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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 16 TUESDAY 27 January 2004 St. Angela Merici * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 16

      TUESDAY 27 January 2004

      St. Angela Merici

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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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      • POPE ADDRESSES "ALARMING" LACK OF PRIESTS IN FRANCE
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      • ARTISTS MUST REFLECT GOD WITH THEIR WORK
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      • MESSAGE FOR THE 51ST WORLD DAY OF LEPROSY
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      • AUDIENCES
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      • ISLAMIC-CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ASKS PRAYERS FOR PEACE
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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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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      POPE ADDRESSES "ALARMING" LACK OF PRIESTS IN FRANCE

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 24, 2004 (VIS) - Pope John Paul met with French bishops this morning from the provinces of Toulouse and Montpellier as they conclude their "ad limina" visit, and focused his talk to them on their concerns for the future of the clergy in France "and the especially alarming situation your country is going through" with the low number of priests and priestly vocations.

      He told the prelates that he "easily understands how you can feel demoralized in the face of this situation, . but I invite you to hope and to an ever more resolute commitment in favor of the priesthood." He noted that "the crisis the Church is going through is in large part due to the repercussions . of social changes, new forms of behavior, the loss of moral and religious values and a widespread consumeristic attitude."

      The Pope urged the bishops to clarify and then communicate the image of a priest as a man whose sees the priesthood as "great and beautiful" and demonstrates "enthusiasm for the mission of the Church." A priest's calling is to serve his fellow man and it is here that he will find "joy and equilibrium."

      A risk for priests in modern society, said the Holy Father, is that "of neglecting their spiritual life or allowing it to become weak. . The heavier
      the burden, the more important it is to be close to the Lord in order to find in Him the grace necessary for their pastoral service and their welcome by the faithful."

      He asked the bishops to be close to their priests and priests to be close to each other "in order to develop their priestly fraternity and pastoral collaborations." Priests must have a healthy, active community life in order
      to sustain each other in their ministry and in problem solving. "Participation in a priestly association is a precious aid" in this regard.

      John Paul II then spoke of the "essential dimension" of priestly life, "celibacy and chastity," saying this is a much misunderstood concept and too often is seen as an "impediment" to service. "I invite priests to be diligent in the face of worldly seductions and to regularly make an examination of conscience in order to live ever more deeply in fidelity to their commitment which conforms them to Christ, chaste and totally dedicated to the Father." Young priests must be accompanied, he said, and suggested having them accompanied by older, wiser priests and perhaps even "appropriate psychological and spiritual aids."

      "Growing de-Christianization is the major challenge at the moment," the Holy Father said in concluding remarks, "and I ask you to underscore this, mobilizing all the priests of your diocese in this regard." What is urgent is "the evangelization of a world that not only does not know the basic aspects of Christian dogma, . but has in great part lost even the memory of the cultural elements of Christianity."

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      ARTISTS MUST REFLECT GOD WITH THEIR WORK

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 25, 2004 (VIS) - After praying the Angelus today, John Paul II received in the Clementine Hall a group from the Artistic and Cultural Formation Center from Poland whose purpose is to "promote creativity in life, especially among young people" and to help poor and underprivileged youths.

      The Pope attended a brief break-dancing performance and then made some remarks. After recalling that "in man, the artist, the image of the Creator
      is reflected," the Holy Father affirmed: "I say this also so that all artists present here are conscious that this reflection of God implies a great responsibility."

      "Above all," he continued, "responsibility for one's self and for one's own talent," received by God, must "not be wasted but developed" in order "to serve one's neighbor and society with it. . This is the second dimension of the responsibility of artists - the commitment to shape the spirit of societies and peoples. In this perspective," he affirmed, "the third dimension of responsibility is discovered. . Artists are responsible not only for the aesthetic dimension of the world and of life but also of the moral dimension. If artists are not guided by good in creativity, or even worse , are lead toward evil, they are not worthy of the title of artist."


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      MESSAGE FOR THE 51ST WORLD DAY OF LEPROSY

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 25, 2004 (VIS) - On the occasion of the Fifty-first World Day of Leprosy, which takes place today, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, sent a message to bishops who have been entrusted by their episcopal conferences with this pastoral ministry and to all those who are involved in the fight against leprosy.

      Cardinal Lozano recalls that "according to data published at the beginning of 2003 by the World Health Organization and referring to 2002, 620,000 new cases of leprosy were reported: 48,248 in Africa; 39,939 in the Americas; 4,665 in the East Mediterranean; 520,632 in South East Asia (of which 78% were in India); 7,154 in the Western Pacific, and 34 in Europe."

      Notwithstanding this data, "the successes obtained in recent times in the treatment of Hansen's disease have provided grounds for satisfaction and have generated hope that a definitive solution will be achieved over the next five years, and at the same time have led international and national health care institutions to launch a new approach to the effects of this pandemic."

      The president of the council for health care ministry affirms that "scientific research, pharmacological forms of treatment, improvements in
      conditions of hygiene and community medicine, acting together can finally foster the uprooting of this disease, which has accompanied the history of mankind for many years. This is a praiseworthy action that can certainly be
      supported."

      In terms of practical conclusions, as regards doctrine, "we should encourage and accompany scientific research by pointing out to specialists the contents, at the level of values, that must be respected in every individual aspect of epidemiological, biological and pharmacological research so that the unity and the dignity of the person is not lost from sight, above all in experimentation. The ethical criteria that guide good clinical practice constitute moral principles that must be respected always and everywhere so that no person, above all if he or she is gravely ill, can be used a mere instrument of research."


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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 26, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

      - Four prelates from the Episcopal Conference of France on their "ad limina"
      visit:

      - Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois of Tours.

      - Bishop Maurice Le Begue de Germiny of Blois.

      - Bishop Hubert Barbier of Bourges.

      - Bishop Bernard Nicolas Aubertin, O. Cist., of Chartres.

      - Bishop Renato Boccardo, secretary of the Pontifical Council of Social Communications, accompanied by family members.

      - Archbishop Antonio Mennini, apostolic nuncio, Holy See representative in the Russian Federation.

      On Saturday January 24, the Holy Father received in separate audiences:

      - Archbishop Alfio Rapisarda, apostolic nuncio in Portugal.

      - Two prelates from the Episcopal Conference of France on their "ad limina" visit:

      - Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes .

      - Fr. Jean-Paul Soulet, diocesan administrator of Perpignan-Elne.

      - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.


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      ISLAMIC-CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ASKS PRAYERS FOR PEACE

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 24, 2004 (VIS) - The Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee, which held its ninth meeting in the Vatican January 19-20 on the theme "Human Dignity and Humanitarian Rights in Armed Conflicts," issued a press release today in which the members appealed "for continuous prayer for peace" and affirmed "that justice and peace are the basis of relations and of interaction among human persons."

      Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and head of the Vatican delegation, and Prof. Hamid bin Ahmad AL-Rifaie, president of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia head of the Islamic delegation, signed the communique.

      The document stated that the theme of the meeting "was treated from a religious point of view according to the teaching of our two religious traditions." In addition to an appeal for prayer for peace, the press release appealed for "an immediate end to all conflicts, including all forms of armed conflict, as well as forms of aggression against the security and stability of peoples. We affirm the rights of peoples to self-determination, so that human life be spared, especially that of innocent people, children, women, the elderly and the disabled.

      "We appeal for the full respect for humanitarian law and for the rights of
      civilians . and prisoners during armed conflict, for the preservation of infrastructures, . for respect for the sacred character of places of worship
      and for their protection in time of war and in peace. We affirm the right to
      religious freedom and the practice of our religions according to their peculiarities."

      "We are convinced," concludes the document, "that violence generates violence, and that this vicious circle should end. We declare that dialogue
      is the best way for treating conflicts and wars and for realizing justice and peace among human beings and societies."


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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, JAN 26, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Edgar Hernando Tirado Mazo, M.X.Y., former superior general of the Institute for Foreign Missions of Yarumal and currently pastor of St. John the Baptist of Vitichi in Bolivia, as apostolic vicar of Tierradentro (area 2,087, population 57,000, Catholics 53,000, priests 22, religious 29), Colombia, elevating him at the same time to the dignity of bishop. The bishop-elect was born in Medellin, Colombia in 1939 and was ordained a priest in 1970.

      On Saturday January 24, it was made public that the Holy Father:

      - Appointed Bishop Joseph Cheng Tsai-fa of Tainan, Taiwan as metropolitan archbishop of Taipei (area 4,590, population 7,100,819, Catholics 82,903, priests 302, religious 708) , Taiwan and apostolic administrator of the Kinmen Islands, Quemoy and Matzu. He succeeds Archbishop Joseph Ti-kang whose resignation from the same archdiocese and as apostolic administrator of the Kinmen Islands, Quemoy and Matzu the Holy Father accepted upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-Nan, auxiliary of the diocese of Kaohsiung, as bishop of Tainan (area 2,780, population 1,927,836, Catholics 16,473, priests 66, religious 129), Taiwan.

      - Appointed Msgr. Luigi Cantafora, pastor of the parish of St. Dominic in Crotone, Italy, as bishop of Lamenzia Terme (area 915, population 139,750, Catholics 139,300, priests 70, permanent deacons 21, religious 110), Italy.
      The bishop-elect was born in Scandale, Italy in 1943 and was ordained a priest in 1969. The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese presented by Bishop Vincenzo Rimedio upon having reached the age limit.

      - Appointed the following prelates as members of the Pontifical Council for
      Culture:
      Cardinals Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi, archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Milan,Italy, Polycarp Pengo, archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, Francis Eugene George, archbishop of Chicago, U.S.A., Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile, Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop of Lviv of the Ukraines; Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Bishop Mark Benedict Coleridge, auxiliary of Melbourne, Australia and Bishop Fabio Duque Jaramillo of Armenia, Colombia.

      - Appointed the following as consultants to the Pontifical Council for Culture: Msgr. Peter D. Fleetwood, secretary general of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (C.C.E.E.); Professor Pedro Morande of the
      Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, Chile; Professor Nurukyor Claude Somda of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Alfredo Augusto Garcia Quesada, Peru; Leon Zeches, director of the Catholic daily newspaper "Luxemburger Wort," of Luxemburg; Manuelita Nunez, Culture director for the Episcopal Conferences of Panama; Maria Eugenia Diaz de Pfennich,international president of the World Union of Catholic Womens Organizations - UMOFC, Mexico; Agnes Adjaho Avognon, Cotonou, Benin; Annie Lam Shun-Wai, president of the Association of the Catholic Press in Asia, Hong Kong.

      - Appointed Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the
      Doctrine of the Faith, as consultant of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
      Christian Unity.

      - Appointed Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, as his special envoy to the celebrations of the XII World Day of the Sick which will take place in Lourdes, France on
      February 11, 2004.

      - Appointed Msgrs. Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, director of the Superior Council of
      Catholic Schools in Hungary, and Gyorgy Udvardy, vicar general and pastor in
      Szent Ersebt, Hungary, as auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest (area 1,543, population 2,930,000, Catholics 1,258,000, priests 358, religious 872, permanent deacons 17), Hungary. Bishop-elect Kiss-Rigo was born in 1955 in Budapest, Hungary and was ordained a priest in 1981. Bishop-elect Udvardy was born in 1960 in Balassagyarmat, Hungary and was ordained a priest in 1985.


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Chapter Nine (continued)

      Section twelve: "Tradition and Progress" explains how monastic study of tradition enabled them to "discover new treasures in revelation itself." Leclercq gives the example illustrating this drawn from Eadmer, a disciple of St. Anselm, who wrote on the conception of the Virgin Mary and is hailed as "the first theologian of the Immaculate Conception." The evidence of a progressive theology born from lectio divina and reading the Fathers demonstrates that more fruit was gained by this approach than from rationalism typical among the non-monastic scholastics.

      Perseverence in lectio divina guided by tradition, namely, the official doctrine of the Catholic Church and teachings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church will give way to a new era in Catholic theology gaining a more profound insight into the mysteries and nature of divine revelation. Abandoning the skeptics, materialists, and other rationalistic criteria, theories and approaches to studying sacred scripture brought about a flowering of theology in the medieval period. A revival of this is greatly needed today.


      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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