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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD MONDAY JULY 2, 2012


VATICAN : POPE STRENGTHEN FAITH ON HOLIDAYS WITH PRAYER AND OTHER NEWS
AUSTRALIA : RIP FR. STEELE SJ AND FR. POULSEN PE
ASIA : PHILIPPINES : DUTCH MISSIONARY KILLED BY GUNMAN
AMERICA : MEXICO : BISHOPS SPEAK ON ELECTIONS
EUROPE : OOBERFUSE POP BAND CONCERT AGAINST TRAFFICKING
AFRICA : KENYA : JESUIT CONFERENCE WITH 15 AFRICAN NATIONS
TODAY'S MASS ONLINE MONDAY JUNE 2, 2012
TODAY'S SAINT: JULY 2: ST. BERNARDINO REALINO

VATICAN : POPE STRENGTHEN FAITH ON HOLIDAYS WITH PRAYER AND OTHER NEWS
JESUS CAME TO LIBERATE HUMAN BEINGS IN THEIR ENTIRETY
Vatican City, 1 July 2012 (VIS) - The miraculous cures of the daughter of Jairus and of the woman who suffered haemorrhages provided the theme for the Pope's remarks before praying the Angelus today. (IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)
Addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI explained that both episodes can be interpreted at two levels: "the purely physical: Jesus tends to human suffering and heals the body; and the spiritual: Jesus came to heal the human heart and to give salvation, and He asks people to have faith in Him". The two episodes again show that Jesus "came to liberate human beings in their entirety", he said. "First is the physical healing, but this is closely tied to a deeper healing, which bestows the grace of God upon those who are open to Him in faith".
All this, the Holy Father went on, invites us "to overcome a purely horizontal and materialistic view of life. We ask God to cure us of our problems, to meet our concrete needs - and it is right that we should do so. Yet we must insistently ask for an ever stronger faith, that the Lord may renew our lives, and a firm trust in His love, in His providence which does not abandon us".
"Jesus' concern for human suffering makes us think of all those who help the sick to carry their crosses, in particular physicians, healthcare professionals and those who provide pastoral care in nursing homes. They are the 'reserves of love' who bring peace and hope to the suffering. In the Encyclical 'Deus Caritas est' I noted that, while such invaluable service requires professional competence as a primary and fundamental requirement, this in itself is not enough". The sick need "need humanity and heartfelt care".
"Let us call upon the Virgin Mary to accompany our journey of faith and our commitment to concrete expressions of love, especially to those in need, as we invoke her maternal intercession for our brothers who live with suffering in body or spirit".
After the Angelus prayer, Benedict XVI expressed the hope that "the holidays may be a time to strengthen our faith through prayer and charity".

METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOPS, VISIBLE EXPRESSION OF THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE CHURCH
Vatican City, 30 June 2012 (VIS) - At midday today the Holy Father received the metropolitan archbishops upon whom he yesterday imposed the pallium in the course of a Mass in the Vatican Basilica. The archbishops were accompanied by members of their families.
"The presence of metropolitan archbishops from all over the world is a visible expression of the universality of the Church, called to make Christ known and to announce the Gospel on all the continents and in different languages", said the Pope in his remarks to the group. "I assure you of my constant prayers that you may carry out your episcopal mission with joy and fidelity, building your diocesan communities in charity, supporting them with the witness of faith and helping them to express a rewed enthusiasm at meeting the person of Christ. ... Carry back to your communities the experience of intense spirituality and authentic evangelical unity of these days, that it may touch the hearts of believers and reverberate throughout society, leaving traces of good", the Holy Father concluded.

POPE TO TRAVEL TO CASTELGANDOLFO ON 3 JULY
Vatican City, 30 June 2012 (VIS) - The Prefecture of the Pontifical Household today announced that on Tuesday 3 July the Holy Father will travel to the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo.
Over the summer months private and special audiences will be suspended, while the Wednesday general audiences - likewise suspended during the month of July - will begin again at Castelgandolfo on Wednesday 1 August. On Sundays and Solemnities during this period, the Pope will pray the Angelus from the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo.

CARDINAL JOSEPH ZEN ZE-KIUN, SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CENTENARY OF BIRTH OF BLESSED PETER TO ROT
Vatican City, 30 June 2012 (VIS) - Made public today was the letter in which the Holy Father appoints Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun S.D.B., bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, China, as his special envoy to celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of Blessed Peter To Rot, catechist and martyr of Papua New Guinea, due to take place in Rabaul on 7 July.
The mission accompanying the cardinal will be made up of Bishop Rochus Josef Tatamai M.S.C. of Bereina, whose recently deceased father was a nephew of the blessed, and Fr, Francis Mell, a priest of the archdiocese of Rabaul and judicial vicar at the archdiocesan tribunal of first instance.

ONLY FOLLOWING JESUS LEADS TO THE NEW BROTHERHOOD
Vatican City, 29 June 2012 (VIS) - At 9 a.m. today, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, Benedict XVI concelebrated the Eucharist in the Vatican Basilica with new metropolitan archbishops, upon whom he imposed the pallium. As is customary, a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople also attended the ceremony. The music for the liturgy was provided by the Choir of the Sistine Chapel, as well as by members of the Choir of Westminster Abbey whom the Pope thanked for their participation.
Following the Gospel reading the Pope pronounced his homily, extracts of which are given below:
"Christian tradition has always considered St. Peter and St. Paul to be inseparable: indeed, together, they represent the whole Gospel of Christ. ... Peter and Paul, much as they differ from one another in human terms and notwithstanding the conflicts that arose in their relationship, illustrate a new way of being brothers, lived according to the Gospel, an authentic way made possible by the grace of Christ’s Gospel working within them. Only by following Jesus does one arrive at this new brotherhood: this is the first and fundamental message that today’s solemnity presents to each one of us, the importance of which is mirrored in the pursuit of full communion, so earnestly desired by the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Bishop of Rome, as indeed by all Christians.
"In the passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel that we have just heard, Peter makes his own confession of faith in Jesus, acknowledging Him as Messiah and Son of God. He does so in the name of the other Apostles too. In reply, the Lord reveals to him the mission that He intends to assign to him, that of being the “rock”, the visible foundation on which the entire spiritual edifice of the Church is built. But in what sense is Peter the rock? How is he to exercise this prerogative, which naturally he did not receive for his own sake? The account given by the Evangelist Matthew tells us first of all that the acknowledgement of Jesus’ identity made by Simon in the name of the Twelve did not come “through flesh and blood”, that is, through his human capacities, but through a particular revelation from God the Father. By contrast, immediately afterwards, as Jesus foretells His passion, death and resurrection, Simon Peter reacts onthe basis of “flesh and blood”: he “began to rebuke him, saying, this shall never happen to you”. And Jesus in turn replied: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me”. The disciple who, through God’s gift, was able to become a solid rock, here shows himself for what he is in his human weakness: a stone along the path, a stone on which men can stumble".
"Here we see the tension that exists between the gift that comes from the Lord and human capacities; and in this scene between Jesus and Simon Peter we see anticipated in some sense the drama of the history of the papacy itself, characterised by the joint presence of these two elements: on the one hand, because of the light and the strength that come from on high, the papacy constitutes the foundation of the Church during its pilgrimage through history; on the other hand, across the centuries, human weakness is also evident, which can only be transformed through openness to God’s action.
"And in today’s Gospel there emerges powerfully the clear promise made by Jesus: “the gates of the underworld”, that is, the forces of evil, will not prevail. ... Peter will have to be defended from the “gates of the underworld”, from the destructive power of evil. Jeremiah receives a promise that affects him as a person and his prophetic ministry; Peter receives assurances concerning the future of the Church, the new community founded by Jesus Christ, which extends to all of history, far beyond the personal existence of Peter himself.
"Let us move on now to the symbol of the keys, which we heard about in the Gospel. ... The key represents authority over the house of David. And in the Gospel there is another saying of Jesus addressed to the scribes and the Pharisees, whom the Lord reproaches for shutting off the kingdom of heaven from people. This saying also helps us to understand the promise made to Peter: to him, inasmuch as he is the faithful steward of Christ’s message, it belongs to open the gate of the Kingdom of Heaven, and to judge whether to admit or to refuse. Hence the two images - that of the keys and that of binding and loosing - express similar meanings which reinforce one another. ... The parallelism “on earth ... in the heavens” guarantees that Peter’s decisions in the exercise of this ecclesial function are valid in the eyes of God".
"The authority of loosing and binding consists in the power to remit sins. And this grace, which defuses the powers of chaos and evil, is at the heart of the Church’s mystery and ministry. The Church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognise their need for God’s love, their need to be purified through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ sayings concerning the authority of Peter and the Apostles make it clear that God’s power is love, the love that shines forth from Calvary".
"The iconographic tradition represents St. Paul with a sword, and we know that this was the instrument with which he was killed. Yet as we read the writings of the Apostle of the Gentiles, we discover that the image of the sword refers to his entire mission of evangelisation. ... This was certainly not the battle of a military commander but that of a herald of the Word of God, faithful to Christ and to His Church, to which he gave himself completely. And that is why the Lord gave him the crown of glory and placed him, together with Peter, as a pillar in the spiritual edifice of the Church.
"Dear Metropolitan Archbishops, the pallium that I have conferred on you will always remind you that you have been constituted in and for the great mystery of communion that is the Church, the spiritual edifice built upon Christ as the cornerstone, while in its earthly and historical dimension, it is built on the rock of Peter. Inspired by this conviction, we know that together we are all cooperators of the truth, which as we know is one and “symphonic”, and requires from each of us and from our communities a constant commitment to conversion to the one Lord in the grace of the one Spirit".

STS. PETER AND PAUL ACCOMPANY BELIEVERS ALONG THE PATH OF FAITHFULNESS TO CHRIST
Vatican City, 30 June 2012 (VIS) - At the end of this morning's Mass concelebrated with forty-three metropolitan archbishops upon whom he imposed the pallium, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with faithful gathered below in St. Peter's Square.
"The signs of the lives and glorious deaths of the humble fisherman of Galilee and the Apostle of the Gentiles are inscribed into the very history of Rome, which has rightly chosen them as her protectors", the Pope said. "Treasuring the memory of their shining witness, we recall the venerable beginnings of the Church which in Rome believes, prays and announces Christ the Redeemer. Yet Sts. Peter and Paul blaze not only in the skies of Rome, but also in the hearts of believers all over the world who, illuminated by their teaching and example, walk the paths of faith hope and charity".
Benedict XVI continued: "On this journey of salvation the Christian community, strong and serene in the presence of the living spirit of God, feels impelled to continue along the path of faithfulness to Christ and announcement of His Gospel to men and women of all times. Part of this fruitful spiritual and missionary journey is the consigning of the palliums to metropolitan archbishops, which I performed this morning in the basilica; an eloquent rite which highlights the intimate communion of pastors with Peter's Successor and the profound ties which bind us to apostolic tradition. It is, in fact, a dual treasure of sanctity in which the unity and catholicity of the Church come together: a precious treasure to be rediscovered and experienced with renewed enthusiasm and constant commitment".

AUDIENCES
Vatican City, 2 July 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience:
- Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
- Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, secretary emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
On Saturday 30 June he received in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
Vatican City, 2 July 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
- Appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Regensburg, Germany, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and as president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the International Theological Commission, at the same time elevating him to the dignity of archbishop. He succeeds Cardinal William Joseph Levada, whose resignation from the same offices the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Removed Archbishop Robert Bezak C.SS.R., from the pastoral care of the archdiocese of Trnava, Slovakia.
On Saturday 30 June it was made public that the Holy Father:
- Appointed Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot M.C.C.J., president of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
- Appointed as presidents delegate of the Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, due to be held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October on the theme: "The new evangelisation for the transmission of the Christian faith": Cardinal John Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong, China; Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Dunkeld, Scotland, presented by Bishop Vincent Paul Logan, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Phu Cuong, Vietnam, presented by Bishop Pierre Tran Dinh Tu, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tan Tuoc.
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Quy Nhon, Vietnam, presented by Bishop Pierre Nguyen Soan, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Matthieu Nguyen Van Khoi.
- Appointed Bishop Marian Rojek, auxiliary of Przemysl of the Latins, Poland, as bishop of Zamosc-Lubaczow (area 8,144, population 486,624, Catholics 472,742, priests 469, religious 168), Poland.
On Friday 29 June it was made public that the Holy Father:
- Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the territorial prelature of Corocoro, Brazil, presented by Bishop Toribio Ticona Porco, upon having reached the age limit.
- Appointed Fr. Claudio Dalla Zuanna S.C.I., vicar general of the Dehonian Fathers, as archbishop of Beira (area 78,018 population 1,490,000, Catholics 828,000, priests 77, religious 134), Mozambique. The archbishop-elect was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1984. He has served in missionary and pastoral work in Mozambique and as counsellor general of his order.
- Appointed Fr. Joseph Alessandro O.F.M. Cap., vicar general of the diocese of Garissa, Kenya, as coadjutor of the same diocese (area 142,704, population 847,500, Catholics 8,500, priests 17, religious 29). The bishop-elect was born in Paola, Malta in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1970. He has worked in education, including as rector of INSERM (Institutum Nationale Studiorum Ecclesiasticorum Religiosorum Melitensium), and has also held various positions of responsibility in his religious congregation.

AUSTRALIA : RIP FR. STEELE SJ AND FR. POULSEN PE

ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:
Vale Fr Peter Steele SJ

ASIA : PHILIPPINES : DUTCH MISSIONARY KILLED BY GUNMAN

UCAN REPORT:
Wilhelm Geertman was active in helping leftist peasant groups in central Luzon
ucanews.com reporters, Manila
Philippines
July 3, 2012
A Dutch NGO worker and missionary working in central Luzon was shot dead by gunmen in Pampanga province today.
Renato Reyes, secretary general of the New Patriotic Alliance, a leftist political coalition, said Wilhelm Geertman was shot in front of his office in Sto Domingo village in Angeles City at around 1 pm local time.
Reyes said Geertman was executive director of Alay Bayan Inc, a disaster relief organization based in central Luzon.
He was a known supporter of peasant groups in central Luzon. His organization is known to provide relief and rehabilitation services to farmers, fisherfolk and indigenous people identified with leftist groups.
As news of Geertman’s death began to spread, an alliance representing fisherfolk immediately accused the government of having a hand in the killing.
“[President Benigno] Aquino and his extrajudicial killers in the [military] can deny this to high heaven, but the truth is shown in the manner he was killed and on the cause of his advocacy for genuine land reform, rural empowerment and social justice,” said Fernando Hicap, chairperson of the National Federation of Small Fisherfolk Organization in the Philippines.
Geertman was also active in opposing the establishment of the Aurora Pacific Special Economic Zone and Free Port project in Casiguran town.
Geertman is the second European missionary to have been killed in the last year.
In October 2011, Italian priest Fausto Tentorio was shot and killed at the Mother of Perpetual Help parish church in Arakan town, in Mindanao.
SHARED FROM UCAN NEWS

EUROPE : OOBERFUSE POP BAND CONCERT AGAINST TRAFFICKING

IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT:
Ooberfuse headlines anti-human trafficking youth concert | Ooberfuse headlines anti-human trafficking youth concert
Electro-pop band ooberfuse will headline a concert on 7 July to highlight the issue of human trafficking, the fastest growing crime by which people are enslaved. To help draw attention to the event they have released today their electro-pop version of Matt Redman and LZ7’s 27 Million.

Cherrie, front-woman for the band says: "we are thrilled to have been asked to play this gig. Our aim is to help expose the horrific facts behind human trafficking and at the same time highlight that there are ways to make a difference."

Hal, from ooberfuse adds: "Gathering statistics to get an idea of the scale of the problem is extremely difficult because this is a hidden crime that does not show up on normal radar screens. Because it is carried out in the shadows it therefore often lies undetected. According to UNICEF 1.2 million children are trafficked every year. The risks are increased around major sporting events like the forthcoming 2012 Olympics. The Anti-Trafficking Alliance for example have evidence from previous sporting events that suggests a surge in the number of visitors to a country can lead to an increased demand for prostitution – and an increase in trafficking to meet this demand."
The band says: "We hope that through our music we will be able to add our voices to those calling for an end to this ugly crime that destroys so many people’s lives. Please come and join us next Saturday, 7:30 pm at Grimsby Minster. In the meantime check out our version of 27 Million! "
The concert, organised by the ONE Youth Partnership in Grimsby, is part of a wider initiative of Churches Together in North East Lincolnshire’s Week Against Human Trafficking which runs from 1-8 July.

Listen to the track here: http://ooberfuse.bandcamp.com/track/twenty-seven-million .
SHARED FROM IND. CATH. NEWS

AFRICA : KENYA : JESUIT CONFERENCE WITH 15 AFRICAN NATIONS

CISA NEWS REPORT:
NAIROBI, June 29, 2012 (CISA) -Jesuits from over 15 African countries gathered in Nairobi from June 24 to 28 for a seminar to discuss matters relating to the Jesuit Social Apostolate in Africa and how they could develop self-reliance in order to meet the demands of their mission.
The meeting was organized by the Jesuits of the Social Network and Coordination of the Social Apostolate, two services of the Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM)
In his opening speech, Fr Michael Lewis, President of JESAM, reflected on the Social Apostolate model for contemporary Africa, a continent in rapid economic growth that is facing many challenges, including food insecurity, poor governance and lack of self-sufficiency.
“There are four practical problems that the Social Apostolate will have to face in the future: financial sustainability of the social apostolic societies, neglect of the youth for social apostolate, inclusion of lay people and strengthening the commitment of the Jesuits in the promotion of justice,” said Fr Lewis.
In his speech Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, Provincial Superior of Eastern Africa, said that the Church and the Society of Jesus in Africa must be an active conscience of society, engaging in the formation of leaders.
“There should be a collaboration with other religions and with civil society in promoting democracy, the rule of law, the common good, human rights, as well as social justice in Africa” added Fr Orobator.
According to Fr Russel Pollitt, a parish priest from Johannesburg, running the organization on itself is indeed a challenge. “As demographics change and poverty increases, parish finances become an issue. Rising costs of food and fuel also means people are struggling more”, he said.
To face this challenge, Fr Russel has taken some measures to make the organization self-reliant, such as appealing to parishioners, carefully budgeting and planning and monitoring.
“I intend to help people to realize what we can do for them and seek to become more self sufficient,” he said.
SHARED FROM CISA NEWS

AMERICA : MEXICO : BISHOPS SPEAK ON ELECTIONS

Agenzia Fides REPORT - The Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM) congratulated the Mexican people for their actions during the elections last Sunday, July 1st, and asks the new government of Enrique Peña Nieto to satisfy "the the most authentic needs of the Mexican people" and not to betray the trust of voters.
"We are happy when we recognize democracy as a primary way to achieve peace, justice and development, much desired by Mexicans ... We congratulate those who won the elections and recognize the civilization of the candidates and parties that were not chosen by the voting citizen, for recognizing that in democracy the people's will must prevail": this is how the Bishops express themselves in a statement, also sent to Fides Agency, signed by His Exc. Mgr. Carlos Aguiar Retes, President of CEM, and by His Exc. Mgr. Victor Rene Rodriguez Gomez, Secretary general of the CEM.
According to data collected by Fides, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won the elections last Sunday, which had been in government for about 71 years and returns after 12 years. Peña Nieto, according to the local press, obtained 38 percent of the votes, while the leftist leader Andres Manuel López Obrador, 31 percent. (CE)

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE MONDAY JUNE 2, 2012

Matthew 8: 18 - 22

18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side.
19 And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head."
21 Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."




TODAY'S SAINT: JULY 2: ST. BERNARDINO REALINO



St. Bernardino Realino
JESUIT COLLEGE RECTOR
Feast: July 2


Information:
Feast Day: July 2
Born: Modena, Italy, in 1530
Died: 1616
Canonized: 1947 by Pope Pius XII
Patron of: Lecce, Italy
Born in Modena, Italy, in 1530, he trained as an attorney. At the age of thirty-four, Bernardine became a member of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. He was appointed years later to the post of rector of the Jesuit college at Lecce, remaining there until death. Bernardine was canonized in 1947.


SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/B/stbernardinorealino.asp#ixzz1QyCiuaui





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