Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as the only American bishop to serve as a participant in the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops taking place in Vatican City from October 4 to 25. Pope Benedict XVI convened the Special Assembly to underline the Church's dedication to fighting the injustices in Africa, by continuing in its evangelization mission and its charitable works. The synod is focusing on the theme: "The Church in Africa at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world."
Archbishop Gregory will share his thoughts several times a week as he participates in the Synod of Bishops.
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I am a seminarian at Mundelein Seminary and converted to the Catholic faith in 2003. At that time, I embraced the faith, the universal call to holiness, and practiced daily prayer. After working for three years as an attorney, the call to follow Jesus more completely, a call that had been there for a few years, remained. By persevering in daily meditation, in the midst of work and despite difficulties, God will bring you closer to Him. Please pray that God would give us the grace of perseverance to be holy priests with a zeal for souls for Him.
Matthew (Matt) Dalrymple
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Catholic Charities invites all interested persons to attend the CareForTheTroops meeting to be held Wednesday, October 21, from 7-9pm at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. CareForTheTroops is an interfaith organization with a motto “to care for those who have borne the battle, and their spouses, children, and families” and a goal to establish an interfaith, non-political military ministry within the Catholic community to respond to the growing needs of Georgia’s veterans and their extended family members. With support from Archbishop Gregory, CareForTheTroops(www.careforthetroops.org.) will present a short program and answer questions about mental health problems of returning veterans from Georgia, and how our local faith communities can support them. All Clergy, mental health providers, service members and family members affected, or those interested in being a part of this ministry are invited to attend.
Contact Jutta Hansen at email@example.com or 404-885-7238 to RSVP and for more information about the upcoming event.
October is Respect Life Month in Catholic churches across the country. The theme of this year’s Respect Life Program is “Every Child Brings Us God’s Smile.” It is taken from a homily given by Pope Benedict XVI on January 7, 2007, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. While it is obvious how this can apply to the unborn child, we are ALL “children” of God – therefore, every single one of us can bring God’s smile to others, in our own special and unique way. The Holy Father’s words help us to realize the beauty and dignity in every human being, from the smallest among us to those nearing the end of their life.
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