Papa Benedicto XVI Renuncia, Inician Discusiones de Sucesor

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Los católicos latinos reaccionan con sorpresa a la renuncia de Benedicto XVI, una decisión que para muchos muestra la “valentía” del Papa al anteponer los intereses de la Iglesia a sus consideraciones personales.

En una declaración escrita, el arzobispo de Chicago, Francis George, dijo que el Papa “antepuso la voluntad de Dios por el bien de la iglesia” al decidir su renuncia.

“Ha mostrado gran valentía en su decisión”, agregó George, quien dijo que “ahora debemos rezar por quien habrá de sucederle como Obispo de Roma, Sucesor de Pedro y Vicario de Cristo”.

En el barrio mexicano La Villita de Chicago la reacción de los fieles fue de sorpresa y esperanza de que el sucesor pueda ser latino y hasta mexicano.

Norma Alencastro dijo a Efe que la noticia “me agarró de sorpresa porque no sabía nada de lo que estaba pasando con el Papa”.

Para Angélica Chavarín con la elección del sucesor se abriría la posibilidad de que haya “un Papa joven, que vele por la juventud, los niños y por la familias”.

Posiblemente “un Papa latino. Que sea de acá, de México, y un poco más joven”, agregó.

Otro fiel, Pedro Levis Paz, dijo que “necesitamos un Papa nuevo que ore por nosotros (los inmigrantes)”.

En la catedral Holy Name de Chicago varias personas consultadas por periodistas señalaron que el Concilio de Cardenales debería escoger al sucesor fuera de Europa, preferentemente de América Latina o África.

El Arzobispo de Los Ángeles, Jose Gómez, coincidió con el de Chicago al señalar que “el Papa Benedicto XVI ha sido verdaderamente un Santo Padre para la familia de Dios, su Iglesia Católica. Su decisión de renunciar es un maravilloso acto de humildad y amor por la Iglesia en imitación de Cristo”.

Gómez está al frente de una de las archidiócesis en EE.UU. más golpeadas por los escándalos de pederastia que provocaron la destitución del cardenal Roger Mahony bajo cuya gestión se dieron centenares de casos de abusos de menores por parte de sacerdotes.

“Tengo un gran afecto por este Papa. En mi opinión, él es una de las personas más sabias en nuestro mundo de hoy. Trato de aprender cada día de sus palabras y su ejemplo. Recibí mi palio arzobispal dos veces de él y siempre estaré agradecido de que me escogiera para ser el arzobispo de Los Ángeles”, agregó Gómez.

Por su parte, Carmenza González, coordinadora de pastoral juvenil de la parroquia Santa Cecilia, de la arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles lamentó la renuncia de Benedicto XVI porque “es un Papa que ha trabajado mucho para defender la vida y la doctrina católica correcta, pero si su salud y sus condiciones físicas ya no le permite cumplir con la responsabilidad tan grande de su cargo entiendo su renuncia”.

El cardenal Roger Mahony, quien no denunció a las autoridades algunos de los casos de abuso sexual de sacerdotes ocurridos hace varias décadas y por lo cual fue suspendido de sus funciones en la arquidiócesis por el arzobispo Gómez, participará en el cónclave para elegir al nuevo Papa como ocurrió en 2005 en la elección de Benedicto XVI.

“Con seguridad uno de sus grandes legados será el énfasis continuo en la necesidad de que todos los católicos ejerciten su papel como evangelizadores en el mundo”, señaló Mahony.

En Colorado, Jim García, director ejecutivo y fundador de la Clínica Tepeyac y miembro de la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, señaló que “en este momento en el que el liderazgo de la iglesia comienza el proceso de seleccionar al sucesor del Papa Benedicto, se abre una oportunidad histórica para la participación activa de la comunidad latina católica en todo Estados Unidos”.

Agregó que ésta es una oportunidad para reafirmar el compromiso de la iglesia no sólo en cuanto a la evangelización de la comunidad latina, sino también con “temas importantes de justicia social, como la reforma migratoria, servicios de salud accesibles y las oportunidades económicas”.

Montebello Men Charged In Credit Card Scheme

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A father and son are among three Los Angeles-area residents charged in an alleged scheme to import and produce counterfeit debit and credit cards, federal officials said Wednesday.

Jose Rolando Renderos, 38, of Montebello; his son, Jose Ulloa, 18, of San Bernardino; and Milagro del Carmen Alvarez Hernandez, 27, also of Montebello were charged Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court with credit card fraud, possession of counterfeit credit cards and trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Renderos and Ulloa are accused of obtaining blank counterfeit credit cards from China that bore the names and logos of American Express, Capital One, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.

The father and son then allegedly embossed and activated the counterfeit cards using illegally obtained credit card numbers.

“Credit card fraud scams like this result in major losses for the affected financial institutions and it’s ultimately consumers who pay the price,’”said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles.

The defendants are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 25.

Boyle Heights Fatality Identified

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A woman killed in a wreck in Boyle Heights was identified Monday, while police sought a man seen running from the accident.

Stethanie Palacios, 21, of Los Angeles, died at the scene of the accident near East Seventh Street and an onramp to the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol and a coroner’s spokesman.

Los Angeles police with the Central Traffic Division are in charge of the investigation.

Southland Christians Observe 40-days of Lent

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Christians throughout the Southland observed Ash Wednesday yesterday, beginning the 40-day season of Lent, when the faithful prepare for Easter by doing penance for sins and seeking spiritual renewal through prayer, self-denial and good works.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the practice of placing ashes of the foreheads of the faithful as a sign of repentance. A minister or priest marks the forehead of each participant with black ashes in the shape of a cross, which the worshipper traditionally retains until washing it off after sundown.

In the Roman Catholic church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat and repentance. Other Christian denominations make fasting optional, with the main focus being on repentance.

During Ash Wednesday Mass, Archbishop Jose Gomez make reference to the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual misconduct in his Lenten message, distributed to parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles Friday, before Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will resign Feb. 28.

“We need to be transformed once more by the person of Jesus Christ and the power of his Gospel,” Gomez wrote. “We need to live our faith win new sincerity, new zeal, new purpose and new purity. We need a new desire to be his disciples.”

The Dolores Mission Catholic Church in Boyle Heights marked the beginning of Lent with a Mass focusing on obtaining U.S. citizenship for all.

“Our parish leaders have decided that the theme for our Lent is ‘To God, we are not immigrants. We are all citizens,’” said Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., the church’s pastor.

“Just as Jesus enters the desert for 40 days in a time of preparation for his public ministry, so also we enter these 40 days of Lent to prepare to work for citizenship for all.”

A Day For Love and Friendship

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(EGP Photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

Today is Valentine’s Day, celebrated every 14th of February. While most give flowers, chocolates or stuffed animals to loved ones, other ways to show appreciation to someone special are homemade cards, gifts, or just spending quality time with them. Pictured here: Highland Park Florist on the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 58, expands display of flowers to sidewalk outside store in hopes of attracting buyers.


Valentines Day Carnival at Bell Gardens Veterans Park

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Today, Thursday Feb. 14

4-6pm—Valentines Day Carnival at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. The event will feature small carnival booths and prizes for children ages 7-14. Admission is free but games cost 25 cents to $1 to play. Carnival favorites such as popcorn and snow cones will be sold. For more information call (562)806-7654 or email rveloz@bellgardens.org. Bell Gardens Veterans Park is located on 6662 Loveland St.

Community Calendar: February 14, 2013- February 20, 2013

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Today, Thursday Feb. 14

2-6pm—Valentine’s Day “Everyone Has A Heart” free heart health screening event at APAIT Health Center. Get your blood pressure & cholesterol checked, and receive information on how to stay heart healthy by eating healthy and exercising. Event is supported by the American Heart Association and the USC Keck School of Medicine.  Free vegetables and fruit while supplies last. APAIT is located at 1730 W. Olympic Blvd, in the Pico-Union/Westlake neighborhood.  For more information, call (213) 553-1830 or visit  www.apaitonline.org.

5pm—Thursday Night Movie at the Robert Louis Stevenson Library. Watch a great classic movie for free. The event is open to teens and adults. For more information, call (323) 268-4710. The library is located on 803 Spence St., LA 90023.

5-6pm—Make Chocolate Kiss Flowers at Chet Holifield Libary. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the library will provide supplies for participants to make flowers out of chocolate kisses! The library is located at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello, 90640. For more information call (323) 728-0421.

Saturday, Feb. 16

9am-12pm—Eagle Rock Community Cleanup Day. Volunteers will pick up trash and clean the sidewalks and parkways of Eagle Rock. Volunteers will meet at Eagle Rock City Hall located at 2035 Colorado Blvd., LA., 90041. For more information, contact Councilmember Huizar’s Northeast Office at (323) 254-5295.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

6-7pm—East L.A. Library Celebrates the Year of the Snake! The free event will feature a performance by the America Chinese Dance Association. The Library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

4-5pm—Adult Chinese Language Class (Mandarin) at the Lincoln Heights Library. Learn the basic Chinese language (Mandarin orally and with simplified Chinese characters). The class is free and open to teens and adults. No prior Chinese language experience is required. Classes will continue every Tuesday through March 19. No RSVP needed. The library is located at 2530 Workman St. LA 90031. For more information, call (323) 226-1692.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

12 Noon— Introduction to Spreadsheets Class at the Arroyo Seco Library. Adults will learn how spreadsheets are used, how to make them look good, and the basics of formulas. The library is located at 6145 N. Figueroa St. LA 90042. Sign ups recommended. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.

4:30-5:30pm— Year of the Snake: Chinese New Year Storytime at the City Terrace Library. Kids! Celebrate the Year of the Snake at the library with a story and art activity. The library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr., LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.

Upcoming

Join the LAPD Northeast Division’s Community Police Academy! The 10-week program runs from Feb. 21 through May 2nd. Topics covered will include: gang enforcement, identity theft, homicide investigations and SWAT. Enrolled students will be encouraged to build a lasting partnership with LAPD to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods. Classes will take place Thursday nights, from 6 to 9 pm at the Northeast Community Police Station: 3353 N. San Fernando Rd, LA 90065. For more information or to enroll, contact Sgt. Arellano at (323) 344-5712.

“Human Trinity: Spirituality, Exercise and Wellness” is the topic for the East Los Angles-Montebello Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) meeting on Feb. 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel Restaurant, 888 Montebello Blvd., Rosemead (Networking starts at 6:30pm/Dinner 7pm). The program and dinner is open to all interested people. Call or E-mail Linda Wilson (626) 307-5650 or lindalwilson@juno.com to make a reservation or for questions.

Used Oil and Electronic Waste Collection Event on Feb. 23 at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center from 9am to 3pm. Residents can discard used oil & oil filters, electronic waste such as TVs, monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones. The center is located at 1100 Eagle Vista Dr. LA 90041. For more information, call 1(800) 98-TOXIC or go to www.lacitysan.org.

Celebrate African-American History Month at the Montebello Library on Feb. 26 during Family Fun Night. Event will take place from 6:30 to 7:45p.m. Lots of surprises and chances to win prizes. The library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday at a City of Commerce Library for fun, stories, refreshments and special guest readers. Events will take place Feb.25 at Central Library, 5655 Jillson St.; Feb. 26 at Atlantic Library, 2269 S. Atlantic Blvd,; Feb.27 at Greenwood Library 6134 Greenwood Ave., and Feb. 28 at Bristow Park Library, 1466 McDonnel Ave. All programs will begin at 6pm. For more information, visit www.cocpl.org or call the Central Library at (323) 722-660.

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