Archives for December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Will you publish an “Income Taxes for Priest’s Only” for 2016? I hope so.
Fr. Tony Wojcinski

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NFPC This Week – #691 – 12/18-12/24/2016

Of Note This Week –


Christmas blessings, joy, and peace to all our readers and subscribers!

The next edition of NFPC This Week will be published the weekend of Jan. 7, 2017



Editor’s Note: NFPC office hours during the Christmas/New Year holidays

The NFPC office will be closed December 26 and January 2, 2017.

Limited hours – December 27 to 30.

50th anniversary World Day of Peace message

Titled “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace,” the theme for 2017’s World Day of Peace marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration, and the fourth of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Instituted by Bl. Pope Paul VI in 1968, the World Day of Peace is celebrated each year on January 1st. The Pope gives a special message for the occasion, which is sent to all foreign ministers around the world, and which also indicates the Holy See’s diplomatic tone during the coming year.

The World Day of Peace for 2017 message, which was released on Dec. 8, calls for “non-violence to become a hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its form.”

Pope Francis refers to the consistent practice of nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in the liberation of India, and of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in combating racial discrimination that will never be forgotten. Women in particular are often leaders of nonviolence, as for example, was Leymah Gbowee and the thousands of Liberian women, who organized pray-ins and nonviolent protest that resulted in high-level peace talks to end the second civil war in Liberia.

For the entire 2017 World day of Peace message, click here.

For USCCB resources for the observance of the 2017 World Day of Peace, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (Aug. 26, 2016) report, click here.

Pope Francis’ annual message to the Roman Curia

On Dec. 22, Pope Francis met with heads of the various Vatican dicasteries to deliver his annual Christmas greetings. As many NFPC This Week readers recall, this annual meeting has garnered headlines in the Catholic media in the past few years. In 2014 the pope talked about “spiritual ailments” Vatican bureaucrats suffered from, and last year he listed a “catalog of virtues” they should know.

This year he outlined twelve values he believes should guide Vatican reform. The guiding principles are: Individuality, Being pastoral, A Sense of Mission, Rationality, Functionality, Modernization, Sobriety, Subsidiarity, Synodality, Catholicity, Professionalism, and Gradualism.

For the text of Pope Francis’ remarks, courtesy of Zenit News Agency (Dec. 22, 2016), click here.

For the Catholic News Service (Dec. 22, 2016) summary, click here.

For the Crux report by John Allen, Jr., click here.

US Conference of Catholic Bishops establishes working group on migrant needs

USCCB president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has named members of a working group, with the mandate of closely following developments related to immigrants and refugees in the United States. A report of formation of the group appeared in a Catholic News Service summary on the National Catholic Reporter (Dec. 19, 2016) web site.

According to the report, the groundwork for the working group was set during the bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore when several bishops suggested the conference closely monitor actions by the federal government that affect immigrants and refugees.

In announcing the working group, the Public Affairs Office said the bishops and USCCB staff will be ready to respond to any executive orders and legislation that the new Congress and President-elect Donald Trump may introduce.

The members of the group are: USCCB vice president, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, chairman; Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, Committee on Migration; Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez of Rockville Centre, N.Y., Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs; Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., Committee on Domestic Social Development; Bishop Joseph Tyson of Yakima, Wash., Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants; and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, NM, Committee on International Justice and Peace.

For the entire CNS summary, click here.

Pope pardons priest associated with Vatileaks

Pope Francis granted clemency to Spanish Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda from the 18-month sentence he received after being convicted of leaking and disseminating secret Vatican financial documents.  According to the Catholic News Agency (Dec. 20, 2016), Msgr. Balda had already served half of his sentence.

An Italian PR woman, Francesca Chaouqui, was also found guilty of conspiring in the crime, but was not charged with the actual leak of the documents given a lack of evidence.

Both Msgr. Vallejo and Chaouqui are former members of the Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See (COSEA). The commission was established by the Pope July 18, 2013, as part of his plan to reform the Vatican’s finances, and was dissolved after completing its mandate.

For the entire CNA report, click here.

National Migration Week 2017

National Migration Week 2017 will be observed from Jan. 8-14. The theme for this year’s celebration draws attention to Pope Francis’ call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops web site has a list of resources including a downloadable toolkit that has ideas for prayer petitions, samples of letters to editors, homily suggestions, some talking points for media engagements, and more.

For more information click here for the US bishops’ National Migration Week link.

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates, “World Priest Program,”

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates, “World Priest Program,” conducted at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, offers a one-week course to introduce international mission priests to a basic understanding of and best practices with cross-cultural ministry. Each priest-participant receives a personalized assessment of his accent and an accent workbook with accompanying audio CD for continued directed practice following the workshop.

2017 Dates –

February 13-17
October 16-20

Cost: $700

For more information contact,

Lea Ann Olinger
Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Tel: (800) 357-8477.
E-mail: [email protected]

Pope Francis – I Believe: The Promise of the Creed

i_believe-croppedPope Francis – I Believe: The Promise of the Creed is a collection of writings, interviews, and homilies that provide an intimate window on the Pope’s personal faith, and an incomparable introduction to the gospel. Organized around the principle themes of the Apostles’ Creed, these short readings make it clear that the Creed is more than a list of dogmatic propositions; it is an invitation to encounter the living God in the deepest place in our hearts. The Pope’s words also provide a challenge—to meet the God of surprises, who makes all things new, and who accompanies us on our journey. Available for $20.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: