Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 16 EPIPHANY: Isabella Florian, an eighth-grader at Mary Queen of Apostles School, New Kensington, was a winner in the Missionary Childhood Association’s Christmas artwork contest for 2015-16 with the artwork above, titled “Wise Men.” The Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the Magi’s gifts to the baby Jesus. Pope: Magi’s journey reflects our longing for God By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said. The Wise Men who set out from the East in search of Jesus personify all those who long for God and reflect “all those who in their lives have let their hearts be anesthetized,” the pope said Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany. “The Magi experienced longing; they were tired of the usual fare. They were all too familiar with, and weary of, the Herods of their own day. But there, in Bethlehem, was a promise of newness, of gratuity,” he said. Thousands of people were gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope en-tered to the sounds of the choir singing “Angels we have heard on high” in Latin. Before taking his place in front of the altar, the pope stood in front of a statue of baby Jesus, spending several minutes in veneration before kissing it. The pope said that the Magi adoring the newborn king highlight two specific actions: seeing and worshipping. Seeing the star of Bethlehem did not prompt them to embark on their journey; “they saw the star because they had already set out,” he said. “Their hearts were open to the horizon, and they could see what the heavens were showing them for they were guided by an inner restlessness. They were open to something new,” the pope said. This restlessness, he continued, awakens a longing for God that exists in the hearts of all believers who know “that the Gospel is not an event of the Continued on page 10 Pray for a culture of life by participating in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 9 Days for Life pro-life novena. T o download the app or sign up for texts or emails, visit www.9daysforlife.com. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Bishop Malesic offers a pro-life reflection; annual March for Life is Jan. 27. PAGES 8-9 Grandparents offer strength, support and understanding to help families grow in faith.