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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: TUES. AUG 4, 2009

CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: HEADLINES
*POPE TO VISIT VITERBO & BAGNOREGIO SEPT. 6
*AMERICA: MOVIE OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY
*AFRICA: SUDAN: OVER 70 PEOPLE KILLED IN ETHNIC ATTACK
*ASIA: FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS CONFERENCE AUG. 9TH IN MANILA
*AUSTRALIA: CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF MARY MACKILLOP

POPE TO VISIT VITERBO & BAGNOREGIO SEPT. 6

The Holy See reports that the Pope shall make a Pastoral visit on Sept. 6th to Viterbo. Here he will have a Eucharistic Concelebration in the Faul Valley of Viterbo and provide a homily. He will recite the Angelus Domini in the Faul Valley of Viterbo. He will make a stopover before the Shrine of Saint Rose, along the pathway for the Shrine of Our Lady of the Oak Tree in Viterbo. Then, Benedict XVI will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Oak Tree in Viterbo. Then he will depart by helicopter from the "Rocchi" municipal stadium of Viterbo for Bagnoregio. He will go to the Stadium of the "Alessandro Pompei" Center of Bagnoregio. Then he will visit to the Cathedral of St Nicholas in Bagnoregio and Veneration of the relics of Saint Bonaventure.

AMERICA
MOVIE OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY

It is the 150th anniversary of the death of John Mary Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. Leonardo Defilippis stars in, VIANNEY which premiers today. This is a story of perseverance against all odds -- the story of a humble pastor with a passion for souls. he'll do anything to save a sinner. "It is my prayer that when people meet John Vianney, they will, just like the people of Ars, be transformed by his life, story and message," says Leonardo Defilippis. "I know that young men looking for a radical way of serving God will be drawn to the priesthood through his example. In a dramatic scene of the play, Vianney battles the devil, who attacks him physically almost every night, causing furniture to fly around the room and leaving him battered and bruised from the combat. Why does the devil attack so violently? Because souls are being stolen away from him by Cure of Ars! Never discouraged, Vianney, played by Defilippis, laughs at his adversary, for when he has had a particularly bad night he knows he'll catch "a big fish," or sinner, the next day. Here is the hero we need in our day -- a priest who, like Christ, pours himself out with complete unselfishness who never gives up on a single soul." (Edited from http://www.vianneydrama.com/ website)


AFRICA:
SUDAN: OVER 70 PEOPLE KILLED IN ETHNIC ATTACK

The weekend inter-ethnic attack that has left dozens of women and children dead near Akobo in Southern Sudan's Jonglei State.
Following the 2 August attack, he added, some people were moving west of Akobo town or towards the Ethiopian border, where they hope they can be safer and "find something to eat".
"The victims, mostly women and young children, had camped in the area for three weeks in search of food by forming fishing [camps] along Geni river, while being watched over by two dozen police and army for protection," said the county commissioner in a statement.

Some 65 civilians and 12 army officers, who died, were buried by the river on 3 August. "Dozens of children and women are still missing and most are believed to be either killed or abducted by the attackers," he said. This follows a series of killings in this area.
(Edited from : http://allafrica.com/stories/200908031533.html

ASIA
FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS CONFERENCE AUG. 9TH IN MANILA
UCAN reports that the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) has helped bring Churches in Asia together, but it has more work to do, says Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati, who has been associated with the forum for the past 25 years.

Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, chairman of the FABC’s Office of Evangelization
The prelate, who is chairman of the FABC's Office of Evangelization, plans to present a paper at the 9th FABC plenary assembly, scheduled to take place in Manila Aug. 10-16. About 120 participants are expected for the meeting, which has the theme, "Living the Eucharist in Asia."
The FABC, a voluntary association of episcopal conferences, was established in the 1970s to foster solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of Church and society in Asia. It holds its plenary assemblies once every four years.
(Edited from: http://www.ucanews.com/2009/08/04/archbishop-fabc-has-great-relevance-for-asian-churches/


EUROPE
1 MILLION CANDLES TO BE LIT FOR UNBORN IN SPAIN
CNA reports that onn November 7, some 10,000 volunteers will light a million and a half candles for each of the children and young people missing from the Spanish population since abortion was legalized in 1985. The initiative is being organized by pro-life organizations and by the Fourth International Pro-Life Congress which will take place in Zarazoga November 6-8, 2009. Organizers hope to light the massive line of candles stretching across several city blocks on the night of November 7. Each volunteer will light 150 candles, which will remain lit from 10 p.m. to midnight and later will be collected by volunteers when the event ends. The purposes of the campaign are to bring attention to the benefit that these people would have been to our society, to raise money for the Fourth International Pro-Life Congress and for an assistance program for women in troubled pregnancies. This will help ensure that "nobody will choose abortion, especially because of economic reasons or because of a lack of support,” Congress organizer Antonio Gasos said. (Edited from: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=16743
AUSTRALIA
CELEBRATIONS FOR THE CENTARY OF THE DEATH OF MARY MACKILLOP

CathNews Australia reports that Masses to mark the centenary of Blessed Mary MacKillop's death are being planned across the country over the coming weekend, and various dioceses have released details about various celebrations being prepared.
In Sydney, Cardinal George Pell will concelebrate the main Mass to mark the August 8 feast day, at St Mary's Church in North Sydney. It will be broadcast live to North Sydney Oval from 11am.
The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn enewsletter cites Sister Brigette Sipa saying that large crowds were expected at Mary MacKillop Place due to the attention being given to Mary MacKillop's canonisation.
"It is unlikely the Pope will make an announcement about the canonisation on the feast day," she said. "However, this is still a significant day and an opportunity to remember and pay respects to one of Australia's true heroes."
In Brisbane and Adelaide, masses presided by the dioceses' Archbishops will be celebrated on Saturday at the St Stephen's Cathedral and St Francis Xavier's Cathedral respectively. Similar plans are also underway in other cities such as Melbourne.
Brisbane archdiocese said that the Vatican had declared Mary MacKillop the patron of its archdiocese in May.
"We're encouraging people wherever the sisters are to support celebrations there, all over Queensland," Sr Campbell said.
The diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will commemorate the centenary with a vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, on Friday August 7.
"Mary was deeply Australian and at this time with so many struggling with various difficulties, Mary's is a voice saying that there is a lot of good in the world," said Bishop Michael Malone, who will lead the Mass. "We need to tap into that and not be discouraged."
(Edited from: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=15556

TODAY'S SAINT



St. John Vianney
CURE OF ARS, PATRON SAINT OF PARISH PRIESTS
Feast: August 4
Born:
May 8, 1786, Dardilly, France
Died:
August 4, 1859, Ars-sur-Formans, France
Canonized:
1925, Rome by Pope Pius XI
Major Shrine:
Shrine of St. John Vianney; Ars-sur-Formans, France
Patron of: parish priests; confessors

Curé of Ars, born at Dardilly, near Lyons, France, on 8 May, 1786; died at Ars, 4 August, 1859; son of Matthieu Vianney and Marie Beluze."
On 13 August, 1815, he was ordained priest by Mgr. Simon, Bishop of Grenoble. During the last ten years of his life, he spent from sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. His advice was sought by bishops, priests, religious, young men and women in doubt as to their vocation, sinners, persons in all sorts of difficulties and the sick. In 1855, the number of pilgrims had reached twenty thousand a year.( Edited from: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/J/stjohnvianney.asp
SAINTLY QUOTE
Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other. St. Thomas More
TODAY'S GOSPEL

Matthew 14: 22 - 36
Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.
And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."
And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water."
He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?"
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick,
and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.





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