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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD : TUES. JAN. 10, 2012



 

VATICAN : POPE : MODIFICATIONS TO CREATION OF CARDINALS
 ASIA : PHILIPPINES : 8.5 MILLION AT CATHOLIC PROCESSION OF NAZARENE
 EUROPE : GREAT BRITAIN : YOUTH VOLUNTEERS CONFERENCE
AFRICA : NIGERIA : BISHOPS AGAINST FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL
AMERICA : BRAZIL : TRYING TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
AUSTRALIA : CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HELP KIDS DO BETTER WITH FUNDS  
 TODAY'S GOSPEL AND MASS ONLINE : TUES. JAN. 10, 2012
TODAY'S SAINT : JAN. 10 : ST. WILLIAM OF BOURGES


VATICAN : POPE : MODIFICATIONS TO CREATION OF CARDINALS
MODIFICATIONS TO RITES FOR THE CREATION OF NEW CARDINALS
VIS RELEASES:VATICAN CITY, 10 JAN 2012 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has introduced certain modifications to the ordinary public consistories for the creation of new cardinals. The rites followed until now have been revised and simplified, with the Holy Father's approval. The modifications chiefly involve the unification of the three phases: the imposition of the biretta, the consignment of the ring and the assignation of the title or diaconate. The collect and the concluding prayer have been modified, and the proclamation of the Word of God made shorter.
(IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)
On 6 January Benedict XVI announced his intention to create twenty-two new members of the College of Cardinals, on 18 February, in what will be the fourth consistory of his pontificate.

In its announcement the Office of Liturgical Celebrations explains that the liturgical reform which began with Vatican Council II also covered the rites for imposing the biretta and assigning a title to new cardinals during consistories, and that the modified form of the celebration was first used by Paul VI in April 1969. In preparing those new rites the main criterion adopted was that of giving a liturgical setting to a process which, of itself, is not part of the liturgy. The creation of new cardinals had to be inserted into a context of prayer, while at the same time avoiding anything that could give rise to the idea of a "cardinalatial Sacrament". Historically speaking, in fact, consistories have never been considered as a liturgical rite but as a meeting of the Pope with cardinals as part of the governance of the Church.

Bearing in mind these historical aspects, and in continuity with the current form and main elements of consistories, the existing practice has been reviewed and simplified. In the first place, the collect and concluding prayer of the 1969 rite have been recouped, because they are particularly rich and derive from the great Roman tradition of prayer. The two prayers, in fact, speak explicitly of the powers the Lord gave to the Church, in particular that of Peter. The Pope also prays directly for himself, that he may carry out his duties well.

The proclamation of the Word of God will also take a shorter form, as used in the 1969 rite, with a single Gospel reading (Mk 10, 32-45) which is the same in the two rites. Finally, the consignment of the cardinalatial ring will be integrated into a single rite. Prior to the 1969 reform, the red hat was imposed during the public consistory, which was followed by a secret consistory in which the ring was consigned and the title or diaconate assigned. Nowadays the distinction between public and secret consistory is no longer observed and it was deemed more coherent to bring the three phases of the creation of new cardinals together into a single rite. What remains unchanged is the following day's concelebration of Mass by the Pope and the new cardinals, which begins with an expression of homage and gratitude addressed to the Pope by the first of the new cardinals in the name of all the others.
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ADEQUATE PASTORAL CARE FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

VATICAN CITY, 10 JAN 2012 (VIS) - The latest edition of the magazine "Migranti Press" contains an article by Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, for the forthcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Day is to be celebrated on Sunday 15 January under the theme: "Migrations and New Evangelisation".

Archbishop Veglio highlights the fact that the phenomenon of migration, which involves many different individuals and peoples with their various social, cultural and religious characteristics, is "a process which opens unique opportunities for evangelisation. It offers Christian communities the chance to bear witness to Jesus Christ, especially through respectful dialogue and the concrete witness of solidarity. Migrants can also reawaken drowsy Christian consciences, calling people to a more coherent Christian life".

For this reason the Holy Father's Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees "invites us to ensure that migrants are given adequate pastoral care. Thus they may remain firm in their faith, coherent in their Christian life and powerful witnesses of the Gospel, in order to become authentic announcers of the evangelical 'kerygma'".

Referring to the Pope's Message, Archbishop Veglio notes that "the mass media, because of the immediate impact they have on public opinion, must seriously undertake to supply correct and ample information, avoiding demagogic terminology which is offensive to the image of forced migrants. The contribution of the media is necessary in order to make society aware of new situations, and of the real violations of refugees' rights".

ASIA : PHILIPPINES : 8.5 MILLION AT CATHOLIC PROCESSION OF NAZARENE

ASIA NEWS REPORT: The celebration is held despite fear of attacks. The procession ends after winding its way through the capital’s streets. “Popular devotion was stronger than fear of terrorist threats,” Manila archbishop says.

Manila (AsiaNews) – About 8.5 million Filipino Catholics took part in the ‘Black Nazarene’ procession that ended in Manila’s Quiapo church. Celebrations took place despite government warnings of possible terrorist attacks. Every year, millions of people flock to Manila from all over the country to follow the statue as it is carried for 22 hours through the old streets of the capital. This year, the Archdiocese of Manila sent copies of the Nazarene to the dioceses of Cagayan de Oro, Illigan City and Cotabato (Mindanao) to allow flood victims to organise their own procession.

“This year, popular devotion was stronger because of terrorist threats,” Mgr Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, told AsiaNews. “The organising committee was aware of the danger and in the past few weeks we thought about cancelling the procession. However, many faithful responded to the government’s appeal stressing that fear of possible incidents was nothing compared to Christ’s suffering on the cross. I am convinced that even without our approval, people would have organised the procession anyway.”

Filipinos participate in the celebrations for the Black Nazarene to be closer to Jesus, the prelate explained. “All social classes take part in the procession,” he said, “especially the sick who risk their life in the great mass of people trying to touch the statue in order to obtain a favour. Each year, many people are affected by this show and some convert, especially among the humblest.”

The statue of the Black Nazarene arrived in the Philippines on 31 May 1606 when the first Augustinian missionaries set foot in Manila. Carved in Mexico, it represents the Saviour kneeling under the weight of the cross.

It is believed to be miraculous because it survived the fire that burnt the ship that brought the missionaries to the Philippines.

Over the centuries, the statue survived fires that hit the Quiapo church in 1791 and 1929. It also came through the big earthquakes of 1645 and 1863 as well as World War 2 bombing in 1945. (S.C.)

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-8.5-million-Filipino-Catholics-take-part-in-Nazarene-procession-in-Manila-23657.html

EUROPE : GREAT BRITAIN : YOUTH VOLUNTEERS CONFERENCE

IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT:
Young Catholic Volunteers conference | Young Volunteers Conference,FLAME Congress,

Volunteers in Flame rehearsal
More than 100 young people working in Youth Ministry Teams from Catholic Retreat Centres and on Outreach Projects in England and Wales gathered on New Year's Day with their Directors and other staff for the annual three day Volunteers Conference in Derbyshire.

The theme of 'Finish the Race', based on St Paul's Second Letter to Timothy, connected with the forthcoming FLAME Congress, which takes place at Wembley Arena on 24 March. During the Conference the young volunteers who will also be attending FLAME took the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a specially commissioned Congress Hymn also based on 2 Timothy. They rehearsed other material that will be used at this inspiring event exploring how faith and sport are related, notably through the Olympic values of Respect, Friendship and Excellence.

The Volunteers Conference was facilitated by Mr David Wells. David is Director of Formation for the RC Diocese of Plymouth where he is responsible for adult education and training. On leaving school, before going to university, David spent a year as a volunteer in a Residential Youth Retreat Centre and over the course of the Conference shared stories of that time and of his teaching career. He helped the volunteers to identify the key issues that Timothy faced in his ministry as a young bishop and how they relate to young peer ministers today, encouraging them to aspire to a greater sense of their own vocation and, like Paul, urging them to keep the faith and finish the race.

The young Youth Ministers, who work with thousands of young people every year, through the celebration of the Eucharist and a variety of Workshops, Prayers, Liturgies and a Ceilidh, were given a fresh energy to their faith just like the young Timothy.

The witness of these young volunteers and the FLAME Congress are sure to present to other young people a vivid and vibrant picture of the national Church.
Source: Youth Ministries

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=19618

AFRICA : NIGERIA : BISHOPS AGAINST FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL

IBADAN, January 6, 2012 (CISA) –Nigerian catholic bishops from Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have strongly opposed the Nigerian federal government’s move on fuel subsidy.
The bishops said, “It is immoral to impose removal of petroleum subsidy on economically weakened Nigerians while political office holders continue to live in embarrassing opulence.”
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Ibadan Province comprising of Ibadan, Ondo, Oyo, Ilorin, Ekiti, and Osogbo dioceses also said, “The powers of state should never have been used to impose removal of petroleum subsidy without putting in place concrete definable measures to cushion the emasculating effects of such an action on the most vulnerable segments of the Nigerian population.”
According to their press statement sent to CISA the bishops stated, “Before removing the subsidy, the Federal Government alluded to huge irregularities and corruption associated with the provision of petroleum products in Nigeria. It took no action to prosecute anyone as a consequence of its discovery.”
They said that the government took no action to prosecute anyone because of its discovery and took no action to protect or support the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians.
The bishops were concerned that the harsh consequences of the eventual removal of subsidy, has been instantaneous adding that many Nigerians who went to their hometowns and villages to celebrate Christmas and the New Year could not even afford the cost of returning to their places of work.
The clergy advised that the first duty of government is to guarantee the security of life and property of Nigerians adding, “To remove subsidy as a way of forestalling fraud is to punish the already vulnerable and victimized Nigerian consumer.”
They expressed disappointment at the unpopular decision and deplored the fact that economic considerations were prioritized over moral implications and immediate public interests in the timing of the subsidy removal.
SOURCE: http://www.cisanewsafrica.com/?p=3784

AMERICA : BRAZIL : TRYING TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN

Agenzia Fides RELEASE - The murder of an indigenous child of Maranhão, burnt by wood smugglers (madeireiros) in October 2011, has recently provoked the indignation of many Brazilians manifested in social networks. Although in delay, the reaction does not affect an isolated or uncommon case, because every year children and young indigenous are killed across the country.
The killers are not always perpetrated by non-Indians in search of land and wood. Communities where many who have alcohol and drug problems, unfortunately, are often the scene of tragic events, like the murder of an indigenous 9-month-girl, murdered with a machete in November last year. The incident occurred after an argument between the girl's father and other drunken indigenous of the tribe, situated in Minas Gerais.
According to the note sent to Fides by CIMI (Indigenous Missionary Council), the number of indigenous children murdered in 2011 has not yet been defined. However in 2010 CIMI’s report reported that four children were killed, including an 8 year old girl, raped, beaten and killed in the village of Tey Cue, in Mato Grosso do Sul. According to the surveys, one of the girl’s aunt "sold" the girl in exchange for drugs.
In 2009, CIMI reported 11 homicides of minors, including a 9-year-old boy of the Guarani Kaiowa group, raped and killed by a teenager from the same village. In 2008, a girl of the Guajajara was killed with firearms in Maranhao, while watching television at home. In addition to episodes of violence, dozens of indigenous children die each year from poor sanitation, malnutrition and lack of medical care. In January last year, eight children died in the ethnic Xavante in just 15 days, following an attack of pneumonia. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 11/01/2012)
http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=30750&lan=eng

AUSTRALIA : CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HELP KIDS DO BETTER WITH FUNDS

ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE RELEASE:

THE National Catholic Education Commission commented today on reports in the Australian Newspaper and on the ABC regarding government funding for Catholic schools, suggesting that there has been a misrepresentation in the media of how much funding schools receive per student.Catholic-education-commission

Mrs Therese Temby, Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission, said that the reporting is quite misleading as it suggests that Catholic schools receive a higher level of funding than Government schools.

“Recent press comments (The Australian, the ABC website) have misreported government funding for non-government schools, yet the National Report on Schooling in Australia 2009, to which the reports refer actually says : The total [government] funding per student over the past four years…shows government school per student recurrent funding increasing…at a greater rate than that for the non-government school sector (section 8.2 on Government Funding).

The reports in The Australian and on the ABC appear to be based on the journalists’ own analysis of the 2009 National Report data on government funding for schools based on a report by lobbyist Mr Trevor Cobbold”, said Mrs. Temby.

“Mr Cobbold’s brief statement (10 January 2012) admits that he has “converted” and “adjusted” the official data”, she said.

“Using his own adjusted figures, Mr Cobbold claims that Catholic schools are either ‘at least as well resourced’ or ‘significantly better resourced’ than government schools. But there is only one set of consistent, comparable school financial data on which all school authorities, all sectors, all State Education Ministers agree,” said Mrs Temby.

“The financial data on the Australian Government’s MySchool website shows Catholic schools have 10 per cent less net recurrent income per student than do government schools,” she said.

Mrs Temby went on to say that the way in which schools utilise funds is far more important than how much schools receive.

“The crucial issue is how schools spend their funds – how Catholic schools provide ‘value for money’,” said Mrs Temby.

Speaking on the ABC’s PM Program last night, Dr Gary Marks (from the Australian Council for Educational Research) said: “There is an argument that if you compare Catholic schools and government schools, Catholic schools – kids at Catholic schools do better."
http://www.cam.org.au/parish-school-news/catholic-schools-making-good-use-of-government-and-family-fund.html

TODAY'S GOSPEL AND MASS ONLINE : TUES. JAN. 10, 2012


Mark 1: 21 - 28

21 And they went into Caper'na-um; and immediately on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit;
24 and he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!"
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

TODAY'S SAINT : JAN. 10 : ST. WILLIAM OF BOURGES

St. William of Bourges
CISTERCIAN BISHOP
Feast: January 10


Information:
Feast Day: January 10
Born:
12th century in Nevers, France
Died: 10 January 1209 at Bourges, France
Canonized: 17 May 1217 by Pope Honorius III
Ciscertian bishop, also called William of Dongeon. He was born at Nevers, France, and studied under his uncle, Peter, the archdeacon of Soissons, before receiving ordination and appointment as a cannon of Soissons. He helpd the same post in Paris adn then entered the monastery of Grandmont, transferring to the Cistercian community at Pontigny. In succeeding years, he was abbot of Fontaine-Jean, in Sens; abbot of Chalis, near Senlis; and bishop of Bourges, receiving consecration in 1200. The last office he was compelled to take at the behest of Pope Innocent III (r. 1198-1216). As bishop, he distinguished himself by his austerities, concern for the poor, the defense of the rights of the Church against the French crown, and his success in converting many members of the Albigensian heresy. He was canonized by Pope Honorius III (r. 1216-1227).

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)
SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/W/stwilliamofbourges.asp#ixzz1jADAtO9I
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