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Pope Francis’ Address Conclusion of Synod | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Pope Francis gave a very interesting address at the conclusion the Synod. It gives a good view of the breadth of his understanding of the pastoral dimensions of the predicament of the family in modern times and the various exaggerations that pastors can fall into. He ends by invoking Our Lady and Joseph, heads of the Holy Family, and wins resounding applause from the attendants.

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Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.

In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that “personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits, as St Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace.”

“Instead, I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage: and of parrhesia. And I have felt that what was set before our eyes was the good of the Church, of families, and the ‘supreme law,’ the ‘good of souls; (cf. Can. 1752).”

Read the rest at News Briefs/Rss | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

Marian Cultural Devotions Continue to Draw Crowds in a Distracted World

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

I thought the title of this article was interesting “As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever“. It shows how Marian cultural devotions have a universal appeal that will remain as a good basis from which to build a renewal even when religious convictions are otherwise on an ebb. Mother Mary, pray for us. Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and strengthen our faith.

BELEM, Brazil — More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging it inch by inch through the sweat-soaked crowd. Bursts of fireworks marked its passage.

Cirio de Nazare is Brazil’s largest religious event of the year and it takes place at the mouth of the Amazon in the northern state of Para.

via As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever | Crux.

Gigantic Pro-Family Demonstration in Paris

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

via Gigantic Pro-Family Demonstration in Paris.

A reader writes:

I just had to drop you a line to share this with you. Last week, my wife and I were in France on a business trip and, on our last day, happened to run into a massive protest in Paris by La Manif Pour Tous, the French group which stands up for families and marriage between a man and a woman. With our recent Supreme Court non-decision, it can be easy to get discouraged, but witnessing this march gave us hope. It was huge, boisterous, intensely patriotic, largely secular, and full of joy.

I’m sure it didn’t make the news here, but as Americans in Paris, we were deeply moved and encouraged. Please feel free to share this little video we made!

 

Seven facts you didn’t know about Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Cardinal Montini was worried during the conclave, knowing full well what was waiting for for him. During his 15 years as Pope, he fearlessly confronted the challenges of his time through 7 surprising gestures.

He sold the tiara

Believing that the Pope is not a monarch, he renounced the triple tiara one year after the conclave. It was sold with the money going to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. No Pope has used the tiara since.

A group of American Catholics purchased the tiara for $1 million. Today, it is housed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The First traveling Pope

Pope VI exchanged the boat of Peter for an airplane. He visited 19 countries throughout

via Seven facts you didn’t know about Paul VI.

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

It was a symbolic morning at the Vatican which was led by three Popes: Pope Francis declared Paul VI blessed, accompanied by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI, although frail, followed the ceremony attentively.

In front of thousands of people, the Pope inscribed Paul VI in the Book of Saints.

“…Ut Venerabilis Servus Dei Paulus VI, papa, Beati nomine in posterum appelletur.” (“We declare that the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI, Pope, shall henceforth be invoked as Blessed…”)

As is usual during beatifications, this tapestry was unveiled

via Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI.

Marriage Prep Key to Low Divorce Rate Among Catholics in Latvia | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Ave Maria! In a country that has an astronomically high divorce rate of 86% the Catholic couples have only a 16% rate!! This Bishop explains how it was achieved.

Archbishop Stankevis explained that such a low number of divorces inside the Church is due in part to a ‘serious preparation for marriage, because we have an obligatory course for persons who want to get married in the Church’

BY ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS 10/17/2014 Comment

Archbishop Zbigevs Stankevis of Riga, Latvia

– Latvian Bishops’ Conference

VATICAN CITY — In synod discussions last week, the Baltic Sea nation of Latvia caught the attention many synod fathers, who were keen to hear why the number of divorces among their Catholic population is so low.

“In Latvia, it is a pity, but we have the highest number of divorces: 86% of marriages are divorced civil marriages. But when our civil mass media started to check how it is in the Church, they discovered that we just have 16%, and they asked why,” Archbishop Zbig?evs Stankevi?s of Riga told CNA Oct. 9.

via Marriage Prep Key to Low Divorce Rate Among Catholics in Latvia | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Card. Caffarra: Church Doctrine on divorced couples doesn’t mean they’re rejected

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Since his arrival to the Diocese of Bologna in Italy, Cardinal Caffarra has developed a specific pastoral ministry for divorced and remarried people.

CARD. CARLO CAFFARRA

Archbishop of Bologna (Italy)

“I wanted to reach out to those people who felt rejected by the Church. I wanted to meet with them to tell them one thing: The Church does not reject you. Jesus loves you.”

He began by meeting with 200 divorced and remarried couples to thoroughly explain Church doctrine. Through his experience, the Cardinal said, divorced couples have been able to understand the Church’s stance on receiving Communion.

via Card. Caffarra: Church Doctrine on divorced couples doesn’t mean they’re rejected.

Whispers in the Loggia: To Every Family, “We Stand At the Door and Knock” – The Synod’s Last Word

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

At the close of a truly extraordinary, sometimes explosive fortnight, here below is the English text of the just-released final message of the Synod, said to have been approved by a “wide majority” (later said to be 158 of 174 voting members).

Alongside the following text, the 174 Synod Fathers are slated to vote later today on a considerably more extensive final report summarizing the discussions, the publication of which rests in the judgment of the body’s president – the Pope.

via Whispers in the Loggia: To Every Family, “We Stand At the Door and Knock” – The Synod’s Last Word.

Cardinal: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’ – YouTube

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Published on Oct 16, 2014

Cardinal George Pell discusses the ongoing debate inside the synod on the family.

via Cardinal: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’ – YouTube.

Synod’s Midterm Report: Modifications have been made to the wording of document

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


The Synod’s midterm report caused a big stir in and outside the Vatican. Bishops have clarified that the report isn’t final, but a work in progress.  Now the question is, what modifications will be carried out?

CARD. LLUIS MARTINEZ SISTACH

Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain)

“Yes, I would say that as a whole, the document has been recieved. But having said that, without a doubt there have been changes. In virtually every chapter, ammendments have been made.”

The confusion was triggered on Monday, when statements made about homosexuality and co habitating couples were released in the document.

via Synod’s Midterm Report: Modifications have been made to the wording of document.

Cardinal Turkson: We need food, not birth control

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

“What can you do in this situation? The first thing is conversion. But then it is difficult to ask these men to just leave all their wives… Who is going to provide for their children? Or are they, so to say, ‘second-class’ children? That’s why the pastoral problem with polygamy is so complicated.”

African bishops taking part in the Synod oppose the fact that some NGOs want to impose birth control and abortion in Africa as a way of tackling its widespread hunger and poverty. However, Cardinal Turkson believes Africa has the capacity of providing food for all its people.

via Cardinal Turkson: We need food, not birth control.

The Synod’s Report and Homosexuality: It’s a work in progress that doesn’t change Church Doctrine

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

For many, the midterm report on the Synod came as a big surprise. Especially the wording used when referring to homosexuality. Some bishops expressed concern, fearing that the language left a lot of room for confusion.

CARD. WILFRID NAPIER

Archbishop of Durban, South Africa

“In some ways, is the misinterpretation reflecting what people would like to see happening rather than what is happening or is going to happen.”

Some bishops claim the description doesn’t fully reflect what’s been discussed in the debates.

via The Synod’s Report and Homosexuality: It’s a work in progress that doesn’t change Church Doctrine.

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod | Word On Fire

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ave Maria!

In light of all the hoopla over the midterm report for the synod I thought this would be helpful from Fr. Barron …

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain  commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

via Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod | Word On Fire.

Franciscan martyr beatified : News Headlines – Catholic Culture

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Padre-Francesco-Zirano-213x300Father Francesco Zirano (1564-1603), a Franciscan Conventual friar who was flayed alive in Algeria after he refused to renounce his faith, was beatified in Sassari, Sardinia, on October 12. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the Mass of beatification.

Father Zirano had traveled to Algeria in an attempt to ransom Christian slaves. “We give thanks to God for this priest-martyr, a heroic witness of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said following his Angelus address. “His courageous fidelity to Christ was an act of great eloquence, especially for these times of brutal persecution against Christians.”

via Franciscan martyr beatified : News Headlines – Catholic Culture.

Midterm Report: 7 key Points of the Synod on the Family

Monday, October 13th, 2014


The two week Synod is halfway through. For a week now, bishops, families and the Pope himself have discussed some of the challenges faced by modern day families and what the Church can do to help.

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Cardinal Peter Erd , issued a midterm report to summarize the discussion list. He stated that despite the hardships faced by families, there is still much to be hopeful for.

 

CARD. PETER  ERDÖ

Archbishop Esztergom-Budapest (Hungary)

“Despite all the signs of families in crisis around the world, the will to have a family is still alive, especially among the youth. This highlights the need for the Church to constantly spread the message of the Gospel and the Family.”

via Midterm Report: 7 key Points of the Synod on the Family.