Farewell Post

This is my final post on the blog. One of the things I’ve enjoyed is being able to cover the church with more in-depth than other places. I’ve been able to take a look at issues that sometimes do not get a lot of coverage and get a good look at what happens behind the scenes of the church in South Jersey and worldwide. Here are some of my favorite posts:

Taking a look at what made news in early February, including a potential assassination attempt on the pope.

Seeing how the church uses Social Media and rules for Lent.

Visiting churches and shrines in South Jersey to see how they differentiated from each other and seeing how each one represented their community. 

The interview with an usher from Infant Jesus Parish was certainly eye-opening. 

Noticing the different trends on the installation homilies and themes showed how times, and what was important, have changed. 

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Installation Homilies and Themes

I took the Installation Homilies of the last four Popes, and the installation homily of Bishop Dennis Sullivan from the Diocese of Camden, and put them in a visual text formation. I used Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI , Pope John Paul II, and Pope John Paul I.

Each homily had a varying theme. Bishop Sullivan focused more on local themes, than he did on overall church ideas themes
Pope Francis focused on God, Saint Joseph, who’s feast day it happened to be, and the words protect, creation, and care.

Pope Benedict stressed life, god, Christ, church, and shepherd.

Pope John Paul II looked at the word, God, mission, christ, power, and Peter.

Pope John Paul I looked at church, peter, christ, and god.    It is interesting to see how each Pope focused on the same things throughout their homily, yet stressed other things that would foreshadow their pontificate. Pope Benedict frequently used the term “shepherd” and first did so on his installation homily. Pope John Paul II often stressed missionary works and acts and began this theme in his installation homily. Pope Francis took a look at creation, which he vividly says we need to defend, and the word care, which he uses when talking about all of God’s creation.

Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

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VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Francis’ homily today at Palm Sunday Mass:

Pope Francis listens to the Gospel reading of the Passion. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis listens to the Gospel reading of the Passion. (CNS/Paul Haring)

At the heart of this celebration, which seems so festive, are the words we heard in the hymn of the Letter to the Philippians: “He humbled himself” (2:8). Jesus’ humiliation.

These words show us God’s way and the way of Christians: it is humility. A way which constantly amazes and disturbs us: we will never get used to a humble God!

Humility is above all God’s way: God humbles himself to walk with his people, to put up with their infidelity. This is clear when we read the Book of Exodus. How humiliating for the Lord to hear all that grumbling, all those complaints against Moses, but ultimately against him, their Father, who brought them out of slavery and was…

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Introduction

Hello. With the Pope coming to Philadelphia in September, and a seemingly new topic of conversation in the church coming up week in and week out, what better time to cover the Catholic Church in South Jersey? Pope Francis has challenged each Catholic to serve the poor, and increase their evangelization. Almost weekly it seems like, the first Pope from the new world is saying something remarkable and news making. And here, on this blog, I’ll remark about what he says.

In South Jersey, we have nearly 500,000 registered Catholics in the Diocese of Camden. From what the Pope says, to local news in the diocese, there is always something to report or remark on. Just this week, it was announced that Pope Francis will become the first Pontiff to address Congress on September 24. I’ll take a look at how the details of his visit when they are released in a few months.

The Diocese of Camden is home to a shrine of Padre Pio, who was one of the most beloved saints in modern history. It expands from the tip of Cape May to Burlington County and its hub sits in the heart of Camden, New Jersey. Being able to see what can happen from a local and international standpoint, and how it impacts the local church, a constant flow of information is available weekly.