Relics of St.Therese of the child Jesus in Rome

Vatican City, Nov.14, 2007 (CINS/VIS) - At the end of today's general audience, the Pope addressed a special greeting to faithful from the French diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux, accompanied by Bishop Pierre Auguste Pican S.D.B., who have come to Rome on pilgrimage with the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.   The Holy Father recalled how "120 years ago Therese of Lisieux came to Rome to ask permission of Pope Leo XIII to enter the Carmelite Order, despite her youth. Eighty years ago Pope Pius XI proclaimed her patron saint of missions, and in 1997 Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church."   "In this audience," he went on, "I will have the joy of praying before her relics, as will many faithful over the course of this week in various churches in Rome ...Read More


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Food for Thought: Confidence and Faith

The more we have to suffer from darkness, the more rocks, cliffs, and deserts there are in our way, the more we have to endure from fears, dry times, weariness of mind, anguish of soul and even despair - the greater must be our confidence and faith!- Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade (The Joy of Full Surrender) ...Read More


The experience of building a community on the Word of God” theme of 8th Bible Seminar in Macao

Hong Kong, nov.14,2007 (CINS/Fides) - “The experience of building a community on the Word of God ” was the theme of the 8th Bible Seminar in the Chinese language held in Macao in the first week of November. According to Hong Kong Ko Bao diocesan bulletin, some 110 participants, bishops, priests, theologians, scholars and lay Catholics from 20 countries and regions including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Malaysia and Canada, took part in reflection on community building on the basis of the Word of God. The Bishops of Macao, Hong Kong, Kuching (Malaysia) and Kao Siung (Taiwan), presided the Mass to open the Seminar. In his homily Bishop Li Hong Sheng of Macao said he hoped the Holy Spirit would guide the work of the seminar. Local people performed ethnic songs and dancing at the moment of prayers. In a video message to the seminar Bishop Vincenzo Paglia of Terni, ...Read More


Bishops of Argentina denounce drug abuse widespread among youth

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/Fides) - "Drug abuse, synonym of death " is the title of an pastoral Letter issued by the Catholic Bishops of Argentina at the end of their 94th plenary assembly 5-9 November. In the letter the Bishops remark on the "pain of many families all over the country whose children have been trapped by the effects of drug abuse and its consequences of death and destruction". The Bishops say drug trafficking is firmly established in the country and prospers destroying families and spreading death. Argentina “is not longer a passage way for drugs... drug abuse is widespread among our young people and it takes advantage of the innocence and fragility of children", generating corruption and death,,, drug abuse is dehumanising, it annuls the gift of freedom, causes programmes for life to fail and subject families suffering and grief". ...Read More


Card. Javier Lozano: Church has a duty to propose its truth on ethical issues

Vatican City, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/SIR) - “One just has to see the press or TV to learn that, about health, the one of the Church is not the only voice; indeed, there are many voices that strongly oppose it. But the Church has a duty to propose its truth on ethical issues”. It was said by card. Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Papal Council for the Pastoral of Health, as he answered the journalists’ questions at the press conference for the presentation of the XXIII International Conference on “The pastoral in the treatment of elderly patients” which is going to open tomorrow until 17th November in the Vatican on the initiative of the aforesaid Ministry of the Holy See. To a question about “cooperation between the Church and the State” in respect of health and the “feeling that the Church is welcome when it provides social services but not so much when it raises ethic ...Read More


Bishop Giorgio: The somalia people can take no more

Mogadishu,Somalia, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/Fides) - “Dramatic news continues to arrive from Mogadishu. Fighting persists and the people cannot take any more. This is a rebellion to every effect” said Bishop Giorgio Bertin, Bishop of Djibouti and Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, where transition government troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers have been fighting anti-government militia for several days. The people are leaving the city en masse, according to the United Nations Organisation some 24,000 have already left the capital. Mogadishu is without water, food, medicine, or electricity. The people in flight have no assistance and they sleep on the edge of the roads along which they are moving to find shelter and safety.“I am in contact with the Caritas dispensary at Baidoa which assists the local people and those arriving from Mogadishu. The latter speak ...Read More


Vatican unlikely to appoint additional Cardinals in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/SAR) -The Vatican is not likely to name more cardinals in the country, Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Leonida Vera said on November 11.In an interview aired over Church-run Radyo Veritas, Vera explained that Philippine Senate (Upper House) Resolution No. 192 filed by Senator Joker Arroyo seeking additional cardinals in the country might be futile, as there is a standing rule in the Vatican's College of Cardinal s that only three cardinals would be assigned to the Philippines."We are allotted only three cardinals. For as long as our three cardinals are alive, they cannot nominate a new one. I think it is important to note that the Vatican has so many considerations in appointing a new cardinal. The process, for example, would take some time," the ambassador ...Read More


Eight newly ordained priests from various parts of China to Serve in Tianjin Diocese

Tianjin, China, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/UCAN) -- Eight newly ordained priests from various parts of China have been assigned to serve in Tianjin diocese, where there are few vocations.The eight priests, who come from Cangzhou (Xianxian), Taiyuan and Xi'an dioceses in Hebei, Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces, respectively, were ordained on Oct. 27 by Bishop Pius Jin Peixian of Liaoning.The prelate also ordained two priests from Wuhan for Wuhan diocese in Hubei province. That diocese has had no bishop since Bishop Bernardine Dong Guangqing died on May 12.About 70 priests from Tianjin and other dioceses, and three visiting Maryknoll priests concelebrated the three-hour Mass held at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Tianjin, an affluent municipality just southeast of Beij ...Read More


The Nov. 12-14 Asia Pacific Congress on Love, Life and Family at Bangkok

Sam Phran, Thailand, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/UCAN) -- The sacredness of life as a gift born of God's love was highlighted as and international congress on the meaning and value of life got underway here."For Christians, human life is a gift from God. It is, therefore, a sacred and inviolable thing, as life is born from God's love," Archbishop Louis Chamniern Santisukniran of Tharae-Nongsaeng, Thailand, said in his keynote speech. The Nov. 12-14 Asia Pacific Congress on Love, Life and Family is being held at Bangkok archdiocese's pastoral training center."To proclaim fully God's love and God's plans of love" is "good news," Archbishop Chamniern told 250 bishops, diocesan and Religious priests, nuns and laypeople. Filipinos formed the largest group and Thais the second-largest. ...Read More


Melbourne's Bishop Hilton Deakin retires

Melbourne, Australia, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/Cathnews) - Pope Benedict has approved the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Hilton Deakin, who reached the designated retirement age of 75 yesterday.A statement from the Apostolic Nunciature in Canberra last night announced that the Holy Father had accepted Bishop Deakin's resignation, effective yesterday.Born in Seymour, Victoria, on 13 November 1932, Bishop Deakin was ordained a priest by Archbishop Justin Simonds at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, in 1958. In 1987 he became Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne on 3 March 1993.His career highlights include the co-ordination of the Aboriginal section - including an Aboriginal liturgy which was a world ...Read More


Abuse study expected to reveal insights about societal effects

Baltiomore, U.S.A, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/CNS) -- An ongoing study of the "causes and contexts" of the sexual abuse crisis in the church will touch on societal influences, the role of various aspects of seminary life and how church leaders' response was a factor, according to the staff of the New York-based John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a report to the U.S. bishops Nov. 12.In a briefing during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall general meeting in Baltimore, researchers Karen Terry and Margaret Smith outlined the types of information being gathered since the bishops agreed at the same meeting a year ago to spend $335,000 to cover the first phases of the detailed study.Research falls into six categories, Terry explained: a historical overview of social and political events since 1 ...Read More


Refusing to hide pectoral Crosses, Austrian Bishops not allowed to the Wailing Wall

Jerusalem, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) –Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, denied a delegation of Austrian bishop’s access to the Wailing Wall, because they were wearing their pectoral crosses.  The group of prelates was led by Card. Christoph Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna.According to directives set out by Rabinovitch, the wearing of the Latin cross before the Western Wall of Jerusalem, one of the most sacred places for Jewish people is forbidden. “Crosses are a symbol that hurts Jewish feelings”, explained the Rabbi.The Austrian Embassy cultural attaché Arad Benko told Associated Press (AP) the delegation of bishops “did not know of the existence of this dress code”. On November 8th last the “Archbishop and bishops arrived in their traditional dress complete with crosses and robes” – said Benko – “At the entrance th ...Read More


Communists in India on a warpath against the Church

Kerala, India, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – In a statement released on Monday, the secretary of the Kerala branch of the Communist Party of India Veliyam Bhargavan said there are mysterious forces working behind the scenes trying to whip up anti-Communist sentiments among the people of Kerala. For him this is not acceptable since the Communist Party has welcomed believers in its ranks and has defended them from nationalist attacks. He accused Catholics of carrying out a baseless and ungrateful anti-Communist campaign.In the press release, the political leader said that Communists had helped non Hindu believers under constant attack by Hindu fundamentalists. He said that Communists respected religious freedom and believers’ personal choices, recognising that there are Communists who are believers and that they are accepted. He did however stress that his party was agains ...Read More


Pope at General Audience: Hope for peace in Iraq, recalling the 26 Italians killed four years ago

Vatican City, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Benedict XVI turned his thoughts his hope for peace in Iraq, recalling the 26 Italians killed four years ago in an attack. The Pope’s reflections were provoked by the presence of relatives of the soldiers killed in Nassyria, among the pilgrims present at today’s general audience to whom he dedicated “a thought of affection”. “The memory of these our brothers – he added - and of all of those who have made the supreme sacrifice of their lives in the noble quest for peace contribute to and sustain the journey of rebirth an hope of the dear Iraqi people”.The figure of St Jerome, was instead at the centre of his discourse to over 20 thousand pilgrims in St Peter’s square, despite the cold and threat of rain. Today the Pope underlined the instead of education to responsibility, central to the teachings and example of the Saint, ...Read More


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