POPE PRESIDES MEETING OF HEADS OF DICASTERY OF ROMAN CURIA
VATICAN CITY, 13 JUN 2011 (VIS) - This morning in the Bologna Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Benedict XVI presided at a meeting of heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia. (IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)
VATICAN CITY, 13 JUN 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Fr. Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, as bishop of Hiroshima (area 31,818, population 7,601,000, Catholics 20,334, priests 73, religious 213), Japan. The bishop-elect was born in Tsuwasaki, Japan in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1975. He succeeds Bishop Joseph Atsumi Misue, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Appointed Fr. Andrew Peter Wypych of the clergy of the archdiocese of Chicago, U.S.A., pastor of the parish of St. Francis Borgia, and Fr. Alberto Rojas, also of the clergy of the archdiocese of Chicago, pastor of the parish of the Good Shepherd, as auxiliaries of the same archdiocese (area 3,654, population 6,111,000, Catholics 2,383,000, priests 1,692, permanent deacons 643, religious 3,128). Bishop-elect Wypych was born in Kazimierza, Poland in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1979. Bishop-elect Rojas was born in El Zapote de la Labor, Mexico in 1965 and ordained a priest in 1997.
On Saturday 11 June it was made public that the Holy Father accepted:
- The resignation from the office of auxiliary of the patriarchal eparchy of Beirut of the Armenians, Lebanon, presented by Bishop Vartan Achkarian, C.A.M., in accordance with canon 201 para. 1 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
- The resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kayes, Mali, presented by Bishop Joseph Dao, upon having reached the age limit.
CATH NEWS REPORT: I was born in Sydney in 1980. I grew up in Brisbane and am the older of two girls. I was born a sportswoman and spent most of my childhood and teenage years competing at State and National levels, says Sr Mel Dwyer in the Record.
I loved all sports but the one I excelled at the most was athletics, in particular the javelin event. I dreamt of competing for Australia at the Olympics.
When I was 19 I moved back to NSW to train fulltime for sport. I continued to improve in my National ranking and was working hard to achieve my dream. Then I had the chance to go to Africa as a volunteer, at the same time as I had the chance to compete in the Olympic trials for Sydney 2000.
I chose Africa, thinking that I was focusing on the Athens Olympics in 2004 and that I would just take a few months off sport and then come back to it.
Yet, in Tanzania, walking on African soil, my life was changed completely. I was struck by the poverty of the people, coupled with their unbelievable joy. Surrounded by such immense poverty, I felt helpless.I spent one month volunteering at a homeless shelter for kids with the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Tanzania. At the time I had no desire of becoming a Sister. I was very committed to my career as a sportswoman.
I knew that I radically loved Jesus and wanted to give my life completely to serving His people. Back in Australia, I dreamt of returning to Africa one day. Through the grace of God, that has become His dream for me.
I began the journey of Religious life in 2001 as a postulant with the Canossian Daughters of Charity. I made my first profession in 2005. I am still a temporarily professed sister. From 2004-2008 I worked as a teacher at St James’ College, a Christian Brothers School in Brisbane.
In 2008, I left Australia to travel to Italy for three months of missionary formation. From Italy, I was sent to Africa to serve as a missionary sister in 2009.
Angels for Pro-Life, a recently established teenage anti-suicide group has staged a street campaign to try and reduce the numbers of youth suicides in South Korea.
Seoul archdiocese’s One Body One Spirit Movement paraded through the capital’s Myeongdong shopping district on Saturday with the youth group to help them get their message across.
Some 150 youths from various parishes around Seoul such as Moonjung2-dong and Gaepo-dong as well from some high schools participated in the event.
The Suicide Prevention Center of the One Body One Spirit Movement has been teaching youths to have respect for life and ways of preventing suicides through a youth “class for life” which began in March last year.
Young people from around 10 schools in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do Province joined the class.
“‘Angels for Pro-Life will play a significant role in suicide prevention in each parish and school,” Sister Gloria Kim Bo-mi, director of the center said.
A national police agency report released earlier this month said South Korea has the highest rate of suicides in the world.
According to Statistics Korea,the teenage suicide rate in the country was 6.5 per 100,000 in 2009, up from 4.6 per 100,000 the previous year.
CNA REPORT: Catholic lawmaker Juan Cotino took his oath of office for parliament in Spain before a crucifix to show that the faith must not be excluded from public life.
Cotino made “an eloquent and courageous public gesture manifesting his own religious convictions, which he did not want to hide upon exercising his new mission as a political representative,” said Father Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
The priest spoke in an article for the June 12 edition of L’Osservatore Romano.
Cotino asked for a small crucifix to be placed next to the Constitution and the Bible before being sworn in on June 9. Since one could not be found, he brought a crucifix from his own office.
Several left-wing lawmakers and organizations in Valencia, as well as the newspapers El Pais and El Plural, criticized Cotino for the act.
Cotino’s gesture, Fr. Gil Tamayo wrote, “disrupts a false tendency being imposed on European public life with regards to the nature of religious acts in general and Catholics in particular, who in practice are granted a certificate of citizenship only in the private sphere, in the limits of conscience, in the sacred space of the temple or in occasional acts of public worship.”
After recalling that Catholicism is the religion of the majority in Europe, the Spanish priest warned that some minority groups want to impose an “unhealthy secularism” that banishes all religious acts, and ultimately God, from public and political life.
Fr. Gil Tamayo, who was director of the Committee for Social Communications of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference for 13 years, also pointed out that perhaps now more than ever, Christians “need to beg for a new Pentecost and to live the faith in public and social life, in their families, with their friends, in the culture, in art, at work and at play, with responsible and joyful consistency both personally and as a community.”
“This is about being a Catholic in public as well, on the streets, with the ‘God be with you’ that we used to say,” the priest wrote.
ALL AFRICA REPORT: A Catholic priest has lashed out at some leaders in Embu allegedly dividing the Embu and Mbeere communities. Fr Joseph Kirimi said politics of ethnicity has been overtaken by time.
"Issues on where one should live because of their tribe is affecting development," said Fr Kirimi. Fr Kirimi said local leaders should be on the forefront in fostering national unity. He called on the church to do its best to bring unity between between the two communities.
Speaking at a fundraiser, Fr Kirimi said there was need for leaders from Embu and Mbeere to unite and work together. He further called upon the parents and guardians to encourage education for their children.
The priest pointed out that rampant crime in the area and drug abuse will be reduced through educating the children. He argued that the crime in the area can not be curbed through the police but by empowering the youth with education and self-reliance skills.
St. Anthony of Padua
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
Feast: June 13
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.
|Mark 16: 15 - 20|
|15||And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.|
|16||He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.|
|17||And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;|
|18||they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."|
|19||So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.|
|20||And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.|