The Church of France will be in celebration this Sunday: a religious of the Premonstratensian order, the Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge, guillotine during the Revolution, will be beatified in Coutances. A solemn celebration presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the causes of saints, who will represent the Pope.
For the first time in history, the band of the Salvation Army has played this Saturday morning in St. Peter's Square in Rome. It was on the occasion of the 125° anniversary of the presence of this protestant association in Italy. The fanfare International is composed of members of the Salvation Army from for most of France and Belgium.
In a European context of secularization, Christianization, and of obvious crisis of vocations, Benedict XVI, while recalling that the divine love remains the source of any vocation, insisted on the urgency and the need for the Church to create "the favorable conditions in order that can hatch a lot of 'yes', as a generous responses to the call of love of God" (MEssage to the 49E Day of prayer for vocations).
The Sunday, April 29, the Church celebrates the vocations, "gift of the love of God". In Rome, the Pope will preside over the ordinations emotion several new priests, at 9 p.m. in the Basilica of St. Peter's. During a concelebrated Mass, Benedict XVI will order nine new priests, from the diocesan seminaries of Rome, including a former magistrate, age of 42 years and a former driver, five italians, a Vietnamese, an Ivorian, and a Colombian.
James Alison is English Catholic priest, theologian and writer. It is recognized for its work on the applications of the mimetic theory of René Girard in theology. His book, "The original sin in the light of the Resurrection", makes the doctrine of original sin accessible as it is all the way to consider the history of humanity ... in the light of the Resurrection. Starting from the design of human relationships proposed by the mimetic model of René Girard, the author follows to the trace, in the Scriptures, the progress of a more complete understanding of the phenomena and new victimaires.
Benedict XVI has denounced this week sex tourism, in evoking a abject deviation. The Pope was speaking this Tuesday, April 23 in a message published on the occasion of the Viith World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Tourism, which met until this Friday to Cancun in Mexico. Tourism has become an almost universal activity. But it also its dark side, sometimes by devastating the lives of people, many families and even entire communities. The Church has wishes to remind that the tourism is not only an economic activity, but also a human activity and humanizing. On the ground, of a very large number of NGOS are attempting to combat the scourge of child sex tourism. This is the case in Madagascar.
The dynamism of the Church in China but also its difficulties. This is what emerges from the fifth plenary meeting of the commission on the life of the Catholic Church in China which was held in the Vatican from 23 to 25 April. In the communiqué issued by the press room of the Holy See it appears that the members of this commission have looked in particular on the training of the laity especially in the context of the Year of the Faith, convened by the Pope from the month of October. But especially during these three days of discussions the Vatican held to reaffirm its position facing the Church pro-government policy called patriotic.