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Turn to Scouts, Page 2 Turn to Mexico, Page 8 ROME, ITALY (CNA/EWTN NEWS). For Bishop Oscar Cant of Las Cruces, NM, Pope Francis had a simple message to tell the people of Mexico: "you are not forgotten." Bishop Cant, who chairs the U.S. bishops' committee on international justice and peace, said the pope's visit showed Mex- ico "that the Holy Father cares about you, and that God is with us even in difficult moments, even in the darkness of life." He was one of two U.S. bish- ops who took part in every Mass which Pope Francis celebrated in Mexico during his Feb. 12-18 trip.

Hope for Mexico: one bishop's reflection on the papal visit

The bishop spoke with CNA Feb. 25 during a visit to Rome. He said the pope showed his presence as a pastor for Mexi- cans and acted in the spirit of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was particularly struck by the pope's approach to Mexico's indigenous people; the Roman Pontiff had told them they should be included in the deci- sion-making of society and that their dignity should be elevated. Bishop Cant also noted the pope's encouragement for vic- tims of violence. The Roman Pontiffalso told young people that they have something to con- tribute to the good of society and of Mexico. As Christians we are a people of hope," Bishop Cant said. On Feb. 17 Pope Francis visited the U.S.- Mexico border at Ciudad Juarez. He waved to those on the other side of the border fence, out in the west Texas town of El Paso. I think he wanted to give a human face to migrants," Bishop Cant reflected. "They are people. They are human beings. Most of them are very, very well-intentioned and good people." These migrants are trying to escape vio- lence, "crushing poverty," and a bad econ- omy, the bishop continued. He encouraged people to look to the root causes of migra- tion: economic and trade policy and lack of infrastructure investment. I think that there are sensible solutions that are consonant with the Gospel," Bishop Cant said. The bishop said that Pope Francis had stern words for the Mexico government about its responsibility to provide for the good of Mexico. The pope also spoke of Mexico's responsibility to provide a job- supporting economy so that people can raise their families and are not forced to emigrate. The church does not believe in open bor- ders, and believes in a country's right to pro- tect its borders, according to Bishop Cant. The church also encourages countries to co- operate with their neighbors. Migration has played a significant role in the bishop's own life. His father came to the U.S. from Mexico in the mid-1950s to look LEXINGTON. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv., celebrated a special Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King Feb. 28 to mark Scout Sunday. Sixty-three scouts and six adult scout leaders received medals and cer- tificates, during the Mass. The scout groups represented were: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, and American Heritage Girls. The bishop blessed and distributed the medals and certificates, following the Prayer After Communion. About 200 scouts, parents, and friends attended the annual Mass. In his homily, Bishop Stowe noted that scouting combines both work and fun." He said his favorite activity was camping-no matter what the season. But, he noted that

Sixty-three Scouts and six adult leaders are honored in Scout Sunday Mass

earning merit badges and patches entails work, as well. He advised the scouts that, if they were "smart," they would complete the difficult ones first then move to the fun ones. Moving to the day's readings, the bishop said that Moses and the burning bush demonstrates that God finds unique was to get out attention." St. Paul experienced a radical con- version, from persecutor to apostle, after encountering Christ, he said, but for most people conversion is turning toward God once again." Lent, he said, is "to remind us of what's most important." He en- couraged the scouts to focus on the priority of God. Addressing the Gospel, Bishop Stowe said that suffering is not pun- ishment. In the midst of pain, God says, "I'm right here, and it will be okay," as he did with the Israelites in Egypt. Moving to the parable of the fig tree, the bishop said, "God is very patient with us and gives us everything we needto produce good fruits." Two Boy Scouts from Troop 41 (Immanuel Baptist Church), Christ the King parishioners John Blair and Michael Sprouli were awarded the Ad Altare Dei ("to the altar of God"), one of Catholic scouting's highest honors. Accoding to the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS), "The purpose of the Ad Altare Deiprogram is to help Catholic Youth of the Ro- man Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chap- ters based on the seven sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth." Carrie Morris, Girl Scout leader

Bishop John Stowe blessed and distributed medals and certificates after Commu- nion last Sunday at the Cathedral of Christ the King. CR photo: T.F. Shaughnessy Bishop Oscar Cant of Las Cruces, NM. Photo: Dio- cese of Las Cruces

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