Friday, November 12, 2010




COMMUNIQUE AT BEGINNING OF APOSTOLIC VISITATION IN IRELAND VATICAN CITY, 12 NOV 2010 (VIS REPORT) - The Holy See Press Office today published the following English-language communique at the beginning of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland. "On 19 March 2010, following a meeting with the bishops of Ireland, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI issued a Pastoral Letter to the Catholics in Ireland. The Letter expressed his deep sorrow and regret regarding abuse perpetrated by priests and religious and the way in which such cases had been responded to in the past. It also called for an Apostolic Visitation of certain dioceses in Ireland, as well as seminaries and religious congregations. 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'. "In the months following the publication of the letter, preparatory meetings were held with the appointed Visitators, representatives from the Holy See, the Irish episcopate and the Conference of Religious Superiors of Ireland (CORI) in order to lay out a clear plan for the Visitation. "The Visitation will identify whether the mutual relationship of the various components of the local Church, seminaries and religious communities is now in place, in order to sustain them on the path of profound spiritual renewal already being pursued by the Church in Ireland. It also has the goal of verifying the effectiveness of the present processes used in responding to cases of abuse and of the current forms of assistance provided to the victims. It will not be an investigation into individual cases of abuse nor a trial to judge past events. The Visitators will have to identify the explicit problems which may require some assistance from the Holy See. The Visitation will in no way interfere with the ordinary activity of local magistrates, nor with the activity of the 'Commissions of Investigation' established by the Irish parliament nor with the work of any legislative authority which has competence in the area of prevention of abuse of minors. The Visitation does not seek to replace the legitimate authority of the local bishops or religious superiors, who maintain responsibility in the handling of cases of abuse. "It is important to remember that the Visitators are not expected to receive allegations of new or old cases of abuse. If any were to arise, such allegations must be reported to the respective ordinaries or major superiors who have the duty to inform the competent civil and ecclesiastical authorities, in conformity with the current civil and ecclesiastical laws". Regarding the Visitation of the Four Metropolitan Archdioceses "As previously announced, the Visitators of the four Irish metropolitan archdioceses will be: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor for Armagh; Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley O.F.M. Cap. for Dublin; Archbishop Thomas C. Collins for Cashel and Emly; Archbishop Terrence T. Prendergast S.J. for Tuam. The Visitators may bring with them some people, approved by the Congregation for Bishops, who can serve as assistants. "In respect of and in conformity with local civil law, the Visitators will make themselves available to meet with those who have been deeply wounded by abuse and who wish to be met and heard, beginning with the victims themselves and their families. They will be received in the same fatherly manner in which the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has on several occasions greeted and listened to those who have suffered the terrible crime of abuse. "The Visitators will monitor how well the guidelines of 'Safeguarding Children, Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland', commissioned and produced in February 2009 by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, are functioning and how they may be better implemented and improved. "The Visitators may also meet with the other bishops of the province, and they should listen to, besides the local ordinary, the vicar general, the episcopal vicars, the judges of the ecclesiastical tribunal, the chancellor and other officials of the Curia, members of the presbyteral councils, members of the College of Consultors and of pastoral councils and, above all, those responsible for the office of protection and prevention of abuse at the diocesan and parish level. Finally, Pastors and other priests, the lay faithful and individual men and women who wish to be received by the visiting prelates may request this in writing. The Visitators will meet people individually or as a family. "If possible, it is recommended that each archdiocese, embracing the penitential sentiments expressed by the Holy Father in his Letter, organise a penitential service or some other similar gathering in the presence of the Visitator with the approval of the local ordinary. This will correspond with the penitential activities already promoted by the Irish Episcopal Conference, which include prayer, fasting and almsgiving. "With the aim of ensuring confidentiality, all those who wish to write to the Visitators should address letters to them by name using the mailing address of the apostolic nunciature. "In order to facilitate access for those who would like to meet with them, the address of the respective Visitator will be communicated by the archdiocese. In co-ordination with each Visitator, their availability, the days they are already occupied and those still available for meetings with various people will be communicated". Regarding the Visitation to the Irish Seminaries "The Apostolic Visitator for Irish seminaries is Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York. He will be assisted by some clerics, approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education, whose main duty will be to help to conduct the one-to-one interviews with the seminarians. "Archbishop Dolan will visit five institutions: St. Patrick's College, Maynooth; the Pontifical Irish College, Rome; Saint Malachy's College, Belfast; All Hallows College, Dublin; Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin (this will be visited only in regard to its academic programmes). Prior to each Visitation, the Visitator will receive copies of all necessary documentation. Moreover, each staff member and student will be granted the possibility to express to the Visitator in a signed statement his opinion about the seminary. Such letters should be addressed to the Visitator using the mailing address of the apostolic nunciature. "The Visitator will examine all aspects of priestly formation. He, or his assistants, will conduct private interviews with all staff members, all seminarians and, where applicable, other parties normally involved in the life of the seminary. It is not his task to meet with victims of abuse who, as noted above, may be instead received by the Visitators of the four metropolitan archdioceses. Furthermore, each priest who has graduated from the seminary in the previous three years will be given the opportunity for a private interview. "In conducting his examination of each institution, the Visitator will follow the directives set out by the documents of the Holy See and of the local Church concerning priestly formation and the protection of minors". Regarding the Visitation to Religious Houses "Sr. Sharon Holland I.H.M., Fr. Robert Maloney C.M., Sr. Mairin McDonagh R.J.M. and Fr. Gero McLoughlin S.J. have been appointed to serve as Apostolic Visitators of those institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life with houses in Ireland. "The first phase of this Visitation will consist in responding to a questionnaire which seeks information regarding the involvement of institutes in cases of abuse, the responses offered to victims, and the compliance of the institute with the protocols contained in 'Safeguarding Children, Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland'. The questionnaire also seeks to ascertain how each community is dealing with the revelations and their consequences. Additionally it asks what is being done, in the light of past experiences, to assist members in their primary mission of radically witnessing to Christ's presence in the world. "The Visitators will meet afterwards to assess the responses to the questionnaire. They will then make recommendations to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life regarding the next steps to be taken in the Visitation process. "When the Apostolic Visitation is complete, the Visitators will submit their findings to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. After having carefully studied the report of the Visitators, the Congregation will determine what further steps should be taken to contribute to a revitalisation of consecrated life in Ireland". Conclusion "Given the delicate nature of the subject matter and out of respect for persons involved, the Visitators will exercise great discretion and will not grant interviews during the first phase of the Visitation. "The Congregations for Bishops, for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Catholic Education concur with the Secretariat of State that the first phase of the Visitation - the inquiry concerning the four metropolitan archdioceses, religious houses and seminaries - should be completed if possible by Easter 2011. At that time the Visitators should submit the results of their enquiries so that they can be studied during the month of May and a plan for moving forward can be discussed. Then the Holy See will announce, with a proper statement, the next steps that have to be taken. "When the Visitation is complete, the Holy See, after reviewing all the material submitted by the Visitators and offering suggestions for the spiritual renewal of the archdioceses, seminaries and religious houses, will issue a comprehensive summary of the results of the Visitation".OP/ VIS 20101112 (1570)

POPE MEETS WITH HEADS OF DICASTERIES OF ROMAN CURIA VATICAN CITY, 12 NOV 2010 (VIS) - Today at 10 a.m., in the Bologna Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Benedict XVI presided at a meeting of heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia..../ VIS 20101112 (50)

AUDIENCES VATICAN CITY, 12 NOV 2010 (VIS) - This evening the Holy Father is scheduled to receive in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.AP/ VIS 20101112 (40)

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY, 12 NOV 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta Pujasumarta of Bandung, Indonesia, as archbishop of Semarang (area 21,196, population 20,140,000, Catholics 406,271, priests 407, religious 771), Indonesia. The archbishop-elect was born in Solo, Indonesia in 1949, he was ordained a priest in 1977 and consecrated a bishop in 2008.
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Asia News report: The Pakistani Taliban immediately claim responsibility for the attack. Gunbattle ahead of explosion. The building targeted place were detained and interrogated members of Lashkari-e-Jhangvi and the Taliban. The Taliban threaten to strike the president's house.Karachi (AsiaNews) - At least 30 people were killed and 165 injured in a powerful explosion Tuesday evening in the city of Karachi, the economic capital in the south of the country.The explosion struck a Crime Investigation Department (CID)building, where at least six terrorists Lashkari-e-Jhangvi and the Taliban have been detained in the past. Lashkari-e-Jhangvi is the most dangerous and violent militant group in the country.The explosive, inside a truck, also destroyed other surrounding buildings, and according to initial estimates, at least 45 people are buried under the rubble. More than 10 policemen were killed, the blast was so powerful it produced a crater about 6 feet deep. The explosion also damaged a mosque, several government buildings and private houses, as well as 50 cars.Police sources say that before the explosion there was a gun battle between militants and security forces. The area where the attack took place is near the U.S. Consulate and several hotels frequented by Westerners.Rescue operations are underway. More than 40 injured were transported to Karachi Civil Hospital, others to Jinnah Hospital. According to doctors, many injured are in critical condition. The Pakistani Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened to target the house of the president.The attack last night was the second serious incident to have occurred in Karachi in six months. Earlier, a mosque was targeted. In the explosion a dozen people died and many more were injured.
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USCCB REPORT: Bishops Announce Framework for Rebuilding the Church in Haiti, Present Haitian Bishops’ New Building AgencyWASHINGTON (November 11, 2010) — At their Fall General Assembly, November 15-18, the U.S. bishops will receive an update on the situation in Haiti and the U.S. Catholic Church’s emergency relief efforts so far, as well as plans to aid long-term reconstruction, including rebuilding of Church structures. As it begins funding of Church reconstruction projects in Haiti, the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently adopted two documents that will help guide the work of the Subcommittee in this regard. The first document outlines the overall vision for Church collaboration and was issued by a gathering of bishops from around the world, including all Haitian diocesan bishops, Catholic Relief Services and other Church aid agencies during a meeting in Miami at the end of September. The gathering called for a comprehensive view of development. “We aim to build up every Haitian man and woman in his or her totality: physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually,” the Final Statement said. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of USCCB Haiti Advisory Group hosted the meeting. “The key element in moving forward is unity,” Wenski said. “That means we need to get on the same page, especially about how we’re going to rebuild.” The Advisory Group has been charged with distributing $33 million collected for Church needs from the Special Collection taken up in dioceses across the United States immediately after January’s earthquake. This amount represents 40 percent of the total amount collected which totaled $83 million. The remaining 60 percent of the funds were assigned to Catholic Relief Services for humanitarian relief and development work. “The generosity of American Catholics has been non-stop since the earthquake and we want to provide a mechanism that we can all use to help the Haitians rebuild in a reliable, transparent, accountable way,” said Archbishop Wenski. At the General Assembly, the U.S. bishops also will hear about the formation of a reconstruction and building unit, housed within the Haitian Conference of Catholic Bishops, called “PROCHE.” This entity was approved by the Haitian bishops also in September. A French and Creole word that means “close by,” PROCHE is also an acronym for Proximité Catholique avec Haïti et son Eglise (Catholic closeness with Haiti and her Church). Designed to serve as a central coordination point, PROCHE will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including affected Haitians, Church personnel, donors, engineers and others. It will support reconstruction priorities across dioceses, coordinate projects within dioceses, and ensure timely completion of projects built to international standards and within agreed-upon budgets. “In all my years of working with Haiti, I’ve never seen the type of collaboration between different parts of the Church as I’ve seen since the earthquake,” said Archbishop Wenski, who will brief the entire body of bishops on the global Church’s plans to rebuild church infrastructure during the November meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore. “I will ask the bishops to help motivate other Catholics interested in helping Haiti so that we can pool our talents and our treasure in favor of the Church in Haiti.” To assist in this process, the Haitian Bishops have also issued a document entitled Partners in Mission which contains a set of guidelines for groups and parishes engaged in “twinning” relationships between Haiti and the Church around the world. In the months ahead, Catholic Relief Services will assist the U.S. bishops in reaching out to dioceses, colleges and parishes in the United States to strengthen existing ties between the Church in the United States and the Church in Haiti. Both documents and other information about plans to help the Church in Haiti can be found at
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Agenzia Fides REPORT -“Necessary and urgent” need for commitment to ad gentes mission in younger Churches, e.g. Africa: SECAM/CCEE Seminar begins"Not only ourselves as bishops, but also priests, religious, and laity are all disciples that the Lord sends out today to go beyond their world to bring Jesus Christ to all people. Everyone has their own vocation, but we are all responsible for the mission of the Church." This is what was pointed out by Cardinal Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb and Vice-President of the CCEE (Council of European Bishops' Conferences), in his address at the opening of the Seminar on the theme: “New Situation of the Ad Gentes Mission. Exchanges of Priests and Pastoral Agents and Training Vocations” in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from November 10 -14, 2010. The event is organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM/SCEAM) and the CCEE (see Fides 5/11/2010).Having traced the history of the seminar, after the First Symposium CCEE/SECAM in 2004, Cardinal Bozanic illustrated the theme of this third symposium, recalling that "in times of great mobility of people, even Christians become migrants and often need to have priests with them who speak their language and are in their midst." Another aspect of the exchange of persons engaged in the mission of the Church is the theme of vocations: "Europe is losing, in so many places, the strength of its faith that once took thousands of missionaries around the world,” said the Cardinal. “Then we come knocking on the door of the most vibrant diocese in Africa for help. There are many African priests who live as missionaries in Europe. In addition to those living in Europe for studies." In this sense, he emphasized the need to "be careful that theology, as the study of faith, does not become an ideology and is always faithful to the doctrine of the Church, capable of interpreting the Word of God for people today." Thus, even Europeans go to Africa for various reasons, and "it would be good that they have a living faith, so as to share it with their African brothers in such a way that they return to Europe, as often happens, with a deeper faith and firmer and, therefore, more powerful hope."Cardinal Theodore Adrien Sarr, Archbishop of Dakar, First Vice-President of SECAM, in his Introduction, first expressed the joy "of offering African and Christian hospitality to participants in this third SECAM/CCEE seminar," and, referring to the theme of the seminar, which takes into consideration the people called "apostolic workers", "pastoral agents," he said, "We are aware that the mission, by divine will, cannot be achieved without the assistance of human beings. We especially want to consider their training and their vocation, this divine calling that is at the heart of their commitment to fulfilling the mission." The Second Vatican Council clearly affirmed the Church's missionary nature, and the work of this seminar will provide reasons for reflection. However, continued Cardinal Sarr, we reiterate now, "that the Church was, is, and will be missionary anytime, anywhere." “So too, even the younger churches, such as those in Africa, should cultivate a sense of mission and commitment,” reaffirmed the Cardinal. “The missionary activity that made their foundation possible, should continue in them for their growth in quantity and quality, for the maturing of the faith, and for the Christian life of their members. At the same time they must themselves become protagonists of the announcement of Jesus Christ and his Gospel to men and women who do not yet know him, in their own land and in other lands and foreign countries." Cardinal Sarr then mentioned the “necessary and urgent” need for commitment to the mission ad gentes and ad extra of the younger Churches, such as those of Africa, considering the situation of the older churches, such as those in Europe, who are facing the serious challenge of secularization and post-modernity.In a message sent to participants at the seminar, Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which was to be represented by its Secretary, Archbishop Robert Sarah, recently appointed President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, said that "the new situation of the Mission Ad Gentes is now a real priority and a true pastoral urgency. The question of exchange among apostolic workers, the problems of training and vocations, show an important necessity." The Cardinal also expressed the concern of the Missionary Congregation for the situation of several African priests who perform their ministry or are in Europe without the consent of their bishop, in the hope that concrete proposals emerge from the seminar to regulate this situation, as "the unity of the Church, the communion of the Church, is the condition for achieving the Mission." Insisting that "the Church cannot excuse herself from missionary activity...whose main task is to proclaim Christ," Cardinal Dias said that "human development, although an integral part of evangelization, cannot and should not in any way take priority over the primary mission of the Church or make her lose her essential meaning."
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CNA REPORT - The president of the International Association of Exorcists, Father Giancarlo Gramolazzo, died at the age of 65 on Nov. 8, after battling a long illness. The association was founded in 1990 by world famous exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth.Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole of L’Aquila, Italy celebrated the funeral Mass for Fr. Gramolazzo on Nov. 11 at the parish of All Saints in Rome. Family members, friends and fellow members of the Congregation of St. Luigi Orione were also in attendance.In 2000, Fr. Gramolazzo became president of the International Association of Exorcists. He was born in Ortonovo, Italy, and at the age of 12 he became familiar with the congregation founded by St. Luigi Orione. He was eventually ordained a priest in the order in 1973.After recovering from a tumor at the age of 40, he worked at the Institute for Orphans in Rome-Montemario. In 1990 he was named director of a home for the elderly and those with disabilities.“Fr. Giancarlo was an exorcist and was devoted to this difficult ministry for more than 30 years, becoming the international president of exorcists as well,” his congregation noted in a statement. “He was a man of great culture and spiritual understanding and was attentive to the needs of others.”
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Cath News report: Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Peter Garrett has lauded the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood, NSW, as an "absolutely brilliant new facility", according to The Catholic Weekly.Mr Garrett, who received a guided tour of the college with Federal MP John Murphy, was glowing in his praise of the new trade training centre's achievements.The college is nearing the end of its first year, with 140 Year 11 students through its gates at the beginning of 2010."I want to congratulate Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College for the work you have done and acknowledge the contribution that has been made by the Catholic education sector to provide a facility of this scale," Mr Garrett said.Mr Garrett also announced the latest round of Commonwealth funding for the Federal Government's Trade Training Centres in Schools program.Two other Sydney systemic Catholic schools – LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, and Marist College, Pagewood, were among the 58 new school-based trade training centres chosen from across the country to receive this new funding.LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, received $5 million and Marist College, Pagewood, received $1 million.
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St.JosaphatARCHBISHOP AND MARTYRFeast: November 12Information:Feast Day:November 12Born:1580 at Volodymyr, Lithuania (modern Ukraine)Died:12 November 1623 at Vitebsk, BelarusCanonized:1876Patron of:UkraineJosaphat is one of those figures in history caught in a web of controversy where even good people find it hard to keep their heads. He was caught in a battle between Catholic and Orthodox, Latin and Byzantine, and found himself criticized and opposed on every side: by the Orthodox for being Catholic and by the Latins for being Byzantine. He held firmly to Catholic unity against the Orthodox and just as firmly to Byzantine rights against the Latins. At that period of history, it was a no-win situation, and he is the great martyr to the cause of unity.St. Josaphat was born in Lithuania about 1580 into a Catholic family and early promoted Catholic unity in a country divided between Orthodox and Catholic. He entered the Byzantine monastery of Holy Trinity in Vilna in 1604 and was elected Catholic archbishop of Polotsk in 1614. While clinging firmly to unity with Rome, he firmly opposed those Latins who saw unity only in Latin terms and would suppress Byzantine traditions in the name of Catholic unity. He firmly opposed the Latinization of his people and made enemies and severe critics among the Latin clergy of Poland.Politically, the Catholic and Orthodox clergy were rivals in Lithuania, and the archbishopric of Polotsk was one of the contested sees. An Orthodox archbishop of Polotsk was appointed, and Josaphat was accused of taking office invalidly. Many of his Byzantine Catholics were won over to allegiance to Orthodoxy. Even the king of Poland wavered in his support of Josaphat, especially when Polish bishops accused him of betraying his faith by not Latinizing his diocese.One of the hotbeds of trouble in Josaphat's diocese was Witebsk, and in November of 1623 he went there to bring about peace in his flock, preaching in the churches and trying to reconcile differences. On November 12, a mob broke into the house where he was staying, shouting hatred and violence. When he confronted them, he was struck in the head with a halberd and shot. His mangled body was dragged out and thrown into the river. He was canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1867.Thought for the Day: It is important to say that there was a martyr for unity on the Orthodox side as well, and even good men were uncertain where truth and justice lay. St. Josaphat died working for reconciliation, and peacemakers often find themselves hated by both sides. It is part of the risk of being a true follower of Christ.From 'The Catholic One Year Bible': What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.—Hebrews 11:1-2
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TODAY'S GOSPEL: NOV. 12: Luke 17: 26 - 37
Luke 17: 26 - 3726As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man.27They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.28Likewise as it was in the days of Lot -- they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built,29but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all --30so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.31On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back.32Remember Lot's wife.33Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.34I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.35There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left."37And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
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