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CBCP Monitor Vol. 17 No. 16

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 Vol. 17 No. 16
 August 5 - 18, 2013
Php 20.
cluded World Youth Day(WYD) held in Rio de Janeiro.Rozanne Jamaica Vasallowas supposed to be part ofthe special audience duringthe Vigil with Pope Fran-cis last July 27 but she wasbumped off from being inthe stage and was only given
House members form‘Coalition for life’
MEMBERS of the House of Representativesheaded by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Ro-mualdez and Buhay Party-list representativeLito Atienza, most of whom coming fromthe ‘independent bloc’, has announced theyare forming a ‘Coalition for Life’ aimed atadvancing the pro-life advocacy.“What binds us together now is the blocwe have formed,” former Manila mayor LitoAtienza said. “We realized we have common-ality, the same position in promoting a cultureof life for the country through Congress.”Atienza further added that the coalition for
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Pope writes to world’sMuslims at end of Ramadan,urges mutual respect
‘Stop asking moneyfrom politicians’
By Roy Lagarde
THE Catholic Church shouldshow moral leadership andconsider avoiding asking andtaking money from politi-cians to help stop corruption,a Catholic archbishop said.
Lingayen-Dagupan ArchbishopSocrates Villegas said that church peo-ple have roles to play and questions toask themselves as moral leaders.“Church-based organizations andinstitutions must make it our mantra inrelation to politicians “Walang hihingi[No one should ask]!” said Villegas,current vice president of the CatholicBishops’ Conference of the Philippines.According to him, it is the “moraloption” to avoid fuelling corruption“by grabbing a piece of the pie” throughsolicitations from politicians.
“We tempt the public ofcials to get
money from jueteng (a multi-millionunderground lottery) or the pork barrelin order to accommodate us. Walanghihingi!” he said.The archbishop’s statement is con-tained in a pastoral statement on thecontroversial multi-million “pork bar-rel” allocations. 
‘Bad reputation’
The pork barrel system is currentlythe object of an ongoing investigationdue to accusations of corruption be-ing hurled against some senators andcongressmen.But even before the recent expos
, thepork barrel, also known as the Priority
Tagle reminds priests: Strive to be trueservants in your mission
A HIGH-RANKING officialof the Catholic Church hasreminded clergy members ofthe original mission entrustedto them as priestly ministers ofthe Catholic faithful.Manila Archbishop Luis An-tonio Cardinal Tagle said thatthose who live the ordained lifeare entrusted with the sacredmission of nurturing the peopleof God toward constant spiri-tual growth primarily achievedthrough acts of service.“The ministry of the ordainedis a ministry of animation andgrowth. It is a kind of servicemeant to make the church grow
and ourish through the lov
-ing care and dedication of ashepherd,” Tagle said in histalk during the MAGPAS orFirst Saturday Catechesis of hisarchdiocese held at the CardinalSin Auditorium of Paco CatholicSchool.He added that ordained min-isters are endowed with a sa-cred power coming from theDivine to help them carry outtheir ministry of becoming ef-fective servants to their brothersand sisters.“Those who are ordained aregiven real power that is sacredin character. This power is notworldly, not political, not mar-tial. It is a holy power entrustedto them so through it, they mayeffectively serve the Catholicfaithful,” he said.“Theirs is a ministry of ani-mating, nurturing, and servingthe community. It is a ministrycertainly endowed with sa-cred power so the bearer couldtruly be a servant to others,” headded.
 Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges the Manila clergy to livefaithfully their vocation of being shepherd to the people.
Contrary to how the secularworld perceives the act of pos-sessing power, Tagle notedthat priests are called to theirministry to become dedicated
servants who will sacrice andoffer their lives for the fulll
Improve life ofabused streetchildren, priesturges society
Fr. Matthieu Dauchez is the executivedirector of Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK), afoundation that provides residential andeducational programs for street children.
IN light of the long-standing problemof child abuse in the country, a Catholicpriest has called on the laity to act uponthis perennial problem by contribut-ing efforts that can improve the life ofabused street children wandering thestreets of the metro.Fr. Matthieu Dauchez, executivedirector of Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK)Foundation, an organization that pro-vides residential and outreach pro-grams for street children in Manila,said that the faithful must not allowthe preponderance of evil acts suchas pedophilia, child prostitution, andphysical violence done against streetchildren for they are “treasures” whohold the future of the country.“Over the years, we can see that chil-dren have become the poor victims ofevil-minded people. This is something
Prelate stresses importanceof Year of Faith
WITH only few months leftbefore the Year of Faith ends,a Catholic prelate remindedthe faithful of the importanceof this period to the life ofCatholics, urging them to re-new their faith and contributeefforts to make the spirit ofthe church more present andalive among mankind.Lipa Archbishop Ramon
Arguelles said secular inu
-ences that contradict churchideals have to be counteredby strengthening one’s gripto Catholic morals and val-ues.“Nowadays, the nationsare not praising the Lord. Infact, the trend of the world isto set God aside,” he said inhis homily during the MarianConference held at the SanCarlos Seminary.According to him, the Yearof Faith was declared to rec-ognize the 50th anniversaryof the opening of the SecondVatican Council in 1962.The Year of Faith is beingcelebrated from October 11last year to November 24 ofthis year.“The 50 years of the Sec-ond Vatican Council is anindication for us to look moredeeply to our faith…It wassupposed to be a means forthe church to become morealive as it helped it cope in themodern world,” Arguellessaid.
Faith renewal
The prelate noted that avital part of faith renewalis the need for individualsto recognize the supremacyof the Divine to all man-kind.“We have to acknowledgethat everything has to be re-turned to its original owner…all blessings coming fromGod should be returned toHim,” he said. Just like how the scrip-tures stress the impor-tance of the Sabbath day,Arguelles emphasized theneed for humans to takea break from their dailygrind and be in touch withtheir faith and personalselves.“The reason there is a sev-enth day is for us to rest inGod, go back to Him, recoverour strength, and be morealive again,” he said.“But nowadays, we areso busy almost every dayof the week that we tendto forget that He is the onewho gives us strength andlife. We are given Sunday,the day the Lord rose againfrom the dead, the day Hemade our humanity glo-rious. That is the day ofour union with God,” headded.Arguelles said Catholicsmust heed the example ofMary in acknowledgingGod for she is the model ofthe church, as contrastedwith those who refuse torecognize Divine sover-eignty.Following the exampleof Mary entails a great taskamong Catholics, the prelatenoted.
(Jennifer M. Orillaza)
Archdiocese condemns Cotabato blast
THE Archdiocese of Cotabato hascondemned the bombing incidentin Cotabato City that cost eight livesand led to 30 people being injured.“Our Church, along with all thepriests, religious, and the whole ofCotabato are strongly condemningthis bomb attack,” Cotabato Aux-iliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo.“We condemned to the highestdegree this new attack in CotabatoCity,” he said.Bagaforo also offered their sym-pathy to the victims of the attackand their families.A bomb placed on a parkedvehicle went off along a majorthoroughfare in Cotabato City onAugust 5 resulting to massive dam-ages and several casualties.The motive remains unknown asno group has yet to claim responsi-bility for the bomb attack.The bishop also said that whoeveris behind the attack, he is hopingthat they will at least spare the livesof innocent civilians.“To the highest degree, we appealto those responsible to stop theseattacks and re-think what they aredoing since many civilians are beingaffected,” said the bishop.Bagaforo called on the faithfulto continue praying that peace will
nally reign in the region.
Peace activist priest denouncesbombingCentral Mindanao’s renowned
Filipina gets rare chance toembrace Pope Francis
A YOUNG rep-resentative ofChiro Philip-pines had tosleep isolatedfrom her pilgrimgroup, storm theheavens withprayers and takechances just tobe near the HolyFather duringthe recently con-
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, speaks before delegates of the 131stKnights of Columbus Supreme Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on August 6. More than 90 archbishops andbishops – 11 cardinals – and scores of clergy joined the approximately 2,000 Knights and their families for the convention. Delegatescome from throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.
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‘Go and makedisciples of allnations’
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 Vol. 17 No. 16
 August 5 - 18, 2013
CBCP Monitor
 World News
Vatican Briefng
Archbishop Pozzo returns to Ecclesia Dei ofce
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Guido Pozzo as secre-
tary of Ecclesia Dei, the curial ofce charged with reconciling
the ultra-traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Archbishop Pozzo
has already served as secretary of the Pontical Commission,
from July 8, 2009 to Nov. 3, 2012. He had been removed from
the commission to become head of the Ofce of Papal Charities,
where he has served until his re-appointment as Ecclesia Deisecretary Aug. 3. Ecclesia Dei was founded in 1988, monthsafter the head of the Society of St. Pius X illicitly consecratedfour bishops, a “schismatic act” according to the document of
Blessed John Paul II establishing the Pontical Commission.The ofce is meant to facilitate “full ecclesial communion” of
those associated with the Society “who may wish to remainunited to the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church.”
Vatican Bank’s new website aims for transparency
The Institute for Religious Works, informally known as theVatican Bank, has launched a new website intended to advancetransparency about the institute at a time of controversy. Theinstitute’s president, Ernst von Freyberg, said the website isintended “to tell our customers, the Church, the interested pub-lic, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing,and what the scope of our work is.” The Vatican Bank serves
as a central nancial body of the Holy See with 114 employees.
It receives and administers assets for religious or charitable
activities, especially those in the developing world. Its prots
are at the disposal of the Pope. The new website, www.ior.va,explains the institute’s activity, summarizes its history, anddescribes reform efforts.
Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint
Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope PiusXII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of JohnXXIII. A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation forCauses of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA July25 that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’scanonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.”According to the normal procedures, Pius XII would be beati-
ed once a miracle attributed to his intercession is ofciallycertied by a team of doctors and recognized by a commission
of cardinals. But if Pope Francis decides to go ahead withouta miracle, he could “even canonize him with the formula ofscientia certa (certainty in knowledge), thereby jumping over
the step of beatication,” the source said.
Vatican, Italy sign money laundering preventionagreement
The Vatican and Italy have reached an agreement on sharing
nancial information that will help the two countries preventmoney laundering and the nancing of terrorism. The memo
-randum of understanding between the Vatican and Italy isbased on a model prepared by the Egmont Group, the globalorganization of national Financial Intelligence Units that theHoly See joined earlier this month. The agreement establishesguidelines for “reciprocity, permitted uses of information and
condentiality,” according to a July 29 Vatican statement.
The memorandum was signed on July 26 by Cardinal AttilioNicora, president of the Vatican Information Authority, andhis Italian counterpart Dr. Claudio Clemente, director of theUnità di Informazione Finanziaria (Financial Information Unit)of the Bank of Italy.
At least 38 pilgrims killed in crash after visiting PadrePio shrine
At least 38 pilgrims were killed on their way home from thePadre Pio shrine when their bus plunged off an elevatedhighway. Another 19 people were reported seriously injured,including passengers of nearby vehicles. Only 11 people werepulled alive from the wreckage, Vatican Radio and other newsoutlets reported. In a telegram, Pope Francis expressed hiscondolences and said his prayers were with everyone affectedby the tragedy. He prayed those injured would recover soon
and those in mourning would nd some comfort through
God. The accident occurred along a major highway in Irpinia,a mountainous region in Campania, in southern Italy, July 28.A number of the victims were children.
Krakow, Poland, to host World Youth 2016
Krakow, Poland, will be the site of the next World Youth Day,in 2016. Pope Francis made the announcement shortly after
celebrating the nal Mass of this year’s World Youth Day July
28 before a crowd of more than 3 million people on Copacabanabeach. Upon hearing the pope’s words, young pilgrims from
Poland shouted joyfully, waving red and white Polish ags.
Krakow is the former episcopal see of Blessed John Paul II,who founded the tradition of World Youth Day in 1986. The2016 event will be the second World Youth Day to take placein Poland, after the 1991 celebration in Czestochowa.
Pope says Asia trip is top priority 
VATICAN City, July 31, 2013—Pope Francis could travel toAsia in 2014, after receivinginvitations from the Philippinesand Sri Lanka.The Argentine pontiff con-fided his plans to journalists
who were ying with him back
to Italy with him after his tripto Brazil.In this widely reported en-counter, he touched upon con-troversial subjects such as ho-mosexuality, women priests andreforming the scandal-riddenVatican Bank.But he also disclosed his plansfor international travel in com-ing months, saying a trip to theMiddle East and one to EastAsia are his top priorities.“A trip to Asia must be made,because Pope Benedict didn'thave time to go to Asia andit is important,” he told thereporters.“I think it is possible to goto Asia, even if everything isstill up in the air,” he added.“I have received invitationsto go to Sri Lanka and to thePhilippines.”Vatican sources speaking oncondition of anonymity cau-tioned that no decision have
been taken yet. An ofcial an
-nouncement of a papal trip isusually made by the local bish-ops' conference of the countrywhere the pope is traveling.
The Philippines ofcially in
-vited Pope Francis immediatelyafter his inauguration Mass lastMarch.Pope Francis also said hewants to visit Israel and thePalestinian territories with Ecu-menical Patriarch Bartholomew
I, to commemorate the rst his
-torical meeting of Pope Paul VIwith his Orthodox counterpart
Athenagoras. But no nal deci
-sion has been taken, he added.The pontiff did rule out a visitto his native Argentina in thenear future. “I think we'll haveto wait for a while,” he said.
Three women honored by US bishops’ ‘People of Life’ award
WASHINGTON D.C., August 6, 2013—Three leaders from diverse fields in thepro-life movement were recognized for theircontributions to the movement, receiving the2013 People of Life Award for their lifelongdedication.Frances X. Hogan, Sister Jane Marie Klein,and Barbara Thorp received the awardAug. 4 at the Diocesan Pro-Life LeadershipConference, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’Secretariat on Pro-Life Activities.The awards were presented by CardinalSean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston. Car-dinal O’Malley also serves as chair of thebishops’ conference’s pro-life committee.The award, given annually since 2007, isgiven to persons who demonstrate Blessed John Paul II’s call in his letter “EvangeliumVitae” for the faithful to be “people of lifeand for life.”One of this year’s recipients, Frances Ho-gan, has upheld the dignity of life throughher work as a lawyer and advocate againsteuthanasia. Hogan is a member of the Pon-
tical Academy for Life and is a co-founderof Women Afrming Life, a group of Catho
-lic women who displace the dignity of allhuman life in their careers, personal lives,and communities.She has also been a board member andconsultant for various pro-life organizations,including the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund,the Value of Life Committee, and the U.S.bishops’ pro-life committee.In 2012, Hogan also helped to guide theMassachusetts Catholic Conference in itsdefeat of the 2012 ballot initiative to allowphysician-assisted suicide.Sr. Jane Marie Klein, a member of theSisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration,was recognized for her health care work andher advocacy for conscience protections. Sheis a member of the Board of Trustees for theFranciscan Alliance, a group of Catholichospitals and health care facilities in Michi-gan, Indiana and Illinois, and has previouslyserved as the group’s president.Sr. Klein has also spoken on the impor-tance of conscience protections, most nota-bly during her March 2013 presentation onCapitol Hill on the Health Care ConscienceRights Act, during a press conference on thelegislation’s introduction.Barbara Thorp has worked in social workand pro-life advocacy in the Boston area andwith the Archdiocese of Boston for 35 years.With the archdiocese, she helped to start anddirect Project Rachel, a post-abortion heal-ing ministry, and aided pregnant women incrisis situations by managing the Cardinal’sFund for the Unborn.Thorp has also worked on developingend-of-life information for parishes in theBoston area, and helped organize counsel-ing and support for students and staff atThe Newman School in Boston in the wakeof the Boston Marathon bombings in April.
Controversial sculptor Tseretelito create Europe’s higheststatue of Jesus
MOSCOW, Russia, August 3,2013—The famous and contro-versial Georgian sculptor ZurabTsereteli is preparing a statue of Jesus, which, once completed,could become the highest inEurope. The bronze sculpturewas cast in St. Petersburg and is33 meters high, a meter for eachyear of Christ’s life. Althoughcoupled with the 50 metre ped-estal the statue will set a newrecord of 83 meters, as the artisthimself announced.Tsereteli said that his sculp-ture exceed, the statue of Christin Lisbon, today considered the
highest in Europe by ve meters.
The statue could be destined forGeorgia, but the sculptor said he
was condent that “it will nd
a place in Russia.” “I have nodoubt,” he added.Tsereteli is president of theRussian Academy of Art and hisworks are scattered all over theworld. Under the administrationof the previous mayor of Mos-cow, Yuri Luzhkov, Tseretelifilled the city with his sculp-tures, occasionally giving riseto protests from the capital’’sintelligentsia who criticizes hislack of taste for anything sober.Among the works created forMoscow, the 16 doors of the Ca-thedral of Christ the Saviour, thesix crosses on the golden domesand the dome itself, which hasbecome a symbol of the religiousrevival of the post-Soviet Russia.
Caritas to deliver school desks anddining tables to Catholic school inMongolia
TAIPEI, August 2, 2013—Withthe help of the Taiwan govern-ment, Caritas Taiwan is sending500 sets of second-hand schooldesks and 30 second-hand din-ing-room table sets to a Catholicschool in rural Mongolia. Theexpedition, which leaves shortly,is supported by the TaiwaneseMinistry of Foreign Affairs whohas approved the budget for two40-foot storage containers to shipthe donations by rail.Founded in 1969, Caritas Tai-wan has worked mostly in healthcare for the poor. Since 1976, ithas been a member of the Inter-national Catholic Commissionfor Migrants, providing staffand equipment to programs formigrants caught up in war andnational disasters. Over time, ithas expanded its activities to in-clude developing nations in Asia.Despite its recent (and rapid)economic growth, Mongolia isstill characterized by deep in-come inequalities. Outside thecapital Ulaanbaatar, the moredistant regions are still markedby great povertyAccording to the latest es-timates, Christians representslightly more than 2 per cent ofthe population in a country thatis overwhelmingly Buddhist,with local shamanistic beliefs.Only 415 Catholics live inMongolia but they have beenable to set up facilities for or-phans, the destitute and theelderly; as well as medical clinicsin a country with a poor health-care infrastructure, not to men-tion several technical schoolsand institutes.
Family merges love for Christ, the outdoors in new mission
DENVER, Colo., August 4, 2013—ForAnnie Powell, what began as a childhooddream has become a thriving Catholicsummer camp hosting students nation-wide for outdoor week-long excursionsin Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.“Alright Lord, I guess that’s what Iwant to do: I want to create a summercamp that brings people to you and toyour creation,” Annie Powell, founderof Camp Wojtyla, recalls telling God inprayer when she was 15.Eventually, that prayer turned into areality when in 2006, Camp Wojtyla wasestablished under the direction of Annieand her husband, Scott.“When we started dating, and then pre-paring for marriage, it really became sortof a mission for our marriage,” she toldCNA July 30, “we wanted our marriageto bring people to the Lord.”Named after Blessed John Paul II whowas passionate about bringing youngpeople closer to Christ through theoutdoors, Camp Wojtyla serves middleschool and high school kids from all overthe country by bringing them into the wil-derness to help them grow in relationshipwith God and creation.Daily Mass, rock climbing, confession,rafting, Eucharistic adoration, and treksthrough the Rockies are just a few of theactivities that groups of middle schoolboys or girls and high school boys orgirls experience during a week of theirsummer vacation.For many of the teens that Annie andScott see come through the camp eachyear, “it’s getting harder and harder” tolive their Catholic faith, which is whya week at Catholic summer camp is socrucial for them.“We literally saw kids leaving here with
more condence in themselves and in
their faith, than when they showed up,”Scott said, “which is really incredible towitness.”Each outdoor activity is followed by a
period of reection and discussion whenthe kids are asked how it reects their
faith and can be applied in everyday life.“And it’s not just, ‘What did you learnfrom this?’” Annie said, “but it’s, ‘Howcan you transfer it to what you’re dealingwith back home?’”When kids can make the connectionbetween their faith and these challeng-ing and exciting activities, it helps createa solid foundation on which they cancontinue to grow their relationship withChrist.“The kids just get this sense of, ‘Wowif I can climb that mountain, I really feellike I can do anything now,’” she added.The couple said the camp is expandingin several ways, including launching aprogram to help campers keep in touchvirtually and starting to offer winter ex-pedition programs.For more information about CampWojtyla, visit camp-w.jp2adventures.com.
Catholics celebrate the release of the Youth Catechism in Chinese
TAIPEI, Taiwan, August 2,2013—With “Finally in Chinesewith the classic yellow bind-ing,” many young TaiwaneseCatholics welcomed the on-line announcement that theYouth Catechism of the CatholicChurch, youcat for short, wasnow available in Chinese afterbeing published in many otherlanguages. “What we were wait-ing for, for many months, has
nally arrived,” said a post on
a Facebook account set up byyoung Hong Kong Catholics foryoucat.For the past year, Catholicyouth groups in Hong Kong,Macao and Taiwan have beenreading the glossy yellow book.Since it was released in 2011 dur-ing World Youth Days in Spain,it has become a reference bookfor many young Catholics.Until recently, Chinese-speak-ing Catholics had to rely onthe English version. Now theKuangchi Cultural Group inTaipei translated and publishedit in traditional Chinese.The Chinese version has 304pages. With a foreword by PopeBenedict XVI and a presentationof topics and concerns, the booklends itself to easy reference.Youcat attracts many readerswho are looking for answers toproblems, paths for personal and
group reection and even a bit
inspiration for prayer. Since thetext was announced online on23 July, sales have been brisk inTaiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.“At the beginning of sum-mer we did not know about itsrelease,” said a Catholic teacherat a secondary school in Taipei.“Then, on 23 July, came the an-nouncement and the rush to buythe book was on.”Yinyi Zhang, a student in thethird year of secondary school,said “several of her classmateswant to get closer to the Chris-tian faith and understand itsbasic truths in a simple andaccessible way. This is a greatpresent that I will give them. Ino longer have to look for othertranslations in other languages.Youcat is well presented withtexts, cartoons and even photosof Taiwan’s Christian commu-nity that make it more accessibleto our reality.”What is more, she goes onto say, she has begun to pushthe book on blogs and in on-line chats, encouraging youngstudents to join the discussiongroups.“Now we have it in Chinese.That’s great! Two of my friendshad talked to me about it theWorld Youth Day in Madrid in2011, when the book was avail-able in six languages and was agreat hit with participants.”“I am very glad the book isnow in our hands. We can use itin summer camps in August, es-pecially in our journey of faith innext catechistic year,” said SisterZhuang, who has been work-ing with youth in two Hsinchuparishes.Zhiyin Chen, who translatedthe catechism, said she was veryhappy to see such a “cool” bookhelp Chinese youth deepen theirrelationship with Jesus and theChurch.
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Cardinal Seán O'Malley
 Vol. 17 No. 16
 August 5 - 18, 2013
CBCP Monitor
News Features
Pope writes to world’s Muslims at endof Ramadan, urges mutual respect
VATICAN City, August 2, 2013—Asa sign of his “esteem and friendship,”Pope Francis said he personally wantedto write this year’s Vatican message toMuslims about to celebrate the end oftheir monthlong Ramadan fast.The pope’s message, released by theVatican Aug. 2, focused on the needfor Catholics and Muslims to promoterespect for one another, especiallythrough the way they educate theiryouth.Catholics and Muslims must respect“the religion of the other, its teachings,its symbols, its values,” he said. “Par-ticular respect is due to religious leadersand to places of worship. How painfulare attacks on one or other of these!”Most Muslims around the world willbegin their Eid al-Fitr celebrations mark-ing the end of their 30-day fast Aug. 7or 8. Since 1973, the Vatican has sentformal greetings to Muslims to mark thefeast and propose a theme for common
reection. The message is distributed
by Vatican diplomats and by Catholicleaders taking part in Eid celebrations.Usually the president and secretary of
the Pontical Council for Interreligious
Dialogue sign the message, but in 1991, af-ter the Gulf War, Pope John Paul II wrotethe message himself, expressing condo-lences to all who lostloved ones in thewar and calling fora new commitmentto peace, dialogueand ensuring that“each one every-where will be ableto profess freely andauthentically his orher own faith.”In his message,Pope Francis saidthat “what we arecalled to respect in
each person is rst
of all his life, hisphysical integrity,his dignity and the rights deriving fromthat dignity.”Catholics and Muslims also mustrespect the reputation of the other, “hisproperty, his ethnic and cultural iden-tity, his ideas and his political choices,”he said.Education is essential in helpingCatholics and Muslims grow in knowl-edge of and respect for each other, hesaid, and “families, schools, religiousteaching and all forms of media havea role to play in achieving this goal.”Pope Francis said that in offering eachother best wishes for major religiouscelebrations, people of different faithsdo not have to worry that they may beseen as somehow accepting the faithtenets of others.“When we show respect for the reli-gion of our neighbors or when we offerthem our good wishes on the occasionof a religious celebration, we simplyseek to share their joy, without makingreference to the content of their religiousconvictions,” he said. “I send you myprayerful good wishes, that your livesmay glorify the Almighty and give joyto those around you.”
Pope tells Latin American bishopsto shun ideology, empower laity
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 29, 2013—Re-ducing the faithto a worldly ide-ology, prizingadministrative ef-
ciency over mis
-sionary zeal, andexalting the role ofclergy to the detri-ment of the laityare some of themajor “tempta-tions” undermin-ing evangelizationin Latin America,Pope Francis told
In Brazil, pope’s simple, artless actions resonate powerfully 
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 29,2013—If Blessed John PaulII had an actor’s mastery ofthe dramatic gesture andPope Benedict XVI engagedthe faithful most effectivelythrough his learned andlucid writing, Pope Francisshowed the world on hisfirst international trip thathis forte as a communica-tor is the simple, seeminglyartless action that resonatespowerfully in context.During his visit to Brazil July 22-28 Pope Francis saidlittle that he had not alreadysaid more than once duringhis still-young pontificate.He repeated forceful calls forsocial justice, a more humbleand empathetic church lead-ership and a more active andengaged laity.But given the historic na-
ture of the occasion—the rst
Latin American pope return-ing to his native continent—he must have known thateverything he said and didhere would take on specialsignificance, and he madeextensive use of the setting.The display began evenbefore he left Rome, whenthe pope was photographedcarrying his own briefcaseonto the plane, sending acharacteristic message ofhumility: the menial work ofcarrying the bag was a taskhe reserved for himself.Pope Francis’ entrance intothe city of Rio in a modestcompact van instead of theusual large sedan—an imagethat instantly turned the FiatIdea into a world-famousmodel—was an exhortationto simplicity for clergy andlaypeople alike, consistentwith his previous complaintsabout spending on luxuriesin a world where childrenstarve.It was during that ridethat Pope Francis used hisalready famous gift for spon-taneity to salvage what couldhave been a dispiriting mis-hap. The swarming of hiscar by pedestrians and thedriver’s decision to enter
rush-hour trafc, where the
papal motorcade promptly
got stuck, briey seemed to
augur only more chaos.Instead, the incident be-came a chance for the popeto display his almost magicalrapport with crowds, whenhe was seen opening hiswindow and greeting thevery people that members ofhis security detail were franti-cally pushing away.Images of Pope Francis’visit to a Rio “favela”—hiswalk down the streets ofshanties, and the tears in hiseyes behind the altar of theslum’s little chapel—willsurely leave more lastingimpressions than anythinghe said there.Similarly, his speech towhat the Vatican called the“ruling class of Brazil”—agentle call to dialogue and“social humility” in a coun-try shaken by massive anti-government protests—wasclear and thoughtful, yet lesseloquent than his embrace ofa recovered drug abuser andformer favela resident on thestage before the dignitaries.Pope Francis said noth-ing during the trip aboutmoves to liberalize Brazil’sabortion laws because, as hetold reporters on his planeback to Rome, “young peo-ple understand perfectlywhat the church’s point ofview is.” But he symboli-cally espoused the defenseof unborn human life dur-ing the culminating Mass ofWorld Youth Day, when hewelcomed a married coupleand their baby born withonly part of her brain; theyhad chosen not to abort eventhough current Brazilian lawwould have permitted themto do so.
The surprise inight press
conference was the pope’s
nal symbolic act of the trip,
remarkable above all for thesheer fact that he did it andfor the way that he carried itout. Known during his daysas a cardinal for refusinginterviews, he proved witha no-holds-barred exchangethat, though he may usuallybe too busy for journalists,he certainly is not afraid ofthem.Having already charmed
them on the ight from Rome
by greeting each one person-ally, he then spent 80 minutesgamely answering their ques-tions, following seven daysof activity that had left all thereporters exhausted. In thatway, the 76-year old pope alsoshowed that, in the game ofdealing with the press, he iswell prepared to stay ahead.
Live according to Mary’s example, bishop urges Catholic laity
MANILA, August 7, 2013—As inu
-ences of secularism continue to threatenCatholic conventions, a high-ranking
church ofcial on Saturday urged the
Catholic faithful to emulate the exampleof the Blessed Virgin Mary in theireveryday life by living according toMarian ideals and imitating her ways.Manila Auxiliary Bishop BernardinoCortez on Saturday called on Catholicsto recognize the vital role played by theBlessed Mother in the mystery of Christand of the Church, noting that she neverfails to provide comfort and hope tothose who seek her name.“Where (the Blessed Mother) hasgone, we hope to follow. But it doesnot end there. The challenge is to liveas she lived and go where she has gone.What kind of life she has led, we toohave to live,” he said in his talk duringthe Marian Conference held at the SanCarlos Seminary.Citing Marialis Cultus, the apostolicletter of Pope Paul VI, as an importantdocument that guides the Catholic faith-ful in their emulation of the works anddeeds of the Holy Mother, Cortez urgedthe laity to establish a deeper sense offaith in knowing Mary to truly realizeher inner dispositions and virtues.He added that in order to realize theseattitudes, the laity must ask, “Whatis with the life of Mary that made herlisten to the word of God and act on it?What is her interior disposition and atti-tude that moved her to charity and spirit
of service? What led her to be the rst
and most perfect of Christ’s disciples?”“She is our model, not only in exte-rior, but through the interior life shelived,” Cortez noted.
Emulating the Virgin
Referring to the same Vatican docu-ment, the prelate noted four Latin ex-pressions to guide the efforts of the laityin imitating the Holy Mother—
virgo au-diens
(listening virgin),
virgo orans
(pray-ing virgin),
virgo parens
(virgin mother),and
virgo offerens
(offering virgin).Expounding on Mary as the listeningvirgin, Cortez said the laity must imitateher personal disposition of listening toothers through maintaining silence intheir lives.“There are a lot of noises around us.In fact, not only around us but evenwithin us…In order to listen, one mustbe silent because through it, we are ablelisten to ourselves, to others, and evento the voice of God and our conscience,”he said, urging people to listen throughtheir hearts.“True listening, as shown by theexample of the Blessed Mother, is notmerely listening with your ear andmind. It must also be done with yourheart,” he added.Cortez discussed the role played byMary as the praying virgin by empha-sizing the need for individuals to recog-nize their limitations and weaknesses ashumans, as well as their dependency toa Higher Being.“Through listening to one’s heart,we will gain the realization that we aredependent individuals. Our life is notin our hands, thus we all have to behumble,” he said.“If we will listen to the voice of God,we are moved to bend our knees inadoration and thanksgiving,” the prel-ate noted.
Ultimate offering 
He also stressed Mary’s role as themother of humanity, saying that shenever fails to express love and concernto all her children.Cortez urged the faithful to imitateher parenthood by listening and pray-ing for others.“Through prayer, we become a par-ent to others. We become a parent notin the physical sense but through otheraspects such as spiritual parenthood,
psychological, material, and even nan
-cial,” he said.Despite Mary’s strong sense of moth-erhood, the prelate said she made the
ultimate sacrice by offering her Son
to the Divine.“Her offering of Jesus, her Son, tothe Father is not easy for it entails
sacrice, even contradictions. But the
truth remains that the Blessed Motherhas no desire but to lead and offer us to Jesus,” he said.He said people must live by theseMarian acts by asking themselves of
the greatest offering they can sacrice
in the name of faith.“What is the best offering that we cangive to our loved ones? Is it our talents?Our treasures?” Cortez asked the laity.Whatever one’s offering will be, Cor-tez noted the important thing is to giveit wholeheartedly without expectinganything in return.“The Blessed Virgin Mary is sharingwith us her virtues, humility, hope, andlove. Since we are her children, all thosethings are also ours,” he said.“Let us lead and offer them to Jesus,”he added.
(Jennifer M. Orillaza)
Tagle to laity: Bring faith, gospel valuesto your respective communities
MANILA, August 4, 2013—A high-ranking prelate on Saturday urged theCatholic faithful to be active heralds ofnew evangelization by living the faith
they profess and inuencing individu
-als in their respective communities withfaith and gospel values.Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Car-dinal Tagle said the laity does not needto become ordained just to proclaimthe good news, noting that their beingsecular plays a vital role in the missionof the Catholic Church to propagatemoral and spiritual ideals to its people.“The plan of God does not intendto make the ordained ministers shoul-der the entire mission of the CatholicChurch. The lay people have a respon-
sibility to fulll as well,” Tagle said in
his talk during the Magpas or First Sat-urday Catechesis of Manila archdioceseheld at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium ofPaco Catholic School.“The responsibility of priests is torecognize the gifts present in theircommunity, eventually nourishingand developing the laity to be onein communion and salvation,” headded.Citing the teachings of the SecondVatican Council, Tagle said priests areexpected to “promote the dignity ofthe laity and the role proper to them”to help church ministers carry out theirmission in the church and in the world.Tagle noted that being a laity is achoice to be made by individuals, justlike how priests and religious peoplechoose to dedicate their lives to theirrespective religious endeavors.“Lay people are baptized individualswho have heeded the call of Christ forthem to become who they are. It is not
a matter of being unt for religious ser
-vice. Christ has called them to becomelay persons and they have chosen toheed His call,” he said.
Inuencing the workforce
Being secular individuals is the great-est contribution that the laity can give tothe church for they penetrate all straits ofthe society, making evangelization reacha wider scope of people, Tagle noted.“The spheres of family, labor, busi-ness, technology, science, culture, andmedia, among many others are the pri-mary places where the laity participates.Their mission is to bring back faith backto these places,” he said.He added that it is not enough for layindividuals to display their religiositymerely by attending masses, noting thatthey must live the faith they profess in
their respective workforces to inuence
more people.
“This is a mission you have to fulll
at work. Through simple ways of be-ing honest in dealing with others, youbecome a witness to Christ, therebytransforming your workplace into akingdom of God,” he said.
Catholic faithful from the Archdiocese of Manila listen as Archbishop Luis AntonioCardinal Tagle stressed the important roleof the laity in the work of evangelization.
Call to politicians
He specically urged politicians to
bring the teachings of Christ to theirworld so people will no longer judgethe country’s political system as anarena tainted by corruption and op-portunism.“If you, politicians, are serious aboutyour being Christian, bring the kingdomof Christ and His gospel there. No onewill ever clean your world but your-self,” he said.Tagle added that since the lay peoplegreatly outnumber those who are or-dained, they can reach a wider scopeof individuals through bringing their
inuence to their respective commu
-nities.“One parish is comprised of oneparish priest and thousands of parish-ioners. There are notably more lay indi-viduals who can carry forth the church’smission simply by penetrating all strataof society with the gospel values,” hesaid, stressing that the mission of the
church is not only fullled by ordained
Formation of the laity
In helping the laity fulll its mission,
Tagle urged priests to help in their for-mation by developing and equippingthem in their mission.“I hope that before the end of the Yearof Faith, more lay people will be trainedto become effective heralds of the word.I hope they would be able to relay themessage of God in a clear and properway, adopting a missionary orienta-tion,” he said.The laity has the right to receive inabundance the spiritual goods of thechurch, especially the word of God andthe sacraments, Tagle said.According to the cardinal, lay peopleshould express their opinion for thegood the church, but they must do itin truth, courage, prudence, reverence,and charity through all the properchannels.“As pastors recognize and promotethe dignity and responsibility of laypeople, the laity must then in turn dotheir proper share in the responsibilityof the church in keeping communionin their mission,” he said.
(Jennifer M.Orillaza)
church leaders from the region.“The decision for missionary dis-cipleship will encounter temptation,”the pope said July 28 at a meeting withthe coordinating committee of theLatin American bishops’ conference,CELAM. “It is important to knowwhere the evil spirit is afoot in orderto aid our discernment.”Pope Francis spoke with forcefulwords on the role of bishops, instruct-ing them to lead without being au-thoritarian, to adopt “simplicity andausterity of life” and to care for theirdioceses without ambitions for moreprominent appointments.“The bishop has to be among hispeople in three ways,” the pope said.“In front of them, pointing the way;among them, keeping them togetherand preventing them from being scat-tered; and behind them, ensuring thatno one is left behind, but also, and
primarily, so that the ock itself can
sniff out new paths.”In his four-page speech, Pope Francisspoke with frequent reference to the2007 CELAM conference in Aparecida,Brazil, where, as Cardinal Jorge MarioBergoglio, he played a major role in pro-
ducing the meeting’s nal document,
which called for a “continental mission”in Latin America and the Caribbean.Noting that “we are lagging some-what” in pursuing Aparecida’s goals,he identified as a major hindrancea tendency to “interpret the Gospelapart from the Gospel itself and apartfrom the church,” for instance throughthe lens of free-market capitalism orMarxism.The pope said other common dis-tortions of the faith include turning itinto psychological therapy or esotericspirituality, or emphasizing “outdatedmanners and forms which, even on acultural level, are no longer meaning-ful.”Pope Francis also warned againsta “functionalism” that “reduces thereality of the church to the structureof an NGO (nongovernmental orga-nization),” where “what counts arequantifiable results and statistics,”
and efciency takes precedence over
mystery.This temptation can arise, he said,when the church becomes self-centeredand forgets that it is supposed to be a“bride, mother and servant, a facilitatorof faith and not an inspector of faith.”A related danger, the pope indicated,is that of clericalism, or making the or-dained ministry of bishops, priests anddeacons the standard and the model forthe mission of lay Catholics. He saidthis tendency explained the continu-ing “lack of maturity and Christianfreedom in a good part of the LatinAmerican laity.”Remedies for clericalism includeincreased “opportunities for laypeopleto participate in pastoral consultation,organization and planning,” the popesaid, as well as an appreciation of tradi-tions of popular piety.
Bishop Bernardino Cortez
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