Posts Tagged ‘Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’
Rome Reports profiles Archbishop Rino Fisichella, first president of the new Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation (video).
The Economist pontificates on the “Popeshuffle”.
Nine governments have challenged the European Court of Human Rights ruling on crucifixes in Italian public schools.
The Catholic Church has given £350,000 to the needy in London.
Vatican Radio talks to the Holy See’s lawyer Jeffrey Lena.
Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark looks ahead to the papal visit to Britain (audio).
Thinking Faith talks to the Catholic chaplain to Manchester United about football chaplaincy.
Fr Michael Gollop asks what Pusey would have made of the Pope’s offer to Anglicans.
Michael Sean Winters signs off at America magazine.
And comedy writer Jane Bussmann explains why a visit to Uganda cured her anti-clericalism.
The weekend’s big story was the Vatican’s response to the unprecedented police raid on the Belgian Church. Pope Benedict XVI described the police’s methods as “deplorable” and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said they were “unbelievable”. A lawyer for the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese said the Church was considering legal action. But Belgian anti-paedophilia campaigner Fr Rik Devillè insisted the raids were “a good thing”. Rod Dreher says the Pope was wrong to speak out. And Fr Tim Finigan considers the state of the Belgian Church.
Archbishop Angelo Amato beatified the Maronite monk Estephan Nehmeh in Lebanon yesterday.
Pope Benedict urged the faithful to “contemplate the divine-human heart of the Lord Jesus” at his Angelus address yesterday (full text).
Cardinal Walter Kasper has confirmed his imminent retirement as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Ann Widdecombe will be the next British ambassador to the Holy See, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
The Pope has turned down an offer to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme, the Telegraph suggests.
Rocco Palmo says the Vatican’s year is ending on a diplomatic high note.
Valle Adurni wonders what will happen to church buildings if Anglicans accept the Pope’s offer.
John Coleman SJ hails an “almost perfect” film.
And James Preece predicts that the Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman in a red telephone box.
Bishop Kurt Koch of Basel is expected to be named president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, replacing Cardinal Walter Kasper.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples says he has forgiven his accusers after he was implicated in a corruption scandal.
A confidential file accusing Bishop Walter Mixa of alcoholism and sexual harassment has surfaced in Germany.
Caritas says that millions will face hunger in Niger as a result of food shortages.
Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of the L’Osservatore Romano, sums up the Year for Priests.
Edward Pentin says the Arabian peninsula is seeing a remarkable increase in its Christian population.
Valle Adurni hunts for the final, definitive version of the new translation of the Mass in English.
Peter Schineller SJ wonders why Benedict XVI is preparing to venerate the relics of St Celestine V.
And Mick Brown urges England fans to pray that the team’s Catholic manager, Fabio Capello, will find divine inspiration.