IN THE DIOCESE
SAN ANGELO — Holy Angels, Bishop Pfeifer presentation to RCIA Classes, 6:30 p.m.
CHRIST THE KING RETREAT CENTER, SAN ANGELO — Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Msgr. Timothy Murphy (2004)
Rev. Cyril Lange (1971)
First Reading: Hebrews 6:10-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gospel: Mark 2:23-28
TODAY’S HEADLINES FROM CNS
Atlanta archbishop visits ‘family of God’ at Georgia prison
JACKSON, Ga. (CNS) — During a visit to a state maximum security prison in Jackson, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta told a group of inmates that they were not forgotten and were integral members of the body of Christ and the church of Georgia. “You men are part of our family of God, the believing community, and so we come to share the mystery of Jesus being born here anew,” he said during his Jan. 4 homily in the prison chapel. He assured the dozen inmates at the Mass that Jesus is present for those who are sick, imprisoned and others on the margins of society where “the family of the church may more perfectly recognize the Lord.” After Mass, he greeted the inmates in attendance. He then celebrated a private Mass in the prison barbershop for five death-row inmates. About 2,000 male prisoners are incarcerated at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, which also houses the state’s 103 death-row inmates.
Bishop-presidential contender in Paraguay hopes for great social pact
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNS) — Retired Bishop Fernando Lugo Mendez of San Pedro, Paraguay, who resigned from active ministry to run for president, said he hopes to foster a “great social pact” to achieve national reconciliation in a country with deep divisions. “I believe in collective leadership. … I’m no messiah,” Bishop Lugo, who is leading in opinion polls, told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview in mid-January. “Paraguay has a lot of very qualified people.” He said Paraguay was “a champion in corruption,” but added, “there are very healthy people who are not tainted by it” and said he would like his running mate — whom he has yet to pick — to be a female politician. With nearly 40 percent of Paraguay’s 6.5 million people living in poverty — and half of those poor struggling on $1 a day — plus rising inflation and Paraguay’s reputation as one of the most corrupt nations in the world, Bishop Lugo will have his work cut out if he succeeds in ending the Colorado Party’s six-decade grip on power in 2008.
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U.S. bishop discusses Palestinian plight due to Israeli settlements
NAHALEEN, West Bank (CNS) — The encroachment of Israeli settlements on Palestinian water sources must be addressed, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., said his two-day visit to view Catholic Relief Services’ projects in West Bank farming villages brought to his attention the plight of farmers who are losing access to their water supply. “It is the first time I have become aware of the critical nature of the water supply. (Palestinians) feel their water supply is being cut from them by the encroachment (of Israeli settlements) beyond the green line,” said the bishop, who grew up on an apple farm in Washington and has been interested in farming all his life. Bishop Skylstad visited Israel and the Palestinian territories Jan. 11-18, participating in the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land and the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. Bishop Skylstad and other bishops were to travel to the Gaza Strip Jan. 13 and spend three days visiting Catholic parishes and religious leaders in northern Israel Jan. 14-16.