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Saturday, October 29, 2011

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SAT. OCT. 29, 2011











VATICAN: POPE: BISHOPS OF ANGOLA AND SAO TOME VISIT

EUROPE: POLAND: MISSION ACTIVITY FUNDAMENTAL IN RELIGIOUS LIFE

TODAY'S GOSPEL: OCT. 29: LUKE 14: 1, 7 - 11



VATICAN: POPE: BISHOPS OF ANGOLA AND SAO TOME VISIT

RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI received the bishops of Angola and Sao Tomé on Saturday, who are here in Rome for their ad limina visits. In greeting the bishops, the Holy Father recalled his March, 2009 visit to Luanda, during which he said he was able to celebrate Jesus Christ in the midst of a people who never tire of seeking to love and serve with generosity and joy. Pope Benedict also used the occasion to explain that his recent decision to proclaim the Year of Faith from October 2012 to November 2013, was so that the whole Church might demonstrate to all a more beautiful and credible face, that the face of the Lord might show through the Church more clearly.

At the heart of the Holy Father’s remarks to the bishops, however, was a threefold warning and encouragement for the bishops: against the temptations of the spirit of the age and mores of society, and for the strength to be authentic witnesses to the Gospel, especially as regards the basic structure and life of the family – noting that the bishops have made marriage and family as the pastoral priorities of their current three-year cycle of pastoral initiatives. The Pope called on the bishops to help couples acquire the necessary human and spiritual maturity to take their mission as Christian spouses and parents responsibly, reminding them that their spousal love should be lived as it is: unique and indissoluble as the covenant between Christ and his Church. “This precious treasure,” said Pope Benedict, “is to be safeguarded at all costs.”

The second major area of concern for the Holy Father was the danger, especially among the recently baptised, of a heart still divided between Christianity and African traditional religions. Noting that many people do not hesitate to resort to practices incompatible with Christian faith and morals in order to deal with life’s trials, the Pope Benedict condemned as abominable the practice of witchcraft, which often leads to the marginalization and even murder of children and the elderly. “Mindful that human life is sacred in all its phases and situations,” he said, “continue, dear bishops, to raise your voice in favor of their victims.”

Finally, the Holy Father mentioned the tangible remnants of tribalism in the attitudes of ethnic communities that tend to be closed, and not to accept people from other parts of the nation. The Pope expressed his appreciation to those of the bishops who accepted a pastoral mission outside the confines of their language or regional group, and he thanked the priests and the people who welcomed and helped them. Then, offering affectionate greetings to all the members of their local Churches, and entrusting the whole Church in Angola and Sao Tomé to the protection of the Virgin Mary, Pope Benedict imparted his Apostolic Blessing.

AMERICA: USA: AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY: FEATURED UNIVERSITY

AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY REPORT: Ave Maria University is a vibrant university located in beautiful southwest Florida. It is an academic institution that pledges faithfulness to the teachings of the Church and is committed to offering one of the finest classical liberal arts curricula available, as well as opportunities for specialized study in all of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Our History

Ave Maria University began as Thomas S. Monaghan’s dream to build an institution of Catholic higher education that would be faithful to the Magisterium and could produce the future faithful educators, leaders, and mentors that our challenged society needs. Through his initial financial donation of $250 million, in partnership with a generous donation of land from the Barron Collier Family in Southwest Florida, the dream began to take shape.

The United States leads the world in higher education, with more than 4,000 institutions of the most diverse kind—State, private, secular, and religious. The Catholic Church in America came late to the table in establishing colleges and universities, but by 1960 there were some 230 institutions, mainly founded by religious orders. Since then, the total number has hardly changed. The growth of older Catholic colleges and universities has often been accompanied by a degree of secularization. In a number of these institutions, the Catholic identity has become quite attenuated, with many (and in some cases most) of the faculty non-Catholic or hostile to the Church.

In the 40 plus years since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic population has increased by some 50 percent. Much of that growth has occurred outside the traditional Catholic enclaves in the cities of the northeast and midwest, as Catholics followed the burgeoning economies of the southeast and the west. Yet the religious orders, many suffering a drastic fall-off in vocations, did not respond to these demographic changes with new institutions in areas of growing Catholic population. Indeed, the last Catholic institution inaugurated as a university was in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1963.

By the time Mr. Monaghan began his dream, it was evident that higher education needed a fresh, faithful voice. It can well be argued that, if for no other reason, a Catholic university is essential to the transmittal of the faith to successive generations. "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." —Proverbs 22:5-7 The role Ave Maria University intends to fill is not merely catechesis (although that has been woefully deficient in other institutions), but rather the ongoing reflection of theologians and philosophers on the integration of the truths of the faith with the social, cultural, economic, and political developments in society. This is perhaps the single most vital task for Catholic academicians: to explicate the truths of the faith, and measure against them the evolving societal propositions or practices in politics, the arts, the economy, etc. Two hundred or more years ago, those practices included slavery, laissez faire capitalism, and child labor. Fifty or more years ago, they included Marxism, Nazism, and Freudianism. Today they include abortion, fetal research, cloning, same-sex "marriage," moral relativism, and world terrorism. It is the graduates of Ave Maria University who will become the Catholic intellectuals needed to bring the truths of the faith to bear on these issues.

CONTACT

Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142

http://www.avemaria.edu/
239-280-2500

SOURCE: http://www.avemaria.edu/AboutAveMaria.aspx

EUROPE: POLAND: MISSION ACTIVITY FUNDAMENTAL IN RELIGIOUS LIFE

Agenzia Fides report - On the Occasion of Missionary Week, the most popular Catholic weekly in Poland, "Niedziela", based in Czestochowa, has published on its website (www.niedziela.pl) the results of an online survey on the support of the Church's missionary activity. According to the results of the survey, 44.68% of the readers of "Niedziela" support the mission of the Church and the missionary activity through prayer and 42.55% of the readers with financial help. Only 1,7% support the missions because they are in contact with the missionaries. 1,27% pay a subscription to the magazine for missionaries. Finally, according to the results of the survey, 9.78% of the people interviewed support missions in other ways. "It is clear from the results of the poll that for the readers of the Catholic weekly, Church missions are one of the most important and fundamental things of religious life. The Church's missionary activity, from a certain point of view, is therefore part of the lives of the readers of Niedziela" commented to Fides don Mariusz Frukacz, a sociologist, editor of "Niedziela" and member of the Pontifical Missionary Union. (MF/SL) (Agenzia Fides 28/10/2011)

AFRICA: KENYA: BISHOP CALLS FOR AUTHENTIC MISSIONARIES

CISA REPORT: NAIROBI, October 28, 2011 (CISA) –Kenyan Catholic Bishop Anthony Mukobo, Chairman of Commission for Missions in the country has called on missioners to be authentic in order to make Christ their sole mission.

Speaking at the regional Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) meeting in Nairobi on October 26, Bishop Mukobo said that to be truly authentic, the missioners need to project the image of communion and share the faith-experience with fellow men.

He pointed out that missioners must be ready to promote the corporate responsibility of the People of God in all its various sections, laity, religious and clergy.

“There is today an undeniable thirst and hunger for prayer and contemplation. We see this around us, but especially among the laity, among the young,” said the bishop.

He noted that for a Christian community to truly and joyfully fulfil its mission, every Christian must be helped in his/her striving to appreciate his/her missionary commitment to put Christ effectively at the center of his/her life.

He called on the PMS delegates to practice on-going catechesis adding that it is urgent and compelling to spread the message of Jesus Christ to those who do not know him.

However, he said, “The more we preach Jesus in generic form without inviting people to have that personal encounter with Jesus, the more we will be “manufacturing” lukewarm Christians whose faith lacks a lot in depth. As Directors of Pontifical Missionary Societies, you have to make God known, loved and served.”

“We must effectively translate the primacy of evangelization into deeds, in a continent like Africa where eight hundred million men and women have not yet consciously come to know Christ and his Gospel in significant ways; and our word and witness, with the progressively better use of the mass media, must be placed generously at the service of this endeavour,” said the bishop.

While speaking about the role of PMS in Africa today, the bishop advised the directors to be engaged all the time, to promote solidarity with the other diocesan, national and continental PMS wherever they may be.

“Those in Africa, the Pontifical Missionary office at whatever level, for instance, should update those missionaries in diaspora the successes, gaps, challenges etc, as being experienced locally such that upon the return from missionary lands their brothers and sisters will have easy transition and insertion,” he said.

He reminded them that in the course of planting God’s message in people’s hearts today; they should not ignore cultural, religious, political, economic, educational, sanitary and environmental aspects of life.

Bishop Mukobo further said that Africa today needs real and genuine shepherds and pastors. “I think Africa Missions needs priests and religious who will relate with their Christians horizontally and not vertically. It would be a pity if this priest/brother/nun became part of the small cream of affluent elite in a sea of misery.”

You guys should maintain a high sense of missionary zeal and avoid becoming just a “maintenance man” in an “established Church.” He said.

http://www.cisanewsafrica.com/

ASIA: INDIA: 1ST INDIAN CHURCH DEDICATED TO JPII

ASIANEWS REPORT: The Archdiocese of Bangalore is the first in the country to have a church dedicated to Pope John Paul II. The statue, cast in Thailand, was unveiled in Delhi by the nuncio, Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, in the presence of all the bishops of Karnataka.

Bangalore (AsiaNews) - Oct. 25 the nuncio to India, Msgr. Salvatore Penncchio, unveiled a statue dedicated to John Paul II, in the church dedicated to Blessed in K Channasandra Horamavu, in the suburbs of Bangalore. The Archdiocese of Bangalore is the first all over the country to have a church dedicated to Blessed John Paul II, a missionary Pope, raised to the altars May 1, 2011. John Paul II visited India on two occasions. In 1986 and 1999, covering the country from north to south, and paying homage at Gandhi’s shrine.

The statue, in bronze, is 2.6 meters high and weighs 375 kg. It 'was cast in Bangkok. John Paul II is represented in cassock as Pope, and at his feet are two national symbols, the peacock and lotus flower. The ceremony was attended Msgr. Bernard Moras, archbishop of Bangalore, all 13 bishops from Karnataka, and bishops from the Diocese of Chikmagalur, Mysore, Belgaum, Bellary, Shimoga, Belthangady, Bhadravathi, Mangalore, Mandya, Puttur, Karwar and Gulbarga. The nuncio also said that his hope is that the process of canonization of Pope John Paul II will proceed expeditiously.

The nuncio, in his homily, recalled the figure of John Paul II: "The Pope was a missionary; he visited so many countries, and came twice to India. His words were: Be not afraid cast your nets into the deep for a batter catch. "Archbishop Pennacchio urged Indians not to be afraid to welcome Christ into their lives, and imitate him. Archbishop Moras was appointed bishop by John Paul II, first in Belgaum and then to Bangalore.

AUSTRALIA: NEW INITIATIVE AGAINST PORNOGRAPHY

CATH NEWS REPORT: A compelling and confronting new book, Big Porn Inc, was recently launched in both Melbourne and Perth. The publishers, editors, some of the Australian contributors and those endorsing the book spoke of the launch of this book as a “landmark publication”, writes Anna Krohn (pictured) on the Catholic Women's League website.

“Big Porn Inc: exposing the harms of the global pornography industry” (published by Spinifex) is a sharply up-to-the-nano-second analysis of and protest against the “colonization” of the world’s markets, cultures and interpersonal relationships by exponentially violent, dehumanized and dehumanizing pornography.

The book has been edited by the social commentator and writer, Melinda Tankard Reist (Collective Shout) and the Perth-based social justice academic, Dr Abigail Bray. The editors have gathered together into a persuasive and unified front, 40 diverse contributions which include commentary, research, strategy and moving first-hand narrative from those hurt by porn.

Big Porn Inc. includes papers from a world-wide and multi-cultural array of men and women, activists, sociologists, political scientists and psychologists who pursue the trail from brutality, trafficking, child abuse, female objectification, self-harm, and a tidal wave of misogyny back to electronically pervasive and industrialised porn.


Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, added his strong commendation of the book. He said that much of the contemporary media, advertising industry and “huge industries who are considered respectable” are collaborators in the perpetration of the“dark desires” which are wrapped around the “look, the style and the attitudes” of porn. Pornography, he said “brings prostitution into every home.At the Melbourne launch, women’s researcher and Spinifex publisher Dr Renate Klein commented upon the parallel “pornification” of mainstream fashion, music and advertising cultures with the explicit degradation of women, children, teenagers, boys and animals in porn influenced behaviour.

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=28780

TODAY'S SAINT: OCT. 29: ST. NARCISSUS

St. Narcissus

BISHOP
Feast: October 29
Information:
Feast Day:
October 29
Born:
99
Died:
215

St Narcissus was born towards the close of the first century, and was almost fourscore years old when he was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem, being the thirtieth bishop of that see. Eusebius assures us that the Christians of Jerusalem preserved in his time the remembrance of several miracles which God had wrought by this holy bishop, one of which he relates as follows. One year, on Easter-eve, the deacons were unprovided with oil for the lamps in the church, necessary at the solemn divine office that day. Narcissus ordered those who had care of the lamps to bring him some water from the neighbouring wells. This being done, he pronounced a devout prayer over the water; then bade them pour it into the lamps, which they did, and it was immediately converted into oil, to the great surprise of the faithful. Some of this miraculous oil was kept there as a memorial at the time when Eusebius wrote his history. The veneration of all good men for this holy bishop could not shelter him from the malice of the wicked. Three incorrigible sinners, fearing his inflexible severity in the observance of ecclesiastical discipline, laid to his charge a detestable crime, which Eusebius does not specify. They confirmed their atrocious calumny by dreadful oaths and imprecations; one wishing he might perish by fire, another that he might be struck with a leprosy, and the third that he might lose his sight, if what they alleged was not the truth. Notwithstanding these protestations, their accusation did not find credit; and some time after the divine vengeance pursued the calumniators. The first was burnt in his house, with his whole family, by an accidental fire in the night; the second was struck with a universal leprosy; and the third, terrified by these examples, confessed the conspiracy and slander, and by the abundance of tears which he continually shed for his sins, lost his sight before his death.
Narcissus, notwithstanding the slander had made no impression on the people to his disadvantage, could not stand the shock of the bold calumny, or rather made it an excuse for leaving Jerusalem and spending some time in solitude, which had long been his wish. He spent several years undiscovered in his retreat, where he enjoyed all the happiness and advantage which a close conversation with God can bestow. That his church might not remain destitute of a pastor, the neighbouring bishops of the province after some time placed in it Pius, and after him Germanion, who dying in a short time was succeeded by Gordius. Whilst this last held the see, Narcissus appeared again, like one from the dead. The whole body of the faithful, transported at the recovery of their holy pastor, whose innocence had been most authentically vindicated, conjured him to reassume the administration of the diocese. He acquiesced; but afterwards, bending under the weight of extreme old age, made St. Alexander his coadjutor. St. Narcissus continued to serve his flock, and even other churches, by his assiduous prayers and his earnest exhortations to unity and concord, as St. Alexander testifies in his letter to the Arsinoites in Egypt, where he says that Narcissus was at that time, about one hundred and sixteen years old. The Roman Martyrology honours his memory on the 29th of October.
If we truly respect the church as the immaculate spouse of our Lord, we will incessantly pray for its exaltation and increase, and beseech the Almighty to give it pastors according to his own heart, like those who appeared in the infancy of Christianity. And, that no obstacle on our part may prevent the happy effects of their zeal, we should study to regulate our conduct by the holy maxims which they inculcate; we should regard them as the ministers of Christ; we should listen to them with docility and attention; we should make their faith the rule of ours, and shut our ears against the language of profane novelty. SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/N/stnarcissus.asp

TODAY'S GOSPEL: OCT. 29: LUKE 14: 1, 7 - 11

Luke 14: 1, 7 - 11
1One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him.
7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
8"When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him;
9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
11For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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