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I.Media for Aleteia - published on 05/18/22 - updated on 05/18/22

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Wednesday 18 May 2022
1. Cardinal Czerny pays tribute to Cardinal Martini, a “prophet”
2. Farewell to Don Gino Belleri, the popes’ historical bookseller
3. Cable car in Jerusalem: green light from the Israeli Supreme Court
4. Cardinal Zen’s arrest sends chill through Hong Kong’s Catholic community
5 – According to Cardinal Parolin, the new Apostolic Constitution fulfills one of the main objectives of the pontificate

Cardinal Czerny pays tribute to Cardinal Martini, a “prophet”

A “prophet,” an “authentic witness to the word of God,” a “point of reference” in the Churches throughout the world: Cardinal Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development, recalled the life and works of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini on the occasion of a meeting on the seventh volume of Bompiani’s Opera Omnia, “Farsi Prossimo.” Cardinal Martini, Archbishop of Milan from 1979 to 2002, was known for his listening and dedication to prayer, as well as his love for Scripture and his “quite extraordinary ability to interpret them in the historical context.” Cardinal Czerny rejoiced, recalling that the “visions and priorities of his pastoral government (…) anticipated paths that ultimately involve the universal Church.” One of these paths is precisely the “synod” that this same universal Church is living at this moment. He also underlined the correspondence between the commitment of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development and the profile of charity that Martini knew how to draw out and cultivate, citing the parable of the Good Samaritan that Martini used a lot and that Francis takes up again in his “Fratelli Tutti,” although in a very different context.

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