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Source: FSSPX News


France: Bishops’ message for Ramadan

 On September 25, Mgr. Michel Santier, president of the Council for Interreligious Relations of the French Bishops Conference, and bishop of Luçon, sent a message to the Muslims of France to mark the beginning of Ramadan.

 Bishop Santier, who was speaking on behalf of all the French Bishops, said that the month of Ramadan was a “time of fasting, prayer and sharing for believers in God on the path of Islam.” The bishop spoke of his “profound desire to continue to forge links of brotherhood and friendship everywhere we live, particularly where living together is not easy because of the difficulties which affect young people in their outlook, of violence, of the rejection by others who are different because of their culture or their religion.”

 “After the difficult days which we have lived, I want to say to you again, that the Catholic Church regards with esteem the Muslims who worship the One God, living and subsisting, merciful and all-powerful, creator of Heaven and Earth, who has spoken to mankind, according to the words of the Second Vatican Council.”

 The bishop reaffirmed the desire to “continue along the path of dialogue in which we have both been engaged for many years in our country.” “May the month of Ramadan, for you the moment of opening your hearts and of conversion to God, be the occasion for you and for us, for Muslim communities and Catholic communities, to take initiatives for meeting, for dialogue, in order to get to know each other and thus better serve the cause peace and justice for all.”


Italy: L’Osservatore Romano holds exhibition

 On October 3, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, librarian and archivist of the Holy See, Mario Agnes, director of L’Osservatore Romano, and Enrico Gasbarra, president of the Province of Rome, launched an exhibition “L’Osservatore Romano: from Rome to the World” at the Valentini Palace, in Rome.

 This retrospective celebrates 145 years of the newspaper, whose first edition appeared on July 1, 1861 in order to come to the defense of the Papal States, after the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy (March 17 1861).

 Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) who eventually became the owner of the newspaper, made it the official press organ of the Vatican from 1885.