Today in Church History

1524 Pope Clement VII approves Organization of Jewish Community of Rome 1769 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee  ...Read More

Food for Thought: Peace

Be at peace with your own soul, then heaven and earth will be at peace with you.-St. Jerome  ...Read More

Pope at General Audience: Wish you a nice time of Advent inspired by the communion of the Church

Vatican City, Dec.12, 2007 (CINS/SIR) - A figure that “helps us feel the Church as a sacrament of the intimate union with God, the unity between all of us and with all of mankind”. This is how the Pope defined Saint Paolino of Nola, a monk, a presbyter and a bishop of that city of Campania (but a native of Bordeaux), a contemporary of Saint Augustine, bound to him “by a lively friendship”. Of Saint Paolino’s typical spiritual traits, Benedict XVI mentioned “communion as his key approach to the mystery of the Church. In this sense – said the Pope to the about 5 thousand devotees who were in Aula Paolo VI –, I wish you a nice time of Advent”. In telling the biography of the Saint who was the topic of the catechesis of today’s general audience, the Pope began by recalling that Saint Paolino had “a fast political career”, as he became “at a young age” the governor of Campania, a position in which “he was much admired for his gifts of wisd ...Read More

Christ's Peace Parish Church shutdown by Indonesian authorities

Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec.12, 2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Indonesian authorities have prevented the parish priest of Christ’s Peace Church in South Duri (West Jakarta) from celebrating mass. The Catholic parish church in which the function was supposed to take place is at the centre of controversy ever since a group of Muslims have challenged its legal status. As a result of strong pressures from Muslim extremists Tambura Sub-district officials banned all activities in the church to avoid “social tensions.”The parish priest, Fr Matthew Widyalestari MSC, signed an agreement forcing him to cease all activities in the church but expressed a desire to celebrate a Sunday mass for his 4,000 parishioners who now find themselves unable to practice their faith.On Friday after a meeting between local Catholic leaders and offici ...Read More

Pope Benedict XVI: Family is the divine institution and indispensable teacher of peace

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI called upon the international community yesterday to protect the family at all costs because it is “the first and indispensable teacher of peace.” He also insisted that whoever undermines the family, attacks peace in the entire community.The Holy Father’s message was made public in preparation for the upcoming 41st World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on January 1, 2008.Before launching into his explanation of why the family must be protected, the Pope defined the family saying that it is “’a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order'."Benedict XVI insisted that, "the family is the first and indispen ...Read More

Food for Thought: Overcoming Self

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.- St. Francis of Assisi ...Read More

Today in Church History

384 St. Damasus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 1925 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quas Primas 1983 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)  ...Read More

Vatican launches Eucharistic adoration, Prayer campaign for spiritual revival among the world's Priests

Vatican City, Dec. 11, 2007 (CINS/CWN) - The Vatican has launched a campaign of prayer-- specifically, Eucharistic adoration-- for a spiritual revival among the world's priests.The Congregation for Clergy, in a document released on December 8, calls for a major worldwide drive to promote Eucharistic adoration "for the reparation of faults and sanctification of priests."In a document issued on December 8, the Congregation for Clergy urges diocesan bishops throughout the world to join in the prayer campaign, and recommends specific steps that should be taken to foster a spirit of Eucharistic adoration.In response to troubles within the ranks of the clergy, the Congregation acknowledges that "a great many things are necessary," but ...Read More

Peace in th World only when man gives himself to God says Cardinal Cordes

Lourdes,France, Dec 11, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- Presiding at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions of Lourdes, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Cardinal Paul Joseph Cordes, lamented that modernity has destroyed the reality of bad morality and the awareness of sin, with myths packaged as psycho-pathological considerations and biological explanations.Speaking about the value of reconciliation, the cardinal explained, “The insatiable aspiration of humanity for peace and reconciliation is often frustrated in Darfur, Kosovo, Iraq, as well as in the home, in sports and among neighbors.  Aggressiveness persists, despite all calls to reconciliation,” he said.“Those who deliberately reach out to their brothers and sisters, ...Read More

Gunmen opens fire at Missionary training center, Archbishop of Denver Charles offers prayer

Denver,U.S.A, Dec 11, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- Two churches in Colorado are mourning the deaths of five of their members since gunmen opened fire yesterday at a missionary training center in Arvada and New Life Church, 80 miles south, in Colorado Springs.Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver responded to the tragedy by asking God to "penetrate and redeem even this tragedy with the peace of Christmas and Christ's promise of eternal life.”The shootings left a total of five dead, including the Arvada gunman, and six injured.  Police are looking into the case to see if the incidents are related.According to CNN, the first shooting took place at 12:30 a.m. MST at the “Youth with a Mission” training center in Arvada, a northern suburb of Denver.  A man with a ...Read More

New plenary meeting between the delegations of the Holy See and the Israeli government

Tel Aviv, Israel, Dec.11,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Anxiety, concern, low expectations and a bit of hope are the emotions that prevail on the eve of another meeting between the delegations of the Holy See and the Israeli government which should lead to the implementation of the Fundamental Accord. Signed in 1993 the latter must be complemented by juridical and economic agreements to come into effect.Tomorrow, 12 December, the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission meets at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The next day the meeting should involve full delegations chaired by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Majali Wahabi and Vatican Undersecretary for Relations with States, Mgr Pietro Parolin.Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Oded Ben Hur said a few weeks ago that the Accord should be finalised by 13 December. But lately ...Read More

Christian leaders in China arrested, Secret campaign underway to normalise protestant Churches

Linyi, China, Dec.11, 2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Police in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have arrested 270 Protestant pastors from house Churches for taking part in an “illegal religious gathering” in the district of Hedeng near the city of Linyi. At present about 150 Christians are still in a state prison, this according to a US-based NGO, the China Aid Association (CAA), which lobbies for freedom of worship in China.The arrests took place last Friday at around 1.30 pm local time. The Protestant clergymen had met to study the Bible when about 50 policemen from 12 different towns stormed the meeting place, blindfolded and handcuffed them two-by-two, and then taken them to a local police station for questioning.According to Reverend Li, an eyewitness, the raid was “violence and swift.” Police arrived in ...Read More

Chaldean Bishop Monsignor Al-Qas: Without Mary it is not possible to know Jesus

Ahmadiya, Iraq,Dec.10, 2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – “Without Mary it is not possible to know Jesus and thus find redemption,” was the theme upon which Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, Chaldean bishop of Ahmadiya (Iraqi Kurdistan) wanted to reflect at a meeting held last Friday with 300 young people from his diocese. The prelate, who spoke to AsiaNews, said the day was one of “of celebration and great joy” to remember “our mother Mary” on the eve of the feast day of the Immaculate Conception. The young people, all students aged 15 to 24, came from nearby villages, and the bishop was assisted by three priests.In his intervention Monsignor Al-Qas focused on Our Lady’s example “in welcoming the news from the Archangel Gabriel who announced that she would be the mother of the Lord.”“As Christmas approaches we should not forget the cent ...Read More

Ordination of Ningxia coadjutor postponed

Yinchuan, China,Dec.10, 2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – The government of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (north-central China) has postponed the ordination of Fr Joseph Li Jing as bishop coadjutor “because this is not the right time” for new appointments. The ordination was initially scheduled for 8 December, feast day of the Immaculate Conception, in Yinchuan cathedral. Now it should now take place next 21 December, local Catholic sources told AsiaNews.The local bishop, Mgr John Liu Jingshan, confirmed the change of date. “I hope that Father Li will be able to lead the diocese to better development—above all, I hope that he might be able to unify the clergy (currently split between official and underground). We, in any event, could never cut ties with the Pope.”The bishop confirmed that he will preside over Father L ...Read More

Have we turned Parents into executioners?

Los Angeles, Dec.09, 2007 ( CINS /Catholiconline) - In 2005 16-year-old Erica Basoria, a pregnant teenage mother from Texas and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Gerardo "Jerry" Flores, decided they did not want the twin babies in Erica’s womb. Erica asked and Jerry obliged her request. He literally beat his girlfriend in the abdomen causing the abortion of both children. Flores faced capital murder charges for killing two unborn children under the Texas Prenatal Protection Act. The Act was passed in 2003 in order to protect unborn children. It is similar to the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act", or "Conner’s Bill", the Federal legislation named for Conner Peterson, the slain unborn child of Laci Peterson. The Act defines "individual" as, "a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth." The Texas Act is not applicable if the mother ch ...Read More

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