Feeds Media Cova - a network of artists and artisans building Catholic culture http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds.html Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:54:37 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Pope Francis sends condolences after Hurricane Erika http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4145-pope-francis-sends-condolences-after-hurricane-erika.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4145-pope-francis-sends-condolences-after-hurricane-erika.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his “heartfelt condolences” after the tragic loss of life and destruction in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica due to Hurricane Erika.

In a telegram sent to the Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire, the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin conveyed the Holy Father’s blessing upon the “grieving families and all those affected by this disaster.”


The full text of the telegram is below


The Right Reverend Gabriel Malzaire

Bishop of Roseau


Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Erika, His Holiness Pope Francis sends his heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and prays for all those providing rescue and relief service. In commending the dead to the loving mercy of God, the Holy Father invokes upon their grieving families and all those affected by this disaster the blessings of perseverance, hope and peace.


Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Pope leads liturgy for Day of Prayer for Care of Creation http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4146-pope-leads-liturgy-for-day-of-prayer-for-care-of-creation.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4146-pope-leads-liturgy-for-day-of-prayer-for-care-of-creation.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday marked his first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in Saint Peter’s Basilica with the celebration of a Liturgy of the Word.

Listen to Christopher Wells' report: 

The liturgical celebration for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation began with the canticle from the Book of Daniel, where all of creation is called upon to praise the Lord. In addition to readings from  Genesis and the Gospel of Saint Matthew, there was a reading from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato si’, which concluded with a passage from St Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun.

The homily during the liturgy was proclaimed by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher of the Pontifical Household. Father Cantalamessa focused three themes taken from the readings: “Fill the earth and subdue it”; “Whether or not to be concerned for tomorrow”; and “What Saint Francis can teach us.”

Caring for creation does not mean “dominating” the world we live in, but caring for it as God the Father cares for His creation. Jesus words from the Gospel – “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself” – do not imply a lack of concern for the future. They say, he said, do not worry about your future, but worry about the future of those who come after you. Finally, Saint Francis of Assisi gives us “living proof of the contribution that faith in God can give to the common effort to care for and protect the environment.”

Pope Francis concluded the Liturgy with a blessing: May your blessing act in us, O Lord, and transform us with your renewing power, so that we might be wholly disposed to the service of what is good.

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Cardinal Turkson: Peace is a fruit of justice http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4147-cardinal-turkson-peace-is-a-fruit-of-justice.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4147-cardinal-turkson-peace-is-a-fruit-of-justice.html

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, on Tuesday said “peace is a fruit of justice” during an international symposium on Promoting a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflict being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Since peace is inconceivable without justice, a culture of peace requires a culture of justice; and both must begin with a commitment to respect radically the basic demands of all relationships in which we live, to live non-violently in the world and to care for the earth,” said Cardinal Turkson. “Such conduct is strengthened when different groups in society resolve conflict and differences with this approach.”

Cardinal Turkson also said for the Christian, faith is of paramount importance.

“For a Christian, the beginning and the goal of all building is Christ, the Alpha and the Omega,” he said.

“Our vision is entirely shaped by God’s salvific plan for the world – as set out in Scriptures and definitively expressed in the life and mission of Christ, continued through time in the Church – and at its centre is the human person,” continued Cardinal Turkson. “This is the foundation of our life and work.”

The full text of Cardinal Turkson’s interventions is below




“Building-Blocks for a More Just and Peaceful Society”

Rio de Janeiro, 1 September 2015


Your Eminence, my Lord Bishops, Great Chancellor, Rectors and Deans, Very Rev. Monsignors, Rev. Fathers, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Esteemed Professors and Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen:


With deep gratitude for the hospitable welcome extended to me, I bring warm greetings from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace to this important International Symposium seeking to promote a culture of peace in a tragically conflictual world. I am especially honoured to contribute to the impressive inter-disciplinary effort, and to the international cooperation undertaken by the sponsoring Catholic or Pontifical Universities here in Rio de Janeiro, in Lisbon and in Rome. May I congratulate the Authorities, the Faculties and the Students of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO), the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) and the Pontifícia Universidade Gregoriana de Roma (PUG-Roma). May God generously bless all your reflections and interchanges with great success and, indeed, even more: with the transforming grace of justice and peace for all God’s people everywhere.

On this first day of the Symposium, my assignment is to suggest and explore some components for building peace in a more just society, and these I will derive from Catholic Social Teaching, which it is our Council’s task “to deepen” and “attempt to make … widely known and applied”.[1] Our discussions today will hopefully give rise to new and deeper questions which can be posed to the very rich biblical, philosophical and theological contributions to be made by Profa. Luísa Almendra and Rev. Prof. João Vila-Chã S.J. during the next two days.

Let me plunge right into my address (conferência), drawing not only on my studies in Sacred Scripture but also on my 18 years of experience as Archbishop in Ghana. For peace has a sister, and that sister’s name is justice.

Peace is the fruit of justice, and justice is a relational term. As ascribed to both God and man, justice primarily denotes “respect for the demands of the relationship in which one stands”. Thus the just or the righteous person of the Scriptures is one who respects the demands of the relationship in which he/she stands, be they the demands of relationship with the God of the covenants or the demands of relationships with brothers and sisters of the covenant community and even with the foreigner. The tsadiq/just/righteous of the Scriptures is one who respects the demands of relationships and builds communion, harmony and peace. This is how “justice and peace embrace, kiss” in the words of Psalm 85 (v. 11). The opposite, the rasha’/wicked, is one who disregards the demands of relationships, thus wrecking relationships, communion and peace.

Since peace is inconceivable without justice, a culture of peace requires a culture of justice; and both must begin with a commitment to respect radically the basic demands of all relationships in which we live, to live non-violently in the world and to care for the earth. Such conduct is strengthened when different groups in society resolve conflict and differences with this approach. Such are the conclusions of the Second Synod on “the Church in Africa in service to reconciliation, justice and peace” (October 2009),[2]

Commitment to justice and nonviolence is intrinsically connected to conversion. For some, it is motivated by a realization that violent solutions do not restore or facilitate long-lasting peaceful ...]]> Feeds Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:37:11 +0000 Pope Francis: Christian comfort is in Jesus not in chatter http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4148-pope-francis-christian-comfort-is-in-jesus-not-in-chatter.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4148-pope-francis-christian-comfort-is-in-jesus-not-in-chatter.html

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis said Christians should comfort each other through good works and kind words and not with useless chatter. He was speaking on Tuesday (1st September) during his homily at his first morning mass at the Santa Marta residence since the summer break. 

Taking his inspiration from the St Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians about the need for a strong faith and hope in a final meeting with Christ, the Pope noted that the apostle wrote that the day of the Lord can arrive without warning “like a thief” but Jesus is coming to bring salvation to those who believe in Him. My advice, he said, is to comfort each other and help each other and this comfort will give you hope.

“This is my advice, ‘comfort each other.’ Speak about this: but I’m asking you: do we speak about this, that the Lord will come and will we meet Him? Or do we speak about so many things, including theology, things about the Church, priests, religious sisters, monsignors, all this?  And is this hope our comfort? ‘Comfort each other,’ comfort those in the community. In our community, in our parishes, are we speaking about this that we’re waiting for the Lord who comes?  Or are we instead chattering about this and that to help pass the time and not get too bored?”

Pope Francis explained how in the responsorial psalm we repeat the words: ‘I am sure I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living’ but then asked the question: are you certain you will see the Lord?  He advised us to follow the example of the prophet Job who despite his many misadventures maintained his belief in the existence of God and that he would see him with his own eyes.  

“It’s true, He will come to judge and when we go to the Sistine (Chapel) we see that beautiful scene of the Last Judgement.  But we must also believe that He will come to find me because I see Him with my eyes, I embrace Him and am always with Him.  This is the hope that the Apostle Paul tells us to explain to others through our life, to give witness to hope.  This is the true comfort, this is the true certainty: “I am sure I will see the Lord’s kindness.””

Just as St Paul encouraged the early Christians, the Pope reiterated the saint’s advice to those in the Church today. “Comfort each other with good works and help each other. In this way, we can go ahead.”

“Let us ask the Lord for this grace: that seed of hope that he has planted in our hearts so it germinates and grows until our final meeting with Him. “I am certain that I will see the Lord.” “I am certain that our Lord lives.” “I am certain that our Lord will come to find me”: This should be the horizon of our life.  Let us ask the Lord for this grace and let us comfort each other with good works and kind words, (let’s go) along this road.”

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Holy Year: Pope tells priests not to deny God's forgiveness to those who repent http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4149-holy-year-pope-tells-priests-not-to-deny-gods-forgiveness-to-those-who-repent.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4149-holy-year-pope-tells-priests-not-to-deny-gods-forgiveness-to-those-who-repent.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis today conceded to priests during the upcoming Holy Year the disposition to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and seek forgiveness for it.

He also expressed his hope that solutions may soon be found to recover full communion with the Fraternity of St Pius X. 

In an articulated letter addressed to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Pope focused on a series of points which he said “require attention to enable the celebration” of the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:  

Highlighting the fact that the Holy Year must be a true moment of encounter and closeness to the Lord for all believers, Pope Francis addressed the question of Jubilee Indulgences which – he said – represent a genuine experience of God’s mercy.  

And to the traditional list of all the ways one may obtain an Indulgence by crossing a Holy Door or a Door of Mercy, the Pope added a couple of dispositions and requests pointing out that in every occasion, the solemn moment must be linked, first and foremost, to the profession of faith, deep repentance, the celebration of the Eucharist and a reflection on mercy.

In the letter Pope Francis specifically turns his attention to women who have resorted to abortion and “bear the scar of this agonizing and painful decision” saying the forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented. “For this reason – he writes - I have decided to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it”.

Pointing out that a Jubilee Year has often constituted an opportunity for a great amnesty, the Pope includes prisoners in his list of believers seeking pardon, whom he says, may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the jails. 

And holding out the possibility of obtaining an Indulgence to the sick, the elderly, the homebound and even the deceased, the Pope never neglects to point out that the experience of mercy must be visible in works of faith, hope and charity.

Finally, turning to those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, Pope Francis said they too will validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins, trusting that in the near future full communion will be recovered with Rome.

Please find below the full text of the Pope's letter:

To My Venerable Brother
Archbishop Rino Fisichella
President of the Pontifical Council
for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

    With the approach of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy I would like to focus on several points which I believe require attention to enable the celebration of the Holy Year to be for all believers a true moment of encounter with the mercy of God. It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.

    My thought first of all goes to all the faithful who, whether in individual Dioceses or as pilgrims to Rome, will experience the grace of the Jubilee. I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed. To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door,  open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion. Likewise, I dispose that the Indulgence may be obtained in the Shrines in which the Door of Mercy is open and in the churches which traditionally are identified as Jubilee Churches. It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.

    Additionally, I am thinking of those for whom, for various reasons, it will be impossible to enter the Holy Door, particularly the sick and people who are elderly and alone, often confined to the home. For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of com...]]> Feeds Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:05:05 +0000 Pope holds “virtual audience” ahead of US trip http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4150-pope-holds-virtual-audience-ahead-of-us-trip.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4150-pope-holds-virtual-audience-ahead-of-us-trip.html

(Vatican Radio) On Monday evening, Pope Francis held a “virtual audience” in several cities across the United States as part of the lead-up to his visit later this month.

During the interactive event, those taking part were able to share their stories and ask the Holy Father questions.

In one instance, the Pope asked a teenage girl, who had been a victim of bullying, to sing for him.

Speaking from the Vatican, and alternating between English and Spanish, Pope Francis addressed those taking part at various locations across the US. These included students at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, faithful at a Texas Church near the Mexican border, as well as homeless people and those who work to assist them in Los Angeles.

The event was hosted by ABC News and moderated by network’s "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir.

The entire virtual audience is scheduled to air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ "20/20" on Friday, Sept. 4, and will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on the ABCNews.com website.

Pope Francis visit the United States for the first time from September 22-27. The papal visit will include the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C., a meeting with the United Nations in New York, and the participation in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Pope to lead liturgy for World Day of Prayer for Creation http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4139-pope-to-lead-liturgy-for-world-day-of-prayer-for-creation.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4139-pope-to-lead-liturgy-for-world-day-of-prayer-for-creation.html

(Vatican Radio) At the end of his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis recalled that next Tuesday, September 1st, the Church will mark the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Following in the footsteps of the Orthodox Church, Catholics are encouraged to organize prayer and practical initiatives to combat the environmental crisis facing our planet.

Noting that local Churches around the world are planning events to reflect on the ways our lifestyles impact the environment, the Pope said he will be joining bishops, priests, religious and lay people from 5pm in St Peter's Basilica for a special Liturgy of the Word, which local people and visiting pilgrims are warmly invited to attend.

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Letter for 60th anniversary of the Apostolate of St James http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4140-letter-for-60th-anniversary-of-the-apostolate-of-st-james.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4140-letter-for-60th-anniversary-of-the-apostolate-of-st-james.html

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has sent a letter on behalf of Pope Francis for the 60th anniversary of the Apostolate of St James. The Apostolate is the Hebrew Catholic Vicariate of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

In the letter, dated 13 August 2015, Cardinal Pietro Parolin wrote, “The Holy Father was pleased to learn of the celebrations marking the sixtieth anniversary of the Apostolate of Saint James and he sends cordial good wishes to you and the priests, religious and Hebrew speaking Catholics of the Saint James Vicariate. As you reflect on the many graces bestowed by God upon the Apostolate and Vicariate throughout these years, His Holiness prays that all of you may be renewed in your joyful witness to the Gospel, ‘not only with words, but above all by lives transfigured by God’s presence’ (Evangelii Gaudium, 259). In this way, not only will the Vicariate community be strengthened, it will also become an ever more effective instrument of dialogue and peace within broader society and a sign of Christ’s love for those most in need. Commending the Saint James Vicariate to the maternal intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, Pope Francis willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as pledge of peace and joy in the Lord.”

The Apostolate of Saint James the Apostle, approved by the Patriarch Alberto Gori on February 11, 1955, was founded in order to answer the pastoral needs of Hebrew-speaking Catholics, Jews and non-Jews.

Today, there is a Hebrew-speaking community in four major cities: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa and Beersheva. The Vicariate includes two Russian communities whose members are integrated into Israeli society.

Father David Neuhaus SJ, Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel, had sent a copy of “Sixty Years – A Pastoral Letter” to the Holy Father. The letter can be read here.

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Pope to parents: find time for prayer in busy family life http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4141-pope-to-parents-find-time-for-prayer-in-busy-family-life.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4141-pope-to-parents-find-time-for-prayer-in-busy-family-life.html

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday continued his reflections on family life, focusing especially on the importance of finding time for prayer.

Greeting visitors from many different countries, gathered for the weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said families often experience difficulty in devoting time for prayer. But he said a heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or small gesture of devotion into a moment of prayer.

Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: 

Pope Francis noted that family life is complicated and time consuming: parents, he said, should win Nobel prizes for the way they manage to squeeze 48 hours’ work into just 24 hours! But if we truly love God with all our hearts, and all our mind, and all our strength, he said, we will discover that the heart of prayer is the love of God, who constantly caresses us with his love.

The Pope urged parents to teach their children to pray, to read the bible and to make the sign of the Cross so that their homes may become places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome

Please find below the English summary of Pope Francis’ remarks at the Wednesday General Audience

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

 In our continuing catechesis on the family, today we reflect on the importance of devoting time to prayer.  We all know how important prayer is, yet it seems so difficult to find time for it.  Perhaps we need to ask if we truly love God, as he asks us to, with all our heart, and all our mind and all our strength.  For the heart of prayer is the love of God, the source of our life, who constantly “caresses” us with his own love. 

A heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent thought or a small gesture of devotion a moment of prayer.  The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray, to call God our Father, and to grow daily in his love.  Our families need to ask for the gift of the Spirit!  Through prayer, even in the busiest times, we give time back to God, we find the peace that comes from appreciating the important things, and we encounter the joy of God’s unexpected gifts.  Through daily prayer may our homes become, like the house of Martha and Mary, places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Denmark, Malta, China, Dubai, Nigeria, Canada and the United States of America.  Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke an abundance of joy and peace in the Lord Jesus.  God bless you all!

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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Eparchy of Mandya extended, Fr. Antony Kariyil CMI new bishop http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4142-eparchy-of-mandya-extended-fr-antony-kariyil-cmi-new-bishop.html http://www.mediacova.com/news/feeds/4142-eparchy-of-mandya-extended-fr-antony-kariyil-cmi-new-bishop.html

The Holy Father has extended the boundaries of the eparchy of Mandya of the Syro-Malabar  and included neighbouring  six civil districts, in which lie the Syro-Malabar faithful: Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Chickballapur, Kolar, Tumkur and Ramnagara.

At the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Major Archbishops at Mount Saint Thomas in Kerala (India),  Rev. Dr. P. Antony Kariyil CMI was canonically elected bishop of the said eparchy of Mandya of the Syro-Malabar (India).  Fr. Antony Kariyil is currently the Director of ‘Rajagiri School of engineering and Technology’ ( RSET) in Cochin, Kerala.

Fr. Dr. Antony Kariyil CMI is an eminent scholar and academician, with many laurels to his credit. He was the professor and later the Principal of Christ College Bangalore from 1975 to 1997. He was also the Principal Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, from 1997 to 2002.

As a distinguished academician, he has served as the member of various academic bodies, including the Academic Council of the Bangalore University; Board of Studies in Sociology of Bangalore University and Calicut University; Board of Studies in Social Work of Calicut University; Senate of the Cochin University of Science & Technology; and Syndicate of the M.G. University. An avid researcher, he has several publications to his credit, including two books 'Church and Society in Kerala: A Sociological Study' and 'Thiruvayassu'.

Dr. Antony Kariyil was the Vicar Provincial and Secretary for Social Work of the CMI Sacred Heart Province, Kochi from 1999 to 2002. He was elected the Prior General of the CMI congregation in 2002; after which he served as the Provincial Superior of the Sacred Heart Province and Manager of Rajagiri Educational Institutions from 2008 to 2011.

Dr.Antony Kariyil's untiring efforts and hard work had been instrumental in the establishment of RSET. He has guided, supported and has shouldered a crucial role in the growth of RSET from the early days and continued to nurture the institution even when he was elected as the prior general of CMI congregation from 2002 to 2008. 

(from Vatican Radio)]]>
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