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Volume 3, Issue 31

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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 31 THURSDAY 13 February 2003 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2003
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 31

      THURSDAY 13 February 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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      • Meditation on Passages from Psalm 117(118)
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      • Pope Misses a Mass for the Sick Because of a Cold
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      • Papal Emissary Hopes to Meet with Saddam
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      • New Book Probes Pope's Ethical and Political Philosophy
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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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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      Meditation on Passages from Psalm 117(118)

      John Paul II Cites "an Awareness of Never Being Left Alone"

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of John Paul II's address at today's general audience, dedicated to comment on passages of Psalm 117(118).

      1. The sequence of Psalms from 112 to 117[118] was sung in all the most significant and joyful festivities of ancient Judaism, particularly in the celebration of the Passover. This series of hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God was called the "Egyptian Hallel," because in one of them, Psalm 113 A, the exodus of Israel from the land of oppression, pharaonic Egypt, and the marvelous gift of the divine covenant is recalled in a poetic and almost visual way. Well, the last Psalm that seals this "Egyptian Hallel" is, precisely, Psalm 117[118], which we have just proclaimed and on which we already meditated
      in a previous commentary.

      2. This song clearly reveals its liturgical use inside the temple of Jerusalem. As it unfolds, it seems to reveal a procession, which begins among the "tents of the victors" (verse 15), that is, in the houses of the faithful. The latter exalt the hand of divine protection, which is capable of protecting the one who is just and trusting, even when cruel adversaries invade. The image used by the Psalmist is expressive: "They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like fire among thorns; in the Lord's name I crushed them" (verse 12).

      Given this avoided danger, the people of God cry out in "joyful shout[s] of deliverance" (verse 15) in honor of "the Lord's right hand [that] is raised [and strikes with power]" (see verse 16). Hence, there is an awareness of never being left alone at the mercy of the storm unleashed by the wicked. In truth, the last word is always that of God who, although he permits his faithful one to be chastened, does not give him over to death (see verse 18).

      3. At this point it seems that the procession reaches the end evoked by the Psalmist through the image of "the gates of victory" (verse 19), namely, the holy door of the temple of Zion. The procession accompanies the hero to whom God has given victory. He requests that the gates be opened to him, so that he can "give thanks to the Lord" ([see] verse 19). With him, "the victors enter" (verse 20). To express the harsh trial he has overcome and the glorification that resulted from it, he compares himself to a "stone the builders rejected" that then "has become the cornerstone" (verse 22).

      Christ himself will take on this image and verse, at the end of the parable of the murderous vinedressers, to announce his passion and glorification (see Matthew 21:42).

      4. In applying the Psalm to himself, Christ opens the way to the Christian interpretation of this hymn of trust and gratitude to the Lord for his hesed, namely, for his loving faithfulness, which echoes throughout the Psalm (see Psalm 117[118]:1,2,3,4,29).

      The Fathers of the Church adopted two symbols. First of all, that of the "gates of righteousness," which St. Clement of Rome commented thus in his Letter to the Corinthians: "Many are the open doors, but the one of righteousness is in Christ. Blessed are all those who enter therein and direct their path in holiness and righteousness, doing everything tranquilly" (48,4: "I Padri Apostolici" [The Apostolic Fathers], Rome, 1976, p. 81).

      5. The other symbol, linked to the preceding one, is precisely that of the stone. We will now allow ourselves to be guided in our meditation by St. Ambrose in his Exposition of the Gospel according to Luke. Commenting on Peter's profession of faith at Caesarea Philippi, he recalls that "Christ is the stone" and that "Christ did not refuse this beautiful name to his disciple, so that he, too, would be Peter, and have in the stone the strength of perseverance, the indestructibleness of faith."

      Then Ambrose introduces the exhortation: You also make the effort to be a stone. But for this, do not seek the stone outside yourself but within yourself. Your stone is your actions, your stone is your thought. Your house is built on this stone, so that it will not be lacerated by any tempest of the evil spirits. If you are a stone, you will be inside the Church, because the Church is on the stone. If you are inside the Church, the gates of hell will not prevail against you" (VI, 97-99: "Opera Esegetiche" IX/II [Exegetical Works], Milan/Rome, 1978 == Saemo 12, p. 85).

      [Translation by ZENIT]

      [At the end of the audience, the Pope gave this summary in English:]

      Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      Psalm 117 recalls the years of oppression in Egypt and celebrates the protection which God gives to his people, even when they are besieged by cruel adversaries.

      It is God who grants victory, and his people are invited to give him thanks as they enter through the doors of justice. By glorifying his Chosen One, God has made "the stone which the builders rejected ... the cornerstone" (Verse 22). Christ applies this image to himself when he announces his passion and glorification. Thus we are able to interpret this hymn of trust and thanksgiving in a Christian perspective. As Saint Ambrose says, we too should strive to be a rock: a stone of action, word and faith founded on the true rock (Ad Cor 48:4).

      May our hearts always remain steadfast in Christ our Cornerstone.

      I extend a warm welcome to the English-speaking pilgrims present today, especially the groups from Thailand and the United States of America. Upon all of you and your families, I invoke the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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      Pope Misses a Mass for the Sick Because of a Cold

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The celebration of World Day of the Sick ended in Rome with a spontaneous procession of thousands of faithful carrying candles, who went to hear the Pope who was suffering from a slight cold.

      Although John Paul II was unable to attend a Mass on Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica, afterward he nevertheless wished to greet those present, including some in wheelchairs, from the window of his study.

      The Pope read in a hoarse voice a few paragraphs of the address he had prepared for the occasion.

      "In this year, troubled by not a few worries over the future of humanity, I have asked that the prayer of the rosary have, as its special intentions, the cause of peace and of the family," he said.

      "You, dear sick brothers and sisters, are in the front line to intercede for these two great intentions," the Holy Father added.

      Vatican Press Office sources said the Pope's cold did not have a major effect on his agenda.

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      Papal Emissary Hopes to Meet with Saddam

      Cardinal Etchegaray Makes Contacts with Government

      BAGHDAD, Iraq, FEB. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, John Paul II's special envoy to Iraq, confirmed that he will meet with Saddam Hussein to hand him a letter from the Pope.

      Following a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan, and with Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, the cardinal said today that contacts with the government are contributing to prove "the importance implied in a climate of confidence among us."

      The cardinal was mandated by the Pope to remind Iraqi authorities about their grave responsibility to avoid the war and to comply with their international duties, a Vatican note explained last Sunday.

      Before meeting with Iraqi officials, Cardinal Etchegaray told the press: "I have come for a spiritual mission of peace. We all want peace."

      The cardinal celebrated Mass and prayed for peace in the Chaldean Church of St. Joseph in Baghdad.

      In statements to Vatican Radio, Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans said that for Iraq's 500,000 Catholics (most of them of the Chaldean rite) the cardinal's visit is a sign of hope.

      "It is a grace and a hope for all the Christians of Iraq because, as we all know, the Pope loves Iraq very much," he said.

      "He doesn't miss an opportunity to talk about Iraq and peace because, as he said the other day, war doesn't achieve anything, while peace is the foundation of the good of humanity," the Chaldean prelate said.

      "The Iraqi people are certainly living through a very difficult situation," he added. "We pray that the Lord will send peace and that war will not come. What can we do? We abandon ourselves in the hands of the Lord and of all who act with good will."

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      New Book Probes Pope's Ethical and Political Philosophy

      With a Prologue by Mikhail Gorbachev

      MADRID, Spain, FEB. 12, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Mikhail Gorbachev, in a prologue to a book written by a scholar in political science, praises John Paul II for his attention to the relation between morality and politics.

      The book, "John Paul II's Ethical and Political Thought," by José Ramón Garitagoitia Eguía, presents the Pope's ethical view on important social issues. The work is published by the Center of Political and Constitutional Studies of Spain.

      The author discusses the ethical implications of the economic, social and political thought of the Holy Father through his speeches and writings.

      In the prologue, former Soviet President Gorbachev confesses his "great respect and admiration for the Pope, who compared to other political and religious personalities, gives continuous and profound attention to the question of the relation between morality and politics."

      Garitagoitia Eguía told ZENIT that he received another letter from Gorbachev in which the Russian affirms that "Pope John Paul II is one of the most distinguished representatives of the intellectual and political elite of contemporary society."

      According to the book, "in everything that Karol Wojtyla has said and written we find sufficient data to affirm that there are two questions clearly present in his thought, and both are linked to the great contributions of the Second Vatican Council. One of these questions is his continual concern for man. The other great question is that of the unity that must be achieved between faith and daily experience."

      The author underlines that "John Paul II's magisterium takes a clear position in favor of man, understood not generically, in terms of human nature, but concretely. The Pope pronounces himself in favor of every man, who must be respected, protected from himself and from the environment that surrounds him, and confronted with his true image."

      In regards to culture, Garitagoitia Eguía says that, according to the Pope,"every man has, in fact, his own subjectivity and dignity; he lives in a concrete culture, he has his experiences and aspirations, tensions and sufferings, as well as his legitimate hopes. It is in this relation where all political activity finds its raison d'être, which -- in the last instance -- proceeds from man, is exercised by man, and is for man."

      In regards to politics, the author points out that the Pope is very clear in stating that "if political activity is separated from this fundamental relation and end, it becomes, in a certain sense, an end in itself, and loses a great part of its raison d'être. What is more, it can even be the origin of a specific alienation; it can become foreign to man, fall into contradiction with humanity itself."

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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 11, 2003 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father received inseparate audiences:

      - Archbishop Ildefonso Obama Obono of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on his "ad limina" visit.

      - Bishop Michael J. Cleary of Banjul, Gambia on his "ad limina" visit.

      - A group of Bernardine Religious from Poland and Ukraine.

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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 12, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

      - Appointed Fr. Thomas Vazhapilly, rector of St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore, India, as bishop of Mysore (area 21,051, population 7,964,529, Catholics 93,379, priests 133, religious 811), India. The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese presented by Bishop Joseph Roy having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Msgr. Josef Clemens, study assistant of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as undersecretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

      It was made public on February 11 that the Holy Father:

      - Accepted the resignation from the office of Auxiliary of the archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia presented by Bishop John Joseph Gerry upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Archbishop Hector Gonzalez Martinez of Oaxaca, Mexico as metropolitan archbishop of Durango (area 109,422, population 2,197,771, Catholics 2,157,812, priests 279, religious 433), Mexico.

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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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