Monday, July 13, 2009

Today's NEWS: MON. July 13, 2009.


Today the Pope left Rome via plane for his summer vacation in Les Combes, Valle d'Aosta. This is a common vacation area for the Pontiff and his predecesor Pope John Paul II. It is a beautiful lush region with high mountains, ancient buildings and winding roads. He will remain here for a 16-day stay. The pope will stay in a place belonging to the Salesian Order. There will a ceremony held on Sunday 19 July and Sunday 26 July with the Pope.

After this stay the Pope will travel Castelgandolfo, his summer house near Rome. He will remain there until the end of September. The next formal trip for the Pope, will be to the Czech Republic on the 26th of September. (With files from VIS 090713 (300)


Bishop Richard John Grecco, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Toronto, Canada has been appointed bishop of Charlottetown. This area has a population of 142,300, and a population of 65,253 Catholics. It has 54 priests, 1 permanent deacon, and 116 religious. This follows the resignation of Bishop Joseph Vernon Fougere. (With files from VIS 090713 (300)

Grecco was born in St. Catherines, ON and is 63 years old. He was ordained in 1973 from St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto. He has a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Toronto.
President Obama and the Pope exchange gifts as first lady Michelle Obama looks on today at the Vatican. (CNS/Reuters)
The Pope's meeting with President Obama was cordial. Above is shown the custumary exchange of gifts between Obama (First Lady Michelle) and the Pontiff. According to a press release from the Vatican:
The meeting focused as well upon matters of international politics, especially in light of the outcome of the G8 Summit. The conversation also dealt with the peace process in the Middle East, on which there was general agreement, and with other regional situations. Certain current issues were then considered, such as dialogue between cultures and religions, the global economic crisis and its ethical implications, food security, development aid especially for Africa and Latin America, and the problem of drug trafficking. Finally, the importance of educating young people everywhere in the value of tolerance was highlighted. (With files from
On July 11, 2009 Benedict XVI met with 1,100 members of the European meeting of university students. This was promoted by the Catechesis-School-University Commission of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE). "New disciples of Emmaus. In university as Christians" was the main topic for discussion.
The Pontiff is quoted as saying:
"to show the episcopal conferences of Europe your willingness to continue along the path of cultural development, which St. Benedict knew to be vital for the human and Christian maturity of the people of Europe. This will come about if you, like the disciples of Emmaus, meet the risen Lord in an authentic ecclesial experience, and especially in the celebration of the Eucharist". "Your missionary efforts in the university environment consist, then, in bearing witness to your own personal encounter with Jesus Christ, the Truth Who illuminates the path of all mankind. ... Only in this way can we become the ferment and leaven of a society enlivened by evangelical love". "University pastoral activity must", the Pope went on, "be expressed in all its theological and spiritual implications, helping the young to ensure that communion with Christ leads them to perceive the more profound mystery of man and of history".
(With files from VIS 090713 (300)
Henry was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. He became the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire with his wife Cunegunde. He died in 1024. (With files from:
TODAY'S GOSPEL10:34-11:1
Jesus said to his Apostles:"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth.I have come to bring not peace but the sword.For I have come to seta man against his father,a daughter against her mother,and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;and one's enemies will be those of his household.
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;and whoever does not take up his crossand follow after me is not worthy of me.Whoever finds his life will lose it,and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
"Whoever receives you receives me,and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophetwill receive a prophet's reward,and whoever receives a righteous manbecause he is righteous will receive a righteous man's reward.And whoever gives only a cup of cold waterto one of these little ones to drinkbecause he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."
When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples,he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

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