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Msgr. Gerald Vincke from the Diocese of Lansing named as bishop of Salina, Kansas

Pope Francis has named Reverend Msgr. Gerald Vincke as the Bishop of Salina, Kansas.

Bishop Earl Boyea said "The Diocese of Lansing is very happy to join in the celebration of the nomination of Monsignor Gerald Vincke as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas. The priests of our diocese as well as myself will deeply miss our brother priest as he moves into this new ministry. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has honored not only Msgr. Vincke but our diocese with this appointment.

Planning tomorrow’s churches

In 2008, a diocesan coordinating commission appointed by Bishop Carl Mengeling examined the pastoral and sacramental needs of the diocese, then made recommendations regarding how these needs might be met over the next several decades. Ten years later, those recommendations have been enacted. Here is an update on parish statistics.

Special Report: Gaudete et Exsultate

Rejoice and be glad! The call to holiness

Pope Francis’ third and latest apostolic exhortation makes the case for holiness for everyone. With the title drawn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5:12), the document was released in early April.

In the introduction, the Holy Father acknowledges that he wants to re-propose the call to holiness for all in a practical way for our own time, with all its “risks, challenges and opportunities.”

Special Report: 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

On July 25, 2018, the Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae. The encyclical was written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968. It focuses on God’s plan for married love and the transmission of life.

The historical context

In 1930, the Anglican Church signaled for the first time its acceptance of birth control within marriage at the Seventh Lambeth Conference. Within a couple of decades, most of the other mainline American Protestant denominations had followed suit.

Pope Francis celebrates his fifth anniversary

Pope Francis is a pontiff of firsts, to be sure. First pope from the Americas, he is also the first Jesuit, the first non-European since Gregory III, a Syrian, in 741, and the first from south of the equator.

Five years ago, on March 13, 2013, white smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signifying his election to the papacy by a two-thirds majority of cardinal electors. To mark his fifth anniversary as Holy Father, let’s take a look at some accomplishments and interesting facts about Pope Francis.


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