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    Roman Catholic News Volume 6, Issue 84 TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2006 * * * ... . BENEDICT XVI: MY TRIP IS NOT POLITICAL BUT PASTORAL ... . VESPERS FOR THE FIRST
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 6, Issue 84

      TUESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2006



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      . BENEDICT XVI: "MY TRIP IS NOT POLITICAL BUT PASTORAL"
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      . VESPERS FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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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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      BENEDICT XVI: "MY TRIP IS NOT POLITICAL BUT PASTORAL"



      VATICAN CITY, NOV 28, 2006 (VIS) - At 9.20 a.m. today, the Holy Father departed from Rome's Fiumicino airport bound for Turkey, where he landed three hours later at Ankara's Esemboga airport. Thus began Benedict XVI's fifth apostolic trip outside Italy.



      Speaking to the journalists accompanying him on his flight, the Pope affirmed that his visit to Turkey "is not political but pastoral," and that its aim is "dialogue and the shared commitment to peace."



      As he descended from his aircraft, the Holy Father was greeted by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister of Turkey, by the governor of the local region, and by the military commander and the mayor of Ankara, the capital of Turkey, a city of some five million inhabitants. Also there to greet him was Archbishop Ruggero Franceschini O.F.M. Cap., of Izmir, president of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Turkey.



      The Holy Father then went to a room within the airport building where he held a meeting with the prime minister.



      Following this meeting, which lasted 20 minutes, the Pope travelled by car to the Mausoleum of Ataturk some 45 kilometers from the city. Built between 1944 and 1953, it holds the earthly remains of Mustafa Kemal "Ataturk" (Father of the Turks), founder and first president of the Turkish Republic (1923-1938). Within the building, which resembles a Greek temple and is reached by a flight of steps, the walls are covered in green marble and the ceiling decorated with gold mosaics. The cenotaph to Ataturk is made from a single block of marble weighing 40 tonnes.



      At 3 p.m. local time (2 p.m. in Rome), Benedict XVI was received by Ahmet Necdet Sezer, president of the Republic of Turkey, in the presidential palace. Subsequently he met with one of the country's two vice prime ministers in the "Guest House" of the presidential palace.



      This afternoon, the Pope is scheduled to meet with Ali Bardokoglu, Turkey's president for religious affairs, in the "Diyanet," the headquarters of his department.



      Turkey has 72 million inhabitants, of whom 99.8 percent are Muslims. The remaining 0.20 percent is made up of Christians of various rites (Greek-Orthodox, Syro-Orthodox, Armenian-Orthodox, Protestants and Catholics) and Jews.



      Catholics number some 32,000, about 0.04 percent of the total population. The Catholic Episcopal Conference of Turkey is made up of six bishops. Currently, there are 47 parishes, 68 priests, 98 male and female religious, four permanent deacons, five major seminarians and 28 catechists.


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      VESPERS FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT



      VATICAN CITY, NOV 28, 2006 (VIS) - In the Vatican Basilica at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, the Pope will preside at the celebration of the first Vespers of the first Sunday of Advent, according to a note made public today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, NOV 28, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Bernard Housset of Montauban, France, as bishop of La Rochelle (area 6,863, population 559,600, Catholics 381,700, priests 130, permanent deacons 15, religious 234), France.


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      TOMORROW'S HOMILY


      Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


      Today’s Gospel reading is often misunderstood.

      Many interpret it to be the historical counsels Jesus gave to His apostles.

      These interpreters see the words fulfilled when apostles were brought before kings and governors just as Jesus had predicted.

      True, these words were meant as counsels to the historical Church, the apostles of history.

      However, the Author of the Gospels had written His text a clever way.

      The finesse of the Author is found in the final verse : You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
      By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

      The guarantee that “not a hair on your head will be destroyed” certainly does not fit the description of the historical apostles who died in martyrdom.

      Certainly, no one would argue or agree that the apostles bearing public testimony were left unharmed and lived long lives into old age.

      The verse : “By your perseverance you will secure your lives” cannot be easily explained to refer to the holy martyred apostles and early Church martyrs after them and throughout history.

      What the Sacred Author has done is given us the words of Christ spoken to the historical Church for us to know that they were called to task by the kings and governors and uttered testimony by the power of the Holy Spirit.

      He has also given us, His Church in the later days words of confidence that : not a hair on your head will be destroyed; and By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

      This portion of today’s reading is meant for you and me.

      We can expect the governments to bring us to task because of our faith and belief in Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and the teaching of His Holy See, the Magisterium of the Church.

      Christ boldly tells us “Be not afraid.”

      Not a hair on your head will be destroyed.

      By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

      The Culture of Death hates us.

      The Gospel of Light, Life and Truth empowers us to conquer the darkness of the world.

      Do not be shy, embarrassed or ashamed to defend Christ and His Church among your friends, acquaintances, and those whom we encounter in our daily lives.

      Be not afraid, or timid, but open your heart to share the faith of the ages and God will do the rest.

      Christ will come again.

      This has been written and this shall come to be.

      But before His return to claim His bride purchased by His own blood, He expects us to bear witness to Him so that He will level all obstacles that have accrued through time, from culture and human fear and pride.

      Bear witness to Christ, not just by deed and example, but by words from the heart.

      Mary, Queen of all hearts, come to me and open up my heart to God’s infinite grace, that I may serve Him as you wish Him to be served.



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      LECTIO DIVINA

      PART II: POETRY, SYMBOLISM AND TYPOLOGY

      CHAPTER ONE : Poetry, Symbolism and Typology (pages 45-60)

      Fr. Merton discusses the Psalms as poems. He tells us poems have meaning but poets are not obligated to make that meaning obvious and immediate. The reader of poetry often takes great care in reading poems making great efforts to discover all of the trappings of a poem in order to grasp its complexity and various levels of meaning nested within words, symbols and metaphors.

      Words of a poem take on dimensions of meaning transcending ordinary use. The language of poetry is not ordinary mundane language but empowered and enriched with an array of meaning in the intellectual and spiritual dimension of logic and emotion. Poetic language takes us to the sublime both intellectually and spiritually causing us to transend the ordinary word to one of mysticism for as long as one is able to sustain the experience.

      Readers of Psalms, therefore, must make intellectual efforts to grasp the poetic experience and understand the hidden meanings among the associations contained in the poem.

      "No matter how carefully and how scientifically we may interpret the words of the Psalms, and study their historical background, if these investigations do not help us to enter into the poetic experience which the Psalms convey, they are of limited value in showing us what God has revealed in the Psalms, for the revealed content of the Psalter is poetic." (pages 46-47)

      Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness (London : Hollis & Carter,
      Doubleday, 1954)


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      DAILY REMINDER

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      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
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