Tuesday, September 25, 2012



Vatican City, 25 September 2012 (VIS) - "God, the unknown" is to be the theme of the "Atrium of St. Francis", an initiative organised by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Holy Convent of Assisi and the "Oicos Riflessioni" Association. A press conference presenting the event was held this morning in the Holy See Press Office.
The meeting is due to take place in the Italian town of Assisi on 5 and 6 October and is part of the "Courtyard of the Gentiles" project, a structure for permanent dialogue between believers and non believers created by the Pontifical Council for Culture under the presidency of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. The Courtyard of the Gentiles has already organised events in several European capitals.
The Assisi meeting, in which more than forty speakers are due to participate, will be opened by Giorgio Napolitano, president of the Republic of Italy. The programme, which involves nine meetings in nine "atria" at different locations around the city of St. Francis, will cover the following themes: "Work, business and responsibility", "Contemplation and meditation", "Inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue for peace", "Young people, between faith and nihilism", "The cry of the earth", "Art and faith", "The cry of the poor, the world economic crisis and sustainable development". Among the participants will be figures from the worlds of culture, science, art and economics, such as film-maker Ermanno Olmi, architect Massimiliano Fuksas, and trade union leader Susanna Camusso.
"In a second edition of his letter to the faithful St. Francis addressed himself to 'all Christians, religious, clergy and laity, to men and women, to all inhabitants of the world entire'", notes Fr. Giuseppe Piemontese, custodian of the Holy Convent of Assisi. "We are opening the 'Atrium of St. Francis' with great humility, and under the sign of that evangelical openness to others. Our hope is that the Courtyard of the Gentiles, in its call at Assisi, will be able to demonstrate the 'pure heart' and 'pure mind' to which St. Francis called us".
Vatican City, 25 September 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in audience Cardinal Marc Ouellet P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.


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.


Eucharistic Symphony in Gethsemane  | Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, all Christian heads of Churches and Communities,Eucharistic Symphony, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Maestro Armando Pierucci, the 'Eucharistic Symphony' , Mr Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori,  Milan Conservatory of Music

Garden of Gethsemane
On Saturday, 22 September, in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, all Christian heads of Churches and Communities gathered under the open sky in front of the walls of the Holy City for an extraordinary concert: the world première of the Eucharistic Symphony.
One of the latest compositions of the titular organist of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem for the Roman Catholic Church, the Italian musician Maestro Armando Pierucci, the 'Eucharistic Symphony' was written upon commission by Mr Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori, the President of the Milan Conservatory of Music. It is inspired by liturgical pieces ordinarily sung during the Eucharistic liturgy from twelve different Christian musical traditions in the Holy City, with twelve corresponding movements and an introduction on a Jewish theme. It will be performed by the Duni Choir and Orchestra of the Matera Conservatory of Music, directed by Maestro Carmine Antonio Catenazzo, with Carlo Rotunno as baritone singer.
In itself a Western piece in nature but using themes in the antique musical modes of the Eastern traditions, no longer in usage in Western music, the Eucharistic Symphony is not only musically unique, but also highly symbolical: it shall give a sight of the beauty and harmony of the rich different Christian traditions interacting precisely “in symphony”, a vision of Christian communion expressed through the art of music. It is meant to be an invitation to all Christians to become more aware of their own Church and liturgical tradition, which reflect their history and cultural identity, as well as to discover with loving care the multiplicity of traditions of other Christian Churches.
To see a video presentation click here:
Many thanks to Jan Bidaud for telling us about this.
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Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
25 Sep 2012

Bishop Michael Putney keynote speaker at seventh national eConference
More than 40,000 from across Australia and 28 other countries are expected to participate in Australia's seventh eConference on 10 October which will mark the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and celebrate the Year of Grace.
Streamed live to halls, parishes, schools, community centres and homes in every diocese in Australia and to communities in the US, Britain, Ireland, Malaysia, Venezuela, Indonesia, Swaziland, Hungary, the Philippines, Germany, South Africa and Europe, "Vatican II: An Event of Grace" will explore the historic papal conference of 1962 and reiterate its call for spiritual renewal, evangelisation, ecumenism and adaption.
Presented by the Broken Bay Institute in conjunction with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the eConference will feature some of the nation's leading scholars, theologians and teachers.
The keynote speaker for this year's eConference will be the Most Rev Michael Putney, Bishop of Townsville and one of the world's leading scholars on ecumenism.
"Half a century on, we have an opportunity to examine Vatican II in the light of Catholic Tradition and in respect of questions that have arisen since," he says.

eConferences a unique innovative path to faith formation
One of Australia's most highly regarded theologians, Sister Maryanne Confoy rsc will also be one of the featured speakers at next month's eConference. Melbourne-born Sr Maryanne has a PhD in Theology and Education from Boston Ciollege, USA, is a Professor of Practical Theology at the Jesuit Theological College and visiting Professor at the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College.
Jill Gowdie who leads Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation at Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane will also speak at the eConference. Well known for developing frameworks and system-wide strategic approaches to spiritual formation for leaders and teachers, Jill has a particular passion on the transformative influence of leadership within the Catholic school context.
Another who will address the eConference is Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia and member of the Australian Government's Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council. A longtime advocate for refugees, Paul says Vatican II had a vital role in defining his life's work and believes everyone should be aware of the "grace and wisdom" contained in Vatican II's key document: Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World."
As with previous eConferences, not only will participants have a chance to hear some of the world's leading theologians and religious authorities but they will also be able to ask questions via email and take part in the afternoon forums.
Beginning at 10.30 am the format of Vatican II: An Event of Grace will be similar to previous eConferences. Broken into six sessions of 20 minutes each, the live webcast begins with an opening prayer followed by an introduction and then the first keynote speaker. After this first address, there are facilitated discussions at sites across the country. Then comes the second key note speaker, followed by another 20 minute facilitated discussion. After a break for lunch there are two more speakers and discussions followed by a panel of question and answers and a final prayer around 2.45pm.

Sister Maryanne Confoy important keynote speaker at eConference
Although two eConferences were held each year prior to 2012, instead of an eConference in the first half of this year, the BBI instead launched a series of online faith formation courses.
Created by leading biblical scholars and theologians, the initial series of Adult Faith Online proved a huge success and will continue to be part of the Catholic calendar.
As with the Adult Faith Online initiative, eConferences have also proved tremendously popular with thousands of communities, schools and groups taking part.
"The popularity of eConferences shows that people are really hungry for good quality adult faith formation and the opportunity to come together to reflect on the Gospel and to allow the Gospel and its teachings to have a living active role in our daily lives," says Bishop David Walker of Broken Bay.
The added plus is that DVDs of each eConference are available from BBI enabling those who participate to go back over what they have learned, and for those who were unable to be part of the eConference not to miss out. With six DVDs now available, each with its own special theme, schools, parishes and individuals have access to an invaluable and ongoing resource for faith formation.
To register to participate in Vatican II: An Event of Grace go to


Zardari calls for protection for Christians
Catholic Church News Image of President decries attack on church
Sarhadi Lutheran Church was burned but can be repaired
President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday called the burning of a church, adjacent school and bishop’s house in the northwest of the country “un-Islamic” as the backlash over a film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad continued over the weekend.
Describing the near-destruction of Sarhadi Lutheran Church in Mardan “unfortunate and reprehensible,” Zardari called on provincial authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to protect Christian churches from the continuing backlash by extremist Islamic groups.
“Ransacking public and private property, particularly the places of worship of other religions, was itself un-Islamic and highly condemnable,” he said.
Christians yesterday held a Sunday Mass on the site of the 75-year-old church, singing hymns opposite a charred bronze cross placed on the altar while the congregation wore black armbands.
The walls of the church were still covered with slogans spray-painted by the attackers including ‘Allah Akbar’ and ‘love of prophet.’
Zeeshan Chand, 18, said he was lucky to escape being burned alive after police, who were outnumbered by the attackers in a firefight outside, rescued him when he escaped through a back door.
“I was looking for my father, a pastor, when they [the attackers] arrived,” he said. “I was caught and some tried to pour petrol on me.”
Pastor Ghulam Shaad, vice-chairman of the Northern diocese, said the mob that attacked the church, school and bishop’s house also stole a laptop and an air-conditioning unit.
Government engineers have said that the church and school can be repaired but that the bishop’s house must be rebuilt.
“As humans we ask what have they done? As Christians we forgive them,” said Pastor Shaad.
Samson Simon Sharaf, a politcs and defense analyst, said that the attackers had also burned copies of the Qu’ran that were in the school and called for a blasphemy case against those responsible.
“Any comment on this is not enough,” he said. “A sincere and peaceful community is being persecuted.”
Sarhadi Lutheran Church was bombed last year and attacked with grenades in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani coalition government has showed signs of divisions over the response to the film which has sparked protests across much of the Muslim world.
Following the announcement on Saturday by Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour that he would offer a personal reward of US$100,000 to anyone who kills the director of the film – named as Californian Coptic Christian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula – the Foreign Ministry distanced itself from the offer.
A spokesman said the bounty was “representative of Mr. Bilour’s personal views and had nothing to do with the official policy of the government of Pakistan.”


Agenzia Fides REPORT - With the participation of a large number of worshipers, on Sunday, September 23, the Catholic community of the deanery of Sinaloa gave a final farewell to the priest Teodoro Mariscal Rivas, found murdered in his own home in the area of Santa Fe. The priest, 45, was born in Tala, Jalisco, and had the pastoral care of the church of Santa Cecilia, which is within the territory of the parish of Santo Niño de la Salud, in the district of Mochicahui, towards the central part of the Gulf of California, Mexico. After the funeral, the priest was buried in Jalisco, his native land.
From an initial police report we learn that Father Rivas was found on the morning of September 20 in his home, bound hand and foot, with a bag on his head that caused the suffocation. The murder allegedly took place between 18 and 19 September. His car is among the valuable things which has not been found.
According to the note sent to Fides Agency, the Eucharist of the funeral was presided by the Vicar General of the diocese, Mgr. Juan Ruiz, who has asked the authorities to do their part and to investigate the murder. "We all need to pray for the priests, and to pray so that God leads to repentance those who take the lives of innocent people, they will not escape divine justice," he said during the Mass. The faithful witnessed the enthusiasm and joy that distinguished Father Rivas.
The spokesman for the Diocese of Culiacán, Father Esteban Robles, stressed that what happened is a clear reflection of the violence that is lived in the state. "This event is reprehensible, not only because it happened to a priest, but also because we are speaking of a person who was inside his home. Now even in his own home a person cannot be safe," said Father Robles, stating that "the Church lives within society, and this is why it suffers criminal attacks, when its only mission is to seek welfare, peace and help people to get to know God." Even the Cathedral of Culiacán has suffered attacks by vandals (see Fides 05/05/2012) (CE) (Agenzia Fides 25/09/2012)


Luke 8: 19 - 21

19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd.
20 And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you."
21 But he said to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."


St. Finbarr
Feast: September 25
Feast Day:
September 25
550 AD, near Bandon, Ireland
620 AD, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
Patron of:

Bishop and patron of Cork, born near Bandon, about 550, died at Cloyne, 25 September, 623, was son of Amergin. He evangelized Gowran, Coolcashin, and Aghaboe, and founded a school at Eirce. For some years he dwelt in a hermitage at Gougane Barra, where a beautiful replica of Cormac's chapel has recently been erected in his honour. Finbarr was buried in the cathedral he built where Cork city now stands. He was specially honoured also at Dornoch and Barra, in Scotland. There are five Irish saints of this name.

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