Featured in Fides 9/23
Prayer for the local Church
O God, who in pilgrim Church throughout the world make visible the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, graciously grant that your faithful may be so united to their shepherd and gathered together in the Holy Spirit through the Gospel and the Eucharist, as to worthily embody the universality of your people and become a sign and instrument in the world of the presence of Christ.
Pope to European Rabbis: Dialogue is key to peace
Meeting a delegation of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pope Francis highlights the crucial importance of Jewish-Christian dialogue in bringing about peace and justice in the Holy Land, and condemns resurgent anti-Semitism in various parts of the world.
Inauguration of the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Estonia
On June 29, 2023, the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Republic of Estonia was officially inaugurated in Tallin. Diplomatic relations between the Order of Malta and Estonia were established in March 2020. The first Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Estonia, Manfred Ritter Mautner von Markhof, expressed his deepest gratitude to the Republic of Estonia for its warm welcome and reiterated the Order of Malta’s intention to support those in need.
The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for 2023
For the Pope
We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfills his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
For persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the center of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.
How do you feel now, Fr. Raimo?
An interview with Fr. Raimo, who on Nov. 25 will become the new Bishop of the Diocese of Helsinki.
Apostolic Nuncio Visits Finland
Archbishop Julio Murat visited Finland in late September. He reminded us that ”a Nuncio is never separate from the local Church. When he is sent to a country, it is with the purpose that he is part of the local Catholic Church, helps it to grow, gives it advice, and works as a bridge between the Holy Father and the local Church.” The Nuncio has eyes and ears in that location, he can meet people and familiarize himself with different Dioceses. He has the time to travel to different parts of the country -“even though it was not always very easy e.g. in Africa.” Thus the Nuncio gets to know the real catholicity of the Church: “We consist of many different nationalities, citizenships, we have differing sensitivities.” In different parts of the country –and on different continents- the life of the Church may look quite different. “And even then it is only a matter of different expressions of the same faith! In this way people express their joy of being Christians, their pride of being Catholic, and their happiness that they are able to come to church in order to be nourished by the Word of God and Sacraments.” According to Nuncio, this is also true here in the North, despite the fact that we are a small minority.