Daily Archives:January 23rd, 2018

Keningau to celebrate diocesan silver jubilee in May

KENINGAU – The Interior Diocese will celebrate its 25 years of existence as a diocese on 5 May 2018 at the Diocesan Solidarity Hall Keningau.

At the same time, Bishop Cornelius Piong will also mark 25 years of episcopal ministry.

The interior diocese – comprising Keningau, Tambunan, Toboh, Kuala Penyu Beaufort, Membakut, Tenom and Tulid Mission – was created on 2 Feb 1993 with Msgr Cornelius Piong as its first bishop.  He was ordained and installed as bishop on 6 May 1993.

At the time of its erection, the diocese had a Catholic population of 56,852 scattered in eight parishes and 155 outstations, served by seven priests, 137 catechists, and religious in eight convents.

Almost 25 years later,  the diocese has a Catholic population of 135,544 scattered in nine parishes, one mission and 402 outstations.  It is served by 18 clergy, one religious priest, 44 religious sisters, 24 religious brothers, six seminarians, 18 lay consecrated women, and 410 catechists (2016 statistics).

It has two retreat centres, two pilgrimage sites, a pastoral centre, a children’s home and three student hostels.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from Jan 18-25

Pope Francis takes part in an ecumenical celebration (Ossevatore Romano)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  runs from 18 – 25 Jan 2018.

This year’s theme is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power” (Exodus 15:6) Apart from this theme there are also different themes for each individual day which are:

January 18      Welcoming the Stranger

January 19      No Longer a Slave

January 20      Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit

January 21      Hope and Healing

January 22      Unity in Christ: Hearing the Cries of the Poor

January 23      Let us look to the interests of Others

January 24      Building a Family in household and Church

January 25      Our Covenant with God

The resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the churches of the Caribbean.

According to the annual brochure jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, “the contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanising project of colonial exploitation.”

The document goes on to say that “today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one.”

The daily reflections raise a number of issues facing the churches of the Caribbean, such as human trafficking and modern day slavery, challenges facing the family, and migration.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908 as an observance within the Catholic Church by Father Paul Wattson, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Graymoor, New York, because it begins with the feast of St Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St Paul. – vatican news

Media and Truth conference to be held in Lourdes

The grotto at Lourdes, where a conference on Media and Truth will be held 24-25 Jan 2018.

LOURDES, France – A conference on media and truth will be held here on 24-25 Jan 2018.

One of the highlights will be an outdoor Mass at the Lourdes Grotto, presided by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Popular perceptions of truth

Material published ahead of the conference begins with the statement “Over time, truth has imposed itself as the horizon of any reasoned debate.”  It then goes on to examine what effect a lack of truth has upon society. The statement refers to popular perceptions of truth, including the phrase “Today in most places, alternative truths are trying to be established in politics, economy or on a spiritual level.”

Conference Programme

The two-day programme includes roundtable discussions on theological concepts such as the “splendour of truth” and the political and economic “uses of truth.” A debate entitled “What kind of truth do we want?” will also take place on the evening of January 25.

The Federation des Medias Catholiques was established in 1996 with the aim of developing greater cooperation between French Catholic journalists and Church communications chiefs. 2018 is the first year in which the Federation has formally collaborated with the Vatican Secretariat for Communication. Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, will be attending the conference and making the opening remarks, along with Jean-Marie Montel, the President of the Federation des Medias Catholiques and Bishop Nicolas Brouwet, the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. Other participants at the conference include philosophers, theologians, journalists, political scientists, and media relations experts.

 Feast of St Francis de Sales

The opening day of the conference, January 24, is the Feast day of Saint Francis de Sales. Known within his own lifetime for his communications work in both books and newspapers, St Francis de Sales was proclaimed Patron Saint of Journalists and writers, by Pope Pius XI in 1923. – John Waters, vatican news

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