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Saturday, August 6, 2011

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SAT. AUG. 6, 2011


VATICAN: POPE APPOINTS CUBA NUNCIO - 33RD ANNIVERSARY OF POPE PAUL VI

AUSTRALIA: BISHOP BRADY INTERRED IN CATHEDRAL

TODAY'S FEAST: AUG. 6: TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

TODAY'S GOSPEL: AUG. 6: Matthew 17: 1- 9



VATICAN: POPE APPOINTS CUBA NUNCIO - 33RD ANNIVERSARY OF POPE PAUL VI
  • VATICAN.VA REPORT: APPOINTMENT OF THE Apostolic Nuncio in CUBA

    The Holy Father Benedict XVI has appointed Apostolic Nuncio in Cuba Archbishop Bruno Musar, Titular Archbishop. of Abari, now Apostolic Nuncio to Peru. (Image source: Radio Vaticana)

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  • WAIVER OF ARCHBISHOP AYACUCHO (PERU) AND APPOINTMENT OF SUCCESSOR

    The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the archdiocese of Ayacucho (Peru), presented by Bishop Luis Abilio Sebastiani Aguirre, MS, in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

    The Pope appointed Archbishop of Ayacucho (Peru) Rev. Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón, Military Ordinary.

    Rev. Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón

    Rev. Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón was born in Lima January 27, 1949. He studied philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Santo Toribio and the Faculty of Theology of Lima, obtaining a licentiate in Sacred Theology.

    He was ordained May 6, 1973 and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Lima.

    After ordination, he exercised his ministry in the archdiocese ever, holding the following positions: assistant priest and professor of Philosophy and Theology in the Pontifical Faculty of Lima and in the School of Catechesis, and pastor in three parishes, Vicar for the pastoral care; Vicar General, Rector of the Seminary, the Episcopal Vicar.

    On 21 July 2001 he was appointed Military Ordinary, and received episcopal consecration on 2 September.


  • 33rd anniversary of Pope Paul VI's passing

    Romereports REPORT- It was 33 years ago, when Pope Paul VI, passed away at the summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. It was the summer of August 6th, 1978. Before becoming pope his name was Battista Montini. He was born in a town near Brescia, Italy in 1897. After entering the seminary, he was ordained at the age of 23.


    Before heading the Church, Paul VI attended several universities and had degrees in Theology, Canon Law and Civil Law. He became a cardinal in 1962 under the rule of Pope John XXIII. He then joined the Second Vatican Council, which he would eventually chair. (image source: 6degreesofjp2.blogspot)

    (IMAGE SOURCE: theirmanygods.blogspot) Roughly a year after becoming a cardinal he was elected pope at the age of 66.

    His (Image: tldm.org) pontificate is mostly known for the key changes he made to the Second Vatican Council. His encyclicals “Populorum Progressio” and “Humanae Vitae” reflected his interest in solving problems of society at that time.

    In the summer of 1978 his health deteriorated quickly. He died at the age of 81.
    His beatification process is already open. (source of writing Rome Reports/pictures from various sources)

    ASIA: CHINA: 4 PRIESTS ARRESTED- APPEAL TO HOLY SEE

    ASIA NEWS REPORT- by Jian Mei
    The clergymen were holding a spiritual retreat for priests. At present, they are held in isolation in Dongming without water and food. Public security and the Religious Affairs Bureau want to force them to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, which is trying to create a breakaway Church, independent of the pope. Underground Catholics urge action by the Holy See and the universal Church to free them.

    Heze (AsiaNews) – Police took into custody four priests from the Diocese of Heze (Caozhou, Shandong) and are holding them in isolation and without food in a prison in Dongming County. Catholics in China have called on the Holy See and the universal Church to intervene to free them.

    The clergymen were seized and arrested in late night on Wednesday (Aug. 3) at a house in Luquan (Dongming County), where they were holding a spiritual retreat for fellow priests. Security police climbed over the walls of the house and entered the premises claiming that they were looking for “thieves”. Instead, they caught the four priests asleep and forced them to go with them. Now Fr Wang Chengli, 48 and diocesan administrator, Fr Zhao Wuji, 50s, Fr Li Xianyang, 34, and Fr Sun Guichun, 38, are in prison.

    Police has refused people the right to visit them and has denied the four priests food and water for one day and two nights after being held, in order to force them to sign up with the government-sanctioned Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, a body the Chinese Communist government set up to induce Catholics to break away from the pope. Local sources told AsiaNews that the priests refused to sign.

    Meanwhile, government officials have been gathering “evidence” to charge the priests, trying even to bribe the faithful or threaten them in order to turn them against the clergymen.

    Some of the faithful have tried to talk to the police to get the four priests released, but to no avail. Instead, they found out that the four men were subjected to interrogations by officials from national security, local police and the Religious Affairs Bureau.

    Members of local underground Catholic communities said they hope that the Church and Holy See will help them save the priests’ lives. They urge the universal Church to show its support and pray for the release of the prisoners so that everyone can adhere to the principles of truth and continue to bear witness to our faith.

    EUROPE: SPAIN: WYD - HOLLYWOOD- EXPERIENCE DAY AUG. 17

    WYD MADRID REPORT- Film screenings, events with actors, a soundtracks concert, and a world premiere

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    Madrid, August 4, 2011.- On Wednesday, August 17, Madrid’s “Calle Fuencarral” will be all decked out, red carpet included, to host a day of cinema, which World Youth Day (WYD) Madrid 2011 will offer to all the world’s young people. During the day, there will be a wide array of screenings, meetings, debates, a film soundtracks concert outdoors, and even a world premiere.

    Sixteen theaters will show both short films and documentaries. Madrid’s cinemas “Proyecciones”, “Cine Paz”, “Roxy A”, and “Roxy B” will all host the screening of international films such as Il Etat Une Foi, Popieluszko, Rosary Stars, Super Brother, The Calling and El gran milagro, an animated film in 3D. The 16 theaters on Calle Fuencarral will also show several films like Katyn, There Be Dragons, Of Gods and Men, The Last Summit, The Passion of the Christ, and Shooting Dogs (also known as Beyond the Gates). Not only will these films be showing, but there will also be events held with the producers, directors, and actors of these and many other productions.

    2-_LA_ULTIMA_CIMAWorld Debut of Cristiada

    The most prestigious Latin actors of Hollywood will star in Cristiada, a film based on a real-life story from the Mexican Cristero Wars which took place during the decade of the 1920s. Cristiada features different people who, from their varying perspectives and characters, engage in a struggle to defend their religion. Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Catalina Sandino, Rubén Blades, Nestor Carbonell, Oscar Isaac, Mauricio Curi, Eduardo Verastegui, and Santiago Cabrera are the protagonists in this blockbuster by Dean Wright, which also features guest appearances by Peter O'Toole, Bruce Greenwood, and Bruce McGill.

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    Among the most anticipated event for young people will be an encounter with the actress from High School Musical, Monique Coleman, currently UN Youth Ambassador; actor Matthew Marsden, famous for his work on Transformers and Black Hawk Down; andSteve Mc Eveety, Producer of The Passion of Christ, and secondly, another encounter with Mexican actressKaryme Lozano, known for her roles in several “telenovelas”. Lozano will also tell the story of her conversion process and return to the Catholic faith, following the death of her father.

    Young families with small children can also take part.Teresa Ekobo, Director of the WYD Film Department says it will be a festive day. "I encourage families to come with their children, as one of the theaters at the ‘Proyecciones’ Cinema will be showing several films for younger children, such as The Chronicles of Narnia 3 and Super Brother."

    Moreover, there will also be two short-film festivals: the Iñigo Film Festival and the Goodness Reigns Festival, in addition to the showing of a short film, Milagros, which deals with the first recognized miracle of Pope John Paul II, which led to his beatification.

    All this entertainment will be available to everyone, not just young people registered for WYD whose pilgrim’s pass will allow them to enter all the rooms for free. All other persons wishing to attend may enter these rooms by paying a symbolic price of 1 euro, which will go to the Solidarity Fund that WYD has designed to help young people from disadvantaged countries to attend this international celebration for youth in Madrid.

    4-_Roque_Baos_ganador_de_3_Goyas_dirigir_el_concierto_de_bandas_sonorasOutdoor concert, followed by world premiere

    After all these acts, at 8:30pm, there will be a film soundtracks concert directed by renowned orchestra conductor and composer Roque Baños, three-time Goya award winner. Madrid’s “Calle Luchana” will host this multimedia show featuring music by the Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir (from the Spanish television program "El Conciertazo"), accompanied by the recitation of various reflections from Benedict XVI, read by Eduardo Verástegui, Monique Coleman, Karyme Lozano, and others.

    Finally, to give this day at the movies a finishing touch, at 10:30 pm, World Youth Day will host the world premiere of The Gardener of God, a film written and directed by Italy's Romanian-born Liana Marabani, starring Christopher Lambert as the Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), father of modern genetics.

    http://www.madrid11.com/en/cultural/1463-el-miercoles-17-de-agosto-todos-al-cine-con-la-jmj

    AFRICA: KENYA: 20 KILLED DURING STRIKE AT BORDER

    CISA REPORT- LODWAR, August 5, 2011 (CISA) -At least 20 people from Turkana County in the northern region , close to Kenya/Ethiopia border have been killed, August 5, after a group of Ethiopians attacked Todonyang’ area.

    Speaking to CISA on telephone, local Catholic Bishop, Dominic Kimengich said three others were seriously injured during the strike.

    He said it was disappointing that the pastoral people of Turkana should be victims of another Ethiopian strike, while they were currently facing famine and drought.

    He added that the “bad news” was conveyed to him by a priest in the affected area of Todonyang’.

    He prayed for the souls of the dead and quick recovery to the injured.

    He hoped that it is time for a lasting solution to the insecurity issue in the area.

    During a similar attack in May 2011 in the same area forty people were killed.

    http://www.cisanewsafrica.com/?p=2133

    AMERICA: PANAMA: CHURCH TRIES TO STOP DEATH PENALTY

    Fides Service REPORT - Congressman Marcos Gonzalez, of the Democratic Change (DC) party, has introduced a bill to introduce death penalty in Panama, in cases of murder and femicide, crime against the collective security and sexual abuse relapse.
    The draft law is in conflict with Article 30 of the Panamanian Constitution, which prohibits death penalty. It isalso contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international conventions to which Panama adhered, involving the abolition of capital punishment.
    Among Catholics, the news has caused great discomfort. Maribel Jaén, a member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church says that the approval of death penalty is "inhumane" and goes against Christian doctrine: "We, as Church, believe in the profound sense of life, therefore, no State has the right to take life away".
    Maribel also recalled that many countries have already abolished death penalty after realizing that this penalty does not reduce crime.
    This controversy reminds us about the one born during the debate on the reform of the penal code, when the Church expressed herselfin defense of the right to life (see Fides 02/03/2007)
    The Ombudsman, Patria Portogallo, rejected the bill, saying that this does not help to reduce crime in the country.
    His position is supported also by the previous ombudsman Ricardo Vargas, who points out: "This is a step back towards democratic progress, it is not the right way to fight crime", and believes it is necessary to immediately reject what he defines as being an "unwise and inappropriate proposal".
    (CE)
    Fides Service) - Congressman Marcos Gonzalez, of the Democratic Change (DC) party, has introduced a bill to introduce death penalty in Panama, in cases of murder and femicide, crime against the collective security and sexual abuse relapse.
    The draft law is in conflict with Article 30 of the Panamanian Constitution, which prohibits death penalty. It isalso contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international conventions to which Panama adhered, involving the abolition of capital punishment.
    Among Catholics, the news has caused great discomfort. Maribel Jaén, a member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church says that the approval of death penalty is "inhumane" and goes against Christian doctrine: "We, as Church, believe in the profound sense of life, therefore, no State has the right to take life away".
    Maribel also recalled that many countries have already abolished death penalty after realizing that this penalty does not reduce crime.
    This controversy reminds us about the one born during the debate on the reform of the penal code, when the Church expressed herselfin defense of the right to life (see Fides 02/03/2007)
    The Ombudsman, Patria Portogallo, rejected the bill, saying that this does not help to reduce crime in the country.
    His position is supported also by the previous ombudsman Ricardo Vargas, who points out: "This is a step back towards democratic progress, it is not the right way to fight crime", and believes it is necessary to immediately reject what he defines as being an "unwise and inappropriate proposal".
    (CE)
    Fides Service) - Congressman Marcos Gonzalez, of the Democratic Change (DC) party, has introduced a bill to introduce death penalty in Panama, in cases of murder and femicide, crime against the collective security and sexual abuse relapse.
    The draft law is in conflict with Article 30 of the Panamanian Constitution, which prohibits death penalty. It isalso contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international conventions to which Panama adhered, involving the abolition of capital punishment.
    Among Catholics, the news has caused great discomfort. Maribel Jaén, a member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church says that the approval of death penalty is "inhumane" and goes against Christian doctrine: "We, as Church, believe in the profound sense of life, therefore, no State has the right to take life away".
    Maribel also recalled that many countries have already abolished death penalty after realizing that this penalty does not reduce crime.
    This controversy reminds us about the one born during the debate on the reform of the penal code, when the Church expressed herselfin defense of the right to life (see Fides 02/03/2007)
    The Ombudsman, Patria Portogallo, rejected the bill, saying that this does not help to reduce crime in the country.
    His position is supported also by the previous ombudsman Ricardo Vargas, who points out: "This is a step back towards democratic progress, it is not the right way to fight crime", and believes it is necessary to immediately reject what he defines as being an "unwise and inappropriate proposal".
    (CE)
    http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=29620&lan=eng

    AUSTRALIA: BISHOP BRADY INTERRED IN CATHEDRAL

    ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH REPORT: Article by Bridget Spinks. Photos by Graham Hall

    Bishop John Brady, the founding Bishop of Perth, was finally laid to rest in the diocese he created in St Mary's Cathedral crypt on 2 August with a Mass and Reinterment Ceremony.
    PHOTO: Bishop Brady's relatives Lorna and Patrick Lavelle; Odhran O'Brien and Dr Michael Shanahan - who attended the exhumation of Bishop Brady's remains from the grave in Amelie-les-Bains earlier this year - carried in the ossuary containing Bishop Brady's remains.
    Archbishop Barry Hickey concelebrated the Mass with senior clergy of the Archdiocese including Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton, Mgr Michael Keating and Mgr Brian O'Loughlin and more than 40 priests of the Perth Archdiocese.
    The Sisters of Mercy and the Benedictine monks also attended the event.
    Their presence in Perth is thanks to Bishop Brady's missionary zeal: the Sisters of Mercy and some Spanish Benedictines who were living in Italy in the mid-1840s were among the band of 27 missionaries Bishop Brady brought to Perth in 1846.
    More than 60 students from Mercedes College - a school founded on the work the first Sisters of Mercy carried out when Bishop Brady was establishing the Diocese - formed a candlelit guard of honor as Bishop Brady's remains were carried in.
    Then there was an anachronistic moment ahead of the Mass and Reinterment Ceremony when a certain "Bishop Brady" being played by Mr Noel O'Neill and dressed in a Bishop's mitre and vestments came onto the altar.
    Archbishop Hickey symbolically welcomed “Bishop Brady” home and the prelates shared a dialogue on what it was like in the early days of the Perth diocese, providing the congregation with a way to appreciate the significance of the historic moment.
    The remains of Bishop Brady are now in St Mary's Cathedral Crypt along with all the former prelates of Perth excluding Archbishop Patrick Clune CsSR - the fourth Bishop of Perth (1911-13) and first Archbishop of Perth (1913-35) - who is buried in Karrakatta.
    Several dignitaries also attended the historic occasion including Anglican Archbishop Roger Herft; Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi; Minister for Heritage John Castrilli MLA and the Irish Embassy's Consul General in Western Australia, Michael Nolan.
    Several members of the Farrelly family also attended who have a strong connection to the foundations of the Perth Archdiocese. Their relative Terrence Farrelly was one of the lay catechists among the 27 missionaries who accompanied Bishop Brady to Perth in 1846 and is thought be a nephew of Bishop Brady.
    pictures by Graham Hall

    TODAY'S FEAST: AUG. 6: TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

    The Transfiguration of the Lord

    Feast: August 6



    Information:

    Feast Day:August 6

    The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end. Moreover, this glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew (xvii, 1-6), St. Mark (ix, 1-8), and St. Luke (ix, 28-36), while St. Peter (II Pet., i, 16-18) and St. John (i, 14), two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it.

    About a week after His sojourn in Caesarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their ravished eyes. St. Matthew and St. Mark express this phenomenon by the word metemorphothe, which the Vulgate renders transfiguratus est. The Synoptics explain the true meaning of the word by adding "his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow," according to the Vulgate, or "as light," according to the Greek text.

    This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias, and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son. By this glorious manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the Apostles (Matt., xvi, 21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends and prepared them for the terrible struggle

    of which they were to be witnesses in Gethsemani, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.

    LOCATION OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

    Already in Apostolic times the mount of the Transfiguration had become the "holy mount" (II Pet., i, 18). It seems to have been known by the faithful of the country, and tradition identified it with Mount Thabor. Origen said (A.D. 231-54) "Thabor is the mountain of Galilee on which Christ was transfigured" (Comm. in Ps. lxxxviii, 13). In the next century St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catech., II, 16) and St. Jerome (Ep. xlvi, ad Marcel.; EP. viii, ad Paulin.; Ep. cviii, ad Eust.) likewise declare it categorically. Later St. Proculus, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 447; Orat. viii, in Transfig.), Agathangelus (Hist. of Armenia, II, xvii), and Arnobius the Younger (d. 460; Comm. in Ps. lxxxviii, 13) say the same thing. The testimonies increase from century to century without a single dissentient note, and in 553 the Fifth Council of Constantinople erected a see at Mount Thabor (Notitif Antioch. . . . patriarch.).

    Some modern writers claim that the Transfiguration could not have taken place on Mount Thabor, which, according to Josephus, was then surmounted by a city. This is incorrect; the Jewish historian speaks neither of a city nor a village; he simply fortified, as he repeats three times, "the mount called Itabyrion" ("Bell. Jud.", II, xx, 6; IV, i, 8; Vita , 37). The town of Atabyrion of Polybius, the Thabor or Celeseth Thabor, the "flank of Thabor" of the Bible, is situated at the foot of Mount Thabor. In any case the presence of houses on a wooded height would not have made it impossible to find a place apart.

    It is again objected that Our Lord was transfigured on Mount Hermon, since He was at that time in its vicinity. But the Synoptics are all explicit concerning the lapse of time, six days, or about eight days including those of departure and arrival, between the discourse in Caesarea and the Transfiguration, which would infer a somewhat lengthy journey. Moreover the summits of Hermon are covered with snow as late as June, and even the lesser peaks of 4000 or 5000 feet are likewise snow-covered in February and March, the period of the Transfiguration. Finally, the ancients judged of the height of mountains by their appearance, and Thabor especially was considered a "high mountain", if not by David and Jeremias, at least by Origen and St. Jerome and the pilgrims who made the ascent.



    SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/T/transfigurationofthelord.asp#ixzz1UFvTmfM8

    TODAY'S GOSPEL: AUG. 6: Matthew 17: 1- 9

    Matthew 17: 1 - 9
    1And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.3And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Eli'jah, talking with him.4And Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah."5He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him."6When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe.7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear."8And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.9And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead."

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