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CBCP Monitor Vol. 17 No. 6

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Under a brilliant sunshine and blue skies, the petrine ministry of Pope Francis formally begins with an inaugural Mass attended by a huge number of pilgrims and foreign leaders that lled the Vatican’s St. Peter Square. Addressing an estimated 200,000 people, the former Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio called on global leaders to care for all creation, particularly the weak and the poor, emphasizing the Church’s mission to defendthe disadvantaged.
Pope calls for protectionof life, environment
By Pinky Barrientos, FSP
POPE Francis has urged forprotection of life and cre-ation, saying it is every-one’s vocation—Christiansor not—to be “protectors ofGod’s gifts.”
Addressing a crowd of an estimated200,000 during his inaugural Mass atSt. Peter’s Square, the pope stressedthe responsibility of human beings torespect and protect one another andthe environment.“I would like to ask all those whohave positions of responsibility ineconomic, political and social life, andall men and women of goodwill: letus be “protectors” of creation, protec-tors of God’s plan inscribed in nature,protectors of one another and of the en-vironment,” the Holy Father—whosenamesake St. Francis, was a lover ofcreation—said.With his homily focusing on St. Joseph, at whose solemnity he beginshis Petrine ministry, the pope told thefaithful to learn from the examples ofthe saint who listened attentively to“God’s voice.”Stressing St. Joseph’s vocation as theprotector of Mary and Jesus and of theuniversal Church, the pontiff urged thefaithful to follow his lead.Through the examples of St. Joseph,“we learn how to respond to God’scall, readily and willingly, but we alsosee the core of the Christian vocation,which is Christ!” the pontiff said. “Letus protect Christ in our lives, so thatwe can protect others, so that we canprotect creation!”The pope urged everyone to respectand protect people, and show “lovingconcern for each and every person,especially children, the elderly, thosein need, who are often the last we thinkabout.”Being protector also means “caringfor one another in our families,” thepope continued, “husbands and wives
rst protect one another, and then, as
Save Pinoysin Sabah,bishopsurge govt
“SAVE our people with honor.”The Mindanao bishops aired acollective appeal on the govern-ment to do its utmost to save thelives of Filipinos caught in theongoing violence in Sabah.They said government leaders,more than just merely telling Fili-pinos to get out of Sabah, shoulddo more “for the sake of life andpeace.”The bishops urged the Aquinogovernment “to support the ap-peal of the United Nations for animmediate end of the violence inSabah and to press upon the twocontending forces to heed the UNcall.”They also called on the govern-ment to “resume the diplomaticwork of resolving the proprietyand the sovereignty question, atask historically entrusted to thegovernment by the Sultanate ofSulu; and to ensure the withdrawalwith honor of armed forces fromthe area.”Malaysian forces and armedfollowers of Sultan Jamalul KiramIII have been locked in a standoffsince last month that left at least 61people dead.The bishops said that even if thegovernment may not agree withthe methods used by the Sultan’sfamily in laying their claim onSabah, “the fact is: Filipino liveshave been lost.”“Even now Filipino lives areat stake. They were lost becausethey believed they have a right toreclaim a naturally rich territoryfor which they are being paid ameasly sum every year. We cannot
simply let them sacrice more lives
for that cause,” they furthered.The prelates are counting ongovernment leaders from bothsides to “demonstrate wisdom andstatesmanship in preventing furtherbloodshed and resolving the basicissues that resulted in tragedy.”
SC stops RH implementation
THE issuance by the Su-preme Court of a status quoante (SQA) order againstRepublic Act (RA) 10354 onMarch 19 has indicated that
the petitions led against the
law triumphed in showingthe vital need for the highcourt to study the petitionsfurther, a lawyer said.“The Supreme Court isgiving proper attention tothe petitions and has decidedto give a 4-month cool-offperiod in order for the par-ties to prepare for the oralarguments in June. It alsomeans that the petitions havesucceeded in ‘presenting a justiciable case worthy ofthe SC’s time and judicialattention as the highest courtof our country’,” explainedAtty. James Imbong, Peti-tioner and/or Legal Counselof the Petitioners in the casetitled Spouses Imbong vs.Executive Secretary, et al.,
and the rst to le a petition
against the RH law, on Janu-ary 2 this year.The issuance of an SQAorder in whatever case indi-cates a “not to make a move”directive, in that the courtdecides to “keep things asthey were in the beginning,”the lawyer explained, addingthat by “beginning” is meantthe moment the case was
led before the court.
Today’s development wasnot due to merits of the casebut was a practical action bya court.“Practical because thecourt simply wants the par-ties ‘not to make a move’while the court is going intothe merits of the controversyitself,” Imbong said. “In thecase of the SQA order againstthe RH law, this means thatthe court, as sole arbiterof judicial questions, has
2K students gather for voter’s education
IN a bid to educate young people,mostly voters for the upcoming 2013Midterm Elections, the Parish PastoralCouncil for Responsible Voting togetherwith the National Capital Region (NCR)Youth Coordinating Council held the1st PPCRV-NCR campus youth con-gress last March 8.Attended by around 2,000 studentsfrom schools, colleges and universities
 Thousands of students from various schoolsin the National Capital Region trainedin election engagement during a youthcongress held at Pasig Catholic College.
Divorce not the answer to failing marriages, lay people told
WITH the divorce bill looming in thehorizon, a Catholic priest has urged thepeople to throw the measure on the backburner as it does not really solve the is-sue of failing marriages among couples.Fr. Melvin Castro, executive directorof the Catholic Bishops’ Conferenceof the Philippines (CBCP) – EpiscopalCommission on Family and Life, saidthe proposed House Bill 1799 onlyweakens the sanctity of marriage andthreatens the moral preservation of theFilipino family.“Divorce would only further weakenthe institution of marriage and family.As it is, the marriage and family are al-
Fr. Melvin Castro
ready threatened from within (i.e. inter-nal problems), but with a law we bringan external pressure as well,” he said.Of all the moral and legal implicationsof the bill, Castro noted that the weaken-ing of the family poses a serious damageto the society as both relate to each otheron directly proportionate means.“Any institution, including theChurch, is based on the family. And thefamily is created by a man and womanwho enter the covenant of marriage.Weaken that basic unit, you weaken allthe other institutions. Strengthen it andyou strengthen society as well,” he said.
No such thing as a good politicaldynasty— Senatoriable
WITH the coming May elections see-ing successors and would-be heirsto political families jockeying for
public ofce, one senatoriable claims,
“There is no such thing as a ‘good’political dynasty.”In a talk during a youth vote forumfor University of Asia and the Pa-
cic students, Ang Kapatiran sena
-toriable Lito David said, all politicaldynasties are designed to control
the ow of information, resources,
and the process of legislation andpolicy-making.According to David, the undeni-able might of the Filipino ‘politicalfamily’ traces its roots back to theMarcos regime.
‘Greatest frustration’
“The cronyism of the Marcos
Cardinal Tagle gets spike in Facebook ‘likes’
LUIS Antonio Cardinal Tagle’s Face-book page showed an unusual spike in“likes”, growing by more than 5,000 in just four days.The notable increase was particu-larly started a day before the cardinalsaround the world sequestered them-selves in the Sistine Chapel at the Vati-can for the conclave.As of March 13, over 130,000 peoplehave “liked” Tagle’s Facebook page,which is run by Jesuit Communications.“The increase actually started [on
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 Vol. 17 No. 06
March 18 - 31, 2013
CBCP Monitor
NEW YORK City, N.Y.,March 16, 2013—St. Patrick’sDay is a time to remem-ber the saint’s “tremendouslove” for the Irish people,says the head of the AncientOrder of Hibernians, a U.S.fraternal organization.St. Patrick “had had such awidespread impact on Irishspirituality and Irish culture,the direction that the na-tion took,” group presidentBrendan Moore told CNAMarch 12.The Ancient Order ofHibernians is a U.S.-basedIrish-American Catholic fra-ternal organization with over80,000 members in 46 U.S.states, Canada and Ireland.One of its inspirations isSt. Patrick, whose feast dayis observed March 17 thisSunday.The saint was born in Ro-manized Britain in the latefourth century. While a teen-ager, he was captured andenslaved by Irish raiders. Helived as a shepherd before heescaped and returned home.He then returned as a mis-sionary and became known
for his life of sacrice, prayer
and fasting. Although hewas not the first Christianmissionary to Ireland, he iswidely regarded as the mostsuccessful.Moore said St. Patrick’sDay is a “tremendous day ofcelebration” not only of thesaint, but also of the achieve-ments of the Irish people inthe U.S.In addition to the holiday’sspiritual dimension, he saidSt. Patrick’s Day is “a dayof sharing our culture, ofwhich we are most proud.”He noted the quality of Irishmusic and dance and Irishaccomplishment in sportsand other areas.Hibernians often markthe day by taking part inparades, holding dance ex-hibitions, and hosting pipebands. They also hold specialSt. Patrick’s Day Masses fortheir members and invitenon-members to attend.Moore, the son of Irish im-migrants, said St. Patrick’sDay in Ireland is traditionallya religious holiday.“There was very little ofthe celebration that we knowin the public venue todayin the United States,” heexplained.Moore lamented what hesaid is “a creeping dete-rioration” of the meaningof St. Patrick’s Day that candegrade it in the eyes of someIrish-Americans.For example, the emphasison heavy drinking, he said,“overshadows the day.” Henoted that this has helpedperpetuate stereotypes in“some very, very offensivematerials.”These include sweatshirtsand t-shirts being producedby major brands “that reallyshould know better,” Mooresaid.The Hibernians in particu-lar object to some clothingsold by Spencer’s, Urban
Outtters and Wal-Mart that
associates the Irish and St.Patrick’s Day with drunken-ness.Moore said the Hiberniansreject negative portrayals ofthe Irish and any other ethnicor religious group.He also voiced hope thatthe good in St. Patrick’s Daycelebrations outweighs thebad.Moore said that his orderencourages its members toshow charity to “everyone
we meet,” a reection of the
Hibernians’ principles offriendship, unity and Chris-tian charity.“In addition to that, I thinkwe’re charged with the re-sponsibility to recognizearound us that there areterrible needs in society andthat we are required to reachout to those in need,” he toldCNA.The organization particu-larly focuses on hunger relief.At the Hibernians’ foundingin New York City in 1836,members helped Irish im-migrants who were leavingtheir ships to the U.S. in astate of starvation with no-where to go.When Hurricane Sandystruck the northeastern U.S.in late October 2012, an esti-mated 500 Hibernian mem-bers were among the manyvictims.The Hibernians launched aspecial relief fund, collectedsupplies and sent in squadsof volunteers in what Mooresaid was a “tremendouseffort” to help repair thedamage.“We were kind of over-whelmed, both with theresponse of our membershipin terms of donations andassistance, and also with theapplications for help thatpoured in,” Moore said.The organization has re-ceived about 250 applica-tions for assistance and hasdistributed close to $250,000in direct aid. Hibernian vol-unteers from places like Al-bany, far from the coasts, stilltravel to help clean homes.Some are still surveyingstorm victims to see whattheir needs are.Moore said the Hiberniansare growing as an organiza-tion at a time when manyother groups’ member rollsare stagnant or shrinking.“In many areas of the coun-try, we seem to be attractingmembers who are in their 20sand 30s. Oftentimes they areyoung professionals.”The men Hibernians re-cently launched a new divi-sion in Dubuque, Iowa. InTexas a new division willlaunch soon. In Houston anddiscussions are underway fora new division in Dallas.Divisions in Virginia haveincreased by 20 percent andthere are as many as ninedivisions in South Carolina.Membership in the An-cient Order of Hibernians isopen to Catholic men age 16or older of Irish descent. TheLadies’ Ancient Order ofHibernians is a separately-run partner organizationfor Irish-American Catholicwomen.
Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians from Hamilton County,Ohio.
 World News
Vatican Briefng
Pope Francis could renew Catholicism inAmericas, says Knights’ chief
ROME, Italy, March 15, 2013—
 Just as Pope John Paul II inu
-enced many in Poland, the riseof an Argentinian to the papacyis set to dramatically changethe lives of many Christians,according to the head of theKnights of Columbus."I think it offers the same kindof a potential for a great renewalof Catholicism and Christian-ity all throughout the WesternHemisphere," Supreme KnightCarl Anderson said March 15. Just two days ago, the 76-year-old head of the Archdiocese ofBuenos Aires, Cardinal JorgeMario Bergoglio, was electedPope. A humble man by all ac-counts, the Jesuit priest took thename Francis after the famous13th-century saint of Assisi.Anderson compared the re-cent election to Bl. John PaulII's election in 1978 that broughthope to Eastern Europeans inthe midst of the Cold War."35 years later now," he toldCNA, "we have a Pope com-ing from Latin America, fromthe Americas, and I'm sure inthe United States so many mil-lions of Hispanic Catholics arelooking now to Pope Francis assomeone who will really changetheir lives for the better, too."Since 1881, Anderson'sKnights have made it their mis-sion to offer assistance to peoplethroughout the Americas andabroad according to their found-ing principles of charity, unitytheir 1.8 million members.They have also been promi-nent in promoting Bl. John PaulII's idea of uniting North andSouth as "a single entity with aChristian heritage and a Chris-tian future," as Anderson put it.The Knights are enthused thatthis concept is well engrainedin the experience of the BuenosAires-born Pope."Pope Francis speaks directlyto that, is a product of that," saidAnderson. "His entire ministryhas been that and so we're goingto be strongly united with himin moving this forward."Their work of better unitingmembers of the Catholic Churchin the Americas has been givena major boost with the electionof a Latin American pope."I think the next step will beto bring this reflection moreclosely into North Americaand into the entire WesternHemisphere, that we can beginto do the work, not just speakabout the potential but begin theactualization of the potential."For the Knights, said the Su-preme Knight, "it's going to be
a very important ponticate."As for their specic work at
this point, he concluded, "weneed to take our part and co-operate with so many others inthe Church's reality, build theChurch like the Lord said toFrancis and I think we're goingto see Him say the same thingto Pope Francis."
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson speaks with CNA in Rome on March15, 2013.
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and fraternity. Their presenceis felt throughout the UnitedStates, Mexico and the Carib-bean and even overseas through
Humble pope may signal change for Asia
 JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 15, 2013Catholic leaders and civil society orga-nizations said on Friday that the elec-tion of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglioas Pope Francis signals hope that theVatican will pay closer attention to theneeds of the poor throughout the world,particularly Indonesia.Archbishop Johannes Maria Trilaksy-anta Pujasumarta of Semarang said theselection of the name Francis, which isreminiscent of St Francis of Assisi, wassymbolically important.“As an individual and also represen-tative of the Indonesia Bishops’ Confer-ence, I express great joy over the electionof Pope Francis.”Civil society workers have said thesimplicity of the new pope’s life whilehe served in Buenos Aires was a charac-ter trait that could well inspire Catholicsto refocus their faith.“Yesterday I read an article sayingthat [then] Cardinal Bergoglio alwayscalled on the people of Argentina notto travel to Rome for Easter or Christ-mas but rather donate the money theywould have spent on travel to thepoor,” said Eveline Winarko, coordina-tor of the Community of Sant’Egidioin Jakarta.“I hope that Pope Francis will help
the Church to better reect its true mis
-sion – to love and serve the poor andsuffering.”Maria Yohanista Djou, who works
with the Catholic-afliated NGO Mitra
ImaDei that works with women andminority groups, said she hoped PopeFrancis would help improve respect andopportunities for women.“Our Church remains far from theteachings of Jesus. Women are still re-garded as a second class group.”Meanwhile, Lambert Pekikir, head ofthe Free Papua Movement, said a newpope who is perceived to be closer tothe poor and disenfranchised could helpend injustice in the country.“As a Catholic who leads the move-ment, I hope the Holy Father will openhis heart to see the problems in Papuawhich have persisted for more than 50years.”
Catholic group marks St. Patrick’s love for the Irish
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South Korean foundation gives Indonesian priestaward for peace action in Papua
 JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 16, 2013In light of his efforts in favor of dialoguebetween Indonesian authorities andpro-independence Papuan activists, Fr.Neles Tebay received the 2013 PeaceAward from the Seoul-based Korean TjiHaksoon Justice and Peace Foundation.He has no intention to stop “until realpeace talks get underway”.The Indonesian priest, who is basedin the Archdiocese of Jayapura (Papua)where he serves as the dean of the FajarTimur High School of Philosophy andTheology, was recognized for his workin building peaceful channels of com-munication between the Indonesiangovernment and separatist groups.Working in cooperation with Prot-estant clergymen in the Papuan PeaceNetwork (Jaringan Damai Papua or JDP), Fr. Tebay, who is also a memberof the Papuan Interfaith Forum for Re-ligious Leaders, has nurtured hope forpeace in the province.He has done so by listening tothe demands of pro-independencegroups and building bridges withthe central government, work thatis crucial to prevent violence and aregion-wide conflict in the resource-rich province.Speaking to AsiaNews on the eve ofhis departure for Seoul for the awardceremony, Fr. Tebay said he wouldpursue his action until the dream ofpeace talks is realised.“Tensions have persisted in the re-gion for at least 50 years,” he said withcivilians paying the price. Still he isespecially happy that his work is ap-preciated by international organizationsas well as local groups.In 2001, Indonesia granted Papua ahigh degree of autonomy. However,devolution has never been implementedand indigenous peoples continue tocomplain about unfair treatment.
Since Indonesia ofcially annexed in
1969 under strongman Sukarno (1967-1998) by taking advantage of tempo-rary UN rules, the province has hadto endure the invasion of foreign andIndonesian companies, sparking the riseof a separatist movement.The current name of the provincecame into use in 2002 under then Presi-dent Abdurrahman Wahid.
Chinese bishops and priests waitingfor Pope Francis to visit Asia
BEIJING, China, March 14, 2013—”Wethank God for giving Pope Francis to theuniversal Church. We shall continue topray for him. We are looking forwardto see him in Asia,” said Chinese bish-ops, priests, religious and lay people.Through AsiaNews, they are able toexpress their joy for the election of thenew pope, noting that they have been“inspired” by him.For a bishop in Xian province, thenew pope “is a great man. His elec-tion fills us with joy. I believe he willbring a new vision to the universalChurch because he comes from an-other continent. I hope he can visitAsian countries.”“I am really happy for the new pope,”said a Chinese priest in Beijing who,over the past few days, shared the joy hefelt on his personal blog. “I will continueto pray for Pope Francis”.Speaking about the election of a LatinAmerican pope, a Catholic nun said shewas “happy and surprised”, adding, “Ithank God and pray for Pope Francis.I am convinced that he brings freshhope to the Church and the world.”
Catholics in Bangladesh: With Pope Francis,the Church is ‘more universal’
DHAKA, March 15, 2013—A moreuniversal church and one that is increas-ingly composed of contributions fromevery corner of the world. This is theimage imprinted in the hearts of Catho-lics in Bangladesh after the election of
Pope Francis, the rst Latin Americanpope and Jesuit. A gure known by
few in the Asian country, but who hasalready won many over by his opennature and the importance he has givento evangelization.On 13 March, the day of his election,white smoke started at 19:06 (Italiantime) in Bangladesh it was one in themorning, but many were up to followthe live broadcast and ran to wake their
families to nd out who would appear
on the loggia of the basilica.Some Catholics told AsiaNews thatthe speed with which the election took
place—after ve ballots—is a cause “ofhappiness, because it signies that the
Cardinals have found the right person.”The hope now is that Pope Francis willvisit Asia as soon as possible, perhapseven Bangladesh. “He’s older than wehad bargained for—they say—but this isnot a handicap. You could carefully plana route that is not too strenuous, evenin places as far away as Asia. Nobodydemands that a pope go everywhere.”And the “distant” origins of PopeFrancis — chosen by the cardinals from“close to the end of the world”, as he
himself said in his rst speech to the
faithful in St. Peter’s Square — makeshim “close” to the Asian people. “Hecomes from Argentina — they note — acountry far from the geographic centerof the Church and also from the ‘theo-logical’ center,” just like Bangladeshand other Asian nations. “He will un-doubtedly have — some say — a specialsensitivity and attention to our reality.”Out of a population of 161 million peo-ple, Bangladeshi Catholics are a minorityof just 0.1%, against a population that is89.5% Muslim and 9.6% Hindu. Although
there are no ofcial gures, it is estimated
that every year thousands of people areconverting to Catholicism.
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Pope keeps motto of mercy from Buenos Aires
Pope Francis decided that he would keep both the motto and coat of armsthat he used during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The motto has“a particular meaning in life and spiritual journey of the Pope,” a March
18 statement from the Vatican press ofce says. “In fact, on the feast of St.
Matthew in 1953, the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio experienced at the ageof 17 years old, in a very special way, the loving presence of God in hislife. The motto, “miserando atque eligendo,” was inspired by St. Bede theVenerable’s commentary on Matthew’s Gospel. The Latin motto stands for“having had mercy, he called him.”
Pope tells Argentinians to help poor instead of coming to Rome
Pope Francis told the Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina to ask his countrymen
not to travel to Italy for the ceremony that will begin his ponticate. “Tell
the bishops and the faithful to make an offering and an act of solidarity to
the poor with the money instead,” said the Vatican’s press ofce director, Fr.
Federico Lombardi. Lombardi spoke March 15 with the nuncio, Archbishop
Emil Paul Tscherrig, who conrmed that Pope Francis had telephoned himon the night of his election. “But those who know him nd this very normal,
since it is his style,” said Fr. Lombardi at the Vatican’s media center.
Confession key to Church renewal, Cardinal Wuerl reects
In a March 10 homily in Rome, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.emphasized the importance of the sacrament of confession in liberating thefaithful and leading them back to God. “It remains one of the great marvelsof God’s love that God would make forgiveness so readily available to eachof us,” Cardinal Wuerl said. “In the simple actions of contrition, confession,absolution, and satisfaction we are restored to a whole new life,” he explained.The cardinal’s comments came during his homily at Saint Peter in Chains, histitular church in Rome. Since cardinals are part of the clergy of Rome, eachis given a titular parish, which they are responsible for supporting.
Muslim leaders express hopes for improved relations with Catholics
Muslim leaders expressed hopes the new pope would help improve rela-tions between Muslims and Catholics. A spokesman for Sheik Ahmadel-Tayeb, president of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, said he hoped PopeFrancis’ election would help normalize relations with the world of Islam.“We are hoping for better relations with the Vatican after the election of thenew pope,” said Mahmoud Azab, adviser to el-Tayeb on interfaith issues,March 13. Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, a world-renowned center of SunniIslam scholarship, suspended dialogue with the Vatican in 2011 to protestPope Benedict XVI’s remarks about anti-Christian violence in Egypt andthe need to protect religious minorities there.
 Vol. 17 No. 06
March 18 - 31, 2013
CBCP Monitor
News Features
Pope Francis greets cheering, ag-wavingcrowd at frst Angelus
VATICAN City, March 17, 2013—Tensof thousands of pilgrims packed St. Pe-ter’s Square and adjoining streets March
17 to hear Pope Francis deliver his rst
Angelus, saying prayers at noon andgreeting pilgrims not only from Romebut from around the world.
The crowd, which nearly lled the
square an hour before the pope ap-peared high above them in his apart-ment window, waved handkerchiefs,
ags from their homelands, banners
with names of religious movementsor messages of congratulations to thenew pontiff.The pilgrims, dressed in winter coats,gathered under cloudy skies and coolweather. They were a mixture of allages: children on parents’ shoulders,elderly couples, men and women re-ligious, television camera crews andgroups of teenagers. Some groupsprayed quietly while others sang,danced and showed their support, notonly of the new pope, but also of pridein their homeland as they held aloft
ags or even painted ags on their faces.
As they awaited the pope’s arrival,many caught a glimpse of him on a Jumbotron television screen showinghim greeting parishioners at the nearbyChurch of St. Anne after the Mass hehad just celebrated. As people pointedto the screen, some noted that he lookedlike a parish priest simply greetingpeople outside after Mass.Many in St. Peter’s Square had beenin the same location a few days beforewhen the new pope was announced,and few people knew much about him.Four days later, this crowd knewquite a bit more about Pope Francis,and they were ready to welcome himand hear what he had to say. Severalpilgrims who spoke to Catholic NewsService said they were impressed withthe pope’s simple style.Gulsham Minj, a seminarian from theArchdiocese of Ranchi, India, studying
at the Pontical Urbanian University in
Rome, said it was a “historic moment”
to hear the pope’s rst Angelus.
He said he admires the simplicity ofPope Francis, saying it enables peopleto “feel the essence of Jesus.”Onismo Makova, a fellow seminarian
from Zimbabwe, said that when he rst
heard the pope’s name announced March13 he was a little worried because he didnot know about him and had not heard hisname mentioned as a potential candidate.But within a few days, he said, hebecame convinced that the cardinals’selection was the “work of the HolySpirit.”Makova said being there for theannouncement of the new pope and
watching his rst actions has deepened
his own spiritual life.Thaddeus Howard, a sophomorefrom the University of Dallas who isattending his spring semester at theCatholic college’s Rome campus, sharedthe same view as many other pilgrims.He was excited to be there and thrilledwith everything he has seen and readabout Pope Francis in recent days.Howard, a native of Buford, Ga.,said the pope’ssimple actionsof praying ina local churchand even pay-ing his own ho-tel bill “showhow humble heis.” He said thepope is “livingout how we areto live as Chris-tians.”Howard saidhe was initiallythrilled that hewould be in Rome for Holy Week. Henever imagined the semester would alsoinclude a conclave and the installationof a new pope.“I’m so happy. I’m so blessed,” he said.He was not only one feeling this way.When Pope Francis appeared in the win-dow March 17, the crowd burst into cheers.They laughed when he greeted themcasually, saying “buongiorno” (good day).He proceeded to speak only in Italianbut appeared to often speak off the cuff,telling an anecdote to illustrate God’sunending mercy. Less than 15 minuteslater, after praying with the crowd belowand asking for their prayers, he told themto have a good lunch and departed.The crowd shouted “Viva il papa,”then people slowly worked their waythrough the packed streets of Rome.
Pope Francis: Don’t give in to pessimism, courageously share Gospel
VATICAN City, March 14,2013—Never give in to the dev-il’s pessimism, discouragementand bitterness, Pope Francissaid; Christians need to sharethe Gospel message with joyand courage because it will trulyanswer people’s deepest needs.Young people also need thewisdom and knowledge of olderpeople, whose insight is like
“ne wine that gets better with
age,” he told the College of Car-dinals March 15.His remarks came during ameeting in the Clementine Hallin the apostolic palace with allthe cardinals who were presentin Rome, including the non-elector cardinals who were overthe age of 80 and did not vote inthe conclave.Wearing a simple white papalcassock without the red mozzet-ta, the pope looked relaxedand comfortable during themeeting, diverging often fromhis prepared text and speakingheart-to-heart in off-the-cuffcomments.“Dear brothers, perhaps halfof us are in our old age,” he saidwith a smile.But the 76-year-old pope saidhe likes to think of old age as asign of wisdom.“Like the elderly Simeon andelderly Anna in the temple,” hesaid, they had the knowledgeand wisdom from life’s journeyto recognize Jesus.“Let’s give this knowledge to
young people, like ne wine that
gets better with age, let’s giveyoung people the knowledge oflife,” he said.In his 13-minute talk, PopeFrancis thanked everyone in thecollege and the Vatican for theirsupport and help during theinterregnum.He thanked the faithful whoturned out in St. Peter’s Squarethe night of his election March13, saying the image of so manypeople gathered in prayer and joy was “still engrained in mymind.”He also thanked his “vener-ated predecessor,” retired PopeBenedict XVI, for having “en-riched and reinvigorated thechurch with his magisterium,goodness, guidance, faith, hu-mility and gentleness, whichremain as a spiritual heritage foreveryone.”He said Pope Benedict has “lit
a ame deep in our hearts, which
will continue to burn because itwill be fed by his prayers, whichwill still support the church inher spiritual and missionary journey.”Pope Francis said that, withhis pontificate, he will “servethe Gospel with renewed love,helping the church become evermore in Christ and with Christ.”In the context of the Yearof Faith, established by PopeBenedict, “we will strive to faith-fully respond to the continuingmission: Bring Jesus Christ tohumanity and lead people toan encounter with Jesus Christ,the way, the truth and the life,”he said.Pope Francis recalled his pre-decessor’s message that it isChrist through his spirit, notindividuals, leading the churchthrough history.“We never give in to pes-simism, that bitterness that thedevil offers us every day,” know-ing the Holy Spirit’s life-givingand unifying force is at work, hetold the cardinals.Never give in to discourage-ment either, he said, because
“we have the rm certainty that
the Holy Spirit gives the church,with its powerful breeze, thecourage to persevere and also to
nd new methods of evangeliza
-tion, to bring the Gospel to thefar ends of the earth.”“The Christian truth is attrac-tive and persuasive because itresponds to humanity’s deepestneeds,” he said, adding that theGospel is as valid and applicableto the world today as it wasthousands of years ago.The pope tripped, but did notfall after he stood up from thepapal chair without realizingit was on a platform elevated afew steps off the ground whenhe went to greet the dean of theCollege of Cardinals, CardinalAngelo Sodano.In his opening remarks, thecardinal, speaking on behalf ofthe whole college, thanked thepope for “having accepted, witha great and generous heart, theLord’s invitation” to lead theuniversal church.The papacy is “a demanding job,” Cardinal Sodano said, butthe pope will have the help of theHoly Spirit.Pope Francis told the cardinalshe hoped they’d return homeenriched by their experience inRome—an event that was “socharged with faith and ecclesialcommunion.”The conclave and the days ofpreparation before it provideda unique experience that wasmarked by “great cordiality,”he said.“This is good because we arebrothers,” he said, who are partof a community and a friendship“that is good for everyone.”The cardinals’ sense of open-ness and mutual friendshiphelped the Holy Spirit do its partduring the conclave, he said.One “curiosity,” the popenoted, is that the Holy Spirit isa sort of “apostle of Babel” thatcreates the differences in thechurch.But on the other hand, he said,it’s the same Holy Spirit that“unites these differences, not inequality but in harmony,” by fo-cusing everyone’s different giftson the adoration of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit.After his talk, Pope Francispersonally greeted each of thecardinals present. Some of themoffered him gifts, books or let-ters; another gave him two smallbags of religious objects to bless.Cardinal Wilfrid Napier ofDurban, South Africa, gave thepope a yellow wristband, whichthe pope immediately placed onhis wrist.
Without Christ crucied, Church a ‘pitiful’ organization, pope says
VATICAN City, March 14, 2013—The dayafter he was elected, Pope Francis empha-sized that every believer – including bishops,cardinals and Popes – must proclaim Jesus
crucied to be true Christians.
“We can build so many things but if wedon’t confess Jesus Christ, then somethingis wrong. We will become a pitiful NGO,but not the Church, spouse of Christ,” PopeFrancis said in his March 14 homily.“He who doesn’t pray to God prays to theDevil,” the Pope added in an apparent quote.Pope Francis made his remarks at the Massto close the conclave on Thursday eveningin the Sistine Chapel with all of the cardinalelectors present.He asserted that the common theme to allthree of today’s Scripture readings “is move-
ment: the rst reading, the movement of
walking; the second reading, the movementof building; and the third, the Gospel, is inconfession. To walk, to build, to confess.”“But, it’s not such an easy thing,” he noted.“In walking, in building, in confession,sometimes there are shocks, there are move-ments, moments that are not proper to our jour-ney. They are movements that drag us back-wards.”PopeFrancis thenturned histhoughtsto the Gos-pel read-ing fromMatthew inwhich Peterconfesses Jesus is theChrist.“This isthe samePeter whoconfesses to Christ, who says ‘you are theMessiah, the Son of the Living God. I will fol-low you, but let’s not speak of crosses! Thishas nothing to do with it. I will follow youwith other possibilities, without the Cross,’”he said, characterizing Peter’s reaction.“And, if we walk without the Cross, howmuch do we build without the Cross? And,when we confess Christ without the Cross,then we are not disciples of the Lord.”The Pope then applied his words to him-self and his brother cardinals, saying, “Wemight be bishops, priests, cardinals andPopes, but we are not disciples of the Lord”if we leave the Cross behind.“I would like all of us, after these daysof grace, to have the courage, preciselythe courage, to walk in the presence of theLord, with the cross of the Lord, to edify theChurch in the blood of the Lord poured outon the cross and to confess the only glory—
that of Christ crucied. And, in this way, the
Church will move forward,” he said as he
nished his homily.
Pope Francis’ next event will be a con-gratulatory meeting with all of the cardinals,both those who are retired and those whoare still active, at 1:00 p.m. in the Vatican’sClementine Hall.On Saturday morning, he will hold an au-dience with journalists and media personnelin the Paul VI Hall, as his predecessors did.Pope Francis will pray the Angelus andmake remarks from the window of his apart-ment at noon on Sunday.He will be installed as Pope on March19 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square.
(CNA/  EWTN News)
Pope Francis
ECY releases updatedmodule of Youth for HOPE
MANILA, March 11, 2013—Modules of Youth for HOPE orHonest, Orderly and PeacefulElections which was releasedlast 2001 was updated this yearin time with the upcoming 2013midterm elections in May.Prepared by the CBCP’s Epis-copal Commission on Youth(ECY) few elections back as aconcrete response to the needto form young people in socialawareness and involvement,and as a particular tool to aid theyouth ministries, the module hasbeen revised to make it more rel-evant and ready for use by youthministers with the young people.Titled “Kabataang Bayani:Youth for HOPE”, the module isa concrete action for the youngpeople to know how to exercisetheir right to suffrage.According to ECY, this forma-tion program aims to bring outthe “hero” that is in each youngperson, believing that youngpeople have the power to effectchange, especially in our society,and that they are indeed thehope for a better world.The expanded program in-clude a formation module, andan invitation for young peopleto be pro-active in the midst ofsocio-political issues which aimsto provide a venue for Filipinoyouth to become more awareof the country’s socio-politicalscene and make them realizetheir vital role in transformingthe situation.The module will also helpform the youth into conscien-tious citizens and inspire them toconcretely express their love ofcountry by participating activelyand responsibly in the nationaland local elections.It also promotes a holding ofsimultaneous prayer serviceson the eve of every national andlocal elections, where the youth,together with the members oftheir community—at home,among friends and peers, inthe parish, diocese or organiza-tion— pray for honest, orderlyand peaceful elections (HOPE).The module has included
three workshops. The rst work
-shop titled “May PakiramdamKa Ba?” aims to bring to par-ticipants awareness and processtheir feelings regarding theirexperience/s of past electionsand/or the upcoming one, re-flect on their voting behaviorand value system and how thesecontribute to the prevailing po-litical and electoral culture; andidentify behavior, value systemsand practices that needs to bemaintained and/or transformed.Workshop 2 which is “KonekKa Riyan!” aims to promote adeeper understanding of co-existence and co-responsibilityby enabling the participants torealize that all people are part ofthe society and that “what we do,or do not do, contributes to thesituation that our society is in.”The 3rd workshop, titled“Vote ko ‘to”, aims to instill inyoung people a greater love ofcountry, to empower them todream of a better world andsee how this can take shapethrough the choices that theymake, particularly in the com-ing elections.The formation program hasthree components, namely theformation module: “Make ItHappen”, the re-entry compo-nent which is “Make A Stand”(concrete political action), andliturgy, “A Candle for HOPE”.Make it happen aims to instillin the minds of young peoplea deeper love for country andan awareness and appreciationof their ability to effect socialtransformation while Make AStand is a re-entry session thatinvites and guides the youth tocommit to a concrete politicalaction from among possibleways of active participation inthe electoral process in particu-lar, and in social transforma-tion in general.“A Candle for HOPE” is anactivity started last May 2001elections enjoining the youngto light a candle at exactly 6 pmon the eve of the elections andpray for an Honest, Orderly andPeaceful Elections.Youth organizations andmovements who are interestedto know more about the forma-tion program may call the ECY
ofce at (02) 527-9567 or 527-9566
and visit the website www.cbcp-ecy.ph.
(Jandel Posion)
Couples told to make marriage work, say no to divorce 
MANILA, March 12, 2013—Falling outof love, having irreconcilable differ-ences, and suffering from marital abuseare among the most common reasonswhy unhappily married couples chooseto cut their marital ties.With marriage as a sacrament boundby a covenant with God, church leadersand Catholic lay groups staunchly op-pose measures that pose threats againstits sanctity. Just recently, the clamor for thepassage of House Bill 1799 (divorcebill) intensified as some lawmakersintroduced it “as another option forcouples in failed and irreparablemarriages.”
Talk over differences, reignite the love
Countering this clamor, marriageconsultants Tiburcio “Tibbs” andEvangeline “Vangie” Evalle called onmarried couples not to resort to drasticmeasures of dissolving their marriagewhenever they encounter hardships intheir relationship. Instead, they shouldsettle their problems by talking overtheir differences and re-igniting the lovethey once shared.In their talk dubbed “’Til death dous part” held at the Santuario de San Jose Parish in Greenhills, San Juan, thespeakers from Educhild Foundationsuggested that married couples strive tosave their marriage by rekindling theirromance, communicating effectively,knowing their boundaries, and prayingfor spiritual guidance.“To have a happy marriage does notcome by itself. There are sorrows, dif-
culties, trials, differences, and conicts
that come with it. Despite that, marriageremains to be a very wonderful thing,”Vangie said.
Know, understand your spouse’sneeds
According to her, an effective way torekindle romance between couples isto love one’s spouse the way he wantsto be loved, knowing his needs, un-derstanding differences in personality,expressing love languages, and being abetter lover.“To rekindle romance, you have toknow the needs of your spouse,” shesaid.Vangie noted the need for husbandsto express sincere affection towardstheir wives, and for the wives to ful-
ll their sexual responsibility to their
husbands, explaining pointing to thedifferent hierarchy of built-in needs inboth sexes.“The sexual act is not part of thewoman’s need. However, because we
want to fulll the need of our husband
and we do not want him getting it fromany other woman, we have to show ourlove to him,” she said.Tibbs added that among the maincauses of marital infidelity are in-stances in which the spouse fails to besexually responsive to the needs of thehusband.“Women, too, have personal needs
fullled by their husbands. It is just
a matter of give and take,” he added.Effective communication comprises avital aspect in the success of a marriage.This can be observed by practicingclear and open verbal and non-verbalcommunication, applying conflictresolution, and emphatic listening inthe couple’s marital relations, Vangiepointed out.“Of course, there are differences
and conicts. Those things are normal
because you are two different persons—the one being a man, the other being awoman. We all have physical and emo-tional differences. What is important iswe talk about it,” she said.Vangie added that prudence inrelations with members of the op-posite sex must be practiced byknowing one’s limitations in com-municating with others to avoid jealousy and misunderstandingbetween couples.Tibbs stressed that the most vitalstep for couples is to ask for spiritualguidance from God for them to success-fully surpass any challenge that mightconfront their marriage.“We have to pray together frequentlyso that the graces we receive duringmarriage increases for life,” he said,adding that prayer is the best weaponto drive away temptation.
(Jennifer M.Orillaza)
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to celebrate the inauguration of Pope Francis.

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