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Saturday, July 20, 2013

CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD : SAT. JULY 20, 2013 - BREAKING NEWS SHARE

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POPE FRANCIS PRAYS WITH BENEDICT XVI FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY TRIP

OFFICIAL WORLD YOUTH DAY PRAYER AND ENGLISH ANTHEM - RIO 2013

NEW MIRACLE RECOGNIZED BY BISHOP AT LOURDES SHRINE IN FRANCE

RIP FR. AMIN ABBOUD SUDDEN DEATH OF YOUNG OPUS DEI PRIEST IN AUSTRALIA

TODAY'S SAINT: JULY 20: ST. MARGARET OF ANTIOCH

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : SAT. JULY 20, 2013

TODAY'S SAINT : JULY 20 : ST. APOLLINARIS OF RAVENNA

Vatican Radio REPORT: Pope Francis on Friday tweeted his best wishes to World Youth Day pilgrims, many of whom are en route or already arrived in the host city, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “Many of you have already arrived in Rio and many more are just arriving,” he wrote via his @pontifex handle on the micro-blogging platform. He added, “We will see one another there in only three days.” More than three hundred thousand people are registered for the event, with organisers preparing for as many as two and a half million visitors.   

Fr. Michael Rogers, SJ is the coordinator of English-language WYD initiatives for the Society of Jesus in the US and a member of the lead committee for the international English-language welcome centre in Brazil, which will be the hub of English-language catechesis and prayer during the first four days of WYD events, starting Tuesday, July 22nd. Fr. Rogers, SJ, told Vatican Radio that host city Rio de Janeiro is already beginning to feel the effects of the pilgrim swell. “The city is already beginning to fill up, and you can see the green WYD pilgrim packs everywhere,” he said, adding, “I think it is going to be a wonderful four days at the centre and two days out in the field.”
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VIDEO AND TEXT FROM ROMEREPORTS: 

POPE FRANCIS PRAYS WITH BENEDICT XVI:
Pope Francis, asked Benedict XVI for his prayers, as he gets ready to fly to Latin America.
The last time the Pope met with his predecessor was back on July 5th,  when together, they welcomed a new statue of St. Michael Archangel at the Vatican Gardens.

This time around, Pope Francis decided to visit Benedict XVI to ask for his prayers, as he prepares for his trip to Brazil. During their meeting, they first prayed together in the chapel and afterward they talked for about 30 minutes. The Pope gave Ratzinger, the official World Youth Day booklet as well as the event's official medal. (SHARED FROM ROMEREPORTS)


OFFICIAL WORLD YOUTH DAY PRAYER AND ENGLISH ANTHEM - RIO 2013

World Youth Day 2013 - Official Prayer

O Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world and chose men and women, through Him, 
with Him and in Him, to proclaim the Good News to all nations. Grant us the graces 


necessary so that joy may shine in the faces of all young people, the joy of being, by the power 

of the Holy Spirit, the evangelists the Church needs in the Third Millennium. 
O Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado 
welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You brought us by the Holy Spirit to an 

encounter of sonship with the Father. Young people, who are fed by Eucharist, hear You in 

Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to run the paths of the 

world missionary-disciples of the New Evangelization.  

O Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of 
Your Love, send Your Light to all young people so that, driven by their experience of World 
Youth Day, they may bring to the four corners of the world faith, hope and charity, becoming 
great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world.  
Amen. 


NEW MIRACLE RECOGNIZED BY BISHOP AT LOURDES SHRINE IN FRANCE

LOURDES SHRINE RELEASE: Published on 18 Jul 2013

Danila Castelli, born on 16 january 1946, wife and family mother, has lived a more or less normal life until the age of 34 when she started having spontaneous and severe blood pressure hypertensive crisis. In 1982 some Rx and ultrasound tests detect a right para-uterine mass and a fibromatous uterus. Danila is operated for hysterectomy and annexectomy. In november 1982 she undergoes partial pancreatectomy. A scintigraphy the following year proves the existence of «pheochromocytoma » (a tumor that secretes high amounts of catecholamines) in the rectal, bladder and vaginal region. More surgical interventions follow in the attempt to stop the triggers to the crisis until 1988 but with no bettering at all. In may 1989, during a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Danila gets out of the Baths where she had been immerged and she feels an extraordinary feeling of wellbeing. Shortly after she reported to the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations (Bureau des Constatations M├ędicales de Lourdes) her instantaneous alleged cure. After five meetings (1989, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2010) the Bureau certified the cure with an unanimous vote : «  Mrs Castelli was cured, in a complete and lasting way, from the date of her pilgrimage to Lourdes -- 21 years ago -- of the syndrome she had suffered and with no relation with the treatments and the surgeries she received ». Danila Castelli has since gone back to an absolute normal life. The CMIL (Lourdes International Medical Committee) in it's annual meeting of 19 november 2011 in Paris has certified that the cure « remains unexplained according to current scientific knowledge ». On June 20th 2013 Monsignor Giovanni Giudici, Bishop of Pavia, the diocesis where Danila Castelli lives, has declared the « prodigious-miraculous » character and the value of « sign » of this cure. It is the 69th cure of Lourdes recognized as miraculous by a Bishop.
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FREE CATHOLIC MOVIES - UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1976)
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1976 film adaptation of Harriett Stowe's famous novel on the struggle of the African-Americans during the time of slavery. 



RIP CARDINAL SIMON PIMENTA OF MUMBAI - A GREAT LEADER OF INDIA

ASIA NEWS IT 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The cardinal died last night at 93 years of age. His diocese in mourning, date of funeral to be decided. Appointed bishop by Pope Paul VI and Cardinal by John Paul II, he led the Indian Bishops' Conference for three terms. The Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai: "A great leader not only for the diocese, but for the whole of India."


Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Cardinal Simon Pimenta "was a holy man, who will be remembered for his boundless generosity and for his commitment. He was an important leader not only for Catholics in Mumbai, but also for those of the whole 'India". With these words, Msgr. Dominic Savio Fernandes, Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai, remembers the late prelate who died last night at age 93.
Cardinal Pimenta was living in the house of the clergy of the diocese, while waiting for the renovation of his house, near the Cathedral of the Holy Name: "He ate his dinner and went to rest - continues Msgr. Savio Fernandes - when a nurse noticed that he had slipped too deeply into sleep. The doctor arrived promptly, but it was his hour. " Throughout the day today the Catholic community in Mumbai will pay tribute to his archbishop emeritus the details of the funeral will be announced later.


Born on March 1, 1920 in the village of Marol, near the then Bombay, the young Simon Pimenta studied at the St John and then at St Xavier's College. Ordained priest on December 21, 1949, he obtained a doctorate in canon law from Rome's Urbanianum in 1954. Returning to India, he became secretary of Cardinal Valerian Gracias, the first Indian cardinal. Then came a number of positions, from the rector of the cathedral to the teaching of the liturgy in the diocesan seminary.

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay June 5, 1971, he was appointed coadjutor by Paul VI February 26, 1977. A year later, on September 11, he was installed as titular archbishop. He convened a diocesan synod and was dedicated to pastoral and charitable activities: under his leadership, the diocese opened 12 hospitals and 44 dispensaries. From 1988 he was elected for three consecutive terms president of the Catholic Bishops.

Created cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 28 June 1988, he received the titular church of Santa Maria Regina Mundi in Torre Spaccata and continued his pastoral work until 8 November 1996, when he retired from office.

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RIP FR. AMIN ABBOUD SUDDEN DEATH OF YOUNG OPUS DEI PRIEST IN AUSTRALIA

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
19 Jul 2013

Prelate of Opus Dei Bishop Javier Echevarria at Fr Amin's ordination to the priesthood
in 2006
Fr Amin Abboud, priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, passed away last night at the age of 48. Fr Amin was attending a spiritual retreat conducted by a priest of Opus Dei at Kenthurst Study Centre.

It appears that Fr Amin suffered a heart attack; however this is yet to be confirmed.

This news has been received with shock and sadness, moving those who knew him to prayer and acceptance of God's will in this moment. Fr Amin was well known to be fit, energetic and optimistic, sparing no effort in his pastoral work.

Fr Amin was ordained a priest of Opus Dei by its Prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarria, in May 2006. Prior to ordination he was a medical doctor, who specialized treating people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. In preparation for the priesthood, he completed a doctorate in Moral Philosophy and was soon to publish a book on Bioethics.

Fr Amin greeting Pope Benedict XVI during his Sydney visit in 2008
Just prior to ordination, Fr Amin said: "The Christian philosophy of man has been fundamental to my work," he explained. "In school, they taught us how to prepare people for pain and death without any religious explanations. That seemed empty to me. Faith permits one to open himself to the next life and to give meaning to the present one. It's a 'medicine' of incalculable value."
In his seven years as a priest, Fr Amin maintained an assiduous work load. As Vicar Secretary for the region of Opus Dei in Australia and New Zealand, he worked closely with the Regional Vicar, Monsignor Victor Martinez, in the government of Opus Dei in this region. He also carried out an extensive pastoral work with university students, lay men and women and priests.

Fr Amin Abboud celebrating Mass
"Fr Amin Abboud", said Monsignor Martinez, "was a humble and holy priest, who always put the needs of others before himself. His loss is deeply felt.
"Now we pray for the soul of Fr Amin, confident that God will look mercifully upon him. We pray also for Fr Amin's family, his parents Philip and Salma, his sisters Mary and Victoria, and his brother Barry and his wife Janet and their 5 sons."

Further news about the Requiem Mass for Fr Amin will be communicated once known.
SHARED FROM ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY

2013


TODAY'S SAINT: JULY 20: ST. MARGARET OF ANTIOCH


St. Margaret of Antioch
VIRGIN AND MARTYR
Feast: July 20


Information:
Feast Day:July 20
Born:Antioch (in Pisidia)
Died:304
Patron of:childbirth, pregnant women, dying people, kidney disease, peasants, exiles, falsely accused people; nurses
Virgin and martyr; belonged to Pisidian Antioch in Asia Minor, where her father was a pagan priest. Her mother dying soon after her birth, Margaret was nursed by a pious woman five or six leagues from Antioch. Having embraced Christianity and consecrated her virginity to God, she was disowned by her father and adopted by her nurse.
While she was one day engaged in watching the flocks of her mistress, a lustful Roman prefect named Olybrius caught sight of her, and attracted by her great beauty sought to make her his concubine or wife. When neither cajolery nor threats of punishment could succeed in moving her to yield to his desires, he had her brought before him in public trial atAntioch. Threatened with death unless she renounced the Christian faith, the holy virgin refused to adore the gods of the empire and an attempt was made to burn her, but the flames, we are told in her Acts, left her unhurt. She was then bound hand and foot and thrown into a cauldron of boiling water, but at her prayer her bonds were broken and she stood up uninjured. Finally the prefect ordered her to be beheaded.
The Greek Church honors her under the name Marine on 13 July; the Latin, as Margaret on 20 July. Her Acts place her death in the persecution of Diocletian (A.D. 303-5), but in fact even the century to which she belonged is uncertain. St. Margaret is represented in art sometimes as a shepherdess, or as leading a chained dragon, again carrying a little cross or a girdle in her hand, or standing by a large vessel which recalls the cauldron into which she was plunged. Relics said to belong to the saint are venerated in very many parts of Europe; at Rome, Montefiascone, Brusels, Bruges, Paris, Froidmont, Troyes, and various other places. Curiously enough this virgin has been widely venerated for many centuries as a special patron of women who are pregnant.


SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/M/stmargaretofantioch.asp#ixzz1Sei2adzR

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : SAT. JULY 20, 2013

Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 394


Reading 1           EX 12:37-42

The children of Israel set out from Rameses for Succoth,
about six hundred thousand men on foot,
not counting the little ones.
A crowd of mixed ancestry also went up with them,
besides their livestock, very numerous flocks and herds.
Since the dough they had brought out of Egypt was not leavened,
they baked it into unleavened loaves.
They had rushed out of Egypt and had no opportunity
even to prepare food for the journey.

The time the children of Israel had stayed in Egypt
was four hundred and thirty years.
At the end of four hundred and thirty years,
all the hosts of the LORD left the land of Egypt on this very date.
This was a night of vigil for the LORD,
as he led them out of the land of Egypt;
so on this same night
all the children of Israel must keep a vigil for the LORD
throughout their generations.

Responsorial Psalm               PS 136:1 AND 23-24, 10-12, 13-15

R. His mercy endures forever. 
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who remembered us in our abjection,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Who smote the Egyptians in their first-born,
for his mercy endures forever;
And brought out Israel from their midst,
for his mercy endures forever;
With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Who split the Red Sea in twain,
for his mercy endures forever;
And led Israel through its midst,
for his mercy endures forever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever. 
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel             MT 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus
to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.
Many people followed him, and he cured them all,
but he warned them not to make him known.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

TODAY'S SAINT : JULY 20 : ST. APOLLINARIS OF RAVENNA

According to tradition, St. Peter sent St. Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop.
His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time.
After preaching in the area surrounding Ravenna, he entered the city again. After being cruelly tortured, he was put on a ship heading to Greece. Pagans there caused him to be expelled to Italy, where he went to Ravenna for a fourth time.
He died from wounds received during a savage beating at Classis, a suburb of Ravenna.
A beautiful basilica honouring him was built there in the sixth century.
(SOURCE : JOURNEY OF A BISHOP BLOG/IMAGE SOURCE HEILIGENLEXICON)
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