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Thursday, November 29, 2012

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD : THURS. NOV. 29, 2012

2012

VATICAN : POPE - PRESENCE ON TWITTER - AND OTHER NEWS

CATHOLIC MOVIES - WATCH ST. JOHN BOSCO- PART 4
ASIA : INDIA : MOTHER TERESA AWARD TO MALA AND SAMAR
EUROPE : SCOTLAND : BISHOPS DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN MIDDLE EAST
AMERICA : PERU : PROGRAM SUPPORTS 6000 STREET CHILDREN
AUSTRALIA : FREE ADVENT RESOURCE FOR YOUTH
TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : THURS. NOV. 29, 2012
TODAY'S SAINT: NOV. 29: ST. Saturninus
THE POPE ON TWITTER
(IMAGE SOURCE: FACEBOOK) Vatican City, 29 November 2012 (VIS) – Benedict XVI is now present on Twitter. All related information will be reported on Monday 3 December at a press conference to be held in the Holy See Press Office, with the participation of Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the same dicastery, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office, Professor Gian Maria Vian, editor of “L'Osservatore Romano”, and Greg Burke, Media Advisor to the Secretariat of State.
The Pope has already used the 140 character “tweet” format when, in June 2011, he launched the Vatican information portal www.news.va., with the words: “Dear friends, I just launched News.va. Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI”.
"ROAD MAP" FOR PASTORAL CARE OF MIGRANTS IN EUROPE
Vatican City, 29 November 2012 (VIS) – The meeting of the “Caritas in Veritate” Commission of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), held in Rome on the theme of “A Pastoral of Communion for a Renewed Evangelisation” concluded today with the presentation of a “road map” by the Section for pastoral care of migrants.
The conference was held over three days, from 27 to 29 November, during which more than forty bishops and national directors for the pastoral care of migrants from the CCEE discussed the role of the Church in Europe in this field. “The economic crisis affects the weak and migrants above all. Those who are forced to migrate due to poverty are the first to suffer the consequences of the crisis and become even more vulnerable”, explained Fr. Duarte da Cunha, secretary general of the CCEE. “The pastoral care of the Church, which aims to evangelise but also to create communities, is called upon to assist in integration, to reinforce links, and to accompany and support both those who are left behind, such as children left by parents who emigrate in search of work, and those who leave”.
The meeting of the Commission was opened by Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, archbishop of Zagreb, Croatia, president of the “Migration” section of “Caritas in Veritate”, Archbishop Giampaolo Crepaldi of Trieste, Italy, president of the same Commission, and Bishop Paolo Schiavon, auxiliary of Rome and president of the “Migrantes” Foundation.
The themes considered during the conference included “Witnessing ecclesiastical communion for a new evangelisation”, presented by Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation; “Communion and pastoral care: an outlook from the Eastern Catholic Churches”, presented by Archbishop Cyril Vasil S.J., secretary for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches; “Guidelines for a pastoral theology of communion regarding migrations” by Fr. Fabio Baggio, Director of the Scalibrini International Migration Institute, and “New evangelisation and human mobility”, by Msgr. Giancarlo Perego, director-general of the “Migrantes” Foundation.
“In this time of economic crisis, social assistance, pastoral care and evangelisation cannot be separated”, Fr. Duarte da Cunha continued. “Charity, political lobbying, proclamation and celebration of the faith are a unified commitment and the only path of action, especially for those who assist and support the reception and integration of migrants in Europe”.
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
29 November 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr Radoslaw Zmitrowicz O.M.I., superior of the Delegation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Ukraine, as auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Kamyanets-Podilskyi (area 47,100, population 2,982,200, Catholics 250,000, priests 158, religious 306), Ukraine. The bishop-elect was born in Gdansk, Poland in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1989. He carried out a pastoral mission in Turkmenistan from 1997 to 2000, and has fulfilled a number of pastoral roles in Ukraine.

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ASIA : INDIA : MOTHER TERESA AWARD TO MALA AND SAMAR

ASIA NEWS REPORT
by Nirmala Carvalho
The jury chose Sima Samar, a former Afghan president, and Mala Yousufzai, a 15-year-old girl who survived a Taliban attack. Both have put their lives on the line to defend women's rights.


Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The 2012 edition of the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice conferred by the Harmony Foundation went to Sima Samar, a former Afghan vice president, and Mala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl attacked by the Taliban for her commitment to women's rights. The teenager is presently hospitalised in Birmingham, Great Britain, after she was shot in the head on 9 October by Muslim extremist.

Harmony Foundation President Abraham Mathai said the two women were chosen for their courage, for putting their lives on the line for an ideal.

Sima Samar was recognised for her work in the field of women's rights, education and emancipation. After the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, she fled to Pakistan where she worked for 20 years to raise awareness about the plight of Afghan women. After the theocratic regime was overthrown, she became the most prominent woman in the country. Currently, she is in charge of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

Malala Yousufzai is a teenager who was chosen for a special jury award in recognition of her courage and her determination to fight against discrimination against Pakistani girls in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban have imposed Sharia.

From Great Britain, Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, sent a touching letter on his daughter's behalf thanking the Harmony Foundation for the award. "This means a lot to us," he writes, "especially during our time of crisis. Honouring Malala with this award sends out a strong message of support to those whose daughters have to fight and speak out for their basic right to education."

A special national awards were given to Nayyar Kuldeep, a famous Indian writer, for his contribution to India-Pakistan peace efforts; to Vinay Shetty, for furthering the cause of blood donation; Flavia Agnes, a lawyer, for her commitment to women's rights and fight against domestic violence; Gujarat police officer Sanjeev Bhatt, for his efforts in favour of communal dialogue; and the Shillong Chamber Choir for promoting national integration through music. The Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission was also recognised for its work towards empowerment of women.

In October 2005, Abraham Mathai founded the Harmony Foundation to promote the idea of peace, dialogue and help for all communities without distinction of religion, caste, creed, gender or region.

In 2007, the Foundation established the Mother Teresa Memorial International Awards for Social Justice in honour of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
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EUROPE : SCOTLAND : BISHOPS DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE IN MIDDLE EAST

IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT
Scottish Bishops call Day of Prayer for Peace in Middle East  | Scottish Bishops call Day of Prayer for Peace in Middle East
The Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission with the approval of its President, Bishop Moran and the approval of Cardinal O'Brien and Archbishop Tartaglia, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, joins in the wider call for a Day of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East on 4 December. This is the feast of St John of Damascus (676-749), who lived and worked under the early Muslim Caliphate which had its capital in Damascus.

Speaking on behalf of the Commission, spokesman Tim Duffy said: "We would ask Catholics, along with all people of good will, to spend some time next Tuesday, praying and reflecting on the need for peace in the Middle East; of the need for respect of universal human dignity and the priority of human wellbeing over ideology; for consolation for all those who have suffered loss and are forced to live in fear; and for a renewed effort by all parties to resolve differences by negotiation and bring about a just peace to the region."

Mr Duffy added: "Recently, Pope Benedict pointed out that 'hatred and violence are not the solution to problems' and called on all those involved to 'take courageous decisions in favour of peace' we echo and endorse these calls and pray that they will be heard"
Scotland's Justice & Peace Commission will send copies of the prayers below to each of Scotland's eight Dioceses and to all J&P diocesan representatives:

Prayer for Peace in the Middle East
We come to you, God Creator.
You are the source of life and beauty and power.
Your son Jesus is the way of faith and hope and love.
Your Spirit is the fire of love, the fount of wisdom, the bond of unity.
You call us at all times to be people of the beatitudes, Witnesses to the
Gospel of peace and love and forgiveness.
You call us at this time, when war and rumours of war, weigh heavily on the
peoples the Middle East.
Their lives are already broken by suffering and violence.
We renew our acceptance of your call.
We promise to work:
To bring the light of the Gospel to those living in darkness, To bring the
hope of the Gospel to those living in despair, To bring the healing of the
Gospel to the lonely, the disadvantaged, the marginalized, And to bring the
peace of the Gospel to a divided world.
Amen.

Pax Christi prayer
God Our Creator, who made the earth a peaceful garden, help us restore that
peace wherever it has been broken by terrorism and injustice, especially in
the Middle East.
We repent for the times when religious language has fostered hatred and
division. . . .
Bring healing to those whose lives
have been shattered by violence.
Instill a renewed spirit of reconciliation in those who lead our people
politically and religiously. . . . Amen

Bidding Prayer:

Lord God, remember all your children, particularly in the lands which saw
the birth of the three great faiths of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and
Islam. Help them to overcome fear and violence, to live in mutual respect
and harmony and to feel the fullness of the Peace /Shalom / Salaam at the
root of their traditions.

Find other resources at: http://www.ncccusa.org/iraq/peaceprayers.html

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AMERICA : PERU : PROGRAM SUPPORTS 6000 STREET CHILDREN

Agenzia Fides REPORT- Thanks to the program called Llachay, which aims to give back the rights of street children and adolescents who live in situations at risk, 6,365 children throughout Peru will be taken care of until 2013.
The government initiative started from Lima and Iquitos where the problem is particularly serious. In 2013, the program will start in Arequipa, Ica, Cusco, Chincha, Abancay, Juliaca, Huanuco, Huancavelica, Pasco, Ayacucho, Moquegua and Tacna. The government, thanks to this initiative, aims to strengthen the commitment of parents in the education of their children and provide financial contributions to make it possible for families to start small activities that allow them to survive. In addition, if the children do not know where to go after school, there are reception centers where they can do their homework until their parents finish work. Llachay will offer sports scholarships and vocational formation, will distribute school kits, materials for starting small businesses, shelter homes, free legal assistance. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 28/11/2012)

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Luke 21: 20 - 28

20 "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near.
21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it;
22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all that is written.
23 Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people;
24 they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26 men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

TODAY'S SAINT: NOV. 29: ST. Saturninus

St. Saturninus
MISSIONARY AND MARTYR
Feast: November 29


Information:
Feast Day: November 29
Born: third century, Patras, Greece
Died: 257, Toulouse, France
Canonized: Basilique St-Sernin, Toulouse
Patron of: Toulouse, France

St. Saturninus was, says Tillemont, one of the most illustrious martyrs France has given to the Church. We possess only his Acts, which are very old, since they were utilized by St. Gregory of Tours. He was the first bishop of Toulouse, whither he went during the consulate of Decius and Gratus (250). Whether there were already Christians in the town or his preaching made numerous conversions, he soon had a little church. To reach it he had to pass before the capitol where there was a a temple, and according to the Acts, the pagan priests ascribed to his frequent passings the silence of their oracles. One day they seized him and on his unshakeable refusal to sacrifice to the idols they condemned him be tied by the feet to a bull which dragged him about the town until the rope broke. Two Christian women piously gathered up the remains and buried them in a deep ditch, that they might not be profaned by the pagans. His successors, Sts. Hilary and Exuperius, gave him more honourable burial. A church was erected where the bull stopped. It still exists, and is called the church of the Taur (the bull). The body of the saint was transferred at an early date and is still preserved in the Church of St. Sernin (or Saturninus), one of the most ancient and beautiful of Southern France. His feast was entered on the Hieronymian Martyrology for 29 November; his cult spread abroad. The account of his Acts was embellished with several details, and legends linked his name with the beginning of the churches of Eauze, Auch, Pamplona, and Amiens, but these are without historic foundations.


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