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Pope Names Jesuit to Lead Oakland Diocese (3157)

Bishop-designate Michael Barber has served in numerous capacities, including as a Marine chaplain in Iraq and as a missionary in Samoa.

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Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit Father Michael C. Barber the next bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.

Bishop-designate Barber is currently the director of spiritual formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and has been serving in that capacity since 2010.

The announcement of his appointment was made on May 3 by the Holy See Press Office. He will succeed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who now leads the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The bishop-designate entered the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1985.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history at Gonzaga University in 1978, completed his theological studies at Regis...READ MORE

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Rosary Recalls Life — and Love — of Mary, Says Archbishop Gomez (2136)

Los Angeles' shepherd addresses a youth Rosary rally to kick off the Marian month.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez meets with participants of a youth Rosary rally at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Calif.

– Victor Alemán/Archdiocese of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — At a youth Rosary rally recognizing May as the month dedicated to Mary, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said that by praying the Rosary “we're repeating little words of love for our Mother.”

“This is what Jesus wanted for us. He wanted his Mother to be our Mother,” he told a group of some 2,000 young people at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Los Angeles County, on May 1.

“The goal of our life is to follow Jesus and become more like him. So, just like Jesus did, we need to learn from our Mother Mary what it means to be a child of God.”

Archbishop Gomez said that he prays the Rosary daily and encouraged thanksgiving for the gifts of life,...READ MORE

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Vatican Silent on John Paul II’s Cause for Canonization (8683)

Despite reports that medical personnel at the Holy See have approved a new miracle, the postulator of the cause won’t comment on the matter.

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Banner of John Paul II displayed on the central loggia of St. Peter's Basilica on May 1, 2011, immediately following his beatification ceremony.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is remaining tight-lipped over recent reports that a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been given approval by a committee of Vatican doctors.

An official refused to be moved to offer comment by the reports, as was the case with the postulator of John Paul’s cause. But if the news is true, the late Pope’s cause will have advanced considerably, possibly paving the way for his canonization later this year.

In late April, the veteran Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa reported that a Vatican panel of doctors had confirmed there was no medical explanation for a healing attributed to the intercession of John Paul...READ MORE

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From Tolerance to Coercion; Facebook Rhetoric; Are You Now or Ever Have Been a Christian? and More! (4146)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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From Tolerance to Coercion. Follow the link by Paul Zummo of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

From Tolerance to Coercion - Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Facebook Rhetoric – Laura Mitchell, First Things/On the Square

Are You Now, Or Have You Even Been, a Christian? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Ten Great Pictures of People Delighted to Meet Pp. Francis – Catholic Herald

A Mass Unlike Any Other by Michael Seagriff of the Catholic Lane website - Big Pulpit

Youth’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

A Review of J. Budzisewski’s On the Meaning of Sex – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Expect the Unexpected: Unlikely Converts – Carolyn Moynihan, Catholic Exchange

Survive Mass with Children in 15 Seconds - Stacy Trasancos PhD


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A Fresh Catholic Voice at the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (8966)

Mother of six, religious-liberty lawyer and media trainer Kim Daniels will engage media as the new spokeswoman for the USCCB’s president.

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Kim Daniels

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WASHINGTON — A Princeton-educated laywoman and lawyer who has focused on religious-liberty issues and training Catholics on how to speak about Church teachings in the public arena has been named to the newly created position of spokeswoman for the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Kim Daniels, 45, joins the USCCB from Catholic Voices USA, which she helped found and where she until recently served as a director. Catholic Voices USA works to “bring the positive message of the Church across a broad range of issues to the public square,” according to the USCCB press release announcing Daniels’ new position.

A mother of six, Daniels...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Desires to Draw Remarried People to Christ (16776)

The Holy Father explains in his new book that although divorced-and-remarried Catholics cannot receive Communion, they can still integrate into the life of the Church.

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Editor's Note: On Register Radio May 3, Jeanette DeMelo will talk with Alejandro Bermudez about the Pope’s book On Heaven and Earth. Listen here after 2pm Eastern tomorrow.

DENVER — A recently translated book by Pope Francis exhibits a call for Catholics who have been divorced and are remarried to be made welcome in parishes, in the hope that they can remedy their situations.

“Catholic doctrine reminds its divorced members who have remarried that they are not excommunicated — even though they live in a situation on the margin of what indissolubility of marriage and the sacrament of marriage require of them — and they are asked to integrate into the parish life,” he says in his newly...READ MORE

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Catholic Worker Celebrates 80 Years of Gentle Personalism (3664)

Animated by the same Christian vision as Pope Francis, co-founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin and their followers have striven to live in solidarity with the socially marginalized.

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Dorothy Day in 1934

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NEW YORK — Eighty years old and still going strong, the Catholic Worker movement and its followers continue to face the challenge of building a new society on what its co-founder Peter Maurin called “the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism.”

French immigrant Maurin and Servant of God Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker movement in the midst of the Great Depression.

They launched The Catholic Worker newspaper on May 1, 1933. The movement then expanded to houses of hospitality and farming communes following a model of Catholic economics called “distributism.”

Today, the Catholic Worker movement has 224 autonomous communities established in the United States and overseas...READ MORE

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May Is Mary's Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion; Good Liturgical Music and Much More! (2655)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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May is Mary’s Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion. Follow the link by Edward Looney of the Ignitum Today website.

May is Mary’s Month: Scriptural Proof for Marian Devotion – Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Keys to Good Liturgical Music: Training and Inspiration – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

One Holy, Baptist, and Apostolic Church by Matt Fradd of the Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

Pope Francis to Canonize 800 Italians – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty? – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

What is This Thing Called Virtue? - Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

Marian Devotion and the Spiritual Life - Daniel Burke, RCSD

Death of Red China’s Most Famous & Powerful Bishop – Anthony E. Clark PhD, The Catholic World Report


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