Source: FSSPX News


France: A Church in Paris for Chinese Catholics

 By the end of May, the Chinese Catholics of France will have their own Church in Paris. Our Lady of China will be situated amongst the towers of the Port of Choisy in the XIII arrondissement, one of the Chinese quarters of Paris. It will be able to welcome 200 faithful, several meters away from the Church of Saint Hippolyte, where around 60 people have assisted at a Mass in Chinese every Sunday for the past two years. The Church is being financed at a cost of 1.4 million euros by the Chantiers du Cardinal. There are 3,000 Chinese Catholics in France, two thirds of whom live in the area around Paris.

Spain: Decline in religious practice among young people

 The proportion of Spaniards between the ages of 15 and 29 declaring themselves Catholic fell by half between 2000 and 2003, dropping from 28% to 14.2%, according to an enquiry carried out by the Spanish Ministry for Employment, at the end of 2003. This survey revealed that an overwhelming majority of young Spaniards (83%) used contraceptives.

Switzerland: Parish reorganization in the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg

 On January 14, the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg published a document formulating the basic principles for the creation, organization and running of pastoral units and pastoral teams. The 256 parishes of the diocese will henceforth be regrouped into 50 pastoral units. In this reorganization, the pastoral units will “form the basic structure of the territorial pastoral in the diocese”, said the bishopric. They will be entrusted to a priest moderator, “who will exercise his office with the collaboration of other priests or deacons and laity participating in the exercise of the ministerial office,” named by the diocesan bishop. The pastoral team will be composed “in principle of three to seven members, among whom two voluntary workers may be appointed.” The diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg is currently comprised of 256 parishes for 680,000 faithful.

France: Succession of Cardinal Lustiger (continued)

 A special commission made up of a dozen prelates, members of the Commission of consultation on the nomination of bishops, and representatives of the French episcopate, met at the Vatican on January 14, in order to examine the question of the succession of Cardinal Lustiger to the archbishopric of Paris. Among the dossiers studied was that of Mgr. André Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Tours, highly esteemed by Cardinal Lustiger, whose auxiliary bishop he was from 1988 to 1999, and that of Mgr. Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux and president of the French Bishops Conference. This special Commission being unable to reach an agreement on the nomination of a successor to Cardinal Lustiger, the prefect of the Congregation for the Bishops, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Ré, handed over the dossier to the pope on January 15.