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Nation and world briefs


Therapist to chair U.S. bishops’ National Review Board

WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed Suzanne Healy, the former victims assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as the new chair of the National Review Board, effective in June. Healy, a retired marriage and family therapist, served as the victim assistance coordinator for the Los Angeles Archdiocese from 2007 to 2016, and for the past three years she has been a member of the National Review Board. Prior to her work in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, she served as a high school counselor and before becoming a therapist, she served in strategic planning experience for AT&T Pacific Bell. Healy will succeed Francesco Cesareo, who concludes his term as chair after the bishops’ June 2020 meeting. The group advises the bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People and works closely with the USCCB’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection in accordance with the “Charter for Protection of Children and Young People,” which the bishops first adopted in 2002.

Videos support ‘Faithful Citizenship’ guide

WASHINGTON — A series of long-planned videos that supplement the U.S. bishops’ quadrennial “Faithful Citizenship” document that provides guidance to voters during a presidential election year have been finalized for viewing. Posted on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at faithfulcitizenship.org and the USCCB’s YouTube channel at bit.ly/31DHDGN, five videos in four languages explore various aspects of Catholic social teaching while reflecting the teaching of Pope Francis. The videos are part of the bishops’ effort to broaden their outreach through the document, titled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility,” Jill Rauh, director of education and outreach in the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, said. “The videos intend to help Catholics engage in participation in political life, first and foremost, guided by their faith as opposed to any affiliation with any political party that they have,” Rauh explained. The video productions were funded by a grant from the Catholic Communication Campaign.

At Mass in Havana, Cdl. Dolan highlights Church’s unifying teachings

HAVANA — Though there’s a great distance from New York to Cuba, sharing the Eucharist with other Catholics on the island is a great reminder of the bonds of faith and love and what the Church can build even among people who are different, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said Feb. 10. “It is very clear to us, the visitors, that we are at home here,” he said during his first Mass in the Cuban capital of Havana. “We are specially at home when we are at the family table,” the cardinal said, referring to the celebration of the Eucharist during a homily at the chapel of Hogar Santovenia, a center for the elderly in Havana.


Mideast patriarchs tell pope they’re concerned about Christian survival

BEIRUT — In a private meeting with Pope Francis, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East had an opportunity to sound the alarm regarding the survival of Christians in the region as a result of persecution, extremism, economic insecurity and immigration to the West. They provided Pope Francis with an overview of the general conditions of their countries and regions — Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt and the Holy Land — particularly wars and crises that have led to the emigration of Christians and the need to follow the faithful pastorally in their adopted Western countries. They also presented the pope with a more detailed memorandum.

Generous help of Knights counters culture of indifference, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised the Knights of Columbus for their charitable efforts and thanked them especially for helping Christians in the Middle East. “I thank all the members of your order for seeing in our persecuted and displaced brothers and sisters of that region neighbors, for whom you are a sign of God’s infinite love,” he said in an address Feb. 10 to members of this fraternal service organization. A delegation led by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson and including the organization’s board of directors was in Rome to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their active presence in Rome. The Knights of Columbus was founded in the United States almost 140 years ago, and Pope Benedict XV asked if it could also work with and assist young people in Rome following World War I.

— Catholic News Service

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