-states.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4113-cardinal-william-levada-on-upcoming-papal-visit-to-united-states.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will be visiting Cuba and the United States from September 19th to the 28th. The final stop of his trip will be the World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Philadelphia.

Cardinal William Levada is the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and served as the Archbishop of San Francisco, California, from  1995 to 2005.

He spoke to Vatican Radio about the upcoming papal visit.


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Pope Francis offers condolences after Mexico tragedy http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4114-pope-francis-offers-condolences-after-mexico-tragedy.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4114-pope-francis-offers-condolences-after-mexico-tragedy.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his condolences after the tragedy on Wednesday in the town of Mazapil, Mexico, where a truck with defective brakes hit a religious procession, killing 27 people, and injuring hundreds of others.

In a telegram to the Bishop of Zacatecas, Sigifredo Noriega Barceló, the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said Pope Francis was “greatly saddened” when he learned the news of the tragic accident, and “offers prayers for the eternal repose of those who died.”

“In addition,” the telegram continues, “The Holy Father offers his own condolences to the families of the deceased, along with words of comfort, closeness, and wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured, and, at the same time, he cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a sign of hope in the Risen Lord.”

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U.S. Church calls on Congress to ensure fair minimum wage http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4115-us-church-calls-on-congress-to-ensure-fair-minimum-wage.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4115-us-church-calls-on-congress-to-ensure-fair-minimum-wage.html

(Vatican Radio) U.S. Catholic leaders have called on Congress to ensure that the federal minimum wage is raised to “improve the financial security of millions of American families”. In a letter, dated July 28th, Bishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Sr Donna Markham, President of Catholic Charities USA, note that a full-time worker, currently earning the federal minimum wage, “does not make enough to raise a child free from poverty”.

As pastors and service providers, they say they see how each year “it becomes more difficult for low-wage workers to make ends meet”.  Quoting from Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Centesimus Annus, they stress that society and the State must guarantee wage levels “adequate for the maintenance of the worker and his family”, as well as ensuring “adequate legislative measures” to stop exploitation of the most vulnerable. Protecting low-wage workers and promoting their ability to form and nurture families, the two Catholic leaders insist, are shared responsibilities and critical to building a more equitable society

Please find below the full text of the letter from Sr Donna Markham and Bishop Thomas Wenski

July 28, 2015

Dear Representative/Senator:

On behalf of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA, we write to lift up the struggles of low-wage workers and their families. We urge you to advance legislation and policies that would ensure fair and just wages for all workers, and in doing so improve the financial security of millions of American families.

An economy thrives only when it is centered on the dignity and well-being of the workers and families in it. As pastors and service providers, we see every day the consequences when society fails to honor this priority. A full-year, full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage does not make enough to raise a child free from poverty. Because the federal minimum wage is a static number and does not change, each year it becomes more difficult for low-wage workers to make ends meet. This leads to increased demand for Charities’ services and reliance on the social safety net to make ends meet. Indeed, recent research suggests that about three-fourths (73 percent) of those who receive public benefits come from working families, meaning they or a family member is employed.

Saint John Paul II pointed out, “society and the State must ensure wage levels adequate for the maintenance of the worker and his family, including a certain amount for savings. This requires a continuous effort to improve workers' training and capability so that their work will be more skilled and productive, as well as careful controls and adequate legislative measures to block shameful forms of exploitation, especially to the disadvantage of the most vulnerable workers. . . (Centesimus Annus, no. 15).

Protecting low-wage workers and promoting their ability to form and nurture families are shared responsibilities and critical to building a more equitable society. One way Congress can contribute to this shared work of promoting the common good is by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability.


Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski

Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development

Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D.

President of  Catholic Charities USA

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Pope Francis' prayer intentions for August http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4116-pope-francis-prayer-intentions-for-august.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4116-pope-francis-prayer-intentions-for-august.html Vatican City, 31 July 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for August is: “That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbours to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society”.

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The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization adds events to the schedule With Francis during the Year of Mercy http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4117-the-pontifical-council-for-promoting-the-new-evangelization-adds-events-to-the-schedule-with-francis-during-the-year-of-mercy.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4117-the-pontifical-council-for-promoting-the-new-evangelization-adds-events-to-the-schedule-with-francis-during-the-year-of-mercy.html A prayer vigil to “dry the tears” of those who are suffering and in need of consoling. A visit to a hostel and moment for penance. 

These are a few examples of the events which the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization has added to their calendar of events for the extraordinary Holy Year on the website www.im.va. These meetings, in which Pope Francis will participate, will involve families, pilgrimage organizers, parish priests and rectors of shrines, members of the Roman Curia, of the Governorate of Vatican City State and other Holy See institutions, teenagers, deacons, catechists and inmates. In addition to the detailed agenda of these special days, the dicastery has announced that in order to promote pilgrimages there will be a series of jubilee audiences with the Pope which will be held on 12 Saturdays from January to November 2016.

These new additions to the calendar of the Jubilee of Mercy were conceived of as moments of awareness and welcome, demonstrating that no one is excluded from divine mercy. The Jubilee — which opens on 8 December 2015, the Feast of Christ the King — intends to show the world the abundance of divine mercy. From the opening of the Holy Door to its closing, the Pontiff will perform several signs of the jubilee bearing witness to corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Many of the larger events will be held over several days in order to offer the possibility reflection and further involvement in the path to conversion that the Gospel calls for. The Pope will participate in moments of prayer, liturgical celebrations and Eucharistic adoration.

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Calendar for the Jubilee of Mercy http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4118-calendar-for-the-jubilee-of-mercy.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4118-calendar-for-the-jubilee-of-mercy.html

(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization has published a calendar of "Great Events with Pope Francis" which will take place during the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy.

Listen to Christopher Wells' report:

The Jubilee will begin Tuesday 8 December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, with the opening of the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica. The following Sunday, 13 December, the Third Sunday of Advent, Holy Doors will be opened at the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran and in Cathedrals around the world.

Highlights of the Jubilee include the sending forth of the Missionaries of Mercy on Ash Wednesday, 10 February, and World Youth Day, which will take place in Krakow, Poland from 26-31 July. The theme of next year’s World Youth Day is “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).

Special jubilee days throughout the year are dedicated to groups of people in the Church, including Jubilees for Consecrated Life, for young children, for the sick, and for catechists. There will also be a Marian jubilee on the Saturday and Sunday following the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The Jubilee of Mercy will conclude with the closing of the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on Sunday 20 November.

The full schedule can be found on the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy.

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People of Washington, DC, asked to WalkwithFrancis http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4107-people-of-washington-dc-asked-to-walkwithfrancis.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4107-people-of-washington-dc-asked-to-walkwithfrancis.html

(Vatican Radio) The Archdiocese of Washington has issued a challenge ahead of the arrival of Pope Francis on September 22, 2015, for his first visit to the United States.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, has invited his flock to share their joy in their Catholic faith by taking the Walk with Francis Pledge.

“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his infectious joy,” Cardinal Wuerl wrote on his blog.  “What is striking to me is that in his actions we see the source of his joy. He loves sharing God’s love with others. His words, his gestures, his preaching teach us how to imitate Christ who is the human manifestation of God, the Father.”

The Walk with Francis Pledge invites the people of the Archdiocese to Pray, Serve, and Act:

  • Pray regularly for the Holy Father and learn about the message of the joy of the Gospel, the mercy of God and the love of Christ.
  • Serve by reaching out and caring for those in need and supporting charitable efforts in our community and beyond.
  • Act to promote human life and dignity, justice and peace, family life and religious freedom, care for creation and the common good.

“It is hard to imagine a more perfect gift to present to our Holy Father than the promise that those most in need of prayer and healing, compassion and hope will be touched by Christ’s love by all of us who have taken the Walk with Francis Pledge,” wrote Cardinal Wuerl.

“While touching those most in need of our love, I can also assure our Holy Father that we will be praying for him, for his ministry and for the Church, that all pledge takers will grow in love of God and others,” he concluded.

People can share their pledge on social media with the hashtag #WalkwithFrancis

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Pope Francis "saddened" by death of Cardinal Baum http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4108-pope-francis-aquotsaddenedaquot-by-death-of-cardinal-baum.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4108-pope-francis-aquotsaddenedaquot-by-death-of-cardinal-baum.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram expressing his sadness upon the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.

In his message to the current Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Holy Father offered his “heartfelt condolences, together with the assurance of my prayers, to you and to all the faithful of the Archdiocese.”

Pope Francis also expressed his gratitude for Cardinal Baum’s service to the Church, both in diocesan leadership, as well as his various duties in the Vatican.

The full text of the telegram from Pope Francis is below


His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Archbishop of Washington


I was saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, and I offer my heartfelt condolences, together with the assurance of my prayers, to you and to all the faithful of the Archdiocese.  With gratitude for the late Cardinal’s years of episcopal service in Springfield-Cape Girardeau and in Washington, and for his long service to the Apostolic See as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and subsequently Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, I join you in commending the late Cardinal’s soul to God the Father of mercies.  To all present at the Mass of Christian Burial and to all who mourn Cardinal Baum in the hope of the Resurrection, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and consolation in the Lord.

                                                                                                                             FRANCISCUS PP.

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Pope Francis sends message to AIDS conference http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4109-pope-francis-sends-message-to-aids-conference.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4109-pope-francis-sends-message-to-aids-conference.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his “esteem” for the work and dedication treating HIV/AIDS requires in a message to the  six thousand participants in the Opening Session of the International AIDS Society’s 8th Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, Canada.

The message was sent through the Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

In the message, Pope Francis gave thanks for the lives saved by Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Treatment (HAART) and for the use of “Treatment as Prevention” and noted that such efforts “give witness to the possibilities for beneficial outcome when all sectors of society unite in common purpose.”

Finally, he assured the participants of his prayers “that all advances in pharmacology, treatment, and research will be matched by a firm commitment to promote the integral development of each person as a beloved child of God.”

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Archbishop Okoth of Kisumu (Kenya): Obama is one of us http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4110-archbishop-okoth-of-kisumu-kenya-obama-is-one-of-us.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4110-archbishop-okoth-of-kisumu-kenya-obama-is-one-of-us.html

The Archbishop of Kisumu Archdiocese, Zacchaeus Okoth has spoken to MISNA, the Missionary Service News Agency, about Obama’s visit to his ancestral home in Kenya.

“Young, intelligent, it was evident that he would go places. Now that he is the President of the United States we still feel he is one of us and we welcome him with open arms,” Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth said to MISNA as he reminisced about a meeting and a handshake outside the home of Mama Sarah in 2006.

In 2006, Barack Obama landed at the Kisumu airport on Lake Victoria. With Archbishop Okoth and Obama’s step grandmother, who yesterday, Friday at the age of 94 flew to Nairobi to say “Nyakwara”, “grandson” in the Luo language, had then gone to his father's village of Kogelo.

Kogelo is a village inhabited by 4,000, just Kim from Lake Victoria and 300Km west of Nairobi. Archbishop Okoth remembers the young successful Illinois senator then headed towards the democratic primaries that two years later would throw open the doors of the White House. “Since his visit everything changed in Kogelo: Maybe also thanks to Obama there are now tarmac roads and electric power,” explained the Archbishop. The people of Kogelo today are however a little more anxious. “There is no mention in the programme of a visit to Kogelo, and the US Ambassador to Kenya excluded a surprise visit,” said Archbishop Okoth.

The people however have not lost hope in a President “who is one of us.”

“No matter what CNN says with its coverage describing the country as a 'hotbed of terrorism,' Kenyans are simply enthusiastic: They believe Obama will help them fight al Shabaab, a Somalia-based militant Islamist group as well as help build a future of development,” stressed the Archbishop.

Obama is in Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He has since addressed the business summit and praised Africa's economic and business potential.

The BBC quoted Obama as saying, "Africa is on the move... People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up (and) the middle class is growing," Obama told a business summit.

(Source: MISNA, BBC)

Email: engafrica@vatiradio.va

(from Vatican Radio)

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