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Rochester Catholic Diocese launches $5.875 M appeal

Gates, N.Y. It was a year ago last weekend Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark retired from the Rochester Catholic Diocese.  The update from the Diocese Monday morning on the timetable for the naming of a new bishop is that there is no update.  

But the annual Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) goes on.

Beginning this week, parishioners will begin to see the appeal video played in their churches.  It's also available on the Diocese's website.

The 2013-14 theme is "serving God by helping each other" and the goal is $5.875 million.

It follows the most successful campaign ever since the appeal was started by then-Bishop Clark in 1981.

That CMA totaled $5.4 million with the gift increasing to $183 from $171 the year before.

Syracuse Catholic Bishop Robert Cunningham, whos overseeing the Rochester Diocese in the meantime, addressed Monday whether or not the appeal will be impacted by the current absence of a named bishop for Rochester.

"I think the work of the church goes on whether or not there is a Bishop, an active Bishop here right now, he said. People are still being fed, children are still being educated, the sick are being cared for, our young men are in the seminary.  All of these things go on and I think the people of Rochester would want to show the new Bishop that we've had a successful appeal, we are with you, we are with the church.

13WHAM News also talked with Bishop Cunningham about a recent interview Pope Francis gave on the topics of abortion and gays. You can see his reaction today on 13WHAM News at 5.

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