Coming ahead in the Jan. 22 Catholic Messenger


Stories/columns of interest in this week’s (Jan. 22, 2015) Catholic Messenger:

Two priests will retire from active ministry, one will be heading overseas and a handful of other priest changes will take place throughout the first half of 2015 in the Diocese of Davenport.

Three priests will have the opportunity to minster in a unique way at three parishes entrusted to their pastor care: St. Alphonsus-Davenport, St. Mary- Davenport and St. Peter-Buffalo.

“To be good stewards, we need to not just work hard, we have to work smart. The poor don’t get many chances so we have to try our very best,” CRS president Carolyn Woo told Iowans Jan. 18.


Iowa’s four bishops joined hundreds of people from across the state in Des Moines Jan. 17 to celebrate Mass and take part in the third annual Midwest March for Life.


Senior high student Nicholas Riedesel of St. Joseph Parish-DeWitt writes about finding mutual respect.

One hundred faith leaders of various denominations are working together to focus on poverty as an issue for the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary, Ind., hosted its eighth annual tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. One speaker said issues need to be addressed that “make black males an endangered species.”

Pope Francis addressed an estimated 6 million people gathered for Mass in a Manila Park in the Philippines. Wearing a simple plastic rain poncho, he urged them to protect the family.

During his visit to Sri Lanka, the Holy Father told people that after two-and-half decades of civil war they can forgive one another after repenting of their own sins.

Opinion Page: Fr. Rolheiser writes that no religion is absolute; only God is absolute. Fr. Bud Grant writes about the complexity of moral issues and God’s creation.

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