reconciliation

In visit to Kurdistan, Bp. Cantu hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

An Iraqi soldier stood guard during Christmas celebrations at the al-Tahira al-Kubra church in al-Hamdaniya, east of Mosul. Bishop Oscar Cantu, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said after a visit with Iraqi Christians that he would advocate for a rebuilt Iraq that allows people of many religions and ethnicities to live side by side.

AMMAN, Jordan — After meeting with Church leaders in northern Iraq, a U.S. bishop said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities.

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., said that the Iraqi Catholic clergy do not want to see a safe corridor set up for Christians, as some in Washington have suggested.

Christian Unity Week service to stress reconciliation

Reconciliation, especially focusing on the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation, will be stressed during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated this year from Jan. 18-25.

The week will be highlighted on Sunday, Jan. 22, with an ecumenical prayer service and reception at 7 p.m. at St. Justin Martyr Church, 11910 Eddie and Park Road in Sunset Hills. Rev. Michael Malone, Lutheran ecumenical officer, will preach. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside.

DEAR FATHER | Indulgences play a small part in restoring justice

Father John Mayo

On Divine Mercy Sunday I heard about an Indulgence offered for that day. I did not think the Church believed in Indulgences any more. If so, what are they? 

POPE'S MESSAGE | Sin makes us blind, but confession heals

Pope Francis, along with senior members of the Roman Curia, listened as Servite Father Ermes Ronchi, an Italian theologian, delivered his meditation March 7 at a weeklong Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy.

VATICAN CITY — Exercise a little courage and go to confession, turn away from selfishness and sin and back to God in the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis urged people at a Lenten penance service.

"When our desire to be healed becomes more courageous, it leads to prayer, to crying out fervently and persistently for help, as did Bartimaeus: 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,'" the pope said, quoting from the Gospel of St. Mark.

Archdiocese to host Lenten day of recollection, Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative

The Lenten season is a time for repentance, conversion, and reconciliation. The parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are joining together to offer numerous opportunities for the faithful to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative to be held March 4-5 . Visit www.archstl.org/confession for more information and a schedule. 

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