OCTOBER 10, 2010, Vol 60, No 20

ROME – God is addressing a particular invitation to youth through the beatification of an 18-year-old Italian girl raised to the altars on Sep 25.

This was the affirmation made Sep 26 by Benedict XVI’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, when he spoke of Blessed Chiara “Luce” Badano (1971-1990).

Chiara died in 1990 of bone cancer just a few weeks before her 19th birthday. She is the first beatified member of the Catholic lay Focolare Movement.

Cardinal Bertone celebrated a thanksgiving Mass in her honour on Sunday at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.

He recounted that on the return trip from the United Kingdom, he and the Holy Father spoke of the saintly girl.

“Seated next to him on the plane, we spoke of Chiara Luce Badano and he told me that this, our blessed, is an example to be appreciated by young people,” Cardinal Bertone said.

Speaking of Chiara’s spirituality, the cardinal noted her exhortation to youth, “I can no longer run, but I would like to pass the torch, as at the Olympics”. During her battle with cancer, Chiara lost the use of her legs.

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LONDON – In a rousing encounter with some 4,000 schoolchildren, Pope Benedict XVI asked them to make friendship with God the centre of their lives.

“We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts,” the pope said Sep 17 in Twickenham, a suburb of London.

He spoke to a cheering crowd of Catholic students who filled a soccer field next to St. Mary’s University College, and via Internet to the more than 800,000 young people who followed the event from their classrooms at Catholic schools throughout Great Britain.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – In the central liturgical moment of his four-day trip to Great Britain, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman and said his vision of religion’s vital role in society should serve as a model today.

Celebrating Mass in Birmingham Sep 19 for more than 50,000 people, the pope read aloud the decree proclaiming Cardinal Newman “blessed,” a major step on the way toward official recognition of sainthood.

A giant portrait of Blessed Newman hung behind the altar, and smaller likenesses were carried to the Mass by many of the faithful who filled Cofton Park in a suburb of the city.

Pope Benedict and the main concelebrants of the Mass processed to the altar while the choir and crowd sang “Praise to the Holiest in the Height”, a hymn with lyrics written by Cardinal Newman. The lyrics to the offertory song, “Firmly I Believe and Truly”, were also written by the cardinal.
Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury embraces Pope Benedict XVI after an evening prayer at Westminster Abbey in London Sep 17. CNS photo

LONDON – Pope Benedict XVI and Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury knelt together before the tomb of an 11th-century Christian king after affirming the need for Catholics and Anglicans to give a united witness to society.

St. Edward the Confessor, who is buried in the Anglicans’ Westminster Abbey, reigned five centuries before English Christians became divided.

The pope and the primate of the Church of England paid homage together to the Christian king at the end of an afternoon that included a joint ecumenical prayer service in Westminster Abbey.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH is the most credible religion in Korea, according to a recently published poll in a popular current affairs magazine.

A wide-ranging survey recently conducted by the Sisain weekly showed that Catholicism came out on top as the most trusted religion, ucanews.com reports.

Asked “to select two credible religions in Korea”, 57.6 percent of respondents selected Catholicism followed by Buddhism with 50.0 percent, Protestantism with 26.4 percent and Won Buddhism, 6.2 percent.

Won Buddhism is a native Korean religion.

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