Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, February 19, 2018

International/National

20180216T1023 14687 CNS POPE ROME PRIESTS 800 1 Pope Francis holds his annual Lenten meeting with the pastors of Rome parishes Feb. 15. The meeting, occurring in Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran, included prayer, confessions and a question-and-answer session with the pope. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)ROME (CNS) -- While it is true that the world is full of sin and sinful behavior, priests must learn to scrutinize the "signs of the times" for new trends and attitudes that are good and healthy and holy, Pope Francis told pastors from the Diocese of Rome.

20180216T0831 14680 CNS FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING 800 Students mourn during a candlelight prayer vigil Feb. 15 for the victims of a mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. At least 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 shooting. The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, is in custody. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters) MIAMI (CNS) -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.

20180207T0843 14372 CNS VATICAN LETTER BENEDICT 800Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Feb-15-2018VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican denied that retired Pope Benedict XVI has a degenerative neurological disease or paralyzing condition after his brother, 94-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, told a magazine that Pope Benedict had a debilitating disease.

20180212T1625 14502 CNS OLYMPICS GIONTA 800 Brian and Harvest Gionta are seen with their daughter Leah Feb. 10 at the Olympic hockey training facility in Gangneung, South Korea. Brian Gionta is a Catholic from Rochester, N.Y., who is captain on the U.S. men's hockey team competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (CNS photo/David W Cerny, Reuters) WASHINGTON (CNS) – Brian Gionta, captain of the U.S. men's Olympic ice hockey team, competed in the 2006 Winter Games and played on three NHL teams, but his skating roots go back to his Catholic high school and college teams.

20180214T1106 14599 CNS WASHINGTON LETTER FEDERAL BUDGET 800 New copies of President Donald Trump's budget for the U.S. government for fiscal year 2019 lay on a display table Feb. 12 at the U.S. Government Publishing Office in Washington. (CNS photo/Leah Millis, Reuters) WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders cautioned that federal spending must safeguard the common good after the White House released its fiscal year 2019 spending plan that boosts military spending and cuts human services, environmental protection, diplomacy and international humanitarian assistance while assuring that the budget deficit will grow over the next decade.

20180103T1411 13440 CNS CURLIN FUNERAL 800Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore receives the offertory gifts from members of the Missionaries of Charity during the Jan. 2 funeral Mass of Bishop William G. Curlin, retired bishop of Charlotte, N.C., at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte. (CNS photo/SueAnn Howell, Catholic News Herald)BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. prompted Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to write a pastoral letter on the civil rights leader's principles of nonviolence.