OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 10, 2013) – At noon today, Dec. 10, Archbishop Paul Coakley will lead the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and other men and women of good will in a prayer to end world hunger as a part of a global campaign launched by Pope Francis and sponsored by Caritas Internationalis.
The worldwide wave of prayer will begin at noon local time on the Island of Samoa and will progress around the world in each time zone until it reaches the island again some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 5, 2013) – “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a play billed as “a theatrical offering for the holidays that challenges the norm and appeals to an alternative audience,” opens today at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
Presented by the Oklahoma City Theatre Company, the play has drawn advance criticism from concerned Christians who object to the script, an intentionally perverse rewrite of the Bible.
The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, today said he, too, is troubled by the contents of the play.
By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and the unborn."Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei," published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)
To be close to creation is to be close to the Creator, Catholic farmers say.
On December 10, 2014, Pope Francis endorsed and helped to launch the Caritas Internationalis global campaign against hunger, in which Archbishop Coakley and the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City are also participating. To read more, please click here.
In the simple beauty of its liturgy Advent is one of the richest seasons of the year. The prayers and readings at Mass as well as the hymns and antiphons of the Liturgy of the Hours invite us to a quiet reflection that heightens our sense of longing as we prepare to welcome the King who comes to save us.
Advent is also a season with memorable rituals and traditions for the home as well. Lighting each candle of the Advent wreath may be the occasion to gather the family for a moment of prayer. The child’s anticipation and joy each day upon opening another door or window of an Advent calendar reminds us why the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who become like little children.
En la sencilla belleza de su liturgia Adviento es una de las épocas más ricas del año. Las oraciones y lecturas en la Misa, así como los himnos y antífonas de la Liturgia de las Horas nos invitan a una reflexión tranquila que aumenta nuestro sentido de añoranza, mientras nos preparamos para recibir al Rey que viene a salvarnos.
Adviento es también una época con rituales y tradiciones memorables para el hogar también. Iluminando cada vela de la corona de Adviento puede ser la ocasión para reunir a la familia en un momento de oración. La anticipación y la alegría del niño cada día al abrir otra puerta o ventana de un calendario de Adviento nos recuerda por qué el Reino de los Cielos le pertenece a los que se hacen como niños pequeños.
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