Sunday, April 10, 2011










Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the Sunday Gospel reading of the Raising of Lazarus during his Angelus address. He said the reading gives us the opportunity to think of our own resurrection at the end of time. He said death is for us like a wall that keeps us from seeing what is beyond. Yet, the Pope says, our heart reaches out beyond this wall, and although we can not know what it hides, we think about it and imagine it.
He said the idea of personal resurrection is a difficult one, and even among Christians, it is often accompanied by doubts and confusion, because it is a reality that transcends the limits of our reason, and requires an act of faith.
The Holy Father said Christ breaks down the wall of death, and the resurrection of Lazarus is a sign of his complete mastery over physical death. But, the Pope reminded us, there's another death – sin, the spiritual death which threatens to ruin the life of every man. To defeat death Christ died, and his Resurrection is not a return to the previous life, but the opening of a new reality, finally reunited with the God of Heaven.


CATHOLIC ONLINE REPORT: More mass graves uncovered in Tamaulipas

With the discovery of new mass graves in Tamaulipas, the Mexican drug was has been tied to about 3,220 murders in the first three months of 2011. These grim statistics are in fact a decline from the 3,690 killings in the last quarter of 2010. The Mexican government has yet to publish an official estimate.

Authorities are still not sure about the origin of the victims found in the pits, but suspect at least some had been abducted from buses.

Authorities are still not sure about the origin of the victims found in the pits, but suspect at least some had been abducted from buses

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Investigators uncovered 13 more bodies in mass graves in the violent northeastern state of Tamaulipas, where 59 dead were exhumed earlier this week. Seventy-two bodies have now been discovered since authorities began pursuing reports that gunmen had kidnapped people off of passenger buses travelling to towns near the U.S. border.

State Interior Secretary Morelos reported that nine of the bodies were discovered in one newly found grave, four others in another this week in the area around the city of San Fernando. The total now matches the number of migrants who died in a massacre near that town last August. Investigators are combing for more graves in the area.

Federal authorities said they have detained 14 people in connection with the crimes.

Officials began receiving reports late last month that gunmen were pulling men off buses on the stretch of road that runs through the municipality of San Fernando.

Relatives of people who have gone missing have begun showing up at a morgue in border city of Matamoros across from Brownsville, Texas, looking for friends and relatives. The victims have been reported missing anywhere from a couple of weeks, others a few months, some as long as three years.

Authorities are still not sure about the origin of the victims found in the pits, but suspect at least some had been abducted from buses.

The recent discovery comes just days after thousands of Mexicans protested the country's raging drug war. On the day of the march, dozens of bodies were found in graves near the country's border with the United States.

Demonstrators marched in cities across Mexico, holding signs condemning the wave of killing that has claimed more than 37,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and launched a military-led crackdown against drug cartels.

Body counts published by Mexican media indicate the death toll has fallen for two consecutive quarters for the first time since Calderon began his campaign.


Asia News report: Despite Assad’s promises, more demonstrations take place today in Qamishli, Deir e-Zor, Banias and Dummar, a Damascus suburb. Police fire on crowd as Assad grants Syrian citizenship to 200,000 Kurds.

Damascus (AsiaNews/Agencies) – At least four people, some say seven, were killed in Deraa during another protest agaiinst the Assad regime.

In the past few weeks, attempts in various Syrian cities to imitate the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in Tunisia and Egypt have been suppressed violently. The centre of resistance is Deraa, a town in southern Syria.

Protests have occurred today in various Syrian cities following Friday prayers despite some changes made by President Assad liking forcing his cabinet to resign and sacking two governors.

Despite promising changes, he has not repeal emergency rule in place since 1963.

In addition to Deraa, demonstrations were held in Qamishli, Deir e-Zor, Banias, and Dummar, a Damascus suburb.

According to eyewitnesses, police in Deraa fired on crowds, killing and wounding several people.

Perhaps fearing further disorder, Assad today issued a decree granting Syrian citizenship to about 200,000 Kurds living in the eastern part of the country.

Until now they were considered as foreigners.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - “Gift of the Heart” opened its doors to eight adolescents and children entrusted to the Guanellians by a court in Krakow. The children are aged 4 to 17 years. “Gift of the Heart” is the family home which has just opened in the territory of Skawina, Poland. The property is located in the 'Centrum Don Guanella' that for 15 months now has been operating in the area witnessing to the Guanellian charism. “The idea was John Paul II's, who urged us to go to Poland to share Don Guanella's charism for the poor. Providence then did the rest,” said a statement by the spiritual director, Father Wieslaw Baniak, issued by the Guanellians and received by Fides. “Today, our chapel,” he adds, “welcomes hundreds of people for prayer and Sunday Masses.” The Center welcomes congregations, prayer groups, associations or movements in the area for formation or retreats in the summer months.


Media Release Bishop's Conference of Australia:
April 8, 2011
Head of Pontifical Council for Migrants to visit Australia in May
Archbishop Antonio Vegliò, President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People and Fr. Gabriele Bentoglio, under-secretary of the same Council will visit Australia in May on the invitation of the late Bishop Joseph Grech (former Bishops Delegate for the Pastoral care of Migrants and Refugees).
The visit will take place from May 2 to May 14, 2011 and is hosted by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO).
This visit is the first visit of its kind to take place and will aim to encourage migrant chaplains and communities living and working in Australia.
Fr Maurizio Pettenà of the ACMRO hopes that the visit will contribute greatly to sharing Australia’s experience of pastoral care to migrants and refugees with the Holy See.
“We wish this visit to be pastoral in nature, to exhibit the wonderful work of migrant chaplains around Australia to these representatives of the Holy See”, said Fr Maurizio.
“We hope that the visit will have an impact on the wider community in Australia to showcase the pastoral care of the Catholic Church to Migrants and Refugees in the broader context of the Church’s teaching on this matter”, he said.
Archbishop Vegliò will address the Plenary of the Australian Bishops at Mary MacKillop place on May 11, and will meet with migrant chaplains and pastoral workers in various parts of the country.
It is the hope of Archbishop Vegliò and Fr Bentoglio that they might better understand the system in Australia regarding the provision of pastoral care to migrant and refugees.
This visit will happen just a few months before the Bishops of Australia take part in the Ad Limina visit to the Holy Father and to the heads of the various Dicasteries of the Roman Curia.
During the Ad Limina visit, the Australian Bishops will visit the headquarters of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant people, highlighting the importance the Australian Church places on migrant and refugee issues.
For media enquiries or information about the visit of Archbishop Vegliò and Fr Bentoglio, please contact Beth Doherty 0407 081 256.


ALL AFRICA REPORT: The bishop of the M'banza Kongo Diocese, Vicente Carlos Kiaziku, on Tuesday in this city defended the need for major divulging of peace messages in society, through the mass media.

Speaking to ANGOP, the Catholic prelate said that the gospel has to be announced to a greater and greater number of citizens, aiming for peace of mind and retrieval of moral and civic values.

In view of this, the bishop defended that it is necessary that the signal of Radio Ecclésia (Catholic radio station), so that the message of the gospel can reach the whole country.

The prelate was speaking on the occasion of the celebrations of the Peace and National Reconciliation Day, marked on April 04."With the radio we reach a great part of the Angolan population and our contribution to a better Angola would be greater", he stressed.


St. Fulbert


Feast: April 10


Feast Day:April 10
Born:between 952 and 962
Died:10 April 1028 or 1029

Bishop, b. between 952 and 962; d. 10 April, 1028 or 1029. Mabillon and others think that he was born in Italy, probably at Rome; but Pfister, his latest biographer, designates as his birthplace the Diocese of Laudun in the present department of Gard in France. He was of humble parentage and received his education at the school of Reims, where he had as teacher the famous Gerbert who in 999 ascended the papal throne as Sylvester II. In 990 Fulbert opened a school at Chartres which soon became the most famous seat of learning in France and drew scholars not only from the remotest parts of France, but also from Italy, Germany, and England. Fulbert was also chancellor of the church of Chartres and treasurer of St. Hilary's at Poitiers. So highly was he esteemed as a teacher that his pupils were wont to style him "venerable Socrates". He was a strong opponent of the rationalistic tendencies which had infected some dialecticians of his times, and often warned his pupils against such as extol their dialectics above the teachings of the Church and the testimony of the Bible. Still it was one of Fulbert's pupils, Berengarius of Tours, who went farthest in subjecting faith to reason. In 1007 Fulbert succeeded the deceased Rudolph as Bishop of Chartres and was consecrated by his metropolitan, Archbishop Leutheric of Sens. He owed the episcopal dignity chiefly to the influence of King Robert of France, who had been his fellow student at Reims. As bishop he continued to teach in his school and also retained the treasurership of St. Hilary. When, about 1020, the cathedral of Chartres burned down, Fulbert at once began to rebuild it in greater splendour. In this undertaking he was financially assisted by King Canute of England, Duke William of Aquitaine, and other European sovereigns. Though Fulbert was neither abbot nor monk, as has been wrongly asserted by some historians, still he stood in friendly relation with Odilo of Cluny, Richard of St. Vannes, Abbo of Fleury, and other monastic celebrities of his times. He advocated a reform of the clergy, severely rebuked those bishops who spent much of their time in warlike expeditions, and inveighed against the practice of granting ecclesiastical benefices to laymen.

Fulbert's literary productions include 140 epistles, 2 treatises, 27 hymns, and parts of the ecclesiastical Office. His epistles are of great historical value, especially on account of the light they throw on the liturgy and discipline of the Church in the eleventh century. His two treatises are in the form of homilies. The first has as its subject: Misit Herodes rex manus, ut affligeret quosdam de ecclesia, etc. (Acts 12:50); the second is entitled "Tractatus contra Judaeos" and proves that the prophecy of Jacob, "Non auferetur sceptrum de Juda", etc. (Genesis 49:10), had been fulfilled in Christ. Five of his nine extant sermons are on the blessed Virgin Mary towards whom he had a great devotion. The life of St. Aubert, bishop of Cambrai (d. 667), which is sometimes ascribed to Fulbert, was probably not written by him. Fulbert's epistles were first edited by Papire le Masson (Paris,1585). His complete works were edited by Charles de Villiers (Paris, 1608), then inserted in "Bibl. magna Patrum" (Cologne,16l8) XI, in "Bibl. maxima Patri." (Lyons, 1677), XVIII, and with additions, in Migne, P.L., CXLI, 189-368.



Ezekiel 37: 12 - 14
12Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel.
13And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.
14And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done it, says the LORD."
Psalms 130: 1 - 8
1Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
2Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
3If thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6my soul waits for the LORD more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
7O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities
Romans 8: 8 - 11
8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
10But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness.
11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.
John 11: 1 - 45
1Now a certain man was ill, Laz'arus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Laz'arus was ill.
3So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
4But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness is not unto death; it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by means of it."
5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Laz'arus.
6So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
7Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go into Judea again."
8The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were but now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?"
9Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any one walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10But if any one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
11Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, "Our friend Laz'arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep."
12The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover."
13Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep.
14Then Jesus told them plainly, "Laz'arus is dead;
15and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
16Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
17Now when Jesus came, he found that Laz'arus had already been in the tomb four days.
18Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off,
19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother.
20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house.
21Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you."
23Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
6and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
27She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."
28When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying quietly, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.
30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him.
31When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled;
34and he said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
35Jesus wept.
36So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
37But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days."
40Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me."
43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Laz'arus, come out."
44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;

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