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    Roman Catholic News Volume 7, Issue 31 MONDAY 4 JUNE 2007 * * * ... . DECREES OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CAUSES OF SAINTS ... . PONTIFICAL REPRESENTATIVES:
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 7, Issue 31

      MONDAY 4 JUNE 2007



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      . DECREES OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CAUSES OF SAINTS
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      . PONTIFICAL REPRESENTATIVES: ALWAYS REMAIN PASTORS
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . BENEDICT XVI CANONIZES FOUR BLESSEDS
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      . POPE CALLS FOR ARMS TO BE SILENCED AND FOR SLAVERY TO END
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      . PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
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      . MEXICO RENEWS INVITATION FOR POPE TO VISIT THE COUNTRY
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      . TELEGRAM FOR DEATH OF A PRIEST AND THREE DEACONS IN IRAQ
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . GOVERNORATE STAFF: COLLABORATORS OF THE POPE
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      . SPREAD THE DYNAMISM OF CHARITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
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      . LETTERS OF CREDENCE OF FIVE NEW AMBASSADORS
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      . OPEN THE DOORS OF HOPE TO THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA
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      . BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JUNE
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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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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      DECREES OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CAUSES OF SAINTS



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 2, 2007 (VIS) - Yesterday morning, the Holy Father received in private audience Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes:



      MIRACLES



      - Blessed Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception (nee: Anna Muttathupandathu), Indian professed sister of the Congregation of Poor Clares of the Third Order of St. Francis (1910-1946).



      - Blessed Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran, Ecuadorian lay woman (1833-1869).



      - Servant of God Antonio Rosmini, Italian priest and founder of the Institute of Charity and of the Sisters of Providence (1791-1855).



      - Servant of God Mary Merkert, Polish religious, co-foundress and first superior general of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth (1817-1872).



      - Servant of God Josepha (nee Hendrina Stenmanns), German religious and co-foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (1852-1903).



      - Servant of God Celestina of the Mother of God (nee Maria Anna Donati), Italian foundress of the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of St. Joseph Calasanzio (1848-1925).



      MARTYRDOM



      - Servants of God Peter Kibe Kasui, Japanese priest of the Company of Jesus and 187 companions (priests, religious and laity), killed in Japan between 1603 and 1639.



      - Servants of God Avelino Rodriguez Alonso, Spanish priest of the Order of St. Augustine, 97 companions of the same order and six companions of the diocesan clergy, killed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.



      - Servants of God Manuela of the Heart of Jesus (nee Manuela Arriola Uranga) and 22 companions of the Institute of Handmaidens Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, killed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.



      - Servant of God Frank Jagerstatter, Austrian layman, born 1907 and killed in Berlin, Germany in 1943.



      HEROIC VIRTUES



      - Servant of God Giovanni Battista Arista, Italian bishop of Acireale and member of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri (1863-1920).



      - Servant of God Jean-Joseph (ne Alcide Lataste), French priest of the Order of Friars Preachers and founder of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic of Betania (1832-1869).



      - Servant of God Francesco Maria Perez, Italian professed religious of the Congregation of the Poor Servants of Divine Providence (1861-1937).



      - Servant of God Maria Caterina of the Child Jesus (nee Luisa Lavizzari), prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and of Perpetual Reparation in the convent of Ronco di Ghiffa (1867-1931).



      - Servant of God Maria Fedele (nee Eleonora Margarita Weiss), German professed religious of the Third Order of St. Francis in the convent of Reutberg (1882-1923).



      - Servant of God Armida Barelli, Italian of the Third Secular Order of St. Francis and co-foundress of the Institute of Missionary Sisters of the Regality of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1882-1952).



      - Servant of God Cleonilde Guerra, Italian lay woman (1922-1949).


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      PONTIFICAL REPRESENTATIVES: ALWAYS REMAIN PASTORS



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 2, 2007 (VIS) - This morning in the Vatican, the Pope received students from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. They were accompanied by Archbishop Justo Mullor Garcia, president of the academy, which trains candidates for the Holy See diplomatic service.



      The Holy Father thanked Archbishop Mullor for his congratulations for his recently-published book "Jesus of Nazareth." That work, the Pope said, "is the fruit of my personal search for the face of Christ" adding that the archbishop's words "show that the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy rightly considers the longing for an ever better knowledge of the Lord as a fundamental value for people who, like you, are called to a special collaboration with Peter's Successor in the diplomatic service."



      "Witnesses to the Gospel are called to remain faithful in all circumstances to the mission entrusted to them," said the Holy Father. "For you this means, in the first place, a deep personal experience of the incarnate God, an intimate friendship with Jesus in Whose name the Church sends you out for a special apostolic task. You know that Christian faith can never be reduced to mere intellectual knowledge of Christ and His doctrine; it must also be expressed in the imitation of the example Christ gave us as Son of the Father and as Son of man." Those who collaborate with the Pope are called to be "true pastors, willing, like Jesus the Good Shepherd, to give their lives for their flock."



      Benedict XVI encouraged the future pontifical representatives always to cultivate the desire "to be pastors alongside the other pastors of the Church," before being "promoters of dialogue and creators of fruitful relationships with civil authorities, as the Catholic tradition requires." Thus, he explained, "those who come to know you will always discover the priest within you.



      "In this way," he added, "everyone will be able to recognize the atypical nature of pontifical diplomacy, a diplomacy which, ... far from defending material interests or partial conceptions of mankind, promotes values that flow from the Gospel, as an expression of the exalted ideals proclaimed by Jesus, the one and universal Savior. Moreover these values are shared, to no small degree, by other religions and other cultures."



      The Pope concluded by telling the students of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy: "The more faithfully you adhere to your priestly duties, the better will you be able to serve men and women, the more fruitful will your dialogue with them be, the more attainable will the peace you propose in situations of tension and conflict appear, and the greater will be the comfort you offer in the name of Christ and His Church to the suffering and defenseless."


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 2, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:



      - Appointed Fr. Dominikus Saku of the clergy of the diocese of Atambua, Indonesia, professor and formator in the major seminary of Kupang, as bishop of Atambua (area 5,177, population 530,508, Catholics 478,475, priests 150, religious 205). The bishop-elect was born in Taikas, Indonesia in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1992. He succeeds Bishop Anton Pain Ratu S.V.D., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.



      - Erected the new diocese of Shendam (area 12,496, population 980,810, Catholics 149,051, priests 36, religious 7) Nigeria, with territory taken from the archdiocese of Jos, making it a suffragan of the same metropolitan church. He appointed Bishop James Naanman Daman O.S.A., of Jalingo, Nigeria, as first bishop of the new diocese.



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      BENEDICT XVI CANONIZES FOUR BLESSEDS



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 3, 2007 (VIS) - Today, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the Pope presided at a Eucharistic celebration in St. Peter's Square during which he canonized the Blesseds: George Preca (1880-1962), Szymon of Lipnica (1435-1482), Karel van Sint Andries Houben (1821-1893) and Marie-Eugenie de Jesus Milleret (1817-1898).



      Among those participating in the ceremony, which was held under pouring rain, were Edward Fenech Adami, president of Malta, Mary McAleese, president of Ireland, Lech Kaczynski, president of Poland and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines.



      In his homily, the Holy Father explained how "each individual saint shares in the richness of Christ, drawn from the Father and communicated at the appropriate time. Sanctity is always the sanctity of Jesus, it is always He - the 'Saint' - that the Spirit molds in 'holy souls' in order to create friends of Jesus and witnesses of His sanctity."



      Making reference to George Preca, the first Maltese saint and founder of "Societas Doctrinae Christianae," Benedict XVI described him as "a priest entirely dedicated to evangelization, through his preaching, his writings, his spiritual guidance and the administration of the Sacraments, and above all through the example of his life." May this saint, he said, "help the Church, in Malta and in the world, always to be the faithful echo of the voice of God, the Word incarnate."



      Speaking of the Polish St. Szymon of Lipnica of the Order of Friars Minor, "a great son of Poland, witness of Christ and follower of the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi," the Pope indicated how, "full of the mercy he found in the Eucharist, he did not hesitate to bring succor to victims of the plague, and himself contracted the illness which took him to his grave. Today we particularly entrust to his protection those suffering from poverty, sickness, solitude and social injustice. Through his intercession we ask to be granted the grace of persevering and active love for Christ and for our fellow man."



      "During his many years of priestly ministry in England and Ireland," said the Pope referring to the Dutch priest Karel van Sint Andries Houben of the Congregation of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, "the people flocked to him to seek out his wise counsel, his compassionate care and his healing touch. In the sick and the suffering he recognized the face of the crucified Christ, to whom he had a lifelong devotion."



      The French saint, Marie-Eugenie de Jesus Milleret, foundress of the Institute of Sisters of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, "reminds us," said Pope Benedict, "of the importance of the Eucharist for Christian life and for spiritual growth. ... She was especially aware of the importance of giving new generations, and in particular young girls, an intellectual, moral and spiritual formation to ensure they become adults capable of taking responsibility for their families, and of offering their contribution to the Church and to society.



      "Throughout her existence," he added, "she found the strength for her mission in a life of prayer, uninterruptedly linking contemplation and action. May the example of St. Marie-Eugenie inspire men and women today to transmit to young people the values that will help them to become strong adults and joyful witnesses of the Risen Christ."


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      POPE CALLS FOR ARMS TO BE SILENCED AND FOR SLAVERY TO END



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 3, 2007 (VIS) - Following today's Mass, during which George Preca, Szymon of Lipnica, Karel van Sint Andries Houben and Marie-Eugenie de Jesus Milleret were proclaimed as saints, the Pope greeted the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.



      Addressing a group from the Italian Military Healthcare Association, which has as its motto "Arma pietati cedant" (may arms give way to mercy), the Pope cried: "May this come to pass in the whole world!



      "My thoughts also go out," he added, "to the Church in Bologna, which is marking the 750th anniversary of the act with which the senate of that city authorized the abolition of slavery in its territory. May this initiative encourage a renewed commitment to overcoming the new forms of slavery that still afflict humanity."


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      PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 4, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office today released the following communique:



      "This morning, the Holy Father Benedict XVI received in audience Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, accompanied by her husband and an entourage.



      "The president subsequently went on to meet Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States. During the discussions reference was made to the cordial relations that exist between the Holy See and the Republic of the Philippines, and to the understanding and cooperation between Church and State.



      "Attention also turned to the political and social situation in Southeast Asia, and especially to the respect and promotion of human rights and of democratic institutions in that region."


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      MEXICO RENEWS INVITATION FOR POPE TO VISIT THE COUNTRY



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 4, 2007 (VIS) - "This morning Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, president of Mexico, was received in audience by His Holiness 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," according to a Holy See Press Office communique made public today.



      "The cordial discussions provided an occasion for an exchange of views on questions concerning the current international situation, also with a view to the forthcoming G8 summit meeting, in which President Calderon will participate as a special guest.



      "With reference to Mexico, attention first turned to certain aspects of life in the country such as emigration, indigenous peoples, and the struggle against violence and drug trafficking. The position of the Catholic Church was also examined, above all in light of the important steps forward - already taken or yet to be taken - in her relations with the State. In this context, special mention was made of the fact that this year marks the happy occasion of the 15th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Holy See. The Mexican head of State also renewed his invitation to the Holy Father to visit the country."


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      TELEGRAM FOR DEATH OF A PRIEST AND THREE DEACONS IN IRAQ



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 4, 2007 (VIS) - Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. sent a telegram, in the Pope's name, to Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mossul of the Chaldeans, Iraq, for the killing in that city yesterday of Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni and three sub-deacons. The text of the English-language telegram follows:



      "The Holy Father was deeply saddened to learn of the senseless killing of Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni and sub-deacons Basman Yousef Daoud, Ghasan Bidawid and Wadid Hanna, and he asks you kindly to convey to their families his heartfelt condolences. He willingly joins the Christian community in Mossul in commending their souls to the infinite mercy of God our loving Father and in giving thanks for their selfless witness to the Gospel. At the same time he prays that their costly sacrifice will inspire in the hearts of all men and women of good will a renewed resolve to reject the ways of hatred and violence, to conquer evil with good and to cooperate in hastening the dawn of reconciliation, justice and peace in Iraq. To the families and to all who mourn their dead in faith and in the hope which draws its certainty from the resurrection His Holiness cordially imparts his apostolic blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the Lord."


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      AUDIENCES



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 4, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:



      - Two prelates from the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa, on their "ad limina" visit:



      - Archbishop Henri Teissier, archbishop of Algiers, Algeria.



      - Archbishop Vincent Landel S.C.I. of Beth, of Rabat, Morocco.



      On Saturday, June 2, he received in separate audiences:



      - Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, archivist and librarian of Holy Roman Church.



      - Bishop Javier Echevarria Rodriguez, prelate of the personal prelature of Opus Dei.



      - Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.


      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:



      - Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.



      - Archbishop Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican, vicar general of His Holiness for Vatican City and president of the Fabric of St. Peter's.



      This evening he is scheduled to receive in audience Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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      GOVERNORATE STAFF: COLLABORATORS OF THE POPE



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon Benedict XVI visited the Palace of the Governorate, which houses various offices responsible for the administration and governance of Vatican City State.



      After greeting Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Governorate, and members of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, the Pope expressed his thanks to the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, a group that finances the maintenance and restoration of works of art held in the Vatican.



      The Holy Father then addressed all the personnel of the Governorate saying: "Every day I am aware of and appreciate the fruits of your commitment and your competency, and I have come here to express my sincere thanks."



      "The Governorate ... has an important function," he continued. "When my venerated predecessor Pius XI undertook the negotiations for the Lateran Pacts he was concerned to ensure that the Holy See could depend on just enough territory to guarantee it 'absolute independence for the fulfillment of its exalted mission in the world.'



      "In accomplishing your duties," he added, "you ensure the continuance of daily life within the State and help the Pope undertake the ministry the Lord entrusted to him at the service of the Church and the world. It is not inappropriate, then, to describe you as 'the collaborators of the Pope'."



      "You work in the Vatican, for and with the Pope," Benedict XVI went on. "You work in a place that has seen the witness of so many martyrs, in particular that of the Apostle Peter. This calls for ... competence, professionalism and dedication, as well as a serious commitment to evangelical witness. I rely upon you, and I ask you to grow every day in knowledge of the Christian faith, in friendship with God and in generous service to your brothers and sisters."



      May the presence of the Church in your offices and workshops," he concluded, "be a daily reminder of the paternal gaze of God Who, in His providence, follows you and watches over each one of you."


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      SPREAD THE DYNAMISM OF CHARITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - At 8 p.m. yesterday, the traditional procession marking the end of the month of May wound its way from the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians - located near the apse of the Vatican Basilica - to the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. Hundreds of people participated in the ceremony, which was presided by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, His Holiness' vicar general for Vatican City State.



      Benedict XVI arrived at the Grotto at 9 p.m. and, before imparting his apostolic blessing, delivered a brief address.



      The Pope referred to today's Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to her cousin St. Elizabeth, saying: "The visitation can be understood in the light of the announcement of the angel and the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit descended upon the Virgin and encouraged her to 'arise' and leave in haste to help her aged relative."



      "Along the road leading from Galilee to Judea, it was Jesus Himself Who 'urged' Mary on, infusing her with the generous commitment to go out towards others in need, and with the courage not to give first place to her own legitimate requirements, difficulties, concerns, and the dangers to her own life."



      "May Mary," said the Holy Father, "obtain for us the gift of knowing how to love as she did. To Mary we entrust this particular portion of the Church that lives and works in the Vatican. To her we entrust the Roman Curia and the institutions associated with it, that all jobs and all services may be animated by the spirit of Christ.



      "From this hill," Pope Benedict added in conclusion, "we look out over Rome and over the entire world, and we pray that all Christians may say, with St. Paul, 'the Love of Christ drives me on,' and that they may spread, with Mary's help, the dynamism of charity throughout the world."


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      LETTERS OF CREDENCE OF FIVE NEW AMBASSADORS



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of five new ambassadors to the Holy See: Ayesha Riyaz of Pakistan, Larus Stefansson of Iceland, Juri Seilenthal of Estonia, Domitille Barancira of Burundi and Ahmed Hamid Elfaki Hamid of Sudan.



      In his address to the diplomats, the Pope affirmed that "in the modern world it is more than ever important to affirm the bonds that unite countries, with special attention towards the poorest nations.



      "It is not possible," he added, "to continue using the wealth of the poorest countries with impunity, without them also being able to participate in world growth. Authorities in all countries have a duty to work together to ensure greater distribution of the wealth and resources of the planet. Collaboration to this end will also have an effect on solidarity, peace and fraternity, within countries and between countries."



      Benedict XVI expressed his desire "for a renewed commitment among all nations, especially the richest, to ensure that all human beings may become aware of their responsibility in this matter, and accept a transformation of lifestyle with a view to an ever more just distribution" of wealth.



      Referring to the role of religions in this field, the Holy Father highlighted "the duty they have to form their members with a view to creating fraternal relations among all the inhabitants of a country, and with ever more respectful concern for all mankind. No one should be subject to discrimination or be relegated to the margins of society for their religious beliefs and practices, which are such fundamental elements of people's freedom."



      "Authentic religion," he concluded, "cannot be a source of division or of violence between people or between human communities. On the contrary religion lies at the basis of the awareness that all people are brothers, who must be protected and helped to develop."



      The Pope then gave each ambassador the text of a talk concerning the situation in his or her own country. In the text given to the representative from Pakistan, Benedict XVI praises the country's "commitment to work together with the international community to bring greater stability to your region and to protect innocent lives from the threats of terrorism and violence."



      "A robust democratic society depends on its ability to uphold and protect religious freedom - a basic right inherent to the very dignity of the human person. It is therefore essential to safeguard citizens who belong to religious minorities from acts of violence."



      In the talk given to the ambassador from Burundi, the Holy Father calls upon God to support all that country's citizens "in their valiant and generous commitment ... to build together an ever more fraternal and united society, may this also be a concrete sign and a clarion call for consolidating peace and stability in the region of the Great Lakes."



      Recalling Archbishop Michael J, Courtney, the apostolic nuncio to Burundi who was murdered in 2003, the Pope calls on the State authorities "not to cease their efforts to clarify the causes of the crime and to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."



      To the ambassador from Sudan, Benedict XVI mentions the conflict in the Darfur region, which has been going on since 2003, calling for a political solution "that respects cultural, ethnic and religious minorities." The Pope emphasizes how peace cannot be achieved "by force of arms, but rather by a culture of dialogue and negotiation."



      The Holy Father also highlights the fact that, "in order for all human beings to be able to establish fraternal and sincere relations, and to build a more just society, the contribution of the different religious traditions present in the country, with their rich heritage of human, moral and spiritual values, is of fundamental importance."


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      OPEN THE DOORS OF HOPE TO THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - This morning in the Vatican, the Pope received prelates from the Central African Episcopal Conference who have just completed their "ad limina" visit.



      "You must accomplish your mission of serving people, which the Lord entrusted to you in difficult circumstances," the Pope told them. "When facing the challenges to the Church in your country, real collaboration is a guarantee of greater effectiveness; but such collaboration must be based above all on a living awareness of the collegial dimension of your ministry. ... You are called to bear witness among your people through ever stronger communion and an exemplary daily life."



      Going on to consider the most urgent problems facing the Central African Church today, the Holy Father mentioned the question of "peace and national harmony." And he highlighted how "the poorest are, above all, the victims of dramatic situations that inevitably lead to profound divisions in society and to despair." On this matter, he recalled the fact that the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, currently being prepared, "will provide an opportunity for profound reflection upon the announcement of the Gospel in a context marked by many signs of hope but also by worrying situations."



      "It is my heartfelt hope that this rapidly-changing world does nor forget Africa and that hope may open its doors to the peoples of that continent."



      "The Church has the duty to defend the weakest and to be the voice of those who have no voice. For this reason I wish to encourage people to commit themselves in the defense of the dignity of individuals and their inalienable rights. ... Promoting peace, justice and reconciliation is an expression of Christian faith in the love that God nourishes for each human being."



      "Through her social work, especially in the fields of healthcare and the education of young people, the Church also contributes, in her own way, to the construction of the fraternal and united society to which your people aspire," said the Pope.



      However, he went on, "in order for society to have access to real spiritual and human development, it is also necessary to change its mentality," and "this painstaking task especially involves the family and marriage." The Holy Father stressed that "Christians show everyone the greatness and truth of marriage when they undertake to practice conjugal fidelity and to live in the unity of the couple," and he insisted that marriage "is always founded upon a 'yes' freely and knowingly pronounced by a man and a woman."



      Benedict XVI then went on to speak of the importance - "an importance that cannot be underestimated" - of the formation of candidates to the priesthood. "It is more than ever necessary to be exigent," he said, "because priests are called to bear weighty responsibilities." Hence, "candidates must be required to have an assortment of human qualities that make them capable of achieving a real discipline of priestly life." It is of particular importance "to ascertain the emotional balance of seminarians and to form their sensibilities so as to ensure they possess the right attitude to practice the requirements of priestly celibacy. This human formation must be accompanied by a solid spiritual formation, because it is vital that a priest's life and activities be rooted in a living faith in Jesus Christ."



      Finally, the Pope affirmed the importance of "the active and fruitful participation of the faithful in the 'Sacrament of Love'," observing that "appropriate adaptation to the various cultural contexts must be based on an authentic understanding of inculturation, so that the Eucharist truly remains 'a criterion for our evaluation of everything that Christianity encounters in different cultures'."


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      ENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JUNE



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for June is: "That the Lord may protect sailors and all those involved in maritime activities."



      His mission intention is: "That the Church in North Africa may bear witness, with its presence and its action, to God's love for every individual and all peoples."


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, JUN 1, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:



      - Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of Hamilton, Canada, presented by Bishop Matthew Francis Ustrzycki, upon having reached the age limit.



      - Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the diocese of San Diego, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Gilbert E. Chavez, upon having reached the age limit.



      - Appointed Fr. Kenneth Nowakowski of the clergy of the eparchy of Saskatoon of the Ukrainians, Canada, eparchial chancellor, as bishop of New Westminster of the Ukrainians (Catholics 7,835, priests 13, permanent deacons 2, religious 4), Canada. The bishop-elect was born in North Battleford, Canada in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1989. He succeeds Bishop Severian Stefan Yakymyshyn O.S.B.M., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same eparchy, the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 210, para. 1, of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.



      - Appointed Metropolitan Archbishop Brendan Michael O'Brien of Saint John's Newfoundland, Canada as metropolitan archbishop of Kingston (area 16,500, population 321,000, Catholics 117,800, priests 84, permanent deacons 18, religious 170), Canada.



      - Appointed Archbishop J. Michael Miller C.S.B., secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, as coadjutor archbishop of Vancouver (area 119,439, population 2,453,658, Catholics 429,390, priests 189, permanent deacons 1, religious 259), Canada.



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      DOWNLOAD FREE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY
      <http://www.virtualrosary.org>


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      6. CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY ONLINE
      <http://www.markhargrave.com/chaplet.html>

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      7. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/dolores_immacolata.htm>

      Testimonial of Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/testimonial_of_fr.htm>

      Testimonial of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
      http://www.franciscanfriars.com/fr.%20glenn%20letters/frglenn575.htm


      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>

      Need a Miracle?
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/55>

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



      MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
      collect, and publish information on Dolores Immacolata Gili
      (1892-1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God,
      as well as to promote her cause and to perpetuate her cult by
      directing prayer groups assembled in her honor. It has continuously
      enjoyed the ecclesiastical approval of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick,
      and the Most Reverend John Joseph Myers, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

      Get a copy of the book about Mama Gili written by her eldest daughter
      Claudia. Claudia Gili Phaneuf, Dolores Immacolata Gili: Mama Gili
      (Mama Gili Guild, 1989). The 2005 Edition is available from the Mama
      Gili Guild by contacting Fr. Dante: address and phone number below.
      The cost of the book, last time I checked, was $5.00 plus postage.

      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
      of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili," or, for more information about the
      book and the cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011

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      8. ABBAYE SAINT-JOSEPH DE CLAIRVAL

      The Benedictine monks of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval mail a free
      monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it. Also free of charge are:
      the tract about the divinity of Jesus Christ; tract about the Truths
      of the Catholic Religion; scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with
      explanatory notice; the promises of the Sacred Heart; the mysteries of
      the Rosary.

      Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval
      21150 FLAVIGNY-SUR-OZERAIN
      France

      Phone.: 03 80 96 22 31
      Fax: 03 80 96 25 29
      Email: <englishspoken@c...> or
      <stjoseph.flavigny@l...>

      <http://www.clairval.com>

      9. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online

      <http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html>

      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online

      <http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/kempis.html>

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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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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      URL:<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News>

      This will give you the archive of all of the articles in all issues.
      There are four ways to access archived articles: (1) Go to the Home
      Page panel on the far left and click on the word "Messages" just below
      the word "Home"; (2) then click on the articles posted by date; (3) or
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      keyword in the long rectangular white box alongside the long
      rectangular button that reads SEARCH ARCHIVE, and then click that button.

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