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January 13, 2017 issue

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Local stories:

  • Msgr. William F. Stumpf is elected archdiocesan administrator by college of consultors
  • Catholic values, spirit of caring and love of faith connect award-winning members of archdiocese
    • Tickets are available for 21st annual Celebrating Catholic School Values program
  • Archdiocese will celebrate World Marriage Day with special Mass on Feb. 12 in cathedral
  • Vigil for Life with guest speaker is among three local Roe v. Wade solemn observance opportunities this month
  • Nominations for 2017 Spirit of Service Awards are due on Jan. 20
  • Parish remembers Vietnamese martyrs, honors Blessed Mother
    • Vietnamese New Year Mass to be celebrated on Jan. 29
  • Catholic conference gears up for state legislative session
  • St. Thomas Aquinas student interviews Cardinal Tobin

Regular local features:

  • The Face of Mercy: New series to reflect on teaching of Pope Francis
    • El rostro de la misericordia: Nueva serie de reflexión sobre las enseñanzas del papa Francisco
  • Editorial: Encountering our migrants
  • From the Editor Emeritus: My first visits as a journalist with St. Pope John Paul II
  • It's All Good: Approach 2017 with an optimistic and peaceful heart
  • Twenty Something: The pursuit of happiness in the new year
  • Reflection: Festive, familial spirit marks Cardinal Tobin’s installation
  • Letters to the Editor
    • Doctrine of faith says Mary experienced no pain at the birth of Christ, reader says
  • Events Calendar
    • Prayer service for new government leaders set for Jan. 20 at St. Thomas Aquinas
    • Help your marriage at Retrouvaille retreat on Feb. 24-26 in Indianapolis
    • Crusaders for Life to join in Service for the Unborn on Jan. 22 in Indianapolis
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
    • Providence Sister Marie Brendan Harvey taught at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
    • Benedictine Sister Mary Bede Betz served for 52 years in Catholic schools across the state
  • My Journey to God: Flight

Catholic News Service:

  • Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life in anxious world
  • Pope: Jesus amazed others because he was humble, helpful, not a hypocrite
  • Pope Francis to diplomats: Break bad habits of war and injustice
  • Catholic conference gears up for state legislative session
  • Guard the faith, make it grow, pope tells parents at baptism
  • Catholic-Muslim dialogue opens to support Islamic American communities
  • Bishops cite immigration in National Migration Week statement
  • How will U.S. policy affect Middle East’s Christians in 2017?
  • Column: Cherishing a rich culture through its lens of history
  • The Sunday Readings: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Question Corner: Some saints known for helping with specific needs, but all can intercede


  • Parishes, dioceses called to show care for people with mental illness
  • Scripture can provide comfort and consolation in times of crisis and fear

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Msgr. William F. Stumpf is elected archdiocesan administrator by college of consultors

Msgr Stumpf (center) with priestsIn accordance with the stipulations of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, Msgr. William F. Stumpf was elected archdiocesan administrator on Jan. 9 at the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center in Indianapolis. He was elected by the seven archdiocesan priests who serve on the archdiocesan college of consultors. As archdiocesan administrator, Msgr. Stumpf will oversee the day-to-day business of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis until Pope Francis appoints a new shepherd for the Church in central and southern Indiana. (Page 1)
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Catholic values, spirit of caring and love of faith connect award-winning members of archdiocese

Celebrating Catholic School Values Award logoThree pieces of wisdom guide Tom Spencer’s life and faith, starting with the advice that his mother gave him as a child. “One of the things she taught me in life was that you’re always practicing to become a better Catholic,” says Spencer, a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis. That approach marks the lives of Spencer and the three other recipients of the 2017 Celebrating Catholic School Values Award who will be honored on Feb. 9: Kevin Johnson of Holy Spirit Parish in Indianapolis, and Van and Kathy Willis of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in New Albany. (Page 1)
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Catholic conference gears up for state legislative session

The Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC) is gearing up for state legislative action as 150 lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Jan. 3 in Indianapolis to craft a biennial budget by the April 29 adjournment deadline. The ICC, which celebrated the 50-year anniversary of its founding in 2016, represents the Catholic Church in Indiana on national and state matters of public policy. “The ICC communicates the value and dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God to state legislators and public policy makers,” said Glenn Tebbe, executive director, who serves as the public policy spokesperson for the bishops in Indiana. (Pages 9)
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Web-only features

Front Page Image Compilations

Front page compilationWe've taken the past 12 years of Criterion issues from our print edition and made separate compilations of front page images. You can look at 2005-16 and see every front page from that year put into one picture -- kind of a birds-eye view of the year in Catholic news in Indiana.
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