The Auxiliary Vicar
Conference in San Salvador (El Salvador), September 3, 2019
Monsignor Mariano Fazio, Auxiliary Vicar of the Prelature, gave a conference in San Salvador on “The Challenges of Today’s Culture for the Contemporary Church.” The event was organized by the “Priestly Formation Program” for priests of San Salvador. Addressing the large group of priests who took part, Monsignor Fazio stressed the need to follow Christ closely and draw out all the spiritual and social teachings present in the Gospels in order to overcome the dictatorship of relativism and the throwaway culture today, in harmony with the teachings of Popes St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.
Interview in The Tablet (September 5, 2019)
The English weekly magazine The Tablet published an interview with the Auxiliary Vicar conducted by the writer and journalist Austen Ivereigh. Among other topics, Monsignor Fazio speaks about the Christian value of many of the classic works of literature, the role of the Prelature of Opus Dei in the Church, the pontificates of Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, as well as the criticisms of some Catholics. The interview is available on the weekly’s website.
During this half-year, among other trips, Monsignor Fazio carried out two service commissions, in central-southern Italy and in Sicily, from October 6-15 and October 16-21, respectively. These service commissions are described as follows in the Statutes of the Prelature: “He (the Prelate) shows his pastoral solicitude ... also by means of visits carried out personally or through his delegates in the Regions and centers, and in the churches of the Prelature or those entrusted to it” (Statutes, chap. II, 132, § 5).
Between October 3 and 5, he also traveled to Ireland, where he held meetings with the directors of that region.
He also met with faithful of the Prelature and friends in Buenos Aires and in Salta (Argentina) in November.
Romana, n. 69, July-December 2019, p. 265.