Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saint October 11 : Saint John XXIII : #Pope : Patron of #ChristianUnity

1958-1963 Release: When on October 20, 1958 the cardinals, assembled in conclave, elected Angelo Roncalli as pope many regarded him, because of his age and ambiguous reputation, as a transitional pope, little realizing that the pontificate of this man of 76 years would mark a turning point in history and initiate a new age for the Church. He took the name of John in honor of the precursor and the beloved disciple—but also because it was the name of a long line of popes whose pontificates had been short.
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the third of thirteen children, was born on November 25, 1881 at Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) of a family of sharecroppers. He attended elementary school in the town, was tutored by a priest of Carvico, and at the age of twelve entered the seminary at Bergamo. A scholarship from the Cerasoli Foundation (1901) enabled him to go on to the Apollinaris in Rome where he studied under (among others) Umberto Benigni, the Church historian. He interrupted his studies for service in the Italian Army but returned to the seminary, completed his work for a doctorate in theology, and was ordained in 1904. Continuing his studies in canon law he was appointed secretary to the new bishop of Bergamo, Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi. Angelo served this social-minded prelate for nine years, acquiring first-hand experience and a broad understanding of the problems of the working class. He also taught apologetics, church history, and patrology.
With the entry of Italy into World War I in 1915 he was recalled to military service as a chaplain. On leaving the service in 1918 he was appointed spiritual director of the seminary, but found time to open a hostel for students in Bergamo. It was at this time also that he began the research for a multi-volume work on the episcopal visitation of Bergamo by St. Charles Borromeo, the last volume of which was published after his elevation as pope.
In 1921 he was called to Rome to reorganize the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Nominated titular archbishop of Areopolis and apostolic visitator to Bulgaria (1925), he immediately concerned himself with the problems of the Eastern Churches. Transferred in 1934 to Turkey and Greece as apostolic delegate, he set up an office in Istanbul for locating prisoners of war. In 1944 he was appointed nuncio to Paris to assist in the Church's post-war efforts in France, and became the first permanent observer of the Holy See at UNESCO, addressing its sixth and seventh general assemblies in 1951 and 1952. In 1953 he became cardinal-patriarch of Venice, and expected to spend his last years there in pastoral work. He was correcting proofs of the synodal Acts of his first diocesan Synod (1958) when he was called to Rome to participate in the conclave that elected him pope.
In his first public address Pope John expressed his concern for reunion with separated Christians and for world peace. In his coronation address he asserted "vigorously and sincerely" that it was his intention to be a pastoral pope since "all other human gifts and accomplishments—learning, practical experience, diplomatic finesse—can broaden and enrich pastoral work but they cannot replace it." One of his first acts was to annul the regulation of Sixtus IV limiting the membership of the College of Cardinals to 70; within the next four years he enlarged it to 87 with the largest international representation in history. Less than three months after his election he announced that he would hold a diocesan synod for Rome, convoke an ecumenical council for the universal Church, and revise the Code of Canon Law. The synod, the first in the history of Rome, was held in 1960; Vatican Council II was convoked in 1962; and the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code was appointed in 1963.
His progressive encyclical, Mater et Magistra, was issued in 1961 to commemorate the anniversary of Leo XIII's Rerum novarumPacem in terris, advocating human freedom and dignity as the basis for world order and peace, came out in 1963. He elevated the Pontifical Commission for Cinema, Radio, and Television to curial status, approved a new code of rubrics for the Breviary and Missal, made notable advances in ecumenical relations by creating a new Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity and by appointing the first representative to the Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in New Delhi (1961). In 1960 he consecrated fourteen bishops for Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The International Balzan Foundation awarded him its Peace Prize in 1962.
Since his death on June 3, 1963, much has been written and spoken about the warmth and holiness of the beloved Pope John. Perhaps the testimony of the world was best expressed by a newspaper drawing of the earth shrouded in mourning with the simple caption, "A Death in the Family."
 Official Prayer to St. John XXIII Dear Pope John, Your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness. You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered around the table to share bread and faith: pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes. With outstretched hands you sowed hope, and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as he prepares a new humanity: help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good. You loved the world with its light and darkness, and you believed that peace is possible: help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities. With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress: you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given to us not for striking, but for embracing and drying tears. Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness but that we bring the light, bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amen.

Catholic #Quote to SHARE by #MotherTeresa "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Mother Teresa

#BreakingNews 95 Killed and nearly 200 injured at Peace Rally in #Turkey - Please PRAY

At least 95 people were killed in Ankara the capital of Turkey. This happened when 2 bombs exploded during a peace ralley. Turkey’s Health Minister,Mehmet Muezinoglu, has indicated that over 186 others were wounded. The explosions were seconds apart outside the main train station. The demonstration was calling for increased democracy and an end violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish forces. Authorities indicated the attacks were suicide bombings.  Turkey recently agreed to take a more active role in the U.S.-led battle against the IS. The attacks came when Turkey nears elections; with a general election on Nov. 1. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held an emergency security meeting due to the attack. 

#BreakingNews Attacks in Gaza and West Bank with 7 Palestinians Killed and 400 injured - Please PRAY

by Joshua Lapide
Between yesterday and today, seven Palestinians are killed, including a 15-year-old boy, in attacks in Jerusalem, Hebron, and Kiryat Arba. A 17-year-old Israeli attacks and kills three Palestinians and a Bedouin, describing them as terrorists. Palestinians and the army clash at the Gaza border, as well as in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Galilee. Political leaders seem powerless.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – The violence is escalating between Israelis and Palestinians, spreading from Jerusalem and the West Bank to Gaza. In a sermon at a mosque in Gaza City, Hamas' Gaza chief Ismail Haniyeh said, "we are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada."
A Palestinian, 22-year-old Ahmed Qali, who was seriously wounded during clashes with Israeli border police in East Jerusalem, died of wounds he sustained during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp.
Two Israelis in their 60s were wounded in stabbing attacks in Jerusalem. Their attacker was killed.
Seven Palestinians were killed and over 60 were wounded during clashes with Israeli forces near the Gaza border fence at Khan Younes Friday afternoon.
Among those killed was a 15-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed al-Raqab. Yesterday, another Palestinian was killed and 400 injured in clashes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Two Israelis were lightly wounded in two attacks in Jerusalem and near the settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank.
Friday's stabbings included one by a 17-year-old Jew in the southern Israeli city of Dimona who lightly or moderately wounded three Palestinians and a Bedouin, calling them “terrorists”.
A police officer was attacked in Hebron whilst a Jewish 16-year-old was stabbed in Jerusalem. An Arab Israeli woman was shot and killed when she tried to stab a security guard at a bus station in the northern Israeli town of Afula.
Clashes occurred also yesterday in Nazareth, Kfar Kanna, Sakhnin, and Arraba, all Arab towns in the Galilee.
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field in Israel not far from the border. No damage or injuries reported.
Violence between Israelis and Palestinians escalated after clashes erupted on the Temple Mount and in the Old City of Jerusalem, following visits by Jewish settlers and ultranationalists who want to pray at the site reserved for Muslims.
As violence spreads among Jews and Muslims, Israelis and Palestinians, political leaders on both sides seem powerless.
Benjamin Netanyahu, who continues to support the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and branded recent stabbings as terrorism, said he "strongly condemned the harming of innocent Arabs" and vowed to bring to justice anyone who breaks the law.
Saeb Erakat, who is close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Netanyahu and his government of "committing a new massacre of Palestinians" in Gaza.
According to Israeli observers, although violence is increasing at present, it is still not comparable to the intifadas of 1987 and 2000.

The two conflicts cost the lives of some 5,000 Palestinians and around 1,100 Israelis.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. October 10, 2015

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 466

Reading 1JL 4:12-21

Thus says the LORD:
Let the nations bestir themselves and come up
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there will I sit in judgment
upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe;
Come and tread,
for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow,
for great is their malice.
Crowd upon crowd
in the valley of decision;
For near is the day of the LORD
in the valley of decision.
Sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars withhold their brightness.
The LORD roars from Zion,
and from Jerusalem raises his voice;
The heavens and the earth quake,
but the LORD is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Then shall you know that I, the LORD, am your God,
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;
Jerusalem shall be holy,
and strangers shall pass through her no more.
And then, on that day,
the mountains shall drip new wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk;
And the channels of Judah
shall flow with water:
A fountain shall issue from the house of the LORD,
to water the Valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a waste,
and Edom a desert waste,
Because of violence done to the people of Judah,
because they shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall abide forever,
and Jerusalem for all generations.
I will avenge their blood,
and not leave it unpunished.
The LORD dwells in Zion.

Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12

R. (12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

AlleluiaLK 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
and observe it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”

#Press Conference on the #Synod15 from #Vatican - Text- #Video - #SHARE - "The Kingdom of God is at hand..."

(Vatican Radio) At the end of the first week of the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family in Vatican City, Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB, English Media Attaché for the Holy See, joined Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ to summarise the discussions at the daily press briefing.
A number of issues were spoken about and addressed in interventions from Synod Fathers at the Synod on the Family on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The Fathers continued with their interventions on part two of Instrumentum Laboris. Once they had completed this section they began to listen to interventions on part three, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, told the media Fr. Lombardi said that there were 75 interventions in the plenary session. There were a good number of interventions from Fathers representing Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He noted there were few interventions from North America.
A number of themes emerged from the interventions including the spirituality of family life, the missionary responsibility of families to look after and foster good marriages, the role of various family movements in the Church, and ways that the Church can remain close and show tenderness to families that are struggling.
There were also a number of interventions on the relationship and balance between justice and mercy. The media was told that there are divergent views on this issue amongst the Fathers. One of the Fathers said that mercy does not mean an abandonment of the Church’s teaching. His Eminence Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, President of the Indian Bishops Conference and head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, was a guest at the press briefing. He told the media that mercy means conversion which is reciprocal. “The Gospel demands this as a condition. The Kingdom of God is at hand, be converted,” he said.
Concern was also expressed for military families. Many military personnel are far from home and often separated from their families for extended periods. These men and women, as well as their families, are in need of special pastoral care.
The Fathers acknowledged that due to diverse situations and contexts there is no such thing as a "typical family". Many of them spoke about indissolubility being one of the essential elements of Christian marriage.
A number of Fathers also spoke earnestly about marriage preparation. Many considered pre-marriage formation to be seriously lacking. One Father suggested that the bishops themselves needed to penitentially admit that they had failed to provide formation for the lay faithful in this regard. There was a suggestion in another intervention that couples, like those in formation for the priesthood or religious life, also need a "novitiate" time before entering into the sacrament of marriage. It was thought that the crisis in religious and priestly vocations is directly linked to the crisis in family life.
Fr. Lombardi was asked questions about the process of the Synod after a suggestion was reported that, in the future, Synod Assemblies be longer processes which begin with continental meetings first. This means that issues would be more focused and refined when they were brought to the universal Synod Assembly. His Beatitude Cardinal Thottunkal responded by saying that things have to start in local contexts so that it can be brought to Synod Assemblies like this one. He said that he saw no contradiction in this kind of methodology and thought that the fruits of such a process could be much better for the whole church.
Lombardi explained that the Instrumentum Laboris could be changed if, in the small groups, an absolute majority proposed changes. This proposal would then go to the Synod Committee. He reminded the media that interventions in the plenary were not proposals to the Synod; they are part of the “conversation”.
The effect of migration has been a reoccurring theme in this Synod throughout the first week. Cardinal Thottunkal said that he agreed with Pope Francis’ request that people welcome migrants and be generous to them. He added, however, that he also has his own personal view on the matter. He believes that the world community and leaders should make it possible for people to be accommodated and sustained in their own countries. “We must work to keep these people in their own countries,” he said.
The Synod Fathers will return to work on Monday morning when they will, again break into small groups to discuss part two of Instrumentum Laboris.