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Posts Tagged ‘Pope Benedict XVI’

Pope Benedict’s decision

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2013

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington, D.C. – “The Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) respects Pope Benedict’s decision to resign from leadership. We are saddened to hear of the deteriorating health of the pontiff and hold him in prayer. During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI used his power to take significant steps backwards for women. A staunch opponent of women’s leadership, during Pope Benedict’s tenure he declared women’s ordination the gravest crime against the Church, excommunicated all Roman Catholic Womenpriests, and personally had Fr. Roy Bourgeois dismissed from his Maryknoll community for supporting women priests. As Roman Catholics worldwide prepare for the conclave, we are reminded that the current system remains an ‘old boys club’ and does not allow for women’s voices to participate in the decision of the next leader of our Church. WOC members plan to host vigils and raise “pink smoke” during the conclave as a prayerful reminder of the voices of the Church that go unheard.The people of the Church are desperate for a leader who will be open to dialogue, and will have the courage to create systems that will address the sexism, exclusion, and abuse in our Church. The Catholic Church needs to be a voice for justice in the world. We pray for a leader who can truly minister to all of the people of God

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Pope Benedict approves new legal structure for Caritas Internationalis

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 Maggio 2012

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope Benedict XVI has given his seal of approval via the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertoneto new Statutes and Rules governing Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organisation for 164 national Catholic aid and development agencies. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga received the new Statutes and Rules and a General Decree during a morning meeting at the Vatican 2 May 2012 with Holy See officials. “This is a day of joy and hope for Caritas Internationalis,” said Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga. “Our new Statutes and Rules will modernise our work in delivering humanitarian assistance and development in service to the poor. They will provide us with the framework to carry out our work as part of the mission of the Church.” The revision of the Statutes and Rules began in 2007. They have been updated to reflect Venerable Pope John Paul II granting Canonical Legal Status to Caritas Internationalis in 2004.
Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy said, “Our immense gratitude to Pope Benedict for granting these new Statutes and Rules and the staff of the Holy See who have worked with us through this long process. The new Statutes and Rules clarifies that Caritas Internationalis is an organisation both at the service of the confederation members and of the Holy See.”

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On holiest of days, Pope slams women’s ordination supporters

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 aprile 2012

Derivative Work. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Po...

Derivative Work. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI since 2005) on May 10, 2003, during the celebration of the 750th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Stanislaus in Szczepanów, Poland. Picture taken by Janusz Stachoń and released under CC-BY license by Szamil ( (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington, DC – Today, Roman Catholics globally joined together for the feast of Holy Thursday, to commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus the Christ and welcome the Easter Triduum, the holiest days for Catholics. It was during the Last Supper that Jesus gave those gathered a new commandment — to “love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” While during these holy days we would presume to hear Pope Benedict XVI echoing Jesus’ call for love and inclusion, instead the Pope put forth a message of fear, intimidation, and oppression. In his homily earlier today, he denounced “disobedience” within the church and strongly reprimanded priests who support women’s ordination. The Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is discouraged that the Pope would use this sacred time in our religious tradition to attack his fellow priests, who in good conscience, support women’s full inclusion in the Roman Catholic Church. It is not these priests who are disobedient, it is the hierarchy who has lost touch with the people of God. Out of fear of the growing numbers of ordained women and the overwhelming support they receive, the Vatican is trying to preserve what little power they have left by attempting to extinguish the widespread call for women’s equality in the church. It will not work.
More than 63 percent of U.S. Catholics, and millions of Catholics worldwide, support the ordination of women. The Vatican’s own Pontifical Biblical Commission found in 1976 that there is no scriptural reason to prohibit the ordination of women. The Bible describes how women were prominent leaders in Jesus’ ministry and early Christianity. In all four gospels, Mary Magdalene was the primary witness to the central event of Christianity-Christ’s resurrection. It is long overdue for the Vatican to listen to its own research, its own theologians and its own people who say that women are equally created in the image of God and are called to serve as priests in a renewed and inclusive Roman Catholic Church.
Women’s Ordination Conference, founded in 1975 and based in Washington, D.C., the is the oldest and largest national organization working for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Roman Catholic Church. WOC also promotes new perspectives on ordination that call for less separation between the clergy and laity.

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Pope Benedict To Visit to Mexico & Cuba March 23-28

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 marzo 2012

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Michelle Laque Johnson. Pope Benedict XVI’s visits Mexico and Cuba, a trip planned to span 5 days, from March 23-28. This visit includes a meeting with Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, Mass in the Parque Bicentenario in the municipality of Silao; a meeting with representatives from the ninety-one dioceses of Mexico; then a meeting in Cuba with Cuban President Raul Castro; a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity and a visit to Havana, greeted by Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of Havana and by other religious and civil authorities. On the morning of Wednesday 28 March, the Pope will preside at Mass in the Plaza de la Revolucion “Jose Marti.” Fourteen years ago, Pope John Paul II not only traveled to Mexico, but made the first papal trip to Cuba in its history. Now, all eyes are on Pope Benedict as he visits these two highly politicized countries – and only EWTN will have crews on the ground to provide you with the most complete and authoritative coverage available. Because EWTN was there with Pope John Paul II and continues to broadcast into Cuba and Mexico daily, only EWTN can compare and contrast the two visits with the authority you’ve come to expect. On the English side, EWTN News Director Raymond Arroyo, who has anchored more papal events than anyone in the industry and who covered John Paul II’s visit in 1998, will direct our coverage. Father Roberto Cid, Director of Radio Paz in the Archdiocese of Miami, and Msgr. Heberto Diaz, vicar general of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas will join Arroyo to provide color commentary. In Cuba, a political highlight will be the meeting with President Castro, but for the people, one of the highlights of the trip will be the Pope’s visit to the Shrine of the Virgin of Charity at 10:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, March 27, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of her statue in the Bay of Nipe. On the Spanish side, EWTN Español will feature four anchors: EWTN “Nuestra Fe En Vivo” Host Pepe Alonso; Father Jose Menendez, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, in Miami; Jaime Septiem, General Director of El Observador, a Catholic newspaper in Queretaro, Mexico, and host of EWTN’s weekly show “Ventana Abierta” on EWTN Español, on the ground in Mexico; and Alejandro Bermudez, director of EWTN Noticias and ACI Prensa, on the ground in Cuba. One of the highlights of the Mexico trip will occur at 7:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 25, when the Pope will meet not only with the Mexican bishops, but also with the heads of the Episcopal Conference of Latin America; in other words, the hierarchy of the entire Hispanic Catholic Church in North America. According to Enrique Duprat, EWTN’s Director of Spanish Production, “Pope Benedict has made it clear that the ‘new evangelization’ includes efforts to reach out to countries that were already Christianized, but where Catholics and other Christians are still fighting for religious freedom.”

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The New Evangelisation of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 settembre 2011

Tirana, from 29 September to 2 October 2011. Thursday 29 September at 12,30 in Tirana at the Hotel Rogner Europark, a press conference is organised. Will attend the press conference, cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and CCEE President, cardinal Josip Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb and CCEE Vice-president, cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux and CCEE Vice-president and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana-Dürres, Mgr. Rrok Mirdita.Central theme of the assembly will be the New Evangelisation. To facilitate the discussion, CCEE has sent a questionnaire to the Bishops’ Conferences in order to collect and highlight ideas, situations and proposals. In Tirana, reflection on the theme will be entrusted to Jean Luc Moens, former co-ordinator of the experience of city missions in European capitals, who will have the task of summarising the responses received by CCEE in these weeks, and to Mgr Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Vatican dicastery for Promoting New Evangelisation. The Tirana meeting will be the only opportunity for joint work on this issue for all the European Bishops’ Conferences prior to the Synod of Bishops in 2012. In Tirana, the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe members of CCEE will elect the new CCEE Presidency for the quinquennial period 2011-2016. All the current Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences are eligible for the posts of President and the two Vice-presidents.
The second part of the meeting will focus instead on CCEE’s service to the Church in Europe with presentations about the activities of the various CCEE Commissions, about CCEE’s work in the sphere of ecumenical dialoguewith the appointment of the members of CCEE-CEC (Conference of European Churches) Joint Committee. The programme of the next Symposium of African and European bishops (Rome, 13-17 February 2012) will be presented and there will be a discussion on the 2nd European Social Days organised along with ComECE and scheduled for 2013 in Granada (Spain). There will be a presentation on, the Institutional Information Portal and the Intranet of the Bishops’ Conferences in Europe (on-line by the end of the year). Part of the work will then be devoted to dialogue with the European institutions (the European Union and the Council of Europe) and the activities of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe will be presented.
During the meeting, the vice-president of the German bishops’ Conferences, Mgr Heinrich Mussinghoff, Bishop of Aachen, will report on the recent visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Germany (22-25 September) and other short presentations about 2011 apostolic visits will be presented: to Croatia (4-5 June) and to Spain for World Youth Day (Madrid, 16-21 August). Subsequently, along with His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, the bishops will reflect on how to help Christians in the Holy Land. In Tirana, participants will also be informed about two future meetings taking place in Europe: the World Meeting of Families (Milan, Italy, 30 May-2 June 2012) and the50th International Eucharistic Congress (Dublin, Ireland, 10-17 June 2012). Also taking part in the meeting of the Presidents of the European Bishops’ Conferences will be: for the Holy See, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Mgr Ramiro Moliner Inglés, Apostolic Nuncio to Albania; and delegates from continental bodies such as SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) and CELAM (Latin-American Bishops’ Conferences).

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Radio Pope-Up

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 agosto 2011

Madrid, Cattedrale dell'Almudena

Image by Ruggero Poggianella via Flickr

Radio Pope-up, la web radio che un gruppo di giovani italiani sta realizzando a Madrid per raccontare la Giornata Mondiale della Gioventù 2011, incontra un crescente interesse, dimostrato dagli accessi al sito (Google Analytics non sbaglia: dopo solo tre giorni più di 2000 accessi e più di 10000 pagine visitate, senza contare le pagine di dedicate all’emittente), ma soprattutto dai contatti al social network Facebook e dagli interventi in diretta degli ascoltatori tramite l’applicazione Skype. Una testimonianza tra le altre: “Ragazzi siete fantastici! Mille complimenti! Io ho partecipato a quella del 1984, ossia l’Annuncio di Lolek della Prima GMG, e poi a quella del 1985! Allora avevo 25 anni, ora ne ho 51, ma la voglia d’esserci almeno col cuore, è molto viva! Auguri a tutti i giovani presenti lì a Madrid! (R. F. – Milano)”. Le dirette mattutine e serali di Madrid Live hanno dato risalto alla festa dei giovani di tutto il mondo che hanno invaso pacificamente la capitale spagnola, senza dimenticare qualche voce dissonante: gliindignados e le loro rivendicazioni, la difficoltà per i pellegrini nelle strutture di alloggio, qualche catechesi soporifera, qualche coda di troppo agli accrediti… Ma la pazienza è una virtù che i giovani conoscono bene e che alla GMG si esercita con più disponibilità. Ora è tempo di accogliere, lasciare la parola e commentare papa Benedetto XVI.
Radio Pope-up trasmette dalla sede spagnola della Società San Paolo, che insieme alla Famiglia Mercedaria sostiene questa iniziativa dei giovani per i giovani.
Sul sito è disponibile l’intero palinsesto con la presentazione dei programmi, i podcast per l’ascolto off-line e la scheda dei giovani coinvolti nel progetto.

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