Sunday, October 3, 2010



Asia News report: On visit to Palermo Benedict XVI asks the faithful of the city to walk in holiness and to be shining witnesses even in “difficult situations”. The model of the saints who have gone before: Don Pino Puglisi, who was killed by the Mafia, Anna Maria Adorni, beatified today, known as the "Living Rosary" for her constant prayer, evangelizer of women's prisons. In an indirect reference to the problem of the mafia, the pope says that one should not be ashamed of witnessing to the Gospel, but of evil "that offends God and man," the evil inflicted on civil and religious communities, with actions that loath the light of day”. . "- "Mary is the model of Christian life. I ask her above all to help you all walk the path of holiness, briskly and with joy, in the footsteps of many shining examples of Christ” this was the Pope’s prayer before today's Angelus, at the end of Mass celebrated in Palermo where he is on pastoral visit, the occasion of the regional church gathering of families and young people. Recalling that October is traditionally the month dedicated to the Rosary, Benedict XVI added: "The daily meditation on the mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, the Virgin at prayer, strengthens us all in faith, hope and charity.""To the Virgin Mary - the pope observed - I wish to commend all the people of God living in this beloved land. May She support families in love and education; make fruitful the seeds of vocation that God amply sows among young people, instill courage in the face of trials, hope amidst difficulties, renewed energy in doing good. The Madonna comforts the sick and all the suffering, and helps the Christian communities so that no one in them is marginalized or needy, but everyone, especially the smallest and weakest, feels welcomed and valued. "Benedict XVI has also devoted part of his homily during the mass to the theme of "walking expediently and joyfully on the path of holiness in the footsteps of many shining examples of Christ". "Your beautiful island - he said - was among the first regions of Italy to accept the faith of the Apostles to receive the proclamation of the Word of God, to adhere to the faith so generously that even in the midst of difficulties and persecution, it has always seen the flourishing of the flower of holiness. Sicily was and is a land of saints, belonging to every walk of life, who lived the Gospel with simplicity and integrity. "Also in the homily, the pope urged Sicilian Catholics to "witness the faith in the various sectors of society, in many situations of human existence, especially in those that are difficult".Benedict XVI did not mention the word "mafia", but made indirect references when he asked Catholics not to be ashamed to be Christian witnesses: "One should be ashamed of that evil - he added - which offends God, that offends man, one should be ashamed of the evil that is inflicted on civil and religious communities with actions that loath the light of day”."The temptation to discouragement, resignation, comes to those who are weak in faith, to those who confuse evil with good, to those who believe that there is nothing to be done before evil, often of the deepest kind. Instead, those who are firmly founded in faith, who have full confidence in God and live in the Church are able to bring the uncontainable power of the Gospel. This is how the saints behaved, who flowered, over the centuries, in Palermo and in Sicily, as well as lay people and priests of today who are well-known to you all, such as, for example, Don Pino Puglisi. Tmay they always watch over you and keep you united and nurture in everyone the desire to proclaim, in word and deed, the presence and love of Christ. People of Sicily, look with hope to your future”.In his reflection before the Angelus, Benedict XVI also mentioned another great witness of lay faith: Anna Maria Adorni (1805-1893), beatified today in Parma. "In the nineteenth century - said the pope – she was exemplary wife and mother and when widowed, she devoted herself to charity for women in prison and in difficulty, for whose needs she founded two religious institutes. Mother Adorni, because of her constant prayer, was called the 'Living Rosary'".
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CNN REPORT: Vice President Joe Biden joined five Supreme Court justices to attend Sunday's annual Red Mass, the Roman Catholic service for the courts that has drawn criticism in recent years.Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas attended the service, held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, on the eve of the court's new term.The Mass was started in 1952 by the John Carroll Society, a lay Catholic group of prominent lawyers and professionals, to celebrate the legal profession. But the event has drawn criticism in recent years for what many see as an unhealthy mix of politics, religion and the law.The mass is a Catholic service, but power brokers of other faiths are asked to attend the invitation-only event. Critics have called the attendance of leading decision-makers, including members of the highest court in the land, inappropriate.Past homilies by individual speakers have lamented the high court's ruling legalizing abortion and the constitutional separation of church and state, although most recent Red Mass ceremonies have avoided hot-button social and political issues to focus on universal themes. Church officials insist they do not attempt to lobby or seek to persuade anyone who attends the service.Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, who gave this year's sermon, told parishioners the church understands the "nearly overwhelming complexity of the climate which envelops the practice of law and the administration of justice today.""No informed observer can fail to acknowledge that the social and cultural pluralism of our times - not to mention the relentless and sometimes pitiless public scrutiny to which you are subjected - makes the work of judges and lawyers today very hard indeed," he said.The archbishop also asserted that laws are based upon certain principles: "the pursuit of the common good through respect for the natural law, the dignity of the human person, the inviolability of innocent life from conception to natural death, the sanctity of marriage, justice for the poor, protection of minors, and so on."Di Noia later decried a trend toward "exclusive humanism" and said, "That innocent human life is now so broadly under threat has seemed to many of us one of the signs of this growing peril." Washington archdiocese spokeswoman Susan Gibbs told CNN afterwards that the reference to "innocent human life" was meant "broadly," referring to "all life that is at risk, not just simply the unborn, but the fragility of all human life."All the justices who attended Sunday are Catholics except Breyer, who is Jewish. The court is currently made up of six Catholics and three Jews, including its newest member, Elena Kagan.One member of the court who no longer attends is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, like Breyer and Kagan, is Jewish. Ginsburg has said she grew tired of being lectured by Catholic officials."I went one year, and I will never go again, because this sermon was outrageously anti-abortion," Ginsburg said in the book "Stars of David: Prominent Jews talk About Being Jewish" by author Abigail Pogrebin. "Even the Scalias - although they're much of that persuasion - were embarrassed for me."
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Catholic Bishops press release: Archbishops to travel to Rome in preparation for the Apostolic VisitationAt the invitation of the Congregation of Bishops, the four archbishops of Ireland will travel to Rome next week in preparation for the forthcoming Apostolic Visitation to the four archdioceses of Ireland.The archbishops: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly; and, Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will meet with the four Apostolic Visitors in advance of their visitation which was announced last March in the Pastoral letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland.The purpose of the Apostolic Visitation is to offer assistance and to contribute to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Church in Ireland. The Visitation will facilitate reflection, evaluation and review of Church life
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Asia News report: Promoted by the archbishop of Kirkuk, the initiative will involve all the faithful of the archdiocese until the eve of the Synod Assembly to be held in Rome October 10 to 24.Kirkuk (AsiaNews) - The archbishop of Kirkuk, Mgr. Louis Sako is inviting the faithful of his archdiocese to pray and fast for the successful outcome of the Synod of the Churches of the Middle East to be held in Rome, October 10 to 24. Today and tomorrow all masses in the churches of the archdiocese will be dedicated to the Synod. Instead the fast will be held on October 9, the eve of the event.In his request, the Archbishop stresses that "the Synod is very important for the Catholic Church in the Middle East and a unique opportunity of communion and solidarity among Christians, so they are not limited to mere survival, but instead become witnesses and a living presence. ""Let us pray - he continues - that this Synod will bring hope and comfort to all Christians and is a privileged moment of conversion, witness and faithfulness to Christ."The Christians of the Middle East are an important component in a region plagued by wars, terrorism and political instability of Muslim countries, which in recent years have endangered the very survival of the churches in the Middle East. Born of a request from local bishops, the Synod will analyze issues such as immigration, religious freedom, ecumenism and unity among Christians, as witnesses to the message of Christ in the Islamic and Jewish world. SOURCE
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Cath News report: Mike Brady, who wrote the famous football songs Up There Cazaly and One Day in September, has launched a song written in honour of Australia's first saint, called In Mary's Hands.Brady, who was commissioned to write the song and worked closely with the Sisters of St Joseph, the order Mother MacKillop founded, said it had been a lovely experience, reports the Herald Sun."Initially it was difficult because I didn't want it to sound like a pop song or a trite piece of jingoism but the more I read about her, the easier it was," Brady said."Even if you take the spirituality and religion out of it, she was still an amazing woman."
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All Africa report: Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Alain Paul Lebeaupin has urged the youth in the country to ensure that they excelled in their studies while they kept a high standard of discipline in their daily life.He said the two should march together for a bright future of the young people.The Apostolic Nuncio was addressing a huge gathering of young Catholics, who had converged at Mariapolis Piero Centre, Juja within the wider archdiocese of Nairobi on Sunday September 26, during a special Mass for Chiara Luce, whom Pope Benedict XVI had beatified in Rome the previous day, Saturday, September 25.The newly beatified Italian lady died at the age of 19 and was a strong and active member of the Catholic Church Movement of Focolare for both religious and lay people.The Pope's representative in Kenya urged the Catholic youth to always take Chiara Luce as their spiritual yardstick."At a tender age of 19 she was already performing pretty well in the vineyard through assisting the needy despite that fact that she was herself a needy case-she suffered from cancer," he further told over 1,000 youth, members of the Catholic Church Movement of Focolare, drawn from various parts of the country.During the long-day event, attendants were treated to video and film on the life of the now beatified Chiara Luce. A short film on what took place during the beatification ceremony was also re-played to the gathering.
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St. Gerard of BrogneABBOTFeast: October 1Information:Feast Day:October 1Born:895 at Staves, Namur, BelgiumDied:3 October 959 at Brogne, BelgiumMajor Shrine:Saint-Gérard, NamurPatron of:Saint-Gérard, NamurBorn at Staves in the county of Namur, towards the end of the ninth century; died at Brogne or St-Gérard, 3 Oct. 959. The son of Stance, of the family of dukes of Lower Austrasia, and of Plectrude, sister of Stephen, Bishop of Liège, the young Gérard, like most omen of his rank, followed at first the career of arms. His piety, however, was admirable amid the distractions of camp. He transformed into a large church a modest chapel situated on the estate of Brogne which belonged to his family. About 917, the Count of Namur charged him with a mission to Robert, younger brother of Eudes, King of France. He permitted his followers to reside at Paris, but himself went to live at the Abbey of St-Denis, where he was so struck by the deifying lives of the monks that, at the conclusion of his embassy, with the consent of the Count of Namur and Bishop Stephen, his maternal uncle, he returned to St-Denis, took the religious habit, and after eleven years was ordained priest. He then requested to be allowed to return to Brogne, where he replaced the lax clerics with monks animated by a true religious spirit. Thereupon he himself retired to a cell near the monastery for more austere mortification. From this retreat he was summoned by the Archbishop of Cambrai who confided to him the direction of the community of St-Ghislain in Hainault. Here also he established monks instead of the canons, whose conduct had ceased to be exemplary, and he enforced the strictest monastic discipline. Gradually he became superior of eighteen other abbeys situated in the region between the Meuse, the Somme, and the sea, and through his efforts the Order of St. Benedict was soon completely restored throughout this region. Weighed down by age and infirmities, he placed vicars or abbots in his stead, in the various abbeys with which he was charged, and retired to that of Brogne. He still had courage to take a journey to Rome in order to obtain a Bull confirming the privileges of that abbey. On his return he paid a final visit to all the communities which he had reorganized, and then awaited death at Brogne. His body is still preserved at Brogne, now commonly calledSt-Gérard.
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Habakkuk 1: 2 - 32O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee "Violence!" and thou wilt not save?3Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.Habakkuk 2: 2 - 42And the LORD answered

me: "Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.3For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end -- it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.4Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.Psalms 95: 1 - 2, 6 - 91O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!8Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,9when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.2 Timothy 1: 6 - 8, 13 - 146Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;7for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.8Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,13Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus;14guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.Luke 17: 5 - 105The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"6And the Lord said, "If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, `Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.7"Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come

in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table'?8Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink'?9Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?10So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"
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VATICAN: POPE: AUDIENCES AND LETTER TO BELARUS (OCT. 2) report: Pope Benedict XVI received in audience this morning: Eminence Card. Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for bishops, etc. I bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Brazil (region of Norte I-NOROESTE), on their "Ad Limina" visit: h.e. Mons. Moacir Grechi, o.s.m., Archbishop of Porto Velho;H.e. Mons. Moses João Pontelo, c.s.sp., Bishop of Cruzeiro do Sul;H.e. Mons. Geraldo Verdier, Bishop of Guajará-Mirim;H.e. Mons. Franz Josef Meinrad Merkel, Bishop of Humaitá, c.s.sp

LETTER OF THE HOLY FATHER TO THE SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE THIRD CENTENARY OF THE CONSECRATION OF THE CATHEDRAL IN MINSK (BELARUS) (9 October 2010)On 7 August 2010, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has appointed the eminence Card. Jozef Tomko, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of peoples, its Special Envoy at the celebrations of the third centenary of the consecration of the Cathedral in Minsk (Belarus), which will take place on 9 October 2010.Cardinal Special Envoy will be accompanied by an ecclesiastical Mission composed of the following:-Rev. Mons. Edmund Dowgilowicz-Nowicki, pastor of the parish of Saint Joseph in Maladzechna;-Rev. fr. Bernard Radzik, o.c.d., pastor of the parish of Saint Andrew in Narach.We publish below the letter of the Holy Father to eminence Card. Jozef Tomko:LETTER OF POPE in Italian:

WAIVER OF AUXILIARIES OF GUATEMALA (GUATEMALA), the Holy Father Benedict XVI accepted the resignation to the Office of auxiliary bishop of Guatemala (Guatemala), presented by h.e. Mons. José Ramiro Pellecer Samoya, titular bishop of Teglata of Proconsolare, and Mario Enrique Rios Mont, titular bishop of Tiguala, according to the canons 411 e 401 § 1 of the code of Canon law.

WAIVER OF ARCHBISHOP OF GUATEMALA (GUATEMALA) And APPOINTS SUCCESSOR Pope Benedict XVI accepted the surrender of the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Guatemala (Guatemala) by eminence Card. Rodolfo Quezada Toruño Ignacio, in accordance with the can. 401 § 1 of the code of Canon law.The Pope has nominated him Archbishop of Guatemala (Guatemala) h.e. Mons. Oscar Morales Julio Vian, s.d.b., until now Archbishop of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán. H.e. Mons. Oscar Morales Julio Vian, s.d.b.H.e. Mons. Oscar Morales Julio Vian, s.d.b., was born in Guatemala City on October 18, 1947. Ordained a priest on August 15, 1976, in 1980 has licensed in liturgy at the Pontifical Athenaeum s. Anselmo.As priest has played, among others the following appointments: the school Counselor in the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Panama, Professor of Salesian theological Institute of Guatemala, Director of the Colegio salesiano "San Miguel" of Tegucigalpa in Honduras, Youth Ministry Inspector Delegate, provincial Councillor, Director of the Don Bosco youth centre of Managua and Director of the Collegio Don Bosco to Guatemala City.30 November 1996 he was appointed Vicar Apostolic of El Petén and bishopric on 1 February 1997. On 19 April 2007 was transferred to the Archdiocese of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango-Totonicapán.
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AsiaNews REPORT –Father Nithiya believes the whole world should embrace the message of peace promoted by Mahatma Gandhi. The need to look to the poor and needy, because only with the development of the least can a just and tolerant society be achieved.Today is the International Day of Non-Violence, which coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. According to the United Nations General Assembly resolution of 15 June 2007, the anniversary is an occasion to "disseminate the message of nonviolence, including through education and public awareness". Governments and NGOs mark the day by promoting these principles through meetings, seminars, exhibitions and public lectures.Fr. Nithiya OFM (Cap), executive secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) Office of Human Development, spoke to AsiaNews about the relevance of the Gandhi’s message for India today:"Unfortunately, most of the rich live of violence and weapons. India is the second largest importer of weapons in the world, and does not invest in dialogue and peace initiatives.Every day the news and media are full of talk of violence. Schools and universities do not have peace, and India as a whole is becoming a violent country, particularly against the poor, the marginalized, indigenous peoples who are denied their right to food, water and land. Women are still not free, either at home or in public. There is a long way to go to learn tolerance and nonviolence. This year the Day for Nonviolence focuses on the rural peoples and villages, but right now more attention is paid to the cities and industries. Thousands of villages are without electricity, without water supply, roads and health centres.Gandhi spoke of Sarvodaya, a society that is able to guarantee the well-being of all citizens, with equal economic, political, civil and socio-cultural rights. Rights that are violated today when it comes to poor and marginalized. The India of today is not the one Gandhi dreamed of, but his message is still true today, and every decision we make must include and involve the most needy.Here I am not only speaking of India, but Asia as a whole, the meeting point of different cultures, traditions and religions. Today more than ever we need to accept and spread the message of the Mahatma: to India, Asia, and throughout the world. "
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Agenzia Fides –New Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe formedThe birth of an Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe Demographics and the Family in Europe was announced yesterday afternoon (September 30), by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and President of the CCEE (Council of European Bishops' Conferences), in his opening speech at the CCEE Plenary Assembly, being held in Zagreb from September 30 to October 3, on "Demographics and the Family in Europe."“Europe, this continent in which many cultures have found the Gospel, and from where so many missionaries have set out to proclaim the Word to the ends of the earth, is today experiencing an identity crisis. And this crisis does not only affect our individual nations, but it also touches upon the plan for a community of Europe,” said Cardinal Erdo in his opening speech. Today there are plenty of groups who seek to “deny the existence of God at all costs,” thus denying the possibility of founding life and social structures on a solid foundation. However, “Europe needs God, to recall its own roots and therefore to look to the future with realism and hope. Unfortunately, the situation is not easy for Christians who try to bear witness to their faith and hope in their lives, in a lifestyle that often becomes a challenge for others.”The President of the CCEE also announced the birth of an "Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe," which aims to "promote greater awareness of the forms of intolerance and discrimination which some Christians in Europe suffer.” He continued: "This observatory does not aim to be a tool for disputes, but an aid to create a society more respectful of religious freedom, more capable too of understanding and accepting both its own roots and the plural reality through a healthy secularism. In short, it is, on the one hand, a help to modern evangelization, and, on the other, a help to the development of an authentic democracy based on equality in our continent. True religious freedom – as John Paul II says – is a fundamental right and sets the standard for the observation of all the other rights. Where hate campaigns are permitted against a certain religious community or an ethnic group, tomorrow it will be permitted against another group.”In the telegram sent on behalf of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, encouraged the prelates "to continue the important work undertaken and inspire in the Church communities the necessary commitment so that the faithful might be free from intolerance and discrimination and to promote the family and the defense of human life." The Pope also assured the participants of his prayers "so that the providential meeting may contribute to strengthening the bonds of unity and communion between the European bishops giving a further courageous thrust to the new evangelization of the continent."
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All Africa report; The Holy See has appointed Monsignor Hubertus Matheus Maria VAN MEGEN new Chargé d'Affaires, in order to give a more stable and continuous presence of its diplomatic representative in Malawi.This decision means that, while the Apostolic Nuncio - Vatican Ambassador remains Archbishop Nicolas Girasoli resident in Zambia, the Chargé d'Affaires, Monsignor Hubertus Matheus Maria VAN MEGEN will be in charge for the ordinary administration of the Apostolic Nunciature - Vatican Embassy in Lilongwe as well as for the Diplomatic, Civil Authorities and Church's affairs and representation.Van Megen has officially been presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Malawi by the Apostolic Nuncio - Vatican Ambassador to Malawi and Zambia, Nicolas Girasoli and installed on the 22nd September 2010.The Episcopal Conference of Malawi has welcomed this development with a sense of deep gratitude as it signals yet another milestone in the history of the Catholic Church in Malawi. The presence of a resident Chargé d'Affaires is recognition of the growth of the Church in Malawi and a visible sign of the Unity and the Catholicity of the Church
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CNA report: Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz is urging Alaskans to celebrate “Respect Life Sunday” on Sunday, Oct. 3 – an annual, nationwide commemoration to help bring Catholic Church teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and public at large.In the debates over the treatment of human life, there are “signs of hope,” Archbishop Schwietz told the Catholic Anchor. “The hearts of people are changing,” he said, “and especially young people are seeing the reality that human life does begin at conception.”Indeed, recent national polls show increasing opposition to abortion and federally funded embryo-destructive stem cell research.But “what’s more worrisome is the end-of-life issues,” he cautioned, as certain groups continue pushing for euthanasia and assisted suicide. In fact, Alaska’s nearest neighbors, Oregon and Washington, both have laws allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to end patients’ lives. And the practice of withdrawing assisted nutrition and hydration from patients who cannot feed themselves is commonplace in many areas.In the face of the current “challenge,” Archbishop Schwietz recommended the diocese’s Catholics pray that all human lives are respected, from conception to natural death. And he added that Respect Life Sunday is a good opportunity for Catholics to “reflect on the need for us to be people who bring the truth to our society, as a people of faith.”Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Sunday project is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and observed in virtually all of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the U.S.This year’s theme is, “The measure of love is to love without measure.” To encourage all to “heroic” love of the most defenseless members of the human family, the USCCB has prepared Respect Life Sunday bulletin inserts, posters, prayer intentions, a liturgy guide, preaching reflections and brochures.Among other issues of pro-life import, the materials address end-of-life care, population control and morally permissible treatments for infertility. The brochures explain why assisted nutrition and hydration are natural means of preserving life, not a medical “treatment;” why population growth is a “driver,” not a hindrance of progress; and how infertility can be addressed in morally sound ways.This year’s liturgy guide offers intercessions for life, a Litany for Life, a prayer, enthronement and novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, as well as suggested preaching reflections for Respect Life Sunday and January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand in the United States.Archbishop Schwietz plans to disseminate links to the bishops’ online materials to all 32 parishes of the Anchorage Archdiocese. They may be downloaded — in English or Spanish – from the Web site of the bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, at
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Cath News report:
The Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) starts in Melbourne today, where participants will " reflect on the graces and challenges of youth ministry in the church in our country", said Bishop Joseph Grech."It will be a time of formation, prayer, celebration and fellowship," said Bishop Grech, the Australian Catholic Bishops' delegate for youth, in a statement."The theme for the 2010 ACYMC is "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (MK 10:17). This is also the theme of WYD2010 as set by Pope Benedict XVI . In youth ministry we are called to help young people seek the answers by sharing with them passionately, constantly and boldly the presence and the teachings of Jesus Christ. This work with the young heart of the church is crucial in fanning the fire of Jesus Christ in our world today.""Having already received 380 registrations for the convention it shows an overwhelming need to gather youth ministers and education professionals from around the nation for formation and networking opportunities," said Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer, Malcolm Hart."With presentations from bishops and experienced youth ministers from around Australia it will be a great to share and showcase the best of youth ministry in Australia."This year's convention also includes, Dr Bob McCarty, the Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) in the USA. The NFCYM hosts 2 big events in the USA - National Catholic Youth Convention which gathers over 20,000 young people and the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry which forms 2,500 youth ministers.He is an author of a number of youth ministry books and travels internationally including the UK earlier this year to work with the newly established Catholic Youth Ministry Federation where he addressed over 1,000 youth ministers. He will be speaking at the ACYMC on foundational and inspirational youth ministry.
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The Feast of the Guardian AngelsFeast: October 2Information:Feast Day:October 2Not only do believers have faith on their side, but they have "witnesses" of God's Word. Holy Scripture contains

numerous examples that witness to the existence of angels and their manifestations in relation to the fulfillment of particular missions.The well-known example of Mary's Annunciation involved an angel sent by God to announce that the moment had arrived for the fulfillment of the coming of God's Son: He would be conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary as man.Angels were also the witnesses and heralds of Jesus' Resurrection.Sacred Scripture and angelsWith Sacred Scripture as its foundation, the Church affirms the existence of angels and puts into light their mission in relation to collective salvation in history as well as individual salvation.In a Catechesis during the early years of his Pontificate, keeping in mind what is held by tradition, John Paul II affirmed that "the angels, as pure spirits, not only participate in the holiness of God himself, in the manner proper to them, but in the key moments they surround Christ and accompany him in the fulfillment of his salvific mission in regard to mankind" (General Audience, 30 July 1986; L'Osservatore Romano English Edition, 4 August, p. 1).Holiness, therefore, as the fruit of grace and love, is shared by the angels. It is not shared by all, however, for in the beginning there was a rebellion, and those unfaithful to God and his project of salvation were excluded.Without manipulating Scripture, we can say that participation in God's holiness can be understood in relation to the redemptive holiness which springs forth from Christ, by means of and in sight of which the angels were created. Such participation was held in a specific way by the angels.Guardian angelsIn the Catechesis mentioned above, John Paul also affirms that "in the key moments [the angels] surround Christ and accompany him in the fulfilment of his salvific mission in regard to mankind". This is a logical consequence of the aforementioned text.Angels, created by God according to the importance and necessity of each situation, therefore "accompany" and "surround" the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. In this way the mission is complete, embracing the whole Christ, Head and Body.This dynamic refers not only to the Ecclesial Community as such, but also individual Church members. But as part of the historical and ecclesiological profile it must also be mentioned that angels journey together with the Church in her mission of salvation and at the same time travel side-by-side with her members; all human beings have their own guardian angel to guard, protect and enlighten them.The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that "from infancy to death human life is surrounded by their [angels'] watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God" (CCC, n. 336).Such protection will benefit those who respond to the Holy Spirit's direction and for those who willingly collaborate. In her liturgy, the Church prays to the angels for herself and others, calling upon their protection and intercession: it is sufficient to follow the liturgy of the Mass to be convinced.The same Church makes the special prayer to the guardian angel available to the faithful and to all who wish to recite it. As a result, praying it at least twice a day, morning and evening, should not be "an option".
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Matthew 18: 1 - 5, 101At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,3and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.4Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.5"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;10"See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.
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