BENEDICT'S FIRST ENCYCLICAL IS PRESENTED IN THE UNITED STATES BY
ARCHBISHOP CORDES, PRESIDENT OF THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL "COR UNUM"
Cordes has gone to the United States to speak on the most appropriate
and concrete ways of following the guidelines of Pope Benedict's
Encyclical. A few months ago the World Conference on Charity organised
by "Cor Unum" in the Vatican took place as well as the
presentation in the Press Office of the Holy See of the Encyclical, Deus
caritas est. The topics will be discussed in three cities of the
United States. These are Madison, Detroit, and Washington.
President of "Cor Unum" will speak on September 19, in
Madison, Wisconsin, in the northern US. On the 21st in Detroit a
conference will take place at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He will
then go to Washington, DC and, on Sept. 23, together with Cardinal
Dulles, will present the Encyclical at Georgetown University.
Catholics were very impressed with the appeal made by Pope Benedict XVI
through Deus caritas est: the simplicity and compassion with
which the Pope described the experience of eros and agape
aroused great interest. Moreover, by repeatedly making reference to his
Encyclical, the Holy Father recalls the need for ongoing study on its
United States are home to great Catholic aid organizations. The trip
coincides with the renewed interest towards the true sense of life and
the rediscovery of the roots of charity. It is well known that Americans
have deep feelings for their suffering fellow human beings.
City, September 15, 2006