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Rome, a metropolitan train station dedicated to Chiara Lubich

Rome, Italy. A metropolitan train station dedicated to Chiara Lubich   On the anniversary of her birth to Heaven, a plaque that expresses the closeness that the city feels to the ideals of the founder of the Focolare Movement. Some thoughts from Maria Voce “From Rome she spread her ideal of universal brotherhood all over the world.” These are the words that the Capital Administration wished to have engraved on a plaque in the name of the city of Rome at the Viale Libia train station which has been named after Chiara Lubich. The ceremony took place before a small crowd on March 14, 2013 on the fifth anniversary of the Focolare founder’s birth to Heaven. She had lived not far from the station in the early days of the Movement at the Italian capital. Maria Voce remarked on...

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God bless the Holy Father and our common path

God bless the Holy Father and our common path       The successor of Benedict XVI is an Argentinean and a Jesuit.   He takes the name of Francis, thus giving his pontificate a strong sign:     POPE FRANCIS   As Eloi Leclerc writes when speaking about the time of Francis of Assisi: «The new society bears in itself the best and the worst: surge for more freedom and fraternity, it is at the same time undermined by turbid and frightening forces which may turn against it and tear it apart.»   a universal heart, standing by the poor É. Leclerc, François d’Assise – Le retour à l’Évangile, Desclée de Brouwer, Paris, 1981, p.31   Today, with all the Church, in a humanity which is “in labour pains”, the religious men and women of Europe pray for...

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Greetings of the European Bishops

Habemus Papam: the greetings of the European Bishops   CCEE Presidency has addressed today a letter to the new-elected Pope Francis in which it states “The European bishops see in your election a sign of hope and encouragement, a stimulus for us not to be concerned just about the specific problems of the Old Continent, but to measure the tasks of the Churches entrusted to our pastoral care in the perspective of the universal Church”.   The letter proceed stressing the roles of the Church in Europe in the light of the vocation of the whole Church, especially facing in the old continent secularisation, the demographic and migratory situation, the dialogue with Islam and Judaism, the need of promoting the Christian unity especially through the cooperation over moral issues, social doctrine, environment with the orthodox Churches. The letter concludes...

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Jesuit Superior General: Pope Francis, a path full of hope for Church

Jesuit Superior General: Pope Francis, a path full of hope for Church  Below please find a statement of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas on the election of Pope Francis.     In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope. All of us Jesuits accompany with our prayers our brother and we thank him for his generosity in accepting the responsibility of guiding the Church at this crucial time. The name of “Francis” by which we shall now know him evokes for us the Holy Father’s evangelical spirit of closeness to the poor, his identification with simple people, and his commitment to the renewal of the Church....

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Welcome to Pope Francis SJ!

  Welcome to Pope Francis SJ! The Jesuits in Britain welcome the election of Cardinal Bergoglio – Pope Francis – with a mixture of surprise and great joy, and pray for God’s blessing upon his papacy. As a member of the Society of Jesus, he would never have sought such a high office in the Church but he will be accepting it in a spirit of service and humility, recognising his role both as Bishop of Rome and as the leader of the Catholic Church. The choice of the name Francis is both thoughtful and significant for the Jesuits. While acknowledging the qualities of St Francis of Assisi – his simple lifestyle and his role as a bridge-builder – Jesuits will also be mindful of the great Jesuit missionary and Companion of St Ignatius, St Francis Xavier, who committed himself to taking the Gospel to the farthest corners...

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We welcome Pope Francis

We welcome Pope Francis                 It is the dream of every Ambassador to the Holy See to be in post for a Conclave. No one with a sense of history or occasion can possible be disappointed by the event. There can be no election in the world that is held under conditions of such intense media scrutiny, and yet also in great secrecy amongst such a particular electorate. The news of the first ever Pope from the Americas has delighted the world. It sends a strong message about the universality of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Holy See. The Prime Minister has welcomed the election on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. Pope Francis is known for his personal concern for social justice. His choice of name, recalling St Francis of Assisi,...

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Archbishop Tartaglia: ‘new Pope will give us joy and confidence’

Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland expressed his joy at the election of Pope Francis. He said: “I was surprised that the conclave was so quick. It took hardly any longer than the election of Benedict XVI. Given the pre-Conclave situation, and the absence of a single dominant figure, I can only see this quick result as God’s work. As soon as I heard I went into my chapel and offered a grateful and joyful prayer of thanksgiving … Deo Gratias!” Archbishop Tartaglia added: “He is a man of firsts. The first Latin Anerican. The first Jesuit. The first Pope Francis. I think we can take from his first appearance that he is a humble, spiritual and calm man. A reconciler and healer, with a strong background on social justice. His name reminds us...

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Who is Pope Francis ?

Who is Pope Francis  ? The man elected to be the 265th Successor of Saint Peter in the conclave, is Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own Rite.   His Holiness was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was ordained for the Jesuits on 13 December 1969 during his theological studies at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel. He was novice master in San Miguel, where he also taught theology. He was Provincial forArgentina (1973-1979) and Rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel (1980-1986). After completing his doctoral dissertation in Germany, he served as a confessor and spiritual director in Córdoba. On 20 May 1992 he was appointed titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires,...

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Sacra Liturgia 2013

Sacra Liturgia 2013 An international conference organised by the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France, to study, promote and renew the appreciation of liturgical formation and celebration and its foundation for the mission of the Church, particularly in the light of the teaching and example of His Holiness, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, falling within the Year of Faith called for by the Emeritus Holy Father to commemorate 50 years since the start of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in accordance with the pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.       Venue: Pontifical Universityof the Holy Cross (“Santa Croce”) Sacra Liturgia 2013 will take place in Romeat the central location of the Pontifical University, Santa Croce, Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 49, 00186Rome. Speakers: Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera Walter Cardinal Brandmüller Malcolm...

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