November 10th, 2013 by admin
Barcelona (Agenzia Fides) – A new, modern means of communication and analysis: this is how the new website of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) presents itself on-line.. The website was presented on the occasion of the meeting of CCEE’s Commission for Social Communications, taking place at this time in Barcelona in Spain (8-10 November)…Alongside sections which illustrate the management of the European episcopal body and its members, there are various sections which enable an in-depth examination of the various areas of work tackled by the Council, through its commissions, working groups or institutional meetings…(Agenzia Fides 09/11/2013)
“I saw many pastors cherishing dangerous ideas against the Church. . . . They built a large, singular, extravagant church which was to embrace all creeds with equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, and all denominations, a true communion of the unholy with one shepherd and one flock. There was to be a Pope, a salaried Pope, without possessions. All was made ready, many things finished; but, in place of an altar, were only abomination and desolation. Such was the new church to be, and it was for it that he had set fire to the old one; but God designed otherwise.”
–from Life and Revelations of [Ven.] Anne Catherine Emmerich, Vol. 2, pp. 352-353
November 9th, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 8 November 2013 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the first issue of the new series of the journal “Latinitas”, published by the Pontifical Academy Latinitas, instituted by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2012. The speakers were Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Professor Ivano Dionigi, president of the Pontifical Academy for Latin and rector of the University of Bologna, and the writer Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
The first issue will include an article responding to the questions, “Latin for whom? Why Latin?” by the new director Ivano Dionigi, following an epigraph dedicated to Pope Francis.
The journal is divided into three sections: scientific (“Historica et philologica”); “Humaniora”, dedicated to contemporary literature in Latin, and “Ars docendi”, which considers didactic issues related to classical languages and cultures, ranging from antiquity to the present day.
The volume is completed by an appendix in Latin with “Breves de Academiae vita notitiae”, a brief summary of the main activities of the academy, the “Argumenta” or abstracts of the contributions to the journal in accordance with current international norms for scientific publications, and a useful “Index universus”. The new “Latinitas” will publish articles in Latin and, for the first time, in Italian and other languages.
July 23rd, 2013 by admin
Ordination at the Fraternity of St. Peter’s Roman Parish, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome, Italy. June 22, 2013. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.
Rome, Italy, Jun 29, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time since coming into clear union with the Pope, the religious institute the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer celebrated the priestly ordination of two of its members on June 22.
Father Magdala Maria and Father Yousef Marie were ordained alongside Fr. Massimo Botta of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter by Archbishop Guido Pozzo, head of the Office of Papal Charities, in Rome.
Both orders are dedicated to celebrating the liturgy in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite – as was done prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer, also called the Transalpine Redemptorists, were founded in 1987 and were associated with the Society of St. Pius X.
After Benedict XVI issued a document affirming the value of the extraordinary form, also called the traditional Latin Mass, the Transalpine Redemptorists responded by petitioning the Vatican to regularize their situation…
“It’s also a great grace for the Fraternity, because this is the first time that we’ve had ordinations in Rome.”
The Transalpine Redemptorists are based in a monastery on an island in the north of Scotland and also have a monastery in New Zealand. Fr. Magdala Maria is a New Zealander, and Fr. Yousef Marie is from Lebanon.
- See more at: http://papastronsay.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.pZTTkwld.dpuf
[report taken from blogspot]
July 9th, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 7 July 2013 (VIS) – The joy of consolation, the Cross and prayer were the reference points in Christian mission proposed by Pope Francis to the young seminarians, novices and all those who participated in Mass celebrated this morning in St. Peter’s Basilica…
“The first element: the joy of consolation. The prophet Isaiah is addressing a people that has been through a dark period of exile, a very difficult trial. But now the time of consolation has come for Jerusalem; sadness and fear must give way to joy. …
“The second reference point of mission is the Cross of Christ. Saint Paul, writing to the Galatians, says: ‘Far be it from me to glory except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’. … In his ministry Paul experienced suffering, weakness and defeat, but also joy and consolation…
“Finally the third element: prayer. In the Gospel we heard: ‘Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, to send out labourers into his harvest’. The labourers for the harvest are not chosen through
advertising campaigns or appeals of service and generosity, but they are ‘chosen’ and ‘sent’ by God. It is He who chooses, it is He who sends … it is He who gives the mission. For this, prayer is important. The Church, as Benedict XVI has often reiterated, is not ours, but God’s; and how many times do we, consecrated men and women, think that the Church is ours!
“Jesus sends his followers out with no ‘purse, no bag, no sandals’. The spread of the Gospel is not guaranteed by the number of persons, nor by the prestige of the institution, nor by the quantity of available resources. What counts is being permeated by the love of Christ, allowing oneself be led by the Holy Spirit and to graft one’s own life onto the tree of life, which is the Lord’s Cross…
Later Pope Francis said: “Beware, however: the purpose is not to socialize, to spend time together – no, the purpose is to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and this is urgent! There is no time to waste in small talk, no need to wait for the consent of all – it is necessary to go out and proclaim…
today more than ever before, we need to return to the essentials of the Christian faith, to deepen it, and to measure current issues by it…[all emphasize added]
July 6th, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 5 July 2013 (VIS) – Published below is a broad summary of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, “Lumen Fide”, published today, 5 July 2013 and signed on 29 June of the same year.
Lumen fidei – The light of faith (LF) is the first Encyclical signed by Pope Francis. Divided into four chapters, plus an introduction and a conclusion, the Pontiff explains that the Letter supplements Benedict XVI’s Encyclicals on charity and hope, and takes up the “fine work” carried out by the Pope Emeritus, who had already “almost completed” the Encyclical on faith. The Holy Father has now added “further contributions” to this existing “first draft”.
The introduction (nos. 1-7) of LF illustrates the motivations at the basis of the document: firstly, it reiterates the characteristics of light typical of faith, able to illuminate all man’s existence, to assist him in distinguishing good from evil, especially in this modern age in which belief is opposed to searching and faith is regarded as an illusion, a leap into the void that impedes man’s freedom. …
Chapter One (nos. 8-22): We have believed in love (1 John 4: 16). Referring to the biblical figure of Abraham, in this chapter faith is explained as “listening” to the word of God, the “call” to come out from the isolated self in order to open oneself to a new life and the “promise” of the future, which makes possible the continuity of our path through time, linked so closely to hope…
Chapter Two (nos. 23-36): Unless you believe, you will not understand (Is 7:9). The Pope shows the close link between faith and truth, the reliable truth of God, His faithful presence throughout history. “Faith without truth does not save”, writes the Pope;… “Truth itself, the truth which would comprehensively explain our life as individuals and in society”, as it is erroneously associated with the truths claimed by twentieth-century forms of totalitarianism. However, this leads to a “massive amnesia in our contemporary world” which – to the advantage of relativism and in fear of fanaticism – forgets this question of truth,… Theology is participation in the knowledge that God has of Himself; as a consequence theology must be placed at the service of Christian faith and the ecclesial Magisterium is not a limit to theological freedom, but rather one of its constitutive elements as it ensures contact with its original source, the Word of Christ.
Chapter Three (nos. 37- 49): I delivered to you what I also received (1 Cor 15:3)…
Fourth chapter (nos. 50-60): God prepares a city for them (Heb 11:16) This chapter explains the link between faith and the common good,… Faith “is for all, it is a common good”; its purpose is not merely to build the hereafter but to help in edifying our societies in order that they may proceed together towards a future of hope.
The Encyclical then considers those areas illuminated by faith: first and foremost, the family based on marriage, understood as a stable union between man and woman. This is born of the recognition and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation and, based on love in Christ, promises “a love for ever” and recognises love as the creator that leads to the begetting of children…
Conclusion (nos. 58-60): Blessed are you who believed (Luke 1,45) At the end of LF, the Pope invites us to look to Mary, “perfect icon” of faith…
June 24th, 2013 by admin
>Twenty-Five Years Ago, in Ecône
“Far be it from me to raise myself up as pope. I am but a bishop of the Catholic Church, continuing to transmit, to transmit her doctrine. Tradidi quod et accepi. I think that is what I would like to have written on my tomb, and probably it won’t be much longer: Tradidi quod et accepi – as St. Paul says – “I have passed on to you what I have received”, as simple as that. I am the mailman bringing a letter. I did not write this letter, this message, this word of God: it is God Himself who wrote it, Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and we have passed it on to you, through the intermediary of these dear priests present today, and through all those who have thought it their duty to resist this wave of apostasy in the Church, keeping the Faith of all times and transmitting it to the faithful. (…)
Many seminarians have entrusted themselves to us; they have felt here the continuity of the Church, the continuity of Tradition and so they have come to our seminaries, despite the difficulties with which they met, in order to receive a true priestly ordination and to be able to offer the true sacrifice of Calvary, the true sacrifice of the Mass, and bring you the true sacraments, the true doctrine, the true catechism. That is the goal of these seminaries. So I cannot in good conscience leave them orphans, nor can I leave you orphans by disappearing without preparing anything for the future. It is not possible. It would go against my duty. (…)
Just as we took no account of the suspens and we ended up being congratulated by the Church, even the progressivist Church, in the same way, in a few years – I don’t know: the Good God alone knows how many years it will take for Tradition to be restored her rights in Rome – we shall be embraced by the Roman authorities, who will thank us for having maintained the faith in our seminaries, in our families, in our cities, our countries, our convents, and our religious houses, for the greater glory of God and for the salvation of souls.”
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, sermon for the episcopal consecrations, June 30, 1988
June 20th, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 19 June 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis of the Wednesday general audience to the expression “of the body” that the Second Vatican Council used to indicate the nature of the Church: the Church is the body of Christ. The Pope recalled the text of the conversion of Saul, who became Paul, in order to explain how the Apostle, with that experience, tells us how profound the union between Christians and Christ is…
“In the Church, therefore,” the pontiff continued, “there is a variety, a diversity of tasks and functions… . It means remaining united to the Pope and bishops who are instruments of unity and communion and it also means learning to overcome selfishness and divisions, to understand one another better, and to harmonize the variety and richness of each one…
Speaking extemporaneously, the Holy Father added: “Unity is always greater than conflict. Conflicts, if they aren’t resolved well, separate us from one another, separate us from God...[emphasis added]
June 4th, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 3 June 2013 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father:
– appointed Fr. Michele Fiorentino, previously with the Secretariat and assigned to the Prefecture of the Papal Household, as defender of the bond at the Tribunal of the Roman Rota.
– appointed Fr. Donald Kos, O.F.M. Conv., as judicial vicar of the Ecclesiastic Tribunal of Vatican City State. To the same tribunal the Holy Father has also appointed:
– Msgr. Antonio Nicolai as judge;
– Fr. Luigi Sabbarese, C.S., as interim promotor of Justice and defender of the bond.
– appointed Msgr. Vittorio Gepponi as judicial vicar of the Appellation Tribunal for the Vicariate of Rome. The Holy Father has also appointed:
– Msgr. Slawomir Oder as judicial or official vicar of the Ordinary Tribunal for the Vicariate of Rome…
June 1st, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 31 May 2013 (VIS) – Yesterday in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. He then led, on foot, the Eucharistic procession that wound along Rome’s Via Merulana, until reaching the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Following are ample extracts from the Holy Father’s homily…
“In the Gospel we have just heard, there is an expression of Jesus that always strikes me: ‘Give them some food yourselves’. … who are the ones whom we should feed? … the crowd, the multitude. Jesus is in the midst of the people… He chooses the twelve Apostles to be with him and, like him…
“This evening we are that crowd in the Gospel. We also strive to follow Jesus to listen to him, to enter into communion with him in the Eucharist, to accompany him, so that He might accompany us. Let us ask ourselves: how do I follow Jesus? Jesus speaks in silence, in the Mystery of the Eucharist, and every time He reminds us that following him means going out of ourselves and making our lives not our possession, but a gift to him and to others.”
“The invitation that Jesus extends to his disciples to feed the multitude themselves is born of two elements:… Faced with the crowd’s needs, the disciples’ solution is for everyone to take care of themselves. … How many times do we Christians have this temptation! We do not care for the needs of others…
“It is a moment of profound communion. The crowd, whose thirst has been quenched by the word of the Lord, is now nourished by his bread of life.…
“Tonight, once again, the Lord gives us the bread which is his body. He makes a gift of himself… In the sacrifice of the Cross He lowers himself, entering into the darkness of death in order to give us his life, which conquers evil, selfishness, and death… He becomes food, real food that sustains our lives even at the times when the going is rough, when obstacles slow our steps…
“Let us pray that our participation in the Eucharist may always inspire us: to follow the Lord every day, to be instruments of communion, to share what we are with Him and with our neighbour. Then our lives will be truly fruitful.”
May 17th, 2013 by admin
Vatican City, 16 May 2013 (VIS) – The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, is visiting Milan, on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, signed by Constantine and Licinius, respectively the emperors of the western and eastern parts of the Roman Empire, in 313. The treaty granted freedom of worship to Christians throughout the Roman Empire, putting an end to religious persecution.
For his visit, Pope Francis, yesterday afternoon, sent a message—through Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., to Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, with greetings to the Patriarch, the participants in the commemoration, as well as to the entire city, “for the importance given to the memory of the historic decision that, decreeing religious freedom for Christians, opened new paths to the Gospel and decisively contributed to the birth of European civilization.”
In the text, the Holy Father expresses the desire that, “today as then, the common witness of Christians of the East and West, sustained by the Spirit of the Risen One, will agree to the spread of the message of salvation in Europe and the entire world and that, thanks to the foresight of civil authorities, the right to publicly express one’s faith will be respected everywhere, and that the contribution that Christianity continues to offer to culture and society in our time will be accepted without prejudice.”