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At the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and solidarity with all those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and took the lives of as many as 10,000 people – with thousands of others affected in the typhoon’s aftermath.
In his Angelus message, Pope Francis said:
“I want to assure the people of the Philippines and of that region who were struck by the terrible typhoon of my closeness. Unfortunately, the victims were many and the damage enormous … Let us pray a moment in silence, to the Madonna, for these our brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis also encouraged all Catholics to offer practical help to those affected by the disaster.
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To learn more about relief efforts and to assist those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, visit Catholic Relief Services.
The Vatican announced that, to mark the conclusion of the Year of Faith, the relics of St. Peter will be publicly displayed for the first time in history.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, wrote in an article published in L’Osservatore Romano:
“The faith of Peter,therefore, will confirm once again that the door for encounter with Christ is always open and waits to be crossed with the same enthusiasm and conviction of the first believers.”
The Year of Faith was instituted by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and runs from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013. Pope Benedict said when announcing the Year of Faith:
“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time.”
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The Vatican ambassador to the U.S. recently sent a letter to the U.S. Catholic bishops regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje. The letter was sent at the request of Archbishop Gerhard Muller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and reminds the U.S. bishops that:
“On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations.
It follows, therefore, that clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such ‘apparitions’ would be taken for granted.” (more…)