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  • Weekly Update

    September 25, 2020 - 3:05pm
    Schedule for September 26-27 Saturday, September  7:00 am Cathedral Open for Private Prayer and Devotion 8:00 am Mass - will also be livestreamed 1:30 pm Wedding 3:00 pm Rosary – Live-Stream 3:30 - 4:30 pm Holy Hour -...
  • Weekly Update

    September 18, 2020 - 3:39pm
    Schedule for September 19-20 Saturday, September 19 7:00 am Cathedral Open for Private Prayer and Devotion 8:00 am Mass - will also be livestreamed 1:30 pm Wedding 3:00 pm Rosary – Live-Stream 3:30 - 4:30 pm Holy Hour -...
  • Weekly Update - CORRECTED

    September 11, 2020 - 3:07pm
    Apologies!  There was a problem with the bulletin link in our earlier note.  That link has been corrected.  Thank you!   Schedule for September 12-13 Saturday, September 12 7:00 am Cathedral Open for Private Prayer and...
  • Weekly Update

    September 11, 2020 - 2:30pm
    Schedule for September 12-13 Saturday, September 12 7:00 am Cathedral Open for Private Prayer and Devotion 8:00 am Mass - will also be livestreamed 1:30 pm Wedding 3:00 pm Rosary – Live-Stream 3:30 - 4:30 pm Holy Hour -...
  • Midweek Music Series - Moved to Monthly

    September 9, 2020 - 10:18am
    With the end of the Summer months, our Mid-Week music series will now be a monthly event.  Many thanks, everyone who has supported this program. Listed below you will find the dates for the upcoming concerts: October 7 - Dr...
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National Catholic Register

  • Nigerian Priest, Kidnapped for a Second Time in Two Years, Has Been Released

    September 29, 2020 - 7:47pm
    Nigerian man holding crucifix in hands Red Confidential A Nigerian man holds a crucifix.

    Delta State, where Issele-Uku is located, is overwhelmingly Christian, but small bands of Muslim militants who hide in the dense bush are an ongoing threat.

  • Cardinal Becciu's Lawyer Resigns Over Social Media Photos

    September 29, 2020 - 7:29pm
    Cardinal Becciu Daniel Ibanez Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on June 27, 2019.

    Ivano Iai served as attorney and spokesman for Cardinal Becciu and his family after the cardinal's resignation last week.

  • The Myth That Catholics Are Opposed to Science Revolves Around Copernicus

    September 29, 2020 - 4:33pm
    Jan Matejko, “Astronomer Copernicus’ Conversation With God,” 1872

    Remember: The heliocentric theory was advanced by Nicolaus Copernicus, a Catholic priest who was encouraged by the Catholic Church and opposed by the early Protestants.

  • Catholic Service Organizations Ask Congress to Pass New COVID Relief Bill

    September 29, 2020 - 3:14pm
    Capitol building Andrea Izzotti American flag flies in front of the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

    Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, and the National Catholic Educational Association were among the groups represented in the letter, which was addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as party leaders in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

  • Cardinal Burke: Joe Biden Should Not Receive Holy Communion

    September 29, 2020 - 2:46pm
    Cardinal Burke Martha Calderon Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke at the March for Life in Rome, held on Mother's Day, May 10, 2015.

    Cardinal Burke said it is the historic teaching of the Church that those in a condition of grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

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Vatican Daily Bulletin

  • Resignations and Appointments

    September 29, 2020 - 6:08am
    Erection of the territorial prelature of Sicuani, Peru, and appointment of first bishop

    Appointment of apostolic nuncio in Malaysia and in East Timor, and apostolic delegate in Brunei Darussalam

    Appointment of vicar apostolic of Gambella, Ethiopia

    Appointment of ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

     

    Erection of the territorial prelature of Sicuani, Peru, and appointment of first bishop

    The Holy Father has erected in diocese the territorial prelature of Sicuani. Peru, and has appointed Bishop Pedro Alberto Bustamante López, until now bishop prelate, as first bishop.

    Curriculum vitae

    Bishop Bustamante López was born on 9 January 1965 in Cotaparaco, Recuay, in the diocese of Huaraz (ecclesiastical province of Trujillo, in northern Peru). He attended the San Jerónimo archdiocesan seminary in Arequipa (1986-1992) and was ordained a priest for the same archdiocese on 7 December 1992. After working for three years as parish priest in the parish of Nuestra Señora del Carmen , he attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was awarded a licentiate in dogmatic theology.

    After returning to the diocese, he served as parish priest in two other parishes: Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (1998-1999) and Santa Gertrudis (1999-2005). From 2005 to 2013 he was parish priest of the parish of San Agustín - El Sagrario . While carrying out his parish ministry, he also served as pro-vicar general from 1999 to 2006, episcopal vicar from 2007 to 2010 and, from 2011 to 2013, vicar general of the archdiocese of Arequipa.

    He was elected bishop prelate of Sicuani on 10 July 2013 and received episcopal ordination the following 15 August.

     

    Appointment of apostolic nuncio in Malaysia and in East Timor, and apostolic delegate in Brunei Darussalam

    The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Wojciech Załuski, titular of Diocleziana and until now apostolic nuncio in Burundi, as apostolic nuncio in Malaysia and in East Timor, and apostolic delegate in Brunei Darussalam.

     

    Appointment of vicar apostolic of Gambella, Ethiopia

    The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Roberto Bergamaschi, S.D.B., titular of Ambia, and until now vicar apostolic of Awasa, as vicar apostolic of Gambella, Ethiopia.

     

    Appointment of ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

    The Holy Father has appointed Professor Fabiola Gianotti, director general of the Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire (CERN) in Geneva (Switzerland), as ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

    Curriculum vitae

    Professor Fabiola Gianotti was born in Rome on 29 October 1960. She obtained her PhD in experimental particle physics at the University of Milan in 1989. Since 1994 she has been a researcher at the Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire (CERN). In July 2012, during the seminar that formalised the discovery of the Higgs boson, she presented the results of the research. Since 2016 she has held the position of director general of CERN, thus becoming the first woman to take on this role. She has been a member of several international scientific committees and of the Advisory Committee of the Secretary General of the United Nations. She has received several honorary doctorates and international awards. She is a corresponding member of many Academies and author or co-author of a significant number of scientific publications.

     

  • Notice of Press Conference

    September 29, 2020 - 5:54am
    On Thursday 1 October 2020 , at 11.30 , in the Sala Marconi in Palazzo Pio, Piazza Pia, 3, a press conference will take place to present the winners of the Ratzinger Prize 2020, and the initiatives of the Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation .

    The speakers will be:

    - His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi , president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and member of the scientific Committee of the Foundation;

    - Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. , president of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

  • Theme of the Holy Father Francis’ Message for the 55th World Day of Social Communications

    September 29, 2020 - 5:30am
    The following is the theme the Holy Father Francis has chosen for the 55th World Day of Social Communications, to be held in 2021:

    “Come and see” ( Jn 1,46). Communicating, encountering people as and where they are

    “Come and see”. These words of the apostle Philip are central to the Gospel. The Christian proclamation, before words, is made up of looks, testimonies, experiences, encounters, closeness. In a word, life. These very words, from the Gospel of John (1, 43-46) were chosen by Pope Francis as the theme of the 55th Message for the Day of Social Communications, which will be held in May 2021. “Communicating, encountering people as and where they are”, is the subtitle.

    This is the Gospel passage: “The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, He met Philip and said, ‘Follow me’. Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth’. Nathanael said to him, ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see’”.

    In the epochal change we are experiencing, in a time that obliges us to social distance due to the pandemic, communication can make possible the closeness that is necessary to recognize what is essential, and to understand truly the meaning of things.

    We do not know the truth if we do not experience it, if we do not meet people, if we do not participate in their joys and sorrows. The old saying “God meets you where you are” can be a guide for those engaged in media or communications work in the Church. In the call of the first disciples, with Jesus who went to encounter them and to invite them to follow Him, we also see the invitation to use all media, in all their forms, to reach people as they are and where they live.

     

     

  • Resignations and Appointments

    September 28, 2020 - 11:14am
    Appointment of apostolic nuncio in the Philippines

    Appointment of applied promoter of justice in Vatican City State Tribunal

     

    Appointment of apostolic nuncio in the Philippines

    The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Charles John Brown, titular of Aquileia and until now apostolic nuncio in Albania, as apostolic nuncio in the Philippines.

     

    Appointment of applied promoter of justice in Vatican City State Tribunal

    The Holy Father has appointed Professor Gianluca Perone, chair of commercial law at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, as applied promoter of justice in Vatican City State Tribunal.

  • Audience with directors and agents of the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its founding

    September 28, 2020 - 10:38am
    This morning, in the Paul Hall VI, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the directors and agents of the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of its founding.

    The following is the Pope’s address to those present:

     

    Address of the Holy Father

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    I am pleased to meet with the great family of the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of its founding. I greet you all with affection: directors, officials and agents, with your family members. I address a respectful thought to the Minister of the Interior, whom I thank for his words, and to the Chief of Police. And I would also like to thank you because it was beautiful to enter the hall with a sense of nostalgia for autumn in Buenos Aires [referring to a piece of music played by the Police Band]. Thank you!

    In commemorating the founding of this Inspectorate, it comes naturally to thank the Lord for 75 years of history and for the work of so many men and women of the Italian State Police. In the wake of the deep bond that exists between the Holy See and Italy, they have carried out, with competence and passion, a mission that originates from the Lateran Pacts of 1929. Indeed, those agreements, in sanctioning the birth of the Vatican City State, provided for a peculiar regime for Saint Peter's Square, with free access for pilgrims and tourists and under the supervision of the Italian authorities.

    Looking back, one can see how the origin of the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security is located in a context of precariousness and national emergency, when political and social forces were engaged in democratic recovery. In March 1945, the plan to give autonomy and legal form to this police service took shape. The Ministry of the Interior, led by the Prime Minister himself, Ivanoe Bonomi, established the “San Pietro” Special Office of Public Security.

    In this way, the service carried out for some time by the police force in Saint Peter’s Square and in the areas surrounding the Vatican was strengthened and made more effective.  The occupation of Rome by German troops in 1943 had created many difficulties and concerns: it posed the problem of respect on the part of German soldiers for the neutrality and sovereignty of Vatican City, as well as for the Pope. For nine months, the border between the Italian State and Vatican City, drawn along the pavement of Saint Peter’s Square, was a place of tensions and fears. The faithful could not easily reach the Basilica in order to pray, and so many gave up trying.

    Finally, on 4 June 1944 Rome was liberated, but the war left deep wounds in consciences, rubble in the streets, poverty and suffering in families. The fruit of war is this. Romans, and those pilgrims who could reach the capital, flocked to Saint Peter's, also to express gratitude to Pope Pius XII, proclaimed " defensor Civitatis ". The new Office of the State Police at the Vatican was thus able to respond adequately to new needs and to render an important service to both Italy and the Holy See.

    From the day of the establishment of that Office, which progressively took on other names before the present one, a path has unfolded typified by fruitful collaboration between Italy and the Holy See, and between the Inspectorate and the Vatican bodies responsible for public order and security of the Pope. Although national and international scenarios and security requirements have changed, the spirit in which the men and women of the Inspectorate have implemented their appreciated work has not changed.

    Dear officials and agents, I thank you very much for your precious service, characterised by diligence, professionalism and a spirit of sacrifice. Above all, I admire the patience you exercise in dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures and - I dare say - in dealing with priests! My gratitude also extends to your commitment to accompanying me when travelling within Rome and when visiting dioceses or communities in Italy. It is a difficult job, which requires discretion and balance, to ensure that the Pope's itineraries do not lose their specific character of encounter with the People of God. For all this, once again I am grateful to you.

    May the Inspectorate of Vatican Public Security continue to operate in accordance with its luminous history, knowing how to make it bear new and abundant fruits. I am sure that working in this place is a constant reminder to you of the highest values: those human and spiritual values which demand to be welcomed and testified to every day. I hope that your hard work, often carried out with sacrifice and risk, may be inspired by a living Christian faith: it is the most precious spiritual treasure which your families have entrusted to you and which you are called to pass on to your children.

    May the Lord reward you as only He knows how to do. May your patron Saint Michael the Archangel protect you and may the Blessed Virgin watch over you and your families. And may my blessing also accompany you. And please, do not forget to pray for me. Thank you.

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