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‘The Word of the Lord’ Conference April 24 – 26, Ushaw College, Durham

‘The Word of the Lord’ Conference ‘The Word of the Lord’ Conference April 24 – 26, Ushaw College, Durham A national conference is due to take place in April that will focus conversation around three key areas of scriptural engagement: Catholic Biblical Theology; the Scriptures in the Church’s pastoral ministry; and the Bible in mission and dialogue. ‘The Word of the Lord’ conference is a unique opportunity for the Catholic community inEnglandandWalesto celebrate Scripture at the heart of the Church. In this Year of Faith, among the conference speakers are Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Michelle Moran and Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB, share about the foundation and inspiration that Scripture provides for our beliefs, identity and practice. There will also be opportunities for workshops, participant contributions and discussions, and a visit to the tomb of St Bede in Durham Cathedral. The...

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Vacant Papal See Postage Stamps

Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office VACANT PAPAL SEE On 11 February 2013 the Holy Father announced His decision to renounce the Petrine ministry as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours CET; from that time onwards the Apostolic See is vacant. The Catholic Church has initiated a series of procedures aimed at guaranteeing the continuance of ordinary administration, on the one hand, and the calling of the Conclave on the other, in which the Cardinals will elect the new Supreme Pontiff. In this time, ordinary government is ensured by the Apostolic Camera, chaired by the Cardinal Camerlingo of the Holy Roman Church, and consisting of the Vice-Camerlingo and the Cleric Prelates of the Camera. The issue of Vacant Papal See stamps is intended to commemorate the event and ensure the continuity of the issue of postal stamps, to be...

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All quiet on the Western Front

Benedict XVI at the piano All is quiet in Castel Gandolfo today as the Pope spends the day resting and praying. The date of the Conclave is yet to be announced Rest and prayer for the Pope Emeritus His Holiness Benedict XVI, who is now “Emeritus Pope”, spent a quiet first night in Castel Gandolfo since his resignation yesterday evening. According to Fr. Lombardi “he slept very well.” His day began with Mass at 7 am, followed by the recitation of the Breviary, the lauds, the office of readings; and then breakfast. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI took a large number of letters, books and music with him to Castel Gandolfo, as well as his piano. Fr. Federico Lombardi said this in his usual press conference with journalists in the Vatican Press Office. Commenting on a telephone conversation he had...

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Papal See of Roma

Papal See of Roma   Italy –  Vatican City State    Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) 19.04.2005 – 28.02.2013 Bishop emeritus of Rome Supreme Pontiff emeritus    Sede vacante    ...

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750TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MIRACLE OF BOLSENA Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office According to tradition, during the summer of 1263 a Bohemian priest by the name of Peter went on a pilgrimage to Rome in order to confront the doubts he was having about his faith and the resulting crisis in his vocation. His faith was renewed after praying at the tomb of the apostle Peter. During his journey home, he happened to celebrate Mass in the Church of Santa Cristinain Bolsena. During the liturgy of the Eucharist, the host miraculously began to bleed. The priest was profoundly perplexed and immediately wrapped the host in the corporal and sacred linens before leaving the sanctuary. Coming to terms with what he had witnessed, he went to Orvieto where Pope Urban IV was residing and he told him about the incident....

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ZENIT’s new Web site

  ZENIT’s new Web site     ZENIT was born and has developed as an online agency. We send almost 16 million emails every month. In this context, we decided to invest in renovating our Web site. Check it out at: It is the result of a months-long team effort among our technicians and editorial staff. And it is one of the many development projects that we have been able to carry out only because of the generosity of our readers, who support us with their prayer and with their donations. The new Web site, developed with advanced technologies, will enable us to easily add new functions that will give ZENIT readers a service that is ever improving. We trust that you’ll like the new site. Thanks to its renovation, we have the great hope that we will...

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‘Christ Rests in Peace’

  ‘Christ Rests in Peace’ This new sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green is in place in front of the High Altar at Southwark Cathedral  to 30 March 2013.  It will be the focus for contemplation for those who visit the Cathedral during Lent and Holy Week, which takes place during this time.   Nic Fiddian-Green is well known for his huge, classically inspired equine heads that are exhibited around the world. Making the sculpture is a complex project. Plaster will firstly be placed on a cast; then a resin created. Lead sheets will be beaten on this in sections around the form. Detail is then added using a chisel and finally a gold crown of thorns is gilded.   Speaking of this work Nic Fiddian-Green said: “I have been working on the subject of the face of Christ for over 20 years...

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Homily for the liturgical Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle, 2013

  Most Reverend Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow   Homily of the liturgical Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle 1. Today is the Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle, which celebrates the office of Peter, the first of the Twelve Apostles, who was designated by Jesus Christ to be the universal pastor of his entire Church. The office of Peter continues in the Church in St Peter’s successors, the bishops of Rome, whom we call the Pope. This is the feast, then, also of the Holy Father’s authority and mission for the universal Church, as Successor of Peter. 2. And I wanted to celebrate this Mass of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle with you today especially because of the situation in which the See of Peter and the Catholic Church finds...

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Benedict XVI will be “Pope emeritus”

Benedict XVI will be “Pope emeritus” His Holiness Pope  Benedict XVI will be “Pontiff emeritus” or “Pope emeritus”, as Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, reported in a press conference on the final days of the current Pontificate. He will keep the name of “His Holiness, Benedict XVI” and will dress in a simple white cassock without the mozzetta (elbow-length cape).   More than 50,000 tickets have already been requested for the Pope’s final general audience tomorrow morning, 27 February, but greater attendance is expected. Except for the trip around St. Peter’s Square in the popemobile and the exclusion of the “bacciamani” (brief personal greetings that take place after the ceremony), the audience will take place as usual. On its conclusion, the Pope will go to the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Palace to...

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