Synod Highlights Africa’s Potential

Sunday, October 11, 2009 2:57 AM Comments (0)

As the first week of the Synod on Africa comes to a close, what has been the main issue exercising the minds of the synod fathers so far?

Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle of Accra, Ghana, gave his opinion at a press conference Friday afternoon. “What is beautiful is that there’s a convergence that reconciliation is a problem all over, and that working for justice and for peace is almost going to be a preferential option for the Church in Africa,” he said.

Said Archbishop Palmer Buckle, “We’ve listened not only to bishops from Africa, but those from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and there’s a lot of convergence.” At the moment, he said,...READ MORE

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African Synod’s First Week

Friday, October 09, 2009 11:51 AM Comments (0)

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Cape Coast, Ghana (CNS)

So far the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, taking place at the Vatican until Oct. 25, has extensively covered core issues facing the continent, from the problem of ethnic conflicts and sects, to poverty, poor governance and the Church’s role in fostering justice, peace and reconciliation.

As well as his comments already reported here, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, and relator general of the Synod, opened proceedings by noting that “ethnic diversity continues to be a seedbed of conflicts and tensions,” and that African migrants to the West often end up in “servile conditions, which require our attention and...READ MORE

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Benedict and Abbas Meet

Thursday, October 08, 2009 12:48 PM Comments (0)

Pope Benedict XVI and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, discussed the need to find a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when they met this morning at the Vatican. They also referred to the situation and contribution of Catholics in the Palestinian Territories.

According to a Vatican statement, the dialogue “focused on the situation in the Middle East and, in particular, on the need to find a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which the rights of everyone are recognized and respected.”

The statement added: “In this context, emphasis was given to the importance of co-operation and mutual respect...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gregory’s Synod Comments

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 12:48 PM Comments (0)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (CNS)

Below is the text of the remarks made yesterday by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta to the Second Synod for Africa:

“I welcome this opportunity to summarize the importance that this Second Synod for Africa holds for the Church in the United States of America. We Americans find ourselves increasingly drawn in by issues and events that occur on the African continent. We, like people everywhere, feel ever more acutely the impact of the intensifying global character of our world.

First and foremost, we praise Almighty God for the gift of the one faith that binds the Church in the United States to all of the other Churches throughout the world.

Our Catholic community has benefited...READ MORE

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Europe 4 Christ Message

Monday, October 05, 2009 7:43 PM Comments (0)

As the Synod on Africa gets underway at the Vatican, the following message from a Nigerian seminarian serves as a timely and striking wake-up call for apathetic European Catholics. It could also apply to Catholics anywhere where secularism and relativism has become widespread.

The message was posted yesterday on Europe4Christ, a German-based website founded by members of different Christian confessions in response to discrimination against Christians in Europe. The message forms part of its ‘Letters to Europe’ series.

With attitudes like those expressed in the message, it’s perhaps not surprising the faith is growing so fast on the African continent.

Here is the text of the...READ MORE

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African Synod Begins

Monday, October 05, 2009 4:45 PM Comments (0)

Choir members from Africa sing after Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS)

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana has said there’s no reason why a future pope can’t be black, just as the United Nations has had a black secretary general and the United States now has a black president.

Responding to a question at a Vatican press conference today about whether the Church is ready for a black pope, Cardinal Turkson replied: “Why not?” He added the Church has historically been “very successful” in electing “everyone” as popes.

The archbishop of Cape Coast referred to modern-day precedents in high-profile international positions, such as his countryman Kofi Annan who served as U.N. secretary general from 1997 through 2006, and now Barack Obama as...READ MORE

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British Papal Visit Update

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1:50 PM Comments (0)

Westminster Cathedral (wikipedia)

An official announcement of a historic papal state visit to Britain is now not expected until toward the end of this year, the Register has learned.

News that Pope Benedict XVI would travel to the British Isles, probably in September 2010, was leaked to the media last week, but contrary to speculation, there is no likelihood of a visit to Northern Ireland this time around. That is more likely to take place in 2012, according to an informed source.

Any such visit to Britain would come at a time when the country has fallen further into a culture of death. John Smeaton, the U.K.’s director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, writes on his blog:...READ MORE

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Benedict’s Reality Czech

Monday, September 28, 2009 12:47 PM Comments (0)

A central and recurring theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic visit to the Czech Republic, which wrapped up today, was one that has long been close to his heart: the importance of the truth and the search for it.

“The presidential flag flying over Prague Castle proclaims the motto ‘Pravda Vít?zí – the Truth wins,’” the Pope said on Saturday on arrival at Prague airport. “It is my earnest hope that the light of truth will continue to guide this nation, so blessed throughout its history by the witness of great saints and martyrs.”

The Holy Father expounded on the theme later in the day, delivering a striking address to diplomats that tackled the authentic nature of...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin