Tag: Pope Benedict XVI

Live The Faith; Reflections On The New Evangelization

As the Year of Faith has now drawn to a close, let’s reflect upon some of the encouragement and instruction we have received from the two popes who shared this grace-filled year. In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI made a very practical teaching that continues to guide my own ministry as a bishop, particularly in assessing our pastoral ministries.  I think it is also helpful for every Catholic to examine and assess the full integration of their faith life.  Here is what Pope Benedict had to say: The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in […]

With The Door Closed On The Papacy Of Benedict XVI, Another Prepares To Open

 I was taken by this photo of the final minutes of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.  Pope Benedict XVI along with the Prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, leave public view after the Pope’s brief appearance on the balcony of Castle Gandolfo.  Thank you, Pope-emeritus, for you fidelity and loving term as our Shepherd in Chief. Now, five days into the General Congregation meetings of the College of Cardinals, all 115 of the Cardinal Electors are in Rome.  Preparations are well underway to ready the Sistine Chapel for the Conclave.  The Cardinals are now fulfilling perhaps their […]

Vocation: What’s Yours?

This week is National Vocations Awareness Week.  I have offered Masses this week asking that all people come to a deep realization of God’s love for them and how that love is experienced most profoundly in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  For me, this is the starting point of coming to know what one’s mission in life entails.  We believe that God is the author of all creation.  Indeed, this is why Jesus preached with authority (Mark 1:22), because he is the author of all life.  One line that remains with me from Pope Benedict XVI’s new […]

Habitat For Humanity Home in Sheridan

This morning we broke ground for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Sheridan. A few major events were the driving force behind this particular idea. This year, the Diocese of Cheyenne is celebrating its 125 Anniversary.  We also in this past year promulgated a new Diocesan Strategic Plan.  We wanted to do something significant as a means of celebrating our faith, and the thought of building a habitat home seemed both appropriate and exciting. When Fr. Jim Heiser, pastor of Holy Name in Sheridan shared with me that the parish was assessing the various […]

Pope Benedict XVI

As promised, here is a photo of an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday, May 5. This was taken immediately after the Region XIII Bishops received the Holy Father’s Fourth Discourse to the American Bishops. His topic this time was on the Catholic Identity of our Catholic Schools. Audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Photo with permission of L’Osservatore Romano. With this photo, reporting from the 2012 ad limina apostolorum comes to an official close.  As mentioned earlier, the visit was very grace-filled.  It is always a unique grace to be in the presence of the Successor of […]

Ad Limina; Day Seven & Conclusion

And so ends my first ad limina apostolorum. Much to my surprise and delight, these many meetings were not so much another experience of administration, but they truly focused on the pastoral dimension of our Apostolic Ministry as Bishops. Almost every one of the Dicastery meetings gave us a reflection and challenge on how our ministry is to be a proclamation of Jesus Christ to those we serve and all we encounter.  We have been inspired and strengthened to help our people and our culture encounter Christ and assimilate the faith into every aspect of […]

Ad Limina: Day Six

Well, gang, it is late, and has been a long day! We started early and went late, and to top it all off, we dealt with cross-city meetings in Friday Roman traffic. However, it was another grace-filled day. So, rather than give much commentary, I will simply post a few pictures, and try to follow up with some information later. Tomorrow is our last day of meetings. We met with the Holy Father today, and are blessed to have another audience with him in the morning. Region XIII bishops will receive the Holy Father’s 4th […]

Day Five; Ad Limina; Photos from the evening

Our day concluded with Mass at St. John Lateran. This basilica serves as the Cathedral of Rome, and of course, the Holy Father is also the Bishop of Rome. It is interesting that while in Rome, the Eucharistic prayer calls for the mention of “Benedict XVI, our Pope and Bishop.”    

20 Years Ago…

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of my Deacon Ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica. Providentially, I have the grace to be back in the Eternal City to mark this occasion. Yesterday was the first day in Rome.  After arriving at the North American College, I spent some time in the Blessed Sacrament chapel where many hours were spent as a seminarian, prayerfully discerning and listening to the voice of the Lord as He lead me to His altar of Priesthood.  There is a beautiful image of the Good Shepherd on the door of the tabernacle in this chapel, […]

He Is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Here is the homily for the Easter Vigil. Blessed Easter greetings to one and all! The Gospel tonight indeed proclaims Good News!  He is not here!  (Mark 16)  He is Risen!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Happy Easter!  Because the Resurrection of Jesus is a reality and a mystery yet to be fully understood, it is difficult to describe.  And yet, because of the difference it makes for us, in terms of our faith, we must do our best to express our understanding, and define it as best we can.  Indeed, if Jesus Christ is not raised from […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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