Tuesday, August 7, 2012

VATICAN : MARS LANDING WELCOMED BY OBSERVATORY

Vatican Radio REPORT The Mars science rover Curiosity landed on the Martian surface Monday morning - shortly after 0530 GMT - to begin a two-year mission seeking evidence the Red Planet once hosted ingredients for life. Mission controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California received signals relayed by a Martian orbiter confirming that the rover had survived a make-or-break descent and landing attempt to touch down as planned inside a vast impact crater.

The Curiosity rover is the first fully-fledged mobile science laboratory to be landed on the surface of the planet Mars. Curiosity is designed to hunt for soil-based signatures of life and send back data to prepare for a future human mission. The head of the Vatican Observatory, Fr. José Gabriel Funes, SJ told Vatican Radio that he welcomes the achievement. “I think everybody should be happy with the success of [the start of] this mission,” he said, adding, “we now have to wait for results, to see if we can learn more about Mars and the possibility of organic elements on the surface of Mars.”

Asked whether Catholics and believers in general have anything to fear - whether from from the search for extraterrestrial life in particular or from scientific exploration generally, Fr. Funes SJ responded, “No, of course not – we are not afraid of science, we are not afraid of new results, new discoveries.” The Director of the Vatican Observatory went on to explain that the Church is deeply committed to scientific research. “That’s the reason why the [Holy See] has an observatory,” he said. “Whatever the truth might be, we are open to new results, once they are confirmed by the scientific community.”

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NOVENA OF OUR LADY : OFFICIAL FOR ASSUMPTION FEAST WITH INDULGENCE - DAY 2


OFFICIAL RACCOLTA NOVENA PRAYER WITH INDULGENCE:
To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
HYMN.
O gloriosa Virginum,
Sublimis inter sidera,
Qui te creavit, parvulum
Lactente nutris ubere.
Quod Heva tristis abstulit,
Tu reddis almo germine:
Intrent ut astra flebiles,
Coeli recludis cardines.
Tu regis alti janua,
Et aula lucis fulgida:
Vitam datam per Virginem,
Gentes redemptae plaudite.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
O Queen of all the Virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.

GLORY OF MARY IN DEATH.
She died in the midst of the Apostles, her Son Jesus assisting.
Let us meditate how glorious Mary was at her death, in that she was comforted not only by the apostles and saints, but also by her dear Son Jesus; and while we contemplate the unspeakable joy which filled her soul at this grace granted alone to her, let us entreat her for ourselves:
i. Glorious Virgin, who for thy consolation didst merit to die in the blessed company of apostles and of saints; obtain for us, that when we breathe forth our souls we may feel thy presence, and that of our holy patrons, assisting us.
Three Ave Marias.
ii. Glorious Virgin, who at the moment of thy death wast comforted by the sight of thy dear Son Jesus; O, pray for us, that at that awful moment we too may be comforted by receiving Jesus in the most holy Viaticum.
Three Ave Marias.
iii. Glorious Virgin, who didst deposit thy spirit into the arms of Jesus; assist us, that we may deposit our souls also into the arms of Jesus, always desirous that His most holy will be done.
Three Ave Maria’s.
Come, then, let us magnify the glory of Mary, assisted at her death by her Son Jesus and His apostles, and joining in jubilee at her triumph, say with the second choir of the Heavenly Host:
The Litany of Our Lady :

Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.)
God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renouned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary.
Queen of the family,
Queen of Peace,
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Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. (That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)
V. Exaltata est Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Super choros angelorum ad coelestia regna.
Oremus.
Famulorum tuorum, quaesumus Domine, delictis ignosce: ut qui tibi placere de actibus nostris non valemus, Genitricis Filii tui Domini nostri intercessione salvemur.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen
TRANSLATION.
V. The holy Mother of God is exalted.
R. Into the heavenly kingdom above the angel choirs.
Let us pray.
We beseech thee, Lord, pardon the shortcomings of Thy servants; that we who by our own works are not able to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.. Who, & c.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.





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EUROPE : KEY TO OLYMPICS - PUT CHRIST 1ST AT DAILY MASS

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DAILY MASS attendence has become a feature of the 2012 Olympic games in London, England.
 “I am delighted to be able to report that aside from there being three masses celebrated everyday within the athlete’s village itself, specifically for the athletes and officials, the highest attendance at any of the religious services is at daily Mass. There are a number of athletes and officials from various nations who are coming there every day and they are placing Christ at the beginning and the centre of all they do”, said James Parker, Catholic Executive Coordinator London Games.
The official Church website released this video:

AUSTRALIA : RIIP FR JOSEPH KELLY OCD - CARMELITE

ARCHDIOCESE OF PERTH REPORT:

A Tribute to Fr Joseph Kelly OCD

02 Aug 2012
By Fr Tadgh Tierney OCD
Fr Joseph Kelly OCD was born in Boyle Co. Roscommon, Ireland on 9 January 1929. He joined the Novitiate House of the Carmelites at The Abbey, Loughrea Co. Galway where he made First Profession on 8 September 1948. With his fellow students he began a course of studies for the priesthood at the House of Studies in Dublin the same year and was ordained a priest on 18 December 1954.
After ordination he was assigned to The Abbey where he remained until 1960 when he was sent to the Philippines. While there he was given the task of Novice Master for some years .
Fr Joseph came to Australia in 1973 and was assigned to our house in Brisbane, since closed. After some years ministry there he was transferred to Infant Jesus Parish Morley where he spent most of his priestly life. His time in Morley was interrupted by a recall to Brisbane as Prior in 1986. Then it was back to Morley again 1993. In June 1996 he was sent to the Carmelite Retreat Centre in Varroville, Sydney. He worked there for six years until he was again sent back to Morley where he remained for the rest of his life.
Fr Joseph died peacefully at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Glendalough on Friday 13 July. May he reap the reward of a long and dedicated priestly ministry.
May he rest in peace
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ASIA : PHILIPPINES : THOUSANDS DISPLACED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS

ASIA NEWS REPORT:
In some central areas water has exceeded three meters. The government closes schools, government offices and the stock market. La Mesa dam overflows in Quezon City and sweeps away whole neighborhoods. The flooding follows the passage of Typhoon Saola.


Manila (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Torrential rains continue to fall on the west coast of the Philippines after the passage of Typhoon Saola, which left 51 dead. This morning, floods struck the island of Luzon and the capital Manila. In some areas of the old town water levels exceeded three meters. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. Today, the government closed all schools and public buildings, including the stock exchange. Rescue operations are currently focusing on saving thousands of people were stranded overnight in their cars and trucks. So far there are reports of dead, wounded and missing.

The worst flooding occurred near the La Mesa dam (Quezon City), which provides electricity to the entire capital. After 24 hours of rain, this morning the basin spilled over, sweeping away entire neighbourhoods such as Malabaon, Valenzuela and Caloocan. Along the Marikina River, the police have been struggling for hours to evacuate more than 5 thousand residents of shantytowns built on the banks of the watercourse.

Today, President Benigno Aquino, asked rescuers and members of the government for their "maximum effort" to help people affected by the flooding and typhoon. To help in rescue operations the army has deployed hundreds of soldiers, 200 boats and over 20 trucks to transport essential goods.
Dozens of typhoons hit the Philippines each year, causing deaths and serious damage to crops and infrastructure. In late September, typhoon Nesat caused over 100 deaths. In 2009, the country was reeling from the passage of tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma which in Manila alone claimed more than 1000 lives and left 3 million people displaced. Some areas of the city and the northern Philippines remained flooded for months and even today still suffer damage from the storm and typhoon.

Saola is the seventh of 20 typhoons and storms that, according to meteorologists, will strike the Philippines this year.

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AFRICA : SUDAN : PROTEST OVER RISING PRICES GETS DANGEROUS

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CISA NEWS REPORT: KHARTOUM, August 7, 2012 (CISA) –A massive protest over price rises erupted Monday August 6, in Rahid Al-Barad locality of South Darfur State, where demonstrators burned several government buildings in the latest expression of discontent against economic conditions in Sudan.
Sudan Tribune has learned that the protest was ignited by the state government’s decision to hike electricity charge rates. Eye witnesses said that hundreds of demonstrators including school children took to the streets and burned the main electricity station, the local Zakat Authority and the headquarters of the Warehouses Authority where, they added, large quantities of stored food were destroyed.

This is the second large protest to take place in South Darfur recently. Last week in Nyala, the provincial capital, at least eight were killed by police forces during demonstrations sparked by rises in public transportation fares.
Commenting on the events of Rahid Al-Barad, the chief of the state police, Taha Galal Al-Din, said that their forces had managed to disperse the protesters and that the situation was under control. He added that there are no causalities among the protesters.
The witnesses said that the protesters had tried to storm the headquarters of a local bank but the police dispersed them using teargas.
Sudan has witnessed several protests since the government moved in mid-June to end fuel subsidies as part of wider austerity measures aiming to cover a budget gap of 2.4 billion US dollars resulting mainly from the secession of South Sudan.
The country’s western region of Darfur is also the scene of a low-intensity conflict between the government and rebel groups accusing it of marginalizing the region.
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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : TUESDAY AUGUST 7, 2012


Matthew 14: 22 - 36
22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."
28 And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water."
29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?"
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick,
36 and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

TODAY'S SAINT: AUG. 7: ST. CAJETAN


St. Cajetan
FOUNDER
Feast: August 7


Information:
Feast Day:August 7
Born:October 1, 1480, Vicenza, Veneto, Republic of Venice (now Italy)
Died:August 7, 1547, Naples, Campania, Kingdom of Naples
Canonized:April 12, 1671, Rome by Pope Clement X
Patron of:workers; gamblers; job seekers; unemployed people
Founder of the Theatines, born October, 1480 at Vicenza in Venetian territory; died at Naples in 1547. Under the care of a pious mother he passed a studious and exemplary youth, and took his degree as doctor utriusque juris at Padua in his twenty-fourth year. In 1506 he became at Rome a prothonotary Apostolic in the court of Julius II, and took an important share in reconciling the Republic of Venice with that pontiff. On the death of Julius in 1523 he withdrew from the court, and is credited with founding, shortly after, an association of pious priests and prelates called the Oratory of Divine Love, which spread to other Italian towns. Though remarkable for his intense love of God, he did not advance to the priesthood till 1516. Recalled to Vicenza in the following year by the death of his mother, he founded there a hospital for incurables, thus giving proof of the active charity that filled his whole life. But his zeal was more deeply moved by the spiritual diseases that, in those days of political disorder, infected the clergy of all ranks, and, like St. Augustine in earlier times, he strove to reform them by instituting a body of regular clergy, who should combine the spirit of monasticism with the exercises of the active ministry.
Returning to Rome in 1523 he laid the foundations of his new congregation, which was canonically erected by Clement VII in 1524. One of his four companions was Giovanni Pietro Caraffa, Bishop of Chieti (in Latin Theate), afterwards Paul IV, who was elected first superior, and from whose title arose the name Theatines. The order grew but slowly. During the sack of Rome in 1527 the Theatines, then twelve in number, escaped to Venice after enduring many outrages from the heretic invaders. There Cajetan met St. Hieronymus Æmiliani (see SOMASCHI), whom he assisted in the establishment of his Congregation of Clerks Regular. In 1533 Cajetan founded a house in Naples, where he was able to check the advances of Lutheranism. In 1540 he was again at Venice, whence he extended his work to Verona and Vicenza. He passed the last four years of his life, a sort of seraphic existence, at Naples where he died finally of grief at the discords of the city, suffering in his last moments a kind of mystical crucifixion. He was beatified by Urban VIII in 1629, and canonized by Clement X in 1671. His feast is kept on the 7th of August.


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VATICAN : 34TH ANNIVERSARY OF POPE PAUL VI


Vatican Radio report This week marks the 34th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI who died on August 6th, 1978 after reigning for 15 years. He presided over a momentous period in the history of the Church, in particular carrying through the reforms of the Second Vatican Council which had been convened by his predecessor, John XXIII. One person who had the opportunity to observe closely the figure of Pope Paul VI was the veteran journalist Bob Miller who spent over 20 years in Rome as correspondent for ABC news. In the following interview from our archives, Miller spoke to Jill Bevilacqua about the personality of what he called a "misunderstood and underrated" Pope."

NOVENA OF OUR LADY : OFFICIAL FOR ASSUMPTION FEAST WITH INDULGEANCE


OFFICIAL RACCOLTA NOVENA PRAYER WITH INDULGEANCE:
 To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.
ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
HYMN.
O gloriosa Virginum,
Sublimis inter sidera,
Qui te creavit, parvulum
Lactente nutris ubere.
Quod Heva tristis abstulit,
Tu reddis almo germine:
Intrent ut astra flebiles,
Coeli recludis cardines.
Tu regis alti janua,
Et aula lucis fulgida:
Vitam datam per Virginem,
Gentes redemptae plaudite.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui natus es de Virgine,
Cum Patre, et almo Spiritu
In sempiterna saecula. Amen.
TRANSLATION.
O Queen of all the Virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky;
Who with pure milk from thy own breast
Thy own Creator didst supply.
What man hath lost in hapless Eve,
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the sorrowing here beneath
Hast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors.
Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!
Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!
Through thee redeem’d to endless life,
Thy praise let all the nations sing.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
GLORY OF MARY IN DEATH.
She was well prepared to die.
Let us meditate how glorious Mary was at the moment of her death, because in life she was so well prepared to die: first, by reason of her ardent longing to see her God and to be again united to her Son; and next, by the unapproachable merit of her consummate perfection. Then reflecting how different we are from Mary in our own practice of preparation for our death, let us say:
i. Most holy Virgin, who, in order to prepare thyself for a holy death, didst live in continual desire after the Beatific vision; O, take from us all vain desires for the frail things of earth.
Three Ave Marias.
ii. Most holy Virgin, who, in order to prepare thyself holily to die, didst in life ever sigh to be united to thy Son Jesus; obtain for us fidelity to Jesus, even unto death.
Three Ave Marias.
iii. Most holy Virgin, who, in order that thou mightest die holily, didst attain an unapproachable height of merit and of virtue; intercede for us, that we may know that virtue alone and the grace of God will lead us to salvation.
Three Ave Maria’s.
Let us now give praise to Mary, so prudent in preparing for death; and whilst we exalt her glory, we will unite with the nine angel choirs who, on her Assumption into heaven, escorted her; singing with the first choir -
The Litanies;
Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.)
God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)
God the Holy Ghost, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renouned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary.
Queen of the family,
Queen of Peace,
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Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. (That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)
V. Exaltata est Sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Super choros angelorum ad coelestia regna.
Oremus.
Famulorum tuorum, quaesumus Domine, delictis ignosce: ut qui tibi placere de actibus nostris non valemus, Genitricis Filii tui Domini nostri intercessione salvemur.
Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen
TRANSLATION.
V. The holy Mother of God is exalted.
R. Into the heavenly kingdom above the angel choirs.
Let us pray.
We beseech thee, Lord, pardon the shortcomings of Thy servants; that we who by our own works are not able to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.. Who, &c.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

EUROPE : FRANCE BISHOPS - OFFICIAL PRAYER FOR FRANCE TO OUR LADY


The Bishops' of France have called all the French to pray for their country on the Feast of the Assumption on August 15.
The Bishops are renewing the old custom which was instituted by King Louis XIII in 1638 and was neglected after World War II.
PRAYER
On this day when we celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, under the patronage of which was placed France, present to God through the intercession of Our Lady, our believing prayers for our country:
1. In these times of economic crisis, many of our citizens are victims of various restrictions and see the future with concern, pray for those who have decision making powers in this area and ask God to make us even more generous in solidarity with our fellow men.
2. For those who have been elected recently to legislate and govern, their sense of common good of society outweighs the special requests and they have the strength to follow the instructions of their consciousness
3. For families, that their legitimate expectation of support from society is not disappointed, that their members support with fidelity and tenderness throughout their existence, especially in the painful moments. That the commitment of the spouses towards each other and their children are a sign of loyalty to love.
4. For children and youth as we help all people to discover their own path to progress towards happiness; they cease to be objects of desires and conflicts of adults to fully benefit from the love of a father and a mother.
Lord our God, we entrust the future of our country. Through the intercession of Our Lady, grant us the courage to make hard choices and a better quality of life for all and vitality of our youth through strong families and loyal. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Translated from http://www.eglise.catholique.fr/download/1-20607-0/proposition-nationale-priere-assomption-2012.pdf

IMAGE SOURCE http://www.chretiensmagazine.fr/2010/01/vive-la-france-catholique.html

AUSTRALIA : FR. BIRD CSSR - NEW BISHOP OF BALLARAT

ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:

AFRICA : SUDAN : AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - NO LIVE AMMUNITION

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CISA NEWS REPORT: KHARTOUM, August 3, 2012 (CISA) -Sudanese security forces must stop shooting protesters with live ammunition, Amnesty International has said after confirming that at least eight demonstrators killed on Tuesday had bullet wounds in their chests, some inflicted at close range.
At least 10 people, many of them high school students, were killed on July 31 when Security services and paramilitary police opened fire in Nyala, South Darfur, during a demonstration against fuel prices and the cost of living. Dozens more were injured.
Medical staff at Nyala Public Hospital told Amnesty International that the wounds inflicted on the eight bodies admitted to their morgue were consistent with those caused by 5.56mm and 7.62mm automatic rifles.
“Any individual members of the security forces involved in the events that caused this bloodbath must be suspended immediately,” said Paule Rigaud, Amnesty International’s Africa program director.
“The Sudanese government must investigate why protesters were directly targeted by the security force personnel who opened fire on them with live bullets.”
The Sudanese authorities have routinely used excessive force against mostly peaceful demonstrations which have occurred regularly in Sudan’s major cities since mid-June.
According to the United Nation’s Basic Principles of the Use of Force, live ammunition should not be used, either directly against demonstrators or as warning shots, unless it is absolutely necessary and only after less extreme means have proved ineffective.
“Sudanese citizens must be allowed to express their opinion peacefully without experiencing systematic repression. Attacks against peaceful protesters are an unacceptable violation of their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.”
Amnesty International is also concerned that injured protesters may have been denied medical care following eye witness reports some were arrested and that plain clothes National Security Service personnel were deployed within Nyala General Hospital.
Police forces have used batons, tear gas and rubber bullets at close range against demonstrators.
And, in response to the protest movement, the National Security Services (NSS) arrested hundreds of known political and civil society activists, regardless of their involvement in demonstrations. Many told Amnesty International they had been tortured with sticks, water hoses and fists, and made to stand under the scorching sun all day.
Dozens of activists remain in administrative detention.
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ASIA : INDIA : BRINGING JESUS TO PRISON INMATES

ASIA NEWS REPORT: Yesterday the Indian Church celebrated the day dedicated to the Pastoral Care of prisons. The testimony of an activist who spent five years in prison, an innocent man. The government’s tightening on pro human rights movements. Indian priest: a story of hope, reminiscent of "the daily challenge of Christ crucified."


Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Innocent of all charges he spent five years in prison for his commitment to the marginalized and victims of violence. Because, he explains, since September 2001, the Indian government has promoted a "security" policy which also targeted social activism. His indictment, false, is for having collaborated with and membership of the Maoist Naxalite movement, but even amid violence and abuse in prison he never lost his faith and hope, which enabled him to regain freedom. This is the story that Arun Ferreira, Scripture Scholar and Seminary Professor and Parish Priest yesterday told the parish of St. Peter, in Bandra Mumbai (Maharashtra), on the occasion of the day - Sunday, August 5 - that the Indian Church dedicates to the prison ministry. "A story of hope" for Fr. Errol Fernandes, which reminds us of "the daily challenge of Christ crucified" and resurrected.

Arun Ferreira, 39, studied at St. Xavier College in Mumbai and from a young age was active in society. In the period 1992-93 he helped the thousands of Muslim victims of violence at the hands of Hindu extremists in Babri Masjid. He later joined the student movement Vidyarthi Pragati Sanghatan, which proposed to build a democratic and egalitarian Indian society.

However, the attack on the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001 caused a radical change in government policies, which began to see popular movements as a hostile enemy to be vanquished. "The organizations were banned," said the man, "their ideas listed and social organizations branded as terrorist." This is why those who used to bring help to the oppressed in the tribal areas of countryside were accused of "Maoism" and arrested.

In the months before his arrest, many Dalit activists were arrested and imprisoned. "Despite the climate - continued Arun Ferreira - I never thought I too would be targeted by the government." In May 2007 he was imprisoned, with general allegations of being a member of the Naxalite movement. He suffered violence and abuse, evidence was fabricated against him that led to his sentencing, but this was not enough. In September 2010 the court ordered the release of Nagpur, but in a short time he was re-arrested by plainclothes agents, with generic allegations of violations of the prison regime during his time behind bars.

Finally, January 4, 2012, his release on bail and return to full freedom. Arun said, he was sustained during his years in prison by "the spiritual help of my parents during their visits to prison" and "legal assistance" received from friends.

Fr. Errol Fernandes, researcher and university professor, told AsiaNews that his story is "a story of hope" for the support received from family (a "enlarged" family, which includes friends and colleagues at university). He never lost the will to fight for justice and truth, earning a master's degree during his years in prison. His story, the priest continues, "invites us to go beyond the pain of the moment, the injustices and errors." Like Jesus, he teaches us how to carry the cross to earn the final resurrection and testifies that "we can withstand any challenge or difficulty" because of faith. (NC)

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TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : MONDAY AUGUST 6, 2012 - TRANSFIGURATION


Mark 9: 2 - 10
2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,
3 and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
4 And there appeared to them Eli'jah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah."
6 For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid.
7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him."
8 And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.
10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.