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Sunday, September 4, 2011

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SUN. SEPT. 4, 2011












TODAY'S MASS READINGS: 23rd SUN. OF ORDINARY TIME/ YEAR A


VATICAN: POPE: FRATERNAL CHARITY-PRAYER-RIP CARD. DESKUR

  • VATICAN.VA REPORT: At 12 noon today, the Holy Father Benedict XVI recites the Angelus with the faithful and pilgrims in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo. (IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)

    These are the words of the Pope in introducing the Marian prayer:

  • Before the Angelus

    Dear brothers and sisters!

    The biblical readings of the Mass this Sunday converge on the theme of fraternal charity in the community of believers, which has its source in the communion of the Trinity. The apostle Paul says that the whole law of God is fulfilled in love, so that, in our relationships with others, the ten commandments, and any other commandment are summed up in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (cf. Rom 13.8 to 10). The text of the Gospel, taken from Matthew chapter 18 ° about the life of the Christian community, tells us that brotherly love also involves a sense of mutual responsibility, so, if my brother sins against me, I I use to love him, and, above all, speak to him personally, pointing out that what he has said or done is not good. This approach is called fraternal correction: it is not a reaction to injury suffered, but is moved by love for his brother. St. Augustine says: "He who has offended you, hurt you, has dealt himself a severe wound, and you do not care of your brother's wound? ... You have to forget the hurt they have received, not the your brother's wound "( Discourses 82, 7).

    And if your brother does not listen to me? Jesus in today's Gospel indicates a gradual: first go to speak with two or three people to help you better realize what he did, if, despite this, he still rejects the observation, I must say to the community, and if do not even listen to the community, must make him feel the distance that he has caused, separating from the communion of the Church. All this indicates that there is a shared responsibility in the way of Christian life: everyone is aware of its limitations and defects, is called to welcome the fraternal correction and help others with this particular service.

    Another fruit of love is prayer in the community agree. Jesus says: "If two of you shall agree on earth to ask anything, my Father in heaven give it to him. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them" ( Mt 18:19-20). Personal prayer is certainly important, indeed essential, but the Lord assures its presence in the community - albeit very small - it is united and unanimous, because it reflects the reality of the Triune God, the perfect communion of love. Origen says that "we must exercise ourselves in this symphony" ( Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew 14, 1), ie in this harmony within the Christian community. We need to practice both in the fraternal correction, which requires a lot of humility and simplicity of heart, both in prayer, he may go up to God by a community truly united in Christ. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Most Holy, Mother of the Church, and St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor, that yesterday we remembered in the liturgy.

    [01235-01.01] [Original text: Italian]

  • After the Angelus:

    Today, in Ancona, you open the XXV National Eucharistic Congress, with the Holy Mass presided over by my Legate Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re next Sunday, God willing, I will have the joy of going to again for the day highlight of the Congress. As of now I address my cordial greeting and my blessing to all who participate in this event of grace which the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist in worship and praise Christ, source of life and hope for every man and for the whole world.

    Je salue les cordialement Pèlerins francophones, le groupe particulièrement des Filles de Marie Auxiliatrice. Je vous invite aujourd'hui à devenir des toujours davantage de la Parole de Dieu familiers! Elle nous appelle à l'amour mutuel. Cet amour et de façon très concrète if vit dans le quotidien, c'est-à-say prendre le temps avec l'autre vrai of a dialogue, the respecter he pardonner, Prier ensemble pour les uns et les autres. Ainsi peut et naître great the fraternity que Jésus au sein des eastern venu will establish familles, des communautés, des pays. Je conference there SOUHAIT à la Vierge Marie et je vous grand cœur de Benis.

    I am pleased to welcome the pilgrims and English-speaking visitors present for this Angelus prayer. I greet the doctors Matercare Gathered for the International Conference on the Dignity of Obstetricians and Mothers, as well as present students from the University of Mary, Rome Campus. Today's Gospel passage Reminds us That God is Present When The Church Gathers to worship in His Name. May we always draw strength and grace from our encounters with God in prayerful communion with our brothers and sisters in the faith. May God bless all of you!

    Grüße ich mit Freude to deutschsprachigen Besucher hier in Castel Gandolfo. Im Evangelium des heutigen Sonntags spricht der Herr von der gemeinsamen Verantwortung, die Menschen haben füreinander.Herausforderungen und einzelner Irrwege müssen zur Sorge und zum aller Gebetsanliegen werden.Jesus hyenas ruft, die ihm nachfolgen, in die Gemeinschaft und gibt Ihnen und den Mut zur Wahrheit Verantwortungssinn. Gott will, dass wir seien füreinander Diener des Segens. Es erfüllt uns mit Freude to, dass wir als der Wahrheit am Zeugen mitwirken Heil der Welt dürfen. - Ich Wünsche euch allen einen eine gute Woche und Sonntag gesegneten.

    Saludo with afecto a los de lengua española Peregrinos presentes en esta oración Marian. En este día de liturgy, Jesús hare saber que en la Disciples to sus hermanos de comunidad ante todo el has de amor exist. Hermano no es sólo amar at ACOG en su necesidad, también, a veces, es a saber decirle palabra de corrección. It PECA algún hermano, no de dejemos love them, inviting him to volver al buen fireplace. Exhorto in to encomendar todos a la Virgen María Santísima los propósitos de vida comply with the authentic fraternal que la llama el Señor nos. Feliz Domingo.

    Slow pozdrowienia kieruję do Polakow, szczególnie to do dzieci i Nowy rok młodzieży rozpoczynających szkolny the katechetyczny. Niece ten rok dla was wszystkich Bedz wzrastania czasem "mądrości w, w latach u Boga iu Ludza Legacies" (Lk 2, 52). MODL or swiatlo się dla wychowawców Swietego Ducha the moc, aby ich w Trud wydawał obfite owoce młodych sercach. Niece błogosławi Bog wam!

    [ Expressions of greeting goes to the Poles, and especially to children and young people starting a new school year and catechesis. This year is a time for all of you to grow "in wisdom, age and grace before God and man" (Lk 2, 51). I invoke the light and the power of the Holy Spirit for educators, so that their efforts may bear abundant fruit in young hearts. God bless you! ]

    Lastly, I address a cordial greeting to the Italian-speaking pilgrims, especially the large group of ACLI - Christian Associations of Italian Workers - at the end of the meeting on the study of labor, 30 years Encyclical Laborem Exercens of Blessed John Paul II. I appreciated, dear friends, your attention to this document, which remains as one of the cornerstones of the social doctrine of the Church. I greet the group of new seminarians of the Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae , the Association Liberianum Collegium , which operates in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in the service of the liturgical celebrations, as well as the faithful from Abbey, in the diocese of Bergamo. I wish you all a good Sunday.

  • TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCES FOR THE DEATH OF POPE EMA. CARDINAL.Andrzej Maria Deskur

    Here is the message of condolence for the death yesterday, Em. Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, sent by the Holy Father Benedict XVI to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz Em.mo:

  • TELEGRAM OF THE HOLY FATHER

    Mr. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz

    ARCHBISHOP OF KRAKOW - POLAND

    I HAVE LEARNED WITH SADNESS OF THE NEWS DEPARTMENT venerable Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE HOLY COUNCIL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND WISH TO EXPRESS TO HIS FAMILY who knew and esteemed in this diocesan community AS WELL AS THAT OF KRAKOW him among HIS CHILDREN FEELINGS OF MOST FAMOUS condolences (.) MEMORY with gratitude the precious collaboration GIVEN TO HIM FOR MANY DECADES TO THE HOLY SEE AT THE SERVICE OF SIX WELL Pontiff dedicated to the Christian soul ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION (.) TIED TO CONSTRAINTS OF DEEP FRIENDSHIP THE BLESSED JOHN PAUL THE SECOND HE LEAVES THE MEMORY OF A LIFETIME TO SPENDING adhering COHERENT AND GENEROUS own vocation as a pious and zealous priest who ENRICHED BY ACCEPTING HIS MINISTRY The SICK WITH THE EVANGELICAL REVIEW (.) exalted fervent prayers SUFFRAGE HOPES WHY THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN FROM HIM SO venerate the Lord welcome this faithful shepherds THE GOSPEL AND THE CHURCH IN ETERNAL PEACE AND GAUDIO ENTER AND HOW TO SHARE THE PAIN AWAY FOR HIS APOSTOLIC BLESSING comforted SIGN OF MY PARTICIPATION IN INTENSE COMMON Mestizo

    Benedictus PP. XVI


  • EUROPE: ITALY: RIMINI MEETING: FRIENDSHIP AMONG PEOPLES
    Romereports.com REPORT On the coast of Italy, in the town of Rimini, every summer one of the most important cultural events in the country takes place. It's called the “Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples” and it's organized by the Catholic movement “Communion and Liberation.”

    The theme was based on the theme “And existence becomes an immense certainty,” which addressed all issues of modern man.


    To start off, they examined the 'Arab Spring'. The meeting brought together key figures from every sector of Egyptian society, from a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood to the rector of the Islamic University of Al Azhar, as well as the Cardinal of Alexandria. They exchanged views on how to rebuild their country and the Middle East.

    Card. Antonios Naguib
    Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts (Egypt)

    “We need a revolution of love in our hearts, in our patriarchates, and in our churches.”

    Another meeting was with Pakistani politician Paul Bhatti. He continues the work of his brother Shabhaz, who was killed while defending religious minorities.

    Paul Bhatti
    Adviser for Religious Minorities (Pakistan)

    “Being a Christian requires you to live with more responsibility in this profession. Those engaged in politics should know that they will lose money, time for themselves, personal security, certainty for the future and even their own safety.”

    Along with conferences and meetings, there were also concerts and exhibitions. This was titled “Through the eyes of the apostles.” It explained how it changed Capernaum when the future apostles Andrew and John met Jesus.

    The event was made possible through the collaboration of 4,000 volunteers, over 300 speakers as well the organizers of 10 exhibitions and 26 concerts.

    The “meeting” has been held every August for 32 years. It's meant to show that friendship can overcome difference of opinions.

    ‘HERALD’: Fr Bray with Bishop Fisher on the occasion of his golden jubilee. Picture: Shelley Barnes
    CATHOLIC WEEKLY REPORT: Fr Roderick Bray was an inspiration to the vocations of other priests, a herald of the coming of the Lord, and a missionary pastor to Merrylands and beyond, said Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta.

    On July 23 this year, the bishop was principal celebrant at a Mass in St Margaret Mary’s Church, Merrylands, celebrating Fr Bray’s golden jubilee of ordination to the priesthood.

    He recalled then that when he visited Fr Bray in hospital last year there was a queue of parishioners waiting to make their confession to him as he lay on his sick bed.

    “How pleased must be St Margaret Mary Parish that this indefatigable pastor has made of her church a centre for confession, catechesis and devotion for the diocese of Parramatta and beyond,” Bishop Fisher said.

    Fr Bray, parish priest at Merrylands since 1980, died on August 27 after suffering a heart attack. He was 73.

    He undertook his priestly studies at St Columba’s Seminary, Springwood, and St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly, before being ordained to the priesthood on July 15, 1961.

    His priestly appointments included being on loan to the diocese of Aitape, Papua New Guinea (1962–1967); assistant priest at Tempe (1968); Blacktown (1968070); on loan to the diocese of Aitape (1971–73); Mt Druitt (1974–77); Mt Pritchard (1977–79).

    He was assistant priest at Merrylands in 1979, and became parish priest in 1980.

    Parishioner and friend Damir Terkes described Fr Bray as “a true missionary” not only in Papua New Guinea, but also in his priestly endeavours at Merrylands.

    “Like his heroes, the Cure of Ars (St John Vianney), Fr Joseph Kentenich (founder of the Schoenstatt Family Movement) and St Augustine, he was a tireless worker who put the needs of his parishioners above his own,” Mr Terkes said. “Even in his illness Fr Bray celebrated at least two Masses a day, some days even more than that.

    “He heard countless confessions, promoted Catholic doctrine as the Church teaches it, especially in areas of family and life, and up to his very last day visited the sick giving out the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, and his final priestly act – hearing the confession of a cancer sufferer.”

    Mr Terkes said Fr Bray “was renowned for not taking days off”.

    “On a day off he would still say two Masses and visit the sick,” he said.

    Fr Bray was a “priest, friend, mentor, leader and counsellor to many”, he added.
    http://catholicweekly.com.au/article.php?classID=1&subclassID=2&articleID=8871&class=News&subclass=CW%20National

    AFRICA: SOMALIA: CRISIS CONTINUES AS FOOD SUPPLIES LOW

    CISA REPORT: MOGADISHU, September 2, 2011 –The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is not over yet, and more food is needed to feed a rising number of hungry people in the country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, has said.

    Addressing a press conference in a Nairobi hotel on his arrival from Mogadishu, Mr Guterres said the international community must continue supplying humanitarian aid to famine ravaged sections of Somalia.

    “While I thank the international community for its response to the current food crises, I at the same time make an appeal for more food for the hunger-stricken Somali people,” he emphasized.

    The number of those still in need of food in the country is still on the rise, he said.

    During his visit to Mogadishu, Mr Guterres , who was accompanied by the Swedish minister for International Development and Co-operation Ms Gunilla Carlsson, visited a number of feeding centres for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in south and central Somalia. The visit was also to show solidarity with the locals as it was at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

    He also held discussions with relevant authorities as well as implementing partners, to understand challenges faced in efforts to alleviate continued suffering of vulnerable IDP population.

    He urged parties that are in conflict in the country to respect humanitarian organisations in order for them to accomplish their mandate.

    Asked what percentage of the people in need of food aid has been reached so far, the UNHCR chief said he did not have the statistics, but added, “We are in all agreement that we need to scale up our contribution.”

    “A good percentage of those in need of food has been reached, but the challenge still stands: we need to do more.”

    Ms Carlsson called for strengthening of AMISOM to improve security. UNHCR has had only intermittent access to many areas due to extreme insecurity.

    She also decried the rate of unemployment among the youth approximated to be 100 percent.

    Mr Guterres thanked the Swedish government for being the biggest financial contributor to UNHCR.

    http://www.cisanewsafrica.com/

    The UN estimates that 3.8 million people need food aid in Somalia, currently facing the worst drought in decades.

    AMERICA: COLOMBIA: PRIEST KILLED: RIP FR. JOSE IDARRAGA

    Agenzia Fides REPORT - The priest from the mining town of Marmato, in the department of Caldas in the west of Colombia, Father Jose Reinel Restrepo Idárraga, was killed by unknown assailants, according to information given to the local press by the Secretary of the Government in that region, Henry Murillo.
    In the statements to the newspaper El Tiempo, Murillo said that the priest was killed on Thursday, September 1 on a road from Mistrato in Bethlehem of Umbria, in the neighboring department of Risaralda (west of Colombia about 200km from Bogotà). Murillo said that the priest was riding a motorcycle when strangers stopped him and shot him dead. The assailants escaped taking the motorcycle with them (which later was found by the police) and other objects belonging to the priest.
    Father Restrepo was very young (36 years), he was born in Viterbo (Caldas) and since 2009 he was pastor Marmato, where in two years he was appreciated and respected by the locals thanks to his commitment in favor of the disadvantaged .
    The authorities have begun investigating the case to determine whether the reason for the priest’s killing was mugging or if there is any other reason. This area of Colombia is well- known because about 80 percent of the population of Marmato is dedicated to the extraction of gold. (CE)

    ASIA: SINGAPORE: NEW PRESIDENT: TONY TAN- PEOPLE'S ACTION PARTY

    ASIA NEWS REPORT: by Jeremy Lim
    The city-state’s seventh president will take the oath of office on Thursday. Close to the ruling party, he said he would be an active check and balance on the government, “a president for all Singaporeans.” The narrow-margin victory shows a politically divided society.

    Singapore (AsiaNews) – With the swearing in ceremony set for Thursday, Tony Tan, 71, a former deputy prime minister, will become the seventh president of the Southeast Asian city-state. Affiliated with the ruling People’s Action Party, he was elected last week with 35.2 per cent of the vote, just 0.34 per cent more than his closest rival.

    In Singapore, the office of the presidency is highly symbolic and the president’s role is largely ceremonial, but one that generates so much respect in the public that it allows the office holder to wield substantial influence in the nation’s political life.

    For Singapore watchers, Tony Tan was closer than any other candidates to the current ruling party with whom he has strong political ties.

    The new president won by a small margin in a highly competitive race that ended in a nail-biting result.

    In his maiden speech as president-elect, the mathematician-turned politician said he would work for the greater good of the country.

    "The President is a president for all Singaporeans, not only for those who have voted for me but even for those who have not voted for me," he said.

    In the past, Tan held a number of high-profile posts, including that of deputy prime minister as well as minister of education, finance and defence.

    In his new role, he promised to use the President's authority to be an active check and balance on the government.

    Both presidential and last May’s parliamentary elections show a divided society. They also confirm that the ruling party’s strong hold on the country is declining (see also “Singapore: Prime Minister wins election and promises a redistribution of wealth,” In AsiaNews, 9 May 2011).

    For this reason, “Now that the election is over, we should all come together again as Singaporeans, to tackle the challenges that Singapore faces, and take our nation forward," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

    TODAY'S SAINT: SEPT. 4: POPE ST. BONIFACE I, DIED 422

    St. Boniface I
    POPE
    Feast: September 4
    Information: Feast Day: September 4
    Died: September 4, 422
    Elected 28 December, 418; d. at Rome, 4 September, 422. Little is known of his life antecedent to his election. The "Liber Pontificalis" calls him a Roman, and the son of the presbyter Jocundus. He is believed to have been ordained by Pope Damasus I (366-384) and to have served as representative of Innocent I at Constantinople (c. 405).
    At he death of Pope Zosimus, the Roman Church entered into the fifth of the schisms, resulting from double papal elections, which so disturbed her peace during the early centuries. Just after Zosimus's obsequies, 27 December, 418, a faction of the Roman clergy consisting principally of deacons seized the Lateran basilica and elected as pope the Archdeacon Eulalius. The higher clergy tried to enter, but were violently repulsed by a mob of adherents of the Eulalian party. On the following day they met in the church of Theodora and elected as pope, much against his will, the aged Boniface, a priest highly esteemed for his charity, learning, and good character. On Sunday, 29 December, both were consecrated, Boniface in the Basilica of St. Marcellus, supported by nine provincial bishops and some seventy priests; Eulalius in the Lateran basilica in the presence of the deacons, a few priests and the Bishop of Ostia, who was summoned from his sickbed to assist at the ordination. Each claimant proceeded to act as pope, and Rome was thrown into tumultuous confusion by the clash of the rival factions. The Prefect of Rome, Symmachus, hostile to Boniface, reported the trouble to the Emperor Honorius at Ravenna, and secured the imperial confirmation of Eulalius's election. Boniface was expelled from the city. His adherents, however, secured a hearing from the emperor who called a synod of Italian bishops at Ravenna to meet the rival popes and discuss the situation (February, March, 419). Unable to reach a decision, the synod made a few practical provisions pending a general council of Italian, Gaulish, and African bishops to be convened in May to settle the difficulty. It ordered both claimants to leave Rome until a decision was reached and forbade return under penalty of condemnation. As Easter, 30 March, was approaching, Achilleus, Bishop of Spoleto, was deputed to conduct the paschal services in the vacant Roman See. Boniface was sent, it seems, to the cemetery of St. Felicitas on the Via Salaria, and Eulalius to Antium. On 18 March, Eulalius boldly returned to Rome, gathered his partisans, stirred up strife anew, and spurning the prefect's orders to leave the city, seized the Lateran basilica on Holy Saturday (29 March), determined to preside at the paschal ceremonies. The imperial troops were required to dispossess him and make it possible for Achilleus to conduct the services. The emperor was deeply indignant at these proceedings and refusing to consider again the claims of Eulalius, recognizedBoniface as legitimate pope (3 April, 418). The latter re-entered Rome 10 April and was acclaimed by the people. Eulalius was madeBishop either of Nepi in Tuscany or of some Campanian see, according to the conflicting data of the sources of the "Liber Pontificalis". The schism had lasted fifteen weeks. Early in 420, the pope's critical illness encouraged the artisans of Eulalius to make another effort. On his recovery Boniface requested the emperor (1 July, 420) to make some provision against possible renewal of the schism in the event of his death. Honorius enacted a law providing that, in contested Papal elections, neither claimant should be recognized and a new election should be held.
    Boniface's reign was marked by great zeal and activity in disciplinary organization and control. He reversed his predecessor's policy of endowing certain Western bishops with extraordinary papal vicariate powers. Zosimus had given to Patroclus, Bishop of Arles, extensive jurisdiction in the provinces of Vienna and Narbonne, and had made him an intermediary between these provinces and the Apostolic See. Boniface diminished these primatial rights and restored the metropolitan powers of the chief bishops of provinces. Thus he sustained Hilary, Archbishop of Narbonne, in his choice of a bishop of the vacant See of Lodeve, against Patroclus, who tried to intrude another (422). So, too, he insisted that Maximus, Bishop of Valence, should be tried for his alleged crimes, not by a primate, but by a synod of the bishops of Gaul, and promised to sustain their decision (419). Boniface succeeded to Zosimus's difficulties with the African Church regarding appeals to Rome and, in particular, the case of Apiarius. The Council of Carthage, having heard the representations of Zosimus's legates, sent to Boniface on 31 May, 419, a letter in reply to the commonitorium of his predecessor. It stated that the council had been unable to verify the canons which the legates had quoted as Nicene, but which were later found to be Sardican. It agreed, however, to observe them until verification could be established. This letter is often cited in illustration of the defiant attitude of theAfrican Church to the Roman See. An unbiased study of it, however, must lead to no more extreme conclusion than that of Dom Chapman: "it was written in considerable irritation, yet in a studiously moderate tone" (Dublin Review. July, 1901, 109-119). TheAfricans were irritated at the insolence of Boniface's legates and incensed at being urged to obey laws which they thought were not consistently enforced at Rome. This they told Boniface in no uncertain language; yet, far from repudiating his authority, they promised to obey the suspected laws thus recognizing the pope's office as guardian of the Church's discipline. In 422 Boniface received the appeal of Anthony of Fussula who, through the efforts of St. Augustine, had been deposed by a provincial synod of Numidia, and decided that he should be restored if his innocence be established. Boniface ardently supported St. Augustine in combating Pelagianism. Having received two Pelagian letters calumniating Augustine, he sent them to him. In recognition of this solicitude Augustine dedicated to Boniface his rejoinder contained in "Contra duas Epistolas Pelagianoruin Libri quatuor".
    In the East he zealously maintained his jurisdiction over the ecclesiastical provinces of Illyricurn, of which the Patriarch of Constantinople was trying to secure control on account of their becoming a part of the Eastern empire. The Bishop of Thessalonica had been constituted papal vicar in this territory, exercising jurisdiction over the metropolitans and bishops. By letters to Rufus, the contemporary incumbent of the see, Boniface watched closely over the interests of the Illyrian church and insisted on obedience to Rome. In 421 dissatisfaction expressed by certain malcontents among the bishops, on account of the pope's refusal to confirm the election of Perigines as Bishop of Corinth unless the candidate was recognized by Rufus, served as a pretext for the young emperor Theodosius II to grant the ecclesiastical dominion of Illyricurn to the Patriarch of Constantinople (14 July, 421). Boniface remonstrated with Honorius against the violation of the rights of his see, and prevailed upon him to urge Theodosius to rescind his enactment. The law was not enforced, but it remained in the Theodosian (439) and Justinian (534) codes and caused much trouble for succeeding popes. By a letter of 11 March, 422, Boniface forbade the consecration in Illyricum of any bishop whom Rufus would not recognize. Boniface renewed the legislation of Pope Soter, prohibiting women to touch the sacred linens or to minister at the burning of incense. He enforced the laws forbidding slaves to become clerics. He was buried in the cemetery of Maximus on the Via Salaria, near the tomb of his favorite, St. Felicitas, in whose honor and in gratitude for whose aid he had erected an oratory over the cemetery bearing her name.
    source http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/B/stbonifacei.asp

    TODAY'S MASS READINGS: 23rd SUN. OF ORDINARY TIME/ YEAR A

    Ezekiel 33: 7 - 9
    7"So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
    8If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
    9But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
    Psalms 95: 1 - 2, 6 - 9
    1O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
    2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
    6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
    7For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!
    8Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
    9when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
    Romans 13: 8 - 10
    8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
    9The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
    10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
    Matthew 18: 15 - 20
    15"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.20For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

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