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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 3, Issue 226 FRIDAY 28 November 2003 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 27, 2003
      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 3, Issue 226

      FRIDAY 28 November 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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      • BULGARIA: CONTINUE COURAGEOUSLY TO BUILD UP SOCIETY
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      • SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF FULL CHRISTIAN UNIFICATION
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      • ARCHBISHOP FOLEY HONORED BY ARGENTINIAN EMBASSY
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      • BRIEF COURTESY VISIT BY DALAI LAMA TO POPE
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • Those Who Suffer Need "Good Samaritans," Says Pope
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      • Pope Calls Church in the Americas to Evangelize Beyond Its Borders
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      • Holy See Aiming to Keep Africa in the World's Sights
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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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      BULGARIA: CONTINUE COURAGEOUSLY TO BUILD UP SOCIETY

      VATICAN CITY, NOV 27, 2003 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received Georgi Parvanov, president of the Republic of Bulgaria. Recalling his apostolic trip in May of 2002, he said, "I noted the firm goal of building up the country with new-found serenity and faith in the future, from within the great European house."

      "The cordial meeting with civil authorities of every order and rank convinced me of everyone's determination to continue courageously to peacefully build up the whole society, without being afraid of confronting the day to day challenges."

      John Paul II then spoke about the venerated patriarch Maxim, head of the
      Orthodox Church in Bulgaria, who, he recalled, "during my visit welcomed me
      into his home with fraternal affection. It was a further step of progressive growth in ecclesial communion. In this way, I was able to verify that Europe expects the common commitment of Catholics and Orthodox in defense of human rights and the culture of life."

      "I saw the same sentiments of openness to dialogue and collaboration in the small but fervent Catholic community that is actively committed to bearing witness to Christ in Bulgaria in constant cooperation with other religious communities in the country. It is my fervent hope that this climate of understanding may grow for the sake of reciprocal understanding and the good of society."

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      SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF FULL CHRISTIAN UNIFICATION

      VATICAN CITY, NOV 27, 2003 (VIS) - The Pope wrote a message to bishops, friends of the Focolare Movement, who are participating in the twenty-second Ecumenical Congress which is taking place in Rocca di Papa, Italy. The meeting is not taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, due to the "tragic events in recent days," writes the Pope.

      After recalling the congress' theme, "You are one in Jesus Christ," taken
      from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians, John Paul II writes: "It is a theme
      that is more current than ever: it can offer a valid response to the serious
      lesions that afflict today's world."

      He concludes by saying: "May this congress strengthen you in your ecumenical commitment and speed up the process toward full unity which Jesus asked of the Father and for which He offered His life! You know well how important Christian unity is to me and that I have dedicated constant attention to it from the beginning of my pontificate."

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      ARCHBISHOP FOLEY HONORED BY ARGENTINIAN EMBASSY

      VATICAN CITY, NOV 27, 2003 (VIS) - On November 26 in the Embassy of Argentina to the Holy See, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, was decorated with the Order of General San Martin. During the ceremony, the prelate gave a speech to express his gratitude.

      Today, on the feast of Thanksgiving, the archbishop delivered the homily
      during a Mass at St. Susanna Church in Rome which is the North American parish in the capital city.

      On Friday, November 28 the president of the Pontifical Council for Social
      Communications will speak during a press conference on the presentation of
      the seventh edition of the Congress of Studies on Spiritual Film, organized
      by the Pontifical Council for Culture which will take place in the Vatican.


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      BRIEF COURTESY VISIT BY DALAI LAMA TO POPE

      VATICAN CITY, NOV 27, 2003 (VIS) - In reference to the Pope's meeting today
      with the Dalai Lama, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press
      Office, made the following statement: "It was a brief courtesy visit in which religious topics were discussed exclusively."


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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, NOV 27, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

      - Georgi Parvanov, president of the Republic of Bulgaria, accompanied by his
      wife and an entourage.

      - Bishop Jean-Luc Bouilleret of Amiens, France on his "ad limina" visit.

      - Bishop Jean-Paul James of Beauvais, France on his "ad limina" visit.


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, NOV 26, 2003 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:

      - Bishop Matias Patricio de Macedo, of Campina Grande, Brazil, metropolitan
      archbishop of Natal (area 25,153, population 2,520,300, Catholics 1,965,834,
      priests 100, permanent deacons 19, religious 247), Brazil. He succeeds Archbishop Heitor de Arazjo Sales whose resignation from the pastoral care
      of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted upon having reached the age
      limit.

      - Bishop Plinio Jose Luz da Silva, auxiliary of Fortaleza, Brazil, as bishop of Picos (area 23,121, population 325,086, Catholics 305,581, priests 21, religious 34), Brazil.


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      Those Who Suffer Need "Good Samaritans," Says Pope

      Message to Religious Association of Social-Health Centers

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Those who suffer intensely might lose sight of the meaning of life, so it is vital that they have at their side "someone like the good Samaritan" to support them, says John Paul II.

      He made that point in a message to the Religious Association of Social-Health Institutes (ARIS), which is responsible for the Church's endeavors in Italy in the field of health. It has 300 hospitals, recovery and rehabilitation institutions, and assistance and research centers.

      In his text, published Wednesday on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the association's foundation, the Pope proposes the example of persons such as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who "witness in a simple and concrete way the charity and compassion of the Lord for the marginalized, those who suffer, the sick, and the dying."

      "While they relieve the wounds of their bodies, they help them encounter Christ who, conquering death, revealed the full value of life in all its phases and conditions," the Holy Father added.

      "Never cease, dearest brothers and sisters, from proclaiming the Gospel of suffering! Give witness with your service to the redeeming power of Divine Love," John Paul II exhorted.

      "We can recognize, especially in the sick and suffering, the suffering face of Christ, who on the cross revealed to us the merciful love of the Father; redeeming love, who has definitively healed humanity wounded by sin," he added.

      "Make of the apostolate of mercy, to which you are dedicated, a genuine 'diaconia' of charity that, in time and space, will make visible and almost tangible the tenderness of the heart of God," the Holy Father said.

      Inviting the ARIS members "to continue serving the sick with competence and dedication," the Pope manifested his appreciation for the association's work in many countries, "especially in the mission territories."

      "You help those young Churches to administer structures of reception for the sick and suffering, and to form health and pastoral workers," he concluded. "It is good that that fruitful collaboration between the ecclesial communities of the North and South of the world be ever more intensified."




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      Pope Calls Church in the Americas to Evangelize Beyond Its Borders

      Message to 2nd All-America Mission Congress

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 27, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Highlighting the link between holiness and mission, John Paul II called the particular Churches of the American continent to extend their evangelizing drive beyond
      their borders.

      The Pope made this appeal in his message to the 2nd All-America Mission Congress (CAM2) which opened Tuesday in Guatemala. The message was sent to Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, archbishop of Guatemala and president of CAM2.

      The mission Church extending from Alaska to the southern tip of Chile will meet until Sunday in this "continental mission cenacle," to quote the Holy Father. More than 3,000 delegates are attending. The papal envoy to the event is Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

      The papal message says that, from the beginning of evangelization, "the Spirit of the Lord has inspired in those blessed lands fruits of holiness in men and women who, faithful to the missionary mandate of the Lord, have dedicated their lives to the proclamation of the Christian message, even in heroic circumstances and conditions."

      "At the root of this marvelous missionary dynamism was, without a doubt, their personal holiness and also that of their communities," the Pope said. Consequently, "a renewed impulse of the mission 'ad gentes,' in America and from America, also calls today for holy missionaries and holy ecclesial communities."

      John Paul II explained that the call to the mission "is joined to holiness, ... a fundamental assumption and irreplaceable condition to realize the salvific mission of the Church."

      The way of holiness is the foundation "on which the pastoral program of each particular Church should be based," he said.

      This calls for a "pedagogy of holiness" which should be characterized by the "primacy given to the person of Jesus Christ, to the hearing and proclamation of his Word, to full and active participation in the sacraments, and to the cultivation of prayer as a personal encounter with the Lord," the Holy Father continued.

      The object of the mission is "humanity that longs for or feels nostalgia for the beauty of Christ," he said. Millions of people suffer, without the faith, "the most acute poverty" and for them "the proclamation of the Good News is a vital and unrenounceable task," the Pope said.

      "This congress is oriented toward such a task. Respond, then, with promptness to the Lord's call," the Pontiff exhorted.

      "The particular Churches of the continent are called to extend their evangelizing drive beyond their continental borders. They cannot keep for themselves the riches of the Christian heritage," John Paul II continued, quoting from his postsynodal apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in America."

      "Great is the responsibility of your particular Churches in the work of evangelization of the contemporary world," he added. "Great is the fruit that they will be able to give in this new missionary spring if all Christians and, in particular, missionaries and the young Churches respond with generosity and holiness to the requests and challenges of our time."




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      Holy See Aiming to Keep Africa in the World's Sights

      Pontifical Council Plans Initiatives to Sensitize the Public

      ROME, NOV. 27, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace plans to undertake initiatives to sensitize the public about the tragic situation of Africa.

      Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the council, made the announcement today when addressing a meeting at the International Center of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation.

      A press statement explained that the cardinal's dicastery will "promote, over the next months, opportune initiatives of sensitization to go out in sympathy to our African brothers so that, in the full recognition of their right to development, they become protagonists of their own cultural, social and economic future."

      "Like the man in the Gospel, who when he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him naked and hit him, leaving him half dead on the road, Africans also -- sick, wounded, excluded, abandoned -- have need of the good Samaritan," Cardinal Martino explained.

      Given "the dramatic and well-known civil, educational, health and humanitarian emergencies of the continent," the cardinal recalled the commitments "repeatedly assumed by the international community."

      In particular, he cited "the need to reduce and in certain cases cancel the external debt of poor African countries and to re-establish equity in international trade, demolishing protectionist barriers."

      Cardinal Martino also stressed the duty to support initiatives that favor "educational and health programs and the participation of local populations in their own development."

      He concluded: "It is an imperative of moral and political solidarity for the whole international community to give a future of hope to Africa, which means to give a future of hope and civilization to the whole world."


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Chapter Seven : Liberal Studies (139-184).

      Medieval monastic culture was keenly aware of the classical authors and their works which many monks read, taught and copied. There was no consensus in that world about how these pagan authors were to be esteemed, if at all, and how they were to be regarded. Some rejected, condemned and supressed their writings while at other times many held them in high esteem and praised them seeing the value of their thought toward truth and shedding light on not only intellectual matters but also on the truths found in scripture and theology. The diversity of opinions can be fathomed by two different views current during the period. "Gilson, in an observation which has since become famous, said that St. Bernard and the Cistercians had "renounced everything save the art of writing well." (141). (cf. Etienne Gilson, The Mystical Theology of St. Bernard. (NY, 1940); 63).

      Truth is revealed to the human intellect through reason which is correct logical thought. Human nature has the capacity endowed by our Creator to ascertain truth and have certitude. This foundational Catholic teaching and doctrine is what opens wide the doors to accept all peoples and cultures to ascertain the truth they contain and embrace it. This goes beyond geographic boundaries and those of religion and time. The astute monk who understood these things well in the Middle Ages could appreciate the classic pagan authors to learn from them and add the enlightenment gained to the better understanding and expression of the Catholic faith. Listening to the voice of God in scripture and through the Holy See by reading with the mind and heart we see the face of God continually telling us to love one another, to seek peace, build bridges, and for all people to join in a solidarity of love with Jesus Christ as it center.

      Jean Leclercq, O.S.B., The Love of Learning and the Desire For God. A
      Study of Monastic Culture. (NY: Fordham University Press, 1961, 1974)
      ISBN 0-8232-0406-5

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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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