A New Church Consecrated in Kyrgyzstan

“As a Catholic community in Kyrgyzstan, we are in the hands of the Lord who guides us, to continue planning our apostolic mission activity in the Country. We are experiencing a year of gratitude: 2019, in fact, marks the 50th anniversary of the official registration of our community in northern Kyrgyzstan by the Soviet government. And this year we consecrated a new church in the city of Talas”. This is what Jesuit Fr. Anthony Corcoran, Apostolic Administrator of Kyrgyzstan said to Fides News Agency. The new church, explains Fr. Corcoran, is named after St. Nicholas of Flüe, patron saint of Switzerland: “It is the first building designed as a place of Catholic worship. The others, in fact, were already existing buildings that were adapted”.

The consecration, which took place in October, was celebrated by Mgr. Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, of Kyrgyz nationality. Not only local Catholics took part in the celebration, but also the community of the faithful and the Sisters of Bishkek. The rector of the parish of Talas, Father Alexander Kan SJ, and the Vicar General of the diocese of Karaganda, in Kazakhstan, Father Eugene Zinkovsky were also present.

“The construction of the church was undertaken at the initiative of the then bishop Nikolai Messmer SJ, in 2010. The work was carried out with the help of Catholics from Switzerland and Germany and other charitable organizations, in these and other countries. The Bishop’s sudden death in 2016 did not allow him to see the complete work, but now, with the help of God, this long-awaited and desired project has finally come true”, concluded Fr. Corcoran.

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Advent Hymns: Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth

Continuing a look at lesser-known Advent Hymns, we come to the marvelous and sweeping hymn  Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Thou Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is more widely known by the title “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth.” Sadly, it is not often sung in Catholic parishes today. Most Catholics I’ve asked have never even heard of it.

One of the beautiful things about the ancient Latin hymns is how richly theological they are. Not content to merely describe an event, they give sweeping theological vision and delve into its more hidden mysteries.

Here we are in Advent and Jesus is coming. Get ready! Well, yes, but He’s not just coming; He’s redeeming, dying, rising, ascending, and reigning at the Father’s right hand! But how can you squeeze all of that into an Advent hymn? Well, just below you can read the text and see.

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Sex abuse accusation against Tulsa priest ‘unsubstantiated’

Tulsa, Okla., Dec 4, 2019 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- An accusation that a priest sexually abused a minor during an assignment nearly 30 years ago was “unsubstantiated” and the accused priest may return to ministry, the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma has said after a third-party investigation was completed.

Bishop David Konderla of Tulsa thanked the accused priest, Father Joe Townsend, for “his cooperation and patience during this difficult ordeal.”

The accusation stemmed from his service as associate pastor from June 1988 to June 1991 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Tulsa.

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Open windows for reporting expected to trigger avalanche of new abuse cases

Washington D.C., Dec 4, 2019 / 06:18 pm (CNA).- Open windows for reporting incidents of child sexual abuse regardless of when they occurred could lead to a wave of thousands of new abuse cases against Catholic clergy and billions of dollars in lawsuits, a recent report from the Associated Press estimated.

“A trickle becomes a stream becomes a flood,” James Marsh, a New York lawyer who represents abuse victims, told the AP. “We’re sort of at the flood stage right now.”

In total, eight states have opened “look back” windows, which allow adult victims of sex abuse to come forward with allegations from their childhoods, even if they have passed the statute of limitations. Seven more states have significantly relaxed their statutes of limitations, allowing victims to come forward much later in life than previous laws had allowed.

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