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Introducing Pope Francis

Even as a rising chorus of observers, commentators and prognosticators were about to write off the Catholic Church as a mere relic of the past, due to its catalog of recent scandals and the growing indifference of many toward the Church, something extraordinary happened.  A humble man from Argentina, a pastor with a special love for the poor, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was introduced as our new Pope.  He had chosen the name Francis.

When Pope Francis stepped onto the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and stood quietly before the crowd gathered in the square, and indeed before the whole world, it was clear that something new and of great significance was occurring.  Yes, he is our new pope.  But beyond that mere fact, I had the sense of something more.  Perhaps the fact that I knew next to nothing about him piqued my interest and fascination.  My first question was, “Who is this man?”  This is the question on all of our minds.  He is our Holy Father.  We already love him.  But we want to get to know him.  We were struck by his serenity, his simplicity, his evident humility.  I was deeply touched by his profound bow when he asked the world to pray for him.

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Presentando al Papa Francisco

Incluso con un coro creciente de observadores, comentaristas y pronosticadores que estaban a punto de considerar a la Iglesia Católica como una mera reliquia del pasado, debido a su catálogo de escándalos recientes y a la creciente indiferencia de muchos hacia la Iglesia, sucedió algo extraordinario. Un hombre humilde de Argentina, un pastor con un amor especial por los pobres, el Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, fue presentado como nuestro nuevo Papa. Él eligió el nombre Francisco.

Cuando el Papa Francisco salió al balcón de la Basílica de San Pedro y se quedó en silencio ante la multitud reunida en la plaza, y de hecho ante el mundo entero, estaba claro que algo nuevo y de gran importancia estaba ocurriendo. Sí, él es nuestro nuevo Papa. Pero más allá de ese simple hecho, tuve la sensación de algo más. Tal vez el hecho de que yo no sabía casi nada de él despertó mi interés y fascinación. Mi primera pregunta fue: "¿Quién es este hombre?" Esta es la pregunta en todas nuestras mentes. Él es nuestro Santo Padre. Nosotros ya lo amamos. Pero queremos llegar a conocerlo. Nos impacto su serenidad, su sencillez, su humildad evidente. Me conmovió intensamente su reverencia profunda cuando le pidió al mundo que oren por él.

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Archbishop Coakley on new pope: “This is a moment of great joy”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 13, 2013) – At 1:06 p.m. CST today in Vatican City, white smoke rose from the smokestack of the Sistine Chapel, signifying the election of the next pope. Shortly thereafter, from the loggia over St. Peter’s Square, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran – the senior cardinal deacon -- pronounced “Habemus papam!” (“We have a pope!”) and introduced the former Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as Pope Francis. From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas in the 2000-year history of the Catholic Church.

The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, said this is a moment of great joy for Catholics in Oklahoma and around the world.

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"Feed my sheep"

March 4, 2013

We have entered into an important period between pontificates known as the sede vacante or interregnum.  As I write this column, the cardinals are gathering in Rome in preparation for the upcoming conclave during which they will elect the next successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ.

The cardinals are already engaged in an important series of meetings during which, both formally and informally, they are getting to know one another and learning about the challenges and opportunities facing the Church in various parts of the world.  These meetings will continue until the conclave begins.  At that point, only the cardinal electors, those under the age of 80, will be sequestered for the work of prayerfully choosing the next pope under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  These are days of great consequence for the Catholic Church and for humanity.  Our task is to pray and fast for the cardinal electors and for the one whom they will choose and who is already known to the Lord.

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Archbishop Coakley on helicopter crash: "Our love and concern go out to all affected"

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Feb. 22, 2013) – Around 5:45 a.m. Feb. 22, a medical helicopter crashed between the Saint Ann Retirement Center and the Saint Ann Nursing Home. Three crew members were on board. Two were killed in the crash and the third has been hospitalized in critical condition. No one on the ground was killed or seriously harmed.

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An Invitation to Prayer

02-18-2013

Since the surprising announcement on Feb. 11 that our beloved Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, would resign from office on Feb. 28, the Church and the world have grappled to find appropriate words and gestures to respond to this new reality.  Only twice before, in 1294 and 1415, has something similar occurred. 

Questions immediately arose; practical questions.  When I met with the media on the day of the announcement I was asked, “What will he be called after his resignation?” and “What will he wear?”  There were also more probing questions: “What will be the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI?”  “What happens next?”

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Una Invitación a la Oración

Desde el sorprendente anuncio del 11 de febrero de que nuestro amado Santo Padre, el Papa Benedicto XVI, dimitiría de la oficina el 28 de febrero, la Iglesia y el mundo han lidiado para encontrar palabras y gestos apropiados para responder a esta nueva realidad. Sólo en dos ocasiones anteriores, en 1294 y 1415, algo similar ocurrió.

Preguntas surgieron inmediatamente; preguntas prácticas. Cuando me reuní con los medios de comunicación en el día del anuncio se me preguntó: "¿Qué va a ser llamado después de su renuncia?" y "¿Qué va a traer puesto?" Hubo también preguntas de más sondeo: "¿Cuál será el legado del Papa Benedicto XVI? "" ¿Qué pasa después? "

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Archbishop Coakley responds to the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (February 11, 2013) – The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, made the following statement today on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month:

“Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papal office on February 28.  He has cited his concern that his diminishing energies and advanced age no longer allow him to adequately discharge the heavy responsibilities entrusted to him as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. 

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Retrouvaille is a Lifeline for Struggling Marriages

2-10-2013

A few weeks ago I issued a Call to Prayer throughout the Archdiocese inviting people to pray for a greater respect for life, the strengthening and protection of marriage, and a defense of religious liberty. I would like to focus here on marriage.
The Catholic Church has a great interest in the promotion of strong and healthy marriages based upon God’s plan for marriage and the family. The family is the most basic cell of the Church. It is the domestic Church. It is also the fundamental building block for human society and civilization. For these and for many other reasons we take marriage very seriously. We require couples preparing for marriage to participate in        marriage preparation programs that help equip them for a healthy and holy married life.

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Retrouvaille es un Salvavidas para Matrimonios que están Batallando

2-10-2013

Hace unas semanas emití un Llamado a la Oración a través de la Arquidiócesis invitando a la gente a orar por un mayor respeto por la vida, el fortalecimiento y la protección del matrimonio y la defensa de la libertad religiosa. Me gustaría enfocarme aquí en el matrimonio.
La Iglesia Católica tiene un gran interés en la promoción de matrimonios fuertes y saludables, basados sobre el plan de Dios para el matrimonio y la familia. La familia es la célula más básica de la Iglesia. Es la Iglesia doméstica. También es la piedra angular sobre la cual se construye la sociedad humana y la civilización. Por estas y por otras muchas razones tomamos muy en serio el matrimonio. Requerimos que aquellas parejas que se preparan para el matrimonio participen en programas de preparación matrimonial que les ayudan a equiparlos para una vida matrimonial saludable y santa.

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