Mittwoch, 18. Dezember 2013

METROPOLISVONAUSTRIA: Panorthodoxe Begegnungen in der Metropolis von Austria

Am Freitag, 13. Dezember, trafen Metropolit Arsenios und Metropolit Hilarion von Wolokolamsk zu Gesprächen in der Metropolis von Austria zusammen. Metropolit Hilarion war als Leiter des Außenamtes des Moskauer Patriarchats nach Wien angereist. Tags darauf, am Samstag, 14. Dezember, empfing Metropolit Arsenios den kürzlich inthronisierten Metropoliten Antoni der bulgarisch-orthodoxen Diözese von West- und Mitteleuropa.

Im Zentrum der Gespräche mit Metropolit Hilarion standen verschiedene panorthodoxe Themen. Zu diesen zählten die Vorbereitungen eines Panorthodoxen Konzils, die Koordination von Stellungnahmen der Weltorthodoxie zu verschiedenen internationalen Themen und Fragestellungen, die Zusammenarbeit der orthodoxen Jurisdiktionen in Fragen sozialer Aktivitäten und Initiativen. Es wurde auch der notwendige Respekt der Kanonizität der Orthodoxen Kirche als Grundprinzip der Lösung von Problemen betont. Beide Metropoliten zeigten sich mit den Ergebnissen ihrer Erörterungen zufrieden.
Mit Metropolit Antoni besprach Metropolit Arsenios die Arbeit der Orthodoxen Kirche in Österreich und die zukünftigen Aufgaben der Orthodoxen Bischofskonferenz sowie die weitere Zusammenarbeit bei verschiedenen Themen. Beide Metropoliten äußerten sich sehr positiv über das gemeinsam Erreichte im Jahr 2013 und tauschten gute Wünsche für die bevorstehenden Weihnachtsfeiertage aus.

Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun (Radio Vatican)

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has approved the attribution a miraculous healing to the intercession of a young American nun, opening the way to her beatification. Born and raised in New Jersey, Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) entered the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1926 and died one year later, taking her religious vows one month before her death.
The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich involves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy who had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration.
Silvia Correale, the postulator for Sr Teresa’s cause in Rome, said : “All ophthalmologists know that this condition cannot be totally healed. It can be stopped from advancing, but it cannot be fully cured.” The decision as to the miraculous nature of this healing was unanimous by all committees, she added.

Msgr Giampaolo Rizzotti of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints added that the miracle took place in 1964. The date of the beatification, he said, now depends upon the bishop of the diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, which first opened the cause, to contact the Vatican and establish a date.

Born in 1901, Sr Teresa was baptized and confirmed in the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic rite of the Church and raised in an Eastern Catholic household. She was the youngest of seven children, whose parents immigrated from Eastern Slovakia.

Sr Teresa’s vocation story demonstrates her perseverance in faith. Wanting to enter religious life upon her high school graduation, she postponed her entry to care for her ailing mother. After her mother’s death and upon her family’s urging, she began her studies in literature at the at Convent Station, New Jersey, where she met the congregation she would later join.

But first, in 1924, she decided to test her initial desire to join the Carmelites. She visited the community but was turned away due to health issues. She finally discerned a vocation to the Sisters of Charity and entered on 11 February 1925, soon after her father’s death.

As a postulant and novice, she continued to teach, all the while living a deep spiritual life. In June 1926, her spiritual director asked her to write the conferences for the novitiate. She wrote 26 conferences which, after her death, were published in a book, titled Greater Perfection.

Six months later, in January 1927, she fell gravely ill and was admitted to the hospital. She made religious profession in articulo mortis (in danger of death) on 2 April 1927. On 6 May, she was operated for appendicitis and died two days later.

Correale says Sr Teresa is considered to be a mystic. She developed a profound Trinitarian spirituality and shared with others the importance of entering into deep communion with the Trinitarian God.

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RELIGIOUS INFORMATION SERVICE OF URKAINE (RISU): Vatican Believes ROC Should Recognize Own Guilt in Addition to Accusing Greek Catholics in Western Ukraine

The conflict between Greek Catholics and Orthodox in Western Ukraine has to be resolved from both sides, said Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Only by recognizing this can we move together into the future,” he said December 17, responding to journalists' questions at a press conference in Moscow.
A correspondent from Blahovest-info asked about the cardinal’s attitude toward the issue, which, the Russian Orthodox Church believes, complicates the preparation of a possible meeting between the Moscow Patriarch and the Pope. The journalist quoted statements recently made by Metropolitan Hilarion’s at a Russian-Polish conference: “Even in the twentieth century, we are faced with a situation that is still unhealed – a situation in western Ukraine, where the Greek Catholics at the turn of 1980-90s forcibly expelled the Orthodox from churches and where there are still towns and villages where the Orthodox do not have their own churches.”
“I agree with Metropolitan Hilarion: The situation in Ukraine is very serious. But from my point of view, it has two sides, and Metropolitan Hilarion willingly speaks only of one. I have visited many parishes in Western Ukraine and saw the suffering on both sides. If the blame for what happened just lay on the Greek Catholics, we would have a lot of influence,” he answered in response to a question about the possibility of returning to the Orthodox churches.
“What are the Orthodox guilty of?” a journalist from ITAR-TASS asked. “The Orthodox themselves should answer this. We must not forget that the Catholic Church was virtually eliminated by the Soviets. Greek Catholics were forced to convert to Orthodoxy. And that they came out into the public space after the fall of the Soviet regime is their right. Of course, it is the state’s fault, but it along with the Orthodox has to be concerned about the Greek Catholics getting what rightfully belongs to it,” said Cardinal Koch.
According to him, this situation is also complicated by the presence in Ukraine of several Orthodox jurisdictions. He himself during his visit met only with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. However, in some places the Greek Catholic clergy have are in contact with the Orthodox believers who belong to unrecognized Orthodox Churches, and for them it is “much more difficult not to have contact with those who are not in communion with the Russian Orthodox Church.” “We must do everything so that this tension is reduced. If Orthodoxy in Ukraine was united in one church, that would be a major step toward solving the problem,” the cardinal said.