VATICAN INSIDER: THE CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION
My two amazing guests in the interview segment of Vatican Insider this weekend and next are Catherine Wiley, grandmother and founder of Catholic Grandparents Association – CGA – and Marilyn Henry, also a grandmother, who founded the American branch of Catholic Grandparents.
We spoke when they were in Rome for “The Richness of Many Years of Life” conference organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life that brought together 550 participants from 60 countries. Catherine tells us how she came to found this Association and both women speak about the work of CGA and how you, if you are a grandparent, can join this unique, lively and loving association.
Marilyn Henry-(from twitter)
If you could plug Catherine in to a wall socket, you’d not have to pay an electric company! She is so very passionate about her work, about CGA, about being a grandparent. And that’s how she feels about her “American double,” Marilyn Henry of Houston, Texas.
If you’re a grandparent and want to know if there is a CGA affiliate in your parish or diocese, all the info you need (phone numbers, email, etc) is right here: http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/
For Catherine Wiley’s powerful talk at “The Richness of Many Years of Life,” conference, click on the link below. By the by, Marilyn told me that the entire gathering applauded Catherine for several mion iutes!
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POPE INSTITUTES GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR PERSONNEL
Accepting the proposal of the Council of Cardinals and the Council for the Economy, His Holiness Francis has arranged for the institution of the General Directorate for Personnel within the General Affairs Section of the Secretariat of State.
The General Directorate for Personnel will take over the tasks of the current personnel office of the Secretariat of State and will have authority not only on the Dicasteries and Entities of the Holy See, but also on Institutes (for example, the Institute for Religious Works), plants, chapters, administrations, organisms, foundations, Domus and other institutions dependent on the Holy See or in some way connected to it, notwithstanding the respective Regulations.
This new department will be presided over by a director and will have strategic, inspection and operational power, with coordination, control and surveillance functions; it will also be equipped so that it can respond in good time to the various requests that it will be called to carry out.
The new General Directorate for Personnel will maintain close links with the Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Labor Office of the Apostolic See, the Pension Fund and the Governorate of the Vatican City State, as well as with the independent Commission of evaluation for the recruitment of lay personnel at the Apostolic See (CIVA).
This is a very important step in the reform process started by the Holy Father.
106TH WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS: “FORCED LIKE JESUS CHRIST TO FLEE”
The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday 27 September 2020. The Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” as the title for his annual Message. It will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced persons (IDPs), who currently number over 41 million worldwide.
As the title makes clear, the reflection begins with the experience of the young Jesus and his family as displaced persons and refugees. This provides a Christological grounding for the Christian action of welcome or hospitality.
Over the coming months, the theme will be developed in six sub-themes expressed by six pairs of verbs: to know in order to understand; to draw near so as to serve; to listen in order to reconcile; to share and thus to grow; to involve in order to promote; and finally, to collaborate and therefore to build.
Again this year, the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will encourage, prepare and support the celebration of this day. Resources are being developed and a communication campaign will soon get underway. Each month, information, reflections, and multimedia aids will be offered as means of exploring and expressing the theme chosen this year by the Holy Father. (source Vatican media)