Archive of October 26, 2008

Catholic Leadership Institute to award Catholics who infuse society with their faith

Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 26, 2008 (CNA) - The Catholic Leadership Institute has announced that it will be awarding Fr. Albert Cutié, Immaculée Ilibagiza, Sr. Francesca Onley and Robert Sims with its Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership for their exemplary leadership in their workplace, the community and the Church.


“CLI developed the Awards for Outstanding Catholic Leadership in 2000 to recognize people in the Catholic Church whose exemplary leadership in the family, the workplace, the community and the Church has been inspired by their Catholic faith,” said Timothy C. Flanagan, founder and chairman of the Catholic Leadership Institute.


“The lay, clergy and religious men and women named this year have inspired and led others, serving as role models for future Church and lay leaders,” he added.


Fr. Albert Cutié is well-known for his efforts to spread the Gospel through his radio and television programs. For over ten years, "Padre Alberto" has utilized the latest technologies to bring a message of faith, hope and love to today's world in English and in Spanish.


Immaculée Ilibagiza is well-known for speaking about how her faith helped her endure her harrowing experience with the genocide in Rwanda. She has written her story in a book entitled “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” and now advocates for children orphaned by the war.


Sr. Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ph.D., is an esteemed educator who has been instrumental in the success of Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA. Under her leadership, the school has successfully made the transition to university status, re-structured its Board of Trustees, and maintained the integrity of its educational philosophy and academic programs.


Robert J. Sims is a nationally-recognized financial, community and Church leader and friend to priests throughout the world, according to CLI’s website.



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Pope Benedict decries anti-Christian violence in Iraq and India

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2008 (CNA) - Following Mass in St Peter’s Basilica that concluded the Bishops’ Synod, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday defended Christians in Iraq and India who are “victims of intolerance and violence.”

Greeting the thousands of faithful present in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father noted that the synodal assembly is a clear example of ecclesial communion because the Word of God, that is the person of Christ, is the center of attention. According to the meaning of the word “church,” the Pope expounded, “We experienced the joy of being gathered around the Word.”
Pope Benedict reflected on the relationship the Word of God and Sacred Scripture. The Second Vatican Council document Dei Verbum teaches that good biblical exegesis includes both the historical-critical method and the theological because “Sacred Scripture is the Word of God in human words.” Each text must be read and interpreted remembering the “unity of Scripture, the living tradition of the Church and the light of faith.” Scientific exegesis and lectio divina are both necessary and complementary to understand the spiritual meaning that “God wishes to communicate to us today.”

The Holy Father joined an appeal by the Patriarchs of the Oriental Churches calling the attention of the international community, of religious leaders and of all men and women of good will to the tragedy of Christians in Iraq and India. He said, “There, Christians are victims of intolerance and violence, are killed, threatened and forced to abandon their homes and wander in search of refuge.”

The Pope expressed his hope that over the course of centuries of peaceful coexistence, the people of Iraq and India appreciated the contribution that the “small, yet active” Christian minorities made to their shared native land. He recalled that Christians do not demand privileges, but desire only to live in their countries, together with their fellow citizens.

Addressing civil and religious authorities, Pope Benedict asked them to make every effort to restore immediately civil coexistence. He continued to explain that “honest and loyal citizens” should be able to count on “adequate protection” by the State. Civil and religious authorities should make “significant and explicit gestures” out of friendship and consideration toward minorities, Christian or otherwise, defending “their legitimate rights.”

Pope Benedict concluded his remarks by announcing his trip to Africa and entrusting the sufferings of Christians in Iraq and India and all personal intentions, including the Synod for Africa, to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Pope Benedict announces trip to Africa

Vatican City, Oct 26, 2008 (CNA) - After celebrating Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the conclusion of the Bishops’ Synod, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday spoke before thousands of the faithful in St. Peter’s Square and announced his planned trip to Africa.

The Holy Father recalled that during the Mass he had reported that Rome would host the Second Special Assembly of the Synod for Africa next October. Pope Benedict then proceeded to announce that next March he plans to visit Cameroon, to present the working document for the African Synod, and Angola, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the country’s evangelization.

“If God so wishes, in March I intend to travel to Africa,” he said.

Pope Benedict concluded his remarks by entrusting the sufferings of Christians in Iraq and India and all personal intentions, including the Synod for Africa, to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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