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IMAGE Enjoy a Relaxing August in Monmouth County
Saturday, 19 July 2014
PHOTO: Keyport Spanish American Festival is August 9 at Beach Park. (facebook image) The best of summer is on its way FREEHOLD, NJ – Warm... Read More...
Help Your Community Exercise Their Right to Vote
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Become a Monmouth County election poll worker FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Elections is seeking poll workers for upcoming elections.... Read More...
National Park Tourism in New Jersey Creates $159.5 Million in Economic Benefit
Saturday, 19 July 2014
New report shows visitor spending supports 2,328 jobs in New Jersey PHILADELPHIA, PA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that... Read More...
IMAGE COA: Obama Administration’s Final Decision Declares Open Season on the Atlantic by Big Oil
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Coalition Responds to Administration’s Hypocritical Ocean Policy--- Adds Insult to Injury off Jersey Shore SANDY HOOK, NJ - Today, the Bureau of... Read More...
AAA Mid-Atlantic: Pump Prices in a Mid-Summer Slide
Saturday, 19 July 2014
The Week As predicted by AAA, the retail price at the pump continued to tick lower following the Independence Day holiday due primarily to lower... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - Tammy
by David Prown
Sunday, 20 July 2014
It's amazing to me how lame the movie selection was this week. I'm not even sure if there was anything new out...amazing. Have you noticed how I'm... Read More...
IMAGE The Importance of the Small Things, such as Commas
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 July 2014
I came back from a two week trip through Romania and Turkey.  It was a great trip visiting old and new churches and monasteries, and meeting in... Read More...
IMAGE Traumatic Brain Injury Was Devastating
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 18, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 18 July 2014
Edward Snowden says Dropbox is "hostile to privacy". That and Condoleezza Rice has been on their board since April: http://bit.ly/1rmen1c Why... Read More...
IMAGE How Many Divisions does the Court Have?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 18 July 2014
“How many divisions does the Pope have?” This was Josef Stalin’s famous rhetorical question to an advisor concerned about the Pope’s... Read More...

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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!