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Friday, 14 July 2017

The Vatican: Pope to beatify a bishop and a priest in Colombia

Pope to beatify a bishop and a priest in Colombia
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will beatify two martyred Colombian clerics when he travels to visit their South American nation in September. The director of the Holy See Press office, Greg Burke, said that Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Ramirez Ramos will be beatified on September 8th during an open-air Mass in the city of Villavicencio presided over by the Pope.   Linda Bordoni reports: It was thanks to Bishop Jaramillo's work of evangelization and promotion of the local Church in a vast territory where contraband and drug trafficking were rampant that development was made possible. Jaramillo was taken hostage in 1989 by armed bandits some 800 kilometers east of Bogota, and found dead the following day, shot with four bullets to the head. Francis also recognized the martyrdom of Father Pedro Ramirez who was killed at the start of the Colombian civil war in 1948 when guerrilla factions set upon him as he sought refuge in his parish church. He refused to flee and abandon the people so the insurgents destroyed the door of the building, seized him and accused him of hiding weapons in the adjacent convent. They killed him on April 10 and impeded the faithful from giving a Christian burial to his mortal remains for some ten days. To this day, Father Pedro is known in Colombia as "the martyr of Armero." Pope Francis is scheduled to make his first apostolic visit to Colombia from 6 to 11 September, visiting the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín and Cartagena. The journey is a pastoral one but is widely expected to further cement the peace accords signed by the government and the FARC rebel group aimed at putting an end to five decaded of civil conflict. The country's second largest guerrilla group – the ELN – is also currently holding peace negotiations in neighboring Ecuador.   (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope to catechists: Be creative
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to an International Catechetical Symposium which is taking place this week at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, and has as its theme "blessed are those who believe". Listen:  In the message to the symposium, the Holy Father points out that "being a catechist is a vocation of service in the Church, that has been received as a gift from the Lord and must in turn be transmitted." He goes on to say that the catechist walks with Christ, therefore is not a person who starts from his own ideas and tastes. He or she  looks for the Lord and that searching makes their heart burn. Pope Francis also notes in his message that the role of the catechist is a creative one because this person seeks different ways and means to announce the good news of Christ. The Pope adds that "this quest to make Jesus known as supreme beauty leads us to find new signs and forms for the transmission of the faith." The means may be different, the Holy Father underlines, "but the important thing is to keep in mind the style of Jesus, who adapted to the people around him in order to bring them the love of God." The Pope continues that, it is necessary to know how to "change" and adapt, in order to transmit God's message even though the message itself is always the same. Finally, Pope Francis encourages catechists taking part in the symposium to be joyful messengers, guardians of good and beauty who shine in the faithful life of the missionary disciple."   (from Vatican Radio)...
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Congregation for Clergy hosts course on priestly formation
(Vatican Radio) More than one hundred seminary rectors from throughout the English-speaking world gathered in Rome earlier this month under the guidance and sponsorship of the Congregation for Clergy to discuss the revised handbook of best practices for the formation of seminarians. Known as the Ratio fundamentalis institutionis sacerdotalis – ratio fundamentalis or just ratio for short – the latest edition of the document is titled, On the Gift of Priestly Vocation . The basic and animating idea of the Ratio is that of helping seminaries all around the world to succeed in their mission of forming men for the priesthood by first firmly grounding them in a self-conscious attitude of missionary discipleship, and then giving them the tools to live their lives as disciples to the fullest, in and through the ministerial priesthood to which God calls them through His Church. One of the participants, Msgr. David L. Toups , rector of  St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary  in Boynton Beach, Florida, told Vatican Radio this new document, which brings together the many disparate elements offered as teaching and formation tools by several different dicasteries in the thirty-odd years since the last Ratio was promulgated, and offers best practices to seminary rectors who work in vastly different cultural contexts in service of one mission, is more than welcome. "It's highly significant for us in the seminary world," he said. Msgr. Joseph Betchart , rector of Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, also took part in the course, and told Vatican Radio he welcomes the holistic approach to formation, with the particular emphasis it puts on discipleship. Click below to hear our conversation with Msgr. Toups and Msgr. Betchart "In order to shepherd the People of God," he said, "you have to – first of all – be a member of the People of God." Msgr. Betchart explained that the view this document takes is comprehensive. "It is really focused on forming the man to be first and foremost a disciple of Jesus Christ," he said, "because, as the axiom goes, 'You can't give what you don't have.'" The course sponsored by the Congregation for Clergy on the fundamental principles of the new Ratio fundamentalis ran from June 26 th to July 7 th in Rome. (from Vatican Radio)...
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