After all the to-do in the Anglophone press last week on the Papal calendar to be published by FAMIGLIA CRISTIANA, please remember this forum first reported it on Oct. 28 in the main forum as well as on this thread (see Post 4581 above on this page)....
And now I must apologize for not having found the time earlier to post this in a timely manner - Lella shares it from korazym. org and she posted it on 11/9 actually. Here is a translation
A CALENDAR POPE -
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
By Loris Lauretano
So even Pope Benedict XVI has 'posed' for a calendar. The initiative came from the weekly magazine Famiglia Cristiana, which will publish this special calendar for 2007 called "INSIEME: Un anno con il Papa" [TOGETHER: A year with the Pope].
Here is a preview. The photographs were taken by Giancarlo Giuliani of Famiglia Cristiana.
VATICAN CITY - Praying the chapel, relaxing at the piano, reading in the garden or working at his desk. Benedict XVI is seen in various activities at Castel Gandolfo in this project initated by Famiglia Cirstiana in cooperation with the Vatican publishing house.
Readers of the magazine can get it at their newsstands with the issue of November 23. By buying the calendar, they will be able to see the Pope in informal previously unpublished pictures and to support a project for children in Rwanda.
The calendar actually starts with December 2006 (above).
Such calendars as fund-raisers for specific charities are a tradition at Famiglia Cristiana, but the idea of a specially-photographed Papal calendar is unique and special.
Each picture of the month will be accompanied by a passage from the Holy Father's first encyclical, Deus caritas est
, as well as facts about the beneficiary project in Rwanda.
The cover and all the fotos in the 2007 Benedict calendar
The calendar will cost an extra 5 Euros above the cover price of the magazine. One Euro from each sale will go to the City of Nazareth Children in Mbare, Rwanda, to help build new schoolrooms and other facilities.
The project is one of those that resulted from Un Sorriso per l'Africa [A Smile for Africa], an initiative started by John Paul II during his 1990 pastoral visit to Africa to support the poorest and neediest children on the continent, and which Benedict XVI is carrying on.
The Mbare facility was inaugurated in 1998 by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo. It now houses 354 children selected in the different dioceses from families who have been victims of the civil war and genocide in Rwanda since 1994. These troubles have left thousands of orphans and mutilated children.
"We have to rebuild an entire generation," said Mons. Smaragde Nbomyinte to Famiglia Cristiana. "The nation which has always been extremely poor was just devastated by the genocide of 1994."
In order to take the photographs, Giancarlo Giuliani who has photographed several Popes in 40 years for Famiglia Cristiana, was allowed by Pope Benedict to spend a whole day with him at Castel Gandolfo last summer.
From the pictures he took, 14 were chosen for the calendar.
Promotional pages for the calendar in Famiglia Cristiana
TOGETHER WITH BENEDICT XVI,
LET US SUPPORT
THE NEEDY CHILDREN OF RWANDA
Besides buying the calendar, you may also send contributions directly to:
- By the postal c/c n. 14365209, to the
Associazione don Giuseppe Zilli Onlus,
via Giotto 36, 20145 Milano,
specifying it is intended for
the "Progetto Città dei Ragazzi - Ruanda";
- Through bank c/c n. 2063009/01/48 ABI 03069 CAB 09467 CIN V at Banca Intesa in Italy;
- By credit card on the site of
to the Associazione don Giuseppe Zilli Onlus,
Progetto Città dei Ragazzi - Ruanda;
- Giving credit card number and expiration date
by telephone to 02-480.120.40, not forgetting to
indicate the beneficiary,
"Progetto Città dei Ragazzi - Ruanda".
To reserve copies of the calendar, write to
Periodici San Paolo
piazza San Paolo, 12
12051 ALBA (CN)
[What ever happened to e-mail, guys at San Paolo????
[Modificato da TERESA BENEDETTA 12/11/2006 23.34]