Vol. 17 No. 16
August 5 - 18, 2013
Archbishop Pozzo returns to Ecclesia Dei ofce
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Guido Pozzo as secre-
tary of Ecclesia Dei, the curial ofce charged with reconciling
the ultra-traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Archbishop Pozzo
has already served as secretary of the Pontical Commission,
from July 8, 2009 to Nov. 3, 2012. He had been removed from
the commission to become head of the Ofce 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 Pontical Commission.The ofce 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 prots
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 ofciallycertied 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 beatication,” 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
condentiality,” 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 ofcial an
-nouncement of a papal trip isusually made by the local bish-ops' conference of the countrywhere the pope is traveling.
The Philippines ofcially 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-
tical Academy for Life and is a co-founderof Women Afrming 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 condent 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 condence 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 reection and discussion whenthe kids are asked how it reects 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 reection 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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