*POPE: YEAR OF THE PRIEST DEEPENS IMPORTANCE OF PRIESTS*
*ASIA: PHILIPPINES: DEATH OF FORMER CATHOLIC PRESIDENT*
*AUSTALIA: HELPING HOMELESS THROUGH HOUSING*
*AMERICA: DEDICATED HELPERS OF THE POOR*
*EUROPE: SPAIN: BISHOP CONDEMNS VIOLENCE OF ETA*
*AFRICA: NAIROBI: ARCHBISHOP LIFTS SUSPENSION*
The staunchly Catholic Aquino's 1986 "People Power" revolution toppled dictator.
Pope Benedict XVI sent his condolences, describing Mrs Aquino as a "woman of deep and unwavering faith" and saying he was "deeply saddened" by her death, the Philipine's Inquirer reported. Her efforts were a vital "contribution to the rebuilding of a just and cohesive political order in her beloved homeland," the pontiff said in a telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
The assassination in 1983 of her husband, former president, made Aquino popular his widow a popular figure. (With files & photo from: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=15506
"The Housing Support Program aims to prevent the revolving door scenario ... (It) works alongside clients, advocating for them and assisting them to navigate through the many complex and challenging processes involved in housing and independent living," the organisation said in a media statement.
"The program differs from others in that it has provided outstanding results at an average cost of $7,000 per client. This is a cost effective approach to addressing homelessness.
The organisation presented a case study of 66 year old Jack, who had an undiagnosed mental condition and was living in "extreme domestic squalor" and "a history of previous episodes of sleeping rough when necessary."
"Consequently, housing options were provided by Catholic Community Services' Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged program, with Jack submitting an application to NSW Department of Housing areas of his choice," the organisation's statement said.
Jack has since moved on to reside in a local Department of Housing building and is receiving a community Aged Care Package specifically designed for someone who has previously experienced homelessness.
Catholic Community Services believes such measures account for its programme's success.
CNA reports that the demolition of a parish rectory did not stop a dedicated group at St. Anthony’s Parish in Davenport, IA from serving meals to the hungry five days a week. When they were left without a location to operate from, McAnthony Window simply moved into the parish garage.
The window is temporarily operating out of the garage until the parish’s new hall is completed next spring. Anywhere from 125-175 people are served a sandwich, soup, treat and coffee Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m. at McAnthony Window.
For years, it had been located in the St. Anthony rectory. Volunteers made sandwiches and soup in the kitchen and served the food from a window.
The parish decided the old rectory garage would remain standing during construction so McAnthony Window could operate on the parish campus.
“This has been a labor of love,” he noted.
Fifteen percent of the weekend collection from St. Anthony Parish goes to the Care and Share program, which includes funding for McAnthony Window, Flaherty said. Financial and food donations from businesses and individuals also help support the window.
Flaherty said schools and scout troops sometimes make sandwiches and have a teacher, coach or leader deliver the food.
“I think the kids are more humble when they realize how this benefits others,” Flaherty said.
“Our window and other service organizations are always looking for volunteers,” Flaherty said. “Consider turning off your TV and help others — wherever that might be.” (With files from: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=16687
MARTYR AND BISHOP
Feast: August 2
August 1, 371, Vercelli, Piemonte
Bishop of Vercelli, b. in Sardinia c. 283; d. at Vercelli, Piedmont, 1 August, 371. He was made lector in Rome. In 340, in Vercelli, he was elected bishop. Eusebius protested against the unjust condemnation of St. Athanasius. As a result he was sent into exile, first to Scythopolis in Syria; then to Cappodocia, and lastly to Thebaid. (Edited from: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/E/steusebiusvercelli.asp
18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Exodus 16: 2 - 4, 12 - 15
And the whole congregation of the people of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness,
and said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or not.
"I have heard the murmurings of the people of Israel; say to them, `At twilight you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'"
In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning dew lay round about the camp.
And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as hoarfrost on the ground.
When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.
Psalms 78: 3 - 4, 23 - 25, 54
things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders which he has wrought.
Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven;
and he rained down upon them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven.
Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance.
And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won.
Ephesians 4: 17, 20 - 24
Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds;
You did not so learn Christ! --
assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.
Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,
and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
John 6: 24 - 35
So when the people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Caper'na-um, seeking Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?"
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal."
Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"
Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform?
Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"
Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world."
They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.