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March 9, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 9   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Bishop John
Paul dies

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Bishop John Joseph Paul, 87, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of La Crosse, died on March 5. Bishop Paul was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of La Crosse in 1977 and was appointed Bishop of La Crosse in 1983, serving until his retirement in 1994.

Visitation will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman in La Crosse from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, with Evening Prayer being celebrated at 7 p.m. Morning Prayer will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at the cathedral. Bishop Jerome E. Listecki of La Crosse will preside at both Evening and Morning Prayer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 10, at the cathedral beginning at 11 a.m. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee will be the main celebrant. A reception will follow at the La Crosse Center.

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News & Features:

Global solidarity: Thank you goes both ways for sister parishes

Series on young adults: Under 40 and Full of Faith

Evangelical Catholic: Annual institute to be held at St. Paul's


• Question Corner
by Fr. John Dietzen --
Who will enter heaven:
Understanding Church teaching

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Ash Wednesday: Time to join Jesus Christ in spiritual journey

• Mystical Images
by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser --
Sweating blood: Jesus was suffering emotionally in the garden

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St. Raphael Cathedral Fire: One Year Later

photo of clock on St. Raphael Cathedral spire in Madison

The hands on the clock of St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison still say 5:38, the time the power was cut on the morning of March 14, 2005. That's when a fire allegedly set by an arsonist severely damaged the 150-year-old church. This week's print edition of the Catholic Herald features photos and articles about the cathedral fire; a year in review; comments from Msgr. Paul J. Swain, cathedral rector and Bishop Robert C. Morlino; an editorial by Mary Uhler; and interviews with cathedral parishioners. For links to Bishop Morlino's columns on the cathedral, see the Articles on St. Raphael Cathedral page. (Catholic Herald photo by Kathleen Bushman)

Marriage amendment:
Approved for fall ballot

MADISON -- Wisconsin voters will decide this November whether to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as "between one man and one woman," after the state Assembly voted 62-31 to pass the amendment February 28.

Amendment question

To appear on the fall ballot:

Question 1: Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?

Co-authored by state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin), the amendment both defines marriage and prohibits the recognition of a "legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage."

If passed, Wisconsin will join 19 other states defining marriage in their constitutions. Six other states currently have amendments on the ballot this year.   Full story ...

Sr. Marcia Vinje:
Named Safe Environment Coordinator for diocese

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Sr. Marcia Vinje

MADISON -- Sr. Marcia Vinje has accepted the position of Safe Environment Coordinator for the Diocese of Madison, according to Kevin R. Phelan, chancellor of the Diocese of Madison.

She replaces Kate Wiskus, who resigned recently for personal reasons. "Sister Marcia worked closely with Kate to build the processes and procedures for the diocesan Safe Environment Program," said Phelan.

Kyle Peterson, assistant to the coordinator with the Safe Environment Program, will report to Sister Marcia in her new capacity. "Kyle and I have worked together before and we're looking forward to working together as a team again," said Sister Marcia.   Full story ...

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