Thursday, May 22, 2014

Five Things To Remember On May 22

1. Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore looks at the impact of Pope Francis' trip to the Holy Land on the Palestinians, saying, "I doubt the Palestinians are looking for any grand breakthrough in the stalled Middle East negotiations, but they are looking for a visit from their father at a time when hope seems to be escaping their grasp. The Pope’s visit will not only give hope to the Palestinians but hope to the Israelis and all people who truly seek the Peace of Jerusalem. "

3. In case you missed the rest of the series of blogs looking forward to Pope Francis' trip to the Holy Land, here's your chance to catch up on the whole series by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bishop Richard Pates, Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Bishop Madden, you can read them now. Listen to Bishop Pates on Vatican Radio talking about the visit as well.

3.  Responding to the ruling by the federal court in Oregon striking down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment and the ruling by the federal court in Pennsylvania striking down portions of that state’s domestic relations code, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said, “We stand in solidarity with the Oregon and Pennsylvania Catholic Conferences and all the people of both states. These court decisions are travesties of justice.”

4. Today is the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea. On Saturday, Bishop J. Kevin Boland, bishop emeritus of Savannah, Georgia, and Apostleship of the Sea promoter will celebrate a Mass in observance of the day at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

5. God loves you.

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