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Solemn Requiem offered for King Richard III

August 26, 2012 Leave a comment

His Excellency, Monsignor Douglas Lewins offered the annual Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of King Richard III, offered in the historic Chantry Chapel of St Edmund, Spital-on-the-Street in Lincolnshire, re-founded in 1397 by Thomas de Aston following earlier foundations going back to a Templar foundation in the twelfth century.

Interest in the King has increased of late since the results of the Greyfriars dig which has enthralled people around the world. Locating the choir and unearthing male human remains has exceeded all expectations. These finds strongly suggest that the burial site of King Richard III has been located.

The search to find the grave of King Richard III in Leicester took screenwriter Philippa Langley three years to get underway. Through her dedication, determination and single-mindedness she succeeded in bringing together the partnerships between the Richard III Society, Leicester City Council and the University of Leicester that would see the historical project in Leicester come to fruition and the ground cut in the Social Services car park on 25th August 2012.

In parallel, British historian John Ashdown-Hill tracked down Richard’s maternal bloodline, that had survived into the 21st century, via genealogical research. A British-born woman who migrated to Canada after the Second World War, Joy Ibsen, was found to be a 16th-generation grandniece of the king. Although Ibsen died in 2008, her son Michael gave a mouth-swab sample to the research team on 24 August 2012. His mtDNA, passed down on the maternal side, can be used to compare samples from any human remains from the excavation site, and potentially to identify King Richard.

Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 during the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field was the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses and is sometimes regarded as the end of the Middle Ages in England.

African Church celebrates Ordination

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

His Excellency Archbishop Joannes-Mariae [Denis] Ngodobo is delighted to inform the wider communion of the Old Roman Catholic Church Latin Rite that he has ordained, Fr Ndongo Jean Audrey de Jesus (in religion, Jean-Marie of the Holy Rosary) to the sacred priesthood. Also in attendance was His Excellency, Msgr Martin William Obam Avella, auxillary bishop in the Archdiocese of Cameroon.  Fr Ndongo is a paediatrician in the Maternity department at the Chantal Biya Foundation in Yaounde, Cameroon [link]; he is assigned to the parish of St John the Evangelist (pictured), ORCC/LR’s largest parish in Cameroon.

Please pray for Fr Ndongo and his new ministry and for the people and clergy of the parish of St John the Evanglist, Yaounde.

Ad Clerum: Notice ref freedom of religion and civil rights

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

It is with great sadness that the Metropolitan Chapter of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe announces the instruction to investigative lawyers to trace, with a view to civil and possibly criminal prosecution, the origins of defamatory i.e. libelous material by vexatious antagonists made against members of the Clergy and attempts to limit the religious freedom i.e. the exercise of the ministry of her Clergy and of her faithful both by individuals and organisations.

Having desire to follow the Pauline doctrine [1 Corinthians 6:1-8] and despite having maintained a charitable silence concerning the actions of known particular individuals for sometime, the decision to seek legal redress was made under advisement by the ORCCE’s legal consultants. The Chapter agreed the use of a recent legacy to sponsor costs until the receipt of damages. Primarily to protect the exercise of religion and charitable endeavours of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe across the European Union, a specialist international law firm has been engaged under advisement by an MEP. The same firm will also establish the legal or State registration of the ORCCE where necessary to protect the ministry of Clergy in various countries.

Article 18 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (10 December 1948 at Palais de Chaillot, Paris) states;
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Article 17 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states;
1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.
2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

ORCCE Clergy who have experienced attempts to impede their ministry or who have received defamatory material concerning the ORCCE or any colleague are asked to forward such to the Chancery Office, clergy of other jurisdictions are similarly invited as are members of the faithful or the general public. A considerable body of evidence has already been passed to the investigating lawyers who advise that it is worth noting that in general, everyone involved in the dissemination of the defamation is liable as having published it i.e. even if they didn’t compose it, if they just forwarded it onto another. Defamatory libel includes all forms of written communication including published comments on the internet (incl. social websites and forums) and most especially emailed as well as paper correspondence. The investigating lawyers have been given access to the ORCCE’s website statistics which automatically log IP addresses and activities in order to match emails.

The forwarding of such material to the Chancery Office may be deemed sufficient demonstration of goodwill i.e. lack of malice, on the part of the sender to eliminate them from any investigation. Persons preferring to distance themselves from any culpability are thus advised to make contact as soon as possible. Any decision to proceed with the prosecution of an individual or organisation will be made by the Metropolitan Chapter upon the recommendations of the investigating lawyers and counsel.

Ad Clerum: Old Roman Catholic unity in Britain

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

On the Vigil of the Dormition [Assumption] of the Mother of God, the two leading prelates of canonical Old Roman Catholicism in the United Kingdom, their Excellencies Archbishop Douglas Lewins of the ORCC/GB and Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV of the ORCCE/LR, met informally for prayer and discussion at the Mother House of the Oratory of St John Vianney, Cosgrove, Northants. Representing the two orthodox branches of Old Roman Catholicism of Matthew and Carfora descent respectively in the United Kingdom, the Archbishops discussed ways in which a more structured and united presentation of the Old Roman Catholic faith and tradition could be effected.

The Old Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain [link] is the continuation of the original jurisdiction founded by Archbishop Mathew in 1911 following his Declaration of Independence from the Union of Utrecht. The Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe Latin Rite [link] descends from the North American Old Roman Catholic Church established by Archbishop Landes Berghes in 1916 and built up by Archbishop Carfora. The current Archbishops of both strains in the UK hope to effect a positive future of cooperation between these two historic strands and provide a model for greater Old Roman Catholic unity.

Archbishop Mathew’s Prayer for Catholic Unity

Almighty and everlasting God, Whose only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, has said, “Other sheep I have that are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”; let Thy rich and abundant blessing rest upon the Old Roman Catholic Church, to the end that it may serve Thy purpose by gathering in the lost and straying sheep. Enlighten, sanctify, and quicken it by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, that suspicions and prejudices may be disarmed, and the other sheep being brought to hear and to know the voice of their true Shepherd thereby, all may be brought into full and perfect unity in the one fold of Thy Holy Catholic Church, under the wise and loving keeping of Thy Vicar, through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.

Patriarch Abune Paulose of Ethiopia enters Eternal Rest

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

16/8/2012

Addis Ababa: His Holiness Abune Paulos, Patriarch and Catholicos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Archbishop of Axum and Ichege of the See of Saint Teklehaimanot passed away last night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was 76 years old.Official sources has confirmed the demise of the Patriarch .The Patriarch was seriously ill and was admitted to the Dejazmach Balcha Hospital in Addis Ababa.It has been reported that the Patriarch has been undergoing a medication for a long time.

May Lord have mercy upon the soul of His Holiness Patriarch Abune Paulose of Ethiopia.

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An Appeal from the Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Church

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

A countless number of Christians and Muslims are victims of the violence; the hospitals are full with injuries and the pain is endless. Syrians, in spite of their religious backgrounds, have the right to live in their country with pride and dignity. During the past fifteen months, we have lost many people and a large number of Syrians were forced to evacuate from their homes. Christians had to flee their towns, cities and everything they own, and our beloved priests had to leave their churches.

We call all Syrians, in the name of God, to accept each other and live as one nation in our beloved Syria, the cradle of prophets and religions. We urge the United Nations and all Arab organizations to understand and respect our beloved country and to work together in order to achieve peace and stability in Syria.

Ignatius IV
Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

August 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Archbishop reflects on fasting and the benefits both spiritual and physical…

The Brighton Oratory

This coming Thursday (Aug 9th) is the ‘Vigil of St Laurence’ and as such is traditionally a “fast day”, as are most vigils (of apostles, solemnities etc). Regrettably fasting has become something of a neglected practice by most Christians and sadly most contemporary Catholics the practice of whose faith is traditionally closely connected with this occasional observance. However, scientific evidence seems to suggest that there is a benefit not just for one’s soul ref fasting…

Obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes are on an alarming increase in our contemporary society of fast living, junk and processed foods. An Horizon (BBC TV) investigator, Michael Mosley, last night presented a programme “Eat, fast and live longer” that extolled the virtue of a practice which has long been a part of Catholic tradition; fasting.

Mr Mosley has uncovered a growing body of scientific evidence that intermittent i.e. occasional fasting, whilst not staving…

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