Plenary Indulgence for Year of Faith

October 7 2012 (Independent Catholic News)
According to a decree signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will be valid from the opening of the Year on 11 October 2012 until its end on 24 November 2013.

Lourdes: Flood Update

22nd October, 2012 (Independent Catholic News)
After suffering severe flooding over the weekend, parts of the Shrine at Lourdes are gradually being reopened. When the river Gave de Pau overflowed on Friday and Saturday waves washed up a thick layer of mud and debris, creating a landscape of desolation in the Sanctuary. Thanks to the help of the Fire Department department of Hautes-Pyrenees and Lourdes municipal services, clearing-up operations began on Sunday afternoon around the Grotto of Massabielle and are now well underway.

Pope Announces Six New Cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI has announced a consistory for the creation of six new Cardinals – all non European. Addressing cheering pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for the weekly audience with the Holy Father yesterday, he made his announcement at the end of his catechesis.

As the Year of Faith opens, we need to join Cardinal Heenan in exposing the myths that surround Vatican II and its Pope (Independent Catholic News)
11th October 2012
Over the past few weeks I have been reflecting on some messages originally published by John Carmel, Cardinal Heenan, eighth Archbishop of Westminster, during and after the Second Vatican Council. Cardinal Heenan was one of the great voices of reason during Vatican II, and was also an important Council Father. In that sense, what he wrote about the Second Vatican Council matters to those of us who are now trying to discover or discern the real meaning of Vatican II.
I would like to end my little study of Heenan’s monthly messages, which were originally published in the Westminster Cathedral Chronicle, by looking at his intimate reflection on the life of Blessed Pope John XXIII.

ROME: Conference Studies Vatican II from the Archives

October 3, 2012 Independent Catholic News
An International Academic Conference: ‘Vatican Council II in the Light of the Archives of the Council Fathers, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of its Opening (1962-2012)’ has begun today in Rome. The three-day event has been organised by the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences in collaboration with the ‘Vatican Council II’ Centre for Research and Study of the Pontifical Lateran University.

Seminar Discusses Discrimination Against Christians in EU

3rd October 2012 Independent Catholic News
Yesterday, a seminar was held in the European Parliament to discuss the growing problem of discrimination against Christians in the EU. Several high-level speakers from different countries participated in the event organised by the European Parliament, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), and the ECR Group.

Year of Faith Talks

Kirkinriola Parish, Ballymena is hosting a series of monthly talks on the fundamental doctrines of our faith. Dom Mark-Ephrem Nolan OSB, Superior of the Holy Cross Monastery, Rostrevor will give the first talk on ‘Prayer’ in All Saints’ Church, Ballymena at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th October. All are welcome to this inaugural talk.