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Edward Cardinal Egan former Archbishop of New York has died

Cardinal Edward Egan

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  Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, has died at age 82, the Archdiocese of New York said Wednesday.

  Egan was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon. The cause of death was cardiac arrest, the archdiocese said.

  “Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and  sacraments of his loyal priest secretary, Father Douglas Crawford, in his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,” Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the current Archbishop of New York and Egan’s successor, said in a statement.

  Egan was born April 2, 1932 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was consecrated a bishop in 1985, and was appointed archbishop of New York in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Continue reading

Pope: Putting trust in world, not God, blinds people to needs of others

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — When people trust in the world more than in God, their heart becomes numb and their eyes blind to those in need, Pope Francis said.

“Worldliness transforms souls, it makes (people) lose touch with reality: They live in a fake world they have made,” he said March 5 in his homily at a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

The pope’s homily was based on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Luke in which Jesus tells the Pharisees the story of a rich man who was unaware that lying at his door was “a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table.” Continue reading

Hundreds honor memory of Father Hesburgh, celebrate a life well lived

A man holds a program with an image of Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh at a visitation and wake for the late priest March 3 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Father Hesburgh, former president of the university, died Feb. 26 at age 97 in the Holy Cross House adjacent to Notre Dame. (CNS photo/Matt Cashore, University of Notre Dame)

By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Ryan Leahy of Chicago walked up to an employee on the snow-covered campus of the University of Notre Dame March 3 and asked her to take a photo of him and his family members in front of the school’s iconic gold dome.

Though the family reunion of sorts was chronicled with that snapshot, they came together for another well-known Notre Dame pillar.

They traveled from different regions of the U.S. to attend two days of services honoring the life of their friend, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, the longest serving president of the university, from 1952 to 1987, who died Feb. 26 at the age of 97.

As Ryan Leahy huddled with his brother Patrick and father James, both of who traveled from Yakima, Washington, they took a moment to discuss with Catholic News Service their family’s connection with Father Ted and his legacy.

“My father, who was Frank Leahy, the athletic director and head football coach here and Father Ted Hesburgh had a very interesting relationship,” said James Leahy, a 1969 graduate of Notre Dame.

When Father Hesburgh arrived at Notre Dame in the 1940s, the Indiana Catholic campus was best known for its football excellence, and when he became president of the school in 1952, he vowed to turn the university into great academic institution, “which of course he did,” James Leahy said. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Bishop on a bulldozer

Archbishop Karl J. Alter is seen riding a bulldozer in this file image. (CT File)

Staff Report

In the late 1950s, just as today, it wasn’t common to see a bishop in full clerical garb riding atop a bulldozer,  but it happened once.

Pictured in today’s Throwback Thursday is Archbishop Karl J. Alter. On Jan. 4, 1959 he mounted a bulldozer for a photo op during the construction of Moeller High School. The photo ran as the cover of the April 19, 1985 edition of The Catholic Telegraph. Continue reading

Pope plans to canonize St. Therese’s parents during family synod


Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, are pictured in a combination photo created from images provided by the Sanctuary of Lisieux in France. Pope Francis is expected to canonize the couple during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October. (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, leading a conference Feb. 27 on the role of saints in the life of the church, announced that “thanks be to God, in October two spouses, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized.”

Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin were married in 1858. The couple had nine children, but four of them died in infancy. The five who survived — including St. Therese — all entered religious life. Zelie Martin died of cancer in 1877, at the age of 45; her husband died when he was 70 in 1894.

The couple was beatified in 2008. They are believed to be the first parents of a saint to be beatified, highlighting the important role parents play in their children’s human and spiritual upbringing. Continue reading

UD libraries honor vowed religious in special exhibit

Press release


With 2015 decreed as the Year of Consecrated Life by Pope Francis, University of Dayton Libraries is honoring the priests, sisters and brothers — the vowed religious — who devote their lives to serving God and humanity.


“Charism, Character and Calling,” on display through March 31 in the Roesch Library, tells these stories through treasures from three special library collections that preserve the history of the U.S. Catholic Church, tell the story of the University’s Marianist heritage, and draw scholars from around the world to study Mary, the mother of Jesus.


“To many, consecrated life is mysterious,” said Kathleen Webb, dean of University Libraries. “Because it’s not typically a highly visible or attention-seeking life, people are often not aware of the impact that consecrated religious have had on our community and our world. This exhibit helps shine a light on their faith, their commitment to a life of service, as well as their humor, their creativity and their call to religious life.” Continue reading

Ignoring, abandoning the elderly is a sin, pope says

Pope Francis waves as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Seeing the elderly only as a burden “is ugly. It’s a sin,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience.

“We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, helping the elderly know they are a living part of their communities” and sources of wisdom for the younger generations, the 78-year-old pope said March 4 at his weekly general audience.

Continuing a series of audience talks about the family, Pope Francis said he would dedicate two talks to the elderly, looking at how they are treated in modern societies and at their vocation within the family.

“An elderly person is not an alien,” he said. “The elderly person is us. Soon, or many years from now — inevitably anyway — we will be old, even if we don’t think about it.”

“If we do not learn to treat the elderly well,” the pope said, “we won’t be treated well either” when the time comes. Continue reading

Cardinal George hospitalized for tests to evaluate his condition

By Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George, retired archbishop of Chicago, was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center March 1 to undergo several days of tests.

A March 3 news release from the Chicago Archdiocese said the tests were being conducted to evaluate his condition since he stopped treatment for cancer in late January.

“The cardinal continues to count on the prayers of so many who have written to wish him God’s blessings,” said the statement.

Cardinal George was in a clinical drug trial to treat his cancer until January. He was dropped from the trial being conducted by University of Chicago Medicine after scans showed the experimental treatment was not working for him.

At a Jan. 30 news conference, he told reporters doctors have exhausted all options in his cancer treatment and have moved on to palliative care.

“They’ve run out of tricks in the bag, if you like,” said Cardinal George, 78. Continue reading

Catholic Families sought for century farm honor

Altar server Ray Fox carries the cross as Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr and others process in at the opening of the "Farm Mass" Sept. 5 at the farm of Randy Louiso in West Union. (CT Photo/Paul Hannah)

Staff Report

Catholic Rural Life of St. Marys and Sidney deaneries is encouraging Catholic farming families in those deaneries to apply for enrollment in the Catholic Century Farms Registry. Continue reading

Mount St. Joseph University president stepping down at academic year end

Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz has announced plans to resign at the end of the present school year. (CT File)

Press Release

Mount St. Joseph University president Tony Aretz has announced his resignation from his leadership role at the liberal arts institution effective with the culmination of this academic year.  

 “I have been honored the past seven years to lead this great university whose mission is lived daily by dedicated faculty, staff and students,” Aretz said. “I have been able to complete many of the goals I had when arriving at the Mount and throughout the rest of my career, will reflect upon the many accomplishments we achieved with great pride.”

Aretz came to the Mount in 2008 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., where he had served as academic vice president. He previously had been on faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and is a retired lieutenant colonel. During his seven-year tenure, the Mount grew from college to university, launched the Center for Ethical Leadership, the Vision2020 strategic plan, and created the career preparedness program, Talent Opportunity Program (TOP). The Mount also partnered with Education at Work, establishing an innovative on-campus work opportunity to help students manage the cost of tuition and enhance the affordability of their education. Several new majors, including graduate and doctorate degrees in nursing and business were also added.  Continue reading