- Year XXII - Num. 141
|- Angelus: Jesus counters market logic with the logic of giving|
|- Appeal for the liberation of Dall'Oglio and Orthodox bishops abducted in Syria|
|- Pope's message to the new Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians|
|- Telegram for the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum|
|- Cardinal Meisner, Pope's special envoy to the inauguration of the Maria Radna convent complex in Timisoara|
|- Other Pontifical Acts|
|Angelus: Jesus counters market logic with the logic of giving|
Vatican City, 26 July 2015 (VIS) – At midday today Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. He commented on the day's Gospel passage, which narrates “the great sign of the multiplication of the loaves”, when Jesus finds Himself on the shores of the Sea of Galilee surrounded by the multitude, drawn by the “signs He was performing on the sick”.
Francis remarked that God's merciful power acts in Christ, curing every malady of the body and the spirit. But He is not merely a healer, He is also a teacher; He teaches from the “cathedra” represented by the mount and tests His disciples, asking them how they can give food to all the people present. The apostle Philip makes a rapid calculation, confirming that by organising a collection they could raise at most two hundred denari to buy bread, which would not be sufficient to feed five thousand people.
“The disciples reason in 'market' terms, but Jesus substitutes the logic of buying with the logic of giving”, explained the Pope. “And at this point Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, presents a boy who offers all he has: five loaves and two fishes, which are certainly not enough for so many people, Andrew says”. But this was exactly what Jesus was expecting, and so He tells the disciples to ask the people to be seated, takes the loaves and fishes, blesses them, gives thanks to the Father and distributes them.
“These gestures anticipate those of the Last Supper, which gives Jesus' bread its truest meaning. God's bread is Jesus Himself. Making Communion with Him, we receive His life in us and become children of the heavenly Father and brothers among ourselves. In this communion we encounter Jesus, truly alive and risen! Participating in the Eucharist means entering into Jesus' logic, the logic of gratuity, of sharing. And poor though we may be, we can all give something. 'Making Communion' means drawing from Christ the grace that makes us capable of sharing what we are and what we have with others”.
The crowd is astonished by the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves, “but the gift that Jesus offers is the fullness of life for famished mankind. Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but also the most profound hunger for the meaning of life: our hunger for God. Faced with suffering, loneliness, poverty and the difficulties of so many people, what can we do? Complaining resolves nothing, but we can offer what little we have, like the boy in the Gospel. We all surely have a little time, some kind of talent, some kind of expertise to offer. Who among us does not have their 'five loaves and two fishes'? We all have it! If we are willing to place it in the Lord’s hands, it would be enough to bring to the world a little more love, peace, justice and above all, joy. How much we are in need of joy in the world! God is capable of multiplying our little gestures of solidarity and letting us participate in His gift”.
|Appeal for the liberation of Dall'Oglio and Orthodox bishops abducted in Syria|
Vatican City, 26 July 2015 (VIS) – Following the Angelus prayer, the Pope recalled that registration began today for the 31st World Youth Day, to be held in 2016 in Krakow, Poland. He was the first to register as a pilgrim by means of an electronic device brought to him by a boy and girl, before the faithful in St. Peter's Square. “The Day will coincide with the Year of Mercy”, he observed, “and will be, in a certain sense, a jubilee of youth called upon to reflect on the theme 'Blessed are the merciful, for they will find mercy'. I invite the young from all over the world to live this pilgrimage either by going to Krakow or by participating in this moment of grace within their communities”.
He continued, “In a few days' time it will be the second anniversary of the kidnapping of Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio. I wish to make a heartfelt and urgent appeal for the liberation of this esteemed religious man. Similarly, I do not forget the Orthodox bishops abducted in Syria, nor all the other people kidnapped in war zones. I hope that the competent authorities, both local and international, may redouble their efforts to enable freedom to be restored to these brothers of ours. With affection and participation in their suffering, let us remember them in prayer, and pray together to Our Lady”.
After praying the “Hail Mary” for these abducted people with all those present in the square, the Pope concluded by commenting that today the Church celebrates the feast of Sts. Anne and Joachim, the parents of the Virgin Mary and therefore Jesus' grandparents. “On this occasion, I would like to greet all grandmothers and grandfathers, and to thank them for their valuable presence in families and for the new generations. Let us greet and applaud all those grandparents who are living, and also those who look upon us from Heaven”.
|Pope's message to the new Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians|
Vatican City, (VIS) – The Holy Father has granted ecclesiastical communion to His Beatitude Gregoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan, as requested by the latter following his election as Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians by the Synod of the Patriarchal Church on 24 July. The new patriarch succeeds His Beatitude Nerses Pierre XIX Tarmouni, who died on .
The Pope took the opportunity to send a message of congratulations to His Beatitude Gregoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan, in which he commented that his election comes at a moment when the Church faces new difficulties and challenges, especially the situation of many Armenian Catholic faithful in the Middle East. “However, illuminated by the light of faith in the Risen Christ, our outlook on the world is full of hope and mercy, for we are certain that the Cross of Jesus is the tree that gives life”.
“I am sure that Your Beatitude, in communion with the venerable Synod Fathers, with the help of the Holy Spirit and with evangelical wisdom, will know how to be the 'Pater et Caput”, the Good Shepherd to that part of the People of God entrusted to you. The many Armenian martyrs and St. Gregory of Narek, Doctor of the Church, will not fail to intercede on your behalf”.
Finally, the Pope entrusted the Patriarch and his ministry to Jesus Christ and to the protection of the Holy Mother of God, and imparted his apostolic benediction to all the Patriarchate.
|Telegram for the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum|
Vatican City, 25 July 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolences to the cardinal archbishop of Washington, U.S.A., Donald Wuerl, for the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, archbishop emeritus of the same archdiocese and major penitentiary emeritus, on 23 July at the age of 88.
In his text the Pope expresses his gratitude for the late cardinal's years of episcopal service in Springfield-Cape Girardeau and in Washington, and for his long service to the Apostolic See as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and major penitentiary. The Holy Father commends the late cardinal's soul to God, the Father of all mercies, and imparts his apostolic blessing to all who mourn his passing.
|Cardinal Meisner, Pope's special envoy to the inauguration of the Maria Radna convent complex in Timisoara|
Vatican City, 25 July 2015 (VIS) - In a letter published today, written in Latin and dated 20 May 2015, the Holy Father appointed Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop emeritus of Cologne, Germany, as his special envoy to the inauguration of the convent complex at the Shrine of Maria Radna in Timisoara, Romania, to take place on , the day of the Portiuncula. In the text, the Pope mentions the fame of the Marian shrine, an ancient Franciscan convent, and expresses his pleasure at the restoration works, fruit of collaboration between the citizens of Timisoara, several dioceses in Germany, and the European Union.
|Other Pontifical Acts|
Vatican City, 25 July 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Tumaco, Colombia, presented by Bishop Gustavo Giron Higuita, O.C.D., upon reaching the age limit.
- appointed Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin as papal legate at the celebration of the fifth centenary of the evangelisation of East Timor, to be held in Dili, East Timor, on .
- appointed Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan, Italy, as special envoy to the Mass to be held in Bobbio, Italy on , on the occasion of the Eighteenth Meeting of the Colombanian Community, on the 1400th anniversary of the death of St. Colombanus.
- appointed Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, as special envoy to the concluding celebrations of the 1500th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice, Switzerland, to take place on .
President Barack Obama is in Ethiopia Monday, the first sitting American president to visit East Africa. He's having talks with Ethiopian and African Union leaders on counterterrorism, human rights and regional security.
Obama wrapped up a two-day visit to Kenya Sunday, where he urged leaders in his father's homeland to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equals.
But in an exchange, Kenya's president rejected Obama's message on gay rights, saying it was one value Christian Kenya does not share with the United States. "The fact of the matter is that Kenya, the United States, we share so many values, but there are some things that we must admit we don't share -- our culture, our society don't accept,"
President Uhuru Kenyatta said. "This is why I repeatedly say that for Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue," he continued. "We want to focus on other areas that are day-to-day living for our people." In Kenya, homosexual relations carry a punishment of imprisonment. In this overwhelmingly Christian nation, many residents shrugged off the U.S. president's lecture on gay rights. "Of course, the way President Obama talked about gays and what have you, lesbianism or transgender, whatever, according to him, you know, we took him as an American. He was answering like an American,"
Nairobi resident Ibrahim Lincoln said. "But according to our African cultures, the Christian beliefs -- we say no." Shared from CBN
Evil Uncovered #PlannedParenthood Video exposes Baby Body Parts Selling as a Government funded Organization - Please PRAY
Your tax dollars fund Planned Parenthood. They also have Advocates for Youth, SIECUS which spent $1.7 billion in combined federal and state money. Planned Parenthood spent $1.5 billion of that money. Planned Parenthood is exposed in this second video haggling prices of baby body parts because the abortion chain kills 325,000+ innocent children in the womb yearly– almost 900 every day.Please PRAY for an end to Abortion.
Operation Rescue Release: Washington, DC - The second video in an investigative series from the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood's illicit sale of aborted baby body parts has now been released.
The most recent video shows a luncheon conversation with Dr. Mary Gatter, who currently serves as President of Planned Parenthood's Medical Directors' Council and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood's Pasadena abortion clinic.
In the video, Gatter is heard haggling over the price she will charge for intact fetal body parts and is concerned that she will be "low-balled." She asks for at least $75 per specimen, but wants to see what other Planned Parenthood abortionists are getting to make sure she gets similar compensation so she can buy an expensive sports car.
"It's been years since I've talked about compensation, so let me just figure out what others are getting and if this is in the ballpark, that's fine. If it's still low, we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini," Gatter laughed.
"The statements in the Gatter video prove that Cecile Richards flat-out lied when she said that Planned Parenthood does not profit in any way from the sale of aborted baby parts. It takes a lot of baby livers to buy a Lamborghini," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. "And now it also appears that Planned Parenthood is also lying to women, altering their procedures in order to get body parts that can be sold for profit. These represent serious legal and ethical breeches for which Planned Parenthood must be held accountable."
Newman consulted on the undercover investigation conducted by David Daleiden, Director of the Center for Medical Progress for which Newman is a Board Member.
Gatter explains that she has no problem altering a procedure to one that is "less crunchy" ensure that the baby's body is as intact as possible, but also implies that they need to avoid the appearance - if not the fact - that they are selling the tissue.
Altering the abortion procedure to make sure organs are intact is considered unethical by medical standards and also illegal, which Gatter considers a "specious little argument."
"I don't think the patients would care one iota. So yeah, I'm not making a fuss about that," said Gatter
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is well aware of each participating affiliate's organ procurement contract and approves each one.
Last week, the CMP released a video showing Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola cavalierly discussing the sale of livers and other fetal organs obtained from altering late-second trimester abortion procedures. The video sparked a firestorm of outrage and prompted investigations into Planned Parenthood's sale of human fetal organs in Congress and seven states. Shared from Operation Rescue
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
24 Jul 2015
24 Jul 2015
Now 25 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree in Religious Education, Natasha says her Islamic upbringing is very much part of her and helped give her an even deeper understanding, love and commitment to the Catholic faith.
Natasha's faith journey began as a Year 12 student at Wiley Park Girls High School, Punchbowl. With Bible studies part of the school's personal development program, she attended the classes and was introduced to Jesus and the Gospels, the Old and New Testament.
"We had a wonderful teacher and she talked about Moses and together the class read the 10 Commandments. Growing up as a Muslim I had always believed in the 10 Commandments. They are part of the Quran. But that day was the first time I had ever heard the Commandments read in English," she says explaining that for Muslims the Quran is recited and read in Arabic.
Although she can read Arabic, Natasha was born and bred in Australia and as she points out, her first language is English.
"My eyes were opened. The words spoke directly to me. I understood the nuances. I also realised for the first time that if everyone followed the 10 Commandments there'd be no wars, no poverty, and that we would all care and look after one another."
But it was study of the New Testament that had the biggest impact on Natasha.
"The Gospels are very different from the Quran. The fact that God gave the world his son, Jesus, and that through this one man the whole world could be redeemed because of God's love resonated with me and I think this is when my understanding of God began to change and evolve," she says. .
Natasha studied the Gospels, highlighting and underlining favourite passages.
"Of all the passages I marked, my favourite is still Paul's letter to the Romans in the New Testament's Book of Romans. It is in this Epistle that St Paul explains that salvation is offered through the Gospel of Jesus Christ," she says.
Natasha continued her studies of the Scriptures during her time at the Australia Catholic University. Graduating with a BA in Theology with English as her major, she also became a Catechumen in preparation to being received into the Church and becoming a Catholic.
Throughout this period she was supported by her long term boyfriend, David Di Benedetto and his Italian Catholic family. David's mother also acted as her sponsor.
Natasha, however, kept the fact she was now Catholic from her own parents, brothers and sister.
"I was worried about how they would take it and afraid they would disown me," she says.
Despite Natasha attending Mass each week and joyously celebrating her faith among friends, the Di Benedetto family as well as her students at Marist College, Kogarah where she taught English and RE, her family had no idea their second eldest child was no longer Muslim. Nor did they suspect when Natasha led a group of eight pilgrims from the Kogarah College to World Youth Day in Rio in 2013.
"They knew I was going to Rio. They also knew how excited and enthusiastic I was about the fact the new Pope would be there. I think they just thought this was part of my job," she says.
Her family had long known she taught RE as well as English and were there to see her graduate with a Masters in Religious Education in October last year, and to congratulate her when she took on her new role as English and RE teacher at St John Bosco College, Engadine.
But they had no idea that their second eldest child no longer shared the family faith and was now a deeply committed Catholic.
All that changed last week when Natasha finally found the courage to tell her family of her conversion to Catholicism and the central role her faith played in her life.
The reaction from her parents was one of shock. And as she had long feared, they have refused to accept her decision.
Her three brothers and sister followed their parents' example.
But despite Natasha's worst fears being realised, she firmly believes that once her family have had time to get their "heads around" what has happened, there will be a reconciliation and she will once again be a treasured much loved daughter and member of the close and loving family.
"I had more than five years to plan how I would tell them, and how important my faith is to my life. But unlike me, my family had no preparation for what I was telling them. So it's no wonder they were shocked. Their reaction is understandable," she says.
Natasha strongly believes God has a plan for each of us. "You may not understand why something is happening now but you will over time," she insists.
Having kept her Catholic faith a secret from her family for so long, she says that along with the pain of being separated from her family, she also feels an immense sense of relief.
"Forgiveness is very much part of living the Gospel. Telling my family was difficult, but I don't resent them for their reaction. It was important I was upfront and honest with them. I've done my part, now it's up to God. It's in God's hands."
Natasha is currently writing a book about her faith journey.
Shared from Archdiocese of Sydney Australia
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Feast: July 27
Posted by Jacob
Today, July 28, we celebrate the feast day ofSaint Pantaleon the Healer (also known as Saint Panteleimon, died 303), physician, confessor, and martyr for the faith. While serving as physician to the Emperor Maximianus, Saint Pantaleon lived his faith loudly, despite persecution of Christians, and through his witness and charity to the poor and enslaved, earned the martyrs’ crown. He is considered a contemporary to Saints Cosmas and Damian, also Christian physicians who suffered for their faith. Saint Pantaleon, whose name means the “all-compassionate one,” is the patron saint of physicians.Pantaleon was born. in the city of Nicodemia (currently called Izmit, in northern Turkey near the Black Sea). His mother, Eubula, was a devout Christian who raised her son in the Christian way of life, while his father, Eustorgius, did not convert until much later. Sadly, Eubula passed away while Pantaleon was still quite young. While he had been exposed to Christianity, Pantaleon did not fully practice as a young man. Handsome, polite, and humble, he radiated happiness and peace to all he encountered, but was drawn to worldly pursuits. His father sent him to study under a famous physician, and eventually was appointed the royal physician to the court of Emperor Maximian.
While at the royal court, Pantaleon fell further from the faith, deceived by hearing the false maxims of the world applauded. It was then that the Lordsent a model of the faith, a zealous and prudent Christian named Hermolaus, to Pantaleon, to serve as advisor and friend. Hermolaus took special notice of the young physician and awakened his conscience, telling him that although the famous physicians of ancient times had possessed the science which cures bodies, Jesus Christ was a far more excellent Physician, able to cure not only bodies, but souls, by His divine doctrine. Through continued discussion and counsel, Pantaleon came to accept Christ into his heart.
Soon thereafter, Pantaleon experienced a miraculous healing, saving a child from certain death after being bitten by a viper. Needing no further proof of the power of the Lord, he was baptized into the faith, and undertook a rigorous course of study on the Sacraments of the Church, Holy Communion, and the teachings and practices of the faithful. Through his faith, he subsequently cured a man of blindness, which led him to the faith. Similarly, his father, hearing of his son’s healings, converted, receiving Christ into his heart.
Pantaleon was ordered to appear before the Emperor, who described the charges against him. The emperor had grown to like and trust Pantaleon, and attempted to save him by offering him the chance to make sacrifice to the pagan Roman gods. Of course, Pantaleon refused, and it was ordered that he be tortured and killed. After multiple attempts to kill him—which he miraculously survived—Saint Pantaleon was beheaded.
Saint Pantaleon, you know that it is hard to be ill without hope to get well again. Sometimes it is even more difficult to see someone suffer whom we love and whom we cannot help. Pray for the doctors in whom we trust. Give them wisdom and patience for the right way of treatment.
You emulated God's mercy, and He granted you the power of healing, o Pantaleon, victorious martyr of Christ. Heal our spiritual diseases through your intercession, and as we constantly cry out to the Lord, 'Save us!' take away the temptations which the enemy always places before our steps. Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that by the prayers of thy holy Martyr blessed Pantaleon, we may be delivered from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul.His feast day is 27 July, also 28 July, and 18 February.
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