AMERICA: BRAZIL: BISHOPS CONDEMN MURDER OF FR. BROERING-
AFRICA: KENYA: ACTIONAID BACKS CALL FOR KYOTO PROTOCOL-
According to police reports, Father Broering, 46, appeared to be the victim of a break-in and was attacked several times with a knife by an unknown man.
The priest was alive when rescued, but did not survive the injuries. Police are currently looking for clues to lead them to the murderer.
After Fr. Broering's wake at the Cathedral in Itajai, Archbishop Murilo Sebastiao Krieger of Florianoplis celebrated his funeral Mass.
Statement from the Brazilian bishops
In a statement released three days prior to the murder of Fr. Broering, the Brazilian bishops condemned the killing of five other priests in Brazil in 2009. They noted that the bishops’ conference “will continue to be committed to the struggle for justice and peace because Christ came that all may have life and have it in abundance.”
The bishop extended their “love and gratitude to the priests of Brazil. We pray to God that, in fidelity to Christ, they may remain persevering, faithful shepherds dedicated to the people who have been entrusted to them.”
Former Tamil rebels in a jungle in Sri Lanka (File photo)
Military officials gave priests their approval for the services last week.
“We are allowed in only for religious purposes,” said Father Emilianuspillai Santhiappillai, head of Vavuniya deanery in Mannar diocese, where most of the 17 rehabilitation camps for Tamil rebels are located.
The army has given permission for 10 priests to visit for three hours on Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 a.m.
Father Santhiappillai sent priests to 15 rehabilitation camps to celebrate Mass on Saturday, Dec. 12.
More than seven months after Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war ended, about 12,000 former rebels, many little more than children, are being held. Around 3,000 of the detainees are Catholics while the rest are Hindus.
The authorities say some are being rehabilitated, others face war crimes trials and some will be given amnesty. The authorities are currently interrogating the detainees to expose senior officers and associates, rebel hideouts and ammunition dumps.
Priests hold Masses in small prayer centers or in the shade of trees.
They are screened on arrival in the camps, and cameras and mobile phones are strictly prohibited. The priests are also not allowed to carry letters or messages between the detainees and their families.
"If we do not stick to the rules, there is a risk of cancellation of access to camps," Father Santhiappillai told UCA News.
Father James Pathinathar, the parish priest of St Peter's Church in the coastal city of Mullaitivu, said some Catholic detainees had not attended Mass for a decade.
He conducted services in five camps.
Thousands of his parishioners were killed, injured or disabled in the final battle on the Mullaitivu coast. Some 300,000 had fled the war zone. The priest was himself injured in the fighting.
Father Pathinathar said being able to celebrate Masses gives him a "great opportunity to build up the faith among my boys and girls." Most come from deeply religious families, he noted.
Sri Lankan authorities still will not allow access to the camps by the International Committee of the Red Cross. No civilians are allowed in but parents and relatives can meet for a limited time at the entrance to the camp.
Cath News reports that Owen Rogers, the newly ordained deacon of St Patrick's Parish in Sydney's Blacktown said he always wanted to be a priest but circumstances never allowed it. Now, at 68 years and a grandad, he feels he's at last fulfilled his calling. "I'm elated and looking forward to the challenge of a new life's journey for me and my wife, Jeanette," Mr Rogers is quoted saying by the Blacktown Sun.
As a deacon, he could preach the Gospel, perform baptisms and assist with other sacraments.
"Jeanette and I also hope to be able to bring a Christian message of love to other couples," Mr Rogers said. "We hope to build relationships with them and we want to share our experiences of life."
He said that he had always wanted to do pastoral work.
"The vocation was there, but the situation didn't allow for it," Mr Rogers said.
"I retired three years ago and focused on becoming a deacon," he said. "I took a theology degree and the other necessary steps."
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Feast: December 16
Commemoration of the Prophet Haggai, one of the twelve minor prophets, who prophesied during the time of King Darius of Persia and Zerubbabel, Governor of Judah (c. 520 BC). The Book of Haggai preserves his oracles to the returnees from the Babylonian Exile, in which he exhorts them to finish the rebuilding of the Temple, whose glory foretells the glory of the messianic temple to come.
N.B. The Martyrologium Romanum (Vatican Press, 2004), the Church’s official list of holy men and women, lists the saints of the Old Law alongside those of the New.
Luke 7: 18 - 23
The disciples of John told him of all these things.
And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?"
And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, `Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?'"
In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many that were blind he bestowed sight.
And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."