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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


VATICAN CITY, 10 JUN 2008 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Joseph Amangi Nacua O.F.M. Cap., pastor of the parish of "St. Isidro Labrador" parish in the prelature of Ipil, Philippines, as bishop of Ilagan (area 10,664, population 1,356,353, Catholics 1,070,761, priests 44, religious 54), Philippines. The bishop-elect was born in Mankayan, Philippines in 1945 and ordained a priest in 1971.
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VATICAN CITY, 10 JUN 2008 (VIS) - This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present the musical "Mary of Nazareth, an ongoing story", which has been written and directed by Maria Pia Liotta.

  The work - due to be premiered in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall at 7.30 p.m. on 17 June - aims "to narrate the most extraordinary story that ever occurred, giving pride of place to the figure of Mary", recounting her life "using the format of the musical which possesses a universal and direct language".

  Participating in the press conference alongside Maria Pia Liotta were Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Fr. Stefano De Fiores, professor of Mariology.
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VATICAN CITY, 10 JUN 2008 (VIS) - Yesterday evening in the Roman basilica of St. John Lateran, Benedict XVI inaugurated the ecclesial congress of the diocese of Rome. The event is due to last from 9 to 12 June and has as its theme: "Jesus has risen. Educating for hope in prayer, in action and in suffering".

  The Pope referred to the subject of Christian hope in his talk to the delegates, explaining that, "in a certain way, it concerns each of us personally, ... but it is also a community hope, a hope for the Church and for the entire human family".

  "In today's society and culture, and hence also in this our beloved city of Rome, it is not easy to live in an atmosphere of Christian hope", he said. "There is a widespread feeling that, for both Italy and Europe, the best years have passed and that a future of instability and uncertainty awaits the new generations.

  "Moreover", the Holy Father added, "hopes for great novelties and improvements are concentrated on science and technology". Yet, "it is not science and technology that can give meaning to our lives and teach us to distinguish good from evil. Indeed", he went on, "as I wrote in my encyclical 'Spe salvi', it is not science that redeems man: man is redeemed by love, and this applies even in terms of the present world".

  The Pope explained how "our civilisation and our culture ... too often tend to place God in parenthesis, to organise personal and social life without Him, to maintain that nothing can be known of God, even to deny His existence. But when God is laid aside, ... all our hopes, great and small, rest on nothing.

  "In order, then, to 'educate for hope' - as we propose in this congress and during the coming pastoral year - it is necessary, in the first place, to open our hearts, our intellects and all our lives to God, in order to be His credible witnesses among our fellow man".

  "An acute and widespread awareness of the evils and problems afflicting the heart of Rome is reawakening the desire for ... joint commitment. It is our task to make our own specific contribution, beginning with the decisive question of the education and formation of the person, but also facing with a constructive spirit the many other real problems that often make the lives of those who live in this city wearisome.

  "In particular we will seek to promote a form of culture and social organisation more favourable to the family and to welcoming life, as well to valuing the elderly who are so numerous among the population of Rome. We will work to respond to the crucial needs of work and housing, especially for the young. We will share the commitment to make our city safer and more 'liveable', but we will work to ensure it is so for everyone, especially the poorest, and to ensure that immigrants who come among us to find a living space in respect for our laws are not excluded".

  Benedict XVI concluded his address by encouraging young people to make "the gift of Christian hope" their own, using it "in freedom and responsibility ... to enliven the future of our beloved city".
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