May 13, 2005

Vatican Information Service Bulletin - 05-13-05

The following is a copyrighted release of the Vatican Information Service.

- BENEDICT XVI ANNOUNCES CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION OF JOHN PAUL II
- CATHOLICS, ANGLICANS TO PRESENT JOINT DOCUMENT ON MARY
- AUDIENCES
- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
 
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BENEDICT XVI ANNOUNCES CAUSE OF BEATIFICATION OF JOHN PAUL II
 
VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2005 (VIS) - Benedict XVI today announced the opening of the cause of beatification of John Paul II, waiving the normal waiting period of five years after the death of a Servant of God. The Pope made the announcement in the course of a meeting with the Roman clergy in the basilica of St. John Lateran.
 
 
The rescript - or document authorizing the act - is dated May 9, 2005 and is signed by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins and Archbishop Edward Nowak, respectively prefect and secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
 
 
This morning, after traveling by car to the Vicariate of Rome, the Pope, in a ceremony in the Hall of Conciliation, greeted the staff who work there and visited the pontifical apartments.
 
 
Benedict XVI then went to the basilica of St. John Lateran where he met the clergy of his diocese. After a brief greeting pronounced by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, the Pope delivered his address.
 
 
He said that "the extraordinary experience of faith that we experienced with the death of our much-loved Pope John Paul II, has shown us a Roman Church profoundly united, full of life and rich in enthusiasm; all this is the fruit of your prayers and your apostolate."
 
 
After underlining the need "to always go back to the roots of our priestly calling," in other words, "Jesus Christ, the Lord," Benedict XVI pointed out that as priests "we are charged not to say many words, but rather to echo and to be bearers of a single 'Word,' that is the Word of God, made flesh for our salvation. ... We have to be His true friends, to share His feelings, to want what He wants and not want what He does not want."
 
 
The Pope invited the priests to make their own these words of John Paul II: "Mass is, in an absolute way, the center of my life and of each of my days." Speaking of obedience to Christ, he recalled that this "takes concrete form in ecclesial obedience, which for a priest is, in everyday practice, above all obedience to his bishop."
 
 
Benedict XVI also recalled what he had said in his homily prior to the conclave, when he referred to "holy restlessness; a restlessness to bring everyone the gift of faith." After highlighting that Christ "calls us to be His witnesses," the Pope mentioned the necessity of "being with God," of seeking "intimate communion with Christ," in order "not to give in to fatigue, but to resist and, even more so, to grow as people and as priests."
 
 
"Time to be in the presence of God is a true pastoral priority," he continued, "in the final analysis, the most important priority. John Paul II demonstrated this to us in the most tangible and luminous of ways in all the circumstances of his life and his ministry."
 
 
The Holy Father affirmed that "our personal response to the call of sanctity is fundamental and decisive. This condition is essential, not only for our personal apostolate to be fruitful but also, and more broadly, for the Church's face to reflect the light of Christ."
 
 
"My ministry as bishop of Rome follows in the footsteps of my predecessors, in particular taking up the precious heritage left by John Paul II. Dear priests and deacons, let us walk together along this path with serenity and trust."
 
 
After his address, Benedict XVI listened attentively to questions and reflections presented by various priests and religious, and thanked them for the remarks. He then returned to the Vatican by car. 

 

CATHOLICS, ANGLICANS TO PRESENT JOINT DOCUMENT ON MARY

VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2005 (VIS) - The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Anglican Communion Office announced in a communique today that the most recent report of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), entitled "Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ," will be presented  on May 16, 2005 in Seattle, U.S.A., where the Commission last met and completed its work on the document. Cardinal Walter Kasper is the president of the pontifical council.
 
  
Pointing to relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, the text notes: "Over the past two years, the Pontifical Council has been concerned by the impact of recent developments in Anglicanism in North America on our relations. The publication of 'The Windsor Report' and the communique issued by the Anglican Primates on February 24 have sought to clarify the direction (in which) the Anglican Communion wishes to move" and "have offered new hope that our dialogue can continue to make progress towards the full communion which has been its aim since it was first conceived in March of 1966" by Pope Paul VI and then Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey.
 
 
The statement says, in an overview of recent developments: "In 2003, the decision of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America to ordain as bishop a priest in an active homosexual relationship, as well as the introduction of a rite of blessing for same sex couples in the Diocese of New Westminster in the Anglican Church of Canada, created new obstacles for relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. As a result of these actions and the uncertainty they created, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity agreed with representatives of the Anglican Communion to put on hold the plenary meetings of the International Anglican - Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) while maintaining close communication with the Anglican Communion Office and with Lambeth Palace."
 
 
"Faced with major tensions within the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, established the 'Lambeth Commission', mandating it to prepare" The Windsor Report, which was published in October 2004 and "proposes various practical steps to situate the autonomy of Anglican provinces more clearly within the interdependence of the Anglican Communion." Archbishop Williams invited Cardinal Kasper to write a letter offering reflections on the report and to come to London for conversations at the Anglican Communion Office. On both occasions, Cardinal Kasper emphasized the importance of clarifying both ecclesiological and moral issues related to the current situation.
 
 
Following the publication of "Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ," IARCCUM will resume its review of the work of  ARCIC II, and present a synthesis of that work to respective Anglican and Catholic authorities. 

 

AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father is scheduled to receive in audience this afternoon Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. 

 

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:
 
 
- Archbishop William Joseph Levada of San Francisco, California, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. For a biography of the prefect-elect click:  http://212.77.1.245/news_services/bulletin/news/16539.php?index=16539&lang=en#NOMINA%20DEL%20PREFETTO%20DELLA%20CONGREGAZIONE%20PER%20LA%20DOTTRINA%20DELLA%20FEDE
 
- Bishop Hector Salah Zuleta of Girardota, Colombia, as bishop of Riohacha (area 19,037, population 390,000, Catholics 320,000, priests 31, religious 99), Colombia.

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