To the members of the Catholic Church in Majorca and other Christian denominations with whom we share the same love for the same Lord; to the citizens of our beloved land; and to all, we wish you peace and hope.
On the occasion of the seven hundredth anniversary of the death of Blessed Ramón, we want to consider his mystery, and remember his message, grateful for the miracle of his faith. So that we can discover the future that God has kept for us for today.
Changes of the first session of Congress Ramon Llull
I: Ramon Llull i el projecte missional
- a) Església i societat
Moderador: Paolo Evangelisti
9’30-10’45: Albert Soler
11’00-11’55 Maribel Ripoll
12’00-12’55 Joan Andreu
And on the Ramon Llull Year website
It includes news, current events and links of interest.
www.ramonllull700.com. This website contains all the information about the events planned for the year dedicated to spreading the word about the figure of Ramon Llull, to mark the 700th anniversary of his death. The Diocesan Commission, responsible for the page.
The site is currently in Catalan, but will soon be available in different languages. It includes news, current events and links of interest. There will soon be information about the International Congress organised by the Ramon Llull Year Academic Commission.
Ramon Llull Year is a respectful and competent study and dissemination of the thoughts of Ramon Llull, one of the most prominent theologians and writers of the Middle Ages. He was active not only in Catalan-speaking territories, but throughout Europe, and can be considered as the most universal Majorcan of all time.
Praise from Pope Francis for the figure of Ramon Llull
Talking briefly to the Bishop of Majorca, Mgr Javier Salinas, Pope Francis praised the figure of Ramon Llull as “an example of ecumenical dialogue for today”. The 100 pilgrims who took part in the general audience on Wednesday, as well as the island’s main political authorities were able to get close to the Bishop of Rome, who asked Majorcans to continue praying to God through the intercession of Blessed Ramon Llull.
The Bishop of Majorca, Mgr Javier Salinas, delivered two volumes of works by Ramon Llull, Blanquerna and Our Lady Holy Mary to the Holy Father. In addition, the pilgrims gave the Pope a medallion with an image of St Alphonsus Rodriguez, made by Fr Miquel Garau, SJ, aware that the Holy Father had expressed his devotion to the saint on several occasions.
A thanksgiving mass was then given by Bishop Javier in the chapel of the General House of the Jesuits of Rome.
The main event of the evening was the conference and subsequent reception at the Embassy of Spain before the Holy See. Mgr Jordi Gayà delivered the conference “Ramon Llull, a holy man for the mission in the twenty-first century”. Ambassador Eduardo Gutiérrez Sáenz de Buruaga was the host of the Majorcan delegation in Rome.
During the evening, the Balearic delegation travelled to the Spanish Embassy before the Holy See to attend the conference “Ramon Llull, a holy man for the mission in the twenty-first century”, by Monsignor Jorge Gayà, Director of the Majorca Institute of Religious Sciences.
The following day, Thursday, the group attended a Mass at the altar of the Chapel of St. Joseph, St. Peter’s Basilica, held by the Vicar General of the Diocese, Mgr Antonio Vera.
The Diocesan Commission, the organiser of the 700th anniversary of the death of Blessed Ramon Llull, meets in the Episcopal Palace.
On Wednesday, April 2, there was a new meeting of the Diocesan Commission, the coordinator of the activities commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of Ramon Llull and Ramon Llull Year, called by the Diocese for November 2015 to November 2016.
The meeting discussed the activities planned for Ramon Llull Year, with a solemn a Mass to start proceedings on November 27, 2015, in the Basilica of San Francisco and a concert by Jordi Savall. Until the same day in 2016, there will be various activities taking place within three main areas: spirituality and devotion, culture and celebrations. To promote the figure of Llull, various devotional, catechetical and didactic materials will be prepared, as well as pilgrimages and meetings held in locations associated with Llull. Other cultural initiatives are several exhibitions in Palma, Barcelona and Rome; an exhibition of illustrations inspired by the life of the Blessed man, as well as conferences, international congresses and art competitions.
This anniversary is a respectful and competent study and dissemination of the thoughts of Ramon Llull, one of the most prominent theologians and writers of the Middle Ages. He was active not only in Catalan-speaking territories, but throughout Europe, and can be considered as the most universal Majorcan of all time.
Saint Teresa and Ramon Llull, together in a conference
|By Dr Jordi Gayà and Fr Agustín Borrell.|
On the feast day of St. Joseph, patron of the Discalced Carmelites of Catalonia and Balearic Islands and the Seminary, Saint Teresa of Jesus and Ramon Llull were the subject of an academic session on their mystical experience on Faculties Day (Theology, Philosophy and Antoni Gaudí), held in the main hall of the Catalonia Faculty of Theology. Dr Jordi Gayà, director of ISCR of Majorca and Fr Agustín Borrell, professor and chair of the Department of Sacred Scripture, were the speakers presenting the spiritualities of the Saint of Avila and the Balearic theologian, popularly considered as Blessed, to the audience. The session was completed with the reading of some poems from the two mystics by students of the faculty and some “Saint Teresa torrijas” (a bread-based dessert).
At the end, the historian, Mercè Gras, an archivist at the Discalced Carmelites in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, presented the exhibition “The Libraries of Saint Teresa” in the Episcopal Public Library, with old editions of some of the books she used in her training, others recommended as basic for the foundation libraries and some early editions of writings issued by Barcelona publications.
100 Majorcan pilgrims travel to Rome for Ramon Llull Year
Participants held a general audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday 11.
In preparation for the acts commemorating Ramon Llull Year, starting in November 2015, the Diocese of Majorca organised a pilgrimage to Rome headed by Bishop Javier Salinas from 9-12 February, 2015. Participants attended a general audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday 11, where the Bishop of Majorca delivered a volume of the works of Blessed Ramon Llull to him. The Pope also received a medallion with an image of St Alphonsus Rodriguez, towards whom the Pope professes great devotion, called “The Virgin attending St Alphonsus Rodriguez during the climb to Bellver Castle”, made by Fr Miquel Garau, SJ.
The pilgrimage also included the Prime Minister, José Ramon Bauzà; the Deputy Prime Minister, Antonio Gómez; Council President, Maria Salom; and the Mayor of Palma, Mateu Isern. In the afternoon, there was a reception at the Spanish Embassy before the Holy See, where Mgr Jordi Gayà delivered a lecture on the Blessed man.
The pilgrims also visited the Church of the Gesù, the first Jesuit church in the world and residence of Saint Ignatius, where the founder lived during the last 12 years of his life; the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, where Mgr Javier gave a Mass on February 10; and the basilicas of Santa Praxedes and St. John Lateran, in addition to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
A word from the Vicar General, Mgr Antoni Vera, introducing Ramon Llull Year
|To Mr President of the Balearic Islands, dignitaries and friends all of you.
Before starting my speech, I would like to apologise for the absence of the Rev Bishop who is visiting our missionaries in Peru and Ecuador. He sends his warmest greetings to you all.
Rarely, can one’s vocal expression match the content to be expressed in such a clear and forceful way. On this occasion, we can indeed speak of a real historical event before us:
The celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Blessed Ramón Llull, the greatest son of our land, the most universal Majorcan who has survived the centuries, as philosopher, theologian, mystic, reformer of Church and society, the father of our language; also, if you like, mathematician, perhaps even the pioneer of computing, but most of all and from the beginning, a Christian layman who, for the love of the Beloved, left this cherished island to carry out his great life’s purpose: that all should know of Jesus Christ. This was the missionary dimension we recall of our Blessed man.
For some time now, the Church of Majorca has been preparing and is home to a series of activities running from November this year to November 2016.
And how could it be otherwise; it is a pleasure to see the highest institutions of this land organise themselves to commemorate an anniversary of such paramount importance.
Thus, both institutions and civil society want to work together generously so that RAMON LLULL YEAR is a key moment for achieving three objectives:
- To serve the memory of our Blessed patron.
- To preserve his feast day among us.
- To inform the whole of society, especially the younger generations, of the importance of the person, the work and testimony of Ramon Llull.
Thank you very much and may God give us all success in this noble task.
Palma, December 10, 2014
Mgr Antoni Vera
Political and institutional leaders welcome the Commission of Honour for Ramon Llull Year
During a ceremony held at the Consulate of the Sea.
The Consulate of the Sea yesterday hosted the first meeting of the Commission of Honour for Ramon Llull Year, 2015-2016. It has assumed the responsibility for organising the commemoration of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Blessed Majorcan. The meeting was chaired by the President of the Government, José Ramón Bauzá, with the participation of the Bishopric of Majorca, the Vicar General, Mgr Antoni Vera, on behalf of the Bishop of Majorca.
Also attending, and representing the major institutions and organisations that make up the commission, were the president of the regional government, José Ramón Bauzá, who chaired the meeting; the President of the Balearic Islands Parliament, Margalida Duran; the Vice-President of Majorca Council, Joan Rotger; the Mayor of Palma, Mateo Isern; Lieutenant colonel and Director of the Balearic Islands Centre for Military History and Culture, Teodoro Pou; and the secretary general of Balearic Islands University, Pere Grimalt. Also attending the meeting is the person responsible for carrying out the responsibility of coordinating the activities included within Ramon Llull Year: the regional commissioner, Joan Francesc Romero.
Following the meeting, the official presentation of the Commission of Honour took place, in the chapel at the Consulate of the Sea, amongst a large group of political and institutional representatives. During his speech, the Vicar General, Mgr Antoni Vera, said the diocese “wants to work together generously so Ramon Llull Year is a key moment for achieving three objectives: to serve the memory of our Blessed patron; to preserve his feast day among us; and to inform the whole society, especially the younger generations, of the importance of the person, the work and the testimony of Ramon Llull”.
The Basilica of San Francisco celebrated the feast of Blessed Ramon Llull
The Diocese of Majorca is finalising details for the celebration of the seventh centenary of his death (2015-2016).
On 27 November, the Church of Majorca celebrates the feast of Blessed Ramon Llull. The Bishop of Majorca, Mgr Javier Salinas, invites the diocesan community to live with faith and gratitude that day. For many centuries, and despite many difficulties and obstacles, the Christian people have venerated and entrusted themselves to him; taking the Christian way of life as a model. The Diocese of Majorca is finalising details for the celebration of the seventh centenary of his death (2015-2016), which will feature many activities, most notably the impetus to the process of canonisation of the Blessed man.
The celebrations surrounding this anniversary will begin with a triduum of preparation on 24, 25 and 26 November, with a Mass at 7.30pm, given by Mgr Jordi Gaya. The feast day of Blessed Ramon Llull will be celebrated on November 27 at 7.30pm with a solemn Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis, presided over by Bishop Javier Salinas. At 8.30pm, the academic session from Fr. Joan Nadal on “Ramon Llull and the East” will be held in the St Francis school auditorium.
The Academic Commission finalise the events for Ramon Llull Year
Academics from Italy, Brazil and Spain participated in the Academic Commission meeting for Ramon Llull Year.
The Academic Commission, which is coordinating the activities celebrating the VII centenary of the death of Ramon Llull, met this morning at the Episcopal Palace to finalise the events for Ramon Llull Year, called for by the Diocese from November 2015 to November 2016. Present at the meeting were representatives of the Majorca Centre for Theological Studies, UIB, Barcelona Autonomous University, Maioricensis Schola Lullistica, Faculty of Theology of Catalonia, Llull Archaeological Institution, Ramon Lull Brazilian Institute of Philosophy (IBFCRL) and the Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome.
With only a year remaining before the start of the year, the meeting spoke of the International Academic Conference on the figure of Ramon Llull to take place from 24-27 November, 2015 in Palma. It is a meeting of well-known experts in the field of Lullian study who will analyse the figure from multiple aspects.
The academic commission, consisting of 15 academic centres worldwide, is committed to organising cultural events around the figure of Blessed Ramon, which will have two major international conferences as their focal point: one in Majorca in 2015 and another in 2016 in Barcelona. During these encounters, the figure of Ramon Llull will be considered from two perspectives: as a man of faith and a missionary – based on his cultural development, and as a man of science. Subjects such as theology, international law, literature, history, ecumenical dialogue and even computing will be addressed.
“Digué l’amic a l’Amat: Jo no he deixat d’amar-vos, des del dia que us vaig conèixer.
Car en Vós i per Vós i amb Vós he estat, onsevulla que fos.
Respongué l’Amat: Ni jo, després que tu m’haguessis conegut i amat,
mai t’he oblidat ni mai per mai t’he enganyat ni t’he fallat”.
LLIBRE D’AMIC E AMAT, Ramon Llull