Wednesday, September 5, 2012


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.


(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.

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.


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.


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.

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

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.


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.


Vatican Radio REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI held his weekly General Audience at the Vatican on Wednesday, during which he continued his reflections on Christian prayer. The Pope flew by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo to meet with pilgrims and visitors gathered in Paul VI Hall. In his catechetical remarks, the Pope focused on the theme of prayer as found at the start of the Book of Revelation - also known as the Apocalypse. “In some ways,” said Pope Benedict, “it is a difficult book, but it contains many riches.” The Holy Father went on to say that, right from its opening verses, the Book of Revelation begins to tell us that prayer means, above all, listening to the God who speaks to us:

Today, amid the din of so many useless words, many people have lost the habit of listening, even to God’s word. The opening lines of the Apocalypse teach us that prayer is not just more words, asking God to grant our various needs, but rather it must begin as praise to God for his love, and for his gift of Jesus Christ, who has brought us strength, hope and salvation.

The Pope said that we, too, are to welcome Jesus into our lives, to proclaim our "Yes!" to Christ and to nourish and deepen our Christian living.

Constant prayer will reveal to us the meaning of God’s presence in our lives and in history. Prayer with others, liturgical prayer in particular, will deepen our awareness of the crucified and risen Jesus in our midst. Thus, the more we know, love and follow Christ, the more we will want to meet him in prayer, for he is the peace, hope and strength of our lives.

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

I am pleased to welcome all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present today, including those from England, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States. I am especially pleased to welcome the group of Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit as well as the young men and women of the Focolare Movement who have been participating in this year’s Genfest in Budapest. Dear young people, you have taken to heart Christ’s call to promote unity in the human family by courageously building bridges. I therefore encourage you: be strong in your Catholic faith; and let the simple joy, the pure love, and the profound peace that come from the encounter with Jesus Christ make you radiant witnesses of the Good News before the young people of your own lands. God bless all of you abundantly!

Pope Benedict held his General Audiences at Castel Gandolfo during the month of August. The return to Rome for the Wednesday appointment comes just over a week before the Pope’s scheduled departure for Lebanon, from September 14th to 16th.



To prevent serious violence, the Indian police returned the Christians in their own country. The attackers were militants demanding the creation of an independent Tamil state. Local sources tell AsiaNews: "This is a message to the Sri Lankan government, but the situation has worsened." For many it was the first pilgrimage to Our Lady of Vailankanni.

Chennai (AsiaNews) - A group of Indian Tamil militants attacked 184 Sri Lankan Christians preventing them from making the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Health Vailankanni (Tamil Nadu). To prevent the situation from degenerating, the police escorted the pilgrims - mostly women and children - to Trichy airport, to bring them back to their country. Local sources that prefer to remain anonymous tell AsiaNews, that at the moment the situation is "quiet", but "is not a good sign" for the church and its pilgrims.

The police identified the attackers as Eelam activists, who are fighting for the creation of an independent Tamil in Sri Lanka (the Eelam, in fact). The militants - about a hundred - attacked the pilgrims while they were still on the bus, headed to the basilica. No one was injured, but one of the seven bus was damaged. The officers then tried to escort the Christians to the church, but along the way they were again attacked by activists. At that point, the police decided on their immediate return to Sri Lanka. The group of Christians left India last night on board a special flight.

According to sources, "the attack is only a demonstrative act, not against the pilgrims themselves. Its not the first time that the militants have carried out acts of this kind. Their goal was to attract the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka, to tackle once and for all the issue of resettlement of Tamil refugees and internally displaced persons. " However, they add, "at the expense of poor people. Many people, especially the younger ones, were on their first pilgrimage."

Each year, the "Lourdes of the East" welcomes pilgrims from all over the world. After the 2005 tsunami, thousands of people of all religions, not only Catholics go to seek solace in the sanctuary and to pay homage to Mary. At that time, the tsunami hit the Marian shrine hard: about 850 people died, 300 others were washed away by the fury of the waves. But those who sought refuge in the chapel, were unhurt.



Archbishop Nichols urges Catholics to be more confident in their faith | Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Preston Guild Mass

St Walburge's Church, Preston
As the start of the Year of Faith approaches, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster called on the congregation at the Preston Guild Mass on Saturday 1 September "to be more confidently Catholic in all we do".
"Being confidently Catholic means having confidence in the truth of faith, a truth which is held before us as a great gift from God..." he said. "This truth of faith is truth about ourselves, about our human condition, fallen and redeemed. It means the truth about God who, in infinite love and compassion, comes to us in the Incarnate Word so that we may never again be overwhelmed by the loneliness of thinking that all depends on us and therefore destined for oblivion."
During his homily at St Walburge's Church, Preston, Archbishop Nichols dwelt on the 2012 Preston Guild theme of "Looking back to look forward" saying that it is vital that "we deepen the roots of our faith so that we may be the bearers of its fruit". In doing so, he reflected on his own personal Lancashire Catholic heritage and how the lessons of the past can provide us with wisdom for the future.
Broadening his reflections to encompass Preston's historic wool trade which brought Preston its status as a guild market town in 1179, Archbishop Nichols said honesty was an endeavour, and described the example set then of honesty in business: "profit combined with wider purpose for the common good".
He also spoke of the wool merchants who migrated to Preston from Flanders in the 14th century and who enabled us to "learn together how to fashion a future for the benefit of all. "
Archbishop Nichols pointed out that faith too is for the common good; the benefit of all. " Referring to Pope's letter on the Year of Faith, Porta Fidei, he said we may "never think of belief as a private act" for "faith is choosing to stand with the Lord and so as to live with him" and be confidently Catholic in all we do.
To live with the Lord, is to share truth at the heart of faith, in all we do and with all whom we encounter. This means having a strong sense that of the truth of God. This is the joy and freedom which comes in relationship in faith with the Lord.
Archbishop Nichols concelebrated the Mass with the main celebrant, Bishop Campbell, Bishop of Lancaster. The congregation was made up of people for whom Preston is part of their past, present or future - bishops and priests who have or are serving in Preston, school children from local schools, and parishioners representing all of Preston's 17 parishes.
The guild status was awarded to Preston in 1179, and the festival is celebrated every 20 years, the last one being in 1992. Recent Guilds have taken on an ecumenical dimension with three Anglican Bishops present at Saturday's Mass together with eight Catholic Bishops.
The full text follows:

May I begin with some personal remarks. They are, as it were, part of my credentials! My mother's family were Lancashire Catholics. Her grandparents came from Little Crosby and Hall Road, for those of you who know West Lancashire. So I am blessed to have received a share of her robust Lancashire Catholic faith. But I have also learned about the particular distinctions and pride that can be found in matters of faith and kinship in this great county. As a young priest serving in Wigan, I heard an instructive story from an old Canon Campbell. He was instructing a young couple for marriage and said to the young man: "Well, young man, I have only one question to ask you. Do you love her?" "Love her?" he replied. "I've just walked from Chorley, ain't I!"
So Preston is not the only Lancashire town with its special sense of pride, but it certainly is the only one with this marvellous tradition of the Guild Festival. It is a great honour and joy for me to be here this evening and tomorrow, to share in this tradition, stretching back, as everyone knows to 1179.
Proud Preston! How that phrase echoes through these days, and rightly so. But, as I am sure you know, that phrase, first used in the 18th century, seems to have been attached to the PP which is part of Preston's shield or coat of arms. And I am sure you do not need me to remind you that those letters on the coat of arms actually stand for 'Princeps Pacis', the Prince of Peace, for above them stands the Lamb and flag, the emblem of the risen Christ carrying his banner of victory over death. Now there is a coat of arms of which you can be immensely proud!
My understanding is that the theme of this Preston Guild for 2012 is "Looking back to look forward". In this spirit the Festival 'will celebrate history and tradition whilst looking to the future', to quote the Leader of Preston City Council. And it is right to put in the forefront of that rich tradition the splendid emblem of this proud city.
And this is surely our project for today: that we become more deeply rooted in our faith, in its traditions and richness, so that we bear fresh fruit in our witness and service of this City and all its people. And in doing this we stand always beside and beneath this great image of the Lamb of God, Christ our Lord. He is the Prince of Peace, the one alone who can bring us, in his care and in imitation of his love, to that way of peaceful living for which our hearts so long.
The history of the Christian and Catholic faith is long and deep here in Preston. After all the very name of this city suggests its awareness of the things of God: Preston, the priest's settlement or home. And then you have, almost by way of illustration, your great patron saint, the priest and bishop St Wilfred.
Think of those long traditions: the deep desire, as seen in Wilfred, to hold on to what is true, with loyalty to the See of Rome as a key in that unending search for truth.
Think of the honesty endeavour in the wool trade which brought Preston its status as a guild market town as early as 1179. Honesty in business: profit combined with wider purpose for the common good. Now that is a quality which we need afresh today.
Think too of the welcome given by Preston to some of its early immigrants: the wool merchants who came here in large numbers from Flanders in the 14th century to bring their skills and their dedication to the shaping of its future. Even today we face the challenge of welcoming the stranger and learning together how to fashion a future for the benefit of all. But the lessons are there, in your proud history.
So we again we look back to look forward; we deepen the roots of our faith so that we may be bearers of its fruit.
What better opportunity than this Year of Faith which begins on 11 October and is a very special time in which we are to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the key themes of our faith, coming closer to the Lord. I urge all of us to make the most of this special opportunity and respond enthusiastically to the initiatives of the Diocese, parish by parish.
Pope Benedict has urged us to 'rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith' (Porta Fidei para 7), and he described the programme of the Year as one in which 'The Church as a whole and all her Pastors, like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who give us life, and life in abundance.' In order to do this, he reminds us, we must be more directly concerned with the very substance of our faith, rather than 'the social, cultural and political consequences of the commitment of faith' because faith in God is no longer taken 'as a self-evident presupposition for life in society' (Porta Fidei para 2).
What can that mean for us today?
It means that we may 'never think of belief as a private act' for 'Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with Him' (Porta Fidei para 10).
I suggest it also means a single phrase for us to keep in mind, this phrase: that we be more confidently Catholic in all we do.
Being confidently Catholic means having confidence in the truth of faith, a truth which is held before us as a great gift of God, a truth which we never possess of ourselves but rather seek simply to be possessed by it. This truth of faith is truth about ourselves, about our human condition, fallen and redeemed. It means the truth about God who, in infinite love and compassion, comes to us in the Incarnate Word so that we may never again be overwhelmed by the loneliness of thinking that all depends on us and therefore destined for oblivion.
St James has expressed this so clearly: "It is all that is good, everything that is perfect, which is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow of a change. By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth so that we should be a sort of first fruit of all that he had created. Accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls."
What a wonderful recipe by which to live: "Accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you." If we do that everyday then we will indeed be confidently Catholic.
What such acceptance and submission will teach us, of course, is that the truth of faith is to be found in a living and trustful relationship with Jesus Christ.
And this leads us to the second characteristic of being confidently Catholic: our search for holiness.
The beauty of holiness that we seek is the beauty that springs from the heart, from a relationship of love between each of us and the Lord, between the Church and its Head. It is this relationship, lived day by day, which gives Catholic life its poise and calm, its ability to repent which wrong has been done, its peaceful acceptance of itself as a Church for sinners which can also produce saints. As Pope Benedict said, in the reality of our lives and in the life of the Church, we live 'the unfathomable mystery of the interweaving of holiness and sin' (Porta Fidei 13). This is wonderfully expressed in the words of today's psalm with its pointed question: Lord, who shall dwell in your presence? The words of that psalm, which are a recipe of the virtuous life, have told us how to attain the stability and perseverance which we seek. The person who ponders those words and takes them to heart will stand firm in their love of the Lord, a love which will not be shaken to breaking point no matter what happens.
Then, finally, we come to the third quality of confidently Catholic life: that of showing forth the joy and the freedom which comes in that relationship in faith with the Lord.
Today we live in a culture which is rightly fascinated by the complexity, beauty, power and potential of the world around us. We are in thrall to all that can be achieved through our mastery of so much potential. We rightly strive to know the workings of this planet in all its depth, to master them and put them to good purpose. We strive to stretch the limits of knowledge, of communication, of every boundary which seems to hem us in. This is a great and proper enterprise.
Yet many aspects of the public culture of our age, within this very process, seems intent on rejecting every influence or claim that comes from beyond the horizons of this visible world, everything that appears not to gain legitimation from scientific and technological discovery. Such perspectives, as in religious belief and in every horizon of eternity, are not readily given their place in our public culture, whether in the form of prayer or religious symbolism. Yet life is more that the created world and reason is more than the consequences of observation and experiment. This truth presses upon us in so many ways. Happiness cannot be manufactured, quantified or purchased. Beauty summons us beyond its physical expression. Love takes us out of reason's reach. We know that God, who is the creative force in all that we treasure and want to possess, calls us to a fullness of live which is pure gift. It is in relationship with God, the God made visible in Jesus Our Lord that true joy and freedom are to be found. It is to this relationship that we are to be eloquent witnesses in our world today.
May this Preston Guild Mass and this Year of Faith make our relationship with the Lord increasingly firm 'since only in him is there the certitude of looking forward to the future and the guarantee of an authentic and lasting love.' (Porta Fidei para 15) This is the great lesson of the saints of our tradition and one which does indeed fashion us for the future.
All that we celebrate in this great Guild Mass is wonderfully summed up for us in its prayer - and beautifully expressed, if I may say so, in this new translation. Here it is again:
God of might, giver of every good gift,
Put into our hearts the love of your name,
So that, by deepening our sense of reverence,
You may nurture in us what is good,
And, by your watchful care,
Keep safe what you have nurtured.
Through Christ our Lord.


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
4 Sep 2012

Cardinal Maradiaga President of Caritas Internationalis at the Sydney launch of Walk as One
On his first visit to Australia, Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis, the international aid and development arm of the Catholic Church spent three days at Alice Springs meeting with Aboriginal communities and spending time at the Purple House, a unique medical service managed and operated by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytija Palyantijaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation.
The Purple House provides Indigenous people in Alice Springs as well as those in remote communities with a renal facility as well as nutritional and traditional bush medicine programs.

In addition the Aboriginal-run Corporation operates a Wellbeing Project, which is funded and supported by Caritas Australia and builds on the Purple House's dialysis services by offering meaningful employment and income for dialysis patients through the production and sale of traditional bush balms.
"The work provides cultural and healing benefits to patients who greatly value their link to Aboriginal traditional medicine," Jack de Groot, CEO of Caritas Australia explained to Cardinal Maradiaga.
Cardinal Maradiaga meets staff and patients of the Purple House at Alice Springs
The Honduran-born Cardinal, who is also Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, has been in Australia for just over two weeks, during which time he visited Melbourne, Sydney and Alice Springs.
Fascinated by Australia's first people and their culture, the chief of Caritas Internationalis was keen to learn more and spoke about many of his experiences in Alice Springs the following weekend when he launched Caritas Australia's Walk As One: Connecting with Indigenous Peoples campaign.
In Alice Springs accompanied by Jack de Groot and the Bishop of Darwin, the Most Rev Eugene Hurley, he spent time with staff and patients at the Purple House and inspected the Purple Bus which is used as a mobile renal facility to provide medical care to remote communities. The bus also enables patients undergoing dialysis to have the procedure in their own communities surrounded by family and friends.
The Purple House and Purple Bus are part of a holistic program offering emotional and psychosocial support as well as treating physical conditions. Mr de Groot told the Cardinal that the Aboriginal Corporation's trained staff and volunteers were all from Aboriginal communities in the area.
During his three-day visit to Alice Springs, the Caritas Internationalis chief also had a chance to meet with Andrea Mason, coordinator for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council which Caritas Australia has helped fund and support since 1995. Over many years, NPY has successfully empowered women to turnaround many adverse community issues such as domestic violence, alcoholism and the high rates of male imprisonment.

Cardinal Maradiaga with the Purple Bus a mobile renal unit that visits remote Indigenous communities
One of NPY's most successful programs involves the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Supported by Caritas Australia, the 300 traditional weavers from 28 communities in Central Australia, maintain their ancient art of weaving grasses. Tjanpi staff also travel throughout the region conducting grass weaving workshops to give Indigenous women across the region the skills to collect and dye grasses and to weave them into baskets and sculptures to sell which not only promotes their art but gives them an income.
The group of Tjanpi Desert Weavers were among the more than 200 who attended the launch of Australian Caritas' Walk for One campaign. A two day forum of speakers, panels and workshops held at St Aloysisus College, Milson's Point on the weekend of 25 and 26 August opened the campaign and was designed to showcase the diverse cultures, languages and traditions of many of the world's indigenous peoples.
In his keynote address at the forum, Cardinal Maradiaga spoke of his time in Alice Springs and meeting with Australia's first people and also talked of other indigenous peoples who live in 90 different nations across the world. Among these peoples are Greenland's Inuits, the Hmong of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, the Ixcatecs of Mexico and Borneo's Dayaks. But while indigenous peoples comprise only 370 million of the world's population of 7 billion, they account for a staggering 15% of its poor.

Wellbeing Project trainee Cassandra Stewart shows the Cardinal traditional bush balm medicines
Not only are indigenous peoples among the world's most disadvantaged and marginalised but the majority of them are right on our doorstep in Asia, Cardinal Maradiaga said describing the recent economic growth in Asia as impressive but uneven.
"Not enough of the economic prosperity is reaching the poorest people," the Cardinal said adding that despite Asia now being home to the world's fastest growing economies it remained home to nearly half the world's poor with half a billion Asians still lacking access to safe drinking water.
"But we are all one human family. All people are created by God. He gave all of them a life with an inalienable dignity and His love is there for all. For us as Christians it goes without saying that we help Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and people of all faiths who are in need."
To find out more about Caritas Australia's Walk as One campaign, sign the petition to call on the Government to prioritise indigenous peoples in its foreign aid program as well as resources including liturgy for parishes and schools, log on to


DAR-ES-SALAAM, September 4, 2012 (CISA) -ARTICLE 19 is saddened by the killing of Tanzanian journalist, Daudi Mwangosi at the hands of the Tanzania police, and calls on the government to ensure all those responsible are brought to justice.
“We urge the Tanzanian authorities to carry out a prompt and transparent investigation into the circumstances of the killing and bring the perpetrators to justice. We also urge the authorities to take all possible measures to ensure that similar incidents are prevented in the future,” said Henry Maina, Director of ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa.
On 2 September 2012, Chanel Ten television journalist, Daudi Mwangosi had gone to cover the opening of a Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) party office in Nyololo village, Mufindi South, when the police used teargas to disperse the party’s supporters who had gathered to witness the ceremony.
Daudi Mwangosi died instantly after one of the teargas canisters that had been fired into the crowd exploded against him, ripping through his stomach.
His death comes barely a week after aprotester, Ally Zona died from injuries sustained during a confrontation between the police and supporters of Chadema in a demonstration on 27 August.
The police had put a temporary ban on rallies and demonstrations to ostensibly allow the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to conduct the country’s census peacefully. The ban expired on 1 September but it was extended without prior notice after the NBS announced an extension to the census exercise.
“The continuous use of excessive force by the police to disperse peaceful demonstrations and assemblies must be strongly discouraged, and the people be allowed to enjoy their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. The indefinite ban on rallies and demonstrations by the authorities in Tanzania is a disproportionate restriction on freedom of expression and assembly,” added Maina.
ARTICLE 19 calls upon the authorities in Tanzania to immediately lift the indefinite ban on rallies and demonstrations in respect of its Constitution and international human rights obligations.


Agenzia Fides REPORT -On 1 September the "March of commitment for life and peace " was held, led by the Archbishop of Trujillo, His Exc. Mgr. Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, OFM., and representatives of the various institutions of Trujillo and La Libertad, characterized by a vast participation of thousands of people belonging to all social groups in the city.
The note sent to Fides Agency by the Peruvian Episcopal Conference reports that the March started from four extreme points in order to reach the main square of the city of Trujillo, where some authorities and civil society representatives took the floor to make their commitment for peace known. The event ended with an agreement that was signed by all authorities. Mgr. Cabrejos stressed that the March "is a commitment for life, safety, responsibility and peace in the region."
Despite not having participated in the March, the Interior Minister, Wilfredo Pedraza Sierra, went immediately to the Episcopio to get from Archbishop Cabrejos Vidarte, the "Deed of Commitment for Life and Peace" signed by all authorities. The same minister thanked for the coordinated work of civil authorities and the Catholic Church for the benefit of public safety, and reported that he would deliver the Deed to the President of the Republic, Ollanta Humala. The city of Trujillo has suffered many acts of violence because of that crime which has increased in recent months. The Church has also proposed an awareness campaign to be carried out in schools, on respect for life and for the rights of citizens, in order to reach brotherly relations. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 04/09/2012)


Luke 4: 38 - 44

38 And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they besought him for her.
39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she rose and served them.
40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.
41 And demons also came out of many, crying, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
42 And when it was day he departed and went into a lonely place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them;
43 but he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose."
44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.


by: Miriam Westen
( report) Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. The Bojaxhiu family was of Albanian descent. When she turned 18 she entered the Sisters of Loreto of Ireland. She took the name Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. She taught in a missionary school in India until 1948. While traveling through India she felt God calling her to serve the poorest of the poor. She received permission to leave her order and began to help the poor with volunteers.
In 1950, she was given permission from the Vatican to start the order "The Missionaries of Charity".
In 1979, she received the Nobel peace prize for her tireless work for the poor.
Her order rapidly spread around the world to care for the poor, sick and marginalized in over 120 countries. She spoke of this ministry in her own words, "I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand."
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother died in 1997 when her order had 610 institutions in 123 countries world wide. Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. Her 100th birthday was celebrated around the world by many with special tributes. India has created a stamp with her image.

Shared from the Missionaries of Charity
Official Novena Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Prayed each day of the Novena

you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you,

and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.
“Jesus is my All in All”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Thought for the day:

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Thought for the day:“Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa