UP Catholic 10 02 2015 E Edition Page 11

Same great newspaper, only better! For over 14 years I've been selling, designing and constructing ads for our Diocesan Newspaper. I just thought you should know, the future looks glorious! Advertisers, Come, Join Us! 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com Deacon Steve Gretzinger God cries' for victims of abuse, Pope Francis says (CNA/EWTN News) - Pope Francis met with five survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that the evil acts can no longer remain in silence, and promised his personal vigilance in protecting minors. The stories of suffering and pain of minors who were sexually abused by priests have aggravated my heart, Pope Francis told bishops participating in the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 27. He said he is continuously overwhelmed by the shame of peo- ple who were responsible for the tender care of these little ones and violated them. In the face of such heinous acts, God cries, he said, adding that the criminal sins of the abuse of minors can't be kept in silence any longer. I promise, with the vigilance of the Church, to protect minors and I promise (that) all of those responsible will be held accountable. Survivors of abuse, he said, have become true heralds of hope and ministers of mercy. He said we must be grateful for each one of them and their families for their immense value in shining the light of Christ over the evil of the abuse of minors. I say this now because I have just met with a group of people abused as children, who are helped and accompanied here in Philadelphia, with the special affection of Archbishop (Charles) Chaput. I thought it was the right thing to do, to tell you all where I was this morning. Pope Francis met with the abuse survivors for close to a half- hour before meeting with bishops gathered in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. According to a Sept. 27 communique from the Vatican, among the five survivors who participated were three women and two men, all of whom had been abused in childhood either by mem- bers of the clergy, family members or educators. Each of the survivors were accompanied either by a family member or person of support. Also present in the meeting were Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Mal- ley, archbishop of Boston and president of the Pontifical Com- mission for the Protection of Minors, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia, and Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the Philadelphia diocese's Office for the Protection of Minors. During the encounter Pope Francis listened to the testimonies of the survivors and spoke a few words to them all together before greeting each one individually. He prayed with them and expressed his participation in their suffering, as well as his pain and shame, particularly in the cases where the injury was caused by members of the clergy or Church employees. The pope then renewed his commitment and that of the Church to ensuring that all victims are heard and treated with justice, the guilty are punished, and that the crimes of abuse are combated with an effective prevention in the Church and in society. Pope Francis thanked the victims for their essential role in restoring the truth and in beginning the journey of healing. The meeting closed with the pope giving his blessing. If you know of an incident of the sexual abuse of a minor by any- one in Church service including a member of the clergy, a religious, a lay employee or volunteer, the Diocese of Marquette encourages you to come forward so that action can be taken to protect others and help those who have been harmed to find healing. To begin the process, call one of the victims assistance coor- dinators: Stephen Lynott at (844) 495-4330; or Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362; or write: Victims Assistance Coordinator c/o Catholic Social Services of the UP, 1100 Ludington St. Suite 401, Escanaba MI 49829. Please mark the letter Personal and Confi- dential and indicate in your letter how you wish to be contacted (by phone or by letter). The Diocese of Marquette encourages you to report the inci- dent to local civil authorities, and reports all allegations to the appropriate civil authorities. COURTESY OF DENISE AND DEACON TOM FOYE A mural featuring Our Lady of Guadalupe was the backdrop to the Mass celebrated on Sept. 24 for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. All Masses were in English and Spanish at the gathering that brought people from around the world to the United States. Following the World Meeting of Families, a synod of bishops will be held at the Vatican from Oct. 4 through 25, 2015. Bishop John Doerfler requested parishioners pray a novena for the synod before it began, then to continue to pray during the synod. World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia sets stage for Synod on the Family at Vatican Prayer for the Synod on the Family O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Blessed Trinity, we give you thanks and praise for the life and ministry of St. John Paul II, whom you called to shepherd your Church. Through his teaching, we have entered more deeply into the mystery and sacredness of marriage and the family. Through his intercession and according to your will, grant your wisdom and guidance to the Synod Fathers, so that all families may come to know their dignity, the sacredness of their calling and the peace that comes through the light of your truth and mercy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC PAPAL VISIT October 2, 2015 11

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