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FINALIST Franciscan Father Ponchie Vasquez and his ministry to Native Americans is among the eight finalists for the prestigious Lumen Christi award, handed out every year by Catholic Extension

to “an individual or group working in one of America's mission dioceses, who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities.” See the story on pages 3 and 17.

Catholic Outlook photo by Peter Jordan

Putting cremains of loved ones to rest

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Ukrainian patriarch visits parish in Tucson By MICHAEL BROWN Managing Editor A tiny Ukrainian parish received a huge honor July 1 when Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, of Kiev, Ukraine, leader of more than five million Ukrainian Catholics worldwide, visited St. Michael Parish in Tucson. “It was an amazing experience,” said Father Andriy Chirovsky, 61, pastor of the 50-member parish, and former professor to the patriarch, 47. Patriarch Sviatoslav came to the United States for the enthronement, or installation, June 29, of the new bishop of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago, Bishop Benedict (Valery Aleksiychuk). The patriarch was invited to Arizona by the pastor of Dormition of the Mother of God Parish in Phoenix, celebrating its 60th anniversary, to attend a special event there.

Catholic Outlook photo courtesy of Father Andriy Chirovsky

Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, world leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, visited St. Michael Parish, Tucson, July 1, leading a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. The patriarch is shown here fourth from the right. On his left is Father Andriy Chirovsky, pastor of St. Michael’s. Also attending, at far left, was Father Robert Rankin, pastor of St. Melany Byzantine Church, and Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, fourth from left, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

Father Chirovsky wrote to his former student for the latter’s birthday on May 5 and encouraged him to make a side trip to Tucson. “He (the patriarch) told me

‘You have me in Arizona for two days. You figure it out,’” Father Chirovsky said. He consulted with his Phoenix counterpart, who placed dibs on July 2. On July 1, the

feast of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Eastern Orthodox calendars, the patriarch celebrated a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Tucson parish, and spoke to worshippers. “He said, ‘Father Andriy gave me an “F” (in school), but at the same time, I knew I was loved by him.’ I remember it a little differently,” Father Chirovsky said. “I don’t remember giving him an ‘F,’ but I do remember giving him a hard time.” Father Chirovsky said he recognized something very special in his student. “I saw in him a purity of heart.” Several Tucson diocesan leaders attended the liturgy, included Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, and Chancellor Katherine Rhinehart. Rhinehart’s leadership role pleasantly surprised the patriarch, Father Chirovsky said. “He was u STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 12

Breakfast with the patriarch of worldwide Ukrainian Church By MICHAEL BROWN Managing Editor It was hardly a lazy, Saturday morning breakfast at the home of Rick and Joanna Cole July 1, with a seating of 12 expected. What made it historic was that, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the spiritual leader of five million Ukrainian Catholics worldwide, would be guest of honor. Joanna leads the Sts. Martha and Mary Ministry of hospitality at the tiny St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Tucson. When the pastor, Father Andriy Chirovsky, announced in late May that Patriarch Sviatoslav, the equivalent of the pope within the Ukrainian Catholic Church, would be making a stop at the parish during a whirlwind US visit in July, everyone was pressed into service. The patriarch is referred to as His Beatitude Sviatoslav. The patriarch would be arriving late on June 30, and would be leading a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy early the next day as part of his Tucson visit. Joanna offered to make breakfast at the rectory.

However, the venue needed to be changed after an afternoon barbecue was scheduled to allow the parish’s 50 or so members to spend time with the patriarch up close and personal. “That’s how breakfast at the Coles happened,” Joanna said. The breakfast crowd included the Coles, the patriarch and his protodeacon traveling companion, several guests from out of town, and Father Chirovsky and his family. Rick created a diverse menu, including Dutch babies – a baked puff pancake – scrambled eggs, ham, bacon and fresh fruit. Knowing that the patriarch had served in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the family included tortillas to help him feel at home, Joanna said. When he arrived, the patriarch was led to the head of the table, she added. “He surprised us, though. He said he wanted to sit in the middle.” The entire visit lasted only 75 minutes. “It was all happening so fast. In a blink of an eye, they were here and in another blink they were gone,” Joanna recalled. However, it created memories for a lifetime.

Catholic Outlook photo courtesy of Joanna Cole

Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, second from right, enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast July 1 at the home of St. Michael’s parishioner Joanna Cole, second from left. St. Michael’s pastor Father Andriy Chirovsky, left, and his family also attended.

People normally experience the patriarch during church services, fully vested and engaged in worship. “We got to see a little bit of his other side,” Joanna said, adding that the patriarch was “unpretentious,

personable” and took a liking to the Coles’ pet Maltese. “It was an incredible privilege. … It left such a joyous feeling in my heart,” she added. “We would welcome an opportunity like that anytime.”

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Father Vasquez named to Elite Eight Minister to the Tohono O’odham is a Lumen Christi finalist

Catholic Outlook photo by Peter Jordan

Franciscan Father Ponchie Vasquez, shown here at a Franciscan gathering in January of 2016, is a finalist for Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi award.

By MICHAEL BROWN Managing Editor Then there were eight. Catholic Extension announced July 11 that Franciscan Father Ponchie Vasquez of the San Solano missions in Sells is a finalist for the prestigious Lumen Christi award. He is one of eight finalists, winnowed from a group of 45 applications that were submitted to Extension earlier this year. Ministers or ministry in the Diocese of Tucson have never won a Lumen Christi. No Franciscan priest has ever won the prestigious award. Will this be the year that someone from the Diocese of Tucson wins? Extension’s announcement marks the second consecutive year an applicant from the Diocese has made it to the finals. Last year, Jesuit Father Sean Carroll and the Kino Border Initiative were in the final

group and earned a $10,000 ministry grant for that accomplishment. Father Vasquez’s work has earned the same finalist’s grant, but the winner’s purse is heftier - $25,000 to support his ministry and $25,000 to support the ministry of the Diocese. Getting this far is a significant achievement. Entries are due to Catholic Extension in March, and include an application, letters of recommendation, brief biographies, examples of media coverage and video footage. The local bishop sends a letter requesting consideration. Father Vasquez was ordained in 1999 and assigned as pastor for San Solano in 2009. The application cited his efforts in leading a lay catechist team and in frequently celebrating Mass. He serves almost 11,500 Catholics spread over 40 village chapels and nearly 4,500 square miles. His ministry enlists the help of Franciscan Father Bill Minkel,

Deacon Alfred Gonzales and a series of village lay ministers. Catholic Extension is no stranger to Father Vasquez nor the San Solano missions. Katheryn Hutchinson, program manager in the diocesan Catholic Foundation office, compiles the information and submits the entries. With the help of Grace Cunningham, an Extension mission associate, they identified Extension grants to the Sells area totaling more than $668,500, dating as far back as 1969. From 1969-95, most of the grants provided for construction and repair of existing facilities. Beginning in 1994, Extension subsidized salaries for priests and women religious serving the Tohono O’odham reservation, including Father Vasquez. Those grants total nearly $581,000. The San Solano missions were the ministry of another Franciscan, Father Bonaventura Oblasser, whose

work included construction of many of the tiny mission structures still present in Sells. Last year, a Catholic Extension video team visited the missions and produced several vignettes, including interviews with Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas and Fathers Vasquez and Minkel. Hutchinson received permission to include footage from those videos as part of Father Vasquez’s application. Those vignettes can be viewed on YouTube at the following links: youtube.com/ watch?v=bJpRfEllepY; and youtube. com/watch?v=VDYXnP8JYVg. According to Catholic Extension’s records, last year was the first time an application from the Diocese of Tucson reached the finals. It was not, however, the first time an entry had been submitted. Since 1978, when the Lumen Christi awards were first handed out, the Diocese has submitted nominations 11 times. From 1986-88, Franciscan Father Bartholomew Welsh was nominated for his work in the San Carlos mission. In 1994, the Diocese nominated Dominican Sister Maria Teresa Apalategui, a longtime associate director at Catholic Community Services. Before Fathers Vasquez and Carroll, other nominations included Barbara McDevitt (1995), Mercy Sister Georgia Greene (2005), Franciscan Fathers Thomas B. Frost and Maximilian J. Hottle (2006, 2009), Brian Flagg (2014) and Jean Fedigan (2015). There is one case of the Lumen Christi coming to Arizona. In 1996, Dominican Sister Maria Sarto Moreau was honored for her work on Arizona’s Navajo Indian Reservation, submitted on her behalf by the Diocese of Gallup, NM. A group that includes previous Lumen Christi winners will choose the top finisher. An announcement is expected later this fall. To learn more about this year’s class of Lumen Christi finalists, visit catholicextension.org/lumen-christi-award.

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Catholic Relief Services gives refugees hope, security through micro-businesses Small businesses owned by refugees provides income, future and hope The refugees come from so many places - Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Some of them flee violence, threats and war. Other refugees seek a better way of life in which they can provide for their families. Their journeys are dangerous, crossing oceans or huge expanses of land. Many are exploited and robbed. They pay exorbitant fees to traffickers - anything to get away from their dreadful situations. As part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation this summer, I encountered many refugees and migrants in Egypt and Bulgaria, two places where people seek relief and the beginning of a new life. In Egypt, there are approximately 113,000 Syrian refugees and 30,000 Sudanese. CRS endeavors to promote self-reliance through work or self-employment opportunities for refugees who have left their lives and occupations behind. Refugees participating in the program must register to indicate that they are responsible and committed. They also must present a business plan for their company, receive entrepreneurial training and ongoing coaching, and marketing support to begin their businesses. Two Syrian men launched a project to prepare and provide pickled vegetables to restaurants and grocery

stores. They set up a modest plant in the basement of an apartment complex. You could sense the pride they feel in creating a successful business from scratch. A Syrian mother with two children received two sewing machines to make clothes. She is a gifted seamstress and this gift has made it possible to care for her family. Her husband, clearly admiring the skill of his wife, serves as the marketer for her products. The sewing machines that by now have raised the family from subsistence living, are the center of their lives. A Sudanese man learned how to sell familiar foods and items, such as perfume, to others in the Sudanese community. He brought with him a plastic bag filled with items he is selling. He is making a reasonable living for himself and his eight children. Although not a large store, this enterprise has taught him how to manage a small business to make it profitable. CRS is working in Egypt to improve the educational opportunities for about 30,000 Syrian children, 12,000 Sudanese and others. Refugee children do not have easy access to Egyptian schools, so informal schools have been developed and are run by the Syrian or Sudanese communities. Their teachers and administrators need training. They respond enthusiastically to learning how to educate children more effectively, because they understand the importance of education for the future of these children.

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In Egypt, we learned that local people sometimes resent the influx of refugees. Sometimes CRS’ offices where they register children for school have experienced people from upstairs apartments throwing water over the balcony on the mothers and children waiting for their appointments. This resentment and fear of the stranger – something we in America also have witnessed - also exists in Bulgaria. Bulgarian residents resent the resources available for refugees, while so little seems present for their own needy indigent people. CRS strives to show that it is concerned for all vulnerable people and refugees. CRS works to assist vulnerable refugees but also vulnerable citizens to counter this resentment. CRS delegates witnessed one example of how strong anti-refugee emotions can become in a small Bulgarian town where the Italian priest heeded Pope Francis’ call for each parish in Europe to reach out to welcome a refugee family. The priest worked hard to find a Syrian family for his church to assist. When the family arrived, the townspeople revolted and insisted that the family leave. The priest had to return to Italy. How sad and unnecessary that situation became. Here in Tucson, we saw such resistance to refugees when Central American children were being brought in by bus. Some people gathered along the way with signs saying, “Stay out!” “We don’t want you” and “You are not welcome.” Others held signs of welcome. We must educate people on the needs of those fleeing violence or seeking a decent way of life. Only when you meet individuals and hear their stories can you begin to empathize with their struggle. There are refugees and migrants in our community. We can make them feel welcome, assist them in their difficult adjustments and provide them with opportunities to contribute to our society. From CRS’ overseas efforts, we can learn how to address the needs of migrants and refugees among us.

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135th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, St. Louis, Mo.

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11 a.m., Mass, Deacon Convocation, Most Holy Trinity Church, Tucson

8-10 10th Annual Seminarian Convocation, visit to Catholic Community Services programs and meet with priests of the vicariate and other ministries 5-6 p.m., Dinner at Guadalupe Hall, Yuma 9

7:30 a.m., Travel to Wellton, listen to farmworkers’ stories, seminarians visit with farmworkers

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10:45 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Wellton 6-9 p.m., Benefactor Mass and dinner, St. John Neumann Parish, Yuma

10 7 a.m., Catholic Foundation breakfast, Radisson Hotel, Yuma 11 7 p.m., Meet new Common Formation group, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Tucson 12 6 p.m., Los Desciendentes del Presidio del Tucson 2017 Gala, TCC Copper Ballroom 17 8 a.m., Diocesan Pastoral Center all-staff meeting

17 9 a.m., Directors monthly meeting 19 8:30 a.m., Mass for Directors of Religious Education/Youth Ministers Convocation, Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Tucson 21 9:30 a.m.-noon, Youth Synod listening session, St. Augustine High School, Tucson 22 7:30 a.m., Diocesan Finance Council meeting, Archives 26 5:30 p.m., Mass in honor of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson 27 10 a.m., Mass for Immaculate Heart Sisters 100th anniversary, St. Augustine Cathedral

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Deacon Henderson set to become diocesan CFO; other changes Deacon Gregory R.R. Henderson, former chief financial officer of a New Mexico nonprofit, is set to become the new CFO of the Diocese of Tucson. He was selected by a hiring committee and arrived in the Diocese July 1. He is working with Thomas P. Arnold, who announced his intention to retire earlier this year. Henderson’s DEACON GREGORY R.R. position requires HENDERSON an episcopal appointment before it can take effect. Deacon Henderson spent the last 12 years at Accion, a national nonprofit lending corporation that serves small businesses and startups. He worked in the organization’s

Albuquerque, NM, office, which geographically also included the Diocese of Tucson. Before that, he was the finance director of McKee Wallwork & Co., an Albuquerque advertising agency (1999-2004), and as vice president of finance at Strascina & Partners, another Albuquerque ad agency. Henderson attended Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., before attending Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, Calif., a two-year program. He earned his accounting degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, in 1980, and was named a member of the NCAA Academic AllAmerican Basketball Team, 1978-79. He earned his master’s in business administration in 1984 from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. In other personnel moves: • Vocations Executive Assistant

Bishop announces priest assignments Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas announced new parish assignments for priests in the Diocese of Tucson. All assignments are effective Sept. 1 unless otherwise noted.

NEW PASTOR ASSIGNMENTS Father James Hobert To: Immaculate Conception and St. Luke parishes, Douglas and St. Bernard Parish, Pirtleville — Pastor, From: Sacred Heart Parish, Tucson — Pastor Father Gilbert Malu Musumbu To: St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson — Pastor/Rector, From: Immaculate Conception and St. Luke parishes, Douglas and St. Bernard Parish, Pirtleville — Pastor Father Gonzalo Villegas To: Sacred Heart Parish, Tucson — Pastor, From: St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson — Pastor/Rector

NEW PAROCHIAL VICAR ASSIGNMENTS Msgr. Carlos Romero Moreno To: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Yuma — Parochial Vicar, effective July 1 The following international priests soon will be arriving in Tucson but their assignments were not available before the Catholic Outlook went to press: Father John Ikponko, from the Diocese of Makurdi, Nigeria Father Martins Edoka, from the Diocese of Makurdi, and member of the Via Christi Society Father Rudolf Ofori, from the Diocese of Jasikan, Ghana Father Inna Reddy Gade, from the Diocese of Guntur, India Father Rajeev Reddy Bobba, from the Diocese of Guntur Father Manuel Jesus Cordova Lopez, from the Diocese of Chulucanas, Peru

NEW DIOCESAN PASTORAL CENTER ASSIGNMENT Franciscan Father Arthur J. Espelage To: Tribunal Office — Judge, effective July 1

Catholic Outlook photo by Steff Koeneman

Vocations Executive Assistant Marty Hammond, left, and Thomas P. Arnold, diocesan CFO, bow their heads as coworkers pray over them during a Mass June 27 honoring their years of service. Dominican Sister Lois Paha, diocesan director of Pastoral Services, right, is among those praying over them.

Marty Hammond retired in June, and former Pastoral Center staffer Clara Heslinga was hired as an administrative assistant to Vocations Director for Recruitment Father Jorge Farias-Saucedo.

• Danielle Eckhoff, executive assistant for Corporate Affairs, announced that she would be leaving Sept. 1. She joined the Diocesan staff in September of 2013.

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Wedding anniversary Mass set for Oct. 15 Sunday, Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m., St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., Tucson

Couples celebrating their first, 10th, 25th, 50th, 60th or longer anniversaries are invited to this special annual Mass. Those interested in attending are requested to register by Sept. 15 by sending their names, address, telephone number, parish, email address and special anniversary to the Office of Worship, Diocese of Tucson, PO Box 31, Tucson, AZ, 85702; or fax the information to (520) 838-2584; or email [email protected] org. For more information, call Isabel Madrid, (520) 838-2544, or Ofelia James (520) 838-2545. PIMA EAST VICARIATE

Our Mother of Sorrows Parish & School Fiesta Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Our Mother of Sorrows Parish & School, 1800 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson

The three-day festival will include live music, dancing, a white elephant rummage sale, silent auction, inflatables for kids, games and prizes for all ages and a raffle with a $2,000 first prize. The event will also include a variety of foods from around the world, drinks and desserts. The fiesta, now in its 39th year, is free and open to the public. PIMA NORTH VICARIATE

St. Elizabeth community to hold Oktoberfest Saturday, Sept. 9, 6-10 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall, 8650 N. Shannon Rd., Tucson

This annual event, presented by the parish, its St. Vincent de Paul Society and Knights of

In your area Columbus Council 8077, features entertainment by Bouncing Czechs Polka Band and the Lajkonik Polish Dance Group of Tucson. For tickets and information, call the parish office, (520) 2977357, or Jeff Schneider (520) 419-4130. SANTA CRUZ VICARIATE

Vocation discernment at Santa Rita Abbey Friday-Sunday, Aug. 25-27, Santa Rita Abbey, 14200 E. Fish Canyon Rd., Sonoita

The Cistercian sisters are holding a Monastic Experience Weekend for single, Catholic women ages 21-40, without children, who are discerning their vocation to consecrated life and who are considering a call to the contemplative life. The weekend includes the Divine Office, Mass, conferences by two of the nuns, time to ask questions and to share vocation stories, and time for private prayer and reflection. There is no charge for the weekend. For more information visit our website page at santaritaabbey.org/ monastic-experience-weekends/. To apply, email the vocation director at [email protected], or call (520) 455-5595.

Secular Discalced Carmelites offer discernment August-September, Santa Cruz Community of Secular Discalced Carmelites, Dorothy Nunnink-Tolar, (520) 955-0595

Individuals seeking a closer relationship with Jesus and a deeper prayer life, or possessing a devotion to Mary and an interest in the teachings of the Carmelite saints, are invited to attend meetings and discern a vocation to the Carmelite religious order as a lay person. For more information, call Dorothy Nunnink-Tolar, (520) 955-0595.

Catholic Outlook photo by Steff Koeneman

Bishop certifies 13 new lay ecclesial ministers Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas certified 13 new lay ecclesial ministers June 4 in St. Augustine Cathedral. The new lay leaders and their parishes are Deborah Ann Ruder Amash, Mark DeGrofft and Marianne Martin, St. Pius X, Tucson; Helen Maria Jansen-Guerrero, Teresita de Jesus Kontos and Nancy Rodriguez, Immaculate Conception,

Yuma; Ann Joy Napolitano and Carla Peral, Our Lady of Grace, Maricopa; Cari Kimminau and Francisca Elena Treviño, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson; Sharon Hammond, Sts. Peter and Paul, Tucson; Steven LeGendre, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Tucson; and Kristin Van Tilborg, St. Francis de Sales, Tucson.

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Ignatian silent retreat: Praying the Gospel “To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly”—these words that you may recognize from the haunting song in “Godspell,” originally were penned by St. Richard de Wych, Bishop of Chichester, England, in the 13th century, and were adapted by St. Ignatius in “The Spiritual Exercises.” They are an essential dynamic of the Second Week. To know him is indeed to love him, and to love him leads us freely to follow him. So, the Second Week is given to journeying with the Lord in the Gospel, coming to know him and, in him, to know who we truly are. Gospel contemplation is the favored way of coming to know the Lord. We abide with him as he walks among the people, healing and teaching. This year’s Ignatian Silent Retreat (Sept. 22-24, Redemptorist Renewal Center) will focus on this way of praying the Gospel and on the meditations of the Second Week that lead us to reflect on the quality of discipleship in our everyday lives. Our retreat director is Oblate of the Virgin Mary Father Timothy Gallagher. He is a prolific retreat director, spiritual director and author in many dimensions of the spiritual exercises. Father Gallagher will lead us in an exploration of the deep spirituality that is at the core of Gospel contemplation and reflective meditation, open for us what St. Ignatius wrote about these methods in “The Spiritual Exercises,” and guide us in useful ways of integrating these practices in our daily prayer to let the Scriptures come alive. As always, there will be ample opportunity in the silence to speak to God and listen to what God wishes to speak to us. Now is the time to register. For more information, email Ann Dickson at [email protected] or call (520) 378-2486.

Editor’s note Because of circumstances beyond our control, a second part to June’s story on adoption services provided by Catholic Community Services will not be published as originally planned.

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Putting cremains of loved ones to rest Costs of dying Editor’s note: Information comes from FuneralPlanning101. com, and Everplans.com web sites, and other sources. The cost estimates given in this story are of a general nature; for more exact costs, please contact a mortuary. After a loved one dies, assuming pre-burial arrangements have not been made, survivors are left with making arrangements and paying the costs that come with those decisions. Average funeral home prices range from $1,000$2,500 for basic services, $400-$700 for embalming (although not required under Arizona law unless mandated by other arrangements) and $200-$400 for cosmetic preparation of the body. Use of the funeral home or its staff ranges from $250-$750 for each occurrence of viewings, funeral services onsite and offsite and for gravesite assistance. Transportation of the body to the funeral home, to church services and the gravesite can range from $700-$1,300. Transmittal or receiving a body to or from another funeral home ranges from $1,000-$3,000. Other peripheral charges include setting up tents and chairs at the gravesite ($100-$150), a daily body storage charge ($100-$300) or refrigeration charge ($50-$100), and a cremation charge ($300-$400). The cost of a Catholic funeral Mass can vary as well. Some parishes will offer the Mass in exchange for a donation ranging from $150-$300. However, musician fees can run $150 each for an organist and a cantor. Scheduling a reception in the church hall afterward could be $300-$450. For cemeteries, interment fees or service fees can include preliminary staff organization of committals, opening existing gravesites and the placement of markers and perpetual care for the site. These fees alone can vary between $550-$1,300. The basic cost of a casket starts at $2,000, although many can be purchased for less than that and under Arizona law, funeral homes must accept caskets from sources besides their own in-house stock. There is also a need for a burial container, such as a vault or grave liner. These cost from $700-$7,000, or more. Burial plots vary in cost, depending on the cemetery and whether it is a single or double plot. These can start from around $3,700-$7,500. Entombment in a crypt (a single) or a mausoleum can start at about $4,000. Unused burial plots can be resold at a lower cost and discounts can be found by searching online. Memorials, grave markers and tombstones all refer to the external identification of remains. Generally, they are made from granite and, with engraving, can cost between $200-$1,000 or more. Cemeteries can place limits on the sizes and styles of gravestones. The cost of cremation can vary from $500-$1,500 for the actual process, with urns and vault costs alone starting at a combined $300.

By MICHAEL BROWN Managing Editor The old woman lives alone in Section 8 housing, scraping by each month on Social Security and a small pension. Her husband of 50 years died five years ago, but she could not afford to bury him after the funeral and cremation. His ashes, in a simple urn, sit on a shelf in her kitchen, so she can share a cup of coffee with him every morning. Still, she knows he deserves a proper burial, but she just can’t afford it. Holy Hope Cemetery is offering an opportunity for Catholics who have held on to cremated remains of loved ones for economic reasons to finally have them placed in hallowed space. Tom Hanlon, executive director of the diocesan Catholic Cemeteries office, announced in June that the cemeteries’ board of directors had agreed to partition a couch crypt in one of the Holy Hope Cemetery mausoleums to accommodate urns containing the cremated remains – cremains – of Catholics who received funeral Masses but for economic reasons had not been interred. Father James Hobert, pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Luke parishes in Douglas and St. Bernard Parish in Pirtleville and a cemeteries board member, broached the idea earlier this year. Father Hobert said people, especially seniors on fixed incomes, sometimes can’t afford the cost of interment, a term which applies to burial or above ground placement of earthly remains.

Instead, Father Hobert said, survivors keep the remains of their loved ones in their urns in places of honor in their homes, sometimes for years. Or, sometimes extended family members find themselves with family cremated remains and store them without knowing about the need to have those remains interred. Hanlon said that burial expenses can range upwards of $2,325 for a basic interment. Yet, he added, Catholic faithful understand that burying the dead is a corporal work of mercy, and that the church requires that burial be in blessed ground, a mausoleum or columbarium. There are four mausoleums at Holy Hope, with the latest one built in the 1990s. It contained various crypts – sealed repositories for caskets interred following funerals. However, a style of crypt called a couch crypt, because of its wider configuration, has not been as popular as planners predicted, so it made sense to install shelving and create space for funeral urns. He estimated that the crypt could accommodate nearly 100 urns. Father Hobert said that there would be no cost for the interment, scheduled for Oct. 20. “We believe that burying the dead is very important,” the priest said, “so we are putting our money where our mouths are.” Hanlon said several large dioceses and archdioceses, including Chicago and Newark, have held similar events. Using similar guidelines, Hanlon said, there are several criteria for inclusion in the

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mass interment. Among those is that the family should be active members of a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Tucson, the death or cremation certificate must be at least three years old, and either the legally recognized survivor or all the next of kin must consent to the interment. The placement inside the couch crypt, located behind a locked gate within the mausoleum, will be carefully recorded so each urn will have an exact, designated location. The names and locations will be recorded in a book of remembrance next to the crypt and in the cemetery database, in case the remains need to be retrieved or identified later. Hanlon said some urns may not be able to be accommodated, because funeral urns can vary in size and shape. Standard sizes are 11.5 inches high and deep, and nine inches wide. “We never know what size urn is coming in,” Hanlon said. Placement “will also depend on the shape of the urn.” Hanlon said interested parties should schedule an appointment with the Cemeteries office to discuss details no later than Oct. 2. Hanlon added that putting the remains of a loved one to rest, following church teaching, where survivors can visit and pray, provides a great service. “This is a wonderful opportunity for families to have closure.” The phone number for Holy Hope is (520) 8880860. The office email is [email protected]

History of Church approval for use of cremation The history of the Church’s position on cremation dates to the Old Testament, when the Jewish people believed that burial, when possible in a cave near family members, was the most appropriate disposition of earthly remains. Death by burning was a punishment for criminals, and denial of a proper burial was viewed as a disgrace. With the growth of Christian culture, burial practices were a way of preserving the integrity of earthly remains for potential use as relics for those later declared saints. Burial, instead of cremation, also was a sign that a culture had evolved from pagan to Christian. The position against cremation was continued throughout the centuries, except for public health crises such as plagues. In 1870, Ludovico Brunetti of Padua developed the first modern crematorium. This led to the first official ban by the Church in 1886. However, statements from the era suggest the opposition focused less on the process but more on the groups promoting it, including the Freemasons. The Catholic Church first permitted use of cremation in 1963, with the United States bishops receiving permission to include cremated remains – cremains – at funeral Masses in 1977, with the approval of the local bishop. The Church prefers cremation takes place after

the Mass of Christian Burial, and many funeral homes will offer a rental casket for the decedent to lie in during the funeral rite. In the Diocese of Tucson, the bishop has approved the presence of cremains at funeral Masses. Following cremation, the Church teaches, the cremains should be treated with the same respect as if the body of the deceased was still intact. In 1999, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions provided information outlining the proper disposition of cremains, including, “a family grave in a cemetery marked with a traditional memorial stone or an urn garden, a special section in a cemetery with small pre-dug graves for urns.” The Church also allows for entombment within a crypt, mausoleum or columbarium. What is not permitted? The scattering of ashes, or keeping ashes at home. “The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires,” according to the “Order of Christian Funerals,” Appendix II, section 417. Individuals may decide pre-death about the disposition of their remains – burial of the body or cremation – and document that decision as part of funeral planning.

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Fathers Iyorember, Moreno ordained in cathedral

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas ordained Fathers Callistus T. Iyorember and Martin A. Moreno June 3 in St. Augustine Cathedral. “I have watched both men grow in wisdom and faith as they worked through their seminary studies, and I look forward to seeing how they employ their gifts in their new ministries,” the bishop said. Father Iyorember is assigned to St. Mark Parish, Oro Valley, and Father Moreno now serves at Immaculate Conception Parish, Yuma.

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Above left, Fathers Martin A. Moreno and Callistus T. Iyorember meet with their families and loved ones after their ordination as priests June 3 in St. Augustine Cathedral. Above, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas and priests and servers pray with the two men, as deacons, before Mass.

Bishop ordains 19 permanent and two transitional deacons for diocese Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas ordained 19 permanent deacons for parishes in the Diocese of Tucson, and two transitional deacons in June. Six men were ordained permanent deacons in St. John Neumann Church in Yuma, June 10, with 13 more ordained a week later in St. Augustine Cathedral, Tucson. The Yuma group, and their parish assignments, include: Deacons David W. Clark, Jorge A. Gonzalez and Carlos P. Hernandez, Immaculate Conception, Yuma Deacons Jerry A. Conrad and William G. Justice, St. John Neumann Deacon Benito Rodriguez, St. Joseph’s, Wellton. Those ordained in St. Augustine’s, with their parish, include: Deacons Christian J. Kimminau, Jacinto Treviño, Jr. and Richard A. Kiser, St.

Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tucson Deacons Eric C. Maugans and Joseph F. Perotti, Our Mother of Sorrows, Tucson Deacon Michael S. Gutierrez, St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, Tucson Deacon Ignacio G. Arvizu, St. Monica’s Tucson Deacon Niyibizi Shukurani, St. Cyril’s, Tucson Deacon Donald J. Nagy, Sts. Peter and Paul, Tucson Deacon Daniel F. Flanagan, St. Francis de Sales, Tucson

Deacon Angel R. Gonzales, St. Odilia’s, Tucson Deacon Gabriel Espino, Immaculate Conception, Douglas Deacon Francisco J. Padilla, Most Holy Nativity, Rio Rico. Bishop Kicanas also ordained theology students John J. Gonzales and Thomas E. Quirk as transitory or transitional deacons. They will spend the next year completing their formation before their ordination to the priesthood next June.

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Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas ordained 19 men as permanent deacons in June, including six at St. John Neumann in Yuma on June 10, above left, and 13 in St. Augustine Cathedral on June 17.

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Former Moreno Pastoral Center demolished; construction begins on low-cost senior housing Demolition began June 7 on the Bishop Moreno Pastoral Center, former administrative offices for the Diocese of Tucson, sold to the Foundation for Senior Living as part of the FSL’s plans for restoring the Marist College building and using it as apartments and a recreation center for low-income senior citizens. The Foundation needed additional construction space to complete the senior living project. The demolition of the office building at 111 S. Church Ave., will allow for the construction of a seven-story building with 75 apartments, also for low-income senior citizens, to accompany the Marist building that will hold about eight apartments and a recreational center. Diocesan offices were first consolidated into the South Church

Street location in 2002, after operating in separate locations for years. Among those locations were the former seminary at the Regina Cleri Center; the Marian Data Center, which was restored to Our Lady’s Chapel; and the former Chancery and Chancery Annex, including the Marist College building, at Cathedral Square. The Moreno Center was 21,000 square feet and included 49 offices, four conference rooms and a small chapel. The Marist College property still is owned by St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, but FSL agreed to a long-term lease of that building. Sale of the Moreno Pastoral Center, owned by the Catholic Foundation, was approved in 2016. Since vacating the Moreno Center, diocesan offices have been leasing space at 64 East Broadway in Tucson.

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The demolition of the former Bishop Manual D. Moreno Pastoral Center began in June.

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Priests defeat seminarians, 4-3, in Third Kino Cup Priests of the Diocese of Tucson jumped out to an early lead and then hung on to win their first Kino Cup against diocesan seminarians May 26, 4-3. Played at the North Stadium at the Kino Sports Complex, the priests scored all their goals in the first half, led by strong performances by Father Vili Valderrama, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, Tucson and Carmelite Father Godfrey Leega, parochial vicar at Santa Cruz Parish, Tucson. Great ball handling in the offensive end and precise passing led strong counter attacks every time the seminarians tried to press the offense. Strong goaltending by the priests frustrated the faster seminarian team, whose opening goal came on a penalty kick after a hand ball in the box. During the second half, the priests settled into a defensive game with a more physical backfield holding the seminarians scoreless until late in the match

when a quick strike from a leftwing breakaway made it 4-2. The seminarians kept the pressure on when in the closing minutes, a contested shot appeared to be corralled by the goalie, popped free and was pushed into the net to cut the lead to one. The referee and line judge conferred and ruled that there was no goalie interference and the score stood. The priests held on for the final minutes of stoppage time to seal the victory. Both teams recruited nonmembers to round out the field, with the priests eventually having one substitute, while the seminarians played all their team the full game. Father Jorge Farias Saucedo, diocesan Vocations director, said he was pleased with the turnout and the competitiveness of the squads. In Saturday’s game between the Diocese of Phoenix and Diocese of Tucson, the home squad fell 9-3 to a well-stocked northern team.

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UKRAINIAN PATRIARCH

Msgr. McCarthy said the patriarch was “warm and engaging and had a great tickled by the fact there was a pastoral touch.” woman chancellor.” “He showed a great love and After divine liturgy, instead affection for the community and of a large formal banquet, the the community showed their parish hosted a barbecue in the great love and affection for him backyard of the rectory. The in return,” he added. patriarch attended wearing a Father Chirovsky said the simple short sleeve shirt and patriarch was impressed by clericals. “It was very relaxed, the vibrant parish life at St. very familial.” Michael’s. “He said, ‘This is In that atmosphere, ‘The Vibrant members of his Parish, a Place congregation of Encounter spoke casually with the Living and received Christ.’” The blessings from phrase was the their spiritual title of a 2011 leader. Father pastoral letter Chirovsky said written by the that following patriarch. the event, at least Before his one member who 2011 election to had fallen away lead Ukrainian from practicing Catholics, Father his faith was Sviatoslav was recommitting appointed because of auxiliary bishop his encounter for the Eparchy with Patriarch of the Most Sviatoslav. Catholic Outlook photo courtesy of Holy Mother of Father Andriy Chirovsky David God in Buenos Maciborski, a Patriarch Sviatoslav and Aires, Argentina, St. Michael’s Father Andriy Chirovsky pause where he became for a photo at St. Michael’s, parishioner, said friends with Tucson, July 1. that once news Cardinal Jorge came of the Mario Bergoglio, patriarch’s visit, the parish was Roman Catholic Archbishop of abuzz. Everyone pitched in to Buenos Aires, who two years clean and spruce up the church. later was elected Pope Francis. “The reaction of the members Born May 5, 1970 in the of the parish was really positive Ukraine, Patriarch Sviatoslav … Everybody came together to grew up in the underground clean.” church outlawed under the “It was a little stressful,” leadership of the former Soviet Maciborski admitted. “This is a Union. He was ordained to the successor to the Apostles.” priesthood in 1994 and is fluent Even after the patriarch left, in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, the St. Michael’s community Italian, Spanish, English, Greek continued their support, and other languages. Maciborski said. Following The patriarch has been critical Father Chirovsky’s direction, of Russian President Vladimir many traveled to Phoenix the Putin for acts of aggression next day to join in that parish’s in eastern Ukraine. However, 60th anniversary celebration. he speaks out against violent Maciborski said he found retaliation, saying “We do not Patriarch Sviatoslav to be desire victory over our enemies. “very approachable (and) very We want victory over hatred and reflective” even in the less enmity between peoples.” formal setting of the barbecue.

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Parishioners from St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Sierra Vista participated in a traditional Corpus Christi procession June 18. They wore national dress or costumes reflecting their personal ethnic or national roots. Also included in the procession were members of the Knights of Columbus and the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre.

Four religious sisters mark jubilees Four religious sisters who served in the Diocese of Tucson marked jubilees during the summer. Holy Cross Sister Mary Marcelle Frizzie, active in prayer ministry in retirement at St. Mary’s, Ind., was honored July 16 for 75 years of consecrated life. She spent 42 years in elementary education, including seven at St. Cyril School, Tucson. She also served at schools in Utah, Idaho and California. Cistercian Sisters Jacqueline Moor and Esther Sawal of Santa Rita Abbey in Sonoita celebrated their Diamond and Golden jubilees, respectively. Father Gregory P. Adolf, pastor of St Andrew Parish, Sierra Vista,

presided at Sister Esther’s Jubilee Mass March 13, and Father William Cosgrove, administrator of St. Theresa Parish, Patagonia, presided at Sister Jacqueline’s Mass May 13. Sister Esther came to Arizona in 1986 from the Philippines, and Sister Jacqueline joined the community in 2011 from Holy Cross Abbey at Whitland in Wales. On Aug. 6, Sister Louise Bauer, a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, will be honored at a Mass at St. Francis Convent in Little Falls, Minn., for 50 years of consecrated life. She served in the Urban Indian Apostolate, setting up religious education programs for the Tohono O’odham and Yaqui communities.

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Reconciliation II: Dealing with repeat offenders This is the sixth story in the Sacrament series published by the Catholic Outlook. This article focuses on Reconciliation. Second of two parts. By FRANCISCAN FATHER DON MILLER Used with permission We have all faced the frustration at one time or another of committing the same sin over and over again. No one overcomes sins by oneself. Whether we are victorious over a habit of sin has less to do with our willpower than with God’s grace. It is God who conquers sin. We must cooperate with God’s grace in the process; God does not force anything on us. Rather, He invites us to accept His gifts - one of which is victory over sin. Whether we suffer from a habit of sin or appear to conquer it, has more to do with God than with us. Ours is to pray, avoid the occasions that could lead us into this sin, and trust in God’s loving mercy. Why can’t I confess my sins directly to God? Why involve a priest? In the Bible, Genesis tells us that God shared

authority with human beings by having them rule over the animals. Exodus tells of God working through the ministry of Moses to liberate the people. The prophets were men who mediated between God and human beings. Jesus sent His disciples out to share in His ministry of healing and preaching. God could obviously have done a better job than Adam and Eve, Moses, the prophets, the disciples or any one of us. However, love allows God to share with humans - even knowing that we will mess up. God chose to make certain people mediators of His love and grace for the good of the entire community, so that humans would have a share in His ministry. In each of the sacraments, God’s grace - because it is really His grace at the heart of every sacrament - comes to us mediated through people and things. That’s the way God set it up because of His love for us. In Reconciliation, God forgives through the ministry of a priest. This gives the sacrament a very warm and human aspect as we hear the words of absolution pronounced officially and authoritatively by a priest who represents Christ and the whole Church. We are human beings with senses and emotions. The mediation of God’s graces speaks

Making the sacrament of Reconciliation a vibrant part of one’s spiritual life - especially if it hasn’t been such in quite a while – requires only the decision to begin again.

to our need to hear and sense His words of forgiveness. How important is this sacrament in my daily faith journey? Because we are required to celebrate Reconciliation only when we are conscious of having committed a mortal sin (“Catechism,” 1457), the sacrament could, theoretically, play a minimal role in our spiritual life. The catechism strongly encourages more frequent celebrations of the sacrament, stating that even confessing lesser sins leads to positive effects. Frequent confession helps us form our consciences, resist temptation, experience the healing touch of Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit (“Catechism,” 1458). Frequent use of the sacrament also helps us stay attuned to our spiritual lives. The more frequently we become aware of the condition of our life with God, self and others, the better grip we have on the progress or lack of it in our spiritual life. Reconciliation offers a good measure of how we are doing. Making the sacrament of Reconciliation a vibrant part of one’s spiritual life - especially if it hasn’t been such in quite a while – requires only the decision to begin again. Most priests are willing to help someone back into the swing of things, knowing that the first time back could be a bit awkward.

Fulfilling the commitment of universal Church, nation of transparency By RACHEL GUZMAN Safe Environment Program Manager Fifteen years of working to protect children and other vulnerable people from abuse or harm have come and gone. What progress has the Diocese of Tucson made? In 2002, the crime and sin of child sexual abuse was exposed. In bringing light to this crisis, the US bishops approved its “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” Review the document; it is not easy to process. However, the theme is consistent. The Gospel mandates that we protect those who are least among us. For us, this became “The promise to protect, the pledge to heal.” The Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection is the primary office accountable for keeping this promise. The 17 articles and norms that define the Charter are a detailed list of how the clergy receive ongoing formation, of the way seminarians are interviewed and educated, of the process for screening volunteers, and of the means

and frequency the bishop communicates with parishioners. The goal of all these is to provide complete transparency. “The pledge to heal” helps survivors share their courageous stories and pain, giving them a safe platform to come forward. Survivors and victims are responsible for uniting us in this great mission. Nationally, all diocesan offices have a Victim Assistance coordinator, designated to provide confidential resources to all who have been hurt. We are all subject to the safety process; it is in place to protect everyone. We can get caught up in the paperwork; it can feel overwhelming. However, we are not alone. From July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, more than 4.5 million children in Catholic schools and religious education programs were trained to recognize abuse and report it. More than 2.3 million adults working or volunteering in parishes and schools have been trained to recognize warning signs of abuse, grooming and healthy boundaries, and to report any violations. More than 97 percent of these adults have also had a criminal background check. Much still needs to be done.

Here are some suggestions that can help further eradicate child sexual abuse: • Acknowledge the reality of sexual abuse scandal and the changes the Church has made. • Acknowledge the role victims and survivors played in bringing this issue forward. • Be open and transparent about any abuse in the Diocese. • Make sincere apologies to victims and survivors and families. • Demonstrate the lessons learned; refer to USCCB’s annual reports and “Nature and Scope” and “Causes and Context” studies. (usccb.org/ issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/ reports-and-research.cfm) • Remain vigilant. We cannot afford to become complacent. • Reiterate that child and youth protection (including healing and prevention) is a permanent ministry within the Church. The goal is a change in culture. Remember that the Church teaches all human life is precious and is to be protected at all levels. For more information, visit diocesetucson.org/ our-call-to-protect.

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Christians are called to charity and justice Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily change the social, economic and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We need to be fair and good of heart, but we also need to have fair and good policies. Jim Wallis, speaking more specifically about racism, puts it this way: When we say things like “I have black friends,” we need to challenge ourselves. It’s not just what’s in our hearts that’s at issue; it’s also what’s at the heart of public policy. We can have black friends but if our policies are racist, there’s still no justice in land. Individual goodwill alone doesn’t always make for a system that’s fair to everyone. It’s precisely on this point where we see the crucial distinction between charity and justice, between being good-hearted as individuals and trying as a community to ensure that our social, economic and political systems are not themselves the cause of the circumstances we respond to in charity. What causes poverty, racism, economic disparity, lack of fair access to education and health care, and the irresponsibility with which we often treat nature? Sometimes, individual actions and attitudes are responsible. However, injustice is also the result of social, economic and political policies that, whatever their other merits, help produce the conditions that spawn poverty, inequality, racism, privilege and the lack of conscientious concern for the environment. Here’s one story to illustrate the difference between charity and justice: There was a town built alongside a river, but situated around a bend so that the townsfolk could see only that part of the river that bordered their town. One day, a few of the children were playing by the river when they saw five bodies floating in the water. They quickly ran for help and the townspeople they alerted did what any responsible persons would do in that situation. They took care of the bodies. Pulling them from the river they found

to be in the river. That’s the difference between good-hearted charity and acting for social justice. ABOUT THE FAITH Sadly, we have been too slow to grasp this. Father Ron Rolheiser Consequently, we have not brought the demands of Jesus and faith systematically to bear as strongly upon the question of social justice, as that two were dead and they buried them. Three we have been to bring them to bear upon charity. were still alive. One was a child for whom Too many good, good-hearted, church-going, they quickly found a foster charitable women and home; another was a severely men simply do not see ill woman who they put in a the demands of justice as hospital; the last was a young being anything beyond the man and, for him, they found a demands of private charity job and a place to live. and good-heartedness. We The story doesn’t end there. are often good-hearted The next day more bodies enough that we will, appeared and, again, the literally, give a needy townsfolk responded as before. person the shirts off our They took care of the bodies. backs, even as we refuse They buried the dead, placed to look at why our closets the sick in hospitals, found are full while others don’t foster homes for the children, have shirts. and jobs and places to live This should not be for the adults. It went on for misunderstood. The years so that taking care of the Gospel demand that we act bodies that they found each for justice does not in any day became a normal feature way denigrate the virtue of of their lives and became part charity. Charity is still the of the life of their churches ultimate virtue. Sometimes, and their community. A few the only positive difference altruistically motivated people we can make in our world even made it their life’s work to is precisely the love and FATHER RON ROLHEISER take care of those bodies. respect we give each However, nobody ever other. Our own individual went up the river to see from goodness is sometimes the where and for what reasons those bodies kept only candle that is ours to light. appearing each day in the river. They just However, that goodness and light must shine remained good-hearted and generous in their publicly too. It must shine in how we vote and in response to the bodies that found their way to what public policies we support or oppose. their town. — Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser is a theologian, teacher, The lesson is clear enough. It’s one thing to take award-winning author and president of the Oblate care of the needy bodies we find on our doorsteps, School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He can be but it’s another thing to go upstream to try to contacted through his website www.ronrolheiser.com. change the things that are causing those bodies



Charity is still the ultimate virtue. Sometimes, the only positive difference we can make in our world is precisely the love and respect we give each other. Our own individual goodness is sometimes the only candle that is ours to light.”

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Border bishop to migrants: ‘We stand with you!’ By RHINA GUIDOS Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Denouncing the “demonization of migrants,” hateful rhetoric, the militarization of the border and a system that divides families, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, called on Catholics to heed the church’s teachings to welcome the migrant. In “Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away,” a July 18 pastoral letter on migration addressed to the “People of God in the Diocese of El Paso,” Bishop Seitz, who serves a border community near Mexico, said the country’s security cannot be used as a “pretext to build walls and shut the door to migrants and refugees.” “God did not create a world lacking room for all at the banquet of life,” he wrote.

He said that while some might question his reflections, “I am not substituting politics for the teaching of the Church,” but as a pastor, his “duty is to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he wrote. The Old Testament is clear, he said: “You shall treat BISHOP MARK J. SEITZ the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you.” Bishop Seitz also criticized a system that “permits some to detain human beings for profit,” while eroding the country’s

“historic commitment to the refugee and asylum seeker.” In the letter, he shared personal anecdotes. One involves a teenager named Aura he met at a sister parish in Honduras who later decided to make the trip north to escape extreme poverty and violence. She was caught by immigration authorities and ended up in a detention center in El Paso, but not before experiencing “serious physical and psychological wounds.”  She left Honduras for the US because she had been enslaved by a gang, and then ended up being treated like a criminal as she sought refuge in the US, the bishop wrote. He also wrote about a devoted Texas parishioner named Rosa, who in addition to volunteering, works long hours

caring for people with disabilities as well as cleaning houses to raise her family alone after her husband was deported. “Aura is your neighbor! Aura is your sister!” Bishop Seitz wrote. When it comes to Rosa, he asked: “Who can deny that our community would be diminished without the faith, hard work and contributions of Rosa and her family?” He said moments of encounter with such migrant brothers and sisters can provide opportunities for conversion. Instead, he lamented, people keep going about their old ways of seeing the world, with indifference, including an indifference toward God. “This growing indifference toward God seems to exist side by u STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 19

Catholic health leaders: More work on ACA reform By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — After efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed late July 17 in the US Senate, Catholic health care leaders said they hope Congress will work together, in small steps, to fix flaws in the current legislation. The bill lost ground when two Republican senators announced their opposition to it, joining two other senators who opposed the bill and leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of the 50 needed to start debate on the measure. Four days earlier, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said in a statement that the measure, a revision of an earlier draft, still did not have “enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable.” “The Catholic Health Association is pleased that the bill in the Senate will not

go forward,” said Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the association, adding: “It would have had incredibly negative consequences for many Americans.” Dr. Steven White, a pulmonary specialist in Ormond Beach, Fla., and chairman of the Catholic Medical Association Health Care Policy Committee, said that because of the complexity of the heath care legislation, he would hope people would see what happened - when the Senate failed to secure the necessary votes for the health care repeal - as a setback not a failure. In his July 13 statement about the Senate bill, Bishop Dewane also referred to his June 27 letter to senators that said any health care reform bill must uphold several moral principles: affordability, access for all, respect for life and protection of conscience rights. The bishops also have stressed the need for US health care policy “to improve real access” to health care for immigrants.

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Health care activists protest the Republican health care bill at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington July 17. The bill collapsed in the Senate later that day after two more GOP senators said they couldn’t support it.

In a July 18 statement, Sister Keehan said Congress can “now turn a page and open a new chapter” stressing that the country deserves a health care bill that gives quality and affordable health care to everyone. The Congressional Budget Office said the Senate bill would leave 18 million more people uninsured within a year, and 32

million fewer people would have coverage in 2026, compared with the number of those insured under the current law. Health insurance premiums also would increase by at least 20 percent within the first year and would likely double by 2026. The bill would have done away with the Affordable Care Act’s u STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 19

Por el Obispo

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Agencia católica CRS da esperanza y seguridad a refugiados facilitando microempresas Pequeños negocios de refugiados generan ingresos y futuros más prometedores

Los refugiados provienen de muchos lugares: Siria, Irak, Pakistán, Sudán, Sudán del Sur, Eritrea y Etiopía. Algunos de ellos han huido a la violencia, amenazas y guerras. Otros refugiados buscan una vida mejor para poder sostener a sus familias. Sus viajes son peligrosos. Cruzando océanos y cubriendo enormes distancias por tierra, muchos de ellos caen víctima de explotación y asaltos. Con tal de alejarse de sus terribles situaciones hacen lo que pueden, incluso pagar cantidades exorbitantes a inescrupulosos traficantes. Como parte de la delegación de la agencia Catholic Relief Services, CRS, este verano conocí a muchos refugiados y migrantes en Egipto y Bulgaria, dos sitios donde la gente busca auxilio y la posibilidad de comenzar una nueva vida. En Egipto hay alrededor de 113.000 refugiados sirios y 30.000 sudaneses. CRS procura fomentar la autosuficiencia mediante empleos y oportunidades de trabajo independiente para refugiados que han dejado atrás su vida y sus oficios. Los refugiados que participan en el programa deben registrarse para indicar que son responsables y están comprometidos a cumplir. También deben presentar un plan de negocios para su compañía, recibir capacitación empresarial, asesoramiento continuo y apoyo en marketing para poner en marcha su empresa. Dos sirios empezaron un negocio de elaboración y venta de verduras encurtidas a restaurantes y tiendas de comestibles, para lo cual dispusieron una modesta fábrica en el sótano de un complejo de apartamentos. El orgullo que sentían al poder crear un exitoso negocio empezando de cero era evidente. Una señora siria con dos hijos recibió un par de máquinas de coser para confeccionar ropa. Ella es una modista talentosa y gracias a ese don puede atender las necesidades de su familia. El marido, quien a todas luces admira la destreza de

su esposa, es el promotor de sus productos. Las máquinas de coser, que ya han elevado a la familia del nivel de subsistencia, son el centro de su vida. Un hombre oriundo del Sudán aprendió a vender comidas tradicionales y otros artículos, como perfumes, a las personas de la comunidad sudanesa. Vi que traía consigo una bolsa de plástico repleta de artículos para la venta. Él se está ganando la vida, para él y para sus ocho hijos, bastante bien. Aunque no es una tienda grande, su negocio le ha enseñado cómo administrar una empresa pequeña para que le rinda ganancias. CRS está trabajando en Egipto para mejorar las oportunidades educativas de alrededor de 30.000 niños sirios, 12.000 sudaneses y otros. Los niños refugiados no tienen acceso a las escuelas egipcias, y es por eso que se han formado escuelas informales administradas por las comunidades siria y sudanesa. Los maestros y administradores necesitan capacitación, y responden con entusiasmo cuando se les instruye en cómo educar a los niños de manera más eficaz porque entienden la importancia que la educación tiene para el futuro de estos niños. En Egipto nos enteramos de que los habitantes locales a veces resienten el influjo de refugiados. En las oficinas de CRS, donde los refugiados inscriben a los niños para la escuela, ha habido ocasiones en que residentes de los apartamentos de arriba vierten agua desde su balcón sobre las madres y niños que esperan la hora de su cita. Este resentimiento y recelo hacia los desconocidos –algo que aquí en Estados Unidos también hemos visto– existe además en Bulgaria. Algunos residentes de ese país toman a mal que a los refugiados se les ofrezcan recursos, mientras que no hay gran cosa a disposición de su propia gente necesitada y

pobre. CRS hace todo lo posible para demostrar que se preocupa por todas las personas vulnerables. Para aliviar ese resentimiento, CRS ayuda a refugiados en crisis pero también a ciudadanos locales necesitados. Delegados de CRS en Bulgaria fueron testigos de un ejemplo de las fuertes emociones de rechazo hacia los refugiados. En un pequeño pueblo, en respuesta al llamado del Papa Francisco de que cada parroquia de Europa acogiera una familia de refugiados, el sacerdote italiano se esmeró para encontrar una familia siria para su parroquia. Cuando la familia llegó, la gente del pueblo se sublevó e insistió en que la familia se marchara. El sacerdote tuvo que volverse a Italia. Qué triste e innecesaria se volvió esa situación. Aquí en Tucson, vimos una resistencia similar cuando niños centroamericanos llegaron a la ciudad en autobuses. Hubo quienes se apostaron a lo largo del recorrido con carteles que decían cosas como “¡Fuera de aquí!”, “No los queremos”, y “No son bienvenidos”. Otras personas sostuvieron mensajes de bienvenida. Debemos educar a la gente para que conozcan las necesidades de quienes huyen de la violencia o buscan una vida mejor. Solamente cuando uno conoce a otras personas y oye sus historias puede comenzar a sentir empatía por su lucha. En nuestra comunidad hay refugiados y migrantes. Podemos hacer que se sientan bienvenidos, ayudarlos en su difícil proceso de adaptación, y brindarles oportunidades de contribuir a nuestra sociedad. De la labor de CRS podemos aprender cómo atender las necesidades de los migrantes y refugiados de nuestro medio.

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El Padre Vásquez esta en grupo de finalistas al premio Lumen Christi Por MICHAEL BROWN Director Editorial Y ahora son ocho. Extensión Católica anunció el 11 de julio que el padre franciscano Ponchie Vásquez, de las Misiones de San Solano en Sells, es uno de los ocho finalistas al prestigioso premio Lumen Christi. Los ocho fueron seleccionados de un grupo inicial de 45 candidatos presentados a Extensión este año. En la Diócesis de Tucson, ningún ministro o ministerio ha ganado un Lumen Christi. No ha habido tampoco un sacerdote franciscano que recibiera el prestigioso reconocimiento. ¿Será éste el año en que gane alguien de la Diócesis de Tucson? El anuncio de Extensión marca el segundo año consecutivo en que un aspirante de la Diócesis llega a la etapa final. El año pasado, el padre jesuita Sean Carroll y la Iniciativa Kino para la Frontera integraron el grupo de finalistas y recibieron una subvención ministerial de $10.000 por ese logro. La labor del Padre Vásquez lo ha hecho acreedor a la misma subvención, pero el premio del ganador es más cuantioso. Consiste en $25.000 de apoyo a su ministerio y $25.000 para el de la Diócesis. Haber llegado a esta etapa es un logro significativo. Las solicitudes deben entregarse a Extensión Católica en marzo, e incluyen un formulario oficial, cartas de recomendación, breves biografías, ejemplos de cobertura mediática y videos. Además, el obispo local envía una carta solicitando consideración. El Padre Vásquez fue ordenado en 1999, y se le designó párroco para San Solano en 2009. En la solicitud se hace mención a su trabajo de líder de un equipo de catequistas y a las misas que reza con frecuencia.

Él brinda servicios a casi 11.500 católicos distribuidos en más de 40 capillas de pueblos ubicados en una extensión de alrededor de 4.500 millas cuadradas. Su ministerio cuenta con la ayuda del padre franciscano Bill Minkel, el diácono Alfred Gonzáles y una serie de ministros laicos de los diferentes poblados. Extensión Católica no es novedad ni para el Padre Vásquez ni para las misiones de San Solano. Katheryn Hutchinson, directora del programa en la oficina de la Fundación Católica, compila y envía los paquetes de solicitud. Con la ayuda de Grace Cunningham, asistente para misiones de Extensión, identificaron subvenciones de esa organización para la zona de Sells por un total de más de $668.500 a partir de 1969. Entre 1969 y 1995, la mayoría de las subvenciones se utilizaron para proyectos de construcción y reparación de instalaciones. Después de 1994 Extensión subvencionó los salarios de sacerdotes y religiosas de la reservación, inclusive el del Padre Vásquez. Esas subvenciones alcanzan un total de $581.000. Las Misiones de San Solano eran el ministerio de otro franciscano, el Padre Bonaventura Oblasser, cuya labor incluye la construcción de varias de las pequeñas estructuras de las misiones, aún presentes en Sells. El año pasado, un equipo de Extensión Católica visitó las misiones y produjo varios videos con entrevistas al Obispo Gerald F. Kicanas y los padres Vásquez y Minkel. Hutchinson recibió permiso para incluir partes de esos videos en la solicitud del Padre Vásquez. Los videos se pueden ver en YouTube en los siguientes enlaces: youtube.com/ watch?v=bJpRfEllepY; y youtube.

Las Misiones de San Solano eran el ministerio de otro franciscano, el Padre Bonaventura Oblasser, cuya labor incluye la construcción de varias de las pequeñas estructuras de las misiones, aún presentes en Sells.

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com/watch?v=VDYXnP8JYVg. Según registra Extensión Católica, el año pasado fue la primera vez que una solicitud enviada desde la Diócesis de Tucson llegaba a la etapa de finales, si bien no era la primera vez que se presentaba una. Desde 1978, cuando se inauguró el premio Lumen Christi, la Diócesis ha enviado nominaciones 11 veces. Entre los años 1986 y 1988, el padre franciscano Bartholomew Welsh fue nominado por su trabajo en la Misión San Carlos. En 1994, la Diócesis nominó a la hermana dominica, Hna. María Teresa Apalategui, directora asociada en Servicio Social Católico durante muchos años. Antes de los padres Vásquez y Carroll, hubo otras nominaciones, como la de Barbara McDevitt (1995), la Hna. de la

Misericordia Georgia Greene (2005), los padres franciscanos Thomas B. Frost y Maximilian J. Hottle (2006, 2009), Brian Flagg (2014) y Jean Fedigan (2015). Hay un caso de un premio Lumen Christi ganado en Arizona. En 1996, la hermana dominica, Hna. Maria Sarto Moreau, fue honrada por su trabajo en la Reservación Navajo de Arizona, tras haber sido nominada por la Diócesis de Gallup, NM. Un grupo que incluye ganadores anteriores del premio Lumen Christi elegirá al ganador de este año, y el anuncio se realizará en el otoño. Para ver más información sobre los finalistas de Lumen Christi de este año visite catholicextension. org/lumen-christi-award.

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Chapel renovations win prestigious state award By MICHAEL BROWN Managing Editor It was hailed as an architectural jewel, combining the best of Italian renaissance and Southwest adobe influence, built in the early days of the 20th century. After myriad uses, including as a chapel, a dance hall, a gymnasium and data center, Our Lady’s Chapel in Tucson was mothballed in 2006. Nine years later, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas ordered work to begin on restoring the building. On June 16, those efforts were recognized. The Our Lady’s Chapel Renovation Project received the prestigious James W. Garrison Heritage Award as “an exceptional achievement in preserving Arizona’s historic and prehistoric cultural resources.” “This was just a special little jewel,” said Richard Fe Tom of The Architecture Company, part of the group charged with the renovation, and which submitted the project for the award. Tom noted that Ochoa Street, the original entry point for Our Lady’s Chapel and the adjoining Marist College building, had been a major thoroughfare during Tucson’s early days, and included the site of the territorial capitol. Originally completed in 1916 by renowned Mexican builder Manuel Flores, Our Lady’s Chapel included elements from Italian renaissance architecture, under the direction of Tucson’s third Bishop Henri Granjon. Within just a few years for reasons unknown now, Mass was no longer offered there and the chapel was used by Marist College, until the school closed in 1968. “We took out elements that didn’t belong to the period,” Tom said. At the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference awards luncheon June 16, it was announced that Our Lady’s Chapel Restoration Project won the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award for “outstanding achievement” in preserving the state’s historic resources. Tom, diocesan Property and Insurance Director John Shaheen and others from the project team

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Members of the team responsible for the planning and renovation of Our Lady’s Chapel stand together displaying the Garrison Award given to the project at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference awards luncheon June 16.

had just returned to their seats when it was announced that they had also received the more prestigious Garrison Award. Tom said the group was completely surprised by that news. Tom credited the entire team that worked on the restoration project, including Bishop Kicanas, Shaheen and John Alan, who was key in creating the artwork inside the building. “It is great that the Diocese and the church are being recognized for valuing and preserving this treasure,” Alan said June 21. Before Bishop Kicanas began work on the chapel renovation, he enlisted Alan’s help in the restoration of St. Augustine Cathedral. Alan staged elements of the cathedral project in the chapel, which was being used as

a storage facility, an environment that “brought me down. It hurt my heart a bit.” “I told the bishop that if he could ever get to a place where they could work on the chapel someday, that he could count on me to help.” Alan noted that the interior work on the chapel was not so much a restoration of how it looked when it was first constructed, as much as it was to create period pieces that represented the story of the Mother of God, including her authenticated appearances through the years. He said that from the photos of the chapel in its earliest days, the interior was “rather plain.” Even the plaster ornaments did not appear to be decorated in gold leaf, although there were some layers of blue paint that had been used on them.

He considered Our Lady’s Chapel his greatest work to date. “It was an amazing project.” Kathryn Leonard, the State Historic Preservation Officer, served as a member of the committee which selected the Governor’s Awards. She agreed that the chapel project was special because of its visibility and impact on the local community. “The governor’s rationale was that it is a highly visible landmark in an urban setting and it shows how a project like this can have a catalytic effect on the neighborhood,” Leonard said. Renovation work on Our Lady’s Chapel was funded through private donations, including large gifts from Jerry and Pat Chouinard and Dan and Jackie Chellman.

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side with a growing coldness toward the poor and suffering, as if they did not exist,” he wrote. Bishop Seitz said that even though the immigration system is broken and has not been fixed in large part because “elected leaders have not yet mustered the moral courage to enact permanent, comprehensive immigration reform,” migrants should not be the ones paying the price. “Still, migrants are treated, as Pope Francis says, as ‘pawns on the chessboard of humanity.’ Their labor and talents are exploited but they are denied the protections of the law and are scapegoated for our social and economic ills,” he wrote. He praised the work of border communities in welcoming the stranger, and says places such as his diocese, are filled with “heroic individuals, families, pastors, religious, parishes and institutions that spend themselves in service to migrants and refugees” feeling conflict, hunger and persecution. They also advocate for “just laws and against the militarization of our border,” he wrote.

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expansion of Medicaid and subsidies for the purchase of private insurance, but it would have left in place requirements prohibiting insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums because of a pre-existing medical condition. Sister Keehan, who was consulted on the initial Affordable Care Act legislation, said moving forward will require bipartisan efforts and broad consultation. “There is the competence and resources to do this if we work together. Health is too critical to be allowed to be a partisan issue,”

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“I am pastor of a diocese divided by solidarity with migrants and says the church “must not remain on the walls and checkpoints that separate sidelines in the fight for justice.” To individuals from loved ones. I am migrant brothers and sisters, he said: bishop of a flock frightened by the “We stand with you!” flashing lights of police cars in the “As your bishop, I pledge my rearview mirror, who wonder if this commitment to family outing or stand with you in that drive home this time of anxiety from work will be Still, migrants and fear. I promise to the last,” he wrote. hear you, celebrate “I am (a) spiritual are treated, as with you, break father to thousands Pope Francis says, bread with you, of Border Patrol and as ‘pawns on the pray with you and ICE agents, who chessboard of weep with you,” he put their lives on humanity.’ Their wrote. “You possess the line to stem the labor and talents a dignity that no flow of weapons and are exploited but earthly law or court drugs and those who can take away. Your carry them. they are denied the “Many agents families enrich protections of the law are troubled in our community and are scapegoated conscience by and strengthen for our social and divisive political our parishes. Your economic ills.” rhetoric and new perseverance, edicts coming dedication and BISHOP MARK J. SEITZ from Washington,” enthusiasm for a Bishop Seitz added. better future renew “I am a citizen of a our hope.” Bishop Seitz announced he is community where children worry establishing the Soñador Fund to whether mom or dad will be there offer financial assistance to children when they return from school.” Migrants, he wrote, are not just of migrant families so they can seeking a better life, “but life itself.” attend Catholic schools in the El He asked for compassion and Paso Diocese.



she said, adding that CHA “stands ready to work with all members of Congress to achieve this.” The woman religious, who is a nurse and heads an organization of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other US health facilities, also said her organization would “definitely not support a bill that repeals but delays replacement” of the Affordable Care Act because it would create “incredible uncertainty.” “Health care is too critical to put at that much risk,” she added. White told Catholic News Service July 18 that members of Congress need to “get together and view in incremental steps what

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they can do,” acknowledging that fixing flaws in the Affordable Care Act “can’t all be done at once.” He said one aspect of the reform efforts - Medicaid cuts - is not fully understood. As he sees it, the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA is currently hurting state budgets, so some type of reform is necessary. He also stressed that any future health care legislation that comes before Congress must include conscience protections that he said are “absolutely essential.” Three days before the Senate plan was stopped in its tracks, Sister Keehan said she hoped more senators would take a stand against the proposed legislation.

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The Catholic Church, he wrote, considers itself a mother to all and therefore no human being can be illegal in her eyes, he wrote. He encouraged parishes to become places of prayer, study and dialogue on the issue, “where Catholics can get involved in the work of building a more humane border through education and advocacy.” “We must continue to denounce the evil of family separation, the militarization of our border communities, for-profit immigrant detention, the mistreatment of asylum seekers and the disparagement of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said. He encouraged others to learn from the work and culture of border communities. “I invite young people, volunteers, attorneys and other professionals to spend time with us in service opportunities available through our many church and community organizations,” he concluded. “The voice of border communities must be taken into consideration in the shaping of border enforcement policies and in debates on immigration reform. Let us reject a mindset of hostility and work together in generous cooperation for the common good.” The next step would be for “Democrats and Republicans to show they can be statesmen and women and come together not gloating or finding fault but looking to stabilize the Affordable Care Act for now and to look at what might be better in the future.” On the Senate floor July 18, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said: “I regret that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failures of Obamacare will not be successful. That doesn’t mean we should give up. We will now try a different way to bring the American people relief from Obamacare. I think we owe them at least that much.”

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