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Thursday, December 15, 2011

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD : THURS. DEC. 15, 2011







VATICAN : POPE : SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOOD OF MANKIND

ASIA : INDIA : MISSIONARY OF CHARITY NUN SET FREE

AMERICA : USA : EUCHARIST FLASH MOB IN MALL FOR CHRISTMAS

EUROPE : GREAT BRITAIN : ARCHBISHOP SUPPORTS NATIVITY ART TRAIL

TODAY'S SAINT: DEC. 15: ST. MARY DI ROSA


VATICAN : POPE : SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOOD OF MANKIND

VIS REPORTS: SOLIDARITY IS THE DRIVING FORCE FOR INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT

VATICAN CITY, 15 DEC 2011 (VIS) - Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of eleven new non-resident ambassadors to the Holy See: Margaret Allison King-Rousseau of Trinidad and Tobago, Hilia Garez Gomes Lima Barber of Guinea Bissau, Paul Widmer of Switzerland, Anatole Bacanamwo of Burundi, Arbhorn Manasvanich of Thailand, Muhammad Saleem of Pakistan, Amadeu Paulo Samuel da Conceicao of Mozambique, Tolendy Makeyev of Kyrgyzstan, Jaume Serra Serra of Andorra, Tamara Kunanayakam of Sri Lanka and Joseph Pare of Burkina Faso.

The Holy Father addressed the diplomats as a group, focusing his remarks on the theme of solidarity as a mainstay for the integral development of peoples.

"In our time the unity of the human family is an undeniable fact", the Holy Father explained. "Thanks to the communications media which bring all regions of the planet together, transport which facilitates human contacts, commercial ties which make economies interdependent, and problems of global importance such as environmental protection and mass migration, human beings have become more aware of their shared destiny. ... Mankind must see this interdependency not as a threat but as an opportunity. We are all responsible for one another, therefore it is important to maintain a positive vision of solidarity because it is the driving force of integral human development".

In this context, Benedict XVI highlighted "intergenerational solidarity" which has its roots in the family. Concern for education and for the destiny of future generations is "a significant contribution to the perception of the unity of the human race", he said.

"Shared responsibility" for the good of humankind is not opposed to cultural and religious diversity, the Holy Father went on. "The pluralism of cultures and religions does not contradict the joint search for truth, goodness and beauty. ... The Church, illuminated and upheld by the light of the Revelation, encourages men and women to entrust themselves to a reason which, purified by faith, ... becomes capable of seeing beyond partisan interests in order to discern the universal good necessary to all human beings: social and religious harmony and peace. These are goals for which everyone strives and which require not just an appropriate legislative framework, but also the high moral stature of all citizens, because solidarity has two complementary aspects: social principle and moral virtue".

Solidarity fulfils its role of "social virtue" when it is founded on "structures of subsidiarity and on each individual's firm and unrelenting determination to work for the common good. ... The new challenges your countries are facing require a mobilisation of human intellect and creativity, in order to fight against poverty and to make a more effective and rational use of available resources and energy. ... Increasing people's sense of responsibility also involves protecting human dignity against any attempt to circumscribe it".

"Justice and solidarity", the Pope concluded, "cannot be separated from the concept of the integral development of the person. In this sense, highlighting the primacy of the spirit is not only the responsibility of religions, but also of States which must implement cultural policies that promote universal access to the things of the spirit, emphasise the importance of social relationships and never hinder human beings in their free search for spirituality".
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AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY, 15 DEC 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience:

- Archbishop James Patrick Green, apostolic nuncio to Peru.

- Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris and president of the Conference of Bishops of France, accompanied by Archbishop Laurent Ulrich of Lille and Archbishop Hippolyte Simon of Clermont, vice presidents, and by Msgr. Antoine Herouard, secretary general.

- Yves Gazzo, head of the delegation to the Holy See of the Commission of the European Communities, on his farewell visit.
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OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY, 15 DEC 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

- Archbishop Andre Dupuy, apostolic nuncio to the European Union and the Principality of Andorra, as apostolic nuncio to the Netherlands.

- Archbishop Marek Solczynski, apostolic nuncio to Georgia, also as apostolic nuncio to Armenia.

ASIA : INDIA : MISSIONARY OF CHARITY NUN SET FREE

UCAN REPORT: Relieved superior of orphanage out after three separate enquiries
ucanews.com reporters, Colombo
Sri Lanka
December 15, 2011

Sister Elisha with colleagues after the verdict
A court today freed Sister Mary Elisha of the Missionaries of Charity, who was arrested on the allegation of child trafficking, after the attorney general said an investigation had proved she is innocent and her service is genuine.

“I forgive all who are responsible for putting me in jail,” said Sr. Mary Elisha after she left the court.

Officials of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), who raided the Prem Nivasa orphanage for young unwed mothers and babies run by the Sisters on November 23 and arrested its superior nun Sister Elisha two days later, told the court they had not found any illegal activities committed by the nuns.

The NCPA’s sub inspector Sheela said investigations have been conducted by three separate state security institutions, all proving the home is a legally run institution.

A magistrate ordered the release of the nun and the return of all documents including her passport.

Police acting for the NCPA arrested the nun and imprisoned her. She was later released on bail but prevented from visiting the home.

“The NCPA should have taken due regard of the confidentiality of the institution and in this particular instance it had been damaged,” said Father Noel Dias, senior attorney and Vice Judicial Vicar of the archdiocese of Colombo.

“The arrest is illegal and the undue publicity given has caused immense hardship to the nuns concerned and also to the entire Catholic Church,” said Neville Abeyratne, a Catholic attorney who defended the nun.

“The outcome of this case has proved that the sisters are doing a humanitarian service and they are not interested in taking any action against NCPA due to their mission to serve the needy,” said Abeyratne.

A large number of priests, nuns and civil rights activists gathered to witness the proceedings and organized a thanksgiving prayer service after she was set free.

Father Rohan Silva, the Provincial of the Oblate of Mary Immaculate (OMI) Congregation in Sri Lanka who was in court in support of the nun said: “The world has come to know what the sisters have been doing specially for the poor, the downtrodden, the rejected and the unloved in the country.”

A government media spokesman said that the minister of child development has already apologized for any possible mistakes in the handling of the case.
http://www.ucanews.com/2011/12/15/nun-set-free-without-charges/

AMERICA : USA : EUCHARIST FLASH MOB IN MALL FOR CHRISTMAS


In the spirit of the new evangelization many are holding spontaneous prayer get togethers in large open areas among crowds. Some Parishioners of Parish The parishoners of St Raymond Church of California held an "Occupy Christmas" event. A group gathered, prayed and sang hymns in front of the Blessed Sacrament. This occasions are truly an opportunity to evangelize and witness to the love of Jesus.

EUROPE : GREAT BRITAIN : ARCHBISHOP SUPPORTS NATIVITY ART TRAIL


CATHOLIC HERALD REPORT:
Archbishop Longley and Bishop Urquhart at the Christmas Crib (Photo: Peter Jennings)

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham warmly commended the Nativity Trail, the traditional story of Christmas as depicted by artists over 500 years, at the official launch at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday, November 29, writes Peter Jennings.

This year, for the first time, a large Christmas crib has been placed in a prominent place near the statue of Queen Victoria, opposite the main entrance to Birmingham Council House, in the midst of the thriving annual German Christmas market.
Prior to the launch of the Nativity Trail, Rita McLean, head of Museum Heritage Services, and Victoria Osborne, Curator of Fine Art, showed the group of churchmen and city councillors round.

These included Archbishop Longley, Bishop David Urquhart, the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham; Canon Gerry Breen, Dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Len Gregory, and Mrs Gill Gregory; Councillor Alan Rudge and Councillor Mullaney.

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, together with a number of Catholic priests and Anglican clergy, were among the visitors in the crowded Round Room who enjoyed a selection of popular carols sung by children from two local Catholic schools.

The Nativity Trail this year includes the following masterpieces depicting the Christmas story: The Star of Bethlehem (1887-1891) by Edward Burne-Jones (Gallery 14), The Annunciation (1858) by Arthur Hughes (Gallery 18), The Adoration of the Shepherds (c 1520-40) by Bonifazio de’Pitati, called Veronese (Gallery 26) and The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (1615-20) by Orazio Gentileschi (Gallery 25).

The Nativity Trail is open to the public.
http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/catholiclife/2011/12/15/archbishop-supports-art-trail/

AUSTRALIA : BISHOP CELEBRATES MASS WITH ELDERLY


ARDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT: Wednesday 15 December 2011

by Margaret Catterall

On 1 December Bishop Tim Costello visited the Churches of Christ Care Arcadia Aged Care Service in Essendon and offered Mass for the Catholic residents.

The visit was organised by the Eucharistic Ministers of St Therese's Parish Essendon. The tremendous support of the staff at the facility enabled a large number of both ambulatory and incapacitated residents to attend.

After Mass Bishop Tim visited a number of residents who were unable to be moved to the chapel.

Bishop Tim thanked the staff for their assistance and support.

Life Style Co-ordinator Ms Judy McNaughton thanked Bishop Tim for his attendance on behalf of Arcadia, noting that more than 50 per cent of the residents are Catholic and are visited by Ministers of the Eucharist and receive Communion every Friday. A mid week rosary is also organized by Life Style Co-ordinator, Jacinta, which over 30 residents attend.

Every effort is made by the facility to ensure that all residents religious requirements are met.

Photos supplied by Margaret Catterall
http://www.cam.org.au/melbourne-news/bishop-costelloe-celebrates-mass-at-arcadia-aged-care-service-in-essendon.html

AFRICA : DEM. REP. CONGO : CARDINAL CALLS ELECTIONS UNFAIR

CISA REPORT: KINSHASA, December 13, 2011 (CISA) -The Catholic archbishop of Kinshasa Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, on Monday December 12, condemned election results that handed DR Congo President Joseph Kabila a new five-year term after polls that have been sharply criticised by observers.

According to AFP reports the cardinal said, “The results announced by the CENI (Independent National Electoral Commission) on December 9 comply with neither truth nor justice.”

The CENI said that Kabila had won the polls with 49 percent of the vote. Runner-up Etienne Tshisekedi, who took 32 percent, rejected the result and declared himself president.

International election monitors from the Carter Center, a non-profit group founded by former US president Jimmy Carter, said the counting process was so flawed the result lacked credibility.

Cardinal Monsengwo appealed to Tshisekedi and the other 10 defeated presidential candidates to take their grievances to the Supreme Court, a move Tshisekedi has rejected.

He called on the court, which is charged with hearing election disputes and declaring the official winner on December 17, to act impartially.

The cardinal further said that the court “is called by all Congolese people to say what is really right.”
http://www.cisanewsafrica.com/

TODAY'S GOSPEL AND MASS ONLINE: DEC. 15: Luke 7: 24 - 30






Luke 7: 24 - 30
24 When the messengers of John had gone, he began to speak to the crowds concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?
25 What then did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously appareled and live in luxury are in kings' courts.
26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
27 This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.'
28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
29 (When they heard this all the people and the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John;
30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

TODAY'S SAINT: DEC. 15: ST. MARY DI ROSA

St. Mary di Rosa
FOUNDRESS
Feast: December 15


Information:
Feast Day: December 15
Born: November 6, 1813, Brescia, Italy
Died: 1855, Brescia, Italy
Canonized: 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII
Foundress of the Handmaids of Charity of Brescia, also called the Servants of Charity. Born into a wealthy family in Brescia, Italy, on November 6, 1813, by age seventeen she was running her father's household and caring for the girls in her father's mill and estate. In the cholera epidemic of 1836, she became well-known as she directed a home for girls and begame another residence for deaf and mute young ladies. In 1840, she became superior of a community that evolved into her congregation. The women of the Servants of Charity ministered to the wounded on the battlefields of northern Italy and in hospitals. Maria died at Brescia on December 15. She was canonized in 1954.
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