Thursday, September 2, 2010
CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: THURS. SEPT. 2, 2010: HEADLINES-
VATICAN: POPE RECEIVES SHIMON PERES, PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL-
ASIA: PAKISTAN: SUICIDE BOMBINGS AMID FLOOD DEVASTATION KILLS 31-
AMERICA: USA: CARDINAL GEORGE EXPLAINS NEW LITURGY TRANSLATION-
EUROPE: SWEDEN: CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY RE-OPENS AFTER CENTURIES-
AFRICA: MOZAMBIQUE: 4 PEOPLE KILLED IN CLASHES OVER RISING PRICES-
AUSTRALIA: CHURCH SUPPORTS BALLOON CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD ASSAULT-
VATICAN: POPE RECEIVES SHIMON PERES, PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL
"During the cordial discussions, the pilgrimage of His Holiness to the Holy Land in May 2009 was recalled.
"Concerning the renewal of direct contacts between Israelis and Palestinians, scheduled for today in Washington, U.S.A., the hope was expressed that this may assist in reaching an agreement that is respectful of the legitimate aspirations of the two peoples and capable of bringing lasting peace to the Holy Land and to the entire region. The condemnation of all forms of violence and the necessity of guaranteeing better conditions of life to all the peoples of the area were reaffirmed. The discussions also touched on inter-religious dialogue and an overview of the international situation.
"The discussions also permitted the examination of the relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See and those of the State authorities with the local Catholic communities. In this regard, emphasis was given to the great significance of the presence of these communities in the Holy Land, and the contribution they make to the common good of society, also through Catholic schools. Finally, the results, thus far, of the bilateral working Commission, which has for many years been tasked with the drafting of an accord concerning economic matters, were noted while at the same time expressing the hope for the rapid conclusion of its work".
VATICAN CITY, 2 SEP 2010 (VIS REPORT) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences six prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, on their "ad limina" visit:
- Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, archbishop of Sao Salvador da Bahia, accompanied by Auxilary Bishops Josafa Menezes da Silva, Joao Carlos Petrini and Gregorio Paixao Neto O.S.B.
- Bishop Paulo Romeu Dantas Bastos of Alagoinhas.
- Bishop Joao Nilton dos Santos Souza Amargosa.
This evening he is scheduled to receive in audience Cardinal Marc Ouellet P.S.S., prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, accompanied by Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, secretary of the same congregation.
ASIA: PAKISTAN: SUICIDE BOMBINGS AMID FLOOD DEVASTATION KILLS 31
Asia News report: The attacks occurred yesterday afternoon during a procession of Shiite community attended by thousands of people. Bombings claimed by Sunni terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Shiites accuse the police of failing to maintain security. Several police stations targeted in overnight attacks.
According to local media, the first explosion occurred around 18:50 local time in the Karbala Gamay Shah area and injured several people. About 25 minutes later, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the middle of the crowd in the Bath Chok and Anarkali areas causing carnage. Currently there are 31 dead and 200 wounded, including dozens in a serious condition, which may increase the number of deaths.
During the night a crowd of Shiite Muslims attacked police stations, setting fire to a number of vehicles and shouting slogans against the police, accusing them of failing to ensure security during the procession.
For now, the government has sent army special forces to Lahore, to avoid further clashes.
AMERICA: USA: CARDINAL GEORGE EXPLAINS NEW LITURGY TRANSLATION INCLUDES MORE MUSIC
Catholic New World report: Liturgy: translation and much more
What does this decree mean? First of all, it means that a translation project begun 10 years ago to bring from Latin into English the third edition of the official missal for public worship in the church is now complete. The book will soon be in the hands of the publishing companies.
Secondly, it means that information about the new translation will have to be given in a systematic way, because much of the information found so far in various articles and new stories has been incomplete and sometimes erroneous. The priests who celebrate Mass here, both archdiocesan and religious order priests, will come together on Oct. 19 for a full day of study. Other opportunities will also be available for the priests and deacons; and the Office for Divine Worship, under the direction of Todd Williamson and with the help of many trained in liturgy, will put on workshops for the laity. We should be somewhat familiar with the text by the time we begin to use it for public worship.
This third edition of the Roman Missal includes new eucharistic prayers, prefaces and feast days. The text will sound somewhat different than what we have become used to in praying with the second edition, now in use. Some sentences will be longer, but no longer than the sentences used in Polish and Spanish for the past 40 years. The English vocabulary will be richer, and the tone will be more expressive of our humility before a God who is so merciful that he gives us the power to address him in prayer.
The translations have been made with singing them in mind, so there should be more music in the eucharistic celebration. Liturgical musicians have been working on adaptations and new melodies for the Mass chants. Postures, gestures and symbols will remain what they are now, because we are already using the General Introduction to the Roman Missal to regulate our movements at Mass. But we can renew our appreciation of these instructions, with special attention to the symbols used at Mass and the unity of the rites. They were simplified in the liturgical renewal after the Second Vatican Council so that their meaning would be more evident to all.
Thirdly, however, the time spent preparing to receive and use this new text can be a long moment to look again at what the Mass is, at what we are doing to participate fully and actively in its celebration, and how the liturgy connects us to the life of the entire church for the sake of the conversion of the world. This next year and a half can be a blessed time for us, bearing good fruit in our life of prayer and service, if we take the time to deepen our understanding of ourselves as a priestly people, a eucharistic assembly. It is evident to me, as I go from parish to parish, that the archdiocese has worked hard in the last 40 years to implement the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. The results are not entirely uniform, but good effort is made everywhere. The most important results, however, show up outside the texts and gestures and actions, in the hearts and minds of those who pray the liturgy and in the activities in which they engage to transform the world.
When I was a young seminarian, one of my favorite spiritual authors was Catherine de Hueck Doherty, a Russian noblewoman who came to live in this country and in Canada and who was very conscious of the connection between the church’s worship and the church’s mission. In 1938 she wrote: “The daily sacrifice, fully participated in, will open to us the mind of Christ, and we will radiate him in our lives. And then we shall be able to go forth and fight the good fight of Christ against poverty, misery, injustice. Participation in the Mass will teach us the full understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, leading us to a Christian sociology which is the cornerstone of the Christian social order and which alone can save our mad world from destruction.”
We begin now a time of preparation, together. It should be a joyful time, preparing us to sing a joyful song to the Lord, together as his people.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago
EUROPE: SWEDEN: CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY RE-OPENS AFTER CENTURIES
AFRICA: MOZAMBIQUE: 4 PEOPLE KILLED IN CLASHES OVER RISING PRICES
Agenzia Fides report – "This has been a spontaneous uprising that took everyone by surprise - the government, the opposition parties, and the trade unions. The protest seems to have evolved 'from the bottom up'. SMS messages were sent out to mobile phones, urging the people to gather in downtown Maputo to protest the rising prices of basic necessities," Fides has been told by a local Church source from Maputo. (which for security reasons wishes to remain anonymous). The capital of Mozambique yesterday, September 1, was the scene of serious clashes between police and demonstrators protesting against rising prices. At least 4 people (2 of which were girls who were on their way home from school) were killed and dozens of others were injured in the fighting.
The source described yesterday's incident to Fides: "Until 9:30 am, downtown Maputo was the same as always, with traffic and the shops open. Then suddenly, the streets were empty and there were sounds of protest: police sirens, gunshots, and screams. Several people took advantage of the demonstration, looting shops and malls. The clashes lasted until early afternoon. Then, towards evening, calm returned, at least in the downtown area of the capital."
"This morning, Maputo seems calm, but the streets are almost completely deserted as the transportation strike continues in protest of a rise in the prices of fuel, electricity, water, and bread," reports Fides' source.
"People are surprised by some of the price escalations," said our source. "In particular, one wonders why the electricity price has increased if Mozambique can export abroad a part of its electricity production. The rising price of gasoline has caused the suspension of government subsidies that kept fuel prices lower at the pump. With the financial crisis, the government was forced to cut spending and therefore, the facilities in the purchase of fuel. The price increase is also determined by the strong revaluation of the South African Rand compared to the local currency, the Metical. Over the past six months, the value of the Rand compared to the Mozambican currency has doubled and this has led to a sharp rise in inflation, as Mozambique imports most of its basic necessities and other products from South Africa. The remittances of Mozambican immigrants in South Africa are insufficient in offsetting the rising costs," concludes the source of Fides.
AUSTRALIA: CHURCH SUPPORTS BALLOON CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD ASSAULT
Cath News report: The Church is backing this year's White Balloon Day campaign against child sexual assault by advocacy group Bravehearts.
Bravehearts' founder Hetty Johnston said the group was proud to be working with the church.
"The Catholic Church's lead involvement in White Balloon Day marks publicly their active involvement in being part of changing the culture of silence around child sexual assault," she said in a statement.
"I am delighted to finally realise what has been a long term goal for the Bravehearts' organisation, and hope this signals a new way forward for all churches globally."
Sister Angela Ryan, of the Church's National Committee for Professional Standards, said churches and schools were committed to raising awareness of and fighting against child abuse.
TODAY'S SAINT: ST. ANTONINUS
MARTYR AND HERMIT
Feast: September 2
Information: Feast Day: September 2
Antoninus is listed as a stonemason in Aribazus, Syria (or Pamiers, France). He denounced the pagan practices of his fellow townspeople and went to live as a hermit for two years. Antoninus then returned to his village and destroyed the pagan idols. He fled the town and built a church in Apamea, Syria, where he was murdered. Both Apamea and Pamiers claim this saint.
TODAY'S GOSPEL: THURS. SEPT. 2: Luke 5: 1 - 11
Luke 5: 1 - 11
1 While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret.
2 And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
5 And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets."
6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking,
7 they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken;
10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men."
11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.