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Vatican City, 18 January 2013 (VIS) – Today, the French and German Bishops' Conferences published a joint declaration marking the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, signed on 22 January 1963 by General Charles de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to seal the reconciliation between the two opposing nations after the Second World War. On 8 July 1962, both heads of state attended a Mass of reconciliation in the French cathedral of Rheims.
The declaration stressed the friendship between the two peoples and, reflecting on the peace gained at such a high price, extended a call for understanding in facing Europe's present and future.
"Simultaneously, the Elysee Treaty," the text reads, "was the height of the reconciliation between the two enemy nations and the starting point for the deepening of friendly relations through political and social contact at all levels. As bishops, we warmly embrace everything gained in the signing of the 'Treaty of Friendship'. Today, Franco-German friendship seems obvious and neither politicians nor citizens have a feeling for the exceptional nature of these relations. And yet, the friendship between our two countries and peoples is now more important than ever for overcoming the current crisis and for shaping the future of Europe. …"
"The crisis has revealed irresponsible behaviour in various areas and has sorely tested the solidarity between the European countries. Solidarity and responsibility must be more closely connected to the future of Europe. In this regard, the Franco-German reconciliation remains an example of political responsibility and solidarity."
At the Mass of reconciliation in the cathedral of Rheims, Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle "symbolized the awareness that politics is built upon foundations that it cannot build itself. Love for one's enemies is a strong Gospel demand that the two statesmen were capable of carrying out. Since then, the European Union has brought peace and prosperity to its countries. With the economic crisis, however, we see that contempt and mistrust between the European nations are reappearing: the rejection of foreigners, the absence of solidarity. The global economy and the cultural and religious mixture have given rise to other enemies. All over Europe, populist movements advocating withdrawal into self interests are flourishing. The economic crisis reveals a moral crisis, where the meaning of life no longer forms part of relationship with others or the demands of justice."
France and Germany "can and must return to the history of their reconciliation and friendship in order to face the consequences of our current problems. We can also draw inspiration from the past in order to help the European Union establish long-term, solid political structures and an authentic social market economy. We must act to ensure that the respect for human dignity, the common good, and the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity always guide European integration."
The Church also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty as "an opportunity to recall, particularly for the youngest generations, that reconciliation is not an empty word but an actual path."
Vatican City, 18 January 2013 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father received in separate audiences:
Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and
six prelates from the Basilicata region of the Italian Episcopal Conference on their "ad limina" visit:
- Archbishop Agostino Superbo of Potenza-Muro Lucano-Marsico Nuovo,
- Archbishop Salvatore Ligorio of Matera-Irsina,
- Archbishop Giovanni Ricchiuti of Acerenza,
- Bishop Francescantonio Nole, O.F.M. Conv., of Tursi-Lagonegro
- Bishop Gianfranco Todisco, P.O.C.R., of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa, and
- Bishop Vincenzo Carmine Orofino of Tricarico.
This afternoon he is scheduled to receive Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, accompanied by Bishop Krzysztof Jozef Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
Vatican City, 18 January 2013 (VIS) – The Synod of Bishops of the Coptic Catholic Church meeting in Cairo, Egypt, from 12 – 16 January, having consulted the Holy Father, accepted the resignation from office presented by His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, in accordance with canon 126 para. 2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches
On 15 January, the same synod canonically elected His Beatitude Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak as Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts and the Holy Father granted the "Ecclesiastica Communio" requested of him by His Beatitude in accordance with canon 76 para. 2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Born in 1955 in Beni Shiqeir in the Eparchy of Asyut, Egypt, ordained to the priesthood in 1980, and ordained to the episcopate in 2002, the patriarch-elect was previously bishop of Minya (Ermopoli Maggiore: Minieh, Coptic), Egypt.
Vatican City, 18 January 2013 (VIS) – Today the Holy Father:
- appointed Bishop Heiner Koch as bishop of the diocese of Dresden-Meissen (area 17,000, population 4,271,000, Catholics 139,890, priests 241, permanent deacons 11, religious 208), Germany. Bishop Koch, titular of Ros Cré, was born in 1954 in Dusseldorf, Germany, was ordained to the priesthood in 1980, and received episcopal ordination in 2006. Bishop Koch was previously auxiliary of Köln (Cologne), Germany.
- appointed Fr. André Gueye as bishop of the diocese of Thies (area 9,055, population 2,436,000, Catholics 52,641, priests 72, religious 146), Senegal. The bishop-elect was born in 1967 in Thies and was ordained to the priesthood in 1992. Fr. Gueye previously taught philosophy at the St. Jean Marie Vianney Major Seminary of Brin in the diocese of Ziguinchor, Senegal.
- appointed Msgr. Eamon Martin as coadjutor archbishop of the metropolitan archdiocese of Armagh (area 2,550, population 333,758, Catholics 227,120, priests 187, religious 391), Ireland. The bishop-elect, previously diocesan administrator of the diocese of Derry since 2010, was born in 1961 in Derry, Ireland, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. Msgr. Martin was appointed chaplain to His Holiness in 2011.
- elevated the apostolic exarchate for Ukrainian faithful of the Byzantine rite resident in Great Britain, to the rank of eparchy with the title "Holy Family of London". He appointed Bishop Hlib Borys Sviatoslav Lonchyna, M.S.U., as first bishop of the new eparchy. Bishop Lonchyna, previously apostolic exarch of Great Britain (Ukrainian) and titular of Bareta, was born in 1954 in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, was ordained to the priesthood in 1977, and received episcopal ordination in 2002.




by Amélie de La Hougue
The 24-hour vigil will be held worldwide on January 27. Initiative followed by 500 cities more than in 2012. This year's event coincides with the "International Holocaust Remembrance Day".

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - More than 3 thousand cities will mark the fifth day of intercession for peace in the Holy Land, to be held January 27, 2013. An extra 500 communities have joined since 2012. Worldwide priests, religious and laity ensure a chain of 24 hours of prayer.

Since 2008, the Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month of January and this year coincides with the "International Holocaust Remembrance Day." It is celebrated on the day of the liberation of the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945.

In his talk on January 1, World Day of Peace, Msgr. Fuad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, said: "Peace between peoples can be born and grow only if it is first in every person, every family, every religious community, in all people." "I think - said the prelate - that all the means to achieve peace must pass through justice and dialogue, and never through violence. The path is full of pitfalls, but hope guides us and the song of the angels assures us ".

The main promoters of the Day of Prayer for the Holy Land are: the National Association of Italian Papaboys, the Apostolate of the "Youth for Life", the chapels of perpetual adoration throughout Italy and the world, groups of Eucharistic Adoration , the Association for the promotion of the extraordinary prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace.



Agenzia Fides REPORT - The Cathedral was filled with the faithful for the celebration of the Eucharist in which Cardinal Julio Terrazas, Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, Mgr. René Leigue Cesari, the first indigenous of East Bolivian called to this ministry. In his homily, Cardinal Terrazas called Monsignor René Leigue "son" and "friend", thanked him for accepting this mission despite the doubts and human weakness, and reminded him that the mission of Bishops is to be ministers of unity and witnesses of truth.
According to a note of the archdiocese sent to Fides Agency, the solemn rite, celebrated on January 16, was attended by the Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas, also His Exc. Mgr. Sergio Gualberti, Archbishop coadjutor, the auxiliary Bishops, priests, deacons and pastoral workers. Also His Exc. Mgr. Giambattista Diquattro, Apostolic Nuncio, and about fifteen Bishops from all over the country were present.
After 50 years of priesthood and 34 of Episcopal ministry, Cardinal Julio Terrazas said he was especially pleased to ordain Bishop of Santa Cruz, a man born, raised and formed in this land, then added: "I thank God that we can have a reliable guide for the people, a word of encouragement in all circumstances, and a friendly presence, a presence that encourages all ... who leads us to announce the ability that our people have to be able to receive God, to love and to say with clarity and courage to all those who ask us, why we believe, celebrate, what we live every day." (CE) 



GARISSA, January 18, 2013 (CISA) -At least five people were killed, including a senior police officer, and six seriously wounded when gunmen attacked a restaurant in Garissa on Wednesday (January 16th).
“Four people died on the spot, while six others were rushed to the hospital,” Garissa County Commissioner Mohamed Maalim told AFP. “The attackers stormed the restaurant where patrons were having dinner or chatting and opened fire indiscriminately and then ran away.”
Garissa deputy prison chief Allan Njagi was among the dead.
Police suspect al-Shabaab sympathizers in Garissa of carrying out this and other recent attacks, although the militant group has not claimed responsibility. The group has, however, offered a large bounty for the killing of Kenyan security officers in an attempt to recruit more Kenyan youth.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident, said newly appointed area police Chief Charlton Mureithi.
Two suspected suicide bombers were also killed Thursday morning in nearby Hagadera camp in Dadaab refugee complex when their explosives went off while being handled, he said.
Mureithi said he suspects the explosives were to be planted on roads to target security forces.
Garissa and its environs have been beset by numerous incidents of violence, including grenade attacks and shootings in recent months


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
18 Jan 2013
Fires continue to burn out of control in the Warrumbungle National Park
As fires continue to rage out of control in Coonabarabran and north west NSW where 51 homes have been destroyed, the Bishop of Bathurst, the Most Rev Michael McKenna has established a fund to help victims of the worst bushfires to hit the region in more than 40 years.
Earlier this week, Bishop McKenna called on Australians to pray for and offer practical help to victims of fires and yesterday launched the Diocese of Bathurst's Coonabarabran Bushfire Appeal.
Donations can be made by direct deposit to an account set up by the Diocese's Bushfire Appeal Fund or if a tax deductable receipt is required via donations to Centacare Bathurst.
Fires burning in north west NSW have already been declared a catastrophe with 14 of the 83 fires uncontained. More than 200 fire fighters are working around the clock, assisted by 20 aircraft during the day.
Apart from those who have lost their homes, many have been evacuated as the fires rage through and around farmland.
Bishop praises courage and comittment of rural fire fighters as they battle blazes near Coonanabarabran
The Centacare Bathurst agency has trained counsellors and workers on the ground in Coonabarabran visiting those who have been evacuated to the local Bowling Club and other facilities in the town. After holding talks with the local Warrumbungle Shire Council, Centacare has offered to assist with the distribution of shopping vouchers to victims as well as urgently needed essentials such as clothing and bedding.
In addition to helping establish and manage the Diocese's Bushfire Appeal Fund, Centacare plans to reinforce its team of trained counsellors next week to help victims with practical as well as emotional support as they come to terms with the loss of their homes and for farmers, the further loss of livestock, sheds, outbuildings and fencing.
Some landowners allowed back to their properties have been faced with the grim task of dealing with hundreds of dead sheep and cattle or having to put down many animals badly burnt as the fires raged across paddocks.
Bishop Michael McKenna announces funding to help victims of fires
Further roles and activities in which Centacare will play a key role will evolve over the next few weeks. Decisions on the best way Centacare Bathurst can provide on-going help will follow further discussions at a local level among other service providers over the coming days.
Counsellors expect to be needed in the region over many months as the initial shock wears off and the reality of devastating loss experienced by so many families hits home.
In the aftermath of Victoria's Black Saturday which destroyed entire towns and left so many homeless, it was found that many bushfire victims were in need of emotional support more than 18 months later.
"In the early days people are so busy trying to organise their lives, the insurance and cope with the disaster that it is often not until much later that the enormity of what they experienced affects them and depression sets in," says a counsellor from Centacare Victoria.
Today with temperatures expected to soar into the 40's Coonabarabran's 3000 residents are on high alert as rural fire fighters continue to battle the 45,000 hectare blaze that continuing to burn out of control across the Warrumbungle National Park.
Heat of Coonabarabran fires melted metal, destroying cars, farm vechiles and sheds
Early this morning one of the fires broke containment lines as the blaze entered its fifth day.
Bishop McKenna has nothing but praise for the courage and competence of fire fighters, many of whom are volunteers, as well as the emergency workers operating in the area.
To donate to the Diocese of Bathurst's Bushfire Appeal to help victims of the Coonabarabran fires log on to -
Alternatively you can send donations direct to Centacare Bathurst, PO Box  1215, Bathurst NSW 2795.



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. Canute IV
Feast: January 19

Feast Day:January 19
1043, Denmark
Died:July 10, 1086, Odense
Major Shrine:Saint Canute's Cathedral, Odense
Patron of:Denmark
Martyr and King of Denmark, date of birth uncertain; d. 10 July 1086, the third of the thirteen natural sons of Sweyn II surnamed Estridsen. Elected king on the death of his brother Harold about 1080, he waged war on his barbarous enemies and brought Courland and Livonia to the faith. Having married Eltha, daughter of Robert, Count of Flanders, he had a son Charles, surnamed the good. He was a strong ruler, as is proved by his stern dealing with the pirate Eigill of Bornholm. The happiness of his people and the interests of the Church were the objects he had most at heart. To the cathedral of Roskilde, still the royal burying-place, he gave his own diadem. His austerity was equalled by his assiduity in prayer. An expedition to England, in favour of the Saxons against William the Conqueror, planned by him in 1085, failed through the treachery of his brother Olaf. His people having revolted on account of the cruelties of certain tax-collectors, Canute retired to the island of Funen. There, in the church of St. Alban, after due preparation for death, the king, his brother Benedict, and seventeen others were surrounded and slain, 10 July, 1086. His feast is 19 January, translation, 10 July; his emblems, a lance or arrows, in memory of the manner of his death.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)