Vatican update: Prayers for China; Legal stance in US and more

THE Holy Father has asked Catholics to pray for the Church in China. Chinese Catholics joined the rest of the world in praying for the Church in China, according to invocation contained in Benedict XVI’s 2007 letter, to celebrate a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China on May 24, the feast day of Our Lady of Sheshan (Shanghai).

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The US government has largely sided with the Vatican’s argument that a court erred in a closely watched lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a former priest, a rare foray by Washington into the highly sensitive litigation.

One of Pope Benedict’s closest advisors was in Liverpool at the weekend. Cardinal Walter Kasper celebrated Solemn Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral On Sunday.

Pope Benedict XVI is urging the faithful to promote the bond between the Gospel and culture, affirming that Christ is good for society. He made the comments upon receiving, in separate audiences, leaders from Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Papal addresses on Feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius

“I am happy to be able to give each one of you a cordial welcome, honorable members of the official delegation, who have come to Rome in happy celebration of the liturgical memorial of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Your presence, which attests to the Christian roots of the Bulgarian people, offers the propitious occasion to confirm my esteem for this dear nation and enables us to reinforce our friendship, enhanced by the devotion to the two brother saints of Thessalonica.

“Through an untiring endeavor of evangelisation, carried out with true apostolic ardor, Sts. Cyril and Methodius providentially rooted Christianity in the spirit of the Bulgarian people, so that it is anchored in those evangelical values that always reinforce the identity and enrich the culture of a nation…”


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