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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 2012


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VATICAN : POPE - PRAYERS FOR VICTIMS IN VENEZUELA
TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 2012
AMERICA : CANADA : RIP DR. MARGARET O'GARA
ASIA : SYRIA : NUNCIO SAYS SYRIA'S DESCENDING INTO HELL
AFRICA : KENYA : FOUR CHURCHES ATTACKED
TODAY'S SAINT: ST. MOSES THE BLACK: DIED 405
TODAY'S SAINT: AUG. 28: ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, DIED 430
 
VATICAN : POPE - PRAYERS FOR VICTIMS IN VENEZUELA
Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI has sent a Message of Condolence to the those affected by the recent accident at the Amuay Refinery in Falcon state, Venezuela. The accident occurred Saturday. It killed 48 people, injured dozens of others and damaged 200 nearby homes. Firefighters have extinguished the blaze at one of three burning oil tanks in what is the country's biggest refinery. Conveyed via telegram addressed to the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, and signed by the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the telegram expresses the Holy Father’s prayerful spiritual closeness to the victims and their families. Below, please find the full text of Vatican Radio's translation of the telegram.

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POPE BENEDICT XVI, deeply saddened by the news of the serious accident in AMUAY REFINERY, Falcon state, which caused many casualties and much property damage, prays the Lord for the eternal rest of the deceased, while expressing fatherly spiritual closeness to the injured and to all the victims and their families.

The Pope also encourages the whole civil and ecclesial community of Venezuela to a spirit of charity Christian solidarity in giving all necessary assistance to those who have lost their homes or their personal property. With these sentiments, the Holy Father imparts his Apostolic Blessing to those affected and to those who are working to relieve them, as a sign of affection to the beloved people of Venezuela.

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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 2012

Matthew 23: 23 - 26
23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity.
26 You blind Pharisee! first cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate, that the outside also may be clean.


AMERICA : CANADA : RIP DR. MARGARET O'GARA

CCCB REPORT
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Dr_Margaret_OGaraDr. Margaret O’Gara, Professor of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, died on August 16 at the age of 65. Dr. O’Gara generously assisted the Bishops of Canada over the course of her career, most particularly in the area of ecumenical relations.
She served as theological advisor for the delegates of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to the 2001 Synod of Bishops on "The Bishop: The Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World"; participated as a CCCB delegate in a number of consultations, including the 2004 Reformed - Roman Catholic Consultation on Baptism and Eucharist; had been appointed by the Conference as a member of the Canadian Anglican –Catholic Dialogue, 1976 to 1993; and at the time of her death was a member of the Canadian Catholic – Evangelical Dialogue, to which she had been appointed by the CCCB in 2008. In addition to her work with the CCCB, she was also invited on a number of occasions to assist the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as well as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Dr. O’Gara worked tirelessly to foster Christian unity through her teaching, research, writing and public lectures. She also served as President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists as well of of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Visitation will be at Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Wednesday, August 22, 2:00 to 9:00 pm, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be at St. Basil’s Church, Thursday, August 23, at 10:30 a.m.
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ASIA : SYRIA : NUNCIO SAYS SYRIA'S DESCENDING INTO HELL

ASIA NEWS REPORT:
by Paul Dakiki
Archbishop Mario Zenari comments on the Daraya massacre in to AsiaNews, with rebels and government trading accusations of responsibility. The Melkite bishop of Aleppo flees to Lebanon. Many Christians in Syria saved because of their religion. The conflict in Syria is not an "Arab Spring", but far more complex, with "tragic and unimaginable" consequences.


Damascus (AsiaNews) - Each Syrian dawn brings with it a fresh list of deaths (real or imagined) and proclamations of victories (real or imagined). Yesterday the rebels celebrated their downing of a military helicopter in the district of Jobar in Damascus.

The government, for its part, claims to have brought Daraya under control. The rebels accuse the regular troops of having massacred at least 320 people, including women and children. Video footage - unverified - shows bloodied and burned bodies. The government accuses the terrorists of having carries out the massacre. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an independent inquiry into the slaughter. And as the Free Syrian Army seeks more support from the West, Assad continues to proclaim war against a "foreign conspiracy" which aims to change the balance of power in the region. Meanwhile, mounting evidence confirms the presence of al Qaeda fighters in Syria, who have carried out "66 operations", half of them in Damascus alone, in the period since June.

In this distressing situation, comes the news that the offices of the Greek-catholic bishop in Aleppo, Msgr. Jean-Clement Jeanbart, were looted. The bishop has fled to Lebanon. On all this, AsiaNews asked the opinion of Msgr. Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus.

Your Excellency, what can you tell us of the reports of killings and massacres?
In Syria things are bad, very bad. I used to think of this situation as a tunnel, at the end of which we would eventually see some light. But now I say that Syria is descending into hell and when you go that way, all hope of light can be lost. Of course, history is always in the hands of God and anything can happen and this descent can be slowed down.

My invitation to the Christian communities in Syria and abroad is this: the weapons are causing destruction and casualties. We must use the weapon of prayer. Just yesterday I spoke to a pastor who lives in Aleppo, alongside his faithful. And he said: I suggested to my faithful not to lose time in the evening watching television, but to meet and say the rosary for Syria.

The UN Security Council is divided. Yesterday France criticized Russia and China for their defense of Assad ... The international community seems to be just standing by and watching, while fundamentalists gain ground and the Arab countries of the South make their moves...
The history of this conflict is full of gaffes and contradictions, made both by Syria and the international community. Even the ambassadors here in Damascus are beginning to realize that the analysis made before have all gone up in smoke: it is difficult to define the conflict, and all hypotheses are null and void.

In the beginning, the international community viewed the riots in Syria as another chapter in the Arab Spring, as something akin to what happened in Tunisia, Egypt or Libya. Instead Syria is something unique and they are playing with fire, in a complex conflict, with many delicate components. And there is the fear that the consequences will become even more tragic and unimaginable.

Excellence, are Christians seen as a target in this conflict? Many people wonder about the fate of Christians, but it is difficult to distinguish their fate from the collective fate of all Syrians.
We must not exploit easy sympathies and feelings, or talk about religious conflicts. The Christian community here suffers the same as everyone else. Indeed, I must say that in some cases, here and there, you'll find that some violence - too easily branded as "confessional" - has its roots in family hatreds, past injustices, etc. ....

What about the thousands and thousands of cases in which precisely those who are Christian are saved? I tell people the facts and Christians stopped at checkpoints, by rebels or soldiers, are allowed to pass because they show their identity card on which their religion is registered. And maybe, in this same place these rebels or soldiers have killed other groups. The impression is that the media in the West are exploiting clichés. Caution should be exercised. What is important is that Christians work in Syria, along with other denominations, through our identity, by being committed to non-violence, human rights. The future will be what God wants, but it depends on us to build it.

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AFRICA : KENYA : FOUR CHURCHES ATTACKED

Agenzia Fides report - The second day of clashes in Mombasa, Kenya, between police and protesters demanding the killing of an Islamic preacher, Aboud Rogo Mohammed, accused of recruiting young people to be sent to fight in the ranks of the Shabaab in Somalia.
"Yesterday, August 27, four churches of Christian denominations not Catholic were burned or looted, but if the fighting were to continue, Catholic places of worship may also be affected," says to Fides His Exc. Mgr. Boniface Lele, Archbishop of Mombasa. According to sources of the local press, the four structures assaulted are the Jesus Celebration Centre, the Neno Evangelism Centre, the Ziwani SDA and the Pentecostal Assemblies of God Church.
Aboud Rogo Mohammed was killed on August 27 by unknown persons who shot him while he was in the car with his family. The demonstrators accused the police of killing him in a real extrajudicial execution. "I do not think these incidents, however regrettable, will put the crisis the relations between Muslims and Christians in Kenya," said Mgr. Lele. "The people involved in the riots are in fact a minority." (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 28/08/2012
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