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Lecciones difíciles conducen a cambios significativos

Lecciones difíciles conducen a cambios significativos

He reconocido mi responsabilidad en la actual crisis que enfrentamos, y también asumo la responsabilidad para conducir a nuestra arquidiócesis a un día nuevo y mejor.

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Church’s support of farmers vital to well-being

Church’s support of farmers vital to well-being

Every summer, the Archdiocese, through its Office of Parish Services, sponsors a celebration entitled “Rural Life Sunday.” The celebration generally takes place on a farm in one of our many rural parishes spread throughout the 12 counties that comprise our local Church. This year’s event was hosted by the parish of Immaculate Conception in Watertown on Sunday, June 22.

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New insurance program helps Catholic affiliates

New insurance program helps Catholic affiliates

At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ General Assembly last month, it was announced that a new Catholic insurance program entitled “Catholic Benefits Association” has been established to provide employees of our non-exempt affiliates, like Catholic Charities, Catholic nursing homes, separately incorporated high schools, and the like, with health care benefits while not violating Catholic moral values.

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Christ’s Sacred Heart draws us closer to him

Christ’s Sacred Heart draws us closer to him

The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we will celebrate this year on Friday, June 27, has its theological origin in sacred Scriptures, not the least of its passages being the powerful scene in the Gospel of St. John, wherein water and blood flow from the pierced heart of Christ (John 19:34). Many of the early Church Fathers spoke powerfully about this vision and its deep ecclesial, eschatological and spiritual meaning.

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Peace, unity at heart of Pope Francis’ Holy Land visit

Peace, unity at heart of Pope Francis’ Holy Land visit

While most of us were off enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, made a whirlwind apostolic visit to the Holy Land.

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Mary is surest guide for leading us to Jesus

Mary is surest guide for leading us to Jesus

“In the blessed encounter between Mary and Elizabeth, we discover the role of the Blessed Virgin as bearing Christ to the world. But as baptized believers, we, too, share in that noble vocation, and we, too, are bound to bringing Christ to others, giving birth to him by lives of compassion, service, and witness.”

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May cross of past year bring us humility, holiness

May cross of past year bring us humility, holiness

A good deal of media attention was given last week to the deposition I made on April 2 and which was publicly released on Tuesday, April 22. For four hours, seven minutes and 15 seconds, I was questioned on a whole host of matters relating to clerical misbehavior from 1970 to the present.

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A wonderful Easter gift for the Church

A wonderful Easter gift for the Church

| April 24, 2014

Pope Francis will give the universal Church a great Easter gift in the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. I hope to be present in the Piazza San Pietro on that historic occasion. I have been told that for the first time ever, any and every bishop present is invited to concelebrate the Mass.

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Supporting fellow Christians in the Holy Land

Supporting fellow Christians in the Holy Land

| April 10, 2014

As we approach the holiest week of the year, a week in which the whole Church reverently relives the events that led to our salvation, our thoughts naturally turn to the Holy Land.

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Let us be men and women of hope

Let us be men and women of hope

| March 27, 2014

“I pray that this experience will purify us in such a way so as to be more compassionate and understanding, enabling us to be better prepared to reach out, as Pope Francis says, to those who are on the periphery, on the margins.”

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Even in difficult times, we are a people of hope

Even in difficult times, we are a people of hope

| December 19, 2013

On Oct. 1, our archdiocese received a great gift from Pope Francis, Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, when he nominated Father Andrew Cozzens as an auxiliary bishop to assist me in my ministry.

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Disclosure moves us forward on a path toward healing

Disclosure moves us forward on a path toward healing

| December 5, 2013

Today, I am announcing the details of our new disclosure practices. These disclosures being made now, and the changes in our disclosure practices generally, are part of a comprehensive and cohesive set of actions to address the issues associated with clergy sexual misconduct.

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