The cardinal prayed over the immigrant’s remains and blessed them with holy water.
The handbook does not issue new norms or make alterations to current Church law, but is intended as a guide for bishops, dioceses, and religious communities on how to follow Church procedure in sex abuse cases.
While pandemic constraints still prevent many Catholics from traveling, the chaplains of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes are launching a virtual event to spiritually gather the faithful.
In a July 14 letter to archdiocesan staff, Archbishop Burger described the proposal as an “adequate response to the challenges facing our archdiocese.”
Bishop Malesic, who will turn 60 in August, has led the Diocese of Greensburg since July 2015.
The letter’s Catholic signatories included two English bishops -- Bishop Declan Lang, chairman of the English and Welsh bishops’ department for international affairs, and Bishop John Arnold, lead bishop for environmental affairs -- and two Scottish bishops, Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell and Bishop William Nolan of Galloway.
The designation is granted to churches around the world in recognition of their special pastoral and liturgical significance in Catholic life, and their closeness to the pope.
One priest believes ‘that prayers and priestly blessings are always the appropriate response to vandalization of holy things and images of saints.’
The decapitation of the Blessed Mother statue at St. Stephen occurred on the same weekend as several other high-profile acts of vandalism at Catholic churches across the country, including the desecration of statues of the Virgin Mary.
Father John Killackey discusses with the Register a photo that went viral of him walking in his cassock toward a terrible interstate accident where he gave the last rites to a truck driver.