Friday, September 28, 2012





Vatican City, 28 September 2012 (VIS) - At midday today in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present the "Ratzinger Prize", which was established by the "Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI" and is due to be conferred on 20 October.
At the press conference Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Foundation's academic committee, announced the names of the prize winners: the French historian Remi Brague and the American scholar of patrology and theology Fr. Brian Edward Daley S.J.
From 1990 to 2010 Remi Brague was professor at La Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He currently holds the "Romano Guardini" chair at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, while continuing to work as visiting professor at a number of American, Spanish and Italian universities. He is a member of the "Institut de France, Academie des sciences morales et politiques", and holds the "Grand Prix de Philosophie de l'Academie Francaise". His many works include: "Europe, la voie romaine", "La sagesse du monde. Histoire de l'experience humaine de l'univers", "Du Dieu des chretiens et d’un ou deux autres" and "Les Ancres dans le Ciel".
Cardinal Ruini described Professor Brague as "a true philosopher and, at the same time, a great historian of cultural thought who unites a profound and unequivocal Christian and Catholic faith to his speculative ability and historical vision".
From 1978 to 1996 Fr. Brian Edward Daley taught theology and the history of theology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently he is a professor at the University of Notre Dame. He is active in the field of ecumenism, particularly as regards relations between Catholics and Orthodox, and is the Catholic secretary of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. Among other works, he is author of "The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology". He has also edited an anthology of texts of Jesuit spirituality entitled "Companions in the Mission of Jesus", and contributed to the "Handbuch der Dogmengeschichte".
Fr. Daley, said Cardinal Ruini, "is a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigour with passion for the Gospel".
Benedict XVI ordered the creation of the "Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI" on 1 March 2010, in order to respond to a desire expressed by many scholars over the course of the years. One of the tasks of the academic committee is to establish criteria of excellence for the creation and conferral of prizes to scholars who have distinguished themselves in academic publications and/or research.
"The aim of the Foundation", explained Msgr. Giuseppe Scotti, president of that institution who was also present at today's press conference, "is to place the issue of God at the core of philosophical reflection. ... The conferral of the Ratzinger Prize, which seeks to place the question of God before the eyes of the public, is just one of the Foundation's three regular activities. The other two, perhaps less well know but equally important, ... are the granting of bursaries to doctorate students of theology, and organising high-level academic conferences".

Vatican City, 28 September 2012 (VIS) - The plenary assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) is meeting in Sankt-Gallen, Switzerland, from 27 to 30 September, in an event which coincides with the 1400th anniversary of the arrival there of St. Gallus, a disciple and compatriot of St. Columbanus. For the occasion Cardinal Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. has, in the Holy Father's name, sent a message to Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the CCEE, in which he notes that this anniversary "invites us to reflect on the perennial task of evangelisation, and on its current and renewed importance".
"The experience of St. Gallus, like that of so many other protagonists of the evangelisation of Europe and the entire world, teaches us that the Christian message is sowed and takes root where it is put into authentic and eloquent effect by a community, in such a way that preaching is supported by the witness of fraternal charity and animated by joint prayer", the cardinal writes.
"Thus the memory of St. Gallus and his work, on the eve of the Synod on the New Evangelisation, will be a stimulus to the plenary of the CCEE to look with faith and hope - with the gaze of Christ the Lord - to the 'great harvest' of the European peoples, following the path of Vatican Council II and the teachings of the Supreme Pontiffs who have put it into effect. In particular, we should recall the magisterial lesson of Servant of God Paul VI in his 'Evangelii nuntiandi', and the bequest of Blessed John Paul II in 'Novo millennio ineunte', naturally in the light of Magisterium of the Holy Father Benedict XVI and with a view to the forthcoming Year of Faith".

Vatican City, 28 September 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience:
- Zion Evrony, the new Israeli ambassador to the Holy See, for the presentation of his Letters of Credence.
- Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.
- Cardinal Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care.


September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels. Here are three novenas to the archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and ST. Raphael.
Novena to St. Michael the Archangel

Novena Dates September 21 - 29, Feast Day September 29

St. Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer. You know the value on my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and people. And since you are God's messenger for the care of his people, I entrust to you this special request: (Mention your request).

St. Michael, since you are, by the Will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in your prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God's holy Will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, St. Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through your powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death, and reach heaven where we may praise and love God with you forever. Amen.

Novena to St. Gabriel the Archangel
Novena Dates September 21 - 29, Feast Day September 29

St. Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the "Angel of the Incarnation," because God has specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the God-Man to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Give me a tender and devoted Mother, more like your own.

I venerate you also as the "strength from God," because you are the giver of God's strength, consoler and comforter chosen to strengthen God's faithful and to teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resolutions, renew my courage, comfort and console me in the problems, trials, and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in His agony and Mary in her sorrows and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you.

St. Gabriel, I ask you especially for this favor: (Mention your request). Through your earnest love for the Son of God-Made-Man and for His blessed Mother, I beg of you, intercede for me that my request may be granted, if it be God's holy Will.

Pray for us, St. Gabriel the Archangel. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray. Almighty and ever-living God, since You chose the Archangel Gabriel from among all the Angels to announce the mystery of Your Son's Incarnation, mercifully grant that we who honor him on earth may feel the benefit of his patronage in heaven. You live and reign for ever. Amen.

Novena to St. Raphael the Archangel
Novena Dates September 21 - 29, Feast Day September 29

Holy Archangel Raphael, standing so close to the throne of God and offering Him our prayers, I venerate you as God's special Friend and Messenger. I choose you as my Patron and wish to love and obey you as young Tobiah did. I consecrate to you my body and soul,all my work, and my whole life. I want you to be my Guide and Counselor in all the dangerous and difficult problems and decisions of my life.

Remember, dearest, St. Raphael, that the grace of God preserved you with the good Angels in heaven when the proud ones were cast into hell. I entreat you, therefore, to help me in my struggle against the world, the spirit of impurity, and the devil. Defend me from all dangers and every occasion of sin. Direct me always in the way of peace, safety, and salvation. Offer my prayers to God as you offered those of Tobiah, so that through your intercession I may obtain the graces necessary for the salvation of my soul. I ask you to pray that God grant me this favor if it be His holy Will: (Mention your request).

St. Raphael, help me to love and serve my God faithfully, to die in His grace, and finally to merit to join you in seeing and praising God forever in heaven. Amen.


Judges confirm sentence for two defendants; reduce prison term to six months for the third. A trial for "propaganda against the state" and distributing "anti-government leaflets." The faithful of Vinh demand their release. Rumors, unconfirmed, of five arrests among those who tried to gain access to the courtroom.

Hanoi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A Vietnamese court has upheld the sentence on appeal, handed down at first instance in May, against three young Catholic activists, guilty - according to the Communist authorities - for "propaganda against the state" and distributing "anti-government leaflets." The hearing was held on September 26 at the Nghe An province People's Court, in the north of the country. In recent weeks even the Vinh diocese' Commission for Justice and Peace had campaigned for their release, appealing for an appeal "in accordance with international law" and their subsequent release "because they are innocent people."

The court upheld the initial sentence for Antonie Dau Van Duong and Pierre Tran Huu Duc. The sentence of the third Catholic, Chu Manh Son, was instead reduced to six months. The fourth defendant, however, preferred not to appeal, for fear of an even harsher punishment being meeted out. The Catholics of the diocese of Vinh tried to gain access to the court, but a heavy deployment of police and the lack of transportation hindered the faithful. Unconfirmed reports speak of five or six people arrested.

To date, only four out of 17 Christian activists, who were arrested by the police in June 2011, have undergone trial. The first trial was held May 25 in Nghe An province people's court (see AsiaNews 25/05/2012 Four Catholic activists, on trial for "propaganda against the state", are sentenced "). In accordance with Articles 88 and 79 of the Penal Code, the judges issued a sentence of 42 months in prison, plus 18 months probation for Antonie Dau Van Duong, 39 months in prison and one year of probation to Tran Huu Duc; 36 months and one year of probation to Chu Manh Son, and finally Hoang Phong, was sentenced to 18 months.

For Catholic leaders, the first trial was a "sham" in which civil rights enshrined in the Constitution were violated: freedom of speech, press, assembly and information. The young people were only expressing personal opinions and could - in theory - rely on the basic human rights. They are "good students" and come from "poor and hard-working" families.



Bishop Albert H. Ottenweller

April 5,1916 - September 23, 2012

DIOCESE OF STEUBENVILLE RELEASE: The body of Bishop Albert H. Ottenweller, second bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, will arrive in Steubenville Thursday afternoon (Sept. 27).

Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton, bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, will receive the body at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 411 S. Fifth St. The public is invited to join Bishop Monforton in the liturgical reception of the body.
After the liturgical procession, the body will lie in state until the time of vespers, at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 27). The cathedral will remain open to the public during that time, also, and until 8:30 p.m. that day.

The cathedral will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. Friday (Sept. 28), where Bishop Ottenweller’s body will lie in state until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
Bishop Albert H. Ottenweller Obituary

Bishop Albert H. Ottenweller, retired Bishop of Steubenville, Ohio, was welcomed into the eternal love of God, Sunday morning, September 23, 2012 at the Ursuline Center, Toledo, OH. During his short sickness, he was surrounded by family, friends and the loving care of the Center’s community and staff.

Bishop was born April 5, 1916 in Stanford, Montana to his late parents, Charles and Mary (Hake). He is survived by his sisters, Joan Pfahler, (Richard), Phyllis Lowry (Richard, deceased) Rosaline Buescher (Robert, deceased), Jane Brandt (Richard), an adopted sister. He is preceded in death by his sisters, Sister Mary Jogues, SND, Beatrice and brother, Raymond and by his many nieces and nephews of the Buescher, Lowry and Pfahler families.

He attended St. Mary Elementary School of Leipsic, St. Joseph High School and St. Joseph College, both in Renssalaser, IN. He received degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1943.

He was ordained a priest on June 19, 1943 for the Diocese of Toledo by the late Most Reverend Karl Alter. On April 23, 1974, Pope Paul VI named him the first Auxiliary Bishop of the Toledo Diocese and he was ordained bishop by Bishop John Donovan May 29, 1974. In October, 1977, he became the Second Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio and served there until his retirement in March 1992.

As a young priest associate he served at St. John’s Delphos, Ohio 1943-1959, St. Richard Parish, Swanton, Ohio 1959-61. As pastor he served St. Joseph Parish, Blakeslee, Ohio and Sacred Heart in Montpelier, Ohio 1961-62. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bono, Ohio 1962-68. At St. John’s Delphos, Ohio 1968-76. At. St. Michael’s Findlay, Ohio 1976 to October of 1977 when appointed Bishop of Steubenville.

During these forty-nine years of ministry, Bishop Ottenweller was one who not only served the people but lead them to be fully active in the ministry of the church. He understood that each person had a call to live out their faith for the good of others. This spirit was manifested in many ways as a pastoral leader. He worked among the migrant people of NW Ohio seeking their basic needs and justice in the work place. He supported and encouraged young priests to learn Spanish and called many religious sisters to the work of Pastoral Care and religious education for Migrants and their families. He had special interest in helping pastors to be more collaborative with their parishioners when organized the Alliance of Pastors both in the Toledo and Steubenville Dioceses. This passion for the laity’s roll in the church was recognized on a national level as he served as chairman of the National Conference of Bishop’s Laity Committee and member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Parish Renewal. He used this spirit of lay involvement when he called for a Diocesan Synod in 1983 for the Diocese of Steubenville which included both lay, religious and clergy participation.

These interests did not cease in retirement when he joined with long time friend Sister Nancy Westmeyer in the work of Vision Time and Servant Leadership.

Reception of the Body will take place at 4 pm Tuesday Sept 25th in St. Martin de Porres Church, Toledo followed by a wake service at 6: 30 p.m. The body will lie in state for visitation at Rosary Cathedral, Collingwood Blvd., Wednesday from 3 p.m. until a Mass at 6:30 p.m.

A Vespers Service will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. in Holy Name Cathedral, Steubenville and the funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28th.

Interment will be Saturday, September 29th at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Cemetery Leipsic, Ohio. It is Bishop’s desire that any contributions be given in his memory to the continuation of the Servant Leadership, 1618 Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH 43612 Please view and sign the “on-line” guest registry at


EMBU, September 25, 2012 (CISA) –Thousands of Catholic faithful on Sunday September 23 braced the simmering sun and thronged Iriamurai Parish grounds to mark the diocese of Embu’s family day.
The special mass was celebrated by Rt Rev Anthony Mukobo, the bishop of Isiolo Vicariate, assisted by the host bishop Rt Rev Paul Kariuki and over 40 priests.
Bishop Mukobo urged the faithful to always be at hand to help each other in times of need and never be greedy. He told them to fully support the church in its endeavors.
On his part Bishop Kariuki urged dioceses that have not started the family day to do so for self reliance.
“Last year we raised 14 million and we hope to collect over 25 million before the year ends. Small Christian Communities have their own projects in their prayer houses. This money collected is used to construct new churches, run schools and children’s homes and sustain the personnel,” said bishop Kariuki.
He further added that “Christians ought to support the diocese in its operation for by doing this they support themselves.”
He said that the church is missionary in nature and “soon we shall be sending missionaries to Europe’. The diocese of Embu offered one of their own priests to go and serve in the Isiolo Vicariate which lacks enough priests. Bishop Mukobo thanked bishop Kariuki for the gesture.
The bishops thanked teachers for calling off their strike and asked the government to go to the drawing board with doctors and reach a solution to end their strike. “This is serious for it is affecting a lot of sick people in hospitals who are going unattended.”
Majority of the faithful present said they support the Church wholeheartedly and hoped that church leaders would reciprocate and be exemplar in their service.
The event that is held once every year is geared towards the diocese achieving self reliance and moving away from donor dependency. Each parish does it own family day before they all meet for the diocese’s day.
The diocese has four deaneries consisting of 18 parishes.


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
28 Sep 2012

Sr Maria Casey rsj is the first woman and religious to be elected president of the Australia and New Zealand Canon Law Society
The former Postulator for the Cause of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and an expert in canon law, Sister Maria Casey RSJ has been elected President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Sr Maria who is based in Sydney studied canon law at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada and is the first woman and the first religious to be elected president of the society.
The election took place at the Society's annual conference held in Auckland earlier this month. Attended by more than 80 delegates the conference not only included international speakers from the US, Great Britain and SE Asia but a significant proportion of women.
Over the past decade the number of women who hold a masters or doctorate degrees in canon law has continued to increase.
Sr Marias's election not only recognises her wisdom, knowledge and experience in canon law but is a reflection of the growing number of women in the field.

Archbishop Cardinal Pell with Sr Maria Casey rsj
The Society's executive include committee members Dr Rodger Austin, the Rev Ken Cafe OFM, the Rev Paul Clark and the Very Rev Dr Brendan Daly.
As president, Sr Maria will hold the office for a three year term and follows in the footsteps of past presidents such Bishop Robert McGuckin, Bishop of Toowoomba; Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Emeritus Bishop for the Archdiocese of Sydney; Bishop Adrian Doyle, Bishop of Hobart and Bishop Philip Wilson, Bishop of Adelaide.
On Australia Day this year Sr Maria was awarded an OAM for her work as Postulator for the Cause of Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Father Paul Gardiner who was appointed Postulator for the Cause of Canonisation in 1985 until his retirement in 2008 was also awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours.
In addition to her many duties, Sr Maria is also Vicar of Consecrated Lives for the Archdiocese of Sydney.


Agenzia Fides REPORT - The President of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela, His Exc. Mgr. Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez, Archbishop of Cumaná, asked the candidates in the upcoming presidential elections on October 7, to " think about the good of the country. " Speaking to a radio station, he added that the presidential candidates should give "an example of respect " and " example of how to express oneself. "
The Archbishop then recalled that the Catholic Church has asked for three things to the people of Venezuela: "vote of conscience, thinking about the good of the country", "vote freely, with security" and "vote peacefully." In the note sent to Fides Agency, Mgr. Padron also stresses the Church's invitation when choosing a candidate: "Make sure there is justice, in particular the care for the most disadvantaged people in society and that at all times the Constitution is not just a book, but a concrete reality in Venezuela."
Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez concluded his speech by saying that after October 7 a new stage for Venezuela begins, and the Church will be on the side of the people in its concerns, its needs and its manifestations.
The new president elected on October 7 will remain in office for a period of six years. Although there are 7 candidates on the list, only two are favoured: Hugo Chávez Frías and Henrique Capriles. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 28/09/2012)


Luke 9: 18 - 22

18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?"
19 And they answered, "John the Baptist; but others say, Eli'jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen."
20 And he said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
21 But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one,
22 saying, "The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised."



St. Wenceslaus
Feast: September 28
Feast Day:
September 28
903, Prague, Bohemia
September 28, 935, Stará Boleslav, Bohemia
Major Shrine:
St Vitus Cathedral, Prague
Patron of:
Bohemia, Czech Republic, Prague

Duke, martyr, and patron of Bohemia, born probably 903; died at Alt-Bunzlau, 28 September, 935.
His parents were Duke Wratislaw, a Christian, and Dragomir, a heathen. He received a good Christian education from his grandmother (St. Ludmilla) and at Budweis. After the death of Wratislaw, Dragomir, acting as regent, opposed Christianity, and Wenceslaus, being urged by the people, took the reins of government. He placed his duchy under the protection of Germany, introduced German priests, and favoured the Latin rite instead of the old Slavic, which had gone into disuse in many places for want of priests. Wenceslaus had taken the vow of virginity and was known for his virtues. The Emperor Otto I conferred on him the regal dignity and title. For religious and national motives, and at the instigation of Dragomir, Wenceslaus was murdered by his brother Boleslaw. The body, hacked to pieces, was buried at the place of murder, but three years later Boleslaw, having repented of his deed, ordered its translation to the Church of St. Vitus in Prague. The gathering of his relics is noted in the calendars on 27 June, their translation on 4 March; his feast is celebrated on 28 September.

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