The Mass took place at the Mariapolis Center in Castel Gandolfo, and marked the end of the traditional Summer gathering, which this year took place against the thematic backdrop of the new evangelization.
Briefly introducing the Eucharistic celebration, Pope Benedict said the words of the Psalm of the day, Psalm 62, which sings of the soul that thirsts for the LORD thirsts for you my soul, offers an occasion and an impetus to pray for those who seek to satisfy their thirst elsewhere: “Let us pray,” he said, “that God reveal to all that He is the living water, and that He does not allow the lives of men and their thirst for great things to suffocate and drown the ephemeral.”
The Pope prayed especially for young people in this regard, before going on to say, “We who have known God since we were young, must ask forgiveness, because we bring people so little of the light of His visage, because from us comes so little certainty that He is, the He is there, and that He is the Great One, whom we all attend.”
The homilist for the Mass, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, spoke of the total and complete renunciation of self that must accompany radical Christian discipleship.
“Only by not conforming ourselves to this world,” said Cardinal Schönborn, “can we recognize the will of God and make it the foundation of our lives.”
The body of Cardinal Ambrozic will arrive at St. Michael's Cathedral on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. At that time the Rite of Reception will be held.
His Eminence will lie in state for visitation at the cathedral Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. with the Office for the Dead being celebrated at 8:30 p.m. All Tuesday events are open to the public who are most welcome to visit the cathedral to pay their respects.
The funeral Mass for Cardinal Ambrozic will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral. Due to renovations currently underway at the cathedral, expected participation by up to 500 priests, family, friends, etc. there will be extremely limited public seating available.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to pay tribute to the Cardinal are invited to donate to one of His Eminence's favourite charities, the Shepherds' Trust.
STIFTHEILIGENKREUZ REPORT; Hello, read this, then maybe you also want to come to the Youth Vigil for Holy Cross! It's always on the first Friday of every month. You will not be alone: There are so teenagers 150-200. But the thing is steep: an evening of intense prayer, the monks make. Yes, in Holy Cross are in fact real monks! And are pleased with the young people who flock together ever since.
Youth Vigil is every 1st Friday of the month.
Start is at 20.15 clock, at the end: 21.45 clock,
then is still agape with Open End ...
2 December ... So every 1st Friday of the month
You can already at 19.45 clock in the evening prayer (Compline) Compline participate in the monks of the Abbey Church. Clock at 20.15, it then goes on in the Church of the Cross: The monks move in and open with a piece of Gregorian chant. The Latin is perhaps why so cool because it is quite incomprehensible, and the melodies go in any case!
Then we go to a candlelight procession into the dark vast abbey church. Singing, we move on
through the rooms of the monastery, the cloister. There we stopped and a young monk reads a story.
So from the beginning is like a pilgrimage: they walk through the medieval rooms with candles and pray. This is a good match.When all are back in the Church of the Cross, then it goes on with worship: since then, has formed a band, where to play some young monks, for example, plays a guitar, a violin. A teenager is even a composer. The songs are (mostly) exciting, some are kind of Catholic "ear worms".
Then comes a short sermon, in which you can fall asleep difficult.Sometimes you can learn something. Maybe it fires even when you make is always another priest. Often speaks Father Karl, who is sort of organizer for the event.
At the end there is a solemn blessing, often a blessing first Mass by a newly ordained priest.Then, other youth events will be announced, because it's going on in Vienna and a lot more!- Come and see!
You have the chance to meet God!
Then it gets really intense: it follows the Eucharistic adoration with the possibility of free prayer. The youth vigil is there that God give you the chance to touch you in my heart. Ehrlich: Yes, we trust God often do not realize that he exists and that he is really on my side. In the Youth Vigil he can prove to you the opposite. Jesus says yes: "Ask and ye shall receive, knock on un deuch be opened!"
Actually, God is always there! But we forget him. Somehow, God has indeed the problem is that he is invisible. But it is un-effective unicht Lich, no WORKS, he, if you let him. His "problem" is thus more YOUR problem, namely that you forget him. - Well at least the youth vigil is really a moment where you feel that God can do anything with me.
After: Agape in the youth room!
According to the Youth Vigil, there is a small snack in the youth room and a happy encounter. Since it is indeed often crowded, but cozy. Who has time, can meet new friends or talk with a nice Brother or Father of the Cistercians. SOURCE:http://www.stift-heiligenkreuz.org/jugendvigil.html
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The number of Christians targeted by Hindu extremists are on the rise: the situation is alarming”, warns Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), speaking toAsiaNews of the umpteenth case of anti-Christian violence, the fourth in the month of August in Karnataka. Yesterday the police arrested four Uppinangady Pentecostal Christians in Puttur Taluk (Dakshina Kannada district), accused of trying to convert by force a Dalit colony in Nidle Boodujalu. The Christians were beaten before being arrested.
Praveen Boodujalu, a Hindu, denounced the four, accusing them of door to door proselytizing. Some local residents, including the Dalits, said that the group - Mary (60), her son Kunjimonu (30), his wife Lenny (23) and BT Sainu (34) - went to their homes every Sunday for a month, bringing books to help in the conversion to Christianity. According to the police report, the houses chosen by the Christian were only those of Hindu and Dalits with financial difficulties. "When we refused - explain some locals – the Christians attacked and insulted on the basis of our caste."
But for Sajan George, "this arrest reflects the lack of religious freedom in Karnataka. Moreover, the evangelization of the Dalits is still viewed with suspicion. In India, for Hinduism India's over 250 million Dalits are Hinduism's "untouchables," relegated by the high-caste to an almost permanent underclass status. The caste system, though illegal in India, remains in force socially. Dalits are not allowed to enter upper-caste houses, fields, or temples. They cannot draw water from village wells or wear shoes while passing upper-caste areas".
"Many of them - continues the president of the GCIC - are empowered by the liberative message of the Gospels and this is staunchly opposed by the Hindus, hence they will use even fabricated charges to arrest anyone who announces to them the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ". (NC)
|South Sudan Independence celebrations at Mamre House.|
DIOCESE OF PARRAMATTA REPORT: The Independence and the declaration of the new Nation of the Republic of South Sudan have brought great excitement and joy to the South Sudanese community living in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, and to all who know them.
The staff at Mamre House in Orchard Hills, a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, have been working with the Sudanese community for the last six years since the arrival of most of the Sudanese community in Australia.
Mamre House shared the delight of the Sudanese community in their independence, organising a formal celebration on Tuesday 26 July. The day provided an opportunity for the women to share their joy and hopes for the future of South Sudan after many years of war and sadness.
Visitors included Sr Catherine Ryan, Leader of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, other Sisters, members of the Coalition Partnershipand students from Catherine McAuley High School Westmead.
Mrs Salwa Garang gave a brief and vivid history of Sudan’s struggle for independence. This was followed by several women giving an explanation of the symbolism of the new flag.
After the singing of the new National Anthem, “South Sudan Oyee”, the visitors were entertained by the women and their children, singing and doing their national dances. The morning concluded with a feast of Sudanese dishes, prepared by the women.
“We share the delight of the Sudanese community in their new nation and congratulate them,” said Sr Janet Woods, the Co-ordinator of the project.“It is a great joy for the teachers to see these women approach the microphone so confidently and address us in English. We are so proud of these women. Not only are they wonderful mothers and home makers, but they are also making great progress in their mastery of English, and adapting to their new country so well, after only a few years in Australia.”
Feast: August 29
17For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her.18For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."19And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly.21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee.22For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it."23And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."24And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer."25And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."26And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.27And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.29When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.