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    Roman Catholic News Volume 8, Issue 8 FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2008 * * * ... . PAPAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ ... . POPE RECEIVES INSPECTORATE FOR
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2008
      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 8, Issue 8

      FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2008





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      . PAPAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ
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      . POPE RECEIVES INSPECTORATE FOR PUBLIC SECURITY IN VATICAN
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      . HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE COMMUNIQUE
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      . AUDIENCES
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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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      PAPAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF IRAQ



      VATICAN CITY, 11 JAN 2008 (VIS) - Benedict XVI has sent a telegram to Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Iraq, expressing solidarity in the wake of recent attacks against Christian communities in various of the country's cities.



      The English-language telegram, signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., makes it clear that the Pope was "deeply concerned to learn of the attacks on Christian targets in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk" on 6 and 9 January, and that he "expresses his spiritual closeness to the injured and their families".



      The Holy Father offers the cardinal, who is also president of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Iraq, and the archbishops of the cities concerned, his "fraternal assurances of prayer as you seek to offer hope and strength to your people".



      The Pope asks Cardinal Delly "to convey his heartfelt solidarity to the superiors of the religious communities affected by these attacks, and to renew his sentiments of sincere solidarity with all members of the Christian communities in Iraq, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.



      "Mindful that such attacks are also directed against the whole people of Iraq, His Holiness appeals to the perpetrators to renounce the ways of violence, which have caused so much suffering to the civilian population, and he encourages all those in authority to renew efforts towards peaceful negotiation aimed at a just resolution of the country's difficulties, respectful of the rights of all.



      "Praying for a return to the peaceful coexistence of the diverse groups that make up the population of this beloved country, the Holy Father commends all the people of Iraq to the heavenly protection of our almighty and merciful Father".


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      POPE RECEIVES INSPECTORATE FOR PUBLIC SECURITY IN VATICAN



      VATICAN CITY, 11 JAN 2008 (VIS) - Benedict XVI today received members of the General Inspectorate for Public Security at the Vatican, in their traditional January meeting to exchange New Year greetings.



      He expressed his best wishes for 2008, which he also extended to the members of their families, and he recalled how his Message for World Peace Day this year had as its theme: "The Human Family, a Community of Peace".



      Quoting from the text of the Message, the Pope indicated that "the natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes 'the primary place of humanisation for the person and society', ... the prototype of every social order".



      "In your daily role of vigilance", he told his listeners, "you meet no small number of families. They arrive here from all over the world to pay homage to the Apostles, and in particular to St. Peter upon whose faith Christ founded the Church. They come to renew together their profession of this faith, ... to participate in audiences and celebrations presided by the Apostle Peter's Successor".



      The Holy Father thanked the officers of the General Inspectorate for Public Security for their "constant interest in people and in the motives that animate them", as well as for their "willingness, patience and spirit of sacrifice", and he invited them to seek in each pilgrim "the face of a brother or a sister whom God has put in your path, a friend yet unknown, ... in the knowledge that we are all part of the one great human family".



      "This is why", he continued, "it is essential for each of us to commit ourselves to living with an attitude of responsibility towards God, recognising in Him the ultimate source of our own life and the lives of others. By returning to this supreme Principle it is possible to perceive the unconditional worth of each human being, and it is thanks to such awareness that we can lay the foundations for constructing a pacified humanity".



      The Pope went on: "Without this transcendent foundation, which is God, society risks becoming a mere aggregation of neighbours, and it ceases to be a community of brothers and sisters called to form one great family".



      "May the Lord help you to carry out your profession", Benedict XVI concluded, "remaining ever faithful to the ideals which must constantly inspire it. Society needs people who do their duty and are aware that all work, all service conscientiously undertaken, contributes to building a more just and a truly free society".


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      HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE COMMUNIQUE



      VATICAN CITY, 11 JAN 2008 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office released the following communique at midday today:



      "The political manipulation that has followed the words addressed by the Holy Father yesterday to representatives from the Region of Lazio, and the Province and City of Rome cannot but provoke amazement. It was certainly not the Pope's intention to undervalue the social work being carried out with praiseworthy dedication by the leaders of the City of Rome and of the Region. In fact, as Bishop of Rome, he has in various circumstances, even recently, highlighted the achievements made in the service of citizens, achievements he was also careful to underline in yesterday's address. At the same time, however, he could not but mention - giving a voice to the many people who turn to him - certain particularly pressing human problems, which must be faced with everyone's contribution. The Church, as His Holiness has assured, will not fail in her own involvement and collaboration".


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      AUDIENCES



      VATICAN CITY, 11 JAN 2008 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:



      - Cardinal Camillo Ruini, His Holiness vicar general for the diocese of Rome.



      - Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M., prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy



      - Cardinal Agostino Vallini, accompanied by Bishop Velasio De Paolis C.S., respectively prefect and secretary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.



      - Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, apostolic nuncio to Colombia.



      This evening, he is scheduled to receive in audience Cardinal William Joseph Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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      TOMORROW'S HOMILY


      Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time


      “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

      The first public announcement by our Lord is that, “This is the time of fulfillment."

      The Greek word for fulfillment is peplerotai, which refers to time being complete and filled up.

      The use of this word peplerotai evokes within our imagination images like the sand of an hourglass emptied having filled up the bottom.

      Jesus speaks to us at this very present moment today telling us that the sands of time have run out of the hourglass and are fulfilled. Now is the time to expect the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God where Christ lives and reigns as the supreme pontiff on heaven and earth.

      In order to prepare ourselves we are to, "Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”


      The Greek word for repent is metanoia, which refers to returning home. Sin is metaphorically speaking straying far from home, exploring in the dark wilderness, taking rash and imprudent risks imperiling ourselves and those with us, seeking excitement and adventures that we know better to avoid. Returning home or metanoia means to cease and desist from straying off the straight and narrow path and to return again to the true path that leads us to authentic liberty as sons and daughters of God living within His household in His Kingdom.

      Metanoia can also mean to change one's mind in the sense of undergoing a fundamental attitude adjustment. Taking on a completely new frame of mind or attitude centered in Christ and focused on Him will empower us with the vitality and energy we need to reform our behavior giving up old bad habits and taking on new ways that serve God and our neighbor by doing good.

      The message of Jesus is for us to return home to the Kingdom of God where we belong safe and sound.

      He admonishes us saying that time has run its course and His return is imminent.

      Now is the time to believe in the Gospel. Do not put it off thinking you have more time left to do as you please and return to God when you get around to it, or after you have enjoyed your sinful pleasures a little while longer. Ask Jesus for the grace, strength and courage to change your attitude and run into the path of holiness that leads to heaven. If we rely on our own ability and strength we will never change or return home. Without Christ we are helpless and with Him nothing is impossible.





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      LECTIO DIVINA


      Not only does the believer undergo temptations to doubt, but so too, the unbeliever. The latter can never rid themselves of "perhaps" everything they reject might actually be true.

      "But however strongly unbelief may feel itself thereby justified it cannot forget the eerie feeling induced by the words “Yet perhaps it is true”. The “perhaps” is the unavoidable temptation which it cannot elude, the temptation in which it too, in the very act of rejection, has to experience the unrejectability of belief. In other words, both the believer and the unbeliever share, each in his own way, doubt and belief, if they do not hide away from themselves and from the truth of their being. Neither can quite escape either doubt or belief; for the one, faith is present against doubt, for the other through doubt and in the form of doubt. It is the basic pattern of man’s destiny only to be allowed to find the finality of his existence in this unceasing rivalry between doubt and belief, temptation and certainty. Perhaps in precisely this way doubt, which saves both sides from being shut up in their own worlds, could become the avenue of communication. It prevents both from enjoying complete self-satisfaction; it opens up the believer to the doubter and the doubter to the believer; for one it is his share in the fate of the unbeliever, for the other the form in which belief remains nevertheless a challenge to him."(page 21)


      Joseph Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity (New York : Herder and
      Herder,
      1970)



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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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