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April 17, 2008 Edition   •   Volume 138, No. 15   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael to visit parishes
People to pray for future of cathedral

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

The Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael will be traveling to parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison. The 4.5 foot wide by 5.5 foot high icon was donated to the Diocese of Madison by St. Edmund's Retreat in Mystic, Conn. For more on the icon, see the Local/State News page. (Contributed photo)

MADISON -- Beginning this week at St. Patrick Parish in Madison, a special Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael will visit every parish in the Diocese of Madison.

Bishop Robert C. Morlino blessed the icon on Sunday, April 13, at St. Patrick Church. Eventually it is hoped that the icon will be enshrined in the new St. Raphael Cathedral.

Journey began in Connecticut

How did this St. Raphael icon come to Madison? The icon began its journey in Connecticut at St. Edmund's Retreat located on Enders Island in Mystic, Conn.

In a telephone interview, Fr. Thomas F. X. Hoar, a priest of the Society of St. Edmund who is president of St. Edmund's Retreat, explained how this remarkable icon came to Madison.

Chad McEachern, currently serving as director of the Diocese of Madison's Office of Stewardship and Development, was employed at St. Edmund's Retreat in 2005. That was the year St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison was destroyed by an arson fire.   Full story ...

Pope wants to bring message of hope

Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI's message, in English, to Catholics in the United States. The pope will visit the U.S. April 15 to 20.

Christ Our Hope -- Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to the United States, April 15-20, 2008
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• Editorial -- The 'green pope'

(en Español)

Dear brothers and sisters in the United States of America,

The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you! In just a few days from now, I shall begin my apostolic visit to your beloved country. Before setting off, I would like to offer you a heartfelt greeting and an invitation to prayer.

As you know, I shall only be able to visit two cities: Washington and New York. The intention behind my visit, though, is to reach out spiritually to all Catholics in the United States. At the same time, I earnestly hope that my presence among you will be seen as a fraternal gesture toward every ecclesial community and a sign of friendship for members of other religious traditions and all men and women of good will. The risen Lord entrusted the apostles and the Church with his Gospel of love and peace, and his intention in doing so was that the message should be passed on to all peoples.

At this point I should like to add some words of thanks, because I am conscious that many people have been working hard for a long time, both in church circles and in the public services, to prepare for my journey. I am especially grateful to all who have been praying for the success of the visit, since prayer is the most important element of all.   Full story ...

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New Catholic hospital
to be built in Janesville
Parent company of St. Mary's to develop
$140 million campus

JANESVILLE -- Dr. Craig Samitt, president and CEO of Dean Health System, and Mary Starmann-Harrison, CEO of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin (SSMHC/WI), parent company of St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, have announced plans to develop a $140 million new community hospital campus in Janesville.

The plans call for a 50-bed hospital and an adjacent Dean physician office complex.

Offer a choice in health care

The new campus will offer patients, doctors, nurses, and local employers a choice in health care services, inside technologically sophisticated facilities.

"Janesville residents are asking for - and deserve - more health care options closer to home," said Dr. Samitt.

"In partnership with SSM Health Care of Wisconsin and St. Mary's, we have been listening to, working with, and investing in communities in Wisconsin for nearly 100 years. We are proud of our roots in Janesville and committed to developing a medical campus that meets the changing needs of the area."

"Quality patient care is our priority," said Starmann-Harrison "It always has been and it always will be. We are looking forward to serving the broader health care needs of the residents of Janesville."

Need is clear

"The need for this new hospital is clear," said Dr. Samitt. "Studies show that 40 percent of patients leave the Janesville area for care and that, by 2011, this area will need an additional 100 hospital beds. The community wants a choice in health care and, together with SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, we are well-positioned to provide it."   Full story ...

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