Pope Gives Shoes to Minneapolis Charity

Not his shoes, but from an Italian shoemaker who gave them to the pope to be given to the poor. From WKBT:

Some homeless Minneapolis residents are walking in the Pope’s shoes.

That’s after two big boxes from Rome arrived at Sharing and Caring Hands, a homeless mission in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, the rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul gave some friends from the Vatican a tour of the facility while they were visiting the Twin Cities.

Sharing and Caring Hands has an on-site shoe room, but director Mary Jo Copeland didn’t know what was in the big boxes when they arrived. She opened them to find several dozen pairs of handmade Italian shoes to give to the poor.

Johnson told Copeland the shoes were from Pope Benedict himself. He got them from an Italian shoemaker who asked that they be distributed to the poor.

Copeland says it’s given her strength to know the Pope is praying for her.

In the “Is she still alive?” Department

There are a lot of folks out there, born in the last 30 years, who I am sure don’t even know who she is, but  Joni Mitchell Attacks Catholic Church:

 Joni Mitchell is back after nine years, and she’s on the attack. In the title track to her new album, “Shine,” Mitchell takes a nice swipe at the Catholic Church by name.

“Shine on the Catholic Church/And the prisons that it owns,” she sings. “Shine on all the Churches/that love less and less.”

Mitchell was never one to mince words, but in her triumphant return on Starbucks’ Hear Records, she doesn’t give an inch. In “Shine,” she continues: “Shine on lousy leadership/Licensed to kill/Shine on dying soldiers/In patriotic pain/Shine on mass destruction/In some God’s name!”

I wish to thank the Pope, says new Beijing bishop

From Asia News Italy:

 “I wish to thank the Pope,” Mgr Joseph Li Shan said in his first public statement after his ordination as the new archbishop of Beijing in the ancient Saint-Saviour (Bei Tang) Church. Monsignor Li began this way his ministry, promising to visit each and every parish, meeting the faithful in the diocese of 50,000.

The bishop, who was ordained last Friday in a ceremony attended by government and Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCAP) officials, received Vatican approval ahead of time. Another confirmation was published in an article in the Osservatore Romano a few hours after the function.

The prelate’s few words of thanks to the Pontiff cleared the air of any doubts that might have lingered about the ordination’s legitimacy.

I wish to thank the Pope, says new Beijing bishop

From Asia News Italy:

 “I wish to thank the Pope,” Mgr Joseph Li Shan said in his first public statement after his ordination as the new archbishop of Beijing in the ancient Saint-Saviour (Bei Tang) Church. Monsignor Li began this way his ministry, promising to visit each and every parish, meeting the faithful in the diocese of 50,000.

The bishop, who was ordained last Friday in a ceremony attended by government and Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCAP) officials, received Vatican approval ahead of time. Another confirmation was published in an article in the Osservatore Romano a few hours after the function.

The prelate’s few words of thanks to the Pontiff cleared the air of any doubts that might have lingered about the ordination’s legitimacy.

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