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Porta Fidei – Gate of Faith

Porta Fidei – Gate of Faith   Apostolic Letter of the Supreme Pontiff Pope Benedict XVI for the Induction of the Year of Faith   http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/motu_proprio/documents/hf_ben-xvi_motu-proprio_20111011_porta-fidei_en.html   Pope Benedict’s proclamation of a Year of Faith 2012-2013 In this document [CTS Product Code: DO852; Price: £1.95] proclaiming a ‘Year of Faith’ to run from October 2012 up to the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2013, Pope Benedict explains his reasons for calling this year, and how he intends to bring the faithful to a renewed proclamation of the Christian creed. This brief document is rich with themes and ideas that can be more fully elaborated by the faithful during the year, and in the run-up to it. CTS will actively promote this Year of Faith and help people to prepare for it....

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Pope Benedict’s Greetings on the Solemnity of All Saints

Marking the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Benedict XVI greeted pilgrims gathered for the mid-day Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square. The Pope noted that Solemnity of All Saints offers an ideal occasion to look beyond the horizon of earthly matters to the dimensions of God, eternity and holiness. He recalled that day’s liturgy reminds us of the Christian vocation to holiness. Speaking in English to those gathered, he said: “I am pleased to wish all of you a happy All Saints Day! This wonderful feast, along with tomorrow’s commemoration of the faithful departed, speaks to us of the beauty of our faith and of the joy that awaits us in heaven with our loved ones who have fallen asleep in Christ. Let us therefore pray earnestly that we may all be joyfully united one day in the Father’s...

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Solemn Requiem Mass for the Faithful Departed on BBC Radio 3

Solemn Requiem Mass for the Faithful Departed on BBC Radio 3                 Martin Baker and Westminster Cathedral Choir Solemn Requiem Mass for the Faithful Departed at Westminster Cathedral will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30pm on Wednesday 2 November 2011 If you would like to be in the congregation for the broadcast of the Mass on Choral Evensong, please be seated by 3.15pm. Introit: Requiem æternam (Victoria) First Lesson: Isaiah 25vv6-9 Gradual: Requiem æternam (Victoria) Second Lesson: Matthew 11:25-30 Homily: Fr Alexander Master Offertory: Domine Iesu Christe (Victoria) Sanctus (Victoria) Agnus Dei (Victoria) Communion: Lux aeterna (Victoria) Martin Baker (Master of Music). Choral Evensong was first broadcast on Thursday 7 October 1926 live from Westminster Abbey and has been broadcast weekly on BBC Radio ever since. It is the...

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WARNING: NO THROUGH ROAD

WARNING: NO THROUGH ROAD Affecting the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool Members of the cathedral congregation and visitors arriving by car are advised to take note of new traffic restrictions as below.    Failure to observe these may result in fines being charged to motorists. Please note that as from the end of October 2011, Upper Mount Pleasant (the stretch between Oxford Street/Hope Street and Brownlow Hill) is now closed to through traffic (except for buses, taxis and cycles) and the Cathedral car park can only be accessed from the Hope Street end and not from Brownlow Hill.    This is to be monitored by CCTV to prevent unauthorised passage with consequent fines....

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Westminster Record goes digital

Westminster Record goes digital Westminster record ipad The Diocese of Westminster has launched a digital edition of Westminster Record, its monthly newspaper for parishes. The digital edition, which features all the content in the printed edition, is now available to read on iPads and tablet computers, mobile phones and on laptops and PCs.  It uses interactive page turn and flip technology to make it fully interactive and to allow readers to link from stories to the web, electronically search the newspaper and post the paper to social media sites. Eddie Tulasiewicz, Managing Editor of Westminster Record said: “Westminster Record has a extremely loyal readership in our parishes and schools and our printed edition will remain the flagship publication. But with increasing numbers of people using digital platforms to read newspapers and magazines,  now is the time to provide a...

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“Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace”

25 years to the day that Pope John Paul II hosted  an unprecedented gathering of world religious leaders in Assisi to pray for world peace, Pope Benedict XVI on 27 October hosted, in the same place, his own “Day of Reflection, Dialogue and Prayer for Peace and Justice in the World”. Again, leaders of the world’s faiths and religions were invited, with 400 special guests – or pilgrims –  including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, other Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christian leaders, delegates representing Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and other faiths. A new departure, apparently at the express wish of the Pope, was also to invite a small group of “non-believers”, agnostic humanists prepared to join this extraordinary assembly calling for peace, dialogue, justice, tolerance of diversity and environmental understanding. There is always a...

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Archbishop of Westminster’s statement on the Royal Succession

Archbishop of Westminster’s statement on the Royal Succession Archbishop Vincent Nichols Following the announcement on the Royal Succession by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Perth, Australia, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said: “I welcome the decision of Her Majesty’s Government to give heirs to the throne the freedom to marry a Catholic without being removed from the line of succession. This will eliminate a point of unjust discrimination against Catholics and will be welcomed not only by Catholics but far more widely.”  “At the same time I fully recognise the importance of the position of the Established Church in protecting and fostering the role of faith in our society today.”...

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Hong Kong’s retired Cardinal Zen issues statement at end of 3-day hunger strike

  by Card. Joseph Zen Zekiun, sdb Since Hong Kong’s return to China, the government has planned control over local schools. The new management committees undermine freedom of education and are likely to twist the Christian and Catholic proposal. The reasons for the hunger strike launched by the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong. Card. Joseph Zen has just finished his three days of fasting (except water and communion) to safeguard the freedom of education in Catholic schools in the area endangered by the government interference. In just three days, the cardinal – who suffers from high pressure and diabetes – has lost almost three pounds. But he has also received the solidarity of many Christians and non-Christians concerned about the heavy hand of government. Before beginning his fast, Card. Zen told reporters the reasons for his action and sent...

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Pope Attends The Day Of Reflection, Dialogue And Prayer In Assisi

Pope in Assisi: Religion should never be used as a tool for violence After travelling by train for just over an hour and half, the His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI arrived to the city of Assisi for the inter-religious gathering. He boarded a small bus, along with other religious leaders, before arriving at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. There, the Pope personally welcomed all participants at the entrance. A choir of Franciscan friars sang throughout the greeting period.   Cardinal Peter Turkson, who serves as the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is one of the main organizers. He showed a video that honoured the first inter-religious gathering in 1986. The Pope condemned the use of religion as a tool for violence. He also talked about regret and shame. Benedict XVI  “As a...

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