Prima Messa ad Altomonte

Sabato scorso abbiamo festeggiato una prima Messa che aspettavamo da tempo ad Altomonte. Uno dei nostri più cari diaconi è stato ordinato quest’estate. Purtroppo non ne possiamo dire il nome, perché la sua ordinazione è stata clandestina. Infatti non è stato fino alcuni giorni dopo l’ordinazione che abbiamo saputo che era già diventato sacerdote.

Nel suo paese alcuni sacerdoti sono ordinati in celebrazioni segrete col Vescovo e pochi assistenti, per motivi di sicurezza. Così servono la sua Chiesa dall’anonimato, cercando di portare il Signore nascosto dal controllo dello stato.

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Purtroppo dobbiamo mascherare la faccia del nuovo sacerdote

Speriamo il ministero del nostro nuovo sacerdote sia fruttuoso e pieno di GIOIA nel Signore.

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“Così sono nati i Vangeli”

Don Bernardo, che è il decano dei nostri professori, padre spirituale di alcuni di noi, così come anche del Capranica, ha recentemente pubblicato il suo ultimo libro. Abbiamo cercato di insistere sulla chiarezza del contenuto, che certamente sottolinea l’unità fra il Gesù dei Vangeli e il Cristo della fede, ma lo fa sotto un titolo piuttosto contundente: “Così sono nati i Vangeli”. Siamo sicuri che è frutto di una lunga esperienza docente, di molti anni di riflessione sull’esegesi della Bibbia e di uno sforzo incessante per lavorare e far lavorare, che caratterizza Don Bernardo, anche quando è a casa.

Pensiamo agli innumerevoli servizi che ci offre quando siamo alla sala pranzo, ai consigli che ci dà per studiare e soprattutto per le visite guidate dei numerosi musei di cui è esperto. Don Bernardo è stato pure degli organizzatori del Simposio Internazionale della Fondazione Vaticana Ratzinger su temi di Escatologia.

Auguri Don Bernardo, e grazie.

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Don Bernardo con il card. Koch nel Simposio Ratzinger 2016

“Tener fe en la razón”

Uno dei nostri due Vicerettori, don Francisco Fernández Labastida, ha pubblicato recentemente un interessante libro su un argomento di grande attualità, dal titoloTener fe en la razón. Una reflexión de Benedicto XVI, in cui egli mette a fuoco la necessità di ricuperare, nel nostro mondo postmoderno, la fiducia nella capacità della regione umana di conoscere la verità. Don Francisco, che è professore presso la Facoltà di Filosofia dell’Università della Santa Croce, analizza l’insegnamento di Benedetto XVI sull’importante ruolo che svolge la ragione nella vita di fede del cristiano.

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C’è infatti un intimo rapporto fra fede e ragione, in modo che l’una ha bisogno assoluto dell’altra. E così, all’uomo serve la capacità naturale di conoscere la verità per scoprire il volto di Cristo; e al tempo stesso le relazioni sociali e politiche diventano arbitrarie e contrarie alla natura umana se prescindono dalla fede. In un mondo che sta perdendo sia la fede, sia la ragione, il prof. Fernández Labastida ci incoraggia a riscoprire in un modo nuovo il rapporto fra fede e ragione, alla luce del pensiero di Benedetto XVI, che ha fatto di questo argomento uno dei punti centrali del suo lavoro intellettuale. Secondo il nostro autore, l’inizio di questo percorso è proprio la consapevolezza che la ragione, cioè la capacità naturale dell’uomo di conoscere l’essere della realtà, è la via più sicura per aprirsi alla Verità.

Oltre a questo libro, Don Francisco è l’editore dell’enciclopedia filosofica on-line in spagnolo Philosophica. Essa costituisce un Dynamic Reference Work, che vuole offrire in maniera costantemente aggiornata informazione seria ed accessibile sullo status quaestionis dei principali autori ed argomenti filosofici.

He called me when I knew him not

My name is Fr. Kennedy Rodríguez Montes de Oca, and I come from the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. I am the eighth of twelve children, all of whom were born and raised in Barahona, a province in the southwest with a paltry presence of the Church, where the percentage of various sects and nonbelievers is quite high. My family belonged to the latter group, not because we did not want to join the Catholic faith, but because no one had taught us.
Only when we moved to the capital city did we first hear about the Catholic Faith, though we still did not practice this faith. I credit my conversion to my neighbor who invited me to a CCD class. I gradually grew to know Jesus and drew very close to Him. This all began as a teenager since my young childhood was completely absent of any knowledge of Jesus. And yet, everything I heard about him was extraordinary.
During this time I had the opportunity to meet other religious denominations and systems of belief, but none were as convincing as the Catholic Faith. The liturgy, the sacraments, and the person of the priest strongly drew my attention. How is it possible that a man with his own two hands can bring God Himself to earth and give God to others?
At the age of 17, I was invited to participate in a retreat that touched my life in a very special way. But the thought still never occurred to me that God perhaps wanted me to follow him in this particular path. Instead it was a feeling that I wanted to draw nearer to God. I remember how on Sundays, so as to avoid any suspicion in my family, I would get up very early while everyone was still sleeping and attend Sunday Mass. Afterwards I returned home and went back to bed to get up with everyone else as if nothing had happened.
Finally, that same year, I told my family of my desire to become a Catholic priest. Obviously everyone was opposed to the idea and could not believe it. They thought I was crazy.
And from that moment on, all the way to my priestly ordination, I began a difficult path, a period of suffering and purification, where I had to accept that even my own family, relatives, and friends, seemed to be against me. But I felt comfort knowing that He who has called me has traveled the same road, and that I was not alone. I was ordained a priest on August 23rd, 2008 by the Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Primate of America, Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez.
Immediately after my ordination I was assigned to work at a parish called Evangelizadora Mediática San Antonio de Padua. It was a church particularly known for its unique mission. In addition to the regular pastoral work, my parish had the responsibility of broadcasting the liturgical celebrations and other liturgical events to various stations both nationally and internationally, reaching a total of thirteen national channels and four in the United States. Here I began to understand the importance of media for transmitting the Gospel to the masses.
Later I was sent to a poor parish in the countryside. It was a big change, but the mission is always the same: evangelization. There we built churches and schools, with the support of many people I met in my previous parish. In 2013 I was asked to come to Rome to study Church Communications. I can say that it has been, and remains to be, an experience that enriches and opens my horizons, enabling me to perform the mission of Jesus in the vast and fertile fields of the media, as I work for the harvest.

(From universityholycross.org)

Gracias a la oración diaria descubrí mi vocación

Compartimos con vosotros el testimonio del Don Albert Fortuny para la Fundación CARF.

(English version)

Actualmente Don Albert Fortuny es un sacerdote de 28 años estudiante de Derecho Canonico en la PUSC. Sacerdote desde 2012 de la Archidiócesis de Tarragona (España), ha sido formador del Seminario Menor de Tarragona, capellán de un colegio, vicario parroquial y encargado de las vocaciones.

Serving in the Jungles of Sri Lanka

Fr. Francis Assisi, who came to Santa Croce from Sri Lanka, was ordained in 2007. Both he and his diocese want to emphasize that his dream of studying in Rome would not have been possible without the help of benefactors who bear the costs of his training and living expenses, and how grateful they are for such support.

My parents have been blessed by God and it is truly thanks to them that I am a priest. They encouraged me from childhood to obey the Lord and they sowed in my heart the seed of a priestly vocation, so I will always be immensely grateful to them. We are a family of seven children, and we are simple but very happy.
God always comes first in our family. We pray the rosary every day at 7:00 in the evening and we often volunteer at our local parish. Needless to say, the fundamental pillar of the family has been my mother, whom we all respect and love very much. Without her I would not be here, nor would my brothers have their strong faith. My father died from cancer just a month after my ordination in 2007.
Following my ordination I spent three years as an assistant pastor in various parishes. In 2010, my bishop appointed me as the pastor of a remote church in the middle of the jungle. Those were very hard years because there was nothing: no parsonage, no electricity, no running water.
It was truly as when the Lord said: “He had nowhere to lay his head.” The small sacristy of the parish church was my room. However, my situation was good compared to the lives of my parishioners, so I cannot complain.
After everything that I experienced there, I realize how great the Lord is. He is able to build his Church in the most difficult of conditions, and can take a priest from the jungle of Sri Lanka and allow him to advance his theological training in Rome.
Thanks to this opportunity of studying at Santa Croce, I hope to someday be able to better help my people, who are always so happy in their faith, despite their precarious situation.

(From universityholycross.org)

Dios me dijo: “Te necesito”

Compartimos con vosotros el testimonio del P. Juan Carlos Galvis para la Fundación CARF.

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Actualmente el P. Juan Carlos Galvis está estudiando Filosofía en la PUSC. Es sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de Guayaquil (Ecuador) desde 2009, y antes de estudiar en Roma ha sido vicario en la Catedral y formador del Seminario Mayor. También ha colaborado con Canal Uno en un espacio de mensajes motivacionales y de fe.

Aquí os dejamos algunos de sus videos.

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El Foro Economico Mundial y el Papa Francisco

Durante el encuentro ENROME 2015, organizado por la Fundación CARF, el Prof. Don Cristian Mendoza, pronunció una conferencia sobre el impacto que tuvo en el Foro Economico Mundial el reto que el Papa Francisco les lanzó, de incluir a los pobres en el desarrollo de la economia mundial.

Aquí podéis ver el vídeo que ha publicado la Fundación CARF.

Don Cristian Mendoza es profesor de cultura económica en la Facultad de Comunicación Institucional en la PUSC.

Desprendimiento de las cosas materiales

El sacerdote peruano Ronald Enciso Herrera expresa en esta carta su agradecimiento a los benefactores de CARF. De ellos destaca el ejemplo de desprendimiento.

Con gran alegría escribo estas letras de gratitud a los benefactores del Centro Académico Romano Fundación. Soy un sacerdote diocesano de la archidiócesis de Cuzco (Perú), y gracias a vuestra generosidad me encuentro en la ciudad de Roma cursando la licenciatura en Derecho Canónico, en la Universidad Pontificia de la Santa Cruz.
Llevo muy dentro de mi ser el recuerdo aquel, en el que mi obispo de entonces, monseñor Juan Antonio Ugarte, me dijo que preparara la solicitud de beca de estudios. Me dijo que si la respuesta era positiva me iría a Roma. Fue entonces cuando empecé a encomendar en la Santa Misa que la universidad aprobara la bolsa de estudios. El Señor, que es generoso, me concedió este privilegio.
Cuando estando ya en Roma me enteré de cómo consiguen las donaciones, se me partió el corazón; porque tras la bolsa de estudios están ustedes, personas muy generosas que hacen el donativo económico para que sea posible la formación de sacerdotes.
Este testimonio de generosidad no sólo me ayuda económicamente, sino también humanamente, para ser más desprendido de las cosas materiales en bien de los demás.
Desde seminarista me enseñaron a rezar por los benefactores; y ahora también les digo que cuenten con las oraciones de este pobre sacerdote. Dios les bendiga.

(De carfundacion.es)

Pope Francis’ visit was a gift to our nation

My name is Fr. Simon Jude Kanyike and I am a Catholic priest from the archdiocese of Kampala, in Uganda. This year I celebrate my 10th year as a priest. Currently I am a student at Santa Croce, pursuing a licentiate in Church Communications.

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Kampala is the central region of the country where the “Uganda Martyrs” (St. Charles Lwanga and his 21 companions) came from. Today, about 75% of our population is Catholic. When the first papal visit to Africa took place, St. Pope Paul VI came to Uganda first. In 1993 I was thrilled to see St. John Paul II during his visit to our country.

When my turn came, I did not hesitate in telling them “I want to be a priest.”

Last week, Pope Francis visited Uganda. I was here in Rome, but my heart and my soul were with my people! When he visited the place where the “Uganda martyrs” were killed, he also visited the site where 23 Anglican Christians were killed. This was a huge gesture in favor of interreligious dialogue, and will help to increase unity between the work that our two religions do together.

Pope Francis’ visit was a true gift to our nation and a boost to the Faith, as around two million people gathered to greet him. Many young people were given the opportunity to meet the Pope, and to participate in the ceremonies. It may cause many young people who have left the Church to reconsider the Faith … and I hope that the seeds of many vocations will grow from this visit.

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Pope Francis during his visit to Uganda (november 2015)

How did my own vocation to the priesthood blossom? I come from a Catholic family of nine children – I have eight sisters! One day, after our family night prayers, my parents asked each of us what we wanted to do in the future. When my turn came, I did not hesitate in telling them “I want to be a priest.” My sisters laughed, and said that at ten years old I was too young to understand what I was saying. Soon after, however, I became an altar boy and started attending catechism classes, drawing as close to God as I could. I looked up to our priests so much, and admired how they conducted themselves and were so generous.

I am very thankful to God for my call to the priesthood, and for the opportunity of studying at Santa Croce.

Eventually, my parents allowed me to enter a minor seminary. Then, in 2005, after completing my seminary studies in theology and philosophy, I was ordained.

I am very thankful to God for my call to the priesthood, and for the opportunity of studying at Santa Croce. I believe that my studies will increase my ability to communicate for the Church and increase my appreciation for my vocation.