Cardinal Law was one of the most powerful and respected bishops in the US until his legacy was blemished by the sexual abuse of minors by priests in his Archdiocese of Boston in the late 90’s. His death now leaves the College of Cardinals with 216 members, including 120 cardinals who are under the age of 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope.
As wildfires continue to rage near Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez called on those who have lost their homes, those who are offering assistance and those fighting the fires to remember that God is accompanying them in their sorrow and acts of sacrifice.
In a statement published in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles magazine “The Angelus”, Archbishop Gomes said that "God is there in all these stories of sharing and self-sacrifice, in all those who are opening their homes to strangers, in all those who are risking their lives to save others. The Lord is there in the outpouring of donations and in all of the volunteers serving selflessly in our Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul Society. The hard truth is that there are no easy answers. But that does not mean that the Lord is not in the fire. God is everywhere. Jesus said, “ a sparrow does not fall from the sky in God's creation without God knowing about it and caring about it."
The fires continued to burn out of control, with the largest being the fast-moving Thomas fire just northwest of Los Angeles, which is rapidly advancing toward the Pacific Coast. This fire has burned more than 238,000 acres, claiming one life and destroying more than 900 homes since it began earlier this month.
And finally, the Vatican has launched its new multimedia communications website that consolidates all its media channels into one platform where the Secretariat for Communications will oversee how various events and issues are presented and covered.
This new system will be a single structure responsible for producing audio, text, video and graphics in several languages and for use on a variety of platforms, including the new website and social media channels.
Currently, the Secretariat for the Communications multimedia centre works in six languages and focuses on four areas: the Pope, the Vatican, the Church and the world. In time, the multimedia centre will include about 350 employees drawn from the 40 language programs of the former Vatican Radio and from nine institutions including, Vatican newspaper, Vatican television production center, Vatican printing press, just to name a few.
The beta version of the new site is up and running and you can check it out at the web address listed here.
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