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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Vatican: Pope Francis deplores Mogadishu terror attack

Pope Francis deplores Mogadishu terror attack
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has condemned the terrorist attack that killed over 300 people, including children, in the Somali capital Mogadishu . Speaking during the weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square, the Pope said he wished to express his sorrow for the massacre that took place on Saturday. "This terrorist act , he said, deserves to be most strongly deplored, also because it falls on a population that is already suffering deeply". The Pope said he is praying for the dead, for the wounded, for their families and for the whole people of Somalia. "I implore the conversion of those who are violent and send my encouragement to those, who with enormous difficulties, are working for peace in that tortured land" he said. On the ground in Mogadishu nearly 70 people are still missing  from Saturday's bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in one of the world's deadliest attacks in years The death toll of 302 is expected to rise.  Somalia's government has blamed the attack on the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope's condolence for death of Philippine Cardinal Ricardo Vidal
Pope Francis has expressed his condolence for Philippine Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who passed away in Cebu on Wednesday.  The 86-year old prelate who was Archbishop of Cebu for nearly 3 decades until his retirement in 2010, died of complications from pneumonia.  Pope Francis sent a telegram to Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu, expressing gratitude for Cardinal Vidal's  "untiring and devoted service to the Church, and for his constant advocacy of dialogue and peace for all the people in the Philippines". Please find below the text of the Pope's condolence telegram:  The Most Reverend Jose S. Palma Archbishop of Cebu Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, I extend my sincere condolences to you, and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Cebu.  Joining with you in expressing profound gratitude for the late Cardinal's untiring and devoted service to the Church, and for his constant advocacy of dialogue and peace for all the people in the Philippines, I commend his soul to the infinite love and mercy of our heavenly Father.  As a pledge of consolation and hope in the Lord, to all who mourn his passing in the certain hope of the Resurrection, I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing                                                                        FRANCISCUS PP. Cardinal Ricardo J. Vidal, Archbishop emeritus of Cebu (Philippines), was born on 6 February 1931 in Mogpoc, Philippines. He did his studies at the minor seminary of the Most Holy Rosary (which later assumed the title of Our Lady of Carmel) and at the seminary of San Carlo. He was ordained on 17 March 1956. The Bishop of Lucena entrusted him as spiritual director of the local seminary of Mount Carmel. He then became superior of the same institute and was dedicated to the formation of the young candidates to priesthood until 10 September 1971, when he was named Coadjutor Bishop of Malolos, Bulacan, and was elected to the titular church of Claterna. He received episcopal ordination on 30 November 1971. On 22 August 1973 he was named Archbishop of Lipa in Batangas. On 13 April 1981 he was named Coadjutor with the right of succession to the Archbishop of Cebu, Cardinal Julio Rosales. He was named Archbishop on 24 August 1982. He served as president of the Bishops' Commission for Vocations within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. He was also vice-president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference and then president from 1985 to 1987. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the Consistory of 25 May 1985,with the Title of Ss. Pietro e Paolo in Via Ostiense (Sts. Peter and Paul in Via Ostiense, Rome). In a message, Cebu archdiocese's spokesman Msgr. Joseph Tan said the prelate died due to infection leading to septic shock at the city's Perpetual Succour Hospital where he was hospitalized on Oct 11 when he became seriously ill.  Requesting prayers for the prelate's soul, Tan said the details of funeral rites will be made available as soon as possible. A native of Mogpog, Marinduque, Vidal was ordained a priest in 1956 by Bishop and Servant of God Alfredo Maria Aranda Obviar. Then Pope John Paul II appointed Vidal head of the Cebu archdiocese in 1982. He retired in 2011. In a statement released shortly after Vidal's death, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas stressed Vidal's legacy will live on despite his passing. "Cardinal Vidal cannot die. He who has always shared in the dying and rising of the Lord daily in his priestly life cannot die. He now joins the immortal ones who served the Lord faithfully here on earth. His wisdom and his humility, his love for priests and his devotion to the Virgin Mary must live on in us whom he has left behind," he said. Archbishop Villegas also expressed hope in Cardinal Vidal's intercession for the faithful. "Rest well Eminence. Pray for us in the Father's House." Meanwhile Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo praised Card Vidal for being a "true servant-leader rather than a 'prince.'" "For me his legacy is his own outstanding character. Some of these are: Humility, low profile style; Simplicity and Approachability; Ability to listen even to opposing views; Prudence in political issues; Courage in presenting and defending the CBCP position leading to the 1986 People Power; Charity for those considered as 'enemies,'" he said in a message to CBCPNews. With the death of Card. Vidal, the number of cardinals worldwide now stands at 219, of whom 120 are ‎below the age of 80, hence are eligible to vote for a new pope.  Ninety-nine are non-voters.  ‎ (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope addresses "Religions for Peace"‎ delegation
(Vatican Radio)  "Religions, with their spiritual and moral resources, have a specific and ‎unique role to play in building ‎peace," Pope Francis said on Wednesday.  "They cannot be neutral, much less ‎ambiguous, where peace is concerned," he ‎told a delegation of 80 members of " Religions for Peace ", who met him in the Vatican.  Religions for Peace is the world's largest and most representative multi-religious coalition that advances common action among the world's religious communities to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. Peace and justice Noting that "peace is both a divine gift and a human achievement," the Pope said "believers of all religions are called to implore peace and to intercede ‎for it."  He stressed that "peacemaking and the pursuit ‎of justice go together,‎" and said that "all men and women of good will, particularly those in positions of ‎responsibility, are summoned to work for peace with their hearts, minds and ‎hands."  Violence in God's name Pope Francis once again denounced violence in the name of religion saying, "they gravely offend God , ‎who is peace and the source of peace, and has left in ‎human beings a reflection of his wisdom, power ‎and beauty." Care for creation The Pontiff expressed appreciation for the efforts of Religions for Peace, saying "religions are ‎bound by their very nature to promote peace ‎through justice, fraternity, ‎disarmament and care for creation.‎"  He said there is a "need for a common and cooperative effort on the part of the ‎religions in promoting an ‎ integral ecology ."  Religions, he noted have the "wherewithal to further a moral ‎covenant ‎that can promote respect for the dignity of the human person and care for ‎creation."  The Pope expressed satisfaction that there are many examples of the power of interreligious cooperation around the world  that oppose violent ‎conflicts, advance sustainable development and ‎protect the earth.   (from Vatican Radio)...
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