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    Roman Catholic News Volume 8, Issue 23 FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2008 FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS * * * ... . GREEK-CATHOLIC UKRAINIANS, FIRST AD LIMINA
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 8, Issue 23
      FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2008

      FIRST FRIDAY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS


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      IN THIS ISSUE :
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      . GREEK-CATHOLIC UKRAINIANS, FIRST AD LIMINA VISIT IN 70 YEARS
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      . BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY
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      . CONGRESS FOR TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY "MULIERIS DIGNITATEM"
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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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      . GREEK-CATHOLIC UKRAINIANS, FIRST AD LIMINA VISIT IN 70 YEARS
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      VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2008 (VIS) - Today in the Vatican Benedict XVI received bishops of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine, at the end of their first "ad limina" visit in 70 years.



      The Pope expressed his joy at having the opportunity to welcome the bishops, who had thus far been prevented by "serious and objective reasons" from making this joint pilgrimage to the Holy See. "Now that your Churches have rediscovered their complete freedom", he said, "you are here to represent your communities, reborn and vibrant in the faith, which have never ceased to feel their full communion with Peter's Successor. You are welcome, dear brothers, in this house in which intense and incessant prayers have always been said for the beloved Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine".



      Referring to the bishops' reports on the situation in their country, the Holy Father indicated how he had noted with interest their commitment "to constantly promote, consolidate and verify unity and collaboration within your communities, so as to be able to meet the challenges that face you as pastors and that are the focus of your concerns and your pastoral programs".



      Benedict XVI praised the prelates' "generous efforts and tireless testimony" in their dealings "with your people and the Church", reminding them that in their missionary and pastoral duties "priests are of indispensable assistance". Hence, the Pope invited the bishops to ensure that priests, "in the various initiatives of 'aggiornamento', do not follow the novelties of the world but present society with the responses that only Christ can give to the hopes for justice and peace in the human heart".



      The Holy Father also stressed the importance of making increased efforts to provide priests with courses of spiritual exercises, formation and theological and pastoral renewal, "if possible also in collaboration with the Latin episcopate, each respecting its own traditions. It cannot be denied that such collaboration between the two rites would lead to greater harmony of heart among those who serve the one Church.



      "I am certain that, with such an inward attitude, any misunderstandings will be more easily resolved, in the awareness that both rites belong to the one Catholic community and that both have full and equal citizenship in the one Ukrainian people", he added. In this context, the Pope recommended that the Greek-rite prelates "meet regularly, for example one a year, with the Latin bishops".



      The Holy Father then went on to consider the difficulties faced by Ukrainian bishops "as regards the responsible obedience of male and female religious, and their co-operation in the needs of the Church. With the magnanimity of pastors and the patience of fathers, exhort these brothers and sisters tirelessly to defend the 'non-secular' nature of their vocation" and "faithfully to observe their vows ... so they can provide the Church with the particular testimony that is asked of them".



      On the subject of ecumenism, the Pope recognized that "real and objective obstacles persist. However", he said, "it is important not to lose heart in the face of the difficulties, but to continue along the journey that began with prayer and patient charity". He also noted how, "for centuries in Ukraine , Orthodox and Catholics have sought to create a daily, humble and serene dialogue that embraces many aspects of life".



      "Before anything else, what must be promoted is the ecumenism of love" which, "accompanied by coherent actions, creates trust and causes hearts and eyes to open. By its nature, charity promotes and illuminates the dialogue of truth".



      Benedict XVI concluded his talk by giving thanks to God "for the rebirth of Your Church after the dramatic period of persecution. On this occasion I feel the need to assure you (bishops) that the Pope carries you all in his heart, he accompanies you affectionately and supports you in your difficult mission".

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      . BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY
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      VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2008 ( VIS ) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for February is: "That the mentally handicapped may not be marginalised, but respected and lovingly helped to live in a way worthy of their physical and social condition".



      His mission intention is: "That the institutes of consecrated life, which are so flourishing in mission countries, may rediscover the missionary dimension and, faithful to the radical choice of evangelical counsels, be generous in bearing witness to and announcing Christ to the ends of the earth"

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      . CONGRESS FOR TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY "MULIERIS DIGNITATEM"
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      VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2008 (VIS) - For the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the dignity and vocation of women "Mulieris dignitatem", the Pontifical Council for the Laity has organised an international congress, to be held in Rome from 7 to 9 February, on the theme: "Woman and man, the 'humanum' in its entirety".



      According to a communique released by the council, the congress will be attended by more than 260 people from 49 countries on five continents, including delegations from 40 episcopal conferences, representatives from 28 movements and new communities, 16 Catholic women's associations, nine female religious institutes and leading women in various fields of culture.



      Over its three days the congress will examine such questions as: maternity, paternity and the importance of these two dimensions within the family and in the various areas of social life; the balance between family life and work; and the need for a greater presence of women in public life and in the assumption of ecclesial and civil responsibilities.



      The main objectives of the congress are to review the progress made over the past 20 years in the field of the advancement of women and the recognition of their dignity; to open up a reflection in the light of revelation on the new cultural paradigms and on the difficulties faced by Catholic women in living according to their identity and in collaborating in fruitful reciprocity with men in building up the Church and society; to remind women of the beauty of the vocation to holiness, encouraging them to respond to it with increasing awareness and, as players in the mission of the Church, to place at the service of the apostolate, family, workplace and culture, all the richness of the feminine "genius".

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      . AUDIENCES
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      VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2008 ( VIS ) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:



      - Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.



      - Three prelates of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine, on their "ad limina" visit:



      - Bishop Volodymyr Viytyshyn of Ivano-Frankivsk of the Ukrainians.



      - Bishop Stepan Meniok C.SS.R., archiepiscopal exarch of Donetsk-Kharkiv.



      - Vasyl Ivasyuk, archiepiscopal exarch of Odessa-Krym.

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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      VATICAN CITY, 1 FEB 2008 ( VIS ) - The Holy Father:



      - Appointed Archbishop Laurent Ulrich, archbishop of Chambery and bishop of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne et Tarentaise, France, as archbishop-bishop of Lille (area 2,288, population 1,560,000, Catholics 1,060,000, priests 601, permanent deacons 62, religious 965), France. He succeeds Bishop Gerard Defois, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.



      - Fr. Fernando Vergez Alzaga L.C., bureau chief in the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Apostolic Patrimony of the Holy See, as director of the Administration of Telecommunications of Vatican City State.

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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

      In Luke 8:26-39, Matthew 8:28-34, and Mark 5:1-20, we read about the exorcism of demons from the man in Gerasa. What was the point of this story? Luke understood what images would be associated in the mind of his audience both Jew and Gentile. For the Gentile he knew they would think of Vergil's Aeneid 8 which relates how the river god Tibernius appeared to Aeneas telling him that the site for his future kingdom would be where he found a white sow and thirty piglets, a large herd of swine. In other words, Luke was saying that Jesus casting the demons into the large herd of swine founded his kingdom, that is, the Church there at Gerasa.

      Boars and swine were seen as unclean, vicious, and dangerous animals, even to the Gentiles. The Greeks have the tale of famous boar hunts where heroes save the day. Among these legends are the Calydonian and the Erymanthian boar hunts. The Erymanthian boar hunt of Herakles, was his fourth labor. He drove the wild boar into the snow drift to capture it on Mount Erythmanus and brought it back to Eurystheus. Jesus drives the boars on the mount into the sea. Jesus is like Herakles and the evangelists refer to him as a “strong man”.

      What were swine and swine herdsmen doing in the Jewish village at Gerasa? This town was Hellenistic and gave in to the pagan culture of the Greeks and Romans. In that city was a Temple of Zeus built A.D. 22-43, about the time Luke was writing his Gospel circa 37 AD. The North-South street or cardus in the city was called the Cardo Maximus was erected soon afterwards. Perhaps then a theater was built along the south wall area which could seat 3,000 people. Gerasa was at home with Roman culture. To the Jewish mind the city was, therefore, unclean filled with the filth of pagan Roman culture and swine.

      The demoniac possessed by “Legion” a Roman military term that signified ten cohorts of infantry having an auxiliary force of three hundred cavalry, comprised, therefore, between 4,200 and 6,000 troops, was a symbol of the uncleanness of the city. The Jewish audience understood this very well since at the time the Gospel was written Tiberius, forty years earlier, had placed four legions to the north in Syria (III Gallica, VI Ferrata, X Fretensis, XII Fulminata), and two to the south in Egypt (III Cyrenaica, XXII Deiotariana). In other words, the seating capacity for the new south wall theater was inadequate to seat a legion of men. This picture evoked the image of a city swarming with Romans, which to the Jews, and particularly to the Zealots, was not only unclean but an abomination. The demoniac symbolized this condition, in the words of Cicero, ea res ex qua anima aegrotat, that is, of being mentally ill. Jesus redefining what a true zealot was, that is, a son and daughter of God whose heart was burning or longing for his glory, cast out the demons restoring the man to proper mental and physical health. Jesus’ redefinition used spiritual power, not military force.



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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      Chapter II : THE ECCLESIASTICAL FORM OF FAITH (pages 50-64)

      2. LIMITS AND MEANING OF THE TEXT

      In this brief essay we have a very powerful, poignant and profound masterpiece of theology and Church history mingled together creating a vast mosaic-like portrait of the Church and the humanity called to be its members and witnesses.

      Fr. Ratzinger points out that the Apostles' Creed, as an historic and archaeological relic, bears witness to our human dimension and our expression in codified means of what Christ commanded in His injunction for us to preach the Gospel to all nations and baptize them into the three divine Persons of God.

      "But it also expresses already the beginning of the fateful split between East and West. The special position which Rome acquired in the West as the administrative centre of the apostolic tradition and the tensions which consequently arose in the Church as a whole became visible in its growth. And finally in its present shape this text also expresses the politically inspired uniformity impressed on the Church in the West and thus the political alienation of belief,its utilization as a means of imperial unity. In using this text,which was promoted as the "Roman" one and in the process forced on Rome in this shape from outside we find present in it the necessity for belief to break through the prison-bars of political aims and to assert its own independence.Thus the fate of this text demonstrates how the answer to the call from Galilee mingles, at the moment of its entry into history, with all the human circumstances of man : with the special interests of one region, with the estrangement of those called to unity among themselves, with the tricks of the powers of the world." (page 53)

      From this we learn "that faith has to do, and must have to do, with forgiving; that its aims at leading man to recognize that he is a being that can only find itself in the reception and transmission of forgiveness, that needs forgiveness itself at its best and purest." (page 54)

      In retrospect one would ask if the Apostles' Creed is safe grounds to examine the question of faith or to examine any introduction to Christianity. However, "The differences between East and West of which we spoke just now are in fact differences of theological emphasis, not differences of creed." (ibid.)

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



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      New Jersey State Senate Honors Mama Gili
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      . MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
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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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      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
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      "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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