LIVE BROADCAST: Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family
October 18, 2014. Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family.
The topic of the second part of the Synod on the Family has been announced
October 13, 2014. The new topic for the second part of the Synod on the Family will be "The vocation and the mission of the family within the Church and in the contemporary world.”
This second part will take place in Rome from October 4-25, 2015. The issues dealt with during the first part of the Synod, which concludes this week, will be further discussed in this second part.
Priest kidnapped in Syria is freed
October 9, 2014. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, 62, has been freed and taken to a convent in Knayeh, Syria. He was kidnapped on the evening of October 5th. Of the 20 other Christians kidnapped that night, 4 women were also freed.
Pope Francis names new bishops for Italy, Spain & Brazil
October 8, 2014. Pope Francis has named several new bishops today. The Pope named Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz (Spain). As of now, Archbishop Morga Iruzubieta was secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy.
He also named Bishop Fausto Tardelli, from the diocese of San Miniato, as bishop of the Diocese of Pistoia (Italy). Finally, the Pope named a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Goiânia (Brazil). He nominated Fr. Levi Bonatto, a priest from the personal prelature of Opus Dei.
Pastor and 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria
October 7, 2014. A pastor and roughly 20 Christians were kidnapped in Knayeh, Syria on the evening of October 5th. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, a 62 year old Franciscan, belongs to the Custody of the Holy Land. Local sources said that a group of armed members of Islamic militant group, Jahbat Al-Nusra, are responsible for the kidnapping.
All cardinals to meet at the Vatican on October 20
October 7, 2014. Pope Francis convoked a Consistory at the Vatican on October 20. All the cardinals will discuss the situation of Chistians in Middle East, especially of those suffering continuous attacks of ISIS.
Pope Francis will travel to France in 2015
October 7, 2014.Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced that Pope Francis will visit France in 2015.
During his visit to the Vatican in January, French President Francois Hollande, formally invited the Pope to France. The mayor of Lourdes also extended an invitation.
It is likely that he will visit Lisieux, home of one of the Pope's favorite saints, St. Therese.
The last Pontiff to visit France was Benedict XVI in 2008.
Pope Francis: "Happy families are essential for society"
October 3, 2014. Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family via Twitter. He also said that "happy families are essential for society."
Rome pays homage to French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition titled "Rodin. Marble, life” brings to the Eternal City 60 of his best works directly from the Rodin Museum in Paris. It can be visited until the end of May.
The curator of the exhibition said the French artist was one of the first to combine tradition with modern discoveries.
Rodin Museum in Paris
"Rodin paved the way for the 20th Century. His procedures are very classic, but the way he uses them is quite modern; and so, he guides our attention to a lot of new paths, that where followed by artists in the 20th Century. "
The highlight of the exhibition include the famous "Kiss,” sculpted in 1882. All its details breathe life, and marble becomes flesh.
Originally, Rodin conceived the sculpture as a portrait of the two lovers Dante comes by, in his "Divine Comedy.” The piece is also known as "The Faith” and "The Deep Love.”
One of the main characteristics of the French sculptor is the so called "unfinished” work: when the details of a piece fade into the stone. But it is not his only trade mark.
Rodin Museum in Paris
"All his research on the 'unfinished,' on space as well as on the assembling of figures, all these achievements were great spaces of freedom that allowed later sculptors to participate in his vision."
Another masterpiece from the exhibit is "The Hand of God.” The piece depicts Adam and Eve huddled in the palm of the hand that created them.
With this piece and the rest of the exhibition, visitors will see why art not only imitates nature, but sometimes it breathes life.