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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Refugee boat used as Corpus Christi altar by Cologne Cardinal

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Cologne - A seven-metre long refugee boat is to be sited in the middle of Cologne as a memorial. The Archdiocese of Cologne has purchased the wooden former fishing boat that was seized by the Maltese army several years ago in a rescue operation. In cooperation with the charity Moas, it will brought to the cathedral city and is expected here next week, the archdiocese said on Friday. Cardinal Rainer Woelki wants to celebrate the Corpus Christi Mass on the boat on 26 May in Cologne's Roncalliplatz . After that it will be used in the Archdiocese for events. The ship type was often used by Libyan smugglers for transport to Italy.

The boat is to remember the thousands of deaths in the Mediterranean and the suffering of the refugees. According to the Archdiocese, Cardinal Woelki wants to point out that the fundamental problems have not been resolved, even if the number of refugees currently is falling back in Germany. The setting up of the boat will be linked to the 23,000 Chimes Event in which 230 churches a year ago recalled the 23,000 refugees who have arrived since 2000 in the Mediterranean. Since these bells were rung more than 3,327 people have died on the journey in unsafe boats on the Mediterranean Sea, reported the Archdiocese with reference to the refugee agency UNHCR.

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See previous story Corpus Christi in Linz.
And also below a video of Dixieland Jazz Corpus Christi.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Shrine to St. Katharine Drexel to be sold

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"The religious order founded by St. Katharine Drexel has decided to sell the 44-acre Bensalem estate housing its mother house and the shrine with the saint's tomb.

Facing the plight of other orders with declining numbers and aging membership, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament also announced Tuesday it would sell more than 2,200 acres in Virginia, where two schools for black students founded by St. Katharine had been located.

"The properties are too large for our current and future needs, and for our financial resources," Sister Donna Breslin, the order's president, said in a telephone interview. She said the decision to sell was made "after prayer, study and reflection."

The motherhouse in Bensalem holds the tomb for St. Katharine, who established the religious order in 1891, died in 1955 and was canonized in 2000."



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