Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, FMA, appointed as the Interim Secretary of Dicastery for Human Development

(ANS – Vatican City) – Pope Francis has appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli, religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), as the Interim Secretary of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development and as a delegate of the Vatican Commission on Covid-19. The appointment, as stated in the publication of the Bulletin of the Press Office of the Holy See yesterday, August 26, 2021, is “to replace Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé and Fr. Augusto Zampini, respectively as Secretary and the Assistant Secretary of the same Dicastery, both of whom have returned to their dioceses.” As stated in the Bulletin, the Holy Father has therefore, arranged that the management team of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission be composed of Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery, Sister Alessandra Smerilli, and Father Fabio Baggio, the Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section. Born in 1974 in the town of Vasto, Abruzzo, Sister Smerilli has been the Under-secretary of the Dicastery since March 2021 and coordinator of the Economics Taskforce of the Vatican Commission Covid-19. The nun, as secretary, therefore, takes the place of Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, who left the Dicastery in July, while as a delegate of the Taskforce she...

Pope offers assistance to Catholic charity in southern Italy – Vatican News

Pope offers assistance to Catholic charity in southern Italy Cardinal Konrad Krajiewski, papal almoner, offers the support of Pope Francis to a local Catholic charity in San Severo in the province of Foggia, southern Italy opening its doors to families in difficulty due to the pandemic. By Giancarlo La Vella “Solidarity spent well” is the slogan of the “Don Felice Canelli” Emporio della Solidarietà Catholic charity promoted by the diocesan Caritas of San Severo, a larger town in the Foggia area, which opened Saturday. All families in difficulty due to the pandemic are able to receive needed assistance. Present at the inauguration was Bishop Giovanni Checchinato of San Severo, Msgr. Francesco Soddu, director of Caritas Italiana, Fr. Andrea Pupilla, director of Caritas of San Severo; the mayor, Francesco Miglio, and Simona Venditti, municipal councillor for Social Policies. Cardinal Konrad Krajiewski, papal almoner, surprised the group with his personal visit to share the Pope’s good wishes and support for the initiative to the joy of all those present. The Church of San Severo is also celebrating one of its own priests, an apostle and friend of the poor, don Felice Canelli, who was recently declared venerable by the Holy See....

Pope Francis: I establish the lay ministry of Catechist

Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” by the Supreme Pontiff Francis Antiquum ministerium, instituting the ministry of catechist, 10 May 2021 Francis Motu Proprio [ DE  – EN  – ES  – FR  – IT  – PL  – PT ] APOSTOLIC LETTER ISSUED “MOTU PROPRIO” BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS “ANTIQUUM MINISTERIUM” INSTITUTING THE MINISTRY OF CATECHIST   1. The ministry of Catechist in the Church is an ancient one. Theologians commonly hold that the first examples are already present in the writings of the New Testament. The service of catechesis may be traced back to those “teachers” mentioned by the Apostle in writing to the community of Corinth: “Some people God has designated in the Church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way” (1 Cor 12:28-31). Saint Luke begins his Gospel by stating: “I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so...

Non, l’Église catholique ne condamne pas le rire !

« Un saint triste est un triste saint ». Cette phrase attribuée à saint François de Sales en dit long à sa manière sur le rire dans la tradition de l’Église. De son côté, Thomas More demandait à Dieu de lui donner l’humour afin de tirer « quelque bonheur de cette vie » et d’en faire profiter les autres. Le Tout lire… Source: Non, l’Église catholique ne condamne pas le rire...