Blessed Damien honored in Hawaii

Damien Day was celebrated in Hawaii earlier this spring, a chance to honor Father Damien de Veuster, the famed priest (now beatified) who served at the leper colony of Molokai from 1873 until his death in 1889. The Hawaii Catholic Herald covered the day’s events and, in a separate piece, also tells the story of how the Father Damien Memorial Statue came to stand front of the Hawaii State Capitol after years of campaigning and disputes.

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Latest ‘Origins’ covers Iraq, pope on abortion, immigration, Eucharist

Another variety of interesting texts in the newest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service:

  • American troops should stay in Iraq “only as long as their presence contributes to a responsible transition,” says the head of the military services archdiocese, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, in a Memorial Day message to Catholics in the U.S. armed forces. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The Vatican transcript of what Pope Benedict XVI said aboard the papal plane to Brazil about Catholic politicians and abortion. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The U.S. bishops see more that they like in the House version of immigration reform legislation than in the Senate’s, Orlando Bishop Thomas G. Wenski tells a House subcommittee. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The church offers the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist to a world on the path to globalization in the hope that this movement will be one of humanization and not one of alienation and injustice, says Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet. (Subscribers: click here)