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    Roman Catholic News Volume 7, Issue 15 THURSDAY 25 JANUARY 2007 * * * ... . WORD OF GOD CALLS FOR SPECIAL VENERATION AND OBEDIENCE ... . VIETNAMESE PRIME
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 7, Issue 15

      THURSDAY 25 JANUARY 2007



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      . WORD OF GOD CALLS FOR SPECIAL VENERATION AND OBEDIENCE
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      . VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER MEETS THE POPE
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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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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      WORD OF GOD CALLS FOR SPECIAL VENERATION AND OBEDIENCE



      VATICAN CITY, JAN 25, 2007 (VIS) - At midday today, the Holy Father received members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops. The council is currently preparing the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod, due to be held in October 2008 on the theme: "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church."



      In his talk, the Pope referred to the importance of the theme, "because," he said, "the spiritual activity which expresses and nourishes the life and mission of the Church is necessarily based on the Word of God." That Word, moreover, "being destined for all the Lord's disciples - as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity reminded us - calls for special veneration and obedience, in order for it to be recognized also as an urgent call to full union between all believers in Christ."



      Benedict XVI indicated that the members of the ordinary council are about to complete the preparation of the "Lineamenta" (draft guidelines) and pointed out how these "will serve as a valuable tool enabling the entire Church to study the theme of the forthcoming assembly."



      The Holy Father concluded with the hope that synodal assembly "may help to rediscover the importance of the Word of God in the lives of all Christians, and of all ecclesial and civil communities."


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      VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER MEETS THE POPE



      VATICAN CITY, JAN 25, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy See Press office released the following communique at midday today:



      "This morning, Thursday January 25, 2007, Nguyen Tan Dang, prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, was received in audience by the Holy Father Benedict XVI. He subsequently went on to meet Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.



      "The Holy See expressed its satisfaction for the visit, which marks a new and important step towards the normalization of bilateral relations. Those relations have, over the last few years, made concrete progress opening new spaces of religious freedom for the Catholic Church in Vietnam.



      "In the course of the discussions, attention turned to the problems that remain which, it is hoped, will be faced and resolved through existing channels of dialogue and will lead to a fruitful cooperation between Church and State, so that Catholics can, ever more effectively, make a positive contribution to the common good of the country, to promoting moral values, in particular among the young, to spreading a culture of solidarity and to charitable assistance in favor of the weaker sectors of the population.



      "Furthermore, opinions were exchanged on the current international situation, with a view to a joint commitment in favor of peace and of negotiated solutions to the serious problems of the present time.



      "This was the first time that a prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has met the Holy Father and the highest authorities of the Secretariat of State."


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      AUDIENCES



      VATICAN CITY, JAN 25, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:



      - Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia.



      - Three prelates from the Italian Episcopal Conference, on their "ad limina" visit:



      - Archbishop Benito Cocchi of Modena-Nonantola.



      .- Bishop Maurizio Galli of Fidenza.



      - Msgr. Dugles Regattieri, vicar general of Carpi.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, JAN 25, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:



      - Bishop David Motiuk, auxiliary of the archieparchy of Winnipeg of the Ukrainians, Canada, as bishop of the eparchy of Edmonton of the Ukrainians (Catholics 28,750, priests 42, permanent deacons 5, religious 57), Canada.



      - Archbishop Angelo Mottola, apostolic nuncio to Iran, as apostolic nuncio to Montenegro.


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      TOMORROW'S HOMILY


      2 Tm 1:1-8




      In today’s first reading from St. Paul’s second letter to Timothy he counsels him about his spiritual life and in making a spiritual renewal.

      He reminds him that he is an ordained minister of God when he says : For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.

      He tells him to renew himself using the Greek word anazopurein, which means to rekindle.

      Rekindling of a fire is accomplished three ways.

      First, we can add fresh dry wood to strengthen the fire.

      Second, we can stoke a fire with a poker to expose the hot red cinders to oxygen increasing the intensity of the fire.

      Third we can blow on a fire or apply a fan or bellows to give the fire more oxygen to make blaze anew.

      These three methods used to rekindle a fire have deep spiritual meaning when used as metaphors about the spiritual life.

      St. Paul tells Timothy to rekindle his gift of grace received through the sacrament of Sacred Orders; a rekindling that has all three symbolic senses.

      To add dry wood to the fire in the spiritual sense means to pray, to offer all our works and sacrifices to God as a prayer.

      This means we must pray and as we pray we ask God for the grace to pray more fervently and love Him more than ourselves and anything else.

      It means before we do anything we ask God for His help to do our work as best as possible for love of Him.

      It means we make sacrifices in silence offering to God our little works of charity as gifts of love to Him.

      The second method of rekindling a fire is to stoke it.

      Stoking a fire requires us to use a stick or poker penetrating the bright, hot red-glowing coals of the fire and stir them so that the cooler ash that once covered them is removed exposing them to the air and increasing the fire’s intensity.

      In the spiritual sense this means we must remove distractions that take us away from devotion to God, prayer and the spiritual life.

      It means that we must re-submerge ourselves in those things that keep us on the straight and narrow path in God’s service.

      The third method to rekindle a fire is to blow on it or use a fan or bellows.

      The spiritual meaning here is very clear; the Holy Spirit of God blows His breath of life into our souls, fanning the flames of love within us.

      Let us then remember that spiritual renewal requires of us to pray, to offer all our works and sacrifices to God, to remove distractions that take us away from devotion to God, and to invoke the Holy Spirit to enkindle the flame of love within us.

      Once renewed we can grow in our spiritual life and be more fruitful and productive working for God.




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      Biblica Online
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      7. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
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      Testimonial of Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
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      Testimonial of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
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      New Jersey State Senate Honors Mama Gili
      http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r109:E25OC5-0009:


      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37>

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      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/117>



      MAMA GILI GUILD

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      as well as to promote her cause and to perpetuate her cult by
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      Get a copy of the book about Mama Gili written by her eldest daughter
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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
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      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
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      P. O. Box 455
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      Phone (973) 412-1170
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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 will always be safe."

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