CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 7 July 2018

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Taiwanese ambassador to Holy See awarded papal knighthood
Hong Kong (UCAN): The Vatican has bestowed a papal knighthood on Matthew Lee, Taiwan’s ambassador to the Holy See at a ceremony on March 15, in recognition of his diplomatic work.
 
Lee was awarded the Knight Grand Cross, which is the second class of five orders of knighthood founded by Pope Pius IX in 1847. The honour is typically awarded to ambassadors to the Holy See.
 
The Vatican said Lee received the papal knighthood in recognition of his contributions to strengthening bilateral ties and his enthusiastic participation in events held by the Vatican.
 
Lee began his diplomatic mission at the Holy See in January 2016.
 
Ten other ambassadors to the Vatican also received the honour including the envoys from Argentina, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Burkina Faso. 
 
Ateneo gives failing grade to abusive parent
MANILA (UCAN): The Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines, is to file charges against a parent who reportedly threatened one of its professors after his child received a low grade from the teacher.
 
A statement, released on March 22 and signed by university president, Father Joel Tabora, condemned the parent’s alleged threat, calling it “reprehensible.”
 
The priest said the university and its affected staff would take “necessary steps ... to ensure that complaints will be filed.”
 
The university did not name the parent who was only described as a “public official and lawyer.”
 
Witnesses said the parent’s bodyguards stood behind the lecturer during the confrontation accompanied the parent with one of them reportedly holding a bag that appeared to contain a gun.
 
Father Tabora, however, clarified that there “was no gun immediately involved in this incident.”
 
In the statement Father Tabora said that even if the parent did not use a gun to threaten the professor, the parent “clearly intended to intimidate.”
 
“The incident, however, was nonetheless reprehensible insofar as statements were made that were clearly intended to intimidate and where no actual gun at hand was necessary to be intimidating,” said the priest. 
 
“The(school) is a safe zone not only for its students, but also for its teachers who ought to be able to teach and give out grades accordingly, free from intimidation and threats from parents or any related persons or personalities,” read the school’s statement.
 
It added that parental bullying based on public office or on one’s legal profession “has no place at (Ateneo) nor in any school, public or private, in the Philippines.”
 
Pope to attend World Meeting of Families 
VATICAN CITY (CNS): Receiving a delegation from Ireland and blessing an icon of the Holy Family, Pope Francis confirmed his intention to visit Dublin for the final days of the World Meeting of Families (Sunday Examiner, March 11). 
 
“On the occasion of the next World Meeting of Families, I plan on going to Dublin from August 25 to 26 this year. I thank the civil authorities, the bishops, the archbishop of Dublin and all those who are helping prepare this trip. Thank you,” he said.
 
The delegation, led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, president of the world meeting, included two families from Ireland. 
 
Kevin Cardinal Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, also was part of the group meeting the pope. 
 
Pope Francis chose the city of Dublin to host the world meeting, which will reflect on the theme, The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World. Held every three years, the event brings families from around the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of people’s lives, of society and the Church.
 
Latin American bishops call for ecological conversion
LIMA (CNS): Less than two months after Pope Francis spoke out about environmental destruction in the Amazon basin during a visit to Peru, bishops from Latin America and the Caribbean have issued a pastoral letter calling the region’s Catholics to an “integral ecological conversion.”
 
The letter reflects on environmental issues in Latin America in light of Laudato Si’ (Praise be: On Care for Our Common Home) Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical. 
 
The Latin American bishops’ council, CELAM, spent seven years drafting the pastoral letter, which will serve as input for the commission planning the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, to be held at the Vatican in 2019. 
 
It highlights “the serious consequences of the unbridled exploitation of natural resources and awareness that we must care for our common home,” said Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, who oversaw much of its drafting. 

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