CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: FRI. JAN. 28, 2011: HEADLINES-
POPE RECEIVES MEMBERS OF ORTHODOX-CATHOLIC COMMISSION
VATICAN CITY, 28 JAN 2011 (VIS REPORT) - Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received thirty members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA
The commission was founded in 2003 as the result of an initiative by the ecclesial authorities of the family of Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The first phase of dialogue, between 2003 and 2009, "resulted in the common text entitled 'Nature, Constitution and Mission of the Church'", said the Holy Father. "The document outlined aspects of fundamental ecclesiological principles that we share and identified issues requiring deeper reflection in successive phases of the dialogue. We can only be grateful that after almost fifteen hundred years of separation we still find agreement about the sacramental nature of the Church, about apostolic succession in priestly service and about the impelling need to bear witness to the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the world.
"In the second phase, the Commission has reflected from an historical perspective on the ways in which the Churches expressed their communion down the ages", the Pope added continuing his English-language remarks to the group. "During the meeting this week you are deepening your study of the communion and communication that existed between the Churches until the mid-fifth century of Christian history, as well as the role played by monasticism in the life of the early Church.
"We must be confident that your theological reflection will lead our Churches not only to understand each other more deeply, but resolutely to continue our journey decisively towards the full communion to which we are called by the will of Christ", he said.
"Many of you come from regions where Christian individuals and communities face trials and difficulties that are a cause of deep concern for us all", Benedict XVI concluded. "All Christians need to work together in mutual acceptance and trust in order to serve the cause of peace and justice. May the intercession and example of the many martyrs and saints, who have given courageous witness to Christ in all our Churches, sustain and strengthen you and your Christian communities".
VATICAN CITY, 28 JAN 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:
- Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.
- Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.
- Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, apostolic nuncio, accompanied by members of his family.
- Francis Martin-Xavier Campbell, ambassador of Great Britain, on his farewell visit.
- Suprapto Martosetomo, ambassador of Indonesia, on his farewell visit.
CATHOLIC ONLINE REPORT: Missionary and husband tried to outrun gunmen in Reynosa
Fifty-nine-year-old American missionary Nancy Davis has been fatally shot in Mexico. Authorities say that Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.
Authorities say that missionary Nancy Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fifty-nine-year-old American missionary Nancy Davis has been fatally shot in Mexico. Authorities say that Davis and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.
According to the Pharr Police Department in Texas, "the gunmen were attempting to stop them and the victims accelerated in efforts of getting away from them. At a certain point the gunmen discharged a weapon at the victim's vehicle and a bullet struck the victim Nancy Shuman Davis on the head."
Davis' husband, Sam Davis drove their truck "at high rate of speed" to the Pharr International Bridge, which crosses the Rio Grande. Nancy Davis was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are assisting in the investigation.
The Mexican Interior Ministry says they are investigating the incident "for the purpose of clarifying the facts and act accordingly to punish the person or persons responsible."
Merton Rundell, a professor in the missions department at Indiana's Union Bible College & Academy and a family friend, told CNN the couple had lived in Mexico since the 1970s and worked with the Gospel Proclaimers mission in Mexico.
Longtime friend Maryanne Wheeler, who worked with the Davises in the 1990s, said Nancy Davis' death was a great loss.
"They breathed Mexico," Wheeler said. "That's their love.
"For 40 years she has gone around Mexico, trying to be there as a nurse, a friend, as a spiritual adviser and has loved them. They lost the best," she said. "They had a petite lady who had the tenacity of a bulldog and was there for you."
According to information sent to Fides, the meeting on the theme: “Life, bread, peace and liberty. For a prosperous, peaceful, reconciled Africa” was attended by 100 representative from Catholic Action Movements in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal, together with members of the international FIAT Secretariat from four countries (Italy, Spain, Romania and Burundi).
At the end of the meeting, attendees took on the commitment to particularly “promote and defend Christian values in all areas of life,” and “to get to know better and wisely and coherently integrate our cultures in light of the Gospel”, to promote “interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue” and reflection “on ecclesiality, laicism, organicity and collaboration with the Hierarchy: the four notes of the “Apostolicam Actuositatem” (no. 20) that characterize the Catholic Action Movement.
The lay members of Catholic Action in Western Africa recommended to the ecclesiastical hierarchy to “promote the formation of the laity for greater effectiveness of the Church's mission” and to “create a synergy of reflection and action, at all levels, among Pastors, consecrated and lay people, based on joint responsibility in communion,” without forgetting to “provide the structures for the coordination of the lay apostolate for subsequent human, material and financial resources to achieve its goals.” They also called them to “create the conditions for dialogue with politicians and leaders of civil society in order to promote the common good and the rule of law.” The Secretariat of the IFCA, finally, was requested to continue to “promote this type of formation seminar at international, continental, regional and diocesan levels.”
FIAC remembered Bishop Jacques Sarr of Thiès and President of the Episcopal Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity in Senegal, who died on 18 January (see Fides 21/01/2011), as “a man of God totally dedicated to serving the Church, who had a vision of hope for Africa.”
Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - The government of Nepal is set to allow Christians, Muslims and Baha'is of the capital to bury their dead in the forest of Sleshmantak close to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. The decision has sparked protests by Hindu fundamentalists, who consider the forest part of the sacred temple.
Hindus cremate their dead and do not build cemeteries. In recent years, Kathmandu has been subjected to a heavy real estate speculation. This has limited the availability of free land and reduced the areas that were once intended for cemeteries for Christians, Muslims and Baha'is, most often forced to bury many bodies in the same grave.
Narayan Sharma, Protestant Bishop of Nepal, says: "We are not at fault. We acted according to the government's decision. The Hindus must be aware of the rights of other religions." According to the Christian Federation of Nepal there are already 200 tombstones in the Sleshmantak area. Christians have paid 6 to 10 euro for each grave.Despite protests from the Hindus, Minendra Rijal, Minister for Culture, said that after centuries of Hindu monarchy "the country is now secular and all Hindus should also take into account the needs of other religions."
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