Fr. Vineeth George CMF became the youngest to receive the Rashtriya Gaurav Puraskar of 2018. It has been awarded to Fr. Vineeth for his “outstanding leadership in the field of higher education, exceptional performance of high order and service to the society”.
At The Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on the Easter Triduum, calling it “the centre of Christian faith and vocation in the world”. Addressing the pilgrims and faithful gathered at the St. Peter's Square, Pope said:
Without wishing to enter into the specifics of the various issues which will be competently dealt with by the speakers, I would like to present some considerations which I believe to be helpful in the present context,
Church’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a notification for the obligatory celebration of the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, on Monday, subsequent to the Pentecost day which falls on May, 21 this year.
Pope Francis sent a telegraphic message to Bishop Alain Planet of Carcassone and Narbonne, expressing his condolences toward the terrorist attack in France which claimed the lives of four and injured 15.
Addressing the chief, prefect, officials and agents of the Inspectorate of Public Security, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude for their “effective surveillance” when he received them in audience at the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace.
The young people, who speak in the first person plural, define themselves as “the young Church”: there is a Church of young people that is not “in front of” or “in opposition to” an adult Church, but “inside” the Church like the leaven in the dough, to use an image from the Gospel.
Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong Hon, speaking at a conference on “Christianity in the Chinese Society: Impact, Interaction and Inculturation”, has spoken in support of the deal between China and Vatican, directed at appointing bishops in China.
Taiwan ambassador to the Holy See, Matthew S. M. Lee has been awarded with the papal knighthood for his contribution to the “strengthening of bilateral ties” and his active participation in the Vatican events.