Father Gustavo Garcia was born on September 21, 1976 in Bogotá. After participating in prayer groups, he had entered the Congregation of Jesus and Mary on April 16, 2005. He studied philosophy at the 'University' Minuto de Dios " and theology at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He was ordained a priest on March 31, 2007. Between 2007 and 2010 he was vicar of the parish of St. John Eudes, in Quito, Ecuador. Since July 2010 he was engaged with the Association "El Minuto de Dios": he exercised his ministry of preaching with the groups of the same association, in parish communities and through media. He was chaplain of the University Minuto de Dios in Bogotá and assistant to the youth community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Even the President of the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, during the ceremony of inauguration of a part of the port of Buenaventura, recalled this tragic event: "A murder has been committed that has deeply affected all of us Colombians: the killing of the Chaplain of the University Minuto de Dios (Father Gustavo Garcia Bohorquez), which occurred in Bogota. Apparently he was killed for a cell phone. I of course condemn this murder. Father (Diego) Jaramillo, who is the director of El Minuto de Dios, this morning, in an act of spiritual nobility, said that he has forgiven the murderers. I admire the noble spirit and I know that it belongs to the divine law, but I am subject to the Colombian law and the law of the land. So I want to announce that these murderers must feel the full weight of the law. I have already told the police to offer a reward and to look into the matter so as to bring the Chaplain's murderer or murderers to trial. "
After the funeral, in the parish of San Juan Eudes in Bogota, the priest's body will be buried at the cemetery of eudista in Valmara.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – A man has been accused of beating to death his six-month pregnant wife after finding out she was carrying another girl. The crime took place in Shankarmut, C Bellagal Mandal, in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh.
The couple already had two daughters. After tests revealed she would have another one, Prakash Chari told his wife last Tuesday to have an abortion. When she refused, he beat her.
Neighbours rushed the seriously injured woman to a nearby hospital, but she died of her injuries the next day.
The two were married six years ago, police said. A first information report has been filed and an investigation is underway. Prakash has been arrested, but he denies ever approaching a hospital to determine the sex of the foetus.
“This is very disturbing and is a matter of grave concern,” Dr Pascoal Carvalho, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told AsiaNews.
“Despite a ban on ultra-sounds for the sole purpose of determining a foetus’ sex, in India the problem is spreading,” he explained. “The deep-rooted social evil of gender prejudice in India leaves 600,000 Indian girls missing every year,” if a normal sex ratio prevailed.
For Dr Carvalho, who is also a member of the Diocesan Human Life Committee, “Women have been under tremendous pressure to produce male heirs,” because boys “are seen as wage-earners and future family leaders and traditional inheritor, while the threat of the infamous dowry system adds to the belief that baby girls are a financial burden.”
“In the 2011 census, statistics reveal that among children six and under, there are only 914 girls counted for every 1,000 boys. The gender imbalance is at its highest level since they started keeping records at the time of the country’s independence in 1947.”
- An Italian priest was posthumously awarded with a top honor for protecting a Jewish family from Nazi persecution in World War II.
Father Martino Michelone, who died in 1979, was declared “Righteous Among Nations” by Jewish leaders on May 8 for hiding four members of a family for nearly two years.
Fr. Machelone sheltered a young boy named Luciano Segre – as well as Segre's father, mother and aunt – between 1943 and 1945 in the town of Moransengo in northwest Italy.
The “Righteous Among the Nations” recognition honors those who helped save Jews during the Holocaust.
According to Canadian paper The Edmonton Journal, the priest once went into hiding himself during the war to escape a patrol on the move.
Israel's ambassador to Italy Ghideon Meir gave the medal for the award to Fr. Michelone's surviving relatives at a ceremony Sunday in Moransengo.
Luciano Segre, who was a child at the time of the war, went on to become a leading financier. Fr. Michelone often hid Segre's identity by having him dress as an altar boy and accompany him to bless people's homes.
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Cancer survivor Kathleen Evans at the chapel in Kensington erected by Mary MacKillop and opened in 1876. Photo: Stephen Gray
In a 1997 Commodore station-wagon, towing a 33-year-old caravan, sit Kathleen and Barry Evans travelling south from New South Wales to Penola, and then on to Adelaide, reports Rebecca Digirolamo in Southern Cross.
The Newcastle couple seem ordinary enough – grey nomads on the open road. But theirs is a very special journey, one which both husband and wife had never planned but have fully embraced despite the many sacrifices they have had to make along the way.
“I’m just a very ordinary person,” says Kath. Her miracle cure in 1993 from untreatable and aggressive lung cancer, which had spread through to her glands and brain, is Mary MacKillop’s story, not her own, says the 67-year-old grandmother.
“I really was just that last piece of the jigsaw.” Kathleen’s dramatic recovery from cancer without medical treatment after praying for divine intercession through Mary MacKillop was the second miracle recognised by the Vatican in December 2009 and which delivered Australia its first saint.
The first miracle attributed to Mary MacKillop was that of a woman cured of terminal leukaemia in 1961.
Kath is now in Adelaide re-tracing the steps of Mary MacKillop in the very early years of the saint’s pioneering establishment of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in South Australia. Kathleen and Barry want to share their experience of Mary MacKillop with as many people as possible.
“We are just taking our story further afield and it is a good story,” says Kathleen. “People want to hear good stories; they are looking for them and my story helps people because I’m just an ordinary person that they can relate to.”
The couple will be holding public sessions at the Sisters of St Joseph Province Centre, in Kensington this month following similar talks in parishes and schools in New South Wales and Victoria and most recently in Penola, where Mary MacKillop and Father Tenison Woods started the Jospehite order and their first school.
Feast: May 14
The Greek Matthias (or, in some manuscripts, Maththias), is a name derived from Mattathias, Heb. Mattithiah, signifying "gift of Yahweh." Matthias was one of the seventy disciples of Jesus, and had been with Him from His baptism by John to the Ascension (Acts i, 21, 22). It is related (Acts, i, 15-26) that in the days following the Ascension, Peter proposed to the assembled brethren, who numbered one hundred and twenty, that they choose one to fill the place of the traitor Judas in the Apostolate. Two disciples, Joseph, called Barsabas, and Matthias were selected, and lots were drawn, with the result in favour of Matthias, who thus became associated with the eleven Apostles. Zeller has declared this narrative unhistoric, on the plea that the Apostles were in Galilee after the death of Jesus. As a matter of fact they did return to Galilee, but the Acts of the Apostles clearly state that about the feast of Pentecost they went back to Jerusalem.
All further information concerning the life and death of Matthias is vague and contradictory. According to Nicephorus (Hist. eccl., 2, 40), he first preached the Gospel in Judea, then in Ethiopia (that is to say, Colchis) and was crucified. The Synopsis of Dorotheus contains this tradition: Matthias in interiore AEthiopia, ubi Hyssus maris portus et Phasis fluvius est, hominibus barbaris et carnivoris praedicavit Evangelium. Mortuus est autem in Sebastopoli, ibique prope templum Solis sepultus (Matthias preached the Gospel to barbarians and cannibals in the interior of Ethiopia, at the harbour of the sea of Hyssus, at the mouth of the river Phasis. He died at Sebastopolis, and was buried there, near the Temple of the Sun). Still another tradition maintains that Matthias was stoned at Jerusalem by the Jews, and then beheaded (cf. Tillemont, "Memoires pour servir a l'histoire eccl. des six premiers siècles", I, 406-7). It is said that St. Helena brought the relics of St. Matthias to Rome, and that a portion of them was at Trier. Bollandus (Acta SS., May, III) doubts if the relics that are in Rome are not rather those of the St. Matthias who was Bishop of Jerusalem about the year 120, and whose history would seem to have been confounded with that of the Apostle. The Latin Church celebrates the feast of St. Matthias on 24 February and the Greek Church on 9 August.
Clement of Alexandria (Strom., III, 4) records a sentence that the Nicolaitans ascribe to Matthias: "we must combat our flesh, set no value upon it, and concede to it nothing that can flatter it, but rather increase the growth of our soul by faith and knowledge". This teaching was probably found in the Gospel of Matthias which was mentioned by Origen (Hom. i in Lucam); by Eusebius (Hist. eccl., III, 25), who attributes it to heretics; by St. Jerome (Praef. in Matth.), and in the Decree of Gelasius (VI, 8) which declares it apocryphal. It is at the end of the list of the Codex Barrocciamus (206). This Gospel is probably the document whence Clement of Alexandria quoted several passages, saying that they were borrowed from the traditions of Matthias, Paradoseis, the testimony of which he claimed to have been invoked by the heretics Valentinus, Marcion, and Basilides (Strom., VII, 17). According to the Philosophoumena, VII, 20, Basilides quoted apocryphal discourses, which he attributed to Matthias. These three writings: the gospel, the Traditions, and the Apocryphal Discourses were identified by Zahn (Gesch. des N. T. Kanon, II, 751), but Harnack (Chron. der altchrist. Litteratur, 597) denies this identification. Tischendorf ("Acta apostolorum apocrypha", Leipzig, l85I) published after Thilo, 1846, "Acta Andreae et Matthiae in urbe anthropophagarum ", which, according to Lipsius, belonged to the middle of the second century. This apocrypha relates that Matthias went among the cannibals and, being cast into prison, was delivered by Andrew. Needless to say, the entire narrative is without historical value. Moreover, it should be remembered that, in the apocryphal writings, Matthew and Matthias have sometimes been confounded.
|John 15: 9 - 17|
|9||As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.|
|10||If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.|
|11||These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.|
|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.|