CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD: SUN. FEB. 6, 2011: HEADLINES-
Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Pressure is on Mubarak to hand over substantial power to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, and Tahrir Square, Cairo, protesters, after a peaceful night, are ready for another day of protest demanding the immediate departure of the Rais. The situation is still highly volatile and it is difficult to predict the timing and outcome of this standoff.Army tanks have begun to leave the square, many protesters are sitting around the tanks, to prevent them from leaving. They see them as their only defence against surprise attacks by supporters of Mubarak.
The Egyptian president has convoked Cabinet for the first time since the unrest erupted. He met the prime minister, the ministers of oil, finance, economy and the central bank governor. The most recent reports say that the new Vice President, Omar Suleiman, is set to meet with opposition leaders. It is likely that the banks reopen tomorrow, and that the stock market will reopen Monday. An attack on the pipeline that supplies gas to Israel and Jordan has led to a temporary freeze on supplies, even if the damage is minimal.
There is growing international pressure on Mubarak to bring about an institutional change quickly. Obama continues to put pressure on the Rais to "make the right choices." Angela Merkel said that the change must take into account the wishes of the demonstrators. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that "the will of the people must be respected."
CNA REPORT: - Choosing to carry an unplanned pregnancy to term almost seven years ago proved to be a life-threatening decision for one young Catholic woman.
Edel Carrick, a Scottsdale Catholic, shared her story during the annual Youth and Young Adult Rally for Life Jan. 21 at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center. The annual gathering, hosted by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Respect Life, marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Carrick detailed before a crowd of teens, young adults, “the young at heart,” at least two deacon candidates and a few priests and women religious from throughout the diocese, how a simple encounter at a party led to a sexual assault and pregnancy. Couple that with Carrick’s diabetes and that left the then 19-year-old fighting for both her life and the life of her unborn son.
It started with Carrick’s first ultrasound.
Afterward, the doctor told Carrick that she would resent the baby, and because of the coming complications due to Carrick’s diabetes, it’d be best for her to have an abortion.
“I looked at him and said, ‘You’re a doctor. You’re supposed to help save lives, not kill them, so if you’d like to help the next person, feel free, but I’m done here,’” Carrick recalled.
Further complications sent paramedics to Carrick’s home weekly during her pregnancy and landed her in the hospital when she was seven-and-a-half months along and facing congestive heart failure. Carrick’s son was born shortly after by c-section at 7 lbs., 15 oz.
The baby spent the next month in intensive care.
“I remember saying, ‘I fought for you. You need to fight for me,’” Carrick told an almost spellbound crowd.
Shortly after that, she introduced her 6-year-old son and happily reported that he’s learning to read and excels at sports.
“That little boy is the one who people were telling me, ‘throw him away’,” Carrick said.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted then had a brief pro-life message for those at the rally, but began by telling Carrick’s son that he is the “best message without words that we could have here this evening.”
He recounted the mystery of Christ’s birth and how Jesus’ government refused to protect him because it wasn’t convenient to have a child there — much like Roe v. Wade does for the unborn in the United States. He also affirmed that there would be a day when abortion is no longer legal.
“It will happen through prayer and penance and when we do our part to stand up for life,” the bishop said.
He also talked about how the annual rally for life was as much a rally for eternal life. Bishop Olmsted recalled a meeting outside of an abortion clinic with a Spanish-speaking woman that ultimately led not only to the birth of her child, but a return of the baby’s grandmother to the Church.
Damon Owens, founder of New Jersey-based Joy Filled Marriage, said the quest for eternal life is best met through sacrificial love. He was also among the night’s speakers.
“Our crisis in this culture of death and a call to return to the culture of life requires returning to agape love,” Owens said.
He reminded the college students, especially, that they weren’t just in school for an education, but for a period of formation of habit and their life’s vocation. Don’t just hear and accept the vocation, but love it, Owens said.
“Take the package called ‘you’ and place it at the service of mission. That will build a culture of life,” Owens said, calling abortion a personal problem first, not a political or social one.
It’s a personal problem that quickly went public after when the crowd filed out of the Newman Center and gathered in front of the Old Church immediately across from ASU for a eucharistic procession up A-Mountain.
A passing car honked in support. The procession spanned some 100 yards, following the bishop up the butte to recite the Pope’s new “Prayer for Life” over the Valley.
For high school freshman Angelica Castillo, her passion for the pro-life cause proved greater than her fear of heights. Castillo, who joined in the eucharistic procession, was among two busloads of teens from St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear.
“I like to hope that my presence would show my support for life,” said James Fernando, a parishioner at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Havasu City. He added that, if nothing else, the sheer visual presence of people during the eucharstic procession made a statement.
The rally continued with all-night adoration for the unborn, those considering an abortion and those in the abortion industry.
Author of the “Roadmap for Democratic Nepal”, Khanal is an intellectual and writer who “we hope can bring strength to Nepal along the road of democracy and rights,” commented local sources of Fides.
Christians in Nepal have welcomed the appointment, as it puts an end to a long period of political uncertainty in a vacuum of power. So it is also hoped that the issues surrounding Christian minorities - such as the lack of burial grounds (see Fides 1/2/2011) - may be reviewed and solutions found.
As reported to Fides, the Catholic Church in particular in Nepal hopes that, with the new institutional arrangements, political forces can concentrate on finishing the new Constitution (the date scheduled for this to be final is the end of May 2011). The fundamental requests submitted to Parliament by the Catholic Church, in view of the drafting of the constitutional text, are the right to full religious freedom and the recognition of legal status.
St. Paul Miki & Companions
MARTYR OF JAPAN WITH TWENTY-FIVE COMPANIONS
Feast: February 6
Isaiah 58: 7 - 10
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
Psalms 112: 4 – 9
Light rises in the darkness for the upright; the LORD is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered for ever.
He is not afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steady, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn is exalted in honor.
1 Corinthians 2: 1 – 5
When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling;
and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Matthew 5: 13 – 16
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.
Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.