Saturday, December 11, 2010


catholic news world: fri. dec. 10, 2010: headlines-

TODAY'S GOSPEL: DEC. 10: Matthew 11: 16- 19


VATICAN CITY, 10 DEC 2010 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique at midday today:

"This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience Dalia Grybauskaite, president of the Republic of Lithuania. 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.

"During the cordial discussions attention was focused on the positive presence of the Catholic Church in the life and history of the country, with the joint desire being expressed to strengthen existing bilateral relations. Furthermore a fruitful exchange of opinions took place on the role of Lithuania as it prepares to assume the presidency of the OSCE, as well as on the current economic and social situation, with particular reference to families and young people".

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VATICAN CITY, 10 DEC 2010 (VIS) - Today, during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope authorised the congregation to promulgate the following decrees:


- Blessed Guido Maria Conforti, Italian archbishop-bishop and founder of the Pious Society of St. Francis Xavier for Foreign Missions (1865-1931).

- Servant of God Francesco Paleari, Italian priest of the "Cottolengo" Institute (1863-1939).

- Servant of God Anna Maria Janer Anglarill, Spanish foundress of the Institute of Sisters of the Holy Family of Urgell (1800-1885).

- Servant of God Marie Clare of the Child Jesus (nee Libania do Carmo Galvao Meixa de Moura Telles e Albuquerque), Portuguese foundress of the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (1843-1899).

- Servant of God Dulce (nee Maria Rita Lopes Pontes), Brazilian religious of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (1914-1992).


- Servant of God Alois Andritzki, German diocesan priest who died in the concentration camp of Dachau (1914-1943).

- Servants of God Jose Nadal y Guiu (1911-1936) and Jose Jordan y Blecua (1906-1936), Spanish diocesan priests, killed in hatred of the faith during religious persecution in Spain.

- Servants of God Antonio (ne Miguel Faundez Lopez), Spanish professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor (1907-1936) and Bonaventura (ne Baltasar Mariano Munoz Martinez) Spanish cleric of the Order of Friars Minor (1912-1936), as well as Pedro Sanchez Barba (1895-1936) and Fulgencio Martinez Garcia (1911-1936), Spanish priests and pastors of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi, killed in hatred of the faith during religious persecution in Spain.


- Servant of God Antonio Palladino, Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (1881-1926).

- Servant of God Bechara (ne Selim Abou-Mourad), Lebanese religious of the Basilian Salvatorian Order of the Melkites (1853-1930).

- Servant of God Maria Elisa Andreoli, Italian foundress of the Congregation of Reparatrix Sisters Servants of Mary (1861-1935).

- Servant of God Maria Pilar of the Sacred Heart (nee Maria Pilar Solsona Lamban), Spanish religious of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Religious of Pious Schools (1881-1966).

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VATICAN CITY, 10 DEC 2010 (VIS) - Made public today was an English-language communique concerning the plenary meeting of the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel, which was held at the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs on 9 December.

"The meeting of the plenary commission took place in a good and open atmosphere", the communique reads. "The delegation of the Holy See was headed by Msgr. Ettore Balestrero, under secretary for Relations with States, and the delegation of the State of Israel was headed by Danny Ayalon, MK, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs.

"At the start of the meeting, reference was made to the telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. to Benyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of the State of Israel, conveying Pope Benedict XVI's assurances of his prayers and his solidarity with the families of those who lost their lives, to the wounded and to all who were affected by the recent forest fire in northern Israel, as well as 'his appreciation for the rescue efforts which were carried out with such selfless dedication', and his prayers 'that those who have lost their homes in this tragedy may soon be able to rebuild their lives'.

"The Plenary discussed the next steps towards conclusion of the Agreement.

"The Plenary will hold its next meeting on 16 June 2011 at the Vatican. The next 'Working Level' meeting will take place on 3 February 2011.

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VATICAN CITY, 10 DEC 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

- Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

- Archbishop-Bishop Joan Enric Vives Sicilia of Urgell, Spain, co-prince of Andorra, accompanied by an entourage.

- Antonio Zanardi Landi, Italian ambassador to the Holy See, accompanied by his wife, on a farewell visit.

- Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress.

This evening he is scheduled to receive in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


CBN REPORT: Family and friends are gathering Saturday to honor the life of Elizabeth Edwards, who has been praised for her strength amid a series of life tragedies that included the death of a son, a betrayal by her husband and a battle with cancer that eventually led to her death.

A funeral for Edwards will be held Saturday afternoon at Edenton Street United Methodist, a Raleigh church that Edwards turned to after her 16-year-old son Wade died in a car crash in 1996.

The memorial will bring several political figures, including Sen. John Kerry, who led the Democratic presidential ticket in 2004 that included John Edwards, and Vicki Kennedy, wife of late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

A number of Democrats from North Carolina will attend, including Gov. Beverly Perdue and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Edwards' oldest daughter, Cate, is scheduled to give a eulogy along with two of her mother's longtime friends, Hargrave McElroy and Glenn Bergenfield. John Edwards is not scheduled to speak. The couple had four children together, including 12-year-old Emma Claire and 10-year-old Jack.

One of the pallbearers, Tyler Highsmith, was in the car Wade Edwards was driving when he died. He and three other pallbearers - Michael Lewis, Ellis Roberts and Charles Scarantino - were pallbearers in Wade Edwards' funeral.

The service is open to the public, while the burial will be private.

Elizabeth Edwards was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004, a day after the Kerry-Edwards ticket lost to George W. Bush in that year's presidential election. Doctors declared her cancer-free after grueling treatments, but the disease returned in an incurable form in 2007. She died on Tuesday.

Her last years were tumultuous ones, made difficult by her husband's affair and eventual admission that he'd fathered a child with the mistress. John and Elizabeth Edwards separated about a year ago.


ASIA NEWS REPORT: Because of the economic crisis every year more than 7 thousand women flee to India where they are often victims of sexual abuse and exploitation in prostitution. Sister Jaya and her sisters are visiting villages in the Terai region bordering India and offer hospitality, education and spiritual support to women.

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - In Nepal, women are increasingly the victims of sexual abuse and drugs, and the country has become a focal point for the trafficking of prostitutes into India. This is because of the poverty of a society that has been without a government for more than a year and which is currently in the throes of economic crisis. So says Sister Ambrose Jaya, an Indian religious of the Holy Cross.

The nun has been working for 20 years with the poor in the town of Bhairhawa in the Terai region, hub of human trafficking between India and Nepal. "We religious and priests - she says - try to help these people not to fall and try to meet their needs."

Each year more than 7 thousand Nepalese women are sent to India to be forced into prostitution. Another problem is the broken families, with men and women abroad for work and children at home, with a high risk of abuse and exploitation of child labor.

"When we go out onto the streets - Jaya says Sister - we see poor but also wealthy families fleeing abroad in order to survive. Many parents entrust their children to relatives or friends. This leaves a void in the lives of children which often leads them to become victims of social ills such as drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse. "

To help these people, sister Jaya and her sisters are visiting villages and bringing prostitutes, girls who are victims of abuse, or poor women without a family back to their convent. The sisters offer spiritual help to these women and teach them to read and write to help them find a job. "In this country - says Sr. Jaya - there is a great need for the presence of missionaries as messengers of peace between the poor and abandoned. We must listen to the voice of the voiceless, to heal the wounds of the hearts of these people. "




Here is the final statement of the seminar by the Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar (BICAM) under the auspices of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that took place from November 30 to December 5, 2010 in Yaounde, Cameroon.


A Continental Seminar was organised by the Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar (BICAM) under the auspices of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that took place from 30th November to 5th December 2010 at Immaculate Conception Major Seminary Nkolbisson in Yaounde, Cameroon on the theme: Verbum Domini and Biblical Apostolate in Africa - Evaluation and the Way Forward - "Go to the whole world and make disciples" (Mt 28:19).

The Seminar is the first to be held by a continent after the publication of Verbum Domini, the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Synod on the Word of God. It had participants from the Regional Episcopal Conferences of Africa such as: The Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) represented by participants from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi ; the Association of the Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa Region (ACERAC) represented by participants from Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon ; Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) represented by participants from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania ; and Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) represented by participants from Benin, Burkina, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. Also represented were Bishops responsible for the Biblical Apostolate at National and Regional levels, members of the Pan-African Association of Catholic Exegetes (PACE), Priests, Religious men and women, the laity and the Secretary General of the Bible Society of Cameroon, Mr. Luc GNOWA.

During the Seminar there were many interventions and reactions from the participants. The following presentations were given:

- Keynote address by the Director of BICAM, Fr. Moïse Adekambi ;

- The Word of God in Deuteronomistic literature: pastoral implications for Africa by Fr. Etienne Bassoumboul, Lecturer, Catholic University of Douala;

- Listening to Verbum Domini: Keys to enter into dialogue with the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation -in two sessions- by Fr Paul BERE, SJ, lecturer at the Jesuits' Theological Institutes in Abidjan and Nairobi;

- Verbum Domini, the Bible and the African Church by Sr. Mary-Sylvia Nwachukwu, DDL, Lecturer at the Spiritan International School of Theology Enugu, Nigeria ;

- The Pastoral Perspectives of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation in the Regions of SECAM by Fr. Joseph Kato of AMECEA, Fr. Philippe Grebalet of ACERAC and Mr. Femi Emmanuel Adeojo of RECOWA ;

- Biblical Apostolate in Catechetical Curriculum : The case of Benin by Fr. Victor Sogni, the Rector of the Bascilica, Ouidah, Benin ;

- Experience of Distance Bible Courses in Ethiopia by Miss GABREYES Yewbdar, Resource Person of the Ethiopian Biblical Apostolate Desk;

- BICAM Programmes for Biblical Apostolate in Africa by the Director of BICAM, Fr. Moise Adekambi.

All the presentations were aimed at answering the major concerns regarding the theme of the Seminar -the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation - Verbum Domini and to reflect on the reception of the document in African communities and how to envisage the Biblical Apostolate in the light of this document.

I. Observations

During the Seminar in Yaoundé we made the following observations:

2. Biblical Apostolate has not fully taken root in some countries of the African continent.

3. The work of the animation of Biblical Apostolate by BICAM is a real illustration of a great number of exhortations of Verbum Domini.

4. The work of BICAM has to be encouraged, stimulated and passed on to the grassroots.

II. Resolutions

We therefore make the following resolutions:

1. To widely disseminate the magisterial documents mainly Dei Verbum, Ecclesia in Africa and Verbum Domini. These magisterial documents help us to think about better coordination of the pastoral activities in our dioceses and regions.

2. To widely promote the teaching of the methods of Lectio Divina in Africa through Seminars, workshops, etc.

3. To redefine the aim, structures and activities of the Biblical Apostolate in line with the Apostolic Exhortation - Verbum Domini.

4. To re-emphasise the important role of women in the dissemination of faith and promotion of the Biblical Apostolate in Africa.

5. To find adequate human, financial and material resources in carrying out Biblical Apostolate programmes on the diocesan, national, regional and continental levels.

6. To address the issue of the New World Ethic which tend to contradict Biblical and magisterial teaching, as well as African Culture values.

7. To promote Bible Correspondence Courses, mainly for the youth, through the modern means of communications.

8. To invite all people of God, especially Bishops, Priests, Religious, Catechists to play their role in promoting the Bible Apostolate.

III. Recommendations

In relation to the future of Biblical Apostolate in Africa, we recommend:

1. As already indicated above, the urgency of forming those involved in Biblical Apostolate at all levels. This formation will bring about a better understanding and appreciation of the Biblical Apostolate by those involved in the pastoral life of the particular churches in Africa.

2. The use of modern means of Social Communications with particular reference to television, radio, internet and the traditional means of communication in the promotion of Biblical Apostolate on the continent.

3. Networking and sharing experiences among agents of Biblical Apostolate at the diocesan, national, regional and continental levels.

4. Establishment of a Diploma School of Translations for African Translators because of the need to translate Sacred Texts or Church documents.

5. Increased collaboration among the bodies involved in Biblical projects. The National Bible Societies and the National Episcopal Conferences should facilitate any kind of collaboration in translating, publishing and distributing the Bible at affordable cost in African languages.


In all these we recognize the blessing of God in the fruitful work realized during the Seminar. We thank the Archbishop of Yaoundé, His Grace Archbishop Victor Tonye Bakot and the Archbishop of Douala, His Grace Samuel Kleda and the other Bishops who were with us during the period: Bishop Telesphor Mkude, Bishop Gaspard Mudiso and Bishop Mathieu Madega.

We also wish to express our gratitude and appreciation to our Partner Agencies, mainly Church in Need and Missio Aachen, the Local Organizing Committee of Cameroon, the Rector, Fr. Philippe Mbarga, Staff and Seminarians of the Major Seminary of Nkolbisson; and the various groups and individuals for their invaluable contribution.

We entrust the fruits, resolutions, recommendations of this Seminar to the Blessed Mary "Mother of God's Word" and "Mother of Faith", "the one in whom the interplay between the word of God and faith was brought to perfection" (Verbum Domini 27).


Agenzia Fides REPORT - “Communion with one heart and spirit” was the theme of the missiological session and pilgrimage promoted by the Pontifical Missionary Union of Poland, which took place on 4 and 5 December at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jasna Góra. According to information received by Fides, the missiological session and prayer Vigil was attended by about 300 people including priests, men and women religious and laity, under the guidance of Fr Tomasz Atlas, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Poland.
During the missiological session, the participants reflected on various topics: the relevance of the challenges posed by the encyclical “Redemptoris Missio” in the life of all called to serve the Gospel; communion as the key mission of the Church; the congregations of women religious in missionary service; the Pontifical Mission Societies in the messages of Pope Benedict XVI; and the current challenges of missionary cooperation.
During the Holy Mass celebrated in the Chapel of the Madonna in Jasna Gora, Fr Tomasz Atlas particularly invited the congregation to pray for new missionaries and stressed the importance of voluntary mission. According to Fr Atlas “the current way of life marked by consumerism does not help young people make the decision to go on a mission.” The Pontifical Missionary Union was approved in Poland in 1924, in Czestochowa.




Senator Mark Arbib


Labor Senator Mark Arbib, outed by Wikileaks as an informant for the US, is a Catholic who was born in Sydney in 1971, according to a "Frequently Asked Questions" report by the Herald Sun.

"According to cables, released by Wikileaks, the influential right-wing Labor MP was a key informant for the US Embassy, offering details about the inner workings of the Labor Party since 2004," said the newspaper.

"As a Labor powerbroker and former faction leader, Senator Arbib is widely seen as being one of the "faceless men" who helped boot Kevin Rudd from power and install Julia Gillard as Prime Minister in June, 2010."

Senator Arbib was born in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale in 1971. He is a Roman Catholic and his jobs before entering Federal Parliament included metal trades assistant, restaurant cook and beach inspector.

He currently lives in Sydney with his wife Kelli and two daughters.


St. Gregory III


Feast: December 10


Feast Day:December 10

Pope St. Gregory III was the son of a Syrian named John. The date of his birth is not known. His reputation for learning and virtue was so great that the Romans elected him pope by acclamation, when he was accompanying the funeral procession of his predecessor, 11 February, 731. As he was not consecrated for more than a month after his election, it is presumed that he waited for the confirmation of his election by the exarch at Ravenna. In the matter of Iconoclasm, he followed the policy of his predecessor. He sent legates and letters to remonstrate with the persecuting emperor, Leo III, and held two synods in Rome (731) in which the image-breaking heresy was condemned. By way of a practical protest against the emperor's action he made it a point of paying special honour to images and relics, giving particular attention to the subject of St. Peter's. Fragments of inscriptions, to be seen in the crypts of the Vatican basilica, bear witness to this day of an oratory he built therein, and of the special prayers he ordered to be there recited.

Leo, whose sole answer to the arguments and apologies for image worship which were addressed to him from both East and West, was force, seized the papal patrimonies in Calabria and Sicily, or wherever he had any power in Italy, and transferred to the patriarch of Constantinople the ecclesiastical jurisdiction which the popes had previously exercised both there, and throughout the ancient Prefecture of Illyricum. Gregory III confirmed the decision of his predecessors as to the respective rights of the Patriarchs of Aquileia and Grado, and sent the pallium to Antoninus of Grado. In granting it also to Egbert of York, he was only following out the arrangements of St. Gregory I who had laid it down that York was to have metropolitical rights in the North of England, as Canterbury had to have them in the South. Both Tatwine and Nothelm of Canterbury received the pallium in succession from Gregory III (731 and 736). At his request Gregory III extended to St. Boniface the same support and encouragement which had been afforded him by Gregory II. "Strengthened exceedingly by the help of the affection of the Apostolic See", the saint joyfully continued his glorious work for the conversion of Germany. About 737 Boniface came to Rome for the third time to give an account of his stewardship, and to enjoy the pope's "life-giving conversation", At Gregory's order the monk and great traveller, St. Willibald, went to assist his cousin St. Boniface in his labours.

The close of Gregory's reign was troubled by the Lombards. Realizing the ambition which animated Liutprand, Gregory completed the restoration of the walls of Rome which had been begun by his predecessors, and bought back Gallese, a stronghold on the Flaminian Way, from Transamund, Duke of Spoleto, which helped to keep open the communications between Rome and Ravenna. In 739, Liutprand was again in arms. His troops ravaged the exarchate, and he himself marched south to bring to subjection his vassals, the Dukes of Spoleto and Benevento, and the Duchy of Rome. Transamund fled to Rome, and Gregory implored the aid of the great Frankish chief, Charles Martel. At length ambassadors from the viceroy (subregulus) of the Franks appeared in Rome (739). Their arrival, or the summer heats, brought a momentary peace. But in the following year, Liutprand again took the field. This time the Romans left their walls, and helped Transamund to recover Spoleto. When, however, he had recovered his duchy, he would not or could not comply with Gregory's request, and endeavour to recover for the pope "the four cities of the Roman duchy which had been lost for his sake." In the midst of all these wars and rumours of war, Gregory died, and was buried in the oratory of our Lady which he had himself built in St. Peter's. He died in 741, but whether in November or December is not certain. It is however, on 28 November that he is commemorated in the Roman martyrology.


TODAY'S GOSPEL: DEC. 10: Matthew 11: 16- 19

Matthew 11: 16 - 19
16"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,
17`We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.'
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon';
19the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."
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