PRESENTATION OF 2015 MEETING OF FAMILIES IN PHILADELPHIA - WE FACE GREATEST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II - IOR NAMES FINAL TWO MEMBERS TO BOARD - SISTINE CHOIR IN MACAO, HONG KONG AND TAIPEI
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
PRESENTATION OF 2015 MEETING OF FAMILIES IN PHILADELPHIA

This morning in the Holy See Press Office, Archbishops Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of Philadelphia presented the World Meeting of Families that will take place in that city in September 2015 on the theme Love is our mission: the family fully alive.

In his presentation Archbishop Chaput commented on Philadelphia's deep religious roots and expressed his hope that Pope Francis may be present at next year's meeting, expected to draw from 10,000 to 15,000 faithful, though that figure will grow exponentially if Pope Francis is present. He said the Pope has told him it is his intention to be in Philadelphia and the diocese and city are preparing events and venues as if the Pope will be there.

The archbishop focused on two points todays release of the catechesis and the painting commissioned by the Philadelphia team to represent and permanently commemorate World Meeting of Families 2015 in a special way.

Today, said Abp. Chaput, were releasing the catechesis, in other words, the official teaching document, that will help parish and diocesan leaders, catechists and other interested persons prepare Catholics across the globe for next years meeting. He explained that the catechesis develops its teaching in 10 simple steps. It starts with the purpose of our creation and moves into the nature of our sexuality; the covenant of marriage; the importance of children; the place of priesthood and religious life in the ecology of the Christian community; the Christian home as a refuge for the wounded heart; the role of the Church; and the missionary witness of Christian families to the wider world.

The archbishop noted that, the text of the catechesis provides a foundation for all of the different programming that will go into the World Meeting of Families, including major talks, panels and breakout sessions, and family entertainment during the event. The text is currently available in English and Spanish. Portuguese, French and other language editions are planned this fall through the efforts of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Abp. Chaput then explained the oil painting by Neilson Carlin, a Philadelphia native, to commemorate the 2015 event, displayed in the press office for the media. We unveiled it publicly in Philadelphia on September 7, he said. The original 4 x 5 foot oil painting will be on display in Philadelphias Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul throughout the World Meeting of Families. Along with the traditional figures of the Holy Family Jesus, Mary and Joseph the artist has included the parents of Mary, Sts. Anne and Joachim. Theyre a reminder that, today and throughout history, the Christian family includes both the young and the elderly; it reaches beyond parents and child to include grandparents and many other extended relations.

Archbishop Paglia presented the events organized by the council for the family On September 18, with the collaboration of Caritas International, a seminar will be held on Family and poverty in which it 150 experts on the theme are expected to participate. On 28 September, with the theme The blessing of longevity, the elderly and grandparents will meet with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square. From January 22-24 2015, an international congress of associations, movements and groups for the family and for life will meet with the aim of Reviewing together the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. On March 24, anniversary of the publication of St. John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium vitae, a prayer vigil will be held in the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major.

Abp. Paglia also noted that, that every day until the opening of the Synod on October 5, on the council website www.familia.va, there will be a special edition of Jar the spectacle of life, that will present, in words and images, the main themes of the Synod and explain how they figure in the Instrumentum Laboris. During the synod, there will be a weekly note presenting and summarizing the work of the Synod fathers. All this will be supplemented with exclusive interviews with bishops and experts.

The Tom Riley family from Philadelphia, with two of their 5 children, also spoke at the press conference. (Photos of briefing on my Facebook page)

WE FACE GREATEST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, opened an urgent Caritas meeting on Monday concerning the many and serious crises in the Middle East. He began with an impassioned call for peace, and said, As part of the humanitarian community we are confronted with the greatest crisis the world has faced since the Second World War. The three-day meeting ends tomorrow.

The cardinal highlighted the tragedy of the millions in Syria who are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, the violence of fundamentalist extremism in Iraq and eastern Syria, and the predicament of Gaza inhabitants who have lost all in recent Israeli bombing.

Click here for his passionate and yet heart-breaking talk: click here

IOR NAMES FINAL TWO MEMBERS TO BOARD

A communiqu today from the IOR states that the Cardinals Commission of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione has appointed Mr. Mauricio Larran (Chile) and Mr. Carlo Salvatori (Italy) as members to the IOR Board of Superintendence. Cardinal Santos Abril y Castell, president of IORs Supervisory Commission of Cardinals, said: "The IOR is looking forward to working with these two new board members who will add significant financial experience and global perspective at a time when the role of IOR is being reinforced and confirmed to meet the objectives of the Holy Father."

With these appointments, the IOR Board of Superintendence is now complete. Besides Mauricio Larran and Carlo Salvatori, it is composed of Mr. Jean-Baptiste de Franssu (France), President of the Board, Mr. Clemens Boersig (Germany), Prof. Mary Ann Glendon (USA) and Sir Michael Hintze (UK), who assumed office on 9 July 2014. In addition to these six lay members of the Board, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for the Economy, serves as its non-voting Secretary.

The nomination of a non-voting Secretary and a sixth member to the IOR Board of Superintendence as well as the nomination of a sixth member to the IOR Cardinals Commission will be formalized upon completion of the current review of the Institutes Statute.

SISTINE CHOIR IN MACAO, HONG KONG AND TAIPEI

The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir, known as the Sistine Choir, departs Wednesday for the Orient and will perform for the first time in Macao, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The concerts have been made possible through the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, in collaboration with the Coro Perosi of the Diocese of Macao and the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation. By sharing the rich musical traditions of East and West, these concerts aim to promote cultural exchange through art and music, thereby creating new channels of communication and communion.

The concerts will take place on September 19 at 18:00 in the Cathedral of Macao; September 21 at 20:00 at the Hong Kong Cultural Center; and September 23 at 19:30 at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. In addition, on September 21, at 11:00 in the Cathedral of Hong Kong, the Sistine Choir will assist, with the authorization of the cardinal secretary of State, at the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. Cardinal John Tong Hon will preside.

A note from the Sistine Choir explains that the Pontifical Sistine Music Chapel Choir has its origins in the former Roman Schola Cantorum and for centuries has preserved the musical traditions of the Church. It is composed of trained vocal musicians who sing at Papal liturgies and at other celebrations desired by the Holy Father. Immediately after the Popes return to Rome in 1378 from exile in Avignon, France, a need to provide for adequate sacred music was felt. Following his election on August 9, 1471, Pope Sixtus IV gave specific direction to this musical renewal by creating his own College of Cantors, which would later become the Sistine Choir. The choir has been under the direction of Massimo Palombella since October 16, 2010.

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