|October 1, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 17 • Oakland, CA|
| THE DIOCESE
New clergy assignment
Archbishop-designate Salvatore J. Cordileone announced Rev. Mark Amaral is appointed temporary parochial administrator of St. Augustine Parish in Oakland, effective Sept. 24.
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE LIGHT
Choirs seek singers
The Cathedral Choir is expanding and open to new members, reports Cathedral Music Director Rudy DeVos. Any interested adult singers may request audition information by contacting Robert Vergas, email@example.com. Rehearsals are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.
Changing of the seasons
Autumn has come to the halls of the Event Center at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, courtesy of the students at St. Joseph School in Pinole. The artwork displayed in the hall was made by fifth- through eighth-graders, who brainstormed ideas for a harvest theme. Fifth- and seventh-graders had two class meetings, and sixth- and eighth-graders each had one class meeting to complete the assignment. Art teacher Sabine Thompson gave students the choice of using colored pencils or watercolor pencils, or creating a collage with paper. The work will be on display through Nov. 23. At St. Joseph School, students in kindergarten through eighth grade have art class once a week.
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said his three-day trip to Lebanon convinced him that now is the time for Christians and Muslims to bear witness together against violence and in favor of dialogue and peace. In Lebanon, he said, Muslims "welcomed me with great respect," and their presence at each of his public events "gave me an opportunity to launch a message of dialogue and cooperation between Christianity and Islam. I believe the time has come to give a sincere and decisive witness together against divisions, against violence and against war," the pope said Sept. 19 at his weekly general audience. Reviewing his Sept. 14-16 trip to Lebanon, the pope told an estimated 7,000 people gathered in the Vatican audience hall that the "relaxed and constructive climate" of meetings with Lebanese religious leaders, government officials and crowds made up of Christians and Muslims was "a strong sign of hope for the future of humanity." The general audience opened with the reading — in six languages — of a passage from the Gospel of St. John: "My peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." Pope Benedict said that despite the current tensions in the Middle East, particularly because of the continued fighting in Syria, he was strongly committed to making the trip "because I was convinced that a father must be alongside his children when they face serious problems. I was motivated by a deep desire to proclaim the peace the Lord left his disciples."
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