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    Roman Catholic News Volume 5, Issue 78 FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2005 St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 5, Issue 78

      FRIDAY 29 APRIL 2005


      St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church


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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 TO CLOSE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN BARI ON MAY 29
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      . THIRTY-ONE SWISS GUARD RECRUITS TO BE SWORN IN MAY 6
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . IN MEMORIAM
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      . Pope Meets With Aides and an Old Friend
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      . Pope Hears Latin American Proposal
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      . Holy See Laments Growth in Trafficking in Human Beings
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      . In His Last Days, John Paul II Helped the Pro-life Cause
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      . China Arrests 7 Priests at Spiritual Retreat
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      . Holy See's Address on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
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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 TO CLOSE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN BARI ON MAY 29

      VATICAN CITY, APR 29, 2005 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration at midday today:

      "I can confirm that the Holy Father Benedict XVI will travel to Bari, Italy, on the morning of May 29, Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, for the closing of the 24th National Eucharistic Congress."




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      THIRTY-ONE SWISS GUARD RECRUITS TO BE SWORN IN MAY 6

      VATICAN CITY, APR 29, 2005 (VIS) - At 5 p.m. on May 6 in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, thirty-one new recruits will be sworn in as members of the Pontifical Swiss Guards in the presence of members of the Roman Curia, diplomatic representatives and civil and religious authorities from Switzerland. Twenty-five will take their oath in German, four in French, one in Italian and one in Romansch. From the commandant to the newest halberdier of the 110-man corps, all Swiss Guards are in full dress uniform on this day.

      The Pontifical Swiss Guard was founded by Pope Julius II in 1506 as a stable corps, directly dependant on the Holy See, whose main duties were to guard the person of the Roman Pontiff and the Apostolic Palaces.

      The day will start at 7:30 a.m. with Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the Swiss Guards and their family members and friends. At 9 a.m., Archbishop Leonardo Sandri will confer military decorations on members of the corps, and the commander of the guards will place a laurel wreath at the monument that honors the fallen members of the corps. May 6, in fact, is the date chosen for the swearing-in ceremony of the new guards because on that date in 1527, 147 members of the 189-member Swiss Guards lost their lives during the Sack of Rome when they fell in battle, protecting Pope Clement VII and the Church from the onslaught of the troops of Emperor Charles V.

      The oath is read by the Swiss Guard chaplain: "I swear to faithfully, loyally and honorably serve the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI and his legitimate successors, and also dedicate myself to them with all my strength, sacrificing if necessary also my life to defend them. I assume this same commitment with regard to the Sacred College of Cardinals whenever the See is vacant. Furthermore I promise to the Commanding Captain and my other superiors respect, fidelity and obedience. This I swear! May God and our Holy Patrons assist me."

      Each recruit is then called by name and, in his native tongue, confirms the oath. The patron saints of the Pontifical Swiss Guards are St. Martin, St. Sebastian and St. Niklaus von Flue, "defender of the peace and father of the Country."

      To become a guard, one must be a Swiss Catholic male under the age of 30, unmarried, over 174 cm (5' 8") in height and with a professional diploma or high school degree. The candidate must have attended Swiss military school. Guards live inside Vatican City. The minimum term of service is two years.




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      AUDIENCES

      VATICAN CITY, APR 29, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

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

      - Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

      - Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.



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      IN MEMORIAM

      VATICAN CITY, APR 29, 2005 (VIS) - The following prelates died in recent weeks:

      - Bishop Alessandro Assolari S.M.M., emeritus of Mangochi, Malawi, on April 13 at the age of 76.

      - Bishop Edward Dennis Head of Buffalo, U.S.A., on March 29 at the age of 85.

      - Bishop Joakim Herbut of Skopje, Macedonia, on April 15 at the age of 77.

      - Bishop Vicente Salgado y Garrucho, emeritus of Romblon, the Philippines, on April 9 at the age of 68.



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      Pope Meets With Aides and an Old Friend
      Cardinal Gantin Pays a Visit

      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI held meetings with several of his closest collaborators and a close friend, Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, the retired dean of the College of Cardinals.

      Cardinal Gantin, of Benin, was elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI together with Joseph Ratzinger in 1977.

      Until 1998, Cardinal Gantin was prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

      He met with the new Pope today, the Vatican press office said. The Holy Father also met with close aides including Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar for the Diocese of Rome, and Archbishop Angelo Comastri, vicar general of His Holiness for Vatican City.

      On Wednesday, Cardinal Gantin revealed that in his meeting with his old friend -- for years he was a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Cardinal Ratzinger was a member of the Congregation for Bishops -- he hoped to speak, among other things, about "my Africa, where I will return next Monday to remain as the simple Roman missionary that I have decided to be since my return to Benin."

      In an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire, the African cardinal, who worked for some 30 years in the Roman Curia, explained that Cardinal Ratzinger "always had much respect for his brothers."

      "He always listened to them carefully and then expressed his opinion, which not always coincided with the one who preceded him in the discussion," Cardinal Gantin said.

      "He is a man of superior culture," the prelate added, "but, above all, a man of great faith and great piety. He is a man of prayer. He is a man who is nourished by the Second Vatican Council and a man who knows the Tradition, who knows the Fathers of the Church."



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      Pope Hears Latin American Proposal


      VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Officials of the Latin American bishops' council proposed to Benedict XVI the holding of a General Assembly in Rome of Latin American and Caribbean prelates.

      Bishop Andrés Stanovnik of Reconquista, Argentina, secretary-general of CELAM, told ZENIT that members of the council's executive committee at an audience today explained to the Holy Father the state of preparations for the meeting, which was approved by Pope John Paul II.

      "Approval does not mean convocation," explained the Argentine prelate. "The convocation of the meeting is now in the Pope's hands."

      Yet, he said that the visiting cardinals and bishops perceived the same spirit with which the previous Pope approved this initiative. "Benedict XVI saw favorably what John Paul II already initiated," said Bishop Stanovnik.

      Among the dates proposed for holding the conference was February, 2007. The last such assembly was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1992.



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      Holy See Laments Growth in Trafficking in Human Beings
      At U.N. Meeting, Urges World Action

      BANGKOK, Thailand, APRIL 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See pressed its plea for world action against the growing scourge of trafficking in human beings.

      At the 11th U.N. Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the Catholic Church also expressed concern over the sale and possession of firearms, corruption, crimes in post conflict situations, and the effective implementation of U.N. rules concerning the just treatment of prisoners and minors.

      Archbishop Salvatore Pennachio, apostolic nuncio in Thailand, addressed the U.N. assembly, held in Bangkok on April 25, on behalf of the Holy See. The Vatican press office published the text of his address today.

      The archbishop focused on five "issues which are of particular concern for the Holy See and that are related to crime prevention and criminal justice."

      "The first one is trafficking in human beings," he said. "This scourge is often responsible for taking away the hope for a decent future of the most vulnerable, especially women and children."

      "In order to face this growing phenomenon, it is of the utmost importance that national and international systems of criminal justice identify not only criminals, but also those who suffer as victims from trafficking," the prelate said.

      The Holy See's second concern, in the framework of criminal justice and crime prevention, "is the sale and possession of firearms."

      "Clearly, there is a link between crime and trafficking in firearms that feeds terrorism at national and international levels," Archbishop Pennachio said. "A reduction in the availability of firearms will facilitate the establishment of peace and security. It will also contribute to channel money spent on trafficking weapons, into programs for development."

      The third point of concern deals with corruption, he continued.

      "Corruption assails the basic values of the society, the rule of law and justice. It undermines the goals of democratic and peace loving nations. In the public sector, corruption flies in the face of good governance," the nuncio said.

      Crimes, in postwar situations, represent the Holy See's fourth area of concern.

      "Crimes in post-conflict situations destabilize and transform the hope and trust of a population into skepticism, desperation and disillusionment," said the papal nuncio.

      "The flourishing of crime causes job destruction, weakening of already shaky social security networks, as well as health and education systems. This results in growing poverty and in undermining democratization and institutional building," he added.

      The last aspect of the Vatican's concern for the prevention of crime and criminal justice is "the effective implementation of the U.N.-established rules concerning the just treatment of prisoners and minors."

      "In this regard, due consideration should also be given to the proposals which have been put forward in some instances about the elaboration of a Charter of the Fundamental Rights of Prisoners," Archbishop Pennachio said. "In this document, particular attention should be devoted to a treatment of prisoners, fully respectful of their human dignity and to their meaningful reinsertion into society."

      With these proposals, he added, the Holy See hopes "to raise awareness and to promote strategies and best practices for crime prevention, while enhancing criminal justice reform, making it ever more effective to ensure order and stability at national and international levels."




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      In His Last Days, John Paul II Helped the Pro-life Cause


      RIMINI, Italy, APRIL 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Four days before his death, Pope John Paul II allocated 25,000 euros to the Italian Pro-Life Movement, which helps mothers and their unborn babies.

      The donation was revealed Monday by Carlo Casini, the movement's president, during the association's national assembly in Rimini.

      "I find it moving that this help, altogether unexpected and absolutely spontaneous, along with his words of encouragement and blessing, arrived on March 29, four days before the Holy Father's death," Casini said.

      "I have decided to allocate the sum to the Gemma Project to 'adopt' those mothers who would be pushed to abort for financial reasons," he added. The Gemma Project offers financial support to expectant mothers who opt against abortion in favor of life.

      Gemma officials estimate that John Paul II's gift would help to save nine children, whose fate was uncertain. Two of the nine expectant mothers who already have benefited from the donation are of Polish origin.

      The Gemma Project enables an individual, a family, or a group to "adopt" a mother in difficulties by donating 160 euros a month during the last six months of her pregnancy and the baby's first 12 months after birth. Since 1984 there have been 11,000 such "adoptions."




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      China Arrests 7 Priests at Spiritual Retreat
      Latest Moves Dim Hopes for Change in Policy

      STAMFORD, Connecticut, APRIL 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Seven priests of the Diocese of Zhengding were arrested near the city of Jinzhou where they were gathered with their bishop for a spiritual retreat.

      News of the Wednesday arrests was reported by the Cardinal Kung Foundation, a U.S.-based watchdog group.

      The seven priests of the "underground Church" -- which recognizes papal authority -- had left their parishes to attend a spiritual retreat led by Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo in the diocese in Hebei province.

      Bishop Jia, 71, had just been released from round-the-clock surveillance, which lasted approximately from March 30 to April 25.

      The priests were arrested in Wuqiu village by the Security Bureau of Shijiszhuang, officers of the religious bureau, and dozens of police, according to the Connecticut-based Kung Foundation.

      Bishop Jia was warned by the Public Security and religious bureaus not to initiate any religious activities.

      The seven priests were sent to the Security Bureau of their respective parishes.

      Four were identified as Father Wang Dingshan, 50, of Wuji county; Father Li Suchuan, 40, of Zhaoxian; Father Pei Zhenping, 43, of Luancheng; and Father Yin Zhengsong, 32, of Dingzhou. Their ages are approximated.

      "It defies logic," said Joseph Kung, president of the U.S. group. "How could the Chinese government on one hand proclaim to Pope Benedict XVI and the world their willingness to improve the relationship between China and the Vatican, and on the other hand keep arresting the Pope's priests?"



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      Holy See's Address on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
      Focuses on Human Trafficking, Firearms and Corruption

      BANGKOK, Thailand, APRIL 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is the address delivered April 25 by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, apostolic nuncio to Thailand, at the 11th U.N. Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The Vatican press office published the text today.


      Mr. President,

      I would like to congratulate you for chairing this session and express to the Thai government my appreciation for hosting the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Moreover, as head of the Holy See Delegation, allow me to place on record our deep-felt gratitude to the secretary-general and participants for kindly dedicating a moment of silence in homage to the late Pope John Paul II, at the opening session of the congress.

      Mr. President,

      The delegation of the Holy See wishes to express its appreciation to the United Nations for organizing this congress on the most critical issue of crime prevention and criminal justice. Crime is not only a threat to peace and order, but also to human dignity. In fact when a crime is committed, the human dignity, of both the victim and the offender, is affected and violated. Due to the ultramodern facilities of communication, crime prevention is no more a question to be resolved locally; rather it is to be discussed at international fora and my delegation would like to commend the secretariat for its efforts in this direction and for the quality of the preparatory documentation for this congress, especially the Discussion Guide and its multidisciplinary approach.

      Mr. President,

      The Holy See addresses a number of issues contained in the Vienna Declaration, especially through its Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Furthermore, there are other agencies of the Catholic Church, such as the International Catholic Commission for the Pastoral Care of Penitentiaries, that are also deeply involved in the same field. In this framework, I wish to present some issues which are of particular concern for the Holy See and that are related to crime prevention and criminal justice.

      1. The first one is trafficking in human beings. This scourge is often responsible for taking away the hope for a decent future of the most vulnerable, especially women and children. This crime is partly related to declining possibilities for regular migration coinciding with the emergence of a market for irregular migration services. In order to face this growing phenomenon, it is of the utmost importance that national and international systems of criminal justice identify not only criminals, but also those who suffer as victims from trafficking.

      2. A second point, which has long been a grave concern for the Holy See, in the framework of criminal justice and crime prevention, is the sale and possession of firearms. This issue is closely related to building peace and is a key component of a truly sustainable economic and social development. Clearly, there is a link between crime and trafficking in firearms that feeds terrorism at national and international levels. A reduction in the availability of firearms will facilitate the establishment of peace and security. It will also contribute to channel money spent on trafficking weapons, into programs for development.

      3. The third point of concern deals with corruption. Corruption assails the basic values of the society, the rule of law and justice. It undermines the goals of democratic and peace loving nations. In the public sector, corruption flies in the face of good governance. It needs to be viewed in a broader governance context, involving citizens in curbing corruption. Therefore, it is crucial to cooperate with the key segments of the political and judicial sector, with civil society and the media, in the fight against corruption.

      In the world of commerce, corruption distorts competition and the market, while increasing the suffering of the poor. Where allowed to thrive, corruption poses a serious threat to the stability and security of domestic structures and, eventually, impoverishes many countries. However, it is also an international phenomenon and often reflects an unstable social environment that hinders sustainable development.

      4. Crimes, in post conflict situations, represent the fourth area of concern. These crimes have a very destructive force, until the judicial system is restored, competent judges and police officers are in place, functional courts and prisons systems are fully operational and the basic needs of the population are met. Crimes in post-conflict situations destabilize and transform the hope and trust of a population into skepticism, desperation and disillusionment. A worrying phenomenon, sometimes found in post-conflict societies, is a downward spiral. Rather than stabilizing and consolidating the economy, it fosters more corruption and close links between organized crime and politics. Public trust in institutions, political parties and even leaders erode quickly. The flourishing of crime causes job destruction, weakening of already shaky social security networks, as well as health and education systems. This results in growing poverty and in undermining democratization and institutional building.

      5. Another aspect of our concern for the prevention of crime and criminal justice is the effective implementation of the U.N.-established rules concerning the just treatment of prisoners and minors. In this regard, due consideration should also be given to the proposals which have been put forward in some instances about the elaboration of a Charter of the Fundamental Rights of Prisoners. In this document, particular attention should be devoted to a treatment of prisoners, fully respectful of their human dignity and to their meaningful reinsertion into society.

      It is the fervent hope of the Holy See that the Bangkok Congress will help to address the aforementioned challenges, to raise awareness and to promote strategies and best practices for crime prevention, while enhancing criminal justice reform, making it ever more effective to ensure order and stability at national and international levels.

      Thank you, Mr. President.


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      LECTIO DIVINA

      CHAPTER THREE: GOING INWARDS

      Metropolitan Anthony Bloom tells us a story taken from the life of St. Nicholas Maxim and his desire to "pray without ceasing". On reading 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Pray without ceasing." St. Maxim was inspired to spend his day reciting every prayer he knew all day long. As he prayer he walked through the forest. As it become cold and dark "he began to hear all sorts of worrying sounds--cracking branches under the paws of wild beasts, flasing eyes, sounds of smaller beasts being killed by larger beasts, and so forth." (44)

      Realizing he was unprotected in a dangerous world filled with death and murder he stoped repeating the same prayers he had been praying all day. He became like Bartimaeus and began to shout "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." "And he shouted like that all the night because the creatures and the flashing eyes didn't give him a chance to sleep." (Ibid.)

      At daybreak knowing the animals were gone he thought he could now pray, but he was very hungry. He quickly went to gather berries from nearby bushes. He then realized "all those flashing eyes and savage paws must be hidden somewhere in the bushes." (Ibid.)

      So he began to collect the berries slowly and softly and with each berry he gathered he prayed several times "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me."

      After living this way in the wilderness for many years he met an old ascetic who asked him how he learned to pray without ceasing. St. Nicholas said "I think it's the devil who taught me to pray unceasingly." The older man asked him to explain. St. Nicholas told him how he got started and how he gradually became accustomed to the forest with all of it's noises and dangers. But, other temptations soon came, of the flesh, impure thoughts, uncontrolled emotions and so forth. These attacks of the devilkept him in constant prayer. One day while praying "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me."
      Jesus appeared in stillness, peace and serenity. All his fear left him. The saint said: "I had learned that unless the Lord Himself comes, I am hopelessly and completely helpless." (45)

      Even when he was happy and calm he prayed "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." "because he knew that only in the divine mercy was there any peace of heart and peace of mind and stillness of body and rightness of will." (Ibid.)

      We need to learn from the life of St. Nicholas Maxim that we too live in turmoil, danger, attacks of the devil, afflicted by temptations, and need to imitate him by praying without ceasing.



      Post Script

      Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh (1914-2003), died on 4 August
      2003, aged 89, the senior Russian Orthodox archbishop in western
      Europe and among the best known Orthodox clerics in the world. he was
      responsible for parishes of the Patriarchate of Moscow throughout
      Great Britain.

      Archbisop Anthony Bloom, Beginning to Pray (New Tork/Paramus/Toronto:
      Paulist Press, 1970; originally published as: School For Prayer,
      London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1970)


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      EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OFMARY

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      DAILY REMINDER

      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
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      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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