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Thursday, August 23, 2012

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD THURSDAY AUGUST 23, 2012


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VATICAN : POPE : CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF CARDINAL SHAN OF TAIWAN AND CATHOLIC ACTION MESSAGE
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AMERICA : USA : CARDINAL DOLAN TO GIVE BENEDICTION AT GOP CONVENTION
EUROPE : SCOTLAND : CARDINAL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE  
AUSTRALIA : NEW AMBASSADOR TO HOLY SEE - MCCARTHY  
ASIA : PAKISTAN : CHRISTIAN BOY VIOLENTLY MURDERED  
TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : THURSDAY AUGUST 23, 2012  
TODAY'S SAINT: AUG. 23: ST. ROSE OF LIMA
 
VATICAN : POPE : CONDOLENCES ON DEATH OF CARDINAL SHAN OF TAIWAN AND CATHOLIC ACTION MESSAGE
RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Below is a telegram of condolence from Pope Benedict XVI on the death of Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi.

The Most Reverend Peter Liu Cheng-chung
Bishop of Kaohsiung

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, Bishop Emeritus of Kaohsiung. With gratitude to Almighty God, I recall his years of dedicated service there, as well as his ministry as Bishop of Hwalien and as President of the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference. I offer you, the clergy, religious and lay faithful of those Dioceses, and indeed the entire Church in Taiwan, my condolences and the assurance of my prayers. In joining you and all who mourn him, including his Jesuit confreres, I commend his priestly soul to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father. To all assembled for the solemn funeral Mass, and as a pledge of peace and consolation in the Lord, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing.

Benedictus PP. XVI


MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF CATHOLIC ACTION

Pope Benedict has sent a message to the 6th Ordinary Meeting of the International Forum of Catholic Action, which began on Thursday. This year’s Meeting is focusing on “Lay Catholic Action members: ecclesial and social co-responsibility.”

“This responsibility requires a change in mentality concerning, in particular, the role of the laity in the Church,” Pope Benedict writes. “They should not be considered as merely ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but as people truly ‘co-responsible’ in the work of the Church.”

The Holy Father says it is important that the laity be well-formed and capable of making “their own specific contribution to the mission of the Church, in accordance with the ministries and tasks in which each one takes part in the life of the Church, and always in an amicable communion with the Bishops.”

Pope Benedict encourages members of Catholic Action to announce the message of Christ in the language of our time, which has been marked by rapid social and cultural changes, calling this “the great challenge of the New Evangelization.”

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AMERICA : USA : CARDINAL DOLAN TO GIVE BENEDICTION AT GOP CONVENTION



CARDINAL DOLAN of New York will provide a concluding benediction to the GOP convention. Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the head of the US Catholic Bishop's Conference. The convention will take place on August 30 in Tampa, Florida. Mitt Romney is scheduled to accept the presidential nomination for the Republican party with Catholic Paul Ryan as Vice President. (Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan - below)


Cardinal Dolan has spoken out openly against the Obama administrations required health insurance plan to include contraception in violation of freedom of religion. Many organizations have sued the governemental administration; stating that the HHS mandate violates the 1st Amendment.
SEE http://www.gopconvention2012.com/

EUROPE : SCOTLAND : CARDINAL ISSUES STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE



SCOTTISH CATHOLIC MEDIA OFFICE REPORT: Cardinal O'Brien calls on politicians to " sustain rather than subvert Marriage"

"The Catholic Church in Scotland will inaugurate "National Marriage Sunday" on Sunday 26 August 2012. In a Pastoral Letter to be read out in
all of Scotland's 500 Catholic parishes, the Bishops' of Scotland will "place a special emphasis on the role of the family founded on marriage"
and stress that "marriage is a unique lifelong union of a man and a woman"

In a strongly worded message, the Bishops will restate, their "deep disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided to redefine
marriage and legislate for same sex marriage" As well as thanking parishioners for their past support in defence of marriage, the message
will urge them to, "continue to act against efforts to redefine it"

Endorsing the initiative Cardinal Keith O'Brien, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said;

"The Church's teaching on marriage is unequivocal, it is uniquely, the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that Governments, politicians
or Parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality."

Cardinal O'Brien added;

"With this letter we will announce the creation of a National Commission for Marriage and the Family, a body which will be charged with promoting
the true nature of marriage, it will develop an online prescence and produce materials and organise events which will help Catholic families to
support and sustain marriage"

"While we pray that our elected leaders will sustain rather than subvert marriage, we promise to continue to do everything we can to convince them
that redefining marriage would be wrong for society"

FULL TEXT
A Message for Marriage Sunday 26 August 2012
Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
In all things, we as Catholics look to Jesus Christ as our model and teacher. When asked about marriage He gave a profound and rich reply: “Have you not read that the Creator, from the beginning, ‘made them male and female’, and said: ‘This is why a man must leave father and mother and cling to his wife and the two become one body’.” (Matthew, 19: 4-5)
In the Year of Faith, which begins this October, we wish to place a special emphasis on the role of the family founded on marriage. The family is the domestic Church, and the first place in which the faith is transmitted. For that reason it must have a primary focus in our prayerful considerations during this period of grace.
We write to you having already expressed our deep disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided to redefine marriage and legislate for same-sex marriage. We take this opportunity to thank you for your past support in defense of marriage and hope you will continue to act against efforts to redefine it. We reaffirm before you all the common wisdom of humanity and the revealed faith of the Church that marriage is a unique life-long union of a man and a woman.
In circumstances when the true nature of marriage is being obscured, we wish to affirm and celebrate the truth and beauty of the Sacrament of Matrimony and family life as Jesus revealed it; to do something new to support marriage and family life in the Catholic community and in the country; and to reinforce the vocation of marriage and the pastoral care of families which takes in the everyday life of the Church in dioceses and parishes across the country.
For that reason, in the forthcoming Year of Faith we have decided to establish a new Commission for Marriage and the Family. This Commission will be led by a bishop and will be composed mostly of lay men and women. The Commission will be charged with engaging with those young men and women who will be future husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and with those who already live out their vocation to marriage and parenthood in surroundings which often make it hard to sustain and develop the full Catholic family life we cherish.
We wish to support too, those who are widowed, separated and divorced and all who need to feel the Church’s maternal care in the circumstances in which they find themselves. The new Commission will promote the true nature of marriage as both a human institution and a union blessed by Jesus. The Commission will be asked to develop an online presence so that prayer, reflection, formation and practical information on matters to do with marriage and family life can be quickly accessible to all. It will also work to produce materials and organise events which will support ordinary Catholic families in their daily lives. During the course of the coming year we will ask for your support for these initiatives.
Our faith teaches us that marriage is a great and holy mystery. The Bishops of Scotland will continue to promote and uphold the universally accepted definition of marriage as the union solely of a man and a woman. At the same time, we wish to work positively for the strengthening of marriage within the Church and within our society.
This is an important initiative for all our people, but especially our young people and children. We urge you to join us in this endeavour. Pray for your own family every day, and pray for those families whose lives are made difficult by the problems and cares which they encounter. Finally, we invite you to pray for our elected leaders, invoking the Holy Spirit on them, that they may be moved to safeguard marriage as it has always been understood, for the good of Scotland and of our society.
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AUSTRALIA : NEW AMBASSADOR TO HOLY SEE - MCCARTHY

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
23 Aug 2012


Leading Sydney lawyer John McCarthy, QC
Leading Sydney lawyer John McCarthy, QC, flies out to Rome today to take up his new position as Australia's Ambassador to the Holy See.
Mr McCarthy will officially take up his new role when he presents his credentials to Pope Benedict XV1 at the Vatican later next month.
A senior counsel for the NSW ALP for about 20 years, Mr McCarthy, 64, replaces the Hon Tim Fischer AC, who served as Australia's first resident Ambassador to the Holy See from February 2009 to January this year.
One of Mr McCarthy's specialisations has been in native title. He was counsel for the Dunghutti in their native title action in 1997 which was the first successful determination of native title on the mainland.
However he has also been involved in many and varied public and church affairs including university and education governance, sports administration, arts administration, legal and professional committees and international charitable and disaster relief activities. In 2006 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great by the Holy See for services to the Catholic Church in Australia and to the wider Australian community.

The McCarthy family at a private audience with Pope John Paul II in 1994, when James (second form the left) was twelve years old.
Since the new Ambassador's appointment was announced, Mr McCarthy has consulted widely across Australia and not just with church leaders and organisations. He has been speaking with people from all tiers of government and public service which will assist him in his position to represent Australia.
But don't expect to see this Ambassador stepping out across St Peter's Square wearing an Akubra - the trademark of Tim Fischer.
If anything you are more likely to see the new ambassador wearing a Canterbury Bulldogs cap or Sydney Swans cap during finals week - but not in any official capacity.
Tim Fischer certainly helped put Australia on the map in Rome with the build up to and the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. However John McCarthy says there is much to be done to keep up Australia's presence but he adds Tim Fischer was a benchmark and a challenge.
"I will not even attempt to compete with Tim about trains for example but this position is a privilege and an honour and I hope to build on the good work already achieved here in Rome.


Fr James McCarthy organised a number of disabled youth to join pilgrimage to Egypt and the Holy Land prior to WYD Madrid.
"I have consulted widely and am very much looking forward to this new challenge," he said before leaving for Rome where he will take up residence at Domus Australia for the short term.
"There are many events coming up in Rome featuring Australians, visits and presentations by a variety of people and certainly other ambassadors to get to know. It will be a busy time."
One of the Ambassador's first duties will be to accompany Archdiocese of Sydney Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop Peter Comensoli to Il Gesu Church in Rome to accept a relic of St Francis Xavier which is coming to Australia for a national tour starting here on 16 September. The relic (the right forearm) is under the protection of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and has only been allowed to leave Rome a few times. St Francis died in 1552 and is credited as "the greatest missionary since St Paul".


Fr James McCarthy (blue shirt) with a group of pilgrims.
Mr McCarthy married concert pianist Christine Slattery who has been the National Convenor of the Society for Eucharistic Adoration and has served on the Liturgical Commission for the Archdiocese of Sydney. They have three daughters and three sons including Claire McCarthy, internationally acclaimed film director, writer and producer and Fr James McCarthy, Sydney Harbour North parish assistant priest. Fr James was the architect of a special program which saw a number of disabled youth accompany Cardinal George Pell and other young pilgrims to Egypt and the Holy Land in the lead up to World Youth Day in Madrid last year.
The official reception when John McCarthy presents his credentials, or Letters of Credence, to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will be at the Pope's summer residence at Castel Gandolfo next month. A number of the new Ambassador's children, and grandchildren, will also be at the presentation.
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ASIA : PAKISTAN : CHRISTIAN BOY VIOLENTLY MURDERED

ASIA NEWS REPORT:
by Shafique Khokhar
Suneel Masih, an orphan, disappeared on August 19. His body was found two days later in a remote area. Some internal organs removed, probably for the black market. His face disfigured with acid. Police Officer confesses to never having seen "such a murder." The Christian community calls for justice, but so far not even an investigation has been opened.


Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - A brutal murder, of a shadowy nature, has shaken the Christian community in Pakistan already marked by the experience of a disabled girl imprisoned for blasphemy in Islamabad, 11-year-old Rimsha Masih (see AsiaNews 19/08/2012 An 11-year-old disabled Christian girl arrested for blasphemy, 300 families flee). On 21 August the police in Faisalabad found the horribly mutilated body of Suneel Masih in an isolated area of ​​the city. They boy a Christian orphan from the city had disappeared two days earlier. Still shocked by the ferocity of the killers a police officer confided on the condition of anonymity to AsiaNews: "It's the first time - said the inspector - that I have ever seen such a murder ". The body was found with the ears, nose, tongue and limbs torn from the body, the belly ripped open and internal organs (including the liver and kidneys) taken, perhaps to be sold on the black market. The killers then poured acid on his face, perhaps to make him unrecognizable.

But investigators have yet to open an investigation into the terrible murder of the 14 year old orphan Christian, whose funeral took place yesterday in the presence of minority leader and local politicians. A protest march was held on the streets of Faisalabad, during which people repeatedly demanded "justice" for the 14 year old Suneel Masih (pictured). Tomorrow an autopsy will be held on the remains of the boy, to clarify whether there was also sexual violence before death.

According to the story of some witnesses informed of the facts, on August 19 last Suneel - a 5th class student - went to a shop in Liberty Market to buy a shirt. That night, the boy did not return home and the family raised the alarm. A desperate search began, which proved to be useless and his disappearance was reported to police. Two days later, on 21, police found the horribly mutilated corpse of the boy in an isolated industrial area.

The Christian community is in shock and demanding justice, perhaps in vain because so far the police have not even opened a formal investigation. Speaking to AsiaNews, Fr. Nisar Barkat, diocesan director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church of Pakistan (NCJP), appealed to the government and law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice "as soon as possible." The Christian community, the priest adds, feels insecure and cannot stop thinking about this horrible case. Hindus and Christians "live in fear". The Christian MP of Punjab Joel Aamir Sohotra echoes this fear, saying that "this brutal murder poses a serious reflection on the freedoms enjoyed by minorities, because" we are not just in front of the murder of a Christian boy, but the freedom of all minorities. "

The Christian lawyer Kamal Chughtai confirms that he has never seen "such a thing, with this level of cruelty in my entire life." He strongly condemns this "atrocity" and calls for the immediate arrest of the culprits. And if they are not brought to justice in two days, as promised by the police, all the Christians in the city should take to the streets to demand justice.

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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : THURSDAY AUGUST 23, 2012


Matthew 22: 1 - 14
1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son,
3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
4 Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.'
5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.'
10 And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment;
12 and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'
14 For many are called, but few are chosen."


TODAY'S SAINT: AUG. 23: ST. ROSE OF LIMA




Information:
Feast Day:
August 23
Born:
April 20, 1586, Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru
Died:
August 24, 1617, Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru
Canonized:
April 2, 1671, Rome by Pope Clement X
Major Shrine:
convent of Santo Domingo in Lima, Peru
Patron of:
embroiderers; gardeners; India; Latin America; people ridiculed for their piety; Peru; Philippines; Santa Rosa, California; against vanity; Lima; Peruvian Police Force
Rose of Lima has a special claim on our interest for she has the honor of being the first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be canonized by the Church. Only a little more than half a century before her birth, the fabulous land of Peru had been discovered and seized for Spain by the explorer Francisco Pizarro. In 1533 this enterprising conquistador subdued the native population and took over as his capital the inland city of Cuzco, with its strange Inca temples, palaces, and great fortress. Two years later the seat of government was transferred to Lima, a city on the coast, which came to be called the "royal city of kings," because of its architectural splendors. Dominican friars and the representatives of other religious orders were in the vanguard of a great migration from Spain and Portugal that meant a long, dangerous journey across the Atlantic, across the Isthmus of Panama, and down the western coast of South America. To implant Christianity in the new empire was a major aim; while the civilian population, European and native, were working the mines and raising products for export, the friars and priests were intensely active. They taught, preached, learned the native languages, tried to win the love and confidence of the Indians, and soon were engaged in building churches, hospitals, and schools.
The child who became St. Rose of Lima was born on April 20 1586, of a Spaniard, Gaspar de Flores, and Maria d'Olivia, a woman who had Inca blood in her veins. The infant, one of ten children born to the couple, was baptized Isabel, after an aunt, Isabel de Herrara, who acted as godmother. This ceremony took place at home, for the baby was extremely weak. Several weeks later the tiny infant was carried to the nearby church of San Sebastian for baptism by the priest, Don Antonio Polanco. By the time she was confirmed by Archbishop Toribio of Lima, the name Isabel had been replaced by Rose, and this was the name now bestowed on her. Rose had a fresh, lovely complexion, and she was worried by the thought that this name had been given as a tribute to her beauty. So sensitive was her conscience that she had genuine scruples over bearing the name, and on one occasion, after hearing someone praise her comeliness, she rubbed pepper into her face to mar it; another time, she put lime on her hands, inducing acute suffering. This was her way-a way conditioned by the time and place-of fighting a temptation to vanity. Such self-imposed cruelties, as we have seen in the lives of some of the other saints, have not been uncommon, particularly among those of a mystical bent.
Rose seems to have taken for her model St. Catherine of Siena, and, like the earlier saint, she experienced so ardent a love of God whenever she was in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament that exaltation completely filled her soul. Yet Rose was not without a practical side. Her father had been well-to-do, but when he lost money in mining ventures, the family's fortunes reached a very low ebb. Rose helped out by selling her fine needlework; she also raised beautiful flowers and these too were taken to market. One of her brothers, Ferdinand, was sympathetic and understanding toward this sister who was so markedly "different." As she grew to maturity, her parents were anxious to have Rose marry, and indeed there were several worthy aspirants for her hand. Rose did not wish marriage, and, to end the arguments and offers, she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic, donned the habit, and took a vow of perpetual virginity.
For many years Rose lived virtually as a recluse. There was a little hut in the family garden, and this she used as an oratory. She often wore on her head a circlet of silver studded on the inside with sharp points, in memory of the Lord's crown of thorns. Other forms of penitence which she inflicted on her body were floggings, administered three times daily, the wearing of a hair shirt, and the dragging of a heavy, wooden cross about the garden. She rubbed her lips with gall and often chewed bitter herbs to deaden the sense of taste. Both eating and sleeping were reduced to a minimum. Naturally her health was affected, but the physical disorders which resulted from this regime-stomach ailments, asthma, rheumatism, and fevers-were suffered uncomplainingly. This manner of life offended her family, who preferred their daughter to follow the more conventional and accepted ways of holiness. Finally, when Rose began to tell of visions, revelations, visitations, and voices they deplored her penitential practices more than ever. She endured their disapproval and grew in spiritual fortitude.
In spite of the rigors of her ascetic life, Rose was not wholly detached from happenings around her, and her awareness of the suffering of others often led her to protest against some of the practices of the Spanish overlords. In the new world, the discovery of unbelievable mineral resources was doing little to enrich or ennoble the lives of the Peruvian natives. The gold and silver from this land of El Dorado was being shipped back to strengthen the empire and embellish the palaces and cathedrals of Old Spain, but at its source there was vice, exploitation, and corruption. The natives were oppressed and impoverished, in spite of the missionaries' efforts to alleviate their miseries and to exercise a restraining hand on the governing class. Rose was cognizant of the evils, and spoke out against them fearlessly. Sometimes she brought sick and hungry persons into her own home that she might better care for them.
For fifteen years Rose bore the disapproval and persecution of those close to her, as well as the more severe trial of desolation of soul. At length an examination by priests and physicians was indicated, and this resulted in the judgment that her experiences were indeed supernatural. Rose's last years were passed in the home of a government official, Don Gonzalo de Massa. During an illness towards the end of her life, she was able to pray, "Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase Thy love in my heart." This remarkable woman died on August 25, 1617, at the age of thirty-one.
Not until after her death was it known how widely her beneficent influence had extended, and how deeply venerated she was by the common people of Lima. When her body was borne down the street to the cathedral, a great cry of mourning arose from the crowd. For several days it was impossible to perform the ritual of burial on account of the great press of sorrowing citizens around her bier. She was finally laid to rest in the Dominican convent at Lima. Later, when miracles and cures were being attributed to her intervention, the body was transferred to the church of San Domingo. There it reposes today in a special chapel. Rose of Lima was declared patroness of South America and the Philippines; she was canonized by Pope Clement in 1671, August 30 being appointed her feast-day. This holy woman is highly honored in all Spanish-American countries. The emblems associated with her are an anchor, a crown of roses, and a city. SOURCE : EWTN

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