CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: TUES. FEB. 1, 2011: HEADLINES-
VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS REPORT) - Made public today was a Message from Benedict XVI to the second Latin-American Continental Congress for Vocations, which is being held in Cartago, Costa Rica, from 31 January to 5 February. The first congress, organised by the Holy See and the Latin-American Confederation of Religious, was celebrated seventeen years ago, while the current gathering is the result of an initiative by bishops responsible for the pastoral care of vocations in Latin America and the Caribbean. IMAGE SOURCE- RADIO VATICANA
"The great task of evangelisation requires an ever increasing number of people to respond generously to the call of God and make a lifelong commitment to the cause of the Gospel", the Pope writes. "One precious fruit of incisive missionary action, along with a general strengthening of Christian life, is the increase in vocations of special consecration. In some way, the abundance of vocations is an eloquent sign of ecclesial vitality, and of a faith that is deeply experienced by all members of the People of God".
"In this second congress - which has as its theme "Master, in Your Name will I Cast my Nets" - those who work in the field of the pastoral care of vocations in Latin America and the Caribbean have come together with the aim of strengthening vocational pastoral care, that baptised people may answer the call to become disciples and missionaries of Christ. ... Pastoral care of vocations must be fully integrated into more general pastoral care, and should have a capillary presence in all fields of pastoral work. ... Experience shows us that, where vocational pastoral care is well planned and constantly practiced, vocations are not lacking. God is generous, and our own commitment to vocational pastoral care in all particular Churches must be equally generous".
"Vocations", Benedict XVI continues his Message, "are not the result of any human project, or of some efficient organisational strategy. At the deepest level, they are a gift of God. ... It is important to recall the primacy of the life of the spirit as the basis of all pastoral planning. The young generations must be given the chance to open their hearts to a greater reality: to Christ, the only One Who can give meaning and fullness to their lives. ... Yet at the same time, the strengthening of our spiritual life must lead us increasingly to identify ourselves with the will of God, and to offer a clearer and more transparent testimony of faith, hope and charity".
"Faithful and joyful witness of one's own vocation has been and remains an excellent way to awaken in young people the desire to follow the footsteps of Christ. This must be accompanied by the courage to propose to them, with delicacy and respect, the possibility that God may be calling them too. Often, the divine vocation opens its way through human words, or thanks to an environment in which people experience a living faith. ... The world needs God", the Pope concludes, "and for this reason it will always need people who live for Him and announce Him to others".
VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for February is: "That all may respect the family and recognise it for its unmatched contribution to the advancement of society".
His mission intention is: "That Christian communities may witness to the presence of Christ in serving those who suffer from disease in those mission territories where the fight against disease is most urgent".
VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - In the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m. on Saturday 5 February, Benedict XVI will confer episcopal ordination on the following priests:
- Msgr. Savio Hon Tai-Fai S.D.B., born on 21 October 1950, ordained a priest on 17 July 1982, appointed as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples on 23 December 2010.
- Msgr. Marcello Bartolucci of the clergy of the diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, Italy, born on 9 April 1944, ordained a priest on 9 November 1968, appointed as secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 29 December 2010.
- Msgr. Celso Morga Iruzubieta of the clergy of the diocese of Calahorra y La Calzada - Logrono, Spain, born on 28 January 1948, ordained a priest on 24 June 1972, appointed as secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy on 29 December 2010.
- Msgr. Antonio Guido Filipazzi of the clergy of the diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo, Italy, born on 8 October 1963, ordained a priest on 10 October 1987, appointed as apostolic nuncio on 8 January 2011.
- Msgr. Edgar Pena Parra of the clergy of the archdiocese of Maracaibo, Venezuela, born on 6 March 1960, ordained a priest on 23 August 1985, appointed as apostolic nuncio on 8 January 2011.
VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - A note published today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announces details of forthcoming ceremonies in which cardinals will take possession of their titular or diaconate churches:
At 6.30 p.m. on Saturday 5 February, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Agatha of the Goths, in Via Mazzarino 16, Rome.
At 6 p.m. on Friday 11 February, Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Mary in Aquiro, in Piazza Capranica, Rome.
At 6 p.m. on Saturday 12 February, Cardinal Francesco Monterisi, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Paul alla Regola, in Via San Paolo alla Regola 6, Rome.
At midday on Sunday 13 February, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Colombo, Sri Lanka, will take possession of the title of St. Lawrence in Lucina, Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina 16/A, Rome.
VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father erected the new military ordinariate of Bosnia Herzegovina, appointing Fr. Tomo Vuksic as first military ordinary of the country.
Taiyuan (AsiaNews)-Despite the bitter cold of the New Year, Msgr. Ningyou Meng, coadjutor bishop of Taiyuan (Shanxi) and his community, prepared a candle-light procession to symbolize the witness to Jesus among people.
Chinese zodiac is based on a cycle of 12 years and each year is assigned an animal. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which starts tomorrow and ends in 2012.
Msgr. Meng was ordained a bishop in September 2010. The prelate told AsiaNewsthat this evening, the diocese will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving for the past year. It will start at 6pm with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a torchlight procession through the streets of the city and ends with the celebration of the Eucharist in the cathedral.
"Tomorrow, the first day of Lunar New Year, we will celebrate five Masses - says the prelate - Many Catholics will go to church to give thanks for the new year and exchange greetings." It 's always nice to meet our people - he adds - especially those working or studying in other cities. "
Msgr. Meng has been bishop for about five months and admits that his new life so far has been full of joy, happiness and difficulties. The prelate says that the responsibilities are heavy, but he is determined to address all issues. In recent months, five formation courses for priests and lay people were carried out and many others will be held in the new year.
"I only do my best to provide formation for young priests and lay people - the bishop - hoping that the seeds planted now will develop better in the future. Moreover, unity and communion among priests and lay Catholics is very important for the Church even if it is not easy. "
Many dioceses, including Taiyuan, have organized teams of volunteers these days to visit the sick and poor, by distributing food and clothes. Other communities have also visited the parents of priests, seminarians and nuns, thanking them for giving their children to serve the Church.
CATH NEWS REPORT: Euthanasia is contrary to the ideals of justice and charity and would corrupt society, Bishop Anthony Fisher warned the legal fraternity who gathered for the 81st annual Red Mass in Sydney, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
''Even were such a proposal to gain a parliamentary majority this would not make it right,'' he said.Bishop Fisher, of Parramatta, said during the Mass held at St Mary's Cathedral yesterday to mark the start of the legal year, that ''state-sanctioned killing'' undermined the legitimacy of the state and its criminal law.
''Bad laws are mostly made by bad people and in turn make people bad.''
Bishop Fisher called on those gathered - including NSW Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, the shadow attorney-general, Greg Smith, and leading judges and barristers - to resist efforts to legalise voluntary euthanasia.
Bishop Fisher, a former lawyer, said the proposed legislation was ''the killing of those who suffer by those who are comfortable, of the vulnerable by the powerful, of the sick by those professed to heal them''.
In NSW the Greens intend to introduce a private member's bill in support of legalising euthanasia after the election in March.
A NSW Greens MP, Cate Faehrmann, criticised the bishop's comments, saying it was an example of an ''out-of-touch commentator driven by out-of-touch ideology''.
''The vast majority of people support voluntary euthanasia as long as it's with appropriate safeguards, which is what the legislation I am proposing is about.''
New Missal to be implemented in parishes Nov. 27, first Sunday of Advent
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WASHINGTON (February 1, 2011)—Pre-orders for the Altar and Chapel editions of the new Roman Missal will be accepted starting March 1, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Both the larger Altar edition and the more versatile and compact Chapel edition are highly readable and beautifully designed and bound, consistent with USCCB versions of previous liturgical books.
Both editions will be printed on fine paper and feature striking four-color artwork from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
Monsignor Anthony Sherman, executive director of the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship, praised the new Roman Missal.
“This Missal is a source of strength and spiritual development for Catholics throughout the United States,” he said. “The prayers within it lift up our hearts and minds to the Lord in song and prayer.”
The new Roman Missal will be used for the first time in U.S. parishes on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27.
The USCCB Roman Missal, Third Edition books will be available for pre-order starting March 1, atwww.usccbpublishing.org. Pre-orders can also be placed by telephone, e-mail, U.S. mail or fax. More details can be learned by contacting a Customer Service representative toll free at 800-235-8722 or through e-mail: Customer Service at CSS@usccb.org. (Roman Missal Altar Edition, Pub. No. 7-100; Roman Missal Chapel Edition, Pub. No. 7-192)
Other ritual books also available from USCCB include the Rite of Penance, Rite of Confirmation, and the Rites of Baptism and Marriage in Spanish.
“Despite these reports, we believe that the vote has retained its credibility because we are convinced that the ways of recourse under the law will do justice to the irregularities, especially since all parties concerned have recourse to legal action by the competent court,” the statement said. The document also addresses a number of recommendations to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC): to improve the quality of its work before the second round of voting takes place; to rapidly announce the provisional results; to improve training for election officials.
The outcome of the elections of 23 January has not yet been announced. The Commission for Justice and Peace thus calls “Christians - and all citizens - to wait patiently for the results.”
St. Bridgid of Ireland
VIRGIN, PATRONESS OF IRELAND
Feast: February 1
|Mark 5: 21 - 43|
|21||And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea.|
|22||Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja'irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,|
|23||and besought him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live."|
|24||And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.|
|25||And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,|
|26||and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.|
|27||She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.|
|28||For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well."|
|29||And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.|
|30||And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?"|
|31||And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'"|
|32||And he looked around to see who had done it.|
|33||But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.|
|34||And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."|
|35||While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"|
|36||But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."|
|37||And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.|
|38||When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.|
|39||And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."|
|40||And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.|
|41||Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."|
|42||And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.|
|43||And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.|