Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Service

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is inviting Catholics to join him and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Gerasimos at an April 8th Lenten prayer service commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting of Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI in 1964, which commemorates healing the Great Schism that split Christendom in 1054. The East-West tie is set to be renewed May 25th when Greek Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis meet in Jerusalem.

Archbishop Cordileone and Metropolitan Gerasimos will venerate a relic of the true cross possessed by the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont and pray for the upcoming meeting in Jerusalem of Greek Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis, when the two are scheduled to sign a joint declaration. "We are called to be one, and the pope is coming to remind us of this and renew the spirit of unity and fraternal love," said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.



National Crime Victims' Week

Catholic dioceses in California are offering special prayers and Masses in observation of National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 6-12th, an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime.

Pope Francis said "With the Cross, Jesus unites himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and the defenseless; with the Cross, he is united to families in trouble, and to those who mourn the tragic loss of their children."

The Archdiocese of San Francisco will hold a noon luncheon on April 6th in honor of 40 survivors of violent crime at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, followed by travel to Sacramento for an April 6th-7th Survivors Speak Conference (the first of its kind), which will bring together survivors and people from communities impacted by crime in order to focus on strategies for healing. Most Reverend William Justice, Auxiliary Bishop in San Francisco, will offer a prayer to the families.

For more information contact www.restorejustice.com or visit www.cacatholic.org.



The Canonization of Two Popes
BLESSED JOHN XXIII
BLESSED JOHN PAUL II

Sunday, April 27th 2014

EWTN will be on the ground, providing exclusive LIVE coverage of all the Vatican events leading up to and including the canonization. Look for EWTN original programs and special news reports direct from the heart of the Church on the lives of these two great Popes.



Winterfaith Shelter Walk 2014

Sunday, May 4th

Sponsored by the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the Walk will take place at Lake Merced. Walkers will meet at the parking circle at the intersection of Lake Merced and Sunset boulevards. The 4.5 mile walk supports the San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter for the homeless. Information and registration at http://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com.



To the Holy Land following Paul VI

Pope Francis announces a pilgrimage to Amman, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem from May 24th to May 26th

And on the Epiphany he calls the faithful to pray for 'holy cunning' like the Magi.

On Sunday, 5 January, after the Angelus, Pope Francis announced that he will be travelling to the Holy Land from 24-26 May, stopping in Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It will be a "pilgrimage of prayer" in celebration of the anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras which took place 50 years ago on 5 January. The Pontiff explained various details of the schedule, underlining the ecumenical meeting with representatives of all the Christian churches in Jerusalem, together with Patriarch Bartolomaios of Constantinople. The following day the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica and spoke about the experience of the Magi, who overcame that "dangerous moment of darkness" because "they be lieved the Scriptures" and thus escaped the "dreariness of the night of the world" in order to follow the light to Bethlehem. We must learn from the example of the Magi and follow that light which goes before us and which - as the Bishop of Rome explained before reciting the Angelus that day - is a sign of God's love. That same afternoon the Pope visited the live nativity scene of the Church of Sant'Alfonso Maria de' Liguori in Rome.