VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine's Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, said the Vatican spokesman.
"It's a positive sign that one of the most prestigious recognitions in the international press" goes to a person who "proclaims to the world spiritual, religious and moral values and speaks effectively in favor of peace and greater justice," said the spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.
The choice of Pope Francis "is not surprising, given the wide appeal and huge attention" to his pontificate so far, Father Lombardi said in a written statement Dec. 11, shortly after Time announced it had named the pope for the annual feature.
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On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge ordained William C. Cantrell to the Priesthood in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.
Following his ministry of over twenty years as an Anglican priest in the United States Navy and currently with the VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy in Durham, NC, Mr. Cantrell was recently received into full communion in the Catholic Church at Immaculate Conception parish in Durham, as a member of the Ordinariate. He was ordained to the Diaconate on October 26.
On Sunday, December 8, 2013, 14 men in the permanent diaconate program for the Diocese were instituted by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge in the ministry of Acolyte. The rites took place in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Burbidge at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Mt. Olive, NC. Concelebrating with the Bishop were Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese; Fr. James F. Garneau, Pastor of St. Mary of the Angels and Director of the Permanent Diaconate program for the Diocese; and Fr. Bill John Acosta, Diocesan Director of Vocations.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge joined with Catholic leaders throughout the world in paying tribute to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, who died December 5 at the age of 95.
Bishop Burbidge said, “Through the witness of his life, President Mandela has demonstrated to the world the essence of Christianity. He has fought against injustice, inequality and discrimination. He has supported the dignity of all men and women in being a strong proponent of human rights. He has shown us the power of forgiveness and how that power can provide healing to all.”
Approximately 70 families from 25 parishes filled Saint Mary, Mother of the Church in Garner for the annual Mass with Homeschool Families on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, was the Principal Celebrant and Homilist. Fr. David M. Chiantella, Administrator of St. Mary, concelebrated. Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Diocesan Superintendent of Faith Formation and Education; Sister Rose Marie Adams, I.H.M., Executive Director of Catholic Formation and Evangelization; and Mrs. Diane Quintal, Diocesan Coordinator of Catechesis and Faith Formation, were also in attendance.
The December 2013 issue of NC Catholics is now available online. The cover story, “How God Turns Things Around!” tells how one Catholic family’s tragedy led to Andrew’s Toybox, a charity which collects and delivers toys to sick children. This issue’s featured ministry is Tarboro Community Outreach, directed since 1986 by Sr. Mary Ann Czaja, CSA, providing food, shelter and clothing for the homeless. And in his monthly column, Bishop Burbidge tells about his recent visit with Pope Francis and the importance during the seasons of Advent and Christmas for all of us to be renewed in faith and strengthened in hope.
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The best present in life is encountering Jesus -- an encounter that will last a lifetime, Pope Francis said.
A Christian's whole life "is an encounter with Jesus: in prayer, when we go to Mass, when we do good works, when we visit the sick, when we help the poor, when we think of others, when we're not self-centered, when we are amiable," he said in a homily given at a Rome parish Dec. 1.
"We always encounter Christ in these things and the journey of life is exactly this: walking to encounter Jesus," he said.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) continues the tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas seasons, with daily suggestions for prayer, reflection and action beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, December 1. The content is presented in a clickable calendar format, with each date opening a page of suggestions and links.
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