Although it has existed since 1954, as a National Episcopal Commission of the Dominican Republic, it was officially constituted on 22 September 1962, when the Holy See approved its statute “ad experimentum”. The Episcopate, on the occasion, reaffirmed its commitment to work for the well-being, spiritual and pastoral care of the Dominican people. Monsignor Freddy Bretón Martínez, archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros and president of the EDC – we read on the web page of the prelates – explained, in an interview with the program “The voice of the bishops”, how the permanent institution exists ” to facilitate the task of every bishop ”and how the president coordinates his work. It was therefore reiterated that the bishops have always committed themselves through this structure, among other things, to the promotion of the mission and function of the Church, of faith and morals and of Catholic universities and educational institutions, as well as in defense of life, peace and human rights. For more than sixty years they have contributed to the interest of the Dominican people through the creation of various service organizations in the fields of education, health, human rights, charitable works, as well as with pastoral and socio-political documents. , like the Letters and Pastoral Messages. (AP)
A tense climate in Guinea Conakry, where the Archbishop of the capital, Monsignor Vincent Coulibaly, raised the alarm over some expropriation attempts by the government on land belonging to the Church. In a statement released on Sunday 20 September and reported by the newspaper “La Croix Afrique”, the prelate refers to the case of Kendoumayah: here, some members of the “Brothers of St. John”, operating since 1993, were recently threatened by the inhabitants of area that claim a land of 5 hectares surrounding the headquarters of the religious community. Necessary for the protection of the monastery and prayer, the territory is instead seen by the government as a suitable place for the construction of a market and therefore subject to expropriation. Hence, the riots and tensions that followed, with the local population blocking the entrances of Kendoumayah last Sunday, threatening physical attacks on the religious and acts of vandalism. “Thank God the worst has been averted – says Monsignor Coulibaly in his statement – but I remain deeply concerned about the situation”, because similar events “are not new”. Monsignor Coulibaly therefore calls for the “promotion of peace and security of priests, religious and seminarians” in the country and asks for “the suspension of acts of expropriation, so that tolerance and religious coexistence, the law and the principle of secularism are respected and applied to all citizens of the nation ”. (IP)
23 September – ITALY Viterbo an online laboratory to enhance the ancient liturgical texts for Santa Rosa
Study and enhance the booklets containing the mass and office of Santa Rosa da Viterbo, written and decorated by the nuns of the sixteenth century. This is what the online laboratory for the edition of liturgical sources is proposed to do, activated by the School of Paleography and History of the Paris Centro Studi Santa Rosa da Viterbo in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire de Textes in Paris. The texts under study are kept in the Archive and Library of the Federation of Urbanist Poor Clares of Italy at the monastery of Santa Rosa in Viterbo. This is a still unpublished liturgical documentation that will be studied in depth during the monthly meetings from October to June through online study lessons and seminars on the Gsuite platform. The workshop aims to introduce the techniques and methods of editing liturgical sources, including the music that accompanies these texts, with practical exercises, to arrive at the publication of a volume that collects this precious heritage, a witness to the cult and culture of Viterbo. The participation fee is 350 euros. You can only register if you have a university degree or a similar qualification obtained abroad.