Details released for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.

Details of a proposed schedule for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States were released yesterday by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a member of the organizing committee for the pope’s U.S. visit. Catholic News Agency reports that the Holy Father will arrive on September 22 and depart the evening of September 27, visiting three U.S. cities during that time: Washington D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

The main purpose of Pope Francis’ visit is to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia that week, but other items on his agenda include a meeting at the White House, an address to both the Senate and the House of Representatives at the joint-meeting of Congress, an address at the United Nations general assembly, and the canonization of Franciscan missionary Blessed Junipero Serra.

For more information, read the full article at Catholic News Agency.

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Immaculate Heart Radio program inspires music director to plan benefit concert for Catholics in Iraq

Displaced Iraqi child, who fled from Islamic State violence, sits with her family outside their tent in a campFrom The Catholic Sun

According to Aid to the Church in Need, some 120,000 of the refugees have descended on Irbil in northern Iraq since the crisis began. Among them are 5,000 children. As nighttime temperatures drop below freezing, many of those who have escaped ISIS are living in tents, schools and abandoned buildings.

Kim Scoggin, music director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, decided to do something about it. She’s planned a Jan. 25 concert at the parish featuring well-known Catholic musicians Tom Booth, Ike Ndolo and the OLMC choir. Proceeds from the concert will go toward assisting the Chaldean Catholics who remain in Irbil.

Scoggin said she was listening to Immaculate Heart Radio when she heard Patrick Madrid interview Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo about the situation. Bishop Jammo leads the St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Diocese headquartered in El Cajon, Calif. Scoggin had already decided she wanted to take action to help the displaced Christians, but the bishop’s words galvanized her.

“He said, ‘Thousands have perished and have been persecuted but thousands more who would have been persecuted were not because of Our Lady’s mantle of protection,’” Scoggin recalled.

The benefit concert will take place on January 25, starting with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tempe, AZ. For more information visit the Our Lady of Mount Carmel web site.

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Immaculate Heart Radio expands to Orange County

orange_county_pictureImmaculate Heart Radio now reaches another 6.8 million people, as today we increase the power of our San Diego station, KCEO 1000 AM. This signal expansion allows KCEO to stretch from southern Los Angeles county all the way to the Mexican border – covering nearly all of the Diocese of Orange.  With 1.3 million Catholics in the Diocese of Orange, we are excited to share the best Catholic programming with Catholic and non-Catholic alike.

“Radio is so accessible,” said Doug Sherman, president of Immaculate Heart Radio. “Just look at the freeways – so many people are tuned into the radio. So we try to give encouragement and solutions to everyday problems from a Catholic perspective.”

The Diocese of Orange will produce one hour of original programming each week, Orange County Catholic Radio, which will air Thursdays at 11 a.m. The program will be produced from the Christ Cathedral Campus in Garden Grove, CA. Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Diocese of Orange recently said:

“In a lot of ways, Catholic radio has a long history of evangelizing. I used to listen to Catholic radio in Rome. Now to bring it to Orange County is a chance to pray and listen and inform people while they are in their cars. It is an opportunity to communicate with all types of people.”

For more on Immaculate Heart Radio’s expansion into Orange County, see this article at the Orange County Register.

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