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December 2, 2016 issue

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Local stories:

  • Farewell to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin
  • A sincere, heartfelt thank you to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin
  • Bishops reflect on legacy of Cardinal Tobin for Hoosier Catholics
  • Retired bishop not surprised at pope’s selection of Cardinal Tobin
  • Religious order leaders express thanks for Cardinal Tobin
  • Retired bishop, former archdiocesan priest, values Cardinal Tobin’s humility
  • Parents’ love and example planted seeds of faith for Tobin children
  • Home parish helped Cardinal Tobin live out his vocation as missionary
  • God’s call to ‘love more’ is message of Cardinal Tobin’s ministry
  • Mother Teresa’s lesson in faith to Cardinal Tobin: ‘I get just what I need’
  • As disciples of Christ, faithful are called to ‘obligation of love’
  • Archbishop Tobin’s first visit to the Holy Land provided lasting impact
  • Cardinal Tobin leaves with ‘bonds of love, mercy, forgiveness and joy’
  • Archbishop Tobin makes national headlines for allowing Syrian refugee family to resettle in Indianapolis
  • Connection of teacher and disciple at the heart of friendship of Cardinal Tobin, Pope Francis
  • Pastoral letter planted seeds for reducing the effects of poverty
  • Photo essay: On a memorable day at the Vatican, a humble leader becomes a cardinal
  • Who are the active and retired cardinals of the United States?
  • How are a bishop, archbishop and cardinal different or the same?
  • The colors that different clerics wear in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Titular church symbolizes a cardinal’s ties to the clergy of Rome
  • Cardinal Tobin’s new coat of arms tells who he is, what he values
  • No ordinary Joe’s: Cardinal Ritter and Cardinal Tobin leave important imprints on local Church
  • Photo essay: 2012
  • Photo essay: 2013
  • Photo essay: 2014
  • Photo essay: 2015
  • Photo essay: 2016
  • Catholic school students offer advice to Cardinal Tobin
  • What makes a cardinal different from a bishop?
  • My Journey to God: Poems about Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin
  • Photo essay: The gift of faith, the gift of family
  • Cardinal Tobin may be leaving Indiana, but not off our radar
  • Electing a pope: a cardinal’s most important role
  • Dec. 3 farewell Mass will be streamed live on the Internet
  • Archdiocesan parishes to host Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations
  • Readers are invited to share favorite Christmas memories
  • Advent resources are available on archdiocesan Web site

Regular local features:

  • Rejoice in the Lord: Mary draws us close to her son, Jesus
    • Alégrense en el Señor: María nos acerca a su hijo, Jesús
  • From the Editor Emeritus: 20th-century Church - Pope Paul and Father Ted Hesburgh
  • It's All Good: Jesus Christ, the ‘thrill of hope,’ is always cause for rejoicing
  • Events Calendar

Catholic News Service:

  • The Sunday Readings: Second Sunday of Advent
  • Question Corner: Attending Communion service is not the same as worshipping at a weekend Mass


  • Advent is a time to help the world prepare for Christ’s return
  • Catholics are called to spread the peace of Christ to all creation in Advent

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A sincere, heartfelt thank you to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

Archbishop Tobin with a familyFrom the editor: As a journalist, it’s hard to put into words how much Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin has touched lives throughout his four years as the shepherd of the Church in central and southern Indiana. Adding pictures and other artistic elements to the story probably doesn’t do it justice either. But the staff of The Criterion has spent the last month perusing past issues of the newspaper, trying to capture the essence of Cardinal Tobin’s ministry here. This week’s issue is meant to be a special keepsake to help readers celebrate Cardinal Tobin’s years as the shepherd of our local Church. (Page 3)
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Farewell to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

Cardinal Joseph W. TobinThis week's issue of The Criterion, at 60 pages, is the largest issue we've ever produced. It is both a thank you and a farewell to the man who has served as our archbishop for the past four years. The issue features ten "defining moments" from his life, nine pages of photos from his childhood to the recent consistory in Rome, a photo mosaic front page, infographics about cardinals, and details on such things as his new coat-of-arms. It also looks back to the last cardinal that came from our archdiocese--Joseph E. Ritter--and looks forward to what our relationship with Cardinal Tobin may look like in the years to come. And, on the lighter side, it includes the advice of children for the new cardinal. (Pages 1-60)
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Archdiocesan parishes to host Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations

A number of Masses and special events for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout central and southern Indiana were reported to The Criterion. See them all by clicking the link below. (Page 55)
Read our news story

Web-only features

Dec. 3 farewell Mass will be streamed live on the Internet

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin will share his gratitude with the people of the archdiocese on Dec. 3, beginning with a Mass at 11 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis. For those who cannot attend, the Mass will be streamed live on the Internet. The livestream can be viewed by logging onto
Go to our live-streaming page

Advent Resources

Advent Candles During the season of Advent, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will have a special Web page at The page contains various Advent resources, including links to the daily readings, past Christmas reflections from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, penance service schedules, images of past Criterion Christmas Supplement covers and links of interest to other Advent Web sites.
Go to website | Advent penance service listings



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