Tuesday, March 12, 2013



At 16:30 today, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, as determined by the General Congregation of Cardinals, takes place in the entrance Conclave for the election of the Roman Pontiff, as provided for by ' Ordo Rituum Conclavis .
From the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, preceded and followed by the Cross from the Book of the Gospels, the singing of the Litany of the Saints, the 115 cardinal electors make their procession to the Sistine Chapel where, after the singing of the Veni Creator , utter the oath prescribed. So the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Guido Marini, intimate 's "Extra omnes" and those who do not participate in the conclave leave the Sistine Chapel. Only the master of Liturgical Celebrations and Cardinal Prosper Grech, OSA, for meditation, after which they also leave the Sistine Chapel.
was the beginning of the conclave.

At 16:30 today, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, as determined by the General Congregation of Cardinals, takes place in the entrance Conclave for the election of the Roman Pontiff, as provided for by ' Ordo Rituum Conclavis .
From the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, preceded and followed by the Cross from the Book of the Gospels, the singing of the Litany of the Saints, the 115 cardinal electors make their procession to the Sistine Chapel where, after the singing of the Veni Creator , utter the oath prescribed. So the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Guido Marini, intimate 's "Extra omnes" and those who do not participate in the conclave leave the Sistine Chapel. Only the master of Liturgical Celebrations and Cardinal Prosper Grech, OSA, for meditation, after which they also leave the Sistine Chapel.
was the beginning of the conclave.


  • E Card. Giovanni Battista
    BERTONE Card. Tarcisio, S.D.B.

    Cardinali Patriarchi di Rito Orientale
    NAGUIB Card. Antonios
    RAÏ Card. Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.

    DANNEELS Card. Godfried
    MEISNER Card. Joachim
    LÓPEZ RODRÍGUEZ Card. Nicolas de Jesús
    MAHONY Card. Roger Michael
    ORTEGA Y ALAMINO Card. Jaime Lucas
    TURCOTTE Card. Jean-Claude
    PULJIĆ Card. Vinko
    ROUCO VARELA Card. Antonio María
    TETTAMANZI Card. Dionigi
    PENGO Card. Polycarp
    SCHÖNBORN Card. Christoph, O.P.
    RIVERA CARRERA Card. Norberto
    GEORGE Card. Francis Eugene, O.M.I.
    GROCHOLEWSKI Card. Zenon
    SEPE Card. Crescenzio
    KASPER Card. Walter
    DIAS Card. Ivan
    AGNELO Card. Geraldo Majella
    BAČKIS Card. Audrys Juozas
    ERRÁZURRIZ OSSA Card. Francisco Javier
    NAPIER Card. Wilfrid Fox, O.F.M.
    RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Card. Óscar Andrés, S.D.B.
    CIPRIANI THORNE Card. Juan Luis
    HUMMES Card. Cláudio, O.F.M.
    BERGOGLIO Card. Jorge Mario, S.I.
    POLICARPO Card. José da CRUZ
    POLETTO Card. Severino
    LEHMANN Card. Karl
    SCOLA Card. Angelo
    OKOGIE Card. Anthony Olubunmi
    ZUBEIR WAKO Card. Gabriel
    AMIGO VALLEJO Card. Carlos, O.F.M.
    RIGALI Card. Justin Francis
    ANTONELLI Card. Ennio
    TURKSON Card. Peter Kodwo Appiah
    TOPPO Card. Telesphore Placidus
    PELL Card. George
    BOZANIĆ Card. Josip
    PHAM MINH MÂN Card. Jean-Baptiste
    BARBARIN Card. Philippe
    ERDŐ Card. Péter
    OUELLET Card. Marc, P.S.S.
    VALLINI Card. Agostino
    UROSA SAVINO Card. Jorge Liberato
    RICARD Card. Jean-Pierre
    O’MALLEY Card. Sean Patrick, O.F.M. Cap.
    DZIWISZ Card. Stanisław
    CAFFARRA Card. Carlo
    BRADY Card. Seán Baptist
    VINGT-TROIS Card. André
    BAGNASCO Card. Angelo
    SARR Card. Théodore-Adrien
    GRACIAS Card. Oswald
    ROBLES ORTEGA Card. Francisco
    DiNARDO Card. Daniel N.
    SCHERER Card. Odilo Pedro
    NJUE Card. John
    VELA CHIRIBOGA Card. Raúl Eduardo
    ROMEO Card. Paolo
    WUERL Card. Donald William
    ASSIS Card. Raymundo DAMASCENO
    NYCZ Card. Kazimierz
    PATABENDIGE DON Card. Albert Malcolm Ranjith
    MARX Card. Reinhard
    ALENCHERRY Card. George
    COLLINS Card. Thomas Christopher
    DUKA Card. Dominik, O.P.
    EIJK Card. Willem Jacobus
    BETORI Card. Giuseppe
    DOLAN Card. Timothy Michael
    WOELKI Card. Rainer Maria
    TONG HON Card. John
    THOTTUNKAL Card. Baselios Cleemis
    ONAIYEKAN Card. John Olorunfemi
    SALAZAR GÓMEZ Card. Rubén
    TAGLE Card. Luis Antonio
    TAURAN Card. Jean-Louis
    NICORA Card. Attilio
    LEVADA Card. William Joseph
    RODÉ Card. Franc, C.M.
    SANDRI Card. Leonardo
    LAJOLO Card. Giovanni
    CORDES Card. Paul Josef
    COMASTRI Card. Angelo
    RYŁKO Card. Stanisław
    FARINA Card. Raffaele, S.D.B.
    AMATO Card. Angelo, S.D.B.
    SARAH Card. Robert
    MONTERISI Card. Francesco
    BURKE Card. Raymond Leo
    KOCH Card. Kurt
    SARDI Card. Paolo
    PIACENZA Card. Mauro
    DE PAOLIS Card. Velasio, C.S.
    RAVASI Card. Gianfranco
    FILONI Card. Fernando
    MONTEIRO de CASTRO Card. Manuel
    ABRIL y CASTELLÓ Card. Santos
    VEGLIÒ Card. Antonio Maria
    BERTELLO Card. Giuseppe
    COCCOPALMERIO Card. Francesco
    AVIZ Card. João BRAZ de
    O’BRIEN Card. Edwin Frederick
    CALCAGNO Card. Domenico
    VERSALDI Card. Giuseppe
    HARVEY Card. James Michael


As the CONCLAVE starts today ( March 12 ), here are a list of some of the leading Cardinals. They are called Papabile which is a term to describe those who are considered likely to become Pope.

1. Cardinal Claudio Hummes, age 78 ( Brazil )
2. Cardinal Oscar Rodrigues Maradiaga, age 70  ( Honduras )
3. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio ( Argentina )
4.Cardinal Norberto Carrera ( Argentina )
5. Jao Braz de Avis ( Mexico )
6. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, age 55 ( Philippines )
7. Cardina Christoph Sconborn ( Austria )
8.Cardinal Peter Erdoe, age 60 ( Hungary )
9. Cardinal Angelo Scola, age 71.  ( Italy )
10. Cardinal Marc Quellet, age 68 ( Canada )
11. Cardinal Francis Arinze ( Nigeria )
12. Cardinal John Onaiyekan ( Nigeria )

13. Odilo Scherer, age 63 (Brazil) - World's largest Catholic population. 
14. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, age 68, Capuchin (USA)



Hundreds of Copts burning flags and throwing stones at the Libyan Embassy in Cairo. They demand justice for the death of Ezzat Atallah, a Christian who died in a prison in Benghazi. The Islamist government charged with doing nothing for Christian migrants to avoid diplomatic problems.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Hundreds of Coptic Christians burned flags and threw stones at the Libyan embassy in Cairo to protest the death of Ezzat Atallah, a Coptic Christian, 45, who died in mysterious circumstances in a Benghazi prison. The protest was organized by the Coptic Youth Front which has announced new protests in the coming days.
Atallah was arrested on February 28 along with five other fellow Christians charged with proselytizing. According to sources in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the man was diabetic and had heart problems and died of natural causes, but for the victim's family, the Egyptian authorities want to deliberately cover the case in order to avoid a diplomatic row. For many Christians, the government of Mohamed Morsi would rather connive with extremists in Libya.

The victims brother and wife and claim that he died as a result of having being tortured shortly after his arrest and detention in a shadowy location managed by the militia, before being handed over to the police and moved along with the other fellow Egyptians to a prison in Benghazi for official investigations.

The Attalah case has turned the spotlight on the plight of Christians in Libya, who have become the target of Salafi militias, who control the region of Cyrenaica.

Last week, the extremists jailed over 50 Coptic vendors charged with exposing icons and other religious material in their stalls. The news spread around the world thanks to a video posted on the Internet by activists in Libya, then confiscated by the police. On returning home a few days ago the Copts have reported being beaten and tortured by Islamic extremists. They used acid to remove traditional tattoos depicting Coptic crosses and other Christian symbols from the hands, chest and forehead of the prisoners.




The Capuchin with a gentle heart
By  on Thursday, 7 March 2013

Cardinal O’Malley celebrates Mass in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Bethany Chapel
Cardinal O’Malley celebrates Mass in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Bethany Chapel
Recently I attended a funeral at which Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, was the main celebrant. He had flown down to Washington to honour the memory of an old friend with whom he had worked for many years on charitable projects, long before he became a bishop. In listening to the cardinal, I was struck not only by his personal humility, but also by the fact that the Mass was celebrated in a mixture of English, Spanish, and Latin. His willingness to use several different languages to communicate with a very diverse group of people gathered in a large Catholic church, and who all needed to be reached out to in different ways, is rather illuminating of the man himself.
Born in Ohio in 1944, O’Malley professed his vows as a Capuchin friar at the age of 21, was ordained a priest at 26, and began teaching at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. In 1973 the then Fr O’Malley became the head of the Hispanic Catholic Center in Washington, where among other projects he founded El Pregonero, the first Spanish-language newspaper in the American capital. It is still widely read and circulated today in Washington’s growing Hispanic community.
Fr O’Malley’s recognition of the growing importance of the Spanish-speaking Catholic community, and how to use media to reach out to what has often been an underserved population, is something which has continued to characterise the now Cardinal O’Malley’s service as a bishop.
Fr O’Malley was first appointed a coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of St Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands, by Pope John Paul II in 1984, coming to serve as the Bishop of St Thomas from 1985 until 1992. He was later appointed Bishop of Fall River, Massachussetts, in 1992, and served in that post until 2002, when he was made Bishop of Palm Beach, Florida. But in 2003, following the disclosure of the sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop O’Malley was appointed to succeed Bernard Cardinal Law following the latter’s resignation.
Coming into such an environment would have daunted even the most self-assured of prelates. Yet Cardinal O’Malley managed to undertake many of the tasks that needed to be dealt with to address the scandal, and at the same time to show that the Church was not going to slink away into the background because of grievous mistakes that had been made in the past. Under Cardinal O’Malley’s leadership the Boston archdiocese settled numerous sexual abuse claims going back decades, and established a comprehensive set of guidelines for dealing with future reports and complaints. He was made a cardinal in 2006.
Part of this effort to clean house involved the closure of parishes and sale of Church property in order to pay for these settlements, something which was painful and controversial. In the end Cardinal O’Malley’s decision to undertake these actions in order that the archdiocese could continue, became a path for other bishops, faced with similar disasters, to emulate. It was no doubt this track record of doing what needed to be done which later caused Pope Benedict XVI to name O’Malley apostolic visitor to Dublin in 2010, after the sexual abuse scandal broke in Ireland, with the task of observing and reporting back to Rome on how the scandal and reforms were being addressed there.
Cardinal O’Malley at the present time is the only Capuchin member of the College of Cardinals. This alone would no doubt make him stand out in the eyes of many, perhaps as a curiosity or the answer to a pub quiz question. But what is arguably far more interesting, particularly in the present age, is that in 2006 Cardinal O’Malley became the very first cardinal to have his own personal blog, and began podcasting soon after he started blogging.
One element of Cardinal O’Malley’s apostolate that has been particularly striking, but in keeping with his experiences as a young priest serving the local Washington Hispanic community, is his embrace of all forms of media for evangelisation. He established a Secretariat for Catholic Media in the Boston archdiocese, which includes a broad array of services from CatholicTV – a cable and internet-based television station providing much of its own original content – to newspapers, magazines, radio, book publishing, and new/social media. He is always happy to employ the new media and to speak about how those involved in it can use their skills as an opportunity for evangelisation to an audience which may not often hear, or even be receptive to, the Christian message.
“Regarding the use of media Cardinal Seán thinks and acts broadly,” says Fr Robert Reed, president of the CatholicTV network, “seeing every viable means as a way of connecting people with Christ in the Church. Be it a Spanish language newspaper in Washington DC, a television station on the island of St Thomas, or his own personal blog as Archbishop of Boston, he never misses a realistic and sustainable opportunity to communicate.
“From the very first moment he asked me to lead the CatholicTV Network, His Eminence has been a consistent supporter of our creative development and growth in reach,” says Fr Reed. “Whenever I tell him the good news that a cable provider or diocese has picked up CatholicTV, his eyes light up, simply because he knows this represents another opportunity for evangelisation through television and the internet.”
Cardinal O’Malley has appeared on the short list of several Catholic commentators and opinion-makers as a possible next Supreme Pontiff. It is certainly not a position that he would seek out, given both his nature and the particular charism of his being a Capuchin. And there is, of course, always that strike against him that he is an American, which in the eyes of many seems to automatically disqualify him or indeed any American cardinal from consideration.
Still, as one of the family members at the funeral mentioned at the beginning of this article describes him, Cardinal O’Malley is someone who has “a very large sense of humour. He is a gentleman, and a gentle man. I have never seen him act in a confrontational mode… his way seems to be, rather, that of bringing the other person round.”
Perhaps these aspects of his personality, in combination with his embrace of all the tools at his disposal to spread the new evangelisation, will be qualities which his brethren in the College will find worthy of consideration as they enter the conclave to elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Mar 2013
Numbers praying for the unborn continue to increase during Lenten vigil
Each year during the 40 days for Life Lenten prayer vigil on the corner opposite Surry Hills' Preterm Foundation, Sydney's oldest and best-known abortion clinic, at least four or five women rethink their decision to end their pregnancies. What is more rare is someone who works at the Clinic quitting their job and deciding that no matter how much their family needs the income, they can no longer be party to the killing of one more unborn child.
But last week, this is exactly what happened when a Nurse Assistant at the abortion clinic, Erica* - whose name has been changed to protect her privacy - spent a morning at Mass and then after wrestling with the decision for more than a week, telephoned the Preterm Foundation and informed them she would not be coming back.
"When she approached our prayer group keeping vigil opposite the Clinic three weeks ago, she was extremely distressed. She'd had no idea when the agency with which she was registered placed her at the Foundation that it was an abortion clinic," says Paul Hanrahan, Executive Director of Family Life International (FLI) and one of the organisers of the city's annual 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil.
At 25 years old, Erica is mother to a lively five-year old son, who started school last month. Both she and her husband are from Nigeria and it was there where she originally trained and practiced as a Nurse Assistant. Then two years ago, after the family arrived in Australia, she enrolled at TAFE where she studied and obtained Australian qualifications as a Nurse Assistant so she could continue in a career she loved. Enrolling with an agency, Erica found placements as a Nurse Assistant in nursing homes, aged care facilities, medical practices and health clinics.
Our Lady and a Rosary are part of the 40 Days for Life Lenten Vigil opposite the Surry Hills Preterm Abortion Clinic
But until last month, she had never been placed let alone worked in an abortion clinic.
As a Catholic, a devoted wife and mother and a strong believer in life, the abortions she witnessed disturbed her greatly.
"She told me that at first she was just supposed to be on hand sterilising instruments and not in the theatre where abortions are performed. But soon she was being asked to go into the theatre and manipulate an ultrasound wand on a woman's stomach so the doctor knew exactly where the unborn infant was before he began the abortion," Paul relates and says the doctor ordered her to  'press harder'... 'Press harder' with the wand so he could see the baby more clearly on the screen before cutting short the life of the unborn infant.
"She'd only been at the Clinic a week and was desperate to leave. But she had been placed there by the agency and was convinced if she left that would be the last job they would ever find for her," Paul explains.
Like many families, even on two incomes Erica and her husband were battling to make ends meet.
Her husband worked long hours in a factory and Erica's job as a Nurse Assistant brought in much needed income and if she left, she knew the family would not have enough to pay their rent or bills let alone any little extras for their small son.
Paul Hanrahan of Family Life International holds an icon of Our Lady
"When she approached the first time, she told me how unhappy she was at the clinic but didn't know what to do," Paul says. "I gave her my card and said we would help her, and told her to call me so we could talk and she could talk with one of our counsellors. I heard nothing for a week then she suddenly appeared beside me and said she had lost my card. I gave her another one and that's when she did call and we set up a meeting with myself and Maria Campos , one of our counsellors at FLI."
They arranged to meet the following week and on a Wednesday, a day when no abortions are performed at the clinic, the three met. This was when Paul and Maria discussed with Erica the different ways they could help and how FLI and Helpers of God's Precious Infants would support her financially, paying her the salary she had earned at Preterm, until she found a new nursing placement.
They also said they'd help her find a new job.
"So if anyone knows of a position for a dedicated, compassionate and hardworking Nurse Assistant please let me know or put the word out," he says.
The day after the meeting Erica, knowing she had support and help of those who cared, went to Mass, prayed to God and convinced this was the right and only decision, found the courage to quit.
"Even though Erica and her family are struggling, her husband agrees with her decision to leave her job at Preterm. Like Erica, he believes in the sanctity of life and sees abortion and the killing of the unborn as a terrible evil," says Paul.
Surry Hills Preterm Foundation the city's oldest and best known abortion clinic
Two days later Paul and Maria at FLI received an email from Erica saying: "I want to thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. I have learned so much from you both and my family will be forever grateful to you and your wonderful team. I pray the good Lord will give you and your team the strength to continue your goods works. Erica."
For all those involved with the 40 Days for Life Lenten Prayer Vigil as well as with Helpers of God's Precious Infants, who continue this vigil every day throughout the year, the story of Erica brings renewed hope that one day abortion may be halted and no longer seen as a solution to an unexpected pregnancy or the last resort for desperate women.
*When Erica finds a new placement and recovers from her trauma of seeing infants terminated, she has agreed to speak with Catholic Communications and tell her story using her own name and speak about the emotions and what it was like to work in a clinic where many hundreds of abortions are performed each month.


John 5: 1 - 16

1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za'tha, which has five porticoes.
3In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed.
5One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
6When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?"
7The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me."
8Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk."
9And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath.
10So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet."
11But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, `Take up your pallet, and walk.'"
12They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your pallet, and walk'?"
13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
14Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you."
15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
16And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath.


St. Theophanes
Feast: March 12

Feast Day:February 14
758, Constantinople
Chronicler, born at Constantinople, about 758; died in Samothracia, probably 12 March, 817, on which day he is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology. He was the son of Isaac, imperial governor of the islands of the White Sea, and of Theodora, of whose family nothing is known. After the early death of his parents he came to the Court of Constantine Copronimus. He was married at the age of twelve, but induced his wife to lead a life of virginity, and in 799, after the death of his father-in-law, they separated with mutual consent to embrace the religious state, she choosing a convent on an island near Constantinople, while he entered the monastery called Polychronius in the district of Sigriano near Cyzicus. Later he built a monastery on his own lands on the island of Calonymus (now Calomio). After six years he returned to Sigriano, founded an abbey known by the name "of the great acre", and governed it as abbot. As such he was present at the second General Council of Nicaea, 787, and signed its decrees in defense of the sacred images. When the emperor Leo the Armenian again began his iconoclastic warfare, he ordered Theophanes to be brought to Constantinople and tried in vain to induce him to condemn what had been sanctioned by the council. Theophanes was cast into prison and for two years suffered cruel treatment; he was then banished to Samothracia, where, overwhelmed with afflictions, he lived only seventeen days and wrought many miracles after death.
At the urgent request of his friend George Syncellus (d. 810), Theophanes undertook the continuation of his chronicle, during the years 810-15 (P. G., CVIII, 55). He treated of the time from the year 284-813, and made use of material already prepared by Syncellus, probably also the extracts from the works of Socrates, Sozomenus, and Theodoret, made by Theodore Lector, and the city chronicle of Constantinople. The work consists of two parts, the first giving the history, arranged according to years, the other containing chronological tables, full of inaccuracies, and therefore of little value. It seems that Theophanes had only prepared the tables, leaving vacant spaces for the proper dates, but that these had been filled out by someone else (Hurter, "Nomencl." I, Innsbruck, 1903, 735). The first part, though lacking in historical precision and criticism, which could scarcely be expected from a man of such ascetical disposition, greatly surpasses the majority of Byzantine chronicles (Krumbacher, "Gesch. der byz. Litt., 1897, 342). The chronicle was edited at Paris in 1655 by Goar; again at Venice in 1729 with annotations and corrections by Combefis. A Latin version was made by Anastasius Bibliothecarius, and both were ably edited by de Boor (Leipzig, 1883).

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

source: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/T/sttheophanes.asp#ixzz1otuD5eS5