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PROTAGONIST OF TRUTH, PROMOTER OF PEACE

UGNAYAN A3: NEWS A6: LOCAL NEWS B1: PASTORAL CONCERNS
THE NEWS SUPPLEMENT For first World Day of the Poor, Filipinos asked to join in praying for peace Pope Francis’ message for the
OF COUPLES FOR CHRIST Francis encourages personal encounter 1st World Day of the Poor

Fight fake news,
bishops urge Catholics
By Roy Lagarde

AS fake news takes
over social media
feeds, the country’s
Catholic bishops on
Wednesday called
on the faithful to
fight spread of false
information and on-
line deception.
For the first time, the
Catholic Bishops’ Conference
of the Philippines issued a
pastoral exhortation against
fake news which is “a sin
against charity” because it
leads the people to wrong
decisions.
“Our Catholic faith
obliges us to refrain from
patronizing, popularizing and
supporting identified sources
of ‘alternative facts’ or ‘fake
news’,” the bishops said.
“Refuse to be themselves
purveyors of fake news and
to desist from disseminating
this whether on social media
or by word of mouth or
through any other form of
public expression,” they said.
Freedom of expression is
a bedrock of democracy but
its irresponsible exercise, the
bishops said, is something
that Christians cannot be
South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban visits the residents of the Our Lady of Banneux Community, a housing project under the Couples for Christ’s Answering the Cry of the Poor (CFC-Ancop) program, in
part of. San Mateo, Rizal. The new village has at least 84 housing units for families who used to live in danger zones or along the city streets of Metro Manila. Cardinal Napier visited the country to grace the 36th anniversary
Fight / A7 of CFC Global Mission that has a big community in South Africa (See related story on A6). ROY LAGARDE

Cardinal Quevedo stands in 2 bishops who died on same day laid to rest
solidarity with Muslims at THE two Catholic bishops who
passed away on the same day
were laid to rest in their respective

Ramadan’s end pastoral jurisdiction.
Bishops Leopoldo Tumulak of
the Military Ordinariate of the
Philippines and Rodolfo Beltran
of San Fernando in La Union both
succumbed to cancer on June 17.
After a five-day wake, Tumulak
was interred with full military
honors at the Shrine of St. Therese
of the Child Jesus in Pasay City on
June 22.
The burial followed a liturgy led
by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at
the St. Ignatius Cathedral inside
Rest / A7 Tumulak & Beltran

Church hits desecration
Marawi prelate leaves fate of Maute of chapel in N. Cotabato
captive priest to government CARDINAL Orlando Quevedo of
A CATHOLIC prelate tossed the Cotabato deplored the “wicked
ball in the government’s court in desecration” of a Catholic chapel
Cotabato City’s Golden Mosque. FILE PHOTO
ensuring the freedom of the priest by terrorist gunmen in North
MINDANAO’S lone cardinal has and the desecration of a Catholic and other civilians held by the Cotabato.
called for more harmony between cathedral in Marawi City and a Islamic State-linked Maute group. The cardinal said the gunmen did
Christians and Muslims in time for chapel in Pigcawayan, N. Cotabato. Marawi Bishop Edwin de la Peña not only destroy religious icons but
the Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. “I have wondered if the killing said it’s up to the government to also desecrated the Sacred Hosts
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of of the innocent, the deliberate decide whether or not to enter that were kept inside the chapel of
Cotabato took the usual step of destruction of a Catholic cathedral, negotiation with the militants. Malagakit village in Pigcawayan town.
personally expressing his “greetings the burning of a Protestant college, “It is the government’s call to “These are irreligious acts that
of peace” as Muslims mark the end the kidnapping of civilians, would decide to enter to negotiation or cry out to heaven,” Quevedo said.
of the Ramadan fast. desecrate the holy month of not,” Dela Peña told Church-run “Such acts are similar to the
While it is a long-established Ramadan,” Quevedo said. Radio Veritas on June 27. desecration of a mosque and the
practice for Catholic leaders to send “Yet deep and genuine religious “Let us all just wait for the sacred Qur’an by non-Muslims.
message to Muslims, the cardinal faith is always optimistic. It is full government’s next move. The ball Both desecrations are gravely
this time can’t help but share his of hope. It dreams that the meaning is in their court,” he said. sinful,” he said.
sentiments on the ongoing siege in of Ramadan might become a reality The military yesterday reported The government troopers on
Mindanao. for all of us,” he said. that Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob Wednesday foiled an attempted
He particularly lamented the Muslim religious and political Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob together with some is still alive as relayed by a civilian raid on a militia post in Malagakit
staff of the Marawi cathedral and a number of
attacks launched by ISIS-linked leaders have condemned such acts as civilians were abducted by the Maute group on that was rescued from the war zone after they engaged about 300
armed groups against civilians Ramadan / A7 May 23. PHOTO FROM CHITO SUGANOB FACEBOOK Prelate / A6 Desecration / A6
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Judge halts deportations of
t

Vatican Briefing
Cardinal Turkson: Marijuana debate ignores ethical
questions
The Vatican’s top personality on social justice issues
has voiced his concern for the increased demand for
Chaldean Christians to Iraq
drugs, including recreational marijuana, saying debate DETROIT, Mich.— A district court judge Furthermore, they had been ordered for Secretary Kelly, advocating for a
on the plant’s usage doesn’t take ethical concerns into on Thursday halted the deportation of removal by a federal judge, although in stay on the deportations until Iraq
account. In a June 26 letter on the occasion of the U.N. more than 100 Iraqis, including many some cases the orders were reportedly could guarantee the safety of religious
International Day against Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Chaldean Christians, who were recently decades old. minorities.
of Drugs, Cardinal Peter Turkson lamented the fact that picked up by immigration officers and Iraq had previously refused to accept “Returning religious minorities to
narcotics “continue to rage in impressive forms and detained. the Chaldeans, “in some cases, for Iraq at this time, without specific
dimensions” throughout the world.“It is a phenomenon “We are thankful and relieved that humanitarian reasons,” Thursday’s plans for protection, does not
that is fueled—not without concessions and compromises our clients will not be immediately sent decision read. appear consistent with our concerns
on the part of institutions—by a shameful market that to Iraq, where they face grave danger of However, they recently agreed to about genocide and persecution
crosses national and continental borders, intertwined persecution, torture or death,” Michael accept them as part of a deal with the of Christians in Iraq,” a letter
with mafias and drug trafficking,” he said. (Elise Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU U.S. that removed Iraq’s place on a list by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of
Harris/CNA) of Michigan, which represented the of countries where foreign nationals Houston-Galveston, president of the
Iraqi nationals, stated in response to were barred from traveling to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Francis urges Serrans to ‘keep moving forward’ the ruling. U.S., except in special cases, as part of along with Bishop Oscar Cantu of
promoting vocations On Sunday, June 11, U.S. Immigrations President Donald Trump’s immigration Las Cruces, chair of the U.S. bishops’
Pope Francis offered encouragement to members of and Customs Enforcement began executive order. international justice and peace
Serra International, which promotes religious vocations, picking up Iraqi nationals in the Detroit Bishop Francis Kalabat of the committee, and Bishop Joe Vasquez
urging them to persevere in their “beautiful vocation metropolitan area who had previous Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. of Austin, chair of the bishops’
of being laity who are friends to priests” and to “(k) criminal records. Thomas the Apostle of Detroit insisted migration committee, stated.
eep moving forward!”Pope Francis said June 23 that Ultimately, 114 Iraqis were picked that many of those who were detained “The persecution that the Christian
friendship “is central to the experience of faith.”Serra up, some reportedly at their homes were responsible residents since they and Chaldean Catholic community
International is a lay apostolate dedicated to promoting in front of their families and others had served their time in prison, and has faced in Iraq is well- documented,”
vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and does in public places like restaurants. They that many of the crimes had been they added. “The deportations to this
this by both prayer and assistance to discerners. (CNA) were detained and informed of their committed decades prior to the June same country, under such scrutiny for
immanent deportation. 11 arrests. abuse and genocide of Christian and
Meeting with NFL hall-of-famers, Pope promotes Many of the detainees were Chaldean Pleas to stay the deportations other minorities, seems to run counter
teamwork Christians, and members of the local reportedly reached the highest levels to what is happening in other parts of
Pope Francis addressed members of the National Chaldean Church were dismayed at of government. The ACLU represented our government.”
Football League Hall of Fame on June 21, encouraging the arrests. the Chaldeans in court, filing a habeas Lawyers for the detainees insisted
them to promote the values of sportsmen not only on ICE stated that the detainees had corpus action petition on their behalf, that under the Convention Against
the field but also within their communities.“Teamwork, criminal records and although they while the Knights of Columbus and Torture they should not be sent back to
fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the had entered the U.S. legally and had members of Congress wrote Secretary a country where they have a reasonable
values—in the religious sense, we can say virtues—that not yet become citizens, they were of Homeland Security John Kelly. expectation of persecution. (CNA/
have guided your own commitment on the field,” said the no longer eligible for full citizenship. Leading U.S. bishops also wrote EWTN News)
Pope, meeting with the hall-of-famers. He addressed the
need for role models in the world, especially for youth,
teaching them to live out their “God-given gifts and
talents,” showing how to bring out the best in each person
London cardinal ‘appalled’ by Finsbury
and leading the way to a better future. (CNA)

Pope Francis sends aid to a troubled South Sudan
Park attack on Muslims
After the Vatican stated last month the postponement LONDON, England— and peace, day by day, in foster good relations in the “It is a reminder that
of Pope Francis’ proposed trip to South Sudan, they Cardinal Vincent Nichols our homes, our work and Finsbury Park community,” terrorism, extremism and
announced that the Pope will instead send aid to the of Westminster has offered our communities. That is the the cardinal added. “I pray hatred take many forms; and
people suffering from worsening conditions. The Vatican prayers for the victims of a only way.” that your work will be our determination to tackle
announced June 21 that Pope Francis will be aiding terror attack in north London The cardinal also wrote strengthened at this most them must be the same
projects in the areas of education, healthcare, and that targeted worshippers to Mohammad Kozbar, difficult time.” whoever is responsible.”
agriculture, called the “Pope for South Sudan” Initiative. outside a mosque in the early trustee of the Finsbury The attack came after The Finsbury Park Mosque
The program will be coordinated through the Dicastery for hours of June 19. Park Mosque, saying, “I am the group had taken part had been associated with
the Promotion of Integral Human Development, headed One person was killed and horrified that people should, in evening prayers after Islamist terrorism in the
by Cardinal Peter Turkson, and by Caritas International. nine have been hospitalized, again, be targeted in this breaking their Ramadan early 2000s. Abu Hamza al-
(Hannah Brockhaus/CNA) after a van drove into a group way. I write to assure you of fast. Masri, its imam from 1997
outside the Finsbury Park my prayers for the person The van’s driver, a 48 year to 2002, was found guilty in
Vatican’s first General Auditor resigns abruptly Mosque shortly before 12:20 who has died, for those who old man, was restrained at the UK of inciting violence.
In an unexpected move in the Holy See’s ongoing financial am. have been injured and for the scene of the attack, and He was later extradited to
reform, the Vatican announced on June 20 the resignation The Muslim worshippers all deeply affected by this the mosque’s imam kept him the US, where he was found
of Libero Milone, General Auditor of the Holy See, effective were helping an elderly man brutal attack. I know that I from being attacked. He has guilty of terror charges.
immediately. The brief Vatican statement simply said that who had fallen down in the speak for all Catholics when been arrested on suspicion The mosque was shut
Libero Milone had offered his resignation, and that the street. I assure you of prayers and of attempted murder. down in 2003 after a police
Vatican had accepted it. The lack of reason given for the “Together with people support.” Sadiq Khan, the mayor of raid, but was reopened in
resignation has some speculating that it is another part of all over this country I am In a similar message to London, commented that 2005 under new trustees
the ongoing, internal conflicts of Vatican financial reform. appalled at the deliberate Ahmed Kheloufi, director “While this appears to be and new imams which have
Milone’s resignation comes as a surprise because of the attack on people leaving of Muslim Welfare House, an attack on a particular reportedly turned it around.
emphasis the Vatican placed on the importance of his their late night prayers, Cardinal Nichols wrote “to community, like the terrible In his message to
position when it was created.Since his election in 2013, as the end of their day of assure you of my prayers and attacks in Manchester, Mohammed Kozbar,
Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s bank and fasting, at the mosque in of my deep compassion for all Westminster and London Cardinal Nichols said that
finances. (CNA) Finsbury Park,” Cardinal who have been injured and Bridge, it is also an assault “Fr John O’Leary has told
Nichols stated. affected by this deliberate on all our shared values me of all the good work you
In book foreword, Pope Francis calls corruption a “Violence breeds violence. act of violence. In particular of tolerance, freedom and do to foster strong and good
‘cancer’ Hatred breeds hatred. Every I pray for the person who respect.” relations with all people in
Pope Francis, in a foreword to a work by Cardinal one of us must repudiate has been killed. May God’s Prime minister Theresa Finsbury Park. Long may this
Peter Turkson, has said corruption infects the world like hatred and violence from blessings strengthen you May said that “there has good work continue and may
a cancer, and the Church must combat it by working our words and actions. all.” been far too much tolerance your resolve be strengthened
together with society, infusing it with mercy.“We must We must all be builders of “I also want to thank of extremism over many at this difficult time.” (CNA/
all work together, Christians, non-Christians, people understanding, compassion you for the work you do to years”. EWTN News)
of all faiths and non-believers, to combat this form of
blasphemy, this cancer that weighs our lives,” the Pope
wrote. His words on corruption were written in a foreword
Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese still missing
for Corrosion, a book-length interview of Cardinal Peter VATICAN— The Vatican has issued response to questions
Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral a statement on the situation of the from journalists.
Human Development, published June 15. (Hannah Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of There were reports
Brockhaus/CNA) Wenzhou, who has not been returned last week claiming
since being forcibly removed from his that the bishop had
Philosopher who supports legal abortion joins diocese by the Chinese state May 18. been spotted in the
Vatican pro-life academy “The Holy See is observing with local airport with
Philosopher Nigel Biggar, who backs legal abortion, grave concern the personal situation of government officials,
is among the 45 new appointments to the Pontifical Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, though the claim has
Academy for Life, according to a statement on the Vatican forcibly removed from his episcopal not been substantiated
website. Biggar, the Regius Professor of Moral and see some time ago,” read the June 26 and his present
Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford, has said statement by the Director of the Holy whereabouts are still
that he supports legal abortion up to 18 weeks. Biggar See Press Office, Greg Burke. unknown.
Chinese pilgrims attend the World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland in 2016. ROY LAGARDE
has also opposed the legalization of assisted suicide, and The Catholic community of the “In this respect, the
written in defense of just war. Other appointments to the diocese and his family and friends Holy See, profoundly would have been his first time as head
Academy include Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the remain with no news of the bishop’s saddened for this and other similar of the diocese.
Knights of Columbus, Dr. John M. Haas, President of the whereabouts or of the reason for his episodes that unfortunately do not He is not the only Chinese bishop or
National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, and removal, the statement continued. facilitate ways of understanding, Christian to be detained. Persecution of
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney. (CNA) The Vatican-approved Bishop Shao, expresses the hope that Bishop Peter Christians in China varies by province,
who is not recognized by the Chinese Shao Zhumin may return as soon but certain provinces have seen an
In latest meetings, cardinal advisors continue forward government, was summoned by their as possible to the diocese and that uptick in recent years.
with reform religious bureau on May 18 and has he can be assured the possibility of In Zhejiang province, where the
Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals held their since not been heard from or returned, serenely exercising his episcopal Diocese of Wenzhou is located,
20th round of meetings in Rome on June 12 to 14, La Croix International reports. ministry,” the Vatican statement more than 1,500 churches have been
continuing their work on reform of the Roman Curia, Following canon law, the Vatican continued. desecrated or demolished. Churches
including their discussion of ways the Curia can better confirmed Bishop Shao as the successor “We are all invited to pray for Bishop in Zhejiang have been ordered to stop
serve local churches. According to a June 14 communiqué, of the Wenzhou diocese on Sept. Shao Zhumin and for the path of the displaying crosses and Christians there
the meetings largely continued the work of previous 21, 2016, following the death of his Catholic Church in China.” have been detained.
gatherings, including progress on the possibility of predecessor, Bishop Vincent Zhu Bishop Shao was first detained, along Overall, the situation of religious
transferring some faculties from Vatican dicasteries to Weifang. Since then he has been with three other priests, following the freedom in China has deteriorated
local bishops or episcopal conferences “in a spirit of healthy removed from the diocese or detained death of his predecessor, Bishop Zhu, even more in recent years, the United
decentralization.”Proposals also considered ways in which on four different occasions. preventing him from presiding over the States Commission on International
the Curia could deepen service to the local churches, as He is not a part of the state-run funeral Mass. Religious Freedom noted in its 2017
well as widen the scope of those consulted in the proposal Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association He was also detained just one month annual report, as the country’s leader
of candidates for bishop appointments to include more (CCPA) and is therefore part of the prior to this current detainment, from Xi Jingping has “further consolidated
lay people and members of consecrated life. (Hannah underground church not recognized by April 12-17, which ostensibly was to power” and worked to promote the
Brockhaus/CNA) the communist government. prevent him from celebrating the “sinicization” of religion. (CNA/
The Vatican’s statement was issued in Triduum and Easter liturgies, which EWTN News)
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For first World Day of the Poor, Francis
encourages personal encounter
VATICAN— In his message for the apostolic letter, “Miseri-cordia et sister is poorly clothed and in lack But though as Christians we have worldly success.
first World Day of the Poor, Pope misera,” presented Nov. 20, 2016 of daily food, and one of you says often failed in our duty to the poor, And prayer should be at the heart
Francis said that the suffering and at the end of the Church’s Jubilee to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed throughout history, the Holy Spirit of all our concrete actions, he said.
broken bodies of the poor are where Year of Mercy. and filled,’ without giving them the has raised up holy men and women The Our Father is “the prayer of the
we encounter the body of Christ – To be celebrated on the 33rd things needed for the body; what who have truly lived this out, setting poor,” because in it we ask God for
and to know Christ we must know Sunday of Ordinary Time – this does it profit? So faith by itself, if it an example for us all. our “daily bread,” expressing our
the poor. year falling on Nov. 19 – the idea has not works, is dead.” St. Francis, for example, is an entrustment to God for our most
“If we truly wish to encounter came about, he explained, during Quoting St. John Chrysostom, excellent witness of how to serve the basic needs.
Christ, we have to touch his body the Jubilee for Socially Excluded as well, Francis continued, “If you poor authentical-ly, he explained. It “When the disciples asked Jesus
in the suffering bod-ies of the poor, People, highlighting in particular want to honor the body of Christ, do was because the saint kept his eyes to teach them to pray, he answered
as a response to the sacramental the homeless, which took place not scorn it when it is naked; do not fixed firmly on Christ first that he in the words with which the poor
communion bestowed in the Eu- at the Vatican near the end of the honor the Eucharistic Christ with was able to see Christ also in the speak to our one Father, in whom
charist,” he said in his message, Jubilee. silk vestments, and then, leaving poor and vulnerable, he said. all acknowledge themselves as
released June 13. “At the conclusion of the Jubilee the church, neglect the other Christ “If we want to help change history brothers and sisters. The Our Father
“The Body of Christ, broken in the of Mercy, I wanted to offer the suffering from cold and nakedness.” and promote real development, we is a prayer said in the plural: the
sacred liturgy, can be seen, through Church a World Day of the Poor, so “We are called, then, to draw near need to hear the cry of the poor and bread for which we ask is ‘ours,’ and
charity and sharing, in the faces and that throughout the world Christian to the poor, to encounter them, to commit ourselves to ending their that entails sharing, participation
persons of the most vulnerable of communities can become an ever meet their gaze, to embrace them marginalization,” he said. “At the and joint responsibil-ity,” Francis
our brothers and sisters.” greater sign of Christ’s charity for and to let them feel the warmth same time, I ask the poor in our said.
“We may think of the poor simply the least and those most in need,” of love that breaks through their cities and our communities not to The Pope asked that bishops,
as the beneficiaries of our occasional the Pope ex-plained in the message. solitude.” lose the sense of evangelical poverty priests, deacons, and consecrated
volunteer work, or of impromptu Pope Francis himself will The Pope said he wanted to add that is part of their daily life.” persons, as well as associations,
acts of generosity that appease our celebrate Mass on Sunday, Nov. 19 this day to the already established The poor are not just a chance to movements and volunteers around
conscience,” he contin-ued. in St. Peter’s Basilica, Archbishop ‘world days,’ be-cause it adds an serve Christ, however, he said. They the world help to make this day of
And these acts may be good for Rino Fisichella told journalists at “exquisitely evangelical fullness, also offer us an opportunity to step the poor “a tradition that concretely
putting other’s needs more clearly a press conference on the Pope’s that is, Jesus’ preferential love for outside of our places of comfort contributes to evangelization in
before us, but what they should mes-sage June 13. the poor.” and certainty and acknowledge the today’s world.”
ultimately do is “lead to a true Afterward, there will be a lunch This day is meant to encourage counter-cultural view that poverty “This new World Day, therefore,
encounter with the poor and a shar- for the poor, serving around 500, all believers, regardless of religious has a value even in itself. should become a powerful appeal
ing that becomes a way of life.” in the Pope Paul VI hall. affiliation, to re-act against a culture “Let us never forget that, for to our conscienc-es as believers,
On our paths to becoming The theme for the World Day of of discard and waste, and instead Christ’s disciples, poverty is above allowing us to grow in the conviction
true disciples of Christ, we find the Poor, which includes a special embrace a culture of encoun-ter, all a call to follow Jesus in his own that sharing with the poor en-ables
confirmation of our evan-gelical logo depicting an open door, and which shares with the poor through poverty.” us to understand the deepest truth
authenticity in the charity and one person welcoming another “concrete signs of solidarity and Poverty means having a humble of the Gospel.”
sharing stemming from a real inside, is “Let us love, not with fraternity.” heart and accepting our limitations “The poor are not a problem,”
encounter, he said. “This way of life words but with deeds.” “God created the heavens and the and sinfulness. More than anything, he concluded, “they are a resource
gives rise to joy and peace of soul, Words alone aren’t enough, the earth for all; yet sadly some have poverty, like the poverty of spirit from which to draw as we strive to
because we touch with our own Pope pointed out in his message, erected barriers, walls and fences, Christ speaks of in the beati-tudes, accept and practice in our lives the
hands the flesh of Christ.” illustrating the point with the words betraying the original gift meant for is an “interior attitude” that doesn’t essence of the Gospel.” (Hannah
Pope Francis established the of St. James in his epistle. all humanity, with none ex-cluded,” get caught up in thinking happiness Brockhaus / CNA/EWTN
World Day of the Poor in his St. James writes, “If a brother or he lamented. is found in material goods and News)

A new procedure for bishops’ ad Is there a pontifical commission
to reinterpret Humanae Vitae?

limina visits to Rome VATICAN—As rumors
abound concerning a Vatican
commission to reinterpret
Hu-manae vitae in light of
laetitia shows Pope Francis’
path “toward a decentraliza-
tion of doctrinal issues,” and
that “whenever the Christian
VATICAN—In order to foster the region and its needs. We
Amoris laetitia, the president community falls into the
collegiality, Pope Francis has got ad-vice from the Curia.
of the Pontifical Academy error of proposing models
added to the usual schedule We gave our input to them,
for Life has rejected these of life derived from too-
of bishops’ ad limina visit the Curia officials gave their
rumors. abstract and artificially con-
to Rome: one additional input to us.”
“I can confirm that there structed theological ideals, it
meeting with the heads of the Bishop Dowd added that
is no pontifical commission conceives its pastoral action
Vatican dicasteries. “the Pope listened to us, and
called to re-read or to re- as the schematic applica-tion
The ad limina we had coffee together at the
interpret Humanae vitae. of a doctrinal paradigm.”
apostolorum—“to the tomb end.”
However, we should look Msgr. Marengo told
of the apostles”—visits are The auxiliary bishop of
positively on all those CNA that “the issue of a
the meetings that groups Montreal recounted: “The
initiatives, such as that of conciliation between Amoris
of bishops from each Pope basically said: ‘We want
professor Marengo of the laetitia and Humanae vitae is
ecclesiastical region in the to hear from you about what
John Paul II Institute, which not in the agenda.”
world have with the Pope is your situation. Tell us
aim at studying and deepening “I have found it always
every five years. In such your experience’. The various
Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with Cuban bishops during their “ad lumina” visit this document in view of harmful to invent answers
occasions they also visit and dicasteries had prepared
to the Vati-can May 4. L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO/CNS the 50th anniversary of its to useless questions,” said
celebrate Mass at the tombs remarks based on the reports
publication,” Archbishop Msgr. Marengo, though he
of St. Peter and St. Paul. But since the beginning of way related to pastoral care that we sent in advance to the
Vincenzo Paglia, who is also added that “theological and
Before meeting the Pope, his pontificate, Pope Francis or some of the main is-sues ad limina visit.”
grand chancellor of the John pastoral reflection have still
the bishops from a particular chose the format of an open at stake in the ecclesiastical He added that, as the
Paul II Insti-tute, told CNA. a long way to go in order to
country or region visit all conversation with the whole region visiting Rome. discussion went on, “some
Vatican reporter Marco gain a proper and fruitful
t h e d i c a s t e r i e s Va t i c a n group of bishops. All of them Bishop Thomas Dowd, of the dicasteries read the
Tosatti first reported in May, understanding of both Paul
dicasteries and can schedule are allowed to ask ques-tions, auxiliary bishop of Montreal, texts they prepared, but most citing unnamed Vatican VI’s and Pope Francis’ texts.”
personal meetings with the and the Pope responds off told CNA that “for the first of them did not read the texts, sources, that Pope Francis Archbishop Paglia also told
head of each dicastery to the cuff. time with our group, the but reacted to the experienc- had, or was about to, form CNA that “there is in fact
discuss particular matters. The Pope also prepared Pope met twice with the es raised during the open a “secret commission” no doubt that the heart of
During such visits, a formal speech, a copy of bishops: before in a meeting discussion.” to ex-amine and suggest Hu-manae vitae—the value
bishops’ conferences prepare which was provided to each with sev-eral heads of the During the meeting, Pope modifications to the Church’s of human procreation – is a
exhaustive reports for each bish-op. Vatican dicasteries, and after Francis listened attentively to teaching on contraception, as theme on which we all need to
dicastery, describing the With time, even the delivery for the usual exchange of all the discussions. He spoke laid out in Bl. Paul VI’s 1968 reflect with much attention;
status of the Church in the of the papal speech fell into opinions, which lasted about at the end, to summarize the encyclical Humanae vitae. the breaking of the marriage-
country or region. disuse. Now, no official pa-pal two hours.” discussions and provide an And on Wednesday, family-procreation trip-tych
Before Pope Francis, the text is prepared and therefore Bishop Dowd described it overall reaction. Roberto de Mattei of is a risk which the Church and
meeting of the bishops with the press only knows of the as a working meeting which The bishops of Peru Corrispondenza Romana all of human society cannot
the Pope included an exchange matters discussed during the included representatives followed next in May, with reported that Msgr. Gilfredo take.”
of speeches: the president visit from the bishops who from the Secretariat of State, the same new extra meeting. Marengo, a professor at the The archbishop was
of the bishops’ conference attended it. the Congregation for Clergy, Archbishop José Antonio John Paul II Institute, would appointed head of the
delivered a speech to describe Pope Francis has made an the Pontifical Council for Eguren Anselmi of Piura told coordinate the commission. Pontifical Academy for Life in
the state of the region, and additional, recent change: the Promotion of the New CNA that the double meeting, Corrispondenza Romana 2016, and he has come under
the Pope delivered a speech the bishops have now a meet- Evangelization, and the first with the heads of the said the commission sharp scrutiny and criticism
in his turn which provided ing presided over by Pope Dicastery for Laity, Family dicasteries and then only with was composed of Msgr. from former members who
pastoral recommendations Francis with many heads of and Life. the bishops “gives great Pierangelo Sequeri, head of are con-cerned by his actions.
and priorities. the Vatican dicasteries. Thanks to provided attention to the local Churches, the John Paul II Institute, And while Archbishop
After the exchange of Not all the heads of Vatican translation, the Pope, prefect, since we have the possibility Professor Philippe Chenaux, Paglia was head of the
speeches, the Pope held a dicasteries take part in the and bishops of Quebec to spend at least four hours a professor of Church history Pontifical Council for
short conversation with each meeting, but only those had “an open exchange of with the Pope.” (Andrea at the Pontifical Lateran the Family, the dicastery
bishop individually. whose dicasteries are in some opinions about the Church in Gagliarducci/CNA) University, and Msgr. Angelo organized seminars on
Maffeis, head of the Paul VI marriage and family
Comedienne attests: ‘Church truly merciful’ Institute in Brescia.
Citing Msgr. Marengo’s
life in which many of the
par-ticipants suggested a
QUEZON City— In a Holy Mass help raise funds for the construction of previous writings, de Mattei “penitential path” that
celebrating the 76th birthday of the Kristong Hari Parish by its parish presented the priest as some- would allow the divorced-
Novaliches Bishop, Antonio Tobias, priest, Fr. Roland Jaluag. The Kristong one who would be in favor and-remarried to receive
multi-awarded actress and comedienne Hari Parish Construction is one of the of reviewing Bl. Paul VI’s sacramental Communion
Aileen “Ai-Ai” Delas Alas proudly diocesan projects of No-valiches, which teaching against the use of while still engaging in sexual
proclaimed her personal experience of the bishop personally supervises and con-traceptives. rela-tions. The seminars’
mercy in the Catholic Church. solicits funds for. Speaking to CNA, Msgr. lectures were published with
“This is the proof that the Church Marengo dismissed what he a foreword by Archbishop
is really forgiving,” said the actress Wedding in the offing described as the “imaginative Paglia.
in Filipino dur-ing an assembly at “I am a dirty woman—I have so many report” about him heading Interest in the reception of
the Visitation of Our Lord Parish sins, but I have a Papal Award. Thank a commission to review Humanae vitae is increasing,
in Lagro in this city on June 13, you, Lord! Thank you!” She said smiling Humanae vitae, and referred as the encyclical nears the
referring to the Papal Award she ear to ear, as the assembly composed of to his own writings on Amoris 50th anniversary of its
received last year. the cler-gy, the religious, and the laity laetitia to “fully understand publication. In view of the
According Delas Alas, she became of Novaliches applauded. my theological path.” anniversary, papers and
Comedienne Aileen “Ai-ai” Delas Alas close to Tobias when she was asked to Merciful / A7 He has written that Amoris Humanae Vitae / A6
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