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French Bishop Named to Education Congregation

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named Dominican Bishop Jean-Louis Bruguès of Angers, France, as secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, elevating him to the dignity of archbishop.

Jean-Louis Bruguès was born in 1943 in France. He joined the Dominicans in 1968 and made solemn vows in 1972.

He was ordained a priest that year. He was a member of the International Theological Commission from 1986 to 2002, and also a member of the National Ethics Consultative Committee of France from 1998 to 2000.

Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Angers in 2000. Bishop Bruguès was president of the doctrinal commission of the French episcopal conference from 2002 to 2006.

He has been a consultant for the Vatican congregations for Catholic Education and Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

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Exaltaton of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance. * Grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect your people by Your Cross. (Troparion)

Willing raised upon the Cross, O Christ God, * You bestow Your mercies upon a new people who are called by Your Name. *  May Your Church rejoice in Your strength. * Give her victory over every enemy. * May she have Your help as the weapon of peace, * the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Abbot Macarius was asked: "How should I pray?" The staretz answered: "There is no need to waste time with words; it is enough to hold out your hands and say: 'Lord, have mercy.'  If you are hard pressed in the struggle, say: 'Lord, save me!' He knows what is best for you, and he will have mercy on you."

Abbot Macarius, quoted in St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality, Meyendorff, 1974, SVS Press