World Mission Rosary Intentions
November 22 – December 5, 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 Gabriel Gowdel Zabłudowski of Bialystok, the Patron Saint of Children, may come to the aid of those affected by mingi killings in Ethiopia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Mingi Killings) Map of Ethiopia. Extract from Ethiopia’s River of Death: “The healthy infant boy’s top teeth came in before his bottom teeth. For this, elders of the Kara tribe in Ethiopia’s primitive Omo River region determined that the child must die. The child was mingi—’cursed’ according to superstition. With every breath, the elders believed, the boy was beckoning an evil spirit into their village. It was the sacrifice of one child for the good of the entire tribe, a rite that elders had witnessed for untold generations. Less clear was what to do about the boy’s dead twin. After some debate and an examination of goat intestines, the elders decided the dead twin must have been mingi too. They dug up the corpse, bound it to the living boy, paddled a canoe into the center of the swiftly moving Omo River, and threw them both into the cold, brown waters. . . . There has been little modern research on mingi. Elders single out for death children who are born out of wedlock, have damaged genitals, or whose top baby teeth emerge before the bottom ones. Kara elders believe keeping this traditional practice is crucial to tribal survival. Allowing a mingi child to live among their people, they fear, will cause the rains to cease and the sun to grow hotter. ‘If they have mingi, there will be no water, no food, no cattle,’ Bona says. ‘But when they throw the baby away, everything is good again. So yes, it is sad, but we are thinking about the village, the family, all the people.’” See also: The fight to end mingi killings in Ethiopia, Couple trying to stop tribal child killings in Ethiopia. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest assistance to Africa: 2011-08 Horn of Africa – Drought/Famine.
Saint Gabriel Gowdel Zabłudowski of Bialystok (Patron Saint of Children) (Feast Dates: April 20, May 3, September 22-Translation of relics) Extract from Saint Gabriel Gowdel: “Son of Peter and Anastasia Gowdel who were pious Orthodox Christians. Gabriel was noted for his piety and prayer from a very early age. He was a murder victim, and was considered a martyr. His attacker buried the body in a wooded area near the village where stray dogs guarded it until it was discovered by the villagers nine days after the crime; the body was incorrupt. During an epidemic in 1720, children were buried near him, their families considering the ground around a martyr to be especially hallowed. His body was accidentally exhumed, and found to be incorrupt. There were many miraculous cures after the incident, and the end of the epidemic followed soon after.” See Picture of St. Gabriel Gowdel. See also: April 20, May 3, September 22 – Saint Gabriel Gowdel Zabłudowski of Bialystok: Patron Saint of Children (Multilingual).
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Irene of Thessalonica,the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by rioting and lawlessness in Papua New Guinea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Riots, Lawlessness) Map of Papua New Guinea Extract from Six killed in Papua New Guinea riots: “Rioters have burned down the homes of thousands of people in an ethnic clash in Papua New Guinea’s second-largest city, killing at least six people and leaving thousands homeless. Dominic Evere, a government research officer, said the disturbances in the Pacific island nation began last Thursday and were sparked by the alleged rape of a young woman. He said locals burned down the homes of people who had moved into Lae, a city of about 190,000 people, from the highlands. ‘The young people got organised after the young lady got raped in broad daylight,’ Evere said. ‘They said ‘Enough is enough’.’” See also: Ethnic rioting sparked by rape in Papua New Guinea leaves 6 dead, thousands of homes burned, PNG industrial hub Lae rocked by riot. VIDEO: Calm restored in riot-stricken PNG city.
Saint Irene of Thessalonica (Patron Saint of Peace) (Feast Date: April 3, April 5, May 5) Extract from Irene of Thessaloniki: “She was the daughter of the pagan king Licinius, and her parents named her Penelope. . . . (She) was very beautiful, and her father kept her isolated in a high tower from the time she was six so that she would not be exposed to Christianity. . . . When Penelope reached adolescence, her parents began to think about her marriage. One day, a dove flew through the window carrying an olive branch in its beak, depositing it upon a table. Then an eagle swooped in with a wreath of flowers in its beak, and also placed it upon the table. Finally, a raven flew in carrying a snake, which it dropped on the table. Penelope was puzzled by these events and wondered what they meant. Apellian explained that the dove signified her education, and the olive branch stood for the grace of God which is received in Baptism. The eagle with the wreath of flowers represented success in her future life. The raven and the snake foretold her future suffering and sorrow. At the end of the conversation Apellianus said that the Lord wished to betroth her to Himself and that Penelope would undergo much suffering for her heavenly Bridegroom. After this Penelope refused marriage, was baptized by the priest Timothy, and she was named Irene (peace). She even urged her own parents to become Christians.” See PICTURE of Saint Irene. See also: April 3, April 5, May 5 – Saint Irene of Thessalonica, Patron Saint of Peace(Multilingual).
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Blessed Margaret of Castello, the Patron Saint against Poverty, may come to the aid of those affected by economic hardship in the United Kingdom. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Economic Hardship) Map of United Kingdom Extract from UK unemployment rises to 8.3 percent: Unemployment in the United Kingdom has risen to 8.3 percent from 8.1 percent a month ago, an increase the government blamed on the debt crisis afflicting the eurozone. The rate published Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics was the highest since January 1996. ‘These figures show just how much our economy is being affected by the crisis in the eurozone,’ said Employment Minister Chris Grayling. ‘Our European partners must take urgent action to stabilize the position.’ The agency says the number of unemployed people increased by 129,000 in the July-September quarter compared to the previous three months. That was the largest quarterly increase in two years.” See also: Britons Are Young, Ready and Willing, but Few Jobs in Sight, ‘Worsened’ economic outlook in UK. CTF/SOS DRS Response to European Disaster: Earthquake (Abruzzo, It -Project St. Camillus).
Blessed Margaret Castello (Patron Saint against Poverty) (Feast Date: April 13) Extract from
Margaret of Castello: “Born a blind, lame, deformed, hunchback midget. When she was six years old, her noble parents walled her up beside a chapel; she could not get out, but could attend Mass and receive the Sacraments. After 14 years of imprisonment, her parents took her to a shrine to pray for a cure. When none occurred, they abandoned her. She became a lay Dominican, and spent her life in prayer and charity. When she died, the townspeople thronged her funeral, and demanded she be buried in a tomb inside the church. The priest protested, but a crippled girl was miraculously cured at the funeral, and he consented.“ See PICTURE of Bl. Margaret of Castello.See also: April 13 – Blessed Margaret of Castello: Patron Saint of the Poor, Unwanted and Crippled, Novena to Blessed Margaret de Castello.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, the Patron Saint of Colombia, may come to the aid of those affected by mud slides in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Mud Slides)Map of Colombia Extract from Colombian mudslide, river accident kill 36: “In one tragedy in Manizales, the capital of Caldas, a landslide swept into homes, leaving 29 dead and many missing; then in Cali on Sunday, a rain-swollen river burst its banks and killed seven people, most of them children. The national emergency management office said it was not yet clear how many people were still missing in the two incidents. About 150 rescuers in addition to 450 police were working into the night late Sunday trying to find survivors among the rubble in Manizales, a city of about 350,000. Colombia has been battered by one of its worst rainy seasons in living memory this year, with dozens killed and some 250,000 people having to be evacuated from their homes.” Death toll from Colombian landslide climbs to 38, Colombia mudslide toll climbs to 39., Colombia mudslide deaths mount. VIDEO: Death toll rises in Colombia mudslide. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America:Haiti,Chile.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Chiquinquirá (Patron Saint of Colombia) (Feast Date: July 9) Extract from Chiquinquira: Our Lady of the Rosary: “In 1555, Antonio de Santana, a Spanish colonist, commissioned a painting of Our Lady of the Rosary to decorate his private chapel. Later, his heirs transformed that chapel into a barn, and the image was seriously damaged. Painted by Alonso de Narvaez, the image represented the Virgin Mary, standing with her feet on a half-moon, holding a rosary and the child Jesus with a scepter in his hand. Maria Ramos attempted to restore it, but without success. On December 26, 1586, an Indian child passing by the chapel saw a light suddenly ‘appear from within.’ His mother came running in and saw a ‘light coming out of the painting of the Virgin.’ The Archbishop of Bogota opened an investigation, and then authorized the construction of a chapel on the premises. Our Lady of Chiquinquira has been proclaimed patron saint of Colombia.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá. See also: July 9 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá: Patron Saint of Colombia (Multilingual), VIDEO: Virgen de Chiquinquira.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of the 108 Blessed Polish Martyrs of World War Two, may come to the aid of those affected by earthquakes in Turkey. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Earthquakes: October 23, November 9, November 15) Map of Turkey Extract from Earthquake hits eastern Turkey again: “A magnitude-5.2 quake early on Tuesday shook eastern Turkey, already devastated by two powerful tremors, the Kandilli observatory said. It was not clear whether the latest quake in Van province caused any damage or injuries. Its epicentre was in the village of Mollakasim, the observatory said in a statement. Previous quakes have turned Van, the provincial capital of half a million, into a virtual ghost town, Gov. Munir Karaloglu said yesterday. He called for urgent relief aid for survivors. Last month’s magnitude-7.2 quake and a magnitude-5.7 quake last week flattened some 2,000 buildings, killed 644 people and left thousands homeless in the eastern province, where an unusually cold November is forcing survivors to endure even more suffering. Very few state-owned buildings in the capital survived the quake, Karaloglu told the state-run Anatolia news agency. Many residents have fled because they fear going back into their homes even if they are not damaged. ‘It is a ghost city,’ said Karaloglu. ‘Almost none of the buildings are in use.’” See also: Turkey earthquake death toll rises; two journalists among those killed, Boy’s rescue five days after Turkish quake lifts hearts, Many Die as Eastern Turkey Is Jolted by Quake, Shock as Caritas Turkey President Bishop Padovese murdered. VIDEOS: TimesCast | Turkey’s Deadly Earthquake, Turkey earthquake ‘topples hotel’, Turkey earthquake kills at least 200, Race to rescue Turkey quake victims, Rescuers search for survivors in Turkish earthquake rubble, Three dead, buildings collapse in 5.7 Turkey quake. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia:Floods in Thailand,Pakistan.
108 Blessed Polish Martyrs of World War Two (Feast Date: June 12) Extract from 108 Martyrs of World War Two (Multilingual): “The 108 Martyrs of World War Two, known also as 108 Blessed Polish Martyrs (Polish: 108 błogosławionych męczenników) were Roman Catholics from Poland killed during World War II by the Nazis. Their liturgical feast day is 12 June. The 108 were beatified 13 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II at Warsaw, Poland. The group comprises 3 bishops, 52 priests, 26 members of male religious orders, 3 seminarians, 8 religious sisters and 9 lay people. There are two parishes named for the 108 Martyrs of World War Two in Powiercie in Koło County, and in Malbork, Poland.” See Picture of the 108 Polish Martyrs of World War Two. See also: June 12- 108 Blessed Polish Martyrs of World War Two (Multilingual).