World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 9 – November 22, 2009

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita, the Patron Saint of Sudan, may come to the aid of those affected by the kala azar epidemic in this country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (kala azar epidemic) Map of SudanExtract from Tropical disease has killed two people and sickened 375 in southern Sudan Malakal, Nov 6 A deadly tropical disease has killed two people and sickened 375 in southern Sudan, aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Friday, warning that many more were likely to be infected. The parasitic kala azar disease is almost always fatal if untreated and can kill those with weak immune systems within weeks, MSF said in a statement, adding that 95 percent of patients survive with timely treatment. “We suspect that the number of kala azar patients reaching clinics in some areas is just the tip of the iceberg.” At least two people have died, the statement added. The disease, also known as leishmaniasis, is caused by a parasite transmitted through sand fly bites. It multiplies in the body, attacking the immune system, and symptoms include an enlarged spleen, fever, weakness and wasting.

Saint (Josephine Bakhita) (Patron Saint of Sudan) Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita (Feast Date: Feb 8) Profile Bakhita was born to a locally important family in Olgossa, a village in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. Her father was the brother of a tribal chief. At the age of nine she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders and over the course of the next eight years was sold and resold five times in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum. The trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name, and the name we know her by is a compound of the name given her by the slavers (bakhita, the Arabic word for lucky) and the Christian name she took in adulthood. She was also forcibly converted to Islam. See picture of Saint Josephine Bakhita

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Sebastian,  the Patron Saint against Plagues, may come to the aid of those affected by disease in Samoa after the tsunami in this country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (sickness from tsunami) Map of SamoaExtract from Samoa: Tsunami pain continues as health crisis unfolds Samoan authorities are increasingly concerned about the rising number of health issues following the September tsunami. The head of Pacific Health at Auckland University, Dr Teuila Percival, was in Samoa for a conference when the tsunami hit. She told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat she offered to work with children – her specialty – and in the outpatients section of a hospital emergency department. Dr Percival says now conditions such as “tsunami lung” may shorten people’s lives. She said staff saw skin, soft-tissue and bone damage, and also treated near-drowning and aspiration or breathing problems. Pneumonia among some Samoans caught in the wave was quite severe. Tsunami lung is aspiration pneumonia that can result in scarring and permanent damage to lung tissue. So patients can end up with chronic lung disease, a condition called bronchiectasis.” They are more at risk of severe infections and pneumonia.”

Saint (Sebastian) (Patron Saint against Plagues) Extract from St. Sebastian (Feast Date: Jan 20). Profile Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army at Rome in about 283, and encouraged Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were the master of the rolls, Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius’ son, Tiburtius. Chromatius set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect. He was declared patron of plague sufferers of his reported cures of those with diseases.See picture of St. Sebastian

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Camillus,  the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by H1N1 virus in Europe and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (H1N1 Pandemic) Map of in EuropeExtract from H1N1 may kill up to 40,000 in Europe, same as seasonal fluSTOCKHOLM, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The H1N1 pandemic flu virus could kill up to 40,000 people across Europe and be followed by seasonal flu waves that could kill the same number. The Sweden-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said epidemics of H1N1, known as swine flu, were now affecting almost all countries in the European Union but it could not predict how intense the peaks would be. What was certain, it said, was that the pandemic would continue to kill thousands and put many patients into intensive care as the northern hemisphere’s winter sets in. “All European countries will be affected, and this will put considerable stress on healthcare systems,” said ECDC director Zsuzsanna Jakab. The ECDC, which monitors disease in the European Union and European free trade area (EFTA), said it was hard to predict what the mix of pandemic and seasonal flu viruses would bring but there was a risk of seasonal flu epidemics “early in 2010 when the pandemic waves have passed”. Angus Nicoll, the ECDC’s flu coordinator, said in non-pandemic situations, seasonal flu could kill up to 40,000 people in Europe — and H1N1 could do the same.

Saint (Camillus) (Patron Saint of the Sick) Extract from Saint Camillus de Lellis (Feast Date: July 14 – Roman calendar, July 18 – US). ProfileSt. Camillus de Lellis was born in Bucchianico, Italy. He fought for the Venetians against the Turks, was addicted to gambling, and by 1574 was penniless in Naples. He became a Capuchin novice, but was unable to be professed because of a diseased leg he contracted while fighting the Turks. He devoted himself to caring for the sick, and became director of St. Giacomo Hospital in Rome. He received permission from his confessor (St. Philip Neri) to be ordained and decided, with two companions, to found his own congregation, the Ministers of the Sick (the Camillians), dedicated to the care of the sick. They ministered to the sick of Holy Ghost Hospital in Rome, enlarged their facilities in 1585, founded a new house in Naples in 1588, and attended the plague-stricken aboard ships in Rome’s harbor and in Rome. In 1591, the Congregation was made into an order to serve the sick by Pope Gregory XIV, and in 1591 and 1605, Camillus sent members of his order to minister to wounded troops in Hungary and Croatia, the first field medical unit. Gravely ill for many years, he resigned as superior of the Order in 1607 and died in Rome on July 14, the year after he attended a General Chapter there. He was canonized in 1746, was declared patron of the sick, with St. John of God, by Pope Leo XIII, and patron of nurses and nursing groups by Pope Pius XI. His feast day is July 18th. See picture of Saint CamillusSee also: July 14, July 18, May 25 (Birthday) – Saint Camillus de Lellis: Patron Saint of those who are Sick.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. James the Greater, the Patron Saint of Nicaragua, may come to the aid of those affected by the hurricane that hit this country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Hurricane) Map of NicaraguaExtract from Hurricane Ida rips into Nicaragua, damages homes, schools, forcing evacuation of thousands Nicaragua — Hurricane Ida ripped into Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast on Thursday, destroying homes, damaging schools and downing bridges before losing steam and becoming a tropical storm.  Ida, clocking 75 mph (125 kph) winds, struck land around sunrise in Tasbapauni, about 60 miles northeast of Bluefields, said meteorologist Dennis Feltgen of the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. About 80 percent of homes were destroyed in nearby Karawala, a fishing village of about 100 flimsy, wooden shacks near the mouth of the Rio Grande de Matagalpa, said Nicaragua’s National Civil Defense director, Mario Perez. Nicaraguan TV station Canal 63 showed images of corrugated metal roofs and electrical lines flying through the air, and coconut palms bent over by the howling winds. The fast-developing grew from a tropical depression into a hurricane within little more than a day, then lost power as it stalled over eastern Nicaragua, with winds slowing to 65 mph (100 kph). Ida could dump as much as 20 inches of rain on the swampy mainland, with the risk of flash floods and mudslides, according to the Miami-based center.

Saint (James the Greater) (Patron Saint of Nicaragua) Extract from St. James the Greater (Feast Date: July 25). Profile James had no indication that it was the day that his life would change. The dawn for him was not the bright beginning of a new day, but the end of long fruitless night of fishing. As James sat mending his nets in the boat with his brother John and his father Zebedee, he must have watched in wonder as his partner Simon brought in nets loaded with fish he had caught at the command of Jesus. James did drink of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the Resurrection. Acts 12:1 tells us that James was one of the first martyrs of the Church. King Herod Agrippa I killed him with a sword in an early persecution of the Church. There is a story that the man who arrested James became a convert after hearing James speak at his trial and was executed with him. James is called James the Greater because another younger apostle was named James. He should not be accused with this James, or the James who is a relative of Jesus, or the James who was an elder of the Church in Jerusalem and heard Peter’s defense of baptizing Gentiles. James, son of Thunder, was dead by then. See picture of Saint James the Greater.  See also: July 25 – Saint James the Greater, Patron Saint of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of Vietnam, may come to the aid of those affected by the tropical storm in this country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Tropical Storm) Map of VietnamExtract from Vietnam storm toll rises to 109 Hanoi – The toll from Tropical Storm Mirinae in central Vietnam has risen to 109, the country’s Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control reported Friday. The authorities said 16 people remained missing, and local media were reporting death figures as high as 119. Flood waters were beginning to recede across much of Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces, but remained as high as one meter in some towns. Local newspaper Dan Tri quoted Nguyen Xuan Lan, director of the national weather authority, as saying flooding had been exacerbated by the presence of large hydropower dams in the country’s Central Highlands. Some dams released water Nov 2 to avoid dam breaks when the rains hit, which worsened flooding. The National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control estimated the damage at some $60 million.

Saint (Joseph) (Patron Saint of Vietnam) Extract from Saint Joseph (Feast Date: March 19). Profile The existence of Saint Joseph – the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus – comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.  He was a carpenter, a working man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?”. He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified. He offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew disagree some about the details of Joseph’s genealogy but they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel. Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus.See picture of Saint Joseph

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