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Looking towards the Synod

Looking towards the Synod Amidst the media frenzy over the trial of the Pope’s butler, and betting shop speculation over the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury, you could be forgiven for forgetting that the coming week will see a series of significant events and milestones: the Opening of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, the formal declaration of the Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the final visit to Rome as Archbishop of Canterbury by Dr Rowan Williams. Vatican II was without doubt the most important event in the life of the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy See in the 20th century. It sent the Church in new directions, confirmed its response to tendencies already developing around it, and established a revised (and healthier) basis for...

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Shanghai Religious undergo re-education

  Shanghai Religious undergo re-education Classes thought to be official response to Bishop Ma ordination (Right: Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin at his ordination) All priests and Sisters in Shanghai diocese have been forced to attend compulsory “study classes,” which observers believe were imposed by authorities in response to Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s controversial ordination in July. The 45-year-old prelate quit the Catholic Patriotic Association at his ordination on July 7.  Since then, he has been in “retreat” at the Sheshan Seminary with a “certain degree of freedom,” sources say. Government-sanctioned Church authorities said his recognition seriously violated regulations in relation to Episcopal ordinations. As a result, according to sources, some 80 diocesan priests and 80 Sisters of the Our Lady of Presentation Congregation were divided into three groups to take three-days of classes at the Shanghai Institute...

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Synod on the New Evangelization

A look at the numbers of the Synod on the New Evangelization   Roughly 200 bishops from all over the world will be in Romeon October 7th to take part on the Synod on the New Evangelization. The theme is “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian faith.” The goal is for bishops to consider new ways and methods to strengthen the faith of people, especially in areas, where faith is weak or even non existent. There are different types of participants. The main ones are the Synod Fathers, meaning cardinals and bishops. The Pope directly named 36 of them. The rest are chosen by Episcopal Conferences. There will be 45 experts who will present their different subjects in the meetings. Another 49 of them are called observers. They will attend the meetings but they will not...

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Towards the Year of Faith and the Synod

Benedict XVI in Loreto on Thursday 50 years after John XXIII’s Visit there on the eve of the opening of Vatican II Towards the Year of Faith and the Synod And at the General Audience he recalls that the Christian liturgy is the worship of heaven open to all The Pope is going to the Shrine of Loreto on 4 October  to commend “to the Mother of God the principal ecclesial events for which we are preparing: the Year of Faith and the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization”. It was Benedict XVI himself who said this to the faithful who took part in the General Audience in St Peter’s Squareon the eve of his Visit to the Marian Shrine, where 50 years ago John XXIII went  to entrust to Our Lady the work of the Second Vatican...

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National Mass for Altar Servers

Bishop John Sherrington encourages altar servers ‘to stand up for your faith’ (left: Bishop John Sherrington)   Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, celebrated the National Mass for Altar Servers at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 29 September 2012.  The annual Mass is organised by the Archconfraternity of St Stephen. Speaking to altar servers who had come from the Dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Middlesborough, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth and Hexham & Newcastle as well as East Anglia and Westminster, Bishop Sherrington said:“Being a server also means facing opposition; sometimes others making fun of you because you go to Mass and serve. This is unfair but requires courage to stand up for what you know is right and good. I encourage you to be faithful to serving and to persevere, especially when it is difficult. It will make you courageous...

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The exhibition on the life and inner flame of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The exhibition on the life and inner flame of St. Thérèse of Lisieux   « Thérèse de Lisieux ou la brûlure d’amour » « Thérèse of Lisieux or Burning with Love » About 7 million people who have visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, these past months have enjoyed this exhibition on St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the French saint who is also the youngest Doctor of the Catholic Church. It wasn’t easy to plan the exhibit. St. Thérèse, also known as “The Little Flower,” died at the age of 24, but she managed to leave quite a mark. To chart her life, organizers focused on her message, including her illnesses and suffering. ÉLISABETH DE BALANDA Commissioner, Thérèse of Lisieux: ‘The Burn of Love’ “The exhibition has a message, which is one of joy. Thérèse was a very joyful woman. It carries a...

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Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Internet Radio

  Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Internet Radio   Our Mission is to celebrate our Catholic Faith by broadcasting a radio over the internet with a wide mix of interesting and original programmes which showcase the creative talent within our Catholic community.   HGUH Radio goes LIVE 7th October 2012 Poster   Heart Gives Unto Heart (HGUH) Catholic Community Digital Radio was set up in 2010 and broadcast successfully for 10 days during the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The programmes were all original and produced entirely by volunteers. HGUH Catholic Community Digital Radio is a Community Interest Company. It now wishes to develop and expand its multi-arts project for Christian, especially Catholic, communities.    ...

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World Communications Day 2013

World Communications Day 2013 “Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith;  New Spaces for Evangelization”   The Vatican has released its theme for the 47th World Communications Day: It’s “Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith; New Spaces for Evangelization. The Church recognizes that the world of digital communication is a major tool for evangelization, especially since it can lead people to God. The ability to promote that dialogue will be discussed on May 12th, 2013, during World Communications Day. One of the most important challenges facing the task of evangelization today is that which is emerging from the digital environment. Pope Benedict XVI calls attention to this particular topic, in the context of the Year of Faith, in his choice of the theme for the 47th World Communications Day, “Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization”....

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CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE SERVANT OF GOD POPE JOHN PAUL I 17 OCTOBER 1912  –  28 SEPTEMBER 1978     Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani, Born at Forno di Canale (Belluno), (actually at Canale d’Argordo), son of Giovanni Luciani and Bortola Tancon; was baptized the same day at home, by the midwife, as he was in danger of death.   This year marks the centenary of his birth, and the Vatican Philatelic Office pays tribute to the “Pope of Smiles” with the issue of a stamp depicting his face in one of these affectionate expressions.   He entered the seminary of Feltre in 1928, was ordained a priest on July 7, 1935.  On December 15, 1958, he was nominated Bishop of Vittorio Veneto by Pope John XXIII. During these years as Bishop he developed the conviction...

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