Papal health care message notes importance of personal contact, compassion (Vatican Press Office) Addressing participants in a conference on addressing global health inequalities, Pope Francis cited the parable of the Good Samaritan and said that “while a well-structured organization is essential for providing necessary services and the best possible attention to human needs, healthcare workers should also be attuned to the importance of listening, accompanying and supporting the persons for whom they care.”
Cardinal Burke laments apostasy, says the Church 'appears not to know herself' (National Catholic Register) Speaking recently at a conference on Our Lady of Fatima, Cardinal Raymond Burke said that the Church “appears not to know herself, her identity in Christ, Who comes to us through the unbroken Apostolic Tradition.” The prelate criticized “those who exercise the pastoral office” for “their failure to teach the faith, in fidelity to the Church’s constant doctrine and practice, whether through explicit declarations and actions or through a superficial, confused or even worldly approach.”
Pope names Brazilian cardinal to key position for upcoming synod on youth (Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops) Pope Francis has named Cardinal Sérgio da Rocha, archbishop of Brasilia and president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, as the relator general of the next Synod of Bishops. He will be responsible for delivering addresses to the bishops before and after their discussion of youth, faith, and vocational discernment. The Pope also named Father Giacomo Costa (an Italian Jesuit) and Father Rossano Sala (an Italian Salesian) as the synod’s special secretaries.
Pope Francis reflects on developments in science, technology (Vatican Press Office) Addressing the Pontifical Council for Culture, Pope Francis cited developments in medicine and genetics, the neurosciences, and “autonomous and thinking machines.” He then spoke of three principles: an “appreciation of the sciences, which we have not always known how to manifest”; “the universal destination of goods, which also regards those of knowledge and technology”; and “not all that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable.”
Pope sees 'haste and competitiveness' as cause of bad driving (Vatican Press Office) In a November 20 meeting with the staff of Italy’s Road and Railway Police, Pope Francis decried the “low level of responsibility on the part of many drivers, who often do not even realize the serious consequences of their negligence.” The Pope said the problem is related to “haste and competitiveness as a way of life.” He also called for more public investment in safe highways.
Italian Cardinal Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo dead at 92 (Vatican Press Office) Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, the retired archpriest of the Roman basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, died on November 19 at the age of 92.
Born into a prominent Italian family in Turin, Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo was ordained as a priest of the Rome diocese in 1954. He spent much of his life as a Vatican diplomat, serving in Mexico, Japan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Honduras, Nicaragua, Israel, and finally Italy before taking his post as archpriest of the basilica, from which he finally retired in 2009 at the age of 83. He was raised to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
With the death of the Italian prelate there are now 217 members of the College of Cardinals, of whom 120 are eligible to take part in a papal election.