The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith
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27 - 23.10.2012
- NINETEENTH GENERAL CONGREGATION (TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 2012 - MORNING)
- ERRATA CORRIGE
NINETEENTH GENERAL CONGREGATION (TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 2012 - MORNING)
- INTERVENTION OF THE CARDINAL SECRETARY OF STATE: ANNOUNCEMENT OF DELEGATION IN SYRIA (II)
- PRESENTATION OF THE FINAL LIST OF PROPOSITIONS
- VOTING FOR THE COUNCIL (II)
- REPLY TO THE MESSAGE FROM HIS EXC. MSGR. LUCAS LY JINGFENG, BISHOP OF FENGXIANG [SHAANXI] (CHINA)
Today, Tuesday, October 23 2012, at 9:05 a.m., in the presence of the Holy Father, whith the chant of the Hour of Tierce, the Nineteenth General Congregation began for the presentation of the Integrated List of Propositions (Elenchus Unicus Propositionum).
President delegate on duty H. Em. Card. Laurent MONSENGWO PASINYA, Archbishop of Kinshasa (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO).
At the opening of the Congregation, His Em. Card Tarcisio BERTONE, Secretary of State (VATICAN CITY), announced some news about the Delegation in Syria decided by the Holy Fater Benedict XVI. The words by the Cardinal Secretary of State are reported in this Bulletin.
Then the Secretary General, His Exc. Msgr. Nikola ETEROVIC, Tituklar Archbishop of Cibale (VATICAN CITY), expressed the solidarity of the Synod of Bishops for the three Catholic religious persons kidnapped last Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Secretary General asked that Anselme Wasukundi, Jean Ndulani and Edmond Kisughu be released and without any conditions.
Also before the break, the Secretary General announced that the Holy Father Benedict XVI gave the Cross of the Good Shepherd to the Synodal Fathers. Although it is taken from pagan culture, one of the most frequently occurring images in the art of the catacombs is that of the good shepherd. The figure of Christ, as described in the well-known parable from Saint Luke's Gospel (15:4-7), is lovingly carrying a sheep on his shoulders, as an expression of the care and solicitude that a shepherd must have for his flock. Each cross is hand-made in .925 silver by Claudio and Piero Savi, Master Goldsmiths in Rome.
At the end of the
Congregation, the Secretary General read the letter by the Synodal
Assembly in response to the message by His. Exc, MSGR, Lucas Ly
Jingfeng [Shaanxi] (China), published in Bulletin no. 18, dated
October 16th, 2012.
Vatican City, October 23rd, 2012.
Most Reverend Excellency,
With great pleasure, the Synodal Fathers celebrating the XIII Ordinary Synod of Bishops on New Evangelization and the Transmission of Faith received your Letter, with which you wished to make your voice heard from within the Democratic Republic of China. Your intention was greatly appreciated, notwithstanding the fact that there are some Bishops coming from Hong Kong and Taiwan among the Synodal Fathers.
The Synod has come to learn with satisfaction, giving thanks to God, that the Catholic faithful of China keep their faith, piety and sincerity firm towards the Holy Mother Church. We know that the suffering, the prayers and joy of being a Christian in China are appreciated by God and encourage all the Christians in the world.
Sunday, October 7th, the Holy Father, during a solemn Eucharistic Liturgy, opened the XIII Synodal Assembly, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican Council II, and began the Year of the Faith, which will end on the Feast of Christ the King in 2013. Even if you and other Catholic bishops in China could not intervene, we considered you as spiritually present. We ask all the Bishops, Priests and faithful of this great Nation to live the Year of the Faith with generosity and commitment. We thus recommend that the evangelization of the Chinese People and the reevangelization of all those who have become lukewarm towards or lost their faith, be taken to heart in a special way.
The Synod of Bishops renews to you and to the entire Church in China the wish for all good in the hope that in the future the Bishops coming from your noble Nation may participate at the synodal works.
The Holy Father Benedict XVI sends a special blessing to you, to your priests and faithful, as well as to the entire, wellloved Church in China.
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