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Tuesday, April 7, 2009


VATICAN CITY, 7 APR 2009 (VIS) - Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil S.D.B. of Guwahati, India, has been given the task of writing the meditations for this year's Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), which is due to be presided by the Pope on the evening of Good Friday 10 April at the Colosseum in Rome.

  Archbishop Menamparampil's reflections will focus on the question of evil in the world, on pain and on the various forms of suffering which are, he writes, a "symbol of the presence of the cross of Christ in our lives". In this context, he will also refer to Christians who suffer persecution in India and in other countries, as well as to the violence that destroys ethnic and religious groups, and to conflicts fuelled by economic interests.

  Thus, for the second consecutive year, the Pope wishes to draw attention to the continent of Asia. The persecutions the Catholic Church faces in various part of the world were also the central theme of the Via Crucis in 2008, written by Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun S.D.B., bishop of Hong Kong, China.
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VATICAN CITY, 7 APR 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

 - Fr. Sebastian Kallupura, priest of the clergy of Patna, India, director of the Bihar Social Forum, as bishop of Buxar (area 11,298, population 9,743,835, Catholics 24,956, priests 25, religious 97), India. The bishop-elect was born in Kerala State, India in 1953 and ordained a priest in 1984.

 - Fr. Paul Lortie of the clergy of the archdiocese of Quebec, Canada, episcopal vicar, and Fr. Gerard Cyprien Lacroix I.S.P.X., superior general of the Pius X Secular Institute, as auxiliaries of the archdiocese of Quebec (area 35,180, population 1,143,488, Catholics 1,007,766, priests 762, permanent deacons 90, religious 3,719). Bishop-elect Lortie was born in Beauport, Canada in 1944 and ordained a priest in 1970. Bishop-elect was Lacroix born in Saint-Hilaire de Dorset, Canada in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1988.
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