18 Notes & Comments

posted May 2, 2018, 11:32 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:33 PM ]

24th Meeting of Council of Cardinals concludes

'C9' Continues Discussions on Curia Reform


Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, has reiterated that Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals are continuing to discuss curial reform.

During a briefing held on April 23 in the Holy See Press Office, the Vatican spokesman informed journalists about the 24th Session of the "Council of Cardinals", often called the 'C9'.

The Council of Cardinals consists of the following nine prelates: Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Vatican City State; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago, Chile; Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay; Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich; Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa, Congo; Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston; Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy; Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State.


6-word definition of Mary


Pope Francis is about to open the month of May with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love. He is following the footsteps of his two recent predecessors in reminding us that this particular shrine holds a special place in Rome's heart. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine on May 1, 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI did the same 27 years later, on May 1, 2006.

The sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love is a little off the beaten path, but well worth a stop whenever you find yourself in the Eternal City. If you want to have the full experience of a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Divine Love, which entails walking about nine miles, give yourself a full day, or join one of the many all-night vigil pilgrim walks to the shrine that happen throughout the year.


Family remains strength and sign of hope

Agenzia Fides

"We live on small islands exposed to meteorological phenomena. Last year, we had a series of category 3 hurricanes, one after the other. The damage was unbelievable. Our region is defenceless." This was part of a report given in Rome on April 16 by Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, while he was in Rome for the Ad limina apostolorum visit with 22 bishops of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of the Antilles (AEC). These visits offer Bishops the chance to reflect with the Holy Father on fundamental issues such as missionary work, new evangelisation, vocations and, in particular, the vulnerability of the region.

The AEC includes Bishops from 24 territories, a complicated political, cultural, religious, demographic, geographical, historical and linguistic reality. The diversity of the Antilles is visible in the life of the local Church. In most of the islands, the majority of the people are Catholics; in Guadalupe and Martinique, Catholics are over 80%; but in others such as Cayman and Jamaica, Catholics account for less than 4%.

In the same report, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau, Dominica, affirms: "We must increase awareness of the seriousness of climate change. Dominica is known as the Caribbean's 'natural island'. It has a spectacular vegetation, but frequent hurricanes cause much damage, and we have to work hard to help the forest grow again"