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  • John N. Lupia
    Mar 31, 2004
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 60

      THURSDAY 1 April 2004


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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • PONTIFICAL PIO BRASILIERO COLLEGE TURNS 70
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      • POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL
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      • MATERIALISM, VIOLENCE, PERMISSIVENESS THREATEN FAMILIES
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • CHRIST REDEEMS US AND GIVES US A NEW LIFE IN BAPTISM
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      • BUILD THE CHURCH WITHIN UNIVERSITIES AS VISIBLE COMMUNITY
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • LECTIO DIVINA
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      • NOTICE
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      • CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      • EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      • DAILY REMINDER
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      • ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      • COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      PONTIFICAL PIO BRASILIERO COLLEGE TURNS 70
       
      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2004 (VIS) – This morning John Paul II received the rector, superiors and students from the Pontifical Pio Brasiliero College in Rome on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its founding.
       
        The Pope said that the college, founded at the request of Pope Pius XI and the Brazilian episcopate, especially Cardinal Sebastiao Leme, “provides a positive environment for more profound academic and spiritual formation which is so necessary in your priestly mission. Living in Rome for some years offers many possibilities to come into contact with the history of the first centuries of Christianity, to open yourselves up to the universal dimension of the Church, to encourage ecclesial communion and a good disposition to accept the teachings of the Church.”
       
        Referring to the importance of formation, the Holy Father emphasized that “it is a responsibility that your instructors have, not only in the universities that you attend but also especially for the religious of the Society of Jesus who are responsible for the direction of this college. May God want the spiritual foundation of St. Ignatius to spur you on continually since the Brazilian episcopate and all of God’s people want holy and learned priests, true pastors of souls. This responsibility is even greater if we consider that some priests come from other Latin American countries and from Africa, Oceania and Europe.”

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      POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL
       
      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2004 (VIS) – Pope John Paul’s general intention for the month of April is: “That solid preparation of the candidates for holy orders and permanent training of ordained ministers may be carefully provided for.”
       
        His missionary intention is: “That the missionary spirit of ‘ad gentes’ may become a theme of reflection and a matter of constant commitment in the ordinary pastoral activity of the Christian community.”


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      MATERIALISM, VIOLENCE, PERMISSIVENESS THREATEN FAMILIES
       
      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2004 (VIS) – Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, spoke yesterday in Mexico City at the concluding session of the Third World Congress of Families, denouncing materialism, violence and permissiveness as being among the most dangerous threats to families in the world.
       
        The object of this meeting, said a press release from the council, “is to create an intercultural and inter-religious space for encounters, reflections, dialogue and proposals to build together a world suitable for families.”
       
        Cardinal Martino said that “the family is the key for the future of mankind,” and, in order to make society more human and just, the family as society’s basic institution must be strengthened. He said “we must direct our greatest efforts, our best ideas and refine our imaginations and our creativity to make this action of strengthening the family more efficacious.”
       
        “It is within the family,” he underscored, ”that those forms of anti-culture must be fought, those forms that contradict the vocation inscribed in the hearts of all human beings to a full life, to fraternity and to solidarity.” He then remarked on the serious threats to families, citing “a materialistic culture which places things over people, the culture of violence which considers violence as the only way to produce a more just society and the culture of permissiveness which challenges rules on sexual behavior, interpersonal relations within the family and relations of authority.”
       
        Noting that it is impossible for societies today not to be open to globalization, the cardinal said that “it is important, however, to educate to discernment and to defend the riches of every culture, avoiding what can place these cultures in danger. A people that loses its cultural identity becomes fertile terrain for inhuman practices and places its own future at risk.”


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      AUDIENCES
       
      VATICAN CITY, APR 1, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:
       
      - Archbishop Antonio Lucibello, apostolic nuncio in Paraguay.
       
      - Five prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on their “ad limina” visit:
       
          - Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, military ordinary, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishops Francis Xavier Roque, Joseph J. Madera, and John J. Keising.
       
          - Bishop John Huston Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
       
      - Bishop Wilhelm Schraml of Passau, Germany.
       
      - Nonsrichai Jullapong, ambassador of Thailand on his farewell visit.


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      CHRIST REDEEMS US AND GIVES US A NEW LIFE IN BAPTISM
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 31, 2004 (VIS) – In today’s general audience, celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke about a canticle, the “Hymn of those who are saved,” in Chapters 4 and 5 of the Book of Revelation.
       
        The Holy Father explained that this canticle “depicts a glorious heavenly scene.  At the center of this hymn is the throne of God, Whose name is not even invoked out of veneration. Later, a lamb, a symbol of the risen Christ, appears on the throne. … Around these figures is the chorus of the heavenly court.”
       
        “This assembly of the People of God sings a hymn to the Lord exalting ‘the glory, honor and power’ that were manifested in the act of the creation of the universe. At this point, a symbol of particular importance is introduced, a ‘biblion’ or book in Greek, which is completely inaccessible: there are seven seals that prevent it from being read.” 
       
        John Paul II indicated that this book “contains a series of divine decrees that must be fulfilled in the course of human history so that perfect justice may reign. If the book remains sealed, these decrees will not be known or carried out and evil will continue to be spread and to oppress believers. This is why authoritative intervention is necessary by the immolated and risen Lamb. … Christ is the great interpreter and lord of history.”
       
        “Christ has been ‘immolated’ and with His blood He has ‘saved’ all of humanity from the power of evil.  His redemption has not only the function of saving us from our past of evil but also of cleansing our wounds and relieving us of our miseries. Christ gives us a new interior life.”
       
        The Pope concluded by affirming that “referring to the words that God proclaimed on Mt. Sinai – ‘you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’ - the hymn emphasizes that the people of the redeemed God is made up of kings and priests who must guide and sanctify all of creation. It is a consecration that has its origin in the Paschal mystery of Christ and takes place during baptism. This is where an appeal to the Church to recognize its dignity and mission comes from.”



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      BUILD THE CHURCH WITHIN UNIVERSITIES AS VISIBLE COMMUNITY
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 31, 2004 (VIS) – Pope John Paul sent a Message to the participants in the Eighth International Youth Forum, whose meeting started today in Rocca di Papa near Rome on the theme “Young People and the University: Witnessing to Christ in the University World." The youth will join the Pope tomorrow afternoon in St. Peter’s Square and again when their meeting concludes on April 4 for the Palm Sunday Eucharistic celebrations in the square. The Message is dated March 25.
       
        “It is important in our age,” he writes, “to rediscover the bond that unites the Church to the world of higher education. For the Church not only played a decisive role in founding the first universities, but throughout the centuries she has been a workshop of culture, and continues in the same direction today through the Catholic universities and various forms of presence in the vast world of higher education.”
       
         “In the university,” he tells the students, “you are not only recipients of services, but you are the true protagonists of the activities performed there. … Fortunately, the influence of ideologies and utopias fomented by the messianic atheism that had such an impact in the past on many university environments has waned considerably today. But there are also new schools of thought, which reduce reason to the horizon of experimental science alone, and hence to technical and instrumental knowledge, sometimes enclosing it within a sceptical and nihilistic vision. These attempts to evade the issue of the deepest meaning of existence are not only futile; they can also become dangerous.”
       
        “Jesus is the truth of the universe and of history, the meaning and the destiny of human existence, the foundation of all reality! It is your responsibility, you who have welcomed this Truth as the vocation and certitude of your lives, to demonstrate its reasonableness in the university environment and in your work there. … But if your faith is linked merely to fragments of tradition, fine sentiments or a generic religious ideology, you will certainly not be able to withstand the impact of the environment you are in. You must therefore seek to keep your Christian identity steadfast, and rooted in the communion of the Church.”
       
        Pope John Paul urged the young people to persevere in prayer, play an active part in Church life and “build the Church within your Universities, as a visible community which believes, prays, gives account for our hope, and lovingly welcomes every trace of good, truth and beauty in University life.”



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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
       
      VATICAN CITY, MAR 31, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed Bishop Francis Xavier Dilorenzo of Honolulu, U.S.A. as bishop of Richmond (area 86,071, population 4,674,975, Catholics 208,008, priests 201, permanent deacons 34, religious 61), U.S.A.



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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of John 8:51-59.

      "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." Jesus, of course, is speaking about Hell. The death he is speaking about is spiritual death and it is this death that keeps one from the beatific vision of God in Heaven. Fidelity to Jesus brings one close to Him so that wherever He is you shall be also.

      True devotion to Mary keeps one faithful to Jesus. Authentic devotion keeps one away from sin and develops an attitude and disposition of mind and heart that would never want to offend God by sinfulness.


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      NOTICE

      Roman Catholic News is proud to announce Noralee Rorvik as the new managing editor for the next six weeks during my absence abroad. She is eminently qualified to keep this newsletter running smoothly. I wish to thank all of our subscribers for their gracious support and prayers. Since we do not advertise it is your recommendations to friends that has made this newsletter grow with new subscribing members. May God bless all of you with a very blessed Easter.

      In Jesus and Mary,
      John N. Lupia,
      Editor

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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY



      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
      I offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus
      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
      I offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus
      Christ, in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for
      the conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      DAILY REMINDER

      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
      approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will
      increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
      Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
      clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded
      street and you'll always be safe."

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