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- PCSO allegations spark ‘mistrust’ with gov’t
- Laity boosts Humanae Vitae celebration
- Attack on bishops backfires
- New nuncio assures ‘collaboration’ with CBCP
- Bishops return vehicles to PCSO
- Bishop urges support for protesting Luisita farmers
- PCSO allegations spark ‘mistrust’ with gov’t
- Laity boosts Humanae Vitae celebration
- Attack on bishops backfires
- New nuncio assures ‘collaboration’ with CBCP
- Bishops return vehicles to PCSO
- Bishop urges support for protesting Luisita farmers

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 Vol. 15 No. 15
 July 18 - 31, 2011
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PCSO allegations spark‘mistrust’ with gov’t
By Roy Lagarde
SOMETIMES saying sorry isall it takes to make people feela little better.
That might have been the case withthe Philippine Charity Sweepstakes
Ofce (PCSO), if the apology had beenmade immediate and sincere.Even Malacañang belittled the issue,which brought shame to the Catholichierarchy, saying that it was no big dealfor them.But to the Catholic bishops who wereimplicated in the controversy, whetherthe PCSO apologize or not, the damagehas been done.
At least seven prelates have been
dragged to the controversy of accept
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ing vehicles from the PCSO after theCommission on Audit (COA) made thedisclosure in a report.Among them is Cotabato ArchbishopOrlando Quevedo who said that theChurch can still collaborate with PCSO“but I think we shall be forced to changethe rules for ourselves.”“The environment has changedand I am sad to say that mistrust hasbeen injected in that relationship,” saidQuevedo during the Senate Blue RibbonCommittee hearing, July 13.Monsignor Juanito Figura, secretary
Laity boosts
 HumanaeVitae
celebration
REPRESENTATIVES of lay Catholicorganizations gathered for an after
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noon of talks, video presentationsand sharing of insights that centeredon the teachings of Pope Paul VI’slandmark document.The 43rd anniversary celebrationof the encyclical Humanae Vitaeat Adamson University on July 19was an afrmation of truths aboutmarried love and of Pope Paul VI’swisdom, and a continuing boost tothe faith of the participants gatheredfor the celebration.“It is interesting to note that the
Bishop urges supportfor protesting Luisitafarmers
AN ofcial of the Catholic bishops’ leader
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ship called on the public to step up supportfor Hacienda Luisita farmers who are set tohold a protest rally on June 22.Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillosaid the farmers, who “are pitted against”the family of President Benigno Aquino III,“need our assistance.”“As Christians, we cannot allow our farm
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Allegations / A6Laity / A6
general of the Catholic Bishops’ Confer
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ence of the Philippines, said the issuealso triggered the Church to reevalu
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ate its “critical collaboration” with thegovernment.“We did not say that we will notcollaborate (with the government)… just carefully study with any govern
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ment agencies for that matter,” saidFigura.“Even if there is a separation ofChurch and State we are serving thesame Filipino people, there has to beareas of collaboration,” he said.
No big deal
While the CBCP said it won’t ask apublic apology from the PCSO, someof its members still sought an apol
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ogy from PCSO chair Margarita Juicofor the “damage” resulting from thecontroversy.Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Col
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lin Bagaforo even asked Juico and othermembers of the current PCSO board toresign.But as far as Malacañang is con
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cerned, presidential spokesman EdwinLacierda said the case is closed and theywill never ask Juico to apologize, muchmore to resign.“I think it’s a small story. I think wehave greater problems, bigger problemsto solve and to address so it’s not some
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“God has met mankindand has loved us witha ‘Human Heart’”
Luisita / A6
Vatican revealsEuropeanevangelization project
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New Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (right) is welcomed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport by Filipino Catholic bishops led by ManilaArchbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, CBCP President Bishop Nereo Odchimar of Tandag and Vice President Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu,15 July 2011.
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Ugnayan
The News Supplementof Couples for Christ
Attack on bishops backres
By Francisco S. Tatad 
SEVEN bishops from the country’spoorest dioceses told the Senate BlueRibbon Committee the PhilippineCharity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)had given them vehicles to service thepoor, the sick, the dying, and displacedvictims of conict and calamities, butthese were utility vehicles, one a second-hand pickup truck, and not luxuriousPajeros, as alleged by the new PCSOhead Margarita Juico and her media al
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lies who had maliciously labeled them“the Pajero bishops.”It became plain that there was ab
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solutely no basis to the propagandascandal generated by the PCSO head,some hip-shooting senators and theanti-Church media against the poorbishops. But because of the “pain andsorrow and scandal” it had caused theCatholic faithful and the entire episco
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pate, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo ofKidapawan, Cotabato told the commit
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tee on behalf of the seven that they haddecided to return the vehicles, whethertheir acquisition was constitutional andlegal or not.“The vehicles from Luzon are nowready for turnover in front of the Sen
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ate building, even as I speak,” said
New nuncio assures ‘collaboration’ with CBCP
ARCHBISHOP Guiseppe Pinto arrived inthe Philippines and assured collaborationwith the Catholic Bishops’ Conference ofthe Philippines (CBCP) for the Church.The new papal nuncio was greeted bya delegation upon his arrival at the NinoyAquino International Airport in Pasay Cityat around 10am on July 15.“I am happy to be here to represent theHoly Father Benedict XVI and be received bythe cardinal, bishops and ofcials from theforeign affairs,” Pinto said upon his arrival.The Vatican ofcial said he would col
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laborate with the Filipino bishops, priests,and the lay people for the good of theCatholic Church.“This Church in the Philippines is madeup by people of profound faith and I’llwork to bring this faith with me and worktogether with them,” he added.
Bishops return vehicles to PCSO
Backres / A7
CATHOLIC bishops who received money from a state-run lotteryto buy sports utility vehicles during the Arroyo administration havereturned the cars to the government.The seven bishops did so, during a senate inquiry July 13, althoughunderscoring that the vehicles have not been for personal use butfor Church-operated missions.The three prelates from Luzon brought their vehicles to the sen
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ate and returned them to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Ofce(PCSO) right there.Cotabato Archbishop OrlandoQuevedo said those in Min
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danao, including the one forhis archdiocese, are readyfor immediate turnoverto any authorized PCSOofce.“…Regardless of whetherthe acquisition of the vehicles has beenlawful or unlawful, constitutional orunconstitutional, we are returning thevehicles,” they said in a joint statement
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After the welcoming ceremonies, theyproceeded at the airport’s presidentiallounge and talked with officials of theCatholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philip
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pines and the diplomatic corps.Among the church leaders who greetedhim were Manila Archbishop GaudencioCardinal Rosales and Bishop Nereo Odchi
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mar, outgoing CBCP president.Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, incomingCBCP president, and three other prelateswere also there including former Philip
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pine Ambassador to the Holy See, Henri
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etta de Villa.Archbishop Pinto, previously the papalnuncio to Chile, is the 15th Papal represen
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tative and the 10th Apostolic nuncio to thePhilippines.On May 10, Benedict XVI named Pinto asapostolic nuncio to the Philippines, a posi
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tion left by his predecessor, ArchbishopEdward Joseph Adams, last May 7.Archbishop Adams was reassigned toGreece after almost 3 years in the Philip
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pines.Pinto holds a doctorate in Canon Lawand is uent in Italian, French, English,and Spanish.He entered the diplomatic service ofthe Holy See on May 1, 1984. He had beenposted in Papua New Guinea, Argentina,and Vatican City state secretariat. Pintoalso served as apostolic nuncio to Senegal,Cape Verde, Mali, and Guinea-Bissau, andas apostolic delegate to Mauritania.As apostolic nuncio, Pinto’s princi
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pal task will involve strengthening tiesbetween the Pope and the PhilippinePresident as well as the local bishops.
(CBCPNews)
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Quevedo, “while those from Mindanaoare awaiting turnover to an authorizedPCSO representative.”The Catholic Bishops Conferenceof the Philippines (CBCP) had earlierexpressed profound sorrow over theincident. Quevedo read the CBCP state
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ment, signed by CBCP President NereoP. Odchimar, Bishop of Tandag, to theCommittee, before reading the state
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ment of the seven, and his own.Senate Majority Leader VicenteSotto tried to ask the bishops to recon
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sider, saying that if he had any say onthe matter he would object to it. ButQuevedo said “mistrust” had enteredtheir relationship with the PCSO, andthey must now review the parametersof that relationship. Their decisionhad the imprimatur of the CBCP and a“prophetic” motive, Quevedo said
 Who invented the phrase “Pajerobishops”?
The question was asked, but no onecould tell the Committee. The Com
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mission on Audit (COA) report, partof which COA Commissioner HeidiMendoza read into the record, doesnot mention any Pajero nor name anybishop who had received one. Juico, to whom the phrase “Pajerobishops” had been attributed, said shehad tried to correct the error in severalinterviews. But she gave no proof ofher alleged effort, and the slander wasnever withdrawn. The media neverbothered to verify, and have not saidsorry for their irresponsible and harm
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ful conduct.A usually reliable newspaper sourcehas since told me that Juico had din
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ner with the editorial staff of oneanti-Church newspaper a week or sobefore the propaganda attack on thebishops started. They reportedly agreed“to teach the bishops a lesson” for
campaigning vehemently against the
reproductive health (RH) bill, which thenewspaper, Juico, her bosses and a well-funded foreign lobby are vigorouslytrying to push through Congress.They wanted to stop the switch ofsupport from the pro-RH and “unde
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cided” camps to the anti-RH camp bybringing down the moral standing of thebishops, the source said. Not long afterthe dinner, the newspaper began run
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ning editorially slanted “news stories”under big headlines about the “Pajerobishops”.“I’m so sorry for whatever this mayhave caused these bishops,” Juico said,with no manifest contrition or pen
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ance.
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Vatican Briefng
Pope says selsh economic models at root of world hunger
Pope Benedict XVI said persistent world hunger was a “tragedy” driven by selsh and prot-driveneconomic models, whose rst victims are millions of children deprived of life or good health. Inresponding to the crisis, international agencies should rediscover the value of the family farm,promoting the movement of young people back into rural areas, the pope said July 1 in an addressto participants in an annual conference on hunger organized by the Rome-based U.N. Food andAgriculture Organization.
(CNS)
Vatican paper’s editor calls for ‘info-ethics’ after News of the World scandal
The head of the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano says the recent phone hacking scandal involv
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ing a British tabloid shows the need for better ethics in the eld of journalism. “What happened hasbeen very unfortunate and News of the World was just the tip of the iceberg,” editor-in-chief GianMaria Vian told CNA July 11. At least nine journalists and three police ofcers are facing prison forhacking into the phones of celebrities, royals and families of crime victims to garner stories for Newsof the World—a British tabloid paper owned by the media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
(CNA)
Vatican: A ‘Catholic’ Church in China must follow Church doctrine
If China wants a church that is Catholic, then it must follow the Church’s doctrine and discipline, astatement from the Holy See reminded July 4. The succinct Vatican message responded to the June29 episcopal ordination of Father Paul Lei Shiyin, which occurred without the Pope’s approval. Asimilar ordination took place last November, followed the next month by an assembly of nationalChurch representatives that the Vatican did not recognize.
(Zenit)
Pope laments death of Otto Von Habsburg
Benedict XVI sent his condolences to the family of Otto von Habsburg, the last crown prince ofAustria, Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, who died July 4 in Pöcking, Germany, at the age of 98.Also known as Archduke Otto of Austria, Otto was the eldest son of Blessed Charles I of Austria,the last emperor of Austria-Hungary. The empire dissolved in 1918, at the end of the First WorldWar, and the Habsburg family was forced into exile. “Trusting in God and aware of a signicantheritage,” the Pope added, Otto had “been a committed European tirelessly working for freedom,for the unity of peoples and for a just order in this continent.”
(Zenit)
Cor Unum sends $70,000 to Somalia
The Pontical Council Cor Unum is sending €50,000 ($70,700) to drought-stricken Somalia as a signof Benedict XVI’s concern and solidarity. Vatican Radio reported the pontical council donation,directed to Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti, who is the apostolic administrator in Mogadishu.UNICEF reported Thursday that “the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world has beendeclared in the Horn of Africa, with Somalia being the epicenter of the crisis.”
(Zenit)
Benedict XVI appeals for drought victims in Africa
Pope Benedict addressed the severe African droughts in his prayers following the Sunday Angeluson July 17. “I am following with deep concern the news from the Horn of Africa, particularly So
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malia, stricken by a severe drought and then, in some areas, even by heavy rains that are causinga humanitarian catastrophe,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio. The Catholic Agency forOverseas Development recently reported that 10 million East Africans are facing starvation anddeath due to the severe drought. The agency noted that this year’s conditions are the worst in livingmemory. Rain is not expected until October.
(CNA)
Pope encourages Catholics to nurture faith
Pope Benedict called on Catholics to nourish their faith in order to “prevent evil from taking root” intheir lives. His words came during his July 17 Angelus address which took place in Castel Gandolfo.The Pope reected on Sunday’s Gospel in which Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds,reported Vatican Radio. The Pope added that Jesus used parables to explain the mysteries of thekingdom of heaven. “Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a wheat eld, to help us understandthat something small and hidden is sown within us, which has an irrepressible life force. “
(CNA)
New nuncios for Chile, Belarus
Benedict XVI has appointed new apostolic nuncios to Chile and Belarus, the Vatican announced July 15. Archbishop Ivo Scapolo, 57, who had been serving as the nuncio in Rwanda since 2008, hasbeen moved to Chile. And Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, 55, who had been the apostolic nuncio toGeorgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2001, has been named nuncio to Belarus.
(Zenit)
Rome excommunicatesShantou bishop
HONG KONG, July 16, 2011—TheHoly See today declared excom
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munication on Father Joseph HuangBingzhang, who was ordained asBishop of Shantou without apostolicmandate on July 14.This is the second latae sententiae(automatic) excommunication pub
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licly declared on an illicit bishop inthe Church of China since the rstsuch ordination on July 4. As in therst one, today’s statement said theHoly See does not recognize the illic
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itly ordained prelate and that he hasno authority to govern the Catholiccommunity of the diocese.The statement said the Holy Seehas asked Father Huang not to ac
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cept ordination on “numerous occa
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sions” and had informed him that hecould not be approved, inasmuch asthe diocese already has a legitimatebishop. In light of this, the statementsaid the priest has incurred the sanc
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tions laid down by canon 1382 of theCode of Canon Law.As for the eight consecrating bish
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ops, the statement said the Holy Seeknows some bishops expressed theirunwillingness to take part in the or
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dination and showed some signs ofresistance, which the document saysis “meritorious before God.”The statement also said the Vati
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can appreciates the Chinese Catho
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lics who have defended their pastorsand shared their suffering.Pope Benedict XVI “deplores themanner in which the Church inChina is being treated and hopesthat the present difculties can beovercome as soon as possible,” thedocument concluded.Meanwhile, in a press conferenceon July 14 during his visit to NewYork, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiunsaid “it’s a war,” when character
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izing the current standoff betweenthe Vatican and Beijing.The retired bishop of Hong Kongsaid he hopes Beijing is made awareof the problem in this new confron
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tation over the Shantou incident andcomes to dialogue with the Vaticanso that both sides can nd a resolu
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tion to the situation.
(UCAN)
Madrid archbishopgives King of Spain
rst ofcial WYD
 backpack 
MADRID,Spain, July15, 2011—TheArchbishop ofMadrid gaveKing Juan Carlosof Spain the rstofficial WorldYouth Day 2011backpack dur
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ing a meeting on July 12.Cardinal An
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tonio Maria Rouco Varela gave the giftto the Spanish King on Tuesday whilediscussing the upcoming visit of PopeBenedict XVI for the global youth event,taking place Aug. 16-21 in Madrid.The red backpacks emblazonedwith the WYD logo will be givento each young person attending theevent. It contains a number of keep
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sakes and souvenirs, including at-shirt, a cap, a cover for laptops anda mouse pad, as well as a rosary, across and a medal.After exchanging greetings, King Juan Carlos and Cardinal Rouco metfor forty minutes in the King’s ofce.
(CNA)
Catholic aid agency appeals for help as 10 million face starvation in East Africa
DADAAB, Kenya, July 17,2011—The U.K.-based CatholicAgency for Overseas Develop
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ment is appealing to the worldon behalf of 10 million East Afri
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cans facing starvation and deathdue to a severe drought.“As we are talking now, we’reseeing 10 million people at risk,”said the agency’s InternationalDirector Geoff O’ Donoghue, ina July 9 Vatican Radio interview.“We are trying to get resourcesto put clean water, medicine andfood alongside these communi
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ties – to get alongside people andsupport them to survive.”Some aid workers say thisyear’s drought conditions inKenya, Ethiopia, Somalia andSouth Sudan are the worst in liv
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ing memory. O’Donoghue notedthat no rains will likely arriveuntil October, “and even then
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Dolo Ado camp for Somali refugees in Ethiopia
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they’re not guaranteed.”The international directorsaid his agency was working toprovide “very basic provisions– water, food, medicine, shelterfor those who’ve had to move,prioritizing the youngest andthe elderly.”He described the Catholicagency’s work in East Africaas “urgent and immediate” ina “life-saving way,” and saidthe simplest way to donate isthrough the website at http://www.cafod.org.uk.The United Nations WorldFood Program is also working tohelp those suffering the effects ofthe drought. On July 13, the pro
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gram’s East, Central and South
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ern African Spokesman DavidOrr told Vatican Radio about the“huge volume” of people tryingto reach refugee camps in Kenyaand Ethiopia.The influx of around 1,300people a day is overwhelmingthe capacities of the three refu
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gee camps in Dadaab, Kenya.Originally set up to hold 90,000people, the refugee camps nowprovide a makeshift home forover 380,000.“They are walking for days,in some cases for many weeksto reach refuge in the camps,”Orr said. “They have very littlefood on their journey … and wedo nd that even after arrivingin the refugee camps, childrencontinue to die. There’s a veryhigh rate of malnutrition.”Orr said the World Food Pro
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gram could still help many of thedrought victims, “particularlythe children, by feeding themsupplementary and very nutri
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tious, special ready to eat foods,which can revive them enor
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mously in the days after theirarrival.”He explained that the “extreme
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ly serious situation” had comeabout due to a lack of rain both in2011 and at the end of 2010.“In some cases in Somaliapeople will tell you that the lasttwo or three years have beenfailures in terms of the rainswhich nourished their crops,”he said. “The pastoralists haveherds of camels and goats andcattle which are dying or havedied.”“We estimate at the momentthat we’re feeding about six mil
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lion people in the Horn of Africa.That could go up to ten millionpeople, in coming months,” theWorld Food Program spokes
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man noted. “It is a dire situa
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tion.”
(CNA)
 
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News Features
 Vatican reveals European evangelization project
Integrity isnot enough,Archbishop Soctells Aquino
Bishop warns of unrest over Hacienda Luisita row
VATICAN City, July 12, 2011—ThePontical Council for Promoting NewEvangelization unveiled a new projecttoday to re-evangelize some of Europe’smajor cities.“The goal is simple: to give a signof unity among the diverse diocesespresent in the largest European citiesthat have been particularly affected bysecularization,” wrote Archbishop RinoFisichella, the council’s president, in the July 12 edition of the Vatican newspaperL’Osservatore Romano.Archbishop Fisichella chaired a sum
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mit of bishops from a range of Europeancities who met at the Vatican July 11 todiscuss the proposed project.The bishops came from Barcelona,Budapest, Brussels, Cologne, Dublin,Lisbon, Liverpool, Paris, Turin, War
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saw and Vienna. The scheme is beingdescribed as a “metropolitan project.”“At the moment, the initiative islimited to some of the larger Europeandioceses in order to more concretely testits effectiveness,” said Archbishop Fisi
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chella, suggesting that it could be rolledout in other cities around the globe if itis found to be successful.The initiative will take place in Lent2012 and will be based at each city’scathedral, which will host a range ofactivities.Events planned thus far are: a con
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tinual reading of the Gospel, the localbishop teaching young people, familiesand those converting to Catholicism, thepromotion of confession, and a charita
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ble initiative of some form. ArchbishopFisichella also mentioned an event thatwill be both spiritual and cultural incharacter, such as reading from theConfessions of St. Augustine.
“These initiatives will begin in the
cathedral because of its importantsymbolic signicance, but the intentionis to extend them to the parishes of thedioceses for a more direct impact in theterritory,” he said.According to Archbishop Fisichella,the metropolitan missions will be aimedat those who live the faith but often doso in a way that “lacks an awareness ofhow this can infuse their lifestyle.” Themissions also hope to engage those whoare far from the faith, but are “nonethelessattracted by the person of Jesus Christ.”The Pontical Council for Promotingthe New Evangelization was establishedin 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He saidhe wanted it to “promote a renewedevangelization” in traditionally Chris
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tian countries which are living througha “progressive secularization of societyand a sort of ‘eclipse of the sense ofGod.’”
(CNA/EWTN News)
Cor Unum leader: Communion with Church at base of charity
Cardinal Sarah marks Council’s 40th anniversary
ROME, July 14, 2011—As Churchleaders are examining the Catho
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lic identity of the Church’s char
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ity services, the president of thePontical Council Cor Unum hasused the dicastery’s anniversaryas an occasion to recall that thewitness of charity is more than just doing social service — it “isa state of being.”Cardinal Robert Sarah, the66-year-old Guinea native whotook over the Church’s charitycouncil last October, reectedon the foundations of service ina L’Osservatore Romano articlemarking Cor Unum’s 40th an
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niversary.It was on July 15, 1971, thatPope Paul VI’s letter “AmorisOfcio” established the ponti
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cal council.“The celebration of theserst 40 years merits a glanceat what the council has meantfor the Church, and even moreto outline the major challengesahead today,” Cardinal Sarahwrote.He noted the social context inwhich Cor Unum was born: atime in which the Church was
giving “an even greater atten-
tion ... to social questions.” Therewas a “backlash against culturalmodels which were thought tobe outdated.” And though an“enthusiasm for creating a worldmore to the measure of man waswelcomed,” there was also thedanger of “excessive adulationof earthy reality.”Thus, Cardinal Sarah ob
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served, Cor Unum was foundedin “a climate of questions aboutthe nature of Christian witnessin the world.”The name Cor Unum — “oneheart” — was no accident, thecardinal said. Taken from Acts4:32, the title “already con
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tains diverse indications: it isthe communion of the Churchwhich is at the foundation ofcharitable witness; this, beforean activity, is a state of being.It is in the communion of theChurch where attention to thedifferent members of the samebody is nurtured, in reciprocalcare (cfr. 1 Corinthians 12:25);it is thanks to the communionof the Church that the intentionof a more unitary, incisive anduniversal presence in the worldis carried out.”So Cor Unum was entrustedwith the task of coordinatingvarious Church charity orga
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nization, responding “to thegrowing needs of humanity in acommon effort, under the directinspiration of the Holy See.”
Getting it right
Cardinal Sarah said that al
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ready Paul VI anticipated someof the misunderstandings thatwould come to threaten a cor
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rect view of charity in theChurch.He highlighted three, which
even recently have been at the
heart of discussions on Catho
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lic identity, for example at thegeneral assembly of CaritasInternationalis in May.“The witness of charity findsits measure in Christ,” the car
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dinal listed; and “the searchMANILA, July 15, 2011— The Aquinoadministration remains “untarnished”by allegations of corruption but hasyet to prove its worth in governance, aCatholic bishop said.Lingayen-Dagupan ArchbishopSocrates Villegas reminded PresidentBenigno Aquino III that integrity is notenough because leadership is about vi
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sion setting too.“In the ‘balanced square’ of leader
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ship, the other three sides must beeconomic progress and stability; second,political will and clarity of laws; and thethird is availability of education andsocial services,” said Villegas.“If these three sides are given equalsupport connected by integrity andblameless living, even integrity itselfwill become part of our national ethicsand the rays of bright future await us,”he said.Villegas made the statement yester
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day in a speech before the Rotary Clubmeeting and induction ceremonies atthe Lyceum of Northwestern Philip
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pines in Dagupan City.According to the incoming vice presi
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dent of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferenceof the Philippines, Aquino’s possessionof integrity was a good start but morewas needed.“Leadership without vision is treach
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ery to the governed. Integral leadershipalso means setting the path towards thefuture,” he said.Leadership, he added, must also beintegrating in the sense that it mustembrace and unite and not alienateand divide.“The true statesman must reach outand seek consensus. The leader is a ser
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vant not only of those who support himbut even more of those who do not sharehis vision. The man of integrity mustalso be a man of unity,” Villegas said.“Prosecution for previous wrongdo
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ings must be carried out to the full butsuch must be done in pursuit of justicenot revenge. Political vendetta divideseven more,” he said.President Aquino is set to deliverhis second State of the Nation Address(SONA) on July 25.
(CBCPNews)
MANILA, July 8, 2011— TheAquino government couldface a turbulent time of do
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mestic unrest and challengesif it will remain silent on thedisputed Hacienda Luisita, aCatholic bishop said.Manila Auxiliary BishopBroderick Pabillo gave thetoughly worded warning Fri
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day and called on PresidentBenigno Aquino III to act onthe issue based on what is justand lawful.Rural unrest could breakout in the absence of genu
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ine implementation of theComprehensive AgrarianReform Program with exten
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sion and reform (CARPer)Law,” Pabillo said in a pressconference.“He, and his advisers,should also bear in mind thatthe issue of land lies at the
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NFP liberates, contraception regards life asburden―NFP teacher
MANILA, July 13, 2011―The
liberating elements that set
apart Natural Family Planning(NFP) from articial means arenormally taken for granted,said Willy Jose, an NFP teacheraccredited by the World Or
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ganization Ovulation MethodBillings (WOOMB).What are normally over
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looked about NFP are its“’side-effects’. Yes, side-ef
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fects,” said Jose, who―togeth
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er with his wife―is part of thePro-life Ministry of Couplesfor Christ.“These side-effects, how
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ever, are benecial―most es
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pecially for the woman: thefreedom from the compul
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sion to indulge, the enhancedcommunication and mutual
NGO urges P-Noy gov’t to ratify maritime convention
MANILA, July 14, 2011—With theincreasing number of abuses againstFilipino seafarers, Manila-based Inter
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national Seafarers’ Action Center (ISAC)Foundation, Inc. in Manila appealedto the Benigno C. Aquino III govern
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ment to ratify the International LaborOrganization’s (ILO) Maritime LaborConvention of 2006.Attorney Joseph T. Entero, ISACsecretary-general, in a statement saidthat their organization has been han
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dling numerous cases of abuse, rang
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ing from nonpayment of salaries andbenefits, up to mysterious deaths ofFilipino mariners boarded in differentforeign ships.It is saddening, he said, that despitethe signicant contribution of the sea
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farers in the country’s economy, thegovernment seems to neglect them.“Last year, our seafarers had remittedas much as $3.7 billion—an increaseof more than 11 percent from the totaldollar remittance by our mariners in2009. However, the government seems[to be] continuously disregarding ourmariners by having the Maritime LaborConvention of 2006 left unratified,”Entero stated.He said that there are already 13countries that adopted the 5-year oldConvention, but unfortunately, thePhilippines is not one of them.“The MLC provides a more compre
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hensive rights and protection at workfor the world’s more than 1.2 millionseafarers. Its primary aim is to providedecent work for seafarers and to securethe economic interests of ship ownerswhich follow high shipping standards.It consolidates and updates the 68 inter
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national labor standards related to theMaritime sector, which the ILO and thestakeholders had adopted for the last 80years,” Entero explained.He added that with Filipinos con
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stituting the 25 per cent of the entiremariners’ population in the world, it ishigh time for President Aquino and ourlawmakers, to consider its raticationand adoption.
(Noel Sales Barcelona
)for justice does not exhaustthe duty of charity; preachingof the Gospel, which is notproselytism, is an integral partof charitable activity.”’Cardinal Sarah noted thatPope John Paul II, too, was quickto emphasize the link betweenthe Gospel and charity. He citedthe Polish Pontiff’s 1978 speechwhen he visited Cor Unum forthe first time: “We must alsotake care to set advancementcarefully in the context of evan
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gelization, which is the fullnessof human advancement, since itproclaims and offers man’s fullsalvation.”
(Zenit)
respect [between her and herhusband] borne out of love,and the healthy body un
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tainted by chemicals.”Quoting Theology of theBody speaker ChristopherWest, who was in Manilarecently for a series of talks, Jose remarked that “lust seesthe body as something, loverespects the body as some
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one. Lust sacrices others foroneself, love sacrices oneselffor others. Lust sees fertilityas a burden/obstacle, loverejoices in the mystery offertility.”He pointed out that NFP re
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 joices in the gift of life, addingthat it “is a way of life ratherthan just a ‘method’ for prac
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ticing couples.”
Failure due to user or due tomethod?
As for claims made by somepopulation control advocatesthat the poor or unschooledlearning natural family plan
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ning is an unrealistic expecta
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tion, Jose remarked that thehighly educated can be evenmore difcult to teach “becauseof their overcondence.In fact, the unschooled arein the best position to learnand master NFP, if the nd
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ings of eld trials on BillingsOvulation Method (BOM)practice in China are to beconsidered.In these trials that involvedapproximately 1,000 peasants,laborers and “intellectuals” assubjects, it was found that mostfailure cases occurred amongthe subjects who achievedthe most advanced formaleducation, according to theevaluation of Pharmacologyprofessor Shao Zhen Qian,who presented his findingsat a 2000 Congress organizedby the Centre for Study andResearch in the Natural Regu
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lation of Fertility in Italy.“They all felt sorry and admit
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ted that since they consideredthe method was simple and easyto master, they had paid lessattention to the teaching courseand had not strictly followedthe rules. The consequence wasuse-related failures,” statedthe results of the BOM fieldtrials, which are posted in theWOOMB website.In contrast, “the illiteratewomen were generally veryattentive to BOM teaching andrigidly stuck to the rules, andfailures were very rare.”The study noted that “dueto its high efficacy, low ex
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penditure and extreme safetyincomparable [to] any othercontraceptives methods, BOMis well accepted by the Chinesecouple of different cultural and[economic] backgrounds.”Among the conclusionsdrawn from the trials was that“the BOM is simple and easyto comprehend; almost all thewomen, including the illiter
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ate, can successfully learn themethod and identify their ownmucus symptoms.”
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heart of the current peace process,”he said.Pabillo said there is no room forneutrality when agrarian reform isconcerned and when what is at stake isthe plight of the farmers.He challenged Aquino to prove hissincerity for the poor by siding with thefarmers of Hacienda Luisita, a 6,453-hectare sugar plantation in Tarlac ownedby the family the president’s family.“We call on President Aquino’s lead
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ership to seize the chance presented bythe tragic SC ruling. As Chief Executive,he cannot continue washing his handson this issue,” Pabillo said.Pabillo, head of the National Secre
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tariat for Social Action of the CatholicBishops’ Conference of the Philippines,stressed that land distribution is “theonly path” towards justice and eco
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nomic sustainability.Pabillo said that as chief executive,Aquino cannot continue “washing hishands” on the issue.“What kind of presidency does hehope to offer this country if he cannoteven make his own familyrelinquish its stranglehold onproperties that in the rst placewere acquired through gov
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ernment resources?” he said.On Tuesday, the SupremeCourt (SC) revoked the stockdistribution option (SDO) rstoffered by the Hacienda Lu
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isita, Inc. (HLI) management.Under the SDO, farm work
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ers were given the optionto acquire shares of stocksinstead of gaining land own
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erships.The high court, however,ordered the Department ofAgrarian Reform to holdanother referendum amongfarm-workers to determinetheir choice between stocks orparcels of land.The issue now lies in Aqui
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no’s hands, according to Pa
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billo.He said it is well within Aquino’spower to order DAR to distribute theland according to the spirit and condi
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tions of the agrarian reform law.“The integrity of his social contractis clouded in doubts and mistrust untilhe nally learns to give precedence tothe poor through social justice,” he said.
(CBCPNews)

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