Vol. 14 No. 14
July 5 – July 18, 2010
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L’AQUILA, Italy, July 4, 2010—The Holy Father dedicated his
Sunday homily to reections on
the life of St. Celestine as he visit-ed the Italian city where the relicsof the 13th century saint and Pope
are kept. In a message lled with
lessons on life, the Pope espe-cially highlighted the importance
of silence to nding God, the fact
that faith is a gift and the lastingpower of holiness.Pope Benedict XVI began hispastoral visit to Sulmona, Italy
by ying over the grotto, now a
hermitage, where Peter of Mor-rone spent years in contempla-tion and prayer as a monk. Peterlater became Pope Celestine Vand was canonized relativelyshortly after his death. St. Ce-lestine’s life is being celebratedthis year, declared by the Pope a“Jubilee Year” for the 800th anni-versary since the saint’s birth.In his words during the Eucha-ristic Celebration in the open airof the city square, Pope BenedictXVI remembered the St. Celes-tine as a “seeker of God,” a manwho turned to interior and exte-rior silence in his life as a hermitto perceive His voice.This example is important alsofor us today, said the Pope, as“we live in a society in which ev-ery space, every moment seems
like it must be lled by initia
-tives, by activities, by sounds;often there isn’t even time forlistening and speaking.“Dear brothers and sisters,” hesaid, “if we wish to be able notonly to perceive the voice of God,but also that of who is alongsideof us, of others, let us not beafraid to create silence outsideand inside of ourselves.”Benedict XVI added that thehermit’s “discovery of the Lord”was not a product of his ownefforts, “but it was made pos-sible by the very Grace of God,that precedes it (...) everythingessential in our existence hasbeen given without our contri-bution.”And it is for this very reason,he explained, that “we mustbe aware, keeping our ‘interioreyes,’ those of our hearts, alwaysopen. And if we learn to knowGod in his infinite goodness,then we will be able also to see,with amazement, in our lives - asthe saints (have) - signs of theGod that is ever near to us, is al-ways good to us, (and) who saysto us: ‘Have faith in me!’”Remembering the lasting qual-ity of St. Celestine’s holy life,Pope Benedict said that “holi-ness, in fact, never loses itsattractive force, it does not fallinto oblivion, it never goes outof style; actually, with the pass-ing of time, it shines with evergreater brightness...”The Holy Father concluded hishomily by making an exhorta-
tion that we remain rm in the
faith we have received, “whichgives sense to life and gives usthe strength to love.”
Pope: Holiness never goes out of style
VATICAN CITY, July 2,2010—World Youth Dayisn’t just another big event,says Benedict XVI, but rathera “privileged occasion” foryouth to encounter the loveof ChristThe Pope said this todayupon receiving in audience adelegation of the sponsors ofthe next international youthday, which is set to take placeAug. 16-21, 2011, in Madrid,Spain.The delegation was led byCardinal Antonio María Rou-co, the archbishop of Madrid,and included members of theFoundation Madrid Vivo.“There are many youngpeople who have their eyes
xed on that beautiful city,
with the joy of being able tomeet there in a few monthsto hear together the Wordof Christ, which is alwaysyoung, and to be able toshare the faith that unitesus and the desire they haveof building a better world,inspired in the values of theGospel,” the Pontiff said in ashort greeting.“I invite you all to continueto collaborate generously inthis beautiful initiative,” hecontinued, “which is not asimple multitudinous meet-ing, but a privileged occasionfor the young people of your
Benedict XVI: Youth Days not just big events
MADRID, Spain, July 2,2010—With 409 days re-maining before the WorldYouth Day celebrations openin Madrid, the organizers ofthe event are reporting thatover 600,000 pilgrims fromcountries outside Spain havepre-registered to take partin the week-long encounterwith the Holy Father.The event, which will takeplace in Madrid from August16-21, 2011, is a week long journey of faith and solidar-ity for young people around the world. The large international gatheringoccurs every three years, and culminates with vespers, an overnight vigiland an outdoor Mass celebrated by the Pope.So far, organizers report that 120,000 Italians, 70,000 French, 50,000 Polesand 25,000 North Americans have signed up for the event. The majority of thepilgrims have signed up in groups, whether it be from their diocese, youthgroup, parish, or other organization.Each pilgrim is required to pay a registration fee based on their country oforigin, the length of their stay and the services they will require.
Though part of the fee will help nance the event, a part of each pilgrim’s reg
-istration fee will be set aside in a “solidarity fund” which will help pay the cost ofthe trip and their stay for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.World Youth Day “is not for the rich, but rather for everyone, for those whocome from Madagascar and from the south of Latin America.” said BishopCesar Franco, an auxiliary bishop in Madrid. He underlined the necessity ofthe 10 Euro contribution to the “solidarity fund” which has been added toeach pilgrim’s registration. In this sense he said, they have appealed to theyouth to be “generous.”Registration this year is taking place online. The website www.madrid11.
com was designed by ISBAN, with the nancial support of various Spanish
institutions. At the end of the event, the Archdiocese of Madrid will makea gift of the system to the Vatican, in the hopes that it can be used to helporganize future pilgrimages. The system, which features a two-layer page,will collect personal information via a secure connection in order to help thearchbishop and coordinators know more about the pilgrims and their needsin order to better serve them.Though registration is not required to participate in all the events, the organi-zation behind WYD Madrid 2011 is hoping to register at least 40 percent of thepeople who will attend. They are also projecting that the event will draw a crowdthat is 15 percent larger than those of previous World Youth Days.
Pope looks forward to occasion providedfor international youth in WYD 2011
ROME, Italy, July 2, 2010—The HolyFather met on Friday with the CardinalArchbishop of Madrid Antonio MariaRouco Varela and sponsors working forthe success of World Youth Day 2011.The Pope explained the importanceof next August’s encounter of youthduring the audience after which WYD2011’s executive director briefed jour-nalists on the planning process.Many of the 55 people present forthe audience with the Pope on Fridaywere from the “Madrid Vivo” Founda-tion, founded by the cardinal and localbusinessmen last year to “seek solutionsto the moral roots of the economic cri-sis” and to make the city more awareof values.Yago de la Cierva, executive directorand spokesman for WYD 2011 explainedto journalists in the Holy See’s Press Of-
ce that the major aim of the foundation
at the moment is collaboration with theorganizers of the next World Youth Day,to be held in the Spanish capital.During Friday’s audience with themin the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Pope-Benedict XVI invited the members of“Madrid Vivo” to continue their gener-ous collaboration for this “beautiful ini-tiative,” saying that it’s not just a simplemeeting of the masses, “but a privilegedoccasion so that the young people ofyour country and of the entire worldmay let themselves be ‘conquered’ bythe love of Christ Jesus...”He noted that there are many youngpeople looking forward to the encounterto be held from Aug. 16-21 of next year,where they will meet to “listen togetherto the Word of Christ, ever young, andbe able to share the faith that unitesthem and the desire that they have tobuild a better world, inspired in thevalues of the Gospel.”Mr.de la Cierva said that after theaudience the Pope signed a registration
form as the rst pilgrim for WYD2011.
He also mentioned that plans are mov-ing forward smoothly for the encounterfor which Cardinal Rouco Varela expectsmore than two million participants,including more than 600,000 youth willcome from outside of Spain.Among the broad cross-section ofdetails he provided regarding thecomplexities of the considerations thatgo into planning for the”Day” and thevariety of charitable contributions theyhave received, the executive directorexplained that planners are makingextensive use of social networks to getfeedback from youth and give them agreater say in decisions regarding theinitiative.To reach out to youth, the organizingcommittee has 70 volunteers workingonline in 17 different languages. Mr.de la Cierva said proudly that theirFacebook page just welcomed their
111,111th “friend,” a “signicant” mile
-stone for WYD 2011.
Youth registered for WYDMadrid at 600,000 so far
True freedom is in acknowledging dependence on God, says Archbishop Dolan
Catholic faithful to celebrate witness of 120 Chinese Martyrs
country and of the wholeworld to let themselves beconquered by the love ofChrist Jesus, Son of God andof Mary, the faithful friend,the conqueror of sin anddeath.”“Whoever trusts in himis never disappointed, but
nds the necessary strength
to choose the right path inlife,” he added.The Foundation MadridVivo was created in Novem-ber to support World YouthDay 2011. It is composed ofSpanish business leaders,including the presidents ofthe largest banks in Spain.
Calls them ‘privileged occasions’ to fnd Christ
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., July 4,2010—As Americans across thecountry celebrate the nation’s In-dependence Day this weekend,they should humbly remembertheir dependence on their Cre-ator, said Archbishop TimothyDolan of the Archdiocese ofNew York.In a column written this week,
he reected on the celebration of
Independence Day and called onthe faithful to proclaim a “spiri-tual Declaration of Dependence”on God that is “downright revo-lutionary” in American societytoday.The archbishop then spokeof the false contemporary un-derstanding of freedom “as theright to do whatever we want,whenever we want, whereverwe want, however we want,with whomever we want.” Ourculture has lost the true under-standing of freedom as “theliberty to do what we ought,”he said.He observed the modern trendof “freeing” oneself from “anysense of obedience to God, Hisrevelation and the basic codeof right and wrong He has en-graved upon the human heart.”This false understanding offreedom has devastating conse-quences, he continued. “The TenCommandments become a list ofsuggestions, the Eight Beatitudesa set of nice ideas, the Bible mereliterature, the Church unneces-sary, religion a crutch for theunenlightened, objective truthan outmoded oppression.”By adopting this distortedmindset, we elevate ourselvesto the level of gods, the arch-bishop said. This is evident intoday’s culture, which claimsdominion over life in matterssuch as abortion, euthanasia andembryonic stem cell research, heexplained. Focused on consump-tion and convenience, the culture
presumes to re-dene marriageand family as it sees t, revels in
violence in its movies and musicand resorts to war and terrorismwithout regard to the demandsof morality.This phenomenon is “curi-ous,” Archbishop Dolan said, be-cause the very culture declaringitself independent of God andmorality has become “terriblydependent” on “money, insur-ance, gas, weapons, securitysystems or even upon alcohol,pornography, lust, gamblingand drugs.”The archbishop contrastedthis false sense of freedom withthe true independence that thefounders of America fought soadamantly to gain.“The patriots who won inde-pendence for us in 1776 had notrouble at all acknowledgingtheir total dependence uponGod,” he said. “In fact, thenormative documents of ourbeloved country presume theexistence of a providential God,objective truth, moral duty andthe right to life itself.”This acknowledgment oftotal dependence on God issomething we must preserve,he said. We must boldly ad-mit to the world “that everybreath we take, each day wehave, every opportunity weare given, come from an om-nipotent God.”Offering a courageous witnessto a hostile culture, we should“bask in the fact that we aretotally dependent upon Him,”the archbishop said. “He is sov-ereign, He is Lord, He has powerand dominion.”Emphasizing Christ’s teachingthat “the Truth shall make youfree,” Archbishop Dolan invitedthe faithful to take seriously thewords they pray at every SundayMass: “We believe in God, theFather Almighty...” Recalling acomment from Cardinal Fran-cis George, he explained thatthis opening line of the creed is“perhaps the most revolutionarystatement we can make thesedays.”
VATICAN CITY, July 4, 2010—On Friday, July9, the Church will celebrate the feast of the 120Martyrs of China. Religious persecution has along history in China, especially persecution ofChristians, thousands of whom have died fortheir faith in the last millennium.On October 1, 2000, Pope John Paul II canon-ized 120 men, women, and children who gavetheir lives for the faith in China between theyears 1648 and 1930. The martyrs include 87native Chinese and 33 foreign missionaries.The majority were killed during the BoxerRebellion of 1900.“Chinese men and women of every age andstate, priests, religious and lay people, showedthe same conviction and joy, sealing their un-
failing delity to Christ and the Church with the
gift of their lives,” said the Holy Father duringthe canonization.“Resplendent in this host of martyrs are alsothe 33 missionaries who left their land andsought to immerse themselves in the Chineseworld, lovingly assimilating its features in thedesire to proclaim Christ and to serve thosepeople.”Of the 33 foreign-born missionaries, mostwere priests and religious, including mem-bers of the Order of Preachers, Friars Minor, Jesuits, Salesians and Franciscan Missionariesof Mary.One of the more well-known native martyrswas a 14-year-old Chinese girl named AnnWang, who was killed during the Boxer Rebel-lion when she refused to apostasize. She bravelywithstood the threats of her torturers, and justas she was about to be beheaded, she radiantlydeclared, “The door of heaven is open to all”and repeated the name of Jesus three times.Another of the martyrs was 18-year-old ChiZhuzi, who had been preparing to receive thesacrament of Baptism when he was caught onthe road one night and ordered to worshipidols. He refused to do so, revealing his beliefin Christ. His right arm was cut off and hewas tortured, but he would not deny his faith.Rather, he fearlessly pronounced to his captors,
before being ayed alive, “Every piece of myesh, every drop of my blood will tell you that
I am Christian.”
Augustine Zhao Rong was the rst native
Chinese priest to become a martyr. Born in1746, he was served as one of the soldiers whoescorted Bishop John Gabriel Taurin Dufresseto his martyrdom in Beijing. The witness of thebishop led Augustine to seek baptism at age 30.
He was ordained a priest ve years later and
was martyred in 1815.During the canonization Mass, Pope JohnPaul II thanked God for blessing the Churchwith the heroic witness of the 120 martyrs,whom he called “an example of courage andconsistency to us all.”