Archive for September, 2011

CiNews: News England & Wales Bishops launch “a vision for the church in our land”

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Below is a short excerpt from an article in CiNews about a new vision for the church that was recently launched by the bishops of England and Wales.

“The Bishops of England and Wales have reflected together on the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to the Great Britain and launched A vision for the Church in our Land on the anniversary of his visit.

“We recall the excitement, vision and hope that stirred in the hearts of so many who watched or took part in those historic events.  Many experienced the visit as a powerful encounter of God’s love and a welcome response to the deep thirst there is among the British people for the Good News of Jesus Christ,” the bishops state.

Integral to the Vision document, they write, “is recognising the importance of being confident, faithful and courageous in our mission, teaching and witness.”

They highlight three priorities:

  • Mission – To proclaim the universal call to holiness in Christ – by promoting a culture of vocation within the corporate identity of the Catholic Church, marked by a confident Catholic faith;
  • Teaching- To proclaim Christ and his Gospel as saving truth – by fostering and encouraging a culture of dialogue and solidarity and in terms of witness.
  • Witness- To proclaim the coming of the Kingdom of God – by serving and witnessing to the whole community, especially by supporting marginalised and vulnerable people.”

By Anne Marie Foley

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CiNews: Luminous jackets to be distributed to Tuam archdiocese churches

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Below is a short excerpt from CiNews about an initiative of Mayo County Council to provide high-visibility jackets to churches in the archdiocese of Tuam as part of a new road safety campaign.

Churches in the archdiocese of Tuam are to receive high-visibility jackets as part of a new road safety campaign.

The jackets come compliments of Mayo County Council, with the intention that they will be made available to volunteers who marshal traffic at funerals and other events in the churches on dark evenings.  Mayo County Council Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said that as clocks will soon change to winter time, it was opportune to begin a road safety campaign.

“As evenings become darker people should remember the importance of being clearly visible to drivers and we need to take every precaution,” he said.  “Pedestrians can take a first step by wearing a high visibility vest -it may not be fashionable, but could save your life.”

Archdiocese spokesperson Fr Fintan Monaghan said that the Church in the diocese is “fully behind the campaign.”

“We all need to play our part to make our roads safer as so far in 2011, 130 people have lost their lives on the republic’s roads,” he pointed out.  “This loss of human life is heart-breaking for the loved ones of the deceased and a tragedy for society as a whole.”

By Fintan Deere

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Zenit:Irish Life Day Focuses on Hope, Solidarity

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Below is a short excerpt from a report on Zenit.org about the theme for the  upcoming Day for Life in Ireland on Oct 2nd.

“This Sunday marks the annual Day for Life in Ireland, with the theme “A call to solidarity and hope in difficult times.”

The event this year is reflecting on “what it means to lead a full and happy life,” a statement from the bishops explained.

The theme springs from Benedict XVI’s visit last year to England, when he said, “Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple — true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.”

Bishop John Fleming of Killala explained that the choice of theme responds to “the economic recession and all of the difficulties people are finding in their personal lives.”

From Zenit.org

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Zenit:European Shrine Directors Gather in England

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article on Zenit.org about a meeting of Catholic shrine directors from across Europe and the increasing popularity of shrine visits.
“Shrine directors from across Europe converged on one of England’s oldest Marian shrines today to discuss the present popularity in religious pilgrimage sites.

Directors from Germany, Slovenia, Romania, England, Poland, France, Ireland and Portugal will meet through Friday at the National Shrine of Walsingham, in Norfolk County. The theme of the gathering is “Evangelization and Gestures of Popular Piety.”

This year, the shrine is celebrating its 950th anniversary, and has had one of its busiest pilgrimage seasons ever, having received approximately 100,000 pilgrims.

Father Alan Williams, Walsingham’s shrine director, commented on the popularity of shrines in statement sent to ZENIT, “Many people visit Catholic shrines who are either not Christian or rarely attend church. They have an interest in spirituality and are willing to travel as part of that search.

“Our task, as shrine directors, is to make that experience as fulfilling and rewarding as we can and that’s what we’ll be discussing this week, as well as sharing news and information.”

By Zenit.org

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CathNews:Vatican dismisses talk of Pope resignation

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Below is a short excerpt from a CathNews article, dismissing talk about the Popes resignation next year.

“Italian newspaper Libero reports that Pope Benedict is thinking about resigning in April next year when he turns 85, according to the Vatican Insider. But the Vatican has dismissed the Libero report, Reuters says.

“The Pope’s health is excellent,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said. “We don’t know anything about it. Ask the person who wrote it.”

The Vatican Insider adds that the pontiff shows no sign at the moment of being physically, mentally, or psychologically incapacitated – conditions under which the Pope previously told interviewer Peter Seewald, for the book Light of the World, he would consider stepping down.

It says that the Libero report, by journalist Antonio Socci, said: ” … this rumor is circulating high up in the Vatican and therefore deserves close attention. The Pope has not rejected the possibility of his resignation when he turns 85 in April next year.”

Socci did not cite any sources or reasons, Reuters said.”

From CathNews

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Cath News: We will soon witness the emergence of a new school of economic thought

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Below is an excerpt of an article from CathNews about the emergence of a new school of economic thought.

“With an economic crisis that never seems to end and financial markets ever more volatile, it is an appropriate time to consider if anything is lacking in economic theory.

John D. Mueller did just that in a book published late last year titled: “Redeeming Economics: Rediscovering the Missing Element” (ISI Books). He argued that Adam Smith made a fundamental mistake in his economic theory, rendering it incomplete and unable to properly account for human behavior.

Mueller, currently the director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, starts by tracing the main developments in economic theory. According to Mueller, Thomas Aquinas brought about a revolution in economics by synthesizing the ideas of Aristotle and St. Augustine.

Aquinas viewed economic activity as falling into four categories: production, exchange, distribution and consumption. It was Aquinas who for the first time in human history provided a complete description of human economic action, noted Mueller.

Centuries later Adam Smith brought about another revolution in economic thought, but he dropped two of the four categories of Aquinas. He eliminated the theory of consumption and of final distribution, in what came to be known as the classical theory of economics, which centered on production and exchange.”

By Father John Flynn LC, from CathNews

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RTE:Parish funds used to pay abuse settlements

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Below is a short article from RTE following todays Morning Ireland programme in which Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin responded to claims regarding the spending of parish funds.

“The Archbishop of Dublin has said parishes with a surplus of funding have been asked to contribute to a general fund which he said has not as yet been used to compensate victims of clerical sex abuse.

Dr Diarmuid Martin was responding to a report in The Irish Catholic newspaper, which claims that parish funds are being used to cover the cost of clerical abuse claims in the Dublin archdiocese.

A spokesperson for the archdiocese confirmed that while current abuse claims can be met, it may not be able to meet all anticipated future settlements.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Martin said money from parishes has been transferred to a fund which is used for many purposes, not exclusively for sexual abuse settlements.

The Dublin diocese has so far paid €13.5 million for the settlement of claims and it is estimated it may still have to pay another €6.34m.”

From RTE website

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Rome Reports: Pope gets ready for busy trip to Germany

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Below is a short excerpt from Rome Reports about the popes upcoming trip to Germany.

“The pope will have a busy schedule in his upcoming trip to Germany. To start off, the Vatican says, the pope will meet with  representatives of other major religions during the visit which runs from September 22nd to the 25th. He has a total of 18 official speeches planned in Berlin, Erfurt and Freiberg.

The first major speech will be on the 22nd, when  the pope addresses Germany’s parliament in Berlin. He’s also planning on meeting the local Jewish community. Afterward, the pope will celebrate a Mass in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

On Friday the 23rd,  the pope will meet with the Muslim community. Then, he plans to travel to the city of Erfurt, where he’ll visit the Augustinian monastery where Martin Luther studied. In that very spot, he’ll also meet with  leaders of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Then, an inter-religious celebration will take place. The pope will also stop at the Etzelsbach shrine in what used to be former East Germany.”

By Rome Reports

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Westminster Diocese:Number of men preparing for Catholic priesthood continues to rise

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article from Westminster Diocese about the continuing increase in the number of men preparing for the Catholic priesthood at their seminary in London.

“16 men have started studying for the Catholic priesthood at the start of the 2011 – 2012 academic year at Allen Hall, the Diocese of Westminster’s seminary in London.

The new intake brings the number of men preparing for the priesthood at Allen Hall to 50, up from 46 in 2010 and the sixth consecutive annual increase.

This number includes men who are preparing to become priests in the Diocese of Westminster, other English and overseas diocese including Lancaster, Nottingham, Johannesburg  and Toulon and religious orders including the Salvatorians, Passionists and the Congregation of the Holy Cross.”

From the Westminster Diocese website

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CiNews:Notre Dame Sisters celebrate 150th anniversary of foundation

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article in CiNews about the 150th jubilee celebration of the foundation of the Sisters of Notre Dame des Mission.

“The future of Catholic education will be determined by the ability of its leadership to demonstrate the value of truly Catholic schools according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

The Primate made his comments in his homily at the 150th jubilee celebration of the foundation of the Sisters of Notre Dame des Mission on Saturday.  Archbishop Martin also described Catholic education as being about “fostering the God-given talents that are present in each pupil.”

Paying tribute to the foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame des Missions, Dr Martin said something of the original charism and characteristics of Mother Euphrasie Barbier would always remain unique.  It was this, he suggested, which had animated the spirit of Notre Dame schools down the years.

The anniversary Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum, was attended by President Mary McAleese and Senator Martin McAleese, as well as RNDM Sisters, students of Notre Dame des Mission secondary school in Churchtown and family and friends.  It was concelebrated by Bishops Denis Brennan and Colm O’Reilly, along with a number of local priests.”

By Sarah Mac Donald

Photo: John McElroy

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