TELEGRAM FOR A PLANE CRASH IN THE JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS
VATICAN CITY, 3 SEP 2011 (VIS REPORTS) - Given below is the text of a telegram sent in the Holy Father's name by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. to Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello S.D.B. of Santiago de Chile, president of the Episcopal Conference of Chile, for a plane crash in the Juan Fernandez Islands yesterday which caused the deaths of 21 people.
"His Holiness Benedict XVI, profoundly saddened on hearing the distressing news of the crash of a Chilean Air Force aeroplane, which came down near theJuan Fernandez Islands with many victims, offers fervent prayers for the eternal response of the deceased.
"I would ask Your Excellency to express the Pope's heartfelt condolences, his closeness and his consolation, to the families who have suffered such a terrible loss, asking the Lord to pour upon them gifts of spiritual serenity and Christian hope, in sign of which he imparts the comfort of an apostolic blessing".
VATICAN CITY, 4 SEP 2011 (VIS) - In remarks before praying the Angelus today, the Holy Father spoke to faithful gathered in the internal courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo about the readings of the Sunday liturgy, which focused on fraternal charity.
Fraternal love, said Benedict XVI, "involves a feeling of mutual responsibility according to which, if my brother sins against me, I must be charitable towards him and speak to him directly to help him understand that what he has done is wrong". Loving our brother does not only mean accepting him in his hour of need, "sometimes it means saying a word of correction. If a brother sins, we do not cease to love him by inviting him to return to the straight path. ... In the course of Christian life each of us, aware of our own limits and defects, is called both to accept fraternal correction from others and to offer the same service to them".
Another of the fruits of charity in the community is joint prayer, the Pope explained. "Individual prayer is certainly indispensable, but the Lord gives assurances of His presence in communities which, even if very small, remain united and speak with one voice, because they reflect the reality of God Himself, One and Triune, perfect communion of love".
In closing the Holy Father exhorted the faithful "to pray, and to correct one another as brethren, something which requires great humility and simplicity of heart, in order that our prayers might be raised to God from a community truly united in Christ".
Following the Angelus, the Pope mentioned today's opening of the twenty-fifth Italian National Eucharistic Congress in Ancona, the closure of which he will preside in a week's time, and greeted groups of pilgrims from various countries.
VATICAN CITY, 4 SEP 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father has sent a telegram to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, for the death of Cardinal Andrzej Maria Deskur, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Cardinal Deskur died yesterday at the age of 87.
The Pope expresses his condolences to the relatives of the late cardinal, whom he describes as "one of the most illustrious sons" of the diocesan community ofKrakow, recalling his "valuable collaboration with the Holy See over many decades at the service of six Popes, especially ... in the field of the communications media".
Cardinal Deskur, "linked by profound ties of friendship to Blessed John Paul II, leaves us the memory of a life spend in coherent and generous dedication to his vocation as a pious and zealous priest, who enriched his ministry by accepting illness with evangelical resignation.
"I pray that, through the intercession of Mary Immaculate whom he so greatly venerated, the Lord may welcome this faithful pastor of the Gospel and the Church into His Kingdom of eternal joy and peace", the Pope concludes.
Cardinal Deskur's funeral, presided by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, will be held in St. Peter's Basilica at 11.30 a.m. on 6 September.
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Reverend Alphonse Timothy "Alph" Harrington
Priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pembroke
The Reverend Alphonse Timothy "Alph" Harrington, priest of the Diocese of Pembroke, died peacefully at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Monday, August 29th, 2011. Alphonse Timothy Harrington was born in Killaloe, Ontario on August 16th, 1925 to the late James Harrington and Anne Sammon: he was raised by his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Coyne. He is survived by Patrick Beggan (brother), Victoria, BC and Sister Helen Smaggus, CSJ. (sister), Pembroke, many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. He is predeceased by his brother Thomas. Father Harrington was ordained to the priesthood at St. Andrew Church, Killaloe on May 24th, 1951. He served as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Deep River and at the Cathedral of St. Columbkille, Pembroke. He was then appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Stonecliffe, St. James the Great Parish, Portage-du-Fort, St. Anthony Parish, Chalk River, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Deep River, again of St. Anthony Parish, Chalk River and lastly of St. Alphonsus Parish, Chapeau and Missions. Following retirement in 2002, he resided at Marianhill, where he continued to carry out his priestly ministry. Fr. Harrington will be waked at the Neville Funeral Home, 491 Isabella Street Pembroke on Wednesday, August 31st from 7-9 p.m. On Thursday, September 1st, he will be transferred to St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau for the Solemn Rite of Reception at 2 p.m.; he will Lie in State until 9:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow in St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Chapeau.
ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT: By Anna Krohn
For several decades, sociologists and psychologists have identified the key contribution made by engaged, tender and stable fathers (and father figures) to the academic, sexual and character development of girls. The importance of fathers in the maturation and sociological integration of children has also been a lively question in the wake of the recent London riots.
More than 90 years before these studies about fatherhood, a young Mary Glowrey was discerning her life with the whole-hearted support of her father Edward. Some of her later personal and spiritual reflections about ‘positive fathering’ (although she did not use this term) are reminiscent of St Therese of Lisieux and her theology of the loving Father.
Like Therese, Australia’s great medical missionary, Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ – at times against all odds – assumed the infinite and intimate reliability of her heavenly Father and, like Therese, Mary forged her profound spiritual identity within the affirmation of her earthly father.
It was Edward Glowrey who gently prompted Mary to consider devoting her extraordinary intellectual abilities to medicine. He challenged her to overcome with the faith both her natural reticence and the great cultural and practical limitations of her era. He helped her see past the prevailing prejudice that medicine was an ‘improper’ profession for a young Christian woman. He also gave her confidence in her own womanhood. Mary later wrote about that important ‘personalising’ perspective women can bring to transform medicine, a quality which later St Edith Stein would call the ‘feminine genius’.
Edward Glowrey was not an academic. He was, however, a fine example of the refined, faith-filled, capable and well-read Catholic Irish-Australian who shaped Victoria before the Great War. Edward lived in a concrete way, and without pretension, his advanced cultural, religious and social engagement. Mary pens many descriptions of his ‘boundless’ self-giving hospitality and care of others.
It was Edward and her country schoolmaster, Harry Gill, who encouraged Mary to take the daring step of leaving home at the age of 13 to pursue a scholarship at the South Melbourne College. A letter from Mary’s older sister Lucy reveals that Edward’s visits to Melbourne were regular “outstanding events” in Mary’s life as the only schoolgirl boarding at the Good Shepherd Convent. When in Melbourne, Edward would take her along to his business meetings and he also took Mary to the opera, to Shakespearean plays and to theatrical comedies. During the excitement of Federation in Melbourne, he accompanied her to royal processions, parades and all the events that made Melbourne so ‘marvelous’ at that time. He confided in her and respected her opinions.
Edward fostered Mary’s lifelong and masterly ability and love for the humanities (she wrote poetry, was multilingual and loved literature), her heroic dedication to social concerns and at the same time, her humane empirical alertness – all of which contributed to her ‘trail-blazing’ vision of women in society.
Writing in December 1917 (in an edition of Women’s Social Work), Mary urged Catholic women to organise a network (the Catholic Women’s Social Guild) in order to educate themselves in Christian social teaching and tackle areas of social distress and even to prevent them. She wrote: “We owe a duty to our fellow-women and should help to ensure good conditions for them”, both within their families and in their employment.
Edward’s courage, outstanding virtue and faith in the face of adversity were a beacon and inspiration for Dr Sr Mary Glowrey throughout her medical mission years. Her nearly impossible medical and organisational feats in India surely drew on some of her childhood memories. Edward steered and relocated his growing family of nine several times (from Birregurra, to Garvoc, to Watchem and later to Swan Hill) through the threats caused by the extortion of family funds by a dishonest property manager, the ill health and death of infants due to diphtheria and other epidemics, and the economic fluctuations of post-gold rush Victoria.
In 1957, a classmate and friend of Mary’s from the South Melbourne College days, Rev. William Collins (the first priest editor of The Advocate, the Melbourne Archdiocesan newspaper) remarked upon the courageous resourcefulness Mary clearly inherited from her father. He wrote with insight and appreciation of Mary’s sacrifice in leaving a “home which was the centre of the warmest love and affection; … under the calm and placid front seen by outsiders, was a heart full of anguish at the prospect of leaving home forever! Her constant and successful improvisations (in India) and her invincible courage in the face of seeming insuperable difficulties will be told when the full story of her is written.”
In the seventh year of its operation, Mary’s tiny, under-equipped dispensary at Guntur, staffed only by herself as doctor and a few sister nurses, with only charitable gifts from afar and no public funds, treated 44,000 outpatients as well as more than 90 inpatients in one year.
Dr Collins’s comments also reflect Mary’s great sense of what Blessed Pope John Paul II would later describe as the indispensable and ‘complementary’ roles of men and women in the mission of the Church. Her affectionate, mature and visionary friendships with men, especially with priests, are evident everywhere in her correspondence. Letters to her priest brother Eddie (later the Dean of Ballarat Cathedral) and mentor Fr Lockington, and from admirers such as Dom Anscar McPhee, from the Benedictine Monastery in New Norcia, give rich testimony to this.
In 1939, Mary wrote from India to her father after learning that he was gravely ill: “Daddy … God’s call (to heaven) will sound sweet in your ears, for it will be a call to the Eternal Father’s House, and you who have served him so long and so faithfully, and have gladly given your children entirely to his service, will receive a Royal welcome.”
Anna Krohn is a sessional tutor in the Nursing Department at Australian Catholic University, the National Bioethics Convenor for Catholic Women’s League Australia and an academic skills adviser at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. Photos used with kind permission of the Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga.
Kairos Catholic Journal Volume 22, Issue 16
Religious leaders pray over the grave of the nun beatified by John Paul II 2003. For Fr Cedric Prakash, who heads the Prashant Centre for human rights, justice and peace, people should learn from her teachings and that the poor deserve dignity and value. Only this way will corruption be defeated. Argentinean football players visit the Blessed’s grave.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – “Each day, ten people die in Khaligat. They die in dignity, smiling, touched by the love of Christ Mother Teresa and the missionaries brought them,” Sister Alex said. She is a Missionary of Charity working in Nirmal Hriday (house of pure heart). She remembers the nun from Kolkata, who was beatified by John Paul II in 2003, on the day of her liturgical memory, which is also the day of her death.
Today, around her grave at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jain religious leaders gathered to pray. The topic of the service was “Love, as I have loved”. Today, an exhibit on the life and deeds of Mother Teresa (28 August – 5 September) also ended in Ernakulam (Kerala),
Khaligat’s Nirmal Hriday is the first hospice Mother Teresa opened in 1952 to bring in, care for and clean the dying left in the streets of Kolkata. “In this house, we have joined tens of thousands of people with God,” Sister Alex said. “We cleaned and clothed them. They died with dignity, knowing that in the last moments of their life they were loved.”
“People are thirsty of love,” Sister Alex said, “but not only human love because our souls are created by God. In the eyes of the dying poor who are brought here in Khaligat, there is often hopeless desperation. But once they are touched by the missionaries’ care and compassion, they are full of dignity. Despite their haggard breath, they are restored and die, smiling, surrounded by the love of Jesus. All the comforts of the world will not quench the thirst humans have—only Christ can satisfy them.”
For Fr Cedric Prakash, director of Prashant, a Jesuit centre for human rights, justice and peace based in Ahmendabad, Mother Teresa “represents a challenge for each of us”. Her work is also a lesson that can be used in the fight against corruption.
In the past few months, the Indian government has introduced anti-corruption legislation in parliament, which led Anna Hazare to adopt a Gandhian strategy of resistance. His repeated hunger strikes successfully blocked the bill before lawmakers, which gives him hope that his proposal might be examined.
“India needs the values Mother Teresa stood for, nurtured and born witness to in all her life,” Fr Prakash said.
Yesterday, the Argentinean national football team, in India for a match against Venezuela, visited Mother Teresa’s grave to pay tribute to her.
"In the past days Masses were celebrated without problems and safely. The religious service is, therefore, assured to the remaining small community. Among the Catholics present in Libya I once again want to recall the Filipino nurses who have remained to ensure their service even in the most difficult moments. These people have left everything to serve the sick in hospitals", says the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli. The health care situation still raises concern due to the lack of medicines. The Libyan transition authorities have in fact appealed to international organizations to send urgent medicines to local hospitals.
"The new authorities are working to ensure order and safety. In fact, priority is security. I definitely think that there is, on behalf of everyone, a firm desire to normalize the situation and restore peace " says Mgr. Martinelli. Human Rights Watch has now released a report on the alarming situation of African immigrants in Libya, victims of abuse and accused of being mercenaries in the pay of Gaddafi, "I am not able to confirm this information directly but indirectly, through some people, I was told that there is some exacerbation against African immigrants", concluded Mgr.Martinelli. (L.M.)
(http://www.jesuscaritasest.org/ report) Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. The Bojaxhiu family was of Albanian descent. When she turned 18 she entered the Sisters of Loreto of Ireland. She took the name Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. She taught in a missionary school in India until 1948. While traveling through India she felt God calling her to serve the poorest of the poor. She received permission to leave her order and began to help the poor with volunteers.
31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'32For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.34"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.