Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Greg Burke, Vatican Communication Adviser: 2014 has a lot of changes in ...

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

30//12//2013
Fr Peter Chung, new auxiliary bishop of Seoul.

The Holy Father has appointed Fr Peter Chung OCD as the new Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese of Seoul. At present, Fr Peter, 52 years old, is the Order's VI General Definitor and is in charge of Asia and East Oceania.
Fr Peter Chung was born in Seoul in 1961. He entered the novitiate of the Korean Province of the Discalced Carmelites in 1987, making his first profession the following year in February 1988. He made his solemn profession in 1992 and was ordained priest on 16th July the same year.
The Archdiocese of Seoul, which is considered the first in South Korea, currently has nearly a million and a half baptized. In addition, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Pyongyang in North Korea.
Fr Peter will be the fifth auxiliary bishop in the history of the Archdiocese and replaces in office Bishop Basil Cho Kyu-man. The present Archbishop of Seoul is Monsignor Andrew Yeom Soo-Jung.
Our General, Fr Saverio Cannistrà, has described the news as a great joy for the Order, which should feel proud to offer this assistance, in the person of Fr Peter, to the Church established in Korea, although his fraternal presence in the General House and his generous dedication to work as a Definitor will be missed. Fr General also invites all the OCD and OCDS brothers and sisters, as well as the members of the Teresian family, to pray particularly for Fr Peter and the Catholics of Korea.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again 
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.


Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful 
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.


+ Pope Francis
29 December 2013




Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen: The Holy Family by a Fire


Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 March For Life Banner Sign Up Thank You

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Mad at everyone else, Muslim immigrants in Rome trust the pope | National Catholic Reporter

Mad at everyone else, Muslim immigrants in Rome trust the pope | National Catholic Reporter

John Allen interviews Italian Fr. Emanuele Giannone - who runs the local branch of the Catholic charity Caritas - the priest who offered to carry a letter from detainees on a hunger strike to Pope Francis describing their lives and explaining their demands.

A very Franciscan Christmas after all | National Catholic Reporter

A very Franciscan Christmas after all | National Catholic Reporter

John Allen writes: "His calculus, however, seems to be that the world has heard the church’s judgment quite clearly, and now it’s time for the world to hear, and to experience, its mercy. That’s probably what Francis meant when he said back in July that the present time is a kairos, meaning a privileged moment, for mercy."

Pope Francis shows himself to be not just a devoté, but a true disciple of St. Thérèse...

Patriarch Twal: Jesus tells us "Peace is possible"

Patriarch Twal: Jesus tells us "Peace is possible"

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Lk 2:14)
President Mahmoud Abbas,
Prime Minister, Rami Al Hamadallah,Honorable Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister,
Honorable Ambassadors and Consuls,My Brothers in the Episcopate and representatives of Churches
Dear Pilgrims and Faithful,
From the Grotto of Bethlehem, I express my best wishes for peace and joy!
Mr. President, thank you for coming tonight to celebrate Christmas with us. We pray for you and for your mission in finding a just and equitable solution to the present conflict, for Palestinian unity, for the peace and prosperity of your country. We ask God to grant you wisdom and courage. We also pray for all government leaders of the Middle East, especially for His Majesty King Abdullah Il Ben Al-Hussein of Jordan and guardian of the Holy Places in Palestine.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Christmas eve was a deep crisis for the Holy Family, “because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). That historic night reminds us of the long night into which our world and the Middle East are plunged....

Pope Francis: Angelus appeal on behalf of persecuted Christians

Pope Francis: Angelus appeal on behalf of persecuted Christians

"So today we pray especially for Christians who are discriminated against because of their witness to Christ and the Gospel. We are close to those brothers and sisters who, like St. Stephen, are unjustly accused and subjected to violence of various kinds. I am sure that, unfortunately, they are more numerous today than in the early days of the Church. There are so many! This happens especially where religious freedom is still not guaranteed or not fully realized. But it happens even in the countries and areas that on paper are protecting freedom and human rights, but where in fact the believers, and especially Christians, encounter restrictions and discrimination. I would like to ask you to pray for these brothers and sisters in a moment in silence..."

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Hodie Christus Natus Est! (Choir of King's College, Cambridge)

Christmas Midnight Mass: Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness

Christmas Midnight Mass: Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).
This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes place anew the event which always amazes and surprises us: the people who walk see a great light. A light which makes us reflect on this mystery: the mystery of walking and seeing....

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pope says Vatican shouldn't be 'bureaucratic customs house' | National Catholic Reporter

Pope says Vatican shouldn't be 'bureaucratic customs house' | National Catholic Reporter

In what amounts to his first “State of the Union” speech, Pope Francis warned Dec. 21 that without a spirit of service the Vatican risks becoming no more than a “heavy bureaucratic customs house,” and insisted that its personnel shouldn’t constantly be “inspecting and questioning.”
The pope did not roll out a specific reform plan, but laid out the basic values he believes curial personnel must have: professionalism and a dedication to service.
Francis also issued another strong call to resist gossip, calling on curia personnel to become “conscientious objectors” to the “unwritten law” of the Vatican, which is a temptation to gossip that’s “harmful to people, our work and our surroundings.”
Francis made the comments in the pope’s annual year-end speech to the Roman Curia....

MOVIES: "SAVING MR. BANKS"

MOVIES: "SAVING MR. BANKS" 

The Media Nun, Sister Helena Burns, explains why this film has the worst title ever...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

XMAS Flash Mob @ the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Missionary in South Sudan: climate of fear as many flee the capital

Missionary in South Sudan: climate of fear as many flee the capital

The inhabitants of the capital are taking “buses, lorries” or whatever form of transport is available, to leave the city and return to their ancestral villages.

McKinsey and KPMG hired to assess Vatican communications and accounting

Pope\'s Mass: With Humility comes Fruitfulness

The importance of brightness in Christmas

Pope Francis: Humility necessary for fruitfulness

Pope Francis: Humility necessary for fruitfulness

“Humility is necessary for fruitfulness,” Pope Francis said at Mass this morning in the Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father said that the intervention of God overcomes the sterility of our life and makes it fruitful. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pope on Christmas: A Christian that shows off is a pagan

Pope at General Audience: If we wan\'t to be like God, we must be more h...

Highlights of the year of two popes

A pope made for TV

USCCB announces Day of Prayer for Survivors/Victims of Human Trafficking

USCCB announces Day of Prayer for Survivors/Victims of Human Trafficking

(Vatican Radio) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that its Committee on Migration has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking.
In a communique, the USCCB explains that February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
“On that day, we will lift our voices loudly in prayer, hope, and love for trafficking victims and survivors,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Committee. “If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pope canonizes Peter Faber, the co-founder of the Jesuits

Vatican Television gives Pope Francis a video greeting for his birthday

Pope celebrates his birthday with Santa Marta staff and four homeless pe...

Allegations cause Minnesota archbishop to remove himself from ministry | National Catholic Reporter

Allegations cause Minnesota archbishop to remove himself from ministry | National Catholic Reporter

The archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis has voluntarily removed himself from public ministry while local authorities investigate an accusation against him of inappropriate touching four years ago.
The Twin Cities archdiocese learned last week of an allegation that Archbishop John Nienstedt touched a young man's buttocks in 2009 during a group photo session following an area confirmation ceremony. The archdiocese said it directed the mandated reporter who first learned of the alleged incident to report it to St. Paul police.

Upon consulting with Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, Nienstedt decided to step down from public ministry effective immediately while the investigation is ongoing, according to the archdiocese. Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché, the vicar general, will take the archbishop's place in public duties..... 

It's official: Jesuit Fr. Peter Faber is a saint | National Catholic Reporter

It's official: Jesuit Fr. Peter Faber is a saint | National Catholic Reporter

ROME
Pope Francis on Tuesday essentially set aside the normal process for canonizing a saint and extended sainthood to arguably his favorite Jesuit, Fr. Peter Faber, a Frenchman who was an early member of the Society of Jesus and who died in 1547.
A statement issued by the Vatican press office at roughly 6 p.m. Rome time said Francis met today with the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato, and decided to "extend to the universal church the liturgical cult" of Faber, "inscribing him in the catalogue of saints."
In other words, as of Tuesday, Catholics around the world can refer to St. Peter Faber....

Saturday, December 14, 2013

300 American athletes join forces to make the world a better place

10 phrases by Pope Francis that have changed the world

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

Sister Helena Burns reviews:

"Vanessa Hudgens puts in a gritty performance as a castoff pregnant teen named Apple. Based on the true story of Kathy DiFiori who opened a home for young mothers in New Jersey...."

St. John of the Cross | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

St. John of the Cross | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

"John of the Cross was not the inventor of a new doctrine, but a wise man who framed his doctrine in principles so diaphanous that their ultimate consequences are seen at a glance to follow from them."

Influence of St. John of the Cross in the 17th Century | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

Influence of St. John of the Cross in the 17th Century | THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE CARMELITE ORDER

The first disciples of St. John of the Cross, unaffected by the scholasticism which was to prevail afterward, follow his Trinitarian schema. José de Jesús Maria (Quiroga) wrote Subida del alma a Dios (Madrid  1656-59) and Inocencio de San Andrés  (d.1620) wrote  Teologiá  mística y espejo de la vida eterna.Cecilia del Nacimiento  (1570-1646) wrote De la transformación del alma en Dios. 
There were others who did not depend as closely on John of the Cross but who were nevertheless outstanding and influential in their own right. Among these were Juan de Jesús Maria (Aravalles  d. 1609)  who redacted the Instrucción de Novicios for the Discalced Carmelites. The great mystic Juan de Jesús Maria (Sampedro 1564-1615)  played an important role in the spiritual formation in the Italian Discalced congregation.........

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pope\'s Mass: Rejecting the message because you reject the messenger doe...

Neige à Jérusalem 2013


My Door Is Always Open: A Conversation on Faith, Hope and the Church in a Time of Change

by Pope Francis (Author) , Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Author) , Antonio Spadaro (Commentary)

Pre-order this definitive hardcover edition of the September, 2013 interview that turned the world's attention to the Vatican and started a dialogue with the Catholic Church that is still going strong.

From the publisher:

The book contains the complete text of a multi-hour interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Italian Jesuit journal. Excerpts from this interview, on release to the press, caused a sensation around the world. The topics included the Church's need to find a stronger role for women and less punitive attitudes toward sexuality (including that of gay Christians). Here at last is the full interview with detailed, interpretive commentary by Fr. Spadaro, a longtime observer of the Vatican.


Pre-order now for release March 4, 2014!



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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Soweto Gospel Choir - Nkosi Sikelel (South African National Anthem)

Pope\'s Mass: A Christian without hope lives life without meaning


+ Fidelity to the Gospel, lest we run in vain

We incarnate the duty of hearing the cry of the poor when we are deeply moved by the suffering of others. Let us listen to what God’s word teaches us about mercy, and allow that word to resound in the life of the Church. The Gospel tells us: “Blessed are the merciful, because they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). The apostle James teaches that our mercy to others will vindicate us on the day of God’s judgment: “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy, yet mercy triumphs over judgment” (Jas 2:12-13). Here James is faithful to the finest tradition of post-exilic Jewish spirituality, which attributed a particular salutary value to mercy: “Break off your sins by practising righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your tranquillity” (Dan 4:27). The wisdom literature sees almsgiving as a concrete exercise of mercy towards those in need: “Almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away every sin” (Tob 12:9). The idea is expressed even more graphically by Sirach: “Water extinguishes blazing fire: so almsgiving atones for sin” (Sir 3:30). 




The same synthesis appears in the New Testament: “Maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Pet 4:8). This truth greatly influenced the thinking of the Fathers of the Church and helped create a prophetic, counter-cultural resistance to the self-centred hedonism of paganism. We can recall a single example: “If we were in peril from fire, we would certainly run to water in order to extinguish the fire… in the same way, if a spark of sin flares up from our straw, and we are troubled on that account, whenever we have an opportunity to perform a work of mercy, we should rejoice, as if a fountain opened before so that the fire might be extinguished”. [St. Augustine De Catechizandis Rudibus, I, XIX, 22: PL 40, 327]

This message is so clear and direct, so simple and eloquent, that no ecclesial interpretation has the right to relativize it....
_________
Pope Francis
Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium
No. 193-194



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pope to Christians: Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk

Press conference on the Meeting of the Council of Cardinals

Pope Francis establishes commission on protection of minors

Pope Francis establishes commission on protection of minors

Continuing decisively along the lines undertaken by Pope Benedict XVI, and accepting a proposal presented by the Council of Cardinals, the Holy Father has decided to establish a specific Commission for the protection of minors, with the aim of advising Pope Francis on the Holy See’s commitment to the protection of children and in pastoral care for victims of abuse.... 

ASIA/SYRIA - Conflicting statements on the issue of the Sisters of Maalula - Fides News Agency

ASIA/SYRIA - Conflicting statements on the issue of the Sisters of Maalula - Fides News Agency

The story of the nuns of Santa Tecla taken from the convent after the occupation of the city of Maalula by anti-Assad militias remains unclear. 
According to sources in Damascus confirmed to agencies also by the Apostolic Nuncio Mario Zenari, the Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf was able to speak over the phone with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch on Wednesday, December 4, confirming that the nuns are fine. While Musab al Jair, spokesman for the Military Council in Damascus (body of the rebels) reported to Efe agency that the nuns could be released somewhere in the region of Qualamun, in response to requests from Christians around the world. The nuns currently find themselves in the city of Yabrud, controlled by the rebels.
On the other hand....

Advent in Carmel — Watching and Waiting!

Advent in Carmel — Watching and Waiting!

"This is a good image of Advent in Carmel. To sit quietly at the window, to pull back the curtain and to begin and continue a four week wait right there – close to the window, waiting for Christ. Advent in Carmel is Christo-centric, which means that it is centered in Christ. We listen once again to the ancient prophecies foretelling His coming. As we chant the Divine Office morning, early evening, and at night, we hear the ancient psalms prepare us anew for the Christmas mystery."

 - See more at: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2013/12/carmelite-sisters-advent-in-carmel/#sthash.YGSe0qOd.dpuf

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Advent begins with Pope Francis for one Roman parish

Pope\'s Mass: Jesus didn\'t just preach and heal. He also smiled and lau...

ASIA/SYRIA - Patriarch Gregory III: "True martyrs in Maalula"

ASIA/SYRIA - Patriarch Gregory III: "True martyrs in Maalula"

"We are determined to remain in this blessed land even at the cost of martyrdom and martyrdom of blood." The Patriarch expressed strong concern regarding the new invasion of the Christian village of Maalula by armed Islamist groups, who terrorized the population and took hostage 12 Orthodox nuns in the monastery of Santa Tecla.

THE ROMAN CURIA: KEY THEME OF THE SECOND ROUND OF THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS

THE ROMAN CURIA: KEY THEME OF THE SECOND ROUND OF THE COUNCIL OF CARDINALS

“This morning work began immediately on the examination of the Roman Curia and in particular on the dicastery of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; or rather, they entered fully into what, as has already been stated, will be an in-depth task, not limited to retouches or minor improvements. The revision of Pastor bonus is substantial, to the extent that it may be considered as a new constitution for the Curia.” - Fr. Federico Lombardi

Gospel of the plow Part II