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TIME OF ADVENT, GUIDED BY MARY

Vatican City, 2 December 2013 (VIS) – On the first Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in the square. “This day has a special charm”, said the Pope. “It gives us a deep sense of history. We rediscover the beauty of taking the same path together: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and humanity as a whole, populations, civilisations, cultures, all walking along paths through time”.

Pope Francis emphasised that this path never ends. “As in the life of every one of us there is the need to start again, to get up again, to rediscover the meaning and aim of our existence, so for the great human family is it necessary to continually renew the common horizon towards which we all strive”. The Holy Father commented that the best example of this spiritual attitude is that of the Virgin Mary, and her Magnificat, the hymn of the People of God on their path. “Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her in this time of waiting and active watchfulness”.

Following the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted the pilgrims present and mentioned that today is World AIDS Day. “We express our closeness to those who are affected, especially children; a solid closeness in the commitment of many missionaries and workers. Let us pray for them all, and also for doctors and researchers. May every sick person, without exception, have access to the necessary treatment”.

Jesuits elect first Latin-American general 

Rome: The Society of Jesus on October 14 elected its first superior general who sports a mustache. Father Arturo Sosa, 67, is also the first Latin-American leader to head the largest Catholic religious order for men that was started in 1540. He has become the 30th successor of St Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the congregation.read more

climate summit in Paris

On the occasion of the climate summit in Paris, we have posted on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (https://www.facebook.com/drs.news/?fref=photo) a graphic of a clock whose hands show that it is almost high noon, together with a quote from Bishop Dr. Gebhard Fürst saying: "It’s a dramatic situation. Countless people are deprived of their necessities of life, but there is still a chance to prevent this. It’s high time to seize it." read more

Pope sends Telegram for the death of Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini

The Holy Father has sent a telegram to Vinicio Angelini for the death of Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini last night at the age of 98. He offers his condolences to the family of the deceased cardinal, to the diocesan community of Rome and to the Benedictine Sisters of the Reparation of the Holy Face, and expresses his affection for “this dear and esteemed pastorread more

Vatican message for World Fisheries Day

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has released a message for World Fisheries Day, which is commemorated on November 21. The pontifical council called upon “all the national and local AOS [Apostleship of the Sea offices] to renew their commitment to establish a significant presence in fishing ports and develop specific programs to make fishers and their families an integral part of the local Christian community, giving them the opportunity to express themselves and their needs without being isolated.”read more

Pope to raffle off gifts to raise money for homeless

Vatican City: Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless. For just 10 euros (about US$12.50) those hoping to get their clutches on perfume, pens and even a panama hat given to the pope can enter a draw, the proceeds of which will go to a papal charity set up to help those who bed down nightly around the Vatican. read more

New Diocese of Sultanpet

On Saturday, 28 December the Holy Father erected the new diocese of Sultanpet (area 4,446, population 4,260,435, Catholics 30,975, priests 32, religious 111) India, with territory taken from the dioceses of Coimbatore and Calicut, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Verapolyread more

A LIFELONG ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS

“We might wonder: but when will I meet Jesus? Only at the end? No! … All our lives are an encounter with Jesus, when we pray, when we go to Mass and when we do good works; when we visit the sick and when we help the poor; when we think of others, when we are not selfish, when we are kind … in these things we always find Jesus. And this is exactly what the path of life is: advancing towards Jesus”.read more