Sister who founded order in India is declared Venerable

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Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion

Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion

Pope Francis has moved a British woman closer to canonisation for the second time in less than a month.

The Pontiff formally declared that Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, a Carmelite nun, lived a life of heroic virtue, just weeks after he declared Frances Taylor, a nurse who served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War, also to be Venerable.

The Holy Father’s decree opens the way for the search for two miracles first to declare her Blessed and finally to canonise her. Mother Mary Veronica founded the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel, a religious congregation of Carmelite nuns based in India.

She was born Sophie Leeves in 1823 in Constantinople to the Rev Henry Daniel Leeves, an Anglican chaplain to the British Embassy there, and Marina Haultain, the daughter of a colonel in British Army. But when she was a teenager she felt drawn to the Catholic Church. She developed an intense prayer life and craved the Sacraments of Penance and Communion.

She later broke off an engagement to marry a naval officer and converted to the Catholic faith at the age of 27 during a visit to Malta in 1850. She entered the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition in France the following year and in 1863 accepted a teaching post in Kozhikode in India.

Mother Mary Veronica left her order and entered the Carmelite convent at Pau in southern France, before she went on to found her own teaching order five years later.

In 1892 the order, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Carmelite Third Order Regular, was formally affiliated with the Discalced Carmelite Order and today it has branches in India, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Pakistan, Kenya, Rome and Bahrain. Mother Veronica died in Pau on November 16 1906 at the age of 83 and her Cause for Canonisation was opened at the request of her order in 1997.

The progress of her Cause came just a month after Pope Francis also recognised the heroic virtues of Frances Taylor, a nurse who tended dying soldiers alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War.

Frances, the youngest of 10 children of an Anglican vicar from Lincolnshire, was 22 when she volunteered to join the Lady of the Lamp in Scutari, Turkey, in 1854 when Britain was at war with Russia.

She was deeply impressed by the faith of the dying Irish soldiers she was caring for and became a Catholic while serving in the field.
She established a religious order – the Poor Servants of the Mother of God – which under her direction opened refuges for prostitutes and homeless women and children in London before spreading throughout Europe.

As Mother Magdalen Taylor, Frances also founded the Providence Free Hospital in St Helens, Lancashire, and took over the running of St Joseph’s Asylum in Dublin. She died in her convent in Soho Square in 1900 after falling ill en route to Rome. She is buried at Roehampton, south west London, after establishing 20 institutions in her own lifetime.

Today her order continues to work particularly with the poor, the elderly and the disabled.

The last British women to be declared saints were Anne Line, Margaret Ward and Margaret Clitherow, who were among the 40 English and Welsh Martyrs of the Protestant Reformation canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970.

Other British women who are being considered for canonisation include Elizabeth Prout, a 19th century Passionist nun who worked in the slums of Manchester; Mary Potter, a Londoner who founded an order of nursing nuns in Nottingham in the same period and Margaret Sinclair, a 20th-century Scottish nun who died of tuberculosis after tending to the poor of Edinburgh.

The Vatican is also studying the Causes of London-born Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hambrough, a Bridgettine nun who helped to hide about 60 Jews from the Nazis in her Rome convent during the Second World War, and Mother Katherine Flanagan, also a London-born Bridgettine.

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The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

Christians leave Mosul

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(©Afp) Christians leave Mosul

Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars

Giorgio Bernardelli Taken from Vatican Insider

He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosul’s Christians  who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for this gesture with his life: he was killed by ISIS militants in Mosul yesterday.

 

Chaldean website ankawa.com – one of the news sources that offers the promptest updates on the inferno Christians are experiencing in Iraq – announced the news. Amidst the ocean of tragedies currently being witnessed in the Middle Eastern country, the website did not want to let this act of great courage go unnoticed. Professor Ali ‘Asali knew what he was risking: everyone in Mosul knows that in Raqqa – the Syrian city which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seized last year –there are many human rights activists who have paid for their opposition to ISIS’ acts of intolerance with their own lives. But Al ‘Asali was nevertheless unable to stand by in silence.

 

And so are many other Muslims, who have launched the “I am Iraqi, I am Christian” campaign in response to the letter N’s written on the walls of Christian homes in Mosul. Yesterday some of them turned up outside the Chaldean Church of St. George in Baghdad, with a banner displaying the slogan and posted a picture on Facebook.

 

But these acts of rebellion have not been successful in stopping the madness of Islamic State fundamentalists. And so today, the ethnic cleansing continued, with the jizyah – the Islamic “protection” tax which all non-Muslims are required to pay if they wish to stay or return to Mosul – being applied. The monthly figure to be paid is 450 dollars, which is an impossible sum for anyone living in Northern Iraq to pay.  Today, yet another historic Christian location fell intot he hands of the Islamic State: the building in question is the Syro-Catholic monastery of Mar Benham, close to Qaraqosh, the Christian city in the Nineveh Plain where the majority of Christians have fled to. Monks have been present in mar Benham since the 4th century approximately. “They forced the three monks and some families residing in the monastery to go away and leave the keys behind,” the Syro-catholic bishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Moshe  told Fides news agency. The Bagdadhope blog reported that the monastery underwent restoration work in 1986 and became a pilgrimage destination for Christians and some Muslims too.

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The Church in Bangladesh is too shy to speak up on social issues

Fr. Sergio Targa

Fr. Sergio Targa

Fr. Sergio discusses his missionary life in a country that is home to just 350 thousand Catholics and where religious conflict is always on the brink of exploding. “There is a fragile tolerance”

Luciano Zanardini

 

It is a land that is marked by deep social inequality, where the embers of religious discrimination crackle beneath the ash. Bangladesh is home to 160 million people, 88% of whom are Muslim, 10% Hindu, 1% Buddhist and less that 1% Christian (mostly Catholics). There are 350.000 Catholics in the country. Fr. Sergio Targa who has been a missionary since 1992, directs the national social and catechetical centre in Jessore. This is a “new role that offers the possibility of influencing the Church’s future leaders.” The Saverian missionary tries to serve “in the hope that through the little that he offers, people can avert the presence of Another, the One I am trying to discover in the hidden corners of Rishi history.”

 

Fr. Sergio, could you give us a snapshot of the religion situation in Bangladesh?

“Bangladesh is a tolerant country but it is subjected to international Islamic fundamentalism. There is a hidden and little known Islamism which rears its ugly intolerant head now and again. At the moment, religious parties like Jamaat and Islam have undergone repression and have seem to have left the public political scene partly because of the centre-left government’s heavy handedness. Indeed, they have formed a network across various parts fo the country, they receive generous funding from abroad and are always on the ready. Clashes intensified prior to January’s political elections, leaving hundreds dead.”

 

What role does religious sentiment play?

“It is easy for political and financial elites to manipulate the religious sentiment of the masses. In the run up to the elections and the aftermath, many religious minorities, particularly Hindus suffered abuse, oppression and violence from the Muslim majority.”

 

And what has the Government’s response been?

“The government does not seem capable of guaranteeing security. This causes more and more Hindus to flee Bangladesh and head to nearby India. In 1947, 35% of the country’s population was Hindu, this percentage has now dropped to less than 10%.

 

 What are the main causes of these conflicts?

“Bangladesh desperately craves more land. Its enormous population has to fit into a country that is less than half the size of Italy. Religious conflicts are often a way of snatching land away from minorities, particularly Hindus. Tolerance is always fragile here.”

 

Bangladesh is known for its poverty, what aspects of this would you like people to know about?

“The great developments of the past 20 years have transformed the country but have also created huge social inequalities. Of course there is more to Bangladesh than just poverty: it has inherited an incredibly rich culture that goes back thousands of years. It is a poor country but also a happy one. A country of poets and singers, colours and life, it is buzzing with life, just like the nature surrounding it.”

 

What is the human rights situation like there? What can the Church do? 

“The human rights situation has deteriorated, particularly over the past year. Political conflict has increased. Violence is expected to escalate after the Eid celebrations at the end of Ramadan. Unfortunately the Catholic Church – possibly because it has such few members here – does not seem to fulfil its prophetic role, preferring to keep a low profile instead of creating potential obstacles for itself were it to become too vocal on political or social issues.”

 

What are you learning from this experience?

“My main focus is on the Rishi population, a group of outcasts that is mainly concentrated in the part of the country where the Saverians have always worked (the south-east, in the Khulna Division). They are marginalized for being a religious minority (Hindus), and within this minority there is further marginalization. They are in general quite insensitive to any kind of religious issue and make up the truth as needed. They live their lives as if in an eternal present in which the future seems to have no sense and the past is only useful insofar as it can serve the present.”

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Falsely Accused Person gets Bail in the Vile Parle Cross desecration matt

Mumbai : 15th July, 2013 : Community groups AOCC,MCYF,CSF supported the local people since yesterday,as it was made known by the locals that the arrested person was falsely arrested by the Police, in an attempt to close the case.

That community groups and the Locals said the following

  1. The witness was a drug addict and sleeps on the footpath.
  2. The witness recognized the arrested person by the colour of his jacket, as per the statement of the police to the people at the cross.
  3. Till late evening no finger prints were taken of the desecrated cross,the electric supply of the cctv camera was cut three days prior to the incident as per the locals.
  4. No FIR was filed by the Christians\catholics, but the Police is the complainant in the FIR.
  5. The mother of the arrested person submitted a letter in writing to the Police that her son was at home at the time of the incident and was unwell.
  6. The police did not take statements of the LIC security guards,who were on duty next to the cross.
  7. Judith Monteiro of AOCC and Agnelo Fernandes of MCYF along with the arrested persons mother and the locals visited Santacruz police station and verified the facts with the arrested person.

Coming to a conclusion that the arrested person was allegedly framed .AOCC Advocate Joseph Sodder appeared for the arrested person in Bandra court today and obtained bail for the accused

The locals as a mark of protest against the Police framing and falsely arresting the person, shut down the schools and college of the archdiocese in vile parle and a mass will be held today at the venue of the desecrated cross and no mass will be held in the church today evening.

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Bishop bans processions after homage to mafia boss

 

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This procession in Oppido Mamertina, Calabria, was diverted to the home of a presumed mafia boss (Photo: PA)

This procession in Oppido Mamertina, Calabria, was diverted to the home of a presumed mafia boss (Photo: PA)

A bishop in Calabria, Italy, has ordered an end to all religious processions in his diocese after 30 men carrying a large statue of Mary and hundreds of people accompanying the statue paused and bowed in front of the house of a presumed mafia boss.

The first reaction of Bishop Francesco Milito of Oppido Mamertina-Palmi, Italy, was to say that those who bowed during the procession in Tresilico were “clearly far from even a minimum spirit of pure, correct and authentic faith.”

The bow, he said, was a “gesture of blasphemous devotion that is the opposite of what is due to the mother of God”.

In protest the local commander of the Carabinieri, the Italian military police, and members of his squad who had been accompanying the procession with the statue of Our Lady of Grace left the procession.

Although July and August are the most popular months for the religious processions that are a key part of annual celebrations in cities and towns, Bishop Milito announced that, beginning July 10, all processions would be suspended until diocesan leaders could work out rules and procedures for preventing their abuse.

Bishop Milito said the decision was a call to “caution and an invitation to reflection and silence”, but should not be read as “a gesture of mistrust or judgment of those who contribute with dedication and righteousness to processions”.

The ritual bow was made in front of the home of Peppe Mazzagatti, 82, sentenced to life in prison, but serving his sentence under house arrest because of ill health. He was convicted in connection with his presumed ties to the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia.

Bishop Milito told SIR, the Italian bishops’ news agency, that “the lack of a correct reaction on the part of participants in the procession, including clergy and people active in the life of the Church”, shows just how “hardened and dulled” people’s consciences are to the evil that is organised crime.

Pierluigi Natalia, a writer for the Vatican newspaper, wrote: “It certainly was not the first time something like this has happened in a region where the perversion of religious sentiment” is a characteristic of the mafia.

Because of the cultural ties to the mafia that some religious processions have had, Archbishop Salvatore Nunnari of Cosenza-Bisignano, president of the Calabrian bishops’ conference, said he would stop all religious processions in the region for at least two years.

“I think it would please Our Lady,” he said.

Also in early July, Italian newspapers were filled with headlines about prisoners, presumably with mafia ties, going on “strike” from attending Mass in the high-security wing of a prison in Larino. The stories said the inmates were protesting against Pope Francis’s remarks in Sibari in late June that “those who follow the path of evil, like the mafiosi do, are not in communion with God; they are excommunicated”.

But Bishop Gianfranco De Luca of Termoli-Larino, who celebrated Mass with the inmates, told Vatican Radio they had not gone on strike, but that the Pope’s words had left them with serious questions.

“They were asking, ‘Does that mean we can’t go to Mass anymore? Can we receive Communion if we’re excommunicated?’” the bishop said. “They were shaken up by what the Pope said.”

The men had so many questions for the prison chaplain, he said, that he decided to go to see them in person. Before celebrating Mass for them, he said, there was a lively discussion about how people excommunicate themselves and what repentance means.

“But there was not a mutiny nor a decision not to go to Mass,” Bishop De Luca said. “Their consciences were moved by what the Pope said.”

“Unfortunately,” he said, “movements of the heart and soul do not make news”, so reports focused on the men being upset by the Pope’s words.

 

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The Pope’s conversation with Scalfari and the words Francis never pronounced and the denial

Eugenio Scalfari

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(©Lapresse) Eugenio Scalfari

Fr. Lombardi’s immediate response to the article published by Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” illustrates the surprise it caused in the Vatican: The Pope never made any mention of “paedophile cardinals”, neither did he speak about celibacy in the terms described, nor did he say he would come down hard on paedophile priests “like Jesus did”

andrea tornielli Taken from Vatican Insider
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The content of the article published in today’s issue of La Repubblica newspaper was not an interview, the phrases in speech marks which Francis allegedly pronounced had not been recorded, the author of the article had not taken notes and neither did Francis read said text prior to publication. The quotations contained in the article are a reconstruction from journalist Scalfari’s own memory of what was said during various conversations with the Pope. Francis did not make the comments regarding “paedophile cardinals” that are mentioned in the article, neither did he speak about priestly celibacy in such terms, nor did he say he would come down hard on paedophile priests “like Jesus did.” The fact that Fr. Federico Lombardi immediately contradicted the comments attributed to the Pope in the article, indicates how surprised everyone in St. Martha’s House was to read the news this morning.

 

“It is important to notice that that words that Mr. Scalfari attributes to the Pope, “in quotations” come from the expert journalist Scalfari’s own memory of what the Pope said and is not an exact transcription of a recording nor a review of such a transcript by the Pope himself to whom the words are attributed. We should not or must not speak in any way, shape or form of an interview in the normal use of the word, as if there had been a series of questions and answers that faithfully and exactly reflect the precise thoughts of the one being interviewed,” Fr. Lombardi said in his statement.

 

“It is safe to say, however that the overall theme of the article captures the spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Mr. Scalfari while at the same time strongly restating what was said about the previous “interview” that appeared in La Repubblica: the individual expressions that were used and the manner in which they have been reported, cannot be attributed to the Pope. Let me state two particular examples. We must take into consideration two affirmations that have drawn much attention and that are not attributed to the Pope.  The first is that among paedophiles are also “some cardinals”; and the second regarding celibacy: “I will find solutions.” Lombardi questioned whether the author’s failure to close the speech marks was “an omission or explicit recognition that this is an attempt to manipulate some naïve readers.”

 

But the most surprising thing of all is that this kind of private meeting “takes place following a clear verbal agreement,” a source close tot he Pope explains. “It is basically a cordial conversation to exchange ideas; the content of such meetings is never published. And Scalfari knew this.”

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Vatican spokesman issues statement contradicting words attributed to Pope by top Italian newspaper


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Fr. Federico Lombardi

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(©lapresse) Fr. Federico Lombardi

In a statement published by Italian blog “Il Sismografo”, Fr. Federico Lombardi clarifies that certain expressions “La Repubblica”’s founder Eugenio Scalfari attributes to Francis regarding paedophile cardinals and priestly celibacy, apparently never left the Pope’s mouth

FEDERICO LOMBARDI
vatican city

 

“In the Sunday edition of La Repubblica an article by Eugenio Scalfari was prominently featured relating a recent conversation that took place with Pope Francis. The conversation was very cordial and most interesting and touched principally upon the themes of the plague of sexual abuse of minors and the Church’s attitude toward the mafia.”

 

“However, as it happened in a previous, similar circumstance, it is important to notice that the words Mr. Scalfari attributes to the Pope, “in quotations” come from the expert journalist Scalfari’s own memory of what the Pope said and is not an exact transcription of a recording nor a review of such a transcript by the Pope himself to whom the words are attributed. We should not or must not therefore speak in any way, shape or form of an interview in the normal use of the word, as if there had been a series of questions and answers that faithfully and exactly reflect the precise thoughts of the one being interviewed.”

 

“It is safe to say, however that the overall theme of the article captures the spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Mr. Scalfari while at the same time strongly restating what was said about the previous “interview” that appeared in La Repubblica: the individual expressions that were used and the manner in which they have been reported, cannot be attributed to the Pope.”

“Let me state two particular examples,” Lombardi says in his statement. “We must take into consideration two affirmations that have drawn much attention and that are not attributed to the Pope.  The first is that among paedophiles are also “some cardinals”; and the second regarding celibacy: “I will find solutions.”

 

“In the article published in La Repubblica, these two affirmations are clearly attributed to the Pope but curiously, the quotations were opened at the beginning but were not closed at the end. We must ask ourselves why the the final quotations are not present: is this an omission or explicit recognition that this is an attempt to manipulate some naïve readers?”

 

 

 

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Parish Priest refuses to issue Burial Certificate – John Menezes

In Bandra lived Mrs. Ann D’Souza, a very pious Catholic who did not attend the New Mass like me for reasons of conscience. After she suffered a heart attack she was annointed to the traditional rite of Extreme Unction by a SSPX priest, Fr. Gregory Noronha, at Guru Nanak Hospital because Paul VI’s new rite of annointing is totally bogus (critique attached)and so are the priests ordained to his new rite of ordination after 6/4/1969. After she passed away on July 2, 2014 the parish priest of her parish church, Mount Carmel Church, refused to issue the burial certificate for her to be buried in her family grave in St. Andrews Cemetery unless her sons who made the application gave in writing that they were New Church Catholics who attend the new mass in Canada and that her body would be submitted to the new mass in Mount Carmel Church before being taken to the cemetery.
The sons did not have the presence of mind to tell the parish priest to cite the relevant canon of the Code of Canon Law for the action he was threatening. My subsequent inquiry at my BMC Ward office revealed that the BMC has no powers in respect of private cemeteries but a complaint could have been made to the Police against the parish priest and they would have taken action.
I shall be grateful if you would please take up this abuse of authority with the Church authorities .
When the husband of Mrs. Ann D’Souza passed away on 29/9/1998 there was no such problem. He too never attended the New Mass after he came to realize that it was not a Catholic Mass at all. The burial certificate was issued by the Chuim Church in Khar without conditions and the True Mass was performed at the residence by a SSPX priest, Fr. Thomas Blute,  who also buried him in St. Andrews Cemetery without the New Mass being performed anywhere and with no hindrance from St. Andrews parish priest.
Your kind help will be much appreciated.
A critique of the New Mass is also attached which shows that it is not a Catholic Mass at all. So too, attached herewith is a critique of Paul VI’s revised rite of ordination which is not designed to create Catholic priests and bishops.
Paul VI’s rites are known as “Bastard Sacraments” as they are not designed to impact the soul with sacramental grace. Paul VI suffered from a grave personal disorder which surfaced in the world press, including the Indian press, in 1976.
John Menezes
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