As usual, Cardijn maximised his trips to Rome, taking the opportunity to visit various Vatican officials.
On 3 July, he met with Pope John XXIII’s Substitute, Archbishop Angelo Dell’Acqua to make a number of requests that he summarised in an aide-mémoire he prepared:
First, he requested a “”essage from the Holy Father for Rio de Janeiro” i.e. the International YCW World Council scheduled for the end of 1961.
Secondly, he requested “honorary distinctions for the former leaders of the YCW International Bureau (1957 to 1961).”
Thirdly, he sought an honour for “the former National President of the KAJ (JOC Flemish) on the occasion of the 50th pilgrimage to Lourdes that he was organising for the sick.”
Fourthly, he raised the problem of how to contact the JOC in post-revolutionary Cuba.
“The regime and situation of certain States, such as Cuba, for example, makes it very difficult for the International Secretariat of the YCW to transmit its advice and the apostolic directives intended for them to the YCWs of these countries,” he explained.
“Would it be possible for the International Secretariat of the YCW to submit these communications in an open envelope to the Belgian Nunciature with a request to forward them to the Secretariat of State which would determine the possibility of sending them through diplomatic channels to the Representatives of the Holy See in these countries?”
Finally, in a handwritten addition, he requested financial assistance for the travel of World Council delegates from “Africa, Asia, certain European countries (illegible) …. Central America.”
It seems he had received assurances of this from Archbishops Samorè (Congregation for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs) and Sigismondi (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith) on this matter.
Visite à Mgr Dell’Acqua 03 07 1961 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)
Requête à Mgr Dell’Acqua 03 07 1961 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)
Visit to Archbishop Dell’Acqua 03 07 1961 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)
Request to Archbishop Dell’Acqua 03 07 1961 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)