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COR UNUM CELEBRATES ITS 28TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY

COR UNUM CELEBRATES ITS 28TH PLENARY ASSEMBLY

VATICAN CITY, 28 FEB 2008 (VIS) – The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” today begins its 28th plenary assembly. The meeting, which will end on 1 March, is dedicated to the theme: “Human and spiritual qualities of people who work in Catholic charity institutions”.

One of the aims of the assembly is to re-examine Benedict XVI’s Encyclical “Deus caritas est” and to verify if and how it has changed the attitude of those who work in the charitable arm of the Church. Attention will also be given to the question of the integral and continuous formation of managers and workers in the various Catholic charity organisations.

The 28th general assembly will begin with an address by Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of “Cor Unum”, followed by a report from Msgr. Karel Kasteel, secretary of that pontifical council. Following this, representatives of the various charitable bodies will discuss their work experiences.

Friday 29 February will be dedicated to examining the principal theme of the meeting, the main contribution coming from the president of the Catholic charities of Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. (NOTE: I believe that they mean Fr. Larry Snyder from CCUSA — bc)

Subsequently, Professor Paul Schallenberg of the university of Fulda, Germany, will address the gathering on the subject: “The place of mercy in the welfare State. Theological-ethical observations”. At the end of the second day, participants will visit the “Comunita dell’Agnello”, a group of female religious who operate on the streets and in homes announcing the Gospel and working with the poor.

On Saturday 1 March, working groups will meet to discuss ideas and proposals for formation.
Cardinal Cordes, in the belief that the power of Christian witness among people who suffer derives from the personal conviction of those who work in the sector of charity, has invited leaders of national and diocesan Catholic charity organisations of the American continent to a week of spiritual exercises, to be held in June in Guadalajara, Mexico.

CON-CU/PLENARY ASSEMBLY/CORDES VIS 080228 (320)

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