U.S. and World news briefs: April 10, 2014

| April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

New York Catholic high school founded by U.S. saint to close

In the end, the declining numbers trumped the best efforts to save a New York school founded by an immigrant saint.

Mother Cabrini High School, the all-girls college preparatory school in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan, will close at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

The decision was made by the school’s board of trustees and approved by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which sponsors the school. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini founded the congregation in 1880 and established the high school in 1899.

Increased costs and diminishing revenue made it impossible to continue operations, according to a school press release.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) came to New York from Italy in 1889 to minister to fellow immigrants. She became a U.S. citizen in 1909. She opened convents, schools, orphanages and hospitals for the poor in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, Colorado, California and Washington. Canonized in 1946, she became the first American citizen to be declared a saint.

Vatican official urges greater efforts to help those with autism

While it may be a huge challenge, the Catholic Church must find ways to offer support to families with a child who has autism, include people with autism in Church activities and fight the prejudice surrounding the learning disability, a Vatican official said.

The Church’s efforts must be “directed toward ensuring that hope is not extinguished” in either persons with an autism disorder or in their family members, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.

In a message released April 2, the day the United Nations marks as World Autism Awareness Day, the archbishop announced that his office’s annual international conference would be dedicated to autism-spectrum disorders.

Vatican accepts resignation of German ‘Bishop Bling’

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was at the center of controversy over expenditures for his residence and a diocesan center.

Following a diocesan investigation, the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops studied the audit’s findings and accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, the Vatican announced March 26.

Pope Francis met with the bishop at the Vatican March 28. No details of the meeting were released.

The pope had authorized a leave of absence for the bishop in October after allegations of overspending and leading a lavish lifestyle.

The bishop has been at the center of controversy over the remodeling and building project in Limburg, which was estimated to have cost about $40 million. Media dubbed Bishop Tebartz-van Elst the “luxury bishop” and “Bishop Bling.”

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  • Knights of Columbus Insurance

    This is the great effort done by St. Frances Xavier Cabrini by saving the school and developing it . I appreciate it.

    Carl Anderson knights of Columbus