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May 2007

Pope tells Latin American bishops about challenges

APARECIDA, Brazil - Calling for a "renewal and revitalization of faith" in Latin America and the Caribbean, Pope Benedict XVI warned against a revival of indigenous religions, said the church should work for justice but not become directly involved in politics, and criticized both Marxism and capitalism for their detachment from "the decisive reality which is God."


SULLIVAN-Thomas J., 83. Funeral May 18 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Carole; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Marilyn Sullivan; granddaughter; sisters-in-law, Kathy Allen and Agnes Rezac; brother-in-law, Walter and wife, Henrietta Krier; nieces; nephews; friends.


MAHER-Rosalea A. (Weskirchen)

MAHER-Rosalea A. (Weskirchen), 64. Funeral May 18 at St. Richard Church. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Preceded in death by parents, Francis and Leona; husband, Michael. Survived by brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Shirley Weskirchen; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; nephews; god children. Memorials to Youth Emergency Services and Alegent Hospice House.



MACNAMARA-Joan M., 71. Funeral May 18 at St. Leo the Great Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by mother, Marie Bezousek. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Michelle Macnamara; daughters and sons-in-law, Katie and Rusty Turner, Charleston, S.C., Kelly Macnamara and Bob Laitner, Jeanne and Brad Hildebrandt, Elkhorn, and Maggie and Jeff Muller, Corona, Calif.; eight grandchildren; father, Joseph C. Bezousek; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Mike Mongoven, Dallas, Texas. Memorials to Girls and Boys Town or American Cancer Society.

DIZONNO-Anthony J.

DIZONNO-Anthony J., 41. Funeral May 18 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by mother, Irene Dizonno. Survived by lifelong companion, Tina Marfisi-Hall; father, Vincent Dizonno; brothers, Jim Dizonno and Fred Dizonno; aunts; uncles; cousins.


BIGA-John W. "Jack"

BIGA-John W. "Jack", 90. Funeral May 18 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by wife, Stella; brothers, Leo and Stanley; sisters, Julia Fonfara, Mary Miller and Florence Cherek. Survived by daughter, Kathleen Nichols, Danville, Calif.; nieces. Memorials to American Heart Association.


Welcoming three men to priesthood

The number of archdiocesan clergy serving the people of God in Northeast Nebraska increases by three June 2, when Samuel Bandiera, Marc Lim and Andrew Roza are ordained at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Ordaining the men will be Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, who will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood next May.

Every year the Ordination Mass is a joyous event with the families and friends of those men to be ordained filling the cathedral. They know the journey these men have undergone in answer to God's call.

Look for presence of God in the world

Eighteen years ago I arrived at my vocation - to write books and articles about faith and spirituality with the intention of inspiring or spreading hope. I did this in the process of reading the bestselling book "Joshua," by Father Joseph F. Girzone. I was 18 years old and six months sober living on a college campus where the primary form of recreation was pounding beer (like every other campus in America). As such, I was looking for direction and found it in Father Girzone's novel.

Tax reduction part of Legislature's first session wrap-up

Water policy legislation has been passed and approved by the governor; debate on the death penalty has been concluded until next year; a proposed ban on human cloning carries over as well; reorganization of the state's Health and Human Services System has been enacted and is already under way; a state spending plan of nearly $7 billion for the next fiscal biennium has been passed and awaits possible line-item vetoes by the governor and possible overrides.There is still work to be done, particularly on tax relief and public education policy, but the first session of the 100th Nebraska Legisl


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