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posted Jul 25, 2018, 10:46 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 10:47 AM ]

How bishops have adjusted to Magnum Principium

On September 3, Pope Francis' Motu Proprio, Magnum Principium, will celebrate one year of the modifications that changed the way liturgical texts are translated. When the official Latin texts need to be translated to Spanish, English, or any other language, the responsibility is given to the bishops now. It's a decentralisation of the Church contained at the Vatican, to the Church that is present around the world. An expert of liturgical texts explained how this change has affected them.


Beatification process begins for Chiara Corbella

The cardinal vicar of Rome opened the beatification cause of Italian Chiara Corbella. The text recalls her death on June 13, 2012, and says she exemplarily faced "difficult situations like the death of two children shortly after birth."

The document also reminded that "during her third pregnancy, she was diagnosed with a tumour. Treatment would have put the child's life in danger. She decided to wait until the baby was born."


South Africa
100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth

Nelson Mandela had great admiration for John Paul II, whom he called "brother" during a papal visit to South Africa.

On June 18, 2018, Nelson Mandela would have turned 100. One of the most notable 20th century figures, Mandela was a symbol of freedom who, despite being sentenced to life in prison for treason, never engaged in hateful speech. Instead, he fought racism in a non-violent way.

This fight against apartheid cost him 27 years of his life, as he remained in prison till 1990, until the age of 71. Four years later, Mandela became the first black President of South Africa.


Religious stand for respect and defence of life

"How many times have we reflected on the words of the prophet Jeremiah: 'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I dedicated you; a prophet to the nations I appointed you" (1:5)? We feel immensely loved people, with a mission, a project that we discover and build during our daily journey. This is why once again we reiterate with great hope that every life has infinite value in the eyes of the Father; it is a gift of His goodness." The Argentine Conference of the Religious (Confar) expressed this in a statement "in defence of the dignity of every person."


First international convention of young Syriac Catholics

The "method" used by Christ to draw men and women of all times to Him is always what He used in His gatherings with the first Apostles: "Come and see" (Jn 1:39). And the words of Jesus' invitation were the guiding thread of the first Syriac Youth International Convention that took place in Lebanon, in Faytrun, near the monastery of Our Lady of Light (July 17-22). 450 Syriac Catholic boys and girls, aged between 18 to 35, from 18 different countries participated.

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan said the conference was intended as an opportunity to share with the young Syriac Catholics from all over the world the hope "for the renewal of the Christian community in the Holy Spirit", but also to re-propose the "wealth of the Syriac heritage, language and civilisation" to boys and girls who end up losing ties with the culture and traditions of their families in the communities of the diaspora.

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Four arrested in connection with church attack

Four armed men attacked a Catholic church on July 13 in Faisalabad's Harsa Kot Thesil Samundri District. At the time of the incident, some 20 worshippers were praying inside.

The attackers beat up and threatened with firearms some of the worshippers. They also vandalised some sacred objects and tried to set fire to the building, but were stopped by police who arrived on the scene.

The aggressors were identified as two brothers, Jawad and Chingiz Iqbal, and two others, Zulkarnain and Yousaf. Jawad and Chingiz's sister, Khatija, was also detained for trying to throw a molotov cocktail into the church.