Thursday, July 8, 2010
CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: THURS. JULY 8, 2010: HEADLINES-
VATICAN: CARDINAL RE, SPECIAL ENVOY TO FOURTH CENTENARY AREQUIPA-
ASIA: CHINA: UNDERGROUND BISHOP RELEASED AFTER 15 MONTHS DETENTION-
AMERICAS: CUBA: TALKS WITH CHURCH, CASTRO TO RELEASE 52 PRISONERS-
EUROPE: BRITAIN: BRITISH MISSIONARY BROTHER FORCED TO LEAVE PERU-
AFRICAIVORY COAST: NEWLY ORDAINED BISHOP OF GRAND BASSAM AHOUA-
AUSTRALIA: NEW PLAY ON MARY MACKILLOP TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH-
CARDINAL RE, SPECIAL ENVOY TO FOURTH CENTENARY AREQUIPA
VATICAN CITY, 8 JUL 2010 (VIS REPORT) Made public today was a Letter, written in Latin and dated 14 May, in which the Holy Father appoints Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops, as his special envoy to celebrations marking the fourth centenary of the archdiocese of Arequipa, Peru, due to take place from 14 to 18 July.
Also made public were the names of the members of the mission due to accompany the cardinal, they are: Fr. Edward Huillcen Baca, pastor of the parish of the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal and director of the diocesan office for Catholic education, and Fr. Jose Leon Chang, rector of the "Redemptoris Mater" archdiocesan missionary seminary of Arequipa.
BXVI-LETTER/ VIS 20100708 (130)
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY, 8 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:- Appointed Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Barranquilla, Colombia, current president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, as metropolitan archbishop of Bogota (area 4,019, population 4,370,000, Catholics 3,746,000, priests 759, permanent deacons 79, religious 2,238), Colombia. He succeeds Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Appointed Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Gorlitz, Germany, as bishop of Augsburg (area 13,250, population 2,296,446, Catholics 1,389,446, priests 1,074, permanent deacons 147, religious 2,199), Germany.
CHINA: UNDERGROUND BISHOP RELEASED AFTER 15 MONTHS DETENTION
UCAN report: Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding was released on the morning of July 7 after 15 months in detention.
In a press release issued by the Cardinal Kung Foundation, he emphasized that “he was and always would be firmly adhered to the leadership of the Holy Father.”
Bishop Jia was removed by government officials on March 30, 2009, the day the Vatican’s China Commission began its plenary meeting in Rome. The Commission voiced its concern for the prominent bishop in a communiqué afterwards.
Throughout his detention, his family had campaigned vigorously for his release.
Two other Hebei underground prelates – Bishops James Su Zhemin of Baoding and Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian – have been held in detention since 1997 and 2001 respectively. Their whereabouts have been unknown for years.
CUBA: TALKS WITH CATHOLIC CHURCH, CASTRO TO RELEASE 52 PRISONERS
CNA report: Following unprecedented dialogue between Cuban officials and the country's Catholic leaders, political authorities in Cuba announced today that they will release 52 political prisoners.
Castro informed the cardinal that 5 prisoners will be released immediately with the remaining 47 being allowed to leave the island nation within the next four months, the Herald reports. The 52 were part of a group of 75 dissidents arrested in 2003 for what the local communist government viewed as treason.
Prior to today's announcement, the prelate's talks with Cuban authorities had garnered the release of one prisoner and the transfer of a dozen others to prisons closer to their homes.
The prisoners have reportedly suffered harsh conditions while incarcerated, with some going on hunger strikes as a sign of protest. Ariel Sigler Amaya, a 46-year-old prisoner released last month, became a paraplegic while in prison and now weighs 106 lbs.
Dialogue contributing to the prisoners' release has also been credited to the Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, who visited the country during the recent Cuban Social Week in June.
BRITAIN: BRITISH MISSIONARY BROTHER FORCED TO LEAVE PERU
Independent Catholic News: British missionary laybrother Paul McAuley, 62, has been told to leave Peru, where he has served for 20 years, after the authorities accused him of inciting unrest among indigenous peoples protesting environmental damage from oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest.
With the backing of his institute, the La Salle Christian Brothers, McAuley has appealed the decision with the courts in Lima in an attempt to reverse the decision. Wednesday was the last day he was allowed to stay in Peru according to the expulsion order.
Heading the ‘Red Ambiental Loretana’ (the Loreto Environmental Network) the ‘civil society’ organization founded in 2004 for the ‘protection of the environment and human rights of the native communities in Iquitos, in the region of Loreto (about 1000 km. northeast of Lima), Br McAuley is accused of having participated and instigated protest marches against the government.
In February, Br McAuley helped Kichwa Indians file complaints with Peruvian prosecutors charging contamination of the Tigre River and its tributaries, allegedly by 35 years of oil drilling by the Argentine company Pluspetrol. McAuley told the AP on Tuesday that he was still awaiting a response.
While he said he had no hard data on the alleged contamination, McAuley said studies published by Peru's health ministry in 2005 found that Achuar Indians living along the Corrientes river "all had cadmium and lead in their blood." He blames the oil drilling.
Peruvian environmental activists say the expulsion of McAuley would send the wrong signal to the country's native peoples just as the Garcia government says it wants to negotiate in good faith with them over developing the Amazon for the benefit of all Peruvians.
"This is a very special moment in the history of the Peruvian Amazon. At no time have there been so many projects, so big and being proposed and developed simultaneously," Mariano Castro, a lawyer with the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, told the AP.
"I think that, effectively, people like Brother Paul cause discomfort in such a scenario."
IVORY COAST: NEWLY ORDAINED BISHOP OF GRAND BASSAM RAYMOND AHOUA
Agenzia Fides report – On Sunday, July 4, the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Ambrose Madtha ordained the new Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Bassam, Bishop Raymond Ahoua, of the Congregation of the Sons of Providence (Don Orione). The two co-consecrating bishops were Bishop Paul Dacoury-Tabley, Bishop Emeritus of Grand Bassam, and Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, Auxiliary Bishop of L'Aquila. The solemn liturgy, in the presence of Cardinal Bernard Agre, Archbishop Emeritus of Abidjan, was attended by 23 bishops from all over the country, Burkina Faso, and Italy.
According to information sent to Fides, the ceremony was held outdoors on the grounds that will become home to the new Cathedral dedicated to the Holy Spirit. The place was packed with a crowd of more than 11,000 people, with about 200 concelebrating priests including Fr. Flavio Peloso, Director General of the Congregation of the new bishop, which was founded by St. Luigi Orione. Also present were the local political authorities.
After the liturgy, which lasted 4 and a half hours, the Apostolic Nuncio thanked Bishop Paul Dacoury-Tabely for leading the diocese for over 15 years, and expressed his gratitude to Bishop D'Ercole for his missionary ministry conducted in the Ivorian land for eight years. The new bishop, in his final address, thanked everyone, especially the Holy Father and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples for the confidence placed in him and assured that the mission of evangelization in the diocese will continue with renewed zeal and dedication. (SL) http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=27038&lan=eng
NEW PLAY ON MARY MACKILLOP TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
Cath News report: Brisbane's Twelfth Night Theatre's will stage a production of a play about Mary Mackillop next month. It is unrelated to the musical about her life which was announced this week in Sydney.
The theatre owner's seemingly miraculous recovery from two different forms of potentially fatal cancer is a further reason for her decision to present a stage version of Mary MacKillop's life story, reports The Catholic Herald.
"I certainly have no difficulty in believing in the concept of miracles after these events," she said.
"On both occasions - once when I had breast cancer and the other time when I had peritoneal cancer - I was given six months to live.
"In each case I had deadly grade-three tumours - yet 14 years later here I am.
"I've had first-hand experience of the importance of faith."
Ms Wiltshire says Sister Mary Bartholomew, her teacher while growing up in Boonah "told me I could accomplish anything in life I set out to, and that I was here on earth for a purpose.
"She was such an inspiring leader and mentor and had such a love and knowledge of music and drama, I thrived."
The play was workshopped in Melbourne last year after script approval by representatives of the Josephite order.
It will open on August 18 and run for about three weeks, said the report.
St. Raymond of Toulouse
CHANTER AND CANON
Information: Feast Day: July 8
Born: Toulouse, France
Died: 3 July 1118
A chanter and canon renowned for generosity. A native of Toulouse, France, he was known originally as Raymond Gayrard. After the death of his wife, he became a canon of St. Sernin, Toulouse, helping to rebuild the church that became a popular place for pilgrims. After his death on July 3, many miracles were reported at his tomb. http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/R/straymondoftoulouse.asp
Matthew 10: 7 - 15
7 And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.
9 Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts,
10 no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves his food.
11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart.
12 As you enter the house, salute it.
13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
15 Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town.