RADIO VATICANA REPORT: On Easter Sunday within the walls of a juvenile detention centre in Rome by the name of ‘Casal di Marmo’ which houses roughly 50 young people, a 6 and a half feet chocolate egg stood tall.
Hand decorated, it sported the coat of arms of Benedict
Simply because the Easter egg had been a gift to him on the part of
the representatives of a Chocolate Factory from Cremona in the North of Italy.
It had been personally presented to him on Wednesday 4th of April in
Saint Peter's Square , following the weekly General Audience. And a day later,
it was Holy Thursday, it was already no longer within Vatican walls but
delivered behind bars to the detention centre and placed within its Chapel
A Chapel this where the Pope had once prayed on a visit there back
in March 2007, during which he had celebrated mass with the detainees in the
gym. Speaking to them during the homily of the Parable of the “Prodigal Son”.
Explaining how “freedom when it is interpreted as doing as much as I want or
living for myself” is not right and that life brings more satisfaction when
lived for others.
On that occasion Benedict XVI put a personal touch to
the event individually giving each young detainee, a blessing and a rosary.
promote a new Forum for Culture and Development in AfricaRADIO VATICANA REPORT:
An ecclesiastical Forum for culture and development involving African
representatives of culture and providing a bridge for the Vatican’s Pontifical
Council for Culture, is just one of the projects on the table aiming to
strengthen ties and further collaboration between the Dicastery and the Church
This project was recently under discussion at the Pontifical
Council for Culture during a day-long reception for the Ambassadors to the Holy
See from Africa.
As Father Theo Mascarenhas explained to Linda Bordoni,
the successful initiative follows in the wake of a reception last hear for
Ambassadors to the Holy See from the Asian Continent in a bid to further and
promote intercultural dialogue between the various countries and the
He says that in that occasion there was a very good response
with Ambassadors or representatives from twenty-two countries attending.
So, Father Mascarenhas says, in continuation of the objective of
carrying forward cooperation between the Pontifical Council for Culture and many
of the countries that are geographically distant from the Vatican, the Dicastery
organized on March 22, a meeting of Ambassadors from the African continent to
the Holy See.
He illustrated the programme which was held in three
different parts and at more than one venue.
The first part of the day was
devoted to a detailed presentation of Dicastery by the President Cardinal
Gianfranco Ravasi and the Secretary of the Council Bishop Barthélemy Adoukonou
who comes from Benin.
After the presentation, the Ambassadors had the
chance to intervene and express their opinion and make their proposals for
The group then was then taken on a guided tour of the
Temple of Hadrian which hosts Rome’s Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the
During the last part of the programme, the diplomats were taken
visit to the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome’s main auditorium built on a
project by architect Renzo Piano.
The event, Father Mascarenhas explains,
intends to strengthen further the ties between the embassies and the Dicastery
and to evolve new ways for cultural cooperation.
SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA