Nativity Scene at St. Peter’s to be called “”Francis 1223 – Francis 2013”




(Vatican Radio) “Francis 1223 – Francis 2013” is the title of this year’s nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, marking the first Christmas of the pontificate of Pope Francis. For the first time, a Neapolitan crèche will be used in the exhibit, created by Antonio Cantone of the firm Cantone & Costabile. The nativity scenes of Naples are world famous, and the material was donated by the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, with the support of the president of the Region of Campania, Stefano Caldoro. The figures will be dressed in the clothing typical of 18th century Naples. The scene will be funded largely by donations from benefactors, limiting the expense of the Governorate of Vatican City State. In addition, the Bavarian community of Waldmünchenu has donated a 25-metre high fir tree, weighing over 7 tons, to the Holy Father. It will arrive in the square on December 6th.


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Deutsch: Papierkrippenberg verschiedener Trebi...

Deutsch: Papierkrippenberg verschiedener Trebitscher Meister, angefertigt 1885. Die Figuren haben eine Höhe von 13 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Pope Francis approves the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII

By Catherine Harmon


(Left) Blessed John XXIII; (right) Blessed John Paul II

During an already busy news day at the Vatican, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints released a slate of decrees concerning the causes for canonization of several individuals, most notably Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII. It was announced that Pope Francis has approved a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope John Paul II, clearing the way for his canonization just eight years after his death; the Holy Father also approved the decision—voted upon by the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops—to canonize Pope John XXIII without a second miracle attributed to his intercession.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that while the decision to canonize in the absence of a second miracle is unusual, the move is valid. One miracle attributed to the intercession of John XXIII was approved before the late pope’s beatification and, according to the Vatican Radio report, Father Lombardi stated that “it was [Pope Francis’] will that the sainthood of the great Pope of the Second Vatican Council be recognized.”

A special Consistory of the College of Cardinals has been called to decide upon the details of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II; Father Lombardi said that while dates have not been set, it is possible that John Paul and John XXIII will be canonized at the same time. He also stated that he believed the canonizations would take place before the end of the year.

Developments in the canonization causes of several other individuals were also announced by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, including several miracles and declarations of heroic virtue.


About the Author

Catherine Harmon

Catherine Harmon is managing editor of Catholic World Report.


Church has no room for power struggles, says Pope

Does Power Struggle prevail in the form of Favouritism, Groupism within Clergy in the Archdiocese of Bombay? It seems obvious from the fact that the favoured ones are given positions which can be termed PLUM in the Corporate language, and the others, particularly the vocal ones, are left in isolation for years together, in one place.

Clergy are supposed to be bound by the Oath of Loyalty; But Loyalty to whom, To the Hierarchy or Loyalty to the Church of Lord Jesus Christ?

Is Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a victim of the power struggle, who is unable to decide on the issues of corruption, related to Properties and Finances, brought to his notice by members of Laity, at various Parishes?

Will the Hierarchy heed Pope’s Warning?


Pontiff warns against them but admits they have existed since Church began.

Vatican City:

While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them.??
“In the Church the greatest is the one who serves most, the one who is at the service of others,” said Pope Francis on May 21.? ?“This is the rule, yet from the beginning until now there have been power struggles in the Church, even in our manner of speech,” he said in his homily, which was based on the day’s Gospel reading from Mark 9.??
In the reading, Jesus catches the disciples arguing about which of them is the greatest.??“In the Gospel of Jesus, the struggle for power in the Church must not exist because true power, that which the Lord by his example has taught us, is the power of service,” said the Pope.
But the Pope believes the struggle for power in the Church is “nothing new” and that it first appearing when Jesus was forming his disciples.??
Pope Francis noted, “when a person is given a job, one that in the eyes of the world is a superior role, they say ‘ah, this woman has been promoted to president of that association, or this man was promoted.’”
“This verb, to promote, yes, it is a nice verb and one we must use in the Church,” he said.
“Yes, he was promoted to the Cross, he was promoted to humiliation,” the Pope remarked.??
True promotion,” he underscored, “is that which makes us seem more like Jesus.”
“If we do not learn this Christian rule, we will never, ever be able to understand Jesus’ true message on power,” said Pope Francis.
“Real power is service as he did, he who came not to be served but to serve, and his service was the service of the Cross,” he said.
The pontiff explained that Jesus “humbled himself unto death, even death on a cross for us, to serve us, to save us and there is no other way in the Church to move forward.
”??Pope Francis also drove home his point by recalling that Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of his religious order the Jesuits, asked Jesus for the grace of humiliation.
“This is the true power of the service of the Church, this is the true path of Jesus, true and not worldly advancement,” said the pontiff.??“The path of the Lord is being in his service as he carried out his service, we must follow him, on the path of service, that is the real power in the Church,” he stated.??
The congregation included the president and vice-president of the Focolare Movement, Maria Voce and Giancarlo Faletti, as well as the director of the magazine Civilt� Cattolica, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro.??Staff from Vatican Radio and the Office of the Vatican City State Governatorate also attended.??
During the prayers of the faithful, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on the afternoon of May 20. The twister claimed the lives of at least 91 people, including 20 children.
Source: Catholic News Agency

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emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys Fr...

emblem of the Papacy: Triple tiara and keys Français : emblème pontifical Italiano: emblema del Papato Português: Emblema papal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope takes another swipe at the global ‘cult of money’

WILL The Hierarchy of Archdiocese of Bombay take cue from Pope Francis and bring in transparency in Financial and Property affairs at the Parishes?

SILENT VOICE has been pursuing it with Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias for quite some time, without much success….It seems the Hierarchy is not interested in involving Laity in management of Property and Financial Matters, for the reason best known to them.

Hope the wiser counsel prevails and Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in the process of Advising the Pope, will take some Advice in return…



“Not to share one’s goods with the poor is to rob them”.


 Pope Francis First


Vatican City:


Pope Francis has called on world leaders to put an end to the “cult of money” and to do more to help the poor, warning that insecurity was rising in many regions of the world and the “joy of life” was diminishing in developed countries.


“The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly human goal,” Francis said in an address to ambassadors to the Vatican on Thursday.


Francis said that radical free-market ideologies had created “a new, invisible, and at times virtual, tyranny” and human beings “considered as consumer goods” and called for global financial reform that would benefit everyone.


“Solidarity, which is the treasure of the poor, is often considered counterproductive, opposed to the logic of finance and the economy. While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling,” he said.


“I encourage the financial exports and the political leaders of your countries to consider the words of St John Chrysostom “Not to share one’s goods with the poor is to rob them”, he said.


The Argentine pope, formerly the archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became a powerful voice on the side of the poor during his homeland’s devastating economic crisis.


Increasing transparency


The Vatican Bank, a centre of scandals for decades, is to launch its own website and publish its annual report in an effort to increase transparency, its new president said.


Ernst von Freyberg told the bank’s employees of the changes, which should be in place by the end of the year, this week, according to Vatican Radio.


He also said the bank, formally known as the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) and dubbed the world’s most secretive bank by Forbes magazine, had also hired an auditing firm to make sure it meets international standards against money laundering.


Freyberg was appointed in February to take the place of Ettore Gotti Tedeschi who was fired last May.


Gotti Tedeschi said he was dismissed because he wanted more transparency but the board, made up of international financial experts, said he had neglected basic management responsibilities and alienated staff.


His abrupt departure, along with the arrest of Pope Benedict’s butler for stealing confidential papal documents, came during a leaks scandal that shook the Vatican last year and contributed to Benedict’s decision to resign.


The Vatican has been trying to shed its image as a murky financial centre since 1982, when Roberto Calvi, known as “God’s Banker” because of his links to the Vatican, was found hanging from London’s Blackfriars Bridge.


Calvi was head of the Banco Ambrosiano, then Italy’s largest private bank, which collapsed in a fraudulent bankruptcy.


The Vatican bank owned part of the Ambrosiano.


In July, a European anti-money laundering committee said the Vatican Bank failed to meet all its standards on fighting money laundering, tax evasion and other financial crimes.


The report by Moneyval, a monitoring group of the 47-nation Council of Europe, found the Vatican had passed only nine of 16 “key and core” aspects of its financial dealings.


Source: Al Jazeera


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English: Logo of The Intergovernmental Action ...

English: Logo of The Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) Русский: Логотип Межправительственной группы по борьбе с отмыванием денег в Западной Африке (ГИАБА) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





Church is not NGO, warns Pope

The pope had a direct message for employees of the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works.

 Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican City:

The Church is not a bureaucratic organization, it is a story of love, if “it creates offices and becomes somewhat bureaucratic, the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO”. The statement was repeated at Mass this morning by Pope Francis celebrated in the chapel of St. Martha’s residence. Among those present, were employees of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR).

According to Vatican Radio, the Pope himself brought the subject up: “It’s a love story … But there are those from the IOR … excuse me, eh! .. some things are necessary, offices are required … ok! but they are necessary up to a certain point: as an aid to this love story. But when organization takes first place, love falls down and the Church, poor thing, becomes an NGO. And this is not the way forward.”

The readings of the day tell the story of the first Christian community that grows and multiplies its disciples. A good thing, says the Pope, but that can push to make “deals” to get even “more partners in this venture.” “Instead, the path that Jesus willed for his Church is another: the path of the difficulties, the path of the Cross, the path of persecution … And this makes us wonder: What is this Church? This, our Church so it doesn’t seems a human enterprise”.

The Church is “something more”: “the disciples do not the Church make, they are only the messengers sent by Jesus. And Christ was sent by the Father.” So, you see that the Church begins there, in the heart of the Father, who had this idea … I do not know if He had an idea, the Father: the Father had love. This love story began, this love story that lasts through time and still has not ended. We, the women and men of the Church, we are in the middle of a love story: each of us is a link in this chain of love. And if we do not understand this, we do not understand anything about what the Church is. ”

“The Church does not grow thanks to human strength: some Christians made mistakes for historical reasons, they took a wrong turn, they had armies, and they waged wars of religion: that is another story, which is not this love story. We too must learn by our mistakes how the love story progresses. But how does it grow?

Like Jesus simply said, like the mustard seed, it grows like the yeast in the flour, without noise. “The Church grows “from the bottom, slowly.” “And when the Church wants to boast of its quantity and makes organizations, and makes offices and become somewhat bureaucratic, then the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO. It’s a love story … But there are those from the IOR … excuse me, eh! .. some things are necessary, offices are required … ok! but they are necessary up to a certain point: as an aid to this love story. But when organization takes first place, love falls down and the Church, poor thing, becomes an NGO. And this is not the way forward. ”

A head of state, he said, asked how big the Pope’s army was. But the Church does not grow “through the military”, but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Because the Church is not an organization. “No, it is a Mother. It is a Mother. There are many mothers here, at this Mass. How would you feel if someone said to you:’ So… you are the manager of your house ‘?’ No, I am the Mammy!. ‘And the Church is Mother. And we are in the middle of a love story that runs on the power of the Holy Spirit and we, all of us together, are a family in the Church who is our Mother. ”

Source: AsiaNews

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St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning

St. Peter’s Basilica at Early Morning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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