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Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office

John Paul II and John XXIII depicted in gold, silver and bronze The Vatican will mint new coins and stamps dedicated to the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. But people will have to wait until the end of March to get their hands on these prized collectors’ items.   MAURO OLIVIERI Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office “We started with the images that people have closer to their hearts, that show the fondness of these two Popes.”   The Polish Pope’s coin, made of gold, can be purchased for 50 Euros, or $69. Meanwhile, the Good Pope’s silver coin will be 20 Euros, or $28.   MAURO OLIVIERI Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office “For Pope John XXIII, we show him giving a blessing, with St. Peter’s Basilica in the back, and a full moon, a...

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Update on the Mass Lectionary –

Liturgy Lines – News from Brisbane Liturgy Office   Update on the Mass Lectionary –   Three and a half years ago in this column, I wrote about the process of producing a new lectionary for Mass. As I explained then, the International Commission for the Preparation of an English Language Lectionary (ICPELL) was formed in 2003 to arrange for a new lectionary for Britain and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and other countries who wished to be included. It was hoped to use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV) and a new version of the Grail Psalms. Canadians had been reading the NRSV at Mass since 1992, when the first edition of the new Sunday Lectionary was published with approval from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. It was...

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Ann Widdecombe to join Premier Radio throughout Lent

Ann Widdecombe is joining Premier Christian Radio as a presenter throughout Lent The former MP will be reading a series of reflections from her Lent book Sackcloth and Ashes, commencing on Ash Wednesday, 5 March and daily at 7-30am, Monday to Saturday, through to Easter Saturday, 19 April. Announcing the new series of programmes, Premier’s CEO, Peter Kerridge, said he was delighted that Ann is joining the Premier team. “In all our lives there are things we’ve either done, or not done, which cause us regret,” he said. “Ann will look at penance in all its forms; penance in history, in art, in literature and, of course, in the Bible. They’ll all be examined in an important and thoughtful meditation on the concepts of penance in 2014.” Interviewed on Premier Christian Radio this week, Ann said that Jeremy Paxman...

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Week of prayer for church social action projects

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols announce week of prayer for church social action projects People are urged to tweet about what their local churches are doing using the hashtag #ListenToGod The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster have launched a joint initiative this Lent to encourage people to pray for the work churches do to support people in need in their parishes and beyond. From Passion Sunday on 6 April to Palm Sunday on 13 April, Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols will give thanks to God daily for this essential act of service, and pray for his blessing on the work of the churches. They will also visit church projects to hear from participants and to see how communities are being transformed. Their hope is that by joining together in prayer and encouraging others to join...

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Canonisation of Blesseds Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS PRESIDED BY POPE FRANCIS: MARCH-APRIL 2014 The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has made public the calendar of celebrations that are due to be presided over by the Holy Father Francis in March and April 2014: MARCH – Wednesday 5, Ash Wednesday. At 4:30 p.m. in the Basilica of Sant’Anselmo: “statio” and penitential procession. At 5:00 p.m. in the Basilica of Santa Sabina: blessing and imposition of ashes. – Sunday 9, first Sunday of Lent. Ariccia: beginning of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia. – Friday 14, conclusion of the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia. – Sunday 16, 4 p.m., pastoral visit to the Roman parish of “Santa Maria dell’Orazione. – Friday 28, 17 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica: penitential liturgy. APRIL – Sunday 6, 4 p.m., pastoral visit to a Roman...

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The Consistory: Global and Local

The Consistory: Global and Local Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Photo: © Mazur/ If anyone doubts the global nature of the Roman Catholic Church, they had only to attend the Consistory on 22 and 23 February, when Pope Francis created 19 new Cardinals from the senior bishops around the world. The 16 ‘working’ Cardinals in Pope Francis’s first list now take their part amongst the 120 or so Cardinal-electors in the Sacred College of Cardinals, which represents the principal body of senior advisors for the Pope and the Holy See. Amongst the new Cardinals were the first ever from Burkina Faso and Haiti, both known for their work with the poor. Archbishops from Korea and the Philippines represented Asia. The Archbishop of Abidjan in Ivory Coast also received a red hat, as did senior Churchmen from Santiago in Chile, Rio de...

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Consecrated Life and Priesthood

    Living Joyfully! ! Everything you wanted to know about RELIGIOUS LIFE + PRIESTHOOD but were afraid to ask.     St. Anne’s Catholic Parish Hall, Overbury Street, Liverpool L7 3HJ 1pm – 6.30pm    Saturday, March 22nd 2014   An opportunity to meet and share discussion with members of different congregations (female + male) and diocesan priests through games, workshops, liturgy preparation, etc… helping participants to gain a better understanding of the different forms of religious and priestly consecration and to discover the joy that can come from answering God’s call....

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Religion, Violence and Sectarianism

Religion, Violence and Sectarianism The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi is the first ever British Minister for Faith in a British government. She is also Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In both roles, at home and abroad, and with the strong support of the Prime Minister, she has made religious freedom a personal priority: promoting and protecting people’s right to hold a faith, manifest their faith, or indeed to change their faith. She is known here in the Vatican from her visit in 2012 when she led the largest ever British ministerial delegation to the Vatican, and argued passionately at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy that Europe should be stronger in its Christian identity. That speech in 2012 was one of a series that she has given since 2010 on the place of religion...

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Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office Easter 2014

Easter 2014     Easter is the primary feast of the Catholic Church celebrating the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over death. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office will mark the occasion this year with a postage stamp issue featuring a detail of the Redemptoris Mater Chapel located on the second Loggia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. Desired by Pope John Paul II and realized with funds donated to him by the College of Cardinals for his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination, the mosaics adorning the walls of the chapel feature the theme of the Incarnation of the Son of God and how the human person enters into the very life of God, who so exalted human nature as to join it in some way to the nature of God himself. “The Word was made flesh and...

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