3ème Semaine du Temps Ordinaire
To the Priests, Consecrated and Lay Faithful of the Apostolic Vicariate of Istanbul
On the evening of Tuesday, December 22, at about 11:13 p.m.,
our Brother and Father Bishop Rubén TIERRABLANCA GONZALEZ OFM, Titular Bishop of Tubernuca and Apostolic Vicar of Istanbul, passed away at the age of 68, called by our heavenly Father. He had been hospitalized at Koç University Hospital since December 2. In this sad circumstance, we present our condolences to his sister Mrs. Celia, to the Religious Family of the Friars Minor, to all his close collaborators and to the faithful of the Vicariate who mourn his loss. May the Lord reward our Brother and Father Bishop Ruben for the gift of his consecrated life in the service of the Church, and may the Lord Jesus receive him as a good and faithful servant in the joy of his kingdom.
An exequial mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral absente cadavere, and burial will follow after the mass in Feriköy Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Seats are limited, and entrance to the cathedral will be allowed only to those who have an official ticket from their parish.
The ceremony will be broadcast on SAT-7 TÜRK. It is recommended that you participate primarily by attending the live broadcast on SAT-7 TÜRK. For those who wish, it is possible to visit the Cathedral for a prayer of suffrage.
Due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic, you may leave a message of condolence on this site: https://www.facebook.
The Holy Father has appointed H. E. Mons. Lorenzo Piretto, O.P. Arcbishop Emeritus of Izmir and Apostolic Administrator of the same circumscription, as Apostolic Administrator the vacant seat of the Apostolic Vicariate of Istanbul and of the Exarchate for the faithful of Byzantine rite residing in Turkey.
Pope Francis is granting all the faithful of the world the possibility of obtaining an indulgence while staying at home on 12 December on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Coronation of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
On this occasion, I want to invite you to pray for our Bishop Ruben.
I suggest that you pray for him tomorrow, 12/12 at 12 noon so that we can have a communion in prayer in the Vicariate that Bishop Ruben desires.
Let us pray to the Lord Jesus that, through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, He may grant Bishop Ruben the grace of good health.
You can use the attached poster to invite others to pray.
Peace and Good
Br Pawel Szymala OFMCap, vic.del.
Resignation and appointment of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Izmir (Turkey)
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Izmir (Turkey), presented by His Excellency Mons. Lorenzo Piretto, OP.
The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Metropolitan of İzmir the
Reverend Father Martin KMETEC OFM Conv.,
Currently Superior of the Community of Conventuals of Büyükdere, Istanbul.
S.E. Msgr.Martin Kmetec O.F.M. Conv. Was born on November 10, 1956, in Ptuj, Slovenia. He completed his institutional studies of Theology and Philosophy in his religious Province in Slovenia, in which he made his simple profession on September 25, 1977, and the solemn profession on October 4, 1982. He obtained a Doctorate in Theology, with a specialization in Dialogue and Religions in the University of Ljubliana. In addition to Slovenian, he speaks Turkish, French and Italian. He was ordained as a priest on June 29, 1983. He has held various positions in his Order: Rector of the minor seminary, Missionary in Lebanon, Superior of various Convents. He was also Vicar Custos of the East and the Holy Land of the Friars Minor Conventual from 2014 to 2018. From 2011 to 2020 he was in the Convent of St. Mary in Büyükdere, Istanbul, but in the role of Superior only from 2018.
At the same time elevating him to the titular see of Nasai, with the dignity of archbishop.
The Holy Father has appointed the Most Reverend Luís Miguel Muñoz Cárdaba, nunciature counsellor, as apostolic nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea, at the same time elevating him to the titular see of Nasai, with the dignity of archbishop.
We rejoice in the Lord for this happy news that honors our Church in Turkey. We express our sincere wish to our dear friend and brother, Archbishop Luis-Miguel for everything would be fine for him pledge of our prayers for him that the Lord always accompanies him in his delicate ministry where the countries he would be sent.
“The Church in Turkey is a school of hope”. Bishop Rubén Tierrablanca Gonzalez is Apostolic Vicar of Istanbul and participates to the meeting of the bishops and patriarchs of the Mediterranean area in Bari (Italy) with the awareness of those who know that an international event of this magnitude is a real gift: “It is a unique opportunity of confrontation between us bishops and the problems of the whole Mediterranean area. By listening to each other we can understand and help each other”. On the day in which the themes of migration, wars and poverty were the bench, Monsignor Tierrablanca Gonzalez wanted to emphasize that reality also shows positive perspectives such as those of his church.
Listen to the interview with bishop mons. Tierrablanca Gonzalez (Italian):
Armenian Catholic Archbishop in Turkey, Reverend mons. Levon Zekiyan will give a lecture on the theme the “History of Armenian settlements in the West”, the meeting will take place on Thursday 01.16.2020 at 19.00.
S. Agop Lokali, Cumhuriyet Cad. Surp Agop Apt. No:57 Lokal Katı Elmadağ / ŞİŞLİ
İstanbul Kutsal Ruh Katedrali’nde Fransisken Rahip Alvaro Rodriguez Vázquez’nin Rahiplik Kutsaması yapıldı.
22 Kasım 2019 tarihinde, İstanbul Kutsal Ruh Katedrali’nde 8 ay önce İstanbul’a gelen ve 29 yaşındaki Meksikalı Alvaro Rodriguez Vázquez’nin görkemli Rahiplik Kutsamasını gerçekleştirildi.
Türkçe, İspanyolca ve İngilizce yapılan ayin, İstanbul Latin Katolik Kilisesi Episkoposu Monsenyör Ruben Tierrablanca tarafından yönetilirken Diyarbakır Keldani Katolik Kilisesi Başepiskoposu Monsenyör Ramzi Garmou ve Türkiye Süryani Katolik Kilisesi Patrik Vekili Korepiskoposu Monsenyör Orhan Çanlı eşlik etti. Süryani Ortodoks Kilisesi Korepiskoposu Monsenyör Melke Akyüz, Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi İstanbul Patrikhanesi temsilcisi, Türkiye’nin farklı şehirlerinden ve İstanbul’daki Katolik Kilisesi cemaatlerinden, Meksikalıların olduğu bir grup, rahipler ve rahibeler bu çok özel ayine katıldılar. (SAT-7 TÜRK/ Nathalie Ritzmann)