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- CBCP prexy scores slow response to killer flood
- Church groups help boost relief efforts
- Liturgy Commission nixes calls to institute ‘God the Father’ feast
- Lawyers join calls for aerial spray ban
- Floods cue of imperative to care
for environment— Cardinal
- CBCP prexy scores slow response to killer flood
- Church groups help boost relief efforts
- Liturgy Commission nixes calls to institute ‘God the Father’ feast
- Lawyers join calls for aerial spray ban
- Floods cue of imperative to care
for environment— Cardinal

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cbcpmonitor@cbcpworld.netwww.cbcpnews.com
Protagonist of Truth, Promoter of Peace
 Vol. 13 No. 20
September 28 - October 11, 2009
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Pope warnsagainst attemptsto marginalize Christianityfrom public life
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The News Supplementof Couples for Christ
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Challenges of poverty in need orin plenty
Church reps to dialogue withpresidentiables on RH bill
REPRESENTATIVES of the Catholic Churchintend to dialogue with presidentiables one onone on the contraceptive legislation, a Church
ofcial said.Fr. Melvin Castro, Commission on Familyand Life executive secretary of the Catholic
Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said adialogue is crucial to hear the positions of the
presidential candidates.He said the dialogue is being led by variouslay people belonging to various groups involvedin the Church’s family and life ministry.
Dialogue / A7
Muslims join call to stop
coal red power plant
THE Muslims in Maasim, Sarangani and fromthe neighboring municipality of Kiamba join
other religious and sectoral groups in opposing
the planned construction of Southern Mindan
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ao 200MW Coal Fired Power plant in BarangayKamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province.Ustadz Embol Maulana, a known Muslimleader in this municipality said that their op
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position is not personal since Islam teachesabout peace.“For how can we have peace if the projectwill destroy our environment and will bring
Call / A6
By Roy Lagarde
THE head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference ofthe Philippines expressed his frustration with thepace of relief efforts in the typhoon-devastatedLuzon region.
 Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said he can’t but register hisdeep concern at the unacceptably slow response to the grave hu
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manitarian crisis.He said “depletion” of the government’s resources might havetriggered the “slowness” in responding to the victims of the strongtyphoon.What the church leader fear the most, he admitted, is the misap
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propriation of resources set aside for responding calamities.“If there were no graft and corruption in our government, ourgovernment would be more prepared to respond to such crisis,”Lagdameo said.Survivors are angry at the lack of aid. Some of them reported thatthey were trapped inside their homes or on the rooftops but wereignored by rescue helicopters ying overhead.Countless people were dismayed by the government’s failure tocome to their aid at the height of the massive oods that swept MetroManila and nearby provinces over the weekend.
 
Record breaking 
Massive ash oods unleashed by Typhoon Ondoy swept acrossMetro Manila and nearby provinces on Sept. 26 killing over 200people and stranding hundreds on roof tops.Ondoy is the latest example of how class inequalities are exposedto natural disasters. It did not spare anyone, rich or poor. Entire shan
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ties were easily swept away, but even concrete houses in middle-classcommunities collapsed.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said the
homes of nearly 1.9 million were inundated.The typhoon dumped 410.6 millimeters (16 inches) of rains on
CBCP prexy scores slow response to killer flood
CBCP President and Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo (center), CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) Executive Secretary Sr. Roseanne Mallillin,SPC (left) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) representative to the Philippines, Luc Picard (right), inspect the relief goods being readied at St. Paul University, Manilafor distribution to typhoon victims in seven dioceses. CRS and other Church groups have joined hands with NASSA in providing victims with food aid and basic items
following massive ooding in various parts of Luzon.
AMONG the most signicant aids to the Church’srelief effort in the wake of the typhoon has beena donation by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
of $250,000 to provide assistance to thousands of
victims.Church charities led by the CBCP’s National
Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) are in the
thick of relief operation which has been ongoingsince Sept. 27 in at least ve areas hardest-hit by
Church groups help boost relief efforts
the strong storm.Sr. Roseanne Mallillin, executive secretaryof NASSA, said foreign aid in cash and in kindcontinues to pour in to help augment their reliefoperation.She said has been receiving from various foreignCatholic relief organizations asking how theycould send donations.Caritas Española has donated 100,000 Euros tohelp the victims who ed their homes followingmassive ooding caused by the storm as it sweptacross the country’s main island of Luzon.The hefty donation will be used in providingthe victims with immediate food aid and potablewater in the aftermath of the storm that left vari
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ous areas in Metro Manila and nearby provincesunder water.“We will also provide people affected by the
Flood / A6
TOP-NOTCH lawyers have joined handswith 21 farmers from Mindanao inseeking a ban on the aerial spray
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ing of pesticides in giant com
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mercial banana plantationsthat is adversely affecting
the public health and
the environment.The visiting farm
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ers from Mindanaoare members of theMamamayan Ayaw saAerial Spraying (MAAS)from Compostela Valley,
Davao del Norte, Davao
del Sur and Davao City. Theyhave come to Manila to ask Presi
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dent Arroyo to act on their plight by ordering anoutright ban on aerial spraying.At a press conference held today at the prem
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ises of Caritas Manila where the 21 farmers arecamping out, lawyers Christian Monsod, formerComelec chairman; Antonio Oposa, a recent recipi
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ent of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award;and Magistrado Mendoza, a noted practitioner ofalternative legal service, took up the cudgels forAMID calls from devotees to institute a liturgicalfeast in honor of “God the Father,” Catholic Churchofcials said it would be impossible to do that.Fr. Anscar Chupungco, executive secretaryof the CBCP’s Commission on Liturgy, clariedthey have nothing against the devotion to Godthe Father.He said ofcials of the Commission are evenunanimous in commending the pastoral effortsto make God the Father better known and lovedby the faithful.However, Chupungco said, they do not agree
that there should be a liturgical feast in honor of
Floods cue of imperative to carefor environment— Cardinal
THE ash oods that have taken deadly toll in thecountry are grim reminder of the often ignoredimperative to protect the environment, the headof Manila’s Catholic Church said Tuesday.Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said ev
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ery individual must do their share to avoid futureincidents like what recently happened in MetroManila and most of Southern and Central Luzon.“Please take care for the safe and clean envi
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ronment in your areas. There are lots of thingsthat a tragedy like Ondoy is trying to teach andremind us of,” he said.Meanwhile, the church ofcial has reiteratedthe Catholic hierarchy’s call for all Filipinos to join in hoping and praying for the immediaterecovery of the victims.
He called on the faithful to help hundreds
of thousands of victims to recover from recordooding caused by Tropical Storm Ondoy.At least 140 people died in ooding in Pasig,Marikina, Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan. Hundreds
of thousands have also been displaced, and are
without electricity or potable water.“A destruction as large as this becomes a call
to all of us to reach to our brothers and sisters
who are out there literally still wet and cold—homeless,” said Cardinal Rosales.On Sunday, he said, a special collection willbe made at Masses including the anticipatedMasses in parishes, chapels and malls for ty
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phoon victims.“In charity no one fails,” he said.
(CBCPNews)
Lawyers join calls for aerial spray ban
Liturgy Commission nixes calls toinstitute ‘God the Fatherfeast
the pollution
impacted commu
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nities and explained whyMalacañang should side with them.“Please study carefully and fulll your legalmandates. Failure to do that by a public ofcialcan result in personal liability. Let us apply thehighest law, higher than legislative enactments,higher even than the Constitution. Let us applythe golden rule,” said Oposa who has been cited in
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ternationally for his exemplary work in protectingMother Nature through environmental litigation,advocacies and networking.Oposa recently grabbed headlines for asking theSupreme Court to cite several members of Arroyo’scabinet in contempt of court for failing to reporton what their ofces have been doing to clean up
Relief / A6Feast / A6Spray ban / A7
ooding with blankets, mosquito nets, sleepingmats, soap and more,” said Mallillin.US-based Knights of Columbus Supreme Coun
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cil also wired an emergency nancial contributionof $50,000 to the CBCP’s social action arm to helpaddress the humanitarian needs caused by thedisaster.“We will also be inviting state councils through
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out the Order to make contributions which theSupreme Council will collect and convey to theCBCP-NASSA in the coming weeks,” said Su
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preme Knight Carl Anderson in a letter to CBCPPresident Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.God the Father.“The Episcopal Commission on Liturgy doesnot see any convincing reason, theologically andliturgically, why a liturgical feast should nowmake God the Father the object of its anamnesis,”he said.“Needless to say the day chosen by the group,which is the Feast of the Transguration, is notconsonant with the Liturgical norms,” the CBCPofcial added.According to him, everyday at Mass and in theliturgy of the hours, prayers are addressed to the
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including public recitations of the rosary.“We have enough ofcial ecclesiasticalintentions (pontical, episcopal, missionary,etc.) and there is no need to turn arbitrarilyto the presumed apparitions and messagesand mix them with the public prayers of thechurch,” he said.
In his letter to Father Perutina, who was
assigned to the Medjugorje parish after com
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pleting a degree in Mariology at a ponticaluniversity in Rome, Bishop Peric said he didnot understand why the priest was publish
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ing a commentary on the monthly messagePavlovic claims to receive.“Gradually we have been able to distancethe ‘apparitions’ and ‘messages’ from the
parish church and church environs,” thebishop said, but the fact that a Franciscan
from the parish is commenting on the mes
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sages creates confusion.“These are private messages to private
people for private use,” he said, ordering
the Franciscan to cease commenting on orpublicizing them in any way.
(CNS)
 World News
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 28, 2009—Sea of youngpeople listened to Pope Benedict on Monday morningas he challenged them to meet Jesus, place their hope inHim and respond to the vocation that He places on theirhearts. In turn, young Catholics must become messengersof hope to the world, the Holy Father said.After the Holy Father celebrated Mass for the So
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lemnity of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of the CzechRepublic, he spoke to the 10,000 young people as theysat near their tents."Being with you makes the Pope feel young!" the Pope said,thanking them for their enthusiasm and "generosity."
He then touched on the aspiration for happiness that
youths feel so acutely. "In every young person there isan aspiration towards happiness, sometimes tinged withanxiety: an aspiration that is often exploited, however,by present-day consumerist society in false and alienat
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ing ways. Instead, that longing for happiness must betaken seriously, it demands a true and comprehensiveresponse. At your age, the rst major choices are made,choices that can set your lives on a particular course, forbetter or worse."To point the young pilgrims in the right direction, PopeBenedict recalled the experience of St. Augustine, whosaid that “the heart of every person is restless until it ndswhat it truly seeks. He discovered that Jesus Christ alone is the answer that can satisfy his and everyperson's desire for a life of happiness, lled with meaning and value."As he did with Augustine," the Pope counseled his young audience, "so the Lord comes tomeet each one of you. He knocks at the door of your freedom and asks to be welcomed as a friend.He wants to make you happy, to fill you with humanity and dignity. The Christian faith is this:encounter with Christ, the living Person Who gives life a new horizon and thereby a definitive
Respond to the vocation God gives you, Pope urges young people
direction."Benedict XVI also spoke to the youths about listeningto the Lord for the vocation he places on their hearts. "TheLord calls each of us by name, and entrusts to us a specicmission in the Church and in society." He "constantlyrenews His invitation to you to be His disciples and Hiswitnesses.“Many of you He calls to marriage,” the Pope said, not
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ing that “the preparation for this Sacrament constitutes areal vocational journey.”“Consider seriously the divine call to raise a Christianfamily, and let your youth be the time in which to buildyour future with a sense of responsibility. Society needsChristian families, saintly families!" he urged.Speaking to those who may be called to priestly andreligious life, Pope Benedict offered his encouragement,saying, "And if the Lord is calling you to follow Him inthe ministerial priesthood or in the consecrated life, do nothesitate to respond to His invitation. In particular, in thisYear for Priests, I appeal to you, young men. ...The Churchin every country, including this one, needs many holypriests and also persons fully consecrated to the serviceof Christ, Hope of the world.”"Hope! This word, to which I often return, sits well withyouth. You, my dear young people, are the hope of theChurch! She expects you to become messengers of hope," the Holy Father challenged them.As he drew his message to a close, Benedict asked them to participate in the next World Youth Day,due to take place in the Spanish capital city of Madrid in August 2011.Young people, strive to “live your faith with joy and enthusiasm; to grow in unity among yourselvesand with Christ; to pray and to be diligent in frequenting the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist andConfession," Pope Benedict said.
(CNA)
HARTFORD,
Connecticut,
Sept. 24, 2009—
The founder of
the Knights ofColumbus, Fa
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ther Michael Mc
-
Givney, might be
closer to recogni-tion as a saint,as an expandedreport on a pos-
sible miracle
has been sent to
Rome.The Knightsof Columbus an
-nounced in a press
release today that on Tues
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day, officials of a supplemental tribunal from the HartfordArchdiocese, where Father McGivney served as a parishpriest, formally sent the report to the Congregation for Saints'Causes.
Father McGivney sainthood cause advances
LONDON, Sept. 28, 2009—
The bishops of England
and Wales estimate some68,700 people visited therelics of St. Thérèse duringthe rst 10 days of the tourof her relics.The relics of St. Thérèse
of Lisieux will be visit-
ing the United Kingdomthrough Oct. 16. They ar
-
rived Sept. 16. The relicshave gone through some40 countries.During the U.K. tour,the relics have just one
stop at a non-Catholic
site: the York Minster, acathedral of the Church of England.The dean of York, Very Reverend Keith Jones, said, “I amthrilled that the relics of St Thérèse, the Little Flower, are com
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ing to York Minster, at the request of the Catholic bishops'conference.“She is a gift of God to us all, and this is a chance for Christiansof different traditions to pray for unity and renew our faith andour love.”
(Zenit)
St. Thérèse in UK attracting thousands
PITTSBURGH, USA, Sept. 23, 2009—Leaders of the most power
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ful countries in the world, meeting for the G-20 summit in Pitts
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burgh Sept. 24-25, have huge economic issues to contend with.But with latest estimates showing 1 billion people around theworld suffering from hunger as a result of the global economicrecession, religious leaders believe that, by gathering together tospeak for the world’s poor, they can impact those decisions.Most people in high levels of government “really do want todo the right thing for the poor. They really do have a moral com
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pass,” said Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. Catholic bishops’Ofce of International Justice and Peace, at a press conference inPittsburgh Sept. 23.Part of the power of prayer and bringing together religiousleaders at such an event is “the belief that we can inuencepeople,” he said.Some 30 leaders of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths
attended the press conference before processing in full clerical
garb to the Omni William Penn Hotel to meet with representa
-
tives of the U.S. delegation to the G-20 summit.The event was part of the Sept. 22-23 Faith Leaders Summitconvened prior to the G-20 and organized by Bread for the World,the Alliance to End Hunger and other partners to “remind worldleaders that the most important indicator of economic recoveryshould be what happens to hungry and poor people,” said theRev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.The leaders had joined the previous evening for an interfaithprayer service at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pitts
-
burgh.Colecchi said at the press conference that Pittsburgh is a ttingsite for the summit because it represents the struggles of workingfamilies.
(CNS)
Faith leaders hope G-20 summitwill ‘do the right thing’ for poor
MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sept. 28,2009—Conrming young people from theparish in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje,Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno askedthem not to behave as if the alleged Marianapparitions reported in the parish were real.In late September, the bishop posted on hisdiocesan Web site an Italian translation ofhis homily from the June conrmation Mass,
as well as letters to the Franciscan pastor of
the Medjugorje parish and to another priestserving there.Bishop Peric had told the young people that,during a visit to the Vatican early in the year, thetop ofcials at the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith and the Vatican Secretariat of State
conrmed they were telling anyone who asked
that the Catholic Church has never recognized
the alleged apparitions as authentic.
“Brothers and sisters, let us not act as ifthese ‘apparitions’ were recognized and
worthy of faith,” the bishop said in the hom
-
ily he gave June 6.
“If, as Catholics, devoted sons and daugh-ters of the church, we want to live according
to the norms and the teaching of the church,glorifying the Holy Trinity, veneratingBlessed Mary ... and professing all the church
has established in the creed, we do not turn to
certain alternative ‘apparitions’ or ‘messages’to which the church has not attributed anysupernatural character,” Bishop Peric said.CHICAGO, USA, Sept. 25, 2009—When
Alicia Torres laced up her running shoes
and tackled the 13.1 miles of the ChicagoHalf Marathon Sept. 13, her goal was tobecome a nun.
Torres is not a runner and had never
run a distance race. But she ran the
race as part of an appeal to friends and
strangers to help pay off more than$90,000 in student loans so she can enterreligious life.When Torres felt God calling her to
Chicago woman runs in order to raise funds to enter religious life
Mostar bishop reiteratesrules for Medjugorje parish
After the conrmation Mass in Medjugor
-
 je, the bishop also made a pastoral visit to the
parish and published the follow-up letters hehad written to Franciscan Father Petar Vlasic,
the pastor, and to Franciscan Father DankoPerutina, one of the parochial vicars.
The bishop praised Father Vlasic for the
way he was handling what he called “theMedjugorje phenomenon,” which beganin 1981 when six young people ─ MirjanaDragicevic, Marija Pavlovic, Vicka Ivank
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ovic, Ivan Dragicevic, Ivanka Ivankovic and Jakov Colo ─ said they had seen Mary ona hillside near their town. Several of themsay they continue to see Mary and receivemessages from her.In his letter, the bishop reafrmed thatpriests from outside the parish cannot give
conferences or lead retreats at the parish
without written permission from his ofce
and that no one can use parish facilities to
promote the alleged apparitions or messages.The bishop specied that the pastor should
ensure that Father Perutina stop offering
comments on the messages Pavlovic claimsto receive on the 25th of each month.He also asked Father Vlasic to remove fromthe parish Web site all references to the parishand its church buildings as a shrine or sanctuaryand to ban prayers allegedly dictated by Maryor suggested by her alleged messages fromliturgies and prayer services inside the church,
this vocation, she realized there was one
major obstacle in her path ─ $94,000 instudent loans that must be paid off toenter the Franciscan community she’schosen.The 24-year-old graduated in 2007from Loyola University Chicago witha degree in theology and bioethics andworks in the Respect Life Ofce for theArchdiocese of Chicago.
Facing this large debt and feeling
God’s call to her becoming clearer ev
-
ery day, Torres chose to do somethingpublic to seek help. She took the “nunrun” vocation idea literally and decidedto run a half marathon to call atten
-tion to her situation and to encourage
donations.Torres created www.TheNunRun.com to chronicle her journey. Several ofher friends ran the half marathon withher in solidarity.She is also working with the LaboureSociety (www.labourefoundation.org),
a nonprofit that provides financial
assistance to individuals who musteliminate personal debt in order to
pursue their vocation to the priesthood
or religious life.Torres tells anyone who asks thatshe’s not looking to get out of payingher loans. She will continue to workuntil they are paid and she can enterthe community free and clear. She’s justlooking for help to realize her vocationsooner rather than later.She is peppered with questions andcomments whenever she shares herstory. Why can’t her parents pay theloans for her? (They don’t have themeans and still have kids at home.) Whydoesn’t she just get a better-paying job?(She’s doing good work where she is.)Why can’t the community pay it for her?(They have a vow of poverty.)They are all questions she takes in
stride and opportunities she uses for
evangelization.
(CNS)
Knights of Columbus founder
witnesses to pastoral vocation
Carl Anderson, the supreme knight, as well as a regular ZENITcolumnist, explained that this submission "marks an importantstep forward."He explained: "The Vatican's congregation for the causes of saintswill now have valuable additional testimony that claries and addssignicantly to the original submission."We believe that the congregation will now have all the informa
-
tion it needs to complete its assessment of the case, although ofcourse this review could take several years."The new report includes additional testimonies and interviewsfrom witnesses and medical doctors who supported the originaldescription of the reported miracle.Father McGivney founded the knights in 1882, and died in 1890at age 38. The cause for his sainthood was opened by ArchbishopDaniel Cronin of Hartford in 1997. In March 2008, Benedict XVIdeclared him venerable."Father McGivney's beatication would be an important event,"Anderson said, "not only for Knights of Columbus, but for themany thousands of parish priests who quietly do the Lord's workin parishes each day and regard him as an outstanding examplefor priests everywhere."The supreme knight added, "In this Year for Priests it is an es
-
pecially appropriate step forward."
(Zenit)
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News Features
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 27, 2009—During a meeting heldthis Sunday afternoon at the Archdiocese of Prague, Pope BenedictXVI warned members of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in theCzech Republic that in a country where about half the populationclaim to be “non-believers,” there is a risk that Christianity will bemarginalized from public life.“Europe continues to undergo many changes. It is hard to believethat only two decades have passed since the collapse of formerregimes gave way to a difcult but productive transition towardsmore participatory political structures,” said the Pope at the begin
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ning of his address.“During this period,” he continued, “Christians joined togetherwith others of good will in helping to rebuild a just political order,and they continue to engage in dialogue today in order to pave newways towards mutual understanding, cooperation for peace and theadvancement of the common good.”“Attempts to marginalize the inuence of Christianity upon publiclife, sometimes under the pretext that its teachings are detrimental tothe well-being of society, are emerging in new forms,” the Holy Fatherwarned, saying that this phenomenon “gives us pause to reect.”“We may ask ourselves: what does the Gospel have to say to theCzech Republic and indeed all of Europe today in a period markedby proliferating world views?”“Christianity,” Pope Benedict explained, “has much to offer onthe practical and ethical level, for the Gospel never ceases to inspiremen and women to place themselves at the service of their broth
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Pope warns against attempts
to marginalize Christianit
from public life
ers and sisters. Few would disputethis. Yet those who x their gazeupon Jesus of Nazareth with eyesof faith know that God offers adeeper reality which is nonethelessinseparable from the ‘economy’ ofcharity at work in this world: Heoffers salvation.”The Holy Father said that Chris
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tians must take confidence “inknowing that the Church’s procla
-
mation of salvation in Christ Jesus is
ever ancient and ever new, steeped
in the wisdom of the past and brim
-
ming with hope for the future.”“As Europe listens to the storyof Christianity, she hears her own.Her notions of justice, freedom andsocial responsibility, together with
the cultural and legal institutions es-
tablished to preserve these ideas and hand them on to future genera
-
tions, are shaped by her Christian inheritance. Indeed, her memoryof the past animates her aspirations for the future,” he added.Pope Benedict then said that Christians today must open them
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selves to present realities and afrm “all that is good in society.”They “must have the courage to invite men and women to the radical
conversion that ensues upon an encounter with Christ and ushers
in a new life of grace.”“Dear friends, let us ask the Lord to implant within us a spiritof courage to share the timeless saving truths which have shaped,
and will continue to shape, the social and cultural progress of this
continent,” he concluded.
(CNA)
ROME, Sept. 25, 2009—The President of the Pon
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tical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrantsand Itinerant Peoples, Archbishop Antonio MariaVeglia, said this week that while the Church has nohand in the formulation of government immigra
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tion policies, she can insist on "solidarity for those
living in vulnerable situations, such as refugees
and immigrants.”In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano,
Church insists on solidarity with immigrants
and refugees, says Vatican ofcial
the archbishop also recalled
that immigrants and refugeeshave "a fundamental human
right" to be cared for which
must be respected regardlessof “the specic problems re
-
lated to their situation."
The Vatican prelate saidthat while the situation of
refugees and immigrantsdoes create real economic andlegal difculties that demand
“wise policies,” there is a
need to “objectively under
-
stand the phenomenon at the
international level” in orderto provide “guidance and
management that take intoaccount the various aspects involved.”In addition to defending immigrants and refu
-gees, Archbishop Veglia continued, the Church
will always side with the "elderly, disabled andterminally ill, expressing her opposition to at
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tempts to go against the right to life.""Certainly laws alone are not sufcient to sup
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port the growth of an integrated society in whichits different components coexist peacefully andMANILA, Sept. 28, 2009─The tallyof people dead and missing risesup even as homeless families tookstock of what’s left in their lives inthe worst flooding that hit MetroManila and neighboring provincesin recent years.Heavy rains brought by Typhoon“Ondoy” during the weekend sub
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merged low-lying areas in the Arch
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diocese of Manila, and the diocesesCubao, Pasig, Antipolo, Kalookan,Novaliches and Malolos.In Sagrada Familia Parish in Sitio
Veterans, Bagong Silangan, Que-
zon City and neighboring parish ofSan Isidro, both administered byCarmelites priests, oodwaters that
reached as high as the rooftops sent
hundreds of families to evacuate onhigher grounds.Carmelite Brother Gilbert Billena,O’Carm, a member of the parish pas
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Count of people dead, missing rises up
as oods subside
toral team, said that as of yesterdayafternoon, 14 people were conrmeddead at San Isidro Parish.Recent updates this morningpegged casualties at around 70people at Sagrada Familia Parish
in Sitio Veterans, Bagong Silangan,
Quezon City. Billena said many ofthose missing were children.The Carmelite brother reiter
-ated his plea for help to hundreds of
families in his parish who are nowhomeless and in dire need of food,clothing and medicines.
Bishops of the affected dioceseshave also aired their appeal for dona-
tions to help the victims.Member schools of the Catholic Edu
-cational Association of the Philippines
(CEAP) meanwhile, have started theircampaign drive to help ood victims.CEAP president Msgr. Gerry San
-
tos said the association’s calamity
fund will be used to help those af-
fected by the oods.In Bacolod, the University of Ne
-
gros Occidental-Recoletos has like
-
MANILA, Sept. 17, 2009— In a trend intensiedby low enrollment in many Catholic schools, thegrowing economic troubles is pushing them moreinto a difcult situation.Compared to several years ago, Catholicschools enrollments especially in rural areas re
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main low, if not plummeting, facing the doubleperil of rising costs and falling revenues.Unlike in Metro Manila, Catholic bishops saidthe current economic crisis and the people’s lack
of purchasing power continue to affect the viabil-
ity of Catholic schools in the countryside.
Financial problem
 
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo,OMI said “when you go to provinces like ourswhere we have mission schools, even there arebig schools like University of Notre Dame andMarbel University, they still depend on tuitionfees from farmers and farmers are undergoinghard times.”
In an interview at the sidelines of the ongoingnational convention of the Catholic Educational
Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Thursday,he conrmed viability is indeed a problem amongsmall schools.Maasin Bishop Precioso D. Cantillas, SDB saidtheir schools are threatened by lack of resourcesand nancial support. The absence of these “make
it hard for people to afford Catholic education”
which he described as “quality education.”He explained with the lack of resources, “one
cannot also increase teachers’ salaries which in
turn affect their motivation.”For his part, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop An
-
tonio J. Ledesma, SJ said “provincial schools arealways struggling with economic survival.”He said the government should continue andeven increase the Educational Voucher Systembeing provided by the Department of Educa
-
tion.
Government support
Education Undersecretary Ramon C. Bacanisaid there are 650,000 slots under the Government
Assistance to Private Education for this school
year alone. The program is divided into two, oneof which is the Education Voucher System whilethe other is Education Service Contracting. Some450,000-500,000 slots are under the EducationalService Contracting.Bacani said the programs shoulder the tuitionfees of the country’s poor but deserving highschool students.Prelature of Isabela Bishop Martin S. Jumoadsaid though fundamentalists would alwayswant to “Islamize” the whole island the CatholicChurch continues to make its presence felt lest theyoung population forget they are Catholics.“In terms of giving education, we can be ofservice to the people but without government’s
support, we will not survive,” said Prelature of
Isabela Bishop Martin S. Jumoad.He added they solely depend on scholarshipsprovided by government. He said PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo has 50 scholars in hisprelature.“These scholarships are in Maluso town andshe has allotted P2 million spread in four years,” Jumoad added.Boac Bishop Reynaldo G. Evangelista saidCatholic education remains important in the lifeof the Catholic Church even in small areas likeMarinduque.“The formation of young minds is very im
-
portant,” the prelate said as he conrmed theestablishment of new schools in his diocese.
He said the diocese is also concerned of the
schools’ viability.“The constitution provides that elementaryand secondary education is the government’sresponsibility so we get the support from thegovernment,” he added.
(Melo M. Acuna)
Hard times pushCatholic schoolstoward crisis
mutually prosper. All cultural and educational en
-tities should be involved in a process that involves
all areas of life," he said.After commenting on the case of Europe, whichhas a "multi-ethnic, multi-faith, multicultural”society for the foreseeable future, the archbishopwarned that "to deny the metamorphosis that istaking place at international level is not only ab
-
surd but also dangerous and irresponsible.” Denialof the change is problematic, he said, because thephenomenon has already led to structural changesand their “positive effects must be supported andnegative effects reduced.”For this reason, he continued, the young gen
-erations in particular, but also the population in
general—whether native or immigrant—needto receive adequate formation in order be pre
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pared to live together in peace and diversity.”Governments must be on the front lines in theeffort, adopting appropriate measures to assistin the process.Archbishop Veglia also mentioned that the SixthWorld Congress for Migrant and Refugee Ministrywill be held at the Vatican November 9-12, an eventthat takes place every ve years and will focuson the phenomenon of immigration in the era ofglobalization this year.
(CNA)
wise started its own campaign driveasking students, faculty and staff to
donate foodstuffs and clothing for the
victims.
(Pinky Barrientos, FSP)
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VATICAN CITY, Sept. 29,2009─Benedict XVI has cho
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sen to dedicate World Com
-
munications Day 2010 tothe theme "The priest andpastoral ministry in a digitalworld: new media at the ser
-
vice of the Word."The message for the 44thworld day is addressed es
-
pecially to priests, as the
Church continues to cel-
ebrate the Year for Priests.The message also comes inthe wake of last October'ssynod of bishops on theWord of God.A communiqué from the
Pope urges priests to use Communications Media
Theme released for 2010 World Day
Pontical Council for SocialCommunications announcedthe theme today, feast of thearchangels.The Holy Father urges
priests to "consider the new
media as a powerful re
-
source for their ministry inthe service of the Word and
wishes to express a word of
encouragement in order toaddress the challenges stem
-
ming from the new digitalculture," the communiquéexplained. "If the new mediais adequately known and ap
-preciated, it can offer priestsand all pastoral agents awealth of data and content
that previously was difcult
to access, and it facilitates
ways of collaboration andgrowth of communion thatwere unthinkable in thepast."
Reaching out
The communiqué high
-
lights the fact that "thanks tothe new media, those whopreach and make known theWord of life can reach, withwords, sounds and images[...] individuals and wholecommunities on every con
-
tinent."
This enables the creation
of "new areas of knowledge
and dialogue, enabling one
to propose and carry outprograms for communion,"the council afrmed. "If usedwisely, with the help of ex
-
perts in technology and theculture of communion, thenew media can thus become
for priests and all pastoralagents a valid and effective
instrument of true and pro
-found evangelization and
communion."The Pontiff's statement
suggests the hope that the
communications media willbe a new way to bring Christto the streets.
"The priest's principal
responsibility is to proclaimthe Word of God madeflesh, man, history, thusbecoming a sign of thatcommunion that God effectswith man," the communi
-
qué noted.The World Day of Com
-
munications is the only
worldwide celebration es-
tablished by the SecondVatican Council. It is ob
-
served in most countries theSunday before Pentecost.
(Zenit)

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