Sunday, June 17, 2012

VATICAN : POPE : GREAT WORKS OF LOVE FOR HIM

RADIO VATICANA REPORT: During the Sunday Angelus, Pope Benedict spoke about the parables of Christ in the day’s Gospel. The parable of the seed that grows while the farmer sleeps “refers to the mystery of creation and redemption, the fruitful work of God in history.” In the parable, the Pope said, the final harvest reminds us of the full realization of God’s Kingdom at the end of time. “The present time is the time of sowing, and the Lord ensures the growth of the seed. Every Christian, then, knows that he must do all he can, but that the final results depend on God. This knowledge will sustain his daily labours, especially in difficult situations.”
In his remarks to English speaking pilgrims, the Holy Father highlighted the Lord’s parable of the mustard seed: “In today’s Gospel,” he said, “the Lord teaches us that God’s kingdom is like a tiny mustard seed which becomes the largest of shrubs. Let us fervently pray that God may take our weak but sincere desires and transform them into great works of love for him and our neighbour.”

After leading the crowds in the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Benedict noted the upcoming, UN-sponsored World Refugee Day, taking place Wednesday June 20. The day is dedicated to calling attention to “the conditions of many people, especially families, forced to flee their lands, because of threats of armed conflicts and serious forms of violence.” The Holy Father assured refugees of his prayers and of his constant concern for them, and expressed the hope that their rights would be respected and that they would be quickly reunited with their families.

The Pope also spoke about the International Eucharistic Congress, concluding today in Dublin, Ireland. Reflecting on the presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the altar, he said “In the mystery of the Eucharist Jesus wanted to stay with us, for us to enter into communion with Him and among ourselves.”

Finally, Pope Benedict joyfully called to mind the beatification of Eusepi Cecilia, taking place Sunday afternoon. Eusepi, who died at the age of 18, “lived with unwavering faith, displaying great ability to offer sacrifices for the salvation of souls.” The Holy Father recalled that “in the last days of her life, in profound union with Christ Crucified, she repeated ‘It is good to give oneself for Christ, who has given everything for us’.”

Finally, the Holy Father greeted pilgrims and visitors from around the world in various languages, wishing them a happy Sunday, and leaving them with his “abundant blessing.”

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EUROPE : EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS CLOSING BY ARCHBISHOP

IEC RELEASE:
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin


One week ago we set out on a journey of prayer and reflection, of song and silence, of renewal of our hearts and renewal of our Church. In these eight days the Eucharist has awakened in our hearts something which went way beyond our plans and expectations.


The Eucharist has been the nourishment of the extraordinary sense of our communion with one another which those of us who have been in the RDS and are here today have experienced. We have experienced the communion of the Church. We have been enriched by our sharing with those who have joined us from over 120 countries. We have been joined by individuals, parish groups, and diocesan pilgrimages from all over Ireland. We have come as bishops and priests, deacons, religious men and women, families, lay people who animate much of our parish life, young people and children. Catholic communities right across Ireland, and with them many communities of other Christian denominations, have been praying with and for this event.


We are grateful for his presence here today of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, along with public figures from North and South.


We thank God for the experience of these days. We experienced the presence of Jesus with us in the Eucharist and the power of the Eucharist spread through every aspect of our assembly. We thank all those who contributed to this great event. We thank Father Kevin Doran, the General Secretary and his team for the extraordinary organisation; we thank Father Damian McNiece who prepared all the liturgies and his team who coordinated them. We thank the various choirs from all over Ireland. We thank the volunteers who made us welcome and assisted us and kept us in good cheer. We thank those who spoke at the various events. We thank those who celebrated our liturgies and those who ensured vital moments of silent prayer and adoration.


We thank Cardinal Marc Ouellet most sincerely for his tireless work during these days in Dublin, at Lough Derg and in Knock. We express through you our affection and loyalty and gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI and you can assure him of the prayers of all of us.


Our prayers and support go to the city and the diocese which will host the 51st International Eucharist Congress: Cebu City in the Philippines. We pray that the Congress will bring the same special blessing to that city and diocese and nation as this Congress has brought to Dublin and Ireland. I am told that in the monsoon season you can produce rain storms which equal or even surpass the ones we experienced in these last days.


The 50th International Eucharistic Congress was not just a seven-day event. Over the past year a great deal of catechesis has been carried out across Ireland in preparation for this week. Tomorrow we must start our catechesis anew to prolong the fruits of this Eucharistic Congress through a dynamic of New Evangelization. The extraordinary interest that was shown in these days for the workshops and catecheses of the Congress tells us just how much thirst there is in our Catholic community to deepen the understanding of our faith.


In my service at the Holy See I was privileged to work alongside two extraordinary superiors. One was a Polish Bishop, who in the early days of the Second World War, then a young Deacon, was arrested and interned for the entire period of the War in Dachau where he was the object of horrendous medical experiments. The other was a Vietnamese cardinal who was held in prison camps, often in total isolation, or under house arrest for over eleven years. Both had remarkable stories to tell of their ordeal, but the most striking thing that both spoke about was the Eucharist. Both told of the extraordinary lengths they went to in order to be able to celebrate or participate in the Eucharist in secret and how it was the Eucharist which gave them gave them courage and hope in the darkest of days. They spoke of the sadness they experienced on the days and months when it was not possible to experience the nourishment of the Eucharist.


We must go away from here with a renewed passion for the Eucharist. We must go away with a renewed love the Church. We must go away from here wanting to tell others not just about the Congress, but about Jesus Christ himself who in giving himself in sacrifice revealed to us that God is love. In the Eucharist we are captured into that self-giving love and are empowered to be loving people.


We go away deepened in our faith. In October next, Pope Benedict will inaugurate the Year of Faith. His words about that year can be a programme for us as we move forward from this Eucharistic Congress: "We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope"; to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist...; to ensure that believers' witness of life may grow in credibility; to rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed.


In our prayers in these days we have kept in our prayers and in our hearts all those who suffered criminal abuse within the community of Christ's Church and all those who feel in any way alienated from the Church and who have not experienced in our Church the love of Jesus Christ. We go away from here committed to build a Church of communion and service after the model of Jesus Christ. It is Jesus himself who will renew his Church. It is Jesus present in the Eucharist who will be food for the journey of purification and renewal to which we commit ourselves as we leave this Fiftieth International Eucharistic Congress strengthened in our desire to deepen our Communion with Christ and communion with one another.


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AMERICA : BISHOPS ENCOURAGE DREAM YOUTH ACT

USCCB RELEASE:
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the action of President Barack Obama today to defer action to all young people eligible under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, saying that it would permit young people who were brought into the United States undocumented to come out of the shadows and more fully participate in society.
“This important action will provide legal protection, and work authorization, to a vulnerable group of immigrants who are deserving of remaining in our country and contributing their talents to our communities,”said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration.“These youth are bright, energetic, and eager to pursue their education and reach their full potential.”
As many as 800,000 young people would be eligible to receive a deferred action on deportation for two years, and a work permit.
Archbishop Gomez said the President’s action is no substitute for passage of the DREAM Act and encouraged Congress to enact comprehensive and humane immigration reform.
Full text of Archbishop Gomez’s statement follows:
Statement of Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Migration
On
The Announcement of Deferred Action for DREAM eligible youth
June 15, 2012
On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I welcome the announcement by President Obama today that, consistent with his executive authority, he will grant deferred action on a case-by-case basisto youth who entered the United States by age 15 and have not committed certain offenses.Many of these youthwould qualify for immigration relief under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
This important action will provide protection from removal and work authorization for a vulnerable group of immigrants who deserve to remain in our country and contribute their talents to our communities.
These youth are bright, energetic, and eager to pursue their education and reach their full potential.They did not enter our nation on their own volition, but rather came to the United States with their parents as children, something all of us would do.
We call upon the President also to review Administration deportation policies and more aggressively pursue the policy of prosecutorial discretion for other populations, a policy which was announced last year.Families continue to be deported and separated, causing undue suffering.
The action by the President today is no substitute for enactment of the DREAM Act in Congress.We encourage our elected officials of both parties to take this opportunity to work together to enact this important law, which would give these youth a path to citizenship and a chance to become Americans.We also renew our call for bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive and humane reform our nation’s broken immigration system
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AUSTRALIA : ORDINATION OF FR. HARRY ENTWISTLE

ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH RELEASE: 16 Jun 2012
Article and Photo by Fr R Cross
The Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth, ordained to the Priesthood on Friday 15 June in St Mary's Cathedral Perth the Very Reverend Harry Entwistle.
Above: Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop Peter Elliott, Fr Harry Entwistle, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe and Bishop Donald Sproxton
Also present at the ordination were Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of the Lismore Diocese, Bishop Peter Elliot, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Bishop Donald Sproxton, many clergy of the Archdiocese of Perth as well as family and friends of the newly ordained Fr Entwistle. Traditional Anglican Community Archbishop, the Most Reverend John Hepworth, was also present in the congregation and later expressed his goodwill and support and said he looked forward to the day when the Church would be without division and speak with the one voice of Christ.
Immediately prior to the Ordination Mass, approximately 40 members of the Traditional Anglican Community were received into the Catholic Church by Monsignor Kevin Long. These and many of their friends were also present at the ordination Mass. Fr Entwistle was himself received into the Church at St Charles Seminary last Sunday, where he was also ordained a Deacon by Archbishop Costelloe.
The significance of the ordination Mass was added to when the Most Rev Peter Elliott rose after Communion and read the Decree of the Erection of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, issued by the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith on the 15 June 2012.
Bishop Elliott was particularly pleased to be present and read the Decree of Erection as he has worked assiduously as the project delegate for the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to prepare the way for the erection of the Ordinariate.
After the announcement of the Ordinariate, Archbishop Costelloe was pleased to read a Decree from Pope Benedict XVI announcing that the Very Reverend Father Harry Entwistle had been appointed the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. This announcement was greeted with great joy by the new members of the Ordinariate. Fr Entwistle will be based in Perth but will be responsible for the Ordinariate throughout Australia.
In a media statement prior to the Ordination, Archbishop Costelloe said he welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the Ordinariate for groups of Anglicans who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their own Anglican patrimony.
Archbishop Costelloe said, “Those people from the Anglican tradition who have decided to avail themselves of the opportunity afforded to them by Pope Benedict XV1 have done so after a long period of careful and prayerful discernment.”
“The Catholic community will welcome them with great joy and generosity of spirit. We look forward to fully sharing with them the richness of our faith. At the same time we hope to gain from the witness of their own faith and the beauty of their liturgical and spiritual traditions, which they will bring with them.”
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AFRICA : EGYPT : DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT RULING

CISA REPORT:
CAIRO, June 15, 2012 (CISA) -On the eve of the June 16 presidential runoff, the Egyptian Constitutional Court ruling that declared unconstitutional all the articles of the electoral law with which the People’s Assembly (the lower House of the Egyptian Parliament) in a series of election rounds held between November 28, 2011 and January 11, 2012 has caused a stir.
The Vice President of the Court, Maher Sami, clarified that the verdict entails the dissolution of all the Assembly even if the laws so far approved will remain in force.
“The Egyptian society seems to be divided into two camps: the liberals support the decision of the Constitutional Court to dissolve Parliament, since it is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. The Islamists are contrary and, especially the Salafis, that have stated they are ready to occupy Tahrir Square if the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCARF) organizes fraud in the second round of the presidential elections “says to Fides Fr Rafic Greiche, a Greek-Catholic priest, director of communications for the Catholic Bishops of Egypt.
“I think that among the common people there is a sense of relief because somehow there is a need to correct the mistakes made in the past year and a half after Mubarak’s fall” continued Fr Greiche. “This is because right from the beginning the military relied on the Muslim Brotherhood to discover that their interests diverged. Now this covenant is broken and has created animosity between the two parties.”
The revolution in 2011, which ousted Mubarak, was intended to put an end to the regime in which the military was the backbone. Regarding the position of liberals and revolutionaries in this clash between military forces and Islamist, Fr Greiche responded “A lot of liberals now support the military as anti Brotherhood. The revolutionaries of Tahrir Square are themselves divided, because each has its own political vision: there are those close to the Islamists, others have more liberal views and others above all desire to get rid of the military rule in Egyptian society.”
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ASIA : KOREA : SIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION NEEDED

UCAN REPORT:
More must be done to help deaf and mute students in schools, they say
ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
Korea
June 15, 2012
Catholic Church News Image of Advocates rally for sign language education
Rally participants in Seoul call for sign language to be named an official second language in high schools
A coalition of advocacy groups for disabled people yesterday rallied in the capital to urge the government to implement the teaching of sign language in the national curriculum as an official second language.
Park Kyung-seok, president of Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination, told a crowd of about 50 people at the rally that the Education Ministry said sign language should be treated as any other language.
“As we learn English to talk with American people, we need to learn sign language to help us communicate with deaf and mute people [in our own country],” he said.
In South Korean high schools, English is taught as a mandatory “first foreign language,” while students are also asked to choose a second language from a group that includes Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and several European languages.
The coalition of advocates further urged the ministry to provide schools with sign language translators to better serve disabled students.
Park Heung-ki, president of the Daejeon Dream Center, told rally participants about a case in a primary school in Daejeon, where two deaf and mute students must attend courses without adequate translation services because of a lack of funding resources.
Park Hwan-ik, principal of the Daejeon Seongnam Elementary School, said yesterday that he hoped to find better trained translators but that he faces limitations under current educational legislation.
Current law stipulates that sign language translators are classified as assistant teachers, paid at a lower wage and lack long-term contracts.
A further problem is the availability of suitably trained translators.
The Korea Association for the Deaf, meanwhile, has said it will petition for a new law on sign language at the National Assembly that, if passed, would improve training of translators and make them more widely available.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare also announced yesterday that beginning in August, an amended law would stipulate that all public institutions and theaters with more than 1,000 seats would be required to provide sign language services or other special services to disabled people.
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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : 11TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME JUNE 17, 2012

Jun 17, 2012 - 11th Sun Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 17: 22 - 24
22 Thus says the Lord GOD: "I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar, and will set it out; I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it upon a high and lofty mountain;
23 on the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar; and under it will dwell all kinds of beasts; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest.
24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it."
Psalms 92: 2 - 3, 13 - 16
2 to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
13 They are planted in the house of the LORD, they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bring forth fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to show that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
2 Corinthians 5: 6 - 10
6 So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.
Mark 4: 26 - 34
26 And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,
27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
30 And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."
33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
34 he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

TODAY'S SAINT : JUNE 17 : ST. AVITUS

St. Avitus
ABBOT
Feast: June 17


     Information:
Feast Day:June 17
Died:530
ST. AVITUS was a native of Orleans, and, retiring into Auvergne, took the monastic habit, together with St. Calais, in the abbey of Menat, at that time very small, though afterward enriched by Queen Brunehault, and by St. Boner, Bishop of Clermont. The two Saints soon after returned to Miscy, a famous abbey situated a league and a half below Orleans. It was founded toward the end of the reign of Clovis I. by St. Euspicius, a holy priest, honored on the 14th of June, and his nephew St. Maximin or Mesnim, whose name this monastery, which is now of the Cistercian Order, bears. Many call St. Maximin the first abbot, others St. Euspicius the first, St. Maximin the second, and St. Avitus the third. But our Saint and St. Calais made not a long stay at Miscy, though St. Maximin gave them a gracious reception. In quest of a closer retirement, St. Avitus, who had succeeded St. Maximin, soon after resigned the abbacy, and with St. Calais lived a recluse in the territory now called Dunois, on the frontiers of La Perche. Others joining them, St. Calais retired into a forest in Maine, and King Clotaire built a church and monastery for St. Avitus and his companions. This is at present a Benedictine nunnery, called St. Avy of Chateaudun, and is situated on the Loire, at the foot of the hill on which the town of Chateaudun is built, in the diocese of Chartres. Three famous monks, Leobin, afterwards Bishop of Chartres, Euphronius, and Rusticus, attended our Saint to his happy death, which happened about the year 530. His body was carried to Orleans, and buried with great pomp in that city.

(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)


SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/A/stavitus.asp#ixzz1y4EHatSf

AMERICA : BRAZIL RIP BISHOP LUIS BERGONZINI

Bishop_Luiz_Gonzaga_Bergonzini-FrontLinesBrazilian Catholic bishop Luis Gonzaga Bergonzini. Was Bishop of Garulhos, Brazil from 1992 until retirement in November 2011. He was very active in the Pro-Life movement.
According to "Human Life International", His Excellency Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini, Diocesan Bishop of Guarulhos in the State of São Paulo won the  von Galen Award for his pro-life work.

Bergonzini was ordained priest in 1959, and consecrated Bishop of Guarulhos in 1992. 
He was a Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of São João da Boa Vista, director of the Stella Maris Hospital, vice-president of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia of Guarulhos and is a professional journalist, acting as director of the "A Cidade de São João" newspaper as well as the diocesan newspaper.
 Bishop Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini was chosen by the Época magazine as one of the most influential people in Brazil in 2010. (Image source: Human Life International)


VATICAN : APPLIES FOR .CATHOLIC WEB DOMAIN

RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Internet evangelisation took another step forward on Wednesday as the Vatican announced it has applied for the top level domain name ‘dot catholic’ in an effort to authenticate all websites using that name. The Catholic Church is among an estimated two thousand applicants to ICANN, the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which recently decided to open up to the use of new generic top level domain names, as the letters after the dot are technically known.
The applications may take a year or more to process and discussions are still underway in the Vatican as to exactly which organisations and institutions can use the ‘dot catholic’ name. But for internet users, often overwhelmed by the variety of supposedly Catholic sites in cyberspace, this move will provide a more instantly visible way of validating the authenticity of Catholic material online.
So when will this come into effect? How much is it going to cost? And how can you apply to become a ‘dot catholic’ site? Philippa Hitchen put those questions to Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications,
We’ve applied to purchase the top-level domain named ‘dot catholic’. Top level domain names are that end of the string of a web address. Traditionally the generic ones were ‘dot com’, ‘dot net’, ‘dot org’ and then you had geographic dot level domain names. Such as ‘dot va’, ‘dot ie’ for Ireland, ‘dot uk’ for Britain. For some time, the people who, in a sense coordinate the international group called ICANN, a non governmental organization based in California, has been looking at the possibility of a liberalization of domain names. Allowing for people to create top level domain names, the end of the address in any string of letters that they want. And this has been debated for some time as to whether it would help, whether it would be useful. Obviously there are commercial companies that would be very interested, one can think of big commercial well-known names, to have a possibility of being able to brand all their websites with their own name.

For instant recognition?

For instant recognition, it allows for easy recognition in the digital space. And I suppose as people have become more aware of the importance of the digital space, commercially but also politically, and also for communications and for us also, for our evangelization and for our own communication of the Church’s message, people have become aware that this digital space is important. And we would have seen this as an opportunity to look at the possibility of establishing ever more effectively the Church’s presence in the digital arena. So what we’ve put together is an application to purchase the top-level domain name ‘dot catholic’, in English or Latin characters, but also in Chinese characters, in Arabic characters and in Cyrillic characters. And our aim is therefore to take the vast presence of the Catholic Church that already exists on the web, so we have a huge number of communities and institutions who have a very strong web presence and who are representing the Church very effectively in the digital arena, allowing us in a sense to bring more structure, and more coordination to that web presence and then particularly it allows us to authenticate the catholic presence in the web space.

So how will this work in practical terms? How will somebody apply to use this ‘dot catholic’?

Essentially our decision is to issue this ‘dot catholic’ to recognized institutions of the Catholic Church. For the purpose of the application, we said the Catholic Church is a community. And again our attention here is we obviously have to talk in institutional terms for ICANN. The church is, of course, much more than an institution, it is a spiritual reality. But for this purpose, we focused more on the institutional dimensions that people who don’t come from the faith could recognize. And we said the Church is a community consisting of varying communities and our idea is that those communities that make up the Church will be able to apply to have this ‘dot catholic’ web address as a way of authenticating their presence in the web space. We thought of three main categories of communities, what we call territorial communities, dioceses, then what we called membership-based communities, which are the religious orders and institutions of consecrated life and then finally communities that are based around specific activities, such as education, hospitals, universities, or justice and peace groups who are recognized catholic communities and our hope is, with time, that the users of the internet, if they find a website ending in ‘dot catholic’, they will know that the institution who has organized that website, who owns the website is an institution that is approved of by the Catholic Church. And that therefore the content they find there is dependable and reliable and they can be certain that it’s coming from a genuinely Catholic source.

It will be your Pontifical Council that is organizing these registrations under the ‘dot catholic’name?

It will be the Pontifical Council who will be coordinating this. Obviously the Council is a small enough reality, and will be doing this in conjunction with the larger bishops’ conferences to begin with, but our ultimate aim is of course to roll this out globally. And one of the things that we see as an advantage is that it allows us as a Council – we have a lot of contact going on all the time with various people who are active in the area of communications globally, we are already in touch with them, and one of the things that many people have said to us is “ we need some way of authenticating our presence, so if people go on a website they can know is it Catholic or is it not.” We were thinking about that for a while, would there be a trade-marking system or would there be some other system? And this way offers to us a solution that could help us enormously to be able to replicate on line, replicate in the digital space, the kind of structures we have already in canon law and that we know again in our day to day life of the Church.

A question on many peoples’ minds will be how much does this all cost?

The initial costs are the costs of the application and we’ve made four applications. We’ve applied to buy this in the Latin string, Chinese, Arabic and Cyrillic. And each application costs 185,000 dollars. That’s essentially to meet the administrative costs of ICANN who have to proceed then to process the application and see that it meets all their technical requirements. Is it well thought through technically so that it won’t upset the stability of the web space? Is it well thought through in terms of its community belonging, is it something that would really benefit web users? And that’s the process we’re in. If we’re successful in that process, then they give us for a certain amount of time the exclusive use of that web address. There are no further fees involved at that stage. Obviously there will be administrative costs involved. But to some extent, if we can reach out and engage the larger Catholic community, the item cost per individual user will probably be quite low. And again, we haven’t fully developed our commercial thinking on this, but one of our ideas would be obviously we would ask people who are better financially positioned than others to maybe supplement and support the activities of others. So for the Council it’s also excitement as it gives us another reason to reach out to the community of Catholic communicators globally. We are now saying ‘we’ve something we think might be of use to you, that might be of help to you’, it gets us engaged with people who are already active in that field and it allows us to maybe put them in contact with other people, so that we can use this not just as a technical project, or not simply of authenticating the Catholic presence, but of creating a community on line that supports and helps and does the thing that the Church does best.

Finally, when does this go into effect?
The process is today, Wednesday the 13th,we’re seeing for the first time the numbers of people who have applied, it’s clear that the ICANN process can only take a certain number of those at a time, so we’re talking about batching. They will take 500 or so of the approximately 2,000 applications and deal with them first. If we’re in that first batch, and we don’t know who will be or not, then you’re probably talking about something that might be ready to roll out a year from now. But there’s a lot of talking and thinking to be done in the meantime. But that suits us because we want to engage as fully as we can all the stakeholders who will be part of this project.

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