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THE POPE & THE CHURCH - DAY TO DAY: A quick reference

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This is for convenient reference at a glance, without having to scroll through the pages in the main thread.. I should have started this six years ago.... The posting will necessarily be delayed and sometimes not prompt as I shall be filling this in after reviewing what has been posted .

January 2011

Jan 1
- New Year's Day Mass and Angelus
Proposes Assisi meeting in October
Decries new killings in Alexandria and Iraq
- First Anglican converts received into the Church at Westminster Cathedral, London

Jan 2
- Sunday Angelus
Address to Madrid 'Family Day' rally
Calls new anti-Christian violence an offense to God and mankind
- Grand Imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque criticizes Pope Benedict XVI for 'asking world leaders to defend Christians', even as he condoles with the Coptic Pope for the New Year's day car-bombing massacre of Copts in Alexandria, Egypt'

Jan 3
- Andrea Tornielli reports that the Congregation for Saints has approved the miracle needed for John Paul II's beatification
- Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province assassinated by one of his bodyguards because he spoke against the nation's harsh anti-blasphemy law
- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister visits Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul in what the AsiaNews corresponded called another sign that Turkey has finally recognized the juridical status of the Orthodox Church. [P.S. A statement several days later by the Turkish official made clear Turkey does not recognize a juridical status for the Orthodox Church and continues to deny that the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is anything other than a local patriarchate.]

Jan. 4
- Could this be Blessed John Henry Newman's 'canonization miracle? An American girl was reportedly cured of severe spinal dystrophy while watching his beatification rite on TV. Page 24 of the CHURCH&VATICAN thread.

Jan 5
- First General Audience for 2011
The Holy Father reflects on the significance of the Incarnation and cites sermons from Pope St. Leo the Great.
- Visit to children's wards at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

Jan 6
- Mass of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica.
Homily on the significance of the Magi's search and the star that led them.
- Holiday Angelus.
Further reflections on the Epiphany as Christ's manifestation to the entire world.
- The OR reports hopeful signs of Muslim solidarity with Copts in Egypt.
- Al-Azhar Grand Imam criticizes Benedict XVI again for statements he never said.

Jan. 7
- Christmas in the Orthodox world. Egyptian Copts celebrate in fear, but Egyptian authorities provide massive security
for midnight masses.
- Egyptian press publishes Apostolic Nuncio's statement replying to Grand Imam's reckless statements about the Pope.
- Sandro Magister article brings perspective to anti-Christian persecution 'from the Indus to the Nile'.
- The Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile praises the Pope for his World peace Day message on religious freedom.
All the above on Page 175 of the BENEDICT thread.

Jan. 8
- No papal stories.
- Antonio Socci replies to Vittorio Messori's 1/7 article claiming that 'Zionism' is at the root of anti-Christian hatred.
Both articles posted side by side.

Jan. 9
- The Pope presides at the Sistine Chapel Mass on the Baptism of the Lord, and baptizes 21 babies.
- At the Angelus, he recalls the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake and says he is sending Cardinal Sarah
of Cor Unum to Haiti to reiterate the concern of the Church for the Haitians.
- The Church of Malta announces it will form a tribunal to hear abuse cases filed seven years ago after victims write
the Vatican that nothing has been done about their cases since the Pope's viit last year.
1/8-1/9 items on Page 176 of the BENEDICT thread.
On P. 24 OF the CHURCH&VATICAN thread:
- Anglicans moving to the Catholic Ordinariate are told they cannot hold services where they used to worship.

Jan. 10
- The Pope addresses the diplomatic corps and makes his strongest statements yet on the subject of religious freedom,
citing specific violations in specific countries.

Jan. 11
- Egypt recalls its Vatican ambassador for consultations, accusing the Pope of 'interfering' in Egyptian affairs.
- An off-duty policeman shoots at Christians on a Cairo-bound train, kills one and wounds 5 others.
- Protests in Pakistan build up against the Pope for having called for repeal of the anti-blasphemy law.

Jan. 12
- General Audience. The catechesis is on St. Caterina of Genoa.
- Pope names new bishop for Port-au-Prince on the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake.
- The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales announce the ordination as Catholic priests on Saturday of the first three Anglican bishops to convert under Anglicanorum coetibus. The conference also publishes a Guide to the Ordinariate.

Jan. 13
- Some moderate Muslim leaders in Pakistan express support for Benedict XVI in his appeal for religious freedom.
- Speculation that Benedict XVI will approve John Paul II's beatification miracle tomorrow and name the date
for the beatification.

Jan. 14
- Benedict XVI signs decree acknowledging the miracle healing of a French nun through the intercession of John Paul II
and announces he will beatify the late Pope at St. Peter's on May 1.
- Two other beatification miracles are acknowledged, along with the 1846 martyrdom of five Bosnian nuns, and the heroic virtues of three priests, a teenage postulant, and a laywoman.
- John Paul II's remains will be transferred from the Vatican grotto to the Chapel of St. Sebastian next to the Pieta Chapel, where it will be immediately accessible to anyone who enters the Basilica.
- Benedict XVI meets with the officials and legislators of the Lazio region, the province of Rome, and the city of Rome in the traditional New Year audience.

Jan. 15
- The CDF formally announces establishment of the first Personal Ordinariate for returning Anglicans in England and Wales. It is named for Our Lady of Walsingham and its patron is Blessed John Henry Newman. The Holy Father named Rev. Keith Newton, former Anglican Bishop of Rockborough, as the first Ordinary.
- The Holy Father meets with a Lutheran delegation from Finland, making the traditional St. Henry's Day call.
- He also holds traditional audience for the officials and members of the Italian Inspectorate providing security in St. Peter's Square,

Jan. 18
- At the Angelus, the Holy Father personally announces the beatification rite for John Paul II on May 1, and calls on all the faithful to rejoice with him.
- He names Werner Arber, a Swiss physician and Nobel Prize winner, as president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the first Protestant to be named head of any Vatican organization.

Jan. 17
The Pope meets with
- The Director-General of UNESCO
- The community of the Polish Institute in Rome on the occasion of its 100th anniversary
- Officials and members of the Neo-Catechumenal Way, whose catechism has been approved by the CDF. Earlier in the week, the Secretariat of State ruled against Japanese bishops who wanted the Way suspended for five years from activities in Japan for disruptive attitudes towards their host dioceses. In his address, the Pope urged the movement to cooperate with their host dioceses.

Jan. 18
- The media reopen the 'sex abuse scandal' by claiming a 1997 letter from the Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland to Irish bishops was the 'smoking gun' proving that the Vatican prohibited bishops from reporting sex offenses by priests to local authorities. It's number- what now in the alleged 'smoking guns' they have been citing since the slanderous and lie-mongering BBC documentary of 2006?

Jan. 19
- Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi and the Vatican's US-based lawyer Jeffrey Lena debunk 'smoking gun' claims.
- At the General Audience, the Holy Father speaks on the four pillars of Christian unity embodied by the first Christian community of Jerusalem.
- L'Osservatore Romano says Light of the World has sold a million copies in the present editions since the book came out on Nov, 24.

Jan. 20
- Al-Azhar suspends its annual talks with the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialog alleging once more that it is to protest teh Pope's 'interference in Egyptian affairs' for words he never said.
- Cardinal Bertone, asked to comment on the current investigation by Milan police into alleged misconduct of the Italian Prime Minister with a Moroccan teenager under 18, says the Vatican is closely following news reports and says all public officials should be aware of their responsibilities.
- First seminar for university students sponsored by the Diocese of Rome on Benedict XVI's great secular discourses, at the Lateran Apostolic Palace. Topic: the Regensburg lecture.

Jan. 21
- Pope Benedict blesses the 'pallium lambs' at the Vatican.
- He meets with Rome police and Italian state police assigned to the Vatican and makes a general statement about the responsibility of public officials to uphold moral and ethical conduct.

Jan. 22
- The Pope addresses the Tribunal of the Roman Rota at the start of the Church judicial year, and says canon law and pastoral care must work together to insure that Christian couples are adequately prepared before marriage about the responsibilities of married life to avoid eventual cause for annulment. In this sense, he said, Catholic marriage is not an automatic right.

Jan. 23
- At the Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father speaks about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Jan. 24
- The Vatican releases the Pope's Message for the World Day for Social Communications in October. For the fourth year in a row, the subject is the use of the new communications technologies, this time, for social networking.
- The Pope meets with a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany.
- Cardinal Bagnasco opens the winter meeting of the Italian bishops' Permanent Council in Ancona, and addresses the Berlusconi scandal without specifics, disappointing the Italian media who expected him to excoriate the Prime Minister by name.
- The Vatican releases the calendar for the Holy Father's liturgical celebrations in February to April, including Holy Week.

Jan. 25
- The Holy Father sends his condolences to Russian President Medvedev for the terrorist bombing attack in Moscow's largest domestic airport.
- He presides at Vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls to mark the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
- The Vatican releases his message for World Mission Sunday in October.

Jan. 26
- At the General Audience, the Holy Father resumes his catechetical cycle on great women figures in the medieval Church, and devotes the lesson to Joan of Arc.

Jan. 27
- Second seminar for university students sponsored by the Diocese of Rome on Benedict XVI's great secular discourses, at the Lateran Apostolic Palace. Topic: College des Bernardins address, Paris, Sept, 2008.

Jan. 28
- Sueddeutsche Zeitung publishes 1970 letter signed by Prof. Joseph Ratzinger along with 8 other German theologians recommending that the German bishops' conference examine the question of priestly celibacy in connection with the priest shortage in Germany.
- The Holy Father addresses members of the International Commission for Theological Dialog between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Oriental Churches.
- In the concluding Mass for the Italian bishops' Permanent Council meeting in Ancona, Cardinal Bagnasco urges fellow bishops and priests to emulate Benedict XVI who is not afraid to pursue his mission despite criticism.

Jan. 29
- The Holy Father sends a videomessage to greet the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, which celebrates this year the fourth centenary of tis founding by Spanish Dominican missionaries in 1611, 25 years before Harvard.
- He meets with the community of the Pontifical Ethiopian College in Rome and urges them to pursue the way of holiness.

Jan. 30
- At the Angelus, he reflects on the Beatitudes, welcomes the Diocese of Rome's Children's Catholic Action on their annual Caravan for Peace, reminds the faithful that today is the World Day for Lepers and the Day of Intercession for Peace in the Holy Land, and greets the peoples of the Orient who celebrate Lunar New Year this week.

Jan. 31
- Sandro Magister and Fr. Samir write about a document posted online on January 14 by 13 Muslim imams and intellectuals proposing a renewal of Islam by considering several issues that require revolutionary changes in Muslim religious and social policy, along the lines of a Muslim 'enlightenment' hoped for by Benedict XVI in the Regensburg lecture. However, since the major proponents are connected with Egypt's Al-Azhar University and Mosque, political events in that country may well submerge the initiative for now.
- Vatican-baiting US lawyer says the Vatican refused to be served notice of a US lawsuit implicating both the Pope and Cardinal Bertone for abuses against a deaf ward committed in the 1970s before either came to the Vatican.

[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 1/31/2011 10:14 PM]
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Teresa - an excellent move from a historian's point of view. Thank you.

By the way: as I am no web/technology fundi, may I ask if there is a possiblity that all the material on papal forums may one day be lost?

You and others are keeping record of an entire papacy and its reception by the global world today. It is a tremendous source of info and records for historic research, now or later. How can it be preserved?

Someone told me about a web "cloud" where these electronic documentation could be saved for future reference. You work hard to document this papacy. How permanent is all this in terms of the future? (The world famous library in Alexandria lost all/most of its millions of scrolls from antiquity. Something still regarded as a terrible tragedy by anyone with an ounce of historic sense, as you well know!)

Dear Crotchet - Sorry to respond so late. My early 2011 PC problems distracted me from updating this new feature as I should have.

Thanks for bringing up the question of how to save Forum entries. I must ask Gloria to find out from the Forum host, I know I have been saving our office files and my own personal files on an online server wghich automatically saves everything on the PC daily, so there mustbe something similar for host servers.

I don't think enough people have thought far enough as to how to save everything that is now in cyber-memory. Like what happens, for instance, if some catastrophe resulted in a worldwide failure of the entire Internet system?. Even if one somehow saved one's output on one's own PC, none of the links would work!

I can see myself for instance just copying out every entry I've ever posted onto a WORD document on my PC, but the photo links would not work in case of an Internet failure since they are all to online photo hosts (although of course, the original photos uploaded to that host are in my PC)...

At the same time, I could print out each post I make and preserve a running paper file of it, which I ought to have done from the very beginning!... Indeed, you've opened a very productive vein of thought. Thanks...


[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 1/7/2011 1:22 PM]
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February 2011

Feb. 1
- Message from the Holy Father to the II Continental Congress on Vocations of the Episcopal Council of Latin America and the Caribbean in Costa Rica.

- The Vatican announces that the Holy Father will personally preside at the ordination on Saturday, Feb. 5, of five new recently names Curial archbishops - three are secretaries in their respective congregations, and two are Apostolic Nuncios.

- Islamic demonstrators in Lahore, Pakistan, burn the Pope in effigy, along with effigies of the Catholic Minister for Religious Minorities.

Feb. 2
- General Audience. With a catechesis on St. Teresa of Avila, the Holy Father begins a catechetical cycle to complete his presentation of the Doctors of the Church - there are 34 so far, and he had spoken of the first 26 in his chronological presentation of the great figures of the Church from the Apostles onwards. After Teresa of Avila, he will have seven more to go (down to St. Therese of Lisieux, the last saint to have been proclaimed a DOC).

- During the GA, a boy slips through the security barrier and walks up to the Pope onstage. Very sweet episode.

- Vespers on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the XV World Day for the Consecrated Life. In his homily, the Pope cites the icons associated with the Presentation and links them to the vocation to consecrated life.

- The German service of Vatican Radio reports a letter from Mons. Gaenswein to a Munich doctor asking him to desist from using the Pope misleadingly to encourage organ donation, because the organ donation card held by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became invalid when he was elected Pope. The Church requires that the remains of Popes should remain intact.

Feb. 3
- The Pope receives a new ambassador from Austria, and addresses the Emmanuel Community on mission and the Eucharist.

- At a news conference to discuss the Pope's message for the coming World Day for the Sick on February 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Vatican Council for the Pastoral Ministry to Healthcare Workers announces it will hold an international conference on AIDS in May and publish guidelines for all Catholic institutions and workers involved in the care of AIDS patients.

- The Vatican publicizes YOUCAT, a 300-page Youth Catechism specially prepared for WYD 2011 in Madrid, with a Foreword by the Holy Father. It will be published in the Vatican's seven official languages and be given to each participant in Madrid. YOUCAT is based on the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church prepared and published by the CDF under Cardinal Ratzinger.

- The Vatican announces a new phase (the third) of the ecumenical dialog held through ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission). The first meeting will take place in the Italian monastery of Bose next May.

- Last of 3 seminars on Benedict XVI's great secular discourses at the Lateran Apostolic Palace. Topic: His address at Westminster Hall to the civilian society of the United Kingdom.

Feb. 4
- The Holy Father addresses the plenary session of the Apostolic Signatura's Supreme Tribunal.

- The Vatican announces that the Lenten spiritual exercises this year for the Holy Father and the Roman Curia will take place on March 13-19. Fr. François-Marie Léthel, of the Discalced Carmelites, Prelate-Secretary of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, will guide the meditations, whose theme will be: "The light of Christ in the heart of the Church: John Paul II and the theology of the saints".

- German media report a letter signed by 120 theology professors from the German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) seeking the entire laundry list of 'reforms' advocated by Catholic activist dissidents in the past 40 years, starting with the abolition of the requirement for priestly celibacy.

Feb. 5
- The Holy Father presides at the episcopal ordination of five new Curial nominees (three secretaries of dicasteries and two Apostolic Nuncios) with the rank of Archbishop. Another great and memorable homily on the role of bishops, which also stresses the significance for the Church of the apostolic succession.

Feb. 6
- At the Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father acknowledges the annual Day for Life observed by the Church in Italy.

Feb. 7
- The Holy Father addresses the plenary session of the Congregation for Catholic education.
- In central Indonesia, Muslim mobs Born three Catholic churches and two other Catholic-run institutions to protest a five-year sentence given to a man accused of blasphemy for distributing missionary materials. The demonstrators demanded the death penalty instead.

Feb. 8
- Cardinal Kasper says the 1879 letter signed by him and eight other German theologians, including Joseph Ratzinger, did not recommend abolition of priestly celibacy, only that the German bishops should open the subject for discussion. He adds that the letter has long since become academic since there have been endless discussions on the issue since then, and the Church has firmly re-stated its position through the Popes and various Synods.

Feb. 9
- Andrea Tornielli anticipates a Motu Proprio in which Benedict XVI will authorize the Congregation for Divine Worship to carry out measures that will do away with liturgical abuses and instill greater reverence at Mass.

- The WYD Secretariat in Madrid releases the program for the Holy Father's visit on August 18-21. It does not yet include any meetings he will have with Spanish officials.

- The Vatican points out that a new Iphone application providing a guide to confession is no substitute for actual confession to a priest.

Feb. 10
- The Holy Father accepts the resignation of 77-year-old Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, for health reasons.

- The Vatican releases the text of the Holy Father's message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations in May.

- The dioceses of northeast Italy release the program for the Holy Father's visit to Aquileia and Venice in May.

Feb. 11
- The Vatican marks the annual anniversary of the 1929 Lateran Pacts which established the sovereignty of the Vatican.

Feb. 12
- The Vatican observes the 80th anniversary of Vatican Radio.

- The Holy Father addresses the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of San Carlo Borromeo on the 25th anniversary of their founding.

- Pope Benedict's contemporary Court of the Gentiles is launched at the world's oldest university in Bologna, as a prelude to the international launch with multiple events to be held in Paris on March 24 and 25.

[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 2/13/2011 12:45 PM]
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