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- Easter brings hope amid suffering, says pope
- Youth leaders to gather in Iloilo for church heritage conservation
- Church, local gov’t join National Summit on Good Governance
- Catholic lawyer decries IPPF statement pushing for youth’s ‘sexual rights’
- Ecumenical group urges parents to teach kids to be ‘caring’ this Easter
- Book features women’s struggles against mining
- Distribute to farmers lands obtained through coco levy fund, DAR told
- Pope criticizes dissent from church teachings
- ‘With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew’
- The Cross: A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI and the Order of the Knights of Columbus
- Easter brings hope amid suffering, says pope
- Youth leaders to gather in Iloilo for church heritage conservation
- Church, local gov’t join National Summit on Good Governance
- Catholic lawyer decries IPPF statement pushing for youth’s ‘sexual rights’
- Ecumenical group urges parents to teach kids to be ‘caring’ this Easter
- Book features women’s struggles against mining
- Distribute to farmers lands obtained through coco levy fund, DAR told
- Pope criticizes dissent from church teachings
- ‘With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew’
- The Cross: A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI and the Order of the Knights of Columbus

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 Vol. 16 No. 8
 April 9 - 22, 2012
Php 20.
Easter brings hope amidsuffering, says pope
The Cross
A Supplement Publication of KCFAPI andthe Order of the Knights of Columbus
Distribute to farmers landsobtained through coco levy fund, DAR told
THE Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mama-malakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urgedthe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)to sequester and distribute the lands of Fili-pino mogul Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco,which he has obtained by the arbitrary use ofthe coco levy funds during Marcos’ time.In a statement, Pamalakaya nationalchairman Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap said,President Benigno C. Aquino III’s uncle hadobtained a relatively huge chunks of land in
Farmers / A7
‘With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew’
By Pinky Barrientos, FSP
THE resurrection of Jesusbrings renewed hope in thehearts of every Christian be-liever in the midst of suffer-ing and trials, Pope BenedictXVI told millions of Catholicfaithful on Easter Sunday.
In his
Urbi et Orbi
message on EasterSunday, Pope Benedict urged Catholicsto put their trust and hope in the Risen Jesus amidst situations of human suffer-ing and injustice in the world.The pontiff said every Christian be-liever relives the experience of MaryMagdalene whose life-changing en-counter with Jesus transformed a seem-ingly hopeless situation into “a life ofgoodness and freedom from evil.”Mary Magdalene’s encounter withChrist has completely changed her lifeand restored her dignity as a humanbeing, the pope said.He said the very reason why MaryMagdalene calls Jesus ‘my hope’ wasbecause he was the one “who allowedher to be reborn, who gave her a newfuture, a life of goodness and freedomfrom evil.”“It involves an encounter whichchanges our lives: the encounter with aunique Man who lets us experience allGod’s goodness and truth, who frees us
from evil not in a supercial and eeting
way, but sets us free radically, heals uscompletely and restores our dignity,”the Holy Father said.“Christ my hope’ means that all my
yearnings for goodness nd in him areal possibility of fulllment: with him
I can hope for a life that is good, full andeternal, for God himself has drawn near
Church, local gov’t join NationalSummit on Good Governance
Organizers pray over delegates who presented their plans for engagingin good governance.
CLERGY and lay leaders metwith Police and Government of-
cials in a national summit that
aimed to help the country moveaway from a culture of corrup-tion towards good governance.At least 93 priests and layleaders from 37 dioceses in thecountry, together with fourChurch bishops, joined with rep-resentatives from the PhilippineNational Police and the Depart-ment of Local Governments tolaunch a network that wouldbring closer together the Churchand the barangays in a NationalSummit on Good Governance.The conveners—Dilaab Move-ment, Gising Barangay Move-ment, Kabayanihan, and UBAS(Ugnayan ng Barangay at mgaSimbahan)—expressed hopethat the summit will help healthe people’s “brokenness” andrestore unity as a nation.Held at the Layforce Center ofSan Carlos Seminary in MakatiCity from March 14 to 16, the na-
tional assembly was a rst of its
kind in bringing together vari-ous stakeholders at the top andleaders at the grassroots level
Youth leaders togather in Iloilo forchurch heritageconservation
THE Society of Ecclesiasti-cal Archivists of the Philip-pines is set to gather overa hundred youth leadersthroughout the countryin Angat Kabataan 2012,a “heritage pilgrimage,”from May 1 to 5 in IloiloCity.Among the youth del-egates are representativesfrom the 39 Roman Catho-lic churches, declared asNational Cultural Trea-sures and as World Heri-tage Sites of the UnitedNations Educational, Sci-
entic and Cultural Orga
nization (UNESCO).
In his endorsement ofthe event, Bishop JulitoCortes, chair of the Catho-lic Bishops’ Conference ofthe Philippines–Perma-nent Committee for theCultural Heritage of theChurch, expressed that thecommittee “is cognizant ofthe gains the youth willobtain through the AngatKabataan 2012.”“This relevant endeavoraims to make availablegeneral knowledge aboutheritage conservation andthe importance of theseheritage assets in form-ing future generations,”Cortes wrote in a March21 document.“Through this event,
Catholic lawyer decries IPPF statement pushing for youth’s ‘sexual rights’
THE world’s larg-est abortion providerwould rather ignorelaws that protect pa-rental rights if thesehampered the youth’saccess to “sexual andreproductive rights.”The InternationalPlanned ParenthoodFederation (IPPF) said
in an ofcial statement
that “laws that restrictyoung people’s accessto sexual and repro-ductive health services,including parental orspousal consent laws”must be either struckdown or kept from be-ing implemented, basedon a Friday Fax reportfrom the Catholic Fam-ily & Human RightsInstitute (C-FAM).Reacting on the re-port, Catholic lawyerRomulo Macalintal saidthe IPPF’s statementis unconstitutional asit is the primary rightof parents to nurturetheir children especiallyin the development oftheir character.“Clearly, under ourConstitution, it is theprimary right and dutyof the parents to rearour youth especiallyin the development oftheir moral character.This is in total opposi-tion to the aforesaidposition of the IPPF,”he said.Macalintal, who spe-cializes in election andpolitical laws, explainedthat the 1987 PhilippineConstitution is “veryspecific on this issueand cited Section 12,Article II: “The Staterecognizes the sanctityof family life and shallprotect and strengthenthe family as a basicautonomous social in-stitution. It shall equallyprotect the life of themother and the life ofthe unborn from con-ception. The naturaland primary right andduty of parents in therearing of the youth
for civic and efciency
and the developmentof moral character shallreceive the support ofthe government.”“Any law similarto that suggested bythe IPPF shall bestruck down for be-ing unconstitutionalor in violation of thesaid provision of ourconstitution. The use ofthe adjective ‘primary’to describe the degreeof ‘right and duty’ ofthe parents emphasizesand stresses the direc-tive of our Constitutionfor our parents to lookafter the developmentof the moral values ofour youth,” he pointedout.The lawyer found theIPPF statement “shock-ing and deplorable,”but said that “comingfrom an organizationaimed at ‘promotingsexual and reproduc-tive health… it is no
Ecumenical group urges parents to teach kids to be ‘caring’ this Easter
“IT’S more than Easter Egg hunting andparties, Easter is the actualization of thepreaching of the Lord Jesus, ‘Love thyneighbor as you love thyself; and lovingGod, with all our heart, mind, soul andstrength. Parents should begin teaching
their kids about the signicance of Easter,
and that is becoming more caring, moreloving, to their neighbors.”This was the statement of ecumenicalgroup, The Working Faith Movement (WFM),as Christendom celebrates Easter, or the glori-ous resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.The WFM is small group of Christianmen and women, from different denomi-nations, aiming to make “the society bet-ter” by being light-bearers to others.“It is quite saddening that we see Easteras a time to party, to dress our kids in bunny
costumes, and helping them to nd painted
eggs and get prices like money or candies.It’s not bad to have some fun after the sea-son of Lent but is it a lot better to teach ourchildren, even ourselves, to embrace fullythe message of Easter, and that is: we areall bound to heaven, and to be able to getthere, we need to have faith, a working faith,a faith that works,” the WFM said.The WFM also furthers that, “We also mustremember that during the earthly ministry ofour Lord, He wanted our children to “come”to Him so that he could bless them (Cf. Mat-thew 14:9). Unless we let our children toapproach Him, with reverence and love andaffection, it is like we are putting an unseenstumbling block on their way to embracetheir Savior and to partake the fullness of lifethat he had promised (Cf. Mt. 18:6, Jn. 10:10).We call that stumbling block, commercialismand too much consumerism.”The WFM notes that the celebration ofEaster had become commercialized and itssolemnity, it thinks, somehow had beencompromised because of what the mediahave been doing.“As we can see,” the WFM explained,“the media play an important role in re-placing the true essence of the celebration.By publishing “commercialized” notionsof Easter, it had become the well accepted
Book features women’s struggles against mining
WOMEN are at the forefront of
the struggles against destruc-tive mining across the country,according to environmental andhuman rights activists.The women’s contribution inthe continuing struggle to pre-serve the environment againstdestructive large-scale miningand the promotion of humanrights are retold in a book titled“Gentle Treasures: Stories ofwomen against mining.”The volume contains stories ofdifferent women leaders, com-ing from various backgrounds,including community leaders,professionals, legislators, elected
local ofcials and activists “who
Easter / A6Heritage / A7Summit / A6Lawyer / A6Ecumenical / A6
have risked their lives in sharingtheir expertise and resourcesto uphold human dignity, con-serve the environment, promote
Book / A7
Pope criticizesdissent from churchteachings
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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle blesses the faithful as he presides the Easter Vigil Mass at the Archdiocese of Manila’s temporaryhome—San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church in Paco, 7 April 2012.
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 Vol. 16 No. 8
 April 9 - 22, 201
CBCP Monitor
EDINBURGH, Scotland, April7, 2012—Scottish Cardinal Keith
O’Brien’s Easter Sunday homily
will call for Christians to makethe cross more prominent intheir lives and to wear crosses assigns of their desire to love andserve others as Jesus Christ did.“I hope that increasing num-bers of Christians adopt the prac-tice of wearing a cross in a simpleand discreet way as a symbol oftheir beliefs. Easter provides theideal time to remind ourselves ofthe centrality of the cross in ourChristian faith,” the Archbishopof St. Andrews and Edinburghsaid in an April 7 statement.The cardinal will deliver hishomily, which was provided inadvance to CNA, in Edinburgh’sSt. Mary’s Cathedral on Easter,
April 8. In it he will reect on
the cross and its role in Chris-tian life.Easter, the cardinal will say,marks the “Triumph of theCross” when Jesus “conquereddeath” and sent his disciples tocontinue his mission.His remarks come at a timeof controversy over the role of
World News
Vatican Briefng
Holy Land pilgrimages on rise and couldincrease during Year of Faith
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2012—Fear of
violence in the Middle East has not keptpilgrims away from the Holy Land, ac-cording to U.S. Franciscan priests whofrequent the sites commemorating thebirth, death and resurrection of Jesus.Any hesitancy to visit these places is“overcome by faith and interest,” saidFranciscan Father Jeremy Harrington,commissary and guardian of the Fran-ciscan Monastery of the Holy Land inWashington. The holy sites, he added,remain safe places to visit despite unrestin the region.Father Harrington also is sure thenumber of pilgrims will increase dur-ing the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith,
which will begin Oct. 11—the 50th an
-niversary of the opening of the SecondVatican Council—and conclude Nov.24, 2013—the feast of Christ the King.In pastoral recommendations for theYear of Faith, U.S. Cardinal William J.Levada, prefect of the Congregationfor the Doctrine of the Faith, stressedthe importance of pilgrimages to St.Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and to
the Holy Land, “the place which rst
saw the presence of Jesus, the Savior,and Mary, his mother.”When pilgrims visit the Holy Land,they not only come away with a deepersense of their faith, but they also showsolidarity with the Christians livingin the region, Father Harrington toldCatholic News Service.Franciscan Father Garret Edmunds,a pilgrimage guide in the Holy Landand vice commissary of the FranciscanMonastery of the Holy Land in Wash-ington, said the number of pilgrimsfrom Europe and North America hasbeen stable. In recent years, he has
seen an inux of pilgrims from Eastern
Europe, Russia, India, the Far East,Africa and Brazil, which he attributesto emerging economies.Franciscan friars know plenty aboutthe Holy Land because they have beenthere for a long time. For more than750 years, they have had a ministrythere preserving shrines, welcomingpilgrims, leading parishes and schoolsand housing, and feeding those inneed.To continue the ministry they rely
on an annual Good Friday pontical
collection that supports Christians inthe Holy Land.Proceeds of the collection, coordi-nated by the Congregation for EasternChurches, are distributed to Latin andEastern Catholic bishops, parishes,schools and projects in Israel, the Pal-estinian territories, Jordan, Syria, Leba-non, Cyprus and Egypt.This spring the Vatican publisheda summary report on how the Fran-ciscan Custodians of the Holy Landhave used donations from recent col-lections. The funds enabled the friarsto improve facilities for pilgrims at anumber of holy sites at Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other locations. Fundswere also used to provide universityscholarships to students in the region,offered counseling, housing andmedical care to families in need andto build or rebuild Catholic parishesand schools.The friars’ work at the holy sites isparticularly important because it en-ables these places to be monuments offaith, not just historical landmarks thatare more like museums, according toFather Harrington.The priest also knows not everyonecan make a pilgrimage to the sites where Jesus was born, lived and died, becauseof the expense and time involved. That’swhy he encourages people to visit theFranciscan Monastery in Washington,which contains replicas of the HolyLand’s famous shrines as well as areplica of the Grotto at Lourdes and theRoman catacombs.The monastery, dedicated in 1899,is set on 40 acres of land near the Ba-silica of the Shrine of the ImmaculateConception. The priests who live andwork there say it is often described asan oasis of peace.Pilgrims are attracted to the shrinesand also the outdoor gardens but theyalso come for Masses, daily confessionsand adult education.“To come here gives people the op-portunity to see what goes on in theHoly Land,” said Father Harrington.
(Carol Zimmermann/ CNS)
Cardinal O’Brien exhorts Christians to wear crosses
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Police pressure on underground community: Easter inthe Church of Silence
Christianity in U.K. public life.Two British women who weredisciplined for wearing a cross atwork are taking their case beforethe European Court of HumanRights, alleging religious dis-crimination.While the cardinal does not
specically mention the case, he
says the cross should not be aproblem for others. Instead, theyshould see it as an indication ofChristians’ desire to love andserve others.“So often the teachings of Jesus Christ are divided andignored; so often those who tryto live a Christian life are madefun of and ridiculed and mar-ginalized,” the cardinal says inhis homily.“Perhaps the more regular useof that sign of the cross might be-come an indication of our desireto live close to that same Christwho suffered and died for us,and whose symbol we are proudto bear.”“Whether on a simple chain orpinned to a lapel, the cross iden-
ties us as disciples of Christ,”
he adds.Cardinal
O’Brien will
also look athow the crossis evidentthroughoutChristian life.Christiansare baptizedwith the Signof the Cross,which is often
the rst devo
-tion taught tochildren. Be-lievers beginand end each day by making thesign, and the cross is displayed
on the ags of both Scotland and
the United Kingdom. Theuse of this sign is not a “morbidway of looking back” on Jesus’sufferings. Instead, it is a signthat Christians are trying to fol-low “the path set out for us byChrist himself.”“It was through his sufferingson the cross that he achievedthe glory of the Resurrection – atransformation that can haveparallels in many of our own
lives,” Cardinal O’Brien says.
He also mentions Pope Bene-dict XVI’s concerns about reli-gion being marginalized, whichhe made known in London’sWestminster Hall in September2010. The Pope said that religionis not a problem but a “vitalcontributor” to the nationalconversation.
Cardinal O’Brien said these
words were a “great clarion call”for Christians to emphasize thatno government or public bod-ies should be “frightened” ofChristians but should see themas collaborators.
BEIJING, China, April 7, 2012—The Easterholiday will be “very discreetly” celebrated
this year in unofcial (underground) com
-munities in China. Many community leaders,bishops and priests, were in fact called in bythe police for a “conversation” and even un-derwent weeks of indoctrination on the gov-ernment’s religious policy. Several Churchobservers clearly see a campaign underwayto “convert” the underground Church and
absorb it into the ofcial church.
“This year—an underground priest toldAsiaNews—we will celebrate Easter insilence and discretion, without any solem-
nity. In other years, we had to nd locations
big enough so we could celebrate together.This year, we will celebrate Easter in smallgroups. Like every year there will also bethe baptisms of adults and children. Inmy parish there are 10. There are less thanusual this year because we wanted to raisethe level of formation, and follow the rulesof the Church, to give at least a year of cat-echism. “According to the priest, the discretionand silence of this year is due to the fact
that the police are rather restless: in Oc
-tober there will be a leadership change,with a new president and a new primeminister who will replace Hu Jintao andWen Jiabao.The priest said that he and other col-leagues have received an invitation from thepolice to call in for a “conversation” in whichthey promised to “be calm”.“In other parts of China - said the priest - isa bit ‘more dramatic, like in Wenzhou andTianshui”.In Wenzhou (Zhejiang), the coadjutorbishop, Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, and thechancellor, Fr. Paul Jiang Sunian were calledby police on March 19, “invited” to a “studysession” for at least a week. Bishop Shao,49, directs the “underground” communityof Wenzhou. Appointed by the Holy Seeand consecrated bishop in 2007, to promote
integration between ofcial and unofcial,
the Holy See decided that Msgr. Shao wouldbe the coadjutor bishop, while the ordinaryis Msgr. Vincent Zhu Weifang. The two com-munities are still struggling to integrate. Butthe police are trying to “facilitate” this bypushing the underground community to
become part of the ofcial Church, by sign
-ing the accession to the Patriotic Associationand the idea of a Church independent ofthe pope.According to sources cited by Eglisesd’Asie, the dialogue between the po-lice, Msgr. Shao and priests have alsofocused on the situation of Tianshui(Gansu), where for several months,there is a new underground bishop inthe person of Msgr. John Wang Ruohan,former administrator of the diocese.Since January, Msgr. Wang and someof her priests are being subjected to“study sessions” on the government’sreligious policy.Similar events occurred in Hebei andInner Mongolia. According to observ-ers, there seems to be in a clear policy towipeout the underground community.
On 2 March, in front of representativesof the council of Chinese bishops (ofcial)
and the Patriotic Association, a senior of-
cial from the United Front— which also
controls religious affairs—claimed that thetwo organizations should strive to achievegood results for “the conversion of the un-
derground community.” Of course the term
“conversion” means the total submissionof the community to Chinese governmentpolicy directives.
 JERUSALEM, Israel, April 6,2012—”The witness of faith byChristians in the Holy Land isvital for the small communitiesthat dot the Arab world at a timeof shocks and a resurgent radi-cal Islam,” said Msgr. AntonioFranco, nuncio to Israel andPalestine.Speaking to AsiaNews onthe occasion of Holy Week, hesaid, “We need trust and hopeso that faith in Christ will helpChristians in the Holy Land andthe Arab world to face their dif-
culties, full of love for the lifeChrist sacriced for us.”
Despite violence elsewhere inthe region, especially Syria, thisyear Holy Week was relativelycalmer than in previous years,
the prelate said. On Palm Sunday,
more than 20,000 people took partin the traditional procession fromBethphage to Jerusalem, twice asmany as in 2011.“There were no disturbancesalong the way. Someone putup banners calling for an endto Israel’s occupation of the ter-ritories, but the function wentoff without a hitch and withgreat devotion,” the nuncioexplained.Still, few of the pilgrims werePalestinian Christians, whosemovements are restricted byIsraeli checkpoints.Recently, Fr. Pierbattista Piz-zaballa, custodian of the HolyLand, announced that in 2013
Catholics and Orthodox in Israel
and Palestine will celebrate Eas-ter on the same day, followingthe Julian calendar.The desire to enhance ecumen-ical ties between the two com-munities is the main reason forthe change, but so is the pastoralconcern for the fate of mixedcouples, which are numerous inthe Holy Land.The Easter season is already jointly celebrated in Jordan,Msgr. Franco explained. Catho-
lics and Orthodox will in fact
celebrate Easter next week onthe east bank of the JordanRiver as well as in some com-munities in the PalestinianTerritories.Compared to past years,holy sites are less crowded thisyear, said Fr. Athanasius Ma-
cora OFM, former director of
the Christian information Center(CIC) who currently monitorsthe Holy Sepulcher.“There are many foreign tour-ists in the streets of Jerusalembut few of them are pilgrimscoming to the Holy Land to prayin the sites of Jesus’ Passion,” hesaid.
Nuncio in Holy Land: Easter between checkpoints and war 
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Pope praying for vocations in April
Benedict XVI is praying this month for an increase in vocationsto the priesthood and religious life. The Apostleship of Prayerannounced the intentions chosen by the Pope for April. Hisgeneral intention is “that many young people may hear thecall of Christ and follow him in the priesthood and religiouslife.” And the Pontiff’s mission intention is “that the risenChrist may be a sign of certain hope for the men and womenof the African continent.”
Pope donates $100,000 to Syria
The Pontical Council Cor Unum announced that the Pope
has made a donation of $100,000 in support of the peopleof Syria. The communique mentions the numerous appealsBenedict XVI has made for an end to violence in Syria and forthe opening of dialogue and reconciliation between the con-
icting parties, with a view to peace and the common good.
The Holy Father has also frequently exhorted the faithful topray for those who suffer.
Pope remembers victims of anti-personnel mines
Benedict XVI on April 4 mentioned the international day toraise awareness about anti-personnel mines, referring to hispredecessor’s condemnation of the weapons. After deliver-ing language greetings to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’sSquare for his general audience, the Holy Father recalled theinternational day. He expressed his closeness to victims andtheir families, and expressed his encouragement to “every-one who works to free humanity from these terrible hiddendevices which, as Blessed John Paul II said when the Anti Per-sonnel Mines Convention came into force, prevent mankindfrom ‘walking together on the journey of life without fearingdestruction and death.’”
Vatican doctrinal ofce’s new site offers decades of 
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithhas revised its website and launched a new internet domainname to distribute all of its documents published since theSecond Vatican Council. “Wider distribution of the teachingof the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is necessaryin today’s world,” the congregation said March 16. “These
texts treat signicant questions for the life and mission of the
Church and give important doctrinal responses to the chal-lenges of our times.” The congregation added that making
the documents more available will have “signicant value”
in communicating Church teaching around the world.
(CNA/  EWTN News)
Vatican conrms condemnation of breakaway
Ukrainian clergy
The Vatican’s doctrinal office has confirmed the excom-munication of four priests expelled from the UkrainianGreek Catholic Church, who asserted themselves as rivalsto its bishops. “These priests continue to challenge ecclesi-astical authority, causing moral and spiritual damage, not
only to the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat and the Greek-
Catholic Ukrainian Church, but also to this Apostolic Seeand the Catholic Church as a whole,” the Congregationfor the Doctrine of the Faith said March 29. “All this pro-vokes division and bewilderment among the faithful,” theVatican’s highest doctrinal office observed. The commentswere made in a March 29 notification intended “to informthe faithful, especially in the countries of origin of theso-called ‘bishops,’ about their current canonical status.”
Cardinal Daoud, former Syriac Catholic patriarch, diesat 81
Mourning the death of Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace MoussaDaoud, who died April 7 in a Rome hospital, Pope BenedictXVI also prayed for the people of the Middle East “living
through difcult times.” The 81-year-old cardinal was the
retired prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churchesand the former patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church. Hisfuneral was scheduled for April 10 in St. Peter’s Basilica. Ina condolence message to Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph IIIYounan of Antioch, Pope Benedict called the cardinal a “faith-ful pastor who devoted himself with faith and generosity tothe service of the people of God.”
Vietnam pulls visas of diocesan group promotingcardinal’s sainthood
The Vietnamese government revoked the visas of representa-tives of the Rome Diocese, including Cardinal Peter Turkson,
president of the Pontical Council for Justice and Peace,
postponing the delegation’s plans for a visit to the communistcountry. The delegation had planned to visit Vietnam March23-April 9 to hear the testimonies of people who knew thelate Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, whosecause for sainthood was launched by the Diocese of Rome in2010. Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the
Vatican press ofce, told Catholic News Service March 28 that
the Vatican was not directly involved with the planned trip.He said the delegation was traveling on behalf of the Dioceseof Rome, which is promoting the late cardinal’s sainthoodcause.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien
 Vol. 16 No. 8
 April 9 - 22, 201
CBCP Monitor
VATICAN City, April 5,2012—During a Mass in whichpriests renew their promises offidelity to Christ, Pope Bene-dict XVI firmly criticized dis-sent from church teachings anddisobedience of God’s will asillegitimate pathways towardreform and renewal.Surrounded by more than1,600 priests, bishops and car-dinals, the pope cautionedagainst calls for women’s ordi-nation, saying such campaignsseemed more “a desperatepush” to fulfill one’s own pref-erences rather than a sincereattempt to conform one’s lifemore closely to Christ.During the April 5 chrismMass in St. Peter’s Basilica, whichfocuses on Holy Thursday as theday Jesus shared his priesthoodwith the apostles, the pope saidhe wanted to use the occasion toask all priests, including himself,to meditate upon what their con-secration really means.“Are you resolved to be moreunited with the Lord Jesus andmore closely conformed to him,”which entails a renunciation ofoneself and “of the much-vaunted
self-fulllment,” the pope asked.
Being Christ-like means not tobe served but to serve, not takingbut giving, he said.If that is the nature of thepriesthood, then what shouldbe the response of priests whenfaced with “the often dramaticsituation of the church today,”the pope asked.Without specifying the coun-try, Pope Benedict said a groupof priests from a European na-tion have issued a call for dis-obedience of church teaching,
specically regarding the ques
-tion of women’s ordination.Last year the president ofthe Austrian bishops’ confer-ence, Vienna Cardinal ChristophSchonborn, condemned a “Callto Disobedience,” signed by250 of Austria’s 4,200 Catholicpriests. The document urgedCatholics to begin a campaignin support of women priests and“priestless eucharistic liturgies,”as well as for Communion tobe given to non-Catholics andremarried divorcees.Also, 311 theologians fromAustria, Germany and Switzer-land signed a memorandum lastyear demanding the ordinationof women and married men,as well as an “open dialogue”on the church’s “structures ofpower and communication.”Pope Benedict asked, “Is dis-obedience a path of renewal forthe church?” adding that Blessed John Paul II taught “irrevocablythat the church has receivedno authority from the Lord” toordain women.Pope Benedict said perhapssuch campaigns are motivatedby concern for the church andbelieve that “the slow pace ofinstitutions has to be overcomeby drastic measures, in order toopen up new paths and bring thechurch up-to-date.”“But is disobedience reallya way to do this?” the popeasked.True renewal must be basedon lives that are radically con-formed to Christ and God’s will,he said.Christ did seek to correct errorsin human traditions, the popesaid, but only those customs that
stied God’s word and will, seek
-ing to eliminate “human caprice”so as to reveal God’s authenticdesire for his people.Being humble, subservient,and obedient to God and follow-ing church teachingare not excuses “todefend inertia, thefossilization of tra-ditions,” the popesaid.The era follow-ing the SecondVatican Councilshowed what aprocess of “true re-newal” looks like,and it can be seenin many of the newmovements andways of life thatare “filled withthe joy of faith, the radicalismof obedience, the dynamic ofhope and the power of love,”he said.
Presiding over the rst of two
Holy Thursday liturgies, PopeBenedict blessed the oils that willbe used in the sacraments of bap-
tism, conrmation, ordination
and the anointing of the sick.Deacons carried the oils inlarge silver urns to the mainaltar while catechumens, youths
preparing for conrmation, the
sick and deacons about to beordained in the Diocese of Romewheeled small tables carryinglarge, artistic urns, which alsocontained sacramental oils.In his homily, the pope calledon all priests to continue to look toChrist and the saints for guidancein how best to serve and renew thechurch and minister to humanity.“God is not concerned somuch with great numbers andwith outward successes, butachieves his victories underthe humble sign of the mustardseed,” the pope said.He urged bishops and prieststo remember their role as teachersand to use the upcoming Year ofFaith to combat “the growing reli-gious illiteracy found in the midstof our sophisticated society.”“We preach not private theo-ries and opinions, but the faithof the church,” he said. Accurate,authentic guides of what thechurch teaches can be found notonly in sacred Scripture, but alsothe texts of Vatican II, the Cat-echism of the Catholic Churchand Pope John Paul II’s writings,which “are still far from beingexplored,” he said.However, such teaching willonly be credible when thosepreaching live lives that arevisibly touched and shaped byChrist and his word, the popesaid.
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Pope criticizes dissent from church teachings
7 years after death, Bl. John PaulII remains ‘alive and present’
VATICAN City, April 2, 2012—Blessed John Paul II remains alive with God,continuing to offer his prayers forthe Church on earth, the head of
the Holy See Press Office said on
the seventh anniversary of the latePope’s death.“John Paul II for us is still alive andpresent,” Father Federico Lombarditold CNA on April 2. “He was pro-claimed as blessed by the Church, sowe are sure that he is alive and he con-tinues to be present and to intercedefor the Church just as he did while hewas our pastor on the earth.”The seventh anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s 2005 death is the firstremembrance of the Pope’s passingto take place since he was beatifiedon May 1, 2011.“He continues to be an intercessorfor us, near to God,” said Fr. Lom-bardi.Although Blessed John Paul II’s
feast day falls on Oct. 22 (the date
of his installation as Pope), theanniversary of his death remainssignificant for many faithful aroundthe world.This year that anniversary came oneday after the April 1 diocesan-levelcelebration of World Youth Day – anevent inaugurated by the “Pope ofYouth,” who was later named its pa-tron in 2011.
On April 2 Pope Benedict XVI ad
-dressed a group of 5,000 pilgrimsfrom Spain who came to Rome for itslocal World Youth Day as a gestureof gratitude to the Pope for his 2011visit to Spain for the last international-level youth gathering. The pilgrimswere accompanied by a group ofpriests and bishops led by Madrid’sCardinal Archbishop Antonio MaríaRouco Varela.Pope Benedict praised the youngpilgrims as “the protagonists andmain beneficiaries” of World YouthDay, “promoted vigorously by mybeloved predecessor, Blessed JohnPaul II, whose passage to heaven weremember today.”“Whenever I bring to mind thetwenty-sixth World Youth Day inMadrid,” Pope Benedict told the pil-grims, “my heart fills with gratitudeto God for the grace to experiencethose unforgettable days.” He de-scribed the young attendees at thegathering as “eloquent signs of therisen Christ.”He also renewed his call for youngpeople to give a joyful and faithfulwitness in their everyday lives.“You are called to cooperate in thisexciting and worthwhile task,” he toldthem. “Christ needs you to extend
PH to enter ‘demographic sweet spot’in 3 years—BSP chief
MANILA, March 30, 2012—ThePhilippines is set to reap immensebenefits from a booming popula-tion dominated by young people,a development which the head ofthe central bank said would propel“accelerated economic growth.”The governor of the BangkoSentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Aman-do Tetangco, told the PhilippineInvestment Forum in Makati onWednesday that the country willtaste its “demographic sweet spot”in 2015.The Philippines, where the me-dian age is 22 years, has none of theproblems being faced by countrieswith rapidly ageing populations,he pointed out. In fact, among the“young countries” in Asia, the Phil-ippines has the lowest median age,Tetangco said.The demographic sweet spotshould last well until 2050, Tet-angco’s presentation showed.“While some countries are facingproblems relating to their agingpopulation, the Philippines is set toenter its demographic sweet spot.Studies have shown that extendedperiods of accelerated economicgrowth have coincided with thecountries entering this period,” theBSP governor told the forum at ThePeninsula Hotel.This phase is associated witha young, vibrant labor force ablysupporting the pension system, andan economy experiencing high eco-nomic growth rates due to a largebase of consumers.United Nations data show thePhilippines’ median age will risefrom 23.3 in 2015 up to just 32.5 by2050, using the “medium assump-tion.” Population growth will slowdown to 0.72% by 2050, from 1.58%in 2015, assuming the already de-clining fertility trend.The central bank chief’s state-ments come on the heels of a Fi-nancial Times opinion piece notingthat many Asian nations are endingtheir “demographic free ride,” withthe exception of a few fortunatecountries like the Philippines.The Financial Times piece titled“The end of Asia’s demographicdividend,” written by David Pill-ing, cited HSBC economist FredericNeumann’s prediction of a contrac-tion in the workforces of China,Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan,and Singapore.HSBC had predicted the Philip-pines will leapfrog 27 places tobecome the world’s 16th largesteconomy by 2050, due to its demo-graphic advantages.“At least these economies, withthe exception of China, are alreadyfairly prosperous. But some lesswell-off countries will soon run outof steam. Thailand’s demographicswill turn in 10 years. Even Vietnam,whose workforce is growing apace,will see a sharp deceleration beforetoo long,” Pilling said. “If these arethe hares – the countries that cameout of the demographic traps first –Asia does also have some tortoises.Those that can look forward toyears of favourable demographicsinclude the Philippines, Malaysia,Indonesia and everybody’s demo-graphic darling, India. The latterwill add the equivalent of Europe’sworkforce over the next 15 years,”Pilling said.But Pilling said countries withfavorable demographics cannot justsit back and relax.“The Philippines shows howeasily one can squander one’s de-mographic birthright. Its naturalresource is its people but becauseof a lack of good jobs at home,about 10 per cent of Filipinos workabroad, remitting cash on whichtheir relatives – and the Philippineeconomy as a whole – relies,” hesaid.In January, Vice-President Je- jomar Binay said the Philippinesshould safeguard its populationfrom the “dangers that broughtabout the irreversible decline of theWest,” calling for massive invest-ments in the country’s workforce,in contrast to calls from other politi-cians to pass a bill seeking billionsin taxpayer funding for contracep-tion and to promote “reproductivehealth.”Speaking before foreign newscorrespondents, Binay said: “Weneed to invest in our families, in theeducation, training, and health careespecially of our youth and women;we need to equip them with suffi-cient skills and work habits to givethem a big competitive edge in theglobal market.”Saying “demography is destiny,”Binay said “The Philippines, with itsyounger work force and its dynamicand still self-renewing population,equipped with knowledge and tech-nical skill, will have every unim-peded opportunity to forge ahead,without the demographic problemsof the West.”
(JB Serrano)
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MANILA, March 31, 2012—In hismessage to the Catholic youth forthe 27th World Youth Day (WYD)on April 1, Pope Benedict XVI calledon the young to recognize “real” joy in the simplest events of theirdaily lives.
“Each day is lled with countless
simple joys which are the Lord’sgift: the joy of living, the joy of see-ing nature’s beauty, the joy of a jobwell done, the joy of helping others,the joy of sincere and pure love,”the Pope said.He warned the youth to be cau-tious against the temptations thatlead us away from experiencingreal joy like material possession and
societal afrmation.“Our present-day culture often
pressures us to seek immediategoals, achievements and pleasures,”
he said. “It fosters ckleness more
than perseverance, hard work and
delity to commitments. The mes
-sages it sends push a consumeristmentality and promise false hap-piness. Experience teaches us thatpossessions do not ensure happi-ness. How many people are sur-rounded by material possessions
yet their lives are lled with despair,
sadness and emptiness!”The Holy Father added that what-ever brings us true joy, whether thesmall joys of each day or the greatest joys in life, “has its source in God,even if this does not seem immedi-ately obvious.”“This is because God is a com-munion of eternal love, he isinfinite joy that does not remainclosed in on itself, but expands toembrace all whom God loves andwho love him. God created us inhis image out of love, in order toshower his love upon us and to fillus with his presence and grace,”he added.Relating his WYD message withthe incoming Holy Week, the Su-preme Pontiff said God’s love forhis people is fully seen in JesusChrist, who has given up His lifeto offer his friends and enemies the joy of salvation.“Dear friends,” the Pope said,“learn to see how God is workingin your lives and discover him hid-den within the events of daily life.Believe that he is always faithful tothe covenant, which he made withyou on the day of your Baptism.”“Know that God will never aban-don you. Turn your eyes to himoften. He gave his life for you onthe cross because he loves you.Contemplation of this great lovebrings a hope and joy to our heartsthat nothing can destroy. Christianscan never be sad, for they have metChrist, who gave his life for them,”he added.The Holy Father also called on theyoung to “show the world that faithbrings happiness and a joy which istrue, full and enduring.”“Christianity is sometimes de-
picted as a way of life that sties
our freedom and goes against ourdesires for happiness and joy. Butthis is far from the truth. Chris-tians are men and women who aretruly happy because they know thatthey are not alone. They know thatGod is always holding them in hishands,” he said.“It is up to you, young followersof Christ, to show the world thatfaith brings happiness and a joywhich is true, full and enduring. Ifthe way Christians live at times ap-pears dull and boring, you should
be the rst to show the joyful and
happy side of faith. The Gospel isthe ‘good news’ that God loves usand that each of us is important tohim. Show the world that this istrue,” he added.The WYD has been an annualgathering of Catholic youth sincethe late Pope John Paul II initiatedit in 1985. It is celebrated at the di-ocesan level annually, as this year,or at a week-long international levelevery two to three years at differentlocations.Aside from the Vatican City, atleast ten countries have alreadyhosted the international celebrationof WYD, with Spain having to hostit twice at Santiago de Compostelain 1989 and Madrid in 2011.Last year’s WYD was held inMadrid, Spain and the one slatedfor next year will take place in Riode Janeiro, Brazil from July 23 to 28,2013.
Pope urges youth to be messengers of joy on WYD
Anti-illegal logging task forceinspects Pangasinan-Zambales forest
PASIG City, April 2, 2012—The De-partment of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) Regional Ofce in
Central Luzon on April 3, inspected theextent of the illegal logging operationsin the town of Mangaratem in Pangasi-nan and some parts of the province ofZambales.National Anti-Illegal Logging TaskForce chief, retired Major GeneralRenato Miranda and the members of
the DENR Regional Ofce personally
went to the place to investigate and to
conrm reports about a Mangaratem
resident who funded the constructionof a 19-kilometer road in Pangasinan, tomake the hauling of hot logs easier.Reports about the inspection willbe released immediately, accordingto DENR Regional Executive Director
Samuel Peñael in a press statement.
Illegal logging is considered one ofthe riskiest activities that destroys theenvironment and threatens the peopleof major catastrophies such as flash
oods and soil erosion. Illegal logging
was considered as the culprit of thedestruction of homes and livelihood
of the people of Cagayan de Oro and
Iligan cities, all in Mindanao, duringthe onslaught of tropical storm Sendong(international name Washi). Tens ofthousands people were left homeless,and more than 1,000 people died andwent missing.
(Noel Sales Barcelona/ CBCPNews)
your hand and build his kingdom oflove … You all have a vocation thathe has wanted to propose for yourhappiness and holiness.”He urged the young Spaniards to fol-low the example of the saints, “alwaysspreading the light of God and thepower of your love, transforming theworld into a welcoming home for all,
where God is gloried and his children
are blessed.”

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