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Newsletter: Spring Issue 2006

From the President's Desk . . .

Dear friends and supporters of the Path to Peace,

One Candle for Benedict XVI! April 19 will mark the first anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. His deep and warm spirituality shines in his face and wins the hearts of thousands of pilgrims who are increasingly attending the Sunday noon prayer of the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square and the Wednesday general audience to pray with him and listen to his clear and reassuring teaching.

His brilliant intellect, coupled with his daily closeness to God and care for humanity, enables him to read the signs of the times with convincing perspicacity. Oftentimes I am asked what are the priorities of the Holy See in the international arena under the new Pope. I confess that I keep on my desk the texts of his conversations in Cologne last August with representatives of Christian Churches, Jewish associations and of the Islamic world. They are a clear indication that he sees his role of Roman Pontiff as a "bridge builder" among religions and civilizations; as a determined promoter of a spirituality whose axis is God the Father ("Deus Caritas Est").

At a recent meeting with European representatives, he reaffirmed another important priority of his papal mission, in the following terms: as far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person. This includes: the protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural death; the recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family, namely, as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage; and the right of parents to educate their children. These principles are not articles of faith, even though they are enlightened by faith; rather, they are inscribed in human nature itself and therefore they are common to all humanity.

As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday, I ask that you join me in praying to the Lord of Life to bless our beloved Pope Benedict XVI in his apostolic mission, and I take this occasion to wish you and those dear to you a happy Easter!

Sincerely,

+ Celestino Migliore

Path to Peace Events

SEMINAR ON CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT

Next month, from May 21-26, we will hold our first seminar on Catholic Social Teaching in the Spirit of Pope John Paul II: Learning to Create a Just World, A Hands on Approach. The purpose of the meeting is to give young college students more exposure to the social and moral teachings of the Church in order to contribute solid values and convictions to the formation of their minds and consciences. We have 25 students registered for the week. Some of the universities and colleges that will be represented include: Fairfield University, Seton Hall University, St. Peter’s College, St. Bonaventure University, St. Thomas University, University of Mary, University of San Diego, College of Notre Dame, Marywood University, Caldwell College, and College of St. Mary. Donors and supporters will be invited to a reception to learn more about the program and meet the students.

2006 PATH TO PEACE GALA

We are pleased to announce that the 2006 Path to Peace Award will be bestowed upon Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. The event will take place at a gala dinner on Tuesday, June 13, at the United Nations. If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, please contact the Path to Peace Foundation at (212) 370-9614.

PORTRAIT OF POPE BENEDICT XVI

We have commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of the Holy Father. This portrait will welcome visitors to the Residence of the Permanent Observer. Anyone willing to underwrite or contribute to this project is asked to call the Office.

Projects

The Path to Peace Foundation has received the following thank you notes for the various projects we have supported:

a donation was made to the Diocese of Baton Rouge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Deborah A. Roe, M.S.W., Executive Director of Catholic Community Services, wrote: "We are proud to be a recipient of this gift."

a donation was given to support a high school in the Ivory Coast run by religious sisters. "Your contribution will help me to support the indefatigable work of the Sisters who have built and run a school for the cultural and professional formation of young girls in the region of Abidjan" –Msgr. Luciano Suriani.

from Fr. José Manuel Acosta of Colombia, we received the following: "In the name of the Family Ministry of the Diocese of Pereira, I wish to express to you our sincere appreciation for your support of our work and the good of families."

a donation was sent to Vietnam to help with the installation of sanitation tanks in the Province of Long XuyLn, located in the region of An Giang. The pastor of the village, Fr. NguyLn Tân Khoa writes: "Right after we received your message, we started the project. Everybody has a great joy and enthusiasm. Everybody thanks you and prays for you. May God bless you."

News Brief

WORLD DAY OF PEACE

On January 1, 2006, following in the footsteps of his predecessors, Pope Benedict XVI issued his first message, In Truth, Peace, for the celebration of the World Day of Peace. In it, His Holiness makes specific reference to the United Nations, saying it "must become a more efficient instrument for promoting the values of justice, solidarity and peace in the world."

The Pope’s Message was well received by many Representatives at the UN.

DEUS CARITAS EST

Pope Benedict XVI published his first encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est ("God is Love") on December 25, 2005. The first section is a theological reflection on eros, agape, love and charity. The second is composed of reflections on Catholic charitable work, stating that political and economic justice is primarily the responsibility of the laity and the state, while the Church’s primary competence is direct charitable outreach to people in need.

The Pope said he chose to dedicate his first encyclical to the theme of love because the word is misused in our world today. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan, stated: "It is a poignant reminder from one of the world’s most admired religious leaders of the power of love and charity, a message which seems especially relevant in today’s troubled world."

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

April 19 marks the first anniversary of the pontificate of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. This date is considered our "national day" at the United Nations, and we will celebrate it with Representatives of Member States at the UN and UN senior officers.