‘Walking priest’ pursues street evangelization hoping listeners seek God

Father Lawrence Carney jokes with people outside Sts. Peter and Paul Church in West Bend, Iowa, July 9. Earlier the “walking priest,” as he is known gave a talk about his street evangelization as part of the parish’s Grotto Speaker Series. (CNS photo/Jerry Mennenga)

By Joanne Fox 
Catholic News Service

WEST BEND, Iowa (CNS) — With apologies to Fats Domino, Father Lawrence Carney is “walkin’ and talkin’ about you and me,” and hoping that listeners will come back to — not “me” — but God.

Known as the “walking priest,” Father Carney brought his message of street evangelization to Sts. Peter and Paul Church in the north central Iowa town of West Bend in early July.

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 22, 2018: A royal mess

COLUMN ART SPEAK TO ME LORD

The Catholic News Service column, “Speak to Me Lord,” offers reflections on the Sunday Scripture readings. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

July 22

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle B
1) Jer 23:1-6
 Psalm 23:1-6
2) Eph 2:13-18
Gospel: Mk 6:30-34

 By Kevin Perrotta
Catholic News Service

In today’s first reading, Jeremiah promises that God will send a new king, a new “shepherd,” to his people. In the Gospel, Mark signals the fulfillment of this promise by telling us that the people around Jesus were like “sheep without a shepherd.” By acting as their shepherd, Jesus showed he is the promised king.

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CRS student ambassadors stress need for human dignity to Congress

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., meets with students from Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana, during the Student Ambassador Leadership Summit of Catholic Relief Services July 18 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski)

Backgrounder.

By Dennis Sadowski 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Denise Ssettimba just began her brief presentation to an aide to Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, on the need to maintain U.S. funding for global anti-hunger efforts when two congressional dining staffers with food carts in tow asked to squeeze by in a busy hallway in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The 18-year-old Xavier University of Louisiana student stepped a little closer into the tight circle around the aide, Kaitlyn Dwyer, staying on message.

“We want to share that there are a lot of ways that this aid helps people avoid migration,” Ssetimba said.

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Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes

Children are fed at the at Missionaries of Charity’s Shishu Bhawan care center in Kolkata, India. (CNS photo/CNS photo/Saadia Azim)

By Saadia Azim 
Catholic News Service

RANCHI, India (CNS) — Theodore Kiro held 13-month-old Navya on her return to his family after they were separated for a week. The crying baby happily clung to Kiro, whom she knows as her grandfather.

Navya is one of the four babies whose fate became entangled in the recent child trafficking scandal broke at Rachi’s Nirmal Hriday (Tender Heart) home, run by the Missionaries of Charity. A five-member district child welfare committee decided it was not fair for the foster mother and the child to be separated for long and ruled they should be united conditionally. The welfare committee asked the foster parents to take the child before the committee every week and keep it informed of the child’s schedule.

“The child and the mother were in trauma after separation, so the committee members decided compassionately to unite them. But this status has been fixed for the next two months only,” said Kiro, a local political leader using his clout to prepare legal papers for adoption of the toddler. Navya was brought to their home in Ranchi just after her birth and was reclaimed by the child welfare committee as one of the babies who allegedly was sold illegally by an employee of the Missionaries of Charity home.

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Once a troubled teen, young man found hope in faith and now is teacher

Quamiir Trice and student Sherman Jones discuss algebra equations during a June 2018 class at St. Gabriel’s Hall, a residential treatment program for at-risk youth located in Audubon, Pa. Now a Philadelphia-based educator, Trice is a graduate of the school, an outreach of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Catholic Social Services. (CNS photo/Gina Christian, catholicphilly.com)

By Gina Christian 
Catholic News Service

AUDUBON, Pa. (CNS) — When he arrived at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Audubon nine years ago, Quamiir Trice was in handcuffs.

Arrested for dealing crack, the 15-year-old had been sent to a residential treatment program for at-risk youth offered by St. Gabriel’s, part of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Catholic Social Services.

On June 27, Trice returned to St. Gabriel’s — this time, as a Pennsylvania state certified educator, fresh from his fourth-grade classroom and ready to teach mathematics at summer school.

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Texas bishops join event to support migrants, highlight church teaching

Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters)

By Rhina Guidos 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During a time when immigrants around the country have come under attack, the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, and representatives from other dioceses in Texas and nearby New Mexico are joining a variety of faith groups in a show of support and solidarity for migrants in their communities.

“Be a light in the times of darkness,” said El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz in a YouTube video posted July 18 announcing an interfaith procession in El Paso on July 20, which will be joined by faith leaders from the Presbyterian, Unitarian, Lutheran, Muslim, Baha’i and indigenous Tigua traditions. A vigil following the procession will feature testimony from separated families.

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Amigos for Christ continues work in Nicaragua amid political turmoil

John Bland, second from right, executive director of the nonprofit Amigos for Christ, celebrates availability of clean water July 14 with Dona Liliam of Las Torres, Nicaragua. (CNS photo/courtesy Amigos for Christ)

By Priscilla Greear 
Catholic News Service

BUFORD, Ga. (CNS) — The Buford-based Amigos for Christ nonprofit serving Nicaragua’s poorest has canceled all summer mission trips due to an upsurge in violence in the Central American country.

Yet, several Nicaraguan churches near the organization’s Chinandega headquarters have stepped in to serve their neighbors and partner with Amigos to finish construction of 100 modern bathrooms and a clean water system for El Pedregal village.

“We normally have about 1,800 people come down each year, and we’ve had to postpone the trips until we can tell people it’s going to be OK to travel,” said executive director John Bland from the group’s headquarters, a three-hour drive from the capital, Managua.

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