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Reject ‘false hope’ of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling
St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson prays with the St. Louis police Nov. 24, a few hours before the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See STLOUIS-RACE and FERGUSON-REACT Nov. 25, 2014.

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson prays with the St. Louis police Nov. 24, a few hours before the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

By Matt Hadro
CNA/EWTN News 

FERGUSON, MO. — The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems.

“Since the grand jury received the case in August, we have seen offensive and violent outbursts by protesters, and acts of civil disobedience. Despite our calls for peace, which Michael Brown’s family have echoed, we continue to see that segments of our community have not fully renounced the tendency to lash out with antagonistic behavior and violence,” Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis said in a response to the grand jury’s decision. Continue reading

 
Year of Consecrated Life to open with Mass Nov. 30 in Dayton

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Staff Report

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in union with the Catholic Church around the world, will celebrate members of religious orders and others in consecrated life during the Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016.

In addition to parish-wide observances, there will be two Archdiocesan events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will preside at the opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Continue reading

 
Pope names Milwaukee auxiliary bishop to head Gary Diocese

Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying has been named by Pope Francis as the Bishop for the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Herald)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying of Milwaukee as bishop of Gary, Indiana, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Dale J. Melczek, who has headed the diocese since 1996. Continue reading

 
Pope, creating six new saints, uses newly abbreviated formula

Priests from India wait for the start of the canonization Mass of six new saints celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Using a newly simplified rite, Pope Francis proclaimed six new saints and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy.

Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints Nov. 23, the feast of Christ the King, the pope said, “They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbor,” dedicating themselves, “without holding back, to serving the least and assisting the destitute, sick, elderly and pilgrims.” Continue reading

 
Around the Archdiocese: Thanksgiving week 2014
Students from Fenwick High School participated in a Shantytown to raise awareness for homelessness. (Courtesy Photo)

Students from Fenwick High School participated in a Shantytown to raise awareness for homelessness. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Report

Below are news and notes from around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Bishop Fenwick students embrace homelessness awareness, gather food

Forty students, representing all four grade levels, participated in Fenwick High School‘s Shantytown. Continue reading

 
Dayton creches to be displayed at Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains
A creche is seen on display in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati last year. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

A creche is seen on display in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati last year. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

A popular Christmas activity in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the University of Dayton’s annual display of 200-plus Nativity scenes. Now residents in the archdiocese’s southern parts will have a chance to experience some of those creches without making the drive.

The Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains will host 25 nativities on loan from the University of Dayton from Nov. 29 to Jan. 4, 2015. The “Creche Collection” will be open to the public Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. It can also be toured by appointment. Continue reading

 
Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, pope says
Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Nov. 12, 2014.

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders,” welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said.

Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the pope said the church’s concern for the whole person motivates its material aid to immigrants and refugees, its offer of legal assistance and, especially, its pastoral outreach and offer of the sacraments. Continue reading

 
As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses reporters in the East Room of the White House Nov. 5 in Washington. The president held the news conference one day after after Republicans won enough seats to give them them a majority in the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years. The president said he is still prepared to sign executive orders to deal with the country's "broken" immigration system by the end of 2014 if Congress doesn't pass meaningful reforms. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it will be the 68,445 families and 68,541 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended at the border in the last fiscal year.

The children and families, most from Central America, drew international attention last summer as their numbers overwhelmed governmental and private agencies that process their legal cases, and provide housing, social services and foster care. The record-setting number of apprehensions has declined significantly because of efforts on both ends of the migrant pipeline. And steps are being taken to address problems in their home countries that cause people to leave. Continue reading

 
My Journey: Evangelized by dead people

Among the most recognizable voices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is Matt Swaim.

Matt Swaim. (Courtesy Photo)

As host of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio, Swaim is heard nationally on EWTN affiliate stations each morning, before hosting a local hour of the show that broadcasts in the greater Cincinnati, Northern Ky., and eastern Indiana region. Continue reading

 
CHOSEN youth rally draws 650 (Photos)

Roughly 650 people took part in CHOSEN: Called to be More, at Good Shepherd on Nov. 8. (Courtesy Photo/Anna Walton)

Staff Report

Roughly 450 youth, 100 chaperones, 65 parents and 35 volunteers took part in “CHOSEN: Called to be More” at Good Shepherd Nov. 8.

The four-and-a-half-hour youth rally included Mass, exposition, music and talks led by NET Ministries. Parents present attended a separate session designed just for them. Continue reading