Today in Church History

866 Pope Nicholas I answers the envoys of Boris (Ad consulta vestra) 1565 Pope Pius IV publishes degree Professi fidei 1964 Pope Paul VI gives tiara to poor  ...Read More

Food for Thought: Love God Perfectly

We want to get rid of everything that holds us down, everything that is selfish, so that we can love God perfectly.- Fr. Robert Altier, OCDS  ...Read More

U.S. Bishops elect Cardinal Francis George as president as expected

Baltimore, U.S.A, Nov 13, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- This morning in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) elected Cardinal Francis George as their new president as was anticipated. Cardinal George gained the presidency handily winning 85% of the vote in the first round of voting.Commenting immediately after Cardinal George’s selection the outgoing president Bishop William Skylstad said, “I think that our applause speaks louder than any words could, congratulations, profound congratulations.”Once Cardinal George was elected, the bishops moved on to choose the vice president from the remaining field of candidates. According to the rules for voting, the vice president must be chosen by a maximum of three votes, which it came down to.On the ...Read More

Church hampered by state regulations in Israel

Israel, Nov.13,2007 (CINS/totalcatholic) - Israeli visa restrictions and other controls on Church workers are still a serious problem for the church in the Holy Land, said a top Vatican official.Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews, said Palestinian and some foreign "clergy, religious women and seminarians have to submit to ironclad rules in order to visit relatives and friends" in the Palestinian territories, to which Israel controls entry.After a trip to Israel and the West Bank which ended on November 2, the cardinal told the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, there was some sense that change might be on the horizon, though "nobody knows the real solutions."" ...Read More

Cardinal Bertone beatifies Indian in Argentina

Chimpay, Argentina, nov.13,2007 (CINS/totalcatholic) - A top Vatican official beatified Ceferino Namuncura, the son of a Mapuche Indian chief who embraced Catholicism in the 19th century.The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, presided over the November 11 beatification Mass in Blessed Namuncura's home town of Chimpay, Argentina.More than 200,000 people attended the ceremony; they included the country's vice president, Daniel Scioli, and nearly 100 Latin American bishops.Blessed Namuncura already enjoyed a popular, saintlike status among the Argentine poor. He was a Salesian novice when he died of tuberculosis in Rome in 1905 at the age of 18.In his homily, Cardinal Be ...Read More

Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences:The “Eucharist as Communication” is theme of the next Bishops' Meet

Bangkok , Thailand, Nov.13,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – The “Eucharist as Communication” is the theme of this year's Bishops' Meet. Organised by the Office of Social Communication of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), it will be held at Bangkok’s Gabrielite Center from November 26 to December 1.The press release issued announcing the event indicated that the theme was chosen in view of the next FABC Plenary Assembly which will take place in early 2009 on the theme the “Living Eucharist in Asia.”The upcoming 12th annual Bishops' Meet will start from the Eucharist as the “most intimate form of communion between God and men possible in this life” (Communio et Progressio, 11), and them move to explore the “Role of Meals and Celebrations in Asian Cultures,” the “Communication Dimension of Liturgy” and th ...Read More

The “gratitude” of the Holy See and the Chinese Church for the work of Fr. Franco Belfiori

Rome, Italy, Nov.13,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – The Jesuit community today received the Pope’s condolences as well as the “Holy See’s gratitude” for the commitment of Fr. Franco Belfiori, who died on November 11th after a long illness at the age of 82.  Over 50 years of his life spent in Taiwan and then Hong Kong, he was one of the first to rebuild relations with the Chinese Church in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong.Msgr. Fernando Filoni, Substitute Secretary of State who presided over this morning’s funeral in the Jesů church, presented Benedict XVI’s condolences, reading from a telegram sent by the Secretary of State which expressed the Holy See’s gratitude as well as his own for the missionary work of Fr. Belfiori. During the ‘90’s, msgr. Filoni,  was sent to Hong Kong by the Holy Se ...Read More

150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes

Vatican City, Nov.13, 2007 (CINS/VIS) - In the Holy See Press Office this morning, the presentation took place of the program of celebrations organized to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France.  Participating in the press conference were Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes, Fr. Vincenzo Battaglia O.F.M., president of the Pontifical International Marian Academy, and Alessandro Pinna of UNITALSI (Italian National Union for Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines).   Bishop Perrier indicated that for the 150th anniversary a Jubilee Year will be held, due to run from December 8, 2007, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to December 8, 2008, and "to take place within the context of the new evangelizat ...Read More

Pope encourages youths to go against the tide

Vatican City, Nov.12,2007 (CINS/ROMEreports) - There are still 8 months to go until World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. But the Pope doesn’t want to wait until July to share his thoughts.Benedict XVI has encouraged young people to go against the tide and not listen to messages that promote violence and arrogance.The Pope was speaking to students of the Italian Federation of Catholic Universities, which is celebrating its 110th anniversary.“Don’t let yourselves be attracted by persuasive voices coming from different pulpits, where behaviour is marked by propaganda, arrogance and violence, and success can be conquered by any means”, the Pope said.Benedict XVI knows that what he is asking ...Read More

Today in Church History

607 Boniface III ends his reign as Catholic Pope ...Read More

Food for Thought: Heart to God

The heart cannot be given over wholly to God, unless it first be set free from every other love.- Saint Catherine of Siena ...Read More

Church In India to celebrate Communications Day Nov 18, To focus on media education for children

New Delhi, Nov.12,2007 (CINS/CBCI) - The Catholic Church in India will celebrate India Communications Day on Sunday, Nov. 18, on the theme: "Children and the Media: a Challenge for Education"The CBCI General Body Meting held in 2004 at Trichur, Kerala had declared: “Communications Day is a valuable opportunity to sensitize the community, the Sunday before the feast of Christ the King should be celebrated as ‘India Communications Day’ with a meaningful liturgy and relevant programmes.” (CBCI GBM, n. 16)Also, already over forty years ago the Vatican II Council recognizing the importance of communications had mandated, “To make the Church’s multiple apostolate in the field of social communications more effective, day should be set apart each year ...Read More

Archbishop Cornelio thanks Chief Minister Shivraj Singh

Madhya Pradesh, India, Nov.12,2007 (CINS/SAR) - Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal met the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh state, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, at his residence here November 10, and thanked him for the action taken by his government following a brutal attack on five Catholic nuns in Indore in the same State.The archbishop said the chief minister had sent a “positive message to all sections of society by transferring two top police officials (CSP and ASP) who refused to file a first information report on the attack on the five nuns last month.Chief Minister Chauhan assuring the archbishop of “all possible help” reportedly told the prelate that he would not allow any injustice to be done to any one in the State.On October 25, around 8.30 p.m ...Read More

Pressures from abroad and Chinese Catholics delay the destruction of Our Lady of Carmel shrine

Rome, Italy, Nov.12,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmel in Tianjiajing (Henan) will not be destroyed right away, but the area will remain under police control and Christians who are not from the local diocese will be turned away. In the meantime Chinese Catholics continue working on the government in Beijing and are grateful for international pressures.Our Lady of Mound Carmel lies perched on a mountain top overlooking a breath-taking view in Linxian District (Anyang diocese). Built in 1903-1905 it was seriously damaged by the Japanese during World War Two and the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.Some 40,000 to 50,000 people visited the shrine until recently, but in May of this year Henan provincial authorities banned the traditional national annual pilgrimage as well as all othe ...Read More

Fr. Vito del Prete: The Christians of North Korea are enduring a strong persecution

Rome, Itlay, Nov. 12, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- “The Christians of North Korea are enduring a strong persecution,” said Father Vito del Prete, general secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union.  He explained that “those who can, flee to China” and that “the entire population suffers from hunger, poor sanitation and is subject to the oppression of a totalitarian regime which denies fundamental human rights.”Father Del Prete said Korean Christians “have an important role to fulfill.”  They are “a strong religious minority” called to “evangelize the socio-political and economic structures and as Church to be an effective sign of communion.”The missionary priest also mentioned North Korea’s recent abandonment of its nuclear program saying the decision “has contributed to reviving the peace and reconciliation process,” w ...Read More

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