Religion Briefs July 13, 2013

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis (AP)

St. James chosen as pilgrimage parish
TUPELO – The Catholic Diocese of Jackson has chosen St. James parish in Tupelo as a pilgrimage parish for the Year of Faith, designated by former Pope Benedict XVI to commemorate the Vatican II Council of the 1960s.
One of fewer than 10 churches in the diocese to gain this distinction, St. James will kick off a weekend of celebration on July 27.
At 7 a.m., the church will begin a 5.5–mile hike, in imitation of a 500–mile trek through Spain known as the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James. Starting from the Chickasaw Village on the Natchez Trace, the hike will end at the church, where breakfast will be served.
The church will also provide ways for those unable to walk to participate in the morning’s activities.
The weekend will conclude with a parish picnic on July 18 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact St. James at (662) 842-4881.

Elders remembered in rally on July 19
TUPELO – The 719 Project, a Tupelo–based nonprofit aimed at highlighting the contributions of elder citizens, will hold its first annual Rally to Remember on July 19. The rally willl take place at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo at 7:19 p.m.
Open to the public, the event will feature music by American Family Radio’s Buddy Smith and the Northstar Church praise band. Local citizens involved with the 719 Project will give their testimonies and experiences, and challenge citizens to reconnect with the elderly and infirmed.
The 719 project draws its name from Psalm 71:9, which reads, “Do not cast me away when I am old and do not forsake me when my strength is gone.”

Pope drives Ford Focus over custom vehicles
The Pope advised new priests and nuns to travel in more “humble” vehicles rather than driving fast, late model cars. To prove his point, Pope Francis is driving a low-priced Focus around Vatican City, according to news reports.
Scott Monty, Ford’s global head of social media, said that the former cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears to be using a “second-generation” Focus instead of a new model.
For Pope Francis, it’s yet another contrast with predecessor Pope Benedict XVI, who had a custom-made electric vehicle donated by Renault and a BMW X5 given to him as a gift by the German auto maker.

This week’s question
Q. WHAT NATION did God call out of Egypt?
A. ISRAEL (Hosea 11:1)

This week’s answer
Q. WHAT THREE LANGUAGES were in the superscription over the cross of Jesus?
QUESTIONS by Claude Wilemon