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    Roman Catholic News Volume 5, Issue 132 WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2005 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 5, Issue 132

      WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2005

      Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist


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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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      . GENERAL AUDIENCE: THE LORD REMAINS CLOSE TO HIS CREATURES
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      . MAY SPORT CONTRIBUTE TO CREATING LOYALTY AND RESPECT
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      . DECLARATION BY DIRECTOR OF HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . John Paul II's Last Words
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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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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      GENERAL AUDIENCE: THE LORD REMAINS CLOSE TO HIS CREATURES
       
      VATICAN CITY, SEP 21, 2005 (VIS) - In today's general audience, celebrated in St. Peter's Square, the Pope spoke about the second part of Psalm 131, "the choice of David and of Zion."
       
        The Holy Father explained to the 26,000 people present that this canticle "evokes a crucial event in the history of Israel: the transfer of the Ark of the Lord to the city of Jerusalem."
       
        In fact, King David "had made a vow not to dwell in the royal palace if he had not first found a resting place for the Ark of the Covenant, the sign of the presence of the Lord alongside His people. That oath of the king's is now answered by God's own promise: 'the Lord swore to David a sure oath from which He will not turn back'."
       
        Benedict XVI stressed how "the promise and the gift of God ... must find a response in mankind's faithful and active adherence, in a dialogue that integrates two freedoms: the divine and the human."
       
        The psalm then "becomes a hymn exalting the marvelous effects both of the gift of the Lord and of the faithfulness of Israel. In fact, the Lord's presence among the people will be felt: He will be like one more inhabitant among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, like a citizen who, with other citizens, experiences the events of history, yet offering the power of His blessing."
       
        The Pope went on to point out how in this second part of the psalm, as in the first part, there appears "the figure of the 'Anointed One,' in Hebrew 'Messiah,' thus linking descent from David to Messianism which, in the Christian re-reading, is fulfilled in the figure of Christ."
       
        "Psalm 131 becomes, then, a celebration of God-Emmanuel Who remains with His creatures, living with them and benefiting them, so long as they remain united to Him in truth and justice. The spiritual core of this hymn is already a prelude to St. John's proclamation: 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us'."




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      MAY SPORT CONTRIBUTE TO CREATING LOYALTY AND RESPECT
       
      VATICAN CITY, SEP 21, 2005 (VIS) - In his greetings to Italian-speaking pilgrims present at today's general audience, the Holy Father addressed some remarks to delegations from the executive committee of UEFA and from the Italian "Gioco Calcio" Federation, accompanied by a large group of young people.
       
        The Pope indicated that the young people, from 16 countries and accompanied by their respective ambassadors, are participating in the "Calcio-Cares" project, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum."
       
        "Your presence," said Benedict XVI, "gives me the opportunity to throw light on the importance of sport, a discipline which, if practiced in respect for the rules, becomes an educational instrument and a vehicle for important human and spiritual values. May today's initiative also serve to revitalize in each of you the commitment to ensure that sport contributes to building a society characterized by mutual respect, loyalty of behavior, and solidarity between peoples and cultures."



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      DECLARATION BY DIRECTOR OF HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE
       
      VATICAN CITY, SEP 21, 2005 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon, with reference to an article entitled "Vatican accused of shielding 'war criminal'" that appeared in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on September 20, 2005, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls issued the following declaration to journalists. The article concerned accusations that the Vatican is shielding General Ante Gotovina, suspected of having committed war crimes during the conflict in former Yugoslavia:
       
        "During the meeting between Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States, and Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in response to her request for information and support, Archbishop Lajolo made it clear that the Secretariat of State is not an organ of the Holy See that can collaborate institutionally with the tribunals.
       
        "Archbishop Lajolo also requested Ms. Del Ponte to specify with some precision the evidence leading her to believe that General Ante Gotovina had taken refuge in certain religious buildings in Croatia, in order to be able to enter into contact with the competent ecclesiastical authorities; earlier investigations had, in fact,  yielded negative results. Archbishop Lajolo's request has not yet received any response from Ms. Del Ponte."




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      AUDIENCES
       
      VATICAN CITY, SEP 21, 2005 (VIS) - Following this morning's general audience, the Holy Father received in separate audiences:
       
       - Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio in the United States of America, permanent observer to the Organization of American States.
       
       - Archbishop Mounged el-Hachem, apostolic nuncio to Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen and Qatar, and apostolic delegate to the Arabian Peninsula.




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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
       
      VATICAN CITY, SEP 21, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father:
       
       - Appointed Bishop Jose Belisario da Silva O.F.M., of Bacabal, Brazil, as metropolitan archbishop of Sao Luis do Maranhao (area 13,118, population 1,195,000, Catholics 887,000, priests 103, religious 298), Brazil. The archbishop-elect was born in Carmopolis de Minas, Brazil, in 1945, ordained a priest in 1969 and consecrated a bishop in 2000. He succeeds Archbishop Paulo Eduardo Andrade Ponte, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with Canon 401, para. 2, of the Code of Canon Law.
       
       - Appointed Msgr. Jacinto A. Jose of the clergy of the diocese of Laoag, Philippines, diocesan administrator, as bishop of Urdaneta (area 1,616, population 625,855, Catholics 531,970, priests 41, religious 42), Philippines. The bishop-elect was born in Laoag City in 1950 and ordained a priest in 1975.
       
       - Erected the diocese of Serrinha (area 17,169, population 505,787, Catholics 467,742, priests 16, religious 31), Brazil, with territory taken from the archdiocese of Feira de Santana and from the diocese of Paulo Afonso, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan church of Feira de Santana. He appointed Fr. Ottorino Assolari C.S.F., master of novices at Peabiru in the diocese of Campo Mourao, Brazil, as the first bishop of the new diocese. The bishop-elect was born in Scanzorosciate, Italy, in 1946 and ordained a priest in 1973.




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      John Paul II's Last Words
      Vatican Publishes the Final "Stations" of His Way of the Cross

      VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 20, 2005 (ZENIT.org).- Pope John Paul II's last words before his death April 2 were, "Let me go to the house of the Father," says a chronicle published by the Holy See.

      The latest edition of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the official Vatican bulletin, begins with the narration of about four pages in Italian, with an introduction in Latin. The text details the last days of John Paul II.

      The chronicle of April 2 begins at 7:30 p.m. with the Mass celebrated in the Holy Father's presence, "who began to experience the beginning of the loss of consciousness."

      "At the end of the morning he received the cardinal Secretary of State for the last time and then began a sharp increase in temperature," the document said.

      "Around 3:30 p.m., with a feeble and hoarse voice, in Polish, the Holy Father pleaded, 'Let me go to the house of the Father,'" the text said. "A little before 7 p.m. he entered a coma. The monitor documented the progressive exhaustion of his vital functions.

      "According to a Polish tradition, a small candle lit up the darkness of the chamber where the Pope was slowing fading away.

      "At 8 p.m. began the Mass for the feast of Divine Mercy at the foot of the dying Pontiff's bed. The rite was presided by Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul II's private secretary, together with Cardinal Marian Jaworski, archbishop of Lviv of the Latin rite, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Monsignor Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, the Pope's other personal secretary.

      "Liturgical songs accompanied the celebration and they blended with those of the youth and the multitude of faithful gathered in prayer in St. Peter's Square. At 9:37 p.m. John Paul II fell asleep in the Lord."

      Cardinals on hand

      Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state; Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals (now Benedict XVI); Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church; and several other members of the papal circle arrived immediately to pay their respects to the deceased Pope.

      The chronicle coincides with the information given to the media at the time by Joaquín Navarro Valls, director of the Vatican press office.

      The spokesman revealed that on April 1, as the multitude prayed for the Pope in St. Peter's Square, John Paul II had said, referring to the youth present, "I have sought you. Now you have come to see me. I thank you."

      That day, the eve of his death, according to the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, the Pope was "conscious and serene."

      In the morning he concelebrated Mass at 7:15 a.m. and then listened to the reading of the Stations of the Cross, making a sign of the cross at every station.

      "Next he asked to listen to the reading of the Third Hour of Prayer during the Day, of the Divine Office, and some passages from Sacred Scripture," the document said. "The situation was of notable seriousness, characterized by the alarming situation of the parameters of his vital signs."

      Septic shock

      "The patient united himself to the continual prayers of those that assisted him," the document adds.

      The text offers details concerning the Pope's illness that until now had been unknown. His condition worsened on March 31.

      "Just after 11:00, the Holy Father, who had gone to the chapel to celebrate holy Mass, was possessed by violent shivering which was followed by a sharp elevation of his temperature until it reached 39.6 degrees C," the text explains. That is equivalent to 103.3 degrees F.

      "He later fell into a serious septic shock and a collapse of his cardiovascular system caused by an infection of his urinary tract," it adds, confirming data revealed by Navarro Valls at the time.

      "The Pope's explicit wish to remain in his room was respected, where complete and efficient assistance was assured," it clarifies.

      The text continues: "In the afternoon, Mass was celebrated at the foot of the Pope's bed. He concelebrated with them, with his eyes partially closed, but in the moment of the consecration, he feebly lifted his arm on two occasions, that is to say, over the bread and over the wine.

      "He also seemed to make the gesture of touching his chest as he recited the Agnus Dei. The cardinal of Lviv of the Latin rite (Marian Jaworski n.d.r.) administered the Anointing of the Sick. At 7:17 the Pope received Communion. He next asked that a holy hour of prayer and meditation be celebrated."

      Blessing the multitude

      The chronicle also gathers details concerning the previous periods of hospitalization of the Pope in the Gemelli Polyclinic of Rome and concerning his public appearances, despite his weakness. It describes his appearance at the window of his study on March 30, in which "he gave his blessing to the multitude, which, amazed and sad, received it from St. Peter's Square."
      "This was the last public 'station' of his painful Way of the Cross," the text states.

      The rest of the volume of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis gathers all the official documents of recognition of his death, his will and testament (original in Polish), the Mass for the deceased Pontiff, the name of the delegations that participated in the funeral Mass and about 150 pages with messages of condolence sent by international representatives.

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      LECTIO DIVINA

      CHAPTER 11: Freedom, Peace and Humility (pages 45-50)

      "Freedom is not only being able to choose; it is being able to renounce choice. That is why to choose God's will, even though it may tie you down to doing what you do not want to do, is an exercise in the greatest liberty. It means that you are refusing to choose according to nature, and are deliberately choosing according to grace. What larger freedom can there be than this?" (page 45)

      In an age where so much propaganda circulates about freedom, Dom Hubert van Zeller tells us the unvarnished truth about authentic freedom. We do not look for freedom from any government on earth since it is only attainable through the grace of God with our acting according to His will.


      Regarding the question "Why aren't our prayers answered when Christ promised if we pray in His name, His Father will grant whatever we ask?" Dom Hubert van Zeller explians as follows:

      "The reason is that if we were united to the Father's will, if our prayers were truly "in Christ's name", they would be. God's own will cannot be denied by God, and when our wills are truly His our prayers will be His as well, and as such will not be refused." (page 46)

      Dom Hubert van Zeller explains that we cannot enjoy true happiness, peace or freedom unless we refer them to God and give thanks to Him for these precious gifts. (cf. page 47)

      "Thus you can be free and at peace when your environment is against you." (page 47)

      "But the appetite for peace and liberty can be met by drawing upon reserves which are purely interior. When the peace and liberty of a soul are being built upby grace, prayer, and the sacraments, there is no disturbance that need upset them." (ibid.)

      Authentic peace and freedom does not come from without as the political propagandists would have us believe, but they are within each and every human being as a God given right if and only if we act according to His grace in complete fidelity.


      "The mistake is to think that the fullness of liberty is the freedom to do wrong when you want to." (page 48)

      "The essential fact about freedom is that it is part of the freedom of God, and that it draws its criteria from the mind of God." (ibid.)

      Christ, our model and example, taught us that doing the will of the Father is more important than doing our own will. Christ surrendered His will to do the will of the Father. We too must imitate Christ and surrender our will to that of the Father. This is absolute freedom that liberates the soul enabling us to enjoy the freedom of God Himself.

      "If you eamine yourself on pride and humility you will learn which is at the back of your action, nature or grace." (page 49)

      "Where there is desire to take there is no true liberty and no true humility." (ibid.)

      "It is a grace: it is a virtue which lets you value things in their just proportion, and yourself in relation to them." (page 50)

      "Founded on the knowledge that God is all, humility is the state you are in when truth has uncovered you. When the last evasion has been exposed, and when the light of God searches deep into your hollowness, you know beyond all shadow of doubt that you are nothing. If the sight of your shame sends you off to nurse a sense of listlessness and defeat, you have wasted the grace of true humility. If it begets confidence in God you have co-operated with it." (ibid.)

      "Freedom, peace, humility: three manifestations of the same spirit or virtue --- namely trust." (ibid.)

      Dom Hubert van Zeller, OSB, The Choice of God. (Springfield, Illinois:
      Templegate, reprint 1963) ISBN : 87243-047-2


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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART
      OFMARY

      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
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      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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