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    Roman Catholic News Volume 7, Issue 63 FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2007 * * * ... . POPE INAUGURATES BRONZE DOOR FOLLOWING ITS RESTORATION ... . THE FAMILY, EDUCATOR IN
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 7, Issue 63

      FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2007





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      . POPE INAUGURATES BRONZE DOOR FOLLOWING ITS RESTORATION
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      . THE FAMILY, EDUCATOR IN HUMAN AND CHRISTIAN VALUES
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      . CARDINAL TAURAN: LETTER FROM MUSLIMS IS ENCOURAGING SIGN
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      . AUDIENCES
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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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      POPE INAUGURATES BRONZE DOOR FOLLOWING ITS RESTORATION



      VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2007 (VIS) - At midday today, the Holy Father inaugurated the "Portone di Bronzo" (Bronze Door), the principal entrance to the Vatican Apostolic Palace which is returning to service following almost two years of restoration work.



      In his remarks, the Holy Father recalled how the door "was built by Giovanni Battista Soria and Orazio Censore during the pontificate of Paul V who, between 1617 and 1619, ordered the complete refurbishment of the entire structure of the 'Porta Palatii.' In 1663, following the colossal architectural modifications ... of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the door was moved to its current position ... between the colonnade of St. Peter's Square and the Constantine Wing."



      The intention had been to restore the door for the Great Jubilee 2000, but work could only begin in the year 2006. "Now," said the Pope, "it has returned to its place and function, under the beautiful mosaic of the Madonna and Child with Sts. Peter and Paul."



      Benedict XVI went on: "Precisely because it marks the point of access to the house of the person called by the Lord to guide, as father and pastor, the entire People of God, this door assumes a symbolic and spiritual significance. Those who come to meet Peter's Successor pass through here. Pilgrims and visitors to the various offices of the Apostolic Palace cross this threshold." In this context, he voiced the hope that "those who enter through the Bronze Door may feel ... they are welcomed by the Pope's embrace. The house of the Pope is open to everyone."



      Benedict XVI then thanked the people who collaborated in the restoration work: "the technical services of the Governorate of Vatican City State and the restoration laboratories of the Vatican Museums." In closing, he also expressed his gratitude for "the generous financial support of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and the 'Credito Artigiano' Bank."


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      THE FAMILY, EDUCATOR IN HUMAN AND CHRISTIAN VALUES



      VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father has written a Letter to Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, for the occasion of the designation of the archdiocese of Mexico as the location of the 6th World Meeting of Families, which is due to take place from January 16 to 18, 2009. The theme of the gathering will be: "The family, educator in human and Christian values."



      "As the first school of life and of faith, and as a 'domestic church'," writes the Pope in his Letter, "the family is called to educate new generations in human and Christian values so as to forge in them - guiding their lives according to the model of Christ - a well-balanced personality. In such a vital task ... it is important to have the support of the school, of the parish and of the various ecclesial groups that favor the integral education of human beings."



      "At a time in which there is often an apparent disassociation between what people claim to believe and the way they live and behave, this forthcoming World Meeting of Families aims to encourage Christian homes in the formation of an upright moral conscience."



      "I ask the Lord that the period of preparation and the celebration of this event ... may be for families ... a special occasion joyfully to experience their vocation and mission."


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      CARDINAL TAURAN: LETTER FROM MUSLIMS IS ENCOURAGING SIGN



      VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2007 (VIS) - Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue today published a brief comment on a recent letter by 138 Muslim scholars to the Pope and other Christian leaders.



      "It is a very interesting letter," said the cardinal, indicating that it is "a new document because it comes from both Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims." It is also "a non-polemical document with numerous quotes from both the Old Testament and the New Testament," he added.



      Cardinal Tauran then considered what religious leaders must do to prevent the fusion of violence and religion underlining the need "to invite the followers [of religions] to share the three convictions contained in the letter: that God is One; that God loves us and we must love Him; that God calls us to love our neighbor. I would say that this represents a very encouraging sign because it shows that good will and dialogue are capable of overcoming prejudices, This is a spiritual approach to inter-religious dialogue which I would call dialogue of spirituality. Muslims and Christians must respond to one question: in your life, is God truly One?"


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      AUDIENCES



      VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2007 (VIS) - This evening, the Holy Father is due to receive in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, OCT 12, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy Father:



      - Appointed Bishop Donald James Reece, of Saint John's-Basseterre, Antigua and Barbuda, as coadjutor archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica (area 3,267, population 1,405,000, Catholics 56,200, priests 57, permanent deacons 19, religious 287), Jamaica. The archbishop-elect was born in Kingston in Jamaica in 1934, he was ordained a priest in 1971 and consecrated a bishop in 1981.



      - Appointed Fr. Joseph Dang Duc Ngan, vicar general of the archdiocese of Hanoi, Vietnam, and pastor of the cathedral, as bishop of Lang Son et Cao Bang (area 14,945, population 1,618,000, Catholics 6,135, priests 5, religious 10), Vietnam. The bishop-elect was born in Hanoi in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1987.


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      TOMORROW'S HOMILY


      Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church




      Today's Gospel reading teaches us that we are called to judgment by God.

      Jesus tells the crowd that they are wicked and evil asking for a sign.

      He tells them the only sign He shall give them is the "sign of Jonah."

      Jonah was sent to Nineveh to announce God's judgment.

      The Ninevites repented and were spared by God's mercy.

      We are the people in the crowd to whom Jesus is speaking.

      We too seek signs from God.

      For some it is financial security, freedom and independence.

      For others it is a miracle.

      For some a vision or some other superstitious or supernatural event.

      Everyone is seeking their own sign that God exists, that Jesus is Lord, that God loves them.

      Like little children we want mommy or daddy to show us a sign that they love us.

      Everyone has aches and sorrows in life.

      Each one of us is burdened by worries, cares and concerns.

      All of us can feel worried, scared, frightened, lonely and alienated.

      Do we approach God like little children asking Him for a sign?

      It is better to approach God like little children knowing that He loves them realizing whatever we are called to suffer in this life we can endure it in compensation for our many sins and failings in this life.

      Suffering united with Christ we come to Him as humble little children sorry for our sins and willing to endure whatever He sends for love of Him.

      Pray for the graces necessary to carry your cross with strength and endurance.

      Pray that God console you and comfort you.

      Pray on an intimate level with God as a child would speak to his father; without fear and in tenderness.

      Open up your soul to God, pour out your heart to Him.

      Lean on Christ to seek rest and give Him your heart and you will be comforted.

      God gives signs in the form of grace, love, and tenderness to all who come to Him as a humble little child, sorry for their sins and committed to loving Him throughout life.


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      LECTIO DIVINA


      PART IV: THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY

      CHAPTER TWO : From Praise to Ecstasy (pages 101-107)


      Fr. Merton makes a splendid analogy between the invincibility of the soul in union with the love of God compared to the story of King Josaphat. With three armies set out to destroy the Israelites they set out against them singing and praying to God armed only with faith and love. The armies destroyed themselves in their own conflicts among themselves before anyone met up with the Israelites. The Israelites found no living soldier from any of the enemies camps. Their faith and love of God saved them. This is the mystical model Fr. Merton gives us to illustrate the soul contemplating God made invincible against their foes. (cf. 103-104)


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




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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."

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      "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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