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Pope: Vatican II liturgical reform ‘irreversible,’ a source of light

Pope Francis gave a blessing at an audience with participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 24.

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

"After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible," Pope Francis told participants in Italy's National Liturgical Week.

The pope's speech to the 800 participants Aug. 24 was the longest and most systematic talk he has given as pope on the theme of the liturgy since Vatican II.

Oklahoma set to welcome world for beatification of ‘ordinary’ native son

Father Stanley Rother baptized a child in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Father Rother, who will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma, was a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was marytred in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor.

WASHINGTON — Catholics in Oklahoma have been preparing for a long time for this moment. Many, like Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, had faith it would come, but there's still a sense of awe, to think that a farm boy, one of their own, is about to take a step toward official sainthood.

Collection of St. Pio’s relics make first visit to St. Louis

A collection of relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina — known to many as Padre Pio — will be visiting the Archdiocese of St. Louis for the first time later this month.

The relics will be on display for public veneration from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Assumption Church in Mattese. Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m.

POPE'S MESSAGE | God wants people to dream big, not listen to cynics

Pope Francis greeted pilgrims as he arrived for his weekly audience Aug. 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued a series of talks on Christian hope, encouraging people to ignore “disappointed and unhappy people … those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life.”

VATICAN CITY — God wants people to live with hope and joy — not bitterness — and to dream with Him of a better world, Pope Francis said.

"Please, make sure we do not pay attention to disappointed and unhappy people; let us not listen to those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life," he said Aug. 30 at his weekly general audience.

People must ignore those who try to crush enthusiasm and smother "youthful euphoria," he said. Instead, Christians must cultivate a "healthy utopia" based on what God wants for the world.

Catholic groups mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath

Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Aug. 28 in Beaumont Place, Texas. (CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters) See

Editor's note: Updated on Aug. 29 with information about special collection in Archdiocese of St. Louis Sept. 2-3 and Sept. 9-10.

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Displaced people are seen on the grounds of a seminary Aug. 9 in Bangassou, Central African Republic. Catholic priests whose villages have been attacked have taken to Facebook to express outrage and appeal for help. In a Facebook message Aug 20, Father Jean-Alain Zembi, rector of Zemio, said at least 30 townspeople were killed when armed groups attacked the police headquarters and hospital, burning houses and stealing valuables. Another Catholic priest, Father Desire Kpangou, said the attackers wore turbans and spoke neither French nor the local language, Sango, suggesting they had come from nearby Sudan.

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