Vatican City, Oct.10,2007 (CINS/totalcatholic) - If the world is going to win the war against terrorism, it needs to remedy the injustices that sometimes lead to violence, said a Vatican official.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said he did not wish to justify terrorist acts, "but one must recognise that terrorism grows in an environment where unresolved situations are present."
"Many times terrorism is nothing but the manifestation of a situation of injustice," he said.
The cardinal elaborated on comments he made in a message to the Muslim world denouncing terrorism and all violence committed in the name of religion.
That written message was to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of prayer and fasting that concludes in mid-October.
He said that to overcome terrorism, the reasons why it occurred in the first place had to be looked at.
" Therefore we must try, first of all, to remedy these situations of injustice. Then we need to teach about the right to life, human dignity and make it understood that only God is the master of my life," he said.
London, U.K, Sep.29,2007 (CINS/totalcatholic) - Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor has highlighted the need to help women “who are poor, vulnerable and open to exploitation” as a major challenge facing the Church today.
“It is right that the Church is involved in spearheading this initiative,” he said, emphasising the importance of supporting all migrants who come to London in search of work and a new life.
The women@thewell centre is a former hotel building in King’s Cross bought and converted by the Sisters of Mercy at a cost of £3.5 million.
The drop-in centre will offer a range of services to vulnerable women caught up in cycles of abuse, and support provided will include helping to develop work skills that will enable them to regain self-respect and create new lives for themselves.
The lower floors of the five-storey building will be used to help trafficked women and those being exploited through prostitution.
Sisters and residential volunteers will live in the upper two floors.
Baroness Helena Kennedy announced that she would be joined as a patron of women@thewell by Dame Helen Mirren.
The baroness said when she first began to practice law, many of her
clients were women who had come to London from the north and finished up in prostitution around the Kings Cross area.
“The women got into the cycles of abuse that recur and are deeply dangerous, such as drink, drugs and other self harm,” she said.
She added that there were “huge numbers” of women being trafficked to the UK.
“They come over thinking they are going to find employment, give their passports over to the traffickers, only to find they are victimised by criminal gangs,” she said.
”They are reluctant to go to the police due to dangers of deportation.”
Leader of the Institute of Mercy Sr Patricia Bell said: “Many people have worked hard contributing already to this new development, which helps us to come together, exploring and discovering more of what it means to share our Christian values in our journey through life.
“It is through the journey of becoming that we take our place in community.”
Rome, Italy, Sep. 15, 2007 (CINS/CWN) - With the formal implementation of Summorum Pontificum, the Pope's motu proprio providing wider access to the 1962 Roman Missal, diocesan priests do not need permission to celebrate the Latin Mass, a top Vatican official has stated.
Cardinal Dario Castrillon-Hoyos-- the president of the Ecclesia Dei commission, which supervises Vatican outreach to traditionalist Catholics-- says that "from this point, priests can decide to celebrate the Mass using the old rite, without permission from the Holy See or the bishop."
In an interview with Vatican Radio on September 13, broadcast just before the motu proprio officially took effect, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos explained that Pope Benedict 's motu proprio affirms the right of any priest to use the "extraordinary form" of the Latin liturgy. "It is, therefore, uncessary to ask for any other permission," he said.
Some diocesan bishops have cautioned their priests against using the 1962 Missal without explicit permission from the diocese. But the president of the Ecclesia Dei commission-- which would hear any appeals regarding the new liturgical rules-- contradicted that notion in his Vatican Radio appearance. While affirming the bishop's authority to resolve any liturgical conflicts within his diocese, the Colombian cardinal said that the bishop should exercise that power "without negating the right that the Pope has given to the entire Church."
Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos said that the motu proprio involves "no big change" in the liturgy of the Roman Church, since the older liturgy was never banned. Vatican II affirmed the freedoms of the faithful, he said, and one such freedom, which Pope Benedict has now confirmed, was access to the older liturgical form.
"Nothing is imposed on anyone" by Summorum Pontificum, the cardinal said. In allowing for greater use of the old Missal, he explained, Pope Benedict is merely "opening a possibility to the faithful who request it."
Rome, Italy, Aug.24,2007 (CINS/EWTN:Joan's Rome) - Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of State, left Rome yesterday morning for Peru where he will open the Ninth National Eucharistic Congress in Chimbote and also pay a visit to the areas struck by the August 15th earthquake. The cardinal is bringing a gift of $200,000 from Pope Benedict to assist in relief operations for the victims of the magnitude 8 quake, as well as the Holy Father’s spiritual closeness to all affected by this natural calamity. The quake caused the deaths of 540 people as well as the destruction of at least 30,000 homes. Relief workers are still digging under some of the rubble for the bodies of missing people.
On Friday morning the secretary of State, whose recent travels have included Nashville, Tennessee for the Knights of Columbus convention and Rimini, Italy, for a Communion and Liberation meeting, will meet with Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, archbishop of Lima, At 10 a.m. he will be welcomed by Peruvian President Alain Garcia Perez, who will confer the Order of the Sun on the Vatican secretary of State. That same day the cardinal will visit the cities of Inca and Pisco which were struck by the earthquake.
Saturday he is scheduled to travel to Chimbote, site of the Eucharistic Congress, where he will meet with the Peruvian episcopacy and in late afternoon preside at the consecration of the cathedral and the opening of the Eucharistic Congress. Cardinal Bertone will attend congress work sessions for three days and then preside at the closing Mass on August 30th. At noon on the 30th he departs for Lim.
The story in the Italian newspaper states the Pope could announce the second consistory of his pontificate after the Wednesday Audience on October 24. It says the Pontiff intends to create 17 new cardinals under the age of 80—which would bring the total number of cardinal-electors back up to 120. After the death of the retired Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger, the College of Cardinal s is left with 182 members, of which 105 are under the age of 80. In October, the former Vatican Secretary of State and current Dean of the College of Cardinal s, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and American Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, will both turn 80.
According to the story in Il Messaggero, the possible candidates to receive the red hat include Archbishop Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C., Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw and Archbishop Angelo Baganasco of Genoa.
By tradition red hats should go to Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, current Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Archbishop Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, governor of the Vatican City State, and Archbishop Raffaele Farina, head of the Vatican Library. A red hat should also by tradition go to American Archbishop John Foley, current Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.
According to Il Messaggero, the list of potential cardinals would also include Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Archbishop Paul Joseph Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.