Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the Gospel to all people, said Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.
“It’s very easy to work with Pope Bergoglio. There is a lot of agreement, and this is great hope for the future,” Archbishop Parolin said.
He emphasized the Holy Father's desire for reforms that “show the true face of the Church,” Vatican Radio reported.
The First Communion children of St. Peter Cathedral and St. Michael's have come together to put on a Christmas Play for the two parishes during the month of December. The children have been preparing for the play since early November and are well on their way to having a great production. The first performance will take place on Friday evening, December 13 at 7pm in St. Peter Cathedral. The second performance is scheduled for Monday, December 23 and will follow a lecture to be given by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo on the meaning of Christmas.
Islamists Said to Have Seized Orphanage in Historic Christian Town
Damascus, December 02, 2013
Islamist rebels have broken into St. Thecla Orthodox Convent in Maaloula near Damascus and held Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and a number of nuns hostage, according to local sources.
The Syrian Arab News Agency is reporting that the rebel militias also committed acts of vandalism in the town's neighborhoods and around the convent, attacking locals and targeting them with sniper fire.
Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 - The Pope’s Sunday Angelus message for the start of Advent focused on the importance of hope during the liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas.
“For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” Pope Francis said on Dec. 1 to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square.
Sawra (Hope) is a Diocesan newsletter that is published through the Chaldean Media Center. It includes theological articles from the St. Peter Diocese Clergy, as well as religious and social reflections from lay members. The newsletter is distributed to the parishes of St. Peter Diocese where parishoners can keep themselves updated on Diocesan events like retreats, social events and much more. Sawra is now available online for your enjoyment.
Previous volumes of the newsletter will soon be made available.