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“When I went to the US, I found that parishes had services specifically dedicated to the dignity of life, and at every March for Life, a substantial number of bishops participate, which is not the case in France or elsewhere,” he said.
“It’s fair to say that many of their bishops are not ‘mute dogs,’” he added. “Perhaps they can encourage us French bishops to bark a little louder?”
At their meeting this week, the German bishops’ conference was scheduled to vote on statutes for the Synodal Council, despite clear statements from Rome that the step would violate the Church’s teaching that bishops alone have authority to set diocesan policies. But after receiving a letter from Rome urging against the vote, the episcopal conference announced that the measure would be removed from this week’s agenda.
The Central Committee of German Catholics, which has partnered with the German bishops in promoting the Synodal Council, expressed dismay at the bishops’ concession; the group had urged the bishops to defy Rome and proceed with the vote. Irme Stetter-Karp, the president of the lay group, said: “The Catholic Church in Germany will not have a second chance if it stops the synodal path now.”
“Here there are four dioceses, five minor seminaries with a total of 500 young candidates—not to mention the interdiocesan seminary, famous for its school of philosophy and theology, where 400 study,” said Father Luigi Galvani.
In addition, “there are around 200 religious institutes, 57 congregations in the Diocese of Maumere alone,” he continued. In Maumere, the Society of the Divine Word, he said, has the largest seminary in the world, described as the “little Vatican,” where 1,300 students from different religious institutes study.
L’Osservatore Romano reported that Flores is the “poorest place in the nation” and that 70% of the island’s 1.5 million residents are Catholic, while Indonesia as a whole is 85% Muslim. The majority of Catholics, said Father Galvani, are “farmers and fishermen” who are “sensitive to the acceptance of the Gospel and religious commitment to such an extent that vocational promotion is very easy”—leading to hundreds of ordinations on the island every year.
Citing a recent request by Muslim bank employees to bless their bank, Father Galvani also spoke of the interfaith harmony on the island.
Rt. Rev. Jo Bailey Wells is the Anglican bishop of Dorking (England) and the Anglican Communion Office’s bishop for episcopal ministry.
In a pastoral letter released on February 2, Archbishop Laurent Ulrich said that the celebration will being 15 days before the formal reconsecration of the basilica, with a procession through the city to return the 14th-century image of the Virgin and Child, which somehow escaped the fire.
The focal point of the celebration will be the reconsecration of the main altar, during the first Mass on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and, this year, the Second Sunday of Advent. The celebrations will continue, however, through June 8, 2025, which is Pentecost Sunday.