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Holy Week stands at the head of our calendar, the holiest week of the entire liturgical year. And, the Easter Triduum is the most solemn moment of the Church year.
“Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.”
— Pope Francis, speaking March 22 to the Vatican diplomatic corps
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When Pope Francis first appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Alejandra Hall was surprised to recognize a fellow Argentinian who used to regularly celebrate Mass and hear confessions at a cathedral located a few blocks from her childhood home in Buenos Aires.
As his flight to Chicago was boarding on the afternoon of March 13, Jesuit Father Tim Manatt, president of Minneapolis-based Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, was glued to the waiting area monitor showing a still-empty papal balcony before the announcement of the new pope.
The story is that when the Apostle Peter, the first bishop of Rome, was leaving the city because of the persecutions against the early Christians, he encountered the Lord Jesus on his way into the Roman capital, and asked him: “Quo vadis, Domine?” — “Where are you going, Lord?”
Obituary: Msgr. Boxleitner, former Catholic Charities director, was ‘tireless advocate for the poor’
“We have lost a legend. … Msgr. Boxleitner was larger than life — a force for good in our community,” said Tim Marx, CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.