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THE POPE INSTITUTES A COUNCIL OF CARDINALS TO ASSIST IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH Vatican City, 30 September 2013 (VIS) – We publish below the full text of the Chirograph by which the Holy Father institutes a Council of Cardinals to assist His Holiness in the governance of the universal Church and to draw up a project for the revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia. “Among the suggestions that emerged from the General Congregations of Cardinals prior to the Conclave, mention was made of the expediency of instituting a limited group of Members of the Episcopate, from various parts of the world, with whom the Holy Father could consult, individually or collectively, on specific matters. Once elected to the See of Rome, I have had the opportunity to reflect on this issue...

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All-Night Vigil in St. Patrick’s, Anderston, Glasgow

POPE FRANCIS TO CONSECRATE WORLD TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA His Holiness Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 13th October at the Vatican. The Pope has requested that the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima be brought to the Vatican for the celebration. Pope Francis will welcome the statue to St Peter’s Square during an evening prayer service in an all-night vigil concluding with the Rosary and Mass. Pope Francis will consecrate the world to Mary during the event.   Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She warned of violent trials in the twentieth century if the world did not make reparation for sins. She urged prayer and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.        ...

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Benedict XVI Commemorative Plaque at Westminster Cathedral

Blessing the Benedict XVI Commemorative Plaque   The Benedict XVI Commemorative Plaque On Friday 27 September, His Grace, Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westmister, solemnly blessed the new stone at the West Door which commemorates the visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Westminster Cathedral during His Holiness’ 2010 State Visit. Here is the official translation of the Latin text:   On 18 September 2010 Benedict XVI came to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth. He celebrated the Mass of the Most Precious Blood here showing what advantage faith may be to society through the example of Blessed J H Newman.  ...

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Pope Francis’ white rose

Bergoglio, who has always considered the flower a “sign” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and of her intercession, received one out of the blue, the day after the peace vigil for Syria Andrea Tornielli vatican city On Sunday 8 September, the day after the long prayer vigil for peace in Syria – when some passages from texts written by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux were read out – Pope Francis received a white rose as a surprise. Francis considers the flower to be a “sign” linked to the devotion of the saint. The Archbishop of Ancona and Osimo, Edoardo Menichelli broke the news, with Francis authorisation.   Bergoglio told him about the rose a day before the prelate was due to present a book in Pedaso, in the Italian region of Marche. The prelate recounted the story during the presentation....

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Baroness Warsi chairs meeting on combating religious intolerance

Combating religious intolerance and supporting freedom of religion and belief Baroness Warsi today, 27 September, 2013,  convened a meeting of Foreign Ministers and officials from International Organisations in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting, which was attended by, amongst others, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, discussed international efforts to fight against violence in the name of religion and to promote Freedom of Religion and Belief for all. Speaking shortly after the meeting Baroness Warsi said: “The freedom to practice, change or share your faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a fundamental human right that all people should enjoy. Sadly too often around the world that right is denied to people of different religions or beliefs. I believe...

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Being Connected: The Holy See and Communications

Being Connected: The Holy See and Communications His Holiness Pope Francis, General Audience 4 September 2013 I suspect that until quite recently, not many people would have mentioned the Vatican in the same breath as the giants of global communications. Innovators like the BBC, global news operations like CNN, or social media like Facebook or Twitter. The Holy See speaks to us about tradition, the faith, the power of the pulpit. Yet when it comes to modern communications, it is somewhere in the slow lane: opaque, secretive, old fashioned. Right? Well, I wonder. At the heart of its mission is the propagation of the Gospel – literally, the “Good News”. If it can’t do that in our global village, it can’t do it at all. So it needs the tools of the trade: ability to communicate in multiple languages,...

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A Quiet Day for Clergy from all Christian Churches‏

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European Heritage Days

Entrance to the Vatican Museums will be free on Sunday, September 29, as the Holy See joins in the celebration of European Heritage Day.   On Sunday, 29 September, 2013, with the usual free entry on the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums, along with many European States, have again confirmed their participation in the European Heritage Days 2013. Initiated in 1991 by the Council of Europe and by the European Commission, the Days aim to enhance and promote dialogue and exchange between European countries in the field of culture. The Vatican Museums will be open to the public between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. (last entry at 12.30 p.m.) Fifty European nations will join in this year’s observance of European Heritage Day, a project sponsored jointly by the Council of Europe and the...

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A letter from the Trappist sisters living in Syria

A letter from the Trappist sisters living in Syria Below is the lovely letter sent by the Trappist Sisters living in Syria, near Tartous (in the west of the country, close to the Lebanese border), to their Order. Words full of spirit, which ask for for continued prayers for peace and for people to become involved so that they will feel their closeness to the Syrian brothers. Azēr, 6 September 2013 Dear brothers and sisters, At this time, by invitation of the Pope, all hearts are turned towards Syria and the sufferings of her people. We want above all to thank you for your prayers and your support which have accompanied us during the last two years, when you write to us directly or when you contact Valserena. Your prayer is for us the solid rock which has made...

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