Vol. 17 No. 06
March 18 - 31, 2013
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 Pontical 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 crucied, 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
crucied 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 crucied. 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)
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
ofce at (02) 527-9567 or 527-9566
and visit the website www.cbcp-ecy.ph.
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 conicts
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 fulll 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
fullled 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 conicts. 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.
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Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims ll the expanse of St. Peter's Square
to celebrate the inauguration of Pope Francis.