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2012-06-19 L’Osservatore Romano
“Our effort over the last two decades… has been to promote worldwide
dialogue and cooperation among representatives of various disciplines and
faiths, contributing to global awareness of – but also discerning changes in –
values and habits related to the ethical and scientific issues raised by the
human abuse of the natural creation”:
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople addressed these words to all those who
accepted the invitation to take part in the Summit on “Global Responsibility and
Environmental Sustainability”, being held at the School of Theology of Halki
from 18 to 20 June.
The conference was desired by the Ecumenical Patriarch to reaffirm the
importance of Christian commitment in encouraging reflection with a view to a
change in the relationship between economics and creation. It is a subject which
Bartholomew has pointed out as central in ecumenical witnessing across the world
for action in the preservation of creation, taking up and developing the
tradition of the spirituality of creation which already exists in the Orthodox
world. With his action Patriarch Bartholomew has contributed to developing the
ecumenical dialogue on this theme, as demonstrated by the projects that have
resulted from collaboration among Churches and ecumenical communities throughout
the world and, sometimes, with the participation of other religions.
The Halki Summit follows a series of eight international environmental
symposia, organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in recent
years. This conference is taking place on the eve of the Conference on
Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the group of the 20
richest countries. With it they wish to make a contribution in the epoch in
which Christians are committed to encouraging the definition of a new
relationship between economics and creation, recalling the importance of the
recovery of human values.
Taking part in the Summit are experts from various places, precisely in order
to assure a global approach to the theme; special attention is being paid to the
ecumenical and interreligious contribution in the reflection whose central idea
is that “no effort can be successful without a fundamental change in the values
that have guided financial development until now”, as one reads in the
presentation of the summit, in which the accent is placed on the role that
ethics, spirituality and religion are required to play in this period of
2012-06-19 L’Osservatore Romano
It is neither a question of organization nor a strategic issue, nor even less
a problem of the search for alternative models to the current forms of pastoral
action. Nor is it a question of compiling a “new Gospel”, given that “Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever”. So what does “new
evangelization mean?”. It means, essentially, “an adequate response to the signs
of the times, to the needs of individuals and people of today and to the new
sectors with their cultures through which we express our identity and the
meaning of our lives”.
In other words, “having the courage to raise again the question of God in
these places and situations”, through a witness of faith that restores “a high
quality and motivation”, thereby offering the people of our time a reasonable
and attractive possibility of being led out of the “interior desert” in which
The next General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , scheduled to
take place from 7 to 28 October on the theme “The New Evangelization for the
Transmission of the Christian Faith”, will be required to measure itself against
these basic lines suggested by the Instrumentum Laboris, whose text was
presented on Tuesday morning, 19 June, at the Holy See Press Office.
The Document, the product of the summary of the answers to the
Lineamenta sent in by the Bishops’ Conferences, the Synods of Bishops
of the Eastern Catholic Churches sui iuris, the dicasteries of the
Roman Curia and the Union of Superiors General — as well as by institutions and
individual institutes of consecrated life, lay people, the members of ecclesial
associations and movements — provides an exhaustive picture of evangelizing
activities. Above all, however, it points out to the Synod Fathers a
multiplicity of themes to study “so that the Church may continue to perform
adequately her work of evangelization, while taking into account the many
challenges and difficulties of the present moment”. And it delineates eight
scenes – from that of culture, characterized by secularization, to scenes of
migration, economics, politics, scientific research and technology,
communicative and religious – like as many challenges.
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Vatican City, 19 June 2012 (VIS) – A press conference was held this morning in the Holy See Press Office to present the “Instumentum laboris” of the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is due to be held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October on the theme: “The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. The document was presented by Archbishop Nikola Eterovic and Bishop Fortunato Frezza, respectively secretary general and under secretary of the Synod of Bishops.
The Synod Fathers, Archbishop Eterovic said, “will reflect upon the transmission of Christian faith, one of the great challenges facing the Church which will be examined in the context of new evangelisation. … The work of the Synod will be enriched by its association with the Year of Faith”, which begins on 11 October.
The secretary general of the Synod explained that the “Instumentum laboris” includes a preface, an introduction, four chapters and a conclusion. The Introduction brings together the views of episcopal conferences, which concur “on the need for new tools and new forms of expression to make the Word of God more understandable in the life of modern man. The Synod will hopefully be an opportunity to discuss and compare points of view and practical experiences, to be shared in order to provide encouragement to pastors and particular Churches”.
The first of the four chapters, entitled “Jesus Christ the Good News of God to Humanity”, reiterates “the central nucleus of Christian faith, of which many people are unaware, and presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Good News for modern man. … New evangelisation is an expression of the internal dynamism of Christianity, which wishes to make men and women of good will know the ‘depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge’ of the mystery of God revealed in Jesus Christ; it is not a weary response to the crisis of faith and the challenges facing the Church in the modern world”.
Chapter two is entitled: “Time for a New Evangelisation”. It focuses chiefly on “identifying the challenges evangelisation currently faces”, and on “describing the new evangelisation. … The new challenges to evangelisation in the contemporary world are described in various different scenarios. The Church is called to discern those scenarios, so ‘that they might be turned into places for proclaiming the Gospel and experiencing the Church’. …The work of new evangelisation aims at a renewal of the ordinary pastoral activity of particular Churches while, at the same time, seeking to arouse a new sensibility towards people who have left the Church. This requires a measure of evangelical creativity and boldness”. The archbishop pointed out that almost all the responses received when preparing the document “highlighted the lack of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. This requires, among other things, strong pastoral care of vocations”, he said.
Turning then to consider Chapter three, “Transmitting the Faith”, Archbishop Eterovic noted that “the purpose of new evangelisation is the transmission of faith. The Church transmits the faith from which she herself lives, and all Christians are called to make their contribution. … The obstacles to the faith can be within the Church (faith lived passively or privately, refusal to be educated in one’s faith, separation between life and faith) or outside Christian life altogether (secularisation, nihilism consumerism, hedonism). … The Year of Faith is a pressing appeal to conversion so that, transformed by grace, each individual Christian and each community may produce abundant fruits. This may include ecumenical commitment, the search for truth, inter-religious dialogue, and the courage to denounce infidelity and scandals within the Christian community”.
The last chapter of the “Instrumentum laboris” is entitled “Revivifying Pastoral Activity” and focuses on “the transmission of faith … by again emphasising the instruments developed through Tradition – in particular the first proclamation, Christian initiation and education – while seeking to adapt them to current cultural and social circumstances. … From a theological point of view, we must better understand the sequence of the Sacraments of Christian initiation, which culminates in the Eucharist, and reflect on models to be translated into deeply meaningful pastoral practices”.
The Conclusion of the document reaffirms that “new evangelisation means giving the reason for our faith, communicating the Logos of hope to a world which seeks salvation”.
Vatican City, 19 June 2012 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office today announced that on Tuesday 26 June Benedict XVI will visit areas in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna recently affected by an earthquake. The Holy Father is scheduled to arrive by helicopter at the sports ground of San Marino di Carpi at around 10 a.m. where he will be welcomed by the head of the Italian Civil Protection Department. He will then travel to Rovereto di Novi, crossing the “red zone” and visiting the church of St. Catherine of Alexandria which was seriously damaged by the earth tremor. Following a greeting from the president of the region of Emilia Romagna, the Pope will make an address to the local people. He is due to return to the Vatican at around 1.15 p.m.
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2012-06-19 Vatican Radio
Where will our world be going in the next twenty, fifty, one hundred years and what sort of planet will we be leaving for our children and our children’s children? With climate change, the scarcity of water and resources and continued widespread poverty, the prognosis isn’t looking good. That’s why representatives from world governments will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) from June 20-22. They will be mapping out strategies for tackling the major ailments of our planet, many man-made.
On the sidelines of the Conference in Rio, NGO’s, environmental and development groups have been meeting at the People’s Summit (June 15-23), sharing information with and keeping up the pressure on their counterparts at the U.N. Conference to address what they see as the real needs of the global community.
Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Sustainable Development for the U.K. based charity Christian Aid, Allison Doig tells Tracey McClure her organization wants the focus to be on social justice: pulling the poor up out of poverty, and making food, water and energy sustainable for all sectors of society. In this interview she explains what Christian Aid is bringing to the discussions.
2012-06-19 Vatican Radio
The Vatican on Tuesday published the
– the working document – of the upcoming Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the New Evangelization for the Transmission of Christian Faith. Articulated in four chapters, the document will serve as the basis of reflection and discussion during the course of the three weeks’ gathering of Synod Fathers, experts and other invited guest participants from October 7
to October 28
at the Vatican. The following paragraphs offer a brief outline of the working document:
The first chapter is dedicated to a rediscovery of the heart of evangelization: the experience of Christian faith – the encounter with Jesus Christ, God the Father’s Gospel to humanity, which transforms us, gathers us together and introduces us, through the gift of the Spirit, to a new life, already experienced by us in the present, precisely in our feeling gathered as the Church. At the same time, this new life is the cause of our joy which compels us, as witnesses and joyful heralds of the gift received, to travel the streets of the world, awaiting the fulfilment of the Kingdom of God.
The second chapter seeks to focus attention on discerning the changes which affect how we live our faith and which influence our Christian communities. The reasons for spreading the idea of the new evangelization are then evaluated as well as the different ways the many particular Churches can feel involved.
The third chapter treats the basic places, means, persons and activities in the transmission of the Christian faith — the liturgy, catechesis and works of charity — and how, in the process of transmission, the faith needs to be professed, celebrated, lived and prayed.
Finally, in similar fashion, the fourth and final chapter discusses areas of pastoral activity, specifically those dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel and the transmission of faith. The classic areas are then discussed, with greater development given to the most recent ones which have arisen in response to the impact and concerns arising from a reflection on the new evangelization in Christian communities and the manner in which they live their faith.
The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic told Vatican Radio more about how the document was put together, about the purpose it will serve during the work of the Synod Assembly, and about the aim of the New Evangelization. Listen:
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On Sunday afternoon, we took advantage of the sunny day to drive out to
with our neighbours for a family hike. None of us had been there before, so we were looking forward to exploring together.
Sunshine’s little friend (who is a few months younger than her) is a bug fanatic. As soon as we got there, he found
crawling across a rock. The children enjoying watching the millipede amidst frequent cautions not to touch it because we weren’t sure if it was poisonous or not. We found another one further up the trail later, but fewer caterpillars than we see around our home.
I was wondering about the mountain’s name, joking that it might be a bit of work to get to the top. A sign at the trailhead offered a map of the mountain, information on the local area, and a brief history of
, for whom the mountain is named. (
“The tough Wark Gneiss that makes up Mount Work was named at John Wark, chief factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company and respected local politican. The “Anglicized” version of his Irish name “Wark” now lends itself to the 561 hectares of Mount Work Regional Park.”
The trail itself was a fairly easy hike—wide enough in most places for two to walk side-by-side (or a parent to walk with a child), though in a few places there were steep sections that reminded me of
. Sunshine enjoyed the “rock climbing” more than the hiking, and tackled any steeper parts of the trail with enthusiasm. There was a brief scramble up some rocks to the final summit, where we had an awesome view of the surrounding area.
We had snacks there, took lots of pictures, and let the children run around for a while. Just before we hiked down, two other couples came up, who were greatly surprised to see four children under four on top of the mountain. One lady was pregnant and asked us quite a few questions about hiking with children and our baby carriers. Both
and I have Ergo carriers, which we love. We had the frame pack (below) for the older children; Sunshine and her friend took turns walking and riding in it. I also carried Sunshine in the Ergo for a bit when Lilibet wanted to hike.
With a last glance at the scenery, we hoisted the children back into their backpacks and headed down the mountain. My neighbour and I hit a fast stride and left the dads behind with the older children. Lilibet fell asleep while my neighbour’s baby (who just turned one) had fun leaning backwards to laugh upside down at me.
We started from the Ross-Durrance Road for our hike and hiked to the summit and then back down, but there are two parking areas for Mount Work. One idea we had for a future hike was to leave a vehicle at either end, meet in the middle for a picnic lunch, and then keep hiking straight over the mountain to the other vehicle.
These guys did it right. Seen in Vancouver, Canada.
Somebody had the guts. And the grace.
Hats off to the pastor. And to the Arch.
Perhaps from the 1930s onward, in search for a spiritual truth, many architects directed their art to an abstract expression. Luckily, those days are now behind us.
Check out the splendid photos here: http://assumptionofmary.ca/category/new-church/.
Nice job, guys!
Would be nice to see Holy Trinity in North Van look like this – it can really help bring new life to a parish.