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(VATICAN RADIO IMAGE SHARE) FIRST CONGREGATIONS OF CARDINALS THIS COMING MONDAY
Vatican City, 1 March 2013 (VIS) - Today, the first day of the Sede Vacante, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, has begun to summon the cardinals to the first of the General Congregations, as provided for by the Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis”.
This first General Congregation will take place on Monday, 4 March, at 9:30am in the Synod of Bishops Hall. A second General Congregation is also scheduled for 5:00pm in the same place.
Following is the text of the letter:
“As prescribed in the Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis” of 22 February 1996 at No. 19, analogous to the case of the death of the Supreme Pontiff, I have the duty to officially communicate to Your Eminence the news of the vacancy of the Apostolic See from the renunciation presented by Pope Benedict XVI effective from yesterday evening, 28 February, at 8:00pm in Rome.”
“On communicating this to you I fulfil my duty of summoning Your Eminence to the first of the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals, to be held on Monday, 4 March, at 9:30am in the Synod of Bishops Room in the Paul VI Hall.”
“The General Congregations will then continue normally until the complete number of Cardinal electors is gathered and the College of Cardinals decides the date for those Cardinal electors to enter into Conclave on the basis of what the recent Motu Proprio of 22 February established regarding modifications in the norms relating to the election of the Roman Pontiff.”
“On my part, I am pleased to take this opportunity to send you my fraternal greetings.”
Vatican City, 1 March 2013 (VIS) – The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., related some information regarding the Sede Vacante and the first hours of Benedict XVI after having left the pontificate in a press conference this afternoon.
Fr. Lombardi spoke this morning with Benedict XVI's personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Papal Household, who told him that, yesterday, His Holiness, who was very calm and serene, had watched several news programs and expressed his appreciation for the work of the journalists as well as for the participation of those who had assisted in his departure from the Vatican and his arrival at Castel Gandolgo. After a brief walk through the Apostolic Palace he went to bed and slept very well.
Today, as always, His Holiness celebrated Mass at 7:00am and then prayed the Liturgy of the Hours. In the afternoon he has another walk planned at 4:00pm, through the gardens of the Castel Gandolfo Apostolic Palace, to pray the rosary. Benedict XVI brought with him various books on theology, history, and spirituality. At the moment he is reading from a book by the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthazar.
Yesterday at 8:00, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State sent a letter to all the diplomatic representatives to the Holy See informing them that, during the period of the Sede Vacante, all matters will be dealt with by the substitute and by the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.
Moreover, this morning, the papal apartments in St. John Lateran were sealed.
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Vatican City, 1 March 2013 (VIS) – The College of Cardinals is currently comprised of 207 cardinals: 117 Cardinal electors who can vote in the election of the Pope and 90 cardinals who are over the age of 80. First in the order of the hierarchy are Cardinal-bishops. Currently six in number, these were originally the bishops of the "suburbicarian" dioceses of Rome. Still today the Cardinal-bishops are assigned one of these seven suburbicarian Sees, even though they are not bishops of the diocese. Alongside the titular Cardinal-bishops of those Sees in the hierarchy of the Church (with the exception of Ostia's titular who, since 1150, has been the dean of the College of Cardinals), Pope Paul VI added, in his motu proprio of 1965, “Ad Purpuratorum Patrum”, the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The patriarchs are not assigned any further title because the names of each of their patriarchal Sees is already included in their title as cardinal.
Second and most numerous in the three orders of cardinals are the Cardinal-priests who are assigned the “titulos” (title) of the important churches of the Diocese of Rome.
Last in the order of cardinals are the Cardinal-deacons who were originally the seven deacons in the Papal Household and the seven deacons who supervised the Church's works in the districts of Rome during the early Middle Ages, when church administration was effectively the government of Rome and provided for all of the city's social services. Cardinal-deacons today are given title to one of these deaconries.
Following is the complete list of the College of Cardinals according to their respective order of precedence. Cardinal electors are marked with an asterisk.
*RE Giovanni Battista
SARAIVA MARTINS José
SFEIR Nasrallah Pierre
DELLY Emmanuel III
*RAÏ Béchara Boutros
ARNS Paulo Evaristo
BAUM William Wakefield
KITBUNCHU Michael Michai
do NASCIMENTO Alexandre
WILLIAMS Thomas Stafford
LOURDUSAMY D. Simon
OBANDO BRAVO Miguel
VIDAL Ricardo J.
GULBINOWICZ Henryk Roman
SIMONIS Adrianus Johannes
LAW Bernard Francis
MARTÍNEZ SOMALO Eduardo
FALCÃO José Freire
SANTOS Alexandre José Maria dos
PIMENTA Simon Ignatius
CLANCY Edward Bede
SZOKA Edmund Casimir
TUMI Christian Wiyghan
CASSIDY Edward Idris
*LÓPEZ RODRÍGUEZ Nicolas de Jesús
*MAHONY Roger Michael
KOREC Ján Chryzostom
*DARMAATMADJA Julius Riyadi
*ORTEGA Y ALAMINO Jaime Lucas
KEELER William Henry
CARLES GORDÓ Ricardo María
MAIDA Adam Joseph
*SANDOVAL ÍÑIGUEZ Juan
MEDINA ESTÉVEZ Jorge Arturo
CASTRILLÓN HOYOS Darío
STAFFORD James Francis
DE GIORGI Salvatore
ARAÚJO Serafim FERNANDES de
*ROUCO VARELA Antonio María
*RIVERA CARRERA Norberto
*GEORGE Francis Eugene
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
1 Mar 2013
One of this year's successful candidates, Bedelia joined 16 other women from 12 dioceses across the country at the Good Samaritan Sisters St Benedict Centre at Pennant Hills last week for an intensive four days to mark the start of the newly-restructured program.
Ranging in age from 25 to 35, those taking part included primary and secondary school teachers, a senior management consultant, a family and faith educator, a lawyer with the Australian Federal Police, a Public Relations Officer and an executive support officer with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
"The gathering was a wonderful reminder of the broad diversity of the Church in Australia and the different make up and demands of each diocese and I especially liked and admired the instant openness and trust shown by all those taking part," she says.
She was also grateful not only for the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of each of the women taking part in the program but the fact that they were a mix of singles and marrieds.
"Some of those with families and these mothers' input added interesting and important insights to our discussions."
The women will gather again at the start of each of the four semesters in the program where they will renew friendships and undertake another intensive four days of study, reflection, prayer and meditation.
Spread over two years, the program enables young Catholic women to graduate with a Certificate in Theology, or for those such as Bedelia who already has a Masters in Theology to further their studies in this area.
An initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship promotes academic study, faith formation and leadership development and acknowledges and encourages the rich contribution women make to the Church and to their communities.
Instigated in 2006 past programs have required those awarded fellowships to travel to the ACT for a compressed 15-week live-in full-time course at the Australian Catholic University's Canberra campus.
"Women lead busy lives with many career and family commitments making it difficult for them to take four months off. So this year we decided to make the program more flexible so more women could participate," explains Donella Johnston, Director of the ACBC's Office for the Participation of Women (OPW).
Sponsored by the ACBC together with religious congregations, institutions and Church agencies, successful candidates in the Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship are given scholarships valued at more than $12,000 which covers all tuition, travel, accommodation and administrative costs during the two years of their faith formation and academic study program.
"As well as financial input from our sponsors, those taking part in the Fellowship this year are receiving real support from their employers and families to enable them to travel to Sydney five times over the next two years," says Donella who gives high praise to the calibre, talents, commitment and dedication of this year's 17 successful candidates.
"We had many strong applications this year. They were uniformly outstanding and selection was difficult," says Andrea Dean, OPW's Fellowship Coordinator. "We had to be quite firm about criteria. Some applied but had not yet finished their undergraduate degree and were asked instead to reapply after graduation."
Bishop Peter Ingham, the ACBC's delegate for the Council for Australian Catholic Women says the fellowship program is one of the best things the Bishops Conference has done for women in the Church.
"At the foot of the Cross, the women were the ones who stood by Jesus. They were the first to witness the resurrection and in many ways, I think this gives us a scriptural basis for the lifting up of women in our Australian Church, and to really support them and empower them to lead," he says.
In this Year of Grace and Year of Faith, when Catholics everywhere are marking the 5oth anniversary of the start of Vatican II, when the contribution of women was not only fully recognised by the Church but supported and encouraged, gives added resonance and underlines the importance of the ACBC's fellowship initiative.
"During the four days we made long-lasting friendships. It was an unforgettable time and the calibre, warmth and energy of everyone there filled me with great confidence for the future of the Church in Australia," she says.
"From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome and throughout the four days we not only learned from each other but were spoiled by the Good Samaritan Sisters who run the Centre with endless supplies of delicious homemade cinnamon rolls and wonderful baked dinners where we would talk into the night over food and glasses of wine."
Women between the ages of 25 and 35 are encouraged to apply for a Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship. Applications and referee forms can be downloaded at www.opw.catholic.org.au
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Agenzia Fides REPORT - "We are extremely disturbed and greatly saddened by the violence and the loss of precious life in the heat of the recent campaigns for the Livingstone parliamentary by-election," said a statement sent to Fides Agency, signed by the leaders of principial Christian denominations in Zambia, Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) and Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).
The campaign for the partial renewal of Parliament (the elections are held today, February 28) was marked by tensions and violence that resulted in the murder of a politician, Harrison Chanda, who was killed on February 25 in Livingstone.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased and all victims of violence. At the same time, we condemn in the strongest terms possible, any form of political and electoral violence," the statement said.
"We further wish to appeal for calm and maximum restraint from the various political parties in Livingstone and also from the Zambia Police Service. It is incumbent on all of us not to do or say anything that might worsen an already volatile situation."
"This is not the time for finger-pointing. What is needed now is for all stakeholders to do some serious soul-searching: Is this the level our politics has come to? Is this the path we want to pursue in our democratic dispensation?" The document concludes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 28/02/2013)
ASIA NEWS REPORT
The violence erupted after the sentencing to death of a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party), accused of war crimes in 1971. More than 800 injured. Among the victims, three policemen. Explosions in several neighborhoods of the capital, temples and houses burnt the Hindu community in the southeast. The Islamic religious authority in the country calls for calm.
Dhaka (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 35 people have died in Bangladesh in clashes between police and supporters of the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami. Over 800 are injured. The violence erupted in the late afternoon yesterday after Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, a party leader accused of war crimes during the conflict of 1971, was sentenced to death. The verdict sparked yet another hartal (strike) by the National Jamaat and its supporters, who in a short time set several towns and villages on fire, destroyed some Hindu temples, left thousands of people wounded. Among the victims there are three police officers, beaten to death when 2 thousand Jamaat activists attacked a police station in the northern district of Gaibanda.
Riots broke out in different parts of the country. In the southeastern district of Noakhali, some Islamic fundamentalists set fire to houses and temples of the Hindu community. In Dhaka, the capital, a series of bombs exploded in the residential districts of Mirpur-1, Kafrul, Mohammadpur, Motijheel, Abdullahpur, Khilgaon and Uttara. Police have tightened security in the city for fear that violence will escalate again after Friday prayers.
The Islamic Foundation, which answers to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, has asked all imams and mosques in the country not to feed the tension in the Muslim community.
Tensions are high in the country since February 5 last, when activists and bloggers of all ages, sexes and walks of life launched a peaceful demonstration to demand the government (led by the Awami League, ed) impose the death penalty for those accused of war crimes. Supporters of Jamaat (which is in opposition, ed) have accused the protesters of blasphemy and claim the war tribunals are "politicized". On 18 February, Parliament passed an amendment to the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973, which now allows the death sentence for war criminals. Since then, activists of the Jamaat-e-Shibir (youth wing of the party) have gone on a rampage of vandalism throughout the country, escalating until yesterday's climax.
The court found Delwar Hossain Sayeedi guilty of 19 charges, including: murder of innocent civilians; collaboration with the Pakistani army in killings and torture of unarmed people, arson, rapes. In addition, during the war, he forced some Hindus to convert to Islam, and seized assets and property belonging to this community.
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