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Second encyclical of Benedict XVI will be concerned with Hope

 According to the American Press Agency Catholic News Service, the Pope’s next encyclical will be entitled Spe salvi (saved through hope). It will deal with the virtue of Hope, with references to modern philosophy, evoking the challenges facing the Church in the face of contemporary unbelief. The 65-page text is in the process of translation, but its publication date is not yet known. Benedict XVI is already working on a third encyclical dedicated to the moral and spiritual questions posed by globalization. (Source: CNC)


Liturgical changes at St. Peter’s

 During a Requiem Mass celebrated at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, for deceased Cardinals and Bishops on November 5, the modern candlesticks were replaced by ancient candelabras and the Cross was placed in the middle of the altar. “I consider that among the most absurd manifestations of the last decades was to have put the Cross to one side in order to better see the priest,” Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote in 2000 in his book The Spirit of the Liturgy. This change has taken place since the appointment of new Master of Ceremonies, Mgr. Guido Marini. (Sources: Apic/Imedia)


Relics of St. Therese of Lisieux in Rome

 The relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus are once again making a pilgrimage across Italy, between November 9 and December 27. The reliquary was taken to St. Peter’s Square on November 14, for the general weekly audience of Benedict XVI.

 This pilgrimage commemorates several anniversaries: the journey made to Italy 120 years ago by the little Therese, in order to ask Leo XII if she could enter the Carmel while she was still only 15 years old (1887); the death of St. Therese 110 years ago (1897); the 80th anniversary of her proclamation as Patroness of the Missions by Pius XI (1927).

(Sources: Apic/AMI)


Vatican: Exhibition on the theme of the Apocalypse

 Between October 19 and December 7, the Vatican Museum is presenting an exhibition on the theme of the Apocalypse, entitled Apocalypse, the Last Revelation. Realized on the initiative of the Committee of St. Florian in the diocese of Udine (Italy), the exhibition’s aim is to “invite people to reread the last book of the New Testament, through a hundred or so works (books, paintings, icons, sculptures, gold work, engraving and drawings) from the fourth to the twentieth centuries, coming from major European and American collections, the Louvre, the Pompidou Center, the national museums of Budapest and Warsaw and Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

Amongst others, the artists represented are Beatus de Liébana, Pedro Berruguete, Jacopo Bassano, Guido Reni, Alonso Cano, Albrecht Dürer, El Greco, Francisco Zurbaran, Dalé, De Chirico… Among the works on show: Byzantine and Russian icons from Patmos (Greece) where St. John in exile wrote the Apocalypse, sixteen engravings by Dürer, a painting by Guido Reni, the “Woman clothed in the Sun” by El Greco, the “Savior enthroned”, from the School of Novgorod and Romanesque and Gothic sculptures. (Source: VIS)