Accused of proselytism, an evangelical TV channel withdrawn from the air in Israel

Distributed in Israel by the HOT group to its 700,000 subscribers, the local antenna of the GodTV channel “Shelanu” (“Le nôtre”, in Hebrew) is ordered to suspend its broadcasting within seven days, after a decision by the agency Israeli broadcasting. This arbitration follows a complaint from the Jewish association Yad Leahim, which fights against proselytism, and the mobilization of Israeli deputies.

An evangelical chain in Israel

“The channel is trying to present evangelical content to the Jews, contrary to its original commitment which targeted Christian viewers”, justified Asher Bitton, president of the Council of broadcasting in May 2020. According to him, the chain was sanctioned for proposing contents different from what it had announced to obtain its license of diffusion in the country. The presence of a Christian television channel is not a first in Israel, which has around 2% of Christians, but its proselytizing nature aimed at the Jewish majority is violently criticized by religious and political authorities.

→ READ. In Israel, an evangelical TV channel in the crosshairs of the authorities

The minister of communications, David Amsalem, had regretted only a few weeks after the launch of the channel, the slow reaction of his services, saying that he “Would not authorize any missionary chain to operate in Israel, at any time and under any circumstances”. The channel is not banned forever in Israel and could apply for a new license, however, submit a description “Truthful and detailed” of its programming, said the Council in a press release.

In a video, dated March 18 at the launch of the channel, GodTV CEO Ward Simpson announced the vocation “Prophetic” of the new channel for “To bring Jesus Christ to the Jews (…) in their mother tongue”. In another message, the channel said it wanted to help Israeli viewers understand that “Jesus is not a stranger or an impostor. Rather, He is Yeshua, the messiah, born in Bethlehem “.

An evangelical Zionist movement

At the opening of the investigation in mid-June, Ward Simpson had reacted expressing his “ trust in the Israeli authorities “, appearing, like “ million Christians around the world “, as “A faithful ally and friend of Israel”.

The GodTV group, which explicitly claims to be a “Pro Israeli platform”, is part of an evangelical movement very attached to Israel. Some American evangelicals form a powerful lobby and support, defending a Christian Zionism, claiming an effective influence on American policy in favor of Israel.

But these pro-Israel evangelicals are also proselytizing Christians and are present in many countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East. “Shelanu TV” presented itself as a particular variation of this project of systematic dissemination of the Gospel, « this journal [télévisé] will be a powerful tool in the hands of communities [juives] defenseless messianics to strengthen them and allow them to join their own ”, declared the president of the chain during a donation campaign.

The stake of the Messianic Jews

In a video now deleted, but cited in a newspaper article Haaretz May 10, Sampson responded to accusations of proselytism as follows: “Our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters do not convert. They continue to live their lives as Jews. They only believe that Yeshua is the messiah and they follow him ”.

Messianic Judaism mainly developed in the United States in the middle of the 20th century. This Jewish movement recognizes in Jesus the messiah and his divinity, without assuming the Christian identity. However, they are no longer recognized as Jewish by the official Orthodox rabbinical authorities. The main movement, of American origin, “Jews for Jesus” is closely linked to the evangelical movements, of which they share many codes and cultural elements, including strong support for the Zionist project and for Israel.

These messianic movements are very controversial in the Jewish world because perceived as a conversion threatening the Jewish identity. The channel, broadcasting programs in Hebrew with the intervention of Messianic rabbis, such as Kirt Schneider, was seen as a threat to the Orthodox Jewish movements and their political supporters in Israel.

Israeli laws strictly frame proselytism. They authorize freedom of belief, but according to provisions of the Criminal Code, it is prohibited to grant a material advantage to a person to change his religion or to try to convert minors.

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Accused of proselytism, an evangelical TV channel withdrawn from the air in Israel

Distributed in Israel by the HOT group to its 700,000 subscribers, the local antenna of the GodTV channel “Shelanu” (“Le nôtre”, in Hebrew) is ordered to suspend its broadcasting within seven days, after a decision by the agency Israeli broadcasting. This arbitration follows a complaint from the Jewish association Yad Leahim, which fights against proselytism, and the mobilization of Israeli deputies.

An evangelical chain in Israel

“The channel is trying to present evangelical content to the Jews, contrary to its original commitment which targeted Christian viewers”, justified Asher Bitton, president of the Council of broadcasting in May 2020. According to him, the chain was sanctioned for proposing contents different from what it had announced to obtain its license of diffusion in the country. The presence of a Christian television channel is not a first in Israel, which has around 2% of Christians, but its proselytizing nature aimed at the Jewish majority is violently criticized by religious and political authorities.

→ READ. In Israel, an evangelical TV channel in the crosshairs of the authorities

The minister of communications, David Amsalem, had regretted only a few weeks after the launch of the channel, the slow reaction of his services, saying that he “Would not authorize any missionary chain to operate in Israel, at any time and under any circumstances”. The channel is not banned forever in Israel and could apply for a new license, however, submit a description “Truthful and detailed” of its programming, said the Council in a press release.

In a video, dated March 18 at the launch of the channel, GodTV CEO Ward Simpson announced the vocation “Prophetic” of the new channel for “To bring Jesus Christ to the Jews (…) in their mother tongue”. In another message, the channel said it wanted to help Israeli viewers understand that “Jesus is not a stranger or an impostor. Rather, He is Yeshua, the messiah, born in Bethlehem “.

An evangelical Zionist movement

At the opening of the investigation in mid-June, Ward Simpson had reacted expressing his “ trust in the Israeli authorities “, appearing, like “ million Christians around the world “, as “A faithful ally and friend of Israel”.

The GodTV group, which explicitly claims to be a “Pro Israeli platform”, is part of an evangelical movement very attached to Israel. Some American evangelicals form a powerful lobby and support, defending a Christian Zionism, claiming an effective influence on American policy in favor of Israel.

But these pro-Israel evangelicals are also proselytizing Christians and are present in many countries in Asia, South America and the Middle East. “Shelanu TV” presented itself as a particular variation of this project of systematic dissemination of the Gospel, « this journal [télévisé] will be a powerful tool in the hands of communities [juives] defenseless messianics to strengthen them and allow them to join their own ”, declared the president of the chain during a donation campaign.

The stake of the Messianic Jews

In a video now deleted, but cited in a newspaper article Haaretz May 10, Sampson responded to accusations of proselytism as follows: “Our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters do not convert. They continue to live their lives as Jews. They only believe that Yeshua is the messiah and they follow him ”.

Messianic Judaism mainly developed in the United States in the middle of the 20th century. This Jewish movement recognizes in Jesus the messiah and his divinity, without assuming the Christian identity. However, they are no longer recognized as Jewish by the official Orthodox rabbinical authorities. The main movement, of American origin, “Jews for Jesus” is closely linked to the evangelical movements, of which they share many codes and cultural elements, including strong support for the Zionist project and for Israel.

These messianic movements are very controversial in the Jewish world because perceived as a conversion threatening the Jewish identity. The channel, broadcasting programs in Hebrew with the intervention of Messianic rabbis, such as Kirt Schneider, was seen as a threat to the Orthodox Jewish movements and their political supporters in Israel.

Israeli laws strictly frame proselytism. They authorize freedom of belief, but according to provisions of the Criminal Code, it is prohibited to grant a material advantage to a person to change his religion or to try to convert minors.

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death of 353 Filipino workers alerts Church

What is behind the deaths of more than 300 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia? This is the question raised by Archbishop Ruperto Santos, head of the commission for migrants and itinerants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.

→ READ. Coronavirus ‘sad records’ in Saudi Arabia

On June 22, the Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh said that of the 353 nationals of his country who died recently, 107 died from Covid-19, 246 of “Natural causes” dont “Some crime-related deaths”. But the Philippine Catholic Church and the association “Migrante international” are not convinced. The deaths of hundreds of people over such a short period attract suspicion.

Suspected discrimination

“There should be an investigation into the specific causes of death to prevent and avoid the loss of other lives”, underlined, in a statement, Mgr Ruperto Santos, bishop of Balanga, in the bay of Manila.

The association, which campaigns for the rights of migrants, alleges alleged discrimination in access to healthcare against Christians, reports UCA News. “Christians and Muslims must receive the medical care necessary for our workers to recover from the virus. Our nurses take care of Muslim patients. Can they also receive the type of medical care they deserve? ”, spokesman Francisco Buenaventura told the Asian news agency.

But Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto refutes the remarks. He believes the Saudi government “On word” and says: “There is no discrimination. What is happening is that the facilities are really full. ” In the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia is the country most affected by the coronavirus.

The 800,000 nationals who live and work there, often in precarious conditions, make the kingdom the state that welcomes the most Filipinos in the Middle East. The coronavirus crisis and containment have led to many layoffs among immigrant workers. Without resources, some Filipinos asked for help from their government to return to the archipelago.

Repatriation and celebrations

Earlier in the week, the Philippine government was criticized for giving permission to bury 50 nationals in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi kingdom demands that the victims carrying the Covid-19 be buried on the spot. The Philippine government finally chartered three planes to repatriate the remains before June 28.

The Bishop of Balanga called on Filipinos around the world to offer a series of celebrations from June 26-28 for the “Eternal rest” deceased workers. “We Filipinos have great respect for the dead. We honor the dead. They are sacred to us. It is right and appropriate to give them a dignified and correct burial ”, did he declare.

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The bishops of France warn of the “dangers” of the Catholic Counter-Reformation

It is a severe warning that the Doctrinal Commission of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) published Thursday, June 25 about the “Catholic Counter-Reformation” (CRC), in order to warn the Catholic faithful who frequent this movement or some of its members.

The founder of the CRC, Father Georges de Nantes, who died in 2010, had been the subject of numerous canonical sanctions. Despite this, according to the CEF Doctrinal Commission, “ several recent testimonies indicate that some members of the CRC are active in the dioceses of France, in parishes, groups of young professionals, various movements and associations and even sometimes in seminars ».

« The sectarian aberration cell has received some alerts and we note that dialogue remains very difficult between the Permanent Council and the CRC “Explains to the Cross Mgr Laurent Camiade, bishop of Cahors and president of the Doctrinal Commission, before specifying that, during the confinement, the six members of this episcopal commission (1) were able to finalize this document with the help of five theologians.

« Several bishops were waiting for elements to be able to enlighten people close to this movement “Continues Mgr Camiade who does not hide that” discussion is often impossible with them because they think more in truth than the rest of the Church ».

« Without prejudging individual intention ”Of CRC members, this CEF document therefore wants to warn of the errors conveyed by this movement. In particular with regard to ” the eucharistic doctrine of Father Georges de Nantes which contains errors and real dangers for faith and spiritual life ».

A “dangerous” Eucharist theology

The founder of the CRC considered, in fact, that the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ was ” as an extension of the Incarnation ” Behind this theory, warns the Doctrinal Commission, “ the unacceptable Christology of the CRC shows, according to which the soul of Christ preexists in a first incarnation by which Christ takes possession of his body and then, in the Eucharist, takes possession of the bread and wine which become his body and his blood, so, ultimately, that we who eat them, assimilate this body and Christ would continue to incarnate, this time, in us ».

« All this is contrary to the teaching of the Church for which Christ is true God and true man “, Insists the Doctrinal Commission which recalls that” according to traditional faith, it is our soul that lets itself be transformed by this divine nourishment when our body assimilates the Eucharistic species physically. This transformation does not change our nature but makes us participate spiritually To that of Christ.

In addition to this specious theory of the influence of the soul of Christ on bread and wine, Father Georges de Nantes had developed a very “physical” conception, called “ sensual “, Of the Eucharist which led him to” unacceptable moral behavior on the part of a priest In the words of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1998.

According to this sensualist conception (which has been repeatedly criticized) of the participation of the faithful in the Eucharist, “ the manducation of species would be lived in the form of physical contact with the body of Christ, physical contact which would be the condition for an authentic realism of the mystical union with Christ Explains the Doctrinal Commission. ” The mouth of the communicant would embrace the Body of Christ in communion, the feeling of contact with the consecrated host being the very place of the experience of union with Christ. »

Georges de Nantes even wrote that his Eucharistic spirituality is an “erotic mysticism” and that Jesus, in the Eucharist, gives himself to receive a kiss from the communicant. “ He would also have said that the noise of the fraction of the hosts during the Agnus Dei would be that of the ribs of Christ that the priest would break! These unworthy words contradict the Scriptures which take care to indicate that not one of his bones was broken and confirm the derangement of this piety. »

Comments contrary to what the Church teaches

The CEF document therefore warns against the movement’s website (crc-resurrection), on which a text entitled “New theology of the Eucharist” repeats two articles by the Abbé de Nantes in 1977, alluding to the liturgical reform of Vatican Council II. These articles present ” unacceptable confusions and formulas “, And its author claims to propose” a new theological synthesis, superior to what the Magisterium of the Church has taught for eight centuries ».

The Bishops of the Doctrinal Commission also criticize the doctrine of the CRC concerning the Virgin Mary, which they describe as ” sorry ” According to the Abbot of Nantes, Marie would be endowed with an eternal soul having preceded and even participated in the creation of Adam and Eve, by her mystical union with the eternal soul of Christ. ” These theories are absurd and completely contrary to Christian anthropology which sees in the natural conception of a child the beginning of the existence of his person and never a preexistence of a soul without body “, Emphasizes the CEF document. Such theories which ” are close to pagan or far eastern anthropologies ” are ” incompatible with biblical anthropology ».

Finally, the Doctrinal Commission firmly attacks the theology of the marriage of the Abbé de Nantes, who spoke of a ” mystical marriage “And who presented the religious vows as a” certain kind of the sacrament of marriage ” For him, religious vows had to be considered a sacramental – if not a sacrament – to affirm that religious life would be ” a vocation of nuptial love in spiritual ties ».

Blurry mix

« We must warn the faithful against the danger of this vague mixture between religious commitment and a spiritual sponsorship, continues the CEF document. This style of discourse has made the misfortune of many female victims of abuse by false spiritual masters of the XXe and 21e centuries. »

« When one studies his sensualist theory of the Eucharist, one perceives, in the very vagueness of these statements, that they can lead to justify any abuse within a community, continues the Doctrinal Commission. Especially since a community without canonical status is never visited by the authority of the Church, which deprives it of any verification and adjustment in relations. »

The Doctrinal Commission concludes by recalling that the founder of the CRC (community based in the diocese of Troyes but having no status in the Church), who had been ordained a priest in the diocese of Grenoble in 1948, had been suspended from any mission. in the diocese of Troyes in 1963, then suspended tellers (therefore of any priestly mission all over the world) in 1968.

Having himself requested the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and wished to examine his own writings, the Abbé de Nantes had been the subject of notifications in 1969 and 1983. These notifications deplored his ” revolt against the episcopate of his country And against the Pope. He was banned in 1997 by Mgr Daucourt, then bishop of Troyes, conviction confirmed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1998, and by the Court of the Apostolic Signature in 2000.

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The review “Prions en Église” gets a makeover

The monthly Pray in the Church gets a makeover to offer its readers an experience “Integral” of the word of God. “Mass is a privileged moment to pray, but it is not the only one: we want to invest all the opportunities which allow us to connect to the word of God and to accompany the prayer of our readers”, announces Karem Bustica, editor-in-chief of the emblematic review of Bayard (1).

New appointments

“The period we have just lived has confirmed us in this direction”, underlines the journalist. During confinement, when official dress was suspended, Pray in the Church was able to broadcast the Mass of the Assumptionist Brothers of Cachan live on its social networks, gathering 8,000 people on average, up to 25,000 on Maundy Thursday.

→ SURVEY. Confinement: these parishioners who participate in mass in front of their screen

“Something important has happened, she continues, our readers sent their prayer intentions to us online, thanking us for being there. We have created a real community. “

A community that can now find on the site and the mobile application of Pray in the Church the entire liturgy of the hours. Behind this first innovation, the magazine wants to continue to anchor itself in the daily life of its readers, with new meetings, “Especially on digital”, specifies Jean-Marie Montel, deputy general manager of the Bayard group. Thus, the title launches an original sound offer, with podcasts of prayerful meditations accessible free of charge on the application and the website of the journal, from July 6.

“An invisible parish”

The paper version, it innovates with a little more current and by offering a place to the word of its readers. Each month, one of them will share his experience of biblical prayer and testify of his faith. A question appears after the Sunday gospel, to help deepen the meaning of the word in his life.

On the digital side, each week will be published the universal prayer of the Benedictine sisters of Vanves, which will resonate with the state of the world. “Innovation serves our project to become, ever more, an invisible parish for those who read us”, explains Jean-Marie Montel.

In addition to the enrichment of its French offer, Pray in the Church strongly accelerates its international establishment. “We are growing all over the world. The versions of French and English speaking Africa are very well received. We are also present in the Philippines, in India, at the service of the different Catholic communities and their specificities ”, specifies Jean-Marie Montel.

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The Pope accepted the resignation of Mgr Boulanger, bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux

“Now is the time to leave and say a big thank you. I was a Ch’ti “ happy in the midst of the Normans, whether in the Orne or in Calvados. Thank you for the welcome you have given me. “ In a moving letter to his diocesans, Mgr Jean-Claude Boulanger, whose resignation for age was accepted on Saturday June 27 by Pope Francis, wished to recall the highlights of his last ten years at the helm of the diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux.

“When taking stock of these years spent with you, it is the word of Saint John that I will remember: We received grace after grace »(John 1,16). I followed Saint Thérèse from Alençon to Lisieux and she never abandoned me ”, he said, “My greatest joy was to have served her through the beatification and canonization of her parents as well as through the cause of her sister Léonie. She is one of my heavenly friends who have never abandoned me. ”

“Reread your life”

“I would say that old age is an opportunity to re-read your life and learn a few lessons from wisdom. You think you lead your life when you’re in the prime of life, but it is ultimately the events that direct it ”, continued the bishop, who reached in March the limit of 75 years fixed by canon 401 of the code of canon law. His missive does not evade the more difficult times lived at the head of the Norman Church, shaken in particular years before his appointment by a painful affair of pedophilia (1).

“When you look at the book of your life, there are pages you would like not to read again. The tares, that is to say the weed, always grows with the good grain as Jesus says. […] », he continued in his letter, “But as Saint Augustine says:” It is better to stumble on the path than to run off the road “. So let’s stop putting people on a pedestal. We see what it caused in the Church. “

Retirement

Originally from Pas-de-Calais, the doctor of theology, who was ordained a priest for the diocese of Arras in 1972 – before being appointed by John Paul II coadjutor bishop in 2001, then bishop in 2002 of Séez (Orne) -, is about to return to its native North soon. “For my retirement, I will be living in a village near Boulogne-sur-Mer, near a Foyer de Charité. I will live among the people of the countryside, rendering services to rural parishes and the Foyer de Charité ”, he said in his letter.

“You can guess that I will not give up gardening and I intend to eat my organic products! But the age being there, it is above all a question of aging like good wine, that is to say of being old without becoming old ”, further stated with humor Bishop Boulanger, before assuring his diocesans that he would continue to wear them in his prayer.

As stipulated in Canon Law, it is now up to the College of Consultors to elect, within eight days, a diocesan administrator, until the appointment by François of his successor. Bishop Boulanger will celebrate a farewell mass Sunday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m., outdoors, at the Basilica of Lisieux.

(1) His predecessor, Mgr Pierre Pican, bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux from 1988 to 2010, is known to have been the first bishop of France sentenced, in 2001, to three months in prison suspended for not having denounced the actions pedophiles of a priest of his diocese, René Bissey.

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The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

They came early, hoping to sneak into the Primatiale Saint-Jean. Wasted effort. Without an invitation, the heavy doors remained closed. Then André and Annie began to chat, in the cathedral square. The delivery driver greets Bishop Philippe Barbarin, “A man accessible to all”. The retiree adds: “I like the way he speaks simply, with his great gestures. “ Others will join them soon. Like Mostapha, a former employee of Habitat et Humanisme, who appreciates “A man who is not proud”.

→ READ. The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

The Lyonnais said an emotional goodbye on Sunday June 28 to “their” bishop. “It is first of all a father, a brother, a friend, who accompanies us in our lives”, specifies Azeez, who fled Nineveh in 2014. Archbishop Barbarin and this 24-year-old Iraqi refugee have often prayed the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. “He masters it well. Except by singing “, Azeez smiles in perfect French. “He is a man who listens to people”, also reports Hugues des Boscs, director of a Catholic teaching establishment, “It provokes the meeting. How many times have I driven it somewhere? He preferred to take advantage of his trips to create an informal bond, rather than driving a company car. “

“Long ordeal”

Both were able to enter the primatiale, where only four hundred people took their places, due to the health rules in force. Representatives from one hundred and ten parishes and movements. Personal friends of the cardinal. Some priests also. Most were invited to another mass, which will be celebrated during the week in Fourvière, in the presence of the employees of the diocese.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin is exonerated on appeal

Sunday, on site and live on the Internet, the whole Church said goodbye and thank you. As Archbishop Barbarin came to thank the diocese of Lyon for the signs of attention received in recent years. “In this long ordeal, it was like a comfort”, he insisted, in his homily, “A great drama had happened in the diocese of Lyon. I had to bear this suffering, unquestionably, and make it right. But at the same time, I knew I was not alone. ”

People did not come there for that, however. “We cannot sum up its action in the legal setbacks of the last four years”, says a faithful, Michel Catheland, greeting “Missionary momentum” driven by the cardinal. “He leaves a diocese in working order, materially as well as spiritually”, repeat each other. Especially because of the many initiatives he has supported.

” Trust “

“He was able to meet the aspirations of young people and trust them, taking risks”, believes Camille Rhonat, involved in the Catholic cultural café The Simone, project supported by the diocese, and artistic director of a contemporary music festival organized in the Maison de Lorette. The latter was also able to experience this confidence during the preparation of the philosophy courses he gave at the seminar.

→ READ. The Church of France without Cardinal Barbarin

“The word” confidence “often comes up in messages sent to it online (1)”, noted Marc Faivre d’Arcier, director of the Valpré center. ” He is not scared. Few bishops would have remained as he did every Friday for an hour on the cathedral forecourt, allowing himself to be challenged by everyone. ”

“Make the priest”

Archbishop Barbarin said goodbye to this cathedral finally rid of its scaffolding, after endless work, dwelling on details that touch him. Starting with the ambo carved in the shape of an open book, adorned with alabaster, a stone diffusing light. “Let us pray that the word of the Lord may continue”, enjoined Mgr Barbarin, quoting Saint Paul, “The phrase in the Bible that has touched me the most in the last three or four years”, he said.

→ MAINTENANCE. Despite his disappointment, François Devaux “respects” the release of Cardinal Barbarin

This is what many Lyonnais remember. “With him, we walk in the Bible”, always appreciated Françoise, teacher, present during the first mass of Archbishop Barbarin in the primatiale, in 2002, as at the last. “The Word of God is everything to him. He likes “to be a priest”. He is not a “Roman”, as some people imagine “, supports Étienne Piquet-Gauthier, director of the Saint-Irénée Foundation.

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The highlights of eighteen years of episcopacy

2002. Appointment as Archbishop of Lyon, primate of Gaul.

2007. First trip of an Islamo-Christian delegation to Tibhirine (Algeria).

2010. Creation of the Saint-Irénée Foundation. Inauguration of the new provincial seminary.

2011. The pop-praise group Glorious settles in Sainte-Blandine. The Maison des Familles was inaugurated opposite a year later.

2014. Archbishop Barbarin goes to Iraq. Twinning with the Diocese of Mosul.

2016. Transfer of the Archbishopric of Lyon to the Maison Saint-Irénée. The premises welcome the first Lazare roommate.

2018. A “New Momentum for Fourvière” is launched.

2020. In January, acquitted on appeal of non-denunciation of sexual assaults on minors. In March, Pope Francis accepts his departure.

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Pope Francis prays for Syria and Yemen

« Let the leaders be able to make peace! ” Two days before the holding of the fourth conference in Brussels on the future of Syria, organized on the initiative of the United Nations and the European Union (EU), François exhorted, Sunday, June 28 at the end of the prayer of the Angelus, the faithful praying for the country, tested by nearly ten years of war.

« We pray for this important meeting, so that it can improve the dramatic situation of the Syrian people and the neighboring peoples, in particular of Lebanon, in the context of serious socio-political and economic crises that the pandemic has made even more difficult ”, thus stressed the pope. In March 2019, the previous edition of this conference had raised more than six billion euros, to help and rebuild the country, but also to support neighboring countries hosting refugees. More than 50 foreign ministers then met with representatives of the United Nations.

Yemeni children

Sunday June 28, the pope also invited Catholics to entrust to God, in their prayers, the Yemeni population, and “Especially children, who are suffering due to the very serious humanitarian crisis”. In a report published Friday, June 26, UNICEF had sounded the alarm over the worrying rate of malnourished children in the country, torn apart since 2014 by the bloody civil war which opposes the loyalist forces to the Sunni government – exiled in Riyadh and supported by the Arab coalition -, and the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran.

Finally, François also called in particular to pray for the “People affected by the severe floods in western Ukraine: may they know the comfort of the Lord and the help of their brothers”. Since the middle of last week, catastrophic floods – the “Worst in twelve years”, according to the authorities – linked to very heavy precipitation indeed ravage the west of the country, in particular the mountainous region of the Carpathians. According to an official report dated Wednesday, June 24, three people died in the disaster, which also caused the evacuation of 800 residents.

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

→ REPORTAGE. The goodbye moved from Lyonnais to Philippe Barbarin

But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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The future of Cardinal Barbarin takes shape in Rennes and with the Pope

A cardinal about to become soon « simple » chaplain. In celebrating Sunday, June 28, his moving farewell mass in the diocese of Lyon, of which he had taken the lead eighteen years ago, Mgr Philippe Barbarin did not allude, before the crowd of faithful gathered in the primatial Saint- Jean-Baptiste, on the new page he is about to open in his ministry.

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But two days earlier, in an exclusive interview with RCF’s regional branch – which also covered the four judicial years related to the Preynat case – the archbishop had mentioned his imminent departure for Brittany and had said he was available for the missions entrusted to him by Pope Francis. Visibly appeased, talkative after three months of retreat and silence, he had then announced that he would leave in July to settle on the site of the mother house of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Saint-Pern, Ille- et-Vilaine.

“Pastoral dimension”

There, with the nuns in the service of the elderly according to the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), the founder of their community, he will reside in a house at the bottom of the park, welcoming the seminarians of Brittany in propaedeutics. The Archbishop of Rennes, Bishop Pierre d’Ornellas, asked him to give classes at the seminary of Rennes: “I hope I can do it”, confided on the air, with a burst of laughter, Philippe Barbarin, saying “Always happy to do something new”.

This radical change does not seem to cause him any particular apprehensions or concerns. “My real vocation is to be a priest, he assured again. The most beautiful of the priestly dimension is the pastoral dimension, even if I will not have the responsibility of the pastor in a parish which is the most joyful, the most profound thing in the life of a priest or d ‘a bishop. In Saint-Pern, he will meet Bishop Émile Marcus, 90, Archbishop Emeritus of Toulouse from 1996 to 2006. Chaplain of the mother house of the Little Sisters of the Poor since his retirement in 2007, the latter was superior of the seminary of the Carmelites when the Cardinal Barbarin was training there.

Middle East

The agenda of the emeritus Gaul primate is yet to be fulfilled soon. He will in particular support Bishop d’Ornellas to preside over the confirmations. “I welcome him like a brother. He is a man of God, who is unanimously recognized as a teacher of the Word of God ”, reacted the Archbishop of Rennes in the local press. The ex-archbishop of Lyon is also already asked to preach retreats. He has thus already been invited by Mgr Michel-Marie Calvet, bishop of Nouméa, in New Caledonia, to celebrate the Christmas holidays, where he will then give a retreat to the priests of the diocese.

But it is the Pope who will have priority, since he personally asked the Cardinal to “Stay available”, especially for missions in the Middle East. François indeed knows the investment of Archbishop Barbarin with Christians in the region, even though he returned from three months in Israel and Palestine. The twinning between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the capital of Gaul owes much to the friendship born between the ex-archbishop and Cardinal Louis Raphaël Iis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church. Other projects, like a pilgrimage in November to the Holy Land, are also taking shape.

→ READ. Cardinal Barbarin puts himself at the service of the diocese of Rennes and the Pope

On the airwaves of RCF, the atypical and bubbling cardinal had still insisted on leaving aside the institution and the public scene to urge interiority: “The only thing that interests me is that people read the Word of God: turn off the television and turn on the gospel. If it is a word from God, it must be our compass. The word of God must continue to run! “

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