Bishop Malloy Appears on WTVO Talking About the Celebrations for Our Lady of Gaudalupe Happening Tomorrow, Dec. 12
If you would like information regarding Spanish Masses for "Our Lady of Gaudalupe" this week in Rockford, watch the following community segment which aired on December 10 on Eyewitness News in Spanish. The special guest was Bishop David Malloy of the Diocese of Rockford.
Si quiere saber sobre las misas en español para la Guadalupe esta semana en Rockford vean el siguiente segmento de la comunidad. Este fue transmitido el 10 de diciembre en el noticiero Eyewitness News en Español. Nuestro invitado especial el obispo de la Diõcesis de Rockford.
Pope Francis Named Time's 'Person of the Year'
Date: December 11, 2013
Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2013. He is the third Roman Pontiff to receive this honour after John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994.
The Head of the Holy See's Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued the following statement: "The decision didn't come as a surprise given the great resonance and attention surrounding the election of Pope Francis right from the start of the new pontificate. The fact that one of the most prestigious awards to be attributed by the international press should go to someone who promotes spiritual, religious and moral values as well as call for peace and greater justice in an incisive manner is a positive sign. As for the Pope himself, he's not someone who seeks fame and success, because he has put his life at the service of announcing the Gospel of the love of God for mankind. It is pleasing to the Pope that this service should appeal and give hope to women and men. And if this choice of 'Person of the Year' should mean that many people have understood this message - at least implicitly - the Pope is really happy about this."
Bishop Malloy's Official Statement on Pope Francis as Time Magazine's Person of 2013
"It is really no surprise that Pope Francis has been chosen Time's Person of the Year. Pope Francis proved his universal appeal from the time he stepped onto the balcony at St. Peter to meet the world for the first time as the newest shepherd of the Catholic Church."
"The Pope's actions of reaching out to others, whether it be through Twitter, his daily homilies or with a simple embrace, have resonated so positively with Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He gives powerful example for reawakening all people to Christ's simple message of faith, hope, charity and love."
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Pope Launches Appeal to End Global Hunger
In an unprecedented video message, Pope Francis has appealed to people throughout the world to support a new campaign by Caritas Internationalis to wipe out global hunger.
The campaign is set to begin on Tuesday, 10 December, with a "wave of prayer to end hunger" which begins at noon in Samoa and will travel around the world.
"We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion - one billion people who still suffer from hunger today. We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist. The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone."
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Click Here to Learn More and to Find Out How to Participate
Pope Francis Establishes Commission on the Protection of Minors
Date: December 5, 2013
Catholic News Service
By: Francis X. Rocca
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, a member of the pope's advisory Council of Cardinals, announced the decision at a Vatican briefing for reporters Dec. 5, during a break in the council's meetings with the pope.
The cardinal said the new commission would continue the work of Pope Benedict XVI against clerical sex abuse, and that among its tasks would be to "study the present programs in place for the protection of children, and to come up with suggestions for new initiatives" by the Vatican, in collaboration with national bishops' conferences and religious orders around the world.
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In New Document "Evangelii Gaudium", Pope Francis Lays Out Vision for an Evangelical Church
Date: November 26, 2013
Catholic News Service
By: Francis X. Rocca - Catholic News
Vatican - In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and the unborn.
"Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei," published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)
The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.
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Click Here to read the Apostolic Exhortation on vatican.va
Bishop Malloy issues letter to Catholics on Marriage
Bishop David J. Malloy has asked all pastors of parishes in the Diocese of Rockford to read the following letter at all Masses this weekend.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I take this opportunity to address all of the faithful gathered at Mass this weekend. As you probably know, the Illinois legislature has voted this week to redefine marriage within our state, abandoning the understanding found in nature and in our faith that God has established this institution as a life-long commitment between one man and one woman. That commitment has written within it the joining of the differences of male and female, physical, psychological and spiritual, in a manner that alone can bring about new life and so the continuance of the human race.
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