Mgr. Mazzolari was born in Brescia on February 9, 1937. He entered the Comboni Missionaries, was ordained a priest on March 17, 1962. After a first missionary experience in the United States, among blacks and Mexicans, in 1981 he arrived in Sudan in the diocese of Tombura-Yambio, then in the Archdiocese of Juba, then in the diocese of Rumbek (South Sudan), where he was ordained Bishop on January 6, 1999, by Pope John Paul II. On 9 July he attended the celebrations for the independence of South Sudan.State hospital in Rumbek, where he was hospitalized after the illness that struck him while he was celebrating Mass. According to information released by Cisa agency, Fr. Don Bosco Ochieng, Director of Radio Good News Rumbek, said that the Bishop was concelebrating the morning Mass when, at the beginning of the consecration, he fell on the chair, without any strength, bringing a hand to his chest. With the help of some priests, nuns and faithful attending the Mass, he was taken to the sacristy and then in his room, where he was visited by a doctor and then was taken to hospital, where he died shortly after. (IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)
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“Where’s the mustard spinach?” she asks. “I’ll go buy some!” says one eager student and scurries from the room.
These students have only just started seminary life. As part of their focus on “communal life and service” in their first term, they are required to attend cooking workshops like this one.
Their instructor is Ms. Akiko Kojima, a registered dietician and parishioner of Seijo Church in Tokyo. Sister Kazumi Ozaki of the Society of Helpers, who has been tasked with the formation of these students, is also here to lend a hand. Today’s menu is Chinese sweet and sour pork, a Korean disk of seasoned vegetables called namul, soup and dessert.
The seminarians set to work, occasionally asking questions and helping each other out when needed. After nearly two hours of diligent work, the food is done. As Ms Kojima turns off the burners on the stove, the students give a cheer.
One of them, Munihiro Noguchi from Tokyo archdiocese, said: “It was pretty difficult, but in the end it’s for our own good. For my pastor at the church I belong to, breakfast is always just toast, and lunch is always just noodles.”
Kazuki Shimohara of Nagasaki archdiocese gives an embarrassed laugh as he admits that his cooking prowess is “just about limited to single-serving instant ramen. The stuff today is great!”
Japanese cooking has some quite distinctive regional variations. Perhaps that is what leads Takanori Toyoda, from Osaka, to say as he eats, “This food seems like it has a Tokyo flavour.”
Sulpician Father Mitsuru Shirahama, who is in charge of the first-year students, said the workshop got started three years ago after someone suggested that the seminarians themselves prepare food at the weekend, when the kitchen staff have a day off.
“It’s good practice,” he added, “because when they are serving at parishes they may sometimes be asked to cook.”
Ms. Kojima uses her knowledge as a dietician to encourage the young men and help them choose a healthy diet. “When you’re living alone, it can be hard to get enough vegetables. But if you do it once, you’ll be able to do it again when the time comes.”
In the second semester, the seminarians will move on to dividing the workload, choosing menus and making the food themselves. “Their cooking skills are still iffy,” Father Shirahama said, “but still, I’m looking forward to it.”
Nearly 150 people from the three Abrahamic faiths got together last Sunday to listen to guests speakers and discuss how Abraham can speak to us today.
It was the 9th Annual Abraham Conference and as in previous years the keynote speaker and respondents were all distinguished scholars.
This year Rev Dr Daniel Madigan SJ was the keynote speaker with his paper "Abraham, His Family and the Baggage We Make Them Carry".
Rev Dr Madigan is an Australian Jesuit priest who is now Director of Graduate Studies at Georgetown University's Department of Theology in the U.S.
Rabbi Paul Jacobson, who along with the others present also believes in the importance of interfaith dialogue and regularly participates on panel discussions with representatives of other faiths, was the Jewish respondent.
And speaking for the Muslim faith was Professor Zeki Saritoprak, founder and former President of the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue in Washinghton, D.C. and the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University.
In introducing his paper, Rev Dr Daniel Madigan said when Jews, Muslims and Christians gather in different parts of the world these days, we are increasingly focussing on Abraham.
"We live in hope that this figure in faith, who holds an important place in each of our traditions, will provide us with a way forward in mutual understanding and honest dialogue with one another," he said.
"Abraham is the cornerstone of our strategy for leaving behind past polemics and moving ahead in mutual respect. We like to say that he is the father of all those who believe in one God."
He went onto say that this exploration of our traditions, like all repentance, is somewhat embarrassing and perhaps a little painful, but we are all in this particular glasshouse together, so it is not a case of throwing stones.
In the conclusion of Rabbi Jacobson's response he said that by looking at Abraham's life we come to truly appreciate that Abraham, as a representative of faith in God, had his strengths, and also his shortcomings.
"And perhaps, through all these episodes, we might learn to become more cognisant of our own strengths and shortcomings, the ways in which our respective faiths encourage us to interact peacefully and harmoniously with one another.
"We must unearth the best of what our traditions have to offer, both ourselves, and others for friendship and for mutual, respectful coexistence."
Prof Zeki spoke of the detailed account of Abraham in the Qu'ran, one of the elite prophets in Islamic teaching.
"What can we learn from Abraham today?" Prof Zeki asked.
"I would say it is the spiritual strength that Abraham had. I think if we are spiritual, and we become a way of that aspect of Abraham, we will be able to share with our neighbours regardless of their religion, regardless of their ethnicity, we will be able to share with our fellow human beings regardless of anything and I think our planet will be a credible brotherhood."
Following the speakers, the audience had the opportunity to discuss the various talks before submitting some comments.
These comments will be available on this website with links to the Affinity Intercultural Foundation and websites of other faiths represented, to continue further discussion.
The full texts of the keynote speaker and the respondents will also be available.
The Inter-religious Abraham Conference organising committee consisted of Affinity Intercultural Foundation; Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations; NSW Board of Jewish Deputies; United Church Synod of NSW/ACT and the Sydney Catholic Archdiocese.
The Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne
Feast: July 17
Guillotined at the Place du Trône Renversé (now called Place de la Nation), Paris, 17 July, 1794. They are the first sufferers under the French Revolution on whom the Holy See has passed judgment, and were solemnly beatified 27 May, 1906. Before their execution they knelt and chanted the "Veni Creator", as at a profession, after which they all renewed aloud their baptismal and religious vows. The novice was executed first and the prioress last. Absolute silence prevailed the whole time that the executions were proceeding. The heads and bodies of the martyrs were interred in a deep sand-pit about thirty feet square in a cemetery at Picpus. As this sand-pit was the receptacle of the bodies of 1298 victims of the Revolution, there seems to be no hope of their relics being recovered. Their names are as follows:
* Madeleine-Claudine Ledoine (Mother Teresa of St. Augustine), prioress, b. in Paris, 22 Sept., 1752, professed 16 or 17 May, 1775;
The two tourières, who were not Carmelites at all, but merely servants of the nunnery were: Catherine and Teresa Soiron, b. respectively on 2 Feb., 1742 and 23 Jan., 1748 at Compiègne, both of whom had been in the service of the community since 1772.
The miracles proved during the process of beatification were
* The cure of Sister Clare of St. Joseph, a Carmelite lay sister of New Orleans, when on the point of death from cancer, in June, 1897;
Five secondary relics are in the possession of the Benedictines of Stanbrook, Worcestershire.