Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Vatican Radio REPORT: As Pope Francis prepares to travel to Brazil for the upcoming World Youth Day celebrations we bring you this Vatican Radio English translation of an interview done in Portugese with Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis, Archbishop of Aparecida 

Q: On July 24, the Pope will be in Aparecida.What will happen on this day?

A: I met Pope Francis at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where I stayed this week, and found him very peaceful and happy about his trip to Brazil - Rio de Janeiro for the World Youth Day and in Aparecida for the visit to the National Shrine . The Pope wants to express his love and his devotion to Our Lady, called in Brazil under the title "Our Lady of Aparecida", the patron saint of all our country and our people. The Holy Father will arrive in Aparecida around 10:00 am and Mass will begin at 10:30 am inside the Basilica. The Holy Father also told me that at the end of the celebration, he will look down from the balcony (christened with the name of Pope Benedict XVI) to pray with the faithful outside the Sanctuary who will follow the Mass on giant screens. The Pope does not remain aloof from the people. In addition to this meeting to be held immediately after the Mass, the Pope will travel in the 'Popemobile' to the line that separates the Basilica of the Seminary. The same will happen in the afternoon when Pope Francis will do the reverse path from the seminary to the Basilica to take the helicopter that will bring him back to Rio de Janeiro. Pope Francis will remain throughout the afternoon at the Seminary, where he will have lunch together with his entourage and in the company of seminarians. It will be a private dinner. After there is a moment of rest. The Pope will bless an image of St. Anthony de Santana Galvão (Frei Galvão, the first Brazilian saint, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 in São Paulo), born in the city of Guaratinguetá, and is part of the Archdiocese of Aparecida. This image will then be carried in procession, probably in October, during the feast of the saint, in the place where in future there will be a shine built dedicated to him. Again at the seminary, Pope Francis will receive three nuns from cloistered monasteries of our region.

Q: Before Mass, there will be a moment of prayer before the image of Our Lady of Aparecida ...

Before the Mass, the Pope will stop in the Chapel of the Apostles to contemplate the original image of Our Lady of Aparecida. The throne of the image is mobile, so if the Pope wants to, it can be turned, so that the image of the Madonna can be directed towards Chapel for him to say this prayer of consecration to Our Lady in the presence of guests and the priests that will be present. This consecration will, in practice, be the same as we do, although there will be slight variations. After the consecration, this will become the new official prayer that we will do every time at the end of a Mass to consecrate the people of Our Lady of Aparecida. Interview Silvonei Protz 


Vatican City, 16 July 2013 (VIS) – From 17 to 20 July the Austrian city of Graz will host the international interreligious conference “Com Unity Spirit”, organised by, among others, the Afro-Asiatic Institute founded by the Catholic Church in 1964 with the aim of encouraging interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue through research projects, study meetings and international conferences. The city has a long tradition of participation in city life by its various religious communities, and in 1997 hosted the European Ecumenical Assembly.
The conference proposes a further step in the dialogue between religions, with a view to drafting a final message in which it will indicate what the religious communities can and should do to make cities more welcoming and respectful towards human values, in order to promote the co-existence of different religions and cultures, fully respecting the freedom of every man and woman.
Over 150 representatives of religious communities will participate, from the orthodox Serbian Bishop Andrej to the Grand Mufti emeritus of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mustafa Ceric, from the rabbi Michael Jedwany, member of the Conference of European Rabbis, to the writer Karl Veitschegger of the diocese of Graz-Seckau. Scholars and experts in interreligious dialogue have been invited to take part in the conference to discuss and share a variety of opinions not only on how to proceed in the construction of peaceful co-existence between religions, but also the idea that Europe is experiencing a phase of particular importance for its future precisely because of the presence of so many religions and cultures, which represent an important resource for times to come.
The programme includes a series of public conferences and parallel sessions in which brief texts on experiences of research and dialogue will be presented and discussed. The inaugural session will be dedicated to the theme of the relationship between political and spiritual power in the light of Christian experience from the time of the first communities until the present day. The parallel sessions, which will consider how people of different religions can live together in the same cities in peace, will focus on the following themes: the relationship between religion and spirituality, the teaching of religion, religious freedom as a universal right, the causes of potential conflict between religious communities, the socio-political role and responsibility of religions in contemporary society, and cultural and artistic expressions of religious diversity.
Vatican City, 16 July 2013 (VIS) - “The family: path of hope for Cuba” was the theme of the first national meeting of the Pastoral of the Family promoted by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba and recently concluded in Havana.
The meeting, presided over by Bishop Arturo Gonzalez of Santa Clara, took place in the “San Juan Maria Vianney” priests' residence. The initiative was promoted also by Bishop Luis del Castillo, emeritus of Melo, Uruguay, who has collaborated with the Church in Cuba for many years. In his opening speech, Bishop Gonzalez recalled the words of Blessed John Paul II during his visit to the island: “Cuba: care for your families, in order to keep your heart pure!” and thanked the families participating in the meeting, emphasising that in spite of current difficulties, the family remains a source of great hope for the future.
The themes to be considered include: marriage and the family as God's plan for men and women, within which humanity finds its true path to happiness, the family in Cuba, with its needs, its values to be identified in the light of faith but also in dialogue with the various institutions with which it is linked, the education of children, family economics, the aging population, the breakdown of the family and domestic violence.
Prior to the meeting the Commission for the Family, with the contribution of the Jesuit priest Fr. Jorge Cela, president of the Conference of Latin American Provincials, carried out a survey of the island's population, entitled “Cubafamilia”, to investigate the current situation of families in Cuba.
Vatican City, 16 July 2013 (VIS) - Today, the Holy Father:
- appointed Fr. Joseph Kollamparampil, C.M.I., as bishop of the eparchy of Jagdalpur of the Syro-Malabars (area 39,176, population 3,101,730, Catholics 8,483, priests 112, religious 451), India. The bishop-elect was born in Cherpunkal, India in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 1985. He holds a doctorate in missiology from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including teacher and rector in a house of formation for aspiring vocations, and rector of the CMI Mission Theologate Samanvaya in Bhopal. He succeeds Bishop Simon Stock Palathara, whose resignation from the same office the Holy Father accepted in accordance with canon 210 para. 1-2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (CCEO).
- appointed Msgr. Fernando Filograna, of the clergy of Lecce, as bishop of Nardo-Gallipoli (area 587, population 212,980, Catholics 211,761, priests 133, permanent deacons 7, religious 126), Italy. The bishop-elect was born in Lequile, Italy in 1952 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including spiritual father of the minor seminary of Lecce, notary of the diocesan Ecclesiastical Tribunal, vice-chancellor of the Curia, rector of the episcopal seminary, Lecce, director of the diocesan centre for vocations, archpriest of the parish Santa Maria Assunta in Trepuzzi, episcopal vicar for the clergy and the permanent diaconate, member of the College of Consultors, member of the Commission for the Clergy and Consecrated Life for the Episcopal Conference of Apulia, priest of the parish San Giovanni Maria Vianney and vicar general of Lecce.
- appointed Archbishop Brian Udaigwe, previously apostolic nuncio to Benin, as apostolic nuncio to Togo.


China Cry - PG - 13  -Drama  -  1990 USA

Director:  James F. Collier

Writers: Nora Lam (book), Irene Burk (book


 Julia Nickson, France Nuyen, James Shigeta
Based on a true story from the 1950s, a girl, Sung Neng Yee, of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's society, but everything changes when her family becomes poor. She is taken to a labour camp, of Colonel Cheng. Christianity during China's revolution. 


by Santosh Digal
A nun, 28, was abducted and raped for a week. One of her cousins is among the attackers. For the archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, "The perpetrators must be brought to justice [. . .]. What happened is a disgrace".

Bhubaneshwar (AsiaNews) - A 28-year-old nun was kidnapped and raped for a week by a group of men in Bamunigam, Kandhamal District (Orissa). She was held between 5 and 11 July, but the case was made public only today. "The perpetrators must be brought to justice without delay and the law must take its course. What happened is a disgrace," said Mgr John Barwa SVD, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, who condemned the attack.
The nun, a Kandhamal native, lives in Chennai (Tamil Nadu), where she is studying in college. According to her testimony to police, she received a phone call from a woman about two weeks ago, who reported that her mother was very sick.
On 5 July, she took a train to Bamunigam, where two cousins ​​and some friends were waiting to take her home. However, rather than take her to the village of Minapanka, the men led her to a still unidentified place. Here the sister was gang raped for a week.
On 11 July, the attackers left the sister at Berhampur train station, threatening her not to tell anyone about what had happened. The victim managed to reach her village where on 13 July she filed an official complaint.
For now, police arrested her cousin, Jotindra Sobhasundar, and Tukuna Sobhasundear, a friend. The other attackers are nowhere to be found.
The nun received medical assistance and tomorrow her superior will visit her.

According to her brother, the violent act might have been triggered by "family reasons".Last year, an uncle was killed by Maoist guerrillas, and his children (the nun's cousins) accused her family of being involved in the murder.


CATHOLIC HEARALD RELEASE: By  on Friday, 12 July 2013
World Youth Day volunteers put up a poster in a building in Rio (CNS)
World Youth Day volunteers put up a poster in a building in Rio (CNS)
More than 200 World Youth Day volunteers will be dedicated to helping pilgrims with special needs during the July 23-28 event in Rio de Janeiro.
Cesar Bacchim, who is working on accessibility for World Youth Day, said pilgrims with audio, visual, intellectual and mobility deficiencies will have a special place at the front of main celebrations “so that they can participate in the celebration and not be a mere spectator”.
The local committee has prepared special structures to receive disabled pilgrims at the main events at Copacabana beach and vigil at Campus Fidei, in Rio’s Guaratiba area, including special bathrooms and food stands with braille menus.
A team of mechanics will be on hand at the vigil site in case of wheelchair malfunctions, but pilgrims will be expected to walk or be pushed on their wheelchairs along the eight-mile route to get there.
“All of this information will be provided to the pilgrims in their Pilgrim Kit, which will include a map of where we have reserved a special area for those who need a little more help to participate,” Bacchim said. He added that areas reserved for pilgrims with disabilities will be marked by a tall pole with the universal disability access symbol.
“Unfortunately, Rio de Janeiro is not a disability friendly city,” Mr Bacchim said, noting that public transportation for those in wheelchairs is sometimes difficult.
He said such problems could be offset by the hospitality of Rio residents and the youths participating in the event.
“In an event like this, everyone helps each other out,” added Mr Bacchim.
By early July, 1,000 pilgrims with disabilities had registered for World Youth Day, but the local organising committee said it was receiving new registrations daily. Mr Bacchim said Brazil and the United States had the greatest number of registered pilgrims with disabilities.


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese REPORT
15 Jul 2013
Cardinal Pell has long championed the rights of Australia's first peoples and will lead the celebrations at St Mary's Cathedral on 9 August
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, leading Aboriginal elders from across Sydney and more than 1000 Indigenous students from Sydney's Catholic schools will attend an inaugural Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on Friday 9 August to celebrate the International Day of the world's Indigenous Peoples.
The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell who has long been a champion of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will lead the celebration in what will become an annual event.
Hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney's Catholic Education Office, the Mass represents the first time Indigenous students from Sydney's Catholic systemic schools have gathered to celebrate this special day.
His Eminence has requested St Mary's Cathedral Choir be supported by professional Aboriginal artists and the repertoire for the Mass will include some sections sung in some of the many Aboriginal languages. In addition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending the Mass will be encouraged celebrate the day in prayer, song and dance.
"This will be the first time all Aboriginal and Indigenous students at our schools will gather together for Mass on this significant day," says Sue Sinko, Manager of Aboriginal Education for Kindergarten to Year 12 students at the city's 149 Catholic schools.
Beautifully illustrated prayer card by Lisa Buxton for the Indigenous Peoples Mass
Sue, who is helping to organise the Mass at St Mary's Cathedral to mark the occasion says one of the key aims will be to show respect to Australia's first people, celebrate their culture, history and the rich contribution they make to the Church of Australia, and to help build bridges between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians.
In recent years Sydney's Catholic schools have seen a surge in enrolments by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with 2013 hitting an all time high.
Not only are there just under 1000 Indigenous students currently enrolled at Catholic schools in Sydney but young Aboriginal teenagers are among the fastest growing demographic in the Catholic Church of Australia.
In addition to the Mass at St Mary's Cathedral on 9 August, all primary and secondary schools will simultaneously mark the day with their own prayer services in their local communities. This services will expand on the theme, "Holy Spirit in This Land" which is also the theme of the Cathedral's inaugural Mass.
Assistant Principal of St Andrew's Primary at Malabar, Marita Wells where one third of the youngsters are Indigenous
Sue Sinko says plans are underway so each of Sydney's 67,281 Catholic students will receive a Prayer Card featuring the original artwork of Lisa Buxton, Aboriginal Education Adviser with the Sydney Education Office.
In the past week students at St Andrew's Catholic College, Malabar have also participated in NAIDOC Week which ran from 7-14 July this year and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.
Of the 393 children enrolled at St Andrews, one third are Aboriginal.
"We are very proud of our Indigenous links," says Louise O'Keeffe, St Andrew's Principal. "We have a long history of breaking down cultural barriers and one of the biggest weeks of the year for us is NAIDOC week which we celebrate not only with the school but with the local community."
Communities across the globe will celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August and for the first time, 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from Sydney's Catholic schools will mark this significant day with a Mass celebrated in their honour by His Eminence, Cardinal Pell at St Mary's Cathedral.



Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 390

Reading 1                EX 2:1-15A

A certain man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,
who conceived and bore a son.
Seeing that he was a goodly child, she hid him for three months.
When she could hide him no longer, she took a papyrus basket,
daubed it with bitumen and pitch,
and putting the child in it,
placed it among the reeds on the river bank.
His sister stationed herself at a distance
to find out what would happen to him.

Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to bathe,
while her maids walked along the river bank.
Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying!
She was moved with pity for him and said,
“It is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter,
“Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women
to nurse the child for you?”
“Yes, do so,” she answered.
So the maiden went and called the child’s own mother.
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,
“Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will repay you.”
The woman therefore took the child and nursed it.
When the child grew, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter,
who adopted him as her son and called him Moses;
for she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

On one occasion, after Moses had grown up,
when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor,
he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen.
Looking about and seeing no one,
he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
The next day he went out again, and now two Hebrews were fighting!
So he asked the culprit,
“Why are you striking your fellow Hebrew?”
But the culprit replied,
“Who has appointed you ruler and judge over us?
Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Then Moses became afraid and thought,
“The affair must certainly be known.”

Pharaoh, too, heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death.
But Moses fled from him and stayed in the land of Midian.

Responsorial Psalm               PS 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34

R. (see 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
where there is no foothold;
I have reached the watery depths;
the flood overwhelms me.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me;
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

Gospel           MT 11:20-24

Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”


Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Feast: July 16

Feast Day:July 16
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, "Kal. Mar.", 30 Jan. "Summa Aurea", III, 737). The feast was assigned to 16 July, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock; it was first approved by Sixtus V in 1587. After Cardinal Bellarmine had examined the Carmelite traditions in 1609, it was declared the patronal feast of the order, and is now celebrated in the Carmelite calendar as a major double of the first class with a vigil and a privileged octave (like the octave of Epiphany, admitting only a double of the first class) under the title "Commemoratio solemnis B.V.M. de Monte Carmelo". By a privilege given by Clement X in 1672, some Carmelite monasteries keep the feast on the Sunday after 16 July, or on some other Sunday in July. In the seventeenth century the feast was adopted by several dioceses in the south of Italy, although its celebration, outside of Carmelite churches, was prohibited in 1628 by a decree contra abusus. On 21 Nov., 1674, however, it was first granted by Clement X to Spain and its colonies, in 1675 to Austria, in 1679 to Portugal and its colonies, and in 1725 to the Papal States of the Church, on 24 Sept., 1726, it was extended to the entire Latin Church by Benedict XIII. The lessons contain the legend of the scapular; the promise of the Sabbatine privilege was inserted into the lessons by Paul V about 1614. The Greeks of southern Italy and the Catholic Chaldeans have adopted this feast of the "Vestment of the Blessed Virgin Mary". The object of the feast is the special predilection of Mary for those who profess themselves her servants by wearing her scapular.

SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/O/ourladyofmountcarmel.asp#ixzz1SHWhSka7