October 6, 2006

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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SUMMARY:


THEOLOGIANS MISSION THROUGH SILENCE AND CONTEMPLATION

VATICAN CITY, OCT 6, 2006 (VIS) - This morning in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, in the Vatican, the Holy Father concelebrated mass with the participants of the International Theological Commission.

  In this homily, the Pope mentioned the figure of Saint Bruno, whose feast day is celebrated today and whose mission was characterized by "silence and contemplation (...) which allow us to find this deep, continuous union with God, in the dispersion of every day".

  The mission of the theologian, Benedict XVI said, is to "keep in present the essential words in the loquacity of our times and other times (...) For the purification of our words and therefore those of the world, we need that silence that becomes contemplation, which allows us to enter into God's silence and thus reach the point where the Word is born, the redeeming Word".

  He continued: "Our words and thoughts should only be used that they may be heard, may find space in the world, God's speaking, God's Word. Thus, once again, we are invited to this path of renouncing our own words; to this path of purification, that our words may be only instruments through which God may speak, and thus God is really not the object but the subject of Theology".

  Afterwards, quoting the First Letter of Saint Peter, he recalls that "to speak to find applause, to speak orienting oneself to what men wish to hear, to speak in obedience to the dictatorship of common opinions, is considered  a type of prostitution of words and soul". However, we need not submit to this typology but, "search for obedience to the truth. I believe this to be the fundamental virtue of the theologian, this harsh discipline to obedience to truth, which make us collaborators" and "the mouths of truth".

 

XII ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF SYNOD OF BISHOPS 2008

VATICAN CITY, OCT 6, 2006 (VIS) - Today, the Holy See Press Office informed that the Holy Father has convoked the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops dedicated to the theme: "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church", which will be held in the Vatican from October 5 to 26, 2008.

 

THE HOLY SEE APPEALS FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

VATICAN CITY, OCT 6, 2006 (VIS) - Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, intervened before the 61st session of the General Assembly on all disarmament and international security items.

  He said: "The Holy See takes this opportunity to appeal again to the international community to establish an obligatory legal framework aimed at regulating the trade of conventional weapons of any type, as well as regulating the know-how and technology of their production".

  With reference to nuclear weapons, he stressed the urgent need for dialogue on this issue. He said: "My delegation agrees that the international community seems almost to be sleepwalking down the path (...), in which rapidly growing numbers of states feel obliged to arm themselves with nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear terrorism grows".

  Archbishop Migliore emphasized  the fact that the Holy See has, many times "asked that those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear arms, or those planning to acquire them, agree to change their course by clear and firm decisions, and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament. Policies of nuclear deterrence, typical of the Cold War, can and must be replaced by concrete measures of disarmament based on dialogue and multilateral negotiations".

 

AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY, OCT 6, 2006 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father received in audiences seven prelates from the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops, Canada, during their "ad limina" visit:

- Archbishop Daniel J. Bohan, of Regina.

- Bishop Reynald Rouleau, O.M.I., of Churchill-Baie d'Hudson.

- Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, O.M.I., of Keewatin-La Pas.

- Bishop Joseph Luc Andre Bouchard, of Saint Paul in Alberta.

- Bishop Frederick Bernard Henry, of Calgary.

- Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins, of Edmonton.

- Archbishop Vernon James Weisberger, of Winnipeg.

  This evening, he is scheduled to receive in a private audience Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

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