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No. 6570

No. 6565

Diocese asks teachers to profess their faith in public

CatholicHerald.co.uk

August 10 2012 £1.50 (Republic of Ireland €1.80)

Dancers transport Pope to his Bavarian homeland

Olympic outreach gets results for Church BY DAVID V BARRETT

CATHOLICS across London have been putting on special events to cater for visitors to the Olympics.

The Catholic ministry at the Faith Centre in the Olympic Village has been holding three Masses a day, with seven priests from around the country working two shifts a day.

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN

CATHOLIC TEACHERS in the Diocese of Lancaster will be invited to make a public profession of faith during the Year of Faith celebrations.

During the Year of Faith, which begins in October, the Bishop of Lancaster will invite governors, teachers and educators across his diocese to make a public profession of faith during a Mass or church service.

Though the exact content of the profession is still unknown, a spokesman for the diocese said: “It will mark in a clear way that the faith is something we receive, not something we make up. The diocese wants to use the Year of Faith to flag up the responsibility of Catholic educators to catechise in the name of the Catholic Church. In this sense a public declaration is quite appropriate.”

In other efforts to mark the Year of Faith the Diocese of Lancaster will make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available in all churches at the same time on Wednesday evenings during both Advent and Lent.

There will also be a cathedral exhibition on Lancaster’s Catholic martyrs in July and August 2013, with a procession to the place of their execution on August 7 2013.

The Year of Faith was announced by Pope Benedict XVI at a Mass last October as a means of giving “renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life”.

It will demonstrate that the faith is something we receive, not something that we make up

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The full official calendar for the Year of Faith has now been published by the Vatican. It will include a day of study dedicated to Vatican II documents, which will take place worldwide in April.

The year will begin on October 11 with a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Square. A world congress for Catholic teachers will take place in October, followed by an international conference for doctors and nurses, concentrating on the theme “the hospital, a place of evangelisation, a human and spiritual mission”.

Alongside the day of study dedicated to Vatican II there will also be “a day of seminaries”, although the precise details have not yet been announced. Pope Benedict XVI will meet seminarians and novices on July 7. They will visit Rome as pilgrims in order to manifest “the joy of their decision to follow the Lord in serving his Church”.

On the feast of Corpus Christi the Pope has requested an hour’s Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in all churches worldwide and later in the month of June the Pope will lead a day’s celebration of the dignity of human life.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) has issued a list of pastoral recommendations to help churches prepare for the Year of Faith with an emphasis on the Eucharist. The CDF also urged bishops’ conferences to re-examine their catechetical materials in order to prepare for the Year of Faith, to ensure “their conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church”. Editorial comment: Page 13

Pope Benedict XVI watches exuberant Bavarian dancers from the Archdiocese of MunichFreising perform at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo last Friday Full story: Page 4

One priest told The Catholic Herald that “the facilities are very good” and “it’s going really well”.

Two central London churches are running different evangelisation initiatives. In an idea borrowed from Germany called Night Fever, clergy and members of the congregation of St Patrick’s, Soho Square, and visitors from Germany and from the Joshua Camp, are going out on the nearby streets and inviting people into the church.

“It’s an opportunity for prayer, a blessing, Confession – whatever is appropriate,” said Fr Alexander Sherbrooke. Usually they do this for one night every six weeks, but during the Olympics they are doing it “six nights on the trot”, with about 200 people coming in each night.

Notre Dame de France, the French church in Leicester Square, is also inviting people from the streets into the church for tea or coffee and a guided tour. It has also held a “praise marathon”, 24 hours of worship and reflection to coincide with the Olympics.

Fr Anthony Cho of St Francis of Assisi church, Stratford, near the Olympic Park, said that four or five families had been coming into the church each evening and Taizé prayer evenings have attracted 40 to 50 people.

On Monday evening Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood concelebrated Mass at the church on the Solemnity of the Transfiguration with Bishop Richard Moth of the Armed Forces, who preached.

Bishop McMahon will return for the midday Mass this Sunday at the closing of the Olympic Games. Olympic reports: Page 3 and Page 5

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Benedict XVI finishes last volume of his trilogy on the life of Christ BY CINDY WOODEN

POPE BENEDICT XVI has finished the third volume of his work Jesus of Nazareth and may also publish an encyclical during the forthcoming Year of Faith, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, has said.

The cardinal told reporters that the Pope had finished his manuscript on Jesus’s infancy and childhood.

“It is a great gift for the

Year of Faith,” the cardinal told reporters in Les Combes di Introd, a village in Italy’s northwestern Alps where Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have spent the summer holiday in the past.

The first volume of Jesus of Nazareth, covering the period from Jesus’s baptism to his Transfiguration, was published in 2007. The second volume, looking at his Passion and death, came out in 2011.

The Vatican press office said the book was being translated into a variety of languages from the German original. “It is hoped that the book will be published simultaneously in the most widely spoken languages; this will require a certain amount of time to ensure the accurate translations of a text that is important and long-awaited,” it said.

The press office did not comment on a possible new encyclical. But many observers expect there to be a document focusing on the virtue of faith to complete a series of Pope Benedict’s reflections on the theological virtues. His encyclical on charity, Deus Caritas Est, was published in 2005, and two years later he released his encyclical on hope, Spe Salvi.

The Pope has called a Year of Faith, starting on October 11, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Editorial comment: Page 13

Spanish Olympian to become a seminarian BY DAVID V BARRETT

A SPANISH Olympian is to enter seminary as soon as the Games are over.

Carlos Ballve, known as Litus, is a defender on the Spanish hockey team competing at the London 2012 Olympics.

In 2005 he was playing in the under-21 world championships and his team was doing badly. “It was so bad that one Sunday I went to Mass,” he said, “and made a deal with God. I told him that if he fixed that championship, would go to Medjugorje with my father. We made history. Never before had an under21 team won a medal, and we came in third.”

Now an Olympic contestant, he has decided to quit the game and go in search of God.

He said: “I told him: ‘I don’t know what’s wrong. Strange things are happening. I want to come clean with you, so here I am do what you want.’”

He only asked God to let him fulfil his dream of playing in the Olympics before entering seminary.

Mancini had relic in pocket as he won title BY MADELEINE TEAHAN

THE MANAGER of Manchester City football club had a relic of St Thérèse of Lisieux in his pocket when his team won the Premier League, it has emerged.

land FC, said: “I spoke with Roberto after Mass and agreed to loan him my relic of this great saint for the match, not in any superstitious way, but to call upon the communion of saints in his prayers

Robert Mancini was given the relic by Fr Marc LydenSmith of St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, and held it in his pocket as his team scored two goals in extra time, making them champions of the Premier League.

Fr Lyden-Smith, chaplain to Sunderduring the match, praying for players to use their Godgiven gifts and talents.”

The 47 year-old Catholic is reported to have attended Sunday Mass on the morning of the match and to have brought two players with him.

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