During his recent trip to Albania, Pope Francis confided to his interpreter that he had met Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta – whose parents were of Albanian descent – at the Synod of Bishops held in 1994.
Vatican Insider reports:
Describing the circumstances of his encounter with the Blessed woman who helped the poorest among the poor, the Pope said he met Mother Teresa at the Synod held in 1994. “She sat right behind me during the sessions. I admired her strength, the determinedness with which she spoke, never letting herself be fazed by the assembly of bishops. She said what she wanted to say…
“If she had been my superior I would have been scared!” Francis joked.
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After the “Crystal Cathedral” was sold to the Diocese of Orange and became “Christ Cathedral” work has begun to use the Cathedral’s campus to serve several lay Catholic organizations, including Immaculate Heart Radio, EWTN, the Magis Center, and the Augustine Institute.
Lawyer and entrepreneur Tim Busch has been at the forefront of the effort to bring several of these Catholic organizations to Orange County.
According to Busch, the campus features six buildings comprising 350,000 square feet, and while the sanctuary isn’t open yet, it’s a functioning parish. Daily Masses (including ones in Spanish and Vietnamese) for the Christ Cathedral Parish community. are offered in the Arboretum, a 1961 building designed by architect Richard Neutra.
“Over 13,000 people go to Mass there every weekend,” says Busch. “It’s highly unusual to have a cathedral parish with that type of activity. Cathedral parishes are typically in urban areas, and absent St. Patrick’s Cathedral [in New York City], are rarely attended by the lay faithful.
… The diocesan headquarters are already on the campus, along with the Cathedral Academy, with preschool through Grade 8. Recently, worldwide Catholic satellite and radio network EWTN announced it was opening a West Coast studio in the 14-story Tower of Hope.
“It has become the home of multiple movements that are going on in the Church,” says Busch, “which include EWTN, but also a 25-station Catholic radio network called Immaculate Heart Radio. It’s also going to house the West Coast office of the Augustine Institute, which is a Biblical institute out of Denver. Then there’s the Magis Center, which is a reason-and-faith center that was started by Father Robert Spitzer.
…. There are several other ministries that are looking to relocate there. This is going to create great synergies among those ministries, to collaborate on donor bases and organizational structure.”
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Back in June, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone received some backlash from San Francisco politicians and civic leaders on his decision to speak at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.. The Catholic San Francisco recently reported that this backlash was not spontaneous, but planned and well-financed by a group called “Faithful America.”
Faithful America states that it’s mission is to “reclaim Christianity from the religious right” and that it’s members are “sick of sitting by quietly while Jesus’ message of good news is hijacked to serve a hateful and political agenda.”
Catholic San Francisco reports that:
Faithful America is partially funded by three of the country’s top gay rights activists and nonprofit foundation funders of LGBT initiatives, Colorado multimillionaire political activist (Tim) Gill and Michigan billionaire (Jon) Stryker, as well as by progressive billionaire (George) Soros. Gill, Soros and Stryker are not Catholic and do not live in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The Catholic San Francisco will run a three-part series to “analyze Faithful America, the funding of groups that call themselves Catholic or faith-based and attack Catholic leaders and teaching, and the concept of ‘hate groups’ and ‘hate speech.'”
Read more at the Catholic San Francisco.