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- CBCP head calls for gentle revolution
- House to pass CARP extension bill—Speaker Nograles
- Church gears bolder fight vs RH bill
- Bishop leads kite-flying event against BNPP
- CBCP head calls for gentle revolution
- House to pass CARP extension bill—Speaker Nograles
- Church gears bolder fight vs RH bill
- Bishop leads kite-flying event against BNPP

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 Vol. 13 No. 8
 April 13 - 26, 2009
Php 20.
A Supplement Publication of KCFAPIand the Order of the Knights of Columbus
Christ’s death and resurrectiongives the world hope,proclaims Benedict XXVI
‘The Resurrection isnot a Theory, but aHistorical Reality’
Prelate urges youth tocollaborate with clergy 
IN order to respond to the future challenges ofthe Church, the youth must establish strongerlinkages with the clergy.Thus said Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Julito Cor-tes during his homily to the 9,000 delegatesof this year’s Youth for Christ InternationalLeaders’ Conference (YFC-ILC) held in Cebu,April 3-5.Saying priests, religious, and lay share onemission of evangelization, Cortes urged the
YFC leaders and the youth in general to fulll
their apostolate in unity with their respective
Youth / A6
By Pinky Barrientos, FSP
CALLING the change of heart a gentlerevolution that can transform and getthe country out of its quagmire, theCatholic Bishops’ leadership urgedevery Filipino to work in solidarityand make the dream of a better nationa reality in their lives and in others.
“The heart of change is the change of heart forthe common good,” CBCP president and JaroArchbishop Angel Lagdameo said in his Eastermessage.The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Confer-ence of the Philippines (CBCP) said there is a need“to celebrate the dream of a better Philippines inour lives and in the lives of fellow countrymenaround us.”But that is only possible, he said if one changesfor the better and strive to see that positive changealso happen in the life of other people.The prelate noted that every year Christianscelebrate Easter and proclaim that Jesus Christ hasHOUSE Speaker ProsperoNograles assured the im-mediate passage of the billextending ComprehensiveAgrarian Reform Program(CARP) by June.After the dialogue heldApril 2 between lawmakers,Catholic bishops and somefarmers, Nograles said theyare committed to pass the billwith appropriate reforms.“We have marching ordersfrom President Gloria Maca-pagal-Arroyo to pass the billbefore our session ends on
 June 6 and we will denitely
deliver,” he said.At least three bishops saidthey are satisfied with thecommitments made by thelower House’s leadership.Manila Auxiliary BishopBroderick Pabillo, who joinedfarmers in a hunger strike inDecember to press lawmak-ers to pass the CARP exten-sion bill, said the dialoguewas worth it.
CBCP head calls for
gentle revolution
His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales washes the hand of a handicapped person during the rite of the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday’sMass of the Lord’s Supper at the Manila Cathedral. Twelve disabled Catholics take part in the ceremony that symbolizes God’s unconditional love and humble act of service to his people,especially the least.
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Revolution / A6
House to pass CARP extension
 bill—Speaker Nograles
MANILA Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, DD,led various faith-based and civil groups in pressingCongress to junk the re-commissioning of Bataan
Nuclear Power Plant through a kite-ying event
at the Pinaglabanan Shrine, San Juan City. Joining Bishop Pabillo at the Collective Ascen-sion of Kites last April 13 were Bishop EfraimTendero, DD, National Director of the PhilippineCouncil of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), Fr. Fer-nando Loreto, parish priest of Morong, Bataan andFr. Ben Moraleda from the Faith-based Congressagainst Immoral Debts (FCAID).Moraleda said faith-based groups have themoral responsibility to contest any attempts toreactivate BNPP considering that the massivedebts acquired for its construction falls under thecategory of “immoral debts”.The faith-based sectors wanted to drive homethe point to legislators through the event.“We hope that through this activity, a strongmessage will be sent to the legislators that thepeople are closely watching them, and that thefaith-based sector is making its intervention con-
Church gears
bolder fght
vs RH bill
AS the deliberationof the ReproductiveHealth (RH) bill inCongress nears end,expect more dirt,Catholic Church of-
cials said.
San FernandoArchbishop Pacia-no Aniceto claimedlocal government
ofcials will be “ma
-nipulated” to addsupport to the proposed measure.“They will try to get in the provincial and mu-
nicipal level. They will inuence the governors
and mayors to promote the same bill in the LGUs,”he said.Aniceto is the chairman of the Episcopal Com-mission on Family and Life (ECFL) of the CatholicBishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).That’s why, the religious leader said, the churchis getting more proactive in its advocacy against
the bill which seeks to promote articial family
planning.He called on his fellow bishops to continueconducting forums or even rallies purportedly tokeep the public informed about the “dangers” ofthe bill.
The archbishop claried they are not against the
RH bill per se but they want some of its provisionslike making contraceptives widely available to thepublic be removed.“We, the bishops, will also continue engagingwith the lawmakers in a friendly conversation onthe important aspects of the bill (that) should beincorporated,” Aniceto said.He also called on the church leaders and “pro-life” advocates to keep educating the public aboutthe RH bill even if it would be passed or not.“The bishops, even if theoretically this bill willnot be approved by Congress, will still continue tocatechize and educate our people in our parishes,”Aniceto said.For his part, ECFL executive secretary Fr Melvin
Castro said his ofce is also intensifying their sig
-nature drive to be able to bring at least a million toCongress before June this year.A key crusader of the bill in the lower House,Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, said the proposed mea-sure could be passed by June.
Prelate lamentspeople’s apatheticstance on killings
SADDENED by the apathetic attitude of people inthe face of extra judicial executions happening inthe city, Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla saidthe people’s apathy may actually be an indictmenton the country’s Criminal Justice system.“Surely, of course, the local government canbe blamed for tolerating it (the killings). Who isresponsible for keeping the peace and for imple-menting the law, aren’t the law enforcers? But theyseem to allow it for people to take the law intotheir own hands. And if you have people takingthe law into their hands, they are responsible, arethey not?” the prelate asked.Capalla said he is really sad for the residents’seeming apathy and lack of concern on the seriesof killings happening in Davao City.“The businessmen, mostly Chinese, for themnever mind how you keep the peace, basta may
Killings / A7
Archbishop Paciano Aniceto
“At least we heard theirassurance that they will passthe bill for CARP extensionwith reforms,” he said.Pabillo is the chairmanof the National Secretariatfor Social Action—Justiceand Peace of the CatholicBishops’ Conference of thePhilippines (CBCP).Puerto Princesa BishopPedro Arigo, for his part, saidhe is hoping the lawmakerswould keep their promise.The bishop said he remainshopeful something goodwould really come out of it.Gumaca Bishop Buenaven-tura Famadico said there’snothing wrong in beinghopeful because they wereassured by Nograles that the
Bishop leads kite-ying event against BNPP
cerning the BNPP’s operation,” said Moraleda.For her part, Tess Caseñas of the Women andGender Commission of the Association of theMajor Religious Superiors in the Philippines(WGC-AMRSP) said the activity aimed to forcethe legislators to withdraw their support on theHB 4631 or Re-Commissioning Act of 2008.HB 4631 mandates the re-commissioning andcommercial operation of the BNPP.It also authorized a sinking fund of 4.6-9.3 pe-sos/kilowatt hour produced, plus an additional4.6-9.3 pesos/kilowatt hour for costs of radioactivewaste disposal and spent fuel disposal which willbe paid off by the people of Morong.The slogan written on the kites was “CHOOSELIFE OVER DEBT!”Participants from the faith-based sectors includ-ed the Diocese of Novaliches, Benedictine Sisters ofthe Eucharistic King (OSB), Diliman Campus BibleChurch (DCBC), St. John the Baptist Parish in San Juan, National Shrine of Our Mother of PerpetualHelp in Baclaran, Fr. John Leydon of the Mission-ary Society of St. Columban, Sr. Edeva Jover, OP ofSienna College-Order of Preachers (OP), Sr. ArnoldMaria Noel, SSPs, of the Mission Congregation ofthe Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), Order ofFiars Minor (OFM) – Frisco Community and St.Anthony Shrine represented by Fr. Rolly Abas andBro. Ver Mendoza, OFM.Loretta Anne Pargas-Rosales and Atty. Cora-zon Fabros from the No to BNPP! (NOtoBNPP!),
Manila Auxiliary Bishop and NASSA chairman Broderick Pabillo (2nd from left) spoke on behalf of the
farmers seeking CARP extension with reforms at a dialogue between farmers and lawmakers held in
Congress last April 2.
Illustration by Bladimer Usi
House / A6BNPP / A7
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 April 13 - 26, 2009
CBCP Monitor
Cardinal’s memorial Masssparks controversy
SEOUL, South Ko-rea, April 13, 2009—Seoul archdiocesehas refuted rumorsit followed a Bud-dhist memorial tra-dition for the lateCardinal StephenKim Sou-hwan.The archdioceseheld a memorialMass for its for-mer archbishop onApril 5, the 49thday counting fromFeb. 16, the day the cardinal died at the age of 86. This spurredrumors that the memorial was in keeping with the practicecalled 49 jae. Jae is a term used by Korean Buddhists to mean prayers forthe dead. In line with their belief in transmigration of souls, theyhold a special prayer service on the 49th day, counting from theday a person dies, for the deceased to be born again as a goodhuman being.Father Matthias Hur Yeong-yup, archdiocesan public rela-
tions director, told media the archdiocese planned to nish
commemorations for the late cardinal before Easter, which fellon April 12.“It is a coincidence the date (for the memorial Mass) fell onthe 49th day. Rather, we consider that the date fell on Hansik,when many people visit their ancestors’ tombs,” he said.On Hansik (cold meal), the 105th day after the winter solstice,Koreans offer food at the tombs of their ancestors.Nonetheless, it is not uncommon for local Catholics to offerMass for the deceased on the 49th day.
A parish ofcial, who asked not to be named, conrmed to
UCA News: “Many parishioners ask the priest to say Mass onthe 49th day for the deceased. Some ask for Mass once a weekfor seven weeks, with the last Mass falling on the 49th day.”As Korea has been a Buddhist country for centuries, manyBuddhist ceremonies have now become traditional culture, hemaintains. “Even Christians, including Catholics, cannot easilyavoid popular services in Korean culture.”
Cardinal Stephen KimSou-hwan
Rebirth of faith seen as sign of hope in China
our people emergeagain,” the arch-bishop affirmed.It means “to havethe courage to be-lieve in man andto wager on thepossibility of mul-tiplying the loaves
and shes.”
Cardinal Sepeunderlined thatin these times ofcrisis, “we havebefore us a hun-gry throng that, assheep without a shepherd, asks for bread.”“To offer an opportunity to all those who askfor bread is the only way that we Christianshave to address unemployment and new pov-erties, contributing to the restructuring of thesocial fabric at a time in which the economy doesnot succeed in offering a way out,” he added.The cardinal said his diocese is promotingthis initiative in continuity with all that theItalian bishops have stated, noting their call“for a crusade of charity and assistance.”“We agree that we have built our societyon sand and not on rock and, basing our-selves solely on economic calculation, havebuilt the umpteenth tower of Babel.“We thought that the globalization of mar-kets would bring us further well-being, wealthfor all, and instead we globalized poverty.“And now, as evening draws near, we all
nd ourselves in the same boat and, like the
disciples, while the Master exhorted themto beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, wecan say nothing other than: ‘We have nobread.’”
 World News
VATICAN CITY, April 13, 2009—Hav-ing completed the grueling Easterweekend schedule, Pope Benedict XVItraveled on Sunday afternoon to CastelGandolfo for a brief respite.The Pope prayed the Regina Caeli,and said that Easter proves to Christiansthat nothing can separate us from thelove of God, not even death.Before reciting the Regina Caeli,which replaces the Angelus during theEaster season, the Pope addressed thosepresent at Castel Gandolfo and those inSt. Peter’s Square via an audio-videofeed.“Dear brothers and sisters,” the HolyFather began, “In these Easter days oneoften hears the words of Jesus: ‘I haverisen and am still with you.’ Echoingthis announcement, the Church exul-tantly proclaims: ‘Yes, we are sure! TheLord is truly risen, alleluia! His glory
Easter shows that God’s plan
 be fullled, Pope proclaims
and power are forever.’”The victory of Easter, the Pope ex-plained, makes Christ the “invisiblehead” of the people of God, who are“intended to grow over the centuries,
until the fulllment of the plan of salva
-tion.” “Then, the entirety of humanitywill be built on him, and every existingreality will be permeated with his totalvictory. Then, as St. Paul writes, he will
be ‘the perfect fulllment of all things,’
and ‘God will be all in all.’”“Therefore, the Christian communityrejoices because the resurrection of theLord assures us that the divine plan of
salvation is fullled indeed,” Benedict
XVI said.Easter is really our hope, the Popesaid, because through our Baptism inChrist we are raised from the death ofour sins and are able to “walk with-out stopping to Easter eternal.” Andin this journey, we are not left alone,he emphasized, we are “supported
by an awareness that the difculties,
struggles, trials and suffering of humanexistence, including death, are now nolonger be able to separate us from himand his love.” Jesus told us, “I have risen and amstill with you,” and this is true in theEucharist, Pope Benedict reminded hisaudience. “In the Sacrament of the Eu-
charist, the risen Lord puries us from
our sins; spiritually nourishes us andstrongly supports us in the trials of life
and in ghting against sin and evil.”As he concluded his reection before
praying the Regina Caeli, the Popeturned to Mary and asked her to inter-cede for the faithful, that they are ableto accept in faith the gift of Easter andbecome faithful and joyful witnesses ofthe risen Lord.
NAPLES, Italy, April 10, 2009—CardinalCrescenzio Sepe is responding to the worldeconomic crisis with more than exhortations;he is donating a year’s stipend and part of hispersonal savings to initiate a diocesan bankthat will offer micro-credits to the poor.The Naples archbishop explained his planin a pastoral letter titled “Where Can WeBuy Bread,” presented in the archdioceseWednesday. The pastoral letter takes its titlefrom the question posed to Jesus by the dis-ciples before the miracle of the multiplication
of the loaves and shes.
Cardinal Sepe said the initiative aims torespond to the needs of “unemployed youngpeople, and also of all those who have lostor will lose their jobs.”“Christ wishes to use our hands today tobreak the bread of sharing, of fraternity andof charity,” he noted, inviting all those who
are able to help nance the initiative.
“[F]ar from being a practice of purewelfare, the micro-credit will be the wayto make the creativity and ingenuity of
Cardinal donates savings to
start bank for poor
Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe
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PRETORIA, South Africa, April 9, 2009—Responding to a call fromtheir bishops, Southern African Catholics have gathered 258 tonsof food and medicine to be delivered to Zimbabwe to relieve theeconomic crisis there.The bishops of Southern Africa, including those of Swaziland,South Africa and Botswana, had called for the observance of Solidar-ity Sunday for Zimbabwe on Feb. 15 to encourage donations.According to an announcement by Fr. Chris Townsend, Information
Ofcer for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SABC),individual donors have given over 96 tons of soybeans and fortied chil
-dren’s food. Donors have also contributed to the cost of packaging andtransport, with about $90,000 in cash donations having been raised.One individual donor gave over $83,000 worth of food.A refrigerated container of medicine will also be part of the 258-tonshipment. Money raised in South Africa has been used to buy basicmedical supplies for the Catholic Healthcare networks in Zimbabwe.Fr. Townsend credited companies such as Future Life and Imana
Southern African Catholics donate258 tons of aid relief for Zimbabwe
for “generously” allowing food to be purchased at cost. The Makrowarehouse club chain has also given a discount on food purchasedfor Zimbabwe.“So many individuals and communities, many of them poorthemselves, have responded with incredible generosity,” said Fr.Vincent Brennan, Secretary General of the SACBC. “I’m amazedthat so many people responded so generously. For many families,the current economic crisis is hitting hard, but so many gave sogenerously, from those who gave large donations …to those whocame to the churches involved and dropped off one tin of food andsome clothes.”The aid shipment will leave for Zimbabwe in the next week. Theaid will be distributed under the supervision of the Catholic char-ity Caritas International, with the guidance of a multi-agency foodsecurity need survey.Caritas International is also running an International EmergencyAppeal for Zimbabwe.
MADRID, Spain, April 13, 2009—Edibesa Pub-lishers has reissued the book “Pilina,” whichrecounts the life of Maria del Pilar CimadevillaLopez-Doriga, a girl from Madrid who becomea missionary without ever leaving her homeand who could soon be canonized.The book’s introduction by ArchbishopFrancisco Perez of Pamplona, director of
the Pontical Missionary Works, recalls that
“Pilina was a friend to all because she lovedmuch and she trusted in Jesus. Pilina offeredher sufferings for the missions and thus shebecame a missionary patient.”According to the author of the biography,Teresa Resusta, Pilina’s favorite magazinewas “Queen of the Missions,” which re-counted “cases and stories” from missioncountries. Pilina never let a day go by with-out praying the Missionary Rosary.Alfonso Lopez Quintas, vice postulator of
Pilina’s cause of beatication, recommended
the book to be read by “older kids,” adults
Biography of saintly 10 year-old Spanish girl republished
ROME, April 9,2009—The CatholicChurch in China haslived in clandestineconditions for the last50 years, but a rebirthof faith in the countrygives reason to hope,says the director ofAsiaNews.
Father Bernardo Cervellera, a missionary with the Pontical Institute
for Foreign Missions, said this last week during a conference on the per-secution of Christians in China, organized by the Lepanto Foundation.In his presentation, the priest said China “continues to be a Com-munist country given the strong social control over people’s lives,”
specically in the area of religion.
He explained that pressure is asserted that affects all the moreprivate aspects of people’s lives: from the freedom of association
 ─ subject to the government’s authorization ─ to the freedom to
worship that is also limited, and including the ability to use thewho have the “spirit of a child,” and byanyone “who is open without bias to thespiritual life.”“Pilina” was born in Madrid on February17, 1952. She was the daughter of ColonelAmaro Cimadevilla and Maria del RosarioLopez-Doriga.From an early age she was known for herdocility, intelligence and piety. Her First Com-munion was a major milestone in her life, andshe prayed with an attentiveness uncommon forher age. She often visited churches to pray.At the age of nine she contracted Hodg-kin’s disease, an irreversible and painfuldisease that she accepted with serenity. Atthe hospital where she was cared for by theDaughters of Charity, she was asked about
 joining the Union of the Missionary Inrm.
Pilina welcomed the idea and began offer-ing her sufferings for the missions, for theconversion and salvation of souls.A few days after turning 10, on March 6,1962, Pilina died in the arms of her mother.Pilina’s soul matured through her illnessand those who knew her were amazed at her
heroism in suffering and joy in sacrice.
In 2004, the Congregation for the Causes ofthe Saints recognized her as a Servant of God,and her cause of canonization continues tomove forward.
Internet, as many Web sites that are not in line with the system’s
ideology are ltered.
On the day of the April 1 conference, a report published by Free-dom House, a New York-based human rights group, released dataof a study that found that China’s “Internet environment remainsone of the most controlled in the world.” Of 15 countries studied,China placed last, tying with Cuba.Father Cervellera also spoke of the situation of Catholic bishopswho want to be faithful to the Pope, which he reported to be par-ticularly alarming. The “spiritual” obedience of a Chinese citizen toa foreign state—such as the Holy See—is regarded as treason to thehomeland and punished severely, he said.The priest pointed out that, over the decades, many bishops havedisappeared and their whereabouts are unknown; what is mostprobable is that many of them suffered a violent death and that theirbodies were burnt to conceal any trace of the crimes.However, he stated that there seems to be hope on the horizon,noting that in recent years, in face of the persecution or perhapsbecause of it, there has been an “impressive religious rebirth” which
has lled the churches more than ever.
War-aficted parishesre-established
DONG HOI, Vietnam, April 13, 2009—Two parishes in centralVietnam that almost disappeared during war years have nowbeen re-established.About 300 Catholics clapped as Bishop Paul Marie Cao Dinh
Thuyen of Vinh handed certicates reestablishing Phuc Tin and
Trung Quan parishes to Father Pierre Le Thanh Hong on March23. The ceremony took place at the newly built Phuc Tin chapelnear Dong Hoi, capital of Quang Binh province.The bishop told the congregation that re-establishing theparishes would rekindle the faith life of local Catholics, who suf-
fered great misery and difculties from 1954, when communist
forces defeated French colonial troops in northern Vietnam. The
border region became a major battleeld between communist
North Vietnam and U.S.-backed South Vietnam during theVietnam War, which started in 1959. Victorious communistsreunited the country in 1975.Anthony Nguyen Duc Ty, a Phuc Tin parish council member,said on the sidelines of the celebration: “Today we are extremely
happy to receive local Church leaders here for the rst time for
55 years. This is a great grace God gives his lambs.”Archbishop Etienne Nguyen Nhu The of Hue also attendedthe celebration, as did his auxiliary, Bishop Francis Xavier LeVan Hong, 23 priests, and nuns and seminarians from Hue andVinh. The archdiocese had administered parishes in the regionthat were transferred to Vinh diocese in 2006.Ty offered the local Church a 250-square-meter plot of land,where the present 150-capacity chapel and a parish house werebuilt in February 2008. Since then, Father Hong has been visit-ing the chapel every month to provide pastoral care for localCatholics, who now number 237, according to the lay leader.Father Hong, 37, later said he plans to buy a bigger plot ofland to build a new church.
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News Features
VATICAN CITY, April 12, 2009—Thou-sands gathered in St. Peter’s Square to-day to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s Eastermessage and Urbi et Orbi (to the cityand to the world) blessing. During hisaddress, the Holy Father reminded thefaithful that Jesus’ death and resurrec-tion gives hope to the world.The Pope began his reflection byquoting St. Augustine saying, “‘Resur-rectio Domini spes nostra—the Lord’sresurrection is our hope.’ With thesewords, the great Bishop explained tothe faithful that Jesus rose again so thatwe, though destined to die, should notdespair, worrying that with death life
is completely nished; Christ is risen
to give us hope.”Answering the question about what
follows death, the Pope afrmed “that
death is not the last word, because Lifewill be victorious at the end. This certain-ty of ours is based not on simple humanreasoning, but on a historical fact of faith:
 Jesus Christ, crucied and buried, is risenwith his gloried body. Jesus is risen so
that we too, believing in him, may haveeternal life. This proclamation is at theheart of the Gospel message.”He also emphasized that “since thedawn of Easter a new Spring of hope has
Christ’s death and resurrectiongives the world hope, proclaimsBenedict XVI
his ‘Passover’, his ‘passage’, that hasopened a ‘new way’ between heavenand earth. It is neither a myth nor adream, it is not a vision or a utopia, it isnot a fairy tale, but it is a singular andunrepeatable event: Jesus of Nazareth,son of Mary, who at dusk on Friday wastaken down from the Cross and buried,has victoriously left the tomb.”The Holy Father also spoke of thedark realities that threaten our society:“I am referring particularly to materi-alism and nihilism, to a vision of theworld that is unable to move beyondwhat is scientifically verifiable, andretreats cheerlessly into a sense ofemptiness which is thought to be the
denitive destiny of human life.”
If Jesus had not risen these realitiesand “emptiness” would prevail, he con-tinued. “If we take away Christ and hisresurrection, there is no escape for man,and every one of his hopes remains anillusion. Yet today is the day when theproclamation of the Lord’s resurrectionvigorously bursts forth, and it is theanswer to the recurring question of the
skeptics, that we also nd in the book of
Ecclesiastes: “Is there a thing of which itis said, ‘See, this is new’?” We answer,yes: on Easter morning, everything wasrenewed. “
The Pope went on to reect on the evil
in the world and the need for humancooperation in spreading the Gospelmessage. “Even if through Easter, Christhas destroyed the root of evil, he stillwants the assistance of men and womenin every time and place who help him to
afrm his victory using his own weap
-ons: the weapons of justice and truth,mercy, forgiveness and love.”“The resurrection of Christ is ourhope!” exclaimed Pope Benedict. “Thisthe Church proclaims today with joy.She announces the hope that is now
rm and invincible because God has
raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Shecommunicates the hope that she carriesin her heart and wishes to share with allpeople in every place, especially whereChristians suffer persecution becauseof their faith and their commitmentto justice and peace. She invokes thehope that can call forth the courage todo good, even when it costs, especiallywhen it costs,” he concluded.
lled the world; from that day forward
our resurrection has begun, becauseEaster does not simply signal a momentin history, but the beginning of a newcondition: Jesus is risen not because hismemory remains alive in the hearts ofhis disciples, but because he himselflives in us, and in him we can alreadysavor the joy of eternal life.”Christ’s resurrection is not a theory,but a true “historical reality revealedby the man Jesus Christ by means ofVATICAN CITY, April 12, 2009—Just as Jewsremove unleavened bread from their householdsat Passover to signify a new beginning, Christiansshould remove from their hearts the “yeast of oldsin,” says Benedict XVI.The Pope said this in his homily for Easter Mass
at St. Peter’s Basilica, in which he reected on a pas
-sage of 1 Corinthians: “Christ, our Paschal lamb,
has been sacriced.” He said the passage “contains,
in an impressive synthesis, a full awareness of thenewness of life in Christ.”“The central symbol of salvation history—the
Paschal lamb—is here identied with Jesus, who
is called ‘our Paschal lamb,’” the Pontiff explained.
He noted the Jewish practice of sacricing a lamb
each year at Passover, “commemorating the libera-tion from slavery in Egypt.”“In his passion and death, Jesus reveals himself
as the Lamb of God, ‘sacriced’ on the Cross, to
take away the sins of the world,” said the Holy
Pope urges Christians to be ‘new dough’
Offers Pauline reection on Passover rituals
Prelate recallsunforgettable EasterSunday experience
DAVAO CITY, April 13, 2009—It was already 17years ago but Archbishop Fernando Capalla stillcannot forget what happened on April 19, 1992,around 3:45 early dawn of Easter Sunday.That fateful day, the ‘encuentro’ in Iligan Citywas bombed and Capalla, was then the bishop. Thebombing left many Churchgoers wounded whilekilling several children acting as angels duringthe ‘encuentro.’Capalla, in his weekly column, “The Shepherd’sCorner” in Davao Catholic Herald, recounted howthe incident took place. “The throng was thickeron the space between St. Michael’s Cathedral andSt. Michael’s College,” he started.“On this spot stood the high platform wherelittle angels dressed in white were ready to openthe veil covering the face of the image of theMother of Sorrows surrounded by many women.Right in front of her was the image of the RisenLord borne by husky men and surrounded by anall-male crowd,” continued Capalla.“There was a sepulchral silence as the entireassembly was waiting for me to arrive on thespot between the two images and in front of thechildren,” he narrated, adding:“As the priests, sisters, and people were cran-ing their necks as if wondering and inquiringif the Bishop was on the way, a grenade fell onthe spot where I supposed to stand. Theexplosion broke the silence and solemnity of thehallowed space, killing 15 children and woundingseveral others. Pandemonium and panic ensuedas the wounded screamed in pain and the othersscrambled away from the bloody scene.”Capalla, exhausted from the past days activitiesof Holy Week overslept and was awakened by thesuccessive phone ringings. On the phone was thethen Vicar General Msgr. Leo Labiste that informedhim of the incident.Shocked of the news, the bishop hurriedlydressed up and rushed to the Cathedral. As he
arrived, the scenes from the site conrmed him
of the tragedy.Now, after 17 years after that fateful day, he said,“it was so terrible and shocking that I shudder a bitevery time I remember that Easter Sunday.”However Capalla said that despite the violencethat happened, the people still have one goodreason to hope for goodness to come.“We must believe that death which is causedby sin and violence has been conquered by JesusChrist who suffered, died and rose again to life,”he concluded.
(Mark S. Ventura)
Father. “He was killed at the very hour when it
was customary to sacrice the lambs in the Temple
of Jerusalem.
“The meaning of his sacrice he himself had
anticipated during the Last Supper, substitutinghimself—under the signs of bread and wine—forthe ritual food of the Hebrew Passover meal. Thus
we can truly say that Jesus brought to fulllment
the tradition of the ancient Passover, and trans-formed it into his Passover.”
Room for the new
Basing himself on this interpretation of the Pas-
chal feast, Benedict XVI then continued to reect
on St. Paul’s interpretation of the “leaven.”He explained that during Passover the Jewishcustom is to remove every scrap of leavened breadfrom the household, which serves as a reminderof when their forefathers left Egypt, taking withthem only unleavened bread.“At the same time, though,” the Pope added, “the
‘unleavened bread’ was a symbol of purication:
removing the old to make space for the new.”The Holy Father said that St. Paul explains thatthe ancient tradition acquires a new meaningwith Christ, “once more derived from the new‘Exodus,’ which is Jesus’ passage from death toeternal life.”
“Since Christ, as the true Lamb, sacriced him
-self for us, we too, his disciples -- thanks to him andthrough him -- can and must be the ‘new dough,’the ‘unleavened bread,’ liberated from every re-sidual element of the old yeast of sin: no more eviland wickedness in our heart,” he said.“Let us open our spirit to Christ, who has diedand is risen in order to renew us,” Benedict XVIurged,” in order to remove from our hearts thepoison of sin and death, and to pour in the life-blood of the Holy Spirit: divine and eternal life.”
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ROME, Italy, April 9, 2009—The Obama adminis-
tration has seen three possible candidates it oated
for the position of U.S. ambassador to the Holy Seesunk due to their views on abortion. Additionally, a
source at the Vatican conrmed to CNA that Profes
-sor Douglas Kmiec will not become the ambassadordue to his stance on life issues.With the President traveling to Rome in July,when he hopes to meet Pope Benedict XVI, not
lling the position would be a major gaffe.
The news that the Vatican has balked at Obama’s
rst three nominees was rst reported by the Italian
 journalist Massimo Franco. According to Franco,a columnist for the Italian newspaper Corrieredella Sera, papal advisers told Mr. Obama’s aidesprivately that all three nominees failed to meet the
Vatican’s most basic qualication on the abortion
“The informal dismissal of the rst names whispered in the Obama inner
circle is a signal,” Mr. Franco told the Washington Times’ Embassy Row inemail.The well-connected Mr. Franco also explained that the rejection of theObama candidates “would suggest that, at least so far, none of the potential
Democratic diplomats were considered t to ‘improve relations’ with the
Holy See.”Neither the Vatican Embassy in Washington nor the White House wouldcomment Monday on the appointment of a new U.S. ambassador, accordingto the Washington Times.
Obama’s candidates for Vatican
ambassador failing ‘simple standard’
Mr. Franco, whose new book, “Parallel Empires:The Vatican and the U.S.,” explores U.S.-Vaticanrelations over the past 200 years, said Mr. Obama’spredicament underscores a deeper problem theVatican has with the Democratic Party and its anti-life positions on abortion.He also noted that the lack of a U.S. ambassador“could become embarrassing” for the White House,if the position remains vacant when Obama goes toItaly for the G8 meeting this July. The White Houseis trying to arrange a time before or after the summitfor Mr. Obama to meet the Pope.
CNA contacted a Vatican ofcial from the Ofce
of the Secretary of State who said that he could notelaborate on the names that have been proposed so
far by the Obama administration, but conrmed
that the name of Professor Douglas Kmiec “nevershowed up.”
The ofcial told CNA that “there have only been informal exchanges ofopinions, not direct, ofcial proposals,” from the Obama administration.“Obviously, the exchange has not been fruitful in nding a mutually
satisfying candidate, otherwise, at this point, there would have been an an-nouncement, and there isn’t one.”Asked if pro-abortion Catholic Caroline Kennedy was on the short-list
proposed by the administration, the ofcial said he had “no comment.”“Obviously she would not match the prole,” he said.
An April 2 article in Panorama, an Italian news magazine, journalist
MANILA, April 8, 2009─The world’s leading hu
-man rights organization is looking at the CatholicChurch to consistently make its moral voice heardagainst the series of human rights violations hap-pening in the country.Human Rights Watch Director Kenneth Roth in
a press brieng yesterday morning said they need
the Church’s moral authority to stress that “these(targeted killings) are wrong and a different solu-tion has to be found.”Roth’s group is in the country to investigate thekillings perpetrated by the so-called death squadsin Davao.
The ofcial said he hopes the “Church when
they speak for the poor should also speak for thevictims of these despots.”“The Catholic Church rightfully prides itself onspeaking out for the poor and disenfranchised andthat should be,” Roth added.He said victims of targeted killings are those whobelong to the most disadvantaged segments of society,the street children and the “nobodies” of society.
HR ofcial asks Church’s lead in condemning human rights violations
Roth also called on the Philippine government toimmediately dismantle the so-called Davao Death
Squad and investigate the involvement of ofcials
in targeted killings.
The ofcial said he looks forward to the Philip
-pine government’s true leadership to put a stop tothe activities of the dreaded Davao Death Squadsby condemning the practice, dedicating resourcesto investigate and prosecuting those involved.He lauded the country’s Commission on Hu-man Rights for doing well even as he criticized theDepartment of Justice, the Ombudsman and thePhilippine National Police for doing “nothing.”He said the government has the duty to go afterand seek out evidence and provide security guar-antees for witnesses.Roth said they did their research in Davao andtalked to the victims’ relatives, some insiders andothers who knew of the Davao Death Squad’soperations in two weeks.“If we at the Human Rights Watch did it in two weeks,they can do much better,” Roth said.
(Melo Acuna)
President Barack Obama
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Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth showsa copy of their report on the “Davao death squad” during a
press brieng last March 31.

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