June 25, 2017
Bishops need their Pope – Vatican Connections
For Albanian bishops, meeting the Pope brings consolation and encouragement, at a time when the Catholic Church in Albania is facing particular challenges. They aren’t the only ones in need of affirmation. The Venezuelan bishops sat with the Pope to discuss the current political, economic and social crisis of the country, and how they are dealing with persecution. In these situations, the Holy Father offers his bishops, especially his closeness.
Sisterhood is a special, 7-part series which gives viewers an exclusive look into the daily lives of these remarkable women betrothed to Christ. Vietnam, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda are just some of the countries where we visit with sisters who toil tirelessly in the vineyard of the Lord. Educators, health professionals, prayer warriors, catechists, counsellors, ministers to the poor — Sisterhood brings to light the myriad ways in which these wonderful women of the Gospel shine a light on the dark parts of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden, and neither can the infectious love of these sisters who bring hope and zeal to every soul they touch. Watch and be inspired by the beauty and the joy of Sisterhood.
Day in and day out, in every country, religious sisters provide an enormous service to the Church, giving life to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Without their prayer, their wisdom or their charity, the Church could scarcely begin to achieve its mission. Yet, the number of sisters in North America and in other countries is dwindling, and at a time when the world desperately needs their charisms.
WITNESS – Cardinal Gerhard Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Gerhard Ludwig Müller was born in Mainz-Finthen, Germany in 1947. As the son of labourer, he grew up with his three siblings. Having completed secondary school in Mainz, he studied philosophy and theology in Mainz, Munich and Freiburg im Breisgau. He earned his doctorate in 1977 under Professor Karl Lehmann on the subject of “The Church and Sacraments in Religionless Christendom. He was ordained as a priest in Mainz-Finthen in 1978. He was then active in three parishes as chaplain and as religious education teacher at secondary schools in Büdingen and Nidda. He became professor in 1985 in Freiburg im Breisgau, again under Professor Karl Lehmann. One year later, he was appointed Professor of Catholic Dogmatics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich where he remains honorary professor today. At the age of 38 in 1986 he was one of the youngest professors at Munich’s university.
Gerhard Müller has also been visiting professor at a number of other universities: in Cusco (Peru), Madrid (San Damaso), Philadelphia (USA), Kerala (India), Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca (Spain), The Lateran University (Rome), Lugano and Sao Paulo (Brazil). He has been active in the spread and preservation of the Catholic faith as a member of the Commission for Doctrine and Faith of the German Bishops’ Conference since 1990 and was also a member of the International Theological Commission from 1998 to 2002.
In 1999 he was appointed as peritus (theological consultant) to the Vatican’s Synod of European Bishops. In 2001 he was active as theological consultant to the International Bishops’ Synod in Rome on the subject of “The Bishop as Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for World Hope.” Following his appointment by Pope John Paul II as diocesan bishop on October 1, 2002, Professor Gerhard Ludwig Müller was consecrated as Bishop of Regensburg in the Regensburg Cathedral on November 24, 2002. In 2005 he participated in the International Bishops’ Synod on the Eucharist as a Synod Father.
The founding of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute is one of the highlights of his academic career. Bishop Müller has published more than 400 academic publications to date, the majority of which date from his 16 years as Professor of Dogmatics at the the University of Munich.
On July 2, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Müller as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and simultaneously was named Archbishop. As prefect of this important Vatican department, he became President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission, and the Pontifical Commission ”Ecclesia Dei”. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis on February 22, 2014.
Framing Papal Visits – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, a scholar in Visual Communication from the University of Missouri School of Journalism explains how photojournalists’ cultural backgrounds will shape the way a papal trip is depicted. We also look back at the legacy of the late Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
World Meeting of Families – Official Hymn
Salt and Light Media, June 2, 2017
“A Joy for all the Earth” is the official hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018 and was composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The hymn found its inspiration in the document Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held the preceding two years.
A substantial portion of the document is a treatment of the famous Hymn to Love found in 1 Corinthians 13. and our composer felt that his piece should begin with this wonderful Pauline text.
To provide musical and textual symmetry, the introduction is repeated with these words as a coda, though with pared-back accompaniment to highlight their simplicity and elegance. The main focus of Amoris Laetitia is the domestic family and there are also theological parallels between this and God’s family in the Church.
Although the performing forces for this piece are substantial for regular parish situations, perhaps for special occasions, at least one trumpet (playing the uppermost line) could be used. The lyrical nature of the melody allows for this piece to be performed by smaller forces too, even a single voice and accompaniment, making it suitable for weddings.
The piece also is suitable for general use, and could be used as a strong stately entrance or communion processional hymn.
Love bears all things, endures all things
Love longs for all things good, love never ends
Love is patient, and love is kind.
Love is not resentful; it is not rude.
Love is not arrogant, nor boastful, nor jealous,
but love rejoices, rejoices in the truth
The joy, of love, a joy for all God’s family,
The joy of love transcending time and space.
Our Love for each other mirrors God the Father’s love.
The joy of love: a joy for all the earth.
Here in Gods family all find their home.
All can find salvation troubled souls find peace.
Here is found tenderness, compassion and justice
Here God reaches down to us and touches us with grace.
Love is our origin, our constant calling.
Love is our fulfilment, in God’s dwelling place.
Love is the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit,
Love is communion of blessed Trinity.
This is what God asks of us, to act with justice,
to love with tenderness, to walk humbly with God,
to give our lives in service to others.
The joy of the Gospel is the joyful love of Christ!
Love bears all things, endures all things
love longs for all things good, love never ends.
Building a Bridge by James Martin, SJ
In BUILDING A BRIDGE, Father James Martin argues that we need to build a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.
“Brave, prophetic, and inspiring.”
—Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark
“A welcome and much-needed book.”
—Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins 1008 – The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins 1009 – New Life in Christ (Romans 12:1-21; 13:11-14)
Bishop Barron on Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument
I would like to situate what Kathy Griffin did in a wider context, for it is but a particularly brutal example of what is taking place throughout our society, especially on university campuses, namely, a deterioration of rational argument.