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Pope calls for more fraternity in 2014
BY FRANCIS X ROCCA
POPE FRANCIS has challenged Catholics to create a world marked by fraternity and justice in a New Year’s Day message.
In his first annual World Day of Peace message, Francis said that peace and social justice were impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on the understanding that all men and women are children of God.
The 5,000-word document, entitled “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace,” was released by the Vatican in preparation for the World Day of Peace on January 1.
“Without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace”, the Pope wrote. “At the same time, it appears clear that contemporary ethical systems remain incapable of producing authentic bonds of fraternity, since a fraternity devoid of reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation is unable to endure. True brotherhood among peoples presupposes and demands a transcendent Fatherhood.”
Pope Francis wrote about contemporary attacks on human dignity, including war, economic exploitation, crime, environmental pollution and violations of religious freedom, and called for people to behave as brothers and sisters in Christ.
He decried a widespread “poverty of relationships as a result of the lack of solid family and community relationships” and said that “fraternity is generally first learned in the family, thanks above all to the responsible and complementary roles of each of its members, particularly the father and the mother.” With regard to economic justice, the Pope called for “effective policies” to reduce income inequality and guarantee “access to capital and services, educational resources, healthcare and technology so that every person has the opportunity to express and realise his or her life project and can develop fully as a person.”
He also called on ordinary Christians to embrace a “sober and essential lifestyle” and share their wealth, calling such practice of “detachment” a “form of promoting fraternity – and thus defeating poverty – which must be the basis of all the others”.
The current economic crisis, Pope Francis wrote, offers a “fruitful opportunity to rediscover the virtues of prudence, temperance, justice and strength” that are “necessary for building and preserving a society in accord with human dignity”.
He repeated his own calls and those of previous popes for the “non-proliferation of arms and for the disarmament of all parties, beginning with nuclear and chemical weapons”.
The Holy Father, who has attracted a great deal of attention in the secular media for his criticism of globalisation, also called for responsible and equitable use of natural resources. “It is well known that present [food] production is sufficient, and yet millions of persons continue to suffer and die from hunger, and this is a real scandal,” he wrote.
He observed that despite greater communication, global unity is “still frequently denied and ignored in a world marked by a ‘globalisation of indifference’ which makes us slowly inured to the suffering of others and closed in on ourselves”.
The World Day of Peace was introduced by Paul VI in 1967 following his encyclical Populorum Progressio.
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Francis celebrates first Christmas as Pope
The ordinariate founds its first ever monastery
PPEEAACCEE TTOO AALLLL Pope Francis greets pilgrims on Christmas Day Full coverage on Pages 2-3
BY STAFF REPORTER
THE FIRST monastery of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was due to be founded on New Year’s Day.
On January 1 2014 the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary were expected to formally become the first autonomous monastery within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, under the jurisdiction of the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton.
Ten Sisters, formerly members of the Anglican Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage, were due to profess their solemn vows at a Mass in the convent in Birmingham where they have been living since August 2013. Mgr Newton was expected to preside.
The Sisters were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church on New Year’s Day 2013. During the initial stages of their life in the Catholic Church the Sisters have existed as a Public Association of the Faithful, following the Benedictine spiritual tradition and wearing the traditional wimple of the Benedictine order.
This new step, approved by the Holy See, establishes them formally as a stable religious community and gives them the chance to re-affirm their religious vows for the first time publicly, within the
The new monastery is under the jurisdiction of Mgr Keith Newton
Catholic communion. At some future date the monastery may seek to associate itself with a particular Benedictine family.
During the Mass on January 1, in accordance with Benedictine tradition, the Sisters were expected to sing three times in English the Suscipe: “Lord, establish me according to your word, that I may live; and do not disappoint me in my hope.”
Romans invited to Pope’s daily Masses
BY MADELEINE TEAHAN
MEMBERS of Rome diocese will soon be able to attend Mass with their bishop, the Vatican has announced.
The director of the Holy See press office confirmed that Catholics throughout the city will soon be attending Mass with Pope Francis in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he celebrates daily Mass.
In response to recent Italian press reports, spokesman Fr
Federico Lombardi confirmed that from the beginning of January Pope Francis will inform priests about how to apply to attend Mass with him with groups of about 25 parishioners each.
Fr Lombardi said the initiative would allow the people of Rome to interact with their bishop, since the Pope is not able to visit every parish in the diocese.
In his first appearance as Pope, Francis emphasised his role as Bishop of Rome.
Benedict XVI and Francis wish each other a happy Christmas BY DAVID V BARRETT
THREE DAYS after Francis paid his predecessor a visit on Christmas Eve, Benedict XVI joined the Pope for lunch at the Vatican guesthouse.
The two shared the meal on December 27 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives.
Two days before Christmas Pope Francis met the Pope Emeritus in the convent in the grounds of the Vatican where Benedict XVI has lived quietly since his retirement in March last year.
Both dressed in white robes and skullcaps, they embraced and wished each other a happy Christmas before praying together in the chapel adjoining the former pope’s apartment. Although the 86-yearold retired pontiff was walking with a cane he looked in better health than on the previous occasions, and his successor commented on this.
“It’s a pleasure to see you looking so well,” Pope Francis told Benedict XVI, who said when he announced his resignation that he no longer had the physical strength to lead the Church.
The two men were then photographed in Benedict XVI’s apartment. They spent half an hour together in prayer and private conversation.
A Vatican statement said that Pope Francis came to “give his best wishes for the Christmas celebrations”. He also greeted the small staff that look after his predecessor. As Pope Francis left Benedict he said: “Merry Christmas, pray for me.” Benedict XVI replied: “Always, always, always.”
Although the two have met privately several times and spoken on the telephone they have only been seen publicly together on rare occasions.
There is speculation that Benedict XVI may attend the canonisation of his predecessor Blessed John Paul II and of Blessed John XXIII on April 27.
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Catholics to take on Anglicans at Lord’s BY EDWARD PENTIN
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND has agreed to play a cricket match with the newly formed “Vatican cricket club”, with Lord’s cricket ground as the planned venue.
The match is scheduled to take place in September 2014, probably at the “home of cricket”, although Lord’s has yet to be officially approached.
Known formally as the St Peter’s Cricket Club, the Vatican team will be made up of priests and seminarians drawn from various colleges in Rome and Vatican offices.
To ensure a level playing field, the Church of England side will be made up of “ordinands and those associated with theological colleges”, Archbishop Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative in Rome, said at a press conference.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, formally wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury requesting the Anglican leader’s consent for the match.
Spartan actor praises work of Mary’s Meals
BY DAVID V BARRETT
SCOTTISH ACTOR Gerard Butler has visited Liberia to see the work of the charity Mary’s Meals.
“When I told my friends I was coming here, the common response was ‘Woah, be careful,’” the star of 300 told the Daily Telegraph. “But all I have seen is warmth, and welcoming people, and the most beautiful children ever. And they give so much in terms of love and generosity and appreciation.”
Mary’s Meals feeds more than 800,000 impoverished children. It was founded by Catholic salmon farmer Magnus MacFarlane-
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Mr MacFarlane-Barrow said: “Gerry has a great gift with kids and I hope that through his commitment to raise awareness of our work, we can reach many more children.”
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