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Volume 44, Number 1
  
26 February 2013
J.D. Conor Mauro




In this 15 May 2012 photo, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, leads a meeting with U.S. bishops from Eastern Catholic churches during their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican. U.S. bishops from the Armenian, Chaldean, Ruthenian, Maronite, Melkite, Romanian, Syriac and Ukrainian Catholic churches make ad limina visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Cardinal expresses solidarity with Christians of the Holy Land (VIS) Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, has sent a letter to the bishops of the world concerning the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land. The letter, which also bears the signature of Archbishop Cyril Vasil, S.J., secretary of the congregation, has the purpose of sensitizing the Catholic Church around the world with regard to the Holy Land, and of promoting initiatives of prayer and fraternal charity towards Christians of Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine and neighboring countries…

Bulgarian Orthodox Church selects new patriarch (ABC News) Patriarch Neofit of Ruse was elected Sunday as the new spiritual leader of Bulgaria’s Orthodox Christians amid social unrest threatening to throw the Balkan country in a serious political crisis. He is considered a compromise candidate after a power struggle within the church over who will succeed the late Patriarch Maxim. Maxim, highly popular among around 6 million Bulgarian Orthodox Church followers, died after a long illness on Nov. 6 aged 98. The enthronement ceremony for Patriarch Neofit was held at Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Cathedral Church. In attendance were church elders, state officials, representatives of other religious groups and dozens of believers…

Pope Benedict XVI will be ‘pope emeritus’ (VIS) Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, reported in a press conference that Pope Benedict XVI will become “pontiff emeritus” or “pope emeritus.” He will keep the name of “His Holiness, Benedict XVI” and will dress in a simple white cassock without the mozzetta (elbow-length cape)…

Syrian government offers to meet with opposition (Christian Science Monitor) Syria said Monday it is prepared to hold talks with armed rebels bent on overthrowing President Bashar al Assad, the clearest signal yet that the regime is growing increasingly nervous about its long-term prospects to hold onto power as opposition fighters make slow but persistent headway in the civil war. The Syrian talks offer, made by Foreign Minister Walid al Moallem during a visit to Moscow, came hours before residents of Damascus and state-run TV reported a huge explosion and a series of smaller blasts in the capital, followed by heavy gunfire…



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