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November 24, 1998
SECTION TWO vol 9, no. 230
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LITURGY FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
Today is the Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, a martyred Vietnamese priest and his companion martyrs from that Southeast Asian country. Tomorrow we return to Ordinary Time until Saturday. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on today's saint, click on LITURGY FOR THE DAY.
Tuesday, November 24, 1998
Tuesday November 24:
Feast of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, and companion Vietnam martyrs
First Reading: Revelation/Apocalpyse 14: 14-19
Psalms: Psalm 96: 10-13
Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 5-11
November 24: Memorial of martyrs St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
On June 19, 1988, Pope John Paul II canonized a group of martyrs to the exalted position of saint, as recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.
This group of martyrs consisted of 117 people who died for the Roman
Catholic Faith in the nineteenth century in Vietnam. Among the group, Saint Andrew Dung-Lac is mentioned my name, most probably because he was a priest and the most visible. The majority of the canonized group remain unnamed. Nonetheless, the fact remains that these people all gave their lives preferring the Eternal Life with Christ to the worldly life that was offered to them. Andrew Dung-Lac was a diocesan priest in Vietnam. He was born around 1839. The information available does not state when, specifically, he
died, but the fact of his death - a death by martyrdom - are authenticated by Holy Mother Church. As with all the Saints, we are called to seek the intercession of the person whose feast is celebrated, in some manner taking their life into our own, examining where we can imitate this person best. Not all of us will be called to shed our blood for Christ. All of us are called to die to ourselves and to live in Christ, through total surrender,
every day. Let us all, in this final week before Advent, recall in our hearts first and then our minds, the total obedience given by Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions to God. Let us ask his
intercession so that, with God’s grace, we, too, may die to self and life in and for Christ alone, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Wednesday, November 25, 1998
First Reading: Revelation/Apocalpyse 15: 1-4
Psalms: Psalm 98: 1-3, 7-9
Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 12-19
PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is taken from the Opening Prayer for today's Mass honoring the martyred priest Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companion martyrs in Vietnam:
O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, You kept the blessed martyrs Andrew and his companions faithful to the cross of Your Son even to the shedding of their blood. Through their intercession enable us to spread Your love among our brothers and sisters, that we may be called and may truly be Your children.
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
South Pacific permeates St. Peter's as Oceania Synod begins
If one had meandered into St. Peter's Basilica Sunday one might have thought they were on the set of the movie "South Pacific" with all the native islanders from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Maori and other south sea areas performing dances and customs in the aisles of the great Basilica of Rome. But these demonstrations of their individual island cultures were merely part of the great celebration and ceremony in the opening of the Oceania Synod of Bishops which will last until December 12th. For more, click on Oceania celebration.
SYNOD OF BISHOPS FOR OCEANIA OPENS AT VATICAN
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- With a solemn Mass in St. Peter's
basilica, Pope John Paul II opened a special Synod of Bishops for
Oceania on Sunday, November 22.
The synod, which brings together the bishops of Australia and the
Pacific islands, will continue its deliberations until December 12.
There are 117 bishops participating in the discussions, including all
but 3 of the 85 bishops who head dioceses in that region.
The opening liturgy had a distinctly exotic flavor. The introductory
chant was preceded by the sounding of conch shells-- a traditional
Pacific signal calling attention to an important event. The Prayers of
the Faithful were offered in Fijian, Samoan, Tongan, Maori, and
Pidgin, as well as English. The altar of St. Peter's was surrounded by
huge vases of flowers native to the Southern Pacific islands.
In his homily, Pope John Paul II observed that it was fitting, on the
feast of Christ the King, for the bishops to come together "in order to
give new energy to their pastoral care, which impels them to preach
the kingdom of Christ amidst a diversity of cultures and of human,
social, and religious traditions, and of an admirable plurality of
Cardinal Jan Schotte, the secretary general of the bishops' synod,
noted that this would be the first gathering ever to unite the bishops
of this broad geographical region. He said that the Pope was expected
to attend all of the general sessions.
The main topics expected to attract the bishops' attention are the
question of inculturation (how the teachings and practices of the
Church can be incorporated into very different cultures); religious
pluralism and the rights of minorities; and the difficulties of pastoral
care in a setting where geographical distances and cultural heritage
often impose serious obstacles.
On Monday, November 23, the Synod began its deliberations. In his
opening statement Archbishop Barry James Hickey of Perth,
Australia, the reporter general for the Synod, laid particular stress on
the secularizing trends which the Church must face in Oceania, along
with the unsettling interest in Western materialism.
Archbishop Hickey said that these challenges often divide Catholics.
"One group proposes adopting a friendly attitude toward modernity,"
asking the Church to modify her teachings to adapt to contemporary
moral standards, he said. Another group "insists on the fact that the
Church must exercise her authority without fear, so that the faithful
will not be betrayed by the false promises of modernity." As an
example of those false promises, the archbishop cited contraception,
which has resulted in a breakdown of family life.
Incendiary insurrection in Indonesia causes great concern for Catholics and the Holy See
With the alarming reports that collectively nearly sixty people have been killed and hundreds more injured from Muslim student outbursts against Christians and Catholics in and around Jakarta in Islam Indonesia and Catholic churches burning from incendiary bombs and flares, the Vatican has expressed grave concern for the Catholics there and especially in heavily Catholic-populated East Timor which has been annexed by Indonesia after years of Portuguese rule. The Holy See, through Vatican representative Cardinal Joaquin Navarro-Valls urged a quick solution to this senseless violence that erupted less than a year after B.J. Habibie took over as president in a coup. For more, click on Insurrection in Indonesia.
CONCERN AT VATICAN OVER REPORTS FROM INDONESIA
WHERE 58 HAVE BEEN KILLED IN MUSLIM ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- "The Holy See is very concerned by the
reports-- however fragmentary-- that have been received from
With those words, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls
underlined the worries being expressed at the Vatican after the
outbreak of violence against Catholics in Indonesia this weekend.
Rioting on Sunday resulted in several deaths in Jakarta. Navarro-
Valls pointed out that the fighting appeared to be based on religious
divisions, and threatened "the traditional principles of tolerance in
force in Indonesia, according to the country's constitution."
A rising tide of unrest in Indonesia prompted Cardinal Julius
Darmaatmadja of Jakarta to raise his voice last week in an appeal for
calm and peace. "Are we incapable of resolving differences among
ourselves without resorting to violence?" the prelate asked on
November 14, after clashes between police and students outside a
Catholic university had resulted in 14 deaths. "We must find a
solution to our problems, rather than make things worse."
Aid agencies in Jakarta reported on
Monday that 14 people were killed in riots by Muslim
extremists against Christians and ethnic Chinese in
Indonesia over the weekend.
Mobs of Muslim youth set fire to churches, schools, and
shops in north Jakarta on Saturday and Sunday. President
B.J. Habibie, at the center of student protests over his
plans to change Indonesia's political system, blamed
unidentified agitators for the violence and urged
restraint. "I call on the people not to be easily provoked
to take actions to serve the purpose of a certain group
that wants to disintegrate the nation," Habibie said.
Many of the dead were killed when the mobs burned down
buildings in which they had taken refuge. Eleven Catholic
churches, mainly in Jakarta's Chinatown, were ransacked or
burned. The rioters broke stained glass windows, smashed
pews and statues, threw Bibles on a bonfire, and wrecked
Meanwhile, the former governor of East Timor --
who is now a political advisor to Indonesian President B.J.
Habibie -- said on Sunday that 44 people had been killed by
military forces in the region.
Mario Carrascalao told Portugese media that he had
confirmed the death toll through his own sources. The
International Red Cross said that 150 people fled their
homes and took refuge in a church when soldiers moved into
the Alas area after rebels attacked a military command post
earlier this month.
Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world,
invaded mainly Catholic East Timor in 1975 and annexed it
the following year in a move not recognized by the United
Nations. Portugal, the former colonial ruler, suspended
talks with Jakarta on Friday after the first reports of the
massacre of civilians reached Lisbon. The worst previous
incident took place in the capital Dili in 1991 when 200
people were killed by soldiers during protests.
Catholic to the core - that is the objective of the new Catholic University of America president as he's sworn in
The Fidelity Oath may be controversial to some but not to Father David O'Connell, C.M., the newly-elected president of the Catholic University of America. He made that perfectly clear last week when he took the oath at the swearing in ceremonies in Washington, D.C. He became the first president of CUA to invoke the oath administered by Cardinal Bernard Law and Cardinal James Hickey. It was also a statement that he was serious about keeping the University traditional in curriculum adhering to the Holy Father's concern for keeping Catholic universities Catholic. For more, click on O'Connell's Oath.
NEW CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TAKES FIDELITY OATH
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The new president of The
Catholic University of America was sworn in last week,
taking the controversial Oath of Fidelity and declaring
that the university must be "unambiguously Catholic."
Father David O'Connell, CM, was inaugurated as the 14th
president of the institution by Cardinal Bernard Law of
Boston, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Cardinal
James Hickey of Washington, the university chancellor. He is
the first president of CUA to publicly recite the Profession
of Faith and Oath of Fidelity since its institution by the
Vatican in 1989.
Father O'Connell said during his inaugural speech that CUA
has a "unique responsibility" to be as a Catholic
university, because of its foundation by the US bishops'
conference. "Now is our time‚ to lead the discussion and
model the relationship between Catholic universities and
colleges and the Church," he said. While extolling the
importance of academic freedom and quoting Pope John Paul
II who has advocated "an authentic intellectual inquiry
that is free," Father O'Connell cautioned that "academic
freedom must evidence academic responsibility, both of
which seek truth through fidelity within the Catholic
Leader of Congo calls on Holy Father today
While fighting continues in the Congo, its president Laurent Kabila will be in Rome to meet both with the Italian president and other leaders as well as the Holy Father in a special papal audience as the Pope will break away long enough from the Oceania Synod to meet with the Congo leader. No doubt one of the main topics will be the safety of the religious and missionary priests who have been put in harm's way by guerillas on both sides - those calling for the overthrow of Kabila and those supporting him. Numerous priests and nuns have been killed in this region of Africa over the last year and has caused great consternation with the Holy See. For more, click on Congo conference
POPE TO MEET WITH CONGO LEADER
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II will meet with Congo's
President Laurent Kabila in a private audience at the Vatican on
Tuesday, November 24.
The meeting will be a brief one, because the Holy Father is attending
all sessions of the special synod of bishops for Oceania. Nevertheless,
because the continuing civil war in Congo has been a matter of deep
concern at the Holy See, the Pope will make time for the encounter.
Kabila is in Europe for a series of meetings with world leaders. He
will visit Italy's President Luigi Scalafaro tomorrow, and is expected
in France later this week for a meeting of African leaders and visits
with leading French diplomats. While in Rome, Kabila will also visit
the leaders of the St. Egidio community, which has gained an
international reputation for mediating conflicts in African countries.
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"It is the Lord's blessing that brings wealth, and no effort can substitute for it."
Proverbs 10: 22
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