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Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Vatican: AB Fisichella reflects on Pope's catechism speech

AB Fisichella reflects on Pope's catechism speech
(Vatican Radio) The President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization , Archbishop Rino Fisichella, has been speaking about Pope Francis' speech on Wednesday evening marking the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Council sponsored a meeting to celebrate the anniversary and,  reflecting on the Pope's address, Archbishop Fisichella said that, "there are many different issues in the discourse of Pope Francis." Archbishop Fisichella spoke with Vatican Radio's Blandine Hugonnet about some of these issues. Listen to the interview: The Archbishop noted in particular the Pope's reference to Pope John XXIII 's opening speech to the Second Vatican Council . The Pope, noted Archbishop Fisichella, explains that faith is not static but dynamic . The Archbishop added that, " in this speech I would say the dynamic of the Christian truth and our faith is what, in my humble opinion, touched me personally." Asked about Pope Francis' reference to the death penalty, Archbishop Fisichella said the Holy Father's comments are very much in line with the words of St Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on this issue. But he continued, "yesterday it seems to me that Pope Francis said something more, because he said that when we have a voluntary suppression of a human life this is against the Gospel itself. I think that this is something strong; very profound and very strong." (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope Francis: Message to mark 100 years of the Pontifical Oriental Institute
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Oriental Institute , Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who is also the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches . The Pontificium Institutum Orientale , or "Orientale" as it is known in Roman shorthand, was founded in 1917 by Pope Benedict XV, and became part of the "Gregorian Consortium" including also the University and the Biblical Institute, under the direction and tutelage of the Society of Jesus. In his Message, Pope Francis makes note of the high achievements in the twofold mission of research into liturgical, theological, ecclesiological, and spiritual sources of the Christian East, and the preparation of instruments by which to make the riches of the Eastern Christianity more readily available and accessible to Christians in the West. The Pope also calls on the Orientale to mindfulness of and solicitude for the enormous challenges facing Christians in the East. "Keeping intact the attention and application of traditional research," Pope Francis writes, "This Institute, through research, teaching and testimony, has the task of helping our [Eastern] brothers and sisters to strengthen and consolidate their faith in the face of the tremendous challenges they face," challenges which, in the present day, include strong temptations to leave their native homelands, and often forced displacement under threat of persecution and even martyrdom. The Holy Father concludes his message, "In joining myself to the thanksgivings to God for the work it has done over these 100 years, I hope that the Pontifical Oriental Institute will pursue its mission with renewed impetus, studying and spreading with love and intellectual honesty, with scientific rigor and pastoral perspective, the traditions of the Oriental churches in their liturgical, theological, artistic and canonical variety, better and better responding to the expectations of today's world to create a future of reconciliation and peace." (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pontifical Oriental Institute: a bridge between East and West
(Vatican Radio) Church leaders from the different Eastern Catholic rites have been gathered in Rome this week to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Congregation for Eastern Churches. Pope Francis visited the Institute on Thursday and issued a mesage praising its "high achievements" and reminding it to be always attentive to the "enormous challenges facing Christians in the East".   In 1917, in the middle of the First World War, Pope Benedict XV established the Institute to be a bridge between East and West and to make the rich traditions of the Oriental Churches available to the entire Catholic world. A century on, the Institute maintains a world class reputation for its research, teaching and publishing on all issues of Eastern theology, liturgies, patristics, history, canon law, literature, spirituality, archeology, as well as questions of ecumenical and geopolitical importance. Jesuit Father David Nazar , is the current rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute. Born in Canada to a family of Ukrainian origin, he's a former superior of the Society of Jesus in Ukraine and  former Provincial of the Jesuits in the English Canada Province. Listen:  He explains that the 'Orientale' as it's known, is a papal institute, entrusted to the Society of Jesus, to focus on matters concerning all of the Catholic and Orthodox Eastern Churches. Eastern treasures available to all Since many of the Eastern Churches are smaller and lacking the resources of Christians in the West, he says, the popes were concerned to make sure that the wealth of research on liturgy, ancient traditions, and original manuscripts could be made available to Christians across the globe. World class library Fr Nazar says that over the past century, the Jesuits have worked hard to establish a world class library, which was funded for a number of years by friends of Pope Pius XI. It remains second to none in the world, he notes, in the study of the ancient traditions and languages of the Eastern world. Ancient rites and traditions Much of this work has been significant for the West as well, he adds, such as the Second Vatican Council's document on the importance of the Eastern  Churches "which would have been unimaginable without the fifty years of research that had been done at the Orientale".  (from Vatican Radio)...
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