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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: TUES. SEPT. 28, 2010





CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: TUES. SEPT. 28, 2010: HEADLINES-


VATICAN: MEETING TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

ABIDJAN MEETING TO PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA VATICAN CITY, 28 SEP 2010 (VIS REPORT) - A preparatory meeting for a forum on "Cultures, identities of peoples and development in Africa and the Black Diaspora" began yesterday in the city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The initiative is being promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of peoples, while the forum itself is due to be held in Abidjan in March 2011. Among those participating in the preparatory meeting, which ends on 1 October, are Fr. Barthelemy Adoukonou, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Archbishop Robert Sarah, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. Also taking part will be Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, president of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (CERAO) and vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), and other bishops and theologians, as well as diplomatic representatives from Ivory Coast and Benin. "This year Africa is celebrating fifty years of independence of many countries from colonial rule", reads an English-language communique released by the Pontifical Council for Culture. "How far has this culturally rich and diverse continent, made up of different colours and hues, profited from independence? What mark has development made on people's lives and how has globalisation impacted the cultures of the continent?" "The Pontifical Council for Culture in collaboration with the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples aims to create a forum with representation from different ecclesiastical, international and non-governmental organisations in order to find ways and strategies through which development can be promoted while focusing on the human person made in the likeness and image of God". The forum is also intended "to become a permanent place of reflection, for concrete proposals for a cultural and educational engagement which will promote a body concerned with development in Africa".
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AMERICA: USA: PRO-LIFE COMMITEE STATEMENT
USCCB REPORT: Pro-Life Committee Chairman Issues Statement for Respect Life MonthCardinal DiNardo calls for awareness, prayer, healing and action in defense of lifeWorldwide ‘Vigil for All Nascent Human Life’ set for November 27WASHINGTON (September 28, 2010)—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2010, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston addressed direct threats to human life and called Catholics to “constantly witness to the inestimable worth and dignity of each human life through a loving concern for the good of others.” He also encouraged participation in the worldwide “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” called for by Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Advent.Cardinal DiNardo chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo noted populations particularly at risk: millions of unborn children in the womb, embryonic human beings destroyed “in the name of science,” and seriously ill patients “under threat from a renewed campaign for legalizing physician-assisted suicide.”“The loss of even one child, and the pain experienced by the child’s mother and father in the aftermath of abortion, should impel us to redouble our efforts to end legal abortion,” Cardinal DiNardo said. He stressed the need “to ensure that every pregnant woman has whatever help she needs to turn away from this heartbreaking choice.” He highlighted Project Rachel, the Church’s healing ministry to women and men hurting after abortion, and called the ministry “a reflection of God’s love and mercy and His constant offer of forgiveness and healing.”Cardinal DiNardo also noted the “urgent task” of “ensuring that health care reform … is not misused to promote abortion or to trample on the rights of conscience.”“If we allow the dignity of every human life to guide the decisions we make as voters and public policy advocates, we can surely succeed in creating a more just and humane society,” Cardinal DiNardo said.Cardinal DiNardo cited Pope Benedict’s “unprecedented request” for Catholics throughout the world to observe a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on Saturday, November 27. “I heartily encourage all Catholics, whether at home or traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays, to take part in this special prayer, whose purpose according to the Holy See,” he said, “is to ‘thank the Lord for his total self-giving to the world and for his Incarnation which gave every human life its real worth and dignity,’ and to ‘invoke the Lord’s protection over every human being called into existence’.”Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program stresses the value and dignity of human life. It is observed in the 195 Catholic dioceses in the United States. This year's theme is “The Measure of Love is to Love Without Measure.” The full statement follows and may be found online at www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/10dinardo-stmt.pdf.


STATEMENT FOR RESPECT LIFE MONTHCardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life ActivitiesUnited States Conference of Catholic BishopsSeptember 27, 2010During the Respect Life Month of October, Catholics across the United States will gather in prayer and thanksgiving, at charitable and educational events, and in public witness to the unique and priceless value of every human life, guided by the theme for this year’s Respect Life Program: “The Measure of Love is to Love Without Measure.” With each passing year, the need for personal and public witness grounded in God’s boundless love for each and every human being grows more urgent.With over one million innocent children dying from abortion each year, the plague of abortion remains embedded in our culture. It is encouraging to see the continuing decline nationwide in the number and rate of abortions—due in large part to fewer teens becoming sexually active, and to growing recognition of the humanity of the unborn child. Yet the loss of even one child, and the pain experienced by the child’s mother and father in the aftermath of abortion, should impel us to redouble our efforts to end legal abortion, and to ensure that every pregnant woman has whatever help she needs to turn away from this heartbreaking choice.For those the pro-life community could not reach and assist before they underwent an abortion, the Catholic Church throughout the United States offers compassionate, confidential counseling through its Project Rachel ministry. In contacting Project Rachel, no one need fear that they will encounter anything less than a reflection of God’s love and mercy and His constant offer of forgiveness and healing.In many areas of public policy, the rift continues to widen between the moral principles expressed by a majority of Americans and the actions of government. For example, Americans oppose public funding of abortion by wide margins, with 67% opposing federal funding of abortion in health care in one recent poll. In early 2009, Catholics and others sent over 33 million postcards, and countless e-mails and letters to Members of Congress, urging them to “retain laws against federal funding and promotion of abortion.”Yet in March of this year, Congress passed a health care reform law that allows for federal funding of abortion in some programs and could pressure millions of Americans to help subsidize other people’s abortions through their health care premiums. Ensuring that health care reform will meet the urgent needs for which it has been proposed, and is not misused to promote abortion or to trample on rights of conscience, will be an urgent task in the coming year.Defenseless human life is also placed at risk today in the name of science, when researchers seek to destroy human life at its embryonic stage for stem cell research—and demand the use of all Americans’ tax dollars to support this agenda. In a recent poll commissioned by the Catholic bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, 57 percent of respondents favored funding only stem cell research avenues that do not harm the donor, using stem cells from cord blood, placentas, and other “adult” tissues; only 21 percent favor funding all stem cell research, including research that requires killing embryonic human beings. Yet the current Administration issued guidelines last year to fund human embryonic stem cell research, and some in Congress are preparing legislation to ensure continued funding despite a federal court’s finding that these guidelines may violate the law.At the other end of life, seriously ill patients are again under threat from a renewed campaign for legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Instead of addressing these patients’ real problems by providing love, support and relief of suffering, this agenda urges us to eliminate the patient as though he or she is the problem. Marching under the false banner of “compassion” and “choice,” it raises the fearsome prospect of a future in which the only “choice” cheerfully granted to our most vulnerable patients is a lethal overdose of drugs.Becoming a voice for the child in the womb, and for the embryonic human being at risk of becoming a mere object of research, and for the neglected sick and elderly is one of many ways we can teach our fellow citizens that “The Measure of Love is to Love Without Measure.” While critics want to portray the Church’s witness as a narrow and negative ideology, it is just the opposite: A positive vision of the dignity of each and every human being without exception, each loved equally by God and so equally deserving of our love and our nation’s respect.Because we are created in the image of God, who is Love, our identity and vocation is to love sacrificially for the sake of others. Pope Benedict XVI has called this “the key to [our] entire existence.” In a homily during his recent visit to the United Kingdom, Pope Benedict reminded us that “our hearts can easily be hardened by selfishness, envy and pride,” and that “pure and generous love is the fruit of a daily decision.” Every day, he reminded us, “we have to choose to love.” In our homes, schools, workplaces, and in public, if we constantly witness to the inestimable worth and dignity of each human life through a loving concern for the good of others, if we allow the dignity of every human life to guide the decisions we make as voters and public policy advocates, we can surely succeed in creating a more just and humane society.Our efforts, of course, must always be undergirded with prayer—the silent space for personal daily prayer that allows us to hear God’s voice deep in our hearts, and communal prayer that asks God to transform our culture into one that welcomes every human person.Recently Pope Benedict made an unprecedented request for such prayer, by asking that Catholic bishops throughout the world, and all parishes and religious communities, observe a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on the evening of Saturday, November 27, 2010. The U.S. bishops’ offices for pro-life activities and for divine worship will be working together to provide worship aids to assist pastors in planning these vigil services.Speaking for the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, I heartily encourage all Catholics, whether at home or traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays, to take part in this special prayer, whose purpose according to the Holy See is to “thank the Lord for his total self-giving to the world and for his Incarnation which gave every human life its real worth and dignity,” and to “invoke the Lord’s protection over every human being called into existence.”May God bless all who work tirelessly to build a culture of respect for every human life, from conception to natural death. http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-169.shtml
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EUROPE: GERMANY: OBERAMMAGAU PLAY BRINGS MANY VISITORS
Independent Cath. News report: The small Bavarian village of Oberammergau has once again been packed with visitors all summer, coming to see the famous Passion Play, which concludes this week. Performed every ten years since the seventeenth century, the play still includes much of the original script and music, but this year includes much that is new. Peter Scally SJ attended a performance and spoke afterwards to Otto Huber, the play’s Director of Drama.Read and listen to the interview on Thinking Faith, at: http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20100928_1.htm
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=16810
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AFRICA: BURUNDI: DOZENS OF CADAVERS DISCOVERED
Agenzia Fides REPORT– "It is a worrying situation that threatens to bring us back to the dark years of civil war," Fides was told by a source from the Church in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. For security reasons, the source wished to remain anonymous. A series of murders in some parts of the country is causing dismay among the population. In recent weeks, mutilated bodies of dozens of people were found along the Rusizi River, in the western part of the country. The area was the stronghold of the National Liberation Forces (FNL), the last guerrilla group to sign a peace agreement with the State in 2005."The government says that these violent acts are perpetrated by bandits, because the murders are accompanied by theft of livestock and destruction of crops, but the population knows from such actions that it must be a group of rebels," says our source.Between May and July, local presidential and legislative elections were held in Burundi. The elections were marked by attacks and the boycott of a dozen opposition parties, who accused the party of President Pierre Nkurunziza of fraudulent elections on May 24. Nkurunziza was elected head of state in the elections of June 28."I fear that the exclusion of various parties from the normal electoral competition has led the most radical opposition groups to resort to violence. After the elections, the bishops had declared that, as far as they could tell, through the Church's election observers, the elections had been regular, but urged the majority to seek dialogue with the opposition which had boycotted the vote," recalls our source.Agathon Rwasa, former head of the FNL, has appealed to the UN Secretary General to intervene to prevent Burundi from sinking back into civil war.Meanwhile, in the east a series of fires are threatening the ecosystem. In Cankuzo and in the Ruvuvu Park, the fire has destroyed entire hills. The fires are caused by severe drought but also by the negligence of man. "They are farmers who, in search of new pastures, burn the forest to make the grass grow back more quickly," says the source of Fides. Farmers have resorted to doing so, in part due to the fact that the army has closed some traditional areas of pasture, for use in military exercises for troops to be sent on peacekeeping missions abroad.http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=27503&lan=eng
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ASIA: CHINA: PRAYER RALLY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
UCAN report:A Hong Kong Church commission says it will hold a rally to pray for religious freedom in mainland China even though its request to use a public playground has been turned down.The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) had applied to the Leisure and Cultural Service Department (LCSD) to use the Lockhart Road Playground as the starting point for its outdoor Way of the Cross, said JPC project officer Or Yan-yan.The event, to be held on Oct. 16, a public holiday, is to pray for religious freedom in China and the release of detained clergy there.The JPC received confirmation from the LCSD on Sept. 21 that the playground would be available and the officer even reminded them to buy insurance for the activity.However, on Sept. 27, the LCSD said the request was rejected as the activity was “politically sensitive,” said Or.After a local newspaper queried LCSD about the matter, Or said she received another call from the department saying that groups intending to use the playground for recreation are given priority.“We strongly protest such an act of self-censorship,” Or said. The JPC has written to the LCSD for a formal explanation but has received no reply so far, she added.Or said the commission will stick to its plan for the rally as the police have approved the rally route and will cordon off several streets.The Way of the Cross will start at the playground and seven of its stations will be at public places such as the High Court, the Court of Final Appeal and government headquarters.Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong, is scheduled to speak at a prayer meeting after the Way of the Cross ends at a Catholic school.The government department’s rejection of the commission’s request is apparently not an isolated case, said Or.In June, another government department confiscated two statues dedicated to victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Incident, which were erected outside a shopping mall.
http://www.ucanews.com/2010/09/29/church-group-defies-govt-objection-to-rally-site/
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AUSTRALIA: GILLARD AND ABBOTT SEND DELEGATIONS TO VATICAN FOR CANONISATION
Cath News report: The Federal Government and Opposition have agreed on sending a delegation to Rome for Mary MacKillop's canonisation - led by former PM Kevin Rudd, and including a Labor senator, and a Coalition MP and senator.The Australian calls it "another miracle in the name of Mary MacKillop" that both leaders have set aside differences on the matter of overseas travel.The report said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's office said there "were no plans" for her to go to Rome on October 17, which is the day before parliament resumes.A spokeswoman for Mr Abbott said the Liberal leader - who told his partyroom yesterday he intended to be in parliament for all votes - was not going to Rome but the delegation would have a Coalition representative.
http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=23451
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TODAY'S SAINT: SEPT. 28: ST. WENCESLAUS, D. 935
St. WenceslausDUKE, MARTYR, AND PATRON OF BOHEMIAFeast: September 28Information:Feast Day:September 28Born:903, Prague, BohemiaDied:September 28, 935, StarĂ¡ Boleslav, BohemiaMajor Shrine:St Vitus Cathedral, PraguePatron of:Bohemia, Czech Republic, PragueDuke, martyr, and patron of Bohemia, born probably 903; died at Alt-Bunzlau, 28 September, 935.His parents were Duke Wratislaw, a Christian, and Dragomir, a heathen. He received a good Christian education from his grandmother (St. Ludmilla) and at Budweis. After the death of Wratislaw, Dragomir, acting as regent, opposed Christianity, and Wenceslaus, being urged by the people, took the reins of government. He placed his duchy under the protection of Germany, introduced German priests, and favoured the Latin rite instead of the old Slavic, which had gone into disuse in many places for want of priests. Wenceslaus had taken the vow of virginity and was known for his virtues. The Emperor Otto I conferred on him the regal dignity and title. For religious and national motives, and at the instigation of Dragomir, Wenceslaus was murdered by his brother Boleslaw. The body, hacked to pieces, was buried at the place of murder, but three years later Boleslaw, having repented of his deed, ordered its translation to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague. The gathering of his relics is noted in the calendars on 27 June, their translation on 4 March; his feast is celebrated on 28 September.
SOURCE http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/W/stwenceslaus.asp
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TODAY'S GOSPEL: TUES. SEPT. 28, 2010
Luke 9: 51 - 5651When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.52And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him;53but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.54And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?"55But he turned and rebuked them.56And they went on to another village
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