Saturday, August 14, 2010
CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: SAT. AUG. 14, 2010: HEADLINES-
VATICAN: 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN PAUL II'S EX CORDE ECCLESIAE-
EUROPE: FRANCE: POPE WORDS ON 70 YEARS CELEBRATION OF TAIZE-
ASIA: IRAQ: ARCHBISHOP SAKO CALLS FOR CHRISTIANS TO RESPECT MUSLIMS-
AMERICA: CANADA/USA: 40 YOUNG PEOPLE WALK OVER 10, 000 MILES FOR LIFE-
AFRICA: RWANDA: PRESIDENT KAGAME RE-ELECTED WITH MAJORITY OF VOTES- AUSTRALIA: CATH. SOCIAL SERVICES CALLS ON PARTIES TO PROVIDE FAIR WAGES-
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN PAUL II'S EX CORDE ECCLESIAE
The Apostolic Constitution “Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” which established guidelines for the functioning of Catholic universities, was presented by Pope John Paul II 20 years ago this Sunday. Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education and prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, spoke with CNA about the importance of the document on Friday.
According to Cardinal Grocholewski, two motivations led John Paul II to write the document. The first was the "importance" that he attributed to the Catholic university, which, he said, the Pope himself explains best at the end of the document in an exhortation for Catholic witness. The second reason, the prefect pointed out, was that John Paul II believed it was necessary to create legislation outlining the nature and mission of Catholic universities, while giving them juridical norms for their creation and the composition of their faculty.
Edited from: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-education-prefect-only-universities-with-strong-catholic-identity-will-last/
FRANCE: TAIZE: POPE WORDS ON 70 YEARS CELEBRATION OF TAIZE COMMUNITY
Taize Community page: Celebrating Seventy Years of Taizé
MESSAGE FROM HOLY FATHER
Pope Benedict XVI
Although he has entered eternal joy, dear Brother Roger still speaks to us. May his witness to an ecumenism of holiness inspire us in our march towards unity, and may your Community continue to live and to radiate his charism, especially towards the younger generations!
To mark this double anniversary, a booklet has been published for young people, containing a few essential texts of Brother Roger: "Living for love." Brother Alois wrote in the preface: “Here are some pages that reveal the life and thought of Brother Roger. (…) The legacy he left is alive. He had a conviction: God is united to every human being, even to those who are unaware of it. In this confidence in God’s presence, he found a peace he sought to communicate to others.”
IRAQ: ARCHBISHOP SAKO CALLS FOR CHRISTIANS TO RESPECT MUSLIMS
CNS report -- In offering Iraqi Muslims his best wishes for their observance of the Ramadan fast, the archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, also asked Catholics to show respect for their Muslim neighbors by not eating in public.
In his message, released Aug. 10, the eve of the start of Ramadan in Iraq, the archbishop said, "Ramadan is also an occasion to find the courage for forgiveness and to realize reconciliation and justice, to heal the wounds of Iraqis and to once again find peace, security and stability."
He also asked "Christians to respect the feelings of their Muslim brothers and sisters, to not eat in public and to wear modest clothing, joining them in their prayers for peace and stability."
During the month of Ramadan, which commemorates the beginning of the transmission of the Quran to Mohammed, Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the corresponding dates on the Gregorian calendar change each year.
Reporting Archbishop Sako's message, the Rome-based agency AsiaNews said that during this time of year, sunrise in Iraq is about 4 a.m., and sunset occurs about 6:30 p.m. The daily high temperature is usually well over 100 degrees in August.
CANADA/USA: 40 YOUNG PEOPLE WALK OVER 10, 000 MILES FOR LIFE
Crossroads has sponsored these pro-life walks across America every summer since 1995. Passing through 36 states and thousands of towns and cities, they have witnessed the reality that the overwhelming majority of Americans identify themselves as pro-life.
“The mainstream media may tell you different, but we can say with authority and through actual experience at the grass-roots level, that America is truly a pro-life country,” observed Martha Nolan, National Director of Crossroads Pro-Life.
The reality, she said, "is that the Obama Administration is sadly out of touch with the values of mainstream America." "We know because what we experience firsthand from the hundreds of thousands of people we meet along the way is in stark contrast to the strident stances now coming from the leadership in Washington, D.C.," said Nolan.
The three walks started on May 24th on the West Coast and conclude in Washington, D.C. tomorrow on August 14th with a rally at noon at the Capitol's Upper Senate Park.
Walking night and day, through rain or shine, the young people have spent the last 12 weeks witnessing to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Wearing shirts that are emblazoned with the words “PRO-LIFE” in big letters on the front, these dedicated walkers say they have had an amazing summer.
“The youth of America are rejecting the lies of previous generations and are the real future of the pro-life movement,” stated Nolan. “We’ve seen this each year as we conduct these cross-country pilgrimages – each summer more and more young people are taking a stand for life and being a voice for the voiceless.”
Since 1995, Crossroads has organized 12-week-long walks across America from the West Coast to Washington, D.C., to take part in dynamically rebuilding a Culture of Life in the United States. During the journey, each walker averages over 1,000 miles and takes an active role in the organization’s mission by speaking to churches and youth groups as well as doing radio and newspaper interviews. Crossroads walkers also engage local communities through peaceful, prayerful protests and sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics in the cities they travel through.
This summer, Crossroads is also sponsoring their 3rd Annual Pro-Life walk across Canada. Made up of volunteer colleges students from throughout Canada, this walk started in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 24th and ends tomorrow, Saturday, August 14th at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario.
RWANDA: PRESIDENT KAGAME RE-ELECTED WITH MAJORITY OF VOTES
Agenzia Fides REPORT– The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, was re-elected with 93% of the vote on August 9, the National Electoral Commission announced yesterday. The presidential term lasts seven years.
In the 2003 elections, Kagame won with 95% of the votes.
Immediately following the announcement of Kagame's victory, unidentified persons carried out an attack in the capital, Kigali. Around 7 pm, a hand grenade was rolled against the crowd waiting at the bus station in the city's downtown area. Seven people, including two children, were injured. The police said they arrested at least three people in connection with the attack.
In the months preceding the elections, several similar attacks had taken place in Kigali and other areas of the country. The authorities have charged several senior army officers, who have fled abroad, with being the perpetrators of these acts of violence. The interplay of differences within the military leadership of the country is still playing a role in the matter.
CATH. SOCIAL SERVICES CALLS ON PARTIES TO PROVIDE FAIR WAGES
Cath News report: Catholic Social Services Australia has called on both major political parties to guarantee that services will not have to be sacrificed to provide fair wages to workers in the social and community services sector.
The call comes as Fair Work Australia will today continue hearing a claim by the Australian Services Union on behalf of social and community sector workers, said a statement by the CSSA.
"Fair Work Australia may dramatically increase wages across the social and community services sector, which is funded largely by governments, but cannot bind governments to meet the cost of those increases in wages," said Frank Quinlan, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia.
"Without government commitments, services may suffer. A similar case in Queensland saw increases of up to 35%."
Catholic Social Services Australia today released its submission to Fair Work Australia, prepared jointly with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, which supports increased pay to the
sector but warns that governments must support the sector.
"We believe that any fair assessment of the Catholic social services workforce, whether from the
perspective of gender equity or relative work value, will find that their pay and conditions do not reflect their full value to the community.
"We have identified this as a long term threat to the sustainability of the services that we deliver. Unlike other sectors of the workforce, we are largely dependent upon others, mainly governments, to correct this situation."
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Feast: August 14
7 January 1894 at Zdunska Wola, Poland
August 14, 1941, Auschwitz concentration camp, Poland
10 October 1982, Rome, Italy by Pope John Paul II
Basilica of the Immaculate Mediatrix of Grace, Niepokalanów, Poland
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He was ordained in Rome on 28 April 1918.
On 16 October 1917, with six companions, he founded the Crusade of Mary Immaculate, with the aim of 'converting sinners, heretics and schismatics, particularly freemasons, and bringing all men to love Mary Immaculate'.
On 21 November 1927 the Franciscans moved from Grodno to Teres,in and on 8 December the friary was consecrated and was given the name of Niepokalanow, the City of the Immaculate. 'Niepokalanow', said Fr Maximilian, 'is a place chosen by Mary Immaculate and is exclusively dedicated to spreading her cult. All that is and will be at Niepokalanow will belong to her. The monastic spirit will flourish here; we shall practise obedience and we shall be poor, in the spirit of St Francis.'On 17 February 1941 he was arrested and sent to the infamous Pawiak prison in Warsaw. On 28 May Fr Maximilian was with over 300 others who were deported from Pawiak to Auschwitz.
When three prisoners escaped, ten prisoners were be picked in reprisal from the blocks in which the fugitives had lived and would be assigned to the Bunker (the underground starvation cell).' 'After the group of doomed men had already been selected, a prisoner stepped out from the ranks of one of the When the sentence of doom had been pronounced, Gajowniczek had cried out in despair, 'O my poor wife, my poor children. I shall never see them again.' It was then that from among the ranks of those temporarily reprieved, prisoner 16670 (Kolbe) had stepped forward and offered himself in the other man's place. 'In the cell of the poor prisoners there were daily loud prayers, the rosary and singing, in which prisoners from neighbouring cells also joined. Fr Kolbe was given an injection of carbolic acid in the vein of his left arm. Fr Kolbe, with a prayer on his lips, himself gave his arm to the executioner.
Edited from: http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/M/stmaximilianmarykolbe.asp
John 15: 12 - 17
12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17 This I command you, to love one another.