Germany: Informal meeting with Cardinal Brandmüller

19-12-2014  
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On December 5, 2014, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, met with Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, accompanied by several priests. The meeting was held at the Herz Jesu Seminary of Zaitzkofen, in Bavaria. This meeting was a follow up of […]

Liechtenstein: Catholics ask for reforms in the diocese of Vaduz

19-12-2014  
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Following the example of the “Ça suffit!” (Enough!) movement in Chur, in German-speaking Switzerland (see DICI no.305 dated Nov. 21, 2014), an association of laymen from Liechtenstein is putting pressure on the archbishop of Vaduz in order to make the diocese “evolve”. For the 17th anniversary of the diocese’s foundation, the association “Pour une Eglise […]

Bishop Fellay blesses a Nativity Scene at the european parliament of Brussels

19-12-2014  
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On December 9, 2014, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, was invited to bless the nativity scene that is set up every year in the hall of the European Parliament of Brussels. Before the ceremony, he addressed a few words to the thirty people present, including ten deputies. Bishop […]

Latin America: “Widespread Change in a Historically Catholic Region”

19-12-2014  
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A study entitled: “Religion in Latin America: Widespread Change in a Historically Catholic Region” was conducted by the Pew Research Center, headquartered in Washington, and published on November 13, 2014. Based on 30,000 face-to-face interviews in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America (with the exception of Cuba) between October 2013 and February 2014, […]

China: “The Chinese government has intensified the persecution”

19-12-2014  
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Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong (since April 15, 2009), took part in the Symposium sponsored by the Catholic news agency AsiaNews that was held on November 18, 2014, at the Pontifical Urbiana University in Rome. “We should not be too optimistic until the Chinese government has made a real change in […]

France: War against Christmas cribs

19-12-2014  
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Since early December, in several cities in France, legal action has been taken by proponents of radical secularism against Nativity scenes set up in public places. So it is in the commune [township] of Béziers, whose mayor, Robert Ménard (on the picture), had a Christmas crèche displayed in his town hall. At the request of […]

Vatican: An argentinian Christmas stamp

19-12-2014  
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The Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State chose a painting by Raúl Soldi (1905-1994), a Argentinian painter, realized in the St. Anne de Glew church (Buenos Aires), for a Christmas series, worth 0.85€ and available in sheets of 10. The Child Jesus is in the center of the image with the Virgin, […]

Senegal: A worrisome decrease in vocations

19-12-2014  
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The Catholic Church in Senegal is worried about the crisis in priestly vocations that seems to have hit the country. The latest numbers of the archdiocese of Dakar show a strong decrease in seminary admissions. The diocesan information states that in 2014, candidates to the priesthood changed their minds just before the beginning of the […]

Vatican: Nativity scene and Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square

19-12-2014  
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A 25-meter Christmas tree from the region of Calabria, in the south of Italy, arrived at St. Peter’s Square for Christmas on December 4, 2014. Inaugurated mid-December, it is decorated with 2,500 gold and silver balls and as many yellow and white lights. The huge conifer stands beside a nativity scene from the Arena foundation […]

50 years after Unitatis redintegratio: From schism to charism

5-12-2014  
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On November 21, 1964, Paul VI promulgated the conciliar decree Unitatis redintegratio, destined to promote unity among Christians. 50 years later, where is ecumenism now? On November 29, 2014, Pope Francis declared to Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople: “The one thing the Catholic Church desires, and that I seek as Bishop of Rome, ‘the Church […]

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