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

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

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Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Demons often transform themselves into angels of light and take the form of martyrs, and make it appear to us during sleep that we are in communication with them. Then, when we wake up, they plunge us into unholy joy and conceit. But you can detect their deceit by this very fact. For angles reveal torments, judgments and separations; and when we wake up we find that we are trembling and sad. As soon as we begin to believe the demons in dreams, then they make sport of us when we are awake too. He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced. 'But he who distrusts all dreams is a wise man. Only believe dreams that warn you of torments and judgments. But if despair afflicts you, then such dreams are also from demons.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent