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Members of Neocatechumenal Way take Gospel to the public square

For the five Sundays of Easter this year, members of the Neocatechumenal Way from all across the Los Angeles archdiocese and the San Bernardino and Orange dioceses took the good news of the Gospel to the public squares of Southern California.

In what the movement calls the "great mission," members volunteered to reach out to people in a public area -- perhaps the parking lot of a shopping center, perhaps in a park -- and invite them to a 75-minute gathering that included prayer and testimony from people walking "the Way," for short, as well as a group dialogue and catechesis.

Pentecost marks 'life-changing power of God's presence,' cardinal says

The church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Although the feast, celebrated June 8, doesn't look as it did in the apostles' time -- with the roar of wind and tongues of fire -- the cardinal said it serves as a reminder of the outpouring of God's spirit long ago and continuously.

"The Holy Spirit comes regularly" and is "active in the church today," he said.

Mass, eucharistic procession mark anniversary of first U.S. bishop

On May 18, 1789, about two dozen priests then serving in the new United States of America met at a chapel in White Marsh and had an election at which they nominated Fr. John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States.

That fall, Pope Pius VI appointed Carroll as the nation's first Catholic bishop to lead the new Baltimore diocese, which at that time encompassed the Catholic community living in all 13 original states.

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