Habemus Papum! Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis I

Vatican City - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ is the new pope. The announcement of the election was made by the protodeacon Card. Jean Louis Tauran, who uttered the words " Nuntio vobis gaudium magnum: habemus Papam. Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum Jorge Mario sanctae romanae ecclesiae cardinalem Bergoglio, qui sibi nomen imposuit Francescus." Waiting for the new Pope in St Peter's Square there were about 150 thousand faithful, who steadily increased throughout the day despite the bad weather that has pounded the city of Rome. A few minutes before the pope appeared, together they all shouted "Long live the Pope".

The "white smoke" that announces a successful election in Conclave and the bells of St Peter's Basilica ringing "a festa" announcing the event to the world, began at 19.06. Before the opening of the doors central loggia of St. Peter, a military tattoo was relayed by the police and army of Vatican City State, first of all the Swiss Guards, the "bodyguards" to the Holy Father.

Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed seven Cardinals as his Special Envoys

Vatican City, April 29, 2009 – On the occasion of the close of the Year dedicated to the Apostle Saint Paul, which will take place simultaneously on June 29, 2009 in various “Pauline sites,” the Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed seven Cardinal s as his Special Envoys, for each of the celebrations. In the Holy Land, Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; in Malta, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family; in Cyprus, Cardinal Renato R. Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; in Greece, Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Emeritus Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; in Syria, Cardinal Antonio M. Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid; in Lebanon, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris.

-Agenzia Fides

Follow the footprints of Cardinal Kim

Seoul, March 29, 2009 - "An incredible number of people have knocked at the door of the Church after the death of Cardinal Kim." The bishops of South Korea have used the occasion of the traditional spring assembly of the bishops' conference (CBCK) to thank the Catholics and non-Catholics who have demonstrated their great affection for Cardinal Stephen Kim, who died last February 16 at the age of 86.

The Korean bishops call the deceased archbishop a "pillar of the Catholic Church in Korea," a man "with an open mind," whose episcopal motto, "pro vobis et pro multis (for you and for many)," has been reflected in the thousands of people, believers and nonbelievers, who have paid homage to his body in the cathedral of Seoul, "all over the country as well as overseas Korean Catholic communities."

The people have been won over by the testimony of love for the poor offered by the archbishop of Seoul, by "the light of humility and self-abasement" with which he treated everyone he met, by his constant concern for his brothers in North Korea, and finally by his decision to donate his eyes after his death.

"So many people came to bow before the deceased and pray as if they had lost their own father." The bishops of the CBCK have been moved by the demonstrations of affection for Cardinal Kim, which continue today. In the face of the difficulties created by the economic crisis, they invite all the faithful of the country to "follow the footprints of the late Cardinal Kim, who triggered fresh concerns of courage and hope to practice love in the hearts of many people."


Mumbai Cardinal Oswald Gracias condemns the attacks

Mumbai, India, Nov.28, 2008 – Sorrow for the terrible attack which has devastated the city and the nation, and condemnation of the folly of this “senseless logic of violence”, fed by “brainwashing” that is provoked by ideologies: this is how Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai reacts to last nights terrorist attack in an interview with AsiaNews. The prelate underlines the “shame” of an attack which also targeted tourists, in a city that has always distinguished itself for its “tolerance” and “shared respect among cultures and religion”. He invites the international community to take into account and take action to “defeat the logic of evil with good and promote peace”.

Here, below, we publish the Archbishops’ appeal given to our correspondent Nirmala Carvalho.

“Our words cannot express our shock at this incident; I am deeply saddened by this attack on our city and on our beloved nation as a whole.

The Church in India condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms. Innocent and unconnected people have been killed. Very brave police officers have been killed. Mumbai in the target of different terrorist groups. The Church offers our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their dear ones, and the Church in Mumbai places all our medical services to those who have been injured.

We must fight together as a nation and as a united people to combat the terrorists. We must never give up hope because ultimately hope will prevail. It is Christian to always hope. Good will triumph, evil will be overcome, this is our Hope.

Regrettably, senseless violence goes on and there may be reprisals, we – all of us-must consider creating a feeling of intolerance against divisive forces, against elements that sow seeds of mistrust and suspicion in the minds of our people. We must create a climate where every citizen is alert and such incidents can immediately be reported to the intelligence agencies and enable the government and our security agencies to take steps earlier. The important thing today is to be together.

Mumbai is our city, where mutual tolerance and understandings between cultures and religions has prevailed despite of the attempts to rip apart our city, now we will continue to build bridges of understanding between peoples, cultures and religions. We must overcome evil with good and seek peace.

This terror attack was not an act of the people who love our country, this is not India, and this is not Mumbai. Mumbai is a very tolerant and brave city. India is a great country and very tolerant. These are all misguided people who are brain washed who probably think what they are doing is right and that every thing is ok. It’s terrible what they have done. They’re harming innocent people and disturbing the peace.”

”This tragedy snuffed out the lives of many foreign national and this is a matter of immense shame. India is known for her hospitality, we ask for forgiveness for this aberration done in our city…….but please- do not write Mumbai off, India is a great county, Mumbai is a great city, you are also welcome here.

The people who carried out these deadly attacks, are misguided people, who have been deluded and brainwashed into the ideologies and propaganda of the cause, but this is madness, they bring death, fear , panic and disrupt the harmony and lives of the city and county……darkness of chaos.

But we do not despair, we do give up Hope that Goodness will prevail that God will lead us from darkness of chaos to Light Peace and Harmony.

God Bless our city Mumbai!

God Bless India!

*Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai

Source - Asianews

Pope Benedict XVI has named Cardinal Agostino Vallini as the new vicar for the Rome diocese

Vatican City, Jun. 27, 2008 - Pope Benedict XVI has named a new vicar for the Rome diocese, to replace the retiring Cardinal Camillo Ruini.

Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, will be the new vicar for Rome. His appointment confirms rumors that have circulated in Rome for several weeks. The Italian prelate will be replaced at the Apostolic Signatura by an American prelate, Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis.

The son of an Italian police officer who was deported during World War II, Cardinal Vallini was ordained a priest of the Naples archdiocese in 1964, and became auxiliary bishop there in 1989. In 1999 he was appointed Bishop of Albano, and in 2004 he received his current assignment as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura-- the Vatican equivalent of the US Supreme Court. As the papal vicar for Rome he will also hold the title of Archpriest of the Roman basilica of St. John Lateran.

Cardinal Ruini's retirement had been anticipated for some time. At the age of 77, and suffering from heart problems, the Italian prelate said bluntly that his pastoral service "has ended" during a June 21 celebration of the 25th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. He had been the vicar of the Rome diocese since 1991.

Pope Benedict , for whom Cardinal Ruini has been a key ally, saluted the outgoing vicar for his years of service to the Church. In Rome, he said, that cardinal had "given an an example that goes beyond the initiatives of the moment, an example of commitment to thinking the faith in absolute conformity to the magisterium of the Church, with careful attention to the teachings of the bishop of Rome and, at the same time, while constantly listening to the questions that arise from contemporary culture and from the problems of modern society."

Pope Benedict recalled that Cardinal Ruini had served his predecessor, Pope John Paul II , through "a truly extraordinary time" as the 20th century ended and the 21st began. Like others who worked closely with John Paul II, including himself, Cardinal Ruini had been heavily influenced by this "true giant of the faith and of the mission of the Church," the Holy Father said.

Cardinal Ruini, the Pope continued, had served the Pontiff through his commitment to the pastoral work of the Romem diocese, his zeal for evangelical mission, and his "outstanding capacity for theological and philosophical reflection."

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