Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Vatican City, 29 July 2012 (VIS) - The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes and its association with the Eucharist, and the importance of sharing our possessions, were the central themes of the Pope's remarks before praying the Angelus today with faithful gathered in the internal courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at Castelgandolfo.
In the narrative of feeding the five thousand as recounted in today's Gospel, "the emphasis on the topic of 'bread' which is shared, and on giving thanks, are references to the Eucharist", the Holy Father explained. The narrative also mentions a boy who, seeing the difficulty in feeding so many people, shared the little he had: five loaves and two fish. Thus "the miracle did not come from nowhere, it came from an ordinary boy's desire to share what he had. Jesus does not ask us what we do not possess, but shows us that if each of us offers the little we have, a miracle can always happen. God is able to multiply every one of our small deeds of love and make us share in His gift".
In this episode "the crowds were struck by wonder. They saw Jesus as a new Moses, worthy of power, and the new manna as a guarantee for the future. But they stopped at the material aspect, at what they ate, while the Lord, realising 'they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself'. Jesus is not an earthly king who rules, but a king who serves, who bends to man's level to meet not only his material hunger, but his deeper hunger, his hunger for guidance, meaning and truth, his hunger for God".
"Let us ask the Lord to help us rediscover the importance of nourishing ourselves not only with bread, but with truth, love, Christ, the body of Christ. ... At the same time, we wish to pray that no one may lack the bread necessary for a dignified life, and that all inequalities be removed, not through weapons and violence, but through sharing and love".

Vatican City, 29 July 2012 (VIS) - "I am continuing to follow with concern the tragic and increasing violence in Syria, with its depressing sequence of deaths and injuries, also among civilians, and huge numbers of internally displaced persons and refugees in neighbouring States", said the Pope after praying the Angelus. "I therefore ask that the necessary humanitarian assistance and aid be guaranteed. In renewing the expression of my closeness to the suffering people, and my recollection of them in my prayers, I renew my appeal for all violence and bloodshed to end. I ask God to give wisdom of heart, especially to those in positions of greatest responsibility, so that no effort many be spared in the search for peace, also on the part of the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, with a view to finding an adequate political solution to the conflict.
"My thoughts also go", he added, "to the dear nation of Iraq which has recently suffered numerous serious attacks that have left many dead and injured. May that great country discover the path to stability, reconciliation and peace".
Benedict XVI also turned his attention to the ILVA steelworks in the Italian city of Taranto, which may soon be forced to close due to problems associated with the emission of toxic waste. "I wish to express my closeness to the workers and their families, who are experiencing this difficult time with great apprehension", he said. "While giving assurances of the prayers and support of the Church, I exhort everyone to show a sense of responsibility, and I encourage national and local institutions to make every effort to reach an equitable solution to the issue, one which protects both the right to health and the right to work, especially at this time of economic crisis".

Vatican City, 30 July 2012 (VIS) - Following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of January to April 2012. Another summary, covering the period from May to July, will be published tomorrow.
1: Benedict XVI presides at a Eucharistic celebration for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and for the forty-third World Day of Peace which has as its theme this year: "Educating Young People in Justice and Peace".
3: Publication of the Holy Father's Message for the World Day of the Sick, to be held on 11 February, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The message, dated from the Vatican on 20 November 2011, Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ Universal King, is entitled: "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you".
14: The Holy Father receives in audience Mario Monti, prime minister of the Republic of Italy.
19: The Holy Father receives a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Regions 4 and 6), at the end of their "ad limina" visit.
20: The Pontifical Council for the Laity publishes a decree approving the celebrations contained in the Catechetical Directory of the Neo-Catechumenal Way. The decree, dated 8 January, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, bears the signatures of Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko and Bishop Josef Clemens, respectively president and secretary of the council.
24: Presentation of Benedict XVI's Message for the forty-sixth World Day of Social Communications, entitled: "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation".
25: The Holy See, acting also in the name and on behalf of Vatican City State, adheres to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (New York, 1999) and to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (Palermo, 2000). On the same date the Holy See ratifies, likewise in the name and on behalf of Vatican City State, the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Vienna, 1988), which it had already signed in the year in which it was adopted.
31: Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former archbishop of Philadelphia, U.S.A., dies at the age of 88.
6: The Pope receives Laurence Argimon-Pistre, head of the delegation of the European Union, for the presentation of her Letters of Credence.
7: International symposium entitled "Towards Healing and Renewal" bringing together bishops and religious superiors from all over the world with the aim of relaunching the Church's commitment to protecting minors and vulnerable people from child abuse.
7: Publication of the 2012 Lenten Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the title of which is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews: "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works".
13: Publication of the Pope's Message for the forth-ninth World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The Day is due to be celebrated on 29 April on the theme: "Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God".
14: Official visit to the Vatican of a delegation of ministers from the United Kingdom to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations with the Holy See.
16: The Pope receives Budiarman Barar, the new ambassador of Indonesia to the Holy See, for the presentation of his Letters of Credence.
16: The Pope receives Daniel Edgardo Ramada Piendibene, the new ambassador of Uruguay to the Holy See, for the presentation of his Letters of Credence.
18: Benedict XVI celebrates the fourth ordinary public consistory of his pontificate, during which he creates twenty-two new cardinals.
24: The Holy Father receives in audience His Majesty Siaosi Tupou V, King of Tonga.
29: Inauguration of an exhibition entitled "'Lux in Arcana' - the Vatican Secret Archives unveiled", organised to mark the fourth centenary of the foundation of the Archives.
4: Benedict XVI visits the Roman parish of "San Giovanni Battista de La Salle al Torrino".
9: Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, dies at the age of 91.
9: The Holy Father receives a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at the end of their "ad limina" visit.
10: The Holy Father presides at Vespers in the Roman monastery of San Gregorio al Celio, to mark the visit to Rome of His Grace Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Anglican Communion.
14: Presentation, in the German embassy to the Holy See, of a work by Joseph Ratzinger: "The People and the House of God in Augustine's Doctrine of the Church". The book, the Pope's doctoral thesis from 1953, is part of a series of sixteen volumes which aims to bring together all Joseph Ratzinger's theological works up to the time of his election to the papal throne in 2005.
16: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith opens a new domain within the official website of the Holy See, to facilitate the consultation of its documents which, having the express approbation of the Holy Father, participate in his ordinary Magisterium as Peter's Successor.
23-28: The Holy Father makes an apostolic trip to Mexico and Cuba.
7: His Beatitude Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Oriental Churches and patriarch emeritus of Antioch of the Syrians, dies in Rome at the age of 82.
10: Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez, archbishop emeritus of San Juan de Puerto Rico, dies at the age of 89.
14: Benedict XVI sends a message to Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, Germany, for the fifth centenary of the first public display of the "Heiliger Rock", said to be the Holy Robe which Jesus wore before His crucifixion.
19: On this seventh anniversary of the election of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the new widget becomes available to users of the Internet.

Vatican City, 30 July 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father accepted:
- The resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, presented by Bishop Paul Friedrich Wehrle, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
- The resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Magangue, Colombia, presented by Bishop Jorge Leonardo Gomez Serna O.P., in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
On Saturday 28 July it was made public that the Holy Father appointed:
- Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, as his special envoy to celebrations marking the 950th anniversary of the diocese of Sape, Albania, due to take place on 29 September.
- Fr. Edoardo Aldo Cerrato C.O., procurator general of the Congregation of the Oratory and superior of the Oratorian House in Rome, as bishop of Ivrea (area 1,850, population 213,200, Catholics 208,000, priests 139, permanent deacons 17, religious 242), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Turin, Italy in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1975. Among other things he has worked in pastoral ministry, as preacher during spiritual exercises and retreats for lay people and religious, and as a professor in various institutions.
- As members of the Congregation for Bishops: Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, vice chamberlain of Holy Roman Church, and Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.


Olympic stamp of approval from Archbishops | The Aechbishops of Westminster and Birmingham,  Olympic and Paralympic definitive postage stamps , London 2012 Olympic Games. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Bernard Longley

Archbishops with Olympic stamps. Image: P Jennings
The Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev Vincent Nichols, and the Archbishop of Birmingham, Most Rev Bernard Longley, have given their stamp of approval to the special Olympic and Paralympic definitive postage stamps issued by Royal Mail to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Looking at the stamps, Archbishop Nichols, who is also President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: “The Olympic Games has brought the sporting world to London. The spirit in which they are now being conducted points to the deep unity within the best of our human family – a unity which comes from God and finds its fulfilment only in God. I hope that these Olympic Games, and these postage stamps, will reawaken within us all our true potential for peace and harmony.”

Archbishop Longley said: “These special Olympic and Paralympic postage stamps issued by Royal Mail are a wonderful reminded of the privilege of hosting the Games in the United Kingdom. These Games have touched not only London but every local community across the country.”

He added: “Postage stamps have the ability to draw people together, nationally and internationally. These stamps will remind us of the important values which are the foundation for the Olympic Games, values that unite us as we admire them and are inspired by them.
“Once again, postage stamps that reach into so many homes and offices will be a reminder of the values of honesty, courage and perseverance that the Olympic Games promote and demonstrate.”


Vale Father Paul Kane
Monday 30 July 2012

LAST Friday morning on the anniversary of his 60th Ordination to the Priesthood, Father Paul John Kane died at Caritas Christi in Kew.

On Monday 23 July , when the priests of Victoria and Tasmania gathered to give thanks to God for the gift of priesthood and the service of our jubilarians, Fr Paul was unable to be present. Fr Bren Donohue PE, in toasting the jubilarians, acknowledged the absence of his friend and asked all present to remember him in prayer.

Father Paul Kane was ordained in 1952. He worked as a temporary Assistant Priest at Dandenong and East Kew and subsequently as Assistant Priest at Kilmore, South Yarra, West Preston and Essendon. Fr Kane undertook a four year appointment as Chaplain to the Young Catholic Students’ Association and then was appointed as the founding Parish Priest of North Fawkner, whereupon after 36 years at the Parish, he retired.

The Pontifical Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Bede’s Church, 1 Severn Street, Nth Balwyn on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 2:00pm; followed by burial at the Priests’ Crypt, Melbourne General Cemetery.


Anti-school reform protest continues in Hong Kong. Parents, students and teachers oppose changes imposed by Beijing that would glorify the party in the schools of the former British crown colony. Hong Kong authorities announce a commission that would monitor the reform.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong yesterday to protest against plans for school reform imposed by the Chinese government, which include textbooks that glorify the Chinese political system as part of a new subject called 'national education'.

The Catholic Church was the first to oppose the reform in 2002. Card Joseph Zen Ze-kiun led Catholics, followed by other religions, in a battle against the changes, which were nevertheless adopted because of pro-Beijing great electors.

Protesters left Victoria Park and marched until the Admiralty. Organisers said that about 90,000 took part in the event, many of them parents with children, concerned that the changes would amount to pro-mainland brainwashing, as card Zen has warned. Many teachers took part in the event as well.

Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the government of the former British crown colony would establish a body with "broad enough representation" to monitor the implementation of the subject.

Parents are particularly upset by some books that praise China's political model and one-party system as the only that can work.

Hong Kong authorities plan to implement the reform this September on a three-year trial basis. After that, it would become permanent for all primary schools in 2015 and for all high schools in 2016.

Yesterday's protest was the latest in a series that brought people out into the streets to oppose Beijing's growing influence in various sectors of Hong Kong life, this despite claims by local and mainland authorities that they are sticking to the 'one country, two systems' model.

Protests increased particularly after pro-Beijing Leung Chun-ying took over as the city's chief executive on 1 July.



MOMBASA, July 27, 2012 (CISA) – Catholic journalists have been challenged to highlight the use of African values in the area of peace-building and conflict prevention within their journalistic work.
In his address to the just ended four-day workshop for Catholic journalists, held in Mombasa, Kenya from July 22-26 and organized by the Union of Catholic African Press (UCAP), head of the Africa Desk at the Pontifical Council of Social Communications, Vatican, Rev Fr Javier Yameogo said in the way of mediating, African cultural sensitivities should be taken into account in using Media for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building.
“As for example “bashingantahe” process in Burundi consist for a group of elders, to present parties case repeating in different words what the parties have said, in order to make them more attentive to understand that there is something positive in what the other has said which was maybe misinterpreted,” he pointed out.
We can borrow such process to African traditional wisdom. Doing so we could establish bridge between parties in conflict and open our different ethnic groups to what positive is initiated in the field by the grassroots communities, he emphasized.
The over 70 Catholic journalists, drawn from Africa and Europe, deliberated on the theme: The role of the media in peace building, conflict resolution and Good Governance.
The Catholic priest, who hails from Burkina Faso, West Africa urged the Catholic journalists to continue to support the Catholic Church in Africa and in particular in publicizing the recently published Papal document on Africae munus, which he said was more less the guideline for the pastoral programs of the Church in Africa.
“Your contribution as Catholic journalists in publicizing the document is of vital importance to the Catholic Church in Africa,” he stressed.
He also added that the Vatican will always be there to support the media work on the African continent.
“But for this to yield the intended fruits, you, as Catholic journalists, should always work within the pastoral frame work of the Catholic Church,” he emphasized.
Fr Yameogo presented a paper on: Why and When to use the media for conflict prevention and peace building.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - In the Mexican state of Chiapas, about 199 thousand children in the age group ranging from 5 to 17 work without receiving any financial compensation. According to the local Labour Office, the scourge of child labor in the streets is still far from resolved, and many of the works in which these children are being used are considered high risk for their physical safety. Unfortunately there are many children who have no alternative livelihoods and try to make a living doing dangerous activities that often involve them in criminal organizations. On the streets of cities it is possibel to find children in parks, at intersections, selling chewing gum, cleaning shoes, washing the windshields of cars and doing any other type of manual activity. Many work in the plantations of coffee, bananas and mangoes, and accompany the migrant farm workers from Central America. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 23/7/2012)


Matthew 13: 31 - 35
31 Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field;
32 it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
33 He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."
34 All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed he said nothing to them without a parable.
35 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world."


St. Peter Chrysologus
Feast: July 30

Born at Imola, 406; died there, 450. His biography, first written by Agnellus (Liber pontificalis ecclesiæ Ravennatis) in the ninth century, gives but scanty information about him. He was baptised, educated, and ordained deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola, and was elevated to the Bishopric of Ravenna in 433. There are indications that Ravenna held the rank of metropolitan before this time. His piety and zeal won for him universal admiration, and his oratory merited for him the name Chrysologus. He shared the confidence of Leo the Great and enjoyed the patronage of the Empress Galla Placidia. After his condemnation by the Synod of Constantinople (448), the Monophysite Eutyches endeavoured to win the support of Peter, but without success.
A collection of his homilies, numbering 176, was made by Felix, Bishop of Ravenna (707-17). Some are interpolations, and several other homilies known to be written by the saint are included in other collections under different names. They are in a great measure explanatory of Biblical texts and are brief and concise. He has explained beautifully the mystery of the Incarnation, the heresies of Arius and Eutyches, and the Apostles' Creed, and he dedicated a series of homilies to the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist. His works were first edited by Agapitus Vicentinus (Bologna, 1534), and later by D. Mita (Bolonga, 1634), and S. Pauli (Venice, 1775) — the latter collection having been reprinted in P.L., LII. Fr. Liverani ("Spicilegium Liberianum"), Florence, 1863, 125 seq.) edited nine new homilies and published from manuscripts in Italian libraries different readings of several other sermons. Several homilies were translated into German by M. Held (Kempten, 1874).


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