VATICAN: POPE: PRIESTS: MEN OF GOD, OBEDIENT TO HIS WILL
EUROPE: ENGLAND: PIANIST INSPIRED BY ST. PETER-
AFRICA: GHANA: CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY GROWING STEADILY-
Mechelle Hall, 26, had threatened and brandished a knife at Leah Winandy, 21, who urged her not to have an abortion. The incident took place outside the Duluth Building for Women.
On Nov. 24, 2009, Winandy and her mother, Sarah, were passing out pamphlets and protesting abortion at the building on behalf of Pro Life Ministry of Duluth. According to the Duluth News Tribune, Hall confronted the women.
“I was there to ask mothers not to kill their babies at the abortion clinic,” Winandy said, reporting that Hall walked towards her. “She pulled out a knife and waved it at me saying ‘Don’t come near me.’ I said, ‘Please don’t kill your baby. Fear God.’ I came to the edge of the courtyard. I said, ‘Look and listen to your ultrasound.’ She turned around and came back with a knife and held it up to my throat.”
Hall told the Tribune that she never had the planned abortion but decided to keep the baby after the confrontation. She said she was stressed out and the protesters made her realize that she did not want to end the life she was carrying inside her.
She said she wanted to tell the Winandys “Thank you for being there.”
“If they weren’t there, I probably would have gone through with it and regretted it for the rest of my life. It probably would have gone the other way. I’m sincerely sorry for doing that to her.”
Hall will learn the sex of her child at her ultrasound next month.
The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office asked Winandy if she was agreeable to Hall receiving probation instead of a prison sentence. Winandy agreed, the Tribune reports.
“I forgive Mechelle for what she did; I do forgive her because God has given me forgiveness in my heart for her,” Winandy said.
On Thursday Priests for Life President Fr. Frank Pavone commented on the case, saying it illustrates that those seeking abortions, like those performing abortions, are “conflicted and ambivalent.”
“Despite any effort to appear sure of what they are doing, they aren't. Despite the rhetoric about 'freedom of choice,' they resort to abortion because they feel they have no freedom and no choice,” he continued.
“And the lesson for pro-life activists is that what often presents itself as anger and upset is often the first stage of conversion. We should not be afraid of these reactions.”
Regardless of these challenges, the CUCG has not abandoned its vision of contributing to national development by producing graduates endowed with real practical objectives, a moral vision of life, and a profound religious motivation for service to mankind.
At the 10th Matriculation and 4th Congregation, the Vice Chancellor of the CUCG, Prof. James Hawkins Ephraim, emphasised on areas of concern which should be addressed for the realisation of the core objectives of the university, including physical infrastructure and human resource development, financial resources mobilisation and management, research and innovation, expansion and application of ICT, and streamlining and consolidating administrative procedures.
According to Prof. Ephraim, the earlier internet provider was unable to satisfy the needs of the University College, whilst the access road to the university from Fiapre is in a bad shape, as he made an appeal to the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, to come to their aid.
On the acute water problem, the Vice Chancellor of CUCG said the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani promised to continue the drilling of boreholes in order to solve the situation, whilst an earlier request made to the Regional Coordinating Council was pending.
He disclosed that in August 2009, the CUCG He disclosed that in August 2009, the CUCG admitted 843 students, and this January 2010, it had admitted 312 new students, of which 308 are undergraduates, and four postgraduates, bringing the total enrolment of students to 2,482.
Despite the rapid growth of the CUCG, Prof. Ephraim stated that infrastructural development had come to a stand-still, as a result of the non-availability of funds, stressing that funds were seriously needed to ensure the continuity of projects.
Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, commended the CUCG for establishing a niche in the competitive world of education within the private sector, which now plays a pivotal role in training middle level manpower for national development.
According to Prof. Yankah, today's global economy is dominated by knowledge-based industries, in which universities have a major role to play in producing human resource, and in undertaking the necessary research for development
He noted that the global environment, coupled with the complexities of modern day governance, advancements in science and technology, and the ICT revolution, call for a highly trained labour force.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor therefore urged the universities to closely monitor the progress of their past students in the world of work, and expressed an interest in the assessment by industry of the quality of graduates they employ to work, since according to him, that was the only way the universities could fully satisfy demands in the job market.
Prof, Yankah stated that the Ghanaian economy had achieved some level of stability, but before it can be translated into real improvement in the lives of the people, the economy has to grow, however economic growth requires the adoption of appropriate technology that can reduce cost of production, and raise productivity.
According to him, growth can be accelerated if the universities, both public and private, are better endowed, to enable them produce the manpower to manage the technology.
On his part, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, encouraged the graduates to give full and unalloyed service to their employers, be it government, state, or private business providers, whose money would be used to pay their salaries.
He urged the graduates to be guided by the image and likeness of God that gives dignity and self-esteem, and an inalienable human right to be able to swim in today's corruption infested sea of life.
Dhaka (AsiaNews) - An armed gang has killed one tribal Christian student and injured a friend, to steal a phone and a tally of less than one euro. The two young men were on their way home from festivities for the 100th anniversary of St Joseph's Catholic Church, located in the district of Netrokona - Dhaka Division - about 173 km from the capital. The police confirmed the identification and arrest of all members of the group involved in the murder.
The incident occurred on 15 February in Mohammadupur, division of Dhaka. Rema Amit, 26, a student of the Institute of Science and Technology at Dhanmondi in the company of his friend Sohag, had just got off the bus, returning from the festivities for the Jubilee of St. Joseph Church. On the wayhome, in East Raja Bazar (Dhaka), the two friends were attacked by a group armed with knives and pistols, who ordered them to hand over money and valuables.
At the young men’s refusal, the assailants struck them with a large knife and then stole their money which amounted to a total of 70 taka (about 70 euro cents) and their mobile phones. Sohag, the survivor, said that "the group followed us, in a private car" and attacked them "near Amit’s home."
A police patrol on the spot immediately intervened arresting one of the assailants, Sujan (aka Monir) 24, who was in possession of a large knife. A few hours later the agents stopped the three other members of the gang, Habib, 24, Ershad alias Munna, 26, and Monirul, 25, seizing a pistol and ammunition.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be the one who would see it through to the end,'' said Sister Maria.
"It's a rare privilege indeed.''
Holy See ambassador Tim Fischer said: "This is a terrific salute to an outstanding Australian, a giant leader in education and many other fields.''
About 100 people were invited to last night's gathering at the Apostolic Palace, the Pope's official residence overlooking St Peter's Square in Vatican City.
The group included dozens of Rome cardinals instructed to dress in full regalia for the ceremony, broadcast live on television for the first time in the church's history.
Bishops and key figures in the sainthood process such as Sister Maria were also present, with the ceremony held in Latin and including prayers and hymns.
Five other candidates from Canada, Poland, Spain and Italy will also be made saints at the same service on October 17. http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=19525
St. Conrad of Piacenza
Feast: February 19
1290, Piacenza, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
February 19, 1351, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
cure of hernias
Hermit of the Third Order of St. Francis, date of birth uncertain; died at Noto in Sicily, 19 February, 1351. He belonged to one of the noblest families of Piacenza, and having married when he was quite young, led a virtuous and God-fearing life. On one occasion, when he was engaged in his usual pastime of hunting, he ordered his attendants to fire some brushwood in which game had taken refuge. The prevailing wind caused the flames to spread rapidly, and the surrounding fields and forest were soon in a state of conflagration. A mendicant, who happened to be found near the place where the fire had originated, was accused of being the author. He was imprisoned, tried, and condemned to death. As the poor man was being led to execution, Conrad, stricken with remorse, made open confession of his guilt; and in order to repair the damage of which he had been the cause, was obliged to sell all his possessions. Thus reduced to poverty, Conrad retired to a lonely hermitage some distance from Piacenza, while his wife entered the Order of Poor Clares. Later he went to Rome, and thence to Sicily, where for thirty years he lived a most austere and penitential life and worked numerous miracles. He is especially invoked for the cure of hernia. In 1515 Leo X permitted the town of Noto to celebrate his feast, which permission was later extended by Urban VIII to the whole Order of St. Francis. Though bearing the title of saint, Conrad was never formally canonized. His feast is kept in the Franciscan Order on 19 February.
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.