April 20, 2005
Darleene Barrientos A black bunting of mourning was replaced with bright white and yellow banners over the entrance of Holy Family Catholic Church, where parishioners celebrated the election of a new pope Tuesday. Before a cheering throng waving and chanting in St. Peter's Square Tuesday, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, of Germany introduced himself to the world as Pope Benedict XVI, calling himself a "simple, humble worker." Having a new pope was a relief to Catholics in Glendale, Burbank and the foothills, some of whom had described themselves as "orphans" since Pope John Paul II died April 2. "I'm delighted.
January 23, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI visited Rome?s Central Synagogue on Sunday, but his visit was not without controversy. Benedict is being criticized for his moves to push World War II Pope Pius XII toward sainthood. According to an AP story published last week, some Jews and historians have accused Pius of ?not doing enough to stop the Holocaust.? Given what you may know about Pius XII, do you believe the criticism Benedict faces is justified? ? As we try to evaluate people?s conduct during a horrible situation like the Holocaust, it?
December 26, 2009
As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, my generation will get a chance, for the first time, to look back on the first 10 years of a new century. The last time this happened to a generation, television hadn?t been invented. At my 10-year high school reunion in November, we couldn?t help but talk about what we didn?t have in terms of technology. In the late 1990s, there was no so such thing as social networking, other than the instant messengers and BBS message boards that existed then.
November 12, 2008
St. Finbar Parish School has adopted a list of learning objectives that acrostically challenge students to: Solve problems; think creatively and independently; follow your faith; interact with others; nurture your beliefs; brighten the world with your gifts; achieve your potential; and respect self and others. The Catholic Community of St. Finbar gathered Friday for the sixth annual Harvest Ball to present the 2008 Harvester of Faith Award to two individuals who have exemplified those tenets — Msgr.