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Vatican Radio Opens to Commercials From July 6 until September 27, 2009, Radio Vatican will broadcast commercials in 5 languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French and German) for the Italian Electricity Company Enel on FM band. The operation should yield a benefit “between 100,000 and 200,000 € per year”, in a “yearly budget of 20 million […]

India: Dramatic Plight of Catholics in the State of Orissa

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, of the Catholic diocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar in India, granted an exclusive interview to Church in Asia, on the occasion of his visit to Paris in the month of March. The archbishop had been invited by Help to the Church in Need to the “Night of Witnesses” organized on March 24 in the […]

Central Africa: “Priests strike” in protest at the resignation of the archbishop of Bangui

On May 28, the priests of Central Africa suspended their “indefinite strike” which they had called the previous day in protest against the imposed resignation of the archbishop of Bangui, Mgr. Paulin Pomodimo, by the Vatican. The Central African press evoked “the crucial question of priestly celibacy”. “In almost all of the dioceses and most […]

South Africa: “The Eucharist Must Be central to the life of Faith”

Mgr. Buti Joseph Tlhagale, archbishop of Johannesburg and President of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), shocked by the attitude of the faithful, expressed himself forcefully in his sermon on Holy Thursday. “Some Catholics do not show their faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament,” wrote the Catholic Information Service […]

Ivory Coast: Archbishop Condemns Liturgical Abuses

In September 2008, Mgr. Jean-Pierre Kutwa, the archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), wrote a pastoral letter to parish priests, parish leaders of liturgical chant and choir masters, which was published in the May 7, 2009 edition of the Ivory Coast daily Nord–Sud. This pastoral letter, entitled De la divine liturgie is to serve as a […]

Germany: Fr. Schmidberger Responds to Attacks from German Bishops

Filed under DICI, From Tradition, web, Year 2009

Fr. Franz Schmidberger, District Superior in Germany of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, denounced the negative attitude of certain German bishops. The lifting of the excommunications must not have as consequence “to stifle the daily life of the Society,” he stated in a declaration made a few days after the bishop of Regensburg, […]

Dossier: End of Pope’s Visit to the Holy Land

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Wednesday, May 13, in Bethlehem in Aida Refugee Camp On Wednesday, May 13, before the president of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, Benedict XVI stated again that the Holy See supported “the right” of his people to “a sovereign Palestinian homeland (…) secure and at peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognized borders.” The pope especially […]

Analysis: Is What Unite Us Greater than What Divides Us?

Filed under DICI, From Rome, web, Year 2009

All observers noted it, the pope himself stated it several times, the part given to interreligious dialogue during his visit in the Holy Land was predominant. At the end of his stay, at the airport of Tel Aviv, Benedict XVI declared: “This land is indeed a fertile ground for ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.” Back in […]

The World Does Not Want to Know God or Listen to his Ministers

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On Good Shepherd Sunday we saw “the Bishop of Rome and clergy gathered together for the Ordinations of the new Diocesan Priests.” On Sunday 3rd May, Benedict XVI ordained 19 Priests for the Diocese of Rome, during a Mass celebrated in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Those present were Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar of Rome, Auxiliary Diocesan […]

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