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PROTAGONIST OF TRUTH, PROMOTER OF PEACE

THE CROSS A3: NEWS A6: LOCAL NEWS B1: PASTORAL CONCERNS
A SUPPLEMENT PUBLICATION Thousands commit to family Bishop: BECs coudl guard communities CBCP Statement on Marawi,
OF KCFAPI AND THE OTHER OF consecration at Fatima confab vs terrorism Terrorism and Dialogue
THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Christians and Muslims pray together for peace in the country during a service at the Amoranto Theatre in Quezon City, July 7, 2017. Initiated by the Pasa Lord Movement, the organization of different religious groups is calling on Filipinos to spare a minute of
prayer every noontime for peace amid the hostilities in Marawi City (See related story on A8). ROY LAGARDE

Cardinal Tagle urges Muslim-
Christian unity amid Marawi crisis
By Roy Lagarde Sharing his thoughts about recovery for those affected by Manila on July 4. stressed that decency and Conference of the Philippines
the ongoing siege in Marawi the conflict. “This is what gives us real humanity must continue to (CBCP), meanwhile, appealed
City, he said people, what- “Whoever planned to divide hope. This affirms that we unify all Filipinos. for a “return to normalcy and
CARDINAL Luis ever religion they practice, the Christians and Muslims is belong to one human family,” “Peace can only be achieved peace” in Marawi as soon as
Antonio Tagle of must work together against probably pissed off now. They according to him. by truth, justice, and love. possible.
Manila called on the those whose only desire is to were unsuccessful. Instead, The prelate also called on Without these foundations, In a statement at the end
country’s Christians destroy. [what] we have witnessed is Filipinos to be “attentive” there can be no peace,” he of their biannual meeting
and Muslims to stand The cardinal said stories a communion,” Tagle said to the “signs of love, hope, said. on July 10, the bishops the
of Muslims and Christians in a press conference on the and light” amid violence in CBCP said they are hoping
together against helping each other could be 4th Philippine Conference Mindanao. ‘Never again’ that peace will finally start to
extremism. a strong foundation towards on New Evangelization in The Manila archbishop The Catholic Bishops’ Marawi / A6

CBCP head: Open hands, not clenched fists Bishop slam modern day ‘Judases’
THE head of the Catholic not touch, they strike and In his opening message, lumniated and slandered”. as summary killings continue
Bishops’ Conference of injure. Closed fists and the prelate narrated “We have been cursed
the Philippines (CBCP) prayer do not match; open the lessons he learned and ridiculed but you our
said the Church must hands in orante belong to through the years as head shepherds have chosen to
continue to reach out to our Christian tradition,” of the Catholic hierarchy. fly high when the mockers
people with open hands Villegas said. Among them, he of the Church chose to go
rather than clenched fists. The Lingayen-Dagupan said, are the attitude of so low,” the archbishop
Addressing the bishops’ archbishop stressed that listening and fortitude said.
plenary assembly for one an open hand that gives in the face of adver-sities The Church had faced
last time on Saturday, is one of the best symbols and recent challenges the a barrage of attacks and
July 8, as president, of Christian faith “because Church is facing. insults from Duterte
Archbishop Socrates giving is the best proof of His address did not and his support-ers
Villegas said it is in loving”. mention President for criticizing his war
that space that they will “We have no tradition of Rodrigo Duterte by name, on drugs that claimed
contin-ue to meet the closed fists for our mission but Villegas re-called how thousands of lives.
living Christ. is to imitate the crucified they were attacked as a “I know that the
“Closed fists do not love; hands that remain open to “bunch of hypocrites” values of an open hands,
they hurt. Closed fists do forgive,” he said. and how they’ve been “ca- Clenched / A6

Manila archbishop hits fake news makers Various lay groups stage “Walk for Life” along the streets of Navotas City to condemn the summary
executions of suspected drug dealers and users, July 2, 2017. ROY LAGARDE

CARDINAL Luis Antonio Tagle AS a wave of drug-related killings would betray their fel-lowmen and
of Manila lashed out at makers of continues in the country, a Catholic say that they’re connected to drugs,”
bogus news, saying the common bishop con-demned those who sow said David in Filipino, referring to
human decency should stop them violence the same way some once pro-Japanese collaborators who
from spreading lies. supported Judas against Jesus. who spied on their fellow Filipinos
The cardinal lamented the In a strongly-worded homily during World War II.
proliferation of fake news or during a Mass after a “Walk for
information that’s false but made Life” in Navotas City on Sunday, Death list
to look real online. July 2, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David “With what they’re doing, it’s
He said that when there’s fake of Kalookan said that behind the as if they’re already killing their
news, certainly there are people violence are “Judases” who are in fellowmen because this drug watch
behind it who “no longer value the cahoots with the killers. list is also virtual death list because
truth” He said if some people consider those who are on it get killed.”
“I think it is part of basic human the suspected drug personalities as Saying that the country “cannot
decency to love the truth, and “termites of so-ciety,” so are those suppress crime by committing
to abhor falsehood,” Tagle said behind the extrajudicial killings. another crime”, the prelate said
in a press conference on the 4th FAKE NEWS. Church officials warn against this fake news article from pinoyobserver.com. SCREEN GRAB “They are the new ‘Makapili’ that summary executions will just
Fake / A6 OF FAKE ARTICLE FROM PINOY OBSERVER during the Japanese’ time who Killings / A7
A2 WORLD NEWS July 10 - 23 Vol 21, No. 14 CBCP Monitor

Pope Francis to G20 Summit: With great Vatican Briefing
power comes great responsibility Pope dedicates July to praying for those distant
from the faith
In his prayer video for the month of July, Pope
Francis has asked Christians to join him in praying for
those who have strayed from the faith, providing hope
to them through the witness of our joy and actions. The
video shows several images of happy people, including
a group smiling while receiving catechesis, youth
dancing during World Youth Day and hands praying
the rosary. At the close of the video, the Pope makes
his appeal, saying “let us pray that our brothers and
sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our
prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the
beauty of the Christian life.” (Elise Harris/CNA)

Joaquin Navarro-Valls, former Vatican
spokesman, dies of cancer
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who spent 22 years as director
of the Vatican press office, died at home in Rome July
5 at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The current director of the Vatican press office, Greg
Burke, announced his death in a tweet. In a statement
to Catholic News Service, Burke said he did not always
agree with Navarro-Valls, but his predecessor “always
Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, April 30, 2016. ALEXEY GOTOVSKIY/CNA behaved like a Christian gentleman—and those can
be hard to find these days.” Jesuit Father Federico
HAMBURG, Germany— “time is greater than space,” at Pope reminded the group that “Problems need to be
Lombardi, who succeeded Navarro-Valls as Vatican
Pope Francis sent a message which point he told the group “war…is never a solution”, resolved concretely and
press director beginning in 2006, remembered him as
to leaders of the world’s to consider effective solutions reiterating the words of Pope with due attention to their
a “master in the way he carried out his service.” (CNS)
economy gathered for the for the immigration crisis that Benedict XV. specificity, but such solutions,
G20 summit in Hamburg, has hit Europe and the Middle “There is a tragic to be lasting, cannot neglect a
Economic solutions need broader vision, pope
Germany, reminding them East in the past several years. contradiction and broader vision,” he said.
tells G-20 leaders
of the responsibility they Immigration was already inconsistency in the apparent “While it is reasonable
World leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in
have to care for those not listed on the agenda of the unity expressed in common that G20 Summits should be
Hamburg, Germany, must reflect on the repercussions
represented at the summit. G20 group, for which the Pope forums on economic or social limited to the small number of
their decisions may have on the entire global community
The G20 Summit is annual said he was thankful. issues, and the acceptance, countries that represent 90%
and not just their own countries, Pope Francis said.
meeting of heads of state “An effective solution, active or passive, of armed of the production of wealth
While it is reasonable that the G-20 is limited to a
and finance from the leaders necessarily spread over conflicts,” Francis said. and services worldwide, this
“small number of countries that represent 90 percent
of the world’s economy. time, will be possible only The Pope also told the very situation must prompt
of the production of wealth and services worldwide,”
While only 20 countries are if the final objective of the summit in his third theme that the participants to a profound
a multilateral approach in solving economic problems
members, they represent process is clearly present in “realities are more important reflection. Those states and
must be made “for the benefit of all,” the pope said. The
85 percent of the world’s its planning,” he said. than ideas”, and asked them individuals whose voice is
pope’s message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
GDP and two-thirds of it’s “In the minds and hearts of not to fall into the ideologies of weakest on the world political
host of the July 7-8 leaders’ summit, was dated June 29
population. government leaders, and at the first half of the 20th century scene are precisely the ones
and released July 7 at the Vatican. (Junno Arocho
German Chancellor Angela every phase of the enactment that brought “exclusion, waste who suffer most from the
Esteves/CNS)
Merkel is hosting this year’s of political measures, there and even death.” harmful effects of economic
G20 Summit in Hamburg, is a need to give absolute “I pray to God that the crises for which they bear
Pope names Archbishop Luis Ladaria as
Germany from July 7-8. priority to the poor, refugees, Hamburg Summit may be little or no responsibility,”
Müller’s successor to head CDF
The summit has been met the suffering, evacuees illumined by the example of he noted.
The Vatican announced July that as Cardinal Gerhard
this year with small but and the excluded, without those European and world “This great majority, which
Müller’s term as prefect of the Congregation for the
significant groups of mostly distinction of nation, race, leaders who consistently gave in economic terms counts
Doctrine of the Faith comes to an end, the Pope has not
anti-capitalist protesters, religion or culture, and to pride of place to dialogue for only 10% of the whole, is
renewed it, but has appointed Jesuit Archbishop Luis
who among other things are reject armed conflicts.” and the quest of common the portion of humanity that
Ladaria to take his place. The decision was officially
protesting the meeting of He paused to especially solutions: Schuman, De has the greatest potential to
published in a communiqué from the Vatican, which
U.S. President Donald Trump remind the group of the crisis Gasperi, Adenauer, Monnet contribute to the progress of
stated the Holy Father’s thanks to Cardinal Müller for
with Russian President in South Sudan, where thirty and so many others,” he said. everyone.”
his term. July 2 marks the end of Müller’s five-year
Vladimir Putin. million people are lacking the And finally, the Holy Father At the end of his remarks,
mandate as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine
In his address to the leaders, food and water to survive. asked the global leaders to the Pope asked for God’s
of the Faith, which included the positions of president
Pope Francis reflected on four In his next point, “unity remember that “the whole is blessings on the summit.
of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” the
key themes, starting with prevails over conflict,” the greater than the part.” (CNA/EWTN News)
Pontifical Biblical Commission and the International
Theological Commission. Ladaria, who has served
as archbishop of Thibica and as secretary of the CDF
Mexican priest found bound, stabbed to death in his room since 2008, will be succeeding Müller in each of the
same duties. The Vatican did not specify what Cardinal
MEXICO CITY, Mexico— Authorities the 71-year-old priest dead in his room condolences “of the Diocese of Müller will be doing next. (Elise Harris/CNA)
are investigating the murder of with his hands and feet tied and a stab Nezahualcóyotl and of the whole
another Catholic priest in Mexico who wound in his neck and chest. Church in the country for the murder Poverty, inequality in Latin America at
was bound and stabbed to death in his The suspects have not yet been of the priest.” unthinkable levels, pope says
room.According to local media, Father identified. Cardinal Rivera said he offered his Latin America’s traditional social values of
Luis López Villa, parish priest of San Fr. Villa is the 18th priest to be prayers in solidarity with the other cooperation and solidarity must prevail over the
Isidro Labrador in Mexico State, was murdered in Mexico in the last bishops of the country, and prayed societal ills that threaten the livelihood of the region’s
found dead in his room shortly after six years, with many more having “to God our Lord for the eternal rest inhabitants, Pope Francis said. The current social and
8 p.m. on July 5. been assaulted or kidnapped. In of the priest and the conversion of economic crisis facing Latin American countries has
The suspects, who entered the May, a priest was stabbed at the those who perpetrated this damnable allowed for the “growth of poverty, unemployment,
rectory after breaking into the church, conclusion of Mass in Mexico City’s deed.” social inequality” and a situation in which the planet,
made enough noise to raise the Cathedral, though he survived the The Mexican Cardinal also urged the “our common home, is exploited and abused,” the pope
suspicions of neighbors, who alerted attack. authorities to ensure that “this heinous said June 30.”This is at a level that we never would have
church staff to the incident. Cardinal Norberto Rivera, crime does not go unpunished.” imagined 10 years ago. In the face of this situation, an
When the staff arrived, they found Archbishop of Mexico, sent his (CNA/EWTN News) analysis is needed that takes into account the reality
of concrete people, the reality of our people,” he told
members of the Italian-Latin American International
Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland Organization. Founded in 1966, the international
organization seeks to increase “economic, social,
DUBLIN, Ireland — Besides 1,000-member clerical group because of the lack of new said. scientific, technological and cultural cooperation”
a shortage of vocations, Irish in at least three different vocations. Recently, the Church in between Latin American countries and Italy, according
priests are facing an even meetings in the past few “These men lived through Ireland has also been rocked to the group’s website. (Junno Arocho Esteves/
more harrowing kind of months. a time when there were by negative press regarding CNS)
crisis. Fr. Roy Donovan, a plenty of vocations and the Bon Secours Mother and
At least eight priests in spokesman for the ACP, told their churches were full at Baby Home in Tuam, and the Pope tells archbishops not to be ‘armchair
Ireland have committed IrishCentral in May that Mass, so there’s a loss of Sisters there “did a disservice Catholics,’ but apostles
suicide in the past 10 years, besides the priests who are esteem. Also, in the past by not clarifying exactly what The Catholic Church’s new cardinals and new
according to recent reports speaking up, he believes many they would have had live-in happened. They need to do archbishops must be willing to risk everything,
given at meetings of the more elderly churchmen are housekeepers. Now most so immediately. It makes our patiently endure evil and bear crosses like Jesus did,
Association of Catholic suffering in silence, and don’t don’t and are on their own job impossible, especially as Pope Francis said.”The Lord answers our prayers.
Priests (ACP), and many know where to go for help. and so feeling a lot more we face a storm on abortion He is faithful to the love we have professed for him,
priests are sounding the The factors for the crisis isolated and lonely, as well next year,” the priests noted and he stands beside us at times of trial.” Just as he
alarm about a severe dip in in morale and mental health as feeling nervous and more at a meeting. accompanied the apostles, “he will do the same for
morale and a mental health are several-fold, priests have vulnerable,” Fr. Brendan Their requests included the you,” the pope told five new cardinals and about 30
crisis among the country’s said. Hoban, one of the founders hiring of a media person who archbishops named during the past year. Pope Francis
clergy. Like much of the world, of ACP, said during a could speak clearly for clergy addressed the new cardinals and archbishops during
The drop in priestly Ireland, once a thriving meeting in November 2016. and bishops in times of crisis. his homily at a Mass in St. Peter’s Square June 29, the
morale has clergy calling for Catholic country, is facing Also, starting in the 1990s, The country is also facing an feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, who are the patron saints of
a confidential helpline to be a serious vocations crisis. the Catholic Church in ongoing, heated debate about the Vatican and the city of Rome. (Carol Glatz/CNS)
set up for priests needing In 2004, Ireland had more Ireland was rocked by a sex whether or not to legalize
support. than 3,100 priests. By 2014, abuse scandal that resulted abortion. Cardinal Pell, professing innocence, will face
At a recent ACP meeting, the last year data is available, in a massive decline in both The priests also charges in Australia
an attendee reiterated the the number had declined by vocations and in the faith of acknowledged that they need Proclaiming his innocence after being charged with
request: “Our morale is more than 500, with 2,627 the laypeople. to be better about asking for sexual abuse, Australian Cardinal George Pell said,
affected because we are on priests in the country, though Priests reported being help when they need it. “I’m looking forward finally to having my day in court.”
a sinking ship. When will the number of active priests disheartened by the declining “We need to unmask and “I’m innocent of these charges. They are false. The
the ‘counter-reformation’ is likely closer to just 1,900. faith in the people they serve, say ‘I need help!’ There is a whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me,” he said
take place? We’re like an This shortage leads to “who have so little contact great sense of ‘being alone,’ June 29 during a brief news conference in the Vatican
All-Ireland team without a a phenomenon called with the church from First making our own way in the press office. Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press
goalie. We need a national clustering, where several Communions to funerals,” diocese. There is a lack of office, said Pope Francis had granted Cardinal Pell a
confidential priests’ helpline. parishes are combined into according to minutes from dialogue among priests in leave of absence from his position as prefect of the
We’re slow to look for help.” one for lack of leadership, the meetings. the diocese. Yet, people are Vatican Secretariat for the Economy so that he can
The concerns of a severe increasing priests’ workload Priests’ confidence “has fantastic and generous in work on his defense. Cardinal Pell, Burke added, will
dip in the morale and well- and subsequent stress, and been eroded when we see so parishes, if given half-a- not participate in any public liturgies while his case is
being of priests in the country forcing many priests to work many people going through chance.” (CNA/EWTN being considered. (Cindy Wooden/CNS)
have been raised by the well beyond retirement years the motions of faith,” they News)
CBCP Monitor July 10 - 23 Vol 21, No. 14 NEWS FEATURES A3

Thousands commit to family ‘I looked for the love I
consecration at Fatima confab didn’t find in my family’
QUEZON City— money, [my family]
PASAY City— More than a thousand She wants everyone consecration, imagine the fire that will Fighting back tears, a would be ok,” Uy added,
people said yes to paving the way for “…She wants her family back. And she set!” said Howard. young woman shared noting that the opposite
the triumph of the Immaculate Heart wants that family to grow and there’s It can be recalled that the Philippine at the Relentless: came true because her
in the world—one family at a time— nobody that she doesn’t want … even bishops consecrated the country to the Singles & Youth Faith relationship with her
during the National Marian Congress our enemies. She wants those who are Immaculate Heart of Mary in June 2013, on Fire (SYFOF) 2017 family suffered even
on the Centennial of the Apparitions of in ISIS…back. Right now they’re under also calling for family consecration event on July 1, about more and she eventually
Fatima at the SMX Convention Center the possession of satan, but we have to cascade its pastoral impact to the how she fell into pre- lost her gigs.
on July 8. a mother who’s more powerful than grassroots. marital sex and a life
“Our Lady’s desire of having the whole him, who will crush his head. Bringing of ambition because No sin too great
world consecrated to her is not complete consecration to everyone…even to our Strong families, strong countries of the pain of having a The turn in events
until every home, every family, every enemies is the greatest hope we have Howard was also quick to link the broken family. would lead her to seek
parish, every diocese, every nation is to bringing this world back to God,” destiny and state of families and children “I tried to look for the God again.
consecrated to her. So we have a lot stressed Howard, who heads the U.S.- to the over-all well-being of the country. love I couldn’t find in my “I prayed to the Lord. I
of work to do …beginning with our based movement Heroic Families. “The question that we have to ask family in other people,” said, ‘Lord, I give up. My
family,” said Marian theologian Dr. Pinpointing similarities between the ourselves [is]…Do we want our families shared Mary Ann Uy, a sins are too big.’ I said,
Peter Howard, who gave a talk on a “new U.S. and the Philippines, which are both to be the strongest that they can possibly member of the Lord’s ‘Lord, help me. I want to
Pentecost” and how it is linked to family consecrated to the Blessed Virgin under the be? Do we want to see our kids live a Flock New Generation go back’.
consecration. title the Immaculate Conception, he said heroic life for Jesus? Do we want the youth ministry, during I didn’t know how He
The solution to global crises and issues the call is strong for both countries to work Philippines to be the most authentically, “Nuggets”, a session of would respond to me,”
like abortion, wars, the threat of the double time for the conversion of families. powerfully influential Catholic country personal sharing and she told some 15,000
terrorist group ISIS, the breakdown of “Will our nations rally our children in the world?” he asked in closing. “bite-sized teaching”, at young people at the
traditional family, and gender ideology, and our families behind our Lady of A Eucharistic celebration ended the the half-day event. Smart Araneta Coliseum.
said the lay speaker, is the consecration Fatima? If we focus first and foremost event, led by Bishop Roberto Mallari and According to Uy, she According to Uy,
of entire families to the Immaculate on our families, your family will be a concelebrated by Digos Bishop Colin would be especially God seemed to answer
Heart of Mary as Our Lady requested magnet for thousands of others. [If] we Afable. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz/ sad on Christmas and her more concretely
at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. get every family in this room living the CBCPNews) New Year because it by closing down the
was the time she would establishment where
Laos’ first cardinal focused on evangelization, dialogue remember her father
leaving their home
she had shows every
night.
because of an affair. “Because of that, I had
PAKSE, Laos— When for the future of his flock. the chance to go back to
selecting new cardinals, Pope While Laos is one of the Looking for love the community. [There]
Francis has often sought to few countries lacking full Depressed and angry, I learned that our body
go to the “perip heries” of the diplomatic relations with the she soon found comfort is the temple of the Holy
Church, which is particularly Vatican, progress has been in the attention of a young Spirit… We shouldn’t
notable in his elevation of made in the recent past, and man who would text and taint it,” she said.
Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling the presence of a Laotian in call her constantly. According to Uy, since
Mangkhanekhoun of Paksé. the College of Cardinals will “Texting and calls, then life has gotten
Cardinal Ling’s local Church offer a prime opportunity for I stayed up till early better.
is an apostolic vicariate in continued building of these morning. I thought She shared: “My father
Laos, a communist country relationships. that was love, that was and mother are together
of southeast Asia where Fr. Raphael Tran Xuan happine ss,” said the again. We celebrated
Catholics make up only about Nhan of Vietnam, who member of the Lord’s Christmas together,
one percent of the population. has worked in Laos since Flock PSALM Ministry happy… The first time I
He is the first cardinal to hail 2005, described Bishop in Filipino. got a Bible, [God] had a
from the nation. Ling to UCA News as a “…[W]e got a chance to message [for me]: “I will
The newly-minted Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Pakse. DANIEL IBANEZ/CNA “kind, friendly, wise and meet. I learned so many come to you and save
cardinal’s resume includes open-minded man” who is things that I shouldn’t you…”
a number of issues of keen elevated to the cardinalate and evangelization. Many “interested in evangelization have… I committed pre- Now actively serving
interest for Francis, including June 28. married missionaries, as well work and welcomes all marital sex,” shared with other youth in the
evangelization, pastoral aid Cardinal Ling’s ministry as the country’s seminarians, foreign missionaries to Uy, saying she became community, Uy said she
for the faithful where the in the majority-Buddhist go into villages to minister to his country.” He describes inactive in the community has now found the love
Church is persecuted, a use country has been greatly the Catholic flock there. He the cardinal’s diplomatic shortly after. she had been seeking all
of dialogue in diplomatic varied as he has responded to is also described as placing approach as “dialogue rather This was also the this time.
relations, and a concern for the unique challenges facing an emphasis on integrating than confrontation.” time, she shared, that “It turns out there
the environment. the Church and the people Christianity into the local The beatification of 17 she active ly pursue d was Someone loving
Born in Laos in 1944, there. Catholics number just culture in order to promote martyrs from the region, her ambition to be me with an everlasting
Cardinal Ling attend a over a mere 45,000 in the harmony with the religious killed by communist forces in the spotlight by love… He is the love I
seminary of the Voluntas country of 7 million, and are majority of the country. in the second half of the finding gigs to perform had been looking for.
Dei Institute (associated served by only 33 priests. “The Church is treated very twentieth century, was yet at mall tours and TV I know my God loves
with the Oblates of Mary “We are in the minority as poorly in Laos—probably the another sign of warming shows. Soon enough, me. He has forgiven all
Immaculate) in Canada, Catholics, but we understand worst in ASEAN (Association Church-state relations, as she found herself my sins and cleansed
and was ordained a priest each other always; whether of Southeast Asian Nations) well as providing a sense of going to Japan as an me. I am standing in
of the Vicariate Apostolic you are a cardinal or not, you save for Brunei,” a “well- renewal for local Catholics. entertainer. front of you, a new
of Vientiane in 1972, three are the same, you have to be place[d] diplomat source” The new cardinal has also “I thought I was ok. person.” (Nirva’ana
years before the communist simple and really with the told UCA News in May. spoken out of concern for the I also went to Japan. I Ella Delacruz
takeover of the country. people,” he told CNA. Cardinal Ling is noted for environment, responding to learned to sit and drink with reports from
He was appointed vicar Given such a small having good relationships fast-paced deforestation in with the Japanese. Angel Memorando/
apostolic of Paksé in 2000, Catholic population, Cardinal with government authorities. the region. (Joe Slama I thought that if I had CBCPNews)
and consecrated a bishop Ling, 73, has long placed Despite challenges, the with reports from Alexey
the following year. He was importance on catechesis cardinal holds out hope Gotovskiy/CNA)

Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist
VATICAN— Bishops should look at provide the bread and wine for the grave reasons,” cannot consume
ways to help verify and guarantee celebration and the worthiness of wine fermented in the normal
the validity and worthiness of the material.” manner, “mustum” is valid matter
the bread and wine used for the Bishops must also provide for the celebration of the Eucharist.
celebration of the Eucharist, the information to the producers of the Mustum is grape juice that is either
Vatican said in a recent document. bread and wine for the Eucharist fresh or preserved by methods that
Because bread and wine for the and to remind them of the absolute suspend its fermentation without
Eucharist are no longer supplied just respect that is due to the norms,” altering its nature, for example, by
by religious communities, but “are it said. Producers “must be aware freezing.
also sold in supermarkets and other that their work is directed toward • Eucharistic matter made with
stores and even over the internet,” the eucharistic sacrifice and that this genetically modified organisms can
bishops should set up guidelines, demands their honesty, responsibility be considered valid matter.
an oversight body and/or even a and competence,” it added. • Permission must be given by the
form of certification to help “remove The congregation suggested ordinary for an individual priest or
any doubt about the validity of ordinaries offer guidance, for layperson to use low-gluten hosts
the matter for the Eucharist,” the example, by “guaranteeing the or mustum for the celebration of
Vatican’s Congregation for Divine eucharistic matter through special the Eucharist. “Permission can be
Worship and the Sacraments said. certification.” Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, right, Concelebrates Mass during the “Convocation of Catholic granted habitually, for as long as the
The recommendations came in Bishops may want to agree on Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” July 2 in Orlando, Fla. Bishops should look at ways to help situation continues which occasioned
verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the
a circular letter, “On the bread and and establish “concrete regulations” Eucharist, the Vatican said in a recent document. BOB ROLLER/CNS the granting of permission.”
wine for the Eucharist,” sent to on the national level through their People who live with celiac disease
diocesan bishops “at the request of bishops’ conferences, it suggested. eucharistic matter: provided the hosts “contain a are unable to digest gluten, a type of
the Holy Father, Pope Francis.” Dated “Given the complexity of situations • “The bread used in the sufficient amount of gluten to obtain protein commonly found in grains
June 15—the feast of the Body and and circumstances, such as a decrease celebration of the most holy the confection of bread without the such as rye, barley and wheat.
Blood of Christ—the letter was made in respect for the sacred, it may eucharistic sacrifice must be addition of foreign materials and There also are people who live with
public by the Vatican July 8. The be useful to mandate a competent unleavened, purely of wheat, and without the use of procedures that nonceliac gluten intolerance or
letter was signed by Cardinal Robert authority to have oversight in actually recently made so that there is no would alter the nature of bread.” gluten sensitivity whose health can
Sarah, congregation prefect, and guaranteeing the genuineness of danger of decomposition.” • Completely gluten-free hosts be adversely affected by gluten.
Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary. the eucharistic matter by producers • Bread made from another continue to be “invalid matter for The U.S. bishops’ Committee on
Because the church requires as well as those responsible for its substance, even grain or mixed with the celebration of the Eucharist.” Divine Worship has said Catholics
certainty regarding the conditions distribution and sale,” the Vatican another substance so different from • Wine used in the celebration of who cannot receive Communion
necessary for the validity of the congregation wrote. wheat that it would not commonly the eucharistic “must be natural, wafers at all, even under the species
sacraments, the congregation A competent authority, for be considered wheat bread, “does from the fruit of the grape, pure of low-gluten hosts, “may receive
offered some suggestions so that example, could be “one or more not constitute valid matter.” and incorrupt, not mixed with other Holy Communion under the
bishops can continue to “watch over religious congregations or another • The introduction of any other substances,” well conserved and species of wine only.” The church
the quality of the bread and wine” body capable of carrying out the substances, “such as fruit or sugar or have not soured. teaches that “under either species
as well as “those who prepare these necessary checks on production, honey, into the bread for confecting • “It is altogether forbidden to of bread or wine, the whole Christ
materials.” conservation and sale of the the Eucharist,” it said, “is a grave use wine of doubtful authenticity is received,” it said.
The congregation underlined that eucharistic bread and wine in a given abuse.” or provenance.” Medical certification of a condition
every bishop “is bound to remind country and for other countries to • Low-gluten hosts are valid • No other drinks of any kind may justifying the use of mustum or low-
priests, especially parish priests which they are exported,” it wrote. matter for people who, “for varying not be admitted “for any reason, as gluten hosts for Communion is
and rectors of churches, of their The letter also reiterated and grave reasons, cannot consume they do not constitute valid matter.” not required, the committee said.
responsibility to verify those who norms already in place regarding bread made in the usual manner,” • For people who, “for varying and (Carol Glatz/CNS)
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