Saturday, January 14, 2012


RADIO VATICANA IMAGE/REPORT: Pope Benedict XVI entrusted the year 2012 to Mary, Mother of God, praying that it be lived by all under the sign of reciprocal respect and of the common good, and expressing the hope that no act of violence be committed in the name of God, Who is the Supreme Guarantor of justice and peace. The Pope’s prayer came at the end of remarks he delivered during a special audience for the officers and functionaries of the Italian State Police detail charged with serving the area of St. Peter’s and the Vatican. The Holy Father expressed to all his personal gratitude and that of his collaborators for what he called, “the precious and delicate work” that they do in maintaining public order, guaranteeing security and tranquillity to the millions of pilgrims and tourists who visit the square and the Basilica each year. The Pope encouraged the officers and functionaries of the Inspectorate to be authentic promoters of justice and sincere builders of peace, and asked Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Peace, to sustain the police and all those who work with him in the service of Christ’s people.


This morning Pope Benedict XVI received the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, in private audience. 

After the audience the Prime Minister, accompanied by the Italian Ministers for Foreign and European Affairs, met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the Undersecretary for Relations with States, Monsignor Ettore Balestrero.

In the course of their meeting, the Holy Father and the Prime Minister discussed the social situation in Italy and the challenges for the Italian government, as well as the contribution of the Catholic Church to the life of the country. They also considered global events, as well as the current situation in Europe and the Mediterranean area. Finally, they emphasized the need to protect religious minorities – especially Christians – throughout the world. 

Finally, the Pope and the Prime Minister confirmed their desire to continue collaborating in a constructive way within the broader context of international relations.


Suicide bomber blows himself up at a checkpoint near the city’s main mosque. Policemen are among the victims. The incident comes as Shia mark Arbain, one of the main celebrations on the Shia calendar.

Baghdad (AsiaNews/ Agencies) – At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on Shia pilgrims in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. They were marking the festival of Arbain, one of the main holy days of the Shia calendar.

The suicide bomber struck a checkpoint used by pilgrims on their way to a major Shia mosque to the west of Basra. Victims are said to include several policemen.

The attack follows a string of similar incidents against the Shia community that took the lives of hundreds of people and wounded thousands more in the past few weeks. Last week for instance, at least 72 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Shia Muslims in southern Iraq and the capital, Baghdad.

Experts note that the attacks are a sign of growing tensions between Sunnis and Shias following the departure of US troops in December and the arrest order issued by Prime Minister al-Maliki, a Shia, against Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a Sunni.

Sources told AsiaNews that a plan is being implemented to complete the fragmentation of the country of 27 million people along confessional lines

If successful, it would mark the division of Iraq into a Shia area (61 per cent of the population) and a Sunni area (34 per cent, of which 17 per cent Kurdish).

It could also mean the final disappearance of Yazidis as well as Christians (4 per cent). The latter have already lost half of their community in the past 10 years.


Italy: chaplain helps survivors of sinking cruise ship | Apostleship of the Sea,  Costa Concordia,sunken cruise shop

Costa Concordia
 IND. CATH. NEWS - Catholic Seafarers' agency Apostleship of the Sea has spoken of how its chaplain helped passengers on board the Costa Concordia, which sank off the Italian coast last night. The cruise ship was carrying thousands of passengers and hundreds of crew. Three people are confirmed dead with dozens still missing. The chaplain on board assisted shocked crew and passengers, including some who were injured.

The National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea in Italy, Fr Giacomo Martino, said: "The work of cruise chaplains onboard is of great value to encourage and support crew and passengers at difficult moments."

Praising the crew of Costa Concordia, he said:  "The crew worked to save passengers with great generosity and a spirit of selflessness."

Thousands of passengers have begun to arrive at the Savona cruise terminal where the local Apostleship of the Sea is joining other agencies to distribute clothing and food. It is also providing spiritual and emotional support.

The priest and parishioners on the island of Giglio, where the ship sank, worked during the night to assist those leaving the ship.

Fr Giacomo called for prayers to be offered for those who have died and those missing.

Each year the Apostleship of the Sea deploys  chaplains on many cruise lines to support the pastoral and practical welfare of crew and passengers. Last year more than 700 cruise chaplains  provided 15,000 days of cruise chaplaincy across the world.

Source: AoS


Agenzia Fides REPORT – On Saturday, January 7 three armed men entered the police station in the district of Santa Rosa, province of Jaen, and killed three policemen cold-bloodedly, the pregnant wife of one of them and their 13-year-old son. The Director of Radio Marañón, in Jaén, the Jesuit priest Francisco Muguiro Ibarra, following the recent acts of violence in the area of Cajamarca, spoke about the importance for the respect for life.
According to information sent by the CNR (National Coordination of Radios) to Fides, Fr. Muguiro said: "Different Assumptions:revenge, armed robbery (two shotguns and four handguns), can be many ... but this time it seems that drug dealing and terrorism are simply discarded. No matter the motivation, there is no motivation, nothing is valid to take the life of another person, unless you are in the situation of self-defense, but this is currently under discussion after the episode of the student who killed a thief who wanted to steal his mobile phone".
The Jesuit priest invites us to reflect on the value of life: "Life is not any one thing. And It is God’s miracle. How much does it cost a parent to be able to form a healthy person! Life is God's plan But it seems worth little in these days. The same day the policemen were killed, 3 other people died in the streets of Jaén due to family disputes or for robbery, and then in Bagua a farmer was killed".
For this reason father Francisco Muguiro Ibarra invites the community to engage in forming the new generations to the true value of life: "The blood of the three members of the Police and their families cries out to God from the land of Santa Rosa and demands justice, not revenge, but Justice ... Starting from the family, school, society, we must begin to appreciate life more. Children need to start living the life as it is, something sacred. We would all like to take part in a campaign for public safety, so that we do not continue to hear about the violent death of our fellow citizens, as what happens every day, and life gains back its value". (CE) (Agenzia Fides 13/01/2012)


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT: 
13 Jan 2012
Marriage is a vocation and needs
prayer and God's help when
making this important decision
More than 20 Sydney Catholics have already registered for a free one-day workshop designed to help men and women discover what God wishes for them and how to make important decisions about their lives.
Conducted by the Archdiocese of Sydney on Friday, 20 January the workshop is inspired by the writings of St Ignatius.
The first of its kind to be held in Sydney and the first of three planned for throughout the year, the workshop has been created by the Archdiocesan Vocations Centre to help participants not only discover the power of prayer but how to call on God to help them make positive decisions in regard to their careers, marriages or furture.
The decisions can be as simple as what course of study should a school leaver follow at university but can also relate to decisions about a career and whether someone should change jobs or stay where they are. The decision could also be about a loved one and whether or not this really is the person they should marry.
"Christian decision-making is not just about priestly vocations or life as a religious," says Father Michael de Stoop, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Sydney who with Sister Anthony Mary Diago RSM has designed the workshop based on St Ignatius' insights and inspiration.
"We wanted to make sure the workshop is not just about abstract principles but will provide practical advice and real life examples on Christian decision-making and the difference this can make to our lives," he says.
University students often need guidance to decide
on careers and what God is calling them to do
Although some of those attending the January workshop or one of the other two to be held later in the year, may be seeking clarity in discerning a vocation for the priesthood or as a religious, others may be seeking God's guidance in their marriage, career, role as a parent or in their work for their local parish and ministry.
"Often when we are making decisions we want to know what God wants us to do. We make decisions pertaining to the gifts we received from Christ and for this reasons it should not just be our duty but our passion to pray to Him for guidance when making these decisions," says Fr de Stoop. But he points out for many, making the right decision isn't easy and we can become confused and worried.
"But St Ignatius in his teachings showed how we can make the right decision through prayer in combination with our own insights," he says.
St Ignatius, the 16th Century saint and founder of the Society of Jesus, used five basic principles to make decisions. The first was to trust in God and be very clear about what exactly needed to be decided. The second was to hold a strong belief in God in daily life while also seeking advice and information from others to help with making the decision. Next came the importance of impartiality and not leaning to one side or the other but instead carefully weighing all the advantages and disadvantages of the issue to be decided.
Fr Michael de Stoop with students at
University of Notre Dame
The fourth suggestion from St Ignatius was to give yourself time to really think about the decision, and while praying to God about this decision, listen to Him and discover which choice brings disquiet and which brings peace and ease.
Finally, as the commitment on what is the best way to go becomes clear, make the decision and pray to God for confirmation.
From St Ignatius's teachings, the workshop will explore Christian-decision making in far more detail and will also talk about the characteristics of authentic inspirations of the Holy Spirit and show how these can be used to reach a resolution that is not only right for you, but God's will.
Fr de Stoop and Sister Anthony Mary Diago have spent several months planning the workshop which will be held from 9.30 am until 3 pm on Friday, 20 January at the Catholic Education Centre, 3 Keating Street, Lidcombe.
For those unable to make this workshop, another will be held on Friday, 13 July as well as on 25 September.
Registration for next week's free workshop and to find out more, phone 02 9390 5970 or email


CISA REPORT: NAIROBI, January 13, 2012 (CISA) -The Kenya Episcopal Conference Commission for Liturgy will officially launch the use of the new English translation of the Roman Missal (3rd typical edition) on Sunday January 15, 2012 at the Holy Family Minor Basilica during Mass starting at 11.30 a.m.
The New Roman Missal changes the order of saying Mass in the Catholic Church. The Roman Missal is the book containing the prescribed prayers, chants, and instructions for the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.
Below is a text on the new Roman Missal for use in educating Catholics compiled by Fr. Januarius Kioko:
The process of implementing a new edition of the prayers of Mass is not new, it has occurred at numerous times throughout the history of the Church, as the Liturgy developed and was adapted to particular circumstances to meet the needs of the Church. In the earliest centuries of the Church, there were no books containing prescribed liturgical prayers, texts, or other Mass instructions. Because the faith of the Church was (and still is) articulated in liturgical prayer, there was a need for consistency and authenticity in the words used in the celebration of the Liturgy.
Collections of prayers contained in Libelli (booklets) developed gradually for use in particular locations and situations such as for a particular monastery, for the Pope, or for other local churches.
The libelli were over the centuries drawn together into larger more organized collections of prayers assembled into “sacramentaries” (liber sacramentorum or sacramentarium), which contained some, but not all, of the prayers of the Mass. The earliest of these sacramentaries were attributed to Pope Leo I, “Leo the Great” (440-461), and Pope Gelasius (492-496), but surviving versions of those sacramentaries date from centuries later.
Other early manuscripts (such as the Ordines Romani) contained detailed descriptions of the celebration of the Mass with the Pope in Rome.
Those written accounts may have gradually served as instructions or rubrics for the celebration of Mass in other settings. Liturgical books grew as they passed from one community (a local church, a diocese, a monastery, etc.) to another, often with prayers added in margins or in blank spaces.
The process of sharing text was by copying by hand. This was a laborious task which at times led to inconsistencies and errors.
The first true liturgical books which could be called “missals” were found in monasteries beginning around the 12th and 13th Centuries. A missal contained not only the prayers but the biblical readings, the chants, and the rubrics for the celebration of Mass. It is difficult to trace exact origins of the first missal.
Missale Romanum :
The Roman Missal is the book containing the prescribed prayers, chants, and instructions for the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church. The first book bearing the name Missale Romanum appeared in 1474, perhaps not coincidentally in the same century as the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg (1440).
Published first in Latin under the title Missale Romanum, the text is then translated and, once approved by a recognitio by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, is published in modern languages for use in local churches throughout the world.
1570 – Pope Pius V: Missale Romanum. It was not until after the Council of Trent that Pope Pius V, in 1570, promulgated an edition of the Missale Romanum (in Latin) that was to be in obligatory use throughout the Latin Church (except in cases where another rite had been in place for at least 200 years).
This marked the first official attempt at uniformity in the celebration of the Mass in the history of the Church.
New Typical Editions of the Missale Romanum
Since that time, to accommodate the ongoing evolution and development of the Liturgy, new Typical (i.e. all other printings must conform) Editions of the Missale Romanum were promulgated by Popes for use in the Church:
1604 – Pope Clement VIII: His was a revised Typical Edition of the Missale Romanum of Pope Pius V (1570).
1634 – Pope Urban VIII.
1884 – Pope Leo XIII.
1920 – Pope Benedict XV.
1962 – Pope John XXIII.
International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL).
In 1964, the Establishment of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) came up as a result of Vat II decision to allow public celebration of the Catholic Liturgy in vernacular (SC 36).
-         In 1970 – Pope Paul VI: Vat II, published the 1st Typical Edition of the New Missale Romanum.
-         In 1975, Pope Paul VI: Vat II., published the 2nd Typical Edition of the New Missale Romanum. (Order of subdeaconate was abolished, roles of acolytes and lectors were defined (GIRM 142-152).
-         In 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the 3rd New Typical Edition of the Missale Romanum (editio typica tertia, [since the Second Vatican Council]) for use in the Church. It was printed in 2008. Soon after, the complex work of translating the Latin text into English began. As the Church throughout the English-speaking world prepares to introduce the new edition of the Missal, so does the Church in other countries as the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia is translated into other languages.
Other Minor Revisions to the Text: In addition, there were a number of other minor revisions to the text, published as “reprints” which incorporated minor changes.  The most recent of these were in 1957 after Pope Pius XII’s revisions to the rites of Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum in 1955, and in 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI incorporated a number of additional prayers, included those for recently canonized saints as well as for the celebration of an extended Vigil for Pentecost.
Understanding the New English Translation (Edition).
The Vatican has revised its principle of revision and translation. The English Texts of the Mass that we are using now are revised and translated in order to make sure that they are in harmony with the Latin texts of the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia. The encouragement of Rome to use a single English Version is based on the fact that English has become for many countries the basis from which they make their translations.
This present translation uses the principle of formal equivalence which means that when translating a text you do not have to follow the word order and the structure of the original text: but have to aim at having the same effect on the reader of your translation that the original text had on its original reader. Faithfulness to the original language helps to preserve the sacred language of worship and to pass on the richness which those texts contain. Preserving the original language of the text helps to preserve the language of faith, which in turn passes the tradition from generation to generation. It is a continuity of what the Lord handed on to us.  Hence, this new translation offers a new opportunity for a profound catechesis, a spiritual renewal and a rediscovery of the liturgical treasure that the Church has always possessed from the beginning. Liturgical catechesis is essential for us to appreciate and appropriate what the Liturgy reveals and discloses.
This new text has been brought closer to its original sources:  Scripture, tradition and the writings of the Church Fathers.
Renewed Focus on Scripture
Many of the prayers we pray in the liturgy have expressions and imagery drawn from scripture. The Word that is proclaimed is really that which the Lord is speaking to us throughout the liturgical celebration. This new translation is profoundly a biblical gesture, by its almost radical faithfulness to Scripture, trying to give more importance to Scripture, the Word of God, to the life of the Church. As people begin to celebrate Mass with the new order of Mass, they will gradually realize how scriptural the text of the Roman Missal is. The words used in the prayers are very scriptural. For instance, the third Eucharistic prayer: “from East to West a perfect Sacrifice is made to the glory of your name” translates something from the prophet Malachi who uses, not from ‘East to West…’, but from the ‘Rising of the Sun to its setting…’ this translation has been restored because it is closer to the original text and closer to the scriptural text. In this Missal, there is a richness we will discover which will help and challenge us to take time and read and pray over the texts. This is an advantage because it is a great Catechetical moment.
The language in which the prayers of the Church were written was Latin and in that way the new translation of the Roman missal helps us to preserve the language of faith. This new translation has tried as much as possible to be faithful not only to Scripture, but also to the writing of the early Church Fathers; which were mainly written in Latin and which in turn became the language of the Church. Hence, in being faithful to the original text and Scripture, the new Missal helps to pass on the tradition of the Church from generation to generation.
It Is An Up-date:
In addition to the above, the new Roman Missal introduces the New Prefaces, Eucharistic Prayers and new feasts or Saints celebrated universally.  Besides, it has the new calendar proper to the Saints of Africa.


Mark 2: 13 - 17
13He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them.
14And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.
15And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
16And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."


St. Sava
Feast: January 14

Feast Day:January 14
Died:January 14, 1235, Tarnovgrad, Bulgariaa
Major Shrine:Temple of Saint Sava (Belgrade)
Patron of:Serbia
Born, Rastko, he was the third son of Stephen I Nemanja (r. 1167-1196), ruler of Serbia. In 1191, he went to Mount Athos, where he took the name Sava and became a monk. He was joined there five years later by his father, who had abdicated in favor of his eldest son, Stephen. With his father, Sava established on Mount Athos the monastery of Khilander (Hilandar), which emerged as one of the leading monastic centers for the Serbians. Sava returned to Serbia in 1208 and became archimandrite of Studenica, using the post to wield considerable political and religious influence throughout the kingdom.

He opposed his brother's religious policy of treating with the Holy See and in 1219 was consecrated the metropolitan of an independent Serbian Church by the patriarch of Nicaea with the approval of the Byzantine emperor, who was much in favor of keeping Serbia within the sphere of Greek Orthodox influence. Sava worked to establish dioceses throughout Serbia, promoted native clergy, built churches, and translated numerous religious texts into Serbian. In 1229, he made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, returning there in 1233 to win recognition of the Bulgarian patriarch from the patriarchs of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch. he died while on his way home, at Tirnovo, Bulgaria.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints