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(Vatican Radio) The head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, Mgr Dario Viganò spoke about the ongoing reform of the Holy See’s media operations on Wednesday at a seminar for Catholic communicators which is taking place this week at the ‘Holy Cross’ Pontifical University.Beyond simply reforming structures, Mgr Viganò stressed the need to renew the process of bringing the Good News of the Gospel to all people. Every euro spent in this field, he said, must be used to ensure that the Gospel and the teaching of the Pope reaches the hearts of all people. The goal, he said, is not to substitute for local churches but to support those communities that have the greatest needs.Mgr. Viganò spoke of the reform ‘timeline’, which focuses this year on a closer integration of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Centre, of which he is the former director. The reform process, he stressed, must go beyond a mere makeover and a...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday urged Christians to have the courage to announce the good news about Jesus, just like the Apostles who testified to Christ’s resurrection even at the cost of their lives. The Pope’s words came during his morning Mass at the Santa Marta residence where he said announcing the gospel, intercession and hope are the three interlinked dimensions of a Christian life. Friday (April 22nd) marked the 43rd anniversary of the religious profession of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.In his homily Pope Francis reflected on the three lynchpins that he said should mark the life of a believer: announcing the gospel, intercession and hope. The heart of this announcement for a Christian, he explained, is that Jesus died and rose from the dead for our salvation. This, he continued, is what the Apostles did before the Jews and the pagans and their testimony was made even at the cost of their lives, their own blood. “When John and Peter were brought be...
Paris, France, Apr 14, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, has reportedly discussed several positive aspects of his meeting with Pope Francis at the beginning of the month.Bishop Fellay had visited the Vatican April 1-2, meeting with the Pope and with Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei – the Vatican office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responsible for doctrinal discussions with the estranged group.The French-language blog Le Salon Beige reported April 10 that Bishop Fellay had spoken that day to some 4,000 pilgrims and “revealed some good news” from his encounter at the Vatican.The blog post reported that Bishop Fellay indicated that: the Pope confirmed that the SSPX is Catholic in his eyes; the Pope said he would never condemn the SSPX; and that the Pope wants to extend the faculties of the priest of the SSPX, beginning with Confessio...
Vatican has recognized officially the Indian ‘Jesus Youth Movement’ granting it Juridical approval as ‘International Private Association of the Faithful’Jesus Youth is the first movement in the history of the Catholic Church in India and the second in Asia to receive such a Pontifical approval. The decree of approval will be awarded during a ceremony held in the Vatican on May 20, 2016.A Catholic lay movement that began in Kerala, India in the early 80s has now  spread to 35 countries around the world, with its  presence in all 5 continents.Jesus Youth is an initiative of young people themselves, who, filled with the Holy Spirit try to reach out to other young people. The strength of the movement is its special focus on a life centered on the Lord Jesus Christ: beginning with an experience of God nourished by prayer, the Word of God, the sacraments and fellowship, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.Though not an actual community...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Anto AkkaraBy Anto AkkaraRAMAPURAM, India (CNS) -- TheIndian government might have dispelled rumors of the Good Friday crucifixion ofkidnapped Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, but Mathew Uzhunnalil stillworries."I am waiting for cleargood news. Until then, I will stay at home," Mathew Uzhunnalil, 73, toldCatholic News Service from his ancestral house in Ramapuram.For more than a month -- sincehis brother was kidnapped in Aden,Yemen, in early March -- Mathew Uzhunnalil has lived alone, with no TV or radio,in the house tucked in the midst of rubber plantations. He said he will returnto his family in Gujarat "only after I have clear news about Father Tom,"his 56-year-old younger brother.Mathew Uzhunnalil said manypeople have come to visit and have told him how the Indian foreign minister saidhis brother was safe. The government also assured a delegation from theCatholic Bishops' Conference of India that the government was exploring allpossible means for his "quick a...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the Feast of Divine Mercy, and encouraged the faithful to be “apostles of mercy” toward those in need.“We are all called to become living writers of the Gospel, heralds of the Good News to all men and women today,” the Pope told the crowds during his homily.“We do this by practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, which are the hallmarks of the Christian life. “By means of these simple yet powerful gestures, even when unseen, we can accompany the needy, bringing God’s tenderness and consolation.” Pope Francis referred back to the day’s Gospel taken from John, which recounts the episode in which the Apostle Thomas doubts the Resurrection until he puts his hand in Jesus’ side.These scenes denotes the contrast between the disciple’s “fear” as they hid behind closed doors, and the “mission...
Vatican City, Apr 2, 2016 / 10:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, on Easter Sunday, many in and around the Vatican praised the bold nun’s courageous witness at a time of crisis in the Church, and expressed their appreciation for the work EWTN continues to do. In an April 1 Memorial Mass for Mother Angelica in Rome, Cardinal George Pell praised the nun’s effectiveness in spreading the Good News, and thanked God for “her message, her courage and her faith.”He prayed that the Church in the United States would “throw up other giants equally unexpectedly to help strengthen our faith and lead us to Christ.”Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, a Poor Clare, has been widely credited for having changed both Catholic media and the face of Catholicism in the United States. She passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.Cardinal Pell, Prefect...
After Pope Francis announced Sept 4 as the date of Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome, the Missionaries of Charity nuns and Catholics in Kolkata are planning a series of cultural and interfaith events to celebrate the canonization.The congregation, headquartered in eastern city of Kolkata, will be scheduling events in collaboration with Calcutta Archdiocese.  "The dates and venues are yet to be finalized. We will start with a thanksgiving service," Sunil Lucas, president of Signis India, a world Catholic communications association said.Sr. Prema the present Superior General expressed her joy and gratitude to God and the Pope over this good news.   Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta in his homily said Mother Teresa drew people of all castes and creed. He said it was only appropriate that she will be canonized during the Year of Mercy.At the age of 87, she died on Sept. 5, 1997, in Kolkata, where she had worked tirelessly for decades with the ...
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- Hassan Rasheed's papers have been cleared but the Iraqi refugee has spent days freezing in a tent with no tarp on the ground and flaps that don't close, one of 10,000 migrants stuck at a muddy camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia....
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has commended the Diocese of Nssukka for building a solid Church that has transformed the lives and people of the area in their faith.This commendation was made by the Archbishop of Owerri in Nigeria, Anthony Obinna who spoke on behalf of the CBCN President, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama. Archbishop Obinna was speaking at Saint Theresa’s Cathedral, Nssukka during the Holy Mass  to mark the Silver jubilee of the creation of the Diocese of Nssukka and the episcopal silver jubilee of its first Bishop, emeritus Bishop Francis Okobo.Speaking at the event, Archbishop Obinna underscored the fact that, “There is no doubt that this diocese has grown from a mustard seed-Church planted on rugged land to a fructifying and towering church, family of God, solidly rooting itself deep into the soul of the people and transforming its bio-cultural arteries with the good news of Christ.  As we say congratulations for these ...
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