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Survey: Benedict XVI among the top 10 most admired men in the U.S.

According to a survey conducted by Gallup and USA Today, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is among the most admired men in America. He’s also the only non-American on the list. The poll includes a total of 10 people. The Pope holds the number eight spot while President Barack Obama is listed as number one. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is also number one in the female category. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama continue to be named by Americans as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man living today in any part of the world. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of the last 10 years, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man four years in a row. Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rice round out the top...

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CDF Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith

  CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a Note today offering practical suggestions for making the most of the forthcoming Year of Faith. The Note contains more than 3 dozen concrete proposals on all levels of the life of the Church, from the Universal, to the Bishops’ Conferences, to individual Dioceses, and within these, to Communities, Associations and Movements, involving initiatives aimed at fostering Christian unity, to faith formation and renewal, and especially evangelization. Fr. Hermann Geissler is responsible for the Doctrinal Office at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He says the purpose of the Note is threefold: the first is to help the faithful to rediscover the nucleus of the faith, the foundation of the...

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The New Story ~ its implications for faith, life and living

The New Story ~ its implications for faith, life and living St Timothy’s Community are delighted to welcome Br Mark McDonnell to lead a workshop on Date: Saturday 4th February 2012 Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm Venue: St Clare @ St Edward’s College, SandfordPark, Liverpool, L12 1LF Cost: £10 Please book before 20th January by contacting Fergus at 078 8081 4432 or email: Please bring a packed lunch (tea and coffee will be provided) Further information can found at “workshop” “The excitement of life is in the numinous experience wherein we are given to each other in that larger celebration of existence in which all things attain their highest expression. The universe, by definition, is a single gorgeous celebratory event”.   Thomas Berry Brother Mark McDonnell has been a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers...

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Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland ordained archbishop

New papal nuncio to Ireland ordained archbishop Newly ordained Archbishop Charles Brown (L) is greeted by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI during Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of  The Lord.   Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters   The Irish-American (52) was named papal nuncio to Ireland last November. Archbishop Charles Brown has worked with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was headed by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, since 1994. He was ordained a priest in 1989 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, and was based at St Brendan’s parish in the Bronx until 1991. Dr Brown was appointed Assistant Secretary of the International Theological Commission in September 2009. Offering his congratulations, Cardinal Seán Brady said: “I am very pleased to be in Rome today, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ,...

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Consistory Convened for Feburary 18, 2012

Pope Benedict calls consistory for February 18th At the midday Angelus for the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ephiphany of The Lord, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced a consistory for February 18th next. The cardinals to be created are:   1. Msgr. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples; 2. Msgr. Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Major Penitentiary; 3. Msgr. Santos Abril Y Castellò, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major; 4. Msgr Antonio Maria Veglio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People; 5. Msgr. Giuseppe Bertelli, President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President of the Governorate of the same State; 6. Msgr Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; 7. Msgr JOÃO Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation...

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Who were the Three Wise Men? The Pope explains

In 2005, World Youth Day was held in Cologne, Germany, where His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI set time aside to pray at the tomb of the Three Wise Men. During  his talk, the Pope talked about what really motivated their journey to Bethlehem.  “Why did the Magi set off from afar to go to Bethlehem? The answer has to do with the mystery of the “star” which they saw “in the East” and which they recognized as the star of the “King of the Jews”, that is to say, the sign of the birth of the Messiah (cf. Mt 2:2). So their journey was inspired by a powerful hope, strengthened and guided by the star, which led them towards the King of the Jews, towards the kingship of God himself. This is the meaning behind our journey: to serve...

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Statement on the death of Stephen Lawrence

  Statement on the death of Stephen Lawrence Issued by the Catholic Association for Racial Justice   The President of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), Bishop Patrick Lynch, has made a statement on the death of Stephen Lawrence.   “The death of Stephen Lawrence was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers at this time are for his parents and family who have suffered greatly for the last eighteen years. They have conducted themselves with great dignity over those years and worked tirelessly in the face of huge obstacles and prejudice to ensure that justice was done. “It is a great pity that it has taken so long and that in itself has contributed to the frustration and anger felt by many. It is also a reminder to all of us that we must do our best...

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Communiqué on the Note for the Year of Faith

Communiqué on the Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith     With his Apostolic Letter Porta fidei of 11 October 2011, Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Universal King. The Holy Father’s aim in promulgating this Year is to focus the attention of the Church on the theme which, since the beginning of his Pontificate, has been closest to his heart: the encounter with Jesus Christ and the beauty of having faith in Him. The Church is well aware of the problems facing the faith and feels impelled by the question Jesus Himself raised: «When the Son...

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Liverpool Confirmed Coach Friendly

  Liverpool Confirmed Coach Friendly The Coach Welcome Scheme at Liverpool Cathedral is one of the reasons for Liverpool receiving this award  The City of Liverpool, the home of the largest number of UK museums, galleries and theatres outside Londonhas been awarded the prestigious Coach Friendly award from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK. Simon Posner, Chief Executive at CPT announcing that Liverpool is officially Coach Friendly said:  “It is with great pleasure that we are awarding this to the City of Liverpool. As a premier tourist destination, with two cathedrals, two premiership football clubs, the Grand National and the Liverpool One leisure and shopping experience, the city has shown an exemplary and growing welcome to coaches and their passengers over recent years. This has helped them secure CPT’s prestigious Coach Friendly Award for 2011. “Led by Councillor Claire...

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