CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: THURS. JAN. 13, 2011: HEADLINES-
VATICAN CITY, 13 JAN 2011 (VIS REPORTS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:
- Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
- Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
- Bishop Joseph Werth S.J. of the Transfiguration at Novosibirsk, ordinary for faithful of the Byzantine rite resident in Russia.
- Martin Bolldorf, ambassador of Austria, on his farewell visit.
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VATICAN CITY, 13 JAN 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, apostolic nuncio to Indonesia, as apostolic nuncio to Singapore, apostolic delegate to Malaysia and to Brunei, and non-residential pontifical representative for Vietnam.
TheChronicle.com report: TOOWOOMBA boy Jordan Rice, 13, has been remembered as a hero after he let his younger brother be rescued first, seconds before he and his mother Donna were swept to their deaths in the CBD.
The death toll from the devastating floods which swept through Toowoomba and the region on Monday afternoon has risen to 10, with grave fears held for another 18.
Murphys Creek couple Steve and Sandra Matthews were killed when they were washed from their home. IMAGE SOURCE: CNN
Donna Rice's partner of 28 years, John Tyson, yesterday told The Chronicle how his beloved partner and their son perished.
Ms Rice, and sons Jordan, 13, and Blake, 10, were driving at the intersection of James and Kitchener streets about 2pm on Monday when they drove through water which at the time was only up to their car wheels.
However, their car engine stopped and Ms Rice called triple zero for help. She was unable to call anyone else as she had no phone credit.
The triple zero operator told the family to stay put and they were forced to climb on to the roof of their car after the floodwater rose rapidly.
Mr Tyson said no help came and bystanders watching the family did not offer help.
“All these people were just standing around until an old scrawny guy grabbed a bit of rope, wrapped it around himself and jumped in,” Mr Tyson said.
“Jordan can't swim and is terrified of water.
“But when the man went to rescue him, he said ‘save my brother first'.”
Mr Tyson said the man rescued Blake and tried to tie the rope around Jordan and Ms Rice but it broke.
They were swept downstream. The pair was able to briefly cling on to a tree, but was overcome by the force of raging floodwaters.
Mr Tyson wept as he told of his son's bravery when he knew how terrifying their last moments were.
“I can only imagine what was going on inside to give up his life to save his brother, even though he was petrified of water,” he said.
“He is our little hero.”
Mr Tyson and Ms Rice, 43, have four sons together — Chris, 22, Kyle, 16, Jordan, 13, and Blake, 10.
He wished to thank the good Samaritan who came to his family's help and rescued their son Blake.
The family had just picked up Jordan's high school uniforms that morning as he was due to start Year 8.
“They were the unsung heroes of my life. She was my soulmate.”
Ms Rice is the daughter of Marge and Arthur Rice.
Her sister Tracey Decaux said she loved chatting with her sister over a cigarette and cup of coffee.
Their children were great friends.
UCAN REPORT: Catholics in Central Java have appreciated the apostolic nuncio calling their newly installed archbishop of Semarang, the “Internet archbishop of Indonesia.”
|Archbishop Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta Pujasumarta|
Archbishop Pujasumarta has three Facebook accounts, two already full Johannes Pujasumarta Full and Johannes Pujasumarta Dua and the other Johannes Pujasumarta Tiga has 932 friends. His Twitter (Johannes Pujasumarta
3:27 PM) account has 165 followers.
The nuncio also told Catholics at the installation Mass that the prelate had also broadcast his pastoral letter ending his work in Bandung diocese with a video clip on the Internet.
At the time of his new appointment, Archbishop Pujasumarta was bishop of Bandung.
ALL AFRICA REPORT: There is something special about Masaka, especially the Masaka Catholic Diocese. It is the one place in Uganda that has places named based on the Bible; Beteleemu, Nazareti, Villa Maria, Mitala Maria, Galiraya. What is not usually known is that the first Africans to embrace the Catholic priesthood also came from Masaka; Fr Basil Lumu and Msgr Victor Mukasa Wameraka; the first African bishop and former Archbishop of Kampala, Joseph Nakabaale Kiwanuka, and later on a Cardinal in Emmanuel Wamala.
Their efforts marked the end of more than 500 years of unsuccessful attempts to produce priests in Africa. Today Africa has the largest number of Catholic priests in the world, accounting for 27% of 408,024 priests worldwide, according to the Vatican's 2008 census. These priests minister to 1,147 million Catholics worldwide.The census also found that the number of Catholic priests had declined in other parts of the world, prompting Pope Benedict XVI to designate June 19, 2009 as the start of the special year for priests, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of St John Mary Vianney.
The Pope declared St John Mary Vianney, known as the Curé d'Ars, as the Universal Patron of Priests. The Pope called the event a period of reflection and prayer to encourage deepening of the spiritual life for all priests.
While official celebrations ended June 19, 2010 at the Vatican, in Uganda, the Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga formally closed the year on October 31, with a special call to priests to remain holy as their ministry requires.
"I urge you to be exemplary leaders in your communities and also work hard to ensure that the people attain the kingdom of God," Archbishop Lwanga said. The Archbishop also urged priests to follow the example of their patron saint by being humble and hardworking like John Mary Vianney.
"I can tell you that there are priests who would be out there doing other things, if it was not for our ancestors," he said.The remains of Fr Lumu and Msgr Mukasa lie in Villa Maria parish church, from where the major celebrations for Masaka Diocese were held. Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa commended the first priests for sowing the seed.
Several priests say they have benefited from the year of the priests, drawing on the inspiration of Catholics who turned up daily to say a special prayer for them at the end of each daily mass.
Fr Joseph Kazibwe Ntuwa is the chancellor in the Archdiocese of Kampala and he says he is grateful that many Catholics prayed for them.
"I'm inspired to become a better priest after this special year; I think Catholics out there will see better priests out of us," he said.
St. Hilary of Poitiers
Feast: January 13