In Rome today the Council of Cardinals met for their second consecutive day of meetings with His Holiness Pope Francis. The Holy Father announced to the council that His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State would now become a regular fixture at the meetings. This move now increases the composition of the council to nine. The council’s meetings this week included a presentation by His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State to update the council on issues relating to the Governorate. Then the meetings then shifted to discussions on the Vatican Bank. Those portions were attended by members of the bank’s Supervisory Commission of Cardinals. Among them was the lone Canadian on the commission, Toronto’s Cardinal Thomas Collins. Speaking on the meetings, the Director of the Holy See Press Office Father Federico Lombardi said that the bank is in a period of peaceful transition. He also spoke about the meeting of the Council for the Economy taking place this Saturday. He said it is set to focus on the council’s Statutes as well as its program for future work. Finally Father Lombardi noted that a major press conference is likely be held next week on a variety of topics including the Vatican Bank and its relationship with the Council and Secretariat for the Economy.
It was announced yesterday that Pope Francis has named His Grace Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio in Haiti, as the Holy See’s new permanent observer to the United Nations. He replaces the outgoing nuncio, His Grace Archbishop Francis Chullikatt who has served in the role since 2010. A native of the Philippines, Archbishop Auza held numerous postings throughout the diplomatic service of the Holy See. In 2008, he was consecrated an Archbishop and made nuncio to Haiti. Following the Haitian Earthquake of 2010 that killed the Archbishop of Port-Au-Prince, Archbishop Auza led the Archdiocese for a year as Apostolic Administrator. He continued as Nuncio in Haiti until this appointment to New York yesterday.
This past weekend, the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York marked a special event in the life of the diocese. On Saturday, His Excellency Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, ordained 13 men to the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. To date this is the largest class or priests ordained in any diocese in the United States. Speaking ahead of the ordination, Bishop DiMarzio said “These thirteen men represent the great diversity of ethnicity, life experience, and socioeconomic background of the Church of Brooklyn and Queens, yet, all share the one desire: to serve as a priest. I am privileged to ordain them as priests of Christ and welcome them to the Presbyterate of Brooklyn.” Of the thirteen men ordained, eight were born in the United States and five were born abroad.
In this it’s centenary year, St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto is holding an event entitled: “How to Make Catholic Preaching Better: A Conference in Homiletics.” Beginning this Monday July 7 and running through to July 10, the conference will feature a series of speakers from both Canada and the United States, and also feature a vast array of musical talent. For more information on the conference, please visit homileticsconference.eventbrite.ca
This coming weekend, Salt and Light Television will bring you live coverage of the 2014 Steubenville Toronto Conference. A brainchild of the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, the conferences now span across North America and draw over 40,000 young people a year. This is the first time the conference is coming to Toronto and we now give you a look at what you can expect this weekend.
Salt and Light’s coverage of Steubenville Toronto begins this Friday July 4 at 7:30pm with the conference’s opening ceremonies live from the Mattamy Centre. For more information on the conference as well as our full broadcast schedule, please visit saltandlighttv.org/steubenville