Seminary officials have called for an investigation by the police. The building is equipped with several security cameras that will be reviewed by police for possible clues.
Meanwhile, the seminary is continuing its normal operations.
The Seminary of Our Lady of Suyapa was the site where Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga met with the secretary general of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, about the situation regarding deposed President Manuel Zelaya.
During his visit July 3 visit to Honduras, Insulza called for Zelaya to be reinstated.(SOURCE: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=17376
CONGO: HOSTAGE SITUATION
CNA reports that a Congolese bishop participating in the Synod for Africa in Rome has had to return home after several of his priests were taken hostage in an attack on a church in his archdiocese.
Archbishop of Bukavu François Xavier Rusengo told the Synod he had to return to the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo because last Friday uniformed men burnt down one of his parishes, attacked priests and took others hostage.
The archdiocese had to pay a huge ransom for the hostages’ release, the Catholic Information Service for Africa (CISA) reports.
“Through these acts, it is the Church, remaining the only support for a terrorized, humiliated, exploited and dominated people who they would reduce to silence. Lord, may your will be done, may your kingdom of peace arrive,” Archbishop Rusengo said on Tuesday.
The synod issued a statement of solidarity with the archbishop and the Christians of Bukavu. The statement expressed hope that “reconciliation and the Good News of the Gospel” may be welcomed as the path to achieve conditions of human life founded on justice and reinforced by peace, “a gift from God.”
According to CISA, the synod also called on the Congolese government to do everything possible to restore a just order and to guarantee the peace necessary for a normal life.The Second Special Assembly for Africa is taking place in Rome from Oct. 4 to Oct. 25. Over 200 bishops are attending the synod. (SOURCE: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=17356
“Marriage is where the least amount of violence among couples occurs, which makes it the best antidote to violence,” Martinez-Aedo remarked.
According to the Institute, in 2008, six out of every ten homicides took place between emotionally involved couples. While one homicide occurred for every 311,000 marriages, in the case of couples who are unmarried, it was one homicide for every 25,000.
This means that for every homicide among married couples, twelve take place among unmarried couples, he explained.
Martinez-Aedo said this was a confirmation of the importance of marriage and its role in society. For this reason, he added, the institute is urging the government to promote policies that support and uplift marriage. (SOURCE: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=17365
Father Kamal Corraya
"Availability of electricity in the remote parishes is a major problem for priests," Father Kamal Corraya, director of the bishops' Christian Communications Center (CCC) in Dhaka told UCA News.
"It is hard for them to operate computers, television and other digital media. Their geographical locations and workloads also limit the time they can find to use such equipment," Father Corraya said.
The diocesan priest was speaking shortly after the Vatican Information Service (VIS) announced that Pope Benedict XVI's theme for the 44th World Day for Social Communications would be "The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word."
VIS reported a Vatican communique as saying, "The new communications media, if adequately understood and exploited, can offer priests and all pastoral care workers a wealth of data which was difficult to access before, and facilitate forms of collaboration and increased communion that were previously unthinkable."
One priest who finds it difficult to fully harness the power of the new media is Holy Cross Father Thaddeus Hembrom, 35, who oversees Radhanagar sub-center of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. The parish comes under Dinajpur diocese.
"At the moment the only digital equipment I use is my mobile phone," he said. There are problems with electricity supply here, "so we cannot watch TV regularly and the use of the computer and email is far beyond our reach," Father Hembrom told UCA News.
He said that for much of the time he relies on solar power for electricity. He added that the elementary-level students of the hostel he runs can only watch TV on Saturday.
"If we had electricity here, I feel we would be able to use the computer and multimedia to show Church-related films and programs to children."
In the capital, there is more room to act on the Pope's World Communications Day theme.
Father Tapan Camillus De Rozarioat his computer in his office in Dhaka
Father Tapan Camillus De Rozario, parish priest of St. Christina Church in Dhaka, is able to use the Internet and has a printer attached to his computer.
The priest, who is also president of the Bangladesh Diocesan Priests' Fraternity, said he would love to use multimedia presentations in his parish but needs help in training and the provision of equipment.
He told UCA News that there is a lack of media production experts in the Bangladeshi Church and priests lack training even in computer skills.
Father Corraya is aware of the challenges to priests going fully digital in the country.
For priests and Religious who are able to use new technology, the CCC has been conducting training sessions on the role of media and the importance of the use of digital media in pastoral services. The sessions have also included how to give interviews to media.
Father Corraya said the CCC has also produced a documentary, "Pretty Brave Woman," which focuses on the plight of a physically disabled Catholic woman living in a nuns' convent. The documentary is to be shown during the upcoming SIGNIS World Congress to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from Oct. 17-21.
The Pope's World Communications Day message is expected to be published on Jan. 24, 2010, the feast of St. Francis of Sales, patron saint of journalists. In most countries, the Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on the Sunday before Pentecost. In 2010 it will be celebrated May 16.
With the tool, Catholic schools will be able to share resources with the world's education community and enable anywhere, anytime learning, said a media statement.
Students, teachers and lifelong learners can download items of interest including tutorials, demonstrations, lectures and learning objects on range of subjects and educational issues.
As well as providing a platform for teachers to publish learning materials for their students, iTunes U will automatically publish the content worldwide
The Executive Director of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta and Chairperson of Catholic Education Network (CEnet), Mr Greg Whitby, said the initiative came at just the right time as schools continue to implement aspects of the Australian Government's Digital Education Revolution.
"Today's learners require anywhere, anytime access to a global library of learning tools," said Mr Whitby. "iTunes U will enhance the delivery of online learning and enable our students the flexibility to access these tools at school or at home."
St. Edward the Confessor
KING OF ENGLAND
Feast: October 13
1003 at Islip, Oxford, England
5 January 1066
difficult marriages, kings. separated spouses
King of England, born in 1003; died 5 January, 1066. He was the son of Ethelred II and Emma, daughter of Duke Richard of Normandy, being thus half-brother to King Edmund Ironside, Ethelred's son by his first wife, and to King Hardicanute, Emma's son by her second marriage with Canute. When hardly ten years old he was sent with his brother Alfred into Normandy to be brought up at the court of the duke his uncle, the Danes having gained the mastery in England. Thus he spent the best years of his life in exile, the crown having been settled by Canute, with Emma's consent, upon his own offspring by her. Early misfortune thus taught Edward the folly of ambition, and he grew up in innocence, delighting chiefly in assisting at Mass and the church offices, and in association with religious, whilst not disdaining the pleasures of the chase, or recreations suited to his station. Upon Canute's death in 1035 his illegitimate son, Harold, seized the throne, Hardicanute being then in Denmark, and Edward and his brother Alfred were persuaded to make an attempt to gain the crown, which resulted in the cruel death of Alfred who had fallen into Harold's hands, whilst Edward was obliged to return to Normandy. On Hardicanute's sudden death in 1042, Edward was called by acclamation to the throne at the age of about forty, being welcomed even by the Danish settlers owing to his gentle saintly character. His reign was one of almost unbroken peace, the threatened invasion of Canute's son, Sweyn of Norway, being averted by the opportune attack on him by Sweyn of Denmark; and the internal difficulties occasioned by the ambition of Earl Godwin and his sons being settled without bloodshed by Edward's own gentleness and prudence. He undertook no wars except to repel an inroad of the Welsh, and to assist Malcolm III of Scotland against Macbeth, the usurper of his throne. Being devoid of personal ambition, Edward's one aim was the welfare of his people. He remitted the odious "Danegelt", which had needlessly continued to be levied; and though profuse in alms to the poor and for religious purposes, he made his own royal patrimony suffice without imposing taxes. Such was the contentment caused by "the good St. Edward's laws", that their enactment was repeatedly demanded by later generations, when they felt themselves oppressed.
Yielding to the entreaty of his nobles, he accepted as his consort the virtuous Editha, Earl Godwin's daughter. Having, however, made a vow of chastity, he first required her agreement to live with him only as a sister. As he could not leave his kingdom without injury to his people, the making of a pilgrimage to St. Peter's tomb, to which he had bound himself, was commuted by the pope into the rebuilding at Westminster of St. Peter's abbey, the dedication of which took place but a week before his death, and in which he was buried. St. Edward was the first King of England to touch for the "king's evil", many sufferers from the disease were cured by him. He was canonized by Alexander III in 1161. His feast is kept on the 13th of October, his incorrupt body having been solemnly translated on that day in 1163 by St. Thomas of Canterbury in the presence of King Henry II. (SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/E/stedwardtheconfessor.asp
Luke 11: 37 - 41
While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; so he went in and sat at table.
The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.
And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion and wickedness.
You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?
But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.