Church and religion
Francis urges the Christians of Asia to encourage dialogue and peace in his latest video
Vatican City, November 6th, 2017).- In the latest edition of the The Pope Video from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the Holy Father prays for coexistence and mutual understanding among Christians and followers of other religions in Asia. In The Pope Video of November, Francis highlights the importance of promoting coexistence and mutual respect among believers of different religions. His exhortation has special relevance on a continent with more than 141 million Catholics in its 48 countries, but where there are still regions where being Catholic implies the risk of persecution. Among the countries with a high percentage of Christians, East Timor and the Philippines are notable, with a 93% Christian population. There’s also Lebanon with 40%. As well, various of these nations have given us saints of the Catholic Church, such as the martyrs of Indochina in Vietnam, St. Peter Calúñgsod, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Jacobo Kyushei in the Philippines, St. Andrew Kim, St. Anna Pak Agi and companion martyrs, St. Peter Agueda Yi and Seung-hun Yi in South Korea. Jesuit Father Frédéric Fornos, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement, remarked: “Already St. John Paul II had noted that Asia was the continent where God decided to reveal and realize his project of salvation; but today, it presents us with the immense challenge of building a present and a future of dialogue and peace. “For this, I think that the Pope decided that we should work on this intention, and that we should pray for this great continent, so rich in cultures and traditions.” The intentions are entrusted each month to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and The Pope Video is produced by La Machi Communication for Good Causes with the support of the Society of Jesus, IndigoMusic, GettyImagesLatam and the collaboration of the Vatican Television Center. It also has Aleteia as a media partner. Since its launch in January of 2016, it has had more than 19 million views on its networks.
Bishop Tighe, specialist in digital communication, appointed as Secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture
Rome, October 31st (The Tablet/Crux/RV/SIGNIS). Recently, Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Paul Tighe as Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Culture, making him one of the highest-ranking Holy See officials from the English speaking world. He is now number two at the Roman Curia office led by Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, that was established in 1982 by John Paul II and which has its roots in the Second Vatican Council’s vision for opening up dialogue between believers and non-believers. Basically, the idea is that it’s supposed to be the Vatican’s beachhead for engaging people who don’t necessarily share the Church’s values or worldview. One expression of that is the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” project launched by Ravasi in 2011. Bishop Tighe, 59, Irish, obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law in Law at the University College Dublin in 1979. Ordained priest in 1983, he studied moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A professor of moral theology at the Institute of Education Mater Of Dublin in 2004, was appointed director of the Dublin Archdiocese Communications Office. In 2007 Benedict XVI appointed him secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. In 2014 he was appointed the secretary of the Vatican Media Reform Committee. In 2015 Pope Francis appointed him as adjunctsecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and bishop of Drivasto. On February 27, 2016, he received the episcopal ordination in St. Peter's Basilica. He quickly became a valued interlocutor between media organisations and the Vatican as well as coordinating and promoting Catholic communications. During his career at the Holy See, he played a key part in setting up the papal twitter account - which now has 40 million followers across nine languages. But his latest appointment makes him the number two to Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the department, and shows the high regard with which Bishop Tighe is held in the Holy See. He and the cardinal have already been working closely on the council’s diverse portfolio which includes initiatives on art, sport and a dialogue with atheists. Last year, Helen Osman, president of SIGNIS, invited Bishop Paul Tighe for an interactive talk at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on “Compassionate Disruption: The Vatican and Innovation”.