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posted Mar 14, 2018, 8:50 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 9:15 AM ]

South Korea
New nuncio expected to play role in Korean reconciliation

Monsignor Alfred Xuereb will take up his role as an archbishop in South Korea on March 19, and is expected to play an active role in peace-building initiatives in the region.

Monsignor Marco Sprizzi, the Acting Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, said the recent appointment of Monsignor Xuereb by Pope Francis bodes well for inter-Korean reconciliation.

"Monsignor Xuereb is one of the closest allies of Pope Francis and reads the Pope's thinking very well," said Monsignor Sprizzi. "As the pope continually shows his concern for the reconciliation of the two Koreas and [prays for] peace on the Korean Peninsula, the new nuncio will play an active role in bridging the gap between the two Koreas and working for peace in the region." 


Chinese Catholics join '24 Hours for the Lord'

Despite being a working day, the parish of the Holy Trinity, in the city of Jiu Jiang, Jiang Xi province, in mainland China, was crowded with faithful of all ages on March 9, not only for the morning Mass, but also to celebrate the Way of the Cross, to approach the sacrament of Confession and for the Eucharistic Adoration. In this way, the local community participated in the 24 Hours initiative for the Lord, in communion with the Pope and the universal Church. During the solemn procession of the Via Crucis, led by Parish Priest Fr Pang Rui, the faithful meditated together inspired by the verse of Psalm 130: "There is forgiveness with you", and then "without His sacrifice, there is no hope for us to free ourselves from the power of evil."


Women—milestone of the Church in Africa

"One thing that cannot be ignored, when we speak of the African Church, is that, if the Holy Spirit is the invisible force of the Church of Africa, women, without a doubt, are the tangible force. Women are more numerous, have more courage, are more dynamic, more active and sometimes more competent. Without women, our churches in Africa would almost be empty, both as a presence and as a force," said Fr Donald Zagore of the Society of African Missions, on the occasion of Women's Day.


Ho Chi Minh City archbishop passes away in Rome

The archbishop of Vietnam's largest archdiocese passed away, while he and his fellow prelates were paying an ad limina visit to the Holy See.

Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City died during the evening of March 6 in a Rome hospital. He was 74 years of age. Church sources said the archbishop suffered the stroke as he was celebrating Mass at the Basilica of St Paul Outside The Wall.

Archbishop Doc served as President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Vietnam from 2013-16, and was head of the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of Vietnamese bishops before his death.


"Youth - educators in faith"

"Christian initiation requires young people to be educators in faith, because we are experiencing a moment of crisis in educational institutions. This is why we call young people to take on this responsibility, this service, this mission of educating in faith," said Msgr Fredi Aparicio Quispe, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cusco, responsible for the Christian Initiation Commission that organised the first Week of Formation of catechists in the Deanery of St Antonio Abad, in the Archdiocese of Cusco, Peru.


Cardinal Karl Lehmann, RIP

Pope Francis sent condolences for the death of Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the retired archbishop of Mainz, Germany, who died March 11, 2018, at the age of 81, of a stroke. He was a leading light in the Catholic University world and greatly committed to Christian unity.

Expressing his condolences on the death of the prominent cardinal in a letter to Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz, Pope Francis said he learned of Cardinal Lehmann's death "with pain," and is praying for him "who the Lord has called to Himself after a serious illness and suffering."

According to the biography published by the Holy See, he was born on May 16, 1936, at Sigmaringen, and studied Philosophy and Theology for many years in Rome, notably at the Gregorian University, where he wrote a thesis on the thought of Martin Heidegger and another on the Resurrection.