POPE “STUDYING POSSIBILITY” OF TRIP TO SOUTH SUDAN

POPE “STUDYING POSSIBILITY” OF TRIP TO SOUTH SUDAN

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has said his staff is “studying the possibility” of a visit to South Sudan.

(Pope Francis is the first Pope to visit Rome’s Anglican church)

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He said the reason was that “the Anglican, Presbyterian, and Catholic” bishops of South Sudan had come to ask him: “Please, come to South Sudan, even for a day, but don’t come alone, come with Justin Welby”, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.

“We are looking at whether it is possible, or if the situation down there is too dangerous. But we have to do it, because they – the three [Christian communities] – together desire peace, and they are working together for peace.”

The Holy Father’s words came during his Sunday visit to Rome’s All Saints Anglican Church in a question-and-answer session.

He was responding to a question from an Anglican seminarian from Nigeria, who had asked the Pope about the vitality of churches in the Southern Hemisphere.

Pope Francis said those churches are young and therefore have a certain vitality due to their youthfulness. He also told an anecdote about Blessed Paul VI to show that “ecumenism is often easier in young churches”.

“When Blessed Paul VI beatified the Ugandan martyrs – a young Church – among the martyrs were catechists, all were young, while some were Catholics and others Anglican, and all were martyred by the same king in hate for the faith, because they refused to follow the dirty proposals of the king. And Paul VI was embarrassed, saying: ‘I should beatify both groups; they are both martyrs.’ But in that moment of the Catholic Church, such a thing was not possible.”

Responding to another question about ecumenical relations between the churches, Pope Francis said, “The relationship between Catholics and Anglicans today is good; we care for each other like brothers!”

He then gave two examples of common ground: saints and the monastic life.

“We have a common tradition of the saints… Never, never in the two Churches, have the two traditions renounced the saints: Christians who lived the Christian witness until that point. This is important.”

“There is another thing that has kept up a strong connection between our religious traditions: [male and female] monks, monasteries. And monks, both Catholic and Anglican, are a great spiritual strength of our traditions.”

PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES OPEN COMPETITION FOR 2017 PRIZE

PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES OPEN COMPETITION FOR 2017 PRIZE

THE PONTIFICIO COUNCIL FOR CULTURE and THE PONTIFICIA ACADEMIA LATINITATIS announce a competition to award the PRIZE OF THE PONTIFICAL ACADEMIES 2017

Following the regulations and in agreement with the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis is curating the competition for the award of the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, 2017 edition, which aims to promote and develop Christian humanism. The prize consists of the sum of 20.000,00 (twenty thousand) Euros, which may be awarded ex aequo, and will be presented by the Cardinal Secretary of State in the name of the Holy Father during the annual Public Meeting of the Pontifical Academies.

The academy proposes two thematic areas (one or both may be chosen):

  1. Reception of ancient Latinitas Christiana between the medieval and modern eras.
  2. Docendo invenire thesauros: methodological proposals for the teaching of Latin.

The first is reserved to scholars who have produced in the last five years doctoral theses or publications on the theme. Candidates must be aged between 25 and 40 on 30 April 2017.

The second is reserved to institutions (academies, schools, associations, foundations, research groups etc.) that are engaged in formative activity among the youth. The institutions must have been active in the specific training and teaching sector for at least five years.

Candidates and institutions must send their requests to participate to the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis, Piazza San Calisto, 16, 00120, Vatican City, by 2pm on 12 May 2017.

Requests to participate in the competition must be accompanied by the individual scholar’s curriculum vitae and other publications or documentation.

The institutions must send a copy of their statutes or an illustrative outline of their aims accompanied by documentary proof of the teaching activity over the last five years.

The Commission is composed of Academicians who will formulate a proposal of candidates for the Prize that will be put to the evaluation of the Council of Coordination of the Pontifical Academies and then to the definitive decision of the Holy Father.