Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Recently convened for their annual meeting in Castel Gandolfo (Aug. 25-28), the group of 40 former theology and philosophy students of then Professor Joseph Ratzinger were given the task of discussing this sometimes ‘nebulous’ term. Added to their ranks were academics who have chosen to study the thought and writings of Joseph Ratzinger – a suggestion first put forward by Fr. Twomey himself - creating a veritable ‘think-tank’, with some surprising results.

In the first part of this two part interview, Fr. Twomey speaks of how the concept of New Evangelisation is a thread that runs throughout the teaching and writing of Pope Benedict XVI, then Professor Ratzinger. He brings us back to their first meeting over 40 years ago, when as a young Irish missionary priest, he sought out the ‘promising and brilliant theologian’ in his ‘simple’ Bavarian home to ask to study under him. Fr. Twomey takes us on a journey from the Münster and Tübingen years, through the establishment of Ratzinger’s first ‘Doctoral colloquium’, to the Regensburg years and finally, Rome. He speaks about why the New Evangelisation calls for ‘God’s humility’ and why – contrary to popular belief – secularisation is not wholly negative.


On Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI challenged the men and women of today’s world to recover the deepest meaning of art, in its multitude of expressions, but particularly as the path of beauty which leads to God. And in doing so he also shared personal memories of how art had moved him to God with the five thousand pilgrims gathered for the general audience in the tiny village of Castel Gandolfo.

He said “On several occasions during this period, I have recalled the need for every Christian to find time for God, for prayer, amid the many occupations of our daily lives. The Lord Himself gives us many opportunities to remember Him. Today I will touch briefly on one of these channels that can bring us to God and also be of help in encountering Him: it is the path of artistic expression, part of that "path of Beauty ", of which I have spoken several times and which man today should recover in its deepest meaning”.

Pope Benedict continued "perhaps sometimes, before a sculpture, a painting, a few verses of a poem or a song, you have experienced deep within an intimate emotion, a sense of joy, that is, you have clearly perceived that in front of you there was not only mere matter, a piece of marble or bronze, a painted canvas, a series of letters or a combination of sounds, but something bigger, something that speaks, capable of touching the heart, of communicating a message; of elevating the soul. "

"Works of art are the fruit of human creativity, which question the visible reality, trying to discover its deep meaning and to communicate it through the language of shapes, colours, sounds." The work of art, in short, "is an open door on the infinite," which "opens the eyes of the mind, of the heart."

However, he added, “there are artistic expressions that are true paths to God, the supreme Beauty, indeed they help nurture our relationship with Him in prayer. These are works that are born of faith and express faith. One example of this is when we visit a Gothic cathedral; we are enraptured by the vertical lines that shoot up towards the sky and draw our eyes and our spirits upwards, while at the same time, we feel small, and yet eager for fullness ... Or when we enter a Romanesque church: we are spontaneously invited to recollection and prayer. We feel as if the faith of generations were enclosed in these splendid buildings. Or, when we hear a piece of sacred music that vibrates the strings of our heart, our soul expands and helped to turn to God. A concert of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, in Munich, directed by Leonard Bernstein, again comes to my mind. After the last piece of music, one of the Cantate, I felt, not by reasoning, but in my heart, that what I heard had conveyed to me truth, something of the truth of the great composer’s faith and this pressed me to praise and thank the Lord and beside me was the Lutheran Bishop of Munich and spontaneously, feeling this, I said to him, you know, its true, a faith and beauty so strong irresistibly expresses the presence and truth of God".

Pope Benedict then spoke of how certain artists have touched our lives : "How many times have paintings or frescoes, the fruit of the faith of the artist, in their forms, their colours, their light, encouraged us to direct our thoughts to God and nourished in us the desire to draw from the source of all beauty. What the great artist, Marc Chagall, once wrote remains true, that for centuries painters have dipped their paintbrush in that coloured alphabet that is the Bible. How many times, then can artistic expressions be occasions to remind us of God, to help our prayer or for the conversion of the heart! Paul Claudel, a poet, playwright, and French diplomat, in the Basilica of Notre Dame in Paris, in 1886, while he was listening to the singing of the Magnificat at Christmas Mass, felt God's presence. He had not entered the church for reasons of faith, but to in search of arguments against Christians, and instead the grace of God worked in his heart".

The Holy Father concluded: “I invite you to rediscover the importance of this path for prayer, for our living relationship with God. The cities and towns all over the world preserve works of art that express the faith and remind us of our relationship with God. Visiting places of art, it is not only an occasion for cultural enrichment, but above all it can be a moment of grace, an encouragement to strengthen our relationship and our dialogue with the Lord, to stop and contemplate, in the transition from simple external reality to a deeper reality, the ray of beauty that strikes us, that almost wounds us in our inner selves and invites us to rise towards God. "

And then he greeted all English speaking pilgrims present: I am pleased to greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors here today, especially those from Scotland and Malta. Today we reflect on the need to draw near to God through the experience and appreciation of artistic beauty. Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God. Dear friends, I invite you to be open to beauty and to allow it to move you to prayer and praise of the Lord. May Almighty God bless all of you!


CNS REPORT-- Bit by bit, the third edition of the Roman Missal is being introduced in parishes throughout the English-speaking world.
The new English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal is seen in Rome last year. (CNS/Paul Haring)

From Canada to southern Africa to New Zealand, Catholics have seen parts of the new missal introduced at various times -- most since January, but some earlier -- so that by the first Sunday of Advent Nov. 27, the transition to a new set of prayers and liturgical music will be as seamless as possible for the faithful.

As the implementation moves forward, the liturgists charged with overseeing the missal's introduction in seven of the 10 English-speaking countries and regions outside of the U.S. making the transition toldCatholic News Service that their efforts have eased concerns that the translation was a step back from the Second Vatican Council's vision for liturgy.

"The bishops here took the view that there should be an incremental approach to implementation," explained Father Peter Wiliams, executive secretary of the Bishops Commission for Liturgy in Australia.

The process began with the introduction of new musical settings in January, followed by the spoken parts of the Mass at Pentecost in June, Father Williams said. The eucharistic prayers and other parts of the missal will be introduced Nov. 1 so that by Advent the transition will be completed.

The pace of each phase was left to local pastors, with some parishes moving more quickly and others more slowly depending on how well congregations welcomed them, Father Williams said.

The introduction of the English translation of the missal -- under development since 2002 -- is occurring in countries represented by the 11 bishops' conference members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Member conferences include the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland, southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana), India, Pakistan, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.

The most recent translation of the Roman Missal is the third since Vatican II's call for the "full, conscious and active participation" of all Catholics in the liturgy. In introducing the third Latin translation in 2002, Pope John Paul II said it more closely matched the vivid language used throughout church history.

The English translation took nearly seven years as representatives to ICEL debated the proper words that reflected the sacred language found in the latest Latin edition of the missal. The Vatican approved the English translation in 2009.

Disagreements emerged among U.S. bishops as the final translation was reviewed before it was sent to Rome for approval. Some bishops deemed it as elitist or remote from everyday speech. Despite the concerns, the American bishops overwhelmingly approved the translation.

In Ireland, the Association of Catholic Priests, which represents about 10 percent of the country's clergy, continued to object to the translation into 2011. In a March 28 statement, the association charged that the translation was "too complex and too cumbersome" and included sexist language. It also questioned its "theological veracity" and described the translation process as flawed.

Such challenges have not delayed implementation, however.

In New Zealand, where the introduction of the missal began last Advent and was to take one year, the attitude among the country's 560,000 Catholics largely has been to "just go on with the business," said Father Trevor Murray, director of the National Liturgy Office for the country's bishops.

"There are some people who are really happy about it and others not so happy," Father Murray said. "That's true of the priests as well as the people. But the majority of people are pragmatic about it."

Around the world the implementation has been boosted through workshops and meetings with key church leaders aimed at explaining what the changes entail and their significance. Each bishops' conference has developed its own resources, including laminated cards in pews for worshippers, seminars and websites.

Perhaps the most widely used resource has been "Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ," an interactive DVD developed by ICEL. It explores the richness of the liturgy, explains the changes and examines why the changes are being made.

In Canada, Father William Burke, director of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Liturgy Office, has found people accepting of the changes -- once the reasoning behind them is explained.

Father Burke has visited 27 Canadian dioceses to explain the changes and said he has found some anxiety and animosity over the new text at each stop. As he reviews the translation and offers the reasoning behind them, he said he has seen the uncertainty wither.

"By and large," he said, I hear people saying, 'What's all the fuss about?' People realize this is not the devastation (of the liturgy) we heard."

Patrick Jones, director of the National Center for Liturgy in Ireland, told CNS that preparation for the new missal began in early 2011 with workshops for priests followed by the introduction of the changes to diocesan and parish liturgy committees, parish council members and music ministers.

Parts of the Mass that directly involve the Irish faithful were to be introduced Sept. 11.

"This will enable Massgoers on Sundays and weekdays to be familiar with those changed parts" prior to the full implementation in Advent, Jones explained.

Dominican Sister Jordana Maher, coordinator of liturgy for the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, said the changes will be formally implemented at Advent even though some parishes began using them without authorization in 2009 before the Vatican formally approved the texts. The parishes picked up the texts from Internet sources, thinking they were ready for use, she said.

"That created a bit of a complicated situation," she said.

The changes in South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland will move forward, however, without a new Lectionary. Problems at a printer of liturgical texts in Kenya will prevent the Lectionary from being distributed in time for the full implementation, she said.

In the United Kingdom, which includes the bishops' conferences of Scotland and England and Wales, the implementation was to begin Sept. 4.

"My ambition is that people turn up on the first Sunday of September and they'll know there's a new missal," said Martin Foster, acting secretary of the Liturgy Office for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

For Father Andrew McKenzie, secretary of the National Liturgy Commission in Scotland, the success won't be measured for quite some time.

"The real result will be seen after a couple of years on how well it is accepted," he said.

Attempts to reach liturgy directors in India, Philippines and Pakistan were unsuccessful.


ASIA NEWS REPORT: by Melani Manel Perera
Catholics and non-Catholics come together from different dioceses across the country. Cards Malcolm Ranjith and Bernard Francis Law, archpriest at Rome’s Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, performed the liturgy.

Tewatta (AsiaNews) – “Only Jesus is our answer. Only Jesus can heal our mental and physical ailments. As Catholics, always seek the sacraments of confession and communion! They are the privileges, God gave us,” said Card Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, in his homily to thousands disabled people, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who attended the blessing of the sick. Card Bernard Francis Law, archpriest at Rome’s Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, Archbishop Joseph Spiteri, papal nuncio to Sri Lanka, took part on Sunday in the Eucharist at Our Lady of Lanka shrine, Tewatta National Basilica.

In a solemn procession, participants carried lamps, candles and coloured banners with quotes from the Bible in Sinhalese, Tamil and English.

Magrette Adames, who comes from the parish of Dalugama (Colombo diocese), came with her son. “I was working abroad but after a year I fell ill. It was an unknown mental illness and so he came home. He has faith in Jesus, and so we have come here every year for this exceptional celebration hoping to find a special cure.”

After participating in last year’s blessing, a Buddhist man was healed from long-standing pain to his back and left leg. This year he was back with his family to express his gratitude.

“I am happy to see such a large crowd,” said Fr Priya Jayamanne, who is in charge of the Tewatta National Basilica. People are “coming to pray so that Jesus can intercede on their behalf and heal their problems and illnesses. We prepared 600 chairs for special cases, but we had more than 600 patients,” he said.

The clergyman is also grateful to the government for providing water, electricity and health facilities needed for so many people.


The Treorchy Male Choir | Treorchy Male Choir, Timeless

Treorchy Male Choir
IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT: From the depths of the South Wales valleys hail a very special choir. They have brought joy to many audiences from many backgrounds with their enthralling harmonies, stunning showcase songs, operatic renditions, classical interpretations and the alluring traditional music of their homeland.

Treorchy Male Choir’s spokesperson Dean Powell gives me an insight into what makes them so well loved and followed. Dean, first tenor, has been a member since he was 16. At his audition, he lied about his age as you have to be over 18 get in. Now, at 39, he’s a mainstay of this famous institution which has toured all over the world with performances from clubs to cathedrals and many famous theatres in between including, back home, Royal Command performances.

“I never thought I’d get in,” Dean recalls. “But I did. I was looking for a new hobby. I guess that means I was a bit of a geek as joining a choir isn’t perhaps the thing that’s uppermost in lads’ minds at the age of 16.”

An iconic symbol of the mining communities of the valleys of South Wales, the choir has a history that goes back to 1883. “In the late 19th Century,” says Dean, “a large proportion of the choir were miners. After being under ground all day, it was a good release to get together and sing. There was a strong camaraderie and that’s still true today.

“I feel great after I’ve sung in the choir. There aren’t any mines any more, but the choir is as important as ever to the community. We do a lot of charity work and it brings us together.” Indeed, singing proves to be good for the spirit and wellbeing. Dean tells me: “There’s a cancer charity that we support called Tenovus. They have formed a 78-strong community choir of people affected by cancer. It has been realised that there are significant health benefits from singing in a choir.”

Norman Cox, first bass, would agree that singing in a choir has a tremendous impact on wellbeing and ability to overcome adversity. A life changing – and also life re-affirming – moment for Norman was a motorcycle accident in 1983 at the age of 25. “I was in hospital for over two months,” he says, “and at first, they thought I’d lose my legs.”

Norman’s wife, whom he married when she was just 18 and he was 21, was his all-important support through those tough times. But the choir also played their part. “They kept my spirits up,” he says. “They’d always be visiting and as soon as I was out of hospital and in a wheelchair, they’d wheel me to rehearsals and up on to the stage to perform with them. Mind you, at the interval, they wouldn’t wheel me off the stage. I'd have to wait there for my cup of tea."

Having seen the Treorchy choir perform at St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Norman decided at the age of 12 that he wanted to be part of it. “My brother Stephen was already a member. I can remember watching them perform on television, on the Tom Jones show,” he says.

Although the Welsh valleys have a strong Chapel tradition, Norman is a Catholic. “South Wales became quite multicultural in the 19th and 20th centuries,” he says. “My great grandmother married an Irish labourer who was Catholic and he took the family to mass every weekend.”

Norman explains what Catholicism means to him. “It’s being part of something universal,” he says.

The choir has recorded an album of Queen covers, a tribute, at Abbey Road and I ask Dean if they walked across the famous pedestrian crossing. He laughs: “Yes, we held the traffic up for a bit. There’s quite a few Beatles fans in the choir.” Norman filmed it and I reckon the footage would get a lot of hits on You Tube.

In fact, there are more than 100 people in the choir. How on earth do they make decisions about what they are going to sing, what to call their album and so on? Says Dean: “We elect a committee. The Welsh are good at forming committees.”

I ask Dean how the Treorchy women feel about their men’s commitment to the choir. “They are very patient,” he concedes. “We can be away touring or recording for a month at a time. We’ve joked that they should change the marriage vows: Do you take this man and the Treorchy Choir….”

“Music and singing is a big part of Welsh heritage,” says Dean. “Singing in school, in competitions: you could be in the pub and suddenly someone will burst into song. Wales is the land of song, you could say that there’s something in the water….or the beer!”

The Treorchy choir has a diverse backlog of recordings and has collaborated with, among others, Ella Fitzgerald, Dame Julie Andrews, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Bon Jovi. They have an equally diverse fan base including Prince Charles, Sir Michael Caine, Joanna Lumley – and now me! I’d love to go and see the choir perform on their own turf and experience the after-show concert in the pub.

I ask Norman who else he would like the choir to work with if he had a choice. “Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull,” is the immediate response. I hope they do, because, from what I’ve heard, whatever the Treorchy Male Choir do seems to work so well. They are a group of amateurs who have had no professional training and yet deliver a first class performance. I think it is because they are so passionate and engaging and take great pride in what they do.

Once you’ve experienced the Treorchy Male Choir you can’t help but want to hear more. And indeed you can, as they are about to release Timeless, their first new recording in 10 years. The album features two female favourites from the Welsh National Opera: sopranos Kate Woolveridge and Iona Jenkins. Timeless is an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary songs including show tunes and even a Zulu warrior chant.

Timeless is released on 5 September.

To find out more about The Treorchy Choir see:
To find out more about Tenovus and the ‘Sing for Life Choir’ go to:


Agenzia Fides REPORT - "The feeling that I had already expressed, for more relaxation and peace is strengthened in light of the fact that from what I have been told, the road links between Tripoli and Tunisia have become easier", says His Exc. Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli to Fides, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, who is in Italy for medical treatment, but is constantly in contact with Libya. "A priest, my collaborator, along with two nuns, told me yesterday from Tunis that he should return to Tripoli today, because the road is considered more secure", said Mgr. Martinelli.
"I think the celebrations for the end of Ramadan pushes all Libyans to live in peace and reconciliation. I hope this feeling is not superficial, because, from what I read and hear, in some parts of Libya fighting continues, and the hunt to catch Gaddafi is open" says the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli. "But, I repeat, there seems to be among the Libyans a desire for reconciliation. A few days ago I received a call by two Libyan friends who said they were happy", said Mgr.Martinelli.
The difficulties, however, are not lacking in Tripoli, such as the lack of running tap water. "The water of the urban network has been poisoned. I do not know who committed such an act, perhaps a reaction against the rebels, as if to say 'these come and find poisoned water'. The solution to the problem has been solved, because the inhabitants of Tripoli do not get water from the taps, but from other sources, or have found a way to filter the water", says Mgr. Martinelli. "I am ending my medical treatment and I hope to return to Tripoli soon, among my people" says the Apostolic Vicar. (L.M.)


CATH NEWS REPORT: The Church said it can assist the government in the matter of asylum seekers, and welcomed the High Court's permanent injunction against the deportation of two asylum seekers to Malaysia, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said in a statement.

"The Catholic Church's views about the treatment of asylum seekers are well known," Bishop Gerard Hanna, the Bishops' Representative for Migrants and Refugees, said today upon hearing the High Court's decision.

"Our views were outlined in the Church's recent submission to the Joint Select Committee's Inquiry into Australia's Immigration Detention Network.

"The Government knows our views and it also knows of the work that the Church does to assist asylum seekers both in detention and after their release.

"It is to be hoped that this High Court decision does not lead to crass politics in Australia but rather to a determination to find reasonable and just outcomes for those seeking asylum," said Bishop Hanna.

"But now is not a time for celebration or recrimination. Rather, now is the time for all people of good will to work together to find a better way of dealing with asylum seekers. The Catholic Church stands ready to work with the Minister, the Department and all other people of good will to find a better way.

The Church is encouraging Australia to continue to receive the additional 4000 refugees - as hammered out in the original deal - over the next four years.

In a separate statement, the St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said: "Right across Australia, the grassroots members of the St Vincent de Paul Society will be warmly welcoming the High Court decision.

"We continue to say to the Australian Government: No to offshore processing; No to mandatory detention. This decision offers the nation a wonderful opportunity to re-think our stance on asylum seekers and re-visit our international obligations.

"This is a victory for human rights. We now need to turn this into a new direction for the Government; a direction based on dignity and respect for asylum seekers rather than demonisation and repression."


St. Raymond Nonnatus
Feast: August 31

Information: Feast Day: August 31

Born: 1204, La Portella, Comarca of Segrià, Catalonia, Kingdom of Aragon
Died: August 31, 1240, Cardona, Province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Kingdom of Aragon
Canonized: 1657, Rome by Pope Alexander VII
Patron of: Childbirth; children; expectant mothers; falsely accused people; fever; infants; midwives; newborn babies; obstetricians; pregnant women
Born 1200 or 1204 at Portello in the Diocese of Urgel in Catalonia; died at Cardona, 31 August, 1240. His feast is celebrated on 31 August. He is pictured in the habit of his order surrounded by ransomed slaves, with a padlock on his lips. He was taken from the womb of his mother after her death, hence his name. Of noble but poor family, he showed early traits of piety and great talent. His father ordered him to tend a farm, but later gave him permission to take the habit with the Mercedarians at Barcelona, at the hands of the founder, St. Peter Nolasco. Raymond made such progress in the religious life that he was soon considered worthy to succeed his master in the office of ransomer. He was sent to Algiers and liberated many captives. When money failed he gave himself as a hostage. He was zealous in teaching the Christian religion and made many converts, which embittered the Mohammedan authorities. Raymond was subjected to all kinds of indignities and cruelty, was made to run the gauntlet, and was at last sentenced to impalement. The hope of a greater sum of money as ransom caused the governor to commute the sentence into imprisonment. To prevent him from preaching for Christ, his lips were pierced with a red-hot iron and closed with a padlock. After his arrival in Spain, in 1239, he was made a cardinal by Gregory IX. In the next year he was called to Rome by the pope, but came only as far as Cardona, about six miles from Barcelona, where he died. His body was brought to the chapel of St. Nicholas near his old farm. In 1657 his name was placed in the Roman martyrology by Alexander VII. He is invoked by women in labour and by persons falsely accused. The appendix to the Roman ritual gives a formula for the blessing of water, in his honour, to be used by the sick, and another of candles.
source: EWTN

TODAY'S GOSPEL: AUG. 31: LUKE 4: 38- 44

Luke 4: 38 - 44
38And 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.39And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she rose and served them.40Now 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.41And 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.42And 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;43but 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."44And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011



The Holy Father Benedict XVI accepted the resignation from the ministry of the Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta (Spain), presented by Bishop Antonio Ceballos Atienza, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law.


The Pope has appointed Bishop of Cádiz y Ceuta Archbishop Rafael Zornoza Boy, Titular Bishop so far. Mentes and the Auxiliary of Getafe.

Archbishop Rafael Zornoza Boy

Archbishop Rafael Zornoza Boy was born in Madrid July 31, 1949. He followed his ecclesiastical studies at the Seminary of Madrid-Alcalá and obtained a Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical University of Comillas (Madrid).

He was ordained a priest March 19, 1975 for the Diocese of Madrid-Alcala, joining then in the Getafe when it was erected in 1991.

In Madrid was then assistant pastor (1975-1983), Deputy Regent (1983-1985) and Parish Priest of San Jorge (1985-1991), archpriest of San Agustín (1986-1991).

At Getafe was the first Secretary of the Bishop (1991-2004) and Rector of the Seminary since its founding in 1991 until 2009.

On 13 December 2005 he was elected titular Bishop of Mentes and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Getafe. He received his episcopal consecration on February 5 next.

[01217-01.01] [B0503-XX.01] SOURCE: WWW.VATICAN.VA


ASIA NEWS REPORT: by Jibran Khan
For two days there has been no news of Daniel Sharoon. Security cameras and witnesses saw him enter the building, then all trace was lost. The family asks for prayers for his release. The police find no useful clues. In Faisalabad Koranic students attack a 64 year old Christian maid.

Lahore (AsiaNews) - A 13 year old Christian from the Chak district of Layyah, Punjab province, disappeared on August 28. The suspicion is that he has been kidnapped, while listening to mass in the local Catholic Church in Rawalpindi. One priest reported the disappearance to the police, but so far officials have found no trace leading to the whereabouts of the boy. Meanwhile in Faisalabad, a woman aged 64 was attacked by a group of students from an Islamic religious school, because she organized prayer meetings in a district with a Muslim majority. In this regard, a Catholic priest invites Protestants not to "create problems for themselves" with acts that may be deemed provocative.

13 year-old Daniel Sharoon, had been living for the past six months with his sister next to the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. Last Sunday the boy - as usual - went to the local Catholic church to attend mass with his family. Daniel's father John told AsiaNews that "my son came to church with us, but at the end of the ceremony was gone. We looked everywhere - he adds - but not even the guards in charge of security have seen him or noticed suspicious people wandering in the area. "

Fr. Anwar Pastras, a priest of the Diocese of Rawalpindi, condemned the kidnapping of Sharoon, which he calls "a very strange" because "we have installed CCTV cameras" along the perimeter of the building and "we saw the boy enter, but we did not see him leave”. The priest explains that "there were no policemen at the entrances and exits" of the church, but "only our security personnel." "We think - said Father Pastras – he was been kidnapped in the church. " The priest reported the episode to the New Town police station, officers opened an investigation, but so far have no useful leads.

The family is in shock and fears for his fate, his parents have asked for prayers for his return home safe and sound. The phenomenon of kidnapping Christian boys and girls is not an isolated: in March 2010 only 12 children have disappeared from the churches in the district of Kohat and from the Khyber PukhtunKhawa province.

In a second incident, which occurred in Faisalabad (still in Punjab), a group of students from a local madrassa attacked Sakeena Bibi, a 64 year-old Christian maid. The woman had invited a few Christians from the area to pray at her home, located in an area with a Muslim majority, sparking the ire of the Koranic students. The family was forced to leave the area. While condemning the episode of intolerance, Fr. Javed Masih of Faisalabad diocese said that " but the protestant groups are creating problems from themselves by starting the mushroom Churches in the Muslim colonies." The priest adds that "the rest of the family has fled the city fearing life threats".


CNS REPORT -- The Turkish prime minister's announcement that the government will return hundreds of properties confiscated from non-Muslim religious groups or compensate the groups for properties sold to third parties is "a historic decision," said the Vatican nuncio to Turkey.

"Even though the Roman Catholics will not benefit from this, it is an important step that is a credit to Turkey," said Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, the nuncio.

"It is a sign that is not just good, it's an excellent sign that the government wants to reconstruct the unity of the country so there no longer are first-class and second-class citizens," the nuncio toldCatholic News Service Aug. 30 in a telephone interview from Ankara.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Aug. 28 that his government would return hundreds of pieces of property -- including schools, orphanages and hospitals -- that were confiscated by the government in 1936. The properties involved belonged to officially recognized religious minorities: Jews, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and Armenian Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Syrian Catholics and Chaldean Catholics.

Although Pope Benedict XVI, human rights supporters and the European Union have pressed Turkey to recognize all religions, the Latin-rite Catholic community and Protestant churches do not have official legal standing in Turkey.

Archbishop Lucibello said the decision does not include the Church of St. Paul at Tarsus, now a government-run museum, which church officials have asked to have back.

"The government has made a commitment to continue looking for a solution, and this decision gives us good reasons to hope," the archbishop said. The case of the Church of St. Paul, he said, is complicated by the fact that it was built by the Armenians, then taken over by the Greek Orthodox and restored by Latin-rite Catholics.

Otmar Oehring, an expert on religious freedom in Turkey and director of the human rights office of Missio, the German Catholic aid agency, described Erdogan's decision as "a positive and courageous step."

"There wasn't any need for Erdogan to do this because talks with the European Union" -- which Turkey has been trying to join -- "are at a standstill. This decision won't restart the talks because the EU has other pressing problems," Oehring told CNS in a telephone interview.

Oehring said several years ago that Erdogan forced the government to return much of the confiscated property it still owned. The latest decision would have the government compensate religious communities for properties the government has sold to third parties.

"It will be costly for the Turkish state: I've read 700 million euros or about $1 billion," he said.

The Turkish Constitution proclaims Turkey as a secular country, but its unique brand of secularism involves almost absolute control over religion, including Islam. The government builds and funds mosques and employs Muslim prayer leaders. It has granted full legal status only to the foundations formed by a few minority religious groups, including the Jewish community and the Greek Orthodox.

Minorities like the Latin-rite Catholic and Protestant communities, "which do not have foundations, aren't affected by the new decision. This means that the Catholic Church is in the same negative position it was in."

Latin-rite Catholic parishes, dioceses and religious orders "own property, but it's not clear if that ownership will be recognized. Tomorrow the government could say, 'You don't exist legally, so you don't own it,'" he said.

Other Catholic properties are owned by a foreign government, he said. Catholic parishes operate on property owned by the Italian and French embassies in Ankara and the French consulate in Istanbul. The Latin-rite cathedral in Izmir is a protectorate of France, he said.

"For many years, non-Muslims were too afraid to ask for their properties back, but there also is the fact that there no longer are Christian communities in many of those places," Oehring said.

"The Jesuits, Franciscans and Dominicans had many buildings all over Turkey and they just don't care because they don't have the numbers" of faithful to use them or personnel to staff them, he said. "But they still should seek compensation."


Go to National eConference News Story

Keynote speakers Fr Chris Monaghan and Rev Dorothy Lee will explore the topic'Following Jesus – Matthew' during a National eConference on Tuesday 6 September.

The national eConference, the sixth presented by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and The Broken Bay Institute, will explore the Gospel of Matthew and its call to discipleship.

The conference will be streamed to 'eSites' across Australia between 10.30am and 3pm on 6 September, including at the Institute For Mission in Blacktown (IFM), Xavier College in Llandilo, Queen of Poland Convent in Marayong and the Catholic Education Office in Parramatta.

For details of how to take part in the conference at IFM, click here.

It is important to note that participants booking to attend the eConference at IFM other eSites also need to register for the eConference at:

Go to IFM eConference eSite booking details

National eConference Program


Opening Prayer - Commencement of webcast


Introduction of Host and Educators - Mike Bailey

10.40am Session 1:

Fr Chris Monaghan CP
Bring Out Treasures Old and New


Local facilitated discussion

11.20am Session 2:

Rev Dorothy Lee
The Way of Right Relations: The Sermon on the Mount


Local facilitated discussion

12pm Session 3:

Fr Nicholas King SJ



12.55pm Session 4:

Fr Chris Monaghan CP
Holding it Together: The Challenges of being Church


Local facilitated discussion

1.35pm Session 5:

Rev Dorothy Lee
The Paradox of Jesus in Matthew


Local facilitated discussion and afternoon tea




Final Prayer



CCCB – Ottawa REPORT… On August 15, 2011, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published the Decree of Implementation for the General Instruction of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal for use in Canada. The new norms of the General Instruction will come into effect on November 27, 2011, in all English-language and French-language parishes and institutions in the country. The same day, the revised Proper Calendar for the Dioceses in Canada will also be implemented in conjunction with the revised General Instruction.

In addition, the decree confirms that the revised English-language edition of the Roman Missal approved for use in Canada, including the variations to the English-language translation of the Propers of the Mass, will also come into effect on November 27, 2011, which is the First Sunday of Advent. That same day, many other English-speaking countries will also be implementing their own revisions of the Roman Missal as approved by the Bishops of each country and confirmed by the Holy See.

By coincidence, the revised French-language marriage ritual which has been approved by the Bishops of Canada and confirmed by the Holy See will come into effect as well on the same day.

Last month, following the confirmation or recognitio of the Holy See, the CCCB published the Decree of Publication, dated July 15, 2011, for the revised English-language Roman Missal from the Publications Service of the Conference. The 1,480-page layout of the CCCB edition of the Missal is now with the St. Joseph Communications printing company. According to the production schedule, the Missal will be shipped to parishes and religious institutions as of November 10, 2011.

In accordance with the Instruction Liturgiam authenticam, no. 83, issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and also the canonical vote by the Bishops of Canada, the Decree of Implementation and the Decree of Publication both stipulate that the new CCCB edition is the sole translation and version of the Missal authorized for use in English-language liturgical celebrations of the Roman Rite in Canada. Both decrees, signed by the President of the CCCB, Bishop Pierre Morissette, are available on the CCCB website under “Official Texts”.

On the Web

The English-language General Instruction of the third typical edition of the Roman Missal for use in Canada, including the adaptations for Canada, will be available shortly on the special CCCB website dedicated to the Roman Missal at The French-language version of the adaptations to the General Instruction as approved for Canada will be accessible over the coming weeks.

In addition, a pastoral note will be sent to the Bishops of Canada, inviting them as of September 25 to authorize experimentation in their dioceses with the liturgical modifications required by the General Instruction and also with the sung responses for the new English-language translation of the liturgical texts in the Missal.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), the CCCB became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965 as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.


Agenzia Fides report – We must shun tribalism if we want to build a united nation. This is the meaning of the appeal launched on Sunday, August 28 by His Exc. Mgr. Paulino Lokudu Loro, Archbishop of Juba, capital of southern Sudan. "If we do not shun tribalism, corruption, killing one another, then that will be the end of our lives", said the Archbishop of Juba, who stressed that many lives were lost in the struggle for independence and that it is now "time for them to peacefully enjoy the fruits of their struggle".
According to reports from the Sudan Tribune newspaper, Mgr. Loro called upon the congregation to pray for peace in South Sudan and work towards stability, with a particular focus upon the problem of cattle rustling. Some of the most serious acts of violence that took place recently in South Sudan are due to cattle raids between the different populations in the country. The latest murder was committed by an armed group, probably from the Murle tribe, which killed over 600 people in the county of Uror, in the Lou Nuer tribe area. The attack is supposed to be a retaliation assault in connection with a similar attack allegedly launched by the Lou Nuer on Murle in June where hundreds were killed.
About 2 million people died in the conflict fought over religion, ethnicity, ideology and oil. Analysts say that Southern Sudan, which became independent on July 9, risks becoming a failed state if it cannot control insurgencies and bloody feuds that divide the different tribes that live there. (L.M.)


St. Pammachius
Feast: August 30
Information: Feast Day: August 30
Born: 340
Died: 409 at Rome
Roman senator, d. about 409. In youth he frequented the schools of rehetoric with St. Jerome. In 385 he married Paulina, second daughter of St. Paula. He was probably among the viri genere optimi religione præclari, who in 390 denounced Jovinian to Pope St. Siricius (Ambrose, Ep. xli). When he attacked St. Jerorme's book against Jovinian for prudential reasons, Jerome wrote him two letters (Epp. xlviii-ix, ed. Vallarsi) thanking him; the first, vindicating the book, was probably intended for publication. On Paulina's death in 397, Pammachius became a monk, that is, put on a religious habit and gave himself up to works of charity (Jerome, Ep. lxvi; Paulinus of Nola, Ep. xiii). In 399 Pammachius and Oceanus wrote to St. Jerome asking him to translate Origen's "De Principiis", and repudiate the insinuation of Rufinus that St. Jerome was of one mind with himself with regard to Origen. St. Jerome replied the following year (Epp. lxxxiii-iv). In 401 Pammachius was thanked by St. Augustine (Ep. lviii) for a letter he wrote to the people of Numidia, where he owned property, exhorting them to abandon the Donatist schism. Many of St. Jerome's commentaries on Scripture were dedicated to Pammachius. After his wife's death Pammachius built in conjunction with St. Fabiola (Jerome, Epp. lxvi, lxxvii), a hospice at Porto, at the mouth of the Tiber, for poor strangers. The site has been excavated, and the excavations have disclosed the plan and the arrangement of this only building of its kind. Rooms and halls for the sick and poor were grouped around it (Frothingham, "The Monuments of Christian Rome," p. 49). The church of SS. John and Paul was founded either by Pammachius or his father. It was anciently known first as the Titulus Bizantis, and then as the Titulus Pammachii. The feast of Pammachius is kept on 30 August.

TODAY'S GOSPEL: AUG. 30: LUKE 4: 31- 37

Luke 4: 31 - 37
31And he went down to Caper'na-um, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath;32and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority.33And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice,34"Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God."35But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.36And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out."37And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

Monday, August 29, 2011


RADIO VATICANA REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI presided over Mass yesterday with the Ratzinger Schülerkreis – the group of former students who did their doctoral work with the then-Professor Joseph Ratzinger.
The Mass took place at the Mariapolis Center in Castel Gandolfo, and marked the end of the traditional Summer gathering, which this year took place against the thematic backdrop of the new evangelization.
Briefly introducing the Eucharistic celebration, Pope Benedict said the words of the Psalm of the day, Psalm 62, which sings of the soul that thirsts for the LORD thirsts for you my soul, offers an occasion and an impetus to pray for those who seek to satisfy their thirst elsewhere: “Let us pray,” he said, “that God reveal to all that He is the living water, and that He does not allow the lives of men and their thirst for great things to suffocate and drown the ephemeral.”
The Pope prayed especially for young people in this regard, before going on to say, “We who have known God since we were young, must ask forgiveness, because we bring people so little of the light of His visage, because from us comes so little certainty that He is, the He is there, and that He is the Great One, whom we all attend.”
The homilist for the Mass, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, spoke of the total and complete renunciation of self that must accompany radical Christian discipleship.
“Only by not conforming ourselves to this world,” said Cardinal Schönborn, “can we recognize the will of God and make it the foundation of our lives.”


ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO PRESS RELEASE: Thanks to all those who have taken the time to send their condolences to the Ambrozic family and the Archdiocese on the passing of Cardinal Ambrozic. Details have now been confirmed for His Eminence's visitation and funeral Mass.

The body of Cardinal Ambrozic will arrive at St. Michael's Cathedral on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. At that time the Rite of Reception will be held.

His Eminence will lie in state for visitation at the cathedral Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. with the Office for the Dead being celebrated at 8:30 p.m. All Tuesday events are open to the public who are most welcome to visit the cathedral to pay their respects.

The funeral Mass for Cardinal Ambrozic will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral. Due to renovations currently underway at the cathedral, expected participation by up to 500 priests, family, friends, etc. there will be extremely limited public seating available.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to pay tribute to the Cardinal are invited to donate to one of His Eminence's favourite charities, the Shepherds' Trust.


STIFTHEILIGENKREUZ REPORT; Hello, read this, then maybe you also want to come to the Youth Vigil for Holy Cross! It's always on the first Friday of every month. You will not be alone: ​​There are so teenagers 150-200. But the thing is steep: an evening of intense prayer, the monks make. Yes, in Holy Cross are in fact real monks! And are pleased with the young people who flock together ever since.

Youth Vigil is every 1st Friday of the month.
Start is at 20.15 clock, at the end: 21.45 clock,
then is still agape with Open End ...

7th January
4th February
4 March
1 April
6 May
3 June
1 July
5th August
2 September
7 October
4 November
2 December ... So every 1st Friday of the month

You can already at 19.45 clock in the evening prayer (Compline) Compline participate in the monks of the Abbey Church. Clock at 20.15, it then goes on in the Church of the Cross: The monks move in and open with a piece of Gregorian chant. The Latin is perhaps why so cool because it is quite incomprehensible, and the melodies go in any case!

Then we go to a candlelight procession into the dark vast abbey church. Singing, we move on

through the rooms of the monastery, the cloister. There we stopped and a young monk reads a story.

So from the beginning is like a pilgrimage: they walk through the medieval rooms with candles and pray. This is a good match. When all are back in the Church of the Cross, then it goes on with worship: since then, has formed a band, where to play some young monks, for example, plays a guitar, a violin. A teenager is even a composer. The songs are (mostly) exciting, some are kind of Catholic "ear worms".

Then comes a short sermon, in which you can fall asleep difficult.Sometimes you can learn something. Maybe it fires even when you make is always another priest. Often speaks Father Karl, who is sort of organizer for the event.

At the end there is a solemn blessing, often a blessing first Mass by a newly ordained priest. Then, other youth events will be announced, because it's going on in Vienna and a lot more! - Come and see!

You have the chance to meet God!

Then it gets really intense: it follows the Eucharistic adoration with the possibility of free prayer. The youth vigil is there that God give you the chance to touch you in my heart. Ehrlich: Yes, we trust God often do not realize that he exists and that he is really on my side. In the Youth Vigil he can prove to you the opposite. Jesus says yes: "Ask and ye shall receive, knock on un deuch be opened!"

Actually, God is always there! But we forget him. Somehow, God has indeed the problem is that he is invisible. But it is un-effective unicht Lich, no WORKS, he, if you let him. His "problem" is thus more YOUR problem, namely that you forget him. - Well at least the youth vigil is really a moment where you feel that God can do anything with me.

After: Agape in the youth room!

According to the Youth Vigil, there is a small snack in the youth room and a happy encounter. Since it is indeed often crowded, but cozy. Who has time, can meet new friends or talk with a nice Brother or Father of the Cistercians. SOURCE:


ASIA NEWS REPORT: According to the police they were proselytizing among the Dalits and poor Hindus. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "The situation is alarming. The Dalits are empowered by Christian prayer and Hindus are afraid of this. "

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The number of Christians targeted by Hindu extremists are on the rise: the situation is alarming”, warns Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), speaking toAsiaNews of the umpteenth case of anti-Christian violence, the fourth in the month of August in Karnataka. Yesterday the police arrested four Uppinangady Pentecostal Christians in Puttur Taluk (Dakshina Kannada district), accused of trying to convert by force a Dalit colony in Nidle Boodujalu. The Christians were beaten before being arrested.

Praveen Boodujalu, a Hindu, denounced the four, accusing them of door to door proselytizing. Some local residents, including the Dalits, said that the group - Mary (60), her son Kunjimonu (30), his wife Lenny (23) and BT Sainu (34) - went to their homes every Sunday for a month, bringing books to help in the conversion to Christianity. According to the police report, the houses chosen by the Christian were only those of Hindu and Dalits with financial difficulties. "When we refused - explain some locals – the Christians attacked and insulted on the basis of our caste."

But for Sajan George, "this arrest reflects the lack of religious freedom in Karnataka. Moreover, the evangelization of the Dalits is still viewed with suspicion. In India, for Hinduism India's over 250 million Dalits are Hinduism's "untouchables," relegated by the high-caste to an almost permanent underclass status. The caste system, though illegal in India, remains in force socially. Dalits are not allowed to enter upper-caste houses, fields, or temples. They cannot draw water from village wells or wear shoes while passing upper-caste areas".

"Many of them - continues the president of the GCIC - are empowered by the liberative message of the Gospels and this is staunchly opposed by the Hindus, hence they will use even fabricated charges to arrest anyone who announces to them the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ". (NC)