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February 1, 2009
World News in Brief
New limited-edition volume pays tribute to St. Paul
A new book - the Codex Pauli - celebrates the life of St. Paul and his impact on Christianity in a volume that compiles ancient illustrations, specially designed type and contributions from Christian leaders.
The first copy of the limited run of 998 printed was presented to the pope Jan. 25 during his visit to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls, who edited the volume, will give it to the pope as a reminder of the special year he dedicated to St. Paul in 2008-09.
The book includes original commentaries written by important Christian leaders, including Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury.
The book also includes the 13 New Testament letters written by St. Paul and the texts in Italian and Greek of the Acts of the Apostles and the Letter to Hebrews, as well as several apocryphal texts from the first century that refer to Paul, his preaching and his martyrdom.
The 424-page Codex Pauli was printed using an original font, which has been named Paulus 2008 and reflects the handwriting used in the ninth-century Carolingian Bible, preserved at the basilica.
DiNardo praises growth of
Cardinal William Levada
Cardinal William Levada, one of the top prelates in the Roman curia, will speak on ecumenism and the latest offer to Anglicans at a talk at Queen's University March 6. The cardinal will also speak at an Ottawa fundraiser for Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) March 8. As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Levada holds the same position as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger did before he became Pope Benedict XVI. Levada is first American and English-speaker to head the CDF, perhaps the most influential congregation in the Vatican. In October, Levada announced the historic Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus that offers a way for groups of Anglicans to become Catholic while retaining features of their liturgy and patrimony. At the March 8 fundraiser, Levada will speak on The Catholic Faith: Is it Worth Passing On?
Pope Benedict has named a laywoman undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, marking the first time in more than 20 years that a woman has served as undersecretary of a pontifical council. The appointment of Flaminia Giovanelli was announced at the Vatican Jan. 21. Giovanelli, 61, is a political scientist, who has worked at the council since 1974. As a council official, she had been responsible for issues dealing with development, poverty and labour from the point of view of Catholic social teaching. The last woman to serve as undersecretary of a pontifical council was Rosemary Goldie, an Australian, who held the position from 1966-76 at the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
A Nigerian archbishop said the cause of recent violence between Muslims and Christians in the African country was more ethnic and political than religious. More than 200 people were believed dead after clashes in mid-January in the central Nigerian city of Jos, where similar riots in 2008 killed about 300. Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said the origin of the current conflicts, like those of 2008, was a struggle for political control of the city between the Hausa people, who are predominantly Muslim, and the indigenous residents, who are mostly Christians. Media reports describing the violence as a religious clash between Muslims and Christians were inaccurate, Kaigama told the Vatican missionary news agency Fides.
Indian Jesuits working to rebuild the educational system in Afghanistan are asking for the support of the global Church for their mission, reported the Asian Church news agency UCA News. "We are making a tremendous difference in the lives of Afghan people. We would like the entire Church to be part of this mission," said Jesuit Father Stan Fernandes. The Society of Jesus is the only Catholic male religious congregation working in Afghanistan and faces the constant threat of violence. Jesuits teach in three universities based in Kabul, Bamiyan and Herat at the invitation of the Afghan government and also have a teacher training program. In the past four years, the Jesuits also have taught biology, computer technology and management, Fernandes said. "We are there. But our support has to come from outside," the priest said.
Pope Benedict has convened Ireland's bishops for a two-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the ongoing fallout from the priestly sex abuse scandal in the country. The meeting will take place Feb. 15-16, and is expected to include the heads of major Vatican agencies. According to sources in Ireland, the pope will address the bishops and each bishop will have seven minutes to offer his views on the crisis. The meeting is expected to produce some concrete proposals, with final reflections by the pope. Each bishop will then return to his diocese for Ash Wednesday liturgies Feb. 17, addressing Catholics on how the Church intends to move forward. The Vatican meeting was announced as the pope was preparing a special pastoral letter to Irish Catholics on the sex abuse cases and the damage it has inflicted on the Church.
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