Sunday, July 31, 2011









TODAY'S GOSPEL: JULY 30: Matthew 14: 1- 12


The Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience this afternoon, in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo

Delegation of the City of Traunstein.


The Holy Father Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the office of auxiliary of Saint-Jérôme (Canada), presented by Bishop Donald Lapointe, according to the canons 411 and 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law.


CATHOLICHERALD REPORT: Tyson Fury, new British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, says he would rather be knocked out than go to hell

By MADELEINE TEAHAN on Thursday, 28 July 2011

British champion: faith matters more than boxing

Tyson Fury celebrates a victory in 2008 with his promoter, Mick Hennessy (Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Tyson Fury, the new British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, has said that his Catholic faith is more important to him than boxing.

Speaking before he won the title last Saturday the 23-year-old Mancunian said he was praying for his opponent Dereck Chisora.

He said: “There’s going to be fierce talk before the fight but I don’t wish Chisora dead or anything like that. This is sport. I will hold no grudges after the fight. I pray that he comes to the fight first of all, that it’s a good fight, and I win. I also pray that he is okay after it.

“I try to do everything by the Bible,” he said. “I’ve read testaments in church and I pray a lot. It’s the most important thing to me, more important than boxing.

“I would rather be knocked out 10 times by DC than not go to heaven. I’m God-fearing,” he said.

Tyson Fury was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester. His Irish father and English mother named their newborn son after the heavyweight world boxing champion Mike Tyson. His father’s Traveller family have a long-standing attachment to boxing and bare-knuckle boxing.



ASIA NEWS REPORT: by Joseph Mahmoud
A women's movement has organized an interfaith conference on the role and value of women. A poll reveals that 88% of women in the city have experienced some form of violence. A plan to ensure greater social and religious commitment. The archbishop of Kirkuk stresses the importance of women in Christian history: "equal value to the role of males and females."

Kirkuk (AsiaNews) - The Free Union of Women (Christian) of Bethnahrain (Mesopotamia) in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, today held a conference focusing on "violence against women" in the great hall of the Chaldean cathedral. The event was attended by more than 100 Christian and Muslim women, along with personalities from the government and civil society. Ahead of the event, the Union carried out a survey on a thousand women in the city of Kirkuk to understand the incidence of phenomena of violence suffered in the past. The vast majority of respondents (88% of the total) said they had suffered some form - more or less serious - of violence and the tendency of continuous growth clearly emerged.

The event organized by the women's movement was also attended by the archbishop of Kirkuk, Msgr. Louis Sako, who presented the Christian point of view regarding women. "Christianity - said the prelate - never believes that women are inferior to men or have an element of secondary importance." In the hierarchy, according to the theological concept of creation, women have an equal importance in terms of human value and capability. " Archbishop Sako mentioned the Bible, where it is written that God created man in His own image and likeness "(Gen 1 - 27).

Men and women were created in the image of God, continued the archbishop of Kirkuk, and the same concept is echoed in the New Testament, where "the new creation of glory to glory continues " (1 Corinthians 11-11). Although able to create higher or lower beings, in the Christian vision, God created humankind - male and female - and they have "equal value and equal dignity in all. They are complementary partners in creation and salvation brought by Christ ... One needs the other, they complement and influence each other. "

In the Gospel no difference is made between men and women, explained Msgr. Sako, because both are derived "from the essence of God the Father." In God there is no distinction of sex, nor in favour of women, nor for the benefit of man. Therefore, the alleged inferiority of women "is not from God the Creator" and also Christ with Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman and the adulteress had a sense of compassion, to the point of exclaiming, "Who among you is without sin cast the first stone" (John 8: 3-6). Jesus Christ treated women as "a human being capable of love, understanding, working and thinking, of collaborating, sharing and communicating. His relationship - says the archbishop - is an example for us all. "

In his intervention, the prelate recalled Pope John Paul II, who - in the Apostolic Exhortation "A New Hope for Lebanon" in 1997 - clearly states that women deserve special attention to ensure their rights in various sectors of social and national life and that the Church, in its anthropological doctrine and education, stresses the equality of rights between men and women, because "such equality is because every human being is created in the image of God" (76-77).

Thus in light of the Christian vision, women should enjoy equal rights in political, social, economic and educational spheres: they must, reaffirms the prelate, have "equal dignity without discrimination" and he points the finger at "a patriarchal system and erroneous obtuseness of customs and traditions in society ", giving rise to the phenomena of violence against women, because it classifies them as" inferior "and intensifies discrimination and harassment.

At the conclusion of the conference some key points to enhance the work of women were listed. These include the formation of the personality of the woman, both from within and to enhance self- belief and self-confidence. All kind of discrimination must be rejected and the campaign for justice, peace and unity of creation embraced. This requires continuous learning through reading, study and analysis, with conviction and not blind obedience. Finally, the active presence of women, who must have a decision making role at the level of faith, both in the churches and mosques, to promote respect for the divine plan and condemn all violence.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - The tragic famine that is affecting the countries of the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Kenya) has mobilized various humanitarian organizations. These include the Caritas around the world. The most dramatic situation is that of the Somalis fleeing from famine and war raging in their country. The two major camps for displaced Somalis are Dadaab, in Kenya, and Dollo Ado, in Ethiopia.
Fides telephoned Suzanna Tkalec, of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), who assists His Exc. Mgr. Giorgio Bertin, Bishop of Djibouti and Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu, as president of Caritas Somalia, to handle the emergency of the Somali refugees (see Fides 26/7/2011).
"We are working in Dadaab, refugee camp in Kenya which is situated 80 km from the border with Somalia", says Ms. Tkalec to Fides. " On average 2,500 people arrive at this camp every day, 80% are mothers with young children". "Instead of a single refugee camp in Dadaab there are many camps gathered" says the head of the CRS. "These facilities provide, health care, water and food"
As for Somalia, Mrs. Tkalec recalls that "for security reasons the decision not to publicize the activities of humanitarian organizations operating in Somalia was made". "What we can say is that the various Caritas send aid to Somalia through some local partners".
The drought also affects the people of Kenya and Ethiopia. "In Kenya, says the head of different national Caritas-CRS has been working with the diocese and the local Caritas in assistance projects for years. These organizations immediately started with their local partners, programs to tackle the drought emergency, primarily to provide food and water "(L.M.)


CNA REPORT: The Archbishop of Leon, Mexico is calling on Catholics to dress modestly at Mass.

“If you have any respect for this place (a church), dress appropriately,” Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago told reporters after Mass on July 24.

Criticism of the archbishop’s comments came after local newspapers featured photos of posters at some parishes in Leon that said, “Respect God’s house. Don’t come dressed like this.” The posters said women should not come to church dressed in miniskirts, sleeveless shirts, or low-cut blouses.

According to the newspaper Correo, the archbishop said women ought to know what they should wear and when.

“They know that for a wedding or a quinceanera they should dress one way, and for a trip to the beach they should dress another.”

The archbishop also said men need to dress appropriately at Mass as well. “Some men show up at church dressed in way that is undignified, wearing shorts or sandals. The place they are in requires something else,” he said.

Archbishop Martin Rabago said the media should not focus exclusively on what the Catholic Church says about how people should dress, as many evangelical churches require their congregations to come to church in a suit and tie.

He dismissed charges that his comments were misogynistic.

“This is not a misogynist attitude of any sort. I am simply asking for the dignity and decorum that this place calls for, that is all.”


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Archdiocese of Melbourne report: On Sunday 24 July, 263 couples joined Archbishop Denis Hart in marking a combined 11,770 years of marriage. The couples were celebrating anniversaries of 25, 40, 50 and 60-plus years of marriage. St Patrick’s Cathedral was filled to capacity with family and friends who shared the day.


God our Father, we look back today with gratitude

to the time when you first blessed our love.

We thank you for the happiness we have known together

and for sustaining us in the sorrows we have shared.

We ask for forgiveness for any failure on our part;

for any times when we became difficult to live with;

for any lack of sympathy and understanding;

for anything which spoiled even for a moment the relationship you desire for us.

After these many years of life together,

increase and deepen our love by the power of your Spirit

so that we, and our family, may always be one with you.

Bless our marriage Lord, with peace and happiness,

and make our love fruitful for your glory and our joy.

Ss Anne and Joachim, pray for us.


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The Annual Marriage Anniversary Mass began 11 years ago. For the first few years the theme of the Mass changed each year. Six years ago, we decided to mark milestone anniversaries. The response was so positive that it was decided to do it again. However, we continue it not just because it is popular but because the celebration is an important witness to marriage and family life.

It is tremendously encouraging, especially for young people, to see so many couples whose marriages prove that the yearning of the human heart for a lifelong love is achievable and realistic. The combined experience of these couples proves it. While there is no doubt that every couple here could share stories of hardship and heartache, a long, faithful and happy marriage is possible.

This year, as well as receiving a certificate of congratulation from Archbishop Hart, each couple was given a prayer card bearing an image of the parents of Our Lady, Ss Joachim and Ann – a couple who remind us that the business of raising a saint is the work of married couples who can become saints in the process.

anniversary in 2012 can now register with the Life, Marriage and Family 9287 5579.


St. Peter Chrysologus


Feast: July 30

Born at Imola, 406; died there, 450. His biography, first written by Agnellus (Liber pontificalis ecclesiæ Ravennatis) in the ninth century, gives but scanty information about him. He was baptised, educated, and ordained deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola, and was elevated to the Bishopric of Ravenna in 433. There are indications that Ravenna held the rank of metropolitan before this time. His piety and zeal won for him universal admiration, and his oratory merited for him the name Chrysologus. He shared the confidence of Leo the Great and enjoyed the patronage of the Empress Galla Placidia. After his condemnation by the Synod of Constantinople (448), the Monophysite Eutyches endeavoured to win the support of Peter, but without success.

A collection of his homilies, numbering 176, was made by Felix, Bishop of Ravenna (707-17). Some are interpolations, and several other homilies known to be written by the saint are included in other collections under different names. They are in a great measure explanatory of Biblical texts and are brief and concise. He has explained beautifully the mystery of the Incarnation, the heresies of Arius and Eutyches, and the Apostles' Creed, and he dedicated a series of homilies to the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist. His works were first edited by Agapitus Vicentinus (Bologna, 1534), and later by D. Mita (Bolonga, 1634), and S. Pauli (Venice, 1775) — the latter collection having been reprinted in P.L., LII. Fr. Liverani ("Spicilegium Liberianum"), Florence, 1863, 125 seq.) edited nine new homilies and published from manuscripts in Italian libraries different readings of several other sermons. Several homilies were translated into German by M. Held (Kempten, 1874).


TODAY'S GOSPEL: JULY 30: Matthew 14: 1- 12

Matthew 14: 1 - 12
1At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
2and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him."
3For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife;
4because John said to him, "It is not lawful for you to have her."
5And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
6But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Hero'di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
7so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
8Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter."
9And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
10he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
11and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
12And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.