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2381Volume 13, Issue 167

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  • jlupia2
    Oct 17 4:54 PM
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 13, Issue 167


      FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2013


      THE YEAR OF FAITH



      Nothing will be hidden from you
      if you have perfect faith and love for Jesus Christ,
      since these are the beginning and end of life.
      Faith, indeed, is the beginning and love is the end.

      Clothe yourself with gentleness,
      and be renewed in faith,
      which is the flesh of the Lord,
      and in love, which is the blood of Jesus Christ.
      Faith, indeed, is the beginning and love is the end.



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      IN THIS ISSUE :
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      POPE FRANCIS RECEIVES THE PRESIDENT OF CAMEROON
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      THE POPE PRAISES THE WORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON ENGLISH IN THE LITURGY
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      THIRTY YEARS OF THE VATICAN TELEVISION CENTRE
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      VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE FIRST PHILIPPINE CONFERENCE ON NEW EVANGELIZATION:  MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT BRING JUSTICE AND PEACE TO ASIA
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      POPE FRANCIS AND THE CURIA IN ALBANO FOR SPIRITUAL EXERCISES
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      JEWS AND CATHOLICS FACE THE CHALLENGES OF RELIGION IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY
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      AUDIENCES
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      PRAYER FOR POPE FRANCIS
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      . PRAYER FOR BENEDICT XVI
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      . FOLLOW THE EDITOR ON TWITTER
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      CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      . POPE FRANCIS RECEIVES THE PRESIDENT OF CAMEROON
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      Vatican City, 18 October 2013 (VIS) - This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace the Holy Father Francis received in audience the president of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, who then went on to meet with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

      During the colloquial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the good existing bilateral relations, further strengthened by the conclusion of negotiations for a framework Agreement on the legal status of the Catholic Church in Cameroon, which will be signed forthwith. In this regard, appreciation was expressed for the work of the Church in Cameroon society, especially in the fields of education and healthcare, as well as for her contribution to promoting peace and reconciliation.

      Finally, attention turned to various challenges relating to sub-Saharan Africa, emphasising Cameroon’s commitment to security and peace in the Region.


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      . THE POPE PRAISES THE WORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON ENGLISH IN THE LITURGY
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      Vatican City, 18 October 2013 (VIS) – The International Commission on English in the Liturgy celebrates today its fiftieth anniversary. Founded as part of the implementation of the liturgical renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Divine Liturgy, over the past fifty years, the Commission has carried out the enormous task of providing English translations of the texts of the liturgy, and has also contributed to the study, understanding and appropriation of the Church’s sacramental and euchological tradition.

      The Pope received the members of the Commission in audience this morning, and remarked that the fruits of their labours “have not only helped to form the prayer of countless Catholics, but have also contributed to the understanding of the faith, the exercise of the common priesthood and the renewal of the Church’s missionary outreach, all themes central to the teaching of the Council”.

      The Commission, “by enabling the vast numbers of the Catholic faithful throughout the world to pray in a common language … has helped to foster the Church’s unity in faith and sacramental communion. That unity and communion, which has its origin in the Blessed Trinity, is one which constantly reconciles and enhances the richness of diversity” concluded the Holy Father, imparting his Apostolic Blessing to those present.


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      . THIRTY YEARS OF THE VATICAN TELEVISION CENTRE
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      Vatican City, 18 October 2013 (VIS) – “Your work is a service to the Gospel and to the Church”, writes the Holy Father to Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, director of the Vatican Television Centre (Centro Televisivo Vaticano, CTV) on the occasion of the congress held to commemorate thirty years since its foundation, an anniversary that coincides with another important date – fifty years since the approval of the Conciliar decree “Inter Mirifica”, which “numbers among the marvellous gifts of God the tools of social communication including, indeed, television”.

      “During these decades technology has advanced at great speed, creating unexpected and interconnected networks”, continued Pope Francis. “It is necessary to maintain the evangelical perspective in this type of 'global communication highway'”, he added; “in presenting events, your approach must be not worldly, but ecclesial”.

      In this regard, the Pontiff recalled how, shortly after being elected as bishop of Rome, in his meeting with the journalists who had covered the Conclave, he stated that the role of the media “has continually grown in recent times, to the extent that they have become indispensable for transmitting to the world the events of contemporary history”. He continued, “All this is also reflected in the life of the Church. But if it is not easy to narrate the events of history, it is even more complex to report the events linked to the Church. … This requires a special responsibility, a great capacity for interpreting reality in a spiritual light. Effectively, the events in the life of the Church have a special character: they are governed by a logic that is not primarily that of, so to say, 'worldly' categories, and precisely for this reason it is not easy to interpret and communicate them to a broad and varied public”.

      Finally, the Pope reiterates that the Vatican Television Centre does not fulfil “a merely documentary, 'neutral' function in relation to events, but rather contributes to bringing the Church closer to the world, bridging distances, taking the word of God to millions of Catholics, even to places where often professing one's faith is a courageous choice. Thanks to the images [it transmits], CTV walks alongside the Pope in bringing Christ to the many forms of solitude of contemporary man, even reaching sophisticated technological peripheries. In this, your mission, it is important to remember that the Church is present in the world of communication, in all its variegated expressions, first and foremost to lead people to the encounter with Jesus Christ”.

      Francis concluded by asking the Virgin to guide the steps of the “pilgrims of communication”, and invoked the intercession of St. Clare of Assisi, patron of television.

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      . VIDEO MESSAGE TO THE FIRST PHILIPPINE CONFERENCE ON NEW EVANGELIZATION:  MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT BRING JUSTICE AND PEACE TO ASIA
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      Vatican City, 18 October 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis has sent a video message to participants in the first Philippine Conference on the New Evangelisation which closes today at the Santo Tomas University in Manila. Delegates from throughout the nation and from various parts of Asia took part in the conference.

      “The first Philippine Conference on the New Evangelisation is a worthy offering to the Year of Faith”, said the Holy Father. “I am happy to learn that you came to Manila from different parts of the Philippines and Asia. The Holy Spirit is actively at work in you.

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