LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017
MONACO RESEARCH ABOUT SAINT DEVOTA Saint Devota, patron saint of the Principality, was a 3rd century virgin martyred in Corsica. Her body, put on a boat, would end up beaching in the port of Monaco. In 2015, the diocese wanted to make an inventory, identify and preserve the remains of the reliquaries of Monaco Cathedral, including those of the Saint. The anthropological analysis carried out was able to confirm the human nature of the bones in the reliquaries. So the results corroborate the story of the martyrdom. The bones are those of a young female, with bone injuries which testify to acts of violence. A special conference led by Dr Elena Rossoni-Notter (Monaco Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology) and by Dr Yves Darton (specialist in osseous paleopathology) was held in the church of Saint Devota on 25 January 2017. In addition, this year on the evening of 26 January there was a live broadcast on the French Catholic channel KTO marking the 25 January 2017 feast of Saint Devota. VARIOUS MEETINGS The liturgical year was marked by numerous conferences and debates organised by the Department for Formation. These meetings tackled topical issues: does marriage still have a future? Transhumanism, modernity and contemporary confusion. More than 60 meetings are organised every year. The Department for Culture presented various photographic exhibitions and performances, including “Mother Teresa: Shadow and Light”, also presented in Paris.
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HIS GRACE MGR. BERNARD BARSI ARCHBISHOP OF MONACO
DIACONATE ORDINATION At the start of the year, Monsignor Bernard Barsi instituted as acolyte Guillaume Conquer. His diaconate ordination took place on 16 September in the Principality’s Cathedral. THE “NIGHT OF WITNESSES” For the fifth celebration of the “Night of Witnesses”, the organisation Aid to the Church in Need devoted a special evening in Monaco, on 26 March in the church of San Carlo, to those who are suffering persecution due to their faith. The three speakers, Sr Marie-Catherine Kingbo (Community of Servants of Christ in Niger), Fr Jacques Mourad (monk of the Community of Mar Moussa in Syria) and Fr Philippe Blot (missionary prist in Korea) moved the whole assembly. NEW DIOCESAN HOUSE In the presence of Prince Albert II and the Apostolic Nuncio Mgr Luigi Pezzuto, Mgr Bernard Barsi blessed the foundation stone of the future Diocesan House in Monaco on 8 May. Many people were present, both key diocesan personnel and benefactors. The four aims of the Diocesan House are: To welcome, to form, to meet and to be open. PASTORAL PROJECT This year the Archbishop has undertaken a variety of pastoral visits. He was thus able to observe and collaborate with the parish communities on the pastoral project: “Missionary disciples, counsellors and parish stakeholders”.
Published on Oct 8, 2017
CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.