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Promulgation of Decrees by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

On 5 July 2018, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding:

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Pietro Di Vitale, layperson; born on 14 December 1916 in Castronovo di Sicilia, Italy, and died there on 29 January 1977;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giorgio La Pira, layperson; born on 9 January 1904 in Pozzallo, Italy, and died in Florence, Italy on 5 November 1977;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Alexia González-Barros y González, layperson, born on 7 March 1971 in Madrid, Spain, and died in Pamplona, Spain on 5 December 1985;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Carlo Acutis, layperson, born on 3 May 1991 in London, England, and died in Monza, Italy on 12 October 2006.

Audiences

Today the Holy Father received in audience:

- His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Apostolic Trip of His Holiness Francis in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (22-25 September 2018) - Programme

Saturday 22 September 2018

ROMA-VILNIUS

  07:30

Departure by air from Rome- Fiumicino airport for Vilnius

    11:30

Arrival at Vilnius International Airport

      WELCOME CEREMONY

      COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace

      MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the square in front of the Presidential Palace

Address of the Holy Father

  16:30

VISIT TO THE MATER MISERICORDIAE SHRINE

Prayer of the Holy Father

    MEETING with YOUNG PEOPLE in the square in front of the Cathedral

Address of the Holy Father

    Visit to the Cathedral

          Sunday 23 September 2018

VILNIUS-KAUNAS-VILNIUS

  08:15

Transfer by car to Kaunas

    HOLY MASS in Santakos Park in Kaunas

Homily of the Holy Father

  ANGELUS in Santakos Park in Kaunas

Angelus of the Holy Father

  Lunch with the bishops in the Palace of the Curia

    MEETING with PRIESTS, MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS and SEMINARIANS in the Cathedral of Kaunas

Address of the Holy Father

  Transfer to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights in Vilnius

    VISIT AND PRAYER IN THE MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS AND FREEDOM FIGHTS

Prayer of the Holy Father

                                                       

Monday 24 September 2018

VILNIUS-RIGA-VILNIUS

  07:20

Departure by air from Vilnius International Airport for Riga

  08:20

Arrival at Riga International Airport

    OFFICIAL WELCOME

    WELCOME CEREMONY in the Courtyard of the Presidential Palace

    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace

    MEETING with the CIVIL AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Reception Hall of the Presidential Palace

Address of the Holy Father

  LAYING OF FLOWERS AND CEREMONY at the Monument to Freedom

    ECUMENICAL MEETING in the Rigas Doms

Address of the Holy Father

  VISIT TO THE CATHOLIC SAINT JAMES’ CATHEDRAL

Greeting of the Holy Father

  Lunch with the bishops in the Archdiocesan House of the Holy Family

    Transfer by helicopter from Riga Harbour helipad to the Shrine of the Mother of God, Aglona

    HOLY MASS in the area of the Shrine of the Mother of God, Aglona

Homily of the Holy Father

  FAREWELL CEREMONY in the Aglona heliport

    Transfer by helicopter to Vilnius International Airport

              Tuesday 25 September 2018

VILNIUS-TALLINN-ROMA

    FAREWELL CEREMONY in Vilnius International Airport

  08:30

Departure by air from Vilnius International Airport for Tallinn

  09:50

Arrival at Tallinn International Airport

    OFFICIAL WELCOME

    WELCOME CEREMONY in the square in front of the Presidential Palace

    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace

    MEETING with the CIVIL AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Rose Garden of the Presidential Palace

Address of the Holy Father

  ECUMENICAL MEETING with YOUNG PEOPLE in the Lutheran Saint Charles’ Church

Address of the Holy Father

  Lunch with the papal entourage in the Convent of the Brigidine Sisters in Pirita

    MEETING with those assisted by the CHARITABLE WORKS OF THE CHURCH in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

Greeting of the Holy Father

  HOLY MASS in Freedom Square

Homily of the Holy Father

  FAREWELL CEREMONY in Tallin International Airport

  18:45

Departure by air from Tallinn International Airport for Rome

  21:20

Arrival at Rome - Ciampino International Airport

           

Resignations and Appointments

Resignation of auxiliary of Montpellier, France, and appointment of successor

Appointment of eparchial bishop of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto of the Slovakians, Canada

Appointment of prefect of the Dicastery for Communication

 

Resignation of auxiliary of Montpellier, France, and appointment of successor

The Holy Father Francis has accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Montpellier, France, presented by H.E. Msgr. Claude Azéma.

 

Appointment of eparchial bishop of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto of the Slovakians, Canada

The Holy Father has appointed as eparchial bishop of the eparchy of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto of the Slovakians, Canada, the Rev. Fr. Marián Andrej Pacák, C.SS.R., currently chaplain of the monastery of the Most Holy Trinity of the Redemptoristine Sisters of Vranov nad Topl’ou-Lomnica, Slovakia.

Rev. Fr. Marián Andrej Pacák, C.SS.R.

The Rev. Fr. Marián Andrej Pacák, C.SS.R., was born on 24 April 1973 in Levoča, Slovakia. On 16 August 1991 he entered the Congregation of the Redemptorist Fathers.

On 12 July 1998 he was ordained a priest and was subsequently appointed as parish vicar in Stará L’ubovňa.

In 2003 he received a licentiate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy, Rome, and following his return to Slovakia he was appointed as bursar of the Redemptorist vice-province.

In 2016 he attended various courses in canon law in Lublin, Poland, and currently holds the office of chaplain of the monastery of the Most Holy Trinity of the Redemptoristine Sisters of Vranov nad Topl’ou-Lomnica, Slovakia.

 

Appointment of prefect of the Dicastery for Communication

The Holy Father Francis has appointed as prefect of the Dicastery for Communication the Most Distinguished Dr. Paolo Ruffini, currently director of the television network of the Italian Episcopal Conference (Tv2000).

Dr. Paolo Ruffini

Dr. Paolo Ruffini was born in Palermo, Italy on 4 October 1956. He graduated in jurisprudence from “La Sapienza” University of Rome. He has exercised the profession of journalist since 1979. In 1986 he married Ms. Maria Argenti.

He has worked in the press: Il Mattino of Naples (1979-1986) and Il Messaggero of Rome (1986-1996), the radio: Giornale Radio Rai (1996-2002), Canale Gr Parliamento (1998-2002), Radio 1 (1999-2002), Inblu Radio (2014-2018), and the television sector: Rai3 (2002-2011), La7 (2011-2014) and Tv2000 (2014-2018).

He has received various journalism awards and has taken part in numerous study conventions on the role of Christians in information ,ethics of communication and the new media.

Intervention of the Cardinal Secretary of State at the International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” on the third anniversary of the Encyclical “Laudato si’”

The following is the intervention by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin at the opening of the International Conference Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth , held on the third anniversary of the Holy Father Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’ , in the Vatican’s New Synod Hall from 5 to 6 July 2018:

 

Intervention of the Cardinal Secretary of State

Your Eminences,

Your Excellencies,

Members of the Diplomatic Corps and Representatives of Governments,

Distinguished Leaders and invited guests from Civil Society Groups, Movements, Faith Institutions, Indigenous Communities, Academia, International Organizations,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A very good morning to each and every one of you.

I wish to thank His Eminence, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, for the kind invitation to deliver the opening remarks at this Conference aimed at reflecting on Laudato si’ , Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on Care for Our Common Home.

Since its publication in May 2015, the Encyclical has been well received as a powerful contribution to understand better and to address more effectively a number of timely, even critical issues, that are challenging humanity, on the basis of the broader and more profound approach of integral ecology. It is precisely from the context of interrelationality, that “everything is connected” that the Holy Father reminds us that humanity is the steward of and not the lord over creation. Indeed, as he points out on various occasions, the brokenness in man’s relationship with God, with the other and with creation, at its roots, stems from a misplaced anthropocentrism.

Just to underline the wide reception the encyclical Laudato si’ has had, it is worth mentioning that the scientific community has been particularly appreciative of it and that it has made a very deep impression also on adherents of other faiths. At the beginning of Laudato si’ Pope Francis underlines that “with this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home” (LS, 3), appealing “for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet” (LS, 14). Perhaps the debate it fostered within the scientific community and among various religious groups is a clear sign of the willingness to work toward its implementation.

In these brief opening remarks, I would like to highlight three aspects that particularly characterize Laudato si’ .

First of all, in the context of the current and ever-emerging environmental challenges of our age, there is a clear urgency in the invitation of Pope Francis to take care of our common home. We all know how precarious is the situation of our planet today. The encyclical is indeed a timely response to one of the most urgent challenges faced by humanity today, namely, a possible collapse of the very home that sustains us and all forms of life.

Secondly, Laudato si’ is important for its message of an Integral Ecology. Pope Benedict XVI observed in Caritas in veritate that the Book of Nature is one and indivisible ( Caritas in veritate , 51) . Human ecology and natural ecology belong together and are inseparable concerns of the human family. Pope Francis sees in Saint Francis “the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. […] He shows us just how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace” ( LS , 10). Everything, for Pope Francis, is interconnected; so that the “cry of the Earth” is intimately linked to the “cry of the poor” ( LS, 49). Accordingly, as members of the common household, we all need to come together to commit to saving our common home. As Pope Francis writes, “all of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents” ( LS, 14). [1]

Thirdly, Laudato si’ adds a depth of dimension to the ecological discourse, an attention which is often lacking in discussions about the environment. In Laudato Si’ , Pope Francis offers a profoundly spiritual vision of the natural world, speaking of the “gospel” of creation, the very title of the second chapter of the encyclical. He points out “how faith convictions can offer Christians, and some other believers as well, ample motivation to care for nature and for the most vulnerable of their brothers and sisters” ( LS, 64). This again is an aspect of the Pope’s message of integral ecology; and it is intimately linked with the relational anthropological vision of Laudato si’ . As the Pope writes: “human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself” ( LS, 66). Our relationship with God and our neighbour necessarily includes our relationship with mother Earth. This relationship can be and should be harmonious; but as Pope Francis observed at the beginning of his encyclical letter, “ The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life .” ( LS, 2). As a result of this violence present in our hearts, the earth herself is burdened and laid waste, human life itself is abused in a predominant throwaway culture, and all of creation totters on the edge of catastrophe. It is urgent then that we change our sense of human progress, the management of our economy and our lifestyle.

The Catholic doctrine of creation does not regard the world as an accident. Our planet, indeed the universe, is an intentional act of God that is offered to human beings as a gift.  Creation is the first step in the great vocation of man: creation, incarnation, redemption.

Humanity is not an afterthought. God did not have two agendas: first, the world and then, humanity. Man and woman are made in the image and likeness of God, they are an intrinsic part of the universe, and their vocation is “to till and to keep” it all. But tilling and keeping should not include domination and devastation. Such behaviour makes a mockery of the dignity of and the respect due to God’s gifts .

In this light, we should find it easy to understand the concerns of Pope Francis for the poor and for nature. He is not offering worldly advice on how to be prudent and practical, although his message has immense practical consequences. Rather, he is reminding us of:

a)      the basic consequence of creation, which establishes a three-fold level of relationships for the human person:

·         with God the Creator,

·         with other human persons in a bond of fraternity, and

·         with the world as the garden-home for our existence, and

b)      the basic demands of our vocation to participate in God’s work as co-creators, and so

c)      our responsibility for the work of God Who does not hide His face from any aspect of creation, poor or rich, natural or human, now or in the future.

May our gathering these days to reflect on the delicate state of our common home lead us to trace out concrete and participatory lines of action to save creation. We are all aware of how long and how demanding this journey is going to be, but we have a very good compass to help guide us in the encyclical letter, Laudato si’ . May the encyclical serve you as a guide and inspiration in your deliberations and sharing these days. Please be assured of my fraternal and prayerful support for all that you do.

Thank you.

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[1] Cf. Pope Benedict XVI: “ Every Christian is called to practise this charity, in a manner corresponding to his vocation and according to the degree of influence he wields in the pólis. This is the institutional path — we might also call it the political path — of charity, no less excellent and effective than the kind of charity which encounters the neighbour directly, outside the institutional mediation of the pólis. When animated by charity, commitment to the common good has greater worth than a merely secular and political stand would have. ” (Civ. No.7)