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Catholic Charities USA leaders outline goals

WASHINGTON — Two top Catholic Charities USA leaders outlined some of the short-term and long-term goals for the organization and its affiliates throughout the country Feb. 3 during the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington. Catholic Charities is in the midst of a five-year strategic plan to more sharply identify areas where it believes it can make a difference, said Brian Corbin, executive vice president of member services. One of those areas is refugee resettlement and immigration policy. Corbin said it has worked with various groups to place 16,000 refugees across the country in collaboration with local Catholic Charities affiliates that have located sponsor families to help resettle those refugees. Catholic Charities’ commitment extends to shelters, domestic-violence shelters, transitional housing and permanent housing, he said.

Pope names new bishop for Columbus, Ohio

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Brennan of Rockville Centre, N.Y., to be the new bishop of Columbus, Ohio. The pope also accepted the resignation of Columbus Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, who had led the diocese since 2004. He is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. The changes were announced Jan. 31 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Bishop Brennan’s installation is scheduled for March 29 in St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus. Ordained a priest of Rockville Centre in 1989, Bishop Brennan, 56, had served as its auxiliary bishop since 2012.


New Iraqi archbishop: Rebuilding of Mosul must include hearts and minds

BEIRUT — The new Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, faces a challenge of rebuilding, but not just structurally. What is also needed, he said, is a rebuilding of minds, hearts, coexistence and peace. One of the most important challenges facing his new mission, Archbishop Najib Mikhael Moussa told Catholic News Service, is “to give hope to our families — all Christian families, not only Chaldeans — to come back to Mosul.” He also said it was “important to rebuild the bridge” of coexistence between Christians and Muslims as well as with all minorities “and to rebuild the confidence and also peace.” “We have the same blood and the same tears. That’s why we should live together, to rebuild our future together,” he said. “When we love each other, the confidence and also the future will be rebuilt.”

Jesuit Father Arrupe’s sainthood cause officially opens in Rome

ROME — The sainthood cause of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe was formally opened in Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran Feb. 5, the 28th anniversary of Father Arrupe’s death. The cause of Father Arrupe, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, was set in motion by the Diocese of Rome, the diocese where the former superior general died in 1991. The formal process of beatification and canonization includes compiling the priest’s writings and gathering sworn testimonies about his life and holiness. Once the Jesuit postulator had the list of potential witnesses and had collected the writings, the formal opening of Father Arrupe’s sainthood cause — the diocesan inquiry — could begin. The documentation from the diocesan inquiry will be sent to the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes, which reviews the gathered information. If he is found to have led a heroic life of Christian virtues, the Church bestows the title “venerable.” The next steps would be beatification and canonization. In general, two miracles determined to have occurred through the candidate’s intercession are needed for sainthood — one for beatification and the second for canonization.

World needs courageous prophets, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The world is in need of true disciples of Christ who are prophets of hope to the poor and the downtrodden, Pope Francis said. All men and women, especially those who are suffering, can gain hope by encountering “people who are courageous and persevering in responding to the Christian vocation,” the pope said before reciting the Angelus Feb. 3 with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. The world needs “people who follow the ‘push’ of the Holy Spirit, who sends them to proclaim hope and salvation to the poor and excluded; people who follow the logic of faith and not of miracles; people dedicated to the service of all, without privileges and exclusions,” he said. The pope reflected on the Gospel reading from St. Luke, in which Jesus is driven out of the synagogue by His countrymen after telling them that the word has been fulfilled in Him.

— Catholic News Service

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