Saturday, May 12, 2012




RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI attended a concert yesterday evening in the Paul VI Hall here at the Vatican, offered by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, in honour of the Holy Father, to whom President Napolitano also gave gifts of a prestigious violin and an antique score to Zimmerman’s Missa solemnis from the first half of the 19th century.
The concert Friday evening featured sacred music by the Italian composers Antonio Vivaldi and Giuseppe Verdi.
Speaking at the end of the concert, Pope Benedict thanked President Napolitano, the featured soloists, the performers of the Rome Opera, orchestra conductor Maestro Riccardo Muti – whom Benedict decorated with a Papal knighthood: the Grand Cross of St Gregory the Great - and all those who had a part in organizing the event. “Let us pray,” said Pope Benedict, that, after hearing the evening’s music, “we might be able ourselves to say to God: ‘In you, O Lord, I place with joy my hope. Make it so that I might love you as your Holy Mother, so that my soul, at the end of the journey, might be given the glory of Paradise’.”
The Concert followed a private meeting between the Pope and the President.
A statement from the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, reports that the meeting between Pope Benedict and President Napolitano was a cordial one that lasted 20 minutes, during which they expressed a common concern for peace, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East.
The statement goes on to say that the Holy Father expressed his personal gratitude to the President for the concert given in his honour, and renewed promises of his love for Italy and his closeness to all citizens of the Italian Republic, assuring the President of his continuing prayers in this difficult and challenging time for the country.


By Cindy Wooden on Friday, 11 May 2012
An icon of St Hildegard by Fr Richard Cannuli (CNS)
An icon of St Hildegard by Fr Richard Cannuli (CNS)
Benedict XVI has added Hildegard of Bingen to the Church’s formal list of saints and permitted Catholics worldwide to celebrate her feast day with a Mass and special readings.
The Vatican announced yesterday that the Pope had formalised the Church’s recognition of the 12th-century German Benedictine mystic, “inscribing her in the catalogue of saints”.
The Pope’s order regarding St Hildegard recognises her widespread fame of holiness and that Catholics have venerated her for centuries.
In a 2010 series of audience talks about women’s contributions to the Church, Pope Benedict dedicated two talks to St Hildegard. He said she was a worthy role model for Catholics today because of “her love for Christ and his Church, which was suffering in her time, too, and was wounded also then by the sins of priests and lay people”.
In St Hildegard’s time, there were calls for radical reform of the Church to fight the problem of abuses made by the clergy, the Pope had said. But she “reproached demands to subvert the very nature of the Church” and reminded people that “a true renewal of the ecclesial community is not achieved so much with a change in the structures as much as with a sincere spirit of penitence”.
In addition, the Pope noted, modern Catholics can learn from her “love for creation, her medicine, her poetry and music that is being recreated today”.
During a meeting yesterday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Benedict signed 17 decrees furthering the Causes of dozens of individuals,
He advanced the Causes of 19th-century America Bishop Frederic Baraga of Marquette and of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, a member of the Sisters of Charity of St Elizabeth in New Jersey, who died in 1927.
The decrees for both of the American candidates for canonisation recognise that they heroically lived the Christian virtues and are “venerable”. Before they can be beatified, the Vatican must recognise that a miracle has occurred through their intercession.
Fr Baraga was ordained a priest in Slovenia in 1823 but left for America in the early 1830s to serve among the Ojibwa and Ottawa in Michigan. Beginning in 1835 he worked in the Upper Peninsula, where his constant travels to Indian villages even in the harsh winter months earned him the nickname “Snowshoe Priest”. He was named the first bishop of Upper Michigan in 1857. In 1866, two years before his death, he moved the headquarters of the diocese from Sault Ste Marie on the eastern end of the peninsula to centrally located Marquette, where it remains today.
Sister Demjanovich was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1901. After attending Bayonne public schools, she began studies at the College of St Elizabeth in Convent Station, graduating in 1923. Two years later she entered the Sisters of Charity at Convent Station. She wrote a series of spiritual conferences, which were collected and published after her death as a book, Greater Perfection. She died in 1927 at the age of 26.
Announcing the decrees signed by the Pope, the Vatican also formally acknowledged that Pope Benedict signed a decree on March 14 recognising the heroic virtues of Fr Felix Varela, a Cuban born priest who died in Florida in 1853. The move was announced in the United States and Cuba in April.
Among the decrees there also were two recogniszing miracles, paving the way for the beatifications of Capuchin Brother Thomas of Olera, Italy, who died in Austria in 1631, and of Italian Salesian Sister Maria Troncatti, a missionary who died in a plane crash in Ecuador in 1969 at the age of 86. She had served in South America for almost 50 years.
Other decrees recognised the martyrdom of Odoardo Focherini, an Italian who died in a Nazi prison camp in 1944 after being arrested while helping Jews escape capture by the Nazis, 14 Franciscan friars killed in Prague in 1611 and 22 Spaniards killed during the Spanish civil war in the 1930.


Archbishop Rabau
PORT MORESBY, May 11, 2012 (CISA) –The Catholic bishops in Papua New Guinea have opposed the distribution of condoms to students in Catholic high schools.
The Ministry of Education in the country has ordered that condoms to students should be distributed in secondary schools as part of a new policy aimed at combating HIV and AIDS.
“We cannot be forced to follow a policy which contradicts our philosophy on education,” Archbishop Francesco Panfilo of Rabau, Vice-President of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education told Fides.
Sex education will not be carried out by encouraging condom use among students despite the decision of the state, said the bishops.
Archbishop Panfilo said that the Church was ready to go to court over the matter.
The archbishop explained that the Catholic Church considers the distribution of condoms a wrong signal to students. He said it encourages promiscuity among students.
“If a school gives a ballpoint pen and a book to a student, the basic message is simple-to study. But if you give condoms, the message for students will be-go and feel free to do what you want. It is an invitation to irresponsibility, said James Ume, a principal in a secondary school in Papua New Guinea. SOURCE: CISA NEWS AFRICA


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 May 2012

Mary Lou Carter of Carers Alliance
accuses Govt of giving those with
disabilities and their carers false hope
The Federal Government's $1 billion to begin implementing a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July next year is nothing more than a "sad and poorly executed hoax on Australians with a severe dependent disability," says Mary Lou Carter, Secretary of the Carers' Alliance.
The $1 billion announced in last night's Budget to begin setting up an NDIS will be spread over four years with 10,000 of those with disabilities given support under the scheme in the first year, increasing to 20,000 the following year.
But as Mary Lou points out, not only is this a tiny fraction of the 410,000 Australians who need support and help under the scheme, but the amount set aside in the Budget amounts to just $250 million a year, far less than the Productivity Commission's recommendation of $600 million to cover just the first 12 months of the scheme. Under the Commission's recommendation, this figure would then rise over the following six years to a target of $6.8 billion, estimated to be the amount needed annually for the full implementation of the scheme.
The figure of $6.8 billion need each year would be in addition to the $7 billion spent currently b y state and federal governments on disability resources and support.

Treasurer Wayne Swan explains his Budget
"But whatever the Government claims, based on last night's figures the full implementation of an NDIS by 2018, as promised, is simply impossible," she says.
For the past 21 years, Mary Lou has cared for her son who is severely intellectually disabled, easily disturbed and made anxious and in need of round the clock care.
The lack of resources, the mine field of bureaucratic paperwork needed to access any type of support as well as meeting and talking with others who were also caring for those with severe disabilities and facing the same problems, led to the creation of the Carers' Alliance in 2007.
"We realised we needed a political voice to try to bring about change," she says. But instead of any real change, she says the disabled and their carers have been fobbed off with pittances, platitudes and political gamesmanship.
The Catholic Church, its parishes and agencies such as CatholicCare, along with other church groups, have lead the way on issues involving people with disabilities, she says. But she has no time for politicians and their promises.

Mary Lou Carter with her son Nicholas
who has a severe intellectual
disability and needs full time care
"A national insurance scheme for people with disabilities as suggested by the Productivity Commission would provide an answer and give real help and life-long assistance to the disabled and their carers. But this is not what is happening," she insists, and calls Treasurer Wayne Swan "fanciful" in his claims that the $1 billion allocated over four years announced in last night's Budget as "historic" and "the most fundamental social policy reform since Medicare."
The Carers Alliance also takes issue with how the Federal Government did not consult with the States in any detail on how the NDIS would be funded and what percentage they would agree to pay.
Help for the severely disabled a hoax
"Instead the States which have their own financial constraints, were not told and thing and found themselves ambushed by the Prime Minister's sudden decision to bring forward implementation of the scheme by 12 months beginning on 1 July next year," she says.

As announced in last night's Budget, the $1 billion over four years allocated to starting an NDIS will go towards setting up four "launch sites," yet to be decided, along with a National Disability Launch Agency to run these sites as well as funding for the building and design of an NDIS information technology system. And that is before one disability payment is made.
"Additional money and support is always welcome to give people with disabilities the opportunity to be the best they can be. However, the Carers Alliance does not see this current proposal as moving forward towards any 'great Labor reform," she says. "If anything we see this as a 'great Labor retreat.' The reality is the Gillard Government has squibbed," she says and accuses the Prime Minister and her government of lacking courage for real reform for real people in real need.


by Joseph Yun Li-sun
The Pope has appointed pastor of the Korean capital - and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang - Mgr. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, committed to dialogue with North Korea and in the forefront of the battle against secularization of society.

Seoul (AsiaNews) - "Dialogue with North Korea but especially the defense of life in an increasingly secular society" these are the challenges facing the new archbishop of Seoul, Msgr. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who was appointed by Pope Thursday". Fr. Luke Kim, priest of the Korean capital, tells AsiaNews.

The new archbishop "had been auxiliary for a long time and the retirement of Cardinal Nicolas Cheung Jin-suk was due to his age. Now the new pastorwill have to address those issues that have always been uppermost in the thoughts of the Korean Church: how to respond the secularization of our society and how to live with the North. Bishop Yeom is in fact also Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang. "

The new archbishop, now titular bishop of Tibiuca, auxiliary and vicar general of Seoul, was born December 5, 1943 in Ansong, Diocese of Suwon, to a Catholic family of 5 generations. His grandfather's grandfather was martyred in 1850 along with other believers in the early years of the Catholic Church in Korea. Two of his 5 sisters are nuns.

Bishop Yeom was ordained priest on December 8, 1970 in Seoul, by Cardinal Stephen Kim. After ordination, he held various positions: assistant pastor, professor and dean of the minor seminary Songshin, pastor; chancellor of the Major Seminary of Seoul, the archdiocesan chancellor of the curia. On 12 December 2001 he was appointed titular bishop of Tibiuca and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Seoul. He was ordained January 25, 2002.

The new archbishop has always been engaged in the battle in favor of bioethics and dialogue with the North. Since his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop he has served as President of the Episcopal Commission for Life, an organ of the Korean Bishops' Conference, which deals with issues related to genetic manipulation, a hot topic in South Korea.

He also served as President of the Commission for the reconciliation of the Korean people of the archdiocese. During his work at the Commission he has always favored dialogue and, in 2002, sent a letter to the president of North Korea's Catholic Association Samuel Jang Jae-eun asking for prayer for the reconciliation and unity of the peninsula.

In the text he wrote: "I am very happy to be involved in this noble work, to reunify the Korean people. Now, with patience and much prayer, we must focus our minds and our efforts to push forward a peaceful long overdue reunification of the Korean people. "

The archdiocese plans to celebrate the inauguration of its new Archbishop June 25th: Until that day, Cardinal Cheong will continue in his position.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - The Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, and of the Association dei Media of the Central American country, have strongly condemned the kidnapping of the journalist Alfredo Villatoro and asked the kidnappers to have respect for his life. Villatoro, 47, was abducted by unknown people on Wednesday morning, May 9, on his way to the radio station HRN, where he had been working for twenty years. So far, the police said they have no clues about the crime.
"We condemn the violence and ask God to touch the hearts of the kidnappers to get them back on the path of the Lord, the path of justice, and to respect Villatoro’s life," said Cardinal Rodriguez speaking to Radio HRN. He added that all the parishes of Honduras "are united in a single prayer to God for the life of this operator of communication, and so that his kidnappers do not stain our country with more blood." According to information gathered by Fides, the Honduran Human Rights Commission, said that in Honduras since 2003, 28 journalists have been murdered, and 22 of these cases are still unsolved. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 12/5/2012)


John 15: 18 - 21
18 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.
21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.


St. Pancras
Feast: May 12

Feast Day: May 12
Born: ~289 AD, Synnada, Phrygia
Died: ~304 AD, Via Aurelia, Rome
Major Shrine: San Pancrazio, Rome
Patron of: children; invoked against cramp, false witness, headache, and perjury
He is said to have suffered at Rome in the fourteenth year of his age. Having been beheaded for the faith, which he had gloriously confessed under Dioclesian in the year 304, he was interred in the cemetery of Calepodius, which afterwards took his name. His old church in that place was repaired in the fifth century by Pope Symmachus, and in the seventh by pope Honorius I. St. Gregory the Great speaks of his relics. St. Gregory of Tours1 calls him the Avenger of Perjuries, and says that God by a perpetual miracle visibly punished false oaths made before his relics. Pope Vitalian sent a portion of them to king Oswi in 656.2 Italy, England, France, Spain, &c., abound with churches which bear his name.3 See D. Jenichen, Diss. de S. Pancratio, urbis et ecclesiae primariae Giessensis patrono titular), in 4to. anno 1758, at Giessen, a university in Upper Hesse, belonging to the landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt.


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