World Mission Rosary Intentions
August 1 – August 14, 2011
Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)
“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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. Solange of Bourges, the Patron Saint against Drought, may come to the aid of those refugees fleeing famine, drought and violence in the Horn of Africa that are encamped in Dadaab, Kenya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Famine Map of Kenya. Extract from Kenya’s Latest Crisis: The Refugee Camp Around the Refugee Camp: “The outskirts of the Dadaab refugee complex are jammed with dome-like huts made of sticks, refuse, plastic sheeting and discarded cartons from aid packets. Toilets are scarce, and water is delivered periodically by truck. More than 60,000 people are occupying these makeshift encampments built atop a harsh arid landscape in the far east of Kenya, just over the Somali border. . . . The Dadaab refugee complex is already the largest in the world, with more than 380,000 residents – four times the capacity it was built for, when the three encampments that form the complex were built in the early 1990s. The camps no longer accept new admissions, so tens of thousands of new refugees, most of them women and children, that are fleeing Somalia in the wake of the drought that has gripped the horn of Africa are left to set up makeshift housing in the no-mans land that surrounds the official camps. Simply put, there is no place for them in Dadaab itself. The famine-like conditions in Somalia have led to an increase in the number of refugees coming over the Kenyan border from around 5,000 per month in 2010 to an estimated 30,000 in June. The refugees must make a perilous journey from their conflict-ridden country and navigate for days through forbidding terrain, usually on foot. Most of those who arrive are badly malnourished, and aid workers say that many children did not survive the trip, while others died as soon as they arrived. . . .” See also:UN declares famine in parts of Somalia, KENYA: Locals feel the strain as refugee numbers soar,Kenya Opens Extension to Refugee Camp, But More Space Needed, UN declares famine in parts of south Somalia. PICTURES:Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, In pictures: Kenya refugee camp, VIDEOS: Refugees pour into Kenya, No respite for refugees facing famine, Somali refugees stream into Kenya to escape starvation, Kenya struggles with Somali refugees, KENYA: Expand drought response, UN agencies urge.
Saint Solange of Bourges, Patron Saint against Drought (Feast Date: May 10)Extract fromSaint Solange- Virgin and Martyr: “Solange had the task of looking after the family sheep and she had an affinity for and power over animals. One day while tending her flock, Bernard a son of the Count of Poitiers, approached her and made advances at her. She resisted and this infuriated Bernard. Solange struggled when he tried to set her on his horse and was seriously injured when she fell off the horse. Possessed by a demonic fury, Bernard thrust his sword into her killing her on the spot. Saint Solange is an inspiration to both young and old, standing firm to her beliefs, even to death. Lord you showered heavenly gifts on St Solange. Help us to imitate her virtues during our earthly life. Amen.” See PICTURE of Saint Solange. See also: May 10 – Saint Solange of Bourges: Patron Saint against Drought(Multilingual).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Blessed Maria of the Incarnation, the Patron Saint of those with hepatitis, may come to the aid of those affected by this disease in Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Hepatitis Map of Indonesia Extract from 30 million may have hepatitis: Ministry: “The Health Ministry estimated on Monday that some 30 million Indonesians were hepatitis B and C-positive.
“Half of [the hepatitis strains] are chronic and 10 percent get worse and become liver cancer,” Health Ministry Director General Tjandra Yoga Adhitama said in a press release. Indonesia ranks third in the world after India and China for the number of people infected with hepatitis.
He said the government was trying to reduce the number of people infected with hepatitis by promotional, preventive and curative measures such as immunizing babies.” See also: 1.5 million Hepatitis Patients in Indonesia Threatened liver cancer, More Indonesian adults prone to hepatitis A: Expert, Govt prepares for WHO’s World Hepatitis Day.
Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, Patron Saint of those with Hepatitis (Feast Date: April 18) Extract from Marie Guyart de l’Incarnation: “At age seven, she saw the Lord Jesus in what she later described as a mystical dream. ‘Do you want to be mine?’ he asked. ‘Yes,she replied. Marie’s affirmation was to be a lifelong commitment. Against her wishes, her parents arranged her marriage at seventeen to a man in whom she had no interest. Two years later, she was a widowed young mother. She discouraged all further suitors, lived with her father, and earned a living as an embroiderer. Although Marie’s desire to become a nun remained unabated her worldly affairs kept her from withdrawing into a cloister. She was urged to remarry to re-establish her financial situation, but she chose instead the reading of works of piety and conversing with God. In her diary, Marie tells of a unique spiritual experience on the morning of March 25, 1620, when an irresistible force descended upon her. In a moment, the eyes of her spirit were opened and all her faults and imperfections were revealed to her with ‘a clearness more certain than any certitude.’ She saw herself immersed in Christ’s blood. After confession, she was completely changed, and committed to prayer. She studied the Gospels, meditated on the life of Christ, and practised the sacraments at her local parish church. . . . She passed away in 1672 after a bout with hepatitis. Bishop Laval, with whom she had sparred for so long, eulogized her. ‘We consider as a special blessing the acquaintance which it pleased God to give us with her.… She was dead to herself to such a degree, and Jesus Christ possessed her so completely, that one may assuredly say of her, as of the Apostle, that it was not she who lived, but Jesus Christ in her, and that she lived and acted only through Jesus Christ.’ Marie de l’Incarnation is considered to be one of the greatest of Catholic mystics.” See PICTURE of Blessed Marie of the Incarnation. See also:April 18 – Blessed Marie of the Incarnation: Patron Saint against Poverty, Hepatitis,VIDEO: Beata María de la Encarnación Guyart, madre de la Iglesia Católica en Canadá.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Olaf II, the Patron Saint of Norway, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist attacks at the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and at an island youth camp in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Terrorist Attacks)(July 22, 2011) Map of Norway Extract fromAt Least 80 Dead in Norway Shooting: “OSLO — A lone political extremist bombed the government center here on Friday, killing 7 people, the police said, before heading to an island summer camp for young members of the governing Labor Party and killing at least 80 people. The police arrested a 32-year-old Norwegian man in connection with both attacks, the deadliest on Norwegian soil since World War II. The explosions in Oslo, from one or more bombs, turned the tidy Scandinavian capital into a scene reminiscent of terrorist attacks in Baghdad or Oklahoma City, panicking people and blowing out windows of several government buildings, including one housing the office of the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, who was unharmed. The state television broadcaster, citing the police, said seven people had been killed and at least 15 wounded in the explosions, which they said appeared to be an act of domestic terrorism.” See also: Savage Terror Attacks, Twin attacks rock Norway, at least 87 dead. Videos: At least 85 dead in Norway youth camp attack,Survivor: Gunman screams ‘we all shall die’ during shooting spree, Scores killed in Norway attacks, Suspected Oslo Shooter Publishes Manifesto. Haraldsson: Patron Saint of Norway (Multilingual).
Saint Olaf II, Patron Saint of Norway (Feast Date: July 29) Extract fromSt. Olaf Haraldson: “In his early youth he went as a viking to England, where he partook in many battles and became earnestly interested in Christianity. After many difficulties he was elected King of Norway, and made it his object to extirpate heathenism and make the Christian religion the basis of his kingdom. He is the great Norwegian legislator for the Church, and like his ancestor (Olaf Trygvesson), made frequent severe attacks on the old faith and customs, demolishing the temples and building Christian churches in their place. . . . He is thus regarded by the Norwegians of our days as the great champion of national independence, and Catholic and Protestant alike may find in Saint Olaf their great idea. . . . (In a battle), King Olaf fought with great courage, but was mortally wounded and fell on the battlefield, praying “God help me”. Many miraculous occurrences are related in connection with his death and his disinterment a year later, after belief in his sanctity had spread widely. . . . in London, there is on Hart Street a St. Olave’s Church, long dedicated to the canonized King of Norway. In 1856 a fine St. Olave’s Church was erected in Christiania, the capital of Norway, where a large relic of St. Olaf (a donation from the Danish Royal Museum) is preserved and venerated. The arms of Norway are a lion with the battle-axe of St. Olaf in the forepaws.” See PICTURE of Saint Olaf II. See also: July 29 – Saint Olaf II Haraldsson: Patron Saint of Norway.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Bl. Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi, the Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by human trafficking in Mexico. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Human Trafficking) Map of Mexico Extract from Mass arrests in Mexico human trafficking raids: “More than 1,000 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Ciudad Juarez, officials in Mexico say. The arrests were made during raids that began on Friday, in which police say they also rescued 20 underage women. Dozens of bars and hotels in the city centre were searched for missing people, authorities said. Ciudad Juarez – on the border with the US – is one of the most violent places in the country. The city saw more than 3,000 murders in 2010, making it by far Mexico’s deadliest city. But human rights groups have often drawn attention to the disappearance of young women in the area. Analysts say that much of the violence in Mexico, particularly in the north, is linked to the trade in drugs and humans.” See also: Mexican President Changes Constitution to Fight Human Trafficking, Mexican police arrest more than 1,000 in human trafficking raids. Video: More Than 1,000 Arrested In Mexico Human Trafficking Sting.
Blessed Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi, Patron Saint of Abuse Victims (Feast Date: May 27, May 28) Extract from Blessed Maria Bagnesi: “A happy, beautiful, under-sized, frequently neglected child, her mother often left her to the care of others, including a sister who was a Dominican nun. . . . When her father arranged a marriage for Maria, she actually fainted in horror. The thought of marriage made her so sick that she eventually became unable to walk, and was bed-ridden. Her father, a man easily swayed by quacks, crack-pots and con men, put her through 34 years of flummery and what passed for medical treatment in the 16th century. Being bed-ridden, Maria was not able to follow her sisters into the convent, but she did become a Dominican tertiary in 1544. . . . She began to have visions, and to converse with angels, devils and saints. Her neighbors thought she was possessed, but a local priest became her spiritual advisor, and reassured the locals that Marietta was not in league with the devil or being attacked by him. . . . With the priest‘s assurances, Marietta’s room became a place for area pilgrims who came to her for wisdom and peace, and for area animals, especially cats. . . . As her visions and ecstacies continued and became more constant, she became more mystical in her conversation, became focused on the glorious and sorrowful mysteries, and was seen to levitate. She came to know Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, and shared her visions with her.” See Picture of Maria Bagnesi. See also: May 27, May 28 – Blessed Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi: Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, PRAYER to Bl. Mary Bartholomew Bagnesi.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by floods in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Floods) Map of Bangladesh Extract fromBANGLADESH: Floods displace 20,000 in southeast, : “Heavy flooding in southeastern Bangladesh has forced more than 20,000 people from their homes in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf districts, say local authorities. ‘The homes of more than 20,000 people have been completely destroyed by the floodwaters,’ Rafiqul Islam, district relief and rehabilitation officer (DRRO) for Cox’s Bazar, told IRIN, with another 84,000 homes partially damaged. ‘When the water recedes, many of these may also be inhabitable,’ he said. When the Bakkhali and Matamuhuri rivers burst their banks most of the displaced sought refuge in the more than 30 cyclone shelters in the low-lying area. The newly displaced add to the more the 400,000 people already forced from their homes and unable to return due to rising floodwaters. When they will be able to return remains to be seen. “When the water started rising, we were forced to leave our home and move to the hills. It has already been a week. My house is still submerged,” said Ainul Hoque, a resident of the Ramu sub-district of Cox’s Bazar. So far at least seven people have died in the floods, say the authorities. Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf, both coastal districts, are prone to such disasters. The severity of recent flooding has caught many by surprise. ‘Never in my life have I seen such flooding. The worst cyclones never submerged such a huge area for so long,’ said Abdul Quddus, a resident of Piyemkhali sub-district of Cox’s Bazar. . . . ” See also: Bangladesh: Floods Displace Thousands, Bangladesh Floods Kill 6, Displace Thousands – TIME,Bangladesh Floods displace 20,000 in the southeast, Flooding’s Death Toll Mounts, Cox’s Bazar flooding improves as rain stops.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Dates: October 12, December 18)Extract from Fra Leone and Nuestra Señora de la Expectacíon: “Shortly after the conquistador Francisco de Bobadilla founded Tzapopa (later called Zapopan) in 1541, Franciscan friars arrived to evangelize the native population. Fray Antonio of Segovia arrived carrying in one hand a crucifix and, in the other, a little statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue gave off sparks of heavenly light. The Indians, fascinated and subjugated by the Virgin Mother of Jesus, ceased their resistance and accepted the Gospel.The Little Virgin won the hearts of the people of Zapopan by granting them abundant graces and miracles.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Zapopan. See also: October 12, December 18 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods, PRAYER to Our Lady of Zapopan.