November 11, 2005

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

The following, in it's entirety, is a copyrighted transcript of the Vatican Information Service.

SUMMARY:

- Papal Mass for Deceased Cardinals and Bishops
- Audiences
- Other Pontifical Acts

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 PAPAL MASS FOR DECEASED CARDINALS AND BISHOPS

 VATICAN CITY, NOV 11, 2005 (VIS) - This morning, the Pope presided at a Mass at the altar of the Cathedra in the Vatican Basilica in remembrance of the cardinals, archbishops and bishops who died during the course of the last year. Members of the College of Cardinals concelebrated with the Holy Father.

   In his homily, Benedict XVI recalled that during the month of November "the great family of the Church" prays and offers "its redeeming sacrifice for the souls of the deceased faithful."

   Speaking of the late John Paul II, Benedict XVI affirmed how "he left us, among other shining examples, that most precious example of prayer. At this time too, we take up his spiritual heritage, in the knowledge that his intervention continues even more intensely from heaven."

   The Holy Father named the five cardinals who died over the last twelve months: Juan Carlos Aramburu, Jan Pieter Schotte, Corrado Bafile, Jaime Sin and Giuseppe Caprio. "Today, together with their souls, we entrust to the Lord those of the archbishops and bishops who, over the same period, concluded their earthly journey."

   Commenting on the reading from the Book of Sirach, which "contains first an exhortation to constancy under trial then an invitation to trust in God," the Pope said: "Whoever puts himself at the service of the Lord and passes his life in ecclesial ministry is not exempt from trials, on the contrary he faces the most insidious ordeals, as the experience of the saints amply shows. But living in fear of God frees the heart from all fear and immerses it in the depths of His love."

   "Whoever trusts in Jesus places his faith in God Himself. ... We human beings need a friend, a brother to take us by the hand and accompany us to 'the Father's house,' we need someone who knows the way well."

   Benedict XVI stressed that "Jesus is the way open to everyone, there is no other. And those that appear as 'other' ways, in as much as they are authentic lead back to Him, otherwise they do not bring life. It is, then, a priceless gift that the Father gave humanity sending His only-begotten Son. This gift brings a responsibility, which is greater the closer the relationship with Jesus."

 "As we give thanks to God," the Holy Father concluded, "for all the benefits He granted our late confreres, for them we offer the merits of Jesus' passion and death to compensate for shortcomings due to human frailty."

 

AUDIENCES

 

VATICAN CITY, NOV 11, 2005 (VIS) - This evening, the Holy Father is scheduled to receive in audience Archbishop William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accompanied by Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., secretary of the same dicastery.

 

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

 VATICAN CITY, NOV 11, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

  - Fr. Martin Dada Abejide Olorunmolu, professor of Holy Scripture at the Catholic Institute of West Africa, as bishop of Lokoja (area 24,750, population 1,465,000, Catholics 36,500, priests 38, permanent deacons 4, religious 45), Nigeria. The bishop-elect was born in Ogiri-Kabba, Nigeria, in 1948 and ordained a priest in 1978.

  - Fr. Santiago Maria Garcia de la Rasilla Dominguez S.J., superior of the "San Pedro" home in Lima, Peru, as apostolic vicar of Jaen (area 32,572, population 452,000, Catholics 380,000, priests 31, permanent deacons 1, religious 139), Peru. The bishop-elect was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1936 and ordained a priest in 1967.

 

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