“Courageous, the Salesians!” Pope Francis receives organizers and artists of the 2021 Vatican Christmas Concert

15 December 2021 Photo ©: Vatican Media  (ANS – Vatican City) – This morning, Wednesday, December 15, Pope Francis received the promoters, organizers and artists of the Christmas Concert at the Vatican in audience, a concert sponsored by the Congregation for Catholic Education, and whose proceeds will be donated to the Pontifical Foundation “Scholas Occurrentes” and the Salesian Mission Office “Missioni Don Bosco” in Turin. Participating for the Salesians were: the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, and Fr Daniel Antúnez, President of “Missioni Don Bosco”, together with Fr Simon Zakerian, Rector of the work of Al Fidar, in Lebanon, and Fr Danijel Vidović, in charge of reception at the Mother House of the Salesians in Turin. “Christmas invites us to fix our gaze on the event that brought God’s tenderness to the world – a word that I emphasize, tenderness, we miss so much – and so it aroused and continues to arouse joy and hope. Tenderness, joy, hope: sentiments and attitudes that you artists also know how to revive and spread with your talents. Thank you,” began the Pontiff, immediately creating an atmosphere of great openness with the audience. Then, after recalling the expressions of tenderness present in daily life (the...

Launching of the Laudato Si Action Platform 2027

         Vatican City, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 28 May 2021 — In the midst of the busy end of May we could just miss the conclusion of the Laudato Si’ Week (May 17-24) or the end of the Laudato Si’ Year (May 24, 2020-2021). At the same time, under direct inspiration of Pope Francis’ Encyclical published in 2015, the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Development (Card. Peter K.A. Turkson) launched the long planned ‘Laudato Si’ Action Platform’ (https://laudatosiactionplatform.org).        This means that 6 years after the publishing of the Laudato Si’ Encyclical (2015), the whole Catholic community around the world is invited to embark on another 7-year path, to bring about an effective global impact on caring for our common home. The Vatican-led tool will empower Catholic institutions, communities, movements, religious congregations and families to implement Laudato Si’ with concrete goals, strategies and resources. There is already an ambitious plan to motivate the ‘critical mass’ of 3.5% Catholics around the world in order to make this movement truly effective. Cardinal Louis Antonio Tagle has already officially sent out the first ‘Laudato Si Animators’ on the last day of the Laudato Si’ Year, May...

Vatican Hospital makes important breakthrough in cancer research – Vatican News

Vatican Hospital makes important breakthrough in cancer research Research conducted by the Holy See’s Pediatric Hospital, Bambino Gesù, in collaboration with the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and other European and U.S. research centres, sheds light on the cycle of cell division. The relationship between the proteins Ambra1 and Cyclin D has been identified: an imbalance can cause the process leading to a tumour. Below is a working translation of a joint press release by Bambino Gesù Hospital and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. By Vatican News staff writer This new discovery opens the way to therapies that block the defense system of diseased cells. After decades of research and many hypotheses, it closes the circle on the mechanisms of the cell cycle, the process through which cells, including cancer cells, mature and proliferate. Researchers at the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, in collaboration with other European and U.S. research centres, have discovered the missing piece: what regulates the life of Cyclin D, an essential molecule in cell division. The switch that turns the activity of Cyclin D on and off  is a protein called Amber1: when it does not work it...

What St. Benedict & His Order Can Teach Today’s Laity

Each and every one of us is called to holiness, and answering that call requires growth and strength in spiritual practices, like prayer, study, and works of mercy. Yet, as average lay people living in the world, working jobs, paying bills, and raising families, it is easy to let spiritual growth, thriving in the spiritual […] Source: What St. Benedict & His Order Can Teach Today’s...

Thomistic Institute Junior Fellowship Program for Recent College Grads

TI JUNIOR FELLOWS PROGRAM THE THOMISTIC INSTITUTE is now accepting applications for the Thomistic Institute Junior Fellows Program, a year-long fellowship designed for recent graduates who are motivated to help bring university students (and others) to engage the Catholic intellectual tradition and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas while going deeper into that tradition themselves. Being a Junior Fellow is a full-time engagement with the Thomistic Institute and requires residency in Washington, D.C. Fellows take one for-credit M.A. class per semester at the DOMINICAN HOUSE OF STUDIES. Outside of class time, they work in the Institute’s Campus Chapters program, learning the ins-and-outs of this fast-growing initiative to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to more than 50 university campuses in the United States, Canada, Britain, and Ireland. They’re invited to participate fully in the academic and liturgical life of the Dominican House of Studies. Includes daily Mass, daily rosary, and the full chanted divine office with the Dominican friars in the Dominican House of Studies chapel. The TI will also sponsor the Fellows’ participation in the major TI conferences held in Washington, D.C. and on other university campuses (travel expenses covered). Conferences are in the works for 2020-21 at both...