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Monday, February 11, 2008

Papal visit in Berlin, perhaps in November 2009

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Cathcon translation of Papst-Besuch in Berlin womöglich im November 2009

Berlin (AFP) - The new ambassador of the Vatican in Berlin, Archbishop Jean-Claude Périsset envisages the possibility of a German State visit by Pope Benedict XVI for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2009. "The visit of the Pope to Berlin would be a sign for German unity and the anchoring of Germany within the worldwide Church," said the Apostolic Nuncio, to the news agency AFP in Berlin. He hoped that Benedict XVI, 20 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain would travel to his home country, similar to the visit to Poland by his predecessor Pope John Paul II in 1999.

The Pope's visit in Berlin would also have a positive impact on ecumenism, said the 68-year-old Nuncio. "The Pope would be in a region of the country in which Catholics are less strongly represented. This could lead to a new impetus to relations between the churches." The reason for the recent resentment in the dialogue between the Catholic and Protestant Church were because of especially raised but false expectations, said Périsset.

Many people have propagated the "illusion" that the unity of the church could be quickly restored with rounds of discussions and joint documents. Every community has their own faith-based principles and traditions. It was necessary to recall one’s own identity, said the Vatican ambassador. "Otherwise, we have an ecumenical magma, in which no one knows for what one stands."

Périsset who previously served as ambassador to the Holy See in Romania and Moldova sees himself as a "bridge builder" between German Catholics and Rome. "The Pope coming to his homeland would for me feel like a great vote of confidence," he said. At the same time, his new office gives him even greater responsibility. "The Pope has been aware of the Christian tradition in this country ever since its birth. I must now identify with this tradition;" said Périsset.

Since taking office last November, he had seen "the very strong unity" of the German Bishops who speak with one voice on the important social issues. One example was the "resolute stance" in the debate about easing the import of embryonic stem cells for research purposes.

Churches may become museum

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after the Buffalo Massacre:

"Preservationists, including some who helped rescue Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff estate in Derby from demolition, have set their sights on saving two Catholic churches.

The group plans to buy St. Ann Church, a soaring Gothic Revival structure built in 1886 at Broadway and Emslie Street, and St. Francis Xavier Church, a basilica-style building constructed in 1913 on East Street near Amherst Street in Black Rock, and turn the properties into a museum for religious art and artifacts.

Religious objects such as altars, stained-glass windows and statues will be collected from many of the other churches that have closed or are scheduled to close under the downsizing plan for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and displayed at St. Ann and St. Francis Xavier, according to members of the group, known as the Buffalo Religious Arts Center."

So much effort, would be simpler to find a priest for the Church and make the building live the Catholic Faith, instead of being a memorial.

No Joint Eucharist with Protestants

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Cathcon translation of Kasper: "Kein gemeinsames Abendmahl"

At the next Ecumenical Church Day in Munich, as at previous events, there will be no joint Eucharist shared by Catholics and Protestants. Cardinal Walter Kasper, responsible in the Vatican for ecumenical affairs has reaffirmed this during a visit to Hamburg. Daniel Kaiser reporting to us from Hamburg ... and he also noted that Kasper despite reaching the age limit wishes to remain for a further time at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.

Father Marcial Maciel

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Times obituary

Buffalo massacre

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Diocese announces closing of 5 churches:

"Five more Catholic churches in Erie and Wyoming counties will be shut down and a sixth will be converted into an occasional worship site, under the Diocese of Buffalo’s latest restructuring plans.

The churches slated to close are: Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brant; St. Patrick in Java Center; St. Nicholas in North Java; St. Stanislaus Kostka in Perry; and St. Joseph in Bliss."

Former Dominican Master

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Leaps to the defence of the Archbishop of Canterbury!

Where is the intelligence in suggesting that even one dot or comma of sharia should have the force of law in England?

Youth Ministry in Singapore

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Putting the YOU into YOUth!

Goodnight Canterbury

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Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, faces critics on his day of judgment

Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady

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And the 150th Anniversary of the First Apparition in Lourdes Te Deum Laudamus!
St Bernadette in the fields

St Bernadette prays with the family
The First Vision
The Wellspring


I am the Immaculate Conception

The Presence of Christ heals



The Grotto

Immaculate Mary!
Our hearts are on fire,
That title so wondrous
Fills all our desire.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! (2)
We pray for God's glory,
May His Kingdom come!
We pray for His Vicar,
Our Father, and Rome. Ave...

We pray for our Mother
The Church upon earth,
And bless, sweetest Lady,
The land of our birth. Ave...

For poor, sick, afflicted
thy mercy we crave;
and comfort the dying
thou light of the grave. Ave...

There is no need, Mary,
nor ever has been,
which thou canst not succour,
Immaculate Queen. Ave...

In grief and temptation,
in joy or in pain,
we'll ask thee, our Mother,
nor seek thee in vain. Ave...

O bless us, dear Lady,
With blessings from heaven.
And to our petitions
Let answer be given. Ave...

And crown thy sweet mercy
With this special grace,
To behold soon in heaven
God's ravishing face. Ave...

Now to God be all glory
And worship for aye,
And to God's virgin Mother
An endless Ave. Ave...

In death's solemn moment,
our Mother, be nigh;
as children of Mary
O teach us to die. Ave...



German Bishops to discuss Motu Proprio

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Domradio. Der gute Draht nach oben.

Cathcon translation of Auch ein Artbeitstreffen- Also a working meeting

Besides the choice of the Chairman, there are some important topics on the agenda of the bishops

Central to the Spring General Meeting of the German Bishops' Conference, which takes place from 11 to 14 February in Wuerzburg, are the election of a new Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, a study over a full day on "Marriage and the Family" and the plans for the Year of St Paul called for by Pope Benedict XVI (June 28 2008 to June 29 2009). But there are other issues.

During study day on "Marriage and the Family" on 13 February, the currently 70 members of the German Bishops' Conference will debate the model and the situation of the family founded on marriage. Given the doctrinal teaching of the Church and the pastoral situation, the theme will be taken up from empirical family-sociological, normative socio-ethical as well as jurisprudential perspectives. The goal will be to answer the leading question of the study day : "What does the Church do to protect the unity of marriage and family?" Speakers and dialogue partners expected are Prof. Dr. Johannes Huinink, Bremen, Prof. em. Dr. Arno Anzenbacher, Mainz, Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Dieter Schwab, Regensburg, and the President of the Federal Association for Catholic Families, Elisabeth Bußmann.

Other topics of the four day General Assembly are a new liturgy book to celebrate the baptism of children, questions about the implementation of the Motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum for the Tridentine Mass in the German dioceses, as well as a progress report on the possible involvement of the Church in today's media society. In addition, a call to the German bishops to show solidarity with the Christians in the Holy Land, and reports adopted on the situation of the church in China, as well as on a mission of the German Bishops' Conference in Cameroon will be presented. Finally, issues related to publishing of liturgical texts by publishing houses, a revision of the "Guidelines for multifaith celebrations of Christians, Jews and Muslims", the religious evaluation of the EU Treaty of Lisbon, various aspects of the quality and use of church books and a change in the statutes of the University and Church Forum are on the agenda.

This year, especially recalls the first episcopal meeting in Wurzburg 160 years ago: in 1848, the bishops came together from the German-speaking areas for their first joint deliberations in Würzburg.

At the opening session of the General Assembly on 11 February, for the first time, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Jean-Claude Périsset will be present, as well as the foreign bishops, who participate in the Lenten Giving programme in Germany of the Bishops' Relief agency Miserior, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo Beltran OMI (Philippines), Bishop Joseph Nduhirubusa (Burundi ), and Bishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno SJ (Peru).