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Monday, October 24, 2016
Holy Land: new chapel on Mount of the Beatitudes
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 A chapel of perpetual adoration was inaugurated in the Domus Galilaeae monastery on the Mount of Beatitudes, at the weekend. Domus Galilaeae is a centre for formation and retreats. The monastery has 23 cells. Two sculptors have participated in its construction: Jesus Arevalo from Madrid and Luca Santanicchia from Perugia in Italy. Among other collaborators in the effort are four seminarians from Redemptoris Mater in Copenhagen and logistics coordinator Raffaele Turri, a husband and father who lives in foreign mission lands. The event was attended by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah; the Caretaker of the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa; the Nuncio in Israel, Monsignor Antonio Franco and Bishops from the various rites. Also present were 170 bishops who met last week (March 24-30) on the Mount of Beatitudes in order to reflect on the New Evangelization in light of the spread of secularization in the modern world. The encounter, organized by the Neocatechumenal Way, took place in the retreat house for seminarians which was opened in 2000 by John Paul II. The event is an effort to respond to the words spoken by Pope Benedict XVI in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture: "secularization is present among the cultures as a perspective of the world and humanity that makes no reference to the Transcendental" and "not only is it an external threat to believers, but it has for some time shown itself to be present even within the Church's bosom." Among the prelates who have participated in the event are: Prefect for the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Stanislaw Rylko; Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Spanish Conference of Bishops, Cardinal Antonio Mara Rouco Varela; Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Johachim Meisner; Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow. Source: Fides
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