Papal and Holy See Highlights for May-July 2013

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Vatican City, 31 July 2013 (VIS) – Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of May to July 2013.

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Vatican City, 31 July 2013 (VIS) – Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of May to July 2013.

MAY

  • 2: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI returns to the Vatican after a two month stay in the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, and takes up permanent residence in the recently restored “Mater Ecclesiae” convent.
  • 2: The Holy Father receives in audience Aleksander Avdeev, the new ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Holy See, presenting his credential letters.
  • 3: The Holy Father receives in audience Michel Sleiman, president of the Republic of Lebanon.
  • 3-5: Pilgrimage of Confraternities to Rome, for the “Days of the Confraternities and Popular Piety”, an initiative promoted as part of the Year of Faith.
  • 6: The Holy Father receives in audience Ueli Maurer. president of the Swiss Confederation.
  • 8: Pope Francis receives the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superior Generals.
  • 10: Meeting between Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt.
  • 12: Seventh Sunday of Easter. Canonisation of the Blesseds Antonio Primaldo and companions; Laura di Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya y Upegui and Maria Guadalupe García Zavala.
  • 13: The Holy Father receives in audience the president of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon.
  • 14: This year, for the first time, the Holy See will participate in the Venice Bienniale (1 June – 24 November) with a pavilion inspired by the Biblical story of Genesis, entitled “In the Beginning”.
  • 15: The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) declares its intention to open, before the end of the year, a website where it will make public, among other information, the “Yearly Report” of its activities.
  • 16: The Holy Father receives the credential letters of four new ambassadors to the Holy See: Bolot Iskovich Otunbaev from Kyrgyzstan, David Shoul from Antigua and Barbuda, Jean-Paul Senninger from Luxembourg and Lameck Nthekela from Botswana.
  • 18: The Holy Father receives in audience Angela Merkel, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and entourage.
  • 18-19: “Day of Ecclesial Movements, New Communities and Lay Associations” on the Solemnity of Pentecost and the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Ecumenical Council.
  • 19: Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars, India, takes possession of the title of St. Gregory VII al Gelsomino on Via del Cottolegno, 4.
  • 22: Pope Francis visits the “Gift of Mary” House of Hospitality located within Vatican City, just outside St. Peter’s Square, near the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio.
  • 22: The Holy Father receives in audience Thomas Boni Yayi, president of the Republic of Benin.
  • 23: The Holy Father receives in audience Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, president of the Republic of El Salvador.
  • 23: The Pontifical Lateran University dedicates a chair in “Political Socialization in Africa” to Cardinal Bernardin Gantin.
  • 26: Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, pastoral visit to the Roman parish of “Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah” in Valle Muricana, Prima Porta.
  • 26: Cardinal James Michael Harvey, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, takes possession of the diaconate of St. Pius V at Villa Carpegna in Largo San Pio V, 3.
  • 31: The Holy Father receives in audience the president for the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremic.

JUNE

  • 1: The Holy Father receives in audience Jose Mujica Cordano, president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
  • 2: On the Solemnity of Corpus Domini and as part of the Year of Faith, the Holy Father presides as a solemn Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration in St. Peter’s Basilica, in communion with cathedrals and parishes all over the world.
  • 3: The Holy Father receives in audience Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, president of the Republic of Cape Verde, and entourage.
  • 5: Death of Cardinal Stanislaw Nagy, S.C.I., cardinal-deacon of Santa Maria della Scala, at the age of 91.
  • 6: The Holy Father receives in audience Mohamed Taher Rabbani, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, presenting his credential letters.
  • 7: The Holy Father receives in audience Mikayel Minasyan, ambassador of Armenia, presenting his credential letters.
  • 8: The Holy Father receives in an official visit the president of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.
  • 10: The Holy Father receives in audience Mariano Palacios Alcocer, new ambassador of Mexico, presenting his credential letters
  • 13: The Holy Father receives in audience Alenka Bratusek, prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia.
  • 14: Visit of the archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby.
  • 15: Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, archbishop of Manila, Philippines, takes possession of the title of San Felice da Cantalice a Centocelle in Piazza San Felice da Cantalice, 20, Rome.
  • 15: The Holy Father receives in audience José Manuel Durão Barroso, president of the European Commission.
  • 17: The Holy Father receives in audience Nicolas Maduro Moro, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
  • 24: The Holy Father receives in audience Joseph Muscat, prime minister of the Republic of Malta.
  • 24: The Holy Father establishes a Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) by chirograph dated 24 June 2013.

 JULY

  • 4: The Holy Father receives in a private visit Enrico Letta, prime minister of the Republic of Italy.
  • 4: The Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State (AIF) is admitted to the Egmont Group, a global network of Financial Intelligence Units.
  • 4-7: “Day for seminarians, novices, and all those who have taken the path of vocation”, with the theme “I trust in you”, as part of the Year of Faith.
  • 5: Publication of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, entitled “Lumen fidei”.
  • 6: The Holy Father receives in audience Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, with his wife and entourage.
  • 8: The Holy Father visits the island of Lampedusa.
  • 22-29: Apostolic trip to Brazil for the 28th World Youth Day.
  • 26: The Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF) of the Holy See and Vatican City State signs a Memorandum of Understanding with its Italian counterpart, the Unità di Informazione Finanziaria (UIF) of the Bank of Italy.
  • 28: Death of Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, archbishop emeritus of Ravenna-Cervia, Italy, at the age of 99.