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Friday, October 20, 2017

Patriarch: Pontificate of Francis is radical

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The relationship between Pope Francis and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I is considered friendly. Now the Patriarch has expressed himself-and for the exercise of office of the Pope.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I describes the pontificate of Pope Francis as "radical". In an Italian interview with prominent persons who have met Francis, he was explicitly asked whether he regarded the Papal term of office as "revolutionary". "The secular world may speak of a 'revolution', but we prefer the term 'radical'," said the honorary head of Orthodox Christianity in the interview published on the Vatican Insider Internet portal. Etymologically, the word refers to a return to the roots or the essence of the Gospel.

There was nothing more radical than a God who created the world out of love, became flesh, and identified with the weakest, according to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople. "There is nothing more radical than a God who judges the people to eat thirsty water and hungry." Every Christian, and every clergyman, was called upon to act according to these "radical truths." Pope Francis reminded the faithful.

Spontaneous blessings for the Pope
The patriarch has called Francis his brother. Their relationship could not include the doctrinal and theological differences between their churches, which were formed by a thousand years of separation. But the personal dimension of their relationship plays an important role in the path of reconciliation between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church, according to Bartholomaios.

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Cardinal celebrates Mass for Divali

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"Do not let this lamp go out. We must pray that we do not become 'ditched boats', but people of integrity. "This is the message that Cardinal Maurice Piat gave yesterday during the Mass said at Sainte-Croix on the occasion of the feast Divali.


The Cardinal also stressed the need to pray for Mauritian families. "Do not let the winds of egoism and corruption put us in the dark. "This ceremony, organized by the Indo Mauritian Catholic Association (IMCA), saw the presence of several personalities, including Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and his deputy, Ivan Collendavelloo.

In his homily, Cardinal Maurice Piat argued that the light should shine in each of the Mauritians. He praised the unity that exists between the different components of our society. "We must live together with respect for each other's culture and religion, in peace and social justice.

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Belgian Deacon accused of serial murder. Will Cardinal have to testify?

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The defence of Ivo Poppe, a former deacon accused of at least 10 murders, wants Cardinal Jozef De Kesel to testify during his trial before the Bruges court of assizes, it said on Thursday at a preliminary hearing. The final list of witnesses will be available on 9 November.

Ivo Poppe, the former deacon of Wevelgem, is accused of at least 10 murders.




Ivo Poppe, 61, is the former deacon of Wevelgem. He has been incarcerated since May 2014 because he was reported to have accelerated the deaths of several terminally ill patients between 1980 and 2011 while working as a nurse and then as a pastoral collaborator in Menin's Sacré-Coeur Hospital now AZ Delta). Four members of his family, including his mother, are also among the victims.

Accused of killing and illegal practice of medicine, the 60-year-old explained that he had delivered the terminally ill from the sufferings but only at their request and in order to help them.

Long list of witnesses
On Thursday, Attorney General Serge Malefason said he wanted to hear 54 witnesses during the trial. The defence prepared a list of 38 witnesses. It includes the name of Jozef De Kesel, the Archbishop of Malines-Bruxelles and Belgian cardinal, who was at the head of the diocese of Bruges at the time of the events.

It is unclear to what extent Jozef De Kesel knew Ivo Poppe. The defense also wants to bring in two doctors to counterbalance the report of the forensic pathologist.

Court President Bart Meganck will present the list of witnesses on 9 November. The composition of the jury will follow on 15 January 2018, before the start of the trial itself on 22 January.

Ivo Poppe, who faces life imprisonment, will be defended by Filip De Reuse and An Govers. Raf Van Goethem and Thierry Vansweevelt will represent the hospital, AZ Delta, the civil party. The interests of the diocese of Bruges will be defended by Jan and Sarah Leysen.

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