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New editorial board for Vatican women’s magazine



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L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, announces that the monthly magazine, “Donna Chiesa Mondo” (Women Church World) will be regularly published in the month of May.

The new editorial board for “Donna Chiesa Mondo” was also revealed in the communication from L’Osservatore Romano. The Editorial Board of the publication includes: Francesca Bugliani Knox, Elena Buia Rutt, Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten, Chiara Giaccardi, Sharhzad Housmand Zadeh, Amy-Jill Levine, Marta Rodríguez Díaz, Giorgia Salatiello, Carola Susani, and Rita Pinci (Coordinator). The editorial staff for the magazine consists of Giulia Galeotti, Silvia Guidi, Valeria Pendenza, Silvina Pérez.

Simultaneously with the announcement, the new Coordinator, Rita Pinci, released the following statement:

Statement of Rita Pinci, Coordinator of the Editorial Board of “Donne Chiesa Mondo”

I am pleased about this appointment. It is something I was not expecting and at first I was surprised by the proposal of L’Osservatore Romano’s Editor-in-chief, Andrea Monda. Both because he thought of me, and for the complete freedom that he has assured to me and the Editorial Board.

I have followed “Donne Chiesa Mondo” (Women Church World) since it began, and I think the Church needs the gaze and voice of women who represent more than half of the faithful.

I am not a theologian, a Church historian, an expert on Vatican issues.

I am a journalist. I am a believer.

I was asked to make my expertise available to a community and a newspaper that I have always read with interest, and I believe that it is a great human – before professional – opportunity for me, to be able to take part in this project.

My contribution will be mainly that of coordinating the Editorial Board in its work which will be carried out in a collegial manner and in the spirit of sharing the diverse talents and skills of the women who will participate in it and with whom I am proud to share this stretch of the road in a pursuit that for me began even before the professional one, in the first years of university, when I began to share certain fundamental themes of the women’s movement.

Biographies of new Board members and editorial staff

By “L’Osservatore Romano”

Francesca Bugliani Knox – Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Roehampton. Her academic work focuses on European literature and culture, and particularly on the relationship between literature, theology, spirituality and philosophy. For some time, she has been active in spiritual accompaniment and is an advocate for marital cases at the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal. She lives in London, is married, and has two children.

Elena Buia Rutt – holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy. She is a poet and translator and has worked on cultural programmes for Radio 3 and Rai Educational for some 20 years. She writes for the cultural section of “L’Osservatore Romano” and in the section dedicated to reviews in “Civiltà Cattolica”. She currently teaches American Literature at John Cabot University in Rome. She lives in Assisi with her husband and their four children.

Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten – Associate Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University where she teaches Aesthetics, Philosophy and History of Christian Art in the Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church of the Institute of Spirituality.

Coming from a multidisciplinary formation (law, philosophy, art history, aesthetics and theology), she has developed a transdisciplinary approach to her formational methodology through “artistic creation”. Her specialization in Aesthetics as the origin of Romano Guardini’s theology led her to investigate the analogy between the methods of fundamental theology, aesthetics and spiritual exercises. She is German, married, has two children and lives in Rome.

Giulia Galeotti – has been the editor of the cultural pages of “L’Osservatore Romano” since 2014. She has written a number of books, amongst which Il Velo (EDB 2016, translated into Spanish); Storia dei trapianti da vivente (Vita&Pensiero, 2012); In cerca del Padre (Laterza 2009, Minturnae Prize), Storia del voto alle donne in Italia (Biblink 2006; Capalbio Prize and Amelia Rosselli Award), Storia dell’aborto (Il Mulino 2003, translated into Spanish and Portuguese).

Chiara Giaccardi – holds a degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Kent (UK). She is a Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communications Processes at the Catholic University of Milan where she is responsible for the Social Communications periodical, Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies. Her work focuses on cultural transformations linked to globalization and the worldwide web. She is the author of La comunicazione interculturale nell’era digitale (Il Mulino 2012), and of various essays in books and periodicals. She is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Together with Mauro Magatti, she co-authored Generativi di tutto il mondo unitevi! (Feltrinelli 2014) and Social generativity: an introduction, in M. Magatti (ed.) Social Generativity. A relational paradigm for Social Change (Routledge, 2018). She has seven children.

Silvia Guidi – is a professional journalist and has worked for the cultural section of “L’Osservatore Romano” since 2008.

She was a recipient of the Formenton scholarship in the Finegil Group newspapers (Trento, Pescara and Milan newsrooms). She has cooperated in digital cataloguing projects with the SismelEzio Franceschini Foundation for the study of medieval Latin. Beginning in 2003, she is the editor of the art and literary magazine “Il Fuoco” and collaborates with the Sycamore T Company theatre group. She is a member of Memores Domini, a lay group whose vocation is based on complete devotion to God, while living in the world.

Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh – holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Theology from the Free Islamic University in Iran and Fundamental Christian Theology from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome. She is a former lecturer of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and at Roma Tre University. She is honorary co-president of the “Karol Woijyla” Association and the international association, “Religions for Peace”; Vice President of the Women’s Consultation Group of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Reader in Persian Languages and Literature at La Sapienza University of Rome; Member of the jury of the “Mediterranean Culture” Award. She has three children and lives in Rome.

Amy-Jill Levine – is a writer, scholar and historian from the United States, Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion. She describes herself as a “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible belt”.

Valeria Pendenza – holds a degree in Letters from Sapienza University in Rome, a diploma in Library Studies from La Sapienza’s special school for archivists and librarians, with a thesis on Page 3 (cultural page) of newspapers, and an Archivist diploma from the Vatican Secret Archives. She has worked for “L’Osservatore Romano” for 20 years, 11 of these years as an archivist. She lives in Rome with her husband and her son.

Silvina Pérez – is a journalist and television writer. She currently heads the Spanish edition of “L’Osservatore Romano”. She has written various news content for La7 tv channel where she worked for 11 years. She has produced television reports for RAI and has written mostly for national politics programmes. After completing her studies at the University of Buenos Aires and the Iser in Argentina, she worked for Italian and foreign weeklies, radio and television. From 1999- 2001 she was press officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has published books and her work has long been focused on Latin America’s economic, social, political and ecclesiastic situation. Despite her Spanish name, her origins are from Piedmont, Italy.

Marta Rodríguez Díaz – Since 2010 she heads the Institute of Higher Studies on Women at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum, which she helped found in 2003. She studied Education and has completed degrees in Bioethics and Philosophy (with a specialization in Anthropology). From May 2017 to May 2019, she was head of the Women’s Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. She specializes in gender themes, sexual identity, women and the Church, violence against women and full integration in the sexual and affective dimension of consecration. She is consecrated to God in the Regnum Christi Movement. She was born in Madrid and has lived in Rome since 2000.

Giorgia Salatiello – She is a full professor in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical Gregorian University and a visiting professor at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum. She works in the field of philosophy of religion, the relationship between philosophy and theology, sexual differences, philosophical consultation and neurobioethics. She lives in Rome with her husband and son.

Carola Susani – was born in Italy’s Veneto region and has lived in Sicily for a long time. She writes novels for adults and adolescents. She teaches narrative writing and is a member of Piccoli Maestri – a reading project for young people. Amongst her books are L’infanzia e’ un terremoto (Laterza 2008); Mamma o non Mamma, written with Elena Stancanelli (Feltrinelli 2009); Eravamo bambini abbastanz” (Minimum fax 2012, Lo straniero award); La prima vita di Italo Orlando (Minimum fax 2018). She has edited “Nuovi Argomenti” and has collaborated with amongst others the magazines: “Gli Asini” and “Gli Altri” and with the daily “Il Dubbio”.

Rita Pinci – is a journalist and holds a degree in Sociology. She began working as a correspondent for “Il Messaggero” where she worked for 20 years and was subsequently its editor-in-chief and vice director, the first Italian woman to hold these roles in a major national daily newspaper. She was vice director of the web portal Rcs-Hdp and was director of the “Specchio” magazine of “La Stampa”. She was vice director of the weeklies “Panorama” and “Chi”. She has worked for the “Huffington Post Italia” and collaborated as author for the television program “In Mezz’ora” which airs on Sundays on Rai 3. She currently works for Tv2000.


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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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Nuncio tasks clergy, laity on good stewardship



Nuncio tasks clergy, laity on good stewardship

The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, has urged the clergy, religious and lay faithful to be trustworthy, transparent, selfless and generous stewards in the discharge of their duties in the Church, following the way of Jesus.

Archbishop Filipazzi made the call during the opening ceremony of the maiden General Assembly of the Abuja Archdiocese, which was held on at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Friday September 4.

The General Assembly, with the theme “Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja: Together in Evangelization,” saw Bishops, priests, religious men and women, and the laity gathered together to discuss means of strengthening the faith of God’s people amid the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis.

Addressing participants, Archbishop Filipazzi said that “an administrator is neither a master nor a slave who cannot decide anything, but one who is given a responsibility by the Master.” In this light, the faithful are called to be “true administrators of divine mystery” entrusted to them by Our Lord, according to their varying roles in the Church.

The Apostolic Nuncio also said “differences must not lead to division,” as everyone, though different, must strive for unity since there is no room for divisions in the body of Christ.

Archbishop Filipazzi, speaking on the upsurge in violence in northern Nigeria in a Vatican News interview on 29 August, had also called for shunning divisions along religious and ethnic lines.

Rather, he appealed for “general respect of the law and general intervention of the government” in the violent attacks which have claimed many lives and caused massive material damage.

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Assumpta CMO raises fund to roof “St Joseph’s Hall of Faith”



Assumpta CMO raises fund to roof “St. Joseph's Hall of Faith”

The Catholic Men Organization, CMO, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, joined their counterparts in the Archdiocese to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, August 30.

The celebration earlier scheduled for May 10 this year was differed because of Covid-19 pandemic.

The occasion began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri cum Parish Priest of the Cathedral Parish.

In his homily, Archbishop Obinna called on Christians to live a life of witnessing to Christ at all times. He said that the zeal to preach the word of God is like a fire that burns inside the heart of a Christian and will not abate until one bears witness to Christ. This, he said, must be done in the course of our daily lives, in our places of work, in our families, among our friends, through living life that is Christ-like.

He congratulated the Christian fathers on the occasion and appealed for support to enable them complete their building project in no distant time. His Grace also appreciated the performance of the CMO choir during the Mass.

The theme for the parish celebration is: “Catholic Men As Spiritual Heads of the Domestic Church: Implications in the Family.”

The parish CMO used the celebration to raise fund for the roofing of their building project named: “St. Joseph’s Hall of Faith.”

In his brief remark at the occasion, the Parish CMO President, Arc. Anthony Emeka Ozoude said, “We have been able to complete the block work,” adding that, “the task before us now is to put a roof on the building.”

He therefore made a passionate appeal for generous donations from members and well wishers, assuring donors that every kobo donated will be prudently applied for the purpose.

Arc. Ozoude recalled that early this year, the parish CMO executive identified a three-prong programme of focus, namely: Membership revalidation, Debt recovery and Fund raising for the roofing.

He advised members not to sit on the fence anymore as there is so much to gain spiritually, morally and even intellectually from participating in the CMO activities both at the parish, stations and prayer groups levels.

“The committed members who attend our programmes regularly have discovered this and have remained resolute in their participation,” he said.

Activities marking this year’s celebration included Retreat, visit to ailing members in their homes, thanksgiving Mass blessing of the mini altars for the 5 prayer groups of CMO etc.

Arc. Ozoude thanked in a special way, Archbishop Obinna, the Cathedral Administrator and priests working in the Cathedral for their support. He also commended the various stations and prayer groups for their cooperation.

The CMO president acknowledged the good work and sacrifice of the Planning Committee, headed by Dr. Uche Ukozor and thanked them for a job well done.

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