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With the panel down on numbers and an early recording date, it’s a more concise episode of The 15th Station this month as James and Gavin discuss some of the big stories of the month, including Pope Francis’s desire for bishops to be more pastor than prince, the idea of the Church reclaiming the word “matrimony” as marriage is redefined in various jurisdictions and we take a look at the first meeting of arguably the two most important Christian leaders in the world — Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We said “arguably”. Other big stories from the month, including the upcoming canonisations and the new encyclical, will feature in next month’s podcast.
BreadCast, 12 October 2008, Sunday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines.”, Written, read & chanted, and produced by James Kurt. Music: “The Readiness Is All” from Bearing the Birth Pangs, tenth album of Songs for Children of Light, by James Kurt. – MP3
Vatican Radio, 12 October 2008, SUNDAY GOSPEL – We present Jill Bevilacqua’s weekly program “There’s more to the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye” JOAN KNOWS – For a look at the past week’s events here in the Vatican, Tracey McClure sat down with our resident Vatican expert Joan Lewis, Rome bureau chief for EWTN. Top on the list of events: the Synod of Bishops. – MP3
NFCM, Channel 1, Reflections on the Scriptures for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2008 – MP3
USCCB, Daily Mass Readings, 12 October 2008 – MP3
Verbum Domini, 12 October – (MP3)
Vatican Radio, Zimbabwe’s President Claims Key Cabinet Posts, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has handed three important government ministries to his ruling party, a move the opposition says is throwing a power-sharing deal into jeopardy. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party is to take charge of defence, home affairs, which is in charge of the police, and finance, a portfolio crucial to the resuscitation of Zimbabwe’s devastated economy. Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had failed to agree on the allocation of the powerful ministries. Mugabe’s move follows a meeting with Tsvangirai during which they agreed to call back former South African President and talks facilitator, Thabo Mbeki, in a bid to break the deadlock. We spoke to Spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Vigil in London, Dennis Benton, who says the unity agreement was flawed from the start. – MP3
Vatican Radio, African and European Farming Organisations Meet, A conference was held this week in Rome which brought together African and European farming organisations to look at what agricultural model is most appropriate for our societies. The congress organised by the Europa Africa Campaign, which promotes mutually supportive and sustainable agriculture in both continents, also addressed agricultural policy issues. We spoke to Nora McKeon, one of the organisers of the congress who told us more. – MP3
Vatican Radio, 11 October 2008, UNITY OF THE WORD:Hear an American perspective on the synod from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago…… TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: Episode 18 of our weekly radio drama for this Pauline Year. – MP3
American Catholic Radio #08-42, As the U.S. presidential election draws closer, Catholics look to key values to guide their choice:among them, solidarity with those who suffer from racism or poverty. A moral theologian looks at racism, and an advocate for families of those in prison teach us solidarity; Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day inspires us to action for justice. – MP3
USCCB, Daily Mass Readings, 11 October 2008 – MP3
Vatican Radio, Quality of Preaching Addressed by Bishops, The 12th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is about to conclude its first week of work here at the Vatican. For three weeks, bishops from all over the world are discussing ‘The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church’.One topic which has been raised by many of the Synod Fathers is the quality of preaching by Catholic clergy.Archbishop Mark Coleridge, of Canberra and Goulburn in Australia, proposed a new tool to improve the quality of homilies in the Church. – MP3
BreadCast, Saturday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time, Year II, “Each of you is a Son of God because of your faith in Christ Jesus.” – MP3
Verbum Domini, 11 October – (MP3)
Meditations from Carmel, Novena to Saint Teresa of Avila, Day 5 – MP3