National and world news, September 15, 2017

EWTN to broadcast Fr. Rother beatification
IRONDALE, Alabama – The EWTN Global Catholic Network will broadcast the “Beatification of Servant of God Fr. Stanley Rother live from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, with an encore at midnight.
The beatification will be co-hosted by Fr. Christopher Brashears from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, where Fr. Rother was born, and by Fr. Charles Connor. Father Connor not only teaches at Mount St. Mary’s, the seminary which Fr. Rother attended, but also hosts EWTN’s upcoming documentary, “Fr. Stanley Rother – American Martyr.”
Father Rother is one of many priests, sisters, and lay people from the then Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa who responded to now Pope St. John XXIII’s call for missionaries in South and Central America. While his path to the priesthood wasn’t easy, he made it through Mount St. Mary’s and, after a few parish assignments, Father Rother signed himself up for a mission in southwest Guatemala.
He arrived in Guatemala in 1968, where he was beloved. Father Rother loved his work, however, during his 13 years at the mission, the political situation became more and more dire.
Father Rother eventually found himself on a death list. He returned home for a bit to visit his family and to pray about whether the Lord wanted him to remain.
Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn, former rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, said Father Rother told him, “If I stay there and speak, I will be deported or killed.” However, after much prayer, Father Rother would tell the rector: “I know what I must do.
Father Rother returned to the mission where he was killed in the early morning hours of July 28, 1981.

Vatican reform process ‘nearly complete,’ C9 member says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals — the so-called C9 — is nearly done with its work of advising the pope on a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, the secretary of the council said.
Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, secretary of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, told Vatican Radio Sept. 11 that “as far as the reform process of the Roman Curia is concerned, it is even more than three-quarters of the way there — it is almost complete.”
“It is nearly complete at the level of proposals made to the pope,” he said.
The Council of Cardinals was meeting at the Vatican Sept. 11-13. Pope Francis, who returned from his visit to Colombia Sept. 11, did not attend the first day’s meeting.

Pope encourages Colombians to pursue peace
CARTAGENA, Colombia (CNS) — Pope Francis said he had no magic words or special recipes for Colombians seeking peace, but rather he wanted to listen to them, learn from them and travel a bit of the road with them.
He had a small accident on the road Sept. 10 in Cartagena, the last city and last day of his five-day trip: Riding in the popemobile down a street packed with people who wanted to see him, Pope Francis turned and bashed his face on the edge of the window, cutting his eyebrow and provoking a sizable bump on his left cheekbone.
While the bruise would fade, the overall experience of the trip was likely to linger. “I really was moved by the joy, the tenderness ... the nobility of the Colombian people,” he later told reporters flying back to Rome with him.
Before ending the trip with a Mass in Cartagena, Pope Francis had visited Bogota, Villavicencio and Medellin.
He celebrated a large outdoor Mass in each city and had a packed schedule of meetings with government officials, bishops, and others.

Pope: World cannot remain silent to hatred
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Politicians and religious leaders cannot remain indifferent to the suffering caused by violence and hatred in the world, Pope Francis said.
Instead, those in places of authority and influence must “feel the pain of others, to make it our own, neither overlooking it or becoming inured to it,” the pope said in a Sept. 10 message to participants of the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace in the German cities of Munster and Osnabruck.
“We must never grow accustomed or indifferent to evil,” he said.
Among those addressing the Sept. 9-12 meeting, which was sponsored by the Sant’Egidio community, a Rome-based Catholic lay organization, were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar University.
In his message, Pope Francis noted that the conference’s theme, “Paths for Peace,” highlighted the need to bring reconciliation to areas of conflict that have left “entire peoples plunged into a dark night of violence, without hope for a dawn of peace.”
Alongside political leaders, the pope said, religions must “respond to this thirst, to identify and, together with all men and women of goodwill, to pave tirelessly new paths of peace” through prayer and by humble, concrete and constructive efforts.
Religious leaders who share the ideals of nonviolence and compassion must encourage peace through “courageous humility and tenacious perseverance in prayer,” he said in his message, which was published in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
The path toward peace, he added, is not the one taken by “those who profane God’s name by spreading hatred; it has nothing to do with the bane of war, the folly of terrorism or the illusory force of arms.”

Speakers: Common humanity ‘underpins’ all U.N. work for peace, justice
NEW YORK (CNS) — People from all walks of life who share a global vision of peace, justice and universal respect for human dignity can draw inspiration from the lives and sacrifices of those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Speakers at a Sept. 11 prayer service on the eve of the opening of the 72nd session of the U.N. General Assembly said the memory of the vibrant lives of the diverse workers at the World Trade Center towers that day 16 years ago and the selfless heroism of those who came to their aid are reflected in the daily challenges of those who strive for unity, tolerance and compassion.
The interreligious service is an annual event sponsored since 1987 by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, the Archdiocese of New York and the Church of the Holy Family, the self-described “United Nations Parish” where it was held.

Medical bioethics conference Oct. 26-27
The 2nd Cleveland Divine Mercy Medicine, Bioethics & Spirituality Conference will be held Oct. 26-27 at St. Albert the Great Church in North Royalton, Ohio, near Cleveland.
The target audience includes all interested in healthcare and bioethical principles as well as the role of spirituality in medical care. Continuing medical education credits and CEUs will be available.
For more information, visit TheDivineMercy.org/Cleveland or call 800-462-7426.

Cardinal who led reform of Legionaries dead at 81
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Italian cardinal who oversaw the Vatican-led reform and reorganization of the Legionaries of Christ died in Rome just several days before his 82nd birthday.
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis died of cancer Sept. 9 at the age of 81.
An expert in church law who specialized in religious institutes, the Italian cardinal was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to be his papal delegate with broad powers of authority over the Legionaries following an apostolic visitation of the order. The major Vatican-led reform came after revelations that its founder, the late Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, had fathered children and sexually abused seminarians.
Under the cardinal’s guidance, the order adopted a new constitution, elected new officers and issued a statement of apology to the victims of Father Maciel.
Cardinal De Paolis’ role as papal delegate to the Legionaries from 2010 to 2014 also included guiding its lay branch, Regnum Christi, and advising that it become separate from — though affiliated with — the Legionaries.
The pope, who was on his flight to Colombia for a five-day visit when news of Cardinal De Paolis’ death was announced, expressed his condolences in a Sept. 9 telegram addressed to Angelo De Paolis, the cardinal’s brother.
“I wish to recall with gratitude his special skill and expertise in the field of law,” the pope said, noting the many years the cardinal dedicated to teaching at Rome’s pontifical universities, educating “the younger generations, especially priests.”
Born in Sonnino, Italy, the late cardinal was ordained a Scalabrinian priest in 1961, named a bishop in 2003 and an archbishop in 2008. Pope Benedict made him a cardinal in 2010.
He earned his doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, his licentiate in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, and a civil law degree from Rome’s La Sapienza University.
He taught moral theology and canon law for many years in Rome and also served in various positions within his religious order.
He served as president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See from 2008 until 2011.
He was a member of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature and he served as a consultant to a number of Vatican bodies, including the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for Eastern Churches, and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.