Monday, July 26, 2010


Joachim and Anne Asked to Intercede for Families
ROME, JULY 26, 2010 ( Benedict XVI is joining with the faithful celebrating Grandparents' Day today, the feast of Jesus' grandparents: Joachim and Anne.

At a celebration in Jaen, Spain, a papal message was read after a Mass celebrated by Bishop Ramón del Hoyo López.

The Holy Father's message and blessing were sent by Archbishop Renzo Fratini, the apostolic nuncio in Spain.

The Grandparents' Day celebration was organized by the Golden Age: Messengers of Peace Association. The papal message was addressed to the president of that group, Father Ángel García Rodríguez.

"The Holy Father, appreciating the religious, spiritual, human and social wealth of grandparents, is happy to join in this gesture of affection and gratitude to them and encourages them to persevere in the faith, giving meaning with the light of Christ the Lord to all the moments of their lives."

The message ends with the prayer that the Lord will help grandparents "with his providence and mercy" and imploring for them "the protection of the holy grandparents Joachim and Anne, and of their daughter, the glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ Our Lord."

In Rome

The Parish of St. Anne in the Diocese of Rome also marked the feast.

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, president of the Vatican office that oversees construction matters related to St. Peter's, presided over a Mass there in which he emphasized the importance of the family.

He also read a prayer that he himself had composed.

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, also celebrated a Mass at the church.

The faithful asked St. Anne to intercede for grandparents, so that they will be able to offer everyone the testimony of an exemplary life in their irreplaceable moral and spiritual task with children and adolescents.


Benedict XVI Marks Today's Feast of St. James
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, JULY 25, 2010 - Benedict XVI today greeted pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, gathered at the site traditionally held to be St James' tomb, as the Church marks the apostle's feast day.

After praying the midday Angelus with the faithful at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope sent his greetings to Spain on this feast of the nation's patron.

He affirmed that he is looking forward to his visit to Santiago, scheduled for this November.

During his address in Italian, the Holy Father noted the Apostle James, known as "the Greater," who "left his father and his work as a fisherman to follow Jesus and give his life for him -- the first among the apostles to do so."

"From my heart," he added, "I address a special thought to the many pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela! May the Virgin Mary help us to rediscover the beauty and the profundity of Christian prayer."

Later, speaking in Spanish, the Pontiff noted how James has always been venerated in Compostela, and the influence the apostle has had in Spanish-speaking countries.

"In this Compostelan Holy Year," he said, "I also want to unite myself to the numerous pilgrims there next November, during a trip in which I will also visit Barcelona."

"Following the footsteps of the apostle," Benedict XVI said, "let us walk the path of our lives giving a constant testimony of faith, hope and charity."

Sunday, July 25, 2010


DBCLC: Archdiocesan Catechetical Department of Trichur conducted one day seminar for Chelakkara region. All catechism teachers of Chelakkara Forane participated in the seminar. Rev. Fr. Liril Thaliyaparambil, the forane promoter orgainsed this one day program.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Papal Children's Book Talks of "Jesus' Friends"

Draws From Wednesday Audiences on the Apostles
ROME, JULY 22, 2010 ( Drawing from Benedict XVI's general audiences, a children's book has been published in the Pope's name to present "The Friends of Jesus."

"Gli amici di Gesu," (Piccola casa editrice) gathers passages from the Pope's Wednesday audiences to present the 12 Apostles, as well as Matthias and Paul.

The Pontiff began in 2006 to dedicate his audience addresses to the apostles.

The 48-page work is embellished by illustrations from Franco Vignazia.

Julián Carrón, president of the Communion and Liberation Movement, writes the introduction, which was presented today in L'Osservatore Romano.

He recounts how a "small group of men one day 2,000 years ago met a young man walking through the streets of Galilee."

Carrón goes on to explain how these men are known today as the apostles, but even then, were recognized as Jesus' friends.

Now, the author notes, the Successor of Peter, one of these original friends, "accompanies us to discover who were Christ's first companions, how they met him and how they were conquered by him to the point of deciding never to abandon him."

"The Pope takes us back 2,000 years and makes us become witnesses of what Jesus said and did with those men," Carrón writes. "[The Holy Father] transports us on a spring morning to the shores of the Lake of Tiberias, where Jesus asks Peter: 'Do you love me?' and he lets us hear his answer, repeated several times: 'Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you.'"

Lorenzo Murnigotti, editorial coordinator of the Piccola Casa Editrice publishing house, told the Catholic News Agency that he hopes an English and Spanish version will be published within the next year.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010



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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Logic of Christ Is Charity, Says Pope

Recalls "Wondrous Work" of St. Benedict of Norcia
VATICAN CITY, JULY 11, 2010 ( The parable of the Good Samaritan invites the faithful to make an attitude change with regard to following Christ, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope reflected today on the Good Samaritan before praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

"It belongs to us to be 'neighbors' to whomever has need of help," the Pontiff said. "The Samaritan, in fact, takes charge of the situation of a stranger, whom the brigands left half dead on the side of the road; while a priest and a Levite passed him by, perhaps thinking that, because of a certain precept, they would be contaminated if they came in contact with his blood.

"The parable, thus, must make us change our attitude following the logic of Christ, which is the logic of charity: God is love, and worshiping him means serving our brothers with sincere and generous love."

This Gospel passage offers the “standard,” which is the “universal love toward the needy whom we encounter ‘by chance’ (cf. Luke 10:31), whoever they may be” (“Deus Caritas Est,” No. 25). Alongside this universal rule, there is also a specifically ecclesial responsibility: within the ecclesial family no member should suffer through being in need” (“Deus caritas est,” No. 25). The Christian’s project, taken from Jesus’ teaching, is “a heart that sees” where love is needed and acts appropriately (“Deus caritas est,” No. 31).

Benedict XVI then offered a short reflection on St. Benedict of Norcia, who is the patron of his pontificate and "the father and legislator of western monasticism." St. Benedict's feast day is celebrated today.

"He, as St. Gregory the Great reports, 'was a man who lived a holy life … blessed by grace and blessed in grace' ... 'He wrote a rule for monks … the mirror of a teaching incarnated in his person: for the holy man could not otherwise teach, than himself lived,'" the Pope said.

He added, "Pope Paul VI proclaimed St. Benedict the Patron of Europe on Oct. 24, 1964, recognizing the wondrous work he did in the formation of European civilization."

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Proclaim Jesus Christ Through Words and Deeds; Mar Raphael Thattil

Advanced CTC: 9th to 11th July

DBCLC: Mar Raphael Thattil asked to catechism teachers to proclaim Jesus Christ in their words & deeds. He was addressing the teachers in Advanced CTC.
Catechism teachers, who finished 10 years of teaching, attending the Advanced CTC.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

St. Maria Goretti (1890-1902)

July 6, 2010

One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization—250,000—symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti.

She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write. When she made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members of the class.

On a hot afternoon in July, Maria was sitting at the top of the stairs of her house, mending a shirt. She was not quite 12 years old, but physically mature. A cart stopped outside, and a neighbor, Alessandro, 18 years old, ran up the stairs. He seized her and pulled her into a bedroom. She struggled and tried to call for help, gasping that she would be killed rather than submit. “No, God does not wish it. It is a sin. You would go to hell for it.” Alessandro began striking at her blindly with a long dagger.

She was taken to a hospital. Her last hours were marked by the usual simple compassion of the good—concern about where her mother would sleep, forgiveness of her murderer (she had been in fear of him, but did not say anything lest she cause trouble to his family) and her devout welcoming of Viaticum. She died about 24 hours after the attack.

Her murderer was sentenced to 30 years in prison. For a long time he was unrepentant and surly. One night he had a dream or vision of Maria, gathering flowers and offering them to him. His life changed. When he was released after 27 years, his first act was to go to beg the forgiveness of Maria’s mother.

Devotion to the young martyr grew, miracles were worked, and in less than half a century she was canonized. At her beatification in 1947, her mother (then 82), two sisters and a brother appeared with Pope Pius XII on the balcony of St. Peter’s. Three years later, at her canonization, a 66-year-old Alessandro Serenelli knelt among the quarter-million people and cried tears of joy.


Maria may have had trouble with catechism, but she had no trouble with faith. God's will was holiness, decency, respect for one's body, absolute obedience, total trust. In a complex world, her faith was simple: It is a privilege to be loved by God, and to love him—at any cost. As the virtue of chastity dies the death of a thousand qualifications, she is a breath of sweet fresh air.


"Even if she had not been a martyr, she would still have been a saint, so holy was her everyday life" (Cardinal Salotti).

Saturday, July 3, 2010


"My Lord & My God" (John 20: 28)

Benedict XVI: Youth Days Not Just Big Events

Calls Them "Privileged Occasions" to Find Christ

VATICAN CITY, JULY 2, 2010 ( World Youth Day isn't just another big event, says Benedict XVI, but rather a "privileged occasion" for youth to encounter the love of Christ

The Pope said this today upon receiving in audience a delegation of the sponsors of the next international youth day, which is set to take place Aug. 16-21, 2011, in Madrid, Spain.

The delegation was led by Cardinal Antonio María Rouco, the archbishop of Madrid, and included members of the Foundation Madrid Vivo.

"There are many young people who have their eyes fixed on that beautiful city, with the joy of being able to meet there in a few months to hear together the Word of Christ, which is always young, and to be able to share the faith that unites us and the desire they have of building a better world, inspired in the values of the Gospel," the Pontiff said in a short greeting.

"I invite you all to continue to collaborate generously in this beautiful initiative," he continued, "which is not a simple multitudinous meeting, but a privileged occasion for the young people of your country and of the whole world to let themselves be conquered by the love of Christ Jesus, Son of God and of Mary, the faithful friend, the conqueror of sin and death."

"Whoever trusts in him is never disappointed, but finds the necessary strength to choose the right path in life," he added.

The Foundation Madrid Vivo was created in November to support World Youth Day 2011. It is composed of Spanish business leaders, including the presidents of the largest banks in Spain.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Benedict XVI Is 1st Signed up for '11 Youth Day

Registration Opens Today
MADRID, JULY 1, 2010 ( Registrations opened today for the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid, with Benedict XVI being the first participant signed up.

The registration system for the Aug. 16-21, 2011, event was presented at a press conference before the registrations opened.

Auxiliary Bishop César Franco of Madrid, general coordinator of WYD, pointed to the practical need for accurate registrations so as to "treat young people well" and "know how many are coming, how many need accommodation, food or cultural areas to cover their needs."

Though participation is free in the main events of World Youth Day (the inaugural Mass, welcome ceremony, Way of the Cross, Saturday vigil and Sunday Mass), participants are encouraged to register and pay a fee that helps cover WYD costs and brings the benefits of being a registered participant.

43 Saints' Causes Decrees, 40 From 20th Century

2 Teenagers and 26 More Spanish Martyrs Recognized
VATICAN CITY, JULY 1, 2010 ( Set to join 498 of their peers beatified in 2007 at the largest beatification ceremony in Church history, now another 26 victims of religious persecution in Spain during the 1930s have been recognized as martyrs.

Benedict XVI today authorized their decrees of martyrdom, as well as that of five others, along with five decrees recognizing miracles, and six decrees declaring heroic virtue. All but three of the decrees regard causes for people who died in the 20th century.

One of those recognized to have gained a miracle through his intercession is already beatified, meaning canonization is just a step away. This is Blessed Luigi Guanella (1842-1915), an Italian priest who founded two orders, the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence.

The other four who gained miracles through their intercession -- all Italians, and all from the 20th century -- are recognized as Servants of God. One died at the age of 18:

-- Giustino Maria Russolillo (1891-1955), Italian priest, pastor of Pianura and founder of the Society for Divine Vocations

-- Maria Serafina of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1849-1911) (born Clotilde Micheli), Italian founder of the Sisters of the Angels

-- Alfonsa Clerici (1860-1930), Italian religious of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of Monza

-- Cecilia Eusepi (1910-1928), Italian member of the Third Order of the Servants of Mary.


The Spanish martyrs recognized by the Pope's decree are Servants of God:

-- José María Ruiz Cano, Jesús Aníbal Gómez Gómez, Tomás Cordero Cordero, and 13 companions of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, killed in 1936

-- Carmelo María Moyano and nine companions of the Carmelites, also killed in 1936.

The other martyrs recognized are Servants of God:

-- Janos Scheffler (1887-1952), bishop of Satu Mare, Romania.

-- Johannes Prassek and two companions, diocesan priests killed at Hamburg, Germany, on Nov. 10, 1943

-- Marguerite Rutan, professed sister of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, born in 1736 and killed at Dax, France, on April 9, 1794.

Heroic virtues

Heroic virtues were recognized for the following six people, now Servants of God, and including one teenager:

-- Basilio Martinelli (1872-1962), Italian professed priest of the Congregation of the Schools of Charity

-- María Antonia de San José (1730-1799) (born María Antonia de Paz y Figueroa), Argentinean founder of the Beaterio of Buenos Aires

-- Maria (1880-1940) (born Casimira Kaupas), Lithuanian founder of the Sisters of St. Casimir

-- Maria Luisa (1799-1847) (born Gertrude Prosperi), Italian abbess of the convent of the Order of St. Benedict of Trevi

-- María Teresa (1927-1946) (born María del Carmen Albarracín), Spanish professed religious of the Mary Immaculate Claretian Missionary Sisters

-- Maria Plautilla (1913-1947) (born Lucia Cavallo), Italian professed religious of the Little Missionary Sisters of Charity.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


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