Friday, August 16, 2019

Saint August 17 : St. Hyacinth a Dominican and Patron of Poland who Died in 1257


Born: 1185 at Lanka Castle, Kamin, Silesia, Poland
Died: 15 August 1257 at Krakow, Poland
Canonized: 17 April 1594 by Pope Clement VIII
Patron of: Poland
Dominican, called the Apostle of the North, son of Eustachius Konski of the noble family of Odrowaz; born 1185 at the castle of Lanka, at Kamin, in Silesia, Poland (now Prussia); died 15 August, 1257, at Cracow. Feast, 16 Aug. A near relative of Saint Ceslaus, he made his studies at Cracow, Prague, and Bologna, and at the latter place merited the title of Doctor of Law and Divinity. On his return to Poland he was given a prebend at Sandomir. He subsequently accompanied his uncle Ivo Konski, the Bishop of Cracow, to Rome, where he met St. Dominic, and was one of the first to receive at his hands (at Santa Sabina, 1220) the habit of the newly established Order of Friars Preachers. After his novitiate he made his religious profession, and was made superior of the little band of missionaries sent to Poland to preach. On the way he was able to establish a convent of his order at Friesach in Carinthia. In Poland the new preachers were favourably received and their sermons were productive of much good. Hyacinth founded communities at Sandomir, Cracow, and at Plocko on the Vistula in Moravia. He extended his missionary work through Prussia, Pomerania, and Lithuania; then crossing the Baltic Sea he preached in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. He came into Lower or Red Russia, establishing a community at Lemberg and at Haletz on the Mester; proceeded into Muscovy, and founded a convent at Dieff, and came as far as the shores of the Black Sea. He then returned to Cracow, which he had made the centre of his operations. On the morning of 15 August he attended Matins and Mass, received the last sacraments, and died a saintly death. God glorified His servant by numberless miracles, the record of which fills many folio pages of the Acta SS., August, III, 309. He was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1594. A portion of his relics is at the Dominican church in Paris. BUTLER, Lives of the Saints;

#BreakingNews 2 Members of Parliament from Australia receive Death Threats for Pro-Life views


A LifeNews report indicated that 2 Members of Parliament from Australia received death threats for their opposition to an abortion bill. 
The Sydney Morning Herald was cited saying that :
Two men have been charged with threatening two Liberal MPs, with the attacks suspected to be linked to the politicians' public stance opposing a bill to decriminalise abortion. 
 Tanya Davies, the member for Mulgoa, said her office received a voicemail message two weeks ago in which a man allegedly said "I'll slit your throat" if she did not "f--- off".
Davies, a vocal advocate against the pro-abortion bill, said she received the threat about two weeks ago and immediately reported it to police.
ABC News Australia reports police arrested and charged a 47-year-old man from Kemps Creek on Wednesday with making the alleged death threat. News reports did not include the man’s name.
Police said they also arrested a 58-year-old man from Hornsby on Wednesday for allegedly making similar violent threats against Minister for Counter-Terrorism and Corrections Anthony Roberts. According to the Herald, Roberts’ office said one of his staffers received the threatening phone call on Monday and alerted police.
“I am simply standing up for what I believe in and working hard to get this bill into a more humane and compassionate framework,” Davies said in a statement. “Abortion is a very complex, emotive and highly sensitive topic. We need to have a civilized conversation without threats of violence or death.”
Earlier this week, Davies told The Steve Price Show (audio below) that pro-abortion political leaders have been pushing the bill forward without time to consider public comment, legal analyses and other concerns. Davies introduced an amendment to ban sex-selection abortions, pointing to evidence of 300 missing girls in the state of Victoria due to sex-selection abortions. 
Edited from LifeNews.com
The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, Anthony Fisher, OP and the Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies composed a joint statement in opposition to the new abortion laws proposed for NSW. Full Text Link below: 

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Ireland's Religious orders to pay 356 Million Euros for Government Abuse redress Scheme


Irish Catholic report: August 15, 2019
€356m paid by religious orders for Govt abuse redress scheme Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD
Religious congregations named in the Ryan Report have so far contributed just under half of what they voluntarily offered to pay to the State’s cost of compensating former residents of the institutions investigated.

According to a written answer from Education Minister Joe McHugh released this week, the 18 congregations have handed over €231million to the State of the €480million voluntary offer they made in 2009.

Minister McHugh confirmed that the vast bulk of the sum agreed in 2002 have already been transferred.

“Some €125million of the €128million provided for under the 2002 Indemnity Agreement has been fully contributed with the transfer of two properties remaining to be fully completed,” he said.

According to the minister, the additional offers made in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan Report included cash and properties and were valued by the congregations at €352.6m. Some €106.4 million of the €352.6million offered has been received to date, including €103.6million in cash together with properties valued at €2.8million.

A cash amount of €6.8million is due from the Christian Brothers and is expected to be received in the near future, while an additional contribution of €1million is expected from the Presentation Brothers.

Mr McHugh confirmed that under the 2009 voluntary offers, a total of 18 properties were accepted by the Government for transfer to a number of State bodies. The transfer of 13 of these properties has now been completed but valuations have yet to be obtained in a number of cases.

The transfer of most of the remaining five properties is at an advanced stage,” he said.

Concern
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte TD expressed concern about the delay.

“It’s very disappointing to see the pace at which funds are being transferred. It’s just not good enough. Let’s not forget the people behind why this money is being recouped. Childhoods were robbed, and people’s lives ruined.

“This was a very dark period in our history and it seems some are averse to acknowledging the hurt and pain that was caused,” Deputy Rabbitte said.

The total cost of redress, according to the Department of Education, is in the region of €1.5billion.
FULL TEXT from The Irish Catholic - irishcatholic.com 

Bishops of India ask "Christians all over the world” to “Pray for Kashmir" which has lost special status


Indian Bishop calls on Christians around the world to pray for Kashmir
by Joseph D’Souza
Heightened border tensions between India and Pakistan have followed New Delhi’s decision to cancel the special autonomy of the Muslim majority State. Today, the UN Security Council is meeting to discuss the issue. For Bishop Joseph D’Souza, "The last thing the region needs is another war."


New Delhi (AsiaNews) – Rev Joseph D’Souza, bishop primate of the Protestant Good Shepherd Church of India, issued an appeal to "Christians all over the world” to “pray for Kashmir" in a letter we publish herein.

He is among the few Christian leaders to speak out on the tensions in Kashmir, heightened on 5 August when the Indian government decided to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution that guarantees special autonomy for the State of Jammu and Kashmir, a region Pakistan has also claimed for more than 70 years.

“Christians,” the prelate writes, "ought to pray to Jesus – the ‘Prince of peace’ – that peace would reign in our countries".

Article 370 (adopted in 1949) guarantees a special status to the Muslim majority State, with its own legislative powers, flag and constitution; other areas, such as defence, foreign affairs and communications, remain the prerogative of the central government.

Another provision later added under Article 370-35A gives special privileges to permanent residents, including exclusive right to own property in the State.

According to the current BJP government, which called for the abolition of the State’s special status in its election manifesto in this year’s union election, Article 370 has never allowed the full integration of the State’s Muslim population.

For critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the decision is designed to alter the demographic balance in the State. For locals, the political move has as sole objective, to seize their land, allowing it to be bought by others.

For Rev D’Souza, “The decision [has] exacerbated India’s already strained relationship with Pakistan, and prompted Pakistan’s prime minister to threaten to globalize the issue”.

Meanwhile, for the first time since 1965, the United Nations Security Council today will discuss the subject of Kashmir. The meeting, which comes at the request of the Government of Pakistan, is backed by China, with whom Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has huge trading interests in the infrastructure of the New Silk Road.

Here is Mgr D'Souza’s appeal.

Christians around the world ought to pray for Kashmir as tensions in the region have spiked since Aug. 5, when India removed its long-established “special status,” bringing the India-administered areas of Kashmir into direct control of the central government.

The decision exacerbated India’s already strained relationship with Pakistan, and prompted Pakistan’s prime minister to threaten to globalize the issue and alarmingly escalate the situation by stating that, “Pakistan would keep all options on the table.”

I’m calling on Indian, Pakistani and all Christians to a simple task that transcends the complexity of the issue and the enmity that has long existed between our countries because of it. Christians ought to pray to Jesus — the “Prince of Peace” — that peace would reign in our countries and in our region as God has called each of us to “seek peace and prosperity” for our countries, according to Jeremiah 29:7. The prophet continues, “Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

And I’m calling them to do so intensely. Since the British partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the Kashmir region. Hundreds of thousands of civilians and military officers have died on both sides of the border in armed conflicts and episodes of inter-communal violence. The last thing the region needs is another war, especially when both nations have nuclear weapons.

All of this has been especially complicated in recent years by cross-border terrorism as Pakistan’s prime minister himself recently recognized that 30,000-40,000 terrorists operate on Pakistani soil.

Putting it all together, in just over 25 years over 45,000 people in Jammu and Kashmir have died in cross-border militant encounters between the countries and from terrorist attacks originating in Pakistan. When India cites national security concerns for its decisions in Kashmir, it’s not without cause.

Yet, the status-quo situation in Kashmir has long been unsustainable, and by some act of divine providence maybe this disruption could result in a solution as the Indian government and the people of India embrace Kashmiris as fellow citizens of India. That, however, might require a divine miracle, a miracle entirely unlikely if God’s people do not pray.

And as they pray for a peaceful and permanent resolution to this intractable conflict, they should keep in mind that the security situation remains tense as curfews are still imposed, as new questions have arisen about the citizenship rights of some people living in Kashmir, and as India’s national leadership and judiciary deal and work through the implications of the decision made by the government. They should also pray for Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and others whose religious freedom has sometimes been caught up in these political conflicts. Ultimately, Christians should pray that no one will give license to hate in any form, always recognizing the inherent dignity in every human being and their God-given freedom of conscience.

As a Christian leader, and on behalf of the All-India Christian Council, I’m grateful for the generosity and kindness shown by our Christian friends around the world to commit our strong, yet also delicate, region to the hand of almighty God.

May we, as the Apostle Paul prayed, have the privilege to “lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
FULL TEXT Source: AsiaNews.IT

Quote to SHARE by St Maximillian Kolbe "Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never Love her more than Jesus did."


"Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never Love her more than Jesus did." 
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
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Pope Francis sends Video Message to new Abuse Prevention Centre in Chile


Pope sends video message to new abuse prevention centre in Chile
Pope Francis accompanies the opening of the Cuida Centre for the prevention of abuse in Chile, with a video message in which he thanks those involved in promoting this project.
By Vatican News
Pope Francis begins by saying that, through this video message, he wants to be present on this day on which the Fundación Cuida takes shape.

The purpose of this new centre, he says, is not only to address the serious problems of prevention and abuse, but to conduct research and to seek policies that can “save more and more minors from everything that is abuse, everything that is manipulation and that in some way destroys their hearts”.

Protecting children
The Pope sent the message to the Catholic University of Chile and to the "Fundación para la Confianza" which, together, are responsible for creating the new Cuida Centre. At the heart of his message, the Pope calls on these institutions in Chile to “take care of the children”.

During the inauguration ceremony, the Rector of the Catholic University, Ignacio Sánchez, specified the priority of the Centre as being “to contribute to a public policy that will allow the construction of a more respectful and protective society towards children and adolescents”.

Preventing abuse
The "Fundación para la Confianza" was founded in 2010 by victims of abuses committed by former priest Fernando Kadima. Its mission is to combat child abuse and to accompany and assist those who have been victims of these crimes.

The Cuida Centre is an academic and research space created to gather scientific evidence, promote public policies and develop tools for prevention and action in the field of abuse and the protection of minors.
Full Text Source: Vatican News.va

RIP Bishop John M. Sherlock - Emeritus of the Diocese of London, Ontario - Death of Bishop at the age of 93


Death of The Most Reverend John M. Sherlock Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of London
– The Most Reverend John M. Sherlock, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of London, died on 12 August 2019.

Bishop Sherlock was born on 20 January 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He entered St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto in 1946 to begin his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 3 June 1950 for the Diocese of Hamilton by the Most Reverend R.H. Dignan, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie. Following his ordination, he continued his studies and received a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 1952. He later received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Windsor (1985), a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Huron College, London, Ontario (1986), and became a Fellow (honoris causa) of the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto (1994). Upon completion of his Licentiate in Canon Law, Bishop Sherlock returned to the Diocese of Hamilton to begin his pastoral ministry.
He served as Assistant Pastor and then Pastor in parishes within the diocese from 1952 until 1974. During this time, he also held the positions of Lecturer in Religious Studies and Newman Chaplain at McMaster University in Hamilton, Advocate and Judge for the Regional Matrimonial Tribunal, Trustee and Chairman for the Hamilton-Wentworth Separate School Board, Consultor for the Diocese of Hamilton, and Board member and Vice-Chairman for St. Joseph's Hospital (Hamilton). On 25 June 1974, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of London and was ordained Bishop on 28 August 1974 by Bishop P.F. Reding. On 8 July 1978, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of London and installed on 21 August.
As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Sherlock was a member of the then Commission for Christian Education (English Sector), the then Pastoral Team for Study and Action, the then Administrative Board (now the Permanent Council), the then Commission for Social Affairs, the then Operations Review Committee, the then Ad hoc Committee on Constitution, as well as the then Commission for Social Communications (English Sector). From 1983 to 1985, Bishop Sherlock served as the President of the CCCB during which time he led the Conference in its organization of the Papal Visit to Canada by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1984. Bishop Sherlock went on to represent the CCCB with the Canadian Council of Churches (1989-1991) and served as the Council's Vice-President in 1990-1991. Founded by the CCCB, Bishop Sherlock was the first Chairman of the National Catholic Broadcasting Foundation (later renamed the National Catholic Broadcasting Council), which, in 1998, led to the Daily TV Mass broadcast, originally on Vision TV, as a way of helping the Church to be more present and visible in the media. He retired as Bishop of London in 2002.
FULL TEXT SOURCE: CCCB

#BreakingNews Fuel Tanker Explosion causes 76 Deaths in Tanzania, Africa


TANZANIA: Death Toll of Morogoro Fuel Tanker Tragedy Rises to 76
 Latest News August 13, 2019  Admin

MOROGORO, AUGUST 13, 2019 (CISA)-President John Pombe Maghufuli of Tanzania has pleaded with citizens to stop risking their lives by siphoning fuel from broken-down tankers.

“There are vehicles that carry dangerous fuel oil, as in this case in Morogoro, there are others that carry toxic chemicals or explosives, let’s stop this practice, please,” the president said in a press statement following the Saturday August 10 fuel tank explosion that killed 62 people on the spot in Morogoro.

The number has risen to 76 after other victims succumbed to injuries.

Speaking to journalists, Morogoro Regional Commissioner Dr Stephen Kebwe said the number of those injured who were transferred to Muhimbili National Hospital now stands at 38, while those in Morogoro Referral Hospital are 16.

“These are poor people who didn’t want this to happen to them; they just found themselves in the thick of it. Therefore, provide them with everything needed in their treatment and send the bill to the government. I will service the bill on the behalf of Tanzanians,” President Maghufuli directed when he visited survivors at Muhimbili National hospital.

Mass burial for 71 was conducted on August 11 in Morogoro.
FULL TEXT Source: Cisa News Africa

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, August 16, 2019 - #Eucharist


Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 417

Reading 1 JOS 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

"Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,
upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

"I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;
you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant."

Responsorial PsalmPS 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 AND 24

R. His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.

AlleluiaSEE 1 THES 2:13

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of god, not as the word of men,
but, as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"
He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate."
They said to him, "Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?"
He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,
but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery."
His disciples said to him,
"If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry."
He answered, "Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."

Saint August 16 : St. Stephen of Hungary - 1st King of Hungary

Feast Day: August 16
Born: 975, Hungary
Died: August 15, 1038, Esztergom or Székesfehérvár, Kingdom of Hungary
Canonized: August 20, 1083, Esztergom, Hungary by Pope Gregory VII
Major Shrine: Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
Patron of: Hungary
First King of Hungary, b. at Gran, 975; d. 15 August, 1038. He was a son of the Hungarian chief Géza and was baptized, together with his father, by Archbishop St. Adalbert of Prague in 985, on which occasion he changed his heathen name Vaik (Vojk) into Stephen. In 995 he married Gisela, a sister of Duke Henry of Bavaria, the future Emperor St. Henry II, and in 997 succeeded to the throne of Hungary. In order to make Hungary a Christian nation and to establish himself more firmly as ruler, he sent Abbot Astricus to Rome to petition Pope Sylvester II for the royal dignity and the power to establish episcopal sees. The pope acceded to his wishes and, in addition, presented him with a royal crown with which he was crowned at Gran on 17 August, 1001 (see HUNGARY: History). He founded a monastery in Jerusalem and hospices for pilgrims at Rome, Ravenna, and Constantinople. He was a personal friend of St. Bruno of Querfurt and corresponded with Abbot St. Odilo of Cluny. The last years of his life were embittered by sickness and family troubles. When on 2 September, 1031, his only son, St. Emeric, lost his life on a boar hunt, his cherished hope of transferring the reins of government into the hands of a pious Christian prince were shattered. During his lifetime a quarrel arose among his various nephews concerning the right of succession, and some of them even took part in a conspiracy against his life. He was buried beside his son at Stuhlweissenburg, and both were canonized together in 1083. His feast is on 2 September, but in Hungary his chief festival is observed on 20 August, the day on which his relics were transferred to Buda. His incorrupt right hand is treasured as the most sacred relic in Hungary. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia