Protecting Children, Condemning Violence, and the Apostle Thomas' Bishops News Report: March 25, 2011.
by Rosalia Tenorio | Source:

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US Bishops Steady in Resolve to Protect Children

WASHINGTON, D.C.,(—Though statistics show the U.S. bishops' 2002 charter for the protection of young people has been effective, the episcopal conference president says the group is continually trying to improve it.

This was the affirmation made in a statement Tuesday from Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The statement was developed during this month's USCCB Administrative Committee meeting in Washington.

The Administrative Committee is the highest ranking body of bishops when the full body is not in session. It meets every September, March and November.

Archbishop Dolan said he had been asked to "offer reassurances that this painful issue continues to receive our careful attention, that the protection of our children and young people is of highest priority, and that the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that we adopted in 2002 remains strongly in place."

Church Officials Condemn Violence in Jerusalem

ROME—Strong responses coming from Church officials against the March 23 terrorist attack that took place in Jerusalem killing one and injuring 40.

The apostolic nuncio to Israel and Cyprus, Archbishop Antonio Franco, expressed his disgust by saying that violence is “completely useless for resolving problems.” 

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, reacted to the attack stating that “We are against every kind of violence perpetrated by persons, groups and movements of any kind.” He also promised to do everything possible to help Jerusalem recover its vocation as a holy city of prayer, peace and pilgrimage.

The Franciscan Custodian of the Holy Land, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, remembered the importance of dialogue and called the people of Israel to rise above extremism.

Pope Praises 'Legitimate Diversity' of Indian Church

VATICAN CITY—During a meeting today with the Bishops of India's Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, the Holy Father highlighted the Church's ‘legitimate diversity’ of rites and traditions in India: “All Catholic Bishops share a proper concern for faithfulness to Jesus Christ and are desirous of that unity which he willed for his disciples, while preserving their legitimate diversity.”

 “The apostolic traditions which you maintain enjoy their full spiritual fruitfulness when they are lived in union with the universal Church,” the Pope told the Bishops, whose church can be traced back to the Apostle Thomas. 

Citing the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches, Pope Benedict XVI urged Eastern Catholics not to “latinize” their liturgies and traditions: “The Catholic Church wishes the traditions of each particular Church or rite to remain whole and entire.”

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