Shun the worldly logic of power: Pope to new cardinals


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He asked them to stick to spreading the gospel.

Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, November 26, 2012: Pope Benedict XVI has told the six newly elevated cardinals that all Catholic leaders should shun the “worldly logic of power” and stick to spreading the gospel.

The pope presided at a solemn mass in St Peter’s Basilica with the new cardinals from India, the United States, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and Colombia yesterday, a day after they became cardinals at a ceremony known as a consistory.

“To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God’s love,” he said.

“To you, dear and venerable brother cardinals – I think in particular of those created yesterday – is entrusted this demanding responsibility: to bear witness to the kingdom of God, to the truth,” the pope added.

The new cardinals are Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of the Syro-Malankara rite, American Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon and Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja.

Indian women at the mass wore saris and African women wore traditional dresses.

Prayers were read in Arabic, Hindi, Yoruba and Tagalog as well as English, French and Italian.

“I think it’s about time that we have a diverse and more colourful bunch of cardinals,” said Leslie Ryan, a pilgrim who attended the consistory.

- ndtv

Vatican to beatify Indian lay martyr

The Kottar diocese in the state is gearing up for the significant event on Dec. 2.

Devasahayam Pillai Tamil Nadu, November 26, 2012: The Vatican would next month pronounce Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th century Hindu convert to Catholicism in Tamil Nadu, as ‘Blessed’.

The Kottar diocese in the state is gearing up for the significant event on Dec. 2.

The event is expected to draw nearly 100,000 people from across the state.

Forty bishops of the church, priests and religious people all over are also expected to join the celebrations.

Pillai is celebrated as the martyr of the diocese who is believed to have been killed for professing Catholic faith in the 18th century.

Pope Benedict had in June recognized Pillai as a martyr for faith and made him a venerable, the second stage in the Catholic Church’s four-tier canonization process.

“Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints under whom the appeal for beatification of Pillai was scrutinised will be the main celebrant of the grand Holy Mass,” said Fr. A. Gabriel, the priest of the diocese.

The priest had been heading the local committee working for the beatification process in the diocese.

Cardinal Amato in his earlier communication stated that Pillai will be the first Indian martyr for faith who will be given the title of ‘Blessed’.

Pillai stuck to his faith till his death and he is an example for the Catholic Church in India, the cardinal had stated.

Along with Cardinal Amato, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Cardinal Telespore Toppo will attend the beatification ceremony.

Fr. Gabriel said that efforts for the beatification of Pillai started as soon he was martyred and the then Bishop Clement Joseph of Cochin submitted a report to the Vatican in 1756.

Later, the laity of the diocese started taking efforts in a full-fledged manner and formed a local committee called Catholic Club at Nagercoil in 1984 and the continuous efforts of the diocese and the laity have yielded the results.

“It is a great honour that Devasahayam Pillai is to be beatified and we are eagerly preparing for the event,” Fr. Gabriel said.

- times of india

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