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placeholder April 17, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 8    •   Oakland, CA

April 20: Meeting, dinner with Paulist Priests, Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, Berkeley

      7 p.m., Confirmation — Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, Berkeley

April 21: 6 p.m., Confirmation, St. Ambrose Parish, Berkeley

April 22: 10 a.m., Confirmation, Most Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch

April 23: 10 a.m., Neophyte Mass, Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      5 p.m. Easter celebration and Christian initiation, Saint Mary's College, Moraga

April 25-26: California Catholic Conference of Bishops, Sacramento

April 27: Consultors and Presbyteral Council, Chancery, Oakland

      7 p.m., Confirmation — St. Patrick, Rodeo

April 28: 7:30 a.m., St. Vincent de Paul breakfast, Cathedral of Christ the Light Event Center, Oakland

      6:30 p.m., Confirmation, Most Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch

April 29: 10 a.m., Confirmation (several parishes), Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

      5 p.m., Confirmation, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Castro Valley

April 30: 10:30 a.m., Confirmation, St. Columba Parish, Oakland

May 1-10: Pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Order of Malta

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Thankful parishioners
In response to his column (Voice, April 3) offering his guidance and leadership for the immigrant community in the diocese, parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Union City, presented Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, with a giant thank-you card on April 8. Presenting the card to the bishop, from left, are Teresa Cummings and Joan Linson.

Directories available

The newsprint edition of the Diocese of Oakland Directory for 2017 will be distributed to parishes the week of April 10 after Sunday Masses.

The annual directory is an essential guide to the Catholic community of the East Bay, including detailed listings of officials, agencies, parishes, schools, organizations and religious orders.

The deluxe edition, which includes a complete telephone directory, should be available the week of April 17. Orders for the deluxe edition can still be made. The cost is $20 each, including postage and handling, and $15 each for orders of five or more. Payment must accompany orders. Please contact Sandi Gearhart at 510-893-5339 or sgearhart@oakdiocese.org.

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Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday
Youths from Poland present the World Youth Day cross to young representatives from Panama, where the next international gathering will be held in January 2019, at the conclusion of Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 9. Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said as he celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass of the Lord's Passion. On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were; to work to make those dreams reality; and to let their bishops and the pope himself know what they need from the church. Officially launching the youths' preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops and for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, Pope Francis gathered with youths and young adults for an evening prayer vigil April 8 at Rome's Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Pope meets Britain's
Prince Charles

Pope Francis talks with Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a private audience April 4 at the Vatican. The pope and the British royals spoke privately for 27 minutes. The Vatican did not issue a statement about the topics covered in the private conversation. Following their private meeting, Prince Charles introduced the 15 members of a delegation accompanying him. Among them was Arthur Edwards, a Catholic who has served as the official photographer of the royal household.

Nuncio for UK
Pope Francis appointed Philadelphia native Archbishop Edward J. Adams nuncio to Great Britain. He succeeds Italian Archbishop Antonio Mennini, 69, who returns to Rome as an official of the Vatican Secretariat of State. The archbishop, 72, had been serving as the nuncio to Greece since 2011. Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, the archbishop was ordained by the late Cardinal John Krol in 1970. After further studies in Rome, he joined the Vatican diplomatic service in 1996 serving as apostolic nuncio to Bangladesh, then Zimbabwe and then the Philippines.

Franciscans seek change
The superiors of the four main branches of the Franciscan friars formally asked Pope Francis for permission to allow their communities to elect brothers to positions of leadership in their communities.

Laundry service for poor
The office charged with coordinating Pope Francis' acts of charity announced the opening of a laundry for the poor and homeless of Rome. The "Lavanderia di Papa Francesco" ("Pope Francis Laundry") is a free service "offered to the poorest people, particularly the homeless, who will be able to wash, dry and iron their clothes and blankets," the Papal Almoner's Office announced April 10.

Defend creation
Scientists working in the field of biotechnology are called to use science to protect creation and to prevent methods that seek to control it, Pope Francis said. The responsible use of the "enormous and growing" power of science is a "fundamental cornerstone" of humankind's actions in promoting the development of plant, animal and human life, the pope told a committee charged with establishing scientific norms for the Italian government. "You also are asked to foresee and prevent the negative consequences that can cause a distorted use of the knowledge and ability to manipulate life," he said April 9 during an audience with the Italian National Committee for Biosecurity, Biotechnologies and Life Sciences.

Catholics now 1.28B
Taken together, the 10 countries with the most Catholics account for almost 56 percent of the world's Catholic population, the Vatican reported. The 2017 "Annuario Pontificio," or Vatican yearbook, and a new edition of the Vatican Statistical Yearbook report that the countries with the most Catholics are, in order: Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, United States, Italy, France, Colombia, Spain, Congo and Argentina. The number of baptized Catholics grew 1 percent in a year to reach 1.285 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015, the date to which the statistics in both books refer. Looking at the period 2010-2015, the global Catholic population increased by 7.4 percent, the Vatican said. Africa continued to be the continent with the largest percentage growth, increasing by 19.4 percent over the same five-year period. The increase in Africa outpaced the growth of the general population. In Europe, the Americas and Asia, generally speaking, the statistical growth or decline of the Catholic population coincided with the growth or decline of the population as a whole over the five-year period, according to the Central Office for Church Statistics.

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