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Monday, June 26, 2006


VATICAN CITY, JUN 26, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

 - Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 - Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

 - Archbishop Francois Bacque, apostolic nuncio to the Netherlands.

 - Abdulhafed Gaddur, Libyan ambassador, accompanied by his wife, on a farewell visit.

  On Saturday, June 24, the Holy Father received in separate audiences:

 - Luis Miguel Leitao Ritto, head of the European Commission delegation to the Holy See.

 - His Beatitude Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

 - Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

 - Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary.

 - Bishop Michele Castoro of Oria, Italy, accompanied by members of his family.
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 26, 2006 (VIS) - This morning, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration concerning the audience granted today by Benedict XVI to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Republic of the Philippines, in the company of her family and an entourage:

  "In the course of the cordial meeting," the text reads, "the president explained to the Holy Father the new law banning the death penalty, which was signed last Saturday, Feast of St. John the Baptist.

  "Mrs. Macapagal Arroyo also showed the Pope a plan for reforming the Constitution, which aims at a more harmonious development of the country, reserving greater attention to the poorer sectors of the population.

  "During the meeting, reference was also made to the favorable prospects for dialogue with the Muslim inhabitants of the country and to the hope for national pacification.

  "Finally the president noted how Christian values, in which the majority of Filipinos identify themselves, also find expression and support in the legislation of the State."
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 26, 2006 (VIS) - Today, during an audience with Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope authorized the congregation to promulgate the following decrees:


- Venerable Servant of God Paolo Giuseppe Nardini, diocesan priest and founder of the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Family (1821-1862).

 - Venerable Servant of God Maria del Monte Carmelo of the Baby Jesus Gonzalez Ramos Garcia Prieto, nee Maria Carmela, Spanish, foundress of the Congregation of the Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (1834-1899).

 - Venerable Servant of God Servant of God Maria Maddalena Della Passione, nee Costanza Starace, Italian, foundress of the Congregation of the Compassionist Sisters, Servants of Mary (1845-1921).

 - Venerable Servant of God Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Eluvathingal, nee Rosa, Indian, religious of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (1877-1952).

 - Venerable Servant of God Maria Rosa, nee Bruna Pellesi, Italian, professed sister of the Congregation of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Christ (1917-1972).


 - Servants of God Bonaventura Garcia Paredes, Spanish, professed priest of the Order of Friars Preachers (1866-1936), Miguel Leibar Garay, Spanish, professed priest of the Society of Mary (1885-1936), and 40 companions killed in 1936.

 - Servants of God Simon Reynes Solivellas (1901-1936), Spanish, and five companions of the Congregation of Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mercy, and Prudenza Canyelles i Ginesta, Spanish, laywoman, all killed in 1936.

 - Servants of God Celestino Jose Alonso Villar (1862-1936), Spanish, and nine companions of the Order of Friars Preachers, killed in 1936.

 - Servants of God Angelo Maria Prat Hostench (1896-1936) and 16 companions of the Order of Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, killed in 1936.

 - Servants of God Enrique Saiz Aparicio (1889-1936), Spanish, and 62 companions of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco, killed in 1936 and 1937.

 - Servants of God Mariano de San Jose Altolaguirre y Altolaguirre, ne Santiago (1857-1936), Spanish, and nine companions of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, killed in 1936 and 1937.

 - Servant of Francesco Spoto, Italian, professed priest of the Congregation of Missionary Servants of the Poor (1924-1964).


 - Servant of God Marco Morelli, Italian, diocesan priest and founder of the Congregation of Handmaidens of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony (1834-1912).

- Servant of God Francesco Pianzola, Italian, diocesan priest and founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Queen of Peace (1881-1943).

- Servant of God Antonio Rosmini, Italian, priest and founder of the Institute of Charity and of the Sisters of Providence (1797-1855).

- Servant of God Louise Marguerite Claret de la Touche, nee Maria Luisa, French, foundress of the Institute of Sisters of Bethanie and of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1868-1915).

- Servant of God Isabel Lete Landa, nee Regina, Spanish, professed religious of the Congregation of Mercedarian Sisters of Charity (1913-1941).

- Servant of God Wanda Justine Nepomucena Malczewska, Polish, laywoman (1822-1896).

- Servant of God Jerome Jaegen, German, layman (1841-1919).
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 25, 2006 (VIS) - The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Feast of St. John the Baptist provided the theme for Benedict XVI's reflections prior to praying the Angelus this morning with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.

  The Pope recalled how the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which fell on Friday, unites "popular devotion and profound theology." It "has its roots in the mystery of the Incarnation: it was through the Heart of Jesus that God's Love for humanity was sublimely expressed."

  For this reason, devotion to the Sacred Heart "maintains all its validity, and particularly attracts those souls who thirst for God's mercy, who find there the everlasting source from which to draw the water of life capable of irrigating the deserts of the soul and bringing hope to flower."

  The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart also coincides with the Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. "I take this opportunity to invite everyone," the Pope said, "to pray for priests, that they may be valuable witnesses of Christ's love."

  The Holy Father then went on to refer to the June 24 Feast of St. John the Baptist, pointing out that he "is the only saint whose birth is commemorated, because it marked the beginning of the fulfillment of the divine promises. ... His feast reminds us that our own life is ... always 'relative' to Christ, and that it is fulfilled by accepting Him, Word, Light and Bridegroom, of Whom we are voices, lamps and friends."

  "Allowing the 'I' of Christ to take the place of our own 'I' was the exemplary aspiration of the Apostles Peter and Paul, whom the Church venerates" on June 29.

  Following the Angelus prayer, the Pope mentioned a recent accident on a motorway building site between the Italian cities of Catania and Siracusa, which claimed the life of one workman and injured many others. "I raise a special prayer to the Lord," he said, "and, in expressing my spiritual closeness to the injured and their relatives, I trust that ever greater attention to safety conditions in the workplace may prevent the repetition of such dramatic events."

  Finally, Benedict XVI recalled that in Italy the Sunday prior to the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul marks the Day of the Pope's Charity . "I express my heartfelt thanks to the Italian ecclesial community for the prayers and support it gives to my ministry as Peter's Successor, called to serve all the People of God."
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 24, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Gorlitz, Germany, presented by Bishop Rudolf Muller, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Jose Ignacio Munilla Aguirre, pastor of the parish of "El Salvador" in San Sebastian, Spain, as bishop of Palencia (area 8,028, population 173,990, Catholics 165,290, priests 310, religious 668), Spain. The bishop-elect was born in Zumarraga, Spain in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1986.

 - Appointed Bishop Michele Seccia of San Severo, Italy, as bishop of Teramo-Atri (area 1,480, population 248,000, Catholics 240,000, priests 190, permanent deacons 11, religious 249), Italy.
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 24, 2006 (VIS) - This evening, the Pope attended a concert of sacred music in the Sistine Chapel, presented in his honor by the Domenico Bartolucci Foundation, directed by Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci.

  At the end of the concert, Benedict XVI thanked Msgr. Bartolucci - who directed the Sistine Chapel Choir from 1956 to 1997 - for the concert, which included the composition "Oremus Pro Pontefice" written, the Pope recalled, by Msgr. Bartolucci "immediately after my election to the See of Peter."

  "All the pieces we have heard," the Holy Father continued, "and especially their arrangement - with the sixteenth and twentieth centuries running in parallel - go to confirm the conviction that sacred polyphony, and especially that of the so-called 'Roman School,' is a legacy to be carefully preserved, kept alive and propagated, for the benefit not only of scholars and enthusiasts, but of all the ecclesial community for which it constitutes a priceless spiritual, artistic and cultural heritage."

  Pope Benedict then highlighted how the aim of the Bartolucci Foundation is "to preserve and defend the classical and contemporary tradition of this famous polyphonic school, which has always been characterized by its focus on the pure voice, without instrumental accompaniment."

  He continued: "A true 'aggiornamento' of sacred music cannot be achieved except by following the great traditions of the past, of Gregorian chants and sacred polyphony. For this reason, in the musical field as in that of other forms of art, the ecclesial community has always promoted and sustained those who seek new forms of expression without rejecting the past, the history of the human spirit, which is also the history of its dialogue with God."

  Msgr. Bartolucci, the Pope said, "has always sought to appreciate sacred music, also as a vehicle of evangelization. Through innumerable concerts in Italy and abroad, with the universal language of art, the Sistine Chapel Choir," led by him, "cooperated in the mission of the Popes, which is that of spreading the Christian message throughout the world. the Sistine Chapel Choir still continues that mission under the careful direction of its current maestro, Giuseppe Liberto."
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 24, 2006 (VIS) - The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff today announced that on Tuesday, August 15, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Pope will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. in the parish church of St. Thomas in Castelgandolfo.

  The following two rites of beatification, approved by the Holy Father, were also announced for Sunday, September 17, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

 - At 11 a.m. in the square of St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary, beatification of Servant of God Sara Salkahazi.

- At 4 p.m. in the Cathedral of Brescia, Italy, beatification of Servant of God Mose Tovini.
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VATICAN CITY, JUN 24, 2006 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls today announced that Benedict XVI will make an apostolic trip to Germany from September 9 to 14, where he will visit Munich, Altotting and Regensburg.
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