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Funeral for Fr. Kenneth Walker Killed and Suspect Arrested - Fr. Terra recovering

The funeral for Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP will be this Friday, June 20 at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church in Paxico, Kansas (22298 Newbury Rd, Paxico, KS). A visitation will be held the day before, Thursday, June 19, most likely from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Piper Funeral Home, (714 Maple St, St. Marys, KS). A rosary will be prayed on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church. X — A Requiem Mass was held on Monday with Bishop Olmsted presiding - Fr. Terra also attended - See Video - For More on this Story Click

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 According to police, Gary Michael Moran murdered Fr. Kenneth Walker and beat Fr. Terra.  He is accused of battering Father Joseph Terra (pictured Above) with a 2-foot iron bar and fatally shooting Father Kenneth Walker with the other priest's gun. On Sunday, Police arrested Moran (pictured Below), age 54, at a mental-health facility in Phoenix on Sunday. He will be charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary. Moran was released from prison on April 25, after over 8 years of incarceration for a 2006 aggravated-assault conviction. He broke into a home and stabbed a man in his bed. The police Chief said that he was homeless since his prison release.  The judge set a $1 million cash-only bond. Police say DNA retrieved from the vehicle, Mother of Mercy Mission on Wednesday night. Terra explained to police he blacked out and didn't remember calling 911, but recalled "giving Father Walker absolution."

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Pope Francis “We have to always welcome people with a big heart, like family,”

Pope Francis at opening of Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis opened the Ecclesial Convention of the Diocese of Rome on Monday night, emphasizing the Church’s role of Mother in a society where more and more children are leading the life of an orphan. Pope Francis began his remarks by stating that over the past year, he has made numerous parish visits in the Diocese of Rome, where he has met a great number of people, however briefly. “They have expressed their hopes and expectations, along with their pains and problems,” he said.   The Holy Father noted that many people feel “disoriented”, with the difficulties of life, often lacking meaning and value. He then imagined the “hectic day” of a parent: getting up early, getting the children to school, the long commute to and from work. “He begins to feel a weight on him which is crushing,” Pope Francis said. “And we ask ourselves: But is this life? Then, in our hearts, arises the question:  How can we do this to our children - our children - and give a sense to their lives? Because they feel the way we sometimes live our lives is inhuman, and do not know which way to go so that life is beautiful, and you are content to get up in the morning.”
The Holy Father lamented the fact that many men do not have time to play with their children, and said it leaves the child like an orphan. “Orphans, with no memories of the family, because…their grandparents have been moved away to a nursing home,” he said. “Orphans without affection or love today because everyone is in too much of a hurry: Dad is tired, mom is tired…they are orphaned!” Pope Francis reminded them Jesus said he would not leave us orphans. “How can we not feel a burning in the heart and say to everyone, especially young people: You are not an orphan. Jesus Christ has revealed to us that God is our Father and want to help you, because he loves you?” Pope Francis asked. He lamented a culture that leaves young people orphaned without jobs, and multiplies the opportunities for pleasure, distraction, curiosity, but “is not able to bring man to true joy.”
Pope Francis said the Church needs to be a Mother, not a “well-organized NGO with a bunch of pastoral plans”. “Being in the Church is being at home with mom,” he said. The Holy Father said without this, going to Church becomes like going to an institution, and gives it the identity of a football team, where people are just “fans” of being Catholic. He said people need to feel the “tenderness” of a Mother in the Church.“We have to always welcome people with a big heart, like family,” he said. This is especially true in dealing with young people, and the Pope said the Church must encourage the participation of the youth. Pope Francis concluded his remarks by thanking the parish priests present.“The Italian Church is strong thanks to the parish priests,” he said.Shared from Radio Vaticana

Pope Francis urges magistrates to strive to be an example of moral integrity

Pope Francis meets Italian magistrates

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis met members of Italy’s Superior Council of Magistrates on Tuesday  and urged them to be examples of morality whilst stressing the importance of prudence and impartiality.
In his address, he noted legal norms in every country are intended  to protect the freedom and the independence of the judiciary so it has the necessary guarantees to carry out its important and delicate role. Pope Francis said this places the magistrates in a position of particular significance where they need to maintain an incontrovertible impartiality at all times, using objectivity and prudence whilst basing their judgements exclusively on the correct legal norms and above all so they can respond to the voice of their own unswerving conscience.    
Being a magistrate or judge requires intellectual, psychological and moral qualities but one particularly pertinent quality or virtue, said the Pope, is that of prudence.  This virtue doesn’t mean standing still but it helps a person to ponder and consider the legal reasons and facts on which each judgement should be based. He said a magistrate will be more prudent if he or she has a strong internal equilibrium  that is capable of overcoming instincts coming from their own character, own personal viewpoints or their own ideological convictions. 
Italian society, he continued, expects a lot from its magistrates, particularly nowadays, given the shrinking of its moral heritage  and its changing democratic structures.  Pope Francis  concluding by urging the magistrates to strive to be an example of moral integrity for the whole society saying there are many inspirational role models.  In this regard, he mentioned the magistrate Vittorio Bachelet who was killed (by the Red Brigades) during Italy’s so-called Years of Lead and Rosario Livatino who was killed by the mafia.  
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Pope Francis - Our duty as Christians, is to ask forgiveness from God for these people we read about in the papers

Pope Francis condemns corruption

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday returned to theme of corruption in the Church and in society, saying those who commit this crime must beg for God’s forgiveness. Speaking during the homily at Mass in the chapel of his Santa Marta residence, the Pope said it is always the poor who pay the price for the corruption of others. Pope Francis based his reflections on the reading from the First Book of Kings which tells the story of the murder of Naboth through the greed and corruption of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. When we embark on the path of corruption, the Pope said, we lose our humanity and sell ourselves, just as the prophet Elijah tells Ahab, “I have found you because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.”
"Questa è la definizione: è una merce!....
This is the definition of corruption, the Pope insisted, it’s a commodity that we buy and sell. Recalling yesterday’s homily in which he identified three areas of corruption – in politics, in business and in the Church – he said all three hurt the poor who always pay the price for the other’s gain. To all of these people, the Pope notes, God says clearly that he will bring disaster on them and their families. Corruption, he said irritates God and scandalises people because it exploits, enslaves, even kills the vulnerable, but those who commit this crime are only focused on money and power.
"Sono traditori i corrotti.....
The corrupt, the Pope said, are traitors who steal and kill, who exploit the innocent, but they do it at a distance with kid gloves on so that they do not have to get their hands dirty. These people, he said, are cursed by God, but just as Ahab tore his clothes and fasted and humbled himself before the Lord, so the corrupt must repent and make amends for what they have done. Our duty as Christians, the Pope concluded, is to ask forgiveness from God for these people we read about in the papers, to pray for their conversion of heart and for the grace that we may never become corrupt ourselves.
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Today's Mass Readings Online : Tues. June 17, 2014

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 366


Reading 11 KGS 21:17-29

After the death of Naboth the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite:
“Start down to meet Ahab, king of Israel,
who rules in Samaria.
He will be in the vineyard of Naboth,
of which he has come to take possession.
This is what you shall tell him,
‘The LORD says: After murdering, do you also take possession?
For this, the LORD says:
In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth,
the dogs shall lick up your blood, too.’”
Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me out, my enemy?”
“Yes,” he answered.
“Because you have given yourself up to doing evil in the LORD’s sight,
I am bringing evil upon you: I will destroy you
and will cut off every male in Ahab’s line,
whether slave or freeman, in Israel.
I will make your house like that of Jeroboam, son of Nebat,
and like that of Baasha, son of Ahijah,
because of how you have provoked me by leading Israel into sin.”
(Against Jezebel, too, the LORD declared,
“The dogs shall devour Jezebel in the district of Jezreel.”)
“When one of Ahab’s line dies in the city,
dogs will devour him;
when one of them dies in the field,
the birds of the sky will devour him.”
Indeed, no one gave himself up to the doing of evil
in the sight of the LORD as did Ahab,
urged on by his wife Jezebel.
He became completely abominable by following idols,
just as the Amorites had done,
whom the LORD drove out before the children of Israel.

When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments
and put on sackcloth over his bare flesh.
He fasted, slept in the sackcloth, and went about subdued.
Then the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite,
“Have you seen that Ahab has humbled himself before me?
Since he has humbled himself before me,
I will not bring the evil in his time.
I will bring the evil upon his house during the reign of his son.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 11 AND 16

R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Turn away your face from my sins,
and blot out all my guilt.
Free me from blood guilt, O God, my saving God;
then my tongue shall revel in your justice.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Gospel MT 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

RIP Fr. David Hume - Beloved Priest dies in Australia - Age 56

Parish Mourns Sudden Death of Beloved Priest

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese Release
17 Jun 2014
Father Dave Hume whose sudden death at the weekend has left his parish stunned and grieving
Father David Hume, Parish Priest of St John XXIII Parish at Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens in Sydney's outer west died suddenly at the weekend.
He was 56.
"His passing has left a huge void in our community. Everyone is stunned and grieving," Sue Andruskin, Pastoral Associate and Sacramental Co-Ordinator for the Parish told Catholic Communications this morning.
Although it is still not known what caused his death, since Sunday when parishioners first heard the news, the St John XXIII Catholic Church has been filled to overflowing each night as individuals and families throughout the community have arrived to pray for his soul at the Novena prayers.
"Fr Dave Hume was a man of many talents and no brief words could possibly summarise the loving impact and influence he had among his parishioners here and our extended community," Sue says. "His huge heart made time for everyone and now we all feel that we have not only lost a beloved pastor but a treasured friend."
Fr Dave Hume was ordained into the priesthood on 11 June 2005
Able to see the good in all, Fr Dave gave hope to the despairing, struggling and in need, she says.
Deeply compassionate, generous, loving, hardworking, innovative, wise, humble, humorous, down to earth, ecumenical are just some of the words Sue uses to describe Fr Hume. She recalls how he always finished his Masses by saying "Live Jesus in Our Hearts."
"Jesus certainly lived in Fr Dave's heart," she says.
Born in Sydney in 1957 to Patrick and Sheila Hume, the fifth of seven children, Fr Dave grew up in Lewisham and attended St Thomas' Primary School and Christian Brothers' High School.

At 19, he joined the Christian Brothers and spent the following 20 years with the Brothers. He taught at many schools including St Patrick's Primary, Goulburn; St Thomas' Boys' School, Lewisham; St Patrick's College, Strathfield; St Patrick's College, Goulburn; Edmund Rice College, Wollongong; and St Dominic's College, Penrith.
In late 1995, now aged 49 he left the Christian Brothers and as a lay teacher joined the staff of Holy Cross College, Ryde and later Oakhill College, Castle Hill.
Four years later, in early 2000 he yet again answered God's call and entered the priestly formation program for the Diocese of Parramatta. The following year, joined the Seminary of the Good Shepherd at Homebush.
Father Dave Hume of Blessed John XXIII parish with Uniting Church's Rev David Wrightson
Fr Dave was ordained a priest on 11 June, 2005 and appointed Assistant Priest at St Patrick's Parish, Parramatta.
In November 2007, he became Assistant Priest at St Andrew's Parish, Marayong and two years later in October 2009 was appointed Administrator of St Paul the Apostle Parish at Winston Hills.
On 1 May, 2010 just over four years ago, he became Parish Priest of John XXIII Parish at Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens.
From January 2012 he took on added duties to his parish minister after being appointed Dean of the Hawkesbury Deanery in the Diocese of Parramatta.
Retired Dominican priest, Fr Stephen Hume is one of Fr Dave's brothers and is believed to be devastated by the death of his younger sibling.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Fr Dave Hume will be held on Monday 23 June at 11 am at St John XXIII Church, Perfection Ave., Stanhope Gardens.
Among the many expected to attend the funeral Mass will be the Rev David Wrightson of the Quaker's Hill Uniting Church together with a large contingent from his parish.
Fr Dave Hume was parish priest at St John XXIII Catholic Church
"When the Uniting Church at Quaker's Hill burned down in August last year, Fr Dave offered Rev Wrightson the use of our parish's Holy Cross Primary School Hall for services each Sunday until their new church could be built," says Sue.
The bond between members of the two different denominations grew and at Easter this year, in a moving and heartfelt display of ecumenism, members of the Quaker's Hill Uniting Church joined parishioners from St John's XXIII's and took part in the Good Friday enactment of the Stations of the Cross.
"Fr Dave suggested his parish take one half of the Stations and members of the Uniting Church take the other half," Sue says, adding that the day will long be remembered as a true celebration of Christian fellowship and love.
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Separatists Shoot down Military Plane in Ukraine Killing 49 People

Ukraine: 49 dead in latest unrest

(Vatican Radio) Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to retaliate after pro-Russia separatists shot down a military plane in the east, killing 49 people. He spoke shortly after he himself narrowly survived an apparent assassination attempt. 
Huge flames lighting up the skies near the city of Luhansk and burning wreckage in a farm field is all that is left of a massive IL-76 military transport plane. 
Well-armed Pro-Russian separatists shot down the Ukrainian army's aircraft while it approached the Luhansk airport, killing crew and 40 troops aboard, officials said. 
On Sunday, Ukraine will hold a day of mourning. But it will do little to heal the wounds in an increasingly volatile nation. 
Even President Poroshenko was threatened with death. Well-informed sources say his bodyguards disposed of a powerful explosive device, including five grenades and a kilogram of metal nuts discovered near the president's headquarters. 
The incidents come as another setback for Ukrainian troops who are battling pro-Russian separatists in the east. 
Fighting involving Ukrainian special forces and national guard units has even continued in Mariupol, despite government claims it had retaken the port city on Friday, and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine. 
Poroshenko has also expressed concern about Russian tanks entering Ukraine, explained European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.  
"He conveyed to me his extreme concern with ongoing armed unrest in eastern Ukraine and also today’s incident with Russian tanks that according to Ukrainian authorities have crossed today the Ukrainian border," he told reporters.  
Russia denies supplying the rebels but the NATO military alliance says recent Russian tank movements near the border have "raised significant questions" on Russia's role. 
Ukrainian forces have claimed at least a small victory since Friday. They were seen showing some 32 alleged pro-Russian separatist prisoners, but it remained unclear how they would treat them in what has become an increasingly bloody battle for control over Ukraine's troubled east.    
Before Saturday's fighting, the Ukrainian health ministry had said at least 270 people had died in clashes between government forces and armed separatists.
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Summit of Religious Leaders Conference - 10th Annual

Comece Release: 
Cardinal Marx: "To regain confidence takes concrete solutions"

At the 10th Summit of religious leaders of various religions and denominations, Cardinal Reinhard Marx led the delegation of the Catholic Church, which comprised Jean-Pierre Grallet, Archbishop of Strasbourg and COMECE member, and Professor Margaret S. Archer, head of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The hosts of this meeting at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels were the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, and the Vice-President of the European Parliament László Surján.

unknownIn the light of the results of the European elections, the growing Euro-scepticism and the economic crisis, as well as the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels a few days ago, the participants discussed questions related to the future of Europe and its social dimension.
For Cardinal Marx, the EU can only regain the trust of the citizens, if it brings concrete solutions to current problems and challenges, such as unemployment, climate change, migration, or the negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TTIP). "If the EU proposes concrete solutions, it will be better accepted," said Cardinal Marx.

"Jean Monnet once said that a united Europe should be a contribution to a better world. The question of whether Europe is contributing to a better world has to be asked in all activities of the Union, including the free trade agreement. It offers the opportunity to contribute on the basis of shared Western values inspired by Christianity to shaping international standards and global governance. "
As regards the TTIP, Cardinal Marx specifically commented: "Free trade always offers the opportunity for greater prosperity, and has therefore to be initially welcomed. But the market always also needs clear rules. The two transatlantic partners who together represent the Western world marked by Christianity, can promote such an agreement to bring clear, ethically-grounded standards to the global economy. Therefore, the Free Trade Agreement means for Europe and the U.S not only an opportunity but a special responsibility.

Among the ethical issues that lie behind the free trade agreement, there is above all the question of who benefits from the agreement: Does the proposed agreement answer the claim of serving the common good? Does this agreement only serve rich nations to shield themselves in order to preserve greater benefits for themselves at the expense of developing and emerging countries? Or will we manage it such that this free trade agreement also benefits the most vulnerable in the world? "

At the beginning of the meeting, the participants stopped for a minute's silence for the victims of the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24 and issued a joint statement on Meriam Ibrahim the Sudanese Christian who has been condemned to death for ‘apostasy’.

Speech Cardinal Marx (in German only)

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