Vatican Secretary of State Speaks on Variety of Issues at Convention

Cardinal Bertone speaks to media on the Knights and issues involving the Church in the United States

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, seated beside Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, seated beside Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, speaks to reporters during his Aug. 8 news conference.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone spoke to members of the media at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention on Wednesday.

In the United States for the first time as Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone travelled to Nashville for the Knights of Columbus 125th Supreme Convention. The Cardinal addressed the media on a variety of issues concerning the Knights and the Catholic Church in the United States.

“I have to speak about the vitality, the living spirit, of the people here, especially of the Knights of Columbus, present not only here in the United States but in other places as well. I recognize in them a huge identification with the Catholic Church,” Cardinal Bertone said.

Among the issues addressed by Cardinal Bertone were:

1. The Catholic Church in the United States
2. The discussions between himself and Secretary of State Rice on the Mid-East and the possibility of the Pope’s visit to the United States next year
3. The situation in Iraq
4. The Catholic Church and China
5. Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus
6. Catholic Youth
7. The role of the media in spreading the Gospel message
8. Catholic politicians who support abortion
9. Clerical Sex Abuse
10. What he will report to Pope Benedict XVI concerning his visit to United States

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Cardinal Bertone was presented with the Knights of Columbus’ highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope) award at a dinner Tuesday night.

As the highest ranking Vatican official after the pope, Cardinal Bertone has responsibility for overseeing many of the Vatican’s internal and external affairs. He has served in that position since being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Prior to his role as Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone served as Secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he worked closely with then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. In 2003, he was installed as Archbishop of Genoa and was made a cardinal the same year.

Cardinal Bertone served as principal celebrant and homilist for the convention’s opening Mass on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and brought a special message from Pope Benedict XVI read during the opening session of the convention Tuesday afternoon.

Cardinal Bertone also delivered a major address at a dinner in his honor on Wednesday evening, August 8. Dinner guests included cardinals, bishops and priests attending the convention, as well as members of the Knights of Columbus board of directors.