January 5, 2006

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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


- Pontifical Household Is Home to All Believers
- Audiences
- Other Pontifical Acts
- Notice



 VATICAN CITY, JAN 5, 2006 (VIS) - This morning, Benedict XVI received in audience the officials who provide service and assistance during pontifical audiences, ceremonies and official gatherings, collectively known as "Addetti di Anticamera."

   After recalling that they form a centuries-old "Collegio" under the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, the Pope said: "Times change, usage and customs vary, but what remains the same is the spirit with which each of you is called to work alongside the one called by Divine Providence to govern the Universal Church. Since this household, the Pontifical Household, is home to all believers, you too must ensure that it is hospitable to all those who come to visit the Pope."

   The Holy Father emphasized the fact that the service of the "Addetti" brings with it a "commitment to bear witness to Him who is the true Lord of the household: Jesus Christ. This involves maintaining constant dialogue with Him in prayer, growing in friendship and intimacy with Him, and remaining prepared to bear witness to His welcoming love with all you meet. If this is the spirit with which you undertake your duties, ... then [those duties] can become a special apostolate, an opportunity to transmit courteously and cordially the joy of being Christ's disciples in all situations and all moments of our lives."

   Recalling that tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Pope dwelt on the figure of Mary: "Just as she presented Jesus to the Magi, so the Virgin continues to offer Him to all humanity. Let us accept Him from her hands: Christ fulfils the most profound expectations of our hearts and gives meaning to all out plans and actions. May He be present in families and reign everywhere with the power of His love."



 VATICAN CITY, JAN 5, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

  - Prince Alessandro Torlonia, assistant to the throne, accompanied by his wife.

  - John Joseph Herron, ambassador of Australia, accompanied by his wife, on his farewell visit.

  - Frere Alois, prior of Taize.



 VATICAN CITY, JAN 5, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

  - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, presented by Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi S.J., upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Peter Liu Cheng-chung.

  - Appointed Fr. Gary Gordon of the clergy of Vancouver, Canada, pastor and archiepiscopal delegate for prisons, as bishop of Whitehorse (area 723,515, population 35,614, Catholics 9,175, priests 13, religious 9), Canada. The bishop-elect was born in Vancouver in 1957 and ordained as a priest in 1982.

 - Appointed Msgr. Andrzej Siemieniewski, episcopal vicar for the permanent formation of the clergy and holder of the chair of spiritual theology at the faculty of theology in Wroclaw, Poland, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Wroclaw (area 11,490, population 1,580,000, Catholics 1,470,100, priests 1,163, religious 1,781). The bishop-elect was born in Wroclaw in 1957 and ordained as a priest in 1985.

  - Appointed Adalbert Roth as "scriptor latinus" of the Vatican Apostolic Library, and Sever Juan Voicu as "scriptor graecus" of the Vatican Apostolic Library.



 VATICAN CITY, JAN 5, 2006 (VIS) - As previously advised, there will be no service tomorrow, Friday, January 6, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the next service will be transmitted on Monday, January 9.


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