Presents a Book on Ethics

ROME, MARCH 19, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Angelo Sodano expressed his hope that new generations of university students would be taught the "fundamental values of life."

The dean of the College of Cardinals said this during the presentation of a book dedicated to the ethics of information, which gathers the conclusions of an international convention last May held at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

"Etica dell'informazione nelle relazioni internazionali" (The Ethics of Information in International Relations) includes an essay by Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Cardinal Sodano said that "to speak about ethics in today's world is rather difficult" and it's good to see a book dedicated to "the fundamental values of coexistence."

Recalling Pope John Paul II's words in 1995 at the United Nations, Cardinal Sodano repeated that to "understand one another, we must accept the universal law written by God in the heart of the human being as a common basis."

The former Vatican secretary of state criticized the "attempts to erode fundamental values," above all with an ethical relativism based on a reinterpretation of values according to personal preferences.

The book serves as a tribute to Giuseppe Vedovato, retired professor of La Sapienza University in Rome and an Italian politician from 1953 to 2005. He is also honorary president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council.

On behalf of Cardinal Martino, Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, presented a medal to the senator for his efforts in the field of peace and human rights.

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Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Protection of the Mother of God

Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, * the faithful people celebrate today with splendor, * and, gazing at your most pure image, * we say with compunction: * "Shield us with your precious veil * and deliver us from all evil * imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Today the Virgin stands forth in the Church, * and with the choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. * The Angels worship with the hierarchs, * and the apostles exult with the prophets, * because, in our behalf, the Mother of God entreats the pre-eternal God. (Kontakion - Tone 3)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st.

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let not us who would be Christians expect anything else than to be crucified....for to be Christian is to be crucified in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example and warning to us all. We must be crucified personally,mystically; for trough crucifixion is the only path to resurrection, if we would rise with Christ, we must be humbled with him even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.... We must be crucified outwardly in the eyes of the world, for Christ's kingdom is not of this world and world cannot bear it, even a single representative, even for the single moment.

Fr Seraphim Rose