Archive for May, 2016

Colleagues: Archbishop Hebda a pastor through and through

Colleagues: Archbishop Hebda a pastor through and through

| Sam Patet | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Humble. Down to earth. Intelligent. Funny. Prayerful.

Talk to anyone who’s worked with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, and they’re likely to use one of those words to describe him. As a priest and, for the last six-and-a-half years, as a bishop, they say Archbishop Hebda has let his joyful personality guide all his interactions with God’s people.

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Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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Law background gives confidence legal system brings truth

Law background gives confidence legal system brings truth

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before he joined seminary, Archbishop Bernard Hebda spent a year working at the largest law firm in Pittsburgh, Reed Smith.

“I loved it,” he said — a fact that surprised him, since even in law school he hadn’t imagined working as a lawyer, although he was intrigued by the subject matter.

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Niece, aunt: Archbishop a beloved ‘people person’

Niece, aunt: Archbishop a beloved ‘people person’

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Katie Hebda, 19, said it’s special to have an archbishop for an uncle. On the day of Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s installation Mass May 13 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, the incoming sophomore at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, described her uncle as witty, kind and awesome.

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Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

| Saadia Azim | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although the sisters continue to keep and care for abandoned, destitute and sick children, they have stopped putting children up for adoption. The nuns said they made the decision because new government rules were “contrary to our Christian values.”

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To ignore the poor is to despise God, pope says at general audience

To ignore the poor is to despise God, pope says at general audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

How Christians treat the poor is the clearest demonstration of their relationship with God, Pope Francis insisted.

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Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

| Maureen Boyle | May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

True happiness exists in the love of faith, family and fresh guacamole, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and writing partner, Jeannie, told more than 1,700 graduates of the Class of 2016 during The Catholic University of America’s 127th annual commencement on May 14.

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Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

| Carol Zimmermann | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The pope’s agreement on the idea — raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders — was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests, which the Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut the next day.

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People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

| Allana Haynes | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

People of faith have the responsibility to “advocate for their faith,” not only through good works, but on spiritual realms — one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17.

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Music teacher: A young Bernard ‘always laughing’

Music teacher: A young Bernard ‘always laughing’

| May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sister Maureen O’Brien admits that when she learned of Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s appointment to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she thought, “Oh, no. Poor Bernie.”

“On one level, I’m just so proud of him and grateful for the gifts he brings to the Church,” said Sister Maureen, 72, a Sister of Charity. “And on a personal level, I just feel sad that he’s been uprooted.”

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Blast from the past: Classmate, friend reconnects

Blast from the past: Classmate, friend reconnects

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Ryan has many memories of growing up in Pittsburgh with Bernard Hebda — among them, playing tennis and going on family vacations.

“I always was so jealous that he got a deep, rich tan,” Ryan joked.

But his fondest memories involve sitting around the Hebdas’ kitchen table, visiting with Bernard and his mom, Helen, over Diet Cokes. It was a second home to him.

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Catholic school, sports part of childhood in Pittsburgh

Catholic school, sports part of childhood in Pittsburgh

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s parents, Bernard and the late Helen Hebda, were married for seven years before he was born on Sept. 3, 1959, in Pittsburgh. Both having come from devout Catholic families — Polish and Irish, respectively — the couple was excited to have a family of their own, Archbishop Hebda said.

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