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Keeping an eye on the news from the Vatican.
BY John Lilly
Genoa Archbishop to Head Italian Bishops’ Conference
Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, above, will replace Cardinal Camillo Ruini at the
helm of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, reported the international news
service AKI March 7. Archbishop Bagnasco, 64, served as military archbishop to
Italy from 2003 to 2006 before being appointed archbishop of the northern port
city. Cardinal Ruini, 75, who headed the Italian Bishops’ Conference for 16
years, will maintain his role as head of the Rome vicariate.
China: Vatican to Blame for Lack of Diplomatic Relations
Ye Xiaowen, the director of China’s State
Bureau of Religious Affairs, said the breach with the Holy See is still great
and it can only be healed if the Vatican makes the effort, Indian Catholic
China has insisted that the Vatican break
its ties with Taiwan, and that the Vatican not exercise its right to name its
bishops, which Ye called getting involved in the internal affairs of China.
Japanese Martyrs to Be Beatified
Vatican will beatify 188 Japanese who were martyred in the 17th century, All
Headline News reported.
Archbishop Joseph Misuaki Takami said Pope Benedict is scheduled to approve the
process of beatification in April. The ceremony is planned for November. Pope
John Paul II first considered the idea of beatifying the Japanese martyrs when
he visited Japan in 1981.
The Japanese martyrs include four clerics killed between
1603 and 1639 during the time of feudal shoguns and prosecution of Christians,
which lasted until 1867, when the power of the emperors was restored.