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Monday, October 25, 2010

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SUN. OCT. 24, 2010


CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SUN. OCT. 24, 2010: HEADLINES-












VATICAN: POPE: MASS FOR END OF SYNOD AND OTHER EVENTES

WE MUST NEVER RESIGN OURSELVES TO THE ABSENCE OF PEACE VATICAN CITY, 24 OCT 2010 (VIS REPORT) - At 9.30 a.m. today in St. Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI presided at the celebration of the Eucharist to mark the closure of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, which has been held in the Vatican for the past fortnight on the theme: "The Catholic Church in the Middle East. Communion and Witness. Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul". The Pope concelebrated Mass with 177 Synod Fathers (nineteen cardinals, nine patriarchs, seventy-two archbishops, sixty-seven bishops and ten priests) and sixty-nine collaborators. Participating in the Eucharistic prayer were His Beatitude Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon, president delegate "ad honorem"; His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Iraq, president delegate "ad honorem"; Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, president delegate; His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians, Lebanon, president delegate; His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt, relator general; Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus of the Maronites, Cyprus, special secretary. In his homily, the Holy Father noted how today's first reading and responsorial psalm "stress the theme of prayer, emphasising that it is much more powerful in God's heart when those who pray suffer want and affliction. ... Our thoughts go to our many brothers and sisters who live in the region of the Middle East and who find themselves in trying situations, at times very burdensome, both because of material poverty and because of discouragement, tension and, sometimes, fear. "Today", Benedict XVI added, "the Word of God also offers us a light of consoling hope where it presents prayer, personified, that 'will not desist until the Most High responds and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgement'. This link between prayer and justice makes us think of many situations in the world, particularly in the Middle East. The cry of the poor and the oppressed finds an immediate echo in God, Who desires to intervene to create a way out, to restore a future of freedom, a horizon of hope". "The synodal assembly which concludes today always kept in mind the icon of the first Christian community described in the Acts of the Apostles: 'The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul'. This is a reality we experienced over these days, in which we shared the joys and pains, the concerns and hopes of Christians in the Middle East. We experienced the unity of the Church in the variety of Churches present in that region. ... Thus have we enhanced the liturgical, spiritual and theological wealth of the Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as of the Latin Church. ... We hope that this positive experience may be repeated in the various communities of the Middle East, encouraging the participation of the faithful in liturgical celebrations of other Catholic rites, thus opening themselves to the dimensions of the universal Church. "Joint prayer also helped us to face the challenges of the Catholic Church in the Middle East. One of these challenges is communion within each 'sui iuris' Church, as well as the relationships between the various Catholic Churches of different traditions. As today's Gospel reminded us, we need humility in order to recognise our limitations, our errors and omissions, in order to be able to be truly 'united, heart and soul' Fuller communion within the Catholic Church also favours ecumenical dialogue with other Churches and ecclesial communities. During this synodal assembly the Catholic Church has reiterated its profound desire to pursue such dialogue". "The words of the Lord Jesus may be applied to Christians in the Middle East: 'There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom'. Indeed, even if they are few, they are bearers of the Good News of the love of God for man, love which revealed itself in the Holy Land in the person of Jesus Christ. This Word of salvation, strengthened with the grace of the Sacraments, resounds with particular strength in the places where, by Divine Providence, it was written. It is the only Word able to break the vicious circle of vengeance, hate, and violence. From a purified heart, at peace with God and neighbour, arise intentions and initiatives for peace at the local, national, and international level. In these actions, to whose accomplishment the whole international community is called, Christians as full-fledged citizens can and must do their part in the spirit of the Beatitudes, becoming builders of peace and apostles of reconciliation for the benefit of all society". The Pope continued: "Conflicts, wars, violence and terrorism have gone on for too long in the Middle East. Peace, which is a gift of God, is also the result of the efforts of men of goodwill, of national and international institutions, in particular of the States most involved in the search for a solution to conflicts. We must never resign ourselves to the absence of peace. Peace is possible. Peace is urgent. Peace is the indispensable condition for a life of dignity for individuals and society. Peace is also the best remedy to avoid emigration from the Middle East". Another contribution Christians can make to society is to promote "authentic freedom of religion and conscience, one of the fundamental human rights that each State should always respect. In numerous countries of the Middle East there exists freedom of belief, while the space given to the freedom of religious practice is often quite limited. Increasing this space of freedom is essential in order to guarantee that all members of the various religious communities may enjoy the true freedom to live and profess their faith. This topic could become the subject of dialogue between Christians and Muslims, a dialogue whose urgency and usefulness was reiterated by the Synod Fathers". At the end of his homily, the Holy Father recalled how the synodal assembly "often underlined the need to present the Gospel anew to people who do not know it well or who have even moved away from the Church. Frequent mention was made of the need for a new evangelisation in the Middle East. ... For this reason, having consulted with the episcopacy of the whole world and listened to the Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, I have decided to dedicate the next Ordinary General Assembly, in 2012, to the following theme: 'Nova evangelizatio ad christianam fidem tradendam - The new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian faith'". And the Pope concluded: "Dear brothers and sisters of the Middle East! May the experience of these days assure you that you are never alone, that you are always accompanied by the Holy See and the whole Church, which, having been born in Jerusalem, spread through the Middle East and then the rest of the world".HML/ VIS 20101025 (1190)IMAGE SOURCE - RADIO VATICANA IMAGE



FOURTEENTH GENERAL CONGREGATION VATICAN CITY, 23 OCT 2010 (VIS) - During today's Fourteenth General Congregation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, held this morning in the presence of the Pope and 162 Synod Fathers, the final list of propositions was presented and voted upon. Subsequently the names of the members of the Special Council for the Middle East of the Secretariat General of the Synod of Bishops were announced. They are: - Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. - Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. - His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt. - His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians, Lebanon. - His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, patriarch emeritus of Jerusalem of the Latins. - Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros M.S.S.P. of Newton of the Greek-Melkites, U.S.A. - Archbishop Boutros Marayati of Aleppo of the Armenians, Syria. - Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus of the Maronites, Cyprus. - Bishop Bechara Rai O.M.M. of Jbeil, Byblos of the Maronites, Lebanon. - Bishop Antoine Audo S.J. of Aleppo of the Chaldeans, Syria. - Bishop Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary of Babylonia of the Chaldeans, Iraq.SE/ VIS 20101025 (210)



SYNOD PRESENTS FORTY-FOUR PROPOSITIONS TO THE HOLY FATHER VATICAN CITY, 23 OCT 2010 (VIS) - The working sessions of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops concluded this morning with the approval of forty-four propositions which the Synod Fathers have presented to Benedict XVI. By order of the Pope, a provisional and unofficial version of the propositions has been made public by the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops. The propositions are given to the Holy Father for him to consider while preparing the Apostolic Exhortation, the official closing document of a Synod. The propositions are divided into three sections: The Christian Presence in the Middle East, Ecclesial Communion, and Christian Witnesses of the Resurrection and Love. The Synod Fathers recall how "in a world marked by division and extreme positions, we are called to live communion in the Church, remaining open to everyone and avoiding the trap of confessionalism". They also note that "the attention of the whole world should be focused on the tragic situation of certain Christian communities in the Middle East which suffer all manner of trials sometimes even to the point of martyrdom". On the subject of migration, they suggest creating "an office or commission entrusted with the study of the phenomenon ... and the factors behind it, so as to find ways of stopping it", and doing everything possible "to boost the presence of Christians in their own countries of origin". "To better welcome and guide immigrants to the Middle East", reads another proposition, "their Churches of origin are asked to maintain regular contact with the host Churches, assisting them to set up the structures the immigrants need". The section dedicated to the subject of ecclesial communion speaks of communion in the bosom of the Church and calls for greater pastoral care of vocations. It is also suggested that greater use be made "of the Arabic language in the major institutions of the Holy See and official meetings, so that Christians of Arab culture have access to information from the Holy See in their mother tongue". "With a view to the pastoral service of our faithful, wherever they are to be found, and to respect the traditions of the Eastern Churches", reads another proposition "it would be desirable to study the possibility of having married priests outside the patriarchal territory". The proposition dedicated to the question of ecumenism suggests "working for a common date for the celebrations of Christmas and Easter", and expresses the desire "to inaugurate an annual feast in common for all the martyrs of the Churches of the Middle East". In the section dedicated to Christian Witness, the Synod Fathers suggest "the creation of catechetical centres where they are lacking" and highlight the vital importance of "ongoing formation and collaboration between the different Churches at the level of the laity, seminaries and universities". Reiterating the importance of the communications media "for Christian formation in the Middle East, as well as for the proclamation of the faith", the Synod Fathers advocate "the aid and maintenance of the existing structures in this area". On the question of the family, they stress the need "to make better provisions in centres for marriage preparation, counselling and guidance centres, and in the spiritual and human guidance of young families. ... Child bearing and the good education of children should be encouraged. The practice of home visiting by pastors should be revived", they write. The Synod Fathers "commit themselves to ensure young people have the spiritual and theological formation they need" and "to build with them bridges of dialogue so as to bring down the walls of division and separation in societies". Inter-religious dialogue must be strengthened so as "to strive for the purification of memory through forgiveness for the events of the past, and to seek a better future together". "Initiatives of dialogue and co-operation with Jews are to be encouraged so as to foster human and religious values, freedom, justice, peace and fraternity. Reading the Old Testament and getting to know Jewish traditions lead to a better understanding of the Jewish religion. We reject anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism, while distinguishing between religion and politics", the Synod Fathers say. On the subject of relations with Muslims, the Synod Fathers highlight the importance of promoting "the notion of citizenship, the dignity of the human person, equal rights and duties and religious freedom, including both freedom of worship and freedom of conscience". They note how "Christians in the Middle East are called to pursue a fruitful dialogue of life with Muslims, ... leaving every negative prejudice aside, ... and together combating every sort of fundamentalism and violence in the name of religion".SE/ VIS 20101025 (780)



THE TASK OF THE MISSION IS TO TRANSFIGURE THE WORLD VATICAN CITY, 24 OCT 2010 (VIS) - Following this morning's concelebration of the Eucharist to mark the end of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, Benedict XVI appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. Referring once again to the theme of the synodal assembly - "The Catholic Church in the Middle East. Communion and Witness" - the Pope noted how today also marks World Mission Day, which has as its theme: "Building Ecclesial Communion is the Key to the Mission". "There is", he explained, "a surprising similarity between the themes of these two ecclesial events. Both invite us to see the Church as a mystery of communion which, by her nature, is destined for all of man and for all mankind. ... For this reason the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, due to be held in 2012, will be dedicated to the theme: 'The new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian faith'. At any time and in any place - also in the Middle East today - the Church is present and works to welcome each human being and offer him Christ, the fullness of life". "In today's liturgy", the Pope went on, "we read St. Paul's testimony concerning the final reward the Lord will give 'to all who have longed for his appearance'. This is not a passive or solitary period of waiting; quite the contrary, the apostle lived in communion with the risen Christ, so that 'the message might be fully proclaimed' and that 'all the Gentiles might hear it'. The missionary task is not to revolutionise the world but to transfigure it, drawing strength from Jesus Christ". "Christians today, as the Epistle to Diognetus says, also 'show that life is wonderful, and that their shared life is extraordinary. They spend their time on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They obey established laws, but with their lives they surpass those laws. They are killed and thereby they are given life. Even when they do good they are persecuted and every day their numbers grow'. "To the Virgin Mary, who from the crucified Christ received the new mission of being Mother to all those who wish to believe in Him and follow Him, we entrust the Christian communities of the Middle East and all missionaries of the Gospel".ANG/ VIS 20101025 (420)



OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY, 23 OCT 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father: - Appointed as members of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, archbishop of Mexico, Mexico, and Cardinal Francis Eugene George O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago, U.S.A. - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the territorial abbey of Santissima Trinita di Cava de' Tirreni, Italy, presented by Dom Benedetto Maria Chianetta O.S.B., in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. - Appointed Bishop John G. Noonan, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Miami, U.S.A., as bishop of Orlando (area 28,814, population 4,002,000, Catholics 400,923, priests 253, permanent deacons 172, religious 181), U.S.A.NA:RE:NER/ VIS 20101025 (130)
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ASIA: PAKISTAN: BOMB AT SUFI SHRINE KILLS 8
AsiaNews / Agencies REPORT – Two men on a motorcycle placed a bomb near the entrance of a Sufi shrine. Islamic extremists increasingly targeting Muslim groups judged to be "heretical."Eight people are dead and dozens injured in Pakistan after an attack targeting a famous Sufi shrine in the Punjab province. The attack was carried out by two men on a motorcycle, near the main entrance of the temple of Farid Shakar Ganj, said Mohammad Kashif, chief of police. The blast also damaged several shops surrounding the temple, the shrine itself has suffered slight damage.The followers of the Sufism are often the victims of Islamic extremists, who do not tolerate their mystical practices, judging them heretical. The death toll is likely to grow, Dawn News initially reported four deaths, while the Samaa TV reported eight people, including four women. There are many wounded.The blast partially damaged the place of worship dedicated to a Sufi saint, Hzrat Baba Farid, located in the city of Pakpattan, about 190 kilometers from Lahore. According to preliminary reports, the explosive was hidden in a can of milk left in front of two men on a motorcycle. The survivors claim that the bomb blew up five or six minutes after the departure of the two assailants. Recently, Sunni Muslim fundamentalist groups linked to al-Qaida have stepped up attacks against Islamic groups they consider “heretics'', among which the Sufi monority. Last July, about 40 worshipers were killed by two suicide bombers who entered the shrine of Data Ganj Baksh, a famous place of worship in Lahore. In early October, at least eight people died in another suicide bombing at a Sufi religious site in the city southern port of Karachi.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bomb-at-a-Sufi-shrine-in-Punjab:-At-least-eight-dead-19807.html
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EUROPE: ENGLAND: ROSARY PROCESSION THROUGH LONDON

IND. CATH. REPORT: Exactly a month after the arrival of the Holy Father in Britain, the Jubilee Crusade once again took religion into the public square last Saturday. The 25th procession through London was led this year by the Abbot of Farnborough, Dom Cuthbert Brogan, OSB, assisted by Abbot Philip Lawrence of the Abbey of Christ in the Desert, New Mexico and Prior Christian of the same monastery. There were also two 25 year-old junior professed monks from Farnborough Abbey, two priests from the Fraternity of St Peter, a couple of Southwark priests, six members of the Order of Malta, two Knights of Our Lady, six Brothers of the Little Oratory and assorted clergy servers and flower girls all ably marshaled by the Crusade MC, Gordon Dimon. The Crusade began with three cheers for Pope Benedict before the Abbot of Farnborough intoned the Credo to begin the praying of the Holy Rosary. Through the busy streets of Westminster, Knightsbridge and Kensington, a vast throng of over 2,000 Faithful made quite an impact on the crowds of shoppers. The Crusade began in brilliant sunshine beside Westminster Cathedral and made its way to Brompton Oratory with its new chapel to Blessed John Henry Newman. Hymns to our Lady charmed the shoppers on fashionable Sloane Street, Knightsbridge and Brompton Road. As we passed Knightsbridge Underground Station, a well dressed young man asked leave to join the procession. The members of the Catholic Police Guild, led by Tony O’Brien, shouldered the bier carrying the statue of Our Lady of Fatima surrounded by a sea of flowers. The procession took a full hour to travel the mile and a half between the two great churches. As the procession entered Knightsbridge, a short rain shower tried to dampen enthusiasm, but the Lourdes hymn kept spirits high and many of the pilgrims waived their hymn books in imitation of the handkerchiefs waived during the processions at Fatima. Our Lady was met at the door of the Oratory by Fr Ronald Creighton-Jobe, chaplain to the Crusade, along with a team of more Brothers of the Little Oratory. The servers, flower girls, Brothers of the Little Oratory, Knights of Malta, Knights of Our Lady, clergy and the statue waited outside the Church while the Faithful found seats inside, if they could—the vast Church was packed. Then a grand procession made its way to the Sanctuary while 2000 voices sang the beautiful hymn, Hail Queen of Heaven. The procession might be over, but the praying wasn’t – many hymns, prayers, a reading from the Apocalypse and a fine sermon from the Abbot of Farnborough was crowned by Solemn Pontifical Benediction given by the Abbot. The Faber hymn, Faith of Our Fathers ended the Crusade proper which was followed by enrolment in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. A wonderful day!
http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=16975
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AUSTRALIA: EDUCATION EXPERTS DISCUSS CURRICULUM
Cath News report: A coalition of 13 peak education bodies, including Catholic teachers and principals, has criticised the national school curriculum, saying it lacks a rationale and is unclear in its aims.The Australian Curriculum Coalition, in a letter to all education ministers and their opposition counterparts, also said that the time allowed for its development is "unreasonably short", The Australian reports.The ACC said the courses, due to be taught in schools from next year, are not ready and have too much material, the report added.The volume of material in the current drafts means English, maths, science and history would take up the whole of the time available in the primary curriculum and much of the secondary curriculum, it says."This means there would be no flexibility: the documents are not only a complete curriculum but one which is too large to be realistically implemented."The ACC says the curriculum should comprise "core mandated elements rather than a complete curriculum" and make clear what is essential and what is optional.The coalition comprises organisations representing government, Catholic and independent teachers and principals, academics and researchers, and was formed this year.Speaking on behalf of the ACC, Jenny Lewis, chief executive officer of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, said the aim was to produce a world-class 21st-century curriculum, but there was no clear vision what that was."There's no vision of what do we want students to be able to attain. What does an Australian 21st-century curriculum look like? That whole discourse has not happened," she said.http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=23905
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AFRICA: ANGOLA: POPE'S ENVOY IN LUANDA FOR CONFERENCE
All Africa report: The special envoy of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Frank Rode, arrived in Luanda today for the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Conference of Religious Men and Women of Angola taking place on October 22-25.Addressing the press, Cardinal Rode, Prefect of the Office of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic, said to hold a word of encouragement from the Holy Father to the angolan people."Now that Angola is emerging from a war with the reconstruction on the horizon, the consecrated life has a say, which builds both materially and spiritually" - he said stating that reconstruction must be directed to education and health in a continent eyeing the future with hope.He said the conference is considering the Synod of african bishops held recently in Rome, Italy, under the motto "Reconciliation, Justice and Peace". http://allafrica.com/stories/201010250354.html
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AMERICA- GUYANA- DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED BY GOVERNMENT
Guyana's Parliament votes to abolish death penaltyAgenzia Fides REPORT – On October 14, 2010, Guyana's Parliament voted to abolish the death penalty for people convicted of murder. Lawyers for about 40 death row inmates have appealed to the officials to have the sentence of their clients revoked, after the vote in the National Assembly. "We are asking for them, in the light of what has been voted, to consider these prisoners and change their sentences, to bring them out from death row," Clarissa Riehl, spokeswoman for the opposition in legal affairs, told journalists. The assembly of 65 parliamentarians has decreed the death penalty for persons convicted for the murder of law enforcement officers, prison guards, and members of the judicial power.Riehl, who belongs to the opposition party, said that those who are waiting on death row for more than 10 years should have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment. "Give them a deadline or see how many years have been sentenced to death and give them a certain number of years of condemnation, and then let them out of prison," said Riehl. Several Western nations have called on the former British colony to abolish the death penalty permanently. The mandatory death penalty for crimes of murder and treason had been inherited from the court system in Britain upon Guyana's gain of independence in 1966. http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=27674&lan=eng
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TODAY'S SAINT: OCT. 24: ST. ANTHONY MARY CLARET
St. Anthony Mary ClaretCLARETIAN ARCHBISHOP AND FOUNDERFeast: October 24Information:Feast Day:October 24Born:December 23, 1807, SallentDied:October 24, 1870, FontfroideCanonized:May 7, 1950 by Pope Pius XIIPatron of:Textile Merchants, Weavers, Savings (taught the poor the importance of savings), Catholic press, Claretians Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.The founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anthony Mary Claret died in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide in France on this date in 1870. He was canonized in 1950 and listed in the Roman Calendar in 1960. Anthony was born at Salent in the Diocese of Vich in Catalonia, Spain, in the year in which Napoleon invaded Spain. He was trained for manual labor, since his father was a weaver, but in 1829 he entered the seminary at Vich. Ordained to the priesthood in 1835, he was assigned as pastor in his home parish. Later he went to Rome to work for the Propagation of the Faith. He also entered the novitiate of the Jesuits but had to leave because of ill health, so he returned to Spain and was assigned as pastor of a parish. His apostolate consisted of rural preaching, conferences for the clergy and publications (he wrote more than 150 books). Because of his successful apostolate he aroused the animosity of some of the clergy and as a result he left Catalonia for the Canary Islands (1848). After a year he returned to Catalonia and resumed his preaching apostolate.In 1849 Anthony gathered together five priests who formed the basis of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (popularly known as Claretians). At the suggestion of the Queen of Spain, Isabella II, Anthony was named archbishop of Santiago, Cuba (1850). For the next seven years he made pastoral visitations, preached against the slavery of the Negroes, and regularized numerous marriages. As a result of his activity he was frequently threatened with death and on one occasion an attempt was actually made on his life. In 1857 he was recalled to Spain as confessor to the queen. In this way he was able to exert some influence in the naming of bishops, set up a center of ecclesiastical studies at the Escorial, and work towards the recognition of religious orders in Spain. In 1869 he was in Rome, preparing for the First Vatican Council. He followed Isabella II into exile and at the insistence of the Spanish ambassador, was placed under house arrest in the Cistercian monastery at FontFroide, where he died at the age of 63. His remains were ultimately returned to Vich.SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/A/stanthonymaryclaret.asp
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TODAY'S MASS READINGS: SUN. OCT. 24- 30TH SUN. ORD. TIME/YEAR C
Sirach 35: 12 - 14, 16 - 1812Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; and do not trust to an unrighteous sacrifice; for the Lord is the judge, and with him is no partiality.13He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man; and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged.14He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless, nor the widow when she pours out her story.16He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and his prayer will reach to the clouds.17The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord; he will not desist until the Most High visits him, and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgment.18And the Lord will not delay, neither will he be patient with them, till he crushes the loins of the unmerciful and repays vengeance on the nations; till he takes away the multitude of the insolent, and breaks the scepters of the unrighteous;







Psalms 34: 2 - 3, 17 - 19, 232My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.3O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!17When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.19Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all.






2 Timothy 4: 6 - 8, 16 - 186For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.16At my first defense no one took my part; all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the message fully, that all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.18The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.







GOSPELLuke 18: 9 - 149He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others:10"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.12I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.'13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!'14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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