Sunday, September 2, 2012

VATICAN : POPE : LAND OF TRUE FREEDOM AND LIFE



 Vatican Radio REPORT- Pope Benedict XVI prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, where the Holy Father is spending the Summer months. In remarks ahead of the prayer, the Pope discussed God’s Law, which was a main focus of the Sunday readings. "God’s Law," said Pope Benedict, "is His Word, which guides man on the path of life, releases him from the slavery of selfishness and introduces him to the ‘land’ of true freedom and life." The Holy Father went on to say, "For this reason, in the Bible the Law is not seen as a burden, an overwhelming limitation, but as the Lord’s most precious gift, the testimony of His fatherly love, of His desire to be close to His people, to be their ally and write with His people a love story."

After the Angelus, Pope Benedict greeted pilgrims in many languages, including English:

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present for this Angelus. The Gospel of today’s liturgy spurs all of us to a greater harmony between the faith we treasure in our hearts and our outward behaviour. By God’s grace, may we be purified inside and out, so as to live integrally our commitment to Christ and to his message. God bless all of you!

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EUROPE : SPAIN : WOMAN RUINS FAMOUS PAINTING OF JESUS



A woman in her 80s tried to restore a 19th century painting in a Church. Cecilia Gimenez accidently ruined the Ecce Homo by artist Elias Garcia Martinez. The painting had hung in the "Sanctuary of Mercy Church" in Zaragoza, Spain. The lady has said that the local priest knew she was attempting the restoration. The painting was in the church for over 120 years. Moisture had caused damage over the last year. Officials are trying to restore possibly permanent damage of a work of art.

AUSTRALIA : FATHER'S DAY WITH RETIRED PRIESTS

ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:
For our priests in retirement


Friday 31 August 2012

EACH year on Father’s Day, Melbourne’s Catholics are invited to remember and support the Archdiocese’s retired and sick priests by contributing to the annual collection for the Priests’ Retirement Foundation.

Established by the late Archbishop Frank Little in 1990, the foundation enables the provision of comfort and basic health care to retired and sick priests through a network of carers in residential and private accommodation.

In accordance with Canon Law, the Archbishop requests priests to offer their resignation at the age of 75. At the time of retirement, the Archbishop refers a retired priest to the care of the foundation. It is anticipated that an average of six priests will retire each year over the next five years.

In a typical year, the foundation cares for 100 retired priests, 25 per cent of whom have retired before the age of 75 for health reasons.
Priests who are not able to exercise ministry due to criminal convictions or ecclesiastical suspension are not eligible for support from the foundation.

The Archdiocese has two purpose-built retirement homes for our retired priests: Justin Villa in North Balwyn (opened in 1991); and George Maher House in Clifton Hill (opened in 1996). These homes are managed by Catholic Homes. Catholic Homes also cares for our retired priests at Corpus Christi Clayton. The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master began caring for our retired priests in 1970 at our retirement homes.

The majority of retired priests choose to live privately, either in homes they may own (usually from an inheritance) or in rented houses or units. The rent for these is provided by the Priests’ Retirement Foundation.

Some priests choose to become chaplains to convents or other institutions. Parishioners all over Melbourne will also be aware that retired priests often step in for weekend Masses when their own priest is on annual holiday or sabbatical leave. The foundation reimburses travel and other expenses they may incur as they continue in ministry.

To donate to the Priests’ Retirement Foundation, you can contribute to the collection taken up at all parishes this Father’s Day, call 9486 9650, or write to PO Box 615, East Melbourne, Victoria 8002.
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ASIA : LAOS : CHRISTIAN LEADER ARRESTED FOR CONVERSIONS

UCAN REPORT:
The stormy relationship between the Laos government and active Christians continues with the arrest of a popular Christian leader.   
Catholic Church News Image of Christian leader arrested for converting 300 people
The Laotian police arrested the Christian leader Bountheung of Nongpong village, in the district of Khamkerd, in the province of Borikhamxai (central Laos). The charge is “to have converted 300 Laotians to the Christian faith.”
As reported to Fides, the arrest took place a week ago, after twice before his arrest, in the month of August, the leader had been summoned and questioned by the provincial authorities. The questions focused on his faith and conversion of about 300 Laotians to Christianity, in May.
The 300 faithful, all from the village of Nongpong, after having seen and met the man, freely decided to join. This alarmed local authorities. The warrant provides for the expulsion of Bountheung from the village and orders the 300 Christian residents in Nongpong to renounce their Christian faith in exchange for the right to continue to live in the village.
According to the NGO “Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom”, the order violates a right of citizenship, since Bountheung lived and worked in the village, and is properly registered, along with the other 300, as “permanent resident”. The NGO also adds, the measure violates the right to join any religion of their choice, guaranteed by the Constitution of Laos.
In another village, Nahoukou, about 40 km from the city of Savannakhet, in the same province, local authorities interrogated and intimidated Tongkoun Keohavong, secular leader of the Christian community of the village, asking him the reasons for the growth of Christianity in the village. Tongkoun explained that, since February 2012, more than 30 villagers, in exercising their right to religious freedom, embraced the Christian faith, becoming part of the community.
The authorities ordered him and the other believers to renounce their faith and stop the meetings of worship, which could lead to the expulsion from the village.
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AFRICA : SUDAN : IOM MOVES THOUSANDS OF RETURNEES

CISA REPORT:
IOM-Completes-Movement-of-2,700-Returnees
JUBA, August 31, 2012 (CISA) –Friday August 31 the last of eight barges transporting over 2,700 returnees and their luggage will dock at Juba Port after a three-week passage from Renk in Upper Nile State.
The convoy of three passenger and five luggage barges left Renk, where over 16,000 returnees from Sudan remain stranded, on August 10th. Returnees disembarked at ports in Upper Nile, Jonglei, and Lakes as the convoy made its way to the capital.
IOM medical staff screened returnees boarding the barges in Renk to check their fitness to travel and prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Children under the age of five were also vaccinated. A doctor, two nurses and a midwife also travelled with each passenger barge.
But numerous cases of malaria, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections (ARIs) were recorded and there were two confirmed deaths. Some 24 returnees were hospitalized on arrival in Bor and 17 in Juba.
IOM medical staff in Juba note that South Sudan, where average life expectancy is 42, has some of the world’s worst key indicators for health. Returnees, many of whom suffer from malnutrition which affects their immune systems, are particularly vulnerable to disease.
Key health statistics in South Sudan include the fact that less than 50% of the population have access to clean drinking water, less than 7% have access to proper sanitation and 88% of women and 63% of men are illiterate. Some 28% of families in urban areas and 43% of families in rural areas do not own mosquito nets to protect them from malaria.
In Renk, where IOM runs three transit camp primary health care clinics, health conditions are deteriorating and stranded returnees are becoming increasingly desperate to join IOM barge convoys – the only way to leave during the wet season.
But the barge convoy that arrives in Juba today may be the last, given that IOM South Sudan has no more donor funding for transport.
But IOM will organize onward road transportation for the returnees who arrived today from Juba to their final destinations in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region.
Earlier this week, an IOM convoy of 71 trucks and buses left Juba for Aweil in northern Bar el Ghazal – a five-day road journey – carrying 185 families and their belongings.
Since South Sudan became independent in July 2011, IOM has provided onward transportation assistance to final destinations for over 63,000 vulnerable returnees.
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NOVENA FOR BIRTH OF VIRGIN MARY - DAY 4 - PLENARY INDULGENCE


To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY’S NATIVITY.


(Beginning Aug. 30.)

Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

TRANSLATION.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Most holy Mary, Elect One, predestined from all eternity by the Most Holy Trinity to be Mother of the only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, foretold by the Prophets, expected by the Patriarchs, desired by all nations, Sanctuary and living Temple of the Holy Ghost, Sun without stain, conceived free from original sin, Mistress of Heaven and of Earth, Queen of angels:- humbly prostrate at thy feet we give thee our homage, rejoicing that the year has brought round again the memory of thy most happy Nativity; and we pray thee with all our hearts to vouchsafe in thy goodness now to come down again and be reborn spiritually in our souls, that, led captive by thy loveliness and sweetness, they may ever live united to thy most sweet and loving heart.

i. So now whilst we say nine angelic salutations, we will direct our thoughts to the nine months which thou didst pass enclosed in thy mother’s womb; celebrating at the same time thy descent from the royal house of David, and how thou didst come forth to the light of heaven with high honour from the womb of holy Anna, thy most happy mother.
Ave Maria.

ii. We hail thee, heavenly Babe, white Dove of purity; who in spite of the serpent wast conceived free from original sin.
Ave Maria.

iii. We hail thee, bright Morn; who, forerunner of the Heavenly Sun of Justice, didst bring the first light to earth.
Ave Maria.

iv. We hail thee, Elect; who, like the untarnished Sun, didst burst forth in the dark night of sin.
Ave Maria.

v. We hail thee, beauteous Moon; who didst shed light upon a world wrapt in the darkness of idolatry.
Ave Maria.

vi. We hail thee, dread Warrior-Queen; who, in thyself a host, didst put to flight all hell.
Ave Maria.

vii. We hail thee, fair Soul of Mary; who from eternity wast possessed by God and God alone.
Ave Maria.

viii. We hail thee, dear Child, and we humbly venerate thy most holy infant body, the sacred swaddling-clothes wherewith they bound thee, the sacred crib wherein they laid thee, and we bless the hour and the day when thou wast born.
Ave Maria.

ix. We hail thee, much-loved Infant, adorned with every virtue immeasurably above all saints, and therefore worthy Mother of the Saviour of the world; who, having been made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, didst bring forth the Word Incarnate.
Ave Maria.

PRAYER

O most lovely Infant, who by thy holy birth hast comforted the world, made glad the heavens, struck terror into hell, brought help to the fallen, consolation to the sad, salvation to the weak, joy to all men living; we entreat thee, with the most fervent love and gratitude, to be spiritually reborn in our souls by means of thy most holy love; renew our spirits to thy service, rekindle in our hearts the fire of charity, bid all the virtues blossom there, that so we may find more and more favour in thy gracious eyes. Mary! be thou our Mary, and may we feel the saving power of thy sweetest name; may it ever be our comfort to call on that name in all our troubles; may it be our hope in dangers, our shield in temptation, and our last utterance in death. Sit nomen Mariae mel in ore, melos in aure, et jubilus in corde. Amen. Let the name of Mary be honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, joy in the heart. Amen.

V. Nativitas tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo.
R. Gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo.

Oremus.
Famulis tuis, quaesumus Domine, coelestis gratiae munus impertire: ut quibus Beata Virginis partus extitit salutis exordium, nativitatis ejus votiva solemnitas pacis tribuat incrementum.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

TRANSLATION.

V. Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God.
R. Hath brought joy to the whole world.

Let us pray.
Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace; that to all those for whom the delivery of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of salvation, this her votive festival may give increase of peace. Through, &c.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : 22ND ORD. - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 - YEAR B

Deuteronomy 4: 1 - 2, 6 - 8
1 "And now, O Israel, give heed to the statutes and the ordinances which I teach you, and do them; that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you.
2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it; that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
6 Keep them and do them; for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, `Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law which I set before you this day?



Psalms 15: 2 - 5
2 He who walks blamelessly, and does what is right, and speaks truth from his heart;
3 who does not slander with his tongue, and does no evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
4 in whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 who does not put out his money at interest, and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
James 1: 17 - 18, 21 - 22, 27
17 Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Mark 7: 1 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 23
1 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem,
2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed.
3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders;
4 and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.)
5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?"
6 And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'
8 You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."
14 And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand:
15 there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him."
21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery,
22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."
2012 - 22nd Sun Ordinary Time

TODAY'S SAINT: SEPT. 2: ST. ANTONINUS

St. Antoninus

MARTYR AND HERMIT
Feast: September 2
Information: Feast Day: September 2
Antoninus is listed as a stonemason in Aribazus, Syria (or Pamiers, France). He denounced the pagan practices of his fellow townspeople and went to live as a hermit for two years. Antoninus then returned to his village and destroyed the pagan idols. He fled the town and built a church in Apamea, Syria, where he was murdered. Both Apamea and Pamiers claim this saint.
source http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/A/stantoninus.asp

VATICAN : POPE : MESSAGE FOR FOCOLARE

Vatican Radio REPORT-  Pope Benedict XVI has sent a Message, through his Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to the participants in this weekend’s global gathering of young people of the Focolare Movement, called “Genfest”, taking place in the Hungarian city of Budapest. The Message is addressed to Maria Voce, President of the Focolare Movement.

Please find the full text of the Message below.

Dear Miss Voce,

The Holy Father was pleased to be informed of the celebration of Genfest 2012, taking place in Budapest from 31 August to 2 September, and he sends heartfelt greetings to all the young people taking part.

His Holiness notes that the city itself is an eloquent symbol, on many levels, of inspirations that bring so many young people together for the celebration entitled Let’s Bridge. The numerous bridges across the Danube, linking the former settlements of Buda and Pest and bringing them into unity, were all destroyed in the wake of the Second World War. Yet out of the ashes of that terrible conflict, there arose a determination to build peace on lasting foundations, a determination which was to be the inspiration behind the founding of the Focolare Movement. The bridges across the Danube were rebuilt, and the international community set itself the goal of eliminating once and for all the conditions that might lead to future conflict.

While Budapest itself, together with much of Eastern Europe, continued to suffer under the oppression of a totalitarian regime, there too, new possibilities for freedom and fraternal outreach have come about since the end of the Cold War. May this beautiful city be a sign of hope to inspire all the young people present to offer the hand of friendship to those from other backgrounds and cultures, “in such a way as to shape the earthly city in unity and peace, rendering it to some degree an anticipation and prefiguration of the undivided city of God” (Caritas in Veritate, 7).

With these sentiments, the Holy Father gladly imparts his Apostolic Blessing to all those taking part in Genfest 2012, as a pledge of lasting peace and joy.

Yours sincerely,
Signed +Tarcisio Card. Bertone
Secretary of State
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NOVENA FOR BIRTH OF VIRGIN MARY - DAY 3 - PLENARY INDULGENCE

[Birth of the Virgin (detail); Murillo] To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

IN PREPARATION FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY’S NATIVITY.


(Beginning Aug. 30.)

Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

TRANSLATION.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Most holy Mary, Elect One, predestined from all eternity by the Most Holy Trinity to be Mother of the only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, foretold by the Prophets, expected by the Patriarchs, desired by all nations, Sanctuary and living Temple of the Holy Ghost, Sun without stain, conceived free from original sin, Mistress of Heaven and of Earth, Queen of angels:- humbly prostrate at thy feet we give thee our homage, rejoicing that the year has brought round again the memory of thy most happy Nativity; and we pray thee with all our hearts to vouchsafe in thy goodness now to come down again and be reborn spiritually in our souls, that, led captive by thy loveliness and sweetness, they may ever live united to thy most sweet and loving heart.

i. So now whilst we say nine angelic salutations, we will direct our thoughts to the nine months which thou didst pass enclosed in thy mother’s womb; celebrating at the same time thy descent from the royal house of David, and how thou didst come forth to the light of heaven with high honour from the womb of holy Anna, thy most happy mother.
Ave Maria.

ii. We hail thee, heavenly Babe, white Dove of purity; who in spite of the serpent wast conceived free from original sin.
Ave Maria.

iii. We hail thee, bright Morn; who, forerunner of the Heavenly Sun of Justice, didst bring the first light to earth.
Ave Maria.

iv. We hail thee, Elect; who, like the untarnished Sun, didst burst forth in the dark night of sin.
Ave Maria.

v. We hail thee, beauteous Moon; who didst shed light upon a world wrapt in the darkness of idolatry.
Ave Maria.

vi. We hail thee, dread Warrior-Queen; who, in thyself a host, didst put to flight all hell.
Ave Maria.

vii. We hail thee, fair Soul of Mary; who from eternity wast possessed by God and God alone.
Ave Maria.

viii. We hail thee, dear Child, and we humbly venerate thy most holy infant body, the sacred swaddling-clothes wherewith they bound thee, the sacred crib wherein they laid thee, and we bless the hour and the day when thou wast born.
Ave Maria.

ix. We hail thee, much-loved Infant, adorned with every virtue immeasurably above all saints, and therefore worthy Mother of the Saviour of the world; who, having been made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, didst bring forth the Word Incarnate.
Ave Maria.

PRAYER

O most lovely Infant, who by thy holy birth hast comforted the world, made glad the heavens, struck terror into hell, brought help to the fallen, consolation to the sad, salvation to the weak, joy to all men living; we entreat thee, with the most fervent love and gratitude, to be spiritually reborn in our souls by means of thy most holy love; renew our spirits to thy service, rekindle in our hearts the fire of charity, bid all the virtues blossom there, that so we may find more and more favour in thy gracious eyes. Mary! be thou our Mary, and may we feel the saving power of thy sweetest name; may it ever be our comfort to call on that name in all our troubles; may it be our hope in dangers, our shield in temptation, and our last utterance in death. Sit nomen Mariae mel in ore, melos in aure, et jubilus in corde. Amen. Let the name of Mary be honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, joy in the heart. Amen.

V. Nativitas tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo.
R. Gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo.

Oremus.
Famulis tuis, quaesumus Domine, coelestis gratiae munus impertire: ut quibus Beata Virginis partus extitit salutis exordium, nativitatis ejus votiva solemnitas pacis tribuat incrementum.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

TRANSLATION.

V. Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God.
R. Hath brought joy to the whole world.

Let us pray.
Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace; that to all those for whom the delivery of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of salvation, this her votive festival may give increase of peace. Through, &c.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

AMERICA : CARDINAL DOLAN 'S MESSAGE AT REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

CARDINAL DOLAN'S MESSAGE FROM GOP 2012 CONVENTION: With firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, let us pray. Almighty God, Father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home,” he began. “We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life. Bless those families whose ancestors arrived on these shores generations ago, as well as those families that have come recently, to build a better future while weaving their lives into the rich tapestry of America.”
We lift up to your loving care those afflicted by the recent storms, drought, and fire. We ask for the grace to stand in solidarity with all those who suffer. May we strive to include your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free in the production and prosperity of a people so richly blessed.
O God of wisdom, justice, and might, we ask your guidance for those who govern us, and on those who would govern us: the president, and vice president, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and on all those who seek to serve the common good by seeking public office, especially Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. Make them all worthy to serve you by serving our country. And help them remember that the only just government is the government that serves its citizens rather than itself.
Almighty God, who gives us the sacred and inalienable gift of life, we thank you as well for the singular gift of liberty. Renew in all of our people a respect for religious freedom in full, that first most cherished freedom. Make us truly free by tethering freedom to truth and ordering freedom to goodness. Help us live our freedom in faith, hope and love, prudently and with justice, courageously and in a spirit of moderation. Enkindle in our hearts a new sense of responsibility for freedom’s cause and make us ever grateful for all those who for more than two centuries have given their lives in freedom’s defense. We commend their noble souls to your eternal care as even now we beg your mighty hand upon our beloved men and women in uniform. May we know the truth of your creation, respecting the laws of nature and nature’s God and not seek to replace it with idols of our own making.
Give us the good sense not to cast aside the boundaries of righteous living you first inscribed on our hearts even before inscribing them on tablets of stone. May you mend our every flaw, confirming our soul in self control, our liberty in law. We pray for all those who seek honest labor as we thank you for the spirit of generosity to those in need [with] which you so richly blessed this nation. We beseech your blessing on all who depart this evening and on all those in every land who seek to conduct their lives in freedom.
Most of all, Almighty God, we thank you for the great gift of our beloved country. For we are indeed one nation under God, and in God we trust. Dear God, bless America, you who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

ASIA : HONG KONG : HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST NATIONAL EDUCATION

ASIA NEWS REPORT:
Protest growing: From 80 to 200 high school students. Massive demonstration of teachers 'unions and parents' representatives scheduled tomorrow. According to the reform, the so-called classes of "national education" will address the major scientific and economic achievements of mainland China.


Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The peaceful protest of the Territory's high school students against "national education" classes imposed by the communist government on local schools shows no sign of weakening. From the original 80 until yesterday, the number of young people camped in front of the building of the Legislative Council, in the government district of Almanthy is now more than 200. Three of them - the 18 year old Lily Wong Lee-lee, Ivan Lam Long-yin and Kaiser (pictured) - are still on hunger strike, which began more than 24 hours ago. They are pale, but determined to resist until tomorrow, when there will be a great event organized by teachers' unions and parents representatives

The protests in recent days stem from educational reform desired by the Chinese central government in 2002 and launched in 2004. It provides every school - from elementary school onwards - be prepared for non-defined "classes of National Education", a topic that should be treated as a separate subject. From what has so far been said, the subject's aim is to enhance China's great economic scientific and popular achievements, but silence, for example, discusses the Tiananmen massacre..

The first to oppose this reform were Catholics, led by Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, who has repeatedly denounced this move as an attempt to "brainwash" young people orchestrated by Beijing. Now, the general public is mobilising behind the Church: According to a survey carried out by an Association of men's and women's clubs, 74% of the students and 77% of parents surveyed want the government to withdraw the subject from schools and resume consultations with all parties involved before resubmitting it.

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AUSTRALIA : CATHOLIC MAN BREAKFAST TALKS


ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:



Catholic Man Breakfast Series


Thursday 30 August 2012

MORE than 90 men got up early on Thursday 23 August to hear guest speaker Robert Falzon's presentation at the Catholic Man Breakfast hosted by Archbishop Denis Hart. The Catholic Man Breakfast series provides an opportunity to men to gather and be encouraged and inspired in their faith.

By Miles Blackford

"A celebration of manhood and a call to arms to the Catholic men of Melbourne" Leo de Bruyn, attendee

A Catholic Man Breakfast Series event involves a cooked breakfast, sharing with other men, and speakers backed by multimedia. It is organised by menALIVE, a national Catholic men’s ministry.

The breakfast at the CQ Function Centre on 23 August was a new experience for me, as it was for most of the 90 + men in attendance. This was the first menALIVE breakfast held in Melbourne and, for most of us, our first menALIVE event. An experience it was, with the theme of Fire in Your Life!
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Numbered among those present were leading Victorian Catholic politicians including the Education Minister, The Leader of the Opposition, Heads of Catholic Agencies from the Archdiocese, senior students and principals from three boys schools (Emmanuel College Altona, Mazenod College Mulgrave and Salesian College Chadsone) and many men from the business and Church community.

His Grace Archbishop Denis Hart, hosted the event, said grace and gave a blessing at the end and, in affirming the men present, also challenged them to find ways to “put on Christ” in their daily lives. This set a nice, prayerful tone to the morning.

Most men love a good action movie so it was appropriate that MC, Peter Gabauer played the Russell Crowe Robin Hood movie trailer. With its repeated references to Robin’s father, the trailer struck one of the major themes that affect men – a man’s relationship with his father.
We were asked to share three things about our fathers for which we are grateful. This was not difficult for myself, Peter, and Jack (two men I was sitting near). I mentioned that I was grateful to my father for teaching me hunting and fishing, for raising me as best he could and for encouraging me in my creative interests.

The keynote speaker was menALIVE co-founder, Robert Falzon. He told the story of his life, illustrated by family photos of his wife and four children on the multimedia screen. For most of his life, Robert ran his own manufacturing business, which was twice almost destroyed by fires. His business was ultimately very successful and he sold out to a large company to take on ministry to men in the Church because the question “where are all the men?” was gnawing at him. He is now a full-time volunteer with menALIVE.

During his speech, Robert asked us to think of something in our lives on which we needed to take a stand. This was our next topic for sharing. Peter, Jack and myself readily found things we felt we needed to take a stand on, but our sharing wandered into what we had found most meaningful in Robert’s speech. What had struck me was that in the most difficult moments of Robert’s life he had turned to God with prayer – as he said a few time “to get on your knees and fight like a man".

The event saw Melbourne Catholic men connect with each other, feel inspired, and be challenged. The next menALIVE Melbourne Catholic Man Breakfast Series event will be in March 2013. www.menalive.org.au
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Josh 24:15


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AFRICA : KENYA : LAITY URGED TO EVANGELIZE

CISA NEWS REPORT:
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MOLO, August 31, 2012 (CISA) – The laity in the Catholic Church has been urged to participate fully in evangelization.
Director of The Blessed John Paul II Evangelizing parish teams church movement, Professor Peter Kiarie said that the Second African Synod, held in Rome in 2009 and whose report was presented to the Church in Africa by Pope Benedict November 2011 “empowers” the lay people in the church to participate in evangelization work.
Professor Kiarie was officially opening a three-day workshop (August 16-19), organized by The Blessed John Paul II Evangelizing Parish Teams Movement and held at Ukarimu Centre-Incarnate Sisters, Molo.
The theme of the workshop was “Be Missionaries to yourself-Pope Paul VI-Uganda-I969” and was attended by 56 participants, drawn from various dioceses in the country.
“The laity must be very active in evangelization as stipulated by the Second African Synod,” said Prof Kiarie.
He said the spirituality of Blessed John II is of the new evangelization which Pope Benedict VI has adopted.
In his recent address Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that new evangelization requires a change in mentality, particularly with regard to the role of the laity in the Church, who should be considered not as “collaborators” with the clergy, but as persons truly “co-responsible” for the being and activity of the Church, said Prof Kiarie while quoting the Pope.
“It is important, therefore, that a mature and committed laity be united, who are able to make their own specific contribution to the Church’s mission,” added Prof Kairie.
Religious teacher, Simon Rurinjah presented a paper on how to make Small Christian Communities (SCCs) evangelistic.
He said some people are failing to attend the SCCs meeting because of their thirty for money.
Father Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ stressed the centrality of parental care within families. The list of parental responsibilities, which he described as fundamental survival of family included care and control of the child, discipline, protection and maintenance, secular education and religious upbringing, medical treatment and consent to marriage.
The workshop was also addressed by the Spiritual director of the Movement, Father Richard Quinn, a Maryknoll missionary priest.
“We must train and form our people on how to evangelize in our Small Christian Communities. We must know and learn how to dialogue with Muslims, work and show with them our love, even though we must be most vocal in claiming our rights and denouncing any false teaching and insults against our faith,” he emphasized.
Father Eustaki Tarimo, Vicar General and Dean, Arusha Archdiocese, Tanzania stressed the need for effective co-existence between the Catholics and people of other faith, Muslims included.
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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE SATURDAY SEPT. 1, 2012

Matthew 25: 14 - 30
14 "For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property;
15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, `Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.'
21 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, `Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.'
23 His master said to him, `Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.'
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, `Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow;
25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.'
26 But his master answered him, `You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?
27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.'