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HARTFORD – Billboards, radio and television announcements, Web sites, social media, articles in The Catholic Transcript and reminders from the pulpit all apparently had a profound effect on an ambitious, expanded Lenten schedule of confessions for every church in the Archdiocese of Hartford during this Year of Faith.
As Archbishop Henry J. Mansell wrote in the February column in the Transcript, "Every Monday for the six weeks of Lent, confessions will be heard in every parish from 6-7 p.m., in addition to the other usual times." This translated to at least 213 extra hours per week (the number of parishes in the archdiocese) at churches where, in the words of a promotional video by the Office of Radio and Television, "The light is on for you."
HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell took the occasion of the annual Chrism Mass to rejoice at the selection of a new pope, to praise the priests of the archdiocese for exemplary service and to extol the 1,000 Catholic school children attending to "rally against bullying."
All of the oils used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, the anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests, as well as in the consecration of altars and churches were blessed by Archbishop, Mansell at the Mass, celebrated on March 26 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
HARTFORD – Neither snow nor sleet nor the hour of the morning kept the faithful away from viewing the Installation Mass for Pope Francis on Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Dozens of people travelled from all over the archdiocese to view the historic event with Archbishop Henry J. Mansell. The live Mass from the Vatican, which began at approximately 4 a.m. EDT, was streamed by EWTN, the global Catholic network, and projected onto a large screen at the cathedral.
HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell expressed hope and joy after hearing of the election March 13 of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy.
He called it a historic day for people of all faiths.
Statement of Archbishop Henry J. Mansell on the election of Pope Francis:
This is an historic day, one which we all will always remember, recalling where we were and what we were doing at the time. It will be etched in the memories of people across the world. We share this momentous day with over 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide and people of every faith. It is a joyous day, one filled with hope and promise. The announcement of Pope Francis is one that will affect people everywhere, because of the Catholic Church’s longstanding tradition of providing services to people of every background.