Monday, October 25, 2010




PRESIDENT OF SEYCHELLES RECEIVED BY THE HOLY FATHER VATICAN CITY, 25 OCT 2010 (VIS REPORT) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique at midday today: "This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience James Alix Michel, president of the Republic of the Seychelles. 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. "Having expressed their contentment at the cordiality of bilateral relations, the two parties exchanged opinions on questions of mutual interest. In this context, attention focused particularly on commitment and collaboration for the promotion of human dignity, especially in fields of great social importance such as the family, education of the young and protection of the environment".OP/ VIS 20101025 (130)
AUDIENCES VATICAN CITY, 25 OCT 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences: - Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiberg im Breisgau, Germany, president of the German Episcopal Conference. - Participants in an international symposium on Erik Peterson.AP/
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Cath News report: More than a year since starting on a project of 32 works for the Church, artist Paul Newton describes it as the "most monumental in size and monumental of jobs" he has ever undertaken.Newton, who is from Dural west of Sydney, is on his way to completing a 2.25m by 1.7m canvas of Saint Mary MacKillop, reports the Hills Shire Times.Also featured in the painting are two school children, modelled by Newton's niece and nephew who "had fun getting dressed up" as poor children depicted in the scene of an early prayer meeting in The Rocks."This is just one of the really big paintings I have been working on to complete for the official opening of the Australia House chapel in Rome for early next year," he said."By the time of the opening I will have completed 10 out of the 32 works," he added, saying it would take him another 18 months to complete the rest.
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Asia News report: Case dates back to events that took place in May when police blocked the burial of a woman in the old parish cemetery, until then on government list of historic sites to be protected, but later billed for destruction, along with all the houses in the parish, to create a tourist center. The bishop spoke of "Hunting the faithful."Hanoi (AsiaNews) - Thousands of Catholics gathered yesterday at the Redemptorist monastery in Thai Ha, in Hanoi to pray and express their support for six parishioners of Dau who will be put in trial in two days time. The trial is seen as a new attempt by the judicial system to persecute those who refuse to see their rights to truth and justice trampled on.This can be evidently seen in the 16 page report of the Bureau of Investigation of Cam Le, Da Nang which according to the Vietnam Criminal Code, will serve as the basis for the indictments against six parishioners accused of "inciting riots, falsely accusing the government, disrespecting the nation, breaking and ridiculing the law, and instigating others to violate it".It all started earlier this year, with the local authorities' decision to demolish all the houses in the parish of Con Dau, created 135 years ago to build a tourist center, without offering a fair compensation or support for re-housing. The area includes the parish cemetery and covers an area of 10 hectares, about a mile from the church. For 135 years it has been the only burial place for the faithful and, in the past, it was among the historical sites protected by the government. Until March 10, when security agents have placed a sign at the entrance of the cemetery with the inscription "No burials in this area". When a parishioner went to protest, the head of the police sprayed tear gas in his face, causing him to pass out.On May 4, during the funeral procession for Mary Tan, 82, police intervened to prevent the burial in the cemetery. For almost an hour there were clashes (pictured) between 500 Catholics and agents, with many wounded and 59 people arrested. The coffin was taken to the family of the woman and was later cremated, against the wishes she had expressed, to be buried next to her husband and his family members, in the parish cemetery.On May 6, in a pastoral letter, Bishop of Da Nang, Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri, spoke of a ”manhunt” of the faithful by the police.In July, Nam Nguyen, a Catholic parish Con Dau, he died a few hours after being released by police. In the months leading up to his arrest and death he had been detained, threatened and beaten by officers.Nevertheless, state media have praised the officers for their forbearance and self-control, describing them as victims of an organized gang of parishioners, driven to violence by the six believers who are being tried.And finally, October 22, just days before the trial, two lawyers, Duong Ha and Cu Huy Ha Vu who on several occasions had expressed support for the cause of the six Catholic and had volunteered for their defense, were denied permission to defend them.,-deprived-of-their-homes-and-beaten-by-police-19810.html
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USCCB Delegation to Attend Opening of New Seminary in HavanaSeminary is first new religious construction in over 50 yearsCollection for Church in Latin America helped fund new seminaryWASHINGTON — A delegation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America will travel to Cuba November 3-6, 2010 to attend the opening of the new National Seminary located some 30 miles outside of Havana. The seminary is the first new religious construction in Cuba in more than 50 years. The delegation will be led by subcommittee member Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, and will also include Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Collections Office director for the Church Latin America, Thomas Quigley, counselor to the subcommittee, and local clergy from the Archdiocese of Miami. In addition to the inauguration of the seminary, the group will visit parishes and missions in Havana supported by the Collection for the Church in Latin America. The collection is taken up each year in dioceses across the United States. It supports pastoral projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The collection has supported projects all over Cuba, including the construction of the new seminary. The delegation will also visit the Diocese of Pinar del Rio.
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ALL AFRICA REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI this week announced the creation of 24 new cardinals, four from Africa.The four new princes from the Africa are: Cardinal-designate Medardo Joseph Mazombwe of Zambia 79, Cardinal-designate Antonios Naguib, 75, Cardinal-designate Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, 71 and Cardinal-designate Robert Sarah, 65.A consistory, the event in which new members formally enter the College of Cardinals, is set for November 20th in Rome. It will be the third consistory of Benedict's papacy, after previous editions in March 2006 and November 2007.Twenty of the new cardinals are under the age of 80, and thus eligible to vote for the next pope.Prior to this week's nominations, 102 of 179 living cardinals were electors. Benedict XVI is determined to honour the tradition, set by Pope Paul VI, of capping the number of cardinal-electors at 120.Four of today's new cardinals are considered "honorary" appointments, meaning cardinals already over the age of 80 and hence given the red hat largely to honour their service to the church.Cardinal-designate Medardo Joseph Mazombwe of ZambiaFor the first time in the history of Zambia, an indigenous Zambian becomes Cardinal The first and only cardinal in Zambia was the late Adam Cardinal Kozowiecki appointed by the late Pope John Paul II.Archbishop Medardo Mazombwe who recently celebrated 50 years as a priest, was born on 24 Sep 1931 at Chipata, Eastern Province. He was ordained a Catholic priest on 4th September 1960 and become Bishop of Chipata on 7 Feb 1971. Between 1996 and 2006, he was the Archbishop of Lusaka until his retirement in 2006.The cardinal elect and former Archbishop of Lusaka, has held several senior positions in the local and regional church, such as Zambia Episcopal President (1972 - 1975; 1988 - 1990 and 1999 - 2002), and as Chairman of the regional conferences under Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (A.M.E.C.E.A.) (1979 - 1986)He is an ardent campaigner who tirelessly advocated for Zambia's debt cancellation in the mid 80s, through the Jubilee movement campaign and is currently spearheading several new developmental projects in many parts of the country including the Mumpanshya area in Chongwe District.Cardinal-designate Laurent Monsengwo PasinyaCongolese Cardinal-designate Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, 71, is a biblical scholar and an activist on justice and peace issues.He is president of the Congolese bishops' conference and co-president of Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace organization.With the Vatican's blessing, in the 1990s he took an active role in mediating his country's political crisis and trying to guide the nation to a new democratic constitution. In 1991, he was elected president of the Sovereign National Conference; from 1992 to 1994 he served as president of the High Council of the Republic; and in1994-1995 he served as speaker of the country's transitional parliament.Born in Mongobele, he attended the minor seminary of the Inongo Diocese before entering the major seminary at Kabwe. Sent to Rome in 1960, he studied theology at the Pontifical Urbanian University and was ordained in Rome Dec. 21, 1963. From 1964 to 1970, he studied at Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute, earning a doctorate in biblical sciences.He was named auxiliary bishop of Inongo in 1980, auxiliary bishop of Kisangani in 1980 and archbishop of Kisangani in 1988. Pope Benedict XVI named him archbishop of Kinshasa in 2007.Cardinal-designate Antonios NaguibEgyptian Cardinal-designate Antonios Naguib, 75, is the Coptic Catholic patriarch of Alexandria and leader of a church that has about 163,000 members, mainly in Egypt. The patriarch was at the Vatican when Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be a cardinal because he was serving as the recording secretary of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East.Born in Samalout, Egypt, he studied at the Maadi seminary outside Cairo as well as at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome. Ordained to the priesthood in 1960, he served as a parish priest in Fikriyah, Egypt, for a year before returning to Rome to complete degrees in theology and in Scripture.He taught sacred Scripture at the Maadi seminary for 13 years and was elected bishop of Minya, Egypt, in 1977. He retired in 2002 and, according to the biography the Vatican press office released Oct. 20, he had "a period of rest" until he was elected patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in 2006. He currently serves as president of the assembly of the Catholic hierarchy of Egypt.Cardinal-designate Robert SarahCardinal-designate Robert Sarah, 65, retired archbishop of Conakry, Guinea, has been a member of the Roman Curia for several years, most of them as a leader in evangelization. Born in Ourous, Guinea, he was educated in seminaries in Guinea, France and Senegal. He earned a degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and another in Scripture from the Franciscan biblical institute in Jerusalem.He was ordained in 1969, after which he served as rector of the minor seminary of Kindia in his home country and was pastor at several local parishes. He was consecrated a bishop at the age of 34 and was at the time the youngest bishop in the world.In 2001, he was named secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the church's missionary agency, by Pope John Paul II. He was appointed president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Vatican's charity office, Oct. 7. The office coordinates Catholic charitable giving, distributes funds in the name of the pope and identifies Catholic projects that need special help.It has been a longstanding tradition of the Catholic Church to elevate certain outstanding bishops and archbishops to the position of cardinal. Fondly known as the "Princes of the Church", cardinals assist the Holy Father in the governance of the Church.Cardinals serve as papal advisors and hold positions of authority with the structure of the Catholic Church. Upon creation, a Cardinal automatically becomes a member of the College of Cardinals. The body or College of Cardinals is the one empowered to elect among itself someone to become Pope. Nevertheless however, on turning 80 a cardinal loses this right of election.
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St. GaudentiusBISHOPFeast: October 25Information:Feast Day:October 25Born:Brescia, ItalyDied:410Bishop of Brescia from about 387 until about 410; he was the successor of the writer on heresies, St. Philastrius. At the time of that saint's death Gaudentius was making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The people of Brescia bound themselves by an oath that they would accept no other bishop than Gaudentius; and St. Ambrose and other neighbouring prelates, in consequence, obliged him to return, though against his will. The Eastern bishops also threatened to refuse him Communion if he did not obey. We possess the discourse which he made before St. Ambrose and other bishops on the occasion of his consecration, in which he excuses, on the plea of obedience, his youth and his presumption in speaking. He had brought back with him from the East many precious relics of St. John Baptist and of the Apostles, and especially of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, relics of whom he had received at Caesarea in Cappadocia from nieces of St. Basil. These and other relics from Milan and elsewhere he deposited in a basilica which he named Concilium Sanctorum. His sermon on its dedication is extant. From a letter of St. Chrysostom (Ep. clxxxiv) to Gaudentius it may be gathered that the two saints had met at Antioch. When St. Chrysostom had been condemned to exile and had appealed to Pope Innocent and the West in 405, Gaudentius warmly took his part. An embassy to the Eastern Emperor Arcadius from his brother Honorius and from the pope, bearing letters frorn both and from Italian bishops, consisted of Gaudentius and two other bishops. The envoys were seized at Athens and sent to Constantinople, being three days on a ship without food. They were not admitted into the city, but were shut up in a fortress called Athyra, on the coast of Thrace. Their credentials were seized by force, so that the thumb of one of the bishops was broken, and they were offered a large sum of money if they would communicate with Atticus, who had supplanted St. Chrysostom. They were consoled by God, and St. Paul appeared to a deacon amongst them. They were eventually put on board an unseaworthy vessel, and it was said that the captain had orders to wreck them. However, they arrived safe at Lampsacus, where they took ship for Italy, and arrived in twenty days at Otranto. Their own account of their four months' adventures has been preserved to us by Palladius (Dialogus, 4). St. Chrysostom wrote them several grateful letters.We possess twenty-one genuine tractates by Gaudentius. The first ten are a series of Easter sermons, written down after delivery at the request of Benivolus, the chief of the Brescian nobility, who had been prevented by ill health from hearing them delivered. In the preface Gaudentius takes occasion to disown all unauthorized copies of his sermons published by shorthand writers. These pirated editions seem to have been known to Rufinus, who, in the dedication to St. Gaudentius of his translation of the pseudo-Clementine "Recognitions", praises the intellectual gifts of thne Bishop of Brescia, saying that even his extempore speaking is worthy of publication and of preservation by posterity. The style of Gaudentius is simple, and his matter is good. His body lies at Brescia in the Church of St. John Baptist, on the site of the Concilium Sanctorum. His figure is frequently seen in the altar-pieces of the great Brescian painters, Moretto, Savoldo, and Romanino. The best edition of his works is by Galeardi (Padua, 1720, and in P.L., XX). SOURCE
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TODAY'S GOSPEL: OCT. 25: Luke 13: 10 - 17
Luke 13: 10 - 1710Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.11And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.12And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity."13And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God.14But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day."15Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it?16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?"17As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
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