In Brief

Source: FSSPX News


France: The rector of the cathedral of Paris initiates a suit in civil law.

On October 25 in Paris, Msgr. Patrick Jacquin, rector of Notre-Dame de Paris initiated a suit for action against the religious purpose of Notre-Dame de Paris and asked for one euro in damages and interest and the publication of the judgment in five press outlets.

The rector of the cathedral decided to do this after the announcement of the dismissal of his complaint last June for "voluntary violence" during a parody of homosexual marriage in Notre-Dame. The case was dismissed because of the impossibility of identifying the authors of the violence!

Italy: Beatification of a mother of a family

On November 6, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the Cathedral of Vicence, in Venetia (Northern Italy), presided over the beatification mass of Eurosia Fabris. “We must make this beautiful soul known, she’s an example for families today!” Pius XII declared. Born on September 27, 1866, a few kilometers from Vicence into a rural family, she married Carlo Barban at 19 year of age. He was a young widower and father of two children. They had nine other children and three sons became priests. A member of the Franciscan Third Order, she died on January 8, 1932, two years after her husband.

Switzerland: Protestants desperately seeking pastors

On November 4 the reformed churches of German-speaking Switzerland launched a campaign to promote the study of theology using the slogan “Theology opens you to the world”. The growing disaffection of students for the field of theology at the University is the reason for this campaign, which seeks to curb the coming dearth of pastors.

Astrid Maeder, a leader of the Theology sector in the heart of the Reformed Churches Bern-Jura-Soleure, declared that “the difficulty of undertaking these studies is often due to a less-than-clear, even a false image of theology and the pastoral”. Also, this campaign is supposed to go on for an entire year and throughout the whole of the Swiss Romande.

Vatican: A new Secretary of State?

Numerous observers at the Vatican are letting out the hypothesis of upcoming nominations in the Roman Curia, in particular at the head of the Secretariat of State. That’s why they are scrutinizing the quality of certain visitors lately. The pope has received in a private audience Cardinals Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Attilio Nicora, President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) and Giovanni Battista Re, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops.