Independent Catholic NewsROME – 19 January 2006 – 245 words
Benedict XVI’s first Encyclical to be published next week
During yesterday’s general audience, Benedict XVI announced that his first Encyclical, the title of which is “Deus Caritas est,” will made public on January 25. The official presentation of the document will take place in the Holy See Press Office at midday on the same day.
Explaining the contents of the document, the Pope said that “love today often appears as something far removed from Church teaching.” Yet “It is a single movement that has various dimensions.”
“Charity,” the Holy Father went on, “is the love that renounces itself in favour of others. ‘Eros’ becomes ‘agape’ if one seeks the good of others, it becomes ‘caritas’ if it opens to one’s own family and to the entire human family.”
The Pope affirmed that his Encyclical “seeks to show that the very personal act of love must be expressed within the Church also as an organizational act. If it is true that the Church is an expression of God, it must be true that love becomes an ecclesial act.”
“I feel it is a sign of Providence that the Encyclical will be published on January 25, the final day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, when I will go to the basilica of St Paul’s Outside-the-Walls, to pray together with our Protestant and Orthodox brethren.”
Benedict XVI concluded his remarks by expressing the hope that the forthcoming document may “illuminate our Christian life.”
© Independent Catholic News 2006
Delegations of Bishops from around the world are gathered in Rome for the Eucharistic Synod. Our Bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall is one of the delegate Bishops from Canada. On October 4, 2005, he delivered this message:
“The Cross of Christ, formed of a trunk and a beam, recalls the two dimensions of His salvific death: vertical, the glorification of the Father, horizontal, the salvation of humanity… . The doxological and missionary dimensions need to be developed in cultivating the art of celebration, while remaining attentive to the possibilities of praise and openess already present in the heart of the liturgy, to the development of new prayer formulae, new prefaces, and a new closing rite. All this should be done with the aim of finally realizing in the celebration what the cross of the procession already symbolizes” Although I haven’t had time to thoroughly read all the different speeches , a quick scanning of the events left me with a profound feeling of a church which reflects, and reaches out in faith to the many and diverse needs of humanity around the world. For a summary of this weeks events in Rome go to the Vatican Summary for October 3rd, and 4th.You might also visit ZENIT, as it is providing a summary, as well.For ongoing daily updates go to Vatican Press Service, you might have to search a little here to find the Synod.
Another excellent site is ‘View from Rome’