Archive of August 27, 2012

Fr. Giusanni had gift for deciphering signs of the times, priest recalls

Rimini, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News) - When Father Luigi Giussani died in 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told the mourners at his funeral that “the centrality of Christ” in the life of the founder of Communion and Liberation gave him a particular “gift” for “deciphering correctly the signs of the times” in a difficult age “filled with temptations and errors.”

“Yes, I am convinced that Don Giussani has been a gift of the Holy Spirit for this past century,” agreed Father Ignacio Carbajosa Pérez of Communion and Liberation during an Aug. 23 conversation with CNA. “After all, it was a century with the danger that faith had nothing to do with reason.”

The 45-year-old from Madrid was only a teenager when he first met Fr. Giussani during a visit by the Italian priest to Spain. But the impact the priest had was instant.

“For me the most striking thing was to hear this man with this love for my humanity,” he remembered, “finally, to find someone who knew very well what is my humanity and then looked upon it in a sympathetic way.” 

Three decades later, Fr. Carbajosa is now responsible for Communion and Liberation in his native land as well as being a professor of Old Testament at the University of San Dámaso in Madrid.

This past week he was also a keynote speaker at the movement’s Rimini Meeting. The international event draws over 800,000 visitors from across the world to the Italian seaside resort for seven days filled with faith and culture.

The grand event all began, recalls Fr. Carbajosa, with a railway journey in 1950s Italy.

“Don Giussani was one day travelling on a train when he began talking to a group of young people, and he was struck because they did not know anything about what faith really was,” he said.

“For them, faith had nothing to do with love, for example, nothing to do with politics, it had nothing to do with culture, it was only a devotion.” 

The result was that Fr. Giussani asked if he could take leave from his academic position at the seminary and teach school children instead. From 1954 to 1964 he did just that at the Berchet Classical High School in Milan.

The scale of the task before him, though, was clear his first day.

“He tried to begin the first lesson when a young boy put up his hand and said, ‘excuse me Professor Father, you can say whatever you want but we know that reason has nothing to do with faith,’” Fr. Carbajosa said.

“And I think that this was the beginning of the movement,” he added.

Out of that moment grew what is now “Communion and Liberation,” an ecclesial movement whose stated purpose “is the education to Christian maturity of its adherents and collaboration in the mission of the Church in all the spheres of contemporary life.”

Over the years, Fr. Giussani’s approach led to friendship with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – because the two men, suggested Fr. Carbajosa, “came from this common point of view, that is, a love for humanity and a preoccupation about how to use reason.”

Fr. Carbajosa sees this common approach reflected in several of Pope Benedict’s most significant speeches since he was elected in 2005, including his address in Regensburg, Germany in 2006, Westminster Hall in England in 2010 and the German parliament in 2011.

“There is a battle against a use of reason that is ‘positivist,’ and that had a dramatic consequence for human life, for people,” the priest said, linking this trait to “Don Giussani from 50 years ago when he began teaching at the school and also to Pope Benedict XVI.”

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Capuchins to examine challenges of evangelizing secular societies

Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News) - The Capuchin Franciscan religious order is celebrating its General Chapter in Rome this month and is focusing on the challenges of bringing Franciscan spirituality into the secularized life of the northern hemisphere.

According to the Capuchin’s website, some 234 members of the community are meeting Aug. 20 to Sept. 22 at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Franciscan International School in Rome.

The assembly opened on Aug. 20 with a Mass celebrated by former Minister General Bishop John Corriveau of Nelson, Canada. The last several days have been devoted to workshop sessions.

In an interview with Vatican Radio, the current Minister General, Father Mauro Johri, said the Capuchins are “totally committed to maintaining our missionary presence in places that are very diverse and difficult.” They are also committed to addressing the new challenges which the Church has presented to them, such as engaging in “the New Evangelization in countries of the northern hemisphere.”

Fr. Johri said the Capuchins see themselves first and foremost as seekers of God and witnesses of his truth in today’s world, but also “as sons of St. Francis committed to living in simplicity, at the side of those of who are poor,” both spiritual and materially.

Among the goals the order has for advancing the New Evangelization are strengthening their presence at Capuchin missions and parishes, and improving preaching and the services they provide to those in need.

He also noted that with the opening of the Year of Faith and the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization (Oct. 7-28), the Capuchins “wish to make our voice and contribution heard as well.

“But I think the first step—and the general chapter is helping us to do this—is to be evangelized ourselves, that is, to allow ourselves to be reached by the novelty of the Gospel in order to be renewed in our faith and fundamental trust, because only thus will we be credible in inviting others to take this step,” Fr. Johri said.

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World Youth Day Rio opens registration Aug. 28

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 27, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News) - Organizers for World Youth Day Rio 2013 announced that registration for the event will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The Director of Registration, Sister Maria Shaiane Machado, explained that when they register, “pilgrim groups will be able to choose between one of the various travel packages being offered. In this way we will be able to meet the needs of young people. Registration will secure a pre-reservation, while payment for the package will ensure confirmation.”
Groups of up to 50 can register, and each group must be led by an adult, she added. Larger groups can be divided into smaller ones that can indicate when signing up that they are part of the main group.
The organizers also pointed young people to the official Pilgrim’s Guide, which was released on July 31, and contains basic information on registration and frequently asked questions.

The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will hold a press conference on Aug. 29, led by Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio and Sister Shaiane Machado.
Those who wish to register for World Youth Day must do so online at

The Pilgrim’s Guide can be found at:

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Police confirm DUI arrest of future San Francisco archbishop

San Diego, Calif., Aug 27, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News) - The San Diego Police Department verified the weekend arrest of the Archbishop-designate of San Francisco for driving under the influence.

San Diego police spokesperson, Detective Gary Hassen, confirmed for CNA Aug. 27 that Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone was arrested just after midnight on Aug. 25 and held in county jail.

After passing through a DUI checkpoint near the San Diego State University, Archbishop Cordileone was further evaluated by the police and then taken into custody.

Just before noon that same day, Archbishop Cordileone was released on bail, Hassen said. The legal blood alcohol content limit for California is 0.08 percent.

Archbishop Cordileone was announced as the replacement for Archbishop George H. Niederauer on July 27, 2012. He will officially become the San Francisco archbishop when he is installed on Oct. 4.

CNA sought comment from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland but none was immediately available.

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Future San Francisco archbishop apologizes for 'disgrace' caused by arrest

Oakland, Calif., Aug 27, 2012 (CNA/EWTN News) - Archbishop-designate Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is apologizing for his “error in judgment” and asking forgiveness for the disgrace he brought upon the Church and himself by being arrested for drunk driving.

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Archbishop Cordileone said in an Aug. 27 statement provided to CNA.
“I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this,” he added.

According to the future San Francisco archbishop, the incident occurred after he had dinner in San Diego with some of his friends and a priest friend who was visiting from overseas.

His mother, who lives near San Diego State University, was also at the dinner. While the archbishop was driving his mother to her house, which is located near San Diego State University, he passed through a DUI checkpoint the police had set up.

The police found Archbishop Cordileone to be over California’s legal blood alcohol level and he was taken to the county jail. The legal blood alcohol limit for California is 0.08 percent.

San Diego police spokesperson, Detective Gary Hassen, confirmed for CNA Aug. 27 that Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone was arrested just after midnight on Aug. 25. He was released on bail just before noon that same day, Hassen said.

Archbishop Cordileone was announced as the replacement for Archbishop George H. Niederauer on July 27, 2012. He will officially become the San Francisco archbishop when he is installed on Oct. 4.

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