Friday, July 16, 2010





VATICAN CITY, 16 JUL 2010 (VIS report) - The Administrative Council of the Populorum Progressio Foundation will meet from 20 - 23 July to deliberate on the financing of projects in support of poor indigenous, mixed race, African-American, and rural communities of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The administrative council is composed of the following members: Cardinal Paul J. Cordes, president of the foundation and of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum"; Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico and president of the council; Archbishop Edmundo Luis Abastoflor Montero of La Paz, Bolivia; Archbishop Alberto Taveira Correa of Belem do Para, Brazil; Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza of Guayaquil, Ecuador; Bishop Jose Luis Astigarraga Lizarralde C.P., apostolic vicar of Yurimaguas, Peru; and Msgr. Segundo Tejado Munoz, representative of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum". Also present at the meeting will be Msgr. Giovanni Battista Gandolfo, the new president of the Italian Episcopal Conference's committee for charitable initiatives in favour of the Third World, which is the main supporter of the Foundation.
According to a communique made public today, it is emphasized that "this is the first time that the annual meeting of the Administrative Council is being held in a Caribbean country, a geographical area with significant cores of African-American and rural communities".
A trip to Haiti on 22 July was planned before the earthquake that stuck the nation this past January. Each year, the Foundation finances a large number of projects in that country. The delegation will visit the refugee camps organized there by the Catholic Church and will celebrate Mass, together with a local church, in one of them. In the afternoon, a meeting with representatives of the humanitarian organizations present in Haiti will take place at the Apostolic Nunciature as well as a visit to the national Caritas organization. During the visit, Cardinal Cordes will deliver $250,000 in the name of the Holy Father, the first instalment of funds for the project of rebuilding the Saint Francois de Sales School in Port-au-Prince, which was destroyed during the earthquake. He will also deliver, always in the name of the Holy Father, an offering to Caritas Haiti.
The communique notes that this year, 230 projects pertaining to 20 countries have been presented. They are oriented on tending to needs in various areas of: production (agricultural, artisanal, and microbusiness); communal infrastructure (potable water, latrines, community centres); education (training, school resources, publications); health (preventative campaigns, clinic resources); and construction (educational and health centres).
The number of projects presented by country are: Brazil (57), Colombia (41), Peru (21), Haiti (20), Ecuador (19), El Salvador (13), Bolivia (8), Guatemala (8), Chile (7), Argentina (6), Dominican Republic (6), Costa Rica (4), Mexico (4), Paraguay (4), Uruguay (3), Venezuela (3), Cuba (2), Panama (2), Antilles (1), and Nicaragua (1).
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VATICAN CITY, 16 JUL 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Fr. Jose Chittooparambil, C.M.I., as Bishop of the eparchy of Rajkot of the Syro-Malabars (area 109,950, population 15,805,000, Catholics 13,500, priests 149, religious 606), in India. The bishop-elect was born in 1954 in Neeleswaram, India, was ordained to the priesthood in 1985, and is currently Prior General of St. Xavier's Province in Rajkot. He succeeds Bishop Gregory Karotemprel, C.M.I., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese the Holy Father accepted on having reached the age limit.
- Accepted the resignation as Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Pyay, Myanmar, presented by Bishop Gregory Taik Maung, titular bishop of Bocconia, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
- Appointed Fr. Camillus Raymond Umoh as Bishop of the diocese of Ikot Ekpene (area 2,263, population 986,032, Catholics 109,812, priests 93, religious 119), Nigeria. The bishop-elect was born in 1956 in Nto Iblam, Nigeria, was ordained to the priesthood in 1984, and is currently a professor at the Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
- Appointed Fr. Francis Xavier Yu Soo-il, O.F.M., as Military Ordinary for Korea (Catholics 100,862, priests 96, religious 47). The bishop-elect was born in 1945 in Nonsan, South Korea, took his perpetual vows in 1979, was ordained to the priesthood in 1980, and is currently vicar in the Franciscan house of formation in Seoul, South Korea.
ARGENTINA: INSPITE OF PROTEST BY 200, 000 GOVERNMENT CREATES LAW - Argentina is set to become the first Latin American country to create gay “marriage” nationwide after their upper house passed the controversial legislation Thursday morning.

The lower house had already approved same-sex “marriage” in May, and yesterday the Senate passed the bill in a vote of 33-27, with three abstentions. President Cristina Fernandez, who has been supportive of same-sex “marriage,” is expected to sign the legislation on her return from a state visit to China.
The bill purports to give “wedded” same-sex couples the same rights and privileges as those afforded within true marriage, including adoption rights.
The bill was passed despite strong opposition among the populace. Beginning on Tuesday, the country’s conference of Catholic bishops rallied a large crowd, estimated at between 50,000 and 250,000, to affirm true marriage outside Congress.
Catholics were joined by the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches and the Evangelical Pentecostal Confraternity Federation. A smaller number of counter-protesters were also present.
The country’s top Catholic prelate, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, called the bill “a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
UCAN report: Federal Home Minister P. Chidambaram is to introduce a Mother Teresa commemorative coin to mark the nun’s birth centenary next month, a Church official said.

“We thank the government for its noble gesture,” said Father Babu Joseph, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.
Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil would officially introduce the coin during a celebration of the centenary in New Delhi on Aug. 28, he said.
This is part of a series of programs the Church and civil society is jointly organizing to observe the birth centenary of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, popularly known as Mother Teresa.
The nuns of Missionaries of Charity congregation, which Blessed Teresa founded, will be part of the celebrations.
The coins would reach New Delhi only few days before the event, said senior officer A.K. Ajmani in the Coin and Currency department of the Finance Ministry
The official gave no details about the design of the coin, which was approved by Sister Prema, head of the Missionaries of Charity.
Father Joseph said the coin “shows the kind of recognition and affection Indians have for Mother Teresa, who became an icon of charity in the country.”
Mother Teresa, born on Aug. 26, 1910, arrived in Kolkata in 1929 as a Loreto nun.
She began her mission among “the poorest of the poor” in the slums of Kolkata and launched the Missionaries of Charity congregation in 1949. She died on Sept. 5, 1997.


Idependent Catholic News report: As the streets of Ardoyne in north Belfast erupted into a fourth night of riots yesterday, a priest whose parish is in the heart of the battleground, lead hundreds in a peaceful assembly appealing, and praying, for an end to the violence.

Passionist priest, Fr Gary Donegan from Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, spoke with ICN earlier in the day. He said: "These crowds are not as aggressive as they were on the first night. .. The worrying thing is that many of them are so young. Last night I challenged a little boy, I took some stones from his hands and he asked 'are you are a priest?' He didn't know me. He didn't come from this area. He told me he was 12. I asked him his date of birth and that caught him out. He was just nine. How did a little fellow like this find himself in the middle of a riot? With plastic bullets ricocheting all over the place, he could have been killed.
"Last night I was also challenged by an eight year boy. I tried not to laugh. This is becoming almost recreational rioting. Young girls are arriving all dressed up and egging on the boys to fight. They are sending each texts and posting up pictures of themselves on social networking sites. But there have been some very serious casualties. One young policewoman had a piece of concrete land on her head.
Since the riots began, many of Fr Gary's parishioners have been too frightened to go out of doors. While the organisers decided not to change the route of the march - as suggested by more moderate community leaders, Fr Gary has had to reroute a funeral and a baptism.
Describing the Protestant parade through a Catholic area as a "glorified coat trailing exercise" designed to provoke a reaction, Fr Gary said it was pity that an earlier compromise route suggested by moderate community groups, hadn't been taken up.
Many people are just lying low and not getting involved, he said. One Catholic woman was beaten up and hit on the head with a brick. Fr Gary said: "They are a wonderful family responsible parents. All the three children been altar servers. The husband is a big man. Instead of staying around here, today he took his wife, with her head full of stitches, and the children off to the cinema to see Shrek.
By five o'clock on Thursday, Fr Gary said he had been out walking the streets for 130 hours - talking with people, standing in the middle of confrontations, confiscating petrol. "Anything I can do to calm things," he said.
'Holy Cross parish is at a most contentious interface" he said. "We are four steps away from the Loyalist area. Before the ceasefire, 99 people from the parish were killed and many more people being injured."
"What we need is dialogue. We need to forget our history. This is not 1690. It is not 1969. As Christians we are called to love our enemies. We need to sit down and talk." .
Before he became parish priest about eight years ago, Fr Gary lived in the nearby monastery. "People sometime say: 'why don't you go back there and have a peaceful life and pray.' But I wouldn't swap this place for the world. They are the most wonderful, loyal and generous people."
In a statement read in Fr Gary's parish of Holy Cross, at the evening Vigil Mass on Saturday and at Sunday Masses before the marching began, Most Rev Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, appealed for peace saying: "I know that in recent years many of you have worked with fellow Christians from other Churches and traditions, community leaders, politicians, statutory organisations and the police, to bring about a better community, social and economic environment for everyone in the area. This has involved the sometimes slow and challenging work of promoting mutual understanding, good neighbourliness and patient mediation of conflict.
"I appeal to you all to continue on this path. Together with you I ask that only words and actions be used that advance the immense progress in community relations and quality of life from which all have benefited in recent years. With other Christian communities in the area I ask you to do all in your power to ensure that the coming days are marked by good neighbourliness, an emphatic rejection of violence and a commitment to the common good.
"To you who are young and have your life before you, I say use your energy and youthful potential to promote, as Christ would have it, peace through non-violence, justice through tolerance and mutual respect for all. I plead with all young people not to be drawn in to the misery, futility and inhumanity of violence. I ask you to choose a better way by working for a brighter future for yourselves and for all the people of this island.
"I assure you of my prayers for the people of Holy Cross, for Fr Gary and the Passionist Community and for all the people of Ardoyne and the surrounding area over the coming days."
*Last Sunday evening, in London, Canon Pat Browne, Roman Catholic Duty Priest to the Houses of Parliament lead ecumenical prayers for peace at Westminster Abbey.
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Asia News report: The ordinations took place in the cathedral at the hands of Mgr. Louis Sako. Other ordinations in Dohok, Karamless (Mosul), Bertelli and Karakosh. A sign that new beginnings "in these times of tribulation and darkness".

Kirkuk (AsiaNews) - "A sign of vitality and hope." Thus, the Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, Msgr. Louis Sako, describes the ordination of two new priests held today, July 16, in the cathedral of his diocese. It can be said that July saw a real flowering of priestly ordinations which have infused new life into the Christian community, prostrated by continuing sectarian violence and the political instability that plagues Iraq.
Together with the two priests, four permanent deacons were ordained today. Before them, on July 9, it was the turn of another priest consecrated July 9 in Dohok, in the north, while a fourth priest will be ordained on July 23 in Karamless in the diocese of Mosul. Even the Syro-Catholic Church of Bartella and Karakosh were gifted with new priests this month.
"It 's a sign of vitality and hope to see these young people consecrated to the Lord and to the service of their brothers living in great suffering, in this time of tribulation and darkness," said Msgr. Sako to AsiaNews.
Today, the mass celebrated by Msgr. Sako, was attended by many faithful, united in prayer and joy, "so that these new priests may bring the message of God who is love and peace to all without distinction" the prelate said. In his homily, the Archbishop reminded the new priests to live the gift of God as Mary did, as a personal relationship that changed her life: "Like Her, we must 'keep all these things, reflecting on them in our heart' (Lk 2 19:51). Prayer is a true shield of protection, provided that it is done in humility. Mary said, 'I am the handmaid of the Lord', we too are servants of the Lord. Prayer is the distinctive characteristic that allows people to see Christ in our apostolate".,-two-priests-and-four-deacons-ordained-in-Kirkuk-18955.html


ADDIS ABABA, July 13, 2010 (CISA) -Despite the difficulties in language barrier, the Community of St John has accepted the request by the archdiocese in Ethiopia to head the local youth ministry.
According to the ACN, Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa asked the community which was founded in France to provide chaplains who would set up a youth ministry program for the archdiocese.
Br. Iovane, who is one of three brothers who went to Ethiopia, told ACN that one of the biggest challenges has been learning a new language.
The brother said that with two others, they had spent three hours a day learning Amharic, the countrys official language, one of 80 spoken in Ethiopia.
He then explained how the language has similar roots to Hebrew, with an alphabet that has as many as 277 different characters.
Despite the difficulties of learning the complicated language, the new youth chaplain said that any challenges pale in comparison to the higher calling of the work he has been sent to do alongside his community.
"You have to speak the language to communicate with the young people its not a question of whether its difficult or not," he added. "What matters is that its what the Lord is calling me to do."
Speaking of the fervent faith of the Addis Ababa Catholic youth, Br. Iovane said they "have a faith, a sense of adoration through liturgy that is just amazing.
Ive never seen that anywhere else and Im not talking about Eucharistic Adoration. What I mean is while singing at the entrance of Mass they are connected to God, worshiping God in a personal context.


Cath News report: Caritas Australia said this year's Project Compassion has raised nearly $9.4 million, making it the most successful in over 40 years since the annual Lenten campaign was launched.

Jack de Groot, CEO Caritas Australia, said: "Project Compassion is the biggest event on Caritas' fundraising calendar; contributions received through the appeal define the scope of our work and enable Caritas Australia to deliver life-saving development infrastructure in communities marginalised by extreme poverty or devastated by disaster."
"With ever-increasing commitments to build capacity, pursue justice and enhance opportunities in more than 35 countries, we set ourselves a very ambitious target in 2010.
"Amidst the myriad emergency appeals Australians have supported year, including the tragedy in Haiti, Project Compassion 2010 has exceeded last year's appeal by more than half-a-million dollars in a profound display of Australia's generosity and solidarity with the poorest of the poor," Mr de Groot said in a statement.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, "Kal. Mar.", 30 Jan. "Summa Aurea", III, 737). The feast was assigned to 16 July, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock; it was first approved by Sixtus V in 1587. After Cardinal Bellarmine had examined the Carmelite traditions in 1609, it was declared the patronal feast of the order, and is now celebrated in the Carmelite calendar as a major double of the first class with a vigil and a privileged octave (like the octave of Epiphany, admitting only a double of the first class) under the title "Commemoratio solemnis B.V.M. de Monte Carmelo". By a privilege given by Clement X in 1672, some Carmelite monasteries keep the feast on the Sunday after 16 July, or on some other Sunday in July. In the seventeenth century the feast was adopted by several dioceses in the south of Italy, although its celebration, outside of Carmelite churches, was prohibited in 1628 by a decree contra abusus. On 21 Nov., 1674, however, it was first granted by Clement X to Spain and its colonies, in 1675 to Austria, in 1679 to Portugal and its colonies, and in 1725 to the Papal States of the Church, on 24 Sept., 1726, it was extended to the entire Latin Church by Benedict XIII. The lessons contain the legend of the scapular; the promise of the Sabbatine privilege was inserted into the lessons by Paul V about 1614. The Greeks of southern Italy and the Catholic Chaldeans have adopted this feast of the "Vestment of the Blessed Virgin Mary". The object of the feast is the special predilection of Mary for those who profess themselves her servants by wearing her scapular. SOURCE


Matthew 12: 1 - 8

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath."

3 He said to them, "Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:

4 how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?

5 Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?

6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.

7 And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath."