Archbishop of Bogotà Laments Threats to Life in Colombia

“A complaint and an anguished cry rise from the four cardinal points of Colombia. Life is threatened, devalued, wounded. Life is destroyed and massacred. With deep sorrow, we repudiate all forms of attacks against the lives of men and women in rural and urban areas of Colombia. In addition to the Covid-19 pandemic, our families are victims of a multiform anti-culture of death, which is threatening, violent, murderous, and destructive”.

In a pastoral letter entitled “Social enmity destroys life”, the Archbishop of Bogotá, Mgr. Luis José Rueda Aparicio once again expressed his repudiation for the attacks against the lives of men and women that continue to occur across the country., reported Fides News Agency. He then invokes “the Lord of Peace to free us from absurd social enmity and terrible belligerence” and urges us to take care of the social life of rural, urban, Afro-descendant, and indigenous communities, and to have the life of students, workers, displaced persons and migrants at heart.

“The social disease of hatred is contagious and destroys life”, reiterates the Archbishop of Bogotà, who urges: “Let us open our eyes to realize that social disease corrodes life because it produces economy with hate, science, art and religion with hate, ecology with hate, politics with hate”.

Praise the Lord

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Thirteen Students Begin Studies for Priesthood for Irish Dioceses

Thirteen seminarians have begun their formation and academic program for 2020 – 2021.  The new students are currently in formation in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth; the Pontifical Beda College, Rome; the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Dundalk; and the Venerable English College, Rome; with a number beginning their propaedeutic program in other locations in Ireland and abroad.  This brings to 72 the total number studying for the priesthood for Irish dioceses.  See below for the full list of seminaries and houses of study where seminarians are currently undertaking their formation.

Commenting on the 2020 – 2021 intake of seminarians, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations, said, “While we are all aware of the great challenges facing the Church and society at this time, we know also that God the all-powerful is always with us.  These formation figures released today offer us a sign of hope.

Bishop Cullinan continued, “In his message for Vocations/Good Shepherd Sunday on 3 May last, Pope Francis asked us to find courage to say ‘yes’ to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ.  My prayer is that all who are being called to diocesan priesthood will have that courage to say ‘yes’ to God`s call!”

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Cardinal Pell accuser denies Becciu bribery allegations

CNA Staff, Oct 5, 2020 / 05:45 pm (CNA).-  

The accuser of Cardinal George Pell has denied he was bribed into making allegations of abuse against the cardinal, after Italian media have reported the allegation that Cardinal Angelo Becciu might have wired money to Australia as a bribe during Pell’s trial.

“My client denies any knowledge or receipt of any payments,” attorney Vivian Waller, who represents a man who accused Pell of sexual abuse, said in an Oct. 5 statement. “He won’t be commenting further in response to these allegations.”

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