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April 2008

Omaha nun heads Mercy community

Sister Norita Cooney, RSM, of Omaha has been elected president of the West Midwest Community of the Sisters of Mercy.

Sister Cooney, who was elected on the first ballot, joined five other religious who were elected to lead the West Midwest Community that stretches from San Francisco to Detroit.

"I am so humbled," said Sister Cooney at the West Midwest Assembly in Chicago. "It takes all of us to accomplish a goal or to create and implement a vision."

Sister Markey pleads guilty

Sister Barbara Markey, ND, pleaded guilty to theft by deception March 31 in Douglas County District Court.

Sister Markey, former director of the archdiocese's Family Life Office, was fired in 2006 after financial irregularities were discovered by archdiocesan officials.

Pope Benedict XVI recently addressed Jesuits worldwide about their mission in the 21st Century

On March 4, 2008, Pope Benedict spoke to Father Aldolfo Nicolas, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, about his expectations for the Order this coming decade. He recognizes that we are in "a period of great social, economic and political change throughout the world; of conspicuous ethical, cultural and environmental problems, of conflicts of all kinds; yet also of more intense communications between peoples, of new possibility of knowledge and dialogue, of profound aspirations for peace."

Official Schedule, April 4-18, 2008

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss' activities over the next two weeks:

April 4

» Confirmation, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Omaha.

April 5

» Confirmation, Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk.

April 6

» Confirmation, St. Gerald Parish, Ralston.

April 7

» Mass, Institute of Priestly Formation, 8 a.m., Our Lady of Nebraska Chapel, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

» Shepherd's Corner, KVSS radio program.

April 8

Clergy were beacons of redemptive love of Christ

It's difficult to imagine what it was like to live in Nazi Germany. For Jews, it was a nightmare. They lived in constant fear of the Gestapo. They were arrested and sent to concentration camps. They were then treated brutally and killed at the notorious camps.

Speaking out against the persecution of the Jews in Germany and in countries later occupied by the Nazis were Catholic and Protestant clergy. In many cases, their punishment was imprisonment in a concentration camp.

Farm bill looking at delays while its constituencies face uncertainty

WASHINGTON - The 2007 farm bill is now the 2008 farm bill. And if something doesn't happen in Congress by April 18, it could very well become the 2009 farm bill.

There are many constituencies interested in different provisions of the five-year, $286 billion-plus farm bill currently facing revisions by a House-Senate conference committee.

Catholic rural life advocates want to see limits placed on the size of federal commodities payments. The biggest payments now go to the largest farms.

Much written about what never happened

There are no "new sins." Well, maybe the abysmal lack of professionalism of the media in covering religious matters should qualify. But that's not all that new.

Headlines and TV teasers were replete last month with reports of something that never happened. They ranged from the Associated Press' weak attempt at being cute: "Vatican Updates Its Thou-Shalt-Not List," to Fox News' mildly erroneous "Vatican Adds Seven New Deadly Sins" to the outrageously incorrect "Pope Identifies Seven New Sins" by the New York Daily News.

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