Easter brings 223 ‘new Catholics’ to Church in Southern Missouri

In parishes throughout the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau this Easter, 223 were brought into the Church of Southern Missouri. Seventy-six received the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist, while 147 candidates, those already baptized in another faith tradition, made a profession of faith and celebrated confirmation and Eucharist. This photo gallery highlights St. Mary Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, during the Easter Vigil and its reception of 10 candidates and five elect (catechumens). Bp. James V. Johnston was the main celebrant with Fr. Tom Kiefer, Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, and Msgr. William Stanton concelebrating. (All photos by Dan Williams) Read more

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Bishops reiterate budget priorities to Congress

OBAMA'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET--A staff member prepared the release and distribution of US Pres. Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the Government Printing Office in Washington April 10. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)
OBAMA’S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET–A staff member prepared the release and distribution of US Pres. Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the Government Printing Office in Washington April 10. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)

The heads of two committees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged Congress in April 22 letters to both chambers to weigh decisions surrounding the budget by how they impact human life and dignity, serve “the least of these” and reflect government’s shared responsibility to protect the common good. The bishops’ letters followed Pres. Obama’s 2014 budget proposal. Read more

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US bishops: ‘now is the time’ to reform immigration system

IMMIGRANT NATION--Partial panel of the painting 'The Land of Promise' by Charles Frederic Ulrich
IMMIGRANT NATION–Partial panel of the painting ‘The Land of Promise’ by Charles Frederic Ulrich

Card. Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said in a press conference April 22 that “now is the time” to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. Card . Dolan was joined at the press conference by Abp. José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, and Bp. John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chair of the USCCB Communications Committee.

“Let me say that now is the time to address this issue,” Card. Dolan said. “As we speak, persons are being deported and an untold number of families are being divided. Human beings continue to die in the American desert. This suffering must end.” Read more

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Diocese forming an Association of Catholic Health Care Professionals

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Being a faithful Catholic doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician’s assistant, etc., is challenging in the current legal and cultural environment. It is important to support you in living your faith as well as utilize your expertise to advise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau on matters of health care and bioethics. Read more

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