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Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Vatican: Press briefing for XVIII Meeting of Cardinal Advisors

Press briefing for XVIII Meeting of Cardinal Advisors
(Vatican Radio) The Vice-director of the Holy See Press Office, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, gave a briefing on Wednesday on the XVIII Meeting of the Cardinal Advisors with Pope Francis. The Council of Cardinals met together with the Holy Father for three days, Monday through Wednesday, 13-15 February. Pope Francis was not present for the second part of the morning meeting on Monday, on account of the ad limina visit of the Bishops of Costa Rica; he was absent as well on Wednesday morning because of the weekly General Audience. He will, however, be present at the 105 th sitting of the Council set for Wednesday afternoon. On Monday and Tuesday the Cardinals concelebrated Mass with the Pope. Following their first meeting on 13 February, the Cardinals released the following statement through the Holy See Press Office: The Council of Cardinals began its eighteenth session today. At the beginning, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the group, after greeting the Holy Father, thanked him on behalf of all the Members for his words in the Christmas address to the Roman Curia on 22 December 2016, acknowledging his encouragement and guidance for the work of the Council. In relation to recent events, the Council of Cardinals pledges its full support for the Pope's work, assuring him at the same time of its adhesion and loyalty to the figure of the Pope and to his Magisterium. The working sessions of the Council's meeting took place each morning from 9:00-12:30, and each afternoon from 16:30-19:00; and were dedicated to further considerations concerning the different Curial Dicasteries. In particular, they continued the discussion on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide); the Congregation for Oriental Churches; and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. The Cardinals also began their examination of the "Diakonia of Justice," and thus considerable time was dedicated to the Tribunals: the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Segnatura, and the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. During the meetings, the Council also studied the process for the selection of candidates to the Episcopate. Cardinal George Pell reported on his work at the Secretariat for the Economy, entrusted to him, for the full realization of the economic reform requested by the Holy Father, with particular attention to the activity of personal formation and human resources. The Prefect for the Secretariat for Communications, Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, presented the current state of the reform of the communications of the Holy See, or the unification of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Centre in the dicastery entrusted to him. Meetings have been initiated with the Secretariat of State, the Secretariat for the Economy, APSA, and the Labour Office to accompany this new phase of the reform. Further, the plan for restructuring Vatican Radio frequencies, and the new policies for the world of social networks were presented. Finally, there was a reflection on the project for the beginning of the reform of the Vatican publishing house, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals will take place 24-26 April 2017. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope Francis invokes Sts. Cyril and Methodius at General Audience
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke of "the need to maintain the unity of faith, tradition, Christian culture, and to live the Gospel every day." He was speaking to pilgrims at his General Audience from Poland, noting Tuesday's celebration of the liturgical feast of "these two brothers from Thessaloniki brought the Gospel to the Slavic peoples," Saints Cyril and Methodius, patrons of Europe. "These two brothers from Thessaloniki brought the Gospel to the Slavic peoples," Pope Francis said. At the end of the Audience, he again invoked the two saints when he gave his final blessing. "Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, evangelizers of the Slavs, and co-patrons of Europe," Pope Francis said.  "May their example help you, dear young people, to become missionary disciples in every environment; may their tenacity encourage you, dear sick people, to offer your sufferings for the conversion of those in distant places; and may their love for the Lord enlighten you, dear newlyweds, to make the Gospel the guiding principle of your family life." (from Vatican Radio)...
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Pope Special Olympics: be a heartbeat for the world
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday meeting with a delegation from the Special Olympics International in the Vatican, said they were "a sign of hope for all who commit themselves to a more inclusive society." Listen to Lydia O'Kane's report This March the Special Olympics World Winter Games, takes place in Styria, Austria and on Thursday Pope Francis met a delegation from the Special Olympics International telling them "you will be, as the theme of this year's event says, a "heartbeat for the world". In a way, the Pope told those gathered, "at the heart of all sporting activity is joy: the joy of exercising, of being together, of being alive and rejoicing in the gifts the Creator gives us each day. He continued, "the sweetest victory is when we surpass ourselves – we realize what true and well-deserved joy feels like." Sport, the Holy Fathered noted, "helps us to spread a culture of encounter and solidarity."  Together, he added, athletes and helpers show us that there are no obstacles or barriers which cannot be overcome.  Pope Francis told the delegation, made up of athletes, organizers and representatives, that they were, "a sign of hope for all who commit themselves to a more inclusive society.  Every life is precious, he said, every person is a gift and inclusion enriches every community and society." This is your message for the world, the Pope underlined, "for a world without borders, which excludes no one." The Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 will take place between March 14th and 25th.   (from Vatican Radio)...
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