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CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD : MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2012


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VATICAN : 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF POPE PAUL VI
NOVENA OF OUR LADY : OFFICIAL FOR ASSUMPTION FEAST WITH INDULGEANCE
EUROPE : FRANCE BISHOPS - OFFICIAL PRAYER FOR FRANCE TO OUR LADY
AUSTRALIA : FR. BIRD CSSR - NEW BISHOP OF BALLARAT
AFRICA : SUDAN : AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - NO LIVE AMMUNITION
ASIA : INDIA : BRINGING JESUS TO PRISON INMATES
TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2012 - TRANSFIGURATION
TODAY'S FEAST: AUG. 6: TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
 
VATICAN : 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF POPE PAUL VI
Vatican Radio report This week marks the 34th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI who died on August 6th, 1978 after reigning for 15 years. He presided over a momentous period in the history of the Church, in particular carrying through the reforms of the Second Vatican Council which had been convened by his predecessor, John XXIII. One person who had the opportunity to observe closely the figure of Pope Paul VI was the veteran journalist Bob Miller who spent over 20 years in Rome as correspondent for ABC news. In the following interview from our archives, Miller spoke to Jill Bevilacqua about the personality of what he called a "misunderstood and underrated" Pope."

NOVENA OF OUR LADY : OFFICIAL FOR ASSUMPTION FEAST WITH INDULGEANCE


OFFICIAL RACCOLTA NOVENA PRAYER WITH INDULGEANCE:
To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
HYMN.
O gloriosa Virginum,
Sublimis inter sidera,
Qui te creavit, parvulum
Lactente nutris ubere.
Quod Heva tristis abstulit,
Tu reddis almo germine:
Intrent ut astra flebiles,
Coeli recludis cardines.
Tu regis alti janua,
Et aula lucis fulgida:
Vitam datam per Virginem,
Gentes redemptae plaudite.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
O Queen of all the Virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
GLORY OF MARY IN DEATH.
She was well prepared to die.
Let us meditate how glorious Mary was at the moment of her death, because in life she was so well prepared to die: first, by reason of her ardent longing to see her God and to be again united to her Son; and next, by the unapproachable merit of her consummate perfection. Then reflecting how different we are from Mary in our own practice of preparation for our death, let us say:
i. Most holy Virgin, who, in order to prepare thyself for a holy death, didst live in continual desire after the Beatific vision; O, take from us all vain desires for the frail things of earth.
Three Ave Marias.
ii. Most holy Virgin, who, in order to prepare thyself holily to die, didst in life ever sigh to be united to thy Son Jesus; obtain for us fidelity to Jesus, even unto death.
Three Ave Marias.
iii. Most holy Virgin, who, in order that thou mightest die holily, didst attain an unapproachable height of merit and of virtue; intercede for us, that we may know that virtue alone and the grace of God will lead us to salvation.
Three Ave Maria’s.
Let us now give praise to Mary, so prudent in preparing for death; and whilst we exalt her glory, we will unite with the nine angel choirs who, on her Assumption into heaven, escorted her; singing with the first choir -
The Litanies;
Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.)
God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renouned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary.
Queen of the family,
Queen of Peace,
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Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. (That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)
V. Exaltata est Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Super choros angelorum ad coelestia regna.
Oremus.
Famulorum tuorum, quaesumus Domine, delictis ignosce: ut qui tibi placere de actibus nostris non valemus, Genitricis Filii tui Domini nostri intercessione salvemur.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen
TRANSLATION.
V. The holy Mother of God is exalted.
R. Into the heavenly kingdom above the angel choirs.
Let us pray.
We beseech thee, Lord, pardon the shortcomings of Thy servants; that we who by our own works are not able to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.. Who, &c.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

EUROPE : FRANCE BISHOPS - OFFICIAL PRAYER FOR FRANCE TO OUR LADY


The Bishops' of France have called all the French to pray for their country on the Feast of the Assumption on August 15.
The Bishops are renewing the old custom which was instituted by King Louis XIII in 1638 and was neglected after World War II.
PRAYER
On this day when we celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, under the patronage of which was placed France, present to God through the intercession of Our Lady, our believing prayers for our country:
1. In these times of economic crisis, many of our citizens are victims of various restrictions and see the future with concern, pray for those who have decision making powers in this area and ask God to make us even more generous in solidarity with our fellow men.
2. For those who have been elected recently to legislate and govern, their sense of common good of society outweighs the special requests and they have the strength to follow the instructions of their consciousness
3. For families, that their legitimate expectation of support from society is not disappointed, that their members support with fidelity and tenderness throughout their existence, especially in the painful moments. That the commitment of the spouses towards each other and their children are a sign of loyalty to love.
4. For children and youth as we help all people to discover their own path to progress towards happiness; they cease to be objects of desires and conflicts of adults to fully benefit from the love of a father and a mother.
Lord our God, we entrust the future of our country. Through the intercession of Our Lady, grant us the courage to make hard choices and a better quality of life for all and vitality of our youth through strong families and loyal. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Translated from http://www.eglise.catholique.fr/download/1-20607-0/proposition-nationale-priere-assomption-2012.pdf

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AUSTRALIA : FR. BIRD CSSR - NEW BISHOP OF BALLARAT

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AFRICA : SUDAN : AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - NO LIVE AMMUNITION

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CISA NEWS REPORT: KHARTOUM, August 3, 2012 (CISA) -Sudanese security forces must stop shooting protesters with live ammunition, Amnesty International has said after confirming that at least eight demonstrators killed on Tuesday had bullet wounds in their chests, some inflicted at close range.
At least 10 people, many of them high school students, were killed on July 31 when Security services and paramilitary police opened fire in Nyala, South Darfur, during a demonstration against fuel prices and the cost of living. Dozens more were injured.
Medical staff at Nyala Public Hospital told Amnesty International that the wounds inflicted on the eight bodies admitted to their morgue were consistent with those caused by 5.56mm and 7.62mm automatic rifles.
“Any individual members of the security forces involved in the events that caused this bloodbath must be suspended immediately,” said Paule Rigaud, Amnesty International’s Africa program director.
“The Sudanese government must investigate why protesters were directly targeted by the security force personnel who opened fire on them with live bullets.”
The Sudanese authorities have routinely used excessive force against mostly peaceful demonstrations which have occurred regularly in Sudan’s major cities since mid-June.
According to the United Nation’s Basic Principles of the Use of Force, live ammunition should not be used, either directly against demonstrators or as warning shots, unless it is absolutely necessary and only after less extreme means have proved ineffective.
“Sudanese citizens must be allowed to express their opinion peacefully without experiencing systematic repression. Attacks against peaceful protesters are an unacceptable violation of their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.”
Amnesty International is also concerned that injured protesters may have been denied medical care following eye witness reports some were arrested and that plain clothes National Security Service personnel were deployed within Nyala General Hospital.
Police forces have used batons, tear gas and rubber bullets at close range against demonstrators.
And, in response to the protest movement, the National Security Services (NSS) arrested hundreds of known political and civil society activists, regardless of their involvement in demonstrations. Many told Amnesty International they had been tortured with sticks, water hoses and fists, and made to stand under the scorching sun all day.
Dozens of activists remain in administrative detention.
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ASIA : INDIA : BRINGING JESUS TO PRISON INMATES

ASIA NEWS REPORT: Yesterday the Indian Church celebrated the day dedicated to the Pastoral Care of prisons. The testimony of an activist who spent five years in prison, an innocent man. The government’s tightening on pro human rights movements. Indian priest: a story of hope, reminiscent of "the daily challenge of Christ crucified."


Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Innocent of all charges he spent five years in prison for his commitment to the marginalized and victims of violence. Because, he explains, since September 2001, the Indian government has promoted a "security" policy which also targeted social activism. His indictment, false, is for having collaborated with and membership of the Maoist Naxalite movement, but even amid violence and abuse in prison he never lost his faith and hope, which enabled him to regain freedom. This is the story that Arun Ferreira, Scripture Scholar and Seminary Professor and Parish Priest yesterday told the parish of St. Peter, in Bandra Mumbai (Maharashtra), on the occasion of the day - Sunday, August 5 - that the Indian Church dedicates to the prison ministry. "A story of hope" for Fr. Errol Fernandes, which reminds us of "the daily challenge of Christ crucified" and resurrected.

Arun Ferreira, 39, studied at St. Xavier College in Mumbai and from a young age was active in society. In the period 1992-93 he helped the thousands of Muslim victims of violence at the hands of Hindu extremists in Babri Masjid. He later joined the student movement Vidyarthi Pragati Sanghatan, which proposed to build a democratic and egalitarian Indian society.

However, the attack on the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001 caused a radical change in government policies, which began to see popular movements as a hostile enemy to be vanquished. "The organizations were banned," said the man, "their ideas listed and social organizations branded as terrorist." This is why those who used to bring help to the oppressed in the tribal areas of countryside were accused of "Maoism" and arrested.

In the months before his arrest, many Dalit activists were arrested and imprisoned. "Despite the climate - continued Arun Ferreira - I never thought I too would be targeted by the government." In May 2007 he was imprisoned, with general allegations of being a member of the Naxalite movement. He suffered violence and abuse, evidence was fabricated against him that led to his sentencing, but this was not enough. In September 2010 the court ordered the release of Nagpur, but in a short time he was re-arrested by plainclothes agents, with generic allegations of violations of the prison regime during his time behind bars.

Finally, January 4, 2012, his release on bail and return to full freedom. Arun said, he was sustained during his years in prison by "the spiritual help of my parents during their visits to prison" and "legal assistance" received from friends.

Fr. Errol Fernandes, researcher and university professor, told AsiaNews that his story is "a story of hope" for the support received from family (a "enlarged" family, which includes friends and colleagues at university). He never lost the will to fight for justice and truth, earning a master's degree during his years in prison. His story, the priest continues, "invites us to go beyond the pain of the moment, the injustices and errors." Like Jesus, he teaches us how to carry the cross to earn the final resurrection and testifies that "we can withstand any challenge or difficulty" because of faith. (NC)

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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2012 - TRANSFIGURATION


Mark 9: 2 - 10
2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,
3 and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
4 And there appeared to them Eli'jah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah."
6 For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid.
7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him."
8 And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.
10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.

TODAY'S FEAST: AUG. 6: TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD


The Transfiguration of the Lord
Feast: August 6


Information:
Feast Day: August 6
The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end. Moreover, this glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew (xvii, 1-6), St. Mark (ix, 1-8), and St. Luke (ix, 28-36), while St. Peter (II Pet., i, 16-18) and St. John (i, 14), two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it.
About a week after His sojourn in Caesarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before their ravished eyes. St. Matthew and St. Mark express this phenomenon by the word metemorphothe, which the Vulgate renders transfiguratus est. The Synoptics explain the true meaning of the word by adding "his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow," according to the Vulgate, or "as light," according to the Greek text.
This dazzling brightness which emanated from His whole Body was produced by an interior shining of His Divinity. False Judaism had rejected the Messias, and now true Judaism, represented by Moses and Elias, the Law and the Prophets, recognized and adored Him, while for the second time God the Father proclaimed Him His only-begotten and well-loved Son. By this glorious manifestation the Divine Master, who had just foretold His Passion to the Apostles (Matt., xvi, 21), and who spoke with Moses and Elias of the trials which awaited Him at Jerusalem, strengthened the faith of his three friends and prepared them for the terrible struggle

of which they were to be witnesses in Gethsemani, by giving them a foretaste of the glory and heavenly delights to which we attain by suffering.
LOCATION OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
Already in Apostolic times the mount of the Transfiguration had become the "holy mount" (II Pet., i, 18). It seems to have been known by the faithful of the country, and tradition identified it with Mount Thabor. Origen said (A.D. 231-54) "Thabor is the mountain of Galilee on which Christ was transfigured" (Comm. in Ps. lxxxviii, 13). In the next century St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catech., II, 16) and St. Jerome (Ep. xlvi, ad Marcel.; EP. viii, ad Paulin.; Ep. cviii, ad Eust.) likewise declare it categorically. Later St. Proculus, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 447; Orat. viii, in Transfig.), Agathangelus (Hist. of Armenia, II, xvii), and Arnobius the Younger (d. 460; Comm. in Ps. lxxxviii, 13) say the same thing. The testimonies increase from century to century without a single dissentient note, and in 553 the Fifth Council of Constantinople erected a see at Mount Thabor (Notitif Antioch. . . . patriarch.).
Some modern writers claim that the Transfiguration could not have taken place on Mount Thabor, which, according to Josephus, was then surmounted by a city. This is incorrect; the Jewish historian speaks neither of a city nor a village; he simply fortified, as he repeats three times, "the mount called Itabyrion" ("Bell. Jud.", II, xx, 6; IV, i, 8; Vita , 37). The town of Atabyrion of Polybius, the Thabor or Celeseth Thabor, the "flank of Thabor" of the Bible, is situated at the foot of Mount Thabor. In any case the presence of houses on a wooded height would not have made it impossible to find a place apart.
It is again objected that Our Lord was transfigured on Mount Hermon, since He was at that time in its vicinity. But the Synoptics are all explicit concerning the lapse of time, six days, or about eight days including those of departure and arrival, between the discourse in Caesarea and the Transfiguration, which would infer a somewhat lengthy journey. Moreover the summits of Hermon are covered with snow as late as June, and even the lesser peaks of 4000 or 5000 feet are likewise snow-covered in February and March, the period of the Transfiguration. Finally, the ancients judged of the height of mountains by their appearance, and Thabor especially was considered a "high mountain", if not by David and Jeremias, at least by Origen and St. Jerome and the pilgrims who made the ascent.


SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/T/transfigurationofthelord.asp#ixzz1UFvTmfM8

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