Links About Pope Francis 2015 Visit, Visiting the Homeless, and the Potential Ban on Religious Headstones

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announced 10,000 volunteers are needed for the Meeting Of Families in Philadelphia

Pope Francis gives “strength and consolation” to the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps

In continuing his work and focus on the homeless, Pope Francis invited 150 homeless men and women into the Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis is invited to the White House during his visit to the United States in September

There is a fight between the Archdiocese of Newark and a New Jersey law to try to ban the selling of religious headstones at cemeteries. 

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Cardinal Egan’s Life and Death, Pope Francis’ Upcoming Trip, Approval Rating, and Threat

Former Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan passed away on Thursday. Cardinal Timothy Dolan offers a statement about the life and death of the former archbishop.

Here is the Cardinal Egan’s obituary from The New York Times

According to a new poll, 95% of Catholics and two-thirds of those with no religion, give Pope Francis high remarks.

Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Pompeii offers a unique twist, the city lays claim to a curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion.

The Vatican’s security forces acknowledged that ISIS poses a credible threat to the Pope

Links, Updates, On Pope Francis’ Philadelphia Visit, Reported Assassination Attempt, and Pope Benedict’s Legacy

Papal Spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, calls the vatican “rumor” of an assassination attempt on Pope Francis while he was in the Philippines “unreliable”.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-rumor-of-assassination-attempt-on-pope-francis-unreliable-48918/

Catholic.com takes a look at when you should (and are allowed to) stay home from mass under Canon Law.

http://www.catholic.com/blog/michelle-arnold/when-to-stay-home-from-mass

Visitphilly.com’s guide to the upcoming papal visit in Philadelphia in September.

http://www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/world-meeting-of-families-2015-philadelphia/

Two articles about the 2-year anniversary of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The first one describes a first hand account of his resignation and the second link looks back on Pope Benedict’s legacy.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/02/11/a-monsignor-sobbed-then-silence-fell-an-eyewitness-account-of-benedict-xvis-resignation/

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/two-years-into-retirement-the-legacy-of-father-benedict-lives-on-44605/

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.