Thursday, October 7, 2010

CATHOLIC world NEWS: THURS. OCT. 7, 2010

TODAY'S GOSPEL: THURS. OCT. 7: Luke 1: 26 - 38 -

REAPPRAISING THE SPIRITUAL AND HUMAN HERITAGE OF CHILE VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS REPORT) - Benedict XVI today received the Letters of Credence of Fernando Zegers Santa Cruz, the new ambassador of Chile to the Holy See. He began his address to the diplomat by expressing his closeness to the Chilean people following February's earthquake, and he recalled "the immense efforts being made by the Chilean Catholic Church, many of whose communities were also badly affected by the quake, to help people most in need. ... Nor can I forget", he continued, "the miners of the Atacama region and their loved ones, for whom I continue to pray fervently". Going on then to observe that the new ambassador is beginning his mission in the year in which Chile celebrates the bicentenary of its independence, the Pope said: "Many are the fruits the Gospel has produced in that blessed land: abundant fruits of sanctity, charity, human promotion, and of constant striving for peace and coexistence". In this context he also recalled last year's celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship with Argentina which, "with pontifical mediation, put an end to that dispute in the southern hemisphere", he said. "That historical agreement", the Holy Father proceeded, "will remain for future generations as a shining example of the immense benefits that peace brings, and of the importance of preserving and encouraging the moral and religious values that constitute the most intimate fabric of a people's soul. We cannot hope to explain the triumph of this longing for peace, harmony and understanding without bearing in mind how deep the seed of the Gospel has taken root in the hearts of Chileans". "It is very important, and even more so in present circumstances in which so many challenges threaten cultural identity, to encourage, especially among the young, a healthy pride and a renewed appreciation and reappraisal for their faith, history, culture, traditions and artistic heritage, and for everything that constitutes the best and richest spiritual and human patrimony of Chile". At this point Benedict XVI also noted how, "although Church and State are independent and autonomous, each in its own field, they are both called to loyal and respectful collaboration in order to serve the personal and social vocation of the same people. In carrying out her specific mission to announce the good news of Jesus Christ, the Church seeks to respond to man's expectations and doubts, while at the same time drawing on those ethical and anthropological values and principles which are inscribed in the nature of human beings". "When the Church raises her voice on the great challenges and problems of the present time - such as wars, hunger, widespread extreme poverty, the defence of human life from conception until natural end, or the promotion of the family founded on marriage between a man and woman, primary educator of children - she is not acting out of special interest or of principles perceptible only to people who profess a particular religious faith. Respecting the rules of democratic coexistence, the Church does this for the good of all society, and in the name of values that everyone can share", the Holy Father concluded.CD/ VIS 20101007 (540) IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA

DAILY COMMITMENT TO FOLLOWING THE PATH OF TRUTH VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS) - At midday today the Holy Father received participants in a congress on the Catholic press promoted by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The congress has been taking place this week in Rome. Addressing the participants, who come from eighty-five different countries, the Pope referred to two specific aspects of the role of the Catholic press. On the one hand, he said, "there is the specific nature of the medium: the press; i.e., the written word and its importance and effectiveness in a society which has seen the burgeoning of dish antennae and satellites. ... On the other hand, the 'Catholic' connotation with all its attendant responsibility of remaining explicitly and substantially faithful, through daily commitment to following the path of truth. "Catholic journalists must seek the truth with impassioned minds and hearts", he added, "but also with the professionalism of competent workers equipped with adequate and efficient means". After then highlighting "the ever increasing importance of image in the world", Benedict XVI noted that, "although this undoubtedly has positive aspects, image can also become detached from reality and give rise to a virtual world. This has various consequences, the first of them being the risk of indifference towards what is real". "Moreover, the transmission of an event, be it happy or sad, can be presented as a mere spectacle and not as an occasion for reflection. ... These aspects ... invite us to consider the danger that the virtual world may distance us from the real world and not stimulate us to seek reality, to seek the truth". The Pope went on: "In this context, the Catholic press is called ... to give full expression to its potential and, day by day, to give the reasons for its indispensable mission. ... The Christian faith shares a fundamental structure with communication: the fact that the means and the message coincide. Indeed the Son of God, the Word incarnate, is, at one and the same time, the message of salvation and the means though which salvation is achieved. This is not a mere concept but a reality accessible to everyone". "The Word of God came to man and was handed down to us though a book: the Bible. The word remains the fundamental and, in a certain sense, the essential instrument of communication. It is used in various forms today, and even in our image-driven society' it still maintains all its value". "Christians cannot ignore the crisis of faith that has invested society, or simply hope that the heritage of values handed down over past centuries may continue to inspire and mould the future of the human family. The idea of living 'as if God does not exist' has revealed itself to be harmful. Rather, the world needs to live 'as if God does exist', ... otherwise all it produces is 'inhuman humanism'". Recalling then how people who work in the communications media must "always put God at the top of their scale of values", Benedict XVI concluded by affirming that the task of the Catholic press is "to help modern man to turn to Christ, the one Saviour, and to keep the flame of hope alight in the world, so as worthily to live today and adequately to build the future. For this reason I exhort you constantly to renew your personal choice for Christ, drawing on those spiritual resources which, though undervalued by the modern mentality, remain valuable, indeed, indispensable".AC/ VIS 20101007 (590)

CONGRESS MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF CODE OF EASTERN CANON LAW VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS) - This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present a forthcoming congress marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. The congress is due to take place on 8 and 9 October. Participating in today's press conference were Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Archbishop Cyril Vasil S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches; Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and Fr. Michael J. Kuchera, dean of the Faculty of Eastern Canon Law at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. In his remarks Archbishop Coccopalmerio explained how the congress is being organised by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts in collaboration with the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Pontifical Oriental Institute. The meeting, he said, will be divided into three sections each of which will deal with one of three major themes: the historical evolution of Eastern Canon Law, the legislative activity of the Eastern Churches, and the ecumenical aspects of Eastern Canon Law. The congress will be attended more than four hundred participants, including experts, canon lawyers, professors and students. Representatives from the Orthodox world will also be present, as will members of other Churches and of non-Christian confessions. The congress will come to an end on Saturday 9 October when the participants are due to be received in audience by the Holy Father.OP/ VIS 20101007 (270)

PREPARATORY MEETING FOR APOSTOLIC VISITATION TO IRELAND VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS) - At midday today the Holy See Press Office published the following English-language communique: "On 5 October the prefect and the secretary of the Congregation for Bishops and representatives from the Holy See held a preparatory meeting in Rome with the apostolic visitators named by the Holy Father for the Apostolic Visitation to the four metropolitan archdioceses of Ireland: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, archbishop emeritus of Westminster, England; Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston, U.S.A.; Archbishop Thomas C. Collins of Toronto, Canada, and Archbishop Terrence T. Prendergast S.J. of Ottawa, Canada. "Mindful of the tragic abuse of children that has taken place in Ireland, the participants discussed the particular aspects of this important Visitation. Pastoral in nature, the Visitation 'is intended to assist the local Church on her path of renewal' and is a sign of the Holy Father's desire, as the Successor of Peter, to offer his pastoral solicitude to the Church in Ireland. The visitators will give particular attention to victims of abuse and their families, but will also meet with and listen to a variety of people, including ecclesiastical authorities, lay faithful and those involved with the crucial work of safeguarding of children. "On 6 October, as had been previously planned, Cardinal Sean B. Brady, archbishop of Armagh, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly, and Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit together with the visitators and superiors from the Congregation for Bishops and the Secretariat of State. The meeting that followed, marked by fraternal warmth and mutual collaboration, summarised the discussions from the previous day and focused on the organisation of the Apostolic Visitation and the archdioceses involved. "All participants are hopeful that this significant endeavour will be an instrument of purification and healing for the Church in Ireland and help to restore the trust and hope of the faithful there".OP/ VIS 20101007 (340)

AUDIENCES VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences: - Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum". - Archbishop Ubaldo Ramon Santana Sequera F.M.I. of Maracaibo, Venezuela, president of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela, accompanied by Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Merida, first vice president; Archbishop Roberto Luckert Leon of Coro, second vice president; Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate, auxiliary of Caracas and secretary general of the episcopal conference; and by Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas.AP/ VIS 20101007 (100)

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father: - Appointed Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, as prefect of the same congregation. He succeeds Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M., whose resignation from the same office the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit. - Appointed Archbishop Robert Sarah, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum". He succeeds Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, whose resignation from the same office the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit. - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Manizales, Colombia, presented by Archbishop Fabio Betancur Tirado, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Gonzalo Restrepo Restrepo. Posted by JesusCaritasEst at 11:15 AM 0 comments

TOFC REPORT: Lift Up Your Hearts, is authored by Lakefield’s Alex Duketow: Catholic, husband, father, builder, former teacher, liturgical musician and, now, writer and founder of Treasures of the Church Press. (PICTURED WITH HIS FAMILY)Judged on externals alone this work is a winner. The sewn hardcover, red matte finish, ribbon marker, and book dimensions (7.5 in. x 9 in.) ensure that it is a pleasure to hold and will survive years of thumb-turning and soul-nourishing. Duketow introduces his work with a clear “Table of Contents,” a helpful “How to Use This Book” page, and an informative pie-graph illustrating “The Liturgical Year.” At end, he includes 13 Catholic prayers which have sustained the Faithful for centuries, from the “Morning Offering” and “Angel of God” prayers to the “Mysteries of the Rosary”. Bearing the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur one is assured of the book’s doctrinal and moral soundness.Of course, the title originates from the phrase, Lift up your hearts, which is part of the prayer immediately preceding the Preface to the great Eucharist Prayer. The aim of the book is to open up the mystery of the Holy Eucharist and help everyone live the Mass through the turning of the seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time) and those feasts which accent its rhythms (e.g. the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Baptism of our Lord, Ash Wednesday, Laetare Sunday, Good Friday, the Ascension, Pentecost, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity etc.).Lift Up Your Hearts seamlessly weaves an explanation of the parts, prayers, postures and ceremonials of the Mass into its illumination of the central feasts, weeks and seasons of the Liturgical Year. Thoughtful book design makes the message readily accessible. Every feast, week and part of the Mass is identically set forth: on the left hand page three, fulsome paragraphs describe and clarify; on the right hand page a colourful, eye-catching piece of religious art communicates the self-same Mystery by touching the senses. Everyday stories, episodes from the lives of the saints, citation of Sacred Scripture, insights, and questions that linger, enliven Duketow’s prose. By teaching the mind truth and touching the imagination with beauty, Lift Up Your Hearts gently schools the entire person in the Divine Liturgy and permits the reader, young or old, to enter into the Sacred Mystery from many directions and, ultimately, fall more deeply in love with Jesus in the Eucharist.Catholic saints, popes and councils, and our Lord Himself, have emphasized how vital the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is in order to live the life of the Kingdom and to plant seeds of immortality in the soul. By its capacity to touch theologian and first communicant alike, to support personal prayer and Catholic family spirituality, and to constitute a catechetical resource with diverse applications in such contexts as RCIA programs, study groups, and elementary and secondary schools (by students, teachers, principals, pastoral care workers, and chaplains), Lift Up Your Hearts contributes valuably to the mission of the Church. Hopefully this is the first of many such works by the author.
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Asia News report: The Catholic migrants are currently in the custody of their employers at the disposition of authorities. Saudi religious police (Muttawa) arrested them last October 1 for taking part in a Mass celebrated by a French priest. 150 other foreign Catholics were with them, whose fate remains unknown. Saudi authorities have conditionally released the Catholic Filipino migrant worker arrested on 1 October in Riyadh along with 11 other compatriots - released Oct. 3 -, while attending a Mass along with 150 foreigners celebrated by a French priest. At present, the 12 Filipinos have been entrusted to their employers and representatives of the embassy in Manila in Saudi Arabia are negotiating with the authorities for their repatriation. The fate of the others present at the Catholic mass remains unknown.According Exxedin H. Tago, charge d'affaires of the Philippines Embassy the 12 are not yet completely out of danger. "It is still unclear - he says - if their case was closed. They were accused of proselytizing and if the authorities deem them guilty they could return to jail”.Saudi Arabia forbids the construction of churches, and other non-Muslim temples, the wearing of religious symbols, or hanging of images in homes. The religious police (Muttawa) has tightened controls to impose these laws. Only rarely does the government allow the celebration of Mass in private. The availability of work, however, continues to attract migrants who put up with terrible working conditions, the risk of forced conversions and sexual abuse.In early September, a Filipino nurse employed at the Kharja Hospital died in hospital after being raped and left dying in the desert by her rapists. Two weeks later, again in Riyadh, three nurses in the National Guard Hospital were abducted and raped while returning from work and are now in serious condition. A total of 8 million foreigners live and work in the kingdom. According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) from 2007 to 2008, migration to the Middle East has seen an increase of 29.5%.
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IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT: The 26th Annual National Rosary Procession takes place on Saturday 16 October. Walkers will assemble outside Westminster Cathedral from 1.15 onwards. The procession, dedicated to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, carrying the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Brompton Oratory, will be led by Dom Cuthbert Brogan OSB, Abbot of St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough, and will leave at 1.45pm. Archbishop Vincent Nichols is patron of the procession. The Rosary will be prayed en-route. The will be scapular enrolment and Benediction at the Oratory about 5pm. The Sunday Vigil Mass will begun at 6pm.“You have seen Hell where the Souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the World Devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say is done, many Souls will be saved and there will be peace” Our Lady’s words to Lucia on 13 July 1917. For more information contact: Francis Carey (01494) 729223 or Mathias Menezes (020) 8764 0262 or 07950 384515
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Agenzia Fides REPORT -“I mourn the loss of that Muslim leader with whom I worked for peace,” Archbishop of Jos tells Fides “I was shocked by the death of the Emir Haruna Abdullahi of Wase, who was my friend and with whom we started a fruitful collaboration for peace between Christians and Muslims," Fides was told by Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama of Jos, capital of Plateau State, in north-central Nigeria, where in recent years there have been several ethnic and religious clashes.Archbishop Kaigama has sent Fides his memories of the Emir Abdullahi, who has died from an illness.“The Emir and I began our friendly association one afternoon when he was on his way from Kaduna and branched at my house to welcome me to Jos, upon my transfer from Jalingo Diocese in Taraba State to Jos as the new Archbishop,” writes Archbishop Kaigama.“He said he also wanted to appreciate my role in hosting displaced Muslims on our compound in the wake of the 2001 ethno/religious crisis. He intended a brief visit but we ended up spending close to two hours. We discovered that we had a mutual passion for peace and inter religious harmony.”The friendship and cooperation between the Emir Haruna Abdullahi and Archbishop Kaigama was crucial in appeasing hearts and promoting dialogue between different communities, especially after recurrent clashes that have also affected the area recently (see Fides 25/3/2010). After the crisis of Yelwa of 2004, which caused several deaths and thousands of displaced persons, a moment of prayer between Christians and Muslims was organized. “For the first time Christians and Muslims were able to meet face to face following the sad crisis that led to the destruction of lives and properties. It was a successful mission. Since that mission, I visited the Emir several times in his Wase palace and he was a regular visitor to my house in Jos. We issued several joint messages of peace and harmony and I believe that it was in recognition of this that the Chief Joshua Dariye Government constituted the Inter Religious Council for Peace and Harmony and appointed us to head it,” Archbishop Kaigama recalls.“Our friendship and work for peace was commended and encouraged by many Muslims and Christians to the extent that many would say the Emir and the Archbishop are inseparable when it comes to peace matters. However, some few did not believe that a genuine friendship was possible between a Muslim and a Christian leader. On our part, we didn’t need to provide any philosophical proof that our friendship was working well. I spent two full days in his house in Wase and he was such a gracious host, helping me to meet with the Christians of the area and made me very comfortable. He came regularly to Jos to visit me and we had long hours of chat. Throughout the crises in Plateau State we remained in constant contact sometimes on a daily basis, thanks to the mobile phone.”Archbishop Kaigama concludes by recalling his friend with these words: “Thank you for believing in me and for your trusting and loyal friendship. We prayed and agonized together on the best ways to avoid crises in Plateau State. Our struggles will not be in vain.”
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Cath News report:The musical based on the life of Mary MacKillop opened to a sell-out audience in Sydney on Friday.Australian soprano Joanna Cole led the mixed professional and amateur cast of the musical, MACKILLOP, which also includes veteran actor Donald McDonald (as Alexander MacKillop) and tenor Paul McLeod (Fr Tenison Woods).Fr James McCarthy, from the parish of Mosman, plays Bishop Sheil and Fr Bill Milsted of Surry Hills is a standout Pope Pius IX.It finishes in Sydney on Saturday, October 9 before travelling to Melbourne.
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Our Lady of the RosaryFeast: October 7Information:Feast Day:October 7Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church. A set of "proper" lessons in the second nocturn were conceded by Benedict XIII. Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank of a double of the second class and has added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary". On this feast, in every church in which the Rosary confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady. This has been called the "Portiuncula" of the Rosary.
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TODAY'S GOSPEL: THURS. OCT. 7: Luke 1: 26 - 38
Luke 1: 26 - 3826In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.28And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.30And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,33and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."34And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?"35And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.36And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.37For with God nothing will be impossible."38And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
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