Autumn is full of good things, as the year ripens and begins its slow decline into winter. Mornings now the grass is spangled with dew; even the omnipresent spider webs can be seen more clearly with their dewy covering.
U.S. Oblate provincial is elected superior general of order
By Catholic News Service
ROME (CNS) -- Members of the general chapter of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate elected the provincial of the United States to be their new superior general.
Oblate Father Louis Lougen was elected to a six-year term Sept. 28, his 58th birthday.
Here's a press release I received this morning:
Goodness Reigns sponsors film contest; winners going to World Youth Day
LOUISVILLE, KY Sept. 28—Through the Goodness Reigns: Share the Story film competition, youth and young adults can act on Pope Benedict XVI’s recent challenge to share with the world “the treasure” that is Jesus Christ.
The Holy Father presented his appeal while explaining the theme for the upcoming World Youth Day (WYD), Aug. 16-21, 2011, in Madrid , Spain . The theme is “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in faith.” (cf. Col. 2:7)
“In our age of globalization, be witnesses of Christian hope all over the world.” The Holy Father exhorted. “How many people long to receive this hope!”
A mere four months into his new post leading the Miami archdiocese, Archbishop Thomas Wenksi has made some sweeping changes.
"This is a fresh start, a reinvigoration," Wenski told 300 priests convened last week at the Doral Marriott for a 2-1/2 day session to lay out his vision for the archdiocese.
According to the Miami Herald, Wenski has:
- Reassigned 33 priests and deacons, representing more than a quarter of the region's churches, to far-flung churches and other assignments in what he has described as the first part of an ongoing reorganization of ministers.
- Reopened an Allapattah church that shuttered last year during a 10-percent cutback of the archdiocese's churches, and he has raised the possibility that other churches could also reopen.
Over the weekend, we ran Chris Herlinger's piece about Pakistan: Pakistan's slow-moving emergency. For a slightly different take on the issues surrounding development aid to Pakistan, take a look at Communities confront flood fallout, a commentary by Ben Fraser that appears in the Australian Jesuit publication, Eureka.
Mario J. Gabelli, philanthropist, investor and chairman and CEO of GAMCO Investors Inc., has made a $25 million gift to his alma mater, Fordham University.
According to the story at newyork.citybizlist.com, "The gift will allow Fordham, which will rename the undergraduate business college the Gabelli School of Business, to expand student scholarships and faculty chairs, and will be crucial to the creation of the Center of Global Investment Analysis, which will bring together students, faculty, and professionals in the financial community to enhance scholarship in the study and understanding of capital markets."
First Lady Michelle Obama said last month that her husband “always carries a picture of Mary Help of Christians in his wallet.” She made her remarks while visiting a house of the Salesian community in Ronda, Spain. Read more.
Muslims in a small, upstate New York town, Sidney, seek a simple life. As this article points out, there is a significant number of Muslims that they created their own 650 square feet cemetery. This doesn't seem problematic.
However, local government officials now want the bodies buried in the cemetery removed because of potential risks to the town.
Incredibly, the town already approved of the cemetery in 2005 and cannot identify the state law that governs cemeteries on private property because apparently New York State doesn't have any laws governing cemeteries on private property. The town is focused on a regulation stating that no cemeteries can be built on mortgaged property.
If this didn't involve real people, as well as the deceased, it would be comical. Let Muslim-Americans bury their dead just as Catholics, Jewish people and others have been doing for decades.
Oscar-winner Oliver Stone’s new film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is a dark, prophetic masterpiece showcasing some of the best acting this year -- and some of the weakest. It is profoundly disappointing because its premise forgoes morality and any consequences of the evolutionary inevitability of capitalism’s dominance over our humanity.