August 20, 2018
“In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years. Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the pain of many of the victims. We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death; these wounds never go away. The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it, or sought even to resolve it by decisions that increased its gravity by falling into complicity.”
Read the rest of Pope Francis’ letter here.
On July 15, 2018, the community of St. Vincent, joined by Bishop Denis Madden, blessed the bronze of Homeless Jesus by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz. The statue, an anonymous gift to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, was installed in St. Vincent Park among the benches where many homeless people rest. See photos of the dedication and installation.
The life-sized bronze statue by Ontario artist Timothy Schmalz, which can be found in more than 60 cities across the globe including the Vatican, will be installed on the grounds of St. Vincent. In other cities, the statue has been placed in an area where it serves as a reminder to securely housed people that Jesus was himself homeless and that He called for Christians to care for “these least brothers of mine” (Mt. 25:40). In addition to that message, this one will serve as a reminder to those who are experiencing homelessness that they are like Christ. Continue reading
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