Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Saint August 7 : St. Cajetan the Patron of Gamblers and Unemployed

Feast: August 7

Feast Day:

August 7
October 1, 1480, Vicenza, Veneto, Republic of Venice (now Italy)
August 7, 1547, Naples, Campania, Kingdom of Naples
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. 

Source The Catholic Encyclopedia

Bishop of El Paso Statement on Shootings "..let us mourn the dead and pray for them. Tomorrow let us recommit to love....and build a more loving society." Full Text

Statement from Bishop Mark J. Seitz on El Paso Shooting
Statement on El Paso Mass Shooting
August 3, 2019
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5: 4

After this tragic day in El Paso my heart is filled with sadness for the many victims and their families. Saturday began like any other. People were going about their daily activities. Some chose to stop by the local Walmart to pick up some things. And then hatred and evil insanity interjected their senseless aggression.
As a minister I am called to be present to those who suffered this attack and to their families. I need to do so with a sense of composure. But as I visited with victims and those they love my heart was breaking within me. Their questions are mine as well. Why the innocent children? Why the mothers with babes in their arms? Why should any human being ever be subjected to such violence?
Once again in our nation we see the face of evil. We see the effects of a mind possessed by hatred. We see the effects of the sinful and insipid conviction that some of us are better than others of us because of race, religion, language or nationality. “He waited for judgment, but see, bloodshed! For justice, but hark, the outcry!” (Isa. 5:7).
In the last several months, the borderlands have shown the world that generosity, compassion and human dignity are more powerful than the forces of division. The great sickness of our time is that we have forgotten how to be compassionate, generous and humane. Everything is competition. Everything is greed. Everything is cold. Tenderness and the love that knows no borders are crucified in a whirlwind of deadly self-seeking, fear and vindictiveness.
It was precisely to confront this diabolic evil that God sent his Son into the world. It was to enter into the midst of this and to experience its full force that the innocent one, Jesus, experienced his passion and cross. Just when it appeared that evil had won the day Christ rose victorious!
This is my hope for all who have suffered this violence today and for our community. The Christ who suffered is in our midst. He is our companion. We trust he will raise up the fallen, bring healing to the victims and console our broken community.
Our El Paso community will indeed rise above this terrible day. Our God is a loving God, greater than hatred, more powerful than evil. We trust that we will witness the fulfillment of his words, “See, I make all things new!” (Rev. 21:5)
Today let us mourn the dead and pray for them. Tomorrow let us recommit to love. And let us all brace ourselves for just action that will overcome the forces of division and build a more loving society.

Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, DD
Bishop of El Paso

Full Text Source: https://www.elpasodiocese.org/news--events
Image Source: Google Images/CatholicPhilly of Bishop Seitz

Pope Francis to Visit 3 African Countries - Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius - Revised Schedule Released by Vatican

Pope’s schedule for journeys to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius
The Vatican releases a revised programme for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journeys to Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius, set to take place on September 4-10.
(All times are local)

Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Mozambique (GMT +2): Rome-Maputo

- 8 AM: Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport

- 6:30 PM: Welcome ceremony upon arrival at Maputo airport

Thursday, 5 September
Mozambique: Maputo

- 9:45 AM: Courtesy visit to the president at the Palacio da Ponta Vermelha

- 10:15 AM: Meeting with authorities, leaders of civil society, and the diplomatic corps at the Palacio da Ponta Vermelha (Speech by the Pope)

- 11 AM: Interreligious meeting with young people at the Maxaquene Pavilion. (Speech by the Pope)

- Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

- 4:15 PM: Meeting with bishops, priests, religious, seminarians and catechists at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Speech by the Pope)

Friday, 6 September
Madagascar: Maputo-Antananarivo

- 8:45 AM: Visit to Zimpeto Hospital near Maputo (Greeting by the Pope)

- 10 AM: Mass in Zimpeto Stadium (Homily by the Pope)

- 12:25 PM: Farewell ceremony at Maputo airport

-12:40 PM: Departure from Maputo for Antananarivo, Madagascar

- 4:30 PM: Arrival ceremony at Antananarivo airport

Saturday, 7 September
Madagascar (GMT +3): Antananarivo

- 9:30 AM: Courtesy visit to the president in the Iavoloha Palace

- 10:15 AM: Meeting with government authorities, leaders of civil society, and the diplomatic corps in the Ceremony Building (Speech by the Pope)

- 11:15 AM: Recitation of midday prayer in the Discalced Carmelite monastery (Homily by the Pope)

- Lunch in the Apostolic Nunciature

- 4 PM: Meeting with the bishops of Madagascar in the Andohalo Cathedral (Speech by the Pope)

- 5:10 PM: Visit to the tomb of Blessed Victoire Rasoamanarivo.

- 6 PM: Vigil with young people at the Soamandrakizay diocesan field (Speech by the Pope)

Sunday, 8 September
Madagascar: Antananarivo

- 10 AM: Mass at the Soamandrakizay diocesan field (Homily by the Pope)

- Lunch with the papal entourage at the Nunciature

- 3:10 PM: Visit to the Akamasoa “Community of Good Friends” (Greeting by the Pope)

- 4 PM: Prayer for workers at the Mahatzana building site (Prayer by the Pope)

- 5:10 PM: Meeting with priests, religious, and seminarians in the College of St. Michael (Speech by the Pope)

Monday, 9 September
Madagascar: Antananarivo - Port Louis, Mauritius (GMT +4) - Antananarivo

- 7:30 AM: Departure by airplane for Port Louis

- 10:40 AM: Arrival ceremony at the Port Louis airport

- 12:15 PM: Mass at the monument to Mary, Queen of Peace (Homily by the Pope)

- Lunch with members of the Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean.

- 4:25 PM: Private visit to the Shrine of Blessed Jacques-Desire Laval, the “apostle of Mauritus”

- 4:55 PM: Courtesy visit with the president in the presidential palace

- 5:15 PM: Meeting with the prime minister in the presidential palace

- 5:40 PM: Meeting with government authorities, leaders of civil society, and the diplomatic corps in the presidential palace (Speech by the Pope)

- 6:45 PM: Farewell ceremony at the Port Louis airport

- 7 PM: Departure by airplane to Antananarivo

- 8 PM: Arrival at Antananarivo airport

 Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius
Pope to visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius
Tuesday, 10 September
Madagascar: Antananarivo - Rome

- 9 AM: Farewell ceremony at the Antananarivo airport

- 9:20 AM: Departure for Rome
FULL TEXT Source: VaticanNews.va

50,000 attend 74th Hiroshima Anniversary with 2019 Hiroshima Peace Declaration Read by Mayor Kazumi Matsui

The 2019 Hiroshima peace declaration
by Kazumi Matsui
The statement by Kazumi Matsui, the Mayor of Hiroshima, was read during the ceremony commemorating the 74th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city. It calls on people to Listen to the stories of survivors and to move with determination towards a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Hiroshima (AsiaNews) – We publish below the peace declaration read today by Kazumi Matsui, the Mayor of Hiroshima, during the ceremony commemorating the 74th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city.

Around the world today, we see self-centered nationalism in ascendance, tensions heightened by international exclusivity and rivalry, with nuclear disarmament at a standstill. What are we to make of these global phenomena? Having undergone two world wars, our elders pursued an ideal -- a world beyond war. They undertook to construct a system of international cooperation. Should we not now recall and, for human survival, strive for that ideal world? I ask this especially of you, the youth who have never known war but will lead the future. For this purpose, I ask you to listen carefully to the hibakusha of Aug. 6, 1945.

A woman who was five then has written this poem:

Little sister with a bowl cut / head spraying blood

embraced by Mother / turned raging Asura.[1]

A youth of 18 saw this: ‘They were nearly naked, their clothes burned to tatters, but I couldn't tell the men from the women. Hair gone, eyeballs popped out, lips and ears ripped off, skin hanging from faces, bodies covered in blood -- and so many.’ Today he insists, "We must never, ever allow this to happen to any future generation. We are enough." Appeals like these come from survivors who carry deep scars in body and soul. Are they reaching you?

‘A single person is small and weak, but if each of us seeks peace, I'm sure we can stop the forces pushing for war.’ This woman was 15 at the time. Can we allow her faith to end up an empty wish?

Turning to the world, we do see that individuals have little power, but we also see many examples of the combined strength of multitudes achieving their goal. Indian independence is one such example. Mahatma Gandhi, who contributed to that independence through personal pain and suffering, left us these words, ‘Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.’ To confront our current circumstances and achieve a peaceful, sustainable world, we must transcend differences of status or opinion and strive together in a spirit of tolerance toward our ideal. To accomplish this, coming generations must never dismiss the atomic bombings and the war as mere events of the past. It is vital that they internalize the progress the hibakusha and others have made toward a peaceful world, then drive steadfastly forward.

World leaders must move forward with them, advancing civil society's ideal. This is why I urge them to visit the atomic-bombed cities, listen to the hibakusha, and tour the Peace Memorial Museum and the National Peace Memorial Hall to face what actually happened in the lives of individual victims and their loved ones. I want our current leaders to remember their courageous predecessors: when nuclear superpowers, the US and USSR, were engaged in a tense, escalating nuclear arms race, their leaders manifested reason and turned to dialogue to seek disarmament.

This city, along with the nearly 7,800 member cities of Mayors for Peace, is spreading the Spirit of Hiroshima throughout civil society to create an environment supportive of leaders taking action for nuclear abolition. We want leaders around the world to pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament, as mandated by Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and respond to the yearning of civil society for entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), a milestone on the road to a nuclear-weapon-free world.

I call on the government of the only country to experience a nuclear weapon in war to accede to the hibakusha's request that the TPNW be signed and ratified. I urge Japan's leaders to manifest the pacifism of the Japanese Constitution by displaying leadership in taking the next step toward a world free from nuclear weapons. Furthermore, I demand policies that expand the "black rain areas" and improve assistance to the hibakusha, whose average age exceeds 82, as well as the many others whose minds, bodies and daily lives are still plagued by suffering due to the harmful effects of radiation.

Today, at this Peace Memorial Ceremony commemorating 74 years since the atomic bombing, we offer our heartfelt consolation to the souls of the atomic bomb victims and, in concert with the city of Nagasaki and kindred spirits around the world, we pledge to make every effort to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons and beyond that, a world of genuine, lasting peace.

[1] Hindu divinity with often ambiguous, benevolent and malefic characteristics.
FULL TEXT from Asia News IT

Prime Minister of Pakistan promises to Protect Religious Minorities

ASIA/PAKISTAN - Prime Minister Imran Khan ensures the protection of religious minorities; for the Church "it is an encouraging step"

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - "The speech of Prime Minister Imran Khan is very encouraging and gives a new hope to the religious minorities living in Pakistan. In the past also the leaderships said such nice words but were not able to fulfill them": this is what Bishop Samson Shukardin OFM, at the head of the Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad said to Fides. "We were born and brought up in Pakistan", adds the Bishop "but we still do not get equal rights, it is a sad reality. I hope and pray that the Prime Minister can really put his declarations of intent into practice, since as religious minority in Pakistan we need the protection of our people and places of worship".
The Franciscan bishop declares, however, that he appreciates the initiatives and provisions that the government led by Imran Khan is already implementing for the benefit of religious minorities.

In his speech at the meeting held on July 29th at the Presidential Residence in Islamabad to celebrate in advance Minorities Day - a celebration that will be celebrated on August 11th in the rest of the country - Imran Khan stressed that it is obligatory for Muslims to "provide protection to the people of religious minorities and provide them their basic rights, freedom and justice. "We have to learn from the time of Madina, 1400 years ago, how our Prophet Muhammad treated the minorities living in the state. We must follow Prophet Muhammad’s approach with minorities. He formed a welfare state that was promoting compassion, humanity, justice and rights for everyone.

Imran Khan also added that in Islam no practice comparable to forced conversions is conceivable, since "God asked his messengers to spread the message, accepting it and becoming a believer is a free will of the person. We cannot force anyone to accept Islam under the threat of arms or persecution, or forcing religious minority women to convert after they have been kidnapped. Such acts cannot in any way be considered compatible with Islam. And those who work to convert people by force, kidnapping them or subjecting them to threats, show that they have no correct understanding of Islamic teachings".
The prime minister also indicated the importance of making a real rule of law in Pakistan: "If we have the rule of law", Imran Khan said in this regard, "most of our problems will be solved". And concluded by reassuring religious minorities, and recalling that "it is the Governments' responsibility to give you protection and make you feel that you are also equal citizens of this country. I assure you that our Government will not only protect you, but will also take care of the development of your places of worship".
Father Bonnie Mendes, a senior Catholic priest from the diocese of Faisalabad, points out that "the government of Imran speaks about making Pakistan a 'Modern Islamic Welfare State'. The Government will work to give religious minorities full citizenship. I hope that Government will act fast on their promises. And it will have to intervene forcefully on all those who are pushing people of religious minorities to conversion". (AG) (Full Text Agenzia Fides, 1/8/2019)

Diocese in Nigeria Sounds Alarm over Killings calls on Government to Help and Faithful to Pray the Rosary

After recent killings by Fulani Herdsmen of Priests in Nigeria, Africa the Catholic Diocese has sounded the alarm to the Government and faithful. They Released this Statement:
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Callistus Onaga today 4th August released the official statement of the Diocese in reaction to the increasing insecurity in the State and the country.
The official position of the Diocese was made known as the Diocese observed a special Eucharistic Celebration for Peace and Security in the State and the Country today at the Holy Family Arena, Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu.

Here is the full statement;

Following the increasing rate of insecurity in the form of killings, kidnappings, rapes, destruction of farmlands and properties, and various forms of intimidation in the country, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu sees herself compelled to make the following public pronouncements:
1. We seem to be living in a state of anarchy, total breakdown of law and order.
2. In recent times, an alarming number of our people-including Priests and government officials-has been killed by these murderers.
3. The rate of kidnappings has continued to increase both in the villages and in the cities.
4. The demand of outrages ransom and the inability of the victims to pay, have led to outright killings.
5. Our people are now afraid to embark on their normal farming activities.
6. It is no longer safe for our people to move freely on the roads or visit their homes in the villages.
7. For fear of being raped, our women can no longer carry out their regular activities in the villages, particular their farming and other businesses.
8. The burning of houses has been perpetrated within our own territory.
9. All these catastrophic evils have hampered peaceful coexistence and development in our state.
Against this background, we demand that:
1. Government should as a matter of urgency, flush out bad Fulanis from our state.
2. Government should effectively equip the vigilante groups to provide protection and security for their various localities.
3. In this era of technology, the deployment of surveillance devices has become very necessary in our effort to combat these security threats.
4. Community leaders should desist from actions that would be inimical to the security of their people and any betrayal must be seriously sanctioned.
5. In this regard, security agents should not betray the information entrusted to them for the security of the people.
6. It is important for Traditional leaders, town unions and various youth organizations to work together and speak with one voice in order for the security measures they put in place to be effective and successful.
7. Our people must know that they are part of actions to provide security and should say something when they see something. In this regard, security agents should not betray the information entrusted to them for the security of the people.
8. The government should formulate policies and enact laws that would checkmate these atrocities that are being meted out on our people.
9. The government should provide counseling and other services to victims of these bad Fulani people.
10. Finally, we wish to remind our people that unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.
11. We must continue to ask the Lord to be with us in this sad moment of our lives. Every family in the Diocese should pray one mystery of the Rosary every day for the security of our Diocese.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday August 6,2018 - Eucharist on #Transfiguration of Jesus

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Lectionary: 614

Reading 1DN 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
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. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods.
R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

Reading 22 PT 1:16-19

We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father
when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory,
"This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven
while we were with him on the holy mountain.
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

AlleluiaMT 17:5C

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John,
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.