Toward a rapid reform of the Roman Curia?
On April 13, 2013, the Secretary of State of the Holy See issued the following communiqué: “Pope Francis, adopting a suggestion made during the General Congregations that preceded the conclave, established a group of cardinals to advise him in the government of the Universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus [dated June 28, 1988,] on the Roman Curia.” The communiqué stated that this group of cardinals is composed of: Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State; Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Archbishop emeritus of Santiago del Cile (Chile); Oswald Gracias, Archbishop ...
The 800 Martyrs of Otranto Canonized
On Sunday, May 12, 2013, during the solemn high Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, the 800 Italian martyrs decapitated in 1480 by the Ottomans for refusing to abjure their faith were proclaimed saints. Before the thousands of faithful present, Pope Francis spoke of the example given by the martyrs of Otranto: “Let us look at the new saints in the light of the word of God proclaimed. It is a word that has invited us to be faithful to Christ, even to martyrdom; it has reminded us of the urgency and beauty of bringing Christ and his Gospel to ...
Columbia: Homosexual “Marriage” Refused by the Senate
On April 23, 2013, the Columbian Senate refused a bill on “marriage” between two persons of the same sex, with a vote of 51 to 17, and 10 abstentions. The Columbian government adopted the principle of a civil union between homosexuals in 2011. Since then, the Constitutional Court set a deadline for Parliament, leaving them until June 2013 to decide whether or not marriages would also be legalized. This bill was strongly criticized by the Church, in a country were 80% of the 47 million inhabitants are Catholic. In a public letter to the senators, the bishops called upon their “consciences” ...
Syria: The Long Calvary of the Christians
Bishop Antoine Audo, S. J., Chaldean bishop of Alep and president of Caritas Syria, spoke to the news agency Fides on April 10, of the precarious situation of the inhabitants of Alep, who can be seen in the streets with plastic bags, searching everywhere for a bit of food. Hundreds of Catholic families have had to leave the Cheikh Maksoud quarter after the arrival of the rebel militias in early April. Many streets are closed, unusable, making visits to the sick and the dying difficult. Most of the doctors were forced with threats to flee, and the fate of two ...
Press review: Cardinal Bergoglio and Pope Francis
Two months after Pope Francis’ election, people are still wondering about the new pontiff. As well they may, when on April 16, at the Mass he celebrated for the intentions of his predecessor, the Sovereign Pontiff stated that Vatican II “was a beautiful work, a work of God,” that John XXIII “obeyed” the Holy Spirit, and asked whether 50 years later “we have accomplished all that the Holy Spirit told us at the Council? We have celebrated its anniversary, we have made it into a monument, but we don’t let it bother us. We do not want to change.” Worse ...
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DocumentsBrief an die Freunde und Wohltäter, April 2013
Carta aos amigos e benfeitores (Abril de 2013)
Carta a los amigos y benefactores (Abril de 2013)