From the Auxiliary Vicar

In January, the auxiliary vicar of the Prelature, Monsignor Mariano Fazio, was in Barcelona. On the 17th he participated in the Pastoral Issues Conference in Castelldaura (Premià de Dalt), where he gave an address on faith in contemporary culture. Over ninety priests were present. On the 18th he also gave a talk for about four hundred people at the International University of Catalonia on the topic of freedom, truth and the university. On the 19th he addressed 80 professors at IESE Business School, speaking about “The crisis of truth in contemporary culture: a response from Christian anthropology and some proposals for university work.”

During those days he visited the La Vall and Viaró schools and the social work that some faithful of Opus Dei carry out in the Raval neighborhood, as well as the Montalegre church, located in the same neighborhood and staffed by Opus Dei priests. On the 19th he had dinner with the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Juan José Omella.

On the 20th he left Barcelona for Pamplona, where he met with university students at the Belagua and Goimendi residences and, in Vitoria, with faithful of the Prelature.

From February 13-28, he was in the delegation of the Central United States (Midwest and Texas), where he visited the apostolic activities of the Prelature and had the opportunity to meet with various people involved in these initiatives.

On March 11, he took part in a seminar on the ten years of Pope Francis’ pontificate organized by the Academy of Catholic Leaders and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In his address, he discussed some points of the Pope’s magisterium that he sees as especially helpful for renewing the Church.

On June 8, he presented his book Liberare l’amore attraverso i classici (Edizioni Santa Croce, 2022) at the Spanish College in Via Monserrato (Rome). The event was moderated by Javier Martínez Brocal, ABC correspondent in Rome, with many young people in attendance. Andrea Monda, director of L’Osservatore Romano, and journalist Monica Mondo both addressed the group.

Romana, n. 76, January-June 2023, p. 91.

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