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Boko Haram Suffers Setback; Refugees Return Home

Rome, April 17, 2015

“It is all up to God—it’s not up to us to avenge and take retribution.” That’s the message proclaimed by Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, Nigeria, one of the dioceses heaviest hit by the deadly raids of Boko Haram.

Over the past few weeks, a strike force of the Nigerian army joined by troops from Chad and Cameroon has reclaimed several Nigerian towns that had been occupied Boko Haram, allowing the first refugees to return home. Their pastoral care is the bishop’s primary concern as he…

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Humiliation Isn’t a Masochism, But an Imitation of Christ

Rome, April 17, 2015

Humiliation is not masochism, but rather a path of imitating Jesus in His Suffering. These are the words of Pope Francis during his homily today at Casa Santa Marta.

According to Vatican Radio, the Pope began his homily reflecting on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, in which a Pharisee by the name of Gamaliel who called on the members of the Sanhedrin to allow the Apostles to preach. …

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New Widgets to Our Web Site

Our web site just got a little more exciting! We added four new widgets to help you stay connected to out Facebook pages. You can connect right to the St Joseph, St Mary, YCIA and the Madonna Renewal Center Facebook pages. In fact, you might not even have to leave our web site to get the information you are looking for. The widget allows you to  scroll through and read what was posted more recently from the small window on the right side of the screen. Check it out!

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Doctrinal Congregation and LCWR Release Joint Final Report

Rome, April 16, 2015

A joint final report by officials at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was presented today. The report implements the CDF’s Doctrinal Assessment and Mandate published in April 2012. …

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Cardinal Francis George Dies

“Along with the faithful of the Diocese of Rockford, I join with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the church in the United States in offering my prayers for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Francis George.

“Cardinal George has played a unique role in the life of the church in the United States and the world. The gifts of his faith, his intellect, his strong leadership and vast experience, combined with his joy and love for the church, have served as an inspiration and a witness throughout his priesthood.

“I had the joy of working closely with Cardinal George especially during his years as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and for that reason it was a special privilege that he was the principal consecrator on the day of my ordination and installation as Bishop of Rockford.

“Cardinal George combined greatness with simplicity in all he did and I pray he may now be enjoying the fullness of eternal life in the kingdom of Christ to whom he dedicated himself so fully.”

Bishop David J Malloy

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New Confessional Finished

Confessional 2The new confessional in St Mary Church was finally completed Tuesday night. With the help of many different parishioners and many long hours, we are now ready to use the new facility for the redemption of souls. Continue reading

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Rome, April 15, 2015 ( Staff Reporter | 129 hits

Rome, April 15, 2015

A year after the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the leader of the country’s bishops said there is still hope that they will be returned.

“Our thoughts go to the girls and their families,” said Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, president of the Episcopal Conference of Nigeria, as reported by Fides. …


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