Vatican.va report: The Holy Father Benedict XVI appointed Bishop of Cúcuta (Colombia), Julio César Vidal Ortiz Archbishop, now Bishop of Montería. (IMAGE SOURCE: RADIO VATICANA)
Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz Archbishop
Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz Archbishop was born June 19, 1944 in Tierralta, Diocese of Montelíbano. He attended high school in the Minor Seminary and continued his studies Montería philosophical - theological seminary in Barranquilla.
It 'was ordained April 7, 1973 in the diocese of Montería. He completed his postgraduate studies in Barcelona (Spain) where he obtained a licentiate in theology.
During his priestly ministry was parochial vicar in several parishes, then was named pastor of Chinua, Sotavento and "Our Lady of Fatima" in Montería. At the same time the parish ministry has held various positions at the diocesan level as a delegate for clergy and member of the diocesan vocations, spiritual director of the Minor Seminary of Montería and Vicar General of the diocese.
On 16 December 1993 he was appointed Prelate of Alto Sinu, and received episcopal consecration February 18, 1994. On 29 December 1998, the Prelature has been built with the title of the diocese and Bishop Vidal Montelíbano he became its first bishop.
On 31 October 2001 he was appointed Bishop of Montería.
The Pope has appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Ihosy (Madagascar) the Rev.do P. Fulgence Razakarivony, MS, Vice-Secretary of the Administrative Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar.
Rev.do P. Fulgence Razakarivony, MS
The Rev.do P. Fulgence Razakarivony, MS, was born August 16, 1963 at Betsiholany. He completed his primary studies at Betafo, and secondary diocesan minor seminary in Antsirabe.Salettiani entered between, he studied philosophy and theology at the Catholic Institute of Madagascar (ICM), and has made his final vows in 1990. He was ordained a priest on August 8, 1993.
After ordination, he held the following positions: 1993-1996: assistant priest of the Missionary District of Ankazomiriotra, 1996-1999: pastor of the same district, 1999-2002: parish vicar and curate of Ambararatabe District, in the Diocese of
Tsiroanomandidy, 2002-2004: Training course for trainers of Religious Catholic Institute of Paris, 2004-2006: Director of the Scholasticate Salettiani Foyer of La Salette in Antananarivo, 2006-2007: Director of the School of apostolic Antsirabé, 2006-2009: Assistant Provincial, from 2009: Deputy Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Conference Malagasy.
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop of Matamoros (Mexico) Ruy Rendón Leal Archbishop, now Bishop Prelate of El Salto.
Ruy Rendón Leal Archbishop
Ruy Rendón Leal Archbishop was born in Ciudad de Cadereyta de Jimenez, in the State of Nuevo Leon, October 27, 1953. He studied philosophy and theology at the Major Seminary of Monterrey. Then in 1995 he obtained a Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained priest on September 8, 1979, with incardination Archdiocese of Monterrey.
On 28 September 2005 he was appointed Bishop Prelate of El Salto, receiving episcopal ordination on 30 November.
He is currently a member of the Commission for the University of Mexico.
The Pope has named Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Krakow (Poland):
- The Rev. Grzegorz Rys Rev.do, the clergy of the archdiocese itself, now Rector of the Major Seminary of Krakow, assigning him the titular see of ARCave;
- The Father Damian Rev.do Andrzej Muskus, OFM, Provincial Secretary for Education to date, assigning him the titular see of Amaia.
Monsignor Grzegorz Rys Rev.do
The Monsignor Grzegorz Rys Rev.do was born February 9, 1964 in Kraków. In 1982 he entered the major seminary of Krakow. On 22 May 1988 he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Krakow.
After a year as assistant priest at K ê ty, at the Pontifical Theological Academy in Krakow, he received a Doctorate in History.
Since 1994 he is Professor of Church History and in 2000 he achieved the qualification at the Academy.
In the years 2004-2007 was Director of the Chapter of Wawel in Krakow.
In 2007 he was rector of the seminary of the Archdiocese of Krakow.
In 2010 he was Chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Major Seminaries in Poland.
He is currently Rector of the Seminary, Professor of Church History and a member of the Council of Priests and the Pastoral Council.
Rev.do P. Andrzej Damian Muskus, OFM
The Father Damian Rev.do Andrzej Muskus, OFM, was born September 6, 1967 in Nowa Sarzyna.
On October 4, 1991 he made his perpetual vows in the Order of Friars Minor, and June 12, 1993 he was ordained a priest.
In the years 1994-1998 he studied at the Catholic University of Lublin, where he received a Doctorate in Theology with specialization in Catechetics.
From 1999 to 2002 he was professor and prefect of discipline of the Major Seminary in the years 2002-2005, then rector of the seminary at the same inscribed.
In the years 2005-2011 is the custodian of the shrine is inscribed.
Recently in 2011 he was appointed Provincial Secretary for Education.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The feast of Our Lady of Mount Caramel, celebrated today in the Carmelite monastery in Andheri East, was an opportunity to ask God and Our Lady for peace for the city, which on July 13 was again targeted by terrorism.
Since early morning, friends and relatives of the sisters have moved to prepare the feast, talking softly and moving tables and chairs quietly not to spoil the silence of the cloister.
The monastery of the Carmelites in Andheri East, on the outskirts of Mumbai is an oasis of silence and peace, even more appreciated in this period of instability and insecurity that afflicts Mumbai after three bombs exploded in downtown, in busy areas.
The bombings targeted Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and the Opera House, home to the gold market and that of gems and diamonds. The frustration of the people over the carnage that killed 21 people and wounded more than 100, is added to that of the police, who are unable to find any leads, given that all traces have been washed away by monsoon rains.
The city knows no rest, but here at the monastery, all speak of peace. The sisters are a community of contemplative life, but this does not mean they are separated from the world. On the contrary, they are very aware of the pains and problems. These days, they are relentlessly praying for the city humiliated by bombs, for the wounded, the families of those killed. But mostly because they in Mumbai and in India peace, harmony, mutual tolerance may grow..
For the Mass of Our Lady of Mount Caramel, chief concelebrant, Msgr. Agnelo Gracias, asked all present to pray for peace in "this house of prayer and peace" which is the monastery.
"The Carmelite life - said Msgr. Gracias - is a life hidden from the world, but it is a life for God, for the Church and the world. We who constantly run around, weighed down by a lot of unnecessary things, bombarded by noise and violence, we tend to forget the deeper meaning of life that instead we see here testified. "
The bishop compared the tradition of Mount Caramel, the place where Elijah was looking for a relationship with Yahweh, with the Hindu tradition of the Himalayas and Mount Kailash, considered to be a place where divinity dwells.
And returning to the pain that still envelops the city, he said that "Mary also went through dark times in which she did not understand ... Hence the value of silence, of contemplation, of prayer to make room for God."
Among those living in the Carmelite monastery is Sister Mary Joseph, baptized 40 years ago just by Msgr. Gracias (then a simple priest). Sister Mary Joseph (named Radha Krishnan a convert from Hinduism), told AsiaNews of her joy for the faith in Christ: "I want to shout to the world how wonderful it is to belong to Jesus ... At the same time I wonder: who am I to have been chosen and to be filled with this grace? There are millions of girls and boys better than me, who have grown up in the Catholic faith since childhood. How I wish that everyone, young and old, could understand the enormous treasure of happiness and peace that the Church, our mother, can offer her children. "
ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY REPORT: Thanks to the dedicated energies and talents of members of the Sydney Archdiocese's Catholic Women's League (CWL), disadvantaged youngsters in Sri Lanka not only have a new pre-school but a range of vivid, hand-knitted blankets to keep them warm.
For the past 12 months members of Sydney's CWL have devoted their time and talents to raising money to help build and equip a Lasallian Foundation pre-school in Sri Lanka where the children are disadvantaged and come from some of the country's poorest families.
Not only did the group of CWL members raise $31,000 over the past year towards the school but they have spent many hours creating a wonderful series of beautiful brightly-coloured blankets for the school's young children.
The official 2010-2011 project for the CWL was set to end this month, but although members are already embarking on their project for 2011-2012, President of the Sydney CWL, Moya Potts says no one is putting down their knitting needles just yet.
"Children are using the blankets for their naps during school hours as well as a way to keep warm and also for any child who becomes ill. They need as many as we can supply," she says.
But while the knitting will continue, Sydney's CWL has begun fundraising plans for its newest project which will see them working closely with the Marist Youth Care to help at risk young people in Western Sydney.
For the next 12 months, Moya says members will concentrate on raising funds and giving practical help and support to Marist Youth Care's "Affordable Housing for Life" initiative which is helping to provide permanent housing for youth at risk as well as training and the chance at a more positive and productive life.
"It is a wonderful initiative and we will do all we can to help," Moya says explaining that in western Sydney the key issues for young people are high unemployment and homelessness.
"Marist Youth Care's Affordable Housing for Life will not only provide a bed for these young people but the tools and training for a brighter happier future," she says.
With a membership of all ages, from all walks of life, linked by their Catholic faith, desire to help others and a good strong Aussie sense of humour, in addition to its volunteer and fund raising efforts to help projects such as the Lasallian pre school and youth at risk via Marist Youth Care, CWL is instrumental in making many key submissions to the Federal and State Governments.
In recent years CWL has been a strong voice in Government submissions on a wide range of important contemporary issues including taking a stand against euthanasia as well as the legalisation of RU486, popularly dubbed the 'morning after' or 'abortion pill.'
In addition CWL organises an annual forum of some of the leading minds in Australia which attracts a strong and interested audience of women from across the city.
This year's forum, Journeys to Justice, will take place next week on Saturday afternoon, 23 July at the Australian Museum Theatrette. The impressive line up of guest panellists will include leading Magistrate with the Local Courts NSW, Jacqueline M. Milledge; the Honorable John Hannaford, former Examiner with the Australian Crime Commission and Ms Sandie Cornish, Manager of Research and Social Policy for the Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services.
The panellists will discuss the relevance of justice in today's society after which there will be an open forum of questions and answers with Marita Winters, Director of the Catholic Enquiry Centre acting as Facilitator.
Founded to provide support in faith and day to day life for Catholic women and to address social and moral issues affecting family life, particularly in relation to women and children, CWL champions equality for all in areas of health, education and economic and social welfare as well working closely with church leaders and organisations, with a strong emphasis on social justice.
But for most people, it is the selfless energy and time members of the CWL put in to help others that is so impressive.
"What is most heart warming for all of us was hearing from the Lasallian Foundation who sent us photographs of the children as a thank you for our efforts," says Moya. "Seeing the children with their big smiles holding up our blankets was a lovely surprise."
To join in the upcoming CWL forum on justice in today's society and its relevance, and also to find out details of becoming a member and helping make a difference to children and youth both here and abroad, log on tohttp://cwlsydney.org.au/our_work.html
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Feast: July 16
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg. duplex" to celebrate the victory of their order over its enemies on obtaining the approbation of its name and constitution from Honorius III on 30 Jan., 1226 (see Colvenerius, "Kal. Mar.", 30 Jan. "Summa Aurea", III, 737). The feast was assigned to 16 July, because on that date in 1251, according to Carmelite traditions, the scapular was given by the Blessed Virgin to St. Simon Stock; it was first approved by Sixtus V in 1587. After Cardinal Bellarmine had examined the Carmelite traditions in 1609, it was declared the patronal feast of the order, and is now celebrated in the Carmelite calendar as a major double of the first class with a vigil and a privileged octave (like the octave of Epiphany, admitting only a double of the first class) under the title "Commemoratio solemnis B.V.M. de Monte Carmelo". By a privilege given by Clement X in 1672, some Carmelite monasteries keep the feast on the Sunday after 16 July, or on some other Sunday in July. In the seventeenth century the feast was adopted by several dioceses in the south of Italy, although its celebration, outside of Carmelite churches, was prohibited in 1628 by a decree contra abusus. On 21 Nov., 1674, however, it was first granted by Clement X to Spain and its colonies, in 1675 to Austria, in 1679 to Portugal and its colonies, and in 1725 to the Papal States of the Church, on 24 Sept., 1726, it was extended to the entire Latin Church by Benedict XIII. The lessons contain the legend of the scapular; the promise of the Sabbatine privilege was inserted into the lessons by Paul V about 1614. The Greeks of southern Italy and the Catholic Chaldeans have adopted this feast of the "Vestment of the Blessed Virgin Mary". The object of the feast is the special predilection of Mary for those who profess themselves her servants by wearing her scapular.
|Matthew 12: 14 - 21|
|14||But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.|
|15||Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,|
|16||and ordered them not to make him known.|
|17||This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:|
|18||"Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.|
|19||He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;|
|20||he will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory;|
|21||and in his name will the Gentiles hope."|