FIUV DELEGATION MEETS HOLY FATHER
ROME, 28 OCTOBER 2009
After discussions with senior Vatican officials that lasted many months, the President of the International Federation, Mr. Leo Darroch, was granted the privilege of speaking to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and presenting His Holiness with a report on the progress of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum during its first two years. Joining him on this very special occasion were Mr. Rodolfo Vargas Rubio, Secretary; Mr. Jack Oostveen, Vice-President; and Mrs. Monika Rheinschmitt, Treasurer.
Wednesday 28th October.
On arrival at St Peter’s, the FIUV delegation was placed in the preferential seating area at the side of the papal platform. At the end of the general audience Pope Benedict came down to greet the people who were sitting at the special places. When His Holiness reached the FIUV delegation, Mr. Leo Darroch knelt and kissed the papal ring (a gesture that was repeated by the other delegates) in a mark of the full respect due to the supreme dignity held by the Holy Father. Mr. Darroch introduced himself and said he was a successor of Michael Davies and Dr Eric de Saventhem. Mr Darroch then presented the Holy Father with a copy of the FIUV report on the progress made under the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum since September 2007. Pope Benedict was very interested in the report and a brief discussion followed about the contents. The Holy Father stopped longer than the usual with Mr. Darroch and then moved on to the other members of the delegation who were introduced by the FIUV president.
After the Papal audience, the FIUV delegation visited to the headquarters of L'Osservatore Romano to deposit a copy of the FIUV Report for Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian, the editor-in-chief of the "semi-official" newspaper of the Holy See. Dr. Marco Bellizzi kindly received them and showed interest in the FIUV activities. He said that the information provided by the report could be very useful.
In the afternoon, Mr. Darroch and Mr. Oostveen visited Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer, O.S.B., a great defender of the ancient Roman liturgy and excellent friend of the FIUV (at 98 years of age he is currently the oldest cardinal of the Sacred College). His Eminence was moved by the fact that members of the Federation remember him in their prayers. Later, the FIUV delegation was received by Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos at his home. Mr. Darroch gave His Eminence a personal letter and a copy of the report that had been presented to the Holy Father earlier that day. His Eminence was pleased to receive this second report and thanked the FIUV for its work.
Thursday 29th October.
A number of meetings had been scheduled for this day. In the absence of Cardinal Cañizares and Archbishop Di Noia a meeting took place with an official of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments who was given copies of the FIUV report. The FIUV delegation then moved on to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei to be received by the Secretary, Msgr. Guido Pozzo who was extremely interested in the FIUV Report and accepted three copies.
Later in the morning there were visits to the Congregation for the Clergy and the Congregation for Bishops where copies of the FIUV report were presented. At noon, the FIUV delegation was received by Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He listened with interest to an explanation of the work of the International Federation and accepted copies of the report for Cardinal Grocholecki and for himself.
In the afternoon, Mr. Vargas went to the Chancery Palace (Palazzo della Cancelleria) to deposit a copy of the FIUV Report for Archbishop Raymond Burke, President of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. His Excellency is very supportive of the traditional Roman liturgy. The final appointment of the day was in the Apostolic Palace with Msgr Peter Wells, Assessor at the Secretariat of State. Msgr Wells was familiar with the work of the Una Voce Federation and took interest in the FIUV Report. Mr. Darroch left copies for Cardinal Bertone, Secretary of State, and for Archbishop Filoni, Substitute.
Friday 30th October.
As a thanksgiving to God for the successful Roman journey, the FIUV delegates still present in the Eternal City attended early morning Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. For pilgrims in Rome there are Masses being offered in the Extraordinary form at 7.00 hrs in the basilica every day.
Mr. Rodolfo Vargas Rubio, Secretary
Mr Darroch presents the report to the Pope Benedict XVI (photo l'Osservatore Romano)
Mr Darroch showing the report to the Holy Father (photo l'Osservatore Romano)
Mr Vargas (photo l'Osservatore Romano)
Mr Oostveen (photo l'Osservatore Romano)
Frau Rheinschmitt (photo l'Osservatore Romano)
His Holiness and the FIUV delegates (photo Fotografia Felici)
meeting with Cardinal Castrillon
meeting with Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei