VATICAN INSIDER VISITS CRIS GANGEMI AND THE KAIROS FORUM – PAPAL TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES TO EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT – POPE URGES SOCCER PLAYERS TO BE CHAMPIONS IN THEIR LIVES – NEW FRANCISCAN CUSTOS OF HOLY LAND IS NAMED

VATICAN INSIDER VISITS CRIS GANGEMI AND THE KAIROS FORUM

In this week’s interview segment, I talk to Cris Gangemi, executive director of the KAIROS FORUM, an organization that seeks to highlight and respond to the spiritual and religious needs of people with intellectual or cognitive disabilities. The aim of Kairos is to facilitate the crafting and empowerment of ‘communities of belonging’ within both religious and secular settings. Kairos is partnering with the Pontifical Council for Culture for a three-day conference in Rome June 24 to 26 that is entitled LIVING FULLY 2016.  Don’t miss this wonderful and informative conversation.

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Here are some links to Kairos and to the June 2016 conference in Rome:

http://www.livingfully2016.com

http://thekairosforum.com

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PAPAL TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES TO EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT

Following is the telegram of condolences sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, in the name of Pope Francis, to Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, president of Egypt for the loss of EgyptAir Flight MS-804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in the night between Wednesday and Thursday, claiming the lives of 66 people – 56 passengers and 10 crew members:

“Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Egyptian passenger airliner, Pope Francis wishes to assure you of his prayers and solidarity at this difficult time and commends the souls of the deceased of various nationalities to the mercy of the Almighty. Upon the relatives of the passengers and all those involved in the search and rescue efforts, His Holiness invokes the divine blessings of strength and peace.”

POPE URGES SOCCER PLAYERS TO BE CHAMPIONS IN THEIR LIVES

Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Friday urged Italian football (soccer) players to not just be champions in their sport but above all champions in their lives, by displaying key moral values such as brotherhood, mutual respect, understanding and forgiveness. His remarks came during an audience at the Vatican with top representatives of Italy’s Seria A Football League as well as players from the Juventus and AC Milan teams. The two Seria A teams play each other at the weekend in the final of the Italian cup (Coppa Italia) in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

A keen football fan himself, Pope Francis reminded the players, that as role models for many fans, especially the young, their behaviour should always reflect “the authentic values of sport.” He said the success of a team depends on a fusion of human and moral virtues such as “harmony, loyalty, friendship, dialogue and solidarity.” By being a witness of those moral virtues, he continued, you can emphasize even more the real purpose of the world of sport that is “sometimes marred by negative episodes.”

The Pope reminded the players that they are not just footballers but first and foremost a human being, each with their own conscience, and urged them to always show “brotherhood, mutual respect, understanding and forgiveness.” “Be champions in sport but above all champions in your life,” he stressed.

Pope Francis concluded by encouraging the players to always highlight whatever is “truly good and beautiful” and to not be afraid to share and display with their fans “the moral and religious principles” on which they wish to base their life.

NEW FRANCISCAN CUSTOS OF HOLY LAND IS NAMED

(L’Osservatore Romano) – Br Francesco Patton is the new Custos of the Holy Land, succeeding Br Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who led the Custody for the past ten years. The nomination by the General Council of the Order of Friars Minor was ratified by the Holy See, according to the Pontifical Statutes dealing with this entity of the Franciscan Order.

The new Custos was born in Vigo Meano, Italy in the Archdiocese of Trent on 23 December 1963, and belongs to the Province of St Anthony of the Friars Minor of northern Italy. He made his first religious profession on 7 September 1983 and his solemn profession on 4 October 1986. He was ordained a priest on 26 May 1989. In 1993 he earned a Licentiate in Communication Sciences at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

He has served in various capacities in his province and also within the Order. He was twice Secretary General of the General Chapters in 2003 and 2009; Visitator General in 2003; Minister Provincial of St Vigilium of Trent from 2008 to 2016; and President of the Conference of Provincial Ministers of Italy and Albania (COMPI) from 2010 to 2013.

Br Francesco has also served in many capacities outside of the Order, including: as member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and secretary of the Diocesan Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Trent; professor of Social Communications at the Studio Teologico Accademico Tridentino; collaborator of the Diocesan Weekly, of Diocesan Radio and of Telepace Trento. He has also been enrolled with the journalists of Trentino-Alto Adige as a publicist since 1991.

JFL: He succeeds Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, a native of Bergamo, Italy, who has been the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land since 2004. As such, Br. Patton is the Minister Provincial, the superior, of the Friars Minor living in the Middle East. He has jurisdiction over the territories of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt (partially), Cyprus and Rhodes without counting the numerous houses known as commissariats in various parts of the world such as Rome, Madrid, and Washington.

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