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  • John N. Lupia <jlupia2@yahoo.com>
    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 4 TUESDAY 7 January 2003 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2003
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 4

      TUESDAY 7 January 2003

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      WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND
      PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WHOLE
      WORLD AND FOR CHURCH UNITY

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      INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
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      • On Solemnity of Epiphany
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      • Pope Tells 12 New Bishops to Be Light in a World of Darkness
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      • John Paul II Supports Rome Peace March
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      • 25 Who Died for the Faith Last Year
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      • Europarliament Leader Hears Plea over Constitution
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      • Holy See Recognizes Community of Beatitudes
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      • Sudan Drought Portends New Disaster, Warns Bishop
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      • CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      • HOW TO POST A QUESTION TO THE CATHOLIC REFERENCE DESK AND
      HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE FOR PUBLICATION
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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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      On Solemnity of Epiphany

      Manifestation of Jesus as Light and Salvation Says John Paul II

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave today before the midday recitation of the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

      Dear Brothers and Sisters!

      1. Today, solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Infant born at night in Bethlehem manifests himself to the world as light of salvation for all peoples. The Gospel of St. Matthew narrates that several Magi came from the East, adored the Child and offered him symbolic gifts: gold to the King, incense to God, and myrrh to the Man who will be buried.

      To this episode, the Church Fathers soon associated two others, in which Jesus manifested his glory: the baptism in the River Jordan and the wedding of Cana.

      These two events of the life of Christ are part of the new cycle of mysteries of the rosary -- the mysteries of light -- proposed recently for the meditation of all the faithful. Therefore, we contemplate with Mary's eyes these mysteries of the Epiphany of the Lord, light and salvation of the world.

      2. In today's solemnity emerges the universal and missionary vocation of the Church. The latter is called to spread in the world the light of the Good News, source of life and renewal for every person and for humanity. This is, in particular, the task of the apostles and of their successors, the bishops: because of this, this morning, as in the past, I wished to ordain several new bishops. I renew my cordial greetings to the latter, as well as to their relatives and all those who accompany them. I invite everyone to pray for them, so that they will always be an "epiphany" of Christ, Way, Truth and Life.

      3. The Gospel narrates that a star guided the Magi to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem. The ancient prophecies compared the future Messiah to a heavenly star. This emblem was also attributed to Mary: If Christ is the star that leads to God, Mary is the star that leads to Jesus.

      Today we entrust to her maternal protection the new bishops and the whole Christian people. In a special way, I invite you to pray for the beloved brothers and sisters of the Eastern Churches who, following the Julian calendar, celebrate Christmas in these days. May the Lord, born for us from the Virgin Mother, bring serenity and peace to all these ecclesial communities.

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      Pope Tells 12 New Bishops to Be Light in a World of Darkness

      Close Papal Aides Among Those Ordained in St. Peter's

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II ordained 12 bishops on the solemnity of the Epiphany and asked them to "become light to guide the way of nations, weighed down by darkness and confusion."

      The Pope bestowed on the bishops the symbols of their ministry: the ring, sign of fidelity; the miter, symbol of holiness; and the staff, symbol of the shepherd.

      Four of the new bishops come from Italy. The others are from Iraq, Vietnam, South Korea, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Benin and Spain.

      Among the new bishops are close papal collaborators, such as Bishop Angelo Amato of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco, new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; as well as Irish Bishop Brian Farrell of the Legionaries of Christ, new secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

      During the homily, the Holy Father stressed two principles for their work: "Fidelity to the Catholic tradition and commitment to ecumenical dialogue." Another group of new prelates -- Bishops Paul Tschang In-nam (Korea), Celestino Migliore (Italy), Pierre Nguyen Van Tot (Vietnam), Pedro López Quintana (Spain) -- will be papal representatives in Asian and African countries and before the United Nations.

      The Pope requested that their "pastoral ministry contribute to make the light of Christ shine among peoples. While respecting their institutions and cultures, invite the nations to which you are sent to be open to the Gospel. Only Christ can guarantee a profound renewal of consciences and peoples," he said.

      The rest of the new bishops will exercise their ministry in dioceses. These are Bishops Andraos Abouna, auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans (Iraq); Rene Marie Ehuzu of Abimey (Benin); Jan Babjak of the Eparchy of Presov (Slovakia); Milan Sasik, apostolic administrator of the Eparchy of Mukacheve (Ukraine); Giuseppe Nazzaro, apostolic vicar of Alep of the Latins (Syria), and Calogero La Piana of Mazara del Vallo (Italy).

      "Love the ecclesial communities that will receive you and that I greet with affection," the Holy Father told this last group. "May they see in you diligent and generous pastors. With the example and help of the Good Shepherd, always lead believers to the pastures of eternal life!"

      The celebration was held in a festive atmosphere. Following the Mass, a cavalcade led by the three Magi and composed of a thousand participants dressed in traditional costumes, entered St. Peter's Square.

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      John Paul II Supports Rome Peace March

      ROME, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- More than 10,000 people took to the streets of Rome to participate in a New Year's Day peace march that ended in St. Peter's Square.

      John Paul II greeted the participants in this initiative, called by the Community of Sant'Egidio, and requested that "the motto of this initiative" be always "the commitment of all believers."

      Numerous Catholic organizations and religious congregations took part in the march, whose theme was "Peace in Every Land."

      The participants carried posters recalling the 39 ongoing wars in the world, as well as the word "peace" in 20 languages. The march was led by children and immigrants, including eyewitnesses of war scenes.

      Similar marches were held in some 100 cities in 42 nations.

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      Pope Sends Good Wishes for Eastern Christians' Christmas

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II sent best wishes for Christmas to the Eastern Churches, which celebrate this feast on Jan. 7 under the Julian calendar.

      Before reciting the Angelus at midday today along with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope said: "May the Lord, born for us from the Virgin Mother, bring serenity and peace to all these ecclesial communities."

      The Russian Orthodox Church is the largest among the Eastern Churches that will celebrate Christmas on Tuesday.

      Patriarch Alexy II, who over the past year openly criticized the papal decision to establish four dioceses in Russia, sent John Paul II a Christmas message that read: "Let us take up again our fraternal contacts and direct our joyful praise to the newborn Divine Child, who came on earth for our salvation."

      A spokesman of the Moscow Orthodox Patriarchate told ZENIT that the widely reported message does not change the patriarchate's attitude toward Rome's positions. Rather, it is a formal gesture the patriarch carries out every year for
      Christmas.

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      25 Who Died for the Faith Last Year

      Including 10 in Colombia

      ROME, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Twenty-five people lost their lives last year serving the Lord and the Church in mission territories.

      According to the Fides news agency of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the dead comprise an archbishop, 18 priests, a religious brother, two religious sisters, two seminarians and a layman.

      Although the Church has not proclaimed their martyrdom officially, Fides states that these "courageous persons are called affectionately 'martyrs of charity' by Pope John Paul II."

      Here is the list of the dead:

      -- Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino of Cali, in Colombia, shot dead on March 16, after celebrating Mass in a parish of his archdiocese.

      -- Father Declan O'Toole, Irish Mill Hill Missionary, killed in an ambush on March 21 in the Ugandan region of Kotido.

      -- Father Boniface [the only name cited], Congolese, killed in Goma, Congo, on March 24, Palm Sunday, when unidentified individuals threw bombs among the public. A little girl called Karine was also killed.

      -- Father Juan Ramón Núñez, Colombian, parish priest of Argentina, in the department of Huila, killed on April 6 during Mass.

      -- Father Roger Morin, Canadian, Sacred Heart Brothers, killed on April 12 at Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, during street riots.

      -- Father Alois Lintner, Italian, Fidei Donum, killed on May 16 at San Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

      -- Father Arley Arias Garcia, Colombian, killed on May 18 in an ambush in Florencia. He was president of the local peace junta, and was trying to bring the paramilitary and guerilla to negotiations.

      -- Father Jorge Altafulla, from Panama, killed on May 19 in Panama City.

      -- Father José Ilario Arango, Colombian, killed on June 27 in Cali, after celebrating Mass.

      -- Sister Marta Inés Vélez Serna, Colombian, of the Poor Sisters of Saint Peter Claver, killed on July 14 at Mogotes-Santander.

      -- Carlos Herrao Jiménez, Colombian seminarian, killed on July 21 in Medellin.

      -- Brother Ivo M. Dominique Lascanne, from France, Little Brothers of the Gospel, founder of the Foyer of Hope for street children in Yaounde, found dead on 30 near Maroua, Cameroon, by one of the boys he had saved from the streets.

      -- Father Pierre Tondo, Burundian, parish priest of Kiguhu in the Diocese of Ruyigi, murdered on Aug. 5 by armed bandits who stopped his car on the road to Gitega, made the priest get out, and then shot him dead.

      -- Sister Cecilia, Chaldean nun killed on Aug. 15 in Baghdad, Iraq.

      -- Father Jean Guth, from France, of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, kidnapped on March 31 in Mayama, near Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. He died in captivity on Aug. 10.

      -- Father Augustin Geve, first Catholic priest from the Solomon Islands, killed on Aug. 20 in Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, where he had gone to mediate peace talks.

      -- Leonardo Muakalia Livongue, Angolan seminarian, killed by robbers on Sept. 8 in Malanje.

      -- Father José Luis Arroyave, Colombian, killed in Medellin on Sept. 20. He was head of diocesan social development programs in the poorest districts of Medellin.

      -- Father Jorge Sánchez Ramírez, Colombian, Diocese of Antioquia, killed in the Valle del Cauca on Sept. 27.

      -- Father José Luis Cardenas, killed at Chalan, Colombia, on Oct. 17, shortly after celebrating Mass.

      -- Father Gabriel Arias Posadas, vicar general of the Armenia diocese of Colombia, killed on Oct. 18, in the department of Caldas, where he had gone to negotiate the release of a hostage.

      -- Alberto Neri Fernandez, from Uruguay, lay member of the Focolare Movement, killed by thieves in Brazil on Oct. 19.

      -- Father Declan Collins, Irish Salesian, killed by thieves on Nov. 16 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was parish priest and very much involved in helping the poor.

      -- Father James Iyere, of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, in Nigeria, died on Nov. 29 from wounds and burns inflicted during riots in Kaduna.

      -- Father Jean-Claude Kilamong, from the Central African Republic, who was stopped by rebels in Bossangoa on Dec. 8. His body was found the next day.

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      Europarliament Leader Hears Plea over Constitution

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican again signaled that the future European Constitution must respect the community of believers and recognize their contribution to society and their legal status.

      This was manifested during the exchange of ideas between John Paul II and Patrick Cox, president of the European Parliament, who was received in audience Friday with his wife and 12-member entourage. Later, he met with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state.

      Following the audience, Vatican Press Office director Joaquín Navarro-Valls explained in a statement that the Holy See does not ask for a privileged legal status. Rather, it asks "for the safeguarding of the effective exercise of religious liberty, in full respect of the secular character of civil and community institutions, as well as of non-confessional organizations," he said.

      Irishman Patrick Cox, 50, a father of six and a former journalist and television host, has been president of the European Parliament since last Jan. 15.

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      Holy See Recognizes Community of Beatitudes

      Founded in France in 1974

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Community of the Beatitudes, a relatively new ecclesial reality founded in France, has been recognized officially by the Holy See.

      The Pontifical Council for the Laity recognized the community on Dec. 8 as a "private association of faithful of pontifical right with juridical personality." The decree of recognition will be given officially on Jan. 31 during a ceremony at the council's headquarters in Rome.

      The Community of the Beatitudes was founded in 1974 by Ephraim Croissant, a former Protestant pastor who converted to Catholicism, by his wife, Josette, and by another couple. It follows in the line of the Catholic charismatic renewal.

      It is a community with contemplative and missionary residential life that lives
      the charism of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

      The community comprises lay people, consecrated individuals and priests, celibates and families. It has spread to all the continents, including 32 countries with 46 houses in Europe, 11 in Africa, seven in Asia, three in Latin America, three in North America, two in Oceania, and three in the Middle East. A total of 1,500 brothers and sisters live in a residential community. They have the support of an allied community known as the "Family of the Beatitudes." The community highlights the life of prayer inspired by Carmelite spirituality and the desire for continuous prayer.

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      Sudan Drought Portends New Disaster, Warns Bishop

      ROME, JAN. 6, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek in southern Sudan warned that the ongoing drought could further ravage the war-torn area.

      He told the Misna missionary agency that the region's drought is relentless and expressed his fears that the lack of food and water might result in thousands of victims by the time spring arrives in the Northern Hemisphere.=

      Bishop Mazzolari said that close to 4 million Sudanese live in his diocese in conditions that have deteriorated markedly due to the war that broke out in 1983.

      "After 20 years of disaster, the population is no longer in conditions to endure the conflict," he said Saturday.

      The bishop expressed the hope that a national reconciliation might begin among the factions fighting for control of the rich oil lands. He also hopes that an agreement would be based foremost on the needs of the people rather than on "purely economic interests."

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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'll always be safe."

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