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

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Lamb and Redeemer

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

In two things then was Abraham victorious: that he killed his son although he did not kill him and that he believed that after Isaac died he would be raised up again and would go back down with him. For Abraham was firmly convinced that He Who said to him, 'through Isaac shall your descendants be named,' was not lying.

St. Ephrem the Syrian, Commentary on Genesis