Quotes of the Week November 14

"The Holy Father should not have received that individual."

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who served as personal secretary to the former Pope for 39 years, commenting – in a new book, I Lived with a Saint – on a 2004 meeting between the late Pontiff’s meetings and disgraced Legionaries of Christ founder Father Marcial Maciel Degollado.


"I have to say, unfortunately, that these things happen every day. The people are suffering, they are dying every day, they are leaving their villages, homes are destroyed daily, there are refugees and people displaced every day."

Archbishop Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria speaking in the wake of a mortar strike on his residence in Damascus on November 5.


"It is an act of vandalism that infringes international law. Despite knowing that the house belonged to us, no-one warned us about this act of madness. This is an injustice we cannot keep quiet about."

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal condemns the demolition of a house belonging to the Patriarchate, one of a number ordered in East Jerusalem.


"The Christian community is a people of hope, we do not give up easily, even under the attacks and terrible disruption of our lives. Things will go on."

Archbishop Ignatius Paul Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, sounds a defiant note after the latest attacks on the Christian community by the militant Boko Harma group left at least 70 dead in various parts of the country.


"Care of creation is not just something God spoke of at the dawn of history: He entrusts it to each of us as part of his plan. Those who pollute are not in the grace of God and can not take communion."

Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe of Naples, Italy, reacts to news of toxic waste dumps around the city, created by mafia members.