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IMAGE Oceanic Bridge Maintenance Work to Begin Monday, Feb. 2
Friday, 30 January 2015
Photo: Oceanic Bridge. credit: goboatingnj.org   MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Oceanic Bridge (S-31) over the NavesinkRiver will undergo repair work to the structural steel and concrete deck beginning on or about 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2. To complete the... Read More...
IMAGE Brookdale Board Approves 3.4 Percent Tuition Increase
Friday, 30 January 2015
LINCROFT, NJ – The Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees voted on Jan. 29 to approve a 3.4 percent tuition increase at the college for the 2015-16 school year. For a full-time student taking 30 credits per year, the change would mean an... Read More...
IMAGE Attempted Abduction of 11-Year-Old Girl in Highlands
Friday, 30 January 2015
IMAGE: Google Street View. HIGHLANDS, NJ - A Highlands mother reports that her daughter was approached by an older man in a black SUV in the vicinity of Welsh Farms on Bay Avenue in the borough this afternoon around 3:15 p.m. The girl was asked to... Read More...
AAA Reminds Motorists: Be the Ref of the Party - Designate a Driver
Friday, 30 January 2015
Hamilton, NJ – This Sunday, Super Bowl XLIX will kick off in Arizona, but closer to home, people will gather to watch the game with family and friends. AAA urges fans to prepare for the big game by designating a sober driver or arranging for... Read More...
IMAGE MC Park System Offers 2015 Trails Team Training
Friday, 30 January 2015
PHOTO: The Monmouth County Park System’s Volunteer Trails Team in action.  LINCROFT, NJ — Love the Monmouth County Park System’s 130+ miles of trails and interested in becoming part of the Park System’s Trails Team? Head to the... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Observations on a MLK Celebration
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 30 January 2015
On Monday, January 19, 2015 I went to a service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. I went for multiple reasons. I went to honor a great American and... Read More...
IMAGE Worst Storm Ever? (What’s up widat?)
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Somehow – no doubt largely due to the vigilance and timely warnings supplied by our political and media guardians – we have managed to survive... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Into The Woods
by David Prown
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I saw the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" in the 80's with Bernadette Peters just a few days after I saw "Les Miserables" with the original... Read More...
IMAGE Protest This Super Bowl Commercial
by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Super Bowl XLIX. Football fans will tune in to see the... Read More...
IMAGE What’s that Flock in the Bay?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 25 January 2015
This was a week of counting wintering water-birds. The other day I looked out onto New York Harbor and saw a large raft of diving ducks. I counted at... Read More...

Praised be Jesus Christ!  With the Church throughout the world, the Diocese of Trenton offers prayers of joyful and hope-filled gratitude at the election of His Eminence Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as the Vicar of Christ and Successor of St. Peter.  A truly inspired choice, our new Holy Father Pope Francis brings to the Chair of Peter pastoral gifts and ecclesial experience especially well-suited to his new role as universal Shepherd of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis had received much attention in the conclave that elected Pope Benecdict XVI.  I am sure that his name was still fresh in the minds of today's cardinal-electors who were present then.  He has a reputation for scholarship, leadership and for a deep humility and simplicity.  The choice of the name "Francis" certainly indicates his respect and admiration for the beloved saint who bears that name.

As he stood on the loggia of St. Peter's, Pope Francis exuded a peaceful and radiant joy, speaking of love and compassion and warmly thanking those gathered to greet him.  He has a kind and gentle smile that seemed to touch those who witnessed this historic moment in the Catholic Church.  The story is told that the day following his consecration as bishop, he spent in a soup kitchen.  I sense almost immediately that the Church will love and embrace him with joy and hope.  And he, in turn, will love the Church that he now shepherds.

As Successors to the Apostles, Bishops are special collaborators with the Pope in fulfilling the mission given them by Christ to teach, to govern and to sanctify.  I look forward to sharing these responsibilities with our new Holy Father Pope Francis I, especially for the Church of Trenton, and I ask its clergy, religious and lay faithful to join me in praying for him as he begins his apostolic ministry in the Chair of Peter.

May Mary, Mother of the Church, draw him ever closer to the heart of her Beloved Son.  St. Peter, pray for us!  St. Francis, pray for him!