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MCYMC participates in international youth conference

ROME – Two Malaysia Catholic Youth Ministers Committee (MCYMC) delegates participated in an international youth conference in Rome on 5-9 April 2017.

The two were Sr Terry Loukang fsic of Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese and Jacinta Fernandez of Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese.

The event themed From Krakow to Panama Conference: The Synod Journeying with Young People was held a the International Pontifical College Maria Mater Ecclesiae Rome.  It analysed the Krakow World Youth Day (WYD) in preparation for the 2019 WYD in Panama as well in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

The c0nference was organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

The event gathered 300 delegates from 100 countries from all continents around the globe. Each episcopal conference, movement or community sent its delegates consisting of young people, priests, religious and laypeople to the conference to discuss ways the dioceses could prepare their youths for participation in the WYDs.

As for the preparation for the next WYD, the delegates were given time to speak during the conference, and the dicastery collected various experiences of evangelisation of young people in the world, as part of the ongoing synod works until 2018.

The novelty of this event was that the first two days were dedicated to the presentation of the Preparatory Document of the next Synod of Bishops.

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, and Bishop Fabio Fabene, Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, explained the Preparatory Document and the dynamics of the consultation in the local churches to the youth ministry directors of the episcopal conferences and the young people present.

On the evening of Friday, Apr 7, in the Sala Sinopoli of “Rome’s Music Park,” Gen Rosso and Gen Verde gave a concert to which hundreds of young people were invited and attended. The place was chosen carefully, as it was intended to be a “bridge” of dialogue and sharing for the young believers with all their peers.

Then, on Saturday, Apr 8, all gathered in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore together with Pope Francis for a prayer vigil in preparation for the Mass for World Youth Day, which would be celebrated at the diocesan level this year and again next year.

On Sunday, Apr 9, all the delegates participated in the celebration of World Youth Day at St Peter’s Square, where the Pope himself presided. Sr Terry L


Rome’s chief exorcist dies at 91

fr_gabriele_amorth_chief_exorcist_of_rome_speaks_to_cna_on_may_22_2013_credit_stephan_driscoll_cnaROME – Father Gabriel Amorth, the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome who drew worldwide attention, died on 16 Sept 2016 at the age of 91.

Leaders of the Society of St Paul remembered him with “great affection and gratitude,” SIR News reported.

“Now he rests from his many battles with the devil,” Spanish theologian Father Jose Antonio Fortea told CNA  on Friday.

The priest first met Father Amorth in 1995 during theological studies about exorcisms.

“His doors were open for me and for all priests. There were no mysteries or grandstanding. I could see his work and his simplicity,” Fr Fortea said.

“His strong, vigorous voice spoke to millions of people about the action of the devil,” he continued. “He alone, one person, managed to revitalise the ministry in one country and then his influence reached everywhere in the Church. The means to achieve this was simply to tell what he had seen.”

Father Amorth was born in Modena in northern Italy on 1 May 1925. He entered the mother house of the Congregation of the Society of St Paul in Alba in August 1947, five years after meeting its founder, Blessed James Alberione. He was ordained a priest on 24 Jan 1951.

In 1985, Cardinal Ugo Poletti, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, appointed him exorcist of the diocese. He performed an estimated 70,000 exorcisms, often repeating the rite on the same persons.

Father Amorth drew much publicity for his books explaining his work and his public statements on the demonic.

In an April 2015 Facebook post, he attributed the Islamic State group to demonic influence.

“ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth,” he said. He added that evil is “disguised” in various political, cultural and religious ways, with one source of inspiration in the devil.

“As a Christian I fight the beast spiritually,” Fr Amorth said. “Biblically speaking we are in the last days and the beast is working furiously.”

In May 2013, he told CNA that Pope Francis had performed an exorcism in St Peter’s Square on a man said to be possessed, using a prayer of liberation instead of the ordinary rite.

Some of the priest’s statements did not go unchallenged. When his memoirs were released in 2010, he claimed that there are “members of Satanic sects” in the Vatican, including priests, monsignors and cardinals. Fr Amorth said the Pope at the time, Benedict XVI, “does what he can” against such groups.

Fr Fortea himself questioned the claim, saying some exorcists agreed with Fr Amorth about the Vatican sects, while others did not.

Fr Amorth held numerous positions in the Society of St Paul, including aspirant director, high school teacher, delegate of the Italian province, and spiritual director of various lay institutes. He was also a journalist. For many years he directed the monthly “Mother of God” and worked with the group Famiglia Cristiana and Radio Maria.

He was the author of several books and founded the International Association of Exorcists.

On 8 Sept 2015,  the Prefect of Rome, Paola Basilone, in the presence of Italy’s defense minister Roberta Pinotti, awarded Fr Amorth the Medal of Liberation for his important role in the partisan struggle in Italy during the Second World War.

The priest had been hospitalised for several weeks for lung complications.

Fr Fortea last saw Fr Amorth in 2012.

“His character had not changed. So close to ninety years and still doing exorcisms.” – CNA/EWTN News

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