Friday, April 22, 2005

Who is Benedict XVI (Razinger)?

The New Pope Benedict XVI
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith , President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, Dean of the College of Cardinals, was born on 16 April 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Germany. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1951. His father, a police officer, came from a traditional family of farmers from Lower Baviera. He was called into the auxiliary anti-aircraft service in the last months of World War II. From 1946 to 1951, the year in which he was ordained a priest and began to teach, he studied philosophy and theology at the "University of Munich" and at the higher school in Freising. In 1953 he obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis entitled: "The People and House of God in St. Augustine’s doctrine of the Church". Four years later, he qualified as a university teacher. He then taught dogma and fundamental theology at the higher school of philosophy and theology of Freising, then in Bonn from 1959 to 1969, Münster from 1963 to 1966, Tubinga from 1966 to 1969. From 1969, he was a professor of dogmatic theology and of the history of dogma at the University of Regensburg and Vice President of the same university. Already in 1962 he was well known when, at the age of 35, he became a consulter at Vatican Council II, of the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joseph Frings. Among his numerous publications, a particular post belongs to the ‘Introduction to Christianity’, a collection of university lessons on the profession of apostolic faith, published in 1968; Dogma and revelation, an anthology of essays, sermons and reflections dedicated to the pastoral ministry, published in 1973. In 1977, Paul VI elected him Archbishop of Munich and Freising, the first diocesan priest after 80 years to take over the pastoral ministry of this large Bavarian diocese. Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Paul VI in the consistory of 1977, of the Titles of the Suburbicarian Church of Velletri-Segni (1993) and Suburbicarian Church of Ostia (2002). On 25 November 1981 he was nominated by John Paul II Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; President of the Biblical Commission and of the Pontifical International Theological Commission. Relater of the 5th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (1980). President Delegate to the 6th Synodal Assembly (1983). Elected Vice Dean of the College of Cardinals, 1998. On 2002, the Holy Father approved the election, by the order of cardinal bishops, as Dean of the College of Cardinals. President of the Commission for the Preparation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and after 6 years of work (1986-92) he presented the New Catechism to the Holy Father. Laurea honoris causa in jurisprudence from the Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, 1999. Honorary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 2000. Curial Membership: Secretariat of State (second section) Oriental Churches, Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Bishops, Evangelization of Peoples, Catholic Education (congregations) Christian Unity (council) Latin America, Ecclesia Dei (commissions).

Chaldean Synod Terminates His Annual Session

Baghdad-Yesterday on Thursday the Chaldean Patriarchal Synod has terminated his meetings.

Today Friday all the Chaldean bishops a long with the Patriarch His Beatitude "Mar Emmanuel III Dalli," encounter the rest of the Catholic bishops (2= Syrian, 1 = Armenian, and 1= Latin) of Iraq.
Tomorrow on Saturday, our Patriarch with our Bishop Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo will be heading to Rome for the Instillation Mass of the New Pope (Benedict XVI).

We congratulate all of them for their efforts.

We wish for the Holy Father long life and extraordinary Pontificate.

God Bless the Catholic Church

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Viva il Papa

Benedict XVI
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At 6:48 p.m. the Holy Father Benedict XVI proceeded by the holy Cross, went out on the benediction balcony of the Vatican Basilica
Dear brothers and sisters to give the salutation for the waiting people and give the apostolic benediction “Urbi et Orbi”

The words of the New Pontific:

“Dear Brothers and sisters
After the grate pope John Paul the II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in vineyard of the Lord.
I am comforted by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and act even with insufficient instruments. And above all, I entrust myself to your prayers.
With the joy of the risen Lord, and our confidence in his constant help, we will go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary his most holy mother will be alongside us.
Thank you.”

The new Pope starts the benediction…
Fr. Felix Shabi

Arabic Translation:

في تمام الساعة 6:48 مساء بتوقيت روما "اوروبا الغربية"، البابا بندكتس "مبارك" السّادس عشر يتقدّمه الصليب المقدّس، خرج الى "شرفة البركة" من كاتدرائية الفاتيكان لإعطاء التحيّة للناس المنتظرين، وليعطي البركة الرسولية "للمدينة -روما- والعالم"كلمات الحبر
الاعظم الجديد:
الاخوة وألاخوات الاعزاء بعد البابا الكبير يوحنا بولص الثاني، السادة الكرادلة قد إنتخبوني، انا العامل المتواضع البسيط في كرم الرب. تواسيني حقيقة هي أن الرب يعرف كيف يعمل ويتصرّف حتى مع الآلات الغير الكافية. وقبل كل شيء، فانني أئتمن نفسي إلى صلاواتكم. مع بـهجة الرب القائم، وثقتنا في مساعدته الثابتة، سنتقدّم الى الامام. الرب سيساعدنا، ومريم أمّه الكلية القداسة ستكون الى جانبنا. شكرا لكم "
.ثم بدأ البابا الجديد البركة الرسولية …
القس فيليكس الشابي

New pope is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

The New Pope is From Germany
78 Years Old
Oldest Pope to become Pope in history!
The Dean of Cardinal College

Monday, April 18, 2005

Black Smoke, No Pontific!

Black Smoke, No Pope Yet!
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Cardinals Begin Conclave for New Pope

The Conclave
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VATICAN CITY - Cardinals from six continents sequestered themselves in the Sistine Chapel on Monday, convening the new millennium’s first conclave — a secret, sacred gathering to elect a pope who will guide the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics into a new era.
The doors to the chapel decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo and wired with electronic jamming devices to thwart eavesdropping were shut, leaving the 115 voting “princes” of the church to decide whether to hold their first round of voting Monday or wait until Tuesday.

We pray for a holy Pope, a good successor for John Paul the Grate.

Chaldean Synod begins today too:
Baghdad- Today Monday the Chaldean Synod has started his sections for three days long. The bishops and our Patriarch (His Beatitude Mar Emmanuel Dalli III) will discuss how to organize our Chaldean Church to face the third millennium challenges. Liturgical reform is on top of the issues, electing new bishops, tracing Chaldean communities spread in Europe and in the whole world, and the scarcity of priests.

We pray for the success of the Synod and we whish them good luck.