Friday, March 30, 2012

BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL


BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL
 
Vatican City, 30 March 2012 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for April is:  "That many young people may hear the call of Christ and follow Him in the priesthood and religious life".

His mission intention is: "That the risen Christ may be a sign of certain hope for the men and women of the African continent".

Thursday, March 29, 2012

BENEDICT XVI: "CUBA AND THE WORLD NEED CHANGE" (VIS article)

Dear Pauline Family and Friends,

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has given us an inspiring message on transformation in Christ -- for Cuba and for the world.

According to VIS article, Pope Benedict XVI said:

"Cuba and the world need change, but this will occur only if each one is in a position to seek the truth and chooses the way of love, sowing reconciliation and fraternity".

Please read & reflect on the full text of VIS article below:

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BENEDICT XVI: "CUBA AND THE WORLD NEED CHANGE"
Vatican City, 28 March 2012 (VIS) - At 9 a.m. today the Holy Father presided at Mass in Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion Jose Marti, in the presence of thousands of faithful who had come from all over Cuba. Extracts from Benedict XVI's homily are given below:

"“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. In this text from today’s Gospel, Jesus reveals Himself as the Son of God the Father, the Saviour, the One Who alone can show us the truth and give us genuine freedom. His teaching provokes resistance and disquiet among His hearers. ... Even so, He exhorts them to believe, to keep His word, so as to know the truth which redeems and justifies.

"The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom. Many, without a doubt, would prefer to take the easy way out, trying to avoid this task. Some, like Pontius Pilate, ironically question the possibility of even knowing what truth is, ... or deny that there exists a truth valid for all. This attitude, as in the case of scepticism and relativism, changes hearts, making them cold, wavering, distant from others and closed. There are too many who, like the Roman governor, wash their hands and let the water of history drain away without taking a stand.

"On the other hand, there are those who wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism; they close themselves up in “their truth”, and try to impose it on others. ... Anyone who acts irrationally cannot become a disciple of Jesus. Faith and reason are necessary and complementary in the pursuit of truth. God created man with an innate vocation to the truth and He gave him reason for this purpose. Certainly, it is not irrationality but rather the yearning for truth which the Christian faith promotes".

"Furthermore, the truth which stands above humanity is an unavoidable condition for attaining freedom, since in it we discover the foundation of an ethics on which all can converge and which contains clear and precise indications concerning life and death, duties and rights, marriage, family and society, in short, regarding the inviolable dignity of the human person. This ethical patrimony can bring together different cultures, peoples and religions, authorities and citizens, citizens among themselves, and believers in Christ and non-believers.

"Christianity, in highlighting those values which sustain ethics, does not impose, but rather proposes Christ’s invitation to know the truth which sets us free. ... In Christ we find the truth about God and about mankind. He helps us to overcome our selfishness, to rise above our vain struggles and to conquer all that oppresses us. The one who does evil, who sins, becomes its slave and will never attain freedom. Only by renouncing hatred and our hard and blind hearts will we be free and a new life will well up in us".

"The Church lives to make others sharers in the one thing she possesses, which is none other than Christ, our hope of glory. To carry out this duty, she must count on basic religious freedom, which consists in her being able to proclaim and to celebrate her faith also in public, bringing to others the message of love, reconciliation and peace which Jesus brought to the world. It must be said with joy that in Cuba steps have been taken to enable the Church to carry out her essential mission of expressing her faith openly and publicly. Nonetheless, this must continue forwards, and I wish to encourage the country’s government authorities to strengthen what has already been achieved and advance along this path of genuine service to the true good of Cuban society as a whole.

"The right to freedom of religion, both in its private and in its public dimension, manifests the unity of the human person, who is at once a citizen and a believer. It also legitimises the fact that believers have a contribution to make to the building up of society. Strengthening religious freedom consolidates social bonds, nourishes the hope of a better world, creates favourable conditions for peace and harmonious development. ... When the Church upholds this human right, she is not claiming any special privileges for herself. She wishes only to be faithful to the command of her divine founder, conscious that, where Christ is present, we become more human and our humanity becomes authentic. This is why the Church seeks to give witness by her preaching and teaching, both in catechesis and in the schools and universities. It is greatly to be hoped that the moment will soon arrive when, here too, the Church can bring to the fields of knowledge the benefits of the mission which the Lord entrusted to her and which she can never neglect.

"A shining example of this commitment is found in the outstanding priest Felix Varela, teacher and educator, an illustrious son of this city of Havana, who has taken his place in Cuban history as the first one who taught his people how to think. Father Varela offers us a path to a true transformation of society: to form virtuous men and women in order to forge a worthy and free nation, for this transformation depends on the spiritual, in as much as “there is no authentic fatherland without virtue”. Cuba and the world need change, but this will occur only if each one is in a position to seek the truth and chooses the way of love, sowing reconciliation and fraternity".
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May God bless you through Jesus Christ Our Lord, as we approach Holy Week 2012.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator-NYC  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

THE POPE LEAVES MEXICO REITERATING HIS CALL FOR SOLIDARITY (VIS article)


Dear Pauline Family & Friends,

Let us join in supporting the mission of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI with our prayers.

May God continue to protect and to strengthen the Holy Father in his journey to spread the Gospel and to make disciples of people in all nations.  Amen.

Hereby sharing the VIS article that follows:

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THE POPE LEAVES MEXICO REITERATING HIS CALL FOR SOLIDARITY
Vatican City, 26 March 2012 (VIS) - This morning, the Holy Father took his leave of Mexico, arriving at the airport of Leon at 9 a.m. where the departure ceremony took place.

Addressing Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa, president of Mexico, and other civil and religious authorities who were there to greet him, the Pope noted that his departure was not the end of his affection and closeness to a country so dear to him.

"Recognising the faith in Jesus Christ which I have felt resounding in your hearts, and your affectionate devotion to His Mother, invoked here with beautiful titles like Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Light, a light I have seen reflected in your faces, I wish to reiterate clearly and with vigour a plea to the Mexican people to remain faithful to yourselves, not to let yourselves be intimidated by the power of evil, but to be valiant and to work to ensure that the sap of your Christian roots may nourish your present and your future.

"I have also seen for myself expressions of concern for various aspects of the life in this beloved country, some more recent and others long standing, which continue to cause such great divisions in society. I take them with me as well, as I share in the joys and the suffering of my Mexican brothers and sisters, so as to place them in prayer at the foot of the Cross, in the heart of Christ, out of which flowed the blood and water of redemption.

"In these circumstances, I strongly urge Mexican Catholics, and all men and women of good will, not to yield to a utilitarian mentality which always finishes by sacrificing the weakest and most defenceless. I invite you to a common effort so that society can be renewed from the ground up, in order to attain a life of dignity, justice and peace for everyone. For Catholics, this contribution to the common good is also a requirement of that essential dimension of the Gospel which is the human promotion and a supreme expression of charity. For this reason, the Church exhorts all her faithful to be good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities and concerned for the good of others, of everyone, both in their personal lives and throughout the various sectors of society.

"Dear Mexican friends, I say to you “Adios!” in the traditional sense of this fine Hispanic expression: remain with God! Yes, “Adios!”; for ever in the love of Christ, in which we meet each other and will again meet with one another. May the Lord bless you and may Mary Most Holy protect you!"

Having concluded his remarks the Holy Father boarded his flight for Cuba where he is scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. local time (9 p.m. in Rome).


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Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pauline Family Lenten Retreat Day - March 2012, Staten Island, New York

Lenten Day of Recollection with Brother Aloysius Milella, SSP
(March 11, 2012, Society of Saint Paul, Staten Island, New York)
Dear Pauline Family & Friends,

During this grace-filled season the Pauline Family, and friends, in New York dedicated a special day for prayerful Lenten Retreat. The theme:  “God First.”  The purpose was to enter more deeply into the mystery of Lent and Easter.  We are most grateful to the hosts -- Society of St. Paul in Staten Island, NY.

Many thanks to the organizers, donors and fellow participants.  Special thanks for presentations by Brother Aloysius Milella, SSP; Sr. Margaret Tapang, PDDM; Fr. Matthew Roehrig, SSP; Sr. Margaret J. Obrovac, FSP; Priscilla Palad, IMSA; and Greg & Kim Burke, HFI.  My thanks to Sr. Margaret for the opportunity she gave me to speak on the role of Pauline Cooperators in the Pauline Family.

Special thanks to the movers--Brother Richard, SSP, (Delegate); Brother Peter, SSP; Sr. Margaret Joseph, FSP.  It was delightful to be with the Daughters of St. Paul, and fellow Pauline Cooperators Marie-Louise Handal, Maryann Toth, Betty Caunt, and all members of the Pauline Family and Friends in Staten Island who made the day one to remember.

Most memorable were the presentations of Sr. Margaret Tapang and  of Brother Aloysius Milella, FSP, who gave us insights on the person and the work of Blessed James Alberione, the Founder of the Pauline Family, particularly in the areas of evangelization, liturgy and media.  For more details on the retreat, please see Pauline Faithways blog.  Big thank you to Brother Xavier Lee, SSP, for the photos.


It is a blessing from God for the Pauline Family to be present around the world, enabling to extend opportunities for living the baptismal promises, for sanctification, and for proclamation of the Gospel.  I humbly ask for the generosity of heart of readers to help support the cause of canonization of Blessed James Alberione.  Many thanks in advance for your offerings of prayers and contributions.

See the trailer of the film on Blessed James Alberione, and please find ways to help in making the full-length movie: Blessed James Alberione - movie trailer.

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May God send more laborers to the vineyard.

"Prayer for Vocations"

Heavenly Father, bless your Church with your compassion and your love. Extend your gracious invitation to many worthy and generous men and women who might be eager to embrace a life of full time discipleship in the school of Jesus our Divine Master, as priests, deacons, brothers, sisters and members of secular institutes. With the grace of the Holy Spirit, may they grow in desire for evangelical perfection and dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the service of their neighbors who so desperately need their assistance and their love. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

(Source:  Society of St. Paul, Vocations Office)

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC

   




Friday, March 16, 2012

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH HAS A NEW DOMAIN: WWW.DOCTRINAFIDEI.VA (VIS article)


Dear Pauline Family & Friends,

We have the gift of having access to the new domain of the "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."  See VIS article below for details.


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CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH HAS A NEW DOMAIN: WWW.DOCTRINAFIDEI.VA

Vatican City, 16 March 2012 (VIS) - The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has opened a new domain (www.doctrinafidei.va) within the official website of the Holy See. In this way, the congregation hopes to facilitate the consultation of its documents which, having the express approbation of the Holy Father, participate in his ordinary Magisterium as the Peter's Successor. Attentive reception of these texts is important for all members of the faithful and in particular for those who are engaged in theological and pastoral work.

The major documents are available in eight languages: Latin, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Polish. Certain documents are also available in Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, and Dutch. There is a general list of all the texts organised chronologically, and three subgroups of these texts, divided into doctrinal, disciplinary and sacramental documents.

The new domain also presents information on the Congregation's series "Documenti e Studi", which are individual printed volumes presenting a major document of the Congregation together with commentaries by noted theologians. There is also a description of the volumes containing the proceedings of various symposia organised by the Congregation in recent years, as well as speeches and other contributions by cardinal prefects.

A communique by the congregation published this morning explains how "wider distribution of the teaching of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is necessary in today's world. The documents of the congregation which have been published since the time of Vatican Council II ... deal with significant questions for the life and mission of the Church and give important doctrinal responses to the challenges of our times. ... The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is convinced that the enhanced availability of these documents will be of significant value in communicating the teaching of the Church to people throughout the world".

The old domain address of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith remains active within the official website of the Holy See.

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Jesus, Master, Way, Truth and Life, have mercy on us.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Apostles Saint Peter and St. Paul, pray for us.
Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.
Mother Thecla Merlo, pray for us.



Best regards,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

VENERATING THE MOTHER OF GOD MEANS LEARNING TO BECOME A COMMUNITY OF PRAYER (VIS article)


VENERATING THE MOTHER OF GOD MEANS LEARNING TO BECOME A COMMUNITY OF PRAYER
 
Vatican City, 14 March 2012 (VIS) - During his general audience this morning the Holy Father began a new cycle of catecheses, dedicated to the subject of prayer in the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters of St. Paul. The Pope focused his remarks today on the figure of Mary as she appears in the Acts, when with the Apostles she awaits the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Benedict XVI told the more than 10,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that "it was with Mary that Jesus' earthly life began, and it was with her that the Church took its first steps. ... She discreetly followed her Son's journey during His public life, even unto the foot of the cross. Then, with silent prayer, she continued to follow the progress of the Church", he explained.

The stages of Mary's own journey from the house of Nazareth to the Upper Room of Jerusalem "were marked by her capacity to maintain an ongoing state of contemplation, meditating upon each event in the silence of her heart, before God. The Mother of God's presence with the Eleven after the Ascension ... has great significance because with them she shared the most precious of things: the living memory of Jesus in prayer".

After Jesus' Ascension to heaven, the Apostles met with Mary to await the gift of the Holy Spirit, without which it is not possible to bear witness to Christ. "She, who had already received the Spirit in order to generate the incarnate Word, shared the entire Church’s expectation of the same gift. ... If it is true that there could be no Church without Pentecost, it is also true that there could have been no Pentecost without the Mother of Jesus, because she had a unique knowledge of what the Church experiences every day by the action of the Holy Spirit".

The Pope went on to recall how the Vatican Council II Dogmatic Constitution "Lumen gentium" had emphasised this special relationship between the Virgin and the Church. "We see the Apostles before the day of Pentecost 'constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women including Mary the mother of Jesus'", he said. "Mary's place is in the Church, 'wherefore she is hailed as a pre-eminent and singular member, ... and as its type and excellent exemplar in faith and charity'.

"Venerating the Mother of Jesus in the Church means, then, learning from her how to become a community of prayer", the Holy Father added. "This is one of the essential aspects of the first description of the Christian community given in the Acts of the Apostles".

Our prayers "are often dictated by difficult situations, by personal problems which cause us to turn to the Lord in search of light, comfort and aid. But Mary invites us to open prayer to other dimensions, to address God not only in moments of need and not only for ourselves, but unanimously, perseveringly, faithfully and with 'one heart and soul'".

Benedict XVI also pointed out that Mary "was placed by the Lord at decisive moments of the history of salvation, and she always responded with complete readiness as a result of her profound bond with God matured through assiduous and intense prayer. ... Between the Ascension and Pentecost, she was 'with' and 'in' the Church, in prayer. Mother of God and Mother of the Church, Mary exercises her maternity until the end of history".

The Pope concluded by saying that "Mary teaches us the need for prayer and shows us how only through a constant, intimate and complete bond of love with her Son can we courageously leave our homes ... to announce the Lord Jesus, Saviour of the world".

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SEVENTY PER CENT OF WORLD POPULATION LIVE IN COUNTRIES WITH HIGH RESTRICTIONS ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS (VIS article)

Dear Pauline Family & Friends,

Let us include in our prayers the realization of the urgent intention (shown in bold letters below) mentioned by Archbishop Tomasi as contained in the Vatican Information Service article quoted below:

"...Greater social justice provides fertile ground for the implementation of all human rights. Religions are communities based on convictions and their freedom guarantees a contribution of moral values without which the freedom of everyone is not possible. For this reason", Archbishop Tomasi concluded, "it becomes an urgent and beneficial responsibility of the international community to counteract the trend of increasing violence against religious groups and of mistaken and deceptive neutrality that in fact aims at neutralising religion".

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SEVENTY PER CENT OF WORLD POPULATION LIVE IN COUNTRIES WITH HIGH RESTRICTIONS ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
 
Vatican City, (VIS) - "Terrorist attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia increased 309 per cent between 2003 and 2010. Approximately 70 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices, and religious minorities pay the highest price". These words were pronounced on 1 March by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi C.S., permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations at Geneva, during the course of the nineteenth ordinary session of the Human Rights Council.

Speaking English, Archbishop Tomasi recalled how, "in general, rising restrictions on religion affect more than 2.2 billion people. Those affected have either lost the protection of their societies or have experienced some government-imposed and unjust restrictions, or have become victims of violence resulting from an impulsive bigotry".

Among the causes of this phenomenon, the archbishop mentioned "the evolving political situation, wrong perceptions of the role of religion, expediency, and subtle ambiguities in the understanding of secularism". In the current situation, it is vital for the international community "to assure the protection of people in their exercise of freedom of religion and religious practice".

In this context, the Holy See observer noted that States must guarantee all their citizens the right to religious freedom, at both the individual and community level. Freedom of religion is not a derived or granted right, "but a fundamental and inalienable right of the human person. ... The task of government is not to define religion, ... but to confer upon faith communities a juridical personality so that they can function peacefully within a legal framework.

"Respect for the religious freedom of everyone may be at stake in places where the concept of “State religion” is recognised, especially when the latter becomes the source of unjust treatment of others, whether they believe in other faiths or have none".
 
The archbishop went on: "Above the institutional considerations, the critical problem facing the promotion and protection of human rights in the area of religious freedom is the intolerance that leads to violence and to the killing of many innocent people each year simply because of their religious convictions. The realistic and collective responsibility, therefore, is to sustain mutual tolerance and respect of human rights and a greater equality among citizens of different religions in order to achieve a healthy democracy where the public role of religion and the distinction between religious and temporal spheres are recognised. ... But to achieve this desirable goal, there is a need to overcome a culture that devalues the human person and is intent on eliminating religion from public life".

"Religions are not a threat, but a resource", he said. "They contribute to the development of civilisations, and this is good for everyone. Their freedom and activities should be protected so that the partnership between religious beliefs and societies may enhance the common good. ... The educational system and the media have a major role to play by excluding prejudice and hatred from textbooks, from newscasts and from newspapers, and by disseminating accurate and fair information on all component groups of society.

"But lack of education and information, that facilitates an easier manipulation of people for political advantages, is too often linked to underdevelopment, poverty, lack of access to effective participation in the management of society. Greater social justice provides fertile ground for the implementation of all human rights. Religions are communities based on convictions and their freedom guarantees a contribution of moral values without which the freedom of everyone is not possible. For this reason", Archbishop Tomasi concluded, "it becomes an urgent and beneficial responsibility of the international community to counteract the trend of increasing violence against religious groups and of mistaken and deceptive neutrality that in fact aims at neutralising religion".
 
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Many thanks for your attentive co-operation in prayer.  May Almighty God bless you and all your loved ones with His protection; and with spiritual and temporal blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Divine Master, Way, Truth and Life.  Amen.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Call to prayer for protection of religious freedom

Dear Pauline Family & Friends,

This Lent let us unite & offer our prayers for the salvation of souls and the preservation of religious freedom. 

Please see self-explanatory letter dated 2 March 2012 from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed to his brother bishops.  To access website, click here:  USCCB. 


Also, let us uphold the freedom of religion which is enshrined in the The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 

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Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
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May God bless us through Jesus Christ, Our Divine Master, Way, Truth and Light. Amen.
Mary Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us.
Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.


Many thanks in advance for your co-operation.  Best regards.

In Christ's peace,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC

Friday, March 2, 2012

SOLIDARITY WITH CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND (VIS article)

Dear Pauline Friends & Family,

This Good Friday,  might we be in a position to keep solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land?  There are many ways to do our duty of restoring the spiritual patrimony handed down to us, such as by our prayer, by concrete assistance, and by pilgrimages.  We could also give out of the kindness of our hearts a donation to the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land.  This is a good practice observed in the Church of the Holy Family also known as United Nations Parish on 315 East 47th St., New York City.

The VIS article below raises our awareness about the Holy Land and encourages us to promote prayer initiatives and fraternal charity towards Christians of Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine and neighboring countries.  May God grant us the necessary temporal and spiritual graces to follow the inspiration of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri and Archbishop Cyril Vasil S.J. as contained in their communication to the bishops world-wide.

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SOLIDARITY WITH CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND
Vatican City, 1 March 2012 (VIS) - Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, has sent a letter to the bishops of the world concerning the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land. The letter, which also bears the signature of Archbishop Cyril Vasil S.J., secretary of the congregation, has the purpose of sensitising the Catholic Church around the world with regard to the Holy Land, and of promoting initiatives of prayer and fraternal charity towards Christians of Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine and neighbouring countries.

"The Son of God made man, after having crossed this land announcing the Kingdom and confirming the word with mighty works, wonders and signs, went up to the Holy City to immolate Himself", reads the English-language version of the letter. "From that time, every Christian finds himself at home in that City and in that Land. This is possible thanks to the pastors in this place, who, by the will of the Lord Jesus, continue in our day also to gather our brothers and sisters in the faith to celebrate the love of Him Who 'makes all things new'.

"The Congregation for the Oriental Churches hereby reminds the bishops of the entire world of the unceasing request of Pope Benedict XVI that the mission of the Church in the Holy Places be generously supported. Although specifically pastoral, this mission at the same time offers a praiseworthy social service to all without exception. In this way, fraternity, which can overcome division and discrimination, increases and gives renewed impetus to ecumenical dialogue and inter-religious collaboration. This constitutes an admirable work of peace and reconciliation, which is all the more necessary today, as we share the Holy Father’s preoccupation 'for the people of those countries where hostilities and acts of violence continue, particularly Syria and the Holy Land'".

"This year, Good Friday seems more fitting than ever as a sign of the needs of both pastors and faithful, which are bound up with the sufferings of the entire Middle East. For the disciples of Christ, hostility is often the daily bread which nourishes the faith and sometimes makes the echo of martyrdom. Christian emigration is exacerbated by the lack of peace, which tends to impoverish hope, changing it into the fear of facing alone a future that seems to exist only in the abandonment of one’s own country.

"Nonetheless, as was the case for the Gospel’s grain of wheat, so the trials of Christians in the Holy Land prepare without doubt a brighter tomorrow. The dawning of this new day, however, requires support now for schools, medical assistance, critical housing, meeting places, and everything else that the generosity of the Church has devised".

"We have the duty to restore the spiritual patrimony which we have received from these Christians’ two millennia of fidelity to the truth of the faith. We can and must do this by our prayer, by concrete assistance, and by pilgrimages. The Year of Faith, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican Council II, will provide particular motivation for us to direct our steps towards that Land. ... Next Good Friday, around the Cross of Christ, let us be conscious of being together with these brothers and sisters of ours. May the loneliness that is at times strongly felt in their situation be overcome by our fraternity".

Also made public today was a report prepared by the Custody of the Holy Land (a province of the Order of Friars Minor with responsibility for the Holy Places), listing the works carried out with the proceeds of the Good Friday collection of 2011. Restoration and maintenance has been carried out on numerous shrines, churches and convents in the Holy Land including such places as Bethlehem, Jerusalem (Gethsemane and the Shrine of the Flagellation, among others), Jaffa, Magdala and Mount Tabor. Other initiatives sought to improve welcome services for pilgrims.

A significant part of the proceeds was used to fund student scholarships, to help small business, and to build houses, schools and areas for children. Other recipients of aid included families, parish communities, the poor and cultural institutions.

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Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC

Thursday, March 1, 2012

POPE BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH (VIS article)

Dear Pauline Friends & Family,

Let us keep our unity with Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in praying for the intentions he set out this month of March 2012.  See VIS article below:

BENEDICT XVI'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH
Vatican City, 1 March 2012 (VIS) - Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for March is: "That the whole world may recognise the contribution of women to the development of society".
His mission intention is: "That the Holy Spirit may grant perseverance to those who suffer discrimination, persecution or death for the name of Christ, particularly in Asia".

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Jesus, Master, Way, Truth and Life, have mercy on us.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, pray for us.
Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator - NYC