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October 9, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Scalise returns
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is applauded as he arrives on the floor of the U.S. House chamber in Washington Sept. 28 after returning to Congress for the first time since being shot and seriously wounded. Scalise was shot June 14, when a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. The Catholic Congressman attributed his recovery to the power of prayer. "I'm definitely a living example that miracles really do happen," he told his colleagues.
CNS via Reuters

Parish's adopt-a-cop
Officer David Fikes, K9 handler with the Brookhaven Police Department, and his full-service police work dog, Dano, demonstrate a series of commands Sept. 14 in front of Sgt. Jake Kissel and Kathryn Berg's fifth-grade class at Our Lady of the Assumption School in suburban Atlanta. Fikes and Dano, a Belgian Malinois, have been partnered together for more than three years. The Adopt-A-Cop ministry of Our Lady of the Assumption Church is helping parishioners forge relationships with local law enforcement. The ministry has grown to 144 parish families who have adopted 54 employees of the Brookhaven Police Department, which has 65 sworn police officers.
Michael Alexander/
Georgia Bulletin, cns

Vandals attack Christians
with impunity

Salesian Father Antonio Scudu, caretaker of St. Stephen Church in the Beit Jamal Salesian monastery near Jerusalem, holds a portion of a shattered statue of Mary Sept. 26. Christians in the Holy Land, including Catholic leaders, have expressed frustration with lack of legal action against cases of desecration and vandalism of sacred places. Even as the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land issued a statement condemning the Sept. 20 desecration and vandalism of a Catholic shrine in Israel, some people criticized the statement's "weak language" and asked, "How long will we be tolerant?"
Debbie Hill/cns

Live King's words
WASHINGTON — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s support of nonviolence to bring about social change applies as much to today's society as it did when Rev. King put his philosophy to paper 60 years ago, said speakers at an Oct. 2 news conference at the memorial dedicated to the civil rights figure in Washington. The news conference was scheduled in advance of the Las Vegas shooting spree Oct. 2. "As a society, we need to stop making excuses and commit to nonviolence," said Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

Pray together
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Catholic bishop and a Lutheran bishop told members of both their denominations gathered to mark the Reformation's 500th anniversary that they need to keep finding ways to respect one another, pray together and cross "these bridges between us." Lutherans and Catholics came together for a joint prayer service in Columbia which had as its theme "From Conflict to Communion: Together in Hope."

'An authentic light'
OKLAHOMA CITY — If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother "fills us with sadness," it also "gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City. The 13 years Blessed Rother spent as a missionary in Guatemala "will always be remembered as the glorious epic of a martyr of Christ, an authentic lighted torch of hope for the church and the world," the cardinal said in his homily during the U.S. priest's beatification Mass.

Honesty about flaws
NEW ORLEANS — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan suggested to more than 400 priests of the state of Louisiana that humbly and openly sharing the "wounds" and shortcomings of the church might bring those who are alienated back to the practice of the faith. Using the image of the church as "our supernatural family, which we, as priests, are called to image," Cardinal Dolan told the opening session of the three-day Louisiana Priests' Convention that human weakness has been a part of the church from the beginning.

Choir visits US
WASHINGTON — The Sistine Chapel Choir came to Washington Sept. 20 on a rare U.S. visit. Its stops included Detroit and New York as well as The Catholic University of America, where it gave a concert and presented a workshop. The choir resembles the choir of the Early Renaissance period of 500 years ago in that it features all males, including about 30 boys, to sing the soprano and alto parts that were written with their vocal timbre in mind.

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