CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 9 December 2017

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Do hidden problems go away?
DUBLIN (SE): Priests from the archdiocese of Dublin in Ireland are saying that the repeated failure of the archdiocese to publish annual changes in the appointments of priests is a cover up for serious shortages.
 
This is the second year in a row they have not been made public, which The Irish Catholic maintains is concealing the extent to which sick and retiring clergy are not being replaced.
 
“There were three or four of those and all you need is three or four to wreck the whole thing because it has a knock on effect,” one priest told the newspaper.
 
However, he maintained that hiding problems does not make them go away.

Murderer at victim’s beatification
INDORE (AsiaNews): Samunder Singh, who was found guilty of murdering Franciscan of the Poor Sister Rani Maria Vattalil in Madhya Pradesh, India, in 1995, sat in the front row at a Mass marking her beatification on November 6.
 
Singh said that he had acted on behalf of Hindu village heads who were suffering financial loss over a social programme Sister Vattalil had introduced to help peasant farmers hold onto their land.
 
However, he was then abandoned and said that the only people who reached out to him were the sister’s family. He now regrets what he did.
 
No sign but no guns
DALLAS (SE): In the wake of a massacre in a church in Texas in the United States of America (US) on December 5, the diocese of Dallas has advised priests to take down signs indicating that guns are not allowed in the Church buildings.
 
The advisory noted that the no-gun rule will remain in effect, but the diocese will remove the signs to eliminate the perception that any of the parishes would be an easy target for terror.
 
It was the 307th mass shooting in the US this year.
 
No pics please
VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis put out a call for no cellphone pictures during Mass at his general audience on November 8.
 
He said, “It makes me very sad, sad when I am celebrating here in the square or in the basilica and I see lots of cellphones raised up—not only by the faithful, but also by some priests and even bishops. Please! Mass is not a show.”
 
Little-known celebration of Russian unity
MOSCOW (AsiaNews): Since 2005, Russia has celebrated Unity Day on November 4 in lieu of Revolution Day on November 7. It is a popular festivity, especially among students.
 
Although no one knows much about it, it is a happy day.
 
Established in 1996, it is a Day of Accord and Conciliation to replace Revolution Day, whose memory had to be removed along with its military parades and speeches.
 
It alludes to 4 November 1612 and the end of the Time of Troubles and the beginning of the reign of the House of Romanov that ended with the rise of the Bolsheviks.
 
33-day pope headed for canonisation
VATICAN (SE): The 33-day pope of 1978, Pope John Paul I, has been unanimously voted into the ever-lengthening queue of popes mooted for sainthood by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.
 
He was cleared for heroic virtues so Pope Francis will soon sign a decree declaring him venerable—step number one.
 
Born Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul died of a heart attack. He was previously the patriarch of Venice for nine years and was created a cardinal in 1973.
 
Saint Black Elk?
PINE RIDGE (CNS): The cause for sainthood has been opened for Nicholas W. Black Elk. 
 
Much revered among the native North American people for his ability to merge the culture of his own Lakota people with the mystery of Christ’s love for Church and people, Bishop Robert Gruss, from Rapid City, commented, “This inculturation can always reveal something of the true nature and holiness of God.” Born somewhere between 1858 and 1866, he died in 1950 at the place of his birth in Pine Ridge.
 
The first native North American to be canonised is Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th-century Mohawk woman.
 
But controversy over Church involvement in government programmes to take away their identity and make them like the white man in the past, has not been forgotten and is now prompting some to ask if the canonisation of Black Elk would be used as a recognition of his holiness or a blessing on the Church role in colonialism.

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