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posted Apr 19, 2018, 2:41 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 2:42 AM ]

Bishops discuss the seabed mining industry

The meetings of the Bishops of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO), focused on the encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato sì continues.

The agenda continues with a session on seabed mining. Among the main speakers, Professor Kaluwin Chalapan of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Physics of the University of Papua New Guinea, gave the Bishops an overview on the challenges in ocean and coastal governance and in achieving a sustainable development policy.

The professor said that "the problem of sea level is one of the greatest challenges in Oceania. Why exploit the ocean when we have resources on earth?" asked the expert.

Chalapan highlighted many challenges faced throughout PNG and Oceania, as well as highlighting the importance of land ownership, policies and development activities for the sea.


Indian Capuchin presents painting to Pope

An Indian Capuchin priest and missionary of mercy presented drawing to Pope Francis in the Vatican at the sideline of Missionaries of Mercy (MoM) gathering in Rome.

"I met Pope Francis and presented a drawing with the text 'Merciful Pope Francis on April 10.' I had written in the picture, 'Merciful Pope Francis" and read it to him," Fr Nithya Sagayam OFM Capuchin, told Matters India.

"The visit was as a part of the group of Missionaries of Mercy. Pope Francis' message for us to continue this mission has been very strengthening. The Holy Father said, 'A priest has the ministry of Mercy of God 24x7,'" the priest recalled.


Indian among 8 on sainthood process' second stage

Pope Francis has cleared the way for eight Servants of God, including an Indian priest, taking them a step closer to sainthood.

The new Venerable is Fr Varghese Payapilly, a diocesan priest who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Destitute in Kerala, southern India. He was born on August 8, 1876, and died of typhoid in Ernakulam on October 5, 1929, at the age of 53.

After a disastrous flood in 1924, Fr Payapilly transformed his parish into a centre for the homeless. The experience led him to start a religious congregation of women and name it the Sisters of the Destitute, on March 19, 1927.

The other new Venerable Servants of God are:

Fr Emanuele Nunes Formigão, diocesan priest, founder of the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of the Reparation of Our Lady of Fatima; born in Tomar (Portugal) on January 1, 1883 and died in Fatima (Portugal) on January 30, 1958.

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2019 Synod of Bishops on Amazon

Pope Francis has chosen the theme and appointed members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019.

The theme, the Vatican announced March 8, is "The Amazon: New paths for the Church and for an integral ecology."

The pope also named 18 members for the pre-synod council that will collaborate with the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops in preparing for the special assembly next year.

A synod council usually prepares an outline and list of questions, which bishops' conferences and other interested groups in the church respond to. The responses are then compiled and analyzed before a synod working document is prepared.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday

April 16th marked Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 91st birthday. He spent the day quietly in the 'Mater Ecclesia' Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives.

The day of Joseph Ratzinger's birth has been seen by some as a sign of Divine Providence. It was certainly a sign of things to come. The future Pope Benedict XVI was born on Holy Saturday, April 16th 1927. His birthplace is Marktl-an-Inn, a tiny village less than an hour's walk away from Altoetting, the most important Marian Shrine in Bavaria.

1927 was the year Charles Lindbergh completed the first ever solo flight across the Atlantic. The Pope in Rome was Pius XI - the successor to Pope Benedict XV.