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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 4, Issue 40 TUESDAY 2 March 2004 * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY FOR THE
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      ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS

      Volume 4, Issue 40

      TUESDAY 2 March 2004



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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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      • PRAYER AND SOLIDARITY WITH CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND
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      • JOHN PAUL’S PONTIFICATE BECOMES THIRD LONGEST ON MARCH 14
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      • OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      • Canonization Cause to Open for Opus Dei Bishop
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      • Freedom Means Obedience to God, Retreatants Hear
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      • Edith Stein in Focus at a Time of Crisis
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      • Thomist-Congress Texts Online
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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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      PRAYER AND SOLIDARITY WITH CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2004 (VIS) – As is customary at the beginning of Lent, the prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches has sent a letter to all bishops in which he requests assistance for Christians in the Holy Land in light of the “delicate social, political and economic situation in this region.”

        “There are many Christians in the Holy Land who have left their country to look elsewhere for another home where they can live in peace and dignity,” writes Cardinal Ignace I Daoud. “This situation makes necessary and urgent the intervention of the whole Catholic Church in order to preserve their presence in the birthplace of Christianity.”
        The cardinal affirms that his dicastery “remains close to our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land and works to make sure that they may concretely feel the solidarity, the concern and the support of the universal Church.”

        In the message, he recalls the Holy Father’s recent remarks to the members of ROACO, an assembly of aid agencies providing assistance to the Oriental Churches: “A special collection is designated for this land, and my venerable predecessors beginning with Leo XIII have strongly encouraged all Catholic communities to contribute generously.  Alas, the Holy Land continues to be an arena of conflicts and violence and Catholic communities present there suffer and need support and assistance in their many necessities.”

        “Therefore, in recognition of the duty of ecclesial communion with the Christians in the Holy Land I wish to address with great confidence a call to all the local Churches and Christian communities around the world asking them to fulfill their responsibility of prayer and concrete solidarity.”

        Cardinal Daoud emphasizes that this assistance “is an _expression of our response to the words of the Lord: ‘Whatever you do for the least of these, you do unto me’.”
        At the end of the letter, the cardinal conveys “the deepest gratitude of the Apostolic See to all those who contribute with commitment and generosity to sustain the presence of the Christian community in the Holy Land.”
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      JOHN PAUL’S PONTIFICATE BECOMES THIRD LONGEST ON MARCH 14

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2004 (VIS) – The pontificate of Pope John Paul II, who was elected as Successor of Peter on October 16, 1978 and who solemnly began his petrine ministry six days later, becomes the third longest in the history of the Church on March 14th.  On that day he overtakes Pope Leo XIII who reigned for 25 years and 5 months.

        John Paul II will follow St. Peter, whose precise dates are unknown and Pope Pius IX, whose pontificate lasted over 31 years, from his election on June 16, 1846 to his death on February 7, 1878.

        Starting from the date of his election, March 14 marks the 9,281st day of the Holy Father’s pontificate.  Calculating the length of pontificates took into account leap years.

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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2004 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed Fr. Victor Sanchez Espinosa of the archdiocese of Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Mexico City (area 1,479, population 7,380,,687, Catholics 6,999,402, priests 1,735, permanent deacons 76, religious 6,891), Mexico. The bishop-elect was born in 1950 in Puebla de los Angeles and was ordained a priest in 1976.

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      Canonization Cause to Open for Opus Dei Bishop

      Álvaro Del Portillo Was Successor to St. Escrivá

      ROME, MARCH 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- A tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome will open proceedings Friday in the canonization cause of Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, a longtime collaborator of Opus Dei founder St. Josemaría Escrivá.

      Cardinal Camillo Ruini will preside over the opening session in the Lateran Palace. Bishop Javier Echeverría, head of the Prelature of Opus Dei, and others who personally knew Bishop del Portillo will attend.

      Álvaro del Portillo was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1914, succeeded Monsignor Escrivá as head of Opus Dei in 1975. Bishop del Portillo died in Rome in 1994.

      Del Portillo was an engineering student when he first met Escrivá. Del Portillo joined Opus Dei in 1935. He was ordained a priest in 1944.

      He moved to Rome in 1946, where he lived the rest of his life. Besides his pastoral work in Opus Dei, he is known for his contribution to the Second Vatican Council. One of his chief interests in this work was to emphasize the role of lay people in the Church.

      He was also the secretary of the Vatican II commission that prepared the decree "Presbyterorum Ordinis," on priestly life and ministry.

      In 1982, the Opus Dei was established as a personal prelature, and John Paul II named del Portillo its prelate. The Pope ordained him a bishop in 1991.

      Bishop del Portillo was known for his kindness and humility. Journalist Vittorio Messori once remarked that Bishop del Portillo's simplicity and charity made one want to go to confession with him more than interview him.

      The Congregation for Sainthood Causes has established that, besides the tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome, a second tribunal will be conducted by Opus Dei. The sessions of that tribunal begin March 20.

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      Freedom Means Obedience to God, Retreatants Hear

      1st Full Day of Spiritual Exercises in the Presence of John Paul II

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The life of Christ shows how full freedom is attained by abandoning oneself to God's will, John Paul II heard at the first complete day of his annual retreat.

      The preacher of the Spiritual Exercises for the Pope and the Roman Curia, Monsignor Bruno Forte, dedicated today's meditations to the topic "Called to Freedom: Jesus, a History of Freedom."

      "In the life of Jesus, as in every truly human history," there are "options that orient decisively the whole of life," Monsignor Forte said in a passage heard on Vatican Radio.

      That choice "is called a fundamental option, the meaning of life," he said. From this option of life, he said, stems the "option of the moment," that is, the various decisions made in the course of daily life.

      These options of daily life, Monsignor Forte said, "produce the lifestyle of a person."

      The monsignor, who is a theologian and president of the School of Theology of Southern Italy, then asked: Was there a fundamental option in Jesus' life?

      "Jesus' fundamental option can be understood in all his actions," the preacher said. "Jesus makes us understand that no one is as free as the one who is free of his own freedom.

      "The cause of Jesus' life is God, his Kingdom. And these also help us to understand Jesus' lifestyle. Jesus' lifestyle was his poverty and radical freedom, his unconditional trust in his Father, sign of intense love for life and a complete, total trust in God."

      The meditations of the retreat are being held in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Vatican. John Paul II listens in on the meditations from the adjoining St. Lawrence Oratorio.

      The retreat, or Spiritual Exercises, will continue until Saturday. The Pope and officials of the Roman Curia will listen to four meditations daily, led by Monsignor Forte. The reflections end every day with the rosary, Eucharistic adoration and Benediction.

      The underlying theme of the exercises this year is "Following You, Light of Life." The Pope has canceled all his public audiences and meetings this week to dedicate himself to prayer.

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      Edith Stein in Focus at a Time of Crisis

      New Book Looks at Her Anthropology

      ROME, MARCH 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Edith Stein's voice is necessary in a world facing a crisis of misunderstanding of the human person, judging by a conference at the Lateran University.

      At the meeting Friday a new book by philosopher Anna Maria Pezzella was presented. "The Philosophical Anthropology of Edith Stein: Phenomenological Research of the Human Person," published by Città Nuova, has just gone on sale in Italian bookstores.

      The volume presents the anthropological thought of Stein -- Teresa Benedicta of the Cross -- the philosopher, Carmelite and martyr canonized in 1998.

      The author delved into Stein's understanding of the human person, as well as of her phenomenology, particularly her "contributions on empathy or the capacity to put oneself in the other's place, allowing the latter to be who he is."

      "The nucleus of Edith Stein's reflections is the human person in his integrity," Pezzella said during the presentation.

      As a 20th-century philosopher, Stein does not start from the idea that "God exists," but from "the need to seek God through a philosophical path," Pezzella continued.

      Angela Ales Bello, professor of philosophy at the Lateran University, a specialist in Stein and Edmund Husserl, described Pezzella's book as "an easy-to-read text in which Stein's dual anthropology emerges in a very convincing way." Ales Bello is president of the new Edith Stein Italian Association.

      Sister Carla Bettinelli, vice president of the Edith Stein Italian Association and professor of pedagogy in Milan, said that the book speaks of anthropology and nature in a different way from the present "which falls into a geneticism and zoology" which from her point of view are "disturbing."

      Sister Bettinelli applauded Pezzella's text because it focuses on the meaning of education and pedagogy as "builders" of the person.

      Emilio Baccarini, professor of philosophy at Rome's Tor Vergara University and the Lateran University, called for the rediscovery of Stein's phenomenology and her concept of empathy, at a time when "the degradation of the human and the anthropological crisis are worrying."


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      Thomist-Congress Texts Online



      ROME, MARCH 1, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Texts and videos of the International Thomist Congress on "Christian Humanism in the Third Millennium: Perspective of Thomas Aquinas" are available on Internet.

      The congress's official Web page (http://e-aquinas.net/2003/) can be consulted in English, Italian and Spanish.

      The Web page includes videos and texts of the congress's plenary sessions. Also published are the texts of the 212 communications presented.

      The congress was held last September at the Chancery Palace and at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum. It was organized by the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas and the Thomas Aquinas International Society.


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      Today's reading is taken from Matthew 6:7-15.

      The main focus is on the nature of forgiveness. Our Lord makes it clear that we shall be forgiven our sins in as much as we forgive others their offenses against us. Many harbor grievances against others to the point of rage. Be forgiving and pray for those who offend you.

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      8. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
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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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