November 7, 2013

Vatican Information Service Bulletin

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Summary

- THE POPE CHOOSES THE BEATITUDES AS THE THEME FOR THE NEXT WORLD YOUTH DAY

- AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOLY SEE AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHAD ON THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

- EVANGELISING THE SOUL OF EUROPE: BISHOPS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMUNICATION MEET IN BARCELONA

- AUDIENCES

 

THE POPE CHOOSES THE BEATITUDES AS THE THEME FOR THE NEXT WORLD YOUTH DAY

Vatican City, 7 November 2013 (VIS) – The Holy Father has decided on the themes for the next three World Youth Days, which will mark a three-year itinerary of spiritual preparation that will culminate with the international World Youth Day with the Successor of Peter scheduled to be held in Krakow, Poland in July 2016.

Twenty-ninth World Youth Day, 2014
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3).

Thirtieth World Youth Day 2015
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt. 5:8).

Thirty-first World Youth Day 2016 (Krakow)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt. 5:7).

 

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HOLY SEE AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHAD ON THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Vatican City, 7 November 2013 (VIS) – On Wednesday 6 November in the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yamena, the capital of Chad, an agreement was signed between the Holy See and the Republic of Chad regarding the legal status of the Catholic Church in Chad.

It was signed on behalf of the Holy See by Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, apostolic nuncio in Chad, and for the Republic of Chad by Moussa Faki Mahamat, minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration.

The agreement, which consists of eighteen articles, will enter into force upon exchange of the instruments of ratification; it recognises the legal personality of the Catholic Church and the ecclesiastical institutions and, establishing a legal framework for the relations between the Church and the State, affirms the social value of their collaboration for the promotion of the dignity of the human person in order to build a more just and peaceful society.

 

EVANGELISING THE SOUL OF EUROPE: BISHOPS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMUNICATION MEET IN BARCELONA

Vatican City, 7 November 2013 (VIS) – With the theme “Evangelising the soul of Europe”, the bishops responsible for social communication of the European Episcopal Conferences will meet for three days in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss the challenges and instruments available to communicate the Gospel in the context of contemporary Europe, in a state of constant flux.

The meeting, promoted by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE) Commission on Social Communications, presided by Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla Aguirre of San Sebastian, Spain, will open tomorrow afternoon with a discussion by Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, archbishop of Barcelona, on innovative communications in his archdiocese and a presentation of the new CCEE website. This will be followed by a debate chaired by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli on the fifty years that have passed since the “Inter mirifica” decree, its history, and the changes that have occurred since its publication.

Among other topics, on 9 November there will be a discussion on “marketing the Gospel”, or rather, how commercial means of communication can be used for proclaiming the Gospel; technology in the service of the Church, and the communication of Pope Francis.

In the city of Antonio Gaudi, the European bishops will also have the opportunity to consider the role of architecture in the communication of the beauty of creation, and on Sunday, 10 November, at the end of the meeting, they will visit the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, guided by the architect Jordi Bonet, who will describe how the work of Gaudi may be interpreted as an inseparable unity of liturgy and architecture.

 

AUDIENCES

Vatican City, 7 November 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father received in audience:

- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

- Cardinal Jozef Tomko, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the International Eucharistic Congresses.

- Archbishop Leon Kalenga Badikebele, apostolic nuncio to El Salvador and Belize.

- Michael Nazir-Ali, former Anglican bishop of Rochester.

- Han Thomas Hong-soon, ambassador of Korea, on his farewell visit.

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