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The magazine Claritas is born

The magazine Claritas is born Claritas Journal Claritas is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online/open access academic journal inspired by the Focolare Movement’s life and thought, dialogue and initiatives. General Information The mission statement for Claritas is the following: The Focolare’s life and thought, dialogues and initiatives provide the inspiration for this interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, online/open access academic journal. Claritas also seeks to facilitate critical and constructive dialogue among scholars from all research disciplines and encourages cross-disciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Exploring the “life and thought, dialogues and initiatives” inspired by the Focolare vision of unity means that Claritas is interested in being a vehicle for the publication of research on all consonant topics. Claritas is published semiannually in March and October. Its first issue appeared in March 2012.   Claritas, a new online journal connected with the Focolare Movement’s Città...

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St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila to become Doctors of the Church

St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila to become Doctors of the Church   To the thousands of pilgrims who went to St. Peter’s Square to pray the Regina Coeli with the Pope on Sunday, 28 May, 2012,  His Holiness announced that he would confer at the beginning of the XIII ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE NEW EVANGELIZATION FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH,  the Doctorate of the Universal Church on St. Hildegard of Bingen and on St. John of Avila. Benedict XVI “I am pleased to announce that on October 7, the day that begins the assembly of the Synod of Bishops, I will proclaim St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen Doctors of the Church.” The title of Doctor of the Church is given to Saints whose...

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Pope speaks on stolen documents and condemns media for its amplification

Pope speaks on stolen documents and condemns media for its amplification During today’s General Audience with some 15,000 people, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI expressed his deep sadness over his documents that were stolen from the Vatican. He also noted that he still relies heavily on his closest collaborators and the faith that, despite human weakness, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit.   Benedict XVI “Here has been increasing conjecture, amplified by the communications media, which is entirely gratuitous, goes beyond the facts and presents a completely unrealistic image of the Holy See. Thus, I wish to reiterate my trust and encouragement to my closest collaborators and to all those people who every day, in silent faithlessness and with a spirit of sacrifice, help me carry out my ministry.”    During the audience, the Pope spoke about...

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British Ambassador to the Holy See is only Vatican diplomat to keep a blog

British Ambassador to the Holy See is only Vatican diplomat to keep a blog   Interview with the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, the only Vatican diplomat who keeps a blog by Andrea Tornielli Vatican City British Ambassador and blogger Interview with the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, the first diplomat in theVatican to keep a blog. He presented his letters of credence to Benedict XVI last September, in Castel Gandolfo and took up his office a year after the Pope’s historic trip to Britain. Nigel Marcus Baker, British Ambassador to the Holy See, is the first diplomat accredited to the Holy See to keep a blog, in which he talks about his experiences and comments on international affairs.     1) Now that you have been working in the Holy See for...

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British Parlamentarians at Vatican

British Parlamentarians at Vatican The All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See meets Pope Benedict XVI at the end of the General Audience, 30 May 2012. Photo: L’Osservatore Romano copyright, all rights reserved Seven members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Holy See have just visited the Vatican. In a whistle-stop tour, they were able to meet a range of important Holy See officials, including calls at the Secretariat of State and, separately, at Caritas Internationalis. They were also presented to Pope Benedict at the General Audience. The APPG is an important instrument in the bilateral relationship between Britain and the Holy See. Formed in 2006, it is made up of Members of both Houses of Parliament interested in strengthening and developing contacts between the United Kingdom and the Holy See. Its strength is its all-party nature....

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WORDS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI AT THE LUNCHEON WITH THE CARDINALS Hall of Dukes, Apostolic Palace Monday, 21 May 2012   Your Eminence, Dear Brothers,   At this moment my words can only be of gratitude. A “thank you” first of all to the Lord for the many years he has given me; years filled with many days of joy, marvellous times but also with dark nights. Yet, in retrospect, one understands that those nights were necessary and good, a cause for thanksgiving. Today the phrase ecclesia militans is somewhat out of fashion but in fact we can understand ever more so that it is true, that it contains within it the truth. We see how evil wishes to dominate in the world and that it is necessary to fight against evil. We see that it does so...

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50th International Eucharistic Congress Pilgrim Walk

50th International Eucharistic Congress Pilgrim Walk Pilgrim walks have become especially attractive for those of us whose everyday lives are filled with responsibilities and distractions. We find ourselves longing to leave behind the ordinary in order to see what is truly important. We long for a life in closer communion with God, in the spirit of the theme of the Congress – The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one Another. To set out on a pilgrimage walk is to renew faith through the journey. Pilgrims walk with a clear intention, to draw closer to God. From Saturday 2nd June until Saturday 16th June 2012, pilgrims can, in a single day or over the two week period undertake the pilgrim walk. Pilgrim passport You collect your pilgrim passport in the first of the seven churches you visit. You can...

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A legacy for disabled people

  A legacy for disabled people   Nigel Baker, British Ambassador to the Holy See since September 2011 21 May represents 100 days to go to the start of the Paralympic Games in London. The Paralympics are sometimes seen as an afterthought to the “main” Olympic event. This will not be the case for London 2012. As I told Vatican Radio, London 2012 are the first Games that bring the organisation of the Olympics and the Paralympics fully together. This is right. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide a catalyst for changing perceptions of disabled people. But there are also good historical reasons. We are proud that the Paralympics are returning to the country that established what was later recognised as the Paralympic movement. It was Dr Ludwig Guttman, then treating wounded WWII war veterans at Stoke...

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Photographic Exhibition at the CATHEDRAL CHURCH NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS « Thérèse de Lisieux ou la brûlure d’amour » « Thérèse of Lisieux or Burning with Love » 5 May – 16 September  2012 The ‘Association of Friends of Thérèse and the Lisieux Carmel’ in collaboration with the Ars Latina, the Carmel of Lisieux, and the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, present an exhibition from 4 May to 16 September 2012, of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux or Burning with Love.   This exhibition, comprises 36 photographic panels of 1.40 metres high, is built around the different aspects of love that has shaped the life of Thérèse:   love for her family (her environment, family, Our Blessed Lady, the Carmelite Order, the Saints, and of course, Jesus – child, suffering, and risen); love for people of her time; love for people beyond this earthly life.   The exhibition aims to be...

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