Thursday, May 6, 2010




VATICAN CITY, 6 MAY 2010 (VIS REPORT) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique today:
"This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience Doris Leuthard, president of the Swiss Confederation. The president subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
"In the course of the cordial meeting, apart from mentioning the president's participation later today in the swearing-in ceremony for new recruits to the Pontifical Swiss Guard, attention also turned to questions concerning social and economic life and the current international situation, with particular reference to inter-religious dialogue".
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VATICAN CITY, 6 MAY 2010 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received in audience His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait. Sheikh Sabah subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
"During the cordial discussions", reads a communique on the meeting, "attention turned to certain questions of mutual interest, with particular reference to the promotion of peace in the Middle East, and of inter-religious dialogue. The positive contribution that the significant Christian minority makes to Kuwaiti society was also highlighted, and consideration given to the particular needs of that minority".
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VATICAN CITY, 6 MAY 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences four prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, on their "ad limina" visit:
- Archbishop Andre-Mutien Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops Remy Victor Vancottem and Jozef De Kesel.
- Bishop Johan Jozef Bonny of Antwerp.
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VATICAN CITY, 6 MAY 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Msgr. Liam MacDaid of the clergy of the diocese of Clogher, Ireland, chancellor of the diocesan curia, as bishop of Clogher (area 3,456, population 112,401, Catholics 86,483, priests 85, religious 140). The bishop-elect was born in Bundoran, Ireland in 1945 and ordained a priest in 1969. He succeeds Bishop Joseph Duffy, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Ondo, Nigeria, presented by Bishop Francis Folorunsho Clement Alonge, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade.
- Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Derry, Ireland, presented by Bishop Francis Lagan, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 1 of the Code of Canon Law.
- Appointed Fr. Gabriele Ferdinando Bentivoglio C.S., procurator general and secretary general of the Missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrinians), as undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.

CNA report. The organizers for World Youth Day 2011 have released the list of the patron saints for the event, which “encompasses the history of the Church in Spain, from the first saints of Madrid.”

According to a press release, “The Holy See has confirmed the proposal of the patron saints for World Youth Day (WYD): St. Isidore, St. John of the Cross, St. Maria de la Cabeza, St. John of Avila, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Rose of Lima, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Rafael Arnaiz and St. Francis Xavier.”
“The list of the patrons encompasses the history of the Church in Spain, from the first saints of Madrid (St. Isidore and St. Maria), through the founders of the Discalced Carmelites and the Society of Jesus (St. Teresa and St. Ignatius), a great missionary to the East (St. Francis Xavier), the summit of mystic literature (St. John of the Cross), the force behind diocesan priestly spirituality (St. John of Avila), the first saint of Hispanic America (St. Rose of Lima), and a young person from our times (St. Rafael Arnaiz), who was recently canonized,” the statement said.
“All of these saints are of Spanish origin, in order to root WYD in the culture of the host country, as was done at WYD in Cologne, where the saints chosen were related to the Christian history of Germany,” organizers explained.
They also announced the Holy See has confirmed the choice of Cibeles Square, one of Madrid’s most renowned locations, as the place where Pope Benedict XVI will be welcomed by the young people on Thursday, August 18. They added that the vigil and final Mass with the Holy Father will be held at the Cuatro Vientos airfield, where John Paul II met with young people in 2003 during his final visit to the country.


Life Site News report: More and larger Marches for Life are taking place in cities across Canada this year to coincide with the annual National March for Life in Ottawa on May 13.

Intended for those who want to make a pro-life statement but do not have the time or resources to make the trek to Ottawa, these regional marches take place in nearly every province and, like the National March for Life, have seen an increase in participation every year.
From west to east, the following cities are hosting a March for Life this year:
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA: the B.C. third annual March for Life takes place on May 13. The day will start with noon Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Then participants will make their way to Centennial Square in downtown Victoria. At 2 p.m. they will march to the B.C. Legislature down Government Street. After the march, musicians will entertain participants until the speakers take to the microphone.
“The March for Life is an opportunity for all who believe in the sanctity of human life to stand together and publicly proclaim it,” said Michele Smillie of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Respect Life Office.
This year’s event is being co-sponsored by the B.C. and Yukon Knights of Columbus, Burnaby Pro-Life Society, Campaign Life Coalition B.C., Chilliwack Pro-Life Society, Nelson Pro-Life Society, Elk Valley Pro Life, Surrey-Delta Pro Life, and Right to Life, Rossland.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA: The third annual March for Life in Edmonton is set for Thursday, May 13. Events begin with a prayer vigil at St. Joseph Basilica (113 Street and Jasper Avenue) on May 12, beginning at 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. May 13, followed by a pro-life Mass at 10:30 a.m. with Archbishop Richard Smith presiding.
A protestant prayer service will take place on May 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Inglewood Christian Reform Church (12330 -113 Avenue), with Pastor John Ooms presiding.
The rally will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Legislative Grounds with the March beginning at 1:30. The Knights of Columbus will lead the March from the steps of the Legislature to Churchill Square and return. Speakers will address participants at both the Legislature and at Churchill Square.
For more information, email the Alberta March for Life Association:  or
REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN: Regina's third annual March for Life will take place on May 6 at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
The event will start with a Catholic Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 3239 Garnet Street, and a prayer service at Grace Lutheran Church, 1037 Victoria Ave., also at 10:00.a.m. Those attending the prayer service are asked to be at Christ the King by 11:00 a.m. for the short walk to the Saskatchewan Legislature.
Events at the Legislature begin at 11:30 a.m.
Speakers will include Jerry and Donna Kristian, founders of St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK, Michael Martorana, who will be speaking about his experiences with the Genocide Awareness Project, and representatives from Sask. Chapter of Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
Inspiring music and a high energy presentation geared towards evangelization and healing will be presented by international award winning singer/songwriter, Lorraine Hartsook.
The Board of Directors of Saskatchewan Pro-Life encourage everyone to attend and let the entire province know that there are many concerned citizens who want to promote the growth of Saskatchewan by protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, our unborn babies.
For more information please contact: Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association Inc. at (306) 352-3480; Toll free: 1 888-842-7752; Fax: (306) 352-3481 or E-mail:
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN: The annual March for Life Mother’s Day Walk in Saskatoon is set for May 9.
Information is available from Campaign Life Coalition Saskatchewan president Denise Hounjet-Roth at (306) 249-2764, Fax (306) 249-4180 or by email at
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA: Winnipeg’s March for Life is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the historical site, The Forks, and proceeding about a kilometer to the grounds of the provincial legislature.
Special guest speaker will be Archbishop Albert LeGatt of St. Boniface.
The Winnipeg March is organized by the Manitoba Knights of Columbus with invaluable help from Campaign Life Coalition Manitoba, the Catholic Women’s League, the League for Life in Manitoba and the Winnipeg League for Life.
Organizers told LifeSiteNews that this year's March has been promoted and advertised throughout the province, so they hope to see well over 1000 participate.
For more information, contact the Knights of Columbus’s pro-life chairman, Guy Precourt, at (204) 663-8022 or e-mail .
OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Ontario is home to the National March for Life in the nation's capital of Ottawa on May 13. For more information click here.
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC: Campaign Life Quebec is organizing a conference in Quebec City with the theme, "A Struggle for the soul of Quebec: two visions of marriage and family" on May 15. (See article: Theme for Campaign Life Quebec 2010 Annual Conference Revealed)
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK: The 10th annual March for Life takes place at the NB Legislature on May 13.
The rally gets under way at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a walk to the Mother and Child House, where a prayer vigil will take place. A reception will then be held at the Msgr. Boyd Family Center.
The March in Fredericton is co-sponsored by NB Right to Life, the Catholic Women’s League (NB) and the Knights of Columbus (NB). Last year more than 400 attended, as well as 18 MLAs.
Organizer Peter Ryan told LifeSiteNews that the rally is “not so much a protest as a witness to God’s love for every child and mother. Families and young people are strongly encouraged to participate."
Ryan noted that Bishop Robert Harris attended the 2009 event in Fredericton and is expected to be present once again.
Scheduled speakers include Baptist Pastor Bob Emrich, a pro-life leader in Maine; Christian activist Heather Hughes, and pro-life mother Cathy Jensen. Gyles and Marlilyn Baisley will sing a pro-life song.
For further information call NB Right to Life at 1-888-796-9600.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA: The March for Life will begin at 12 noon on Thursday, May 13 at Province House, on Granville Street in Halifax.
Ellen Chesal, Executive Director of Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia, told LifeSiteNews that a candlelight prayer vigil will be held in front of the Victoria General Hospital on South Park St. the evening before the March (Wednesday, May 12th) at 8 p.m.
Guest speakers at the March will include Pam Churchill, director of Tri-County Pregnancy Center in Yarmouth who has special training in Post-Abortion Counselling, and Jennifer Derwey, a young mother of two girls age 2 and 4, and a recent member of Feminists for Life of America, Real Women of Canada and board member of Campaign Life Coalition, NS.
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND-LABRADOR: The St. John’s March for Life takes place on Thursday, May 13, at 12:30 on Confederation Hill, the seat of the provincial government. Spokesman for Pro-Life Newfoundland, Patrick Hanlon, said participants should gather in the east parking lot of the Confederation Building.
For more information, call: (709) 726-5012 or (709) 697-6701 or e-mail:


All Africa report: After battling ill-health for about six months, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua died last night at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. His remains will be flown to his hometown, Katsina, Katsina State early this morning for burial at 2pm. The 58-year-old Yar'Adua had been battling acute pericaditis, an inflammation of the membrane around the heart, since November last year for which he received treatment at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Presidential Spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi said Yar'Adua died around 9 pm and would be buried today in Katsina. Adeniyi said Yar'Adua's wife Turai was at his side when he died but did not say the cause of his death. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, were said to have called at the Presidential Villa around 11. 30 pm to condole the First Family.
Among those who rushed to the Presidential Villa immediately the news of the President's death filtered in were Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, who is also an in law of the late Yar'Adua, House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole and former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih. The late President was brought back to the country under the cover of darkness in February this year and speculations had abounded since then that he was still critically ill. Yar'Adua had been held largely incommunicado since then.
The revelation by the Presidency in November that his ailment was pericaditis had introduced a new dimension to what was usually known to be the late President's medical condition -- a chronic kidney condition for at least 10 years.
The Chief Physician to the President, Dr. Salisu Banye, had said in a terse statement released by Presidential Spokesman Olusegun Adeniyi that the President was diagnosed of having "acute pericarditis".
He had said: "At about 3pm on Friday, November 20, after he returned from the Abuja Central Mosque where he performed the Juma'at prayers, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua complained of left sided severe chest pain. Preliminary medical examinations suggested Acute Pericarditis (an inflammatory condition of the coverings of the heart).
"It was then decided that he should undertake confirmatory checks at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he had had his last medical check-up in August."
His hospitalisation in Saudi Arabia had created political problem in the country because Yar'Adua did not transfer power to his deputy, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as stipulated by the constitution before he left.
By the time Yar'Adua was hurriedly brought back from Saudi Arabia, the two houses of the National Assembly had passed separate resolutions empowering Jonathan as Acting President on February 9. Even then, Yar'Adua was believed to have been brought back still badly sick as he was flown in an air ambulance.
Since then there has been a ding dong over his health, with Islamic and Christian clerics brought to the Presidential Villa in a bid to lend credence to the fact that he was still alive.


Asia News report: In Bengal’s metropolis, the Irish Christian Brothers run a school where dozens of boys get an education, learn how to live in community and build a better future. Both religious and teachers are enthusiastic about their work.

Kolkata (AsiaNews) – “When I finish my school education, I want to be a teacher,” 12-year-old Kishan Mondal, son of a sex worker, told AsiaNews. “I love to read, write and improve my other talents and grow as a matured and responsible citizen,” he added. All this is possible “thanks to the school opportunities I get here from the Irish Christian brothers”.
Mondal is one of the 45 boys, sons of sex worker mothers who benefit from the ‘Lotus programme’, an educational service run by Irish Christian Brothers in Kolkota’s St Mary’s Day School.
The programme, which targets the children of sex workers, was set up three years ago, Brother Samuel Kullai, programme director, said.
The programme’s main goal is to provide a good education to these children, and make them responsible and mature persons.
“Education and good moral values given with Christian touch can make a difference,” Brother Kullai said. “Too often, many of them could not get an education because their mothers would not send them to school.”
Each morning, at 5 am, a member of the school staff picks up each child who stays in school until 5 pm. Here, they study among other things English, math, science, and Bengali. In addition, they benefit from extracurricular activities and get free breakfast and lunch. Some of older ones also go to government-run schools. In the evening, they are taken home.
“We look after them and make them understand how important their future is. Our mission is to be at their service and help them grow. We love each child as a gift of God,” Brother Kullai said.
“We educate them, and instil in them moral values. Once educated, they can grasp well the values. They are well-behaved and disciplined kids. I enjoy being with them. They are cheerful,” he added.
Religion does not come into the programme because all 45 boys are either Muslim or Hindu. Funding comes benefactors from India and abroad.
Susmita Senapati, one of the three teachers, said that when the children first came to the school, they could neither read nor write, and they had no notion of good manners. After two-three months, they learnt quickly and are now well behaved. “They are active in learning and have learnt social skills that allow them to help each other,” Susmita said.
Rajesh Kumar, a volunteer painting teacher, is also impressed. “I love to teach them pencil paintings/drawings. They are good boys. They are being groomed to be good and responsible people who can integrate themselves in mainstream society and contribute to the common good”.’-children-in-Kolkata-18337.html

Cath News report: A funeral service will be held today for former Australian Rugby League chairman Kevin Humphreys at the All Hallows Catholic Church in Five Dock.

The Mass will start at noon followed by a private cremation, reports the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser.
The father of Wests Tigers' chief executive Stephen Humphreys passed away at a Drummoyne nursing home after a long battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.  Kevin was a prop-forward who played 43 games for the Balmain Tigers during the 1953-1956 seasons and was a highly regarded and successful administrator who oversaw many changes the code experienced in the 1970s and the 80s. He was in charge of the Tigers when they won their famous 1969 premiership victory against South Sydney. Perhaps his greatest legacy was the introduction of State of Origin football, the report said. Tigers' chairman David Trodden said Kevin Humphreys was an "absolute administrative giant of the game".
"Kevin was a visionary who, as an administrator, was well ahead of his time," Trodden said.
"The game and particularly our club are poorer for his passing."
He is survived by wife Joan and sons David and Stephen.


St. Eadbert

Feast: May 6
Information: Feast Day: May 6
Born: 7th century England
Died: 6 May 698
Venerable Bede assures us, that this holy man excelled both in the knowledge of the holy scriptures, and in the observance of the divine precepts. All his lifetime he was remarkable for his alms-deeds, and it was a law with him to lay aside yearly the tenth part of his goods for the poor. He was ordained successor to St. Cuthbert, in the see of Lindisfarne, in 687, and most worthily governed that church eleven years. It was his custom twice a year, in Lent, and during forty days before Christmas, to retire into a solitary place, encompassed by the waters of the sea, where St. Cuthbert had for some time served God in private before he went to the isle of Ferne. St. Eadbert spent this time remote from all company, in abstinence, prayers, and tears. St. Cuthbert had been buried about eleven years, when the brethren desired, with the approbation of Eadbert, to take up the bones of that eminent servant of God, whose life had been signalized by many illustrious miracles. Instead of dust, to which they expected they were reduced to their great surprise they found the body as entire, and the joints all as pliable as if it had been living—all the vestments and clothes in which it was laid were also sound, and wonderfully fresh and bright. The monks made haste to inform the holy bishop, who was then in his Lent retreat, and they brought him part of the garments which covered the holy body. These he devoutly kissed, and ordered that the blessed body should be laid in other garments, put into the new coffin which was made for the holy relics, and, for greater veneration, placed above the pavement in the sanctuary. He added, that the grave which had been sanctified by so great a miracle of heavenly grace, would not remain long empty. This was accordingly done, and presently after Eadbert, the bishop beloved of God, fell dangerously sick, and his distemper daily increasing, on the 6th of May following he departed to our Lord. His body was laid in St. Cuthbert's grave, and over the place was deposited the uncorrupted body of that glorious servant of God. "Miracles here wrought from time to time, in curing the sick, bear testimony to the merits of them both," says Bede. The same historian informs us, that St. Eadbert covered with lead the church of Lindisfarne, which was dedicated by the archbishop Theodorus, under the patronage of St. Peter. It had been formerly built by bishop Finan, after the Scottish fashion, of oak boards and thatched with reeds.


John 15: 9 - 11

9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.

10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.

11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
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