VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – For the third year running, the Vatican Gardens have hosted a children’s summer camp, where the young children of Vatican City State and Holy See employees are invited to spend five weeks of their summer.
The “Youth Summer Camp in the Vatican,” pioneered by Father Franco Fontana, a Salesian priest, offers children a host of games and recreational activities during a 10-hour daily schedule, but dedicates little time to prayer and Christian formation.
Running from July 4 to August 5, 230 children between 5 and 13 years of age were invited “on a journey to discover the theme of dreaming big and making ‘Dream Giants,” according to promotional materials for the summer camp.
The theme for the 5-week program, “Dream Big,” focused on Roald Dahl’s “The BFG,” the story of which “brings to light themes such as the importance of the group, of sharing, of will-power, and chasing dreams,” the website reads. “We will accompany the children to discover a place where they can express themselves freely, try new sports, make new friends, and help each other in the challenges of every day.”
The camp takes place within the Vatican City which is decked out with toys and equipment for sports and activities for the duration of the youth camp. The organizers place a strong emphasis on the availability of a swimming pool, in which the children can “play and cool off.” Parents who work at the Vatican can send their child to the summer camp for €70 per week, with a small discount offered for additional children.
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UPDATE (8/2/22): Cardinal Cupich has regretfully banned the Institute of Christ the King from offering the Traditional Latin Masses or hearing Confessions at their parish in Chicago.
An official sign from the Institute was posted at the Shrine of Christ the King, saying: “As of August 1, the celebration of public Masses is suspended. Confession times are discontinued. The Chapel remains open for prayer.”
Cardinal Cupich has forbidden the Institute of Christ the King to operate in Chicago (see image). This is very sad; Pope B16 said “it behooves ALL of us” to preserve the riches of the ancient Catholic liturgy. pic.twitter.com/rGkVC2XupF— Watershed Staff (@ccwatershed) July 31, 2022
See LifeSiteNews' special report here.
Sources have leaked to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Cupich seems ready to completely ban a community of Traditional priests from offering the Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Chicago!
July 31st appears to be the deadline for priests belonging to the Institute of Christ the King to close down all public Latin Masses — which would end their ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago full stop.
This outrageous persecution against faithful Catholics is an affront to 2,000 years of Tradition and is the rallying cry for today's saints: We need brave and devout Catholics across the world to demand Cardinal Cupich respect the holy priests of the Institute of Christ the King and SAVE the Traditional Latin Mass!
SIGN: CARDINAL CUPICH MUST HEAR THAT CATHOLICS LIKE YOU LOVE AND SUPPORT THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS! >>>
The Institute of Christ the King has attracted national attention for its beautiful, reverent, and profound celebration of the TLM — all of which looks set to end in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!
There are currently 18 ICKSP apostolates dotting more than 10 states in America — serving 400-500 faithful Catholics just in the city of Chicago with 3 Latin Masses every Sunday. With this rumored attack, Cupich — who also serves in high-profile Vatican positions — is sending a sign to all traditionalist priests worldwide.
This robust Catholic community is truly a jewel of Catholic Tradition — making it odd that the ICKSP might be the subject of censorship!
The Church hosts synods on synods on synods and pays millions of dollars to consultants to figure out how to get people interested in going to Mass and the end result is shutting down the Masses people literally beg to attend lol.— Zac Mabry (@ZacMabry) July 15, 2022
As LifeSiteNews continued reporting...
"Cardinal Cupich, a close collaborator of Pope Francis and a promoter of the liberal agenda within the Church, has already issued restrictions regarding the traditional Latin rite within his diocese at the end of last year."
*** Catholics must defend and promote the Traditional Latin Mass before the potential July 31st deadline! ***
It’s important now more than ever to send a message to Cardinal Cupich that the Institute of Christ the King must continue its ministry of offering the TLM without fear of retaliation or hostility.
END OF JULY DEADLINE: SEND A MESSAGE TO CARDINAL CUPICH THAT YOU STAND WITH THE INSTITUTE OF CHRIST THE KING! >>>
The crackdown is expected to take effect at the end of July, when the Institute of Christ the King will be expected to celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass — in opposition to their vocational calling to protect the TLM.
This mandate is by design, but the ICKSP is currently holding strong. Catholics all across the world must tell the faithful priests of the ICKSP that we are praying for them and raising our voices!
RAISE YOUR VOICE: PROTECT THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS FROM CENSORSHIP! >>>
Thank you for committing yourself to the frontline fight defending Catholicism from the onslaught of the Cardinal Cupich’s modernist movement. It is moments like these that Catholics from all over the world show their true colors. Stand for TRADITION. Defend the Institute of Christ the King! Send a message to Cardinal Blase Cupich!
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Thank you for signing this petition and sending a message to Cardinal Cupich before the end of the month deadline.
Broken up into three age categories, the daily program consists mainly of “dances, group games, sports activities, artistic workshops, training activities, shows, and daily challenges,” according to the dedicated website. “All the proposed activities have been designed thinking of the different age groups of children with a single great purpose: to dream together and to educate through play.”
“This is the time to remember that God dreams with us, because children are the subject of his most beautiful dreams,” the organizers wrote.
The only mention of prayer is at the very beginning of the day: the “youth summer camp” hymn is recited followed by prayer, all lodged somewhere between breakfast at 9 a.m. and activities commencing at 10 a.m., according to the official schedule.
Much emphasis, however, is placed on the camp’s “COVID-19 Safety Protocol,” which requires children to have their temperature monitored and use hand sanitizer and states that all equipment will be regularly sanitized. The use of face masks was regulated in accordance with the Vatican City State rules which “strongly encouraged” their use while no longer requiring them.
No COVID jab mandate appeared to be in place.
Pope Francis met with the children on Wednesday following his general audience, delivering a short greeting to the parents and thanking camp workers.
Last year’s Vatican youth camp centered on the Pope’s 2014 encyclical Laudato Sí and asked children to “reflect on ecological issues” as “the key to a better world,” according to Salesian daily ANS. The children were also asked to consider “what is the true meaning of being a Christian, this way of thinking within the world and creation.”