Thursday, December 12, 2013

Five Things To Remember On Dec. 12

1. Pope Francis issued his first message for the World Day of Peace, which is Jan. 1. He says, " In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced." Bishops Richard Pates welcomed the message today.

2. Pope Francis has named Father Joseph R. Kopacz, 63, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton and pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania, as bishop of Jackson, Mississippi, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Latino,76, from the pastoral governance of the Jackson diocese. The pope also named Msgr. Michael J. Sis, 53, vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as bishop of San Angelo, Texas, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Pfeifer, 76, from the pastoral governance of the San Angelo diocese. Read more about the new bishops.

3. Today is the first anniversary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sending out the first tweet from the @Pontifex account.

4. The USCCB's Committee on Migration designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking.

5. God loves you.

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