Saturday, September 4, 2010








Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Nuncio in Jordan and Iraq Rev. Mons. Giorgio Language, so far, Nunciature Advisor elevated at the same time to the Archbishopric of Tuscania, with dignity of Archbishop.
Rev. Mons. Giorgio Language was born in Fossano (Cuneo) on 23 March 1960.
He was ordained on 10 November 1984 and was incardinated in Fossano. Has a degree in Canon law. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy see on 1 July 1992, has lent his work later in papal delegations in Ivory Coast and in the United States of America, in the section for relations with States of the Secretariat of State, in the Nunciatures in Italy and Serbia. He knows French, Spanish and English.


Pope Benedict XVI received in audience this morning in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo:
Etc. I bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil (Nordeste Region III), on their "Ad Limina" visit:
Mons. Mário Rino Sivieri, Bishop of Propriá;
Mons. Luís Gonzaga Silva Pepeu, o.f.m., Archbishop of Vitória da Conquista;
Mons. José Valmor César Teixeira, s.d.b., Bishop of Bom Jesus da Lapa;
Mons. Armando Bucciol, Bishop of Livramento de Nossa Senhora;
Mr. Kagefumi Ueno, Ambassador of Japan, visiting of leave; H.E. Mr. Francis Kim Ji-Young, Ambassador to Korea, visiting of leave; h.e. Mr János Balassa, Ambassador of Hungary, visiting of leave.
The Pope receives in audience this morning:
Mons. Archbishop Celestino Migliore, tit. of Canosa, Apostolic Nuncio in Poland


CNS report -- Actor and director Emilio Estevez reluctantly went to Spain to tell a story about how faith, hope and walking are all part of the American way of overcoming hard times.
The movie has "no nudity. There are no explosions. There are no car chases," said Estevez. "It's about people. It's about this community of broken souls. And there's a ton of humor in it."

Estevez told The Catholic Register, a Canadian weekly, that his new film "The Way" is about American spirituality. The story follows four characters walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, or the Way of St. James, through Spain.
"Americans are searching for something. The Camino serves as the ultimate metaphor for life," said Estevez. The movie premieres Sept. 10 at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Estevez will be seeking a North American distribution deal. The film is to be distributed outside North America by Icon Productions.
It was Estevez's father, Martin Sheen, who first proposed making a film about the Camino seven years ago. During a break in filming "The West Wing," Sheen had attended a family reunion in Ireland, then headed for Spain to walk the Camino. But Sheen had to be back in the United States and did not have the six to eight weeks it takes to walk the pilgrim's path to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St. James the Greater can be found.
Sheen, his grandson and a family friend did most of the route by Mercedes, but walked part of the way.
The veteran film actor came back and insisted his son had to make a movie about the Camino. At first, Estevez said no.
"It's the old dilemma," said Estevez. "You can't say no to your father."
What started as a brief outline became 40 or 50 pages of script and led to Estevez reading as many books as possible about the Camino. Journalist Jack Hitt's book "Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain," captured Estevez's imagination and helped give shape to the story. By this time, Estevez had a full-fledged project he had never wanted to do.
In "The Way," Sheen plays a 70-year-old American doctor who travels to Spain to claim the body of his son, who died halfway through a pilgrimage. The grieving father decides to complete the walk his son began and falls in with an oddball group of companions: an Irishman angry with the church, a cynical Canadian woman looking for some vague redemption and a Dutchman who seems lost. In test screenings across the United States, Estevez found the film got its most positive response from university students and senior citizens. He said young and old Americans find themselves looking on the wreckage of a broken economy and wondering whether there needs to be more to life than consumer confidence.
Estevez's characters in "The Way" are also wondering about meaning in their lives.
"None of these characters is in any way perfect. In fact they're all flawed, brokenand not particularly attractive. They're difficult to be around -- for each other anyway," he said. "Ultimately, what they discover is that it is a community, a global community, and they are emblematic of that. And we can't do it alone. We can't walk this earth by ourselves. We need community. We need faith. We ultimately need each other."
Walking inevitably becomes a theme in a movie about a pilgrimage.
"Isn't it our first instinct?" asked Estevez. "When we're babies it's the only thing we want to do -- to get on our two feet and move forward."
Getting the walking right was an issue during filming. Sheen was walking too fast, too confidently, too vigorously for the director's tastes.
"I said, 'Look, you're fit. You look great. You're playing a guy who is 70. You are 70, almost. So maybe you could slow the pace down a little bit," said Estevez.
A father burying his son and then walking for weeks through a strange country may seem like a pretty grim premise for a movie, but Estevez said he believes he has made a film about American resilience.
"America will bounce back," he said. "Because of our resilience, because of our faith and our hope. I think faith plays an enormous part of it."


Agenzia Fides REPORT – The IV Missionary Congress will take place on October 2 and 3 at the House of Nazareth in Montevideo, Uruguay. The event is organized by the National Missionary Center.
The objective of this congress is to continue to deepen in the proposal of Aparecida, where the main objective is to make everyone missionary disciples. It will be a seminar-style meeting with active participation, finding the elements needed to become a Church in the position of a "Permanent First Announcement [of the Gospel]."
According to the program sent to Fides, the National Missionary Center (CENAMIS) seeks to deepen in the sense of a Church in a situation of permanent mission, to share experiences of missionary activity, and recognize that together we can make the Church in Uruguay a church that proclaims the Good News to all.


UCAN REPORT: Kwangju diocese's new migrant center
Kwangju archdiocese is to improve its pastoral care for migrant workers and overseas spouses by opening a new center that will house all its services under one roof.
The archdiocese’s social pastoral department will open the new four-story center on Sept. 8.
“Up to now all our various pastoral services and activities for migrants have been conducted from small offices in different places,” said Father Bonaventure Park Gong-shik, director of Migrants Pastoral.
“More migrants are coming to Korea, so we will have more work to do,” he told
“This means we need more space for these migrants,” he added.
The center will support migrant workers in their faith, offer counseling on labor problems, provide medical help and social activities. It will also offer Korean language classes, skills training and lessons on Korean culture for overseas spouses.
Programs for single-parent families and families with disabled members will also be conducted there, Father Park said.
“The center will enable our archdiocese to offer a more complete welfare system for migrants and will help improve migrant pastoral activities,” he said.


Cath News report: Uganda has enjoyed the fruits of ‘grass-roots evangelisation’ based on their martyrs of the 19th century, according to Sydney Seminary Rector Fr Anthony Percy.
A pilgrimage to Kampala to witness two of his former seminarians being ordained by the local Cardinal amidst a passionately faithful people taught Fr Percy much about what is required in Australia for the renewal of the Church.
This includes a re-alignment and proper understanding of the true intentions of the Second Vatican Council, he said. It also brought home to him “how much we really need to pray to the Lord of the harvest for vocations” to the priesthood.

In Uganda he noticed a mutual love, affection and support between those in the ministerial priesthood and those who form the common priesthood – that is, between priest and people.

This is a crucial point for Australia where there is confusion in the life of the Church with respect to the vocation and function of both priest and people, he said.
“Both are essential for the good governance and functioning of the Church and for the mission that Christ entrusts to us. It is a true ‘sign of the times’ when both priestly and lay vocation are respected and loved and when the two work together in harmony,” he said.
“One of the retired Archbishops of Australia, Francis Carroll, used to say that the Second Vatican Council tried to move the Church away from being centred upon the Sacrament of Holy Orders to being rooted in the Sacrament of Baptism. This is entirely true.

“However, some people misinterpreted this critical theological shift. They thought that what was intended was a reorientation away from priesthood to the lay state.


Cath News report: Some 500 pilgrims have registered their interest to attend the Mary MacKillop canonisation celebration in South Australia's Penola, within the first week that bookings opened for the event.
"We were very surprised. I thought that was a staggering number," Church spokesman Chris Rann told AAP, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Catholic Church has engaged ticketing firm Venuetix to help it work out how many people will come for a celebratory Mass for Mary MacKillop in the town on October 17, so they can make sure everyone is comfortable. There is no charge to attend.

A mass, led by emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner, will be held on an outdoor stage from 3pm (CST), preceded by a street procession.

Meanwhile, an attempt to convince Adelaide city councillors to help pay for banners promoting Mary MacKillop's canonisation has failed, reports the City Messenger.

Councillors this week voted against Cr Ralph Clarke's motion calling on Town Hall to spend $21,000 on banners.

Crs David Plumridge and Anne Moran told the chamber the money would be better spent on the city's homeless.


St. Boniface I


Feast: September 4

Information: Feast Day: September 4

Died: September 4, 422

Elected 28 December, 418; d. at Rome, 4 September, 422. Little is known of his life antecedent to his election. The "Liber Pontificalis" calls him a Roman, and the son of the presbyter Jocundus. He is believed to have been ordained by Pope Damasus I (366-384) and to have served as representative of Innocent I at Constantinople (c. 405).

At he death of Pope Zosimus, the Roman Church entered into the fifth of the schisms, resulting from double papal elections, which so disturbed her peace during the early centuries. Just after Zosimus's obsequies, 27 December, 418, a faction of the Roman clergy consisting principally of deacons seized the Lateran basilica and elected as pope the Archdeacon Eulalius. The higher clergy tried to enter, but were violently repulsed by a mob of adherents of the Eulalian party. On the following day they met in the church of Theodora and elected as pope, much against his will, the aged Boniface, a priest highly esteemed for his charity, learning, and good character. On Sunday, 29 December, both were consecrated, Boniface in the Basilica of St. Marcellus, supported by nine provincial bishops and some seventy priests; Eulalius in the Lateran basilica in the presence of the deacons, a few priests and the Bishop of Ostia, who was summoned from his sickbed to assist at the ordination. Each claimant proceeded to act as pope, and Rome was thrown into tumultuous confusion by the clash of the rival factions. The Prefect of Rome, Symmachus, hostile to Boniface, reported the trouble to the Emperor Honorius at Ravenna, and secured the imperial confirmation of Eulalius's election. Boniface was expelled from the city. His adherents, however, secured a hearing from the emperor who called a synod of Italian bishops at Ravenna to meet the rival popes and discuss the situation (February, March, 419). Unable to reach a decision, the synod made a few practical provisions pending a general council of Italian, Gaulish, and African bishops to be convened in May to settle the difficulty. It ordered both claimants to leave Rome until a decision was reached and forbade return under penalty of condemnation. As Easter, 30 March, was approaching, Achilleus, Bishop of Spoleto, was deputed to conduct the paschal services in the vacant Roman See. Boniface was sent, it seems, to the cemetery of St. Felicitas on the Via Salaria, and Eulalius to Antium. On 18 March, Eulalius boldly returned to Rome, gathered his partisans, stirred up strife anew, and spurning the prefect's orders to leave the city, seized the Lateran basilica on Holy Saturday (29 March), determined to preside at the paschal ceremonies. The imperial troops were required to dispossess him and make it possible for Achilleus to conduct the services. The emperor was deeply indignant at these proceedings and refusing to consider again the claims of Eulalius, recognizedBoniface as legitimate pope (3 April, 418). The latter re-entered Rome 10 April and was acclaimed by the people. Eulalius was madeBishop either of Nepi in Tuscany or of some Campanian see, according to the conflicting data of the sources of the "Liber Pontificalis". The schism had lasted fifteen weeks. Early in 420, the pope's critical illness encouraged the artisans of Eulalius to make another effort. On his recovery Boniface requested the emperor (1 July, 420) to make some provision against possible renewal of the schism in the event of his death. Honorius enacted a law providing that, in contested Papal elections, neither claimant should be recognized and a new election should be held.

Boniface's reign was marked by great zeal and activity in disciplinary organization and control. He reversed his predecessor's policy of endowing certain Western bishops with extraordinary papal vicariate powers. Zosimus had given to Patroclus, Bishop of Arles, extensive jurisdiction in the provinces of Vienna and Narbonne, and had made him an intermediary between these provinces and the Apostolic See. Boniface diminished these primatial rights and restored the metropolitan powers of the chief bishops of provinces. Thus he sustained Hilary, Archbishop of Narbonne, in his choice of a bishop of the vacant See of Lodeve, against Patroclus, who tried to intrude another (422). So, too, he insisted that Maximus, Bishop of Valence, should be tried for his alleged crimes, not by a primate, but by a synod of the bishops of Gaul, and promised to sustain their decision (419). Boniface succeeded to Zosimus's difficulties with the African Church regarding appeals to Rome and, in particular, the case of Apiarius. The Council of Carthage, having heard the representations of Zosimus's legates, sent to Boniface on 31 May, 419, a letter in reply to the commonitorium of his predecessor. It stated that the council had been unable to verify the canons which the legates had quoted as Nicene, but which were later found to be Sardican. It agreed, however, to observe them until verification could be established. This letter is often cited in illustration of the defiant attitude of theAfrican Church to the Roman See. An unbiased study of it, however, must lead to no more extreme conclusion than that of Dom Chapman: "it was written in considerable irritation, yet in a studiously moderate tone" (Dublin Review. July, 1901, 109-119). TheAfricans were irritated at the insolence of Boniface's legates and incensed at being urged to obey laws which they thought were not consistently enforced at Rome. This they told Boniface in no uncertain language; yet, far from repudiating his authority, they promised to obey the suspected laws thus recognizing the pope's office as guardian of the Church's discipline. In 422 Boniface received the appeal of Anthony of Fussula who, through the efforts of St. Augustine, had been deposed by a provincial synod of Numidia, and decided that he should be restored if his innocence be established. Boniface ardently supported St. Augustine in combating Pelagianism. Having received two Pelagian letters calumniating Augustine, he sent them to him. In recognition of this solicitude Augustine dedicated to Boniface his rejoinder contained in "Contra duas Epistolas Pelagianoruin Libri quatuor".

In the East he zealously maintained his jurisdiction over the ecclesiastical provinces of Illyricurn, of which the Patriarch of Constantinople was trying to secure control on account of their becoming a part of the Eastern empire. The Bishop of Thessalonica had been constituted papal vicar in this territory, exercising jurisdiction over the metropolitans and bishops. By letters to Rufus, the contemporary incumbent of the see, Boniface watched closely over the interests of the Illyrian church and insisted on obedience to Rome. In 421 dissatisfaction expressed by certain malcontents among the bishops, on account of the pope's refusal to confirm the election of Perigines as Bishop of Corinth unless the candidate was recognized by Rufus, served as a pretext for the young emperor Theodosius II to grant the ecclesiastical dominion of Illyricurn to the Patriarch of Constantinople (14 July, 421). Boniface remonstrated with Honorius against the violation of the rights of his see, and prevailed upon him to urge Theodosius to rescind his enactment. The law was not enforced, but it remained in the Theodosian (439) and Justinian (534) codes and caused much trouble for succeeding popes. By a letter of 11 March, 422, Boniface forbade the consecration in Illyricum of any bishop whom Rufus would not recognize. Boniface renewed the legislation of Pope Soter, prohibiting women to touch the sacred linens or to minister at the burning of incense. He enforced the laws forbidding slaves to become clerics. He was buried in the cemetery of Maximus on the Via Salaria, near the tomb of his favorite, St. Felicitas, in whose honor and in gratitude for whose aid he had erected an oratory over the cemetery bearing her name.

TODAY'S GOSPEL: SAT, AUG. 4: Luke 6: 1 - 5

Luke 6: 1 - 5
1 On a sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands.
2 But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath?"
3 And Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4 how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?"
5 And he said to them, "The Son of man is lord of the sabbath."