Saturday, August 25, 2012

VATICAN : POPE : MESSAGE FOR LAY CATHOLIC ACTION MEETING

RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Pope Benedict has sent a message to the 6th Ordinary Meeting of the International Forum of Catholic Action, which began on Thursday. This year’s Meeting is focusing on “Lay Catholic Action members: ecclesial and social co-responsibility.”

“This responsibility requires a change in mentality concerning, in particular, the role of the laity in the Church,” Pope Benedict writes. “They should not be considered as merely ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but as people truly ‘co-responsible’ in the work of the Church.”

The Holy Father says it is important that the laity be well-formed and capable of making “their own specific contribution to the mission of the Church, in accordance with the ministries and tasks in which each one takes part in the life of the Church, and always in an amicable communion with the Bishops.”

Pope Benedict encourages members of Catholic Action to announce the message of Christ in the language of our time, which has been marked by rapid social and cultural changes, calling this “the great challenge of the New Evangelization.”

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AMERICA : RIP FR. VICTOR CAPRIOLO OF FOND DU LAC

 
Fr. Victor Capriolo
died in an car accident while riding a bicycle. Fr. Victor was pastor in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was 67 years old. He was struck around 7:50pm while crossing a highway bypass.
Fr. Capriolo's Church website released the following:Holy Family Catholic Community clergy, staff and parishioners are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Fr. Vic Capriolo in a traffic accident on the evening of Wednesday, August 22. He was a compassionate pastor, dedicated to all he served in the archdiocese and beyond. We ask that his family and friends be kept in your prayers. Funeral information will be forthcoming when arrangements have been made. Please check our website, www.hffdl.org , for updates as they become available.

Funeral services for Fr. Vic will be visitation at Holy Family Church on Monday, August 27 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm with a vigil to follow at 7:00 pm in the church. Tuesday there will be more visitation at Holy Family Church from 9:00 - 11:00 am with the funeral to follow at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church. We thank everyone for the outpouring of sympathy and prayers at this difficult time.

ASIA : SYRIA : OVER 200000 REFUGEES IN NEIGHBOR COUNTRIES

ASIA NEWS REPORT:
United Nations commissioner updates refugee data. Many are underage or unaccompanied children. Turkey alone has 78,000 refugees, up from 44,000 at the end of July. As violence continues in Damascus and Aleppo, at least 70 were killed across the country in the past three days, 4,000 in the last three weeks.


Damascus (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The United Nations refugee agency said that more than 200,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries as the conflict intensified, this according to Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who spoke at a press conference in Geneva.

The agency had anticipated a total of 185,000 registered refugees by the end of this year. With 30,000 more arriving in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq in the past seven days alone, the actual number is much higher. Many of them are under 18, including unaccompanied children.

In Damascus and Aleppo, fighting continues. Activists said Syrian army tanks reached the centre of the Damascus suburb of Darayya, after shelling killed about 20 people.

According to the UNHRC, the number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) is 1.2 million. Another 2.5 million need humanitarian aid.

In Jordan, a record 2,200 people crossed the border overnight and were received at Zaatari camp in the north. In Lebanon, where some 51,000 Syrians have already found refuge, the fighting in Syria has spilled over, pitting Sunnis pro-Assad Alawis continue. In Iraq, schools near the border are overflowing just as children prepare to go back to school.

The largest contingent of refugees has fled to Turkey, which now hosts more than 78,000 Syrian refugees, according to the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate, a sharp rise on the 44,000 registered there at the end of July.

Ankara, saying it will not be able to accommodate more than 100,000 refugees, has suggested that the United Nations set up a safe haven inside Syria to staunch the outflow.

The rising tide of refugees is directly related to the escalating violence of the summer months. In the past 72 hours, at least 70 people have been killed in Darayya, most of them civilians.

More than 90 people were killed across Syria on Friday, 220 since Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. In the past three weeks, the death toll topped 4,000.

Reports are coming in claiming that Assad's forces are handing out flyers encouraging people to flee to neighbouring countries, especially Turkey, to put pressure on the latter.

Despite the violent escalation, like every Friday since the start of the uprising in March 2012, Syrians took to the streets yesterday in opposition to the regime and outrage at the international community's failure to stop the bloodshed. In some places, people should, "We are disgusted by the world!
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