Sacred music and … jazz? One composer’s response to Vatican II

Rome, Italy, Dec 7, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- For American composer J.J. Wright, the Second Vatican Council's call to inculturate the Church's ancient musical traditions into “mission territory” – while preserving its unity – is something he has adopted personally with one of his greatest passions: jazz.Referring to Vatican II's documents, Wright told CNA that when people go to a new culture for the sake of evangelization, “one of the ways you can … [Read more...]

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How one young Ethiopian made 300 Christian converts

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Dec 7, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A distant part of Ethiopia last week celebrated the baptisms of 300 adult catechumens, youth, and infants.“Today when you receive this great Sacrament of Baptism you become sons and daughters of God, people of God and members of the Church; this brings great joy in heaven and great joy on earth for the entire Church,” Bishop Lesanu-Christos Matheos Semahun of the Bahir Dar-Dessie Ethiopian eparchy said in his Nov. 27 … [Read more...]

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How the Catholic Church could help the crisis in the DRC

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 6, 2016 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.But instead of greeting him in the same room where he usually meets other visiting leaders, a “glum looking Francis” waited for President Kabila in his library. Many interpreted the breach of protocol with Kabila as a subtle Vatican snub.During the brief exchange, translated … [Read more...]

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Vatican calls for trust, responsibility on nuclear technology

Vienna, Austria, Dec 6, 2016 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In order to realize the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons the discourse of the international community surrounding nuclear security must be based on an ethic of trust, responsibility, and cooperation – not fear and suspicion, Vatican official Msgr. Antoine Camilleri said Tuesday.“The logic of fear and mistrust that is epitomized by nuclear deterrence must be replaced with a new global ethic,” Msgr. Camilleri said … [Read more...]

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Guantanamo bishop tapped to head Camaguey archdiocese

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2016 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estévez, who has led the Cuban diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa for the past 10 years, will now be taking over as the new Archbishop of Camagüey.Announced Dec. 6, the appointment of Pino as the new Archbishop of Camaguey comes after the prelate’s lengthy time in the diocese of Guantanamo-Baracoa diocese.Born in Camaguey Oct. 12, 1950, the bishop studied … [Read more...]

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Vatican’s anti-abuse commission launches new website

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2016 / 06:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launched a new website Tuesday, which is designed to help inform the public about their work, and includes resources for Church leaders on safeguarding children and caring for survivors.Announced by the Vatican Dec. 6, and coinciding with the feast of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, the website is considered to be in the “beta” stage and is still undergoing … [Read more...]

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Vatican displays Rembrandt’s art for the first time

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time, the works of Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn will be displayed at the Vatican.Organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Swedish Embassy, the art show falls about a month after Pope Francis’ visit to Sweden marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.The display, entitled “Rembrandt at the Vatican: Images from Heaven and Earth,” is an … [Read more...]

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