Pope Benedict XVI’s third encyclical to be titled “Love in Truth”

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2008 (vaticans.org).- third encyclical will discuss Catholic social teaching, touching on issues as varied as poverty, peace, wars, international cooperation, energy sources, and globalization.The encyclical will be titled “Caritas in Veritate,” “Love In Truth,” La Repubblica reports.“Caritas in Veritate” will be Pope Benedict ’s third encyclical.  His first encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est,” examined the virtue of love while the second, “Spe Salvi,” focused upon the virtue of hope.The four-chapter encyclical will no longer be published on May 1 as previously planned, but will be delayed so that translations, especially the Chinese translation, may be completed. ...Read More

Founder of the Focolare Movement,Chiara Lubich has died

Rome, Italy, Mar.15,2008 (vaticans.org) – Chiara Lubich, founder of the Work of Mary, better known as the Focolare Movement, died at 2 am yesterday morning in here home in Rocca di Papa, close to Rome.  She returned home yesterday evening, at her express wish, after a lengthy stay at Gemelli hospital.A press release issued by the Movement states that “in a serene and intensely moving atmosphere of prayer, at the age of 88 Chiara Lubich concluded her earthly journey”. “All day yesterday” – continues the release,  – “hundreds of people - relatives, close collaborates and her spiritual children – passed through her room to bid her a final farewell, before gathering in the nearby chapel, and around the house in prayer.  An uninterrupted and spontaneous procession.  To ...Read More

Pope Benedict XVI asks youths to make room for Holy Spirit

Vatican City, Mar.14, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Yesterday afternoon in the Vatican Basilica Benedict XVI presided at a penitential liturgy with young people from Rome in preparation for the 23rd World Youth Day. The Day is due to be held in Sydney , Australia from 15 to 20 July on the theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses". "At the roots of being Christian", the Holy Father told the young people, "is an encounter with an event, with a Person. This opens a new horizon and, with it, a decisive sense of direction". In order "to favour this encounter you are preparing to open your hearts to God, confessing your sins and - by the action of the Holy Spirit and through the ministry of the Church - receiving forgiveness and peace. ...Read More

Kidnapped Archbishop of Mosul is dead

Mosul, Iraq, Mar.14,2008 (vaticans.org) - The Chaldean archbishop of Mosul is dead. Archbishop Faraj Rahho was kidnapped last February 29 after the Stations of the Cross.  His kidnappers gave word of his death, indicating to the mediators where they could recover the body of the 67-year-old prelate. "It is a heavy Cross for our Church, ahead of Easter", Bishop Rabban of Arbil tells AsiaNews in response to the news. Leaders of the Chaldean Church, including Bishop Shlemon Warduni, brought the body to the hospital in Mosul to ascertain the causes, still unknown, of the archbishop's death.  The funeral will be held today in the nearby city of Karamles. Archbishop Rahho will be buried near Fr Ragheed, his priest and secretary killed by a terrorist brigade on June 3, 2007, while leaving the church after celebrating Mass. The archbishop ...Read More

Pope at General Audience: True happiness lies in continuing to hope in God

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Pope Benedict greeted pilgrims in Paul VI Hall this morning as he held his weekly general audience. Continuing his catechesis on ancient Church figures, he spoke today about Boethius and Cassiodorus, two great Christian writers who lived in Italy during the years following the fall of the Roman Empire. Boethius, best known for his work “On the Consolation of Philosophy”, was born in Rome in 480, and entered public life as a senator at the age of 25. However, he continued his philosophical and religious studies alongside his public responsibilities, anxious to preserve the heritage of Greek and Roman learning for future generations. Unjustly imprisoned and later executed by King Theodoric for allegedly plotting to assassi ...Read More

Chinese youth will join Filipino youth to see the pope in Sydney.

Manila, Philippines, Mar.12,2008 (Vaticans.org) - A group of 20 young people from Hong Kong will join the Manila delegation to participate in the upcoming World Youth Day scheduled to take place in Sydney in July. The confirmation comes from the archbishop of the Philippine capital, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, who agreed to the request presented by Fr Nugent, the cultural liaison for the nunciature, who resides in the territory. According to Brother Rey Domingo, the program coordinator of the Ministry for Youth Affairs of the Manila archdiocese, "by accepting this request, Cardinal Rosales wanted to display the friendship that binds him to Fr Nugent.  It is a rare opportunity for the young people of Hong Kong, who will be able to participate in the event and ...Read More

Number of Catholics worldwide is increasing

Vatican City, Mar.02, 2008 (vaticans.org) - The number of Catholics in the world is increasing, if not by much: they were 1.31 billion in 2006, an increase of 1.4% compared to the 1.15 billion in 2005.  And there is a continuation of the trend that since 2000 has seen an increase in the number of priests, both diocesan and religious, who went from 406,411 in 2005 to 407,262 in 2006, an overall change of 0.21%.  These are some of the figures contained in the Annuario Pontificio for 2008, presented this morning by the pope. Observing the presence of Catholics in relation to the number of the inhabitants of the various continents, it can be noted that Catholics make up 14% of the population of the population of the Americas, while the Americas have 49.8% of Catholics in the world.  Catholics make up just a slightly smaller percentage of Europe's population, but its importance ...Read More

Pope Benedict XVI's third enclyclical coming soon

Vatican City, Feb.29,2008 (vaticans.org) -  Pope Benedict will soon finish his encyclical on social issues, the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has confirmed.Catholic News Agency reports Cardinal Bertone said the Pope is working on a social encyclical, which he believes will have a "significant impact on the great social and economic problems in the contemporary world"."Pope Benedict will address issues particularly related to the third and the fourth world," Cardinal Bertone said ...Read More

We must not be discouraged, Pope Benedict advises religious orders

Vatican City, Feb 19, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the members of the executive committee of the International Union of Superiors General, telling them that “when communities have chosen to return to the origins and live in a way more in keeping with the spirit of the founder,” they see positive signs of renewal.The religious superiors were gathered at the Vatican to discuss "some particularly relevant and important aspects of consecrated life." The Holy Father launched into some of the most pressing problems for religious communities. "We are all aware how, in modern globalized society, it is becoming ever more difficult to announce and bear witness to the Gospel", he said. "The process of secularization whi ...Read More

Pope asks Lebanese politicians to find the ways of reconciliation

Vatican City, Feb.17,2008 (vaticans.org) - In his first public appearance after the week of Lenten spiritual exercises in the Vatican, Benedict XVI launched an appeal and a prayer for Lebanon, where since last November the parliament has not been able to meet to vote for the new president. The formal obstacles come above all from the pro-Syrian parties and from the Shiite group Hezbollah, but there have also been assassinations of parliamentarians and car bombs that have fostered fear and intransigence."I follow with concern", the pontiff said, "the persistent manifestations of tension in Lebanon. For almost three months, the country has been unable to choose a head of state. The efforts to resolve the crisis and the support offered by many prominent representatives of the international community, even if they have not yet obt ...Read More

A Revelation on the Mountain

by Fr.Leo Edgar O.P.17 February 2008Second Sunday of Lent (A)Readings:Genesis 12:1-4Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves." So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot ...Read More

Vatican tightens standards for sainthood

Vatican City, Feb. 13, 2008 (vaticans.org) - The Vatican will advise bishops around the world this next week to be more rigorous in their selection of the candidates they propose for sainthood, ANSA reports.A 20-page document to be presented in the Vatican on February 18 will ask bishops to show “greater sobriety and rigor” in accepting requests to begin inquiries into a prospective saint’s life.Initial investigations into the life of a proposed saint take place in the diocese where he or she died.  The local bishop must begin the inquiry and oversee the first phase, which produces a dossier of evidence to be sent to Rome.  The dossier is then examined by Vatican officials, who decide w ...Read More

Pope: Prayer nourishes hope, because nothing expresses the reality of God in our lives better than prayer with faith

Vatican City, Feb. 6, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Prayer, "the engine of the world" and the first weapon for winning the battle against evil, together with penance and fasting, characterise the period of Lent, which is "a providential occasion for making our hope more vibrant and firm".  This is also accomplished through suffering, which opens the way to participating in the consolation of God. Centred around hope, the object of his second encyclical, Benedict XVI  observed the "Lenten station" of Ash Wednesday this afternoon with a celebration in the ancient Roman basilica of Santa Sabina.  It was a long celebration that began not far away in the evocative Church of Saint Anselm on the Aventine hill, on a dazzling afternoon.  From here, after a moment of prayer, the penitential procession got underway, with the participation of cardinals, bishops, priests, and faithful, in addition to the Benedict ine monks of Saint Anselm and the Dominicans of Santa S ...Read More

Pope Benedict XVI has revised the Good Friday liturgy prayer for the conversion of Jews

Vatican City, Feb. 6, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Pope Benedict XVI  has revised the prayer in the traditional form of the Good Friday liturgy. The February 6 edition of L'Osservatore Romano-- published, according to the custom with the Vatican newspaper, on the afternoon of February 5-- carries an announcement from the Secretariat of State, saying that the Holy Father has ordered a change in the text of the 1962 Roman Missal. The change applies to the "extraordinary form" of the liturgy; it does not alter the Good Friday prayers of the Novus Ordo. Some Jewish leaders had urged the Pope to revise the text of the Good Friday prayer in the traditional liturgy, which had referred to the "blindness" of the J ...Read More

Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi confirms government concession

Hanoi, Feb. 4, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet of Hanoi has confirmed reports that the government of Vietnam has agreed to restore the offices of the apostolic nuncio in Hanoi after more than a month of public protests by lay Catholics. In a February 1 statement, the archbishop welcomed the government's action and said that it was due in large part to the solidarity among Catholics in Vietnam, the support of Catholic news media outlets elsewhere, and the diplomatic intercession of the Vatican. Since December 18, thousands of Catholics in Hanoi had been organizing daily prayer vigils outside the former nunciature in Hanoi, pleading for return of the building that had been confiscated by the Communist leadership in 1959. On February 1, CWN and other media outlets learned that the protests had brought a stunning victory, with the agreement from the government to turn the building over to Church leaders. The government's surprising concession- ...Read More

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