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« Reply #3680 on: December 03, 2015, 09:16:01 PM »

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Pope Francis receives Prime Minister of Samoa
2015-12-03 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Today, 3 December 2015, the Holy Father Francis received the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa, His Excellency Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, who  subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by  Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial discussions, the Parties focused on some aspects of the social and  economic life of the country, as well as the valued contribution of the Catholic Church in various  sectors of Samoan society and, in particular, in the field of education. 
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« Reply #3681 on: December 03, 2015, 09:27:06 PM »

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Pope Francis writes preface to youth Bible
2015-12-03 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a preface to a new volume of the Bible for young people, the inspiration for which came from Thomas Söding, professor of New Testament studies at Bochum university. As a father of three, Mr Söding felt it was necessary to provide a more appealing approach to the Bible for young readers.

The Holy Father begins his preface saying that his old, tatty, well-thumbed Bible is his “priceless treasure”. “I would not give it away for the world”. He said he did he did not wish for a new €1000 version: “I love my old Bible… which has shared my joy and has been soaked with my tears”.

He speaks about how more Christians are being persecuted nowadays than ever before because they wear a crucifix or they have a Bible. He goes on to mention Mahatma Gandhi who once said “A text has been given to you Christians, a text that has the dynamic power to make human civilization explode into a million pieces, to turn the world upside down and to bring peace to a planet torn apart by war. However, you merely regard it as a work of literature, nothing more”.
 
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« Reply #3682 on: December 03, 2015, 09:49:48 PM »

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Security rehearsals underway in St. Peter’s Square ahead of Jubilee
02/12/2015 

Patrols, CCTV surveillance, plain-clothes police, barriers along Via della Conciliazione, metal detectors at the entrance to St. Peter’s Square. Security rehearsals are in full swing in the Vatican ahead of the Jubilee of Mercy which is to be inaugurated on Tuesday 8 December. On the day of the opening of the Holy Door, level 4 security clearance will be in force because the flow of people is not expected to be exceptionally high. In light of the threats made by ISIS jihadists in recent months, the heart of the Catholic faith worldwide is on high alert. No one is underestimating the risk involved but a number of bodies are working together to ensure everything runs smoothly and pilgrims can enjoy a peaceful Holy Year, without worries about their safety. The Jubilee security plan was put together some time ago and has been reinforced in light of the Paris attacks on 13 November.
 
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« Reply #3683 on: December 03, 2015, 09:53:33 PM »

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Pope explains the motives and expectations of the Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, 2 December 2015 (VIS) – The Italian magazine “Credere” today published an interview with Pope Francis ahead of the imminent opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, in which the Holy Father explains the motives and expectations of this convocation. The following are extensive extracts from the interview:

“The theme of mercy has been strongly accentuated in the life of the Church, starting with Pope Paul VI. John Paul II underlined it firmly with Dives in Misericordia, the canonisation of St. Faustina and the institution of the feast of Divine Mercy on the Octave of Easter. In line with this, I felt that it was as if it was the Lord's wish to show His mercy to humanity. It was not something that came to my mind, but rather the relatively recent renewal of a tradition that has however always existed. … It is obvious that today's world is in need of mercy and compassion, or rather of the capacity for empathy. We are accustomed to bad news, cruel news and the worst atrocities that offend the name and the life of God. The world needs to discover that God is the Father, that there is mercy, that cruelty is not the way, that condemnation is not the way, because it is the Church herself who at times takes a hard line, and falls into the temptation to follow a hard line and to underline moral rules only; many people are excluded. The image of the Church as a field hospital after a battle comes to mind here: it is the truth, so many people are injured and destroyed! … I believe that this is the time for mercy. We are all sinners, all of us carry inner burdens. I felt that Jesus wanted to open the door to His heart, that the Father wants to show us his innate mercy, and for this reason he sends us the Spirit. … It is the year of reconciliation. On the one hand we see the weapons trade … the murder of innocent people in the cruellest ways possible, the exploitation of people, of children. There is currently a form of sacrilege against humanity, because man is sacred, he is the image of the living God. And the Father says, 'stop and come to me'”.
 
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« Reply #3684 on: December 03, 2015, 09:59:26 PM »

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Rare darkened St. Peter's Dome greets Romans overnight
03/12/2015 08:42

(Vatican Radio) A darkened St. Peter’s dome gave tourists and journalists a rare image on Wednesday night and Thursday morning: The famed Bernini colonnade shining brightly on its own, while the usually imposing Cupola was obscured in the background.

The unusual sight was not due to technical problems or security concerns, but was part of a test ahead of a light show – called “Fiat Lux” – being organized for the Jubilee of Mercy.

“The ACEA [power company] is preparing LED lighting for both the Cupola and the Via della Conciliazione [which leads to the Vatican] and are testing everything to make sure it is ready on 7 December, 
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« Reply #3685 on: December 03, 2015, 10:05:15 PM »

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Vatican announces worldwide telecast of Holy Door opening
02/12/2015 

The opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope Francis, marking the start of the Jubilee of Mercy on Tuesday 8 December will be shown on satellite worldwide television in Ultra HD. The initiative is promoted by the Vatican Secretariat for Communication.

Details of the television coverage of the ceremony which begins at 9:30 were published during the press conference held today in the Vatican Film Library. Images of the event are being produced by the Vatican Television Center (CTV), in collaboration with Vatican Radio and the technical collaboration of Sony, Eutelstat, Globestat and DBW Communication, “a group that has proved to be cohesive over the years and have been working on this event for the past few months,” the Prefect of the new Vatican communication dicastery, Mgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, explained. The ceremony for the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II on 27 April 2014 was broadcast using 4K HD technology, in collaboration with Sky. Now, CTV has announced the introduction of cutting-edge technology for live coverage of events. The OB VAN OB8 will be fully equipped with 4k/HDR technology, with 8 Sony HDC-4300 television cameras, a PWS-4400 server and a 4K MVS-7000X switcher. The opening of the Holy Door will be broadcast using 4K Ultra HD technology, which gives high definition images, giving viewers the sensation of being at the event.
 
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« Reply #3686 on: December 04, 2015, 06:04:07 PM »

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Pope Francis meets with Council for the Economy
2015-12-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday afternoon participated in the a meeting of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.

A communiqué released by the Holy See Press Office on Friday said the Holy Father explained that the reason for his visit was to  personally thank and encourage Council members for the important role they fulfil in the vigilance  of the financial and administrative structures of the Holy See. He further confirmed the central role  of the Council in this work of reform to which the Holy Father is committed.

On behalf of the Council, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the Coordinator of the Council, warmly  thanked the Holy Father for his presence at the meeting and reconfirmed its full commitment to the financial and administrative reforms initiated by Pope Francis.
 
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« Reply #3687 on: December 04, 2015, 06:06:30 PM »

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Pope Francis greets conference on women and work
2015-12-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has gave his support to a two-day International Workshop on “Women and Work” taking place in Rome beginning Friday.

The workshop is sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and is focused on the dichotomy between the needs of work and family facing women today. It will consider proposals for a more effective promotion of the work of women, especially in the face of discrimination such as pay disparities and that faced by mothers in the workplace.

The Holy Father sent his greetings in a telegram sent through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The telegram expresses the hope of Pope Francis that the symposium “will help to affirm the indispensable role of women in the family and the formation of children,” as well as “the essential contribution of women workers in the building up of economic structures and a politics worthy of humanity, and  identifying concrete suggestions and positive models for the harmonization of work commitments and family needs.”
 
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« Reply #3688 on: December 04, 2015, 06:09:45 PM »

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Pope Francis receives the President of the Philippines
2015-12-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday received the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, who subsequently met with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri.

A statement from the Holy See Press Office called the talks “cordial,” and said they focused on the dialogue among the different parts of Philippine society, as well as the contribution of the Catholic Church in the life of the country.

The statement said particular attention was given to the state of the peace process in the Mindanao - located in the south of the country – with hope being expressed that the commitment of the parties can guarantee a stable and lasting peace in the region.
 
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« Reply #3689 on: December 04, 2015, 06:16:51 PM »

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Pope Francis receives Book of Gospels for the Jubilee
2015-12-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received the Book of Gospels which will be used for the liturgies of the upcoming Jubilee.

The Book was presented by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.

The book – which contains the Gospel readings for the Sundays and Feast Days during the Year of Mercy – is illustrated by Jesuit artist Marko Rupnik.
 
http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-receives-book-of-gospels-to-commemorate-jubilee-of-mercy
Pope Receives Book of Gospels to Commemorate Jubilee of Mercy
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« Reply #3690 on: December 04, 2015, 06:24:32 PM »

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Mercy Jubilee: press conference details events, initiatives
2015-12-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Press Office of the Holy See was the scene on Friday morning for a news conference detailing the major events and initiatives associated with the opening and progress of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Present at the conference were: the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella; the Secretary to the same Council, Archbishop José Octavio Ruiz; Undersecretary to the Council, Msgr. Graham Bell.

Among the most important items of news and information conveyed during the course of the briefing were:
A Pilgrimage Information Center at Via della Conciliazione, 7, that opened on December 1st. This is a place to find information about the schedule of events for the Jubilee; to register for the reserved walkway to the Holy Door; to pick up the requested free access tickets for the various celebrations which are required for pilgrims; and to pick up the testimonium of participation in the Jubilee (the official and only authentic attestation of participation in the Jubilee in Rome). The office will be open 7 days/week from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM Rome Time.
Healthcare services available for pilgrims: in each of the four Papal Basilicas (St. Peter’s, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls) there will be a First Aid Station (It. Pronto Soccorso) equipped with a defibrillator, and with medical and nursing services provided by the Order of Malta, with the support and cooperation of Region of Lazio, which is operating an Advance Medical Post at Castel Sant’Angelo, along with the new Emergency Room at Santo Spirito Hospital, which is to be inaugurated in the coming weeks.
Multiple means of communication for the deaf and blind: in particular, video-tutorials with Italian and International Sign Language (LIS), and audio files that can be downloaded from the Jubilee website (equipped with navigation aids) that describe the paths, pilgrimages to the Holy Door, and much else – including specially arrayed confessionals in Saint Peter’s Basilica and in other churches.
The celebration of the opening of the Holy Door in Saint Peter’s Basilica, which will take place in Saint Peter’s Square beginning at 9:30 AM on December 8th, and will be introduced by readings taken from the four Conciliar Constitutions (Dei Verbum, Lumen gentium, Sacrosanctum concilium e Gaudium et spes), along with two passages taken from, Unitatis redintegratio on ecumenism and Dignitatis humanae on religious liberty.

The President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, also told reporters that on Sunday, December 13th, for the first time in the history of the Jubilee Years, there will be Holy Doors opened in all the cathedrals of the world, and that local Ordinaries have been empowered for the occasion to offer the Papal Blessing to all who take part.

“This Jubilee,” said Archbishop Fisichella, “will be an experience of mercy for each person to feel more intimately the love of God, who like a Father welcomes everyone and excludes no one.” He went on to say, “It will be a significant time for all the Church to remember that mercy is the essence of her proclamation to the world, and to render every believer a tangible instrument of the tenderness of God.”

Below, please find the full text of Archbishop Fisichella’s prepared remarks, in their official English translation
 
http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2015/catholics-encouraged-to-part-in-the-year-of-mercy.cfm
In Rome or at home, Catholics urged to take part in Year of Mercy
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« Reply #3691 on: December 05, 2015, 12:31:37 PM »

Four artistic renderings of images that will illuminate St. Peter’s Basilica are at the link.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/climate/2015-paris-climate-talks/an-environmental-message-from-and-on-the-Vatican

An Environmental Message,
From and on the Vatican

2015-12-04T07:26:50-05:00 December 4, 2015

VATICAN CITY — This week, the facade and cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica, normally a brightly lit beacon in the capital’s sky, went dark for a few hours, throwing the Italian news media into high alert.

“Black out and fear for an electrical failure at St. Peter’s,” read one alarmist headline the next day. Other newspapers reported rumors of an antiterrorism drill.

The power cut was actually part of a technical dress rehearsal for “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home,” a gift from a coalition and a public art projection on the facade of St. Peter’s timed to coincide with the climate talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Church’s yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts Dec. 8.

The Basilica was darkened because “the show needs moments of preparation to ensure its success,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said at a news conference on Friday. “I can assure everyone that it is a unique event for its genre and for the fact that it is being displayed for the first time on such a significant backdrop.”

“We are grateful for the gift and hope that many people will be able to enjoy it throughout the world,” said the archbishop, whose pontifical council is in charge of overseeing the Jubilee. The event will be streamed online at OurCommonHome.World .
 
  
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« Reply #3692 on: December 05, 2015, 12:43:52 PM »

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Pope Francis to Catholic parents: build bridges
05/12/2015 11:40

Pope Francis met Saturday with the Association of Catholic School Parents on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of its foundation.

He encouraged participants to promote education focused on the fullness of humanity, on what it means to be human and an authentic humanism.

In his prepared remarks Pope Francis reiterated a call he made recently to the World Congress of Educators. Catholic education must make room for everyone, he said, and must not select recipients in an elitist manner.

“There is no challenge more noble!” said the Holy Father, than when bridges are built between school and country, school and family and school and civil institutions. He encouraged parents to build union where division advances and to generate harmony in preference to exclusion.
 
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Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI to attend opening of Year of Mercy
2015-12-05 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI will attend the ceremony for the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will inaugurate the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis invited his predecessor to be at the ceremony, which will take place in the Atrium of the Basilica on 8 December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
 
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Vatican audit for 2015 to "commence immediately"
2015-12-05 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican’s Council for the Economy has appointed a new External Auditor for consolidated financial statements, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

A statement from the Council for the Economy said the “important step” was taken to continue “the implementation of new financial management policies and practices in line with international standards.”

The Council appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”), one of the “Big Four” major international auditing firms, after accepting the recommendation from its Audit Committee.
 
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« Reply #3695 on: December 06, 2015, 06:21:16 PM »

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Pope sends message to Charismatic Renewal movement
2015-12-06 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged members of the Charismatic Renewal to "walk in the newness of life."

In a Message sent on Saturday through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy Father called on participants of the 39th Conference of the Rinnovamento nello Spirito ("Renewal of the Spirit") taking place in Rimini, Italy, to "walk in the newness of life, and, made fruitful by personal and communitarian charismatic prayer, contribute with the renewing power of the Gospel to the Christian animation of the secular city."
 
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Pope Angelus: The Year of Mercy and the importance of conversion
06/12/2015 15:38

(Vatican Radio) Before the recitation of the Marian Prayer on the second Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis referred to Sunday’s liturgy in which John the Baptist, preaches "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins".

The Holy Father pointed out that conversion is not just for atheists but also for those who already consider themselves Christians.

Pope Francis continued by saying, “No one can say: I'm fine. Not true, it would be presumptuous, because "we must always be converted."

The Pope then invited the faithful ask themselves some questions. "Is it true that we feel how Jesus feels? For example, when we suffer some wrong or some affront, do we react without animosity of heart and forgive those who ask your forgiveness?”
 
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« Reply #3697 on: December 06, 2015, 06:28:03 PM »

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Pope prays for climate conference in Paris
2015-12-06 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for the success of the Climate Change Conference currently underway in Paris. The Pope said, that as he follows the work of the Conference closely, he was reminded of a question he asked in his recent encyclical Laudato Si', that being, “What kind of world do we want to pass on to those who come after us, to the children who are growing up? The Holy Father then urged that, "for the sake of the common home we share and for future generations, every effort should be made, in Paris to mitigate the impact of climate change and, at the same time, to tackle poverty and to let human dignity flourish.

Let us pray, the Pope added, that the Holy Spirit will enlighten all who are called to take such important decisions and give them ``the courage to always use as their criterion of choice the greater good of the human family.''

Pope Francis was speaking following the recitation of the Angelus in St Peter’s Square, where he also recalled the fiftieth anniversary of a memorable event between Catholics and Orthodox.

It was the signing of a Joint Declaration between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, which took place on the eve of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, on December 7, 1965.

He noted that it was providential that this historic gesture of reconciliation, which has created the conditions for a new dialogue between Orthodox and Catholics in love and truth, should be remembered at the very beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy.
 
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« Reply #3698 on: December 06, 2015, 07:10:36 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/05/pope_francis_remotely_lights_nativity_scene_in_assisi/1192288

Pope Francis remotely lights nativity scene in Assisi
05/12/2015 15:51

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday evening lit – remotely from the Vatican – the Christmas tree and nativity scene in the lower piazza of the Basilica San Francesco in Assisi.

The nativity scene has been built into a seven-meter boat used by migrants to travel from Tunisia to the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2014. The ceremony was attended by 31 refugees from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Nigeria and Syria being hosted by Caritas Assisi.

The Italian State Railway and Italian Navy also distributed toys to families in need.

Below is a translation of the Pope's words in English

Watching that boat ... Jesus is always with us, even in difficult times. How many brothers and sisters have drowned at sea! They are with the Lord now. But He came to give us hope, and we must take this hope. He came to tell us that He is stronger than death, that He is greater than any evil. He came to tell us he is merciful, all mercy; and this Christmas I invite you to open your hearts to mercy and forgiveness. But it is not easy to forgive these massacres. It's not easy.
 
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« Reply #3699 on: December 07, 2015, 10:22:38 PM »

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Pope Francis: Vocations are "born within the Church"
2015-12-07 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called on all the faithful to “assume their responsibility” for the care and discernment of vocations.

He made his appeal in his Message for the World Day of Vocations 2016, which was released on Monday with the theme “The Church, Mother of Vocations
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“Vocations are born within the Church,” Pope Francis writes. 

“From the moment a vocation begins to become evident, it is necessary to have an adequate ‘sense’ of the Church” - he continues - “No one is called exclusively for a particular region, or for a group or for an ecclesial movement, but rather for the Church and for the world.”

Pope Francis says priests are “especially important” in vocations discernment.
 

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