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UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series

  UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies is the UK’s first permanent centre devoted to pioneering research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy. The Centre operates within the UK’s premier research Department of Theology and Religion and works in close partnership with the Catholic Church to produce future leaders, foster talent, and foment Catholic scholarship locally and globally. Centre for Catholic Studies: www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series In an exciting pre-cursor to our 2012 Year of Faith later this year, on Wednesday 25th April, the Centre for Catholic Studies will host the UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series, in partnership with the St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Chaplaincy at Durham University. On the evening of Thursday 26th April, Fr Barron will deliver the Word on Fire Lecture at Durham University...

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The Pope’s Easter Greeting 2012

The Pope’s Greeting  for Easter 2012 Surrexit Christus, spes mea (“Christ my hope is risen”). These these words – from the Easter Sequence Victime paschali laudes, which are sung at the Mass of the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord – contained Benedict XVI’s Easter greeting. The picture on his Easter card this year is of the Resurrection (1763) painted by the German artist Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder (1722-1789)....

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Our Cross, not to bear, but to wear

Our Cross, not to bear, but to wear — In his Easter Sunday homily, Cardinal O’Brien asks us all to wear a Cross as a sign of commitment to Christian values BY CARDINAL KEITH O’BRIEN Today we celebrate the joy of Easter Sunday morning—having concluded the season of Lent and more especially this past Holy Week. Just one Sunday ago, we commemorated the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, being greeted by the peoples with the waving of palms. In our own liturgies, again central to our celebration was our commemoration of that solemn entry of Jesus—with each one of us having some form of palm in our hands, many folded into the form of a cross. On Holy Thursday, we commemorated the institution by Jesus of the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and of the Priesthood in our liturgy—and...

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Easter Message of the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool

Easter Message of the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool.  In preparing for Easter this year Liverpool was one of twelve cities across Europe asked by the Vatican to undertake a pilot programme of evangelisation.  Throughout the season of Lent many hundreds of people, without exception, greatly appreciated what was offered to them including talks, reflections and early morning celebrations of Mass. It is likely that the new initiatives will become part of the pattern for Lent in future years. On the Eve of Palm Sunday in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there was the Way of the Cross, accompanied by the music of Franz Liszt.  Most of those able so to do actually walked the Way of the Cross and it was a unique coming together of word, music, art and demanding participation.  The Way...

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H.E. Marc Cardinal Ouellet Papal Legate to Dublin Congress

H.E. Marc Cardinal Ouellet Papal Legate to International Eucharistic Congress Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet to represent him in Dublin, Ireland, at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress this June. Before taking up his post in Rome, Card. Ouellet was Archbishop of Quebec, Canada, which hosted the last Congress in 2008. In fact, Pope Benedict announced his choice of Dublin for the 50th edition in a live video message broadcast at the closing mass or Statio orbis, on the Plains of Abraham just outside the capital. Welcoming the Pope’s appointment of Card. Ouellet, Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it coincides with the launch of a new stage in the preparation for the Congress which runs from June 10th to 17th. The final 50 days before the Congress will be...

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Vatican releases English text of Colosseum Via Crucis meditations‏

  Vatican releases English text of Colosseum Via Crucis meditations‏ OFFICE FOR THE LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF   WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM LED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI GOOD FRIDAY 2012 MEDITATIONS BY Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi Focolare Movement Founders of the “New Families” Movement   http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/2012/documents/ns_lit_doc_20120406_via-crucis_en.html    ...

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Pope receives giant Easter egg

Pope receives giant Easter egg   An Italian chocolate company gave the Pope this impressive chocolate Easter egg that measured more than 6.5 feet high and weighed more than 550 pounds. It was decorated with the coat of arms of Benedict XVI.   The question was whether the surprise that was inside this Easter egg was as spectacular. After giving thanks for the gift, the Pope donated it to the juvenile prison Casal del Marmo, located in Rome.          ...

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Prime Minister’s Easter message

Prime Minister’s Easter message   The British Prime Minister David Cameron, Crown copyright On 3 April, I attended the Prime Minister’s reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate Easter, something that David Cameron introduced last year. British Christian representatives were there from many denominations – including Anglican, Catholic, Coptic, Orthodox, Salvation Army, Methodist – as well as participants of other faiths. And Number 10 echoed to the sound of the boys of the choir of Westminster Abbey. The Prime Minister delivered “three messages, an appeal, and two challenges”. His first message was his feeling that we were at a moment of Christian revival in Britain. The Pope’s visit to the UK in 2010, and the successful return visit of a government delegation led by Baroness Warsi earlier this year, were symptoms of this. Christians were becoming more engaged in...

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I am your Death so to be your Life

“Let us destroy the tree in its strength, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name may be quickly forgotten” (Jeremiah 11: 19.) Monday in Holy Week begins with these words. Still, the sound of Hosanna reverberates in our minds from the commemoration of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem yesterday. If there is ever a time in the Christian year- if there is ever a time in the entirety of the history of humanity that is at the same time deeply disturbing and ultimately restorative, it is found in the events of Holy Week. Along the way we encounter what we imagine to be significant statements, perhaps even deep truths, only to find these superseded, as Jesus’ encounters in Jerusalem become transformed into a thickening plot in matters of death and life....

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