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Monday, June 19, 2006


VATICAN CITY, JUN 19, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Mark Benedict Coleridge, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, as archbishop of Canberra (area 88,000, population 560,000, Catholics 159,000, priests 120, religious 218), Australia. The archbishop-elect was born in Melbourne in 1948, he was ordained a priest in 1974 and consecrated a bishop in 2002. He succeeds Archbishop Francis Patrick Carroll, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

  On Saturday, June 17, it was made public that the Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Carlos Enrique Garcia Camader, auxiliary of Lima, Peru, as bishop of Lurin (area 185, population 2,753,000, Catholics 2,340,000, priests 67, permanent deacons 3, religious 259), Peru. He succeeds Bishop Jose Ramon Gurruchaga Ezama S.D.B., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 19, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - Eight prelates from the Episcopal Conferences of Latvia and of Lithuania, on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Cardinal Janis Pujats, archbishop of Riga, Latvia.

    - Bishop Antons Justs of Jelgava, Latvia.

    - Bishop Vilhelms Lapelis O.P., of Liepaja, Latvia.

    - Bishop Janis Bulis of Rezekne-Aglona, Latvia.

    - Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius S.J., of Kaunas, Lithuania, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Jonas Ivanauskas.

    - Bishop Eugenijus Bartulis of Siauliai, Lithuania.

    - Bishop Jonas Boruta S.J., of Telsiai, Lithuania.

 - Cardinal Gilberto Agustoni, prefect emeritus of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

  On Sunday, June 18, he received in audience Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne, Germany.

  On Saturday, June 17, he received in separate audiences:

 - Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

 - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 19, 2006 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced today that at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna, Italy, will take possession of the title of St. John the Baptist of the Florentines in Via Acciaoli 2, Rome.
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 18, 2006 (VIS) - After praying the Angelus today, the Pope recalled that Tuesday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day, an initiative promoted by the United Nations.

  World Refugee Day, said the Holy Father, "seeks to draw the attention of the international community to the plight of so many people who are forced, because of grave forms of violence, to flee their own lands."

  "These our brothers and sisters seek refuge in other countries, animated by the hope of returning to their own homeland or, at least, of finding hospitality in the places where they have sought shelter."

  After giving assurances of his "recollection in prayer" and "the constant solicitude of the Holy See," Benedict XVI asked that "the rights of these people always be respected," and encouraged ecclesial communities "to respond to their needs."
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 18, 2006 (VIS) - At midday today, before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI recalled that today, "in Italy and in other countries, marks the Solemnity of Corpus Christi."

  Corpus Christi, the Pope explained, "is the solemn public feast of the Eucharist, Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, ... which on this day is shown to everyone, amid the fervor of faith and devotion of the ecclesial community.

  "The Eucharist," he added, "constitutes the 'treasure' of the Church, the precious heritage that her Lord left her. ... But this treasure, which is intended for the baptized, does not limit its field of action to the environment of the Church. The Eucharist is the Lord Jesus Who gives Himself 'for the life of the world.' In all times and places, He wishes to encounter men and women and bring them the life of God."

  "The Eucharist also has a cosmic significance," the Pope went on. "Indeed, the transformation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ constitutes the beginning of the divinization of creation itself. For this reason, the Feast of Corpus Christi is particularly characterized by the tradition of carrying the Most Holy Sacrament in procession: a gesture rich in significance.

  "In carrying the Eucharist through the streets and squares," the Holy Father concluded, "we want to immerse the bread of heaven in our daily lives. ... On this feast day, Christians as a community proclaim that the Eucharist represents everything for them, it is their very life, the source of love that conquers death."
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 17, 2006 (VIS) - Late this morning, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration to journalists:

  "This morning, the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience Jan Eliasson, president of the 60th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and foreign minister of Sweden.

  "The central theme of the discussions was the process of globalization, of which some of the shortcomings - particularly due to the scant recognition of the religious dimension - were highlighted. Without the contribution of religious values, even human rights could lose consistency.

  "Particular emphasis was laid upon the need to overcome contrasts and build bridges so that all aspects of globalization can come together for the common good and the peaceful coexistence of all peoples.

  "Attention was also given to the contribution that the meeting between religions can make towards peace and solidarity among all inhabitants of the planet."


VATICAN CITY, JUN 17, 2006 (VIS) - At midday today in the Hall of Blessings, the Pope received members of the Association of Sts. Peter and Paul, to whom he expressed his gratitude for their many years of service to Peter's Successor.

  After stressing its "dedicated voluntary service to the Holy See," Benedict XVI recalled how the association is divided into three sections, liturgical charitable and cultural, "reflecting the three complementary aspects of the life and activity of ecclesial communities."

  The Holy Father called on members of the association to ensure that "an intense life of prayer and assiduous participation in the liturgy continue to be your primary commitment, both as individuals and as an association. ... Only if we allow ourselves to be constantly formed by listening to the Word of God, and assiduously nourish ourselves on the Body and Blood of Christ, can we transmit to others the love of God, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit."

  "You seek," he went on, "to be witnesses of this love for the poor in the 'Dono di Maria' shelter," which is near the Vatican and run by the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, "and in the pediatric dispensary of 'Santa Marta'," within the Vatican, "as well as through social initiatives promoted in your own parishes. May charity animate all your activities."

  The Pope concluded his address to the group by referring to the need "for adequate cultural formation in order to be able to mature in the faith. Evangelization today requires a responsible knowledge of modern cultural needs and a constant immersion in sound Catholic doctrine."
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