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CATHOLIC NEWS WORLD : FRI. AUG. 17, 2013

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POPE FRANCIS IDENTIFY MORE CLOSELY WITH CHRIST

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : FRI. AUG. 16, 2013

22 KILLED AND 300 WOUNDED IN LEBANON AFTER CAR BOMB

TODAY'S SAINT: AUG. 16: ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholics in Argentina ahead of a national collection day to raise money and finance activities in the poorest parts of his native country. The initiative known as ‘Mas por Menos,’ or More for Less, is supported by the Argentinian bishops and last year raised almost three million dollars. The collection takes place on September 8th and this year is being organized around the theme ‘We trust in your help’. 
In the message, signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pope Francis encourages Catholics to make a commitment to solidarity based on their “faith in God who gave everything for us”. He invites all Argentinians to “identify themselves ever more closely with Christ” through prayer and the Sacraments. In that way, he says, they can find strength to offer their continuous and precious support to those most in need.
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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : FRI. AUG. 16, 2013

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 417


Reading 1             JOS 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,
upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

“I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;
you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant.”

Responsorial Psalm                 PS 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 AND 24

R. His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.

Gospel                 MT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?”
He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him,
“If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”

22 KILLED AND 300 WOUNDED IN LEBANON AFTER CAR BOMB

ASIA NEWS REPORT: So far, 22 people are confirmed dead and more than 300 wounded. After Lebanon's president blames Israel, the government is more cautious. A previously unknown group, the Battalion of Ayesha, claims responsibility, slamming Hizbollah for its alliance with the Syrian regime. Criticism also falls on Iran and Saudi Arabia. 


Beirut (AsiaNews) - The Lebanese government declared a national day of mourning today after a car bomb blew up yesterday in a Hizbollah stronghold, south of the capital Beirut, killing 22 with seven missing, including a man and three children. The Red Cross reported 325 people wounded, but the final toll is not yet in.
The blast occurred in the densely populated district of Ruwais, a stronghold of Shia-dominated Hizbollah. For some observers, the attack was the worst of its kind in a Hizbollah-controlled area in 30 years. It was so big that it devastated nearby buildings, many bodies beyond recognition.
Investigators are now on the site of the attack, whilst security officials are meeting with President Michel Sleiman.
The government said that all lines of inquiry are being pursued, but the Lebanese president said the blast bore Israel's fingerprint. His Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, denied any responsibility.
Hizbollah has many enemies, especially after it publicly backed Syria's Bashar Assad in his fight against the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army and Sunni fundamentalists who want to topple the Syrian president.
Local residents blame Saudi Arabia for the attack. The Saudis supply weapons to the Syrian rebels.
A previously unknown group, the Battalion of Ayesha, claimed responsibility for the attack. After accusing Hizbollah of meddling in Syrian affairs and acting as an Iranian proxy, it pledged further attacks.
On 9 July, a booby-trapped car exploded at a parking lot in Bir al-Abed, leaving 53 people wounded and causing extensive material damage.


In May, two rockets slammed into the Beirut southern suburb of Shiyyah, wounding four people.
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2013

TODAY'S SAINT: AUG. 16: ST. STEPHEN OF HUNGARY


  

Information:
Feast Day:
August 16
Born:
975, Hungary
Died:
August 15, 1038, Esztergom or Székesfehérvár, Kingdom of Hungary
Canonized:
August 20, 1083, Esztergom, Hungary by Pope Gregory VII
Major Shrine:
Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
Patron of:
Hungary
First King of Hungary, b. at Gran, 975; d. 15 August, 1038.
He was a son of the Hungarian chief Géza and was baptized, together with his father, by Archbishop St. Adalbert of Prague in 985, on which occasion he changed his heathen name Vaik (Vojk) into Stephen. In 995 he married Gisela, a sister of Duke Henry of Bavaria, the future Emperor St. Henry II, and in 997 succeeded to the throne of Hungary. In order to make Hungary a Christian nation and to establish himself more firmly as ruler, he sent Abbot Astricus to Rome to petition Pope Sylvester II for the royal dignity and the power to establish episcopal sees. The pope acceded to his wishes and, in addition, presented him with a royal crown with which he was crowned at Gran on 17 August, 1001 (see HUNGARY.--History). He founded a monastery in Jerusalem and hospices for pilgrims at Rome, Ravenna, and Constantinople. He was a personal friend of St. Bruno of Querfurt and corresponded with Abbot St. Odilo of Cluny.
The last years of his life were embittered by sickness and family troubles. When on 2 September, 1031, his only son, St.   Emeric, lost his life on a bear hunt, his cherished hope of transferring the reins of government into the hands of a pious Christian prince were shattered. During his lifetime a quarrel arose among his various nephews concerning the right of succession, and some of them even took part in a conspiracy against his life. He was buried beside his son at Stuhlweissenburg, and both were canonized together in 1083. His feast is on 2 September, but in Hungary his chief festival is observed on 20 August, the day on which his relics were transferred to Buda. His incorrupt right hand is treasured as the most sacred relic in Hungary.


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