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April 16, 2014

A Dad’s View
By Matthew Hennessey

On my computer screen at work, I have taped the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. Credited to Pope Leo XIII, a nineteenth-century intellectual who helped define the relationship between the Church and the modern world, the prayer was at one time recited after Mass. It fell out of favour in the sixties though, maybe because it projects a slightly militant vibe. St. Michael is a tough customer.

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Currabawn: Sound thinking and Spirituality
A blog by Fr. Colin McKenna

North by Northwest

| April 15, 2014

Last Saturday afternoon, as I was approaching the front doors of St. Patrick Church in Redding, a woman in a blue minivan started blowing her horn and waving frantically at me. She was traveling past the church and needed to hit the brakes hard to turn into the driveway and roll up beside me. At that moment, I was expecting her to tell me that I had just won the Publisher’s Clearing-House Sweepstakes, or that the British were coming. Instead, she leaned toward her open passenger-side window and said, “Which way is South?!”

In Rome's Colosseum, pope, thousands reflect on world's injustices | April 19, 2014

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Seated atop a hillside overlooking Rome's Colosseum, Pope Francis presided over the nighttime Way of the Cross, joining thousands of people gathered in prayer.

‘He inspires others’ | April 17, 2014
Posted in Annual Bishop's Appeal

BRIDGEPORT—If Angelo Cocco had his way, the Annual Bishop’s Appeal would be called “Christ’s Appeal.” For six years, he has been ABA coordinator at St. Margaret’s Shrine in Bridgeport, and each year, under his leadership, his parish has exceeded its goal. They have already met their goal for this year, but “I am still raising money,” Cocco said.

900 years of enduring, steadfast, faithful service | April 17, 2014
Posted in Annual Bishop's Appeal

STAMFORD—The foundations of a bridge are particularly critical because they must support the entire weight of the bridge and the traffic loads that it will carry. When we talk about “Building Bridges in Faith and Charity” we would be remiss if we did not recognize the very foundations of our bridge. Many of the critical foundations of the Bridgeport Diocese reside at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Retired Priests Residence in Stamford. These are the very men who supported and helped to steady our diocese through the changing tides over the years. These very special priests are the foundations of our bridge that have helped to keep our diocese sound.

Bishop Leads Living Stations of the Cross | April 17, 2014

STAMFORD — A large gathering joined Bishop Caggiano on Good Friday as he led the Living Stations of the Cross in Stamford. The procession started at Cummings Park and the faithful processed to St. Mary Church on Elm Street.

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Ladies luncheon honors Sister Magnetti | April 17, 2014

GREENWICH—Nearly 300 guests turned out at Greenwich Country Club for The Fourth Annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport,

The event, which honored Sister Joan Magnetti, rscj, Executive Director of Cathedral Academies for her 50 years in education, raised
more than $220,000.

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Bishop celebrates first Chrism Mass in Bridgeport | April 16, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—The procession into St. Augustine Cathedral lasted almost ten minutes as more than 300 priests and deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport attended the first Chrism Mass celebrated by their new bishop.

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Renovated organ set for Holy Week liturgies | April 15, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—When Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrates the liturgies of Holy Week, the newly-restored organ at St. Augustine Cathedral will provide suitable accompaniment to these solemn and joyous occasions.

Bishop Caggiano leads the Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday | April 14, 2014

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano led the Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction at the statue of the Pieta, at St. Margaret's Shrine on Palm Sunday, April 13.

Pope Francis ignores prepared Homily in Palm Sunday speech | April 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP)—Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice.

Pope praises police-church network to stop trafficking, meets victims | April 10, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Meeting four victims of human trafficking, dozens of religious sisters and senior police chiefs from 20 countries, Pope Francis praised their coordinated efforts to fight against a "crime against humanity."