The Pope’s visit to America has certainly been exciting and has been a great way for the American people to get to know him better. I was present at the White House on Wednesday the 16th to join the President in welcoming the Holy Father. Janet Morana was also there, representing all the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which she co-founded (www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org). Janet likewise was invited to a State Dinner that evening and greeted the President and First Lady, as well as three Supreme Court Justices (Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, and Justice Thomas) on behalf of Silent No More Awareness and Priests for Life.
In his homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Pope said,
The Church, as “a people made one by the unity of the Father, the Son and the Spirit” (cf. Lumen Gentium, 4), is called to proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and to promote a culture of life. Here in this cathedral, our thoughts turn naturally to the heroic witness to the Gospel of life borne by the late Cardinals Cooke and O’Connor. The proclamation of life, life in abundance, must be the heart of the new evangelization.
He mentioned Cardinal Terence Cooke, who was Cardinal O’Connor’s predecessor in New York. Cardinal Cooke suffered from cancer all throughout his years as Archbishop of New York, though we never knew it. He never complained, and he kept up a tireless schedule of service to the people. In the course of his final illness, in 1983, he wrote a letter on the sanctity of life, which was read, as scheduled, on the weekend of October 8 in the New York parishes. The Cardinal had died two days earlier. In that letter he wrote, “The gift of life, God’s special gift, is no less beautiful when it is accompanied by illness or weakness, hunger or poverty, mental or physical handicaps, loneliness or old age. Indeed, at these times, human life gains extra splendor as it requires our special care, concern, and reverence.” Cardinal Cooke’s cause of canonization has been underway for years now.
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Finally, we got news last night (April 19) that Cardinal Lopez-Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, passed away. I worked with him during the years that I was there at the Vatican, and he was one of the Church’s greatest defenders of human life. Pray for him, and thank the Lord for his life and ministry.
Fr. Frank Pavone