Sunday, November 6, 2011






RADIO VATICANA REPORT: In his midday Angelus reflections this Sunday Pope Benedict XVI returned once again to the subject of death, one that is often obscured from contemporary culture, but one that nonetheless pervades everyday life. In explaining the meaning of the Gospel and readings the Holy Father noted that the difference between believers and nonbelievers on death “is definitive”, because those who believe in the God who is Love “live and die in hope”. This, he added, is an important point particularly in today’s world: “If we remove God, if we take away Christ, the world will fall back into the void and darkness. And this is also reflected in the expressions of contemporary nihilism, an often subconscious nihilism that unfortunately plagues many young people”. True wisdom Pope Benedict said means “taking advantage of our mortal life to carry out works of mercy, because, after our death, it will no longer be possible. When we are reawakened for the Last Judgment, it will be based on the love we practiced in our earthly life (cf. Mt 25,31-46). And this love is the gift of Christ, poured out in us by the Holy Spirit. Those who believe in God who is Love carry within an invincible hope, like a lamp with which to cross the night after death, and reach the great celebration of life”. In his greetings to pilgrims following the Angelus prayer Pope Benedict’s thoughts turned to north-western Italy and in particular the city of Genoa, devastated by flash flooding that has claimed six lives this weekend. Five of the victims, including two children, died when the lobby of an apartment block in which they had sought shelter flooded. Another woman was crushed by cars being swept away by the torrents of water. The Holy Father prayed : “Today our thoughts go to the city of Genoa, hard hit by flooding. I assure the victims, their families and those who have suffered serious damage of my prayers. May Our Lady of the Guard support the dear population of Genoa as they commit themselves through solidarity to overcoming this trial”. Finally Pope Benedict greeted the English speaking pilgrims present in St Peter’s Square: “I am happy to greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present for this Angelus. In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to be prepared, like the wise maidens, for the definitive encounter with him who will come to complete his work of salvation at the end of time. May the light of faith always guide us and may the gift of Christian love grow strong in our hearts and in our deeds as we journey to the eternal wedding feast. I wish you all a pleasant stay in Rome, and a blessed Sunday!”.
Below the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s Angelus Address (original text Italian) Dear brothers and sisters!The Bible Reading of this Sunday’s liturgy invites us to prolong our reflections on eternal life, which began during the Commemoration of All Souls. On this point the difference between believers and nonbelievers, or, one might also say, among those who hope and who do not hope, is definitive. St. Paul writes to the Thessalonians: "We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ marks, even in this field, a decisive watershed. Again St. Paul reminds the Christians of Ephesus that, before accepting the Good News, they were "without hope and without God in the world" (Eph 2.12). In fact, the religion of the Greeks, the cults and pagan myths were not able to shed light on the mystery of death, so that an ancient inscription said: "In nihil ab nihilo quam cito recidimus," which means "How quickly we fall back from nothing to nothing". If we remove God, if we take away Christ, the world will fall back into the void and darkness. And this is also reflected in the expressions of contemporary nihilism, an often subconscious nihilism that unfortunately plagues many young people. Today's Gospel is a famous parable, about ten maidens invited to a wedding, a symbol of the kingdom of heaven, of eternal life (Mt 25.1 to 13). It is a happy image, with which, however, Jesus teaches a truth that question us; in fact, of those ten maidens five enter the celebration, because on the groom's arrival, they have the oil to light their lamps; while the other five remain outside, being foolish, did not bring the oil. What does this oil, which is essential to be admitted to the wedding, represent? St. Augustine (cf. Discourses, 93, 4) and other ancient authors see it as a symbol of love, which you can not buy, but is received as a gift, custodied within ourselves, and practiced in our deeds. True wisdom is taking advantage of mortal life to carry out works of mercy, because, after our death, it will no longer be possible. When we are reawakened for the Last Judgment, it will be based on the love we practiced in our earthly life (cf. Mt 25,31-46). And this love is the gift of Christ, poured out in us by the Holy Spirit. Those who believe in God who is Love carry within an invincible hope, like a lamp with which to cross the night after death, and reach the great celebration of life. We ask Mary, Sedes Sapientiae, to teach us true wisdom, that which was made flesh in Jesus. He is the Way that leads from this life to God, the Eternal. He has made known the Father's face, and so gave us a hope full of love. For this reason, the Church speaks to the Mother of God with these words: "Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra". May we learn from her how to live and die in the hope that never disappoints. I am happy to greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present for this Angelus. In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to be prepared, like the wise maidens, for the definitive encounter with him who will come to complete his work of salvation at the end of time. May the light of faith always guide us and may the gift of Christian love grow strong in our hearts and in our deeds as we journey to the eternal wedding feast. I wish you all a pleasant stay in Rome, and a blessed Sunday!


After the huge success of the award-winning choral CD "Chant - Music for Paradise," the monks of the Cistercian Abbey of the Holy Cross on Friday presented their second CD. The title "Chant - Amor et Passio" refers to the Gregorian chants of the Passion Week.

HEILIGEN KREUZ REPORT: Their first CD had received platinum in Britain and Germany, seven times platinum in Austria, including gold in Holland, Belgium, Poland, France and Switzerland and was there for weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in the U.S..


Global interest in Gregorian chant also pinpointed Abbot Maximilian home: "The singing is prayer and spiritual mission." Therefore, in the chorales is also included so much power. Prior Simeon Wester, musical director and lecturer at the Gregorian University Holy Cross was, modestly: "We are not scientists in the choir."

CD recording in the collegiate church of the Holy Cross

APA / Herbert Pfarrhofer


The monks have their own label "Obsculta Music" was founded. "A certain degree of self-determination is very important to us," said Father Johannes Paul Chavanne, one of the singing monks. "This CD is still much more of ourselves than inside in the first, because we organize everything themselves and carry." Additionally, Gregorian chants to the Luxembourg composer and pianist David Ianni has contributed to four hymns piano music.

Initially it was planned, "Amor et Passio" offer only in the monastery shop, a professional worldwide distribution but then you chose the Viennese tradition Preiser Records label. The proceeds from the CD sales will benefit seminarians from the Third World.

CD recording in the collegiate church of the Holy Cross

APA / Herbert Pfarrhofer


"We believe that the success of our first CD was a miracle and you can not repeat it. That's not us. Pope Benedict XVI. has encouraged us during his visit in 2007, to give testimony to the outside. That's what we want.We want people to enjoy, give strength, they connect with God, the peace and quiet, "said Wallner, who in this music a" wanted to see antidepressant "against the world and against the church crisis.

"When we sing, we are united to God. We hope that many people feel by listening to this connection with God. We have the feeling that many people are burned out and empty of meaning. Our monasteries are places of spiritual power. We want to broadcast, "said Father Karl Wallner.


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Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
2 Nov 2011

Icon of Our Lady of the Rosary of
Pompeii now touring Australia

For many, the mention of Pompeii conjures up the ruins of the ancient Roman city destroyed by the massive eruption of Mt Vesuvius' back in 79 AD. But for most Italians and the more than one million pilgrims who visit Pompeii each year, the ruins are not the attraction. They arrive instead to pray at the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii.

The Shrine which is one of Italy's most revered and most frequently visited is named for the Marian icon which hangs over the high altar, and which has been credited with a series of miraculous events as a result of prayers for Our Lady's intercession.

Now this important Icon, accompanied by the Pontifical Delegation of the Marian Mission of the Rosary, has arrived in Adelaide for the start of a three week pilgrimage that will include Sydney where for six days the precious Icon will be on display at St Mary's Cathedral.

Led by Mission Director, Don Andrea Fontanella, the Pontifical delegation includes Don Giuseppe Ruggiero, Director of Liturgy of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, Don Giovanni Russo, who is Director of the Youth Ministry for the Shrine and Domenico Romano, International Officer for the Marian Mission Around the World.

While it is rare for this venerated and important Icon to leave its home in Pompeii, after the remarkable response to its previous visit to Australia in 2005, permission was granted earlier this year for a second pilgrimage to our shores.

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Shrine
of Our Lady of Pompeii in October 2008

"The Icon of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii last visited Australia in November six years ago and the response by pilgrims was so great that the Mass planned for St Mary's Cathedral had to be transferred to the Club Marconi Stadium where we had a crowd of more than 20,000," says Felice Montrone, Secretary General for Australian of the Confederation of Italians Around the World. "The people that day came from all over, taking buses and trains from across NSW and even interstate to venerate this important Icon."

While Mr Montrone admits he is unsure if an open air Mass may prove necessary on this visit, he believes that as the Icon will reside at St Mary's Cathedral from 15 November until its departure for Italy on Monday, 21 November, there time for the many thousands of faithful who wish to pay homage to the Icon.

The Australian pilgrimage of the Icon begins on Friday, 4 November with a special service at South Australia's St Francis of Assisi Church, Newton. The Icon will remain at St Francis of Assisi Church until 6 November before travelling to Melbourne where from 9-13 November it will reside at St Anthony's Shrine, Hawthorn.

Then after spending 14 November travelling, the Icon will begin its six day mission to Sydney.

From Tuesday, 15 November until Monday, 21 November, Veneration of the Icon at St Mary's Cathedral will include daily Confessions at the Cathedral from until 10.30 am followed by an Italian Mass at 11 am. This program will alter slightly at the weekend with the Italian Mass held at on Saturday, 19 November and a Solemn Mass in English at 10.30 am on Sunday, 20 November.

Painted in the style of Eastern European icons of the Sixth Century, the Icon with its representation of Our Lady of the Rosary, was uncovered 126 years ago by Blessed Bartolo Longo.

Shrine of Our Lady of the Pompeii
where the Icon normally hangs
above the high altar

Searching for a representation of Our Lady of the Rosary for his project to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Rosary, but with little money to spend on this, he was told of one in a convent in Naples that had been purchased from a junk shop for just a few lire.

"Not only was it worm eaten, but the face of the Madonna was that of a rough looking country woman...a piece of canvas was missing above her head...her mantle was cracked," he wrote later admitting that at first he hesitated about whether he should accept the painting as a gift or not.

Four years after it was placed in Pompeii's Our Lady of the Rosary Church, acclaimed Italian painter, Federico Maldarelli offered to restore the image. Thanks to his skills, the beauty of the Icon finally became apparent. This beauty was further enhanced when a second restoration was carried out by Vatican artists in 1965.

The Pompeii Shrine and Icon were visited by Blessed John Paul II in 1979 and a year later the Holy Father described the newly-beatified Bartolo Longo as "the man of the Madonna" and "the Apostle of the Rosary."

This historic journey by the late pontiff was repeated by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2008.

"Having the Icon in Australia this month will bring joy to many thousands of people," says Mr Montrone who urges CBD workers to take time out during their lunch break to visit the Cathedral where Pompeii's historic and much loved Icon will be on display.


CISA REPORT: DOLLO ADO, November 4, 2011 (CISA) -Unless the capacity to deliver aid is rapidly increased, there will be significant problems in meeting the needs of Somalis fleeing to Ethiopia, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said.

Malnutrition and mortality rates have been brought below crisis level in the refugee camps in southern Ethiopia. “At the moment, the capacity to receive more people and provide the necessary food, nutritional care, medical care, drinking water, sanitation and more is grossly insufficient,” said Wojciech Asztabski, MSF Project Coordinator for the Dollo Ado intervention.

The camps currently hosts around 130,000 refugees from Somalia, the majority fleeing the food crisis and conflict. In recent weeks the number of refugees crossing the border into Ethiopia has increased to approximately 300 per day.

“I didn’t want to leave Somalia, but the hunger and the fighting made life too difficult,” said a new arrival, a 39-year-old mother. “My husband and my mother are still in Somalia, we did not have enough money to travel, so I travelled alone with the four children. We travelled by donkey cart for seven days and nights. Now my son is very sick, he can’t eat and every day he looks more exhausted.”

MSF, in collaboration with authorities and other organisations, has assisted in the refugee camps since 2009. Since last May, MSF has dramatically scaled up its programs to improve the situation and bring mortality rates under emergency thresholds, but the organisaton warns that the emergency is far from over.

“We should be expecting thousands more to come across the border over the next weeks,” added Mr Asztabski. “The reception centre and the transit camp, where people stay until they are settled in one of the refugee camps, are rapidly filling up.”

The transit camp currently hosts over 6000 people. “There are not enough latrines, nor enough shelter or drinking water. More capacity is needed here on the ground, and very quickly too,” added Mr Asztabski.

The existing refugee camps where people are referred to after the transit centre are currently full, and the reception centre and transit camp are not equipped to receive people for prolonged stays. MSF warns that insufficient levels of shelter, water and sanitation will further weaken an already vulnerable population.

MSF is ready to provide life-saving assistance for a prolonged period, and is calling for the Ethiopian authorities to continue facilitating the necessary imports of medicines and materials, while allowing experienced international staff to provide the necessary support.

The drought affecting the Horn of Africa has had a dramatic impact on the people of Somalia, who are already suffering from 20 years of conflict, a desperate lack of development and the most basic services. MSF has been working uninterrupted in Somalia since 1991 and teams assist people inside Somalia as well as Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya.

MSF is currently treating more than 22,000 vulnerable children in its nutrition programmes. Despite significant challenges, MSF teams have to date vaccinated more than 126,000 people against measles.


UCAN REPORT: Francis Kuo, Tainan
June 22, 2011
Catholic Church News Image of Mainland students favor Catholic study
Fu Jen Catholic University

UCAN REPORT: Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei city has become a favored destination for students from China seeking educational opportunities outside the mainland.

More than 2,000 students from mainland China have recently applied to 87 universities in Taiwan, with 1,742 registrations already confirmed, according to a joint students’ recruitment commission in Taipei.

This is the first year that students from the mainland have been permitted to apply to universities in Taiwan.

About 560 students have applied to Fu Jen, though only 40 will be accepted. Two other Catholic universities – Providence University in central Taichung and Wenzao Ursuline College of Foreign Languages in southern Kaohsiung – are also accepting applications, though they have similarly low rates of acceptance.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - In just three months, 75 children have been reported missing in Sucre, and only 38 of them have been found, this leads us to think that the others are likely to be victims of human trafficking. These cases were handled by the Child and Family Division of the special anti-crime Force (FELCC), between July and September this year. Lieutenant Colonel Rivas Susana, commander of the brigade for the protection of the family, presented this information during a workshop and a panel discussion that took place on November 1, to analyze the full bill against human trafficking.
According to information gathered by Fides, a police representative said that the people still missing "may be regarded as cases of human trafficking", so he urged the public and private institutions to work with "strategic alliances". Rivas did not exclude the possibility that these missing people may be "used for labor and sexual exploitation". On the other hand he regretted that currently "children are easily transferred from the province to the city and from the city to other parts of the country, and there is insufficient control on behalf of the institutions".
The representatives of the Institutions in defense of human rights of Chuquisaca, both public and private, met on Tuesday, November 1, to discuss and enrich the bill to combat human trafficking. Jose Rocha, Coordinator of the Bolivian Youth Consortium (CONBOJUV), said that the opportunity allowed to "see ourselves as protagonists of a proposal". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 03/11/2011)


St. Leonard
Feast: November 6
Feast Day:
November 6
Patron of:
political prisoners, imprisoned people, prisoners of war, and captives, women in labor, as well as horses

St Leonard, or Lienard, was a French nobleman of great reputation in the court of Clovis I, and in the flower of his age was converted to the faith by St. Remigius, probably after the battle of Tolbiac. Being instructed in the obligations of our heavenly warfare, wherein the prize of the victory is an assured crown of immortal glory, he resolved to lay aside all worldly pursuits, quitted the court, and became a constant disciple of St. Remigius. The holy instructions and example of that saint made every day deeper impressions upon his tender soul, and Leonard seemed to have inherited the very spirit of his master, and to be animated with the same simplicity, disinterestedness, modesty, zeal, and charity. He preached the faith some time; but finding it very difficult to resist the king's importunities, who would needs call him to court, and burning with a desire of giving himself up entirely to the exercises of penance and contemplation, he retired privately into the territory of Orleans, where St. Mesmin or Maximin governed the monastery of Micy (called afterwards St. Mesmin's), which his uncle St. Euspicius had founded, two leagues from the city, in 508. In this house St. Leonard took the religious habit and inured himself to the fervent practices of regular discipline under the direction of St. Mesmin and of St. Lie or Laetus, a holy monk of that house, who afterwards died a hermit.
St. Leonard himself aspiring after a closer solitude, with the leave of St. Mesmin left his monastery, travelled through Berry, where he converted many idolaters, and coming into Limousin, chose for his retirement a forest four leagues from Limoges. Here, in a place called Nobiliac, he built himself an oratory, lived on wild herbs and fruits, and had for some time no other witness of his penance and virtues but God alone. His zeal and devotion sometimes carried him to the neighbouring churches, and some who by his discourses were inflamed with a desire of imitating his manner of life joined him in his desert, and formed a community which, in succeeding times, out of devotion to the saint's memory, became a flourishing monastery, called first Noblat, afterwards St. Leonard le Noblat. The reputation of his sanctity and miracles being spread very wide, the king bestowed on him and his fellow-hermits a considerable part of the forest where they lived. The saint, even before he retired to Micy, had been most remarkable for his charity toward captives and prisoners, and he laid himself out with unwearied zeal in affording them both corporeal and spiritual help and comfort, and he obtained of the governors the liberty of many. This was also the favourite object of his charity after he had discovered himself to the world in Limousin, and began to make frequent excursions to preach and instruct the people of that country. It is related that some were miraculously delivered from their chains by his prayers, and that the king, out of respect for his eminent sanctity, granted him a special privilege of sometimes setting prisoners at liberty; which about that time was frequently allowed to certain holy bishops and others. But the saint's chief aim and endeavours in this charitable employment were to bring malefactors and all persons who fell under this affliction to a true sense of the enormity of their sins, and to a sincere spirit of compunction and penance, and a perfect reformation of their lives. When he had filled up the measure of his good works, his labours were crowned with a happy death about the year 559, according to the new Paris Breviary. Many great churches in England of which he is the titular saint, and our ancient calendars, show his name to have been formerly no less famous in England. In a list of holidays published at Worcester in 1240, St. Leonard's festival is ordered to be kept a half-holiday, with an obligation of hearing mass and a prohibition of labour except that of the plough. He was particularly invoked in favour of prisoners, and several miracles are ascribed to him.


Wisdom 6: 12 - 16
12Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her.
13She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
14He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for he will find her sitting at his gates.
15To fix one's thought on her is perfect understanding, and he who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care,
16because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.
Psalms 63: 2 - 8
2So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory.
3Because thy steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise thee.
4So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.
5My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat, and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips,
6when I think of thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the watches of the night;
7for thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy.
8My soul clings to thee; thy right hand upholds me.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18
13But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first;
17then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.
18Therefore comfort one another with these words. --
Matthew 25: 1 - 13
1"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.6But at midnight there was a cry, `Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'7Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps.8And the foolish said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'9But the wise replied, `Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.'10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut.11Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, `Lord, lord, open to us.'12But he replied, `Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

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