Make your own free website on Tripod.com
CFC-Singles For Christ Queensrow
Vatican News: March 9-11
Home | Mission | Other News | Activities | SFC Photos | Daily Cartoon | Send SMS | Join SFC | Catholic File | Catholic Query | SFC Classifieds | Chat | Bible Search | Word2Life | SFC Links | SFC Shop | SFC Mail | Ugnayan | Catholic CD's & Tapes | Sign Guestbook | Prayer Forum | Top 25 Sites | Love Coffee? | Peach Collection | Excellent Phones | Travel | Shop Online | Garage Sale | Ringtones

The Latest News From the Vatican

        VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE

        TWELFTH YEAR - N. 48
        ENGLISH
        MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2002

SUMMARY: MARCH 9 - 11

- GIVE TESTIMONY OF LIFE WITH APOSTOLIC AUDACITY
- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
- ANGELUS: CHRIST, THE LIGHT THAT TRANSFORMS SIN
- NEW AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE
- CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX: BEAR WITNESS TO CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
- RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS THE ANTIDOTE TO VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT
- AUDIENCES

        ---------------

GIVE TESTIMONY OF LIFE WITH APOSTOLIC AUDACITY

VATICAN CITY, MAR 9, 2002 (VIS) - This morning John Paul II received 1200
faithful of different dioceses in Poland in the Paul VI Hall, on the
occasion of the tenth anniversary of the reorganization of the
administrative structures of the Church in that country.

  The Pope expressed his desire that this restructuring of the
ecclesiastical provinces encourage "the organization of meetings in the
inter-diocesan context, in order to face and resolve, as a community, the
questions that cannot be the immediate concern of the plenary assemblies of
the episcopal conference." In addition, he requested that this form of
collaboration help "to develop a pastoral program that responds to the
demands of the new evangelization and the challenges of time and place."

  He underlined: "Today it is more necessary than ever to give testimony
with one's own life, energetically and with apostolic zeal. It is necessary
for the bishops to be close to their faithful and the faithful to their
bishops. Let this goal be the object of your petition, prayer and reflection!"

  The Holy Father referred to the priests saying: "may they embark on their
pastoral mission with zeal in the new dioceses in which they work, which
are often far from their homes." He also asked the bishops to take special
care with the permanent intellectual and spiritual formation of the priests.

  He concluded by saying: "During the second half of the past century, the
lay faithful in Poland gave proof time and again of a spirit of sacrifice
and of a sincere love for the Church. I pray to God that they continue this
beautiful tradition and that they undertake with new determination their
evangelical tasks, occupying their rightful place in the Church and in the
life of society; the place due to them by virtue of their specific vocation
and of the holy sacraments."
AC/STRUCTURAL CHURCH REORGANIZATION/... VIS 20020311 (320)

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY, MAR 9, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop John
Njue of Embu, Kenya, as coadjutor archbishop of Nyeri (area 16,529,
population 1,867,606, Catholics 658,502, priests 116, religious 234),
Kenya. The archbishop-elect was born in Embu in 1944, ordained a priest in
1973 and consecrated a bishop in 1986.
NEC/.../NJUE    VIS 20020311 (50)

ANGELUS: CHRIST, THE LIGHT THAT TRANSFORMS SIN

VATICAN CITY, MAR 10, 2002 (VIS) - This morning, prior to praying the
angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, John Paul II recalled
that the blind man mentioned by St. John in today's Gospel, "represents
man, marked by sin, who wishes to know the truth about himself, ... but who
is prevented from doing so by congenital sickness."

  He went on: "Only Jesus can cure him. ... By entrusting themselves to
Him, all human beings, spiritually blind since birth, have the chance 'to
come to the light' once more, in other words, to be born to supernatural
life."

  Then, quoting the Gospel which speaks of the Pharisees' refusal to
recognize the miracle of Jesus' curing the blind man because it was
performed on a Saturday, the Pope said: "For those who meet Jesus, there
are no half measures: or we recognize that we need Him and His light, or we
chose to do without. In this latter case, it is one and the same
presumption that prevents both those who feel they are righteous before God
and those who consider themselves as atheist, from opening themselves to
true conversion.

  "May no one," he concluded, "close their soul to Christ! To those who
accept Him, He gives the light of faith; a light that can transform hearts
and, consequently, mentalities and the social, political and economic
situations that are dominated by sin."
ANG/.../...     VIS 20020311 (240)

NEW AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE

VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received
the Letters of Credence of the new ambassador of Ecuador to the Holy See,
Marcelo Fernandez de Cordoba.

  In his address, the Pope made reference to the importance of the
education of new generations in order that they may have "access to an
integral formation, in which humanist and technical knowledge is
accompanied by moral values and exposure to the transcendent and religious
dimension of life, respecting scrupulously the right of families to choose
the type of education for their children."

  John Paul II affirmed that, in light of the economic crisis that Ecuador
is facing, the Church "is doing, and will continue to do, everything
possible to remain close to the Ecuadorian people, providing every type of
help that she possibly can especially to those most in need, who are often
also those most forgotten when it comes to distributing available resources."

  After noting that a consequence of the economic crisis has been the
emigration of many citizens to other countries, he emphasized that this
problem is compounded by that of "cultural upheaval, the risk of religious
disorientation, ... and the painful break-up of the family nucleus; without
forgetting the unfortunate consequences of so much illegal immigration ...
For this reason, we must combat the circumstances that seem to force so
many citizens to leave their homeland."

  The Pope ended by indicating that the "recent initiatives for dialogue
between State authorities and different ethnic groups - which are aimed at
improving understanding and achieving better participation in the life and
resources of the nation - are a sign of hope that must be continued.
Following this path, Ecuador can become an example and a promoter of
coexistence and peace in the Andean region. Dialogue ... is always the most
appropriate way to resolve serious internal and external problems, thus
obtaining the desired fruits for the good of all the Ecuadorian people."
CD/LETTERS OF CREDENCE/ECUADOR:FERNANDEZ        VIS 20020311 (330)

CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX: BEAR WITNESS TO CHRISTIAN HERITAGE

VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - At midday today, the Pope received
members of the delegation of the Greek-Orthodox Church sent by His
Beatitude Christodoulos, archbishop of Athens and all Greece, who are
taking part in a series of work meetings in Rome from March 8 to 13.

  In his address in French, the Holy Father said that "personal and
reciprocal acquaintance, exchange of information and a sincere dialogue on
ways to establish relations between our Churches, are the indispensable
condition for us to be able to advance in a spirit of ecclesial fraternity.
They also represent the essential condition for instituting a form of
collaboration that will enable Catholic and Orthodox together to offer a
living witness of their common Christian heritage."

  He continued: "We have the duty to transmit this Christian patrimony that
we have inherited. For this reason, it is ever more urgent for Christians
to offer society an exemplary image of their common behavior, rooted in
faith, and for them together to seek solutions to the great ethical
problems raised by the sciences and to the attitude that seeks to render
abstract or even deny all reference to man's transcendental dimension."

    John Paul II underlined that "our responsibility consists of tending to
the 'ecumenism of sanctity'." This "will carry us, with the help of God,
toward full communion, which does not mean absorption or fusion, but an
encounter in truth and love. We must go deeper in our collaboration and
work together in order to make the voice of the Gospel resonate strongly in
this Europe of ours, where the Christian roots of the people must be revived."

  After affirming that Catholics and Orthodox "are united in the
proclamation of the 'Kerygma' of the Resurrection," he said, "this
proclamation that we wish to make together will give the men and women of
today a reason to live and hope; our desire to seek communion among
ourselves will also inspire an appropriate model of coexistence in civil
societies."
AC/COMMUNION/GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH      VIS 20020311 (340)

RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS THE ANTIDOTE TO VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT

VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - The Pope wrote a message to Archbishop
Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio in Cyprus, for his participation in a
meeting being held in Nicosia, Cyprus, convened by the Cultural Foundation
of the Holy Monastery of Kykkos 'Archangelos,' in collaboration with the
department of communication and mass media of the Panteion University in
Athens. The message, written in English, bears the date of March 6, 2002.

  "The theme of the meeting, dialogue between religions and cultures,"
writes the Pope, "is most timely. It carries with it the challenge to
foster practical ways of improving understanding among peoples, and thus
forms the basis upon which to face many of the problems burdening the human
family at the beginning of this millennium. The tyranny of injustice,
egoism and prejudice can only be defeated by a far-reaching resurgence of
the human spirit in individual hearts and in relations between the peoples
of the world.

  "It is my heartfelt prayer that the meeting in Nicosia will show that
there is no basis, either in theory or in practice, for any discrimination
between individual and individual or between people and people; all share
the same human dignity and the rights which flow from it."

  The Pope concludes by recalling the meeting of leaders of the world's
religions at Assisi, Italy, on January 24 "to pray for peace and to commit
themselves to serving the cause of peace. They wished to show that genuine
religious belief is an inexhaustible wellspring of mutual respect and
harmony among peoples; indeed it is the chief antidote to violence and
conflict."
MESS/DIALOGUE CULTURE:RELIGION/NICOSIA:SAMBI    VIS 20020311 (280)

AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in
audience Daniel Hays, president of the Canadian Senate, accompanied by his
wife and an entourage.

  On Saturday March 9, he received in separate audiences:

- Ayatollah Mehdi Karrubi, President of the Consultative Islamic Assembly
of Iran, accompanied by an entourage.
- Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
AP/.../...      VIS 20020311 (60)

        ---------------

        COPYRIGHT: The news items contained in the Vatican Information
Service may be used, in part or in their entirety, by quoting the source (V.I.S. -
Vatican Information Service).
_______________________________________________
Catholic Information Network - http://www.cin.org
St. Gabriel Gift & Book Nook - http://www.stgabriel.com
Cintuus mailing list
Cintuus@www.cin.org
http://www.cin.org/mailman/listinfo/cintuus

Contact us: