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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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Reflection at Vespers for the Feast of St John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr

   Homily for the Feast of St John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr  by Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow Reflection at Solemn Vespers   1. Just ordained 15 months and having just started post-graduate studies inRome, I was in St. Peter’s Basilica in October 1976 when Pope Paul VI declared Blessed John Ogilvie a Saint. It was a moment of great joy for all the Scottish pilgrims who had travelled toRome, including my own mother. I remember the Jesuit postulators of the cause, Fr Lombardi and especially Fr Peter Gumpel, the scholarly Vice-Postulator, who was a frequent visitors to the Scots College in Rome as the cause of St John Ogilvie inched nearer to a conclusion and practical details were being worked out.   2. At that time, all the questions about the canonisation of St John Oglivie...

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New Pope will have Eucharistic adoration before his presentation

New Pope will have Eucharistic adoration before his presentation Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi told journalists on 11 March at the final press conference that, “when the Pope goes to the central loggia, His Holiness passes the Pauline Chapel, and will stop there for a brief moment of personal prayer and silence in front of the Blessed Sacrament.” Regarding the acceptance if a valid election has occurred, see the “Ordo Rituum Conclavis”. Upon accepting, the one elected chooses his name and the ballots are burned to produce the white fumata. The new Pope dresses in the papal vestments. A brief ceremony follows: Gospel reading (“Tu es Petrus” or another passage referring to the Petrine ministry), prayer, the cardinals’ act of homage, and the “Te Deum”. The Cardinal proto-deacon goes to the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and...

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Women at the Holy See

Women at the Holy See HRH The Duchess of Gloucester meeting the Sisters at the Pontifical Scots College. St Andrew’s Day 30 November 2012   As we reflect on International Women’s Day, it seems clear to me that one of the tasks awaiting the successor to Benedict XVI will be to explore how the Holy See, and the Roman Catholic Church, can use better the talents, energy and loyalty of the women in its ranks. Anyone who works with the Holy See network will be aware of the vital role played by women religious in almost every aspect of Church life on the ground and across the world, be it in education, development work, health care, managing parishes, supporting Papal nuncios, or spreading the word about the faith. There are over 720,000 religious sisters active across the world, and...

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2013 National Romero Week

The Archbishop Romero Trust   2013 National Romero Week   To mark the 33rd anniversary of the death of  Archbishop Romero   Oscar Romero was a priest and bishop inEl Salvador. His love for his people who were suffering violence and oppression led him to take their side and to denounce their oppressors. And so he was killed, whilst saying Mass, on 24th March 1980. This website makes available a precious resource bank of materials on Archbishop Romero’s life and martyrdom: texts of his homilies as Archbishop between 1977 and 1980 and his four Pastoral Letters all in English translation; photographs from childhood to his assassination and funeral; lectures and literature about Archbishop Romero, links to other websites, news of future events and much more. You can also find further information about the Archbishop Romero Trust and its...

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National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia

Dayofprayerfordementia   Day of Prayer for Dementia has become the National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia 12th – 19th March Click here for more information   The National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia offers an opportunity to focus on the person with dementia, what their pastoral needs are and how we can respond.   Cardinal Heenan House   Roby Mill, Up Holland, Skelmersdale, WN8 0QT   Monday 18th March 2013   10.00 – 12.30;   2.00 – 5.00  Mass 6pm   What’s happening ? Prayer and awareness of dementia Silent prayer and prayer led by Catholic and non-Catholic clergy Scripture and non-Scripture readings Residents cookery and painting / colouring of sunflower pictures Formal and informal talks about dementia awareness Leaflets pertaining to dementia awareness from AGE UK and the Alzheimer Society Tea / coffee, homemade tea cakes...

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St. John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr

To celebrate the Feast of St. John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr, by permission of His Grace Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Glasgow, the noon Mass on Sunday, 10 March 2013 will be the Mass of St. John Ogilvie at St. Aloysius Church, Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow.   St Aloysius Church, Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, is the National Shrine of St John Ogilvie.   At 7.00pm Vespers of St John Ogilvie will be sung.  His Grace the Archbishop will be President. Music with the St Mungo Singers. Refreshments afterwards served in the auditorium.   St. John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr 1579 – March 10, 1615 The son of a wealthy laird, he was born into a respected Calvinist family near Keith in Banffshire, Scotland and was educated in mainland Europe. He attended a number of Catholic educational...

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Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain’s Holiest Places

Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain’s Holiest Places     BBC Four Series exploringBritain’s glorious sacred sites in a landscape journey that reveals inspirational, surprising and half-forgotten holy places which bring to life our spiritual history.   6 Episodes 1/6        Ifor ap Glyn asks why we are drawn to holy ruins long after their religious use is over. Duration: 30 minutes Presenter and Welsh poet Ifor ap Glyn explores the wealth of Britain’s extraordinary holy places on a pilgrimage that spans almost 2,000 years of history. Travelling across the breadth of the UK, Ifor uncovers the stories and rich history behind many of our most famous sites, explaining the myths and legends of some of Britain’s most sacred places. Over six episodes, Ifor visits crumbling ruins, tranquil healing pools, sacred caves, island refuges, towering mountain hideaways and ancient shrines to find...

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