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    ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS Volume 5, Issue 27 THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2005 * * * 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 5, Issue 27

      THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2005


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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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      . MEETING TO OPEN ON QUALITY OF LIFE, ETHICS OF HEALTH
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      . PAPAL LETTER ON THE MEDIA TO BE PRESENTED FEBRUARY 21
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      . Patriarch and Vatican's nuncio offer their condolences to Hariri's family
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      . 5 to Be Canonized as Saints
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      . What Consecrated Women Must Face
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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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      MEETING TO OPEN ON QUALITY OF LIFE, ETHICS OF HEALTH

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 17, 2005 (VIS) - Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, opened the press conference this morning in the Holy See Press Office for the presentation of the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life which will meet in the Vatican from February 21 to 23 on the theme "The Quality of Life and the Ethics of Health."

      The bishop said the assembly will focus on "two current and weighty concepts: 'the quality of life' and that of 'health'." He said that "developed societies push for attaining a better level of the quality of life and international organizations intend to assure a better level of health," noting that "what exactly is meant by 'quality of life', is not yet clear to the public and perhaps not even to politicians themselves."

      The academy president, in defining "quality of life" remarked that there are many parameters: medical-health, socio-economic, with a greater consumption of material goods today than in the past, and even ecological. But at the same time, he said, "a very different meaning has progressively emerged," a "reductive" meaning where "it is affirmed that where an acceptable level of quality of life does not exist, life loses its value and does not merit being lived." Here, he said, we see that "the quality of life becomes absolute and the sacredness of life becomes relative."

      There are also problems in defining the word "health," Bishop Sgreccia said. "Even if health does not represent the ultimate good of the person, it is however a very important one which demands the moral duty to preserve, support and recover it." He noted the problems that have arisen since the World Health Organization defined health "as 'complete physical, mental and social well-being': this value has become utopian and mythical" and sometimes has "lethal meanings," such as "the fact that, motivated by women's health, abortion was legalized. ... Up to what point does 'the right to health' go? Is there a right to health 'at all costs'? Or rather, is there a right to care?"

      Jean Marie Le Mene, a magistrate and academy member, in his presentation focused on health and health care in both rich countries, where "it has evolved into a demand for well-being," and where medical expenses are ever higher and poorly regulated, and in poor countries where, he said, "the administration of health care is penalized by unsuitable situations."

      He said that in wealthy countries "new needs are created", where often the sole criteria is "desire" - the desire to have - or not have - a child, to be beautiful, attractive, forever young. Such desires, he said, have led to medically assisted procreation techniques for those who desire and cannot have children, abortions for the undesired child, techniques to suppress unborn children who are abnormal or handicapped, therapeutic cloning for those seeking youth.

      The health systems of developing countries, he added, are "victims of ideologies" and of "piracies," the latter, he said, incorporating "biological piracy, the privatization of the biological patrimony of the South" and "juridical piracy, the attempts at the United Nations to authorize cloning, ... even though the majority of the countries present are for this interdiction."

      Fr. Maurizio Faggioni O.F.M., theologian and moralist, pointed out that "health is not simply an absence of disease, but the harmony and integration of all individual, physical, mental and spiritual energies towards a life project that is particular to each individual."

      With reference to the right to health, he affirmed that "it is not limited to people who enjoy specific standards of living, but derives from the right to life, a right that is rooted in each human being. ... Persistently-emerging schools of thought estimate the value of each person's life and his right to health care in a way proportional to the current or potential quality of his life, in contrast Catholic morality prophetically announces the value of each human life and the duty to care for others; a duty that is all the more significant the greater its response to the appeal of simpler, poorer and more defenseless lives."

      Dr. Manfred Lutz, a neurologist, psychiatrist and member of the academy, said that "today we live in the age of the real existence of the religion of health. ... Health, goodness, like almost everything in our society, is seen as a product that can be manufactured."

      "If health represents the highest value," he went on, "then the healthy man is also the true man. And whoever is not healthy, and above all whoever can never be healthy again, tacitly becomes a second or third class man."

      Dr. Lutz underlined the fact that "salvation, according to Christian conviction, is not to be found primarily in so-called good health, but rather in the extreme situations of human life, situations that are disdained by the religion of health as realities to avoid or deficits to eliminate. Yet it is precisely in disability, illness, pain, old-age dying and death that one may perceive the truth of life more vastly and clearly than in the passing of time without significant problems."


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      PAPAL LETTER ON THE MEDIA TO BE PRESENTED FEBRUARY 21

      VATICAN CITY, FEB 17, 2005 (VIS) - Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, will present Pope John Paul's Apostolic Letter "Rapid Development" on the Means of Social Communications on Monday, February 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Holy See Press Office. Joining him will be Bishop Renato Boccardo and Angelo Scelzo, respectively secretary and under-secretary of the pontifical council.


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      Patriarch and Vatican's nuncio offer their condolences to Hariri's family

      Maronite bishops to hold an extraordinary synod tomorrow on the country's dramatic situation after Hariri’s assassination. Newspapers published photos of former p.m. with John Paul II.


      Beirut (AsiaNews) - Maronite patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir and apostolic nuncio Archbishop Luigi Gatti visited the Hariri family today to offer their condolences for the death of the former, Sunni prime minister, killed yesterday by a car-bomb explosion.

      In a statement released earlier today, Patriarch Sfeir said: "This crime goes against our traditions, and Hariri's death goes to the exclusive advantage of Lebanon's enemies. The Maronite Church shares in the family's mourning, and shall not forget the important role played by Hariri in national politics. His legacy will be kept alive in Lebanon's memory."

      The patriarch has convoked for tomorrow an extraordinary synod of Maronite bishops, at Bkerke: the bishops’ meeting will be on the social implications of yesterday's terrorist attack.

      The Vatican's nuncio, Msgr Luigi Gatti, also went today to the Hariri home, located in the central area of Beirut west, accompanied by Archeparch Gregorios III Laham, Greek-Melkite patriarch of Damascus. Msgr Gatti has always been very close to the Hariri family. The late Rafic Hariri himself had maintained close ties with the Christian world and the Vatican. Photos of Hariri with the Pope were published on the front-page of various Lebanese newspapers today.

      Hariri died at the age of 60. He had resigned last October 20th, after weeks of tension and a political impasse related to a constitutional amendment, considered to be the result of Syrian pression, which extended President Emile Lahoud's mandate.

      Currently, many segments of the population in Lebanon are accusing Syria of being behind Hariri's assassination. However, pro-Syria Interior Minister Suleiman Franjiyeh countered these interpretations, saying today in a press conference that "Hariri was not part of the block opposing Lahoud and Syria". According to Franjiyeh, Hariri was close to the opposition but was not an opponent, and had a "strategic, not tactical, problem" vis-à-vis the current government.

      http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l==en&art=%79


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      5 to Be Canonized as Saints
      2 Poles, 2 Italians and a Chilean

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Church will soon have five new saints -- a Chilean, two Poles and two Italians -- according to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

      A note released by the Vatican office said the date of the canonization of the future saints will be made public Feb. 24, at a public consistory in Clementine Hall.

      Decrees recognizing the respective miracles that led the way to this proclamation were promulgated last year.

      Among the future saints is Blessed Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, a Chilean Jesuit (1901-1952), considered one of the most outstanding figures of the Church in his country.

      He entered the Society of Jesus after obtaining a law degree. As a priest, he dedicated himself to teaching and the apostolate among young people.

      He was an assistant of Catholic Action and founded the Home of Christ to help the homeless poor. He was beatified in 1994.

      Chilean President Ricardo Lagos signed a letter of petition to the bishops' conference requesting that Father Hurtado be proclaimed patron of Chilean trade unionists, because of the extraordinary work he carried out in applying the Church's social doctrine to the world of labor.

      The two Poles to be canonized are Jozef Bilczewski and Zygmunt Gorazdowski.

      Joseph Bilczewski was born April 26, 1860, in Wilamowice. An archbishop of Lviv of the Latins, he was a point man for Catholics, Orthodox and Jews during World War I and later conflicts. He exercised his priesthood in pastoral ministry, especially in education. He died March 20, 1923, in Lviv, Ukraine.

      Blessed Zygmunt Gorazdowski was a Ukrainian diocesan and parish priest who belonged to the Lviv Archdiocese.

      He was born Nov. 1, 1845, in Sanok, Poland. He carried out his work in parishes and promoted works for priests, young people, the sick and the poor.

      He was the author of a popular catechism, and founded a newspaper, several charitable institutions, and the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph. He died Jan. 1, 1920, in Lviv.

      The Italians to be proclaimed saints are Gaetano Catanoso and Felice Da Nicosia.

      Catanoso was born Feb. 14, 1879, in Chorio di San Lorenzo. A priest of the Archdiocese of Reggio Calabria-Bova, he was parish priest in Pentidattilo, a village of Aspromonte, and later worked at St. Mary of the Purification Church in Candelora.

      He was also canon penitentiary of the cathedral; spiritual director of the diocesan seminary; chaplain for hospitals; and confessor of several religious institutes. He founded the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Veronica, Missionaries of the Holy Face. He died in Reggio Calabria on April 4, 1963.

      The other soon-to-be canonized saint is Blessed Felice Da Nicosia (born Giacomo Amoroso), a lay Italian of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins (1715-1787).

      For more than 40 years he offered his service of mendicant, carrying out "a fruitful itinerant apostolate," recalled Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Sainthood Causes, last April. "Illiterate, he had the knowledge of charity and humility," said the cardinal.


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      What Consecrated Women Must Face
      According to Sister Enrica Rosanna, a Vatican Undersecretary

      ROME, FEB. 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- At least three key challenges face consecrated women today, says a Vatican aide.

      They are "the challenge of the spirituality of communion; of vigilant and laborious attention to the plurality of cultures; and the appreciation of woman's genius," said Salesian Sister Enrica Rosanna, undersecretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

      She offered her reflections Feb. 11 at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, in the context of the Day of Reflection and Study on "The Church, Vital Area of Consecrated Life."

      The event was held to observe the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's decree on the renewal of religious life, "Perfectae Caritatis."

      Expounding on her point about women's genius, Sister Rosanna said: "We have been invited to propose a concept and an experience of maternity 'beyond the stereotype,' an emotional, cultural and spiritual maternity; to propose symbols of maternity as a paradigm in order to read in-depth and translate into commitment the relationship with nature, with others, and with God."

      "How many times have I thought that if women went on strike the world would stop!" she said.

      "Our life as religious, and especially as women, should be that of thirsting with Jesus and of taking upon ourselves the thirst of our people and of all those, entrusted to our care, for whose love Jesus himself continues to thirst," the woman religious continued.

      "To be able to be genuine consecrated women, we must be ever more enamored of Jesus. We must put love in the first place of our life," she added.

      This love becomes a luminous testimony in the various religious institutes, through education, charity, service to the poor, parish leadership, and the world of culture, Sister Rosanna said.

      "Fruitful and intelligent cooperation to rescue the human person" is the basis for "peace, democracy and the development of peoples," she continued.

      "To our dehumanized society, which does not respect woman's dignity, especially of the weakest, we consecrated women wish to offer the gift of our personal dignity through the word and testimony of our life and the riches inherent to our feminine vocation," said the Vatican undersecretary.

      "The vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, rediscovered and lived in this key of relationship, which puts love of the Lord in the first place, are a privileged way to build a healthy society, to the measure of the human person," she explained.

      Sister Rosanna added that the key to being a consecrated woman is to make room for the "genius of one's relationship with the Lord, source and reason of all love."


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      CHAPTER TEN: MAKING SENSE OF THE SENSES (102-111)


      2 Spiritual Senses (Continued)

      Fr. Pennington then gives us an example to show the four senses of Scripture. He chooses Jerusalem to illustrate his point. The literal or historical sense is the city of history and subject of archaeology. Fr. Pennington then says that in the allegorical sense "Jerusalem can be understood as the Church, which gathers together all the People of God." (108) With this typology in mind, keeping Jerusalem as the foreshadow of the Church, Fr. Pennington then says regarding the moral sense of Jerusalem that "this calls us to a certain allegiance to the Church, a certain way of acting as living stones placed upon the foundation of the apostles with Christ as our cornerstone." (ibid.) The fourth sense is the anagogical sense of Jerusalem made famous and cast into a very powerful icon resplendant with imagery by St. John in the Apocalypse as the "Heavenly Jerusalem" the vision that unifies the Old City with the New City that reigns glorious in eternity with Jesus Christ sitting on the Heavenly Throne. "Each sense opens up many avenues of thought, inviting us to explore more and more deeply the divine plan and the response to which we are called." (ibid.)


      Fr. Pennington then creates a mnemotic device to aid students to remember the four senses of Sacred Scripture by alignment to the four levels or steps in lectio divina: (1) lectio or the prayerful reading begins with reading the historical or literal Word; (2) meditatio, the interiorization of Scripture that transforms us foreshadows the individual made new, like the allegorical sense where the old foreshadows the new; (3) oratio, is the soul's response to the grace poured out into our hearts through meditatio, this typifies the moral sense or tropological sense since it is the call to act and respond according to God'a grace; (4) contemplatio is the vision of God in one's mind and heart just as the anagogical sense is the contemplation on eternity seeing through the eyes of the Church Triumphant.

      Rev. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Lectio Divina. Renewing the Ancient
      Practice of Praying the Scriptures. (Crossroad, NY, 1998) ISBN 0-8245-
      1779-2 (hardcover); ISBN 0-8245-1736-9 (paperback).

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      8. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

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      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
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      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
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      MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
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      1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God, as
      well as to promote her cause and toperpetuate her cult by directing
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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
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      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
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      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OFMARY

      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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