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Pope-emeritus Benedict sees continuity with teaching of Pope Francis

Benedict XVI’s letter and “The Theology of Pope Francis” series (Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict wanted to give a contribution, very significant as always, to the interior spiritual unity of the two pontificates. Thus Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò characterises the letter sent to him by the Pope Emeritus.

Regarding the magisterium of Pope Francis, Benedict writes that “there is interior unity” between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis, his successor. Pope Benedict’s letter was presented by its recipient, Msgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, during a press conference presenting “The Theology of Pope Francis,” a series of 11 books written by 11 different authors, and published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The news conference was held in Sala Marconi in the headquarters of Vatican Media on 12 Mar 2018.

“I applaud this initiative,” writes Pope Benedict. “It contradicts the foolish prejudice of those who see Pope Francis as someone who lacks a particular theological and philosophical formation, while I would have been solely a theorist of theology with little understanding of the concrete lives of today’s Christian.”

The Pope Emeritus writes that he is grateful to have received the set of 11 books edited by Roberto Repole, President of the Italian Theological Association. Pope Benedict XVI adds that these volumes “reasonably demonstrate that Pope Francis is a man with profound philosophical and theological formation and are helpful to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences in style and temperament.”

During the event, Br Giulio Cesareo, OFM, the recently-appointed head of Libreria Editrice Vaticana, explained that contracts have already been signed for the English, Spanish, French, Portoghese, Polish and Romanian editions of the series, and that further negotiations are in process with publishers throughout the world. –  Sr Bernadette Mary Reis fsp, Vatican News

ICCT organises ecumenical basketball tournament to build unity among members

The participants pose for a shot after the event.

The participants pose for a shot after the event.

TAWAU – The Inter-Church Committee of Tawau organised a basketball tournament among member churches from 28 October to 1 November 2015. The competition, held at the Methodist basketball court, attracted five teams. They were from the Basel, Anglican, Calvary, Methodist and the Catholic Church.

The purpose of the event was to build unity among members of the Christian churches, all in all a healthy event to build up the body of Christ, united in love and in prayers.

The programme was launched with a time of praise and worship, followed by a dance performance by the Holy Trinity Youth.

The inter-church basketball tournament was not a new event. It was held as early as in the 1980’s.

Pastor Dylan Cham, from Basel Church chaired the event, assisted by Pastor Chong Tan Wa also from Basel Church, with Danny Carreon and Joel Monasque representing the Holy Trinity Church as committee members.

Rev David Wong, the chairman of the Tawau Inter-Church Committee in his sharing to the participants said, “We need to be physically and spiritually strong, for with a strong body and mind we can be a good host to the Holy Spirit who will drive us to serve the Lord and one another with love and confidence.”

The tournament ended with a  fellowship. Basel Church emerged as the champion,  Holy Trinity Church as 1st runner-up and St Patrick’s Church as 2nd runner-up. – Jessielyn Monton

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