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    Roman Catholic News Volume 5, Issue 90 TUESDAY 17 MAY 2005 7th Week in Ordinary Time * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AND PRAY THE
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 5, Issue 90

      TUESDAY 17 MAY 2005

      7th Week in Ordinary Time

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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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      . CHRISTIANITY HAS HAD A PRE-EMINENT ROLE IN EUROPE
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      . SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH AND FORMATION OF THE LAITY
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . Pope to Render Homage to "Sacrament of Love"
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      . Sts. Cyril and Methodius Unite Catholics and Orthodox
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      . Russian Pilgrims Visit John Paul II's Tomb
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      . NOTICE
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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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      CHRISTIANITY HAS HAD A PRE-EMINENT ROLE IN EUROPE



      VATICAN CITY, MAY 17, 2005 (VIS) - Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States, participated in the third Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Council of Europe, which is being held May 16-17 in Warsaw, Poland.

      In his address in English, the head of the Holy See delegation underscored the theme of the session, European unity and European values, affirming that "Europe will be loved by its citizens and will serve as an agent of peace and civilization in the world only if it is animated by certain fundamental values: the promotion of human dignity and fundamental human rights, ... in the first place freedom of conscience and religion; the pursuit of the common good in a spirit of solidarity; and respect for national and cultural identity."

      "The pre-eminent role that Christianity has played in forming and developing this cultural, religious and humanistic patrimony is well known to all and cannot be ignored."

      Archbishop Lajolo indicated how the challenges that European society must face "derive from the great world-wide problems handed down from the twentieth century: the nuclear threat, ... the emergence of forms of political and religious fundamentalism, large-scale migration of peoples and certain situations of dangerous instability," such as those "in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the Kosovo region, both of which are in need of a reliable solution, which cannot be reached without providing effective guarantees for minorities."

      The secretary for Relations with States also highlighted the need for "a better coordination of European organizations," and indicated that "the experience of the Council of Europe is particularly important because it sketches the outlines of what could become a blueprint for European society."

      He concluded: "Regarding the European Union, it is in the juridical sector in relation to human rights that one finds further concrete possibilities for closer institutional cooperation. The common commitment to corroborate the human rights and the legal protection of European citizens - reaffirmed by the will of the European Union to adhere to the European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental liberties - must be given adequate _expression in the propositions to be presented by the Coordination Group created in December 2004."



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      SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH AND FORMATION OF THE LAITY



      VATICAN CITY, MAY 17, 2005 (VIS) - The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Federation of Catholic Men - Unum Omnes HIFC have organized a study seminar tomorrow, May 18 at the council offices on the theme "The Social Doctrine of the Church, the Indispensable Foundation for the Formation and Commitment of the Lay Christian."

      After the opening prayer and greetings by the organizers, Cardinal Renato Martino, council president, will present the theme. According to a press release from the Council for Justice and Peace, other topics to be discussed during the seminar include the difficulties and resources of Christians when called to make choices in situations that imply priority ethical values such as the sacredness of life, the indissolubility of marriage, correct use of the media, scientific research, and decisive economic options for the lives of citizens, especially the poorest.


      Round table discussions on "The Social Doctrine of the Church and Formative Paths" will be conducted by leaders of international Catholic organizations such as the International Federation of Catholic Action, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations, the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers, the International Rural Catholic Association, and the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Doctors.




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      OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS



      VATICAN CITY, MAY 17, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed:



      - Fr. Clarence Silva of the clergy of the diocese of Oakland, U.S.A., vicar general, as bishop of Honolulu (area 16,660, population 1,244,898, Catholics 234,588, priests 157, permanent deacons 51, religious 361), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Honolulu in 1949 and ordained a priest in 1975.



      - Msgr. Kevin W. Vann of the clergy of the diocese of Springfield in Illinois, U.S.A., episcopal vicar for the clergy and pastor of the parish of the Blessed Sacrament, as coadjutor bishop of Fort Worth (area 62,007, population 2,770,961, Catholics 400,501, priests 115, permanent deacons 74, religious 160), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Springfield in 1951, and ordained a priest in 1981.




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      Pope to Render Homage to "Sacrament of Love"
      Confirms Trip to Italian Eucharistic Congress

      VATICAN CITY, MAY 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has confirmed that his first apostolic trip in Italy, to the city of Bari, will be to render homage to Jesus in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

      The Holy Father explained this in a letter published today and dated May 13, sent to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar for the Diocese of Rome, and president of the Italian bishops' conference, whom he has named his special envoy to the Italian Eucharistic Congress, to be held in Bari May 21-29.

      "I wish to be present at the conclusive Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, May 29, to render homage to Christ in the sacrament of his love and to reinforce at the same time the bonds of communion that unite the Successor of Peter with the Church that is in Italy and with its pastors," said the Pope in his letter.

      Benedict XVI will be in Bari for half a day for the closing of the Eucharistic Congress. The main event will be the Mass, on the day the feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated in Italy (the universal Church will celebrate it the previous Thursday).

      The Pontiff said that this Eucharistic Congress "is being celebrated in the context of the special Year of the Eucharist, during which Catholics worldwide are invited to renew their awareness of the great gift that Christ left us in the Last Supper."

      "In the bread and wine, becoming in the Holy Mass the Body and Blood of the Lord, the Christian people find the nourishment and support to journey on the path to holiness, the universal vocation of all baptized" persons, says the Pope.



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      Sts. Cyril and Methodius Unite Catholics and Orthodox
      Celebration Remembers First Slav Pope, John Paul II

      ROME, MAY 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Greek Embassy to the Holy See organized a liturgical celebration in honor of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the evangelizers of the Slav peoples and co-patrons of Europe.

      The ceremony last Wednesday was presided over by Metropolitan Archbishop Gennadios of the Greek-Orthodox in Italy, also exarch for Southern Europe, who prayed for the protection of the saints of Salonika, Greece, who are buried in Rome, and whom he described as "light of the Slavs."

      Some 100 people, the majority diplomats representing countries evangelized by the two saints, participated in the annual celebration, which has taken place since 1986.

      In his address, Stavros Lykidis, Greece's ambassador to the Holy See, alluded to "the memory of the roots of our religious, cultural and ethnic identity."

      He mentioned John Paul II, "first son of the great Slav nation clothed in the highest dignity of Roman Pontiff," and his apostolic letter "Egregiae Virtutis," which he dedicated to the brothers of Salonika.

      Archbishop Piero Biggio, responsible for relations with Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, represented the Vatican State Secretariat at the ceremony.

      Archbishop Biggio told ZENIT that "we are always seeking Christian unity and there certainly has been progress in what the Lord desires, which is 'that they all be one.'"




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      Russian Pilgrims Visit John Paul II's Tomb
      Launch Year Dedicated to Pope's Memory

      MOSCOW, MAY 16, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The first group of pilgrims from Russia since the death of John Paul II will visit Rome, paying homage to the Pope who never realized his desire to visit their country.

      "John Paul II did not manage to come to Moscow and now we will go to him," said Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz to Asianews.

      The archbishop of the Mother of God in Moscow, who is leading the group of 40 pilgrims, explained that it was the laity that came up with the initiative: "They persistently asked me to organize the trip, which we did not manage to do in time for the funeral because of logistical timing."

      "The date of the trip is not a coincidence: I chose May 18 because it's John Paul II's birthday," he added.

      The high point of the pilgrimage will be Wednesday, when the pilgrims will attend a Mass at the tomb of St. Peter, and later pray at John Paul II's tomb.

      "We will also be present at Wednesday's Audience, and we will see Benedict XVI for the first time," the archbishop said.

      The Russian prelate revealed the gratitude Russian Catholics have toward Benedict XVI for speeding up the beatification process of his predecessor: "Right after the unexpected news about the start of the canonization process, dozens and dozens of faithful came to the cathedral to pray and to participate in mass."

      He added that May 18 will mark the beginning of a year dedicated to the memory of John Paul II in Russian dioceses. "There are a number of activities on our program: a circulating photographic exhibition, conferences, and the publication of those books of Karol Wojtyla which have not yet been translated into Russian."

      The archbishop said that Russian Catholics feel a strong bond with the Pope who "did so much for Russia," but whose dream to visit Moscow never materialized because of firm opposition from the Russian Orthodox Church and its accusations of proselytism.

      The atmosphere seems destined to change, he said. "Today the Orthodox Church is much more open to dialogue."

      Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said that he was confident that the "dream of Pope John Paul will come true." His hopes are pinned on Benedict XVI, who is appreciated by the Orthodox Church for his "solidity of faith and firm positions in matters of doctrine, as in the centrality of Christ for example, even when he was a cardinal."

      This could be "one of the meeting points" between the two churches, he said.

      The archbishop emphasized that in today's world, all are in "need of a shared witness."

      "Between globalization and existing conflicts, the position of the Christian Church is nearly Shakespearean: 'to be or not to be.' To overcome it, there is need of more friendly collaboration, a crucial step towards possible unity," he said.




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      LECTIO DIVINA

      The Ways Of Mental Prayer

      FIRST PART

      ON PRAYER IN GENERAL

      CHAPTER TWO: MENTAL PRAYER--ITS OBJECT

      1. Of Mental Prayer in General. (pages 12-13)


      Mental prayer does not use prayer formulas, written or any other form of texts, but simply raising the soul to God and speaking to Him from the heart and will.

      There are two types of mental prayer: (1) active, and (2) passive. Active mental prayer is when the soul is predominant reaching out to God. Passive mental prayer is when God's grace is predominant reaching out to the soul.

      2. Of Ordinary Mental Prayer. (pages 13-14)


      "According to the saying of St. Teresa , the soul in this stage is like a gardner, who with much labor, draws the water up from the depths of the well to water his plants and flowers." (page 13)

      The first stage of mental prayer is meditation that uses the mental faculties of memory and intellect. After the mind has meditated it then turns to the faculty of the will to love, desire, ask and make resolutions.

      The main object of mental prayer or meditation is to move the mind, heart and will to grow in love for God and all people.

      "The mind's eye is fixed upon some truth in oreder to believe it, upon some virtue in order to love and seek it, upon some duty in order to fulfill it, upon moral evil to detest and fly from it, upon some danger to avoid it. In a word, meditation ought to lead to love and to action." (14)


      3. Of the End of Mental Prayer. (pages 14-17)

      "We make mental prayer in order to be converted from evil to good, from good to better, from better to perfection, as we have promised. " (page 15)

      Mental prayer, then, serves to transform us, to grow in grace and love with God and neighbor.

      "After mental prayer has ended, all is not yet done. It is not a drawer, from which we take out half an hour convictions and affections, and then shut it up for the rest of the day. Lights have been received, to which we should henceforth strive to conform our thoughts and conduct; we retire from prayer with a perfume of devotion which we must not allow to evaporate; we have made good resolutions and asked the help of God's grace to keep them; it now remains to put them in practice. In a word, mental prayer prepares us for action; a life of prayer calls for a life eminent in all virtues." (pages 16-17)

      Without effort on our part to change for the better, mental prayer becomes sterile and fruitless. Mental prayer, then, strengthens us to fulfill our moral obligation to ourselves, to our neighbors and to God to strive to improve ourselves by virtue, good works, maturity, and a heart filled with love and humility.


      Rt. Rev. Dom Vitalis Lehodey, The Ways Of Mental Prayer (1907,
      reprint Rockford,Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1982)
      ISBN:0-8955-178-0

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      3. Today's Lectionary Readings Text
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      <http://www.alingilalyawmi.org> (Arabic)

      Biblica Online
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      MORNING, EVENING & NIGHT PRAYERS, TEXTS:
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      8. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
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      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37>

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      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
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      MAMA GILI GUILD

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      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
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      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011

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      10. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online
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      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online
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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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