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No. 6685

Briton put in charge of Vatican diplomacy


POPE FRANCIS has named an English archbishop as the Holy See’s new “foreign minister”.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who was born in Liverpool, will be the first English-man ever to hold the post. The appointment startled Vatican-watchers, who described the move as a “real surprise” and an “astonishing choice”.

Shortly after the appointment was announced on Saturday, Archbishop Gallagher told the American Catholic News Service that he believed his nationality was incidental to the appointment.

“Without passing judgment on myself I believe the criterion has to be the right person for the job, irrespective of nationality,” he said. “The diplomatic service has long been truly international with members from very many countries. Obviously, the proportions tend to reflect the size of a national Catholic community and the number of priestly vocations, so there are big groups of Vatican diplomats from certain countries and smaller groups [from countries] like Great Britain.”

Archbishop Gallagher, who was appointed nuncio to Australia by Benedict XVI in 2012, will take up his new duties at the Vatican in mid-January.

Mgr Peter Fleetwood, a priest of Liverpool archdiocese, has known the archbishop since they both started at St Francis Xavier’s College in September 1965.

He told the Catholic Herald: “Paul always had a lively interest in faith and politics, and people weren’t surprised when he went to seminary.

“Paul and I were ordained priests by Archbishop Worlock on the feast of St Ignatius Loyola in 1977. Archbishop Worlock said something odd that day: ‘These two young men will shine like the light that comes from the lantern above us; they will shine far beyond Liverpool.’ In fact, we both worked for the Vatican, Paul as a diplomat and I in the Pontifical Council for Culture.”

Mgr Fleetwood highlighted his friend’s pastoral qualities. “He is a very committed priest and has fought jealously to maintain pastoral links even when working in nunciatures,” he said. “The variety of experience he has had and his talent in dealing with sticky diplomatic challenges is probably one of the main reasons he has been chosen for this job.

“His personal gifts are numerous. Many people have benefited from his friendship and advice – dare I say, genuine love – over the years.”

Recalling a personal memory, he said: “As deacons we had different assignments, but both in hospitals. Paul very honestly admitted to me that he sat on the end of a bed in an Obstetricians and Gynaecologists ward and asked the lady why she was there. She pointed to her enormous bump and said: ‘Don’t they teach you about this in the seminary, Father?’” Vatican Notebook: Page 4 Fr Mark Drew: Page 7 Adams cartoon: Page 12 Editorial comment: Page 13

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No. 6565

November 14 2014 £1.50 (Republic of Ireland €1.80)

Doctor: assisted suicide will be legal in two years

Liverpool-born Archbishop Gallagher has been appointed Vatican ‘foreign minister’


BRITAIN will legalise assisted suicide within the next two years, the deputy chairman of the British Medical Association has predicted.

Following a House of Lords debate on Friday on assisted suicide, Dr Kailash Chand told the Observer: “Things are moving very fast: within two to three years we will definitely see a change in the law. Why are we trying to prolong unnecessary life?

“Today in the House of Lords we are seeing a battle between those who are seeking a constructive way forward and those who, rather than identifying appropriate safeguards, are seeking to place barriers in the way of dying people having control over their death. Whether the law should change seems to have been settled. It is about how the law changes.”

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill reached committee stage in the House of Lords last week, although it is unlikely to become law before the general election in May.

Dr Robert Hardie, president of the Catholic Medical Association, said that assisted suicide would be a “disaster” for Britain.

He said: “It is utterly tragic to see that some doctors think that legalised killing can be safeguarded and not lead to great difficulties in society. Many vulnerable people will be at risk if assisted dying is legalised. In a country where poor care is so commonly highlighted, do we really think that killing the vulnerable will make our track record better?

“Baroness Warnock has already stated that the elderly who are a burden on others may have a duty to die. The

Catholic Medical Association, along with many other doctors and nurses of all faiths and none, firmly believe that assisted suicide would be a disaster for our country.

“In other countries where voluntary euthanasia is legal, people are killed because they feel that they should ask to be killed, and also many more are killed without having requested euthanasia at all. This is where it leads. We must not take that path.”

Advocates of assisted suicide proposed on Friday that judges as well as doctors would oversee assisted

Lord Falconer has tabled a Bill that would introduce assisted dying suicides to ensure that the procedure is not abused.

Lord Pannick tabled an amendment to the Bill which would mean that a judge would have to be satisfied that the applicant was not under any duress.

The Bill in its original form would enable doctors to prescribe lethal medicine to patients who request assisted suicide.

The Bill is based on Oregon’s assisted suicide law where the practise has been legal since 1998.

The case of a 29-year-old woman who opted for assisted suicide and died in Oregon has received international attention in recent weeks.

Brittany Maynard was suffering from a brain tumour. She died on November 1 after committing suicide using Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law.

Bishops prepare guidance for voters ahead of general election BY ED WEST

THE BISHOPS of England and Wales discussed their guidance for next year’s general election at their plenary meeting in Leeds this week.

The document will not tell voters which party to vote for, but it will urge them not to vote for a party on the basis of a single issue.

At their autumn meeting this week, the bishops discussed the guidance they will offer to Catholic voters next year. A

draft has been drawn up and the final document is likely to be released in February.

A spokesman for the bishops said the text will be similar to the statements issued before the general elections in 2005 and 2010. It will include a “general encouragement to participate and vote”, as well as offering guidance on specific issues, including respect for life, “not only for the unborn child but also reiterating our position in regards to assisted suicide”. In addition, the text will discuss education, marriage and family life, and also immigration.

“Under migration it will be about the human dignity of all,” the spokesman said. “If there was a party that specifically ignored the dignity of migrants then that is something Catholics should consider.”

Although the spokesman insisted that the guidance “is in no way, shape or form party political”, it is likely that some will interpret the bishops’ comments on immigration as a rebuff to Ukip, the party led by Nigel Farage that now attracts one in six voters. A recent opinion poll put Catholic support for the eurosceptic party in double figures and a number of its MEPs are Catholic, including deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is expected to discuss the results of the bishops’ plenary meeting at a press conference today.

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Boy who died at 12 declared Venerable


POPE FRANCIS has advanced the Cause of a 12-year-old Italian boy who died in 1979.

Silvio Dissegna is among eight lay people, priests and religious who Pope Francis has authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to declare Venerable.

Dissegna was born in 1967 in Mocalieri, in the province of Turin, and was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1978. He spent his illness in prayer and had a strong devotion to the rosary.

He died on September 24 1979, having offered up his sufferings for the Pope, missionaries, the conversion of sinners and other intentions.

Being declared Venerable is regarded as the first step on the path towards canonisation. It is usually followed by beatification if the Church recognises a miracle due the individual’s intercession.

Among the other individuals recognised as Venerable was an Irish Jesuit priest, Fr John Sullivan, who died in Dublin in 1933.

Wayne Rooney returns to his Catholic school


ENGLAND captain Wayne Rooney returned to his Catholic primary school this week ahead of his 100th England cap on Saturday.

Rooney was greeted by 99 pupils at Our Lady and St Swithin’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool, all wearing England tops to mark his becoming only the ninth player to reach a century. The Manchester United player grew up near the school in the

Croxteth area of the city, playing in the school’s small yard, which he said “felt as big as three pitches”.

Headteacher Sandra Hamilton said: “Wayne gives the children self-

belief... We look at him as a wonderful family man and are extremely proud of everything that he does.”

In an interview in 2012, Rooney said he prayed before matches.

“I don’t pray to help me score goals. I pray for the health of me and everyone on the pitch,” he said.

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