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Funeral Mass for Bishop James Lin Xili of Wenzhou(seen in photo) celebrated by the ‘underground’Church community at Qiligang Church on Oct. 9
Bishop Lin, who had been clandestinely ordained as the first bishop of Wenzhou, died on Oct. 4. at Qiliang church in Yueqing after a long illness. He was 91.
The late prelate was held in high regard by both communities for his tireless work in the diocese.
Following his death, Wenzhou diocese's open and underground Church communities celebrated separate requiem Masses from Oct. 5-10 at Qiliang church.
On Oct. 10, both open and underground Catholics joined together in the five-kilometer-long funeral procession and the internment of his ashes at the Catholic cemetery on Panyang Hill.
The diocese estimated more than 20,000 Catholics attended the Oct. 10 funeral at the small Qiliang church, managed by the open Church community. Government officials, however, put the figure at between 5,000 and 8,000.
About 1,000 uniform and plainclothes police were stationed outside the church while the liturgy was in process, but otherwise did not intervene.
Diocesan sources told UCA news that the Wenzhou underground Catholics were able to conduct their funeral Mass on Oct. 9 with "the greatest freedom and largest number of attendees ever." This was in sharp contrast to the funerals of other underground bishops in recent years that were held under strict government surveillance, they said.
The local government had designated Bishop Lin's funeral to be held at the Qiligang Church, which is managed by the open Church community and accommodates only 200 people. Officials helped to level and clean up a neighboring plot of land to allow the crowd to view the funeral proceedings via a TV screen.
More than 20,000 Catholics join in thefuneral procession waving colorful flags
Except for a few sick, elderly priests, most of the 19 open priests and 18 underground clergy of Wenzhou diocese attended the funeral Masses.
The sources also said local government officials forbade the use of the term zhujiao (bishop) on banners and wreaths, but a compromise was reached with the use of "Lin mu" (shepherd Lin). However, officials allowed the verbal use of "Lin zhujiao" during funeral Masses and other memorial services.
Authorities did not allow Bishop Lin's body to be clothed in bishop's garb, but his family members placed the zucchetto or bishop's skullcap on his head just before the cremation, sources said.
For the procession, a two-meter-high portrait of the late prelate in a claret cassock and zucchetto was placed on a vehicle which was decorated with flowers, while several laypersons carried his ashes. Government officials had disallowed the use of a photo of Bishop Lin wearing his miter and holding his crosier.
Many curious non-Catholic onlookers were attracted by the procession in which hundreds of wreaths, colorful flags and banners were carried to the sound of drums and pipes. The procession from the church to the cemetery lasted two and a half hours.
Bishop Lin was the fourth bishop in mainland China to die in 2009. The issue of his succession has aroused concern among local Catholics and government officials, say diocesan sources.
Wenzhou diocese has about 120,000 Catholics, including those who live and work in other parts of China.
The conference, which was supported by the European bishops, addressed the issues of economic solidarity and the importance of democracy in its final message, urging respect for “the inalienable dignity of human life, from conception to natural death, as well as for the lives of “foreigners who knock on our door and the lives of future generations.”
“Solidarity is our common future,” the statement said. “European unity was the dream of some and has become the hope of many. Today our duty is to ensure we continue in the service of global solidarity,” especially with Africa.
After underscoring the urgency of promoting and protecting the family based on marriage between one man and one woman, the statement recalled the need to “implement a common European policy on immigration and asylum, recognizing the human dignity of all migrants.”
The statement also insisted that more effective measures be taken “to reduce poverty and social exclusion.” On a similar note, the participants endorsed promoting a policy for regulating the financial markets in the European Union and supporting international governance facilities.
Europe “needs men and women with open arms to welcome others in the name of Jesus Christ and to build together relationships and institutions of solidarity,” the declaration said. (SOURCE:
Mr Dal Broi is handing out a leaflet to women with scripts for the contraceptive pill saying he accepts the official teaching of the Catholic Church against its use and has a moral objection to dispensing them, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
NSW Deputy Premier and Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt said there was no legislation that compelled a pharmacist to stock or supply any particular type of medicine or therapeutic device, but "health professionals know the very important role that condoms play in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases."
"Without access to condoms and contraceptives, particularly condoms, we have high rates of unplanned pregnancies and high rates of sexually transmitted infections," said Family Planning NSW chief executive officer Ann Brassil.
"A pharmacist is a bit like a doctor. They have a responsibility to look after you. They are someone whose advice you're supposed to trust," Griffith resident Alison Dance, 18, said. "To be (refused) service because it's something he doesn't personally believe in is wrong." (SOURCE: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=17041
St. Callistus I
Feast: October 14
The name of St. Callistus is rendered famous by the ancient cemetery which he beautified, and which, for the great number of holy martyrs whose bodies were there deposited, was the most celebrated of all those about Rome. He was a Roman by birth, succeeded St. Zephirin in the pontificate in 217 or 218, on the 2nd of August, and governed the church five years and two months, according to the true reading of the most ancient Pontifical, compiled from the registers of the Roman Church, as Henschenius, Papebroke, and Moret show, though Tillemont and Orsi give him only four years and some months. (SOURCE: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/C/stcallistusi.asp
Luke 11: 42 - 46
"But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market places.
Woe to you! for you are like graves which are not seen, and men walk over them without knowing it."
One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this you reproach us also."
And he said, "Woe to you lawyers also! for you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.