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CBCP Monitor Vol. 17 No. 17

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 Vol. 17 No. 17
 August 19 - September 1, 2013
Php 20.
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AMRSP seeks justice forMindanao blast victims
MEMBERS of the Association of ReligiousSuperiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) havebanded together to call for justice for thosekilled in the spate of bombings in Mindanao.
In a statement, the inuential group of reli
-gious men and women urged the authorities“to act swiftly on these cases that have causedpanic and fear” to the people.“We call for justice to be served to all in-nocent victims,” the statement, signed byAMRSP co-chairpersons Fr. Leo Dalmao,CMF, and Sr. Eden Panganiban, SSpS, read.
Blast / A6
Pope to consecrateworld to Mary’sImmaculate HeartTowards Maturityin Christ
The News Supplement of Couples for Christ
 Villegas: Pork barrel issueshould lead us to action
By Jennifer M. Orillaza
THE incoming president ofthe Catholic Bishops’ Con-ference of the Philippines(CBCP) urged the Filipinofaithful to learn from the les-sons taught by the pork barrelscandal, saying that this con-troversy must lead the peopleto “greater action.”
Lingayen-Dagupan ArchbishopSocrates Villegas said Filipinos must notlet time erase the lessons taught by thecontroversy to avoid the recurrence ofother scams in the future.
“(The scam) continues to [bafe] and
hurt us every time we discover some-thing new about it,” Villegas said in aninterview on August 17, after a masshe presided for an organization’s 15thanniversary at the EDSA shrine.“The hurt that it causes us should
[lead us] into action. We should not just
allow the hurt to lessen with the passageof time,” he said.Some lawmakers are currently under
re for the alleged P10-billion scam that
involves the diversion of their pork bar-rel, more commonly known as PriorityDevelopment Assistance Fund (PDAF),to bogus non-governmental organiza-tions (NGO) for ghost projects in the
past 10 years.
The Makati Regional Trial Courtrecently ordered the arrest of JanetLim-Napoles, the alleged mastermindof the scam, for the alleged kidnappingof whistle-blower Benhur Luy late lastyear. She is currently being hunted bythe National Bureau of Investigation(NBI).
Philippine Church to spearhead Asian faith gathering
RESPONDING to the call ofPope Emeritus Benedict XVI torediscover and deepen one’sCatholic faith, the PhilippineCatholic Church is spearheadingan Asian gathering in October to
counter the secularist inuences
hounding its conventions.Manila Archbishop Luis An-tonio Cardinal Tagle said thePhilippine Conference on NewEvangelization (PCNE) to beheld on October 16 to 18 atthe University of Santo Tomaswould lead its Asian delegatestoward the rediscovery andrejuvenation of their faith, keep-ing the church’s mission of newevangelization in synch with themodern times.“There are parts of the worldwhere the faith has become somekind of extracurricular activitywhich some even say you cando without,” Tagle said.“This drive has a destination,we would like to reach peoplewho have yet to hear about Jesusfor this is a constant mission ofthe church,” he added.Delegates from Taiwan, Viet-nam, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand,and Myanmar will attend theevent, he said.According to Tagle, the confer-
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle
Pope condoles with victims of Phl’s ferry disaster
POPE Francis expresseddeep sadness for the trag-ic loss of lives caused bythe sinking of a ferryboatoff the coast of Talisay inCebu, August 16.In a telegram of con-dolence sent to CebuArchbishop Jose Palma,president of the Catho-lic Bishops Conferenceof the Philippines, thepontiff gave his assur-ance of prayers and closesolidarity with those af-fected by the tragedy,commending them “tothe loving mercy of Al-mighty God.”“The Holy Father in-vokes divine strengthand comfort upon thegrieving families, the in- jured and those involvedin the rescue efforts,” theletter read.The pope’s messagewas signed by the Car-dinal Secretary of State,Tarcisio Bertone.According to reports,the St. Thomas Aquinasferry was carrying more
than 800 passengers and
crew members when itcollided with a cargo shipoff the coast of Talisay.The ferry sank withinminutes of impact.As of August 18, of-ficial death toll waspegged by the militaryat 39 with scores injuredand many still missing.
Justice should take its course in Napoles case—priest
COMPASSION can be effectiveonly with reparation, a priest
said, specically commenting
on how the now infamous Janet Lim-Napoles should betreated when apprehended andif eventually found guilty.
“[I’m] seeing her also as a
person, an individual who isalso need of pastoring, mean-ing she is in need of guidanceand of direction, of forgiveness.But this will not mean that wewill simply let go of the of-fenses,” Episcopal Commissionon Youth executive secretary Fr.Conegundo Garganta said in arecent interview.
The standard of law
Napoles should be treated inthe same way regular offendersare treated, Garganta noted,while finding ways to makerestitution for the offensescommitted, once proven in acourt of law.“So reparation for what hashappened will be made, us-ing the standards set by lawfor what kind of just sentenceneeds to be served. There,we will be able to show trueunderstanding, there will beforgiveness, there will be love,”he explained further.Garganta, who also headsthe National Secretariat for
Youth Apostolate, rst talked
about active compassion to-
Priest decries RH oral arguments’ lopsidedmedia coverage
IF a trial by media mileagewould be done on R.A.
10354’s Supreme Court
oral arguments, the propo-nents of the law would bethe all too obvious winners,a priest said.“If I could just cry now, Iwould. The sad thing is, I sawhow the RH Law was presentedin media, according to those
who want it to get ratied,” said
Sacred Theology professor Fr.Yulito Ignacio, in a talk to Mar-ian devotees.
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Amid calamity, Tagle callsfor ‘bayanihan’ spirit
IN these tryingtimes, the country’stop churchmanurged the faithfulto continue foster-ing “bayanihan”(cooperation) tohelp thousands oftyphoon victims inLuzon.Manila Archbish-op Luis AntonioCardinal Tagle saidthe current situa-tion is calling on thepeople to help oneanother more thanever.“Let us console and help oneanother in little or big waysin order to lessen the pain ofmany amid this bad weather,”Tagle said over Manila archdi-ocese-run Radio Veritas.“We are hopeful that thisscourge of Mother Nature willresult to a deep cooperationamong our people so that itcould ease the pain of loss oflives, properties, homes and
Much-needed relief goods like rice and canned goodscontinue to pour in at the Couples for Christ Home
Ofce in Quezon City for distribution to ood victims.
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The Catholic Church spearheads massive relief efforts in the face of destruction caused by ooding due to incessant rains brought by typhoon Maring. The monsoon rains havesubmerged at least 78 municipalities and cities in Luzon and displaced hundreds of thousands of families.
 Vol. 17 No. 17
 August 19 - September 1, 2013
CBCP Monitor
Coptic bishop: No civil war in Egypt; foreign powers keep out
CAIRO, August 16, 2013—A Coptic
Catholic bishop who served as a mem-ber of the assembly that drafted Egypt’s
2012 constitution said his country will
not have a civil war, and foreign pow-
ers—including the United Nations—
should not interfere.In a wide-ranging interview withArab West Report, Bishop YouhannaGolta of Alexandria, Egypt, also saidpeople must view Egypt as a wholeand not just be concerned about CopticChristians. He discussed the history ofIslam and asked for patience for Egyp-tian democracy, reminding people thatEuropean democracy took four centu-ries to evolve, and Egyptians have onlyhad two or three years.“Civil war is when a part of the coun-try turns against the other part. This isnot the case in Egypt,” the bishop said
Aug. 15, the day after more than 600
people were killed and several thousandinjured after a police crackdown onpeople protesting the ouster of formerPresident Mohammed Morsi.“In Egypt, the people are unitedagainst a certain group that doesn’trepresent more than 2 percent of thecountry,” he said, referring to extrem-ists within the Muslim Brotherhood, towhich Morsi belongs. “This cannot becalled a civil war; these are called (actsof) terrorism.“With respect to the burning of thechurches, I said today in the Akhbarnewspaper that ‘burning of the churchesmakes us (Christians) proud, becausewe are contributing to the liberation ofEgypt,’” said the bishop, who servesas an assistant to the Coptic Catholicpatriarch.Some Egyptian media published a listof all the Christian buildings and resi-dences that had been burned in recentmonths. Church leaders condemned the
attacks and, after the Aug. 14 violence,
called off vigil services for the Aug. 15feast of the Assumption.“There is no street or alley in Egyptthat does not have both Muslims andChristians living together,” he said. “Itis impossible that Egypt gets divided.Egyptians are indivisible.”He said that, historically, Islam was“the only religion that did not plan oneliminating other people.”“Occupiers usually requested the oc-cupied people convert their religions tothose of their occupiers,” he said. “Mus-lims did not do that. They (extremists)are deleting this icon in Islamic history.”The bishop rejected the term “Copticissues,” used to refer to issues that con-cern Egypt’s Christians.“We don’t have Coptic issues, we haveEgyptian issues,” the bishop said. “ThatCopts are granted their rights whileMuslims are deprived of them is not ac-ceptable to me and indeed impossible toachieve. That the Copts undergo develop-ment while the Muslims live miserably isunacceptable and will not happen.Responding to a question aboutwhether a third party should facilitatedialogue among Egyptians, BishopGolta responded, “Never! The (Euro-pean Union) and U.S. should neverintervene,” then added the United Na-tions to his response.“They have the money but not therational or emotional capacity,” he said.“The EU and the U.S. only care abouttheir interests. We are an impoverished,humiliated, ignorant, marginalized,beastly people in their views.“No third party should intervene,”he repeated. “If we didn’t know howto resolve our issues on our own, thenwe should not deserve to live.”
Denver archdiocese: World Youth Day launched spiritual revolution
DENVER, Colo., August 15,
2013—In 1992, Denver was one
of three American cities that hadbeen vying to host World YouthDay the following year.That Palm Sunday, Pope JohnPaul II announced the fourth in-ternational gathering of Catholicyouth would take place not inBuffalo, N.Y., or St. Paul, Minn.,but in Denver.
Organizers could begin theirwork
So why Denver?“Ultimately the choice was dueto the inscrutable will of God,”Cardinal J. Francis Stafford ofRome, former Denver Arch-bishop, told the Denver CatholicRegister. “The contingencies aredependent on his choice.”
Pope John Paul II made the 
-nal decision. He wanted the event,which had started as a youth rallyin the Diocese of Rome and hadbecome international, to be betterorganized and publicized, so heturned to the U.S. bishops feelingAmericans excelled in organiza-tion and media.“The Holy Father, I think,sensed that Denver was geo-graphically and existentiallymore attuned to that anniver-sary since evangelization ofthe U.S. … came through SouthAmerica,” he said. “Secondly,the Holy Father was attempt-
ing to project the next 500 years
of the evangelization of theAmericas. … Denver clearly hasa reputation that is keen in viewof the center that we offer forcommunications for cable, forsatellite and for the capacity tocommunicate globally.”
At the time, World Youth Dayswere a fairly new experience. This
would be the rst, and as yet only,
time the international event washeld in the United States.“Many secular or civil or-ganizers, including the press,had no context to evaluate it,”said Msgr. Buelt. “The closestthe press ever came, whichwas not close at all, was tryingto understand it as a Catholic
Woodstock—a week of music
and drugs and sex, which wasobviously far from the Church’sexpectation of what would anddid happen.” Journalists highlighted the“cafeteria Catholicism” of someAmericans and the pontiff’s age,73, to speculate that the eventwould not successfully appealto young people. Additionally,Denver was experiencing terrify-ing drive-by shootings that ledmedia to call 1993 the “Summerof Violence.” And if fear didn’tkeep attendees away, even orga-nizers weren’t certain Americanyouths, unlike their Europeancounterparts, would relate to theidea of “pilgrimage” upon whichWorld Youth Days are based.“It was predicted that thepapal initiative would attract no
more than 20,000 young people,”
Cardinal Stafford said.With hopeful optimism, or-ganizers started planning for
60,000 people to attend the Aug.
11-15, 1993, WYD program ofcatechesis, liturgies and culturalevents that included a closingMass at Cherry Creek State Parkcelebrated by fellow pilgrim,Pope John Paul II. Denver’sWYD program diverged fromprevious ones in that the popewas to participate in twice asmany liturgies and for moredays.“As the registrations started
coming in, it went to 150,000,”
said Archbishop Dennis Schnurrof Cincinnati, who served asnational director for Denver’sWYD. “The final registration
was 500,000. We know there
were walk-ons, particularly for
the final Mass. It was 750,000
people there.”Denver’s program was sosuccessful that it has remainedthe norm for subsequent WorldYouth Days, Archbishop Schnurrsaid.“World Youth Day Denveralso completely transformedhow the Church goes aboutyouth ministry in the U.S.,” hesaid. “Previously, youth ministrywas like Catholic Youth Organi-zation, a lot of sports activitiessegregated from religious educa-tion. (We) brought those activi-ties and religious education backtogether.”
World Youth Day participants at Mile High Stadium in Denver, 1993.
Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests
SANTIAGO, August 16, 2013—Two twin
brothers in Chile say that their mother’s de-termination in protecting them from abortiondespite the advice of doctors helped to fostertheir vocations to the priesthood.“How can I not defend the God of life?”said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strength-
ened my vocation and gave it a specic vital
-ity, and therefore, I was able to give myselfexistentially to what I believe.”“I am convinced of what I believe, of whatI am and of what I speak, clearly by the graceof God,” he told CNA.Fr. Paulo and his identical twin brother,
Fr. Felipe, were born in 1984 in the Chilean
town of Lagunillas de Casablanca.Before discovering her pregnancy, theirmother, Rosa Silva, had exposed herselfto x-rays while performing her duties as a
paramedic. Consequently, after conrming
the pregnancy, her doctor conducted ultra-sounds and informed her that he had seen“something strange” in the image.“The baby has three arms and its feet aresort of entangled. It also has two heads,” hetold her.Although abortion for “therapeutic”reasons was legal at the time in Chile anddoctors told her that her life was in danger,Rosa opposed the idea and said she wouldaccept whatever God would send her.“The Lord worked and produced a twinpregnancy. I don’t know if the doctors werewrong or what,” Fr. Felipe said.“I always think with special affection andtenderness in the heart of my mother whogave her life for me, for us,” Fr. Paolo added.
The two brothers were born on Sept. 10,1984. Felipe was born rst, and when the pla
-centa would not detach, doctors suggestedscraping her womb. Silva refused however,saying she felt another baby was coming out.Paulo was born 17 minutes later.“This last detail is very significant forme,” Fr. Paulo said. “The doctors insertedinstruments to remove the placenta becauseit wouldn’t come out. My mother knew thatI was there. I was late, but I came out.” Haddoctors scraped his mother’s womb, hewould likely have been “gravely injured.”The twins learned about the circumstancesof their birth when they were in the sixth yearof seminary formation.“It was surely the wisdom of my motherand her heart that allowed us to learn ofsuch an amazing event at the right time,”
Fr. Paulo said, reected that while he had
always thought his priestly vocation cameduring adolescence, he later realized thatGod was working in his life from the begin-ning, thanks to the ‘yes’ of his mother.Although they grew up in a Catholichome, the Lizama brothers drifted awayfrom the faith and stopped attending Mass.However, their parents’ separation anddivorce led them back to the Church, and
they received the sacrament of Conrmation.
At the time, Fr. Paulo said, he lacked con-viction in his faith but was attracted by theBlessed Sacrament, Gregorian chant, and thesilent reverence of prayer.Fr. Felipe said he was drawn to Godthrough a priest, Fr. Reinaldo Osorio, whowould later become his formation directorat the seminary.“God was calling me. I realized that it wasin God and in the things of God that I washappy, there was no doubt: I wanted to be apriest,” he recalled.Despite being close, the two brothers didnot talk about their vocations with each other.
“I don’t know who felt the call rst,” Fr.
Paulo said. “I think God did things the rightway in order to safeguard the freedom ofour response.”
In March 2003, they both entered theseminary. While it was difcult for the fam
ily to accept the brothers’ decision at rst,their mother told them after the rst year of
formation that she was at peace, realizingthat they were happy.The twins were ordained priests on April
28, 2012, and celebrated their rst Mass at
Our Lady of Mercies in Lagunillas.Now, a year after their ordination, Fr. Felipeserves at the parish of Saint Martin of Toursin Quillota, and Fr. Paulo serves at the parishof the Assumption of Mary in Achupallas.“God doesn’t mess around with us. Hewants us to be happy, and the priesthoodis a beautiful vocation and that makes uscompletely happy,” Fr. Felipe said.Following Jesus is not easy but it is beauti-ful, added Fr. Paulo.“Jesus, the Church and the world needus,” he explained. “But they don’t need justany young person: they need young peopleempowered by the truth of God, so that theirvery lives convey life, their smiles conveyhope, their faces convey faith and their ac-tions convey love.”
Taiwanese Catholics launch frst children’s TV program on mime
TAIPEI, August 16, 2013—Therst children’s program based
entirely on mime began pro-duction yesterday, the feast ofthe Assumption, with the bless-ing of Father Jerry. It will bebroadcast on public televisionin Taiwan. It is being made byKuangchi Program Service, theoldest television productioncompany in Taiwan which thisyear celebrates its 56th anniver-sary. The priest, who is also vicepresident of KPS and a veteranof children’s programs, said that“if you really take care of theeducation of children, like Jesusin the Gospel, this will bear greatfruits and the children, as adults,in turn, will take care of theirbrothers and sisters”.The program is based on thestory of “Mr. Amour and hiscats” whose narrative tells howevery day life becomes special ifopen to love and acceptance. Thetechnique used is made up ofactors and puppets manipulatedby hidden artists.The main actor, star of thestreet mime, and who has gracedthe screens of Hong Kong, Chinaand Taiwan, it is called Ren-qian, a young Catholic whobelieves in the importance ofcommunication and educationas a means to developing thepositive characteristics of eachperson. “Communication is
not just words—Renqian toldAsiaNews—I, for example, I
can mime any animal except thehuman. With our creative teamwe developed this program forchildren and we are happy tobe able to bring it to TV screensthanks to KPS production. I grewup with the values of the Gospeland I have always sought a cre-ative way to share them. “The President Jessica Zhuang
says: “It is the rst time that we do
not use our TV studio for our pro-duction, and we are happy to do so
thanks to the new high-denition
public television, with this innova-tive program for children in theage groups of seven to ten years. “American Jesuit, Father Bour-
ret, founded KPS rst as radio
station with children’s stories andeducational programs for parentswhen literacy was very low. In
1958 the rst Taiwanese televi
-sion production company wasborn in Taipei, whose programswere recorded in the new KPStelevision studio and aired by thenewly formed national television,built in the same neighborhood.Hundreds of actors, writers,directors and presenters havebeen trained at KPS and sincethen have given life to all thenew television stations presenttoday in Taiwan. The Taiwanesegovernment and public televi-sion still maintain a very closerelationship with Kuangchi Pro-gram, entrusting it with the pro-duction of quality educationalprograms. Kuangchi also has asection dedicated to publishing,which has also recently pub-lished the catechism for youngpeople in Chinese (Youcat).But in recent decades KPS hasnot limited itself to Taiwan. Dueto the fact that the language ofthe staff and the entire produc-tion is Mandarin Chinese, KPSalso works in mainland Chinawhere in collaboration with theNational Television of Chinafor the production and airing of
documentary lms accessible to
hundreds of millions of view-ers. Next production is due tobegin in Milan and Beijing on the
lm about the famous imperial
painter Giuseppe Castiglione,born in Milan. The four-part se-ries will air next year on CCTV.
 World News
Minor appointments by Pope Francis signs of Curial reform
A series of seemingly minor appointments may be theforerunners of a Pope Francis “revolution” in the RomanCuria, centered on the Pope who prefers to maintain asmall circle of persons around him. “There is a transitionin place, and Pope Francis has his own project, whichhe shares just with a few people around him,” a sourcewho is familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State toldCNA Aug.13. The transition can be seen, according tothe source, by several “side appointments” made byPope Francis, such as those of Archbishop Guido Pozzo,Monsignor Konrad Krajewski, and Msgr. Francesco Ca-maldo.
Pope donates 100,000 euros to poor dioceses inArgentina
Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholics in Argentinaencouraging them to “unceasingly” reach out to helpthose in need by participating in a national collection onSunday, Sept. 8. However, the Pontiff not only exhortedthe faithful in his home country to be generous, he was
the first to offer his own contribution by donating 100,000
euros to the special collection for dioceses in need. ThePope’s donation was drawn from the collection takenup annually around the world in June, known as Peter’sPence, which the Holy Father uses to help those suffer-ing from natural disasters, hunger and other calamities.
Suspended Vatican accountant linked to suspectspiritual group
The Vatican accountant who was recently suspendedfor allegedly trying to smuggle $26 million had beenpart of a group known as “The Flock,” which has sup-posed Mafia connections. Monsignor Nunzio Scaranois currently under arrest in Italy for an alleged plan to
transfer 20 million Euro from Switzerland to Italy aboard
an Italian government airplane. Italian newspaper “IlMattino” reports that Msgr. Scarano was entrusted withthe management of a network of real estate activities forthe spiritual family “L’opera del gregge del Bamin Gesù,”or “The works of the flock of the infant Jesus.”
Pope strengthens nancial crimes laws, oversight
Pope Francis has issued a declaration that increasesthe power of the Financial Information Authority andcontinues the Vatican’s efforts to update its statutes thatprevent money laundering. The purpose of this motuproprio is “strengthening the Vatican’s work to combatmoney laundering and the financing of terrorism,” RenéBrülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority,told CNA Aug. 8. Specifically, the motu proprio says thatBrülhart’s office will exercise “prudential supervision”over all Vatican organizations that “perform professionalactivity of a financial nature.”
Soccer stars help launch Pontical Academy of 
Sciences’ school project
Immediately after meeting Pope Francis, GianluigiBuffon, captain of the Italian national soccer team, andLionel Messi, captain of Argentina’s team, lent their
hands—actually just a finger—to the Pontifical Academy
of Sciences. The two stars took turns Aug. 13 clickinga mouse to launch www.scholasoccurrentes.org, thewebsite of the academy’s initiative to bring togetherschools from around the world in projects to promoteunderstanding and solidarity. Bishop Marcelo SanchezSorondo, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and chan-cellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said theinitiative wants to support projects that educate youngpeople who are “proud of their own culture and awareof the values they share with all.”
Pope to Knights of Columbus: promote Catholicteaching on family, life
Pope Francis asked members of the Knights of Colum-bus to promote Catholic moral teaching on marriage,sexuality and the protection of human life for the goodof society at large. The pope’s message came in a let-ter from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal TarcisioBertone to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. Releasedby the Vatican Aug. 9, the letter marked the 131stannual supreme convention of the fraternal order ofCatholic men, which took place in San Antonio Aug.6-8. Cardinal Bertone wrote that Pope Francis “inviteseach knight, and every council, to bear witness to theauthentic nature of marriage and the family, the sanctityand inviolable dignity of human life and the beauty andtruth of human sexuality.
Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in‘society based on profit’
Pope Francis denounced consumerism as a poison thatthreatens true happiness, which comes from member-
ship in the church. The pope made his remarks Aug. 4,
before praying the Angelus with a noontime crowd inSt. Peter’s Square. “The encounter with the living Jesus,in the great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound good-ness that does not pass away or decay,” he said. “Butthis experience must face the daily vanity, the poison ofemptiness that insinuates itself into our society based onprofit and having (things), that deludes young peoplewith consumerism,” he said.
Vatican Briefng
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News Features
Pope to consecrate world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart
VATICAN City, August 14,2013—Pope Francis will con
-secrate the world to the Im-maculate Heart of Mary thisOct. 13 as part of the Marian Daycelebration that will involve thestatue of Our Lady of the Rosaryof Fatima.“The Holy Father stronglydesires that the Marian Daymay have present, as a special
sign, one of the most signicant
Marian icons for Christiansthroughout the world and, forthat reason, we thought of thebeloved original Statue of OurLady of Fatima,” wrote CardinalRino Fisichella.Cardinal Fisichella, who
serves as president of the ponti
-cal council for the Promotion ofthe New Evangelization, madehis remarks in a letter to BishopAntonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima.According to the Portugueseshrine’s website, the statue ofOur Lady of Fatima will leavefor Rome on the morning of Oct.12 and return on the afternoon ofOct. 13. The statue normally re-sides in the shrine’s Little Chapelof Apparitions.The cardinal said that “allecclesial entities of Marian spiri-tuality” are invited to take partin the celebration. Hundreds ofmovements and institutions thatemphasize Marian devotion areexpected to attend, the Shrine ofOur Lady of Fatima says.The two-day observance in-cludes an Oct. 12 pilgrimage tothe tomb of St. Peter and mo-ments of prayer and meditation.On Oct. 13, Pope Francis will cel-ebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square.Our Lady of Fatima appeared tothree shepherd children in the vil-lage of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.She warned of violent trials in thetwentieth century if the world didnot make reparation for sins. Sheurged prayer and devotion to theImmaculate Heart of Mary.At the request of Pope Francis,Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patri-arch of Lisbon, consecrated the
Pope’s ponticate to Our Lady
of Fatima on May 13, her feastday.
Pope, religious freedom advocates lament Egyptian violence
VATICAN City, August 15, 2013—Pope
Francis joined proponents of religiousliberty in voicing grief at the “painful
news” of more than 600 deaths and
numerous attacks on Christian churchesin a recent wave of violence in Egypt.“I wish to ensure my prayers for allthe victims and their families, the in- jured and all those who are suffering,”the Pope said before the Angelus prayerAug. 15. “Let us pray together for peace,dialogue and reconciliation in that dearnation and throughout the world.”
On Aug. 14, Egyptian security forces
broke up the camps of protesters alliedwith the Muslim Brotherhood. Theprotesters were demanding the restora-tion to power of President MohammedMorsi, who was ousted by the militarylast month.
Over 200 protesters were killed, as
were several dozen policemen.The death toll rose to at least 638people in violence across Egypt on Aug.15, as hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood
members responded by setting re to
a government building near Cairo, theBBC reports.Much of Egypt has been placed undercurfew and Christian churches havecome under attack.In Suez, a convent of the Congrega-tion of the Good Shepherd and the ad- jacent school and hospital were robbed
and set on re. A Franciscan church
was also set ablaze, the Coptic CatholicPatriarchate of Alexandria reported.In the northeastern city of Minya,there was another attack on the CopticCatholic church Mar Guirgis, which hadpreviously been attacked by the Muslim
Brotherhood. There were res at a Jesuit
church, the Coptic Catholic Church ofSt. Mark, and a convent and school ofthe Sisters of St. Joseph.In the north central city of Beni Souef
on the Nile River, there was a re at the
Franciscan Convent of the ImmaculateHeart of Mary.In the central Egypt city of Asyut,
there was a re at the Franciscan Church
of St. Therese and at a convent of Fran-ciscan sisters.At Cairo’s Basilica of Our Lady ofFatima, attackers threw stones andassaulted the doors of the church butfailed to enter.More than 25 other attacks targetedOrthodox and Evangelical churches, thepatriarchate reports.Pope Francis addressed the violencein his remarks after the Mass for theFeast of the Assumption. He sought theintercession of the Virgin Mary.“Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us,”he told crowds gathered in St. Peter’sSquare on Aug. 15. “Let’s all say it,Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”One Christian leader, speaking anon-ymously to the evangelical Christiangroup Open Doors USA, lamented
in particular the death of 10-year-old
 Jessica Boulos, who was murderedlast week while returning home fromher Bible study at a Cairo evangelicalchurch.The Christian leader said her deathby “a fanatic Muslim gunman” is “un-bearable” and “continues to throw itsshadows of pain on her broken familyand the entire Christian community ofEgypt.”“In all of this mess, the loss of churchbuildings is great, but not to be com-pared with the loss of the many souls,the pains of the wounds and the fear and
anxiety that have lled the hearts of all
that can yet happen in Egypt today andthe days to come. Buildings can eventu-ally be re-built, but when lost, souls cannever be restored.”Nina Shea, director of the Washing-ton, D.C.-based Hudson Institute’sCenter for Religious Freedom, wrote inan article for National Review Onlinethat the U.S. has shown an alarmingindifference to the plight of Christiansin Egypt.“The Copts are not part of the militaryassault against Muslim Brotherhoodprotesters in two of Cairo’s squares,and were but one of many factions ofEgyptian society that supported themilitary’s ouster of President MohamedMorsi,” Shea observed.However, she charged, “the Coptshave been scapegoated by the MuslimBrotherhood and other Islamists sincethe beginning of the July 3 militaryintervention.”She criticized the U.S. government forfailing to take stronger action againstthe violent targeting of religious sites,property and houses of worship.When U.S. State Department spokes-person Marie Harf was questionedabout the attacks at a recent pressconference, Shea asserted, she simplysaid that the government is “con-cerned” and will “continue speakingout against this” in an effort towards“moving forward with a democraticprocess.”“Beyond the general aim of ‘movingforward with a democratic process,’the Obama administration apparently
has no policy specically directed to
help this religious minority,” Shea said.
Pope to parents: Teach your childrento respect, defend human life
VATICAN City, August 12, 2013—Re
-spect for human life from conceptionuntil natural death is something chil-dren must be taught, not mainly withwords, but by the example of theirparents, Pope Francis said.“Parents are called to pass on to theirchildren the awareness that life must al-ways be defended,” Pope Francis wrotein a message to people joining in theBrazilian Catholic Church’s celebrationof Family Week, which began Aug. 11.The pope returned to his condemna-tion of the “throwaway culture,” some-thing he spoke against several timesduring his July 22-28 visit to Brazil. Hehad said that modern cultures tend totreat even human lives as disposable,pointing to the way people, societiesand even governments tend to treat boththe young and the old.In his message for Family Week, hesaid parents have a responsibility to
ght that disposable culture by teaching
their children that human life, “fromthe womb,” is a gift from God. Newlife ensures the future of humanity, he
said, while older people—especiallygrandparents—”are the living memory
of a people and transmit the wisdomof life.”The pope also charged married Cath-olic couples and their children with thetask of recognizing they must be “themost convincing heralds” of the beautyand grace of Christian marriage.
Bishop criticizes PH’s trickle down economic policy
MANILA, August 13,
2013—Amid the ro
-bust economic growthposted by the countryin the recent years, aCatholic bishop criti-cized the economic ap-proach adopted by thegovernment, saying itpromotes the concen-tration of wealth to aminute portion of thecountry’s population.Manila AuxiliaryBishop Broderick Pa-billo, chairman of theCatholic Bishops’ Con-ference of the Philip-pines – National Secre-tariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CB-CP-NASSA), said thetrickle down economicpolicy adopted by thegovernment greatlycontributes to the wid-ening gap between therich and poor Filipinos.“Through my fre-quent visits to Filipinosfrom different parts ofthe country, I have seenthat they barely feelthe improvement inthe country’s economy.More often than not,their ways to cope withpoverty remains thesame,” he said in thevernacular.The trickle downeconomic policy per-tains to the govern-ment approach of im-proving large-scalebusinesses and in-vestments to benefitpoorer members of thesociety through eco-nomic development asa whole.Responding toclaims that Filipinoshave to be patientto feel the economicdevelopment of thecountry, Pabillo saidnothing will happenif the government will just keep on asking thepublic to wait beforethe statistical growthof the economy getstranslated to tangibleresults.“The present admin-istration is already half
of its term—three years
have already passed.Why does the rich keepon growing richer andthe poor becomingpoorer?” he said.“If we would keepon adopting the trickledown system of eco-
nomic growth, 100
years will pass andwe will still be stuckin the same situation,”Pabillo added.
Labor contractualization
The prelate cited la-bor contractualizationas one of the negativeoffshoots of the trickle-down economic policythat greatly contributesto the widening eco-nomic inequality in thecountry.“The trickle downpolicy’s aim of de-veloping the poorthrough the wealthof the rich does nothappen in our coun-try. Instead, the oppo-site occurs as the richabuse small laborersby employing themon a contractual ba-sis. In the end, no onebenefits on the schemebut the rich,” he said.He called on legisla-tors to enact laws thatwill prohibit contractu-alization in the countryand will standardizethe security of tenureacross the labor force.“Through this, labor-ers will get their fairshare from the com-
pany’s prot by meansof the benets they will
receive,” Pabillo said.
(Jennifer M. Orillaza)
Focus on poverty to address rich-poor gap, gov’t urged
MANILA, August 10, 2013—A
non-governmental organiza-tion (NGO) sectoral council onFriday called on the Aquinoadministration to address thewidening gap between the richand poor Filipinos by curtail-ing poverty and addressing theneeds of marginalized Filipinos,noting that inclusive growthacross all sectors of the societywill only be achieved once thisperennial problem is addressed.Paul Paraguya, member ofthe NGO sectoral council of theNational Anti-Poverty Com-mission (NAPC), said that thegovernment must focus more onalleviating the plight of Filipinoindividuals suffering from theshackles of poverty instead ofcontinuously pushing for a ro-bust economic growth that only
benets the rich and the few.
“It is time to shift the perspec-tive from growth to poverty. Wehave to stress the importanceof eradicating poverty becauseif you do something for itscurtailment, you extend helpto a big number of Filipinoswho are still suffering from thisphenomenon,” he said in thevernacular during the Kilusang99% academic forum held at theAdamson University.“Besides, poor Filipinos need
more help than the afuent ones.
If we will continue to focus ongrowth, millions of Filipinos willnot be saved from poverty andwill be left behind,” Paraguyaadded.He also criticized the 7.8 per-cent Gross Domestic Product(GDP) growth posted by the
country in the rst quarter of2013, noting that this develop
ment only benets the rich andafuent, and does not include
the small and voiceless sectorsof the society.“The country may have reg-istered a high GDP growth, butthe question is, are we reallypart of that growth?” he said,further adding that the exclu-sion of societal sectors has beenan intentional move of people inauthority.“This is not just a case ofbeing included or not becausethere is really a move meant toexclude us. The problem lies noton inclusion and exclusion, buton marginalization for us not toattain progress,” he said
Inclusion of social labor agenda
Paraguya criticized the Philip-pine Development Plan (PDP)adopted by the government,saying it has not covered con-sultations with marginalizedsectoral groups who are in direneed of change.PDP is the 6-year developmentagenda adopted by the govern-ment upon the election of a newpresident.
“[Aquino] once said that this
PDP will be our plan to attainprogress. How will this be pos-sible if halfway through his term,sectoral groups have not felt theeffect of this PDP? More so, howare we going to be included inthis plan if almost all of us pres-ent in this forum do not knowanything about this?” he said.In developing economic plans,collaboration among govern-ment officials, private sectorindividuals, and civil societyorganizations is vital to come upwith a comprehensive documentthat really covers the primaryneeds of the members of a soci-ety, he said.“We have to address the prob-lem through a sectoral approachbecause it is through this thatwe may logically group them inaccordance with the degree ofpoverty they are experiencing,”he said.
Sustainable development
Paraguya urged governmentleaders to gain a deeper perspec-tive in settling poverty, focusingnot only on income, but as wellas other human needs.“We are suggesting that thegovernment approach the prob-
lem in a deeper sense—not solely
focusing on the rate of incomereceived by individuals, but as-sessing if people have sheltersto live in, if tribes have beengranted their much-yearnedancestral domain, and if farmershave ownership over the landthey till, among many otherscenarios,” he said.“Gaining access over resourc-es is very important because itwill address the issue of margin-alization in the country. Throughthis, no one will be left behind inour road to progress,” he added.According to him, sustainabledevelopment is better than solelyfocusing on economic growth asthe former safeguards not onlythe coffers of the country, but aswell as its political, cultural, so-cial, and environmental aspects.“The country’s developmentplan must involve the majorityof marginalized Filipinos if it isreally genuine growth and de-velopment that we are all after,”he added.
(Jennifer M. Orillaza)
NGO fears looming of lost decade under Aquino gov’t
MANILA, August 11, 2013—The
lack of a concrete developmentplan and continuous failureof the government to addressthe emerging inequality in thecountry’s economy are signs ofa looming “lost decade” underthe Aquino administration, anon-governmental organizationsaid on Friday.Freedom from Debt Coalition(FDC) president Ricardo Reyessaid that despite the robust eco-nomic growth of the country, thewidening gap between the richand poor remains unsolved.“We can see in President Aqui-no’s recent SONA (State of theNation Address) that there is nodirection. It seems like he goesthrough the same path venturedby the previous administra-tion,” he said in the vernacularduring his talk at the Kilusang99% academic forum held at theAdamson University.Reyes added that the govern-ment either barely discusses orcompletely disregards importantproposals that could solve the so-cietal issues faced by the country.“We fear that another lost de-cade may emerge, consideringthe prevailing instances of mal-nutrition, joblessness, homeless-ness, and decline of education inthe country,” he said.
‘Serious inadequacy’
Reyes also lashed out thePhilippine Development Plan(PDP) adopted by the Aquinoadministration, saying it doesnot correctly address the devel-opmental needs of Filipinos fromvarious societal sectors.“The PDP should be scruti-nized by both the Congress andthe citizens. An ideal develop-ment plan should be discussed,debated, and must undergopublic consultation, not that theywould formulate and approve itby themselves. It is very impor-tant that we engage ourselves toits formulation for its contentsare vital for the growth of thecountry,” he said.
Contribute to human development
Reyes emphasized the roleplayed by human develop-ment in the improvementof a country and said thegovernment must focus onprojects that can contributeto the progression of humanresources.“The most important aspectin improving the economy isthe human factor. Human de-velopment is not only aboutwhat a person can contributeto the society as a whole, butit is also about the improve-ment of his personal capabili-ties as an individual,” Reyessaid.He recognized the anti-cor-ruption efforts of the presentadministration, but noted thatit lacks proper connection withthe country’s socio-economicagenda.Aside from putting an end tothe never-ending issue of corrup-tion, Reyes said that the govern-ment must strive to improve itsdevelopment plan in such a waythat it really addresses the press-ing issues faced by the country’smarginalized sectors.
(Jennifer  M. Orillaza)
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