Friday, February 28, 2014

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 40 Years of the Culture of Death

ARCHBISHOP AQUILA: 40 Years of the Culture of Death



Full text of a great letter. Here's one of my favorite excerpts:

If we want to build a culture of life, we need to begin with charity. Social charity, or solidarity, is the hallmark of a culture of life and a civilization of love. It allows us to see one another through the eyes of God, and therefore to see the unique and personal worth of one another. Charity allows us to treat one another with justice not because of our obligations, but because of our desire to love as God loves.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pope issues letter to families

Pope issues letter to families



Dear families,
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.
This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.
I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally “seen” salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.
Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.

In rare public split, Catholic bishops differ sharply on anti-gay laws | National Catholic Reporter

In rare public split, Catholic bishops differ sharply on anti-gay laws | National Catholic Reporter



The Roman Catholic hierarchy has generally been viewed as a unified bloc in opposition to gay rights, but the emergence of especially punitive measures against gays in various countries has opened unusually stark and public fissures among bishops in different nations.

Uganda's Anti-Gay Laws | National Catholic Reporter

Uganda's Anti-Gay Laws | National Catholic Reporter



In 2009, when an earlier law which prescribed the death penalty for certain gay activities was proposed, the Catholic Church boldly opposed it. An inter-denominational organization to which the Catholic Church in Uganda belongs has been more supportive of this law.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

American Cardinal on the message of this Pontificate The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization

American Cardinal on the message of this Pontificate The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization



Pope Francis has clearly reaffirmed the Church’s moral teaching, in accord with her unbroken tradition. What, then, does he want us to understand about his pastoral approach in general? It seems to me that he first wishes to have people set aside every obstacle which they imagine to prevent them from responding with faith. He wants, above all, that they see Christ and receive His personal invitation to be one with Him in the Church.

Two popes in St. Peter's

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Patriarch Twal: defending the Palestinians did not mean being against Israel - Fides News Agency

ASIA/HOLY LAND - Patriarch Twal: defending the Palestinians did not mean being against Israel - Fides News Agency



"Defending the Palestinians", said the Patriarch, "did not mean being against Israel". "Everyone should realize how peace would be beneficial not only for human rights, but also economically for both parties", declared US State Dept official Shaun Casey.

Venezuelan Bishops to Government: Please listen to the people

With reforms unclear, Francis starts possible bellwether week | National Catholic Reporter

With reforms unclear, Francis starts possible bellwether week | National Catholic Reporter


Pope Francis began meeting Monday for the third time with a select group of eight cardinals advising him on reforming the global Catholic church, but it remains unclear just what reforms are in the offing.
The meeting of the group, known formally as the Council of Cardinals, opens a week at the Vatican that could be a bellwether for the effect of the pope's intended reforms of the central command structure for the church.
In the space of eight days, the pontiff is to....

Monday, February 10, 2014

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus



Christians, Pope Francis said, “receive a mission in regard to all humanity: with faith and with love they can direct, consecrate, and make fruitful all humanity.” We are all “missionary disciples, and we are called to become in the world a living Gospel.” If Christians lose their savour, if their light goes out, their presence in the world loses its efficacy. “Do you want to be burning lamps or extinguished lamps?”

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus

Angelus: Christians are burning lamps, bearing the light of Jesus



Christians, Pope Francis said, “receive a mission in regard to all humanity: with faith and with love they can direct, consecrate, and make fruitful all humanity.” We are all “missionary disciples, and we are called to become in the world a living Gospel.” If Christians lose their savour, if their light goes out, their presence in the world loses its efficacy. “Do you want to be burning lamps or extinguished lamps?”

Week 1 - Folk Singer from Baluchistan

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS

CARMELITAS DESCALZOS



08//02//2014
Our Fr General concelebrates Mass with Pope Francis


P. Ă“scar I. Aparicio
On the morning of 7th February, Fr Saverio CannistrĂ  concelebrated with His Holiness Pope Francis in Santa Marta in the Vatican. After returning from a long journey to assist at the episcopal ordination of Mons. Peter Chung, the first Discalced Carmelite Korean bishop, he landed in Rome at mid-night. At Fiumicino airport Fr Rafal was waiting for him to give him the pleasing news that within a few hours he had to go to concelebrate Mass with the Pope in Santa Marta.
After a few hours of sleep and with the time difference weighing heavily upon him, Fr Saverio concelebrated with the Bishop of Rome at six in the morning. After Mass he was able to exchange greetings briefly with the Pope. First of all he conveyed his own and the Order's loyalty to the successor of Peter. He then presented the Pope with the latest biography, written by our Carmelite brother, Mons. Guy Gaucher, on Saint Therese of Lisieaux, of whom the Pope is a fervent admirer. Finally, following Vatican protocol, they arranged to have to have a broader and more relaxed conversation.
​Fr Saverio, with his usual simplicity, told us in the dining room about the meeting he had with the Pope, and the happiness he felt in being able to shake hands with our Pope Francis. It is a happiness felt by the whole Order for the gift God has given us in the person of Pope Francis.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fr Lombardi SJ: Note on children's rights Committee findings

Fr Lombardi SJ: Note on children's rights Committee findings



"In sum: if the Holy See was certainly the subject of an initiative and a media attention in our view unfairly harmful, one needs to recognize that, in turn, the Committee has itself attracted much serious and well-founded criticism. Without desiring to place [responsibility for] what has transpired “[on] the United Nations”, it must be said that the UN carries the brunt of the negative consequences in public opinion, for the actions of a Committee that calls itself [by the UN name]."

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!: Archbishop Aymond calls for Planned Parenthood Boy...

Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!: Archbishop Aymond calls for Planned Parenthood Boy...: Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans published the following letter in the Clarion-Herald: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ...

The specific excerpt:


We cannot be silent in view of the grave injustice presented by the abortions that will be performed at the proposed Planned Parenthood facility. The archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there. For this reason, the archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly and nursing homes, will strive in its privately funded work not to enter into business relationships with any person or organization that participates in actions that are essential to making this abortion facility a reality.

This policy applies to all businesses, regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Our fidelity to Church teaching and our conscience necessitates this stance.

There is no justification, including economic hardship that will make a direct or indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood, or any abortion provider, acceptable. Additionally, affiliation or support of Planned Parenthood by Catholics is a matter of serious scandal.

Pope explains Eucharist's power

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

MOVIES: "GIMME SHELTER"

"Gimme Shelter" (not the Rolling Stones' song and documentary by the same name) is a rare blatantly pro-life story--with big name actors--to hit the theaters. Vanessa Hudgens puts in a gritty performance as castoff pregnant teen named Apple. This is a real street kid with an abusive street mother. Vanessa looks and acts every bit the part: disheveled hair, piercings, clothing to hide her gender (and pregnancy), hopeless stare, poor communication skills, eating from dumpsters, continually in survival mode....