Resignations and Appointments


Appointment of under-Secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life

The Holy Father Francis has appointed as under-Secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life the Rev. Sr. Carmen Ros Nortes, N.S.C., of the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation , currently official in the same Dicastery.

Rev. Sr. Carmen Ros Nortes, N.S.C.

The Rev. Sr. Carmen Ros Nortes, N.S.C., was born on 20 December 1953 in Espinardo in Murcia, Spain. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation on 19 January 1986 and gave her perpetual vows.

She obtained a diploma in theology, a diploma in catechetic pedagogy and a diploma in human sciences in Spain.

In 1985 she obtained a licentiate in theology, with a specialization in Mariology, from the Marianum in Rome.

She has held various offices in her religious Congregation, and has served as a missionary in South Korea.

She began service at the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life on 1 January 1992, and so far has held the post of study assistant. Within the same Dicastery she has performed various tasks, both in the office of Ordinary governance, life and apostolate , and in the office of Promotion and formation .

She is a teacher in the Studium of the same Dicastery.

She was the Dicastery’s special envoy at the VII Encuentro Latinoamerico y Caribeño de Vida Consagrada (Quito 13-17 October 2014).


Words of thanks of the Holy Father Francis at the end of the Spiritual Exercises (Ariccia, 23 February 2018)


The following are the words of thanks that the Holy Father Francis addressed this morning to the Preacher of the Spiritual Exercises, the Rev. José Tolentino de Mendonça, vice-rector of the Catholic University of Lisbon and Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture, at the end of the Spiritual Exercises in Ariccia.

 

Words of the Holy Father

[Addressing the Preacher] Father, I would like to thank you, on behalf of everyone, for this accompaniment in these days, which will be continued today with the day of fasting and prayer for South Sudan, the Congo and also Syria.

Thank you, Father, for having spoken to the Church, for having made us feel the Church, this little flock. And thank you for warning us not to “shrink” it with our bureaucratic worldliness! Thank you for reminding us that the Church is not a cage for the Holy Spirit, that the Spirit flies also outside it, and works out side it. And with the citations and the things that you have said, you have allowed us to see how He works on non-believers, on “pagans”, on people of other religious confessions: it is universal, it is the Spirit of God, Who is for everyone. Today too there are the “Cornelius”, the “centurions”, the “guardians of Peter’s jail”, who live an inner search or also know how to distinguish when there is something that calls. Thank you for this call to open ourselves up without fear, without rigidity, to be flexible in the Spirit and not mummified in our structures that close us up. Thank you, Father. And continue to pray for us. As the mother superior said to the nuns, “We are men!”, sinners, all of us. Thank you, Father. And may the Lord bless you.


First Sermon of Lent


At 9.00 this morning, in the Redemptoris Mater chapel, the Preacher of the Papal Household, Rev. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., held the first Sermon of Lent. The theme of the Lenten meditations is: “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” ( Rom 13, 14).

The subsequent sermons of Lent will take place on Friday 2, 9, 16 and 23 March.