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Pope at WCC urges participants to spread the Good News

Pope Francis visits the World Council of Churches, 21 June 2018. (ANSA)

GENEVA –  On  21 June 2018, Pope Francis travelled to Geneva for a one-day apostolic visit during which he marked the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and led an ecumenical prayer service.  He urged them to spread the Good News.

The Pope also celebrated Holy Mass and met with the Swiss President, but ecumenism was the theme of the day, as illustrated by the visit’s motto: “Walking together, Praying together and Working together.”

The WCC is the broadest and most inclusive among the many organised expressions of the modern ecumenical movement, a movement whose goal is Christian unity.

It brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 500 million Christians.

Present in Geneva for the Pope’s visit to the WCC was Bishop MA Daniel of the Methodist Church in India.

He spoke to Vatican News’ Hélène Destombes about the significance, for him, of the Pope’s encouragement to continue walking the path of Christian unity.

Bishop MA Daniel said that the Pope’s visit represented a precious moment of encouragement and affirmation for all churches committed to pursue the path towards Christian unity.

He said it was particularly important because as head of the Catholic Church, Francis’ message carries great weight.

“Catholics play such an important role all over the world so if they take leadership it helps all the churches come together to stand for our cause,” he said.

Reflecting on Pope Francis’ two speeches to the WCC leadership and to all of its members, Bishop Daniel said they were both “meaningful” and in both of them he “invited us to come together and love one another whatever happens.”

The Pope, he said, called for us to come together on common ground, show concern for others and spread the good news of the Gospel, also because in these very difficult times, the good news of Jesus is particularly needed.

“Love, he said, is the prime message to communicate, because conflicts and problems that are taking place because of intolerance are increasing: only the strong message of Jesus Christ – that we need to love one another” – guided by the Holy Spirit, is essential.

Regarding problems of intolerance and religious strife in his own country, India, Bishop Daniel said that in India “multi-cultural practices” are embedded in the culture, but Hinduism represents the majority and “dialogue is very important to understand one another.”

“If you are like a frog in a well or a chick in a shell” (and cannot get out), he concluded, “It will not help to have understanding and be able to accommodate one another”. – Linda Bordoni, Vatican News

Working document for synod on youth presented

Pope Francis with young participants in the Pre-synodal Meeting in Rome on 19 March 2018. (ANSA)

VATICAN CITY – The ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ of the Synod of Bishops on young people scheduled for later this year, was released at a press conference in the Vatican on 19 June 2018.

The ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ or the working document of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on youth, scheduled from October 3-28 in the Vatican, has three main sections, namely, recognising, interpreting and choosing with regard to vocation in life.

Presented at a press conference by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, along with three other officials, the 67-page document is the fruit of a long preparatory phase which began with the announcement of the synod by Pope Francis on 6 October 2016.

The working document of the synod on the theme, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” has been the result of consultation with the Synods of Eastern Catholic Churches, the bishops’ conferences worldwide, the Vatican dicasteries and the Roman Curia, and the International Union Superiors General (UISG).

An important input has been from an online questionnaire to which over 100,000 youth responded.  Other inputs came from the International Seminar on the Condition of Youth held in Rome in September 2017, and the March 2018 Pre-Synodal Meeting in Rome with 300 youth in which another 15,000 participated online.

The first part of the “Instrumentum Laboris” – recognising – is dedicated to a Church that listens and is open to the realities and numerous challenges that young people are faced with in today’s context.  Many of these challenges, such as religious discrimination, racism, job insecurity, poverty, drug addiction, alcoholism, bullying, sexual exploitation, child pornography and corruption.., are generated by the “culture of waste”  and by an improper use of new digital technologies that are so pervasive.

The second part – interpreting – deals with the theme of discernment of one’s vocation in the light of theological and biblical tradition.

The third part – choosing – indicates the paths of pastoral and missionary conversion, beginning with discernment as a Church that is going out.

The “Instrumentum Laboris” concludes with a note on holiness saying, “youth is a time for holiness” and young people are also called live the Beatitudes in daily life. Holiness should be proposed as a horizon accessible to all young people.  “In fact,” the Synod working document says, “all saints through their youth and it would be good for today’s youth to show how saints lived in their youth.” – Robin Gomes, Vatican News

Lay association of the Pauline Family celebrates centenary

VATICAN CITY – Hundreds of members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators from around the world gathered in Italy taking part in an international convention on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of their foundation.

In 1917, Father James Alberione founded the lay Association of Pauline Cooperators. This third group of the Pauline Family followed the foundations of the Society of St Paul in 1914 and the Daughters of St Paul in 1915.

Pauline Cooperators are lay men and women who dedicate themselves through a special commitment to incarnate the mission and spirituality of the Pauline Family. The works they are involved in are as varied as catechesis, volunteer work, journalism, and book exhibitions in parishes. They often collaborate directly at a local Pauline, St Paul, or Liturgical Apostolate Centre. They participate above all in the communion formed among the other nine Institutes that make up the Pauline Family through their particular spirituality and prayer life.

Concluding the celebration of their centenary, hundreds of Pauline Cooperators journeyed to Italy where it all began. The Congress took place on 18-27 May 2018 and included presentations on the theme What It Means To Be a Pauline Cooperator in the Church Today: the Pauline Cooperators in St. Paul and in the Pauline Family. A pilgrimage to Alba to visit the many places linked to Fr Alberione and the other Institutes of the Pauline Family was the highlight of the program.

Several Pauline Cooperators from Singapore and Hong Kong visited Vatican News as part of their own personal Pauline pilgrimage experience. In speaking of the centenary convention and pilgrimage, it is obvious that they were touched profoundly and have found new impetus in their particular vocation within the Pauline Family.

Theresa Khoo from Singapore, a member for over 20 years, said she felt that she was coming home “to where it all started.”   Winifred Loh, also from Singapore and a member for 20 years, called the trip a “miraculous journey.”   It was “special to connect” with other Pauline Cooperators from all over the world, “to connect on the spirituality, to find common ground in various areas of diverse languages, and cultures, and projects, and initiatives,”  Winifred said.

Tina Kwan from Hong Kong has visited many Pauline locations abroad. “Oh my goodness,” she said now that she has met other Pauline Cooperators from all over the world. “Fr Alberione had a message from God, and it’s really like a dream coming true” a hundred years later. For Dominic, a Cooperator of 3 or 4 years from Singapore, and Chum Hon Sun from Hong Kong meeting so many other members of the Pauline Family helped them begin to feel a part of a larger family. “I find that we are very comfortable. I suppose this is either the Pauline Spirit or just being Catholic,”  Dominic said.

Felix from Hong Kong is now more convinced than ever that the “mass media is the most powerful way for us at present to convey…the Gospel message.”   Chum Hon Sun and his wife have been Pauline Cooperators for 10 years. He discovered on this trip that “our role as a Cooperator is to spread the Good News, to follow the footsteps of our Founder, Fr Alberione.”

Evoking laughs from her fellow Cooperators, Lam So Ching from Hong Kong said that she received a lot of joy on the trip but, “I’m very tired.”

Dominic Lau from Singapore summed up his own and others’ experience as well saying that even though the participants came from different cultures and spoke different languages, we “have a common goal: to follow the spirit of Fr Alberione in proclaiming the Word of the Lord.”   He returns home feeling compelled to cooperate even more with the Pauline Family in this mission. – Sr Bernadette Mary Reis fsp, Vatican News

Pope: Sport is a place of unity and encounter

Golden Gala athletics event in Rome (AFP or licensors)

VATICAN CITY – In a letter addressed to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life on 1 June 2018, Pope Francis reflected on how precious sport is in current culture which, he said, is “dominated by individualism and the gap between the younger generations and the elderly.”

“Sports,” the Pope said, “is a privileged area around which people meet without any distinction of race, sex, religion, or ideology”.

It’s where, he continued, “we can experience the joy of competing to reach a goal together, participating in a team, where success or defeat is shared and overcome.”

This, he said, helps us to reject the idea of conquering an objective by focusing only on ourselves.

The Pope’s letter came as the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life presented a new document entitled “To Give the Best of Oneself. On the Christian Perspective of Sport and of the Human Person.”

Pope Francis spoke of the need for a team spirit that helps each one of us give the best of ourselves.

“When a father plays with his son, when children play together in the park or at school, when an athlete celebrates the victory with his or her supporters, in all these environments we can see the value of sports as a place of unity and encounter between people. We reach great results, in sports as in life, together, as a team!” he said.

The Pope also reflected on the value of sports as a ‘formative vehicle’ for the young who look to sportsmen and are inspired by them.

He pointed out that athletes exemplify the virtues of generosity, humility, sacrifice, constancy, and cheerfulness and they contribute to the group spirit, to respect, healthy competition, and solidarity with others.

Pope Francis also emphasised the role of sports as a “means for the mission and sanctification” explaining that the Church is called to be a sign of Jesus Christ in the world, also through the sports practised in oratories, parishes, schools, and associations.

“Every occasion is good for announcing Christ’s message, whether the time is favourable or unfavourable” the Pope said quoting from St Paul’s letter to Timothy.

And describing sports as the “discovery of the human potentials that incite us to unveil the beauty of creation and of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God” he said “sports can open the way to Christ in those places or environments where, for different reasons, it is not possible to announce Him directly”.

Pope Francis also said that to give the best of oneself in sports is also a call to aspire to holiness and he expressed his conviction that young people nurture the hope of giving the best of themselves, the important thing is “that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts.”

Pope Francis concluded his message with the exhortation to deepen the close connection that exists between sport and life drawing on the fact that an athletic discipline also serves as a stimulus to always improve as a person, in all of life’s aspects.

Sport, he concluded, is a very rich source of values and virtues that help us to become better people, training, practising, discovering our limits without fear, struggling daily to improve.

In this way, “to the extent that each Christian grows in holiness, he or she, he said, will bear greater fruit for our world.” –Linda Bordoni, Vatican News

Vatican suggests ways to prevent and eradicate corruption in Wesak Day message

VATICAN – In a message for Wesak, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue analyses the causes and ill effects of corruption and suggests ways to prevent and eradicate it.

The Vatican is inviting the world’s Buddhists and Christians to work together to combat and prevent the “heinous crime” of corruption by eradicating its underlying causes. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) made the call in a message released on Wednesday, 11 Apr 2018, in view of the upcoming Buddhist festival of Wesak.

“Corruption involving the abuse of positions of power for personal gain, both within the public or private sectors, has become such a pervasive scandal in today’s world that the United Nations has designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day,” says the message signed by PCID President Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, and Secretary, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot. Vatican News

Message for the Feast of Wesak which falls on 29 May 2018.

Dear Buddhist Friends,

1. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, we extend our warmest greetings and prayerful good wishes on the occasion of Wesak. May this feast bring joy and peace to all of you, your families and your communities throughout the world.

2. We wish to reflect this year on the pressing need to promote a culture free of corruption. Corruption involving the abuse of positions of power for personal gain, both within the public and private sectors, has become such a pervasive scandal in today’s world that the United Nations has designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day. As the phenomenon of corruption becomes more widespread, governments, non-governmental organisations, the media, and citizens around the world are joining together to combat this heinous crime. As religious leaders, we too must contribute to fostering a culture imbued with lawfulness and transparency.

3. Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention for February 2018 was “Say ‘No’ to Corruption.” In denouncing “the sin of corruption,” he recognises that corruption is found throughout the world among politicians, business executives and clerics. Those who ultimately pay the price for corruption, he observes, are the poor. Recalling the words of Jesus to his disciples, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26), the Pope insists, “the only road leading out of corruption […] is service. Because corruption comes from pride, from arrogance, and service is humbling: it is precisely the humble charity of helping others” (Morning Meditation, Domus Santae Marthae, 16 June 2014).

4. Dear friends, as Buddhists, you regard corruption as an unwholesome state of mind that causes suffering and contributes to an unhealthy society. You identify three principal toxins — greed, hate and delusion or ignorance — as sources of this social scourge that must be eliminated for the good of the individual and society. The Second Precept of Buddhism, “I undertake to observe the precept to abstain from taking that which is not given,” teaches Buddhists to discern whether those things that come into their possession are indeed meant for them. If such things have been taken from others illicitly, they may not rightfully be kept. Buddhist teachings and practice not only disapprove of corruption but also seek to transform the unhealthy state of mind, intentions, habits and actions of those who are corrupt.

5. Even though both our religious traditions firmly denounce the evil of corruption, we sadly acknowledge that some of our followers participate in corrupt practices and this leads to bad governance, corporate bribery and the pillaging of national assets. Corruption puts lives at risk for it is connected to low economic growth, weak investment, inflation, monetary devaluation, tax evasion, great inequality, poor education, sub-standard infrastructure, and the degradation of environment. It also threatens the health and safety of individuals and communities. People are scandalised by incompetent and corrupt politicians, ineffective legislation and the failure to investigate major corruption cases. Populist movements, sometimes motivated and sustained by religious fundamentalism, have arisen to protest the breakdown of public integrity.

6. We believe that corruption cannot be answered with silence, and that well-intentioned ideas will prove inadequate unless they are applied, and that such implementation is necessary for corruption to be eliminated. We, Buddhists and Christians, rooted in our respective ethical teachings, must work together to prevent corruption by eradicating its underlying causes and to root out corruption where it exists. In this effort, our main contribution will be to encourage our respective followers to grow in moral integrity and a sense of fairness and responsibility. Our common commitment to combating corruption must include cooperating with the media and civil society in preventing and exposing corruption; creating public awareness of corruption; holding white-collar criminals who plunder national assets accountable for their actions, regardless of their ethnic, religious, political, or class affiliations; teaching and inspiring all people, but especially politicians and public servants, to act with the utmost fiscal integrity; calling for due legal process to recover assets that are stolen through corruption and bringing to justice those responsible for this crime: encouraging more women to participate in politics: refusing to entrust with public office those engaged in illegal activities; and introducing transparent and inclusive institutions based on the rule of law for good governance, accountability, and integrity.

7. Dear friends, may we actively commit ourselves to fostering within our families, and social, political, civil, and religious institutions, an environment free of corruption, by living a life of honesty and integrity. It is in this spirit that we wish you, once again, a peaceful and joyful feast of Wesak!

Vatican official says Christians and Muslims need to move from competition to collaboration in Ramadan message

VATICAN CITY – Christians and Muslims need to move from competition to collaboration. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran said this in the Ramadan and Aidil Fitri message dated 20 Apr 2018.

A spirit of competition has too often wounded the image of religions and their followers.

“It is important that we Christians and Muslims recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences.

See below for full text of the message

Message for the month of Ramadan and Aidil Fitri

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,
In his Providence, God the Almighty has granted you the opportunity to observe anew the fasting of Ramadan and to celebrate Aidil Fitri.

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue appreciates the importance of this month and the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty’s gifts with the poor.

Mindful of the gifts prompted by Ramadan, we join you in thanking the Merciful God for his benevolence and generosity and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes.

The thoughts we would like to share with you on this occasion, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, concern a vital aspect of relations between Christians and Muslims: the need to move from competition to collaboration.

A spirit of competition has too often marked past relations between Christians and Muslims, the negative consequences of which are evident: jealousy, recriminations, and tensions. In some cases, these have led to violent confrontations, especially where religion has been instrumentalised, above all, due to self-interest and political motives.

Such interreligious competition wounds the image of religions and their followers, and it fosters the view that religions are not sources of peace, but of tension and violence.

To prevent and overcome these negative consequences, it is important that we, Christians and Muslims, recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences. By recognising what we hold in common and by showing respect for our legitimate differences, we can more firmly establish a solid foundation for peaceful relations, moving from competition and confrontation to an effective cooperation for the common good. This particularly assists those most in need, and allows us to offer a credible witness to the Almighty’s love for the whole of humanity.

We all have the right and the duty to witness to the All-Powerful One we worship, and to share our beliefs with others, while respecting their religion and religious sentiments.

So that we may further peaceful and fraternal relations, let us work together and honour each another. In this way, we will give glory to the Almighty and promote harmony in society, which is becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural.

We conclude by renewing our best wishes for a fruitful fast and a joyful ‘Id, and assure you of our solidarity in prayer.

From the Vatican, April 20, 2018


source: herald malaysia

Pope Francis grants indulgences for 9th World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis  poses with Irish families during a general audience in St Peter’s Square (ANSA).

VATICAN CITY – The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a decree regarding the indulgences Pope Francis has granted on the occasion of the IX World Meeting of Families.

Those who participate in the events of the IX World Meeting of Families on 21-26 August 2018 either in person, through television or radio, or through a spiritual participation will be able to obtain a plenary indulgence according to a Decree dated 21 May 2018 published by the Apostolic Penitentiary. Pope Francis is offering this possibility so that those who participate will be “spiritually prepared in the best way possible,” the Decree says.

For those participating physically in the events, the Decree says that the indulgence is granted to those who “devoutly participate at some event during the IX World Meeting of Families, with the usual conditions of Sacramental confession, reception of Communion, a prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, and a heart completely detached from sin.

“For those unable to attend the events in Dublin the Decree indicates that the indulgence is granted to those who in addition to the usual conditions are “united spiritually to the faithful present in Dublin, recite as a family an ‘Our Father,’ the ‘Creed’ and other devout prayers to invoke from the Divine Mercy the indicated intention, particularly when the words of the Pontiff are transmitted by television or radio.”

Lastly, a Partial Indulgence has been granted to any member of the faithful who prays for families with a contrite heart while the World Meeting of Families takes place.

The Decree also states the intention that Pope Francis desires in granting these indulgences on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families: “That the faithful, truly penitent and motivated by charity, might dedicate themselves to the sanctification of the family, following the example of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.” – Sr Bernadette Mary Reis fsp, Vatican News

Pope appoints Abp Marek as papal representative to Singapore, Vietnam

Abp Marek Zalewski

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Monday, 21 May 2018, appointed Polish Archbishop Marek Zalewski as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore who will also be the non-resident Pontifical Representative to Vietnam.

Archbishop Zalewski who served as Apostolic Nuncio in Zimbabwe will be based in Singapore.  He fills the diplomatic post which had been vacant for 8 months after Pope Francis transferred Archbishop Leopold Girelli as Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine in September 2017.

Born in 1963 in Augustow, Poland, Archbishop Zalewski was ordained a priest in 1989. He holds a doctorate in canon law from Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University Rome.

After entering the Holy See’s diplomatic service in 1995, he has served in Holy See missions in the Central African Republic, the United Nations, Great Britain, Germany, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe in March 2014.  Besides his native language, he also speaks Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam has welcomed the new pontifical representative and urged the country’s Catholics to pray for his new mission.

“We should thank God, through Holy See representatives, for creating conditions for the church in Vietnam, where religious freedom remains restricted, to be in close communion with the pope, Vatican officials, and churches around the world,” Archbishop Linh told UCANEWS.

He hoped Archbishop Zalewski will improve ties between the Holy See and Vietnam. Archbishop Linh also said he will write to invite the new Vatican envoy to visit Vietnam soon.

While Vietnam and the Holy See do not have full diplomatic relations, the Communist southeast Asian nation’s agreement to let the Vatican name a non-resident papal representative to the country in 2011 was seen as a breakthrough in an ongoing process to normalise relations.

The appointment of Archbishop Girelli came after landmark high-level meetings such as Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet in 2009 and his 2007 meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.  That meeting marked the first time a prime minister from Vietnam’s communist government met a pope and top officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Talks and relations between the Vatican and Vietnam were further reinforced when Pope Benedict VI met the head of Vietnam’s communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong, and top party and government officials in January 2013.  It was the first time a pope had met with the general secretary of the nation’s Communist Party.

Earlier this year, a Vatican delegation headed by Msgr Antoine Camilleri, the Vatican’s Undersecretary for Relations with States, paid a five-day working visit to Vietnam.  During the Jan 16-20 trip, he held meetings with top government officials and bodies.

Vietnam still demands that any papal appointment in the country has to be approved by the government.  Likewise, working visits by the Singapore-based pontifical representative, also require approval from the government.  Return of confiscated Church property is also a thorny issue.

Meanwhile, relations between the Holy See and Singapore have been far easier. Diplomatic relations established on 24 June 1981, will mark their 37th anniversary next month. – Robin Gomes, Vatican News

Vatican releases papal message for World Mission Sunday

World Youth Day Cross

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Saturday, 19 May 2018,  released the message of Pope Francis for this year’s World Mission Sunday, in which the Pontiff is inviting young men and women who want to follow Christ, to seek, to discover and to persevere in their vocation.

Observed by the Catholic Church on the penultimate Sunday of October every year, World Mission in 2018 Sunday falls on Oct 21.  Instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926, the annual day urges prayers and help for missions as well as recalls the fundamental missionary character of the Church and of every Christian.

The theme of this year’s observance, “Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all,” echoes the upcoming synod of bishops, scheduled from October 3-28 in the Vatican, whose theme is “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”

In the message addressed to all Christians, but especially to young people, the Pope reminds all that “we are not in this world by our own choice,”  and hence there is “an initiative that precedes us and makes us exist.”  Each one of us, he says, is called to reflect on the fact that ‘I am a mission on this Earth,” which is why we are here in this world.

In fact, the Pope says, “every man and woman is a mission.” “To be attracted and to be sent are two movements” of the heart that “hold out promise for our future and give direction to our lives.”

In his message, the Pope urges young people not to be afraid of Christ and his Church, because, he says, “it is where “we find the treasure that fills life with joy.”

Speaking from his own experience, he says that through faith he found the sure foundation of his dreams and the strength to realise them.

“For those who stand by Jesus,” the Pope continues, “evil is an incentive to ever greater love,” because “from the cross of Jesus we learn the divine logic of self-sacrifice as a proclamation of the Gospel for the life of the world.

The Pope thus invites young people to ask themselves, “What would Christ do if he were in my place?”

All Christians by Baptism, the Pope recalls, have received the mission to bring the Gospel to everyone.  Young people too are part of that great stream of witnesses, in which elder persons with their wisdom and experience become a witness and encouragement to the young.   This way, he says, the mission of the Church bridges the generations bringing about unity.

The heart of the Church’s mission, the Pope continues, is the infectiousness of love, where joy and enthusiasm become the expression of a newfound meaning and fulfillment in life.  The spread of the faith “by attraction”, he says, calls for hearts that are open and expanded by love.  This generates encounter, witness and proclamation even in “extreme peripheries” which are indifferent and hostile and to the ends of the earth in ‘missio ad gentes’.

The Holy Father expresses satisfaction that through numerous ecclesial groups such as parishes, associations, movements, and religious communities, young people find in missionary volunteer work a way of serving the “least” of our brothers and sisters, promoting human dignity and witnessing to the joy of love and of being Christian.

After recalling the contribution of the Pontifical Mission Societies to the human and cultural growth of many populations, the Pope says that who are helped in their personal needs can in turn bear witness to the Gospel in the circumstances of their daily lives.

“No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are,” the Pope says. –Robin Gomes, Vatican News

Vatican issues instructions for women in contemplative life

Contemplative nuns await the arrival of Pope Francis inside the ‘Santuario del Senor de los Milagros’ in Peru during his January 2018 apostolic journey (AFP or licensors)

VATICAN CITY – “Cor Orans” (“Praying Heart”) is the title of a document that provides instructions on how to apply Pope Francis’ 2016 Apostolic Constitution – “Vultum Dei Quaerere” (“Seek the Face of God”) addressed to Catholic women religious in contemplative communities.

In it, the Pope calls for  changes to be implemented in 12 diverse areas from prayer life to work habits.

Cor Orans” was presented during a press conference on 15 May 2018 in the Holy See Press Office led by Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and by the undersecretary of the same Congregation, Father Sebastiano Paciolla.

Noting that in the world today there are almost 38,000 cloistered nuns, and for this reason the contents of the new document are interesting not only for the Church and for the nuns themselves but also for society at large, Archbishop Rodriguez Caballo explained that the document aims to “clarify the provisions of the law, developing and determining the procedures for its execution”.

The document provides precise guidelines regarding all the practical, administrative, legal and spiritual aspects pertaining to the founding and running of Monasteries for contemplative nuns.

These include detailed specifications regarding the autonomy of monasteries, the foundation and the erection of the monasteries themselves, their transferal and eventual suppression,  the need for ecclesial vigilance over the monasteries, relations with the bishop of the diocese in question,  rules and regulations regarding “the separation of the nuns from the outside world,” means of communication, the various forms of cloister including “papal enclosure”  and formation.

The official English translation of the document is available here. – Linda Bordoni, Vatican News

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