South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 43, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, April 4, 2008 Page: 1 of 28
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Praying for All Vocations
About 120 priests serving in the
Diocese of Corpus Christi gathered
with Bishop Edmond Carmody at
the March 18 Chrism Mass where
they recommitted themselves to
their vocation. April 13 marks World
Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Sainthood Cause of KC
Founder Takes Major Step
The sainthood cause of the found-
er of the Knights of Columbus
has taken a major step forward.
On March 15 Pope Benedict XVI
approved a decree of "heroic vir-
tues” for Father Michael McGivney,
a U.S. priest
as a pas-
tor until his
Media Page: War Drama
Director Kimberly Peirce’s
moving, measured film is
that restrict its
Wearing of the Green For
Education in Old San Pat
Jim Morgan, self proclaimed
"gofer and dishwasher"’ stood by
ready to help
at the annual
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Pope urges Catholics to focus on
meaning of Jesus’ resurrection
By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - While Jesus’
death shows the depths of his love for hu-
manity, it is his resurrection that proves he is
the Son of God, Pope Benedict XVI said.
The pope used his March 26 weekly gen-
eral audience to underline the importance of
celebrating the 50-day Easter season.
The pope came to the Vatican by helicop-
ter from Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome,
and returned to the papal villa by helicopter
after the audience.
St. Peter’s Square was still decorated with
some of the tulips, daffodils, pansies and
blossoming trees that were set up for the
popes March 23 Easter morning Mass. An
estimated 30,000 people attended the audi-
ence, which was marked by brief sprinkles
The pope told the crowd, “Death was
not sufficient to demonstrate that Jesus
was really the Son of God, the expected
Hundreds of people over the course of his-
tory have dedicated their lives to doing good
and to bringing justice, the pope said. But
“they died and remained dead,” he said.
“The death of the Lord demonstrates the
immense love with which he loved us, go-
ing so far as to sacrifice himself for us,” the
pope said. “But only his resurrection is sure
proof, the certainty that what he affirmed is
true and that it is valid for us, is valid for
While the Resurrection is celebrated every’
Sunday all year long, he said, the church
asks Catholics to focus on its meaning and
rejoice over it more intensely in the days
immediately following Easter.
“All the liturgies of the Easter season sing
the certainty and joy of the resurrection of
Christ,” he said.
Faith in the Resurrection is what makes
Christianity what it is and gives Christians
the strength to live in hope, the pope said.
“Isn’t it the certainly that Christ is risen
that gives courage and prophetic audacity
and perseverance to the martyrs of every
age?” he asked. “Isn’t the encounter with
the living Christ that which converts and
fascinates the many men and women who,
See RESURRECTION, page 19
Bishop Carmody baptizes Nicole Abigail Valdez as her godparents Sylvia
and Rolando Suarez, look on during the Easter Vigil Liturgy at Corpus Christi
Cathedral. While Jesus’ death shows the depths of his love for humanity, it is
his resurrection that proves he is the Son of God, said Pope Benedict XVI.
See more local coverage of the Easter Triduum on pages 14 and 15.
Bells: Calling the faithful to prayer
By Geraldine McGloin
Sadly missing in many
modem churches is that
ancient device which for
centuries called the faith-
ful to prayer, marked the
death of love ones and
warned of impending
danger — the bell.
Though not as com-
monly used today church
bells have a long and
interesting history. They
were very important be-
fore clocks and watches
were so commonly avail-
The use of bells for reli-
gious purposes is of very
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ancient origin. Early
Egyptians used a small
bell or gong in the wor-
ship of their god Osiris.
Scholars have opined
that Moses, who was
educated in the priestly
class of Egypt, intro-
duced them into Jewish
ceremonies. Bells came
into use in our churches
as early as the year 400.
Their use spread rapidly,
as in those unsettled
times the church-hell
was used not only for
summoning the faithful
to services, but also for
giving an alarm w’hen
Pope Sabinian sanctioned their use in
604, and a short time later a ceremony for
blessing them was established. One of the
most important uses to which church bells
were devoted was the ringing of the Ange-
lus, a distinctively Catholic practice. The
Angelus is a short devotion in honor of the
Incarnation of the Lord. It is recited three
times a day, morning, noon and evening,
formerly at the sound of the church bell.
(Current Handbook of Indulgences does not
mention the need for a hell) The origin of
the prayer is vague but it was prescribed for
the success of the Crusades and the recover}7
of the Holy Scriptures. Biblically based, the
Angelus contains a summary of the Gospel
narrative. The first two responses are from
St. Luke; the third is drawn from St. John.
See BELLS, page 23
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