Vol. 16 No. 12
June 4 - 17, 2012
Pope saddened over massacre in Houla
The Holy See on May 29 condemned the recent massacre in the Syriantown of Houla which resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people in-cluding 49 children. Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vaticanpress office, expressed the Pope’s worry and distress over the attack. “Inrenewing its call for the cessation of all forms of violence, the Holy Seeurges the parties concerned and the international community to spareno effort to resolve the crisis through dialogue and reconciliation,” hesaid.
Families join in helping earthquake victims
The Catholic Church and families of the world, gathered in Milan for theVII World Meeting of Families, shared in the grief of the recent earthquakethat struck the Italian regions of Emilia Romagna and Lombardia. On May29, a donation center was established by ‘Family2012,’ in collaboration with‘Caritas Ambrosiana,’ to receive donations for the earthquake victims. TheItalian Bishops’ Conference also announced that they have sent 1 millioneuros to the relief effort and will take up a national collection at all masseson June 10.
Man detained for illegal possession of Vatican documents
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press ofce, an
-nounced on May 25 that an investigation undertaken by the Gendarmerie,has made it possible to single out a person in possession of private papaldocuments. According to sources, the person in question is a personal as-sistant to the Holy Father. The man is now in the custody of the Vaticanmagistrate for further investigation. On May 19, the Holy See announcedits readiness to start legal proceedings, following the publication of a seriesof private documents and letters of the Vatican.
Reasons for dismissal of Vatican Bank boss emerge
The Vatican Bank’s president was dismissed for failing to carry out “basicduties,” giving people inaccurate information about the institution and“progressively erratic personal behavior,” according to board memberCarl Anderson. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was removed as president of the
Vatican Bank May 24, following a no condence vote by the other four
board members. The 67-year-old Italian served as the head of the bank,
ofcially known as the Institute for Works of Religion, since 2009.
(CNA/ EWTN News)
Pope meets Costa Rican president, discusses defense of life
Pope Benedict XVI met with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica atthe Vatican, discussing a number of issues including the task of defendinghuman life from the moment of conception. The May 28 discussion cameas Costa Rica faces continued pressure from the Inter-American Human
Rights Court to legalize in vitro fertilization. The cordial talk between the
two leaders focused on the excellent relationship between the Holy See andCosta Rica.
Pope: The married family can change the world
MILAN, Italy, June 3, 2012—Pope Bene-dict XVI has told the 7th World Meetingof Families in Milan that the family
based upon marriage can revolutionize
modern society for the better.“Your vocation is not easy to live, es-pecially today, but the vocation to loveis a wonderful thing, it is the only forcethat can truly transform the world,” hesaid during his homily to almost 1 mil-lion pilgrims gathered in Milan’s BressoPark on June 3.Pope Benedict was concluding athree-day visit to the event in north-ern Italy. Over the past week it hasbrought together families from over 150countries to pray, celebrate and studymarriage and family life. The theme forthis year was “The Family: Work andCelebration.”The Pope used his homily to providesome advice on the “elements that buildup family life.”He recommended: “maintaining aconstant relationship with God andparticipating in the life of the Church,”“cultivating dialogue, respecting theother’s point of view, being ready forservice and patient with the failingsof others,” agreeing on “principlesof upbringing,” “being open to otherfamilies, attentive towards the poor, andresponsible within civil society.”The Pope also stressed the importanceof family life built upon a man andwoman who are married to each other.This is because God “created us maleand female, equal in dignity, but alsowith respective and complementarycharacteristics, so that the two mightbe a gift for each other, might valueeach other and might bring into beinga community of love and life.”He told the married couples presentin the large outdoor congregation thatthey were “not giving each other anyparticular thing or activity” in marriage“but your whole lives.”This love becomes most fruitful inits desire to “accomplish one another’sgood” as well as in the “generous andresponsible procreation of children,”followed by their “vigilant and wiseeducation.”The Pope also explained that the ben-
ets of married families go beyond the
spouses and children to include society
at large, since “family life is the rst and
irreplaceable school of social virtues,such as respect for persons, gratuitous-ness, trust, responsibility, solidarity,cooperation.”He then urged parents to transmit totheir children “with serenity and trust,reasons for living, the strength of faith,pointing them towards high goals andsupporting them in their fragility.”Pope Benedict next turned his at-tention to the children present andencouraged them to “always maintaina relationship of deep affection andattentive care for your parents, andsee that your relationships with yourbrothers and sisters are opportunitiesto grow in love.”Towards the conclusion of his hom-ily, the Pope addressed the damagingimpact that modern economic theoriesbased upon “a utilitarian concept ofwork, production and the market” canhave upon the family.Both God’s plan and experience, hesaid, show that this “one-sided logic of
sheer utility and maximum prot” is
not conducive to the good of the person,family or society.“Indeed, the utilitarian mentalitytends to take its toll on personal andfamily relationships, reducing themto a fragile convergence of individualinterests and undermining the solidityof the social fabric.”One of the ways in which Christianfamilies can combat this trend is bymaking sure they keep Sunday as aspecial day for the family each week.It should be a day “of man and hisvalues,” set aside for “conviviality,friendship, solidarity, culture, close-ness to nature, play, sport,” said thePope.“Dear families, despite the relentlessrhythms of the modern world, do notlose a sense of the Lord’s Day! It is likean oasis in which to pause, so as to tastethe joy of encounter and to quench ourthirst for God.”At the conclusion of the Mass, PopeBenedict announced that the next WorldMeeting of Families will take place in2015 in Philadelphia.“I send my warm greetings to Arch-bishop Charles Chaput and to theCatholics of that great city, and look for-ward to meeting them there along withnumerous families from all around theworld. May God bless you all!”
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the seventh World Meeting of Families on June3, 2012.
Pope reveals next World Meeting of Families is in Philadelphia
MILAN, Italy, June 3, 2012—PopeBenedict XVI announced this morn-ing at the closing Mass of the seventhWorld Meeting of Families that thenext gathering will be held in theArchdiocese of Philadelphia."I send my warm greetings toArchbishop Charles Chaput and tothe Catholics of that great city," hesaid as he delivered the news thatthe 2015 World Meeting of Familieswill be hosted by the Archdiocese ofPhiladelphia.Pope Benedict, who delivered thenews in a short speech after Com-munion, said he is looking forwardto meeting "them there along withnumerous families from all aroundthe world."Reacting to the news, ArchbishopChaput said he is "so grateful tothe Holy Father that he has chosenPhiladelphia and excited that wewill host the 2015 World Meeting ofFamilies.”"It's fitting that this gathering,which celebrates the cornerstone ofsociety, will take place in America'scradle of freedom. The Holy Father'schoice is a gift to the local Church inPhiladelphia and to the whole na-tion," he said.The international gathering takesplace every three years and bringstogether hundreds of thousands ofpeople to pray, celebrate, and studymarriage and family life. This year,pilgrims from 150 countries havecome to Milan.The 2012 event was held in Milan,Italy and featured a Family Fair forthose who work in family ministry,a Theological and Pastoral Congress,and a series of speeches delivered byPope Benedict to families, priests andreligious, and to civil authorities.This edition of the meeting alsofeatured Pope Benedict meetingwith all of those children who have
received or will receive Conrmation
in the Milan archdiocese. The youthmet with the Pope in San Siro soccerstadium, in keeping with a traditionthat is usually attended only by theArchbishop of Milan, Cardinal An-gelo Scola.The culmination of the gatheringwas the Sunday, June 3 High Massat Milan’s Bresso Park, which was at-tended by almost 1 million faithful.The theme of this year’s eventwas “The Family: Work and Cel-ebration.” The Pope has focusedhis message on how the family is“humanity’s principal patrimony,”and through Christ, it helps ensurea “true and stable culture in favor ofman.”
Families join together in helpingearthquake victims
MILAN, May 31, 2012—The CatholicChurch and families of the world,gathered in Milan for the VII WorldMeeting of Families, shared in the griefof the recent earthquake that struck theItalian regions of Emilia Romagna andLombardia on Tuesday.The Church has, throughout history,participated in the joys and sufferingsof its members. That same Churchtoday shares the pain of the familiesaffected by the earthquake, whilepraying, remembering and helping
them. Even when the rst earthquake
struck, Cardinals Scola and Antonelli,while attending a press conference,expressed their solidarity for thoseaffected.This afternoon, a donation centerwas established by ‘Family2012,’ in col-laboration with ‘Caritas Ambrosiana,’to receive donations for the earthquakevictims.‘Caritas Ambrosiana’ has alreadysent more than 1,500 personal hygienekits, 4 temporary structures with a ca-pacity of 800 beds, as well as collecting €15,000 of donations.The Italian Bishops’ Conference an-nounced this morning that they havesent 1 million euros to the relief effortand will take up a national collection atall masses on Sunday, June 10.On Friday, Eucharistic Adorationwill be held in Milan’s Cathedral, ledby Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, President
of the Pontical Council for the Family,
in the presence of the bishops from themost affected areas: Bishop RobertoBusti, from Mantova, Bishop AntonioLanfranchi, from Modena, BishopPaolo Rabitti, from Ferrara and BishopFrancesco Cabina from Carpi. Theywill also take up a special collection atthe event for the earthquake victims.During the Eucharistic Adorationin Milan’s cathedral on Friday, BishopBusti, from Mantova, will address the
faithful, giving his rst-hand witness
of the region hardest hit by the earth-quake.Earthquake survivors will also jointhe Holy Father during the Vigil ofWitnesses to be held Saturday eveningin Bresso.The company in charge of cateringfor the World Meeting of Families hasalso offered to donate any food left overfrom the event as well as other productsthat might be of need.
Denver missionaries' weekend event brings love to homeless youth
DENVER, Colorado, June 2,
2012—Dozens of homeless
young people in Denver arereceiving food, clothing, andother essentials through "48Hours," a new initiative be-ing launched by the Catholicgroup Christ in the City.“Christ in the City’s goalfor the 48 Hours Event is tobuild on our relationshipswith the homeless youth inorder to promote their God-given dignity,” said HollynErnstmann, who has spentthe past year participatingin the volunteer programthat combines service withspiritual and intellectualformation.
Organizers expect to serve
50 homeless youth duringthe June 1-3 event. Hosted atCentral Presbyterian Churchand the local YMCA, it hasbeen undertaken in partner-ship with the Denver Home-less Ministry and Stand Upfor Kids.Christ in the City's HomelessTaskforce Director Adam Ure-neck told CNA that it had “trulybeen a blessing” to collaboratewith other groups working to“offer a comprehensive arrayof resources and care” to youngpeople in need.As the YMCA opens itsdoors for recreation andshowers, the Catholic mis-sionaries will offer suppliesand food donated by resi-dents of the Denver arch-diocese. Program directorYvonne Noggle said theevent comes at a criticaltime, as the city prepares toimplement a ban on urbancamping.Local shelters are report-ing unusually high occu-pancy, as the new ban goesinto effect. In a May 30 Den-ver Post editorial, DenverMayor Michael Hancockargued that the controversialordinance will help “connectthose in need with vital hu-man services.”During this time of transi-tion, Noggle said, Christ inthe City's weekend event“allows the youth to get off
the street, and nd resources
for permanent housing whilebeing loved and doted on byour missionaries.”Ureneck said the initiativewas part of the group's mis-sion to help homeless teens
realize their potential, calling
them to a “new future” and
“a dignied life” that rises
“to the stature of Christ.”Formed in response toBlessed John Paul II's call
for a “New Evangelization”
of Western culture, Christ in
the City is completing its rst
year of service in July.In August, the programwill begin training a newgroup of college-age Catho-lic missionaries for servicein the Denver archdiocese.
Members of Christ in the City participate in StreetBeatz. Courtesyof Christ in the City.
Brazil's Copacabana Beach, air force base to be main WYD sites
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 1,2012―A Brazilian bishop and top orga
nizer revealed today that CopacabanaBeach and the Santa Cruz Air Base will
be the venues for the main events ofWorld Youth Day Rio 2013.The global youth event will take place July 23-28 next summer, which PopeBenedict XVI is expected to attend.During a press conference, Arch-bishop Orani Joao Tempesta saidCopacabana will be the venue for theopening Mass, the welcoming ceremonywith the Pope and the Via Crucis – theevent's traditional Way of the Crossprocession.
The Santa Cruz Air Base, on the
western side of the city, will be thevenue for the vigil on July 27 and theclosing Mass on July 28, where sometwo million young people are expected
to gather. Operated by the Brazilian Air
Force, the base covers an area of nearly3.5 square miles.Accompanied by his auxiliary bish-ops, Archbishop Tempesta was in Rome
yesterday to meet with ofcials at thePontical Council for the Laity, who
approved the venues for the event.“We will begin the main events underthe protection of Mary – CopacabanaBeach is named after Our Lady ofCopacabana – at the place where largeevents have traditionally been held inRio de Janeiro and that will now havethe privilege of hosting these events andwelcoming young people from all overthe world,” he said.Archbishop Orani said he has invitedthe Pope to visit the Christ the Redeem-er statue that overlooks the city and tohold a gathering at Maracana Stadiumwith the nearly 60,000 volunteers ex-pected to participate in WYD.Asked about whether confessions
would be heard in specic place similarto what organizers did in WYD Madrid
2011, Father Arnaldo Rodrigues of the
organizing committee said the Madrid
model would not be possible but thatconfessions would be heard at variousvenues across the city. He also said thelocations of the catechetical sessionshave also yet to be determined.The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro also
said it would ask city ofcials to allow
the Shrine of Christ the Redeemer toremain open around the clock to accom-
modate the constant ow of pilgrims.
Catholic artist paints 143 metre-long ‘Indian Bible’
KOCHI, India, June 1,2012—Edwin Parmar, aCatholic painter from Gu- jarat, is the author of an oilpainting on canvas, 143 by0.90 metres, with a biblicaltheme. In the Indian-stylework, Eve has waist-lengthblack curls, Our Lady wearsa sari and Moses is holdingthe tablets with the TenCommandments in Hindi.The work is currentlyon display at the Pasto-ral Orientation Centre atPalarivattom, Kochi, at an
exhibition organized by the
Bible Commission of theKerala Catholic Bishops’Council.Working 16 hours a dayfor 40 days, Parmar com-pleted the big painting in2005. At that time, he wasliving in Kalol, 40 kilome-tres from Ahmedabad, thelargest city in Gujarat.“I am Catholic,” Parmartold AsiaNews. “In thestate [Gujarat], Christiansare a tiny minority, barelytolerated. One day I got anidea. Why not use Indianculture, which I love andwhich unites us all, to ex-plain the Bible and our faithto Hindus and Muslims[the local majority]. Theoutcome was positive andnon-Christians were quiteimpressed.Fr. Paul Kattukaran, Art-ists’ Forum coordinator forthe Office of Social Com-munication of the CatholicBishops’ Conference ofIndia, helped Parmar inpromoting his work.“His paintings are thoughtfrom the perspective of or-dinary people,” the priesttold AsiaNews. “Seeingfigures with Indian featuresimpresses people becauseit eliminates differences.Today, everybody is caughtup in electronics, television,but when they look at thesepaintings, they are struck bytheir depth.”Parmar’s work has beenexhibited in 39 churches inThrissur Diocese, to whichFr. Kattukaran belongs. Inview of his great success inKerala, Parmar and his wifeManeesha moved to Kerala.
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