1 SEP 2011 (VIS) - Yesterday evening in the internal courtyard of the ApostolicPalace at Castelgandolfo, the Holy Father attended a concert in his honour organised by Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, former director of the Choir of the Sistine Chapel. (IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)The soloists, sopranos Enrica Fabbri and Lykke Anholm and baritone Michele Govi, as well as the Rossini Chamber Choir of Pesaro and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Marches "FORM" were conducted by Simone Baiocchi.
The programme included four pieces composed by Cardinal Bartolucci himself: the poem "Benedictus", specially written for this occasion, for soprano, choir and three equal voices; the "Ave Maria" from the opera "Il Brunellesco" for soprano, choir and three equal voices; the sacred poem "Baptisma" for soprano, baritone, female choir and small orchestra, and the motet "Christus circumdedit me" for soprano, choir and orchestra.
At the end of the performance the Pope made some brief remarks. "For you", he said in his thanks to Cardinal Bartolucci, "music is a special language with which to communicate the faith of the Church and to help those who hear your works along their own journey of faith".
"This evening" Benedict XVI concluded, "you caused us to turn our hearts to Mary in prayer, the most beloved prayer of Christian tradition. Yet you also led us back to the beginning of our journey of faith, to the liturgy of Baptism, the moment in which we became Christian: an invitation always to drink from the only water that can quench our thirst - the living God - and to commit ourselves day after to day to rejecting evil and to renewing our faith with the affirmation 'I believe!'"
VATICAN CITY, 1 SEP 2011 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for September is: "That all teachers may know how to communicate love of the truth and instil authentic moral and spiritual values".
His mission intention is: "That the Christian communities of Asia may proclaim the Gospel with fervour, witnessing to its beauty with the joy of faith".
VATICAN CITY, 1 SEP 2011 (VIS) - Holy Father today received in separate audiences:
- Archbishop Ivo Scapolo, apostolic nuncio to Chile.
- Seven prelates of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, on their "ad limina" visit:
- Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias.
- Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara of Nagpur.
- Archbishop Filipe Neri Antonio Sebastiao do Rosario Ferrao of Goa and Damao, patriarch of the East Indies, accompanied by Archbishop and Patriarch emeritus Nicolau Gonsalves.
- Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes S.J. of Gandhinagar.
- Archbishop Bernard Blasius Moras of Bangalore.
The Korean Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Abolition of Capital Punishment organised a concert and recital on August 30 to promote awareness about ending the death penalty.
Some 80 participants, mostly in their 20s and 30s, enjoyed songs from guest singers and a talk-in with a well-known author at the Catholic Youth Center, Seoul.
Mary Gong Ji-young, whose best-selling book is about prisoners on death row, said during the concert: “I have met many condemned criminals since I started to write the novel in 2003. I will be willing to join such events until the death penalty disappears.”
She has voluntarily visited condemned criminals once a month as a part of a Catholic social correction service.
Sister Lutgarda Cho, coordinator of the subcommittee, said “We planned the concert to lead young people to think about the dignity of life and capital punishment while enjoying songs and talks.”
Concerts will be held once a month till December and Bishop Matthias Ri Iong-hoon of Suwon, president of the subcommittee, will celebrate a Mass for abolition of capital punishment in November.
South Korea was classified as ‘abolitionist in practice’ after 10 years with no executions since the end of 1997. But there is still no legal bar to the death penalty, and the Constitutional Court ruled last year that is still constitutional.
There were some 60 condemned criminals as of June 2011.
ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has called on Catholic communities to participate in Anti-Poverty Week, 16-22 October.
In a letter to schools, parishes and agencies, Archbishop Hart wrote that poverty attacks people’s God-given dignity through inhibiting education and denying people basic privileges.
“Our faith compels us to take a stand against poverty in all its manifestations. As Catholics we have a rich social doctrine and moral teaching which binds us to respond to the cry of the poor,” Archbishop Hart said.
“Anti-Poverty Week … is a time for us to reflect on the Gospel message of Jesus to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and to visit the sick and imprisoned.”
He said many local agencies worked for the alleviation of poverty and marginalisation in the areas of homelessness, aboriginal disadvantage, drug and alcohol abuse and those living with physical or mental illness.
“I encourage your participation in the mission of evangelisation by participating in initiatives to inform, educate and transform our world,” Archbishop Hart said.
“I invite you to support the shared work undertaken by Agencies of the Archdiocese in promoting awareness of Anti-Poverty Week in schools, parishes, deaneries and associated groups.”
For details on Anti-Poverty Week, visit www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
Feast: September 1
Information: Feast Day: September 1
Born: Athens, Greece
Major Shrine: St. Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Patron of: beggars; blacksmiths; breast cancer; breast feeding; cancer patients; disabled people; epilepsy; fear of night; forests; hermits; horses; lepers; mental illness; noctiphobics; outcasts; poor peoples; rams; spur makers; sterility;
An Abbot, said to have been born of illustrious Athenian parentage about the middle of the seventh century. Early in life he devoted himself exclusively to spiritual things, but, finding his noble birth and high repute for sanctity in his native land an obstacle to his perfection, he passed over to Gaul, where he established himself first in a wilderness near the mouth of the Rhone and later by the River Gard. But here again the fame of his sanctity drew multitudes to him, so he withdrew to a dense forest near Nîmes, where in the greatest solitude he spent many years, his sole companion being a hind. This last retreat was finally discovered by the king's hunters, who had pursued the hind to its place of refuge. The king [who according to the legend was Wamba (or Flavius?), King of the Visigoths, but who must have been a Frank, since the Franks had expelled the Visigoths from the neighbourhood of Nîmes almost a century and a half earlier] conceived a high esteem for solitary, and would have heaped every honour upon him; but the humility of the saint was proof against all temptations. He consented, however, to receive thenceforth some disciples, and built a monastery in his valley, which he placed under the rule of St. Benedict. Here he died in the early part of the eighth century, with the highest repute for sanctity and miracles.
His cult spread rapidly far and wide throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, as is witnessed by the numberless churches and monasteries dedicated to him in France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and the British Isles; by the numerous manuscripts in prose and verse commemorating his virtues and miracles; and especially by the vast concourse of pilgrims who from all Europe flocked to his shrine. In 1562 the relics of the saint were secretly transferred to Toulouse to save them from the hideous excesses of the Huguenots who were then ravaging France, and the pilgrimage in consequence declined. With the restoration of a great part of the relics to the church of St. Giles in 1862, and the discovery of his former tomb there in 1865, the pilgrimages have recommenced. Besides the city of St-Gilles, which sprang up around the abbey, nineteen other cities bear his name, St-Gilles, Toulouse, and a multitude of French cities, Antwerp, Bridges, and Tournai in Belgium, Cologne and Bamberg, in Germany, Prague and Gran in Austria-Hungary, Rome and Bologna in Italy, possess celebrated relics of St. Giles. In medieval art he is a frequent subject, being always depicted with his symbol, the hind. His feast is kept on 1 September. On this day there are also commemorated another St. Giles, an Italian hermit of the tenth century (Acta SS., XLI, 305), and a Blessed Giles, d. about 1203, a Cistercian abbot of Castaneda in the Diocese of Astorga, Spain (op. cit. XLI, 308).
|Luke 5: 1 - 11|
|1||While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret.|
|2||And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.|
|3||Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.|
|4||And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."|
|5||And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets."|
|6||And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking,|
|7||they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.|
|8||But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."|
|9||For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken;|
|10||and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men."|
|11||And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.|