Pope Benedict XVI : Message for World Day of Peace; January 01, 2009

December 31, 2008

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January 01, 2009 - Daily Mass Readings Plus Audio Options and More

December 31, 2008

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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Reading 1
Nm 6:22-27

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Say to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the children of Israel, and you shall say to them: The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. The Lord shew his face to thee, and have mercy on thee. The Lord turn his countenance to thee, and give thee peace. And they shall invoke my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May God have mercy on us, and bless us:
may he cause the light of his countenance to shine upon us,
and may he have mercy on us.
That we may know thy way upon earth:
thy salvation in all nations.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
Let the nations be glad and rejoice:
for thou judgest the people with justice,
and directest the nations upon earth.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
Let the people, O God, confess to thee:
let all the people give praise to thee:
May God bless us:
and all the ends of the earth fear him.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

Reading II
Gal 4:4-7

Brothers and sisters:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law: That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father. Therefore, now he is not a servant, but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God.

Gospel
Lk 2:16-21

The shepherds came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from The Challoner Douay Rheims version of the Sacred Bible, a source free from copyright and entirely in the public domain.

The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/today.shtml

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Vatican’s World Day of Peace Mass to Air on CatholicTV and Internet

December 30, 2008

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - The World Day of Peace Mass will be aired on CatholicTV at noon EST on January 1, 2009. CatholicTV is a nationally broadcasted television station headquartered near Boston.

Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Mass. The primary message from the Pope will be “Fighting Poverty To Build Peace”. In this message, the Pope will speak of poverty as a contributing factor in conflicts, including armed ones. The Pope will take into account globalization when discussing poverty in his message.

Pope Benedict will also discuss population as an asset in the fight against poverty rather than a contributing factor to poverty. He sights how 20% of the world’s population is below the poverty level compared to 40% just 27 years ago despite a significant increase in population. The Pope also refers to the increase of the world’s population by 4 billion since World War II and “rapid development specifically because of the large number of their [countries’] inhabitants.”

The Mass will take place at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

The Mass will air at noon EST on CatholicTV where available on January 1st (rebroadcast at 12:30AM Friday, January 2nd). The show will also be streamed live at www.CatholicTV.com.

About CatholicTV:
CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel IPTV and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station’s web site www.CatholicTV.com. Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV

Report of events and activities of the Holy Father and the Holy See from August to December of 2008

December 30, 2008

VATICAN CITY, 30 DEC 2008 (VIS) - Following is the biannual report of the major events related to the activities of the Holy Father Benedict XVI and the Holy See from August to December of 2008.

AUGUST

- 19: The Holy Father appointed Daniel Rudolf Anrig as commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard with the rank of Colonel.

- 23: The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, as special secretary of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held in the Vatican from 5 to 26 October on the theme “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”. He substituted Bishop Wilhelm Emil Egger, O.F.M. Cap., who had recently passed away.

SEPTEMBER

- 5: On the liturgical memory of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Italian Episcopal Conference joined with Pope Benedict XVI in calling upon all Italian dioceses to observe a day of prayer and fasting for Christians in India.

- 6: Audience with the prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua on the completion of their “ad limina” visit.

- 6: Audience with Traian Basescu, President of Romania.

- 6: Cardinal Antonio Innocenti, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy and president emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Patrimony of the Church and of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” died at the age of 93.

- 7: The Holy Father made a pastoral visit to Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy.

- 8: On the Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, the Holy Father sent an SMS to the youth who had participated in this year’s World Youth Day in July in Sydney, Australia.

- 9: A letter from the Holy Father Benedict XVI to Bishop Luciano Monari of Brescia, Italy, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI was published.

- 12-15: The Holy Father made an apostolic visit to France, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes.

- 21: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time: at 9:00am: the Pope celebrated Mass and dedicated a new altar at the cathedral of San Pancrazio in Albano, Italy.

- 21: Beatification of the Servant of God Vincenza Maria Poloni, Italian foundress of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy, at Verona, Italy.

- 26: Audience with prelates from the Uruguayan Episcopal Conference, at the conclusion of their five-yearly “ad limina” visit:

- 27: Audience with Pavel Vosalik, new Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Holy See, on the presentation of his Letters of Credence.

- 28: Beatification of the Servant of God Michael Sopocko, Polish priest and founder of the Congregation of Sisters of Merciful Jesus, in the square in front of the Divine Mercy Church of Bialystok, Poland.

OCTOBER

- 3: International congress organized jointly by the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family and Sacred Heart Catholic University in Rome to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Paul VI’s Encyclical “Humanae vitae”.

- 4: Beatification of the Servant of God Francesco Pianzola, Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Queen of Peace, in the cathedral of Vigevano, Italy.

- 4: Beatification of the Servant of God Francesco Giovanni Bonifacio, Italian priest and martyr, in the cathedral of Trieste, Italy.

- 4: The Holy Father Benedict XVI made an official visit to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinal Palace, Italy’s official presidential residence, returning the visit to the Vatican made by the president on 20 November 2006.

- 5: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: the Pope presided at a Eucharistic concelebration with the Synod Fathers in the Roman basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls for the opening of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will be meeting to consider the theme: “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church”.

- 9: The Pope presided at a Eucharistic concelebration with cardinals in the Vatican Basilica at 11:30 a.m. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Pope Pius XII.

- 12: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Pope celebrated the Eucharist in St. Peter’s Square at 10 a.m., during which he canonised the Blesseds Gaetano Errico, Maria Bernarda Butler, Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception (Anna Muttathupadathu), and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran.

- 18: The Holy Father presided over the celebration of first Vespers of the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Sistine Chapel, marking the participation of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in the work of the current Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

- 19: Beatification of the Servants of God Louis Martin and Maria Zelia Guerin, lay persons, married couple, and parents of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, in Lisieux, France.

19: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Benedict XVI made a pastoral visit to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary at Pompeii, Italy. At 10:00 a.m. he celebrated the Eucharist and offered the traditional supplication to the Virgin of Pompeii, and at 5:00 p.m. prayed the Holy Rosary with the gathered faithful.

26: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: The closure of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Basilica.

27: The Pope announced his intention to make an apostolic visit to Cameroon in March 2009 to entrust the working document of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops to representatives of the episcopal conferences of Africa and to Angola to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of that country.

NOVEMBER

7: Presentation of the Letters of Credence of Vytautas Alisauskas, new Ambassador of Lithuania to the Holy See

8: Presentation of the Letters of Credence of Wang Larry Yu-yuan, new Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Holy See.

13: Presentation of the Letters of Credence of Sante Canducci, new Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino to the Holy See.

13: Audience with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

17: Presentation of the Letters of Credence of Georges Chakib El Khoury, the Ambassador of Lebanon to the Holy See.

23-27: His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians, whose See is located in the Lebanese town of Antelias, made an official visit to the Pope and the Church of Rome.

24: Beatification of the Servants of God Peter Kibe Kasui, Japanese priest of the Company of Jesus, and his 187 companions, killed in Japan between 1603 and 1639, at noon in the Nagasaki Big N. Stadium, Japan.

29: Beatification of the Servant of God Jose Olallo Valdes, Cuban professed religious of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God (1820-1889) in Plaza de la Caridad of Camaguey, Cuba.

30: First Sunday of Advent: Pastoral visit to the Roman basilica of San Lorenzo for the 1,750th anniversary of the martyrdom of the deacon saint as part of the Holy Father’s annual visits to Roman parishes.

DECEMBER

1: Audience with Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

4: Audience with prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Chile at the conclusion of their five-yearly “ad limina” visit.

5: Presentation of the Letters of Credence of Juan Pablo Cafiero, new Ambassador of Argentina to the Holy See

5: The Holy Father sent a telegram of condolence to the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the death of His Holiness Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and of All the Russias at the age of 79.

12: Audience with prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Taiwan at the conclusion of their five-yearly “ad limina” visit.

12: Presentation of the Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “‘Dignitas Personae’: On Certain Bioethical Questions”, published in seven languages.

12: United States Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J. died at the age of 90.

13: Visit to the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, housed in the Borromeo Palace.

18: Audience with 11 new ambassadors to the Holy See to receive their Letters of Credence: Isaac Chikwekwere Lamba (Malawi), Perols Ulla Birgitta Gudmundson (Sweden), Christian Sheka Kargbo (Sierra Leon), Elin Flygenring (Iceland), Paul Duhr (Luxembourg), Rajaonarivony Narisoa (Madagascar), Oscar Ayuso (Belize), Rafiaa Limam Baouendi (Tunisia), Amanzhol Zhankuliyev (Kazakhstan), Naser Muhamed Youssef Al Belooshi (Bahrain), and Pio Bosco Tikoisuva (Fiji Islands).

18: Audience with staff members, contributors, and advisors of Vatican Television (CTV) on the occasion of the celebration of CTV’s 25th anniversary this year.

19: Audience with Graziano Luigi Triboldi, new ambassador of the Seychelles to the Holy See, on the presentation of his Letters of Credence.

19: Audience with members of the Labor Office of the Apostolic See (ULSA), which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its establishment by John Paul II this coming 1 January.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Prayer Intention for January

December 30, 2008

VATICAN CITY, 30 DEC 2008 (VIS) - Pope Benedict XVI’s general prayer intention for January is: “That the family ma become more and more a place of training in charity, personal growth and transmission of the faith”.

His mission intention is: “That the different Christian confessions, aware of the need for a new evangelization in this period of profound transformations, may be committed to announcing the Good News and moving towards the full unity of all Christians in order to offer a more credible testimony of the Gospel”.

More than half a million people participated in the Wednesday general Papal audiences

December 30, 2008

VATICAN CITY, 30 DEC 2008 (VIS) - During 2008, 2,215,000 faithful and pilgrims participated in a general or special audience, the prayer of the Sunday Angelus, or the liturgical celebrations presided over by the Holy Father.

According to data on the year that is about to end provided by the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, more than half a million people participated in the Wednesday general audiences - October being the month of heaviest attendance - and more than a million participated in the Sunday Angelus prayers in St. Peter’s Square.

Actions of Pope Benedict 12/30/08

December 30, 2008

VATICAN CITY, 30 DEC 2008 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father appointed:

- Fr. P. Elio Greselin, S.C.J., former Provincial General of the Dehonian Fathers, as Bishop of Lichinga (area 129,362, population 1,084,682, Catholics 200,466, priests 29, religious 74), Mozambique. The bishop-elect was born in Tretto di Venza, Italy in 1938 and was ordained a priest in 1965.

- Archbishop Mario Zenari, formerly Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka, as Apostolic Nuncio to Syria.

- the following as consultants to the Congregation for the Clergy: Msgr. Giuseppe Sciacca, Prelate Auditor of the Roman Rota; Fr. Valerio Michele Adriano, of the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy; Fr. Davide Cito, of the personal prelature of Opus Dei and professor of Penal Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome; Fr. James Conn, S.J, professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; Fr. Enrico dal Covolo, S.D.B., professor of Christian and Classical Letters at the Pontifical Salesian University, Rome; Fr. Alberto Franzini, of the Diocese of Cremona, Italy; Fr. Martin Grichting, of the Diocese of Chur, Switzerland; Fr. David-Maria Jaeger, O.F.M., professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical University “Antonianum”, Rome; Fr. Moacyr Malaquias Junior, O.F.M., professor of Canon Patrimonial Law at the Pontifical University “Antonianum”, Rome; Fr. Jesus Minambres, of the personal prelature of Opus Dei and professor of Administrative Law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome; Fr. Luis Navarro, of the personal prelature of Opus Dei and dean of the Canon Law faculty at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome; Fr. Christoph Ohly, of the Diocese of Cologne and assistant to the chair of Canon Law at the Catholic University of Munich, Germany; Fr. Jan Sliwa, O.P., assistant dean and professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome; and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbon, psychiatrist and member of the Catholic Medical Association of the United States of America.

December 31, 2008 - Daily Mass Readings

December 30, 2008

The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Reading 1
1 Jn 2:18-21

Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would no doubt have remained with us: but that they may be manifest, that they are not all of us. But you have the unction from the Holy One and know all things. I have not written to you as to them that know not the truth, but as to them that know it: and that no lie is of the truth.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 96:1-2, 11-12, 13

R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle:
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing ye to the Lord and bless his name:
shew forth his salvation from day to day.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad,
let the sea be moved, and the fulness thereof:
The fields and all things that are in them shall be joyful.
Then shall all the trees of the woods rejoice
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Before the face of the Lord, because he cometh:
because he cometh to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with justice,
and the people with his truth.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Gospel
Jn 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness: and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light. That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.

He was in the world: and the world was made by him: and the world knew him not. He came unto his own: and his own received him not. But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

John beareth witness of him and crieth out, saying: This was he of whom I spoke: He that shall come after me is preferred before me: because he was before me. And of his fulness we all have received: and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses: grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the Bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

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The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from The Challoner Douay Rheims version of the Sacred Bible, a source free from copyright and entirely in the public domain.

The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/today.shtml

December 30, 2008 - Daily Mass Readings

December 30, 2008

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Reading 1
1 Jn 2:12-17

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

I write unto you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.

I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.

I write unto you, babes, because you have known the Father.

I write unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world is the concupiscence of the flesh and the concupiscence of the eyes and the pride of life, which is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God abideth for ever.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10

R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Bring ye to the Lord, O ye kindreds of the Gentiles,
bring ye to the Lord glory and honour:
Bring to the Lord glory unto his name.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Bring up sacrifices, and come into his courts:
Adore ye the Lord in his holy court.
Let all the earth be moved at his presence.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Say ye among the Gentiles, the Lord hath reigned.
For he hath corrected the world, which shall not be moved:
he will judge the people with justice.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Gospel
Lk 2:36-40

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. She was far advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day. Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord: and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.

And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth. And the child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom: and the grace of God was in him.

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The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from The Challoner Douay Rheims version of the Sacred Bible, a source free from copyright and entirely in the public domain.

The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/today.shtml

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