World Mission Rosary Intentions
July 16 – July 29, 2012
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 Catherine del Ricci, the Patron Saint of the Sick, of may come to the aid of those children and families affected by the high child mortality rates in Sudan. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Child Mortality Map of Sudan Extract from Children dying at alarming rate in S. Sudan camp: “Almost nine children are dying every day in South Sudan’s Jammam refugee camp, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says, as fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile State continues to drive thousands over the border. Heavy rains have flooded most of the camp where 35,000 people have sought refuge. ‘Many camp residents, including children, sleep in wet clothes under soaked blankets, leaving them vulnerable to hypothermia,’ MSF said in a statement. ‘The latrines have overflowed, contaminating standing water, which is not fit for human consumption.’ Jammam is one of three camps set up to accommodate over 110,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled into South Sudan’s remote Upper Nile State since conflict broke out between the government and rebels in Blue Nile in September. The child mortality rate in Jammam is 2.8 per 10,000 per day – well above the emergency threshold of one death per 10,000 people per day. Two-thirds of deaths are due to diarrhoea. With the onset of the rainy season, increasing numbers of people are falling ill with young children at greatest risk.” See also: Refugee Children Dying at Alarming Rate in South Sudan, Aid Groups Say. VIDEO: Refugees Dying From Lack of Water in South Sudan. Read about the CTF/SOS DRS latest response to Disasters in Africa.
Saint Catherine del Ricci: Patron Saint of the Sick (Feast Date: February 13) Extract from
Catherine del Ricci: “Her mother died when Catherine was an infant; she was raised by her godmother, but considered Our Lady her true mother, and developed a great devotion. As a child, she could speak to her guardian angel, and the angel taught her prayers for the rosary. . . . She received visions and had ecstacies, but these caused some problems and doubts among her sisters – outwardly she seemed asleep or dully stupid when the visions were upon her. Catherine though everyone received these visions as part of their lives with God. She was stricken with a series of painful ailments that permanently damaged her health. Catherine met Philip Neri in a vision while he was alive in Rome; they corresponded. Could bilocate. Said to have received a ring from the Lord as a sign of her espousal to him; to her it appeared as gold set with a diamond; everyone else saw a red lozenge and a circlet around her finger. Permanent stigmatist. At age 20 she began a 12-year cycle of weekly ecstasies of the Passion from noon Thursday until 4:00pm Friday, often accompanied by serious wounds. Her sisters could follow the course of the Passion, as the wounds appeared in order from the scourging and crowning with thorns. At the end she was covered with wounds and her shoulder was indented from the Cross. The first time, during Lent 1542, she meditated so completely on the crucifixion of Jesus that she became ill, and was healed by a vision of the Risen Lord talking with Mary Magdalene. Crowds came to see her, skeptics and sinners being converted by the sight.” See Picture of St. Catherine del Ricci. See also: February 13 – Saint Catherine del Ricci: Patron Saint of the Sick.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Southern Cross, the Patron Saint of Sydney, Australia, may come to the aid of those affected by violence in that city. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Violence Extract from ‘This city is so dangerous’: outrage in China over Sydney train assault: “A terrifying gang assault on Sydney train passengers has left two international students seriously injured and caused a media storm in China. . . . Police said six people, aged 14 to 18, robbed passengers on a train between Central and Rockdale about 12.30am yesterday. Officers were called to Rockdale station about 15 minutes later, where they arrested three men, two aged 18 and one 19, a 14-year-old boy and two girls, aged 16 and 17. They were all charged with a number of robbery and assault offences. . . . .One of the victims of the attack, known as Xuan, suffered from a fractured nose and burns from a lit cigarette. The international student from China, seeking a master’s degree at the University of Technology, Sydney, was travelling with a friend from Central to Rockdale when the attack happened. ‘A gang of hooligans attacked us. Our noses are fractured and our bodies are covered in blood. My friend’s cheekbone was crushed. They attacked us with glass and burnt us with lit cigarettes. My face is burnt and totally disfigured! Worst of all, I really hated their racist comments. They were calling us Asian dogs and pussies while they were beating us. When my friend tried to wipe blood from his nose, a teenaged girl stuffed my friend’s mouth with her tampon removed from her pants.” Another woman passenger, who was also targeted by the thieves, allegedly told the attackers to “rob them, they are Asian and they have got money’. . . . He said he would now take leave from study and return to China.The incident has caused outrage in the Chinese student community across the country and Xuan’s initial post was re-tweeted more than 10,000 times. Thousands of Chinese students have expressed their disgust online. See also: Sydney kneecapping victims stay silent, Biker gang violence escalating in Sydney, VIDEO: Gunmen invade home, kneecap Sydney man, Chinese students fear Sydney.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Southern Cross: Patron Saint of Sydney, Australia (Feast Date: September 1) Extract from: Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians: “The title of ‘Southern Cross’ derives from the constellation of stars seen only from the southern hemisphere. Mary is the Help of Christians as she leads all people to her Son. She is our help and our advocate. Archbishop Francis P. Carroll, then President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said in 2001: ‘We have total confidence that Mary the Mother of Jesus will be with us to pray for us and to lead us to her Son. Overshadowed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Mary conceived and gave birth to Jesus, nurtured him as a child, sought him when lost, elicited his first miracle and stood to the end by his Cross of shame and suffering.. . . . God first entered the world through Mary, who is ‘full of grace’ (Luke 1:28), when Jesus was born, and Jesus performed his first public miracle at her prodding. She was centrally present when the Spirit was poured out upon the nascent Church at Pentecost, fulfilling the promise ‘you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses’ (Acts 1:8). She teaches us how to allow God to be poured out upon the world through us, to ‘magnify’ Him (c.f. Luke 1:46-55), so that He can be seen, known, loved and worshipped. WYD08 pilgrims can consecrate themselves to her with John Paul II’s words ‘all yours’, so that God may more freely transform each one of us and the world with his saving power. Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians – pray for us.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. See also: September 1 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Southern Cross: Patron Saint of Sydney, Australia, PRAYER to Our Lady of the Southern Cross.
Europe (White Beads) 7/4
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Vladimir, the Patron Saint of Russia, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding there. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster: Flooding Map of Krasnodar Krai, RussiaExtract fromDeath toll in Russia flooding hits 150: “The water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk with such speed and volume early Saturday that residents said they suspected that water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above. Local officials denied this, saying it was not technically possible to open the sluices. Federal investigators, however, acknowledged Sunday that water had been released from the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and the dam had not been breached. Heavy rain also fell in Gelendzhik, a popular seaside vacation spot about 200 kilometers (120 miles) up the coast from Sochi, where preparations are under way for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Novorossiisk, a major Black Sea port, also was affected. The Interior Ministry said Sunday that 150 bodies had been recovered, 139 of them in Krymsk and nine in Gelendzhik. The majority of the dead were elderly who were unable to escape the sudden deluge. Krymsk residents described a wave of water that washed over the hoods of cars and inundated one-story homes. Some sought refuge on roofs and in trees. Putin arrived Saturday evening and viewed the damage from the air. Television footage of Krymsk shot from Putin’s helicopter showed the city of 57,000 people partially submerged in muddy water. The city stadium looked more like a lake. Across the region, more than 5,000 homes were flooded.” See also: Russia declares day of mourning for flood victims, Death toll climbs to 171 in Russia flooding, Heavy Rain in Southern Russia Brings Deadly Flash Floods. VIDEOS: More than 140 dead after Russian floods, Russia flash floods: 144 killed in Krasnodar region, Volunteers collect vital supplies for Krasnodar flood victims.
Saint Vladimir: Patron Saint of Russia (Feast Date: July 15) Extract from Extract from Russian Inok: SAINT VLADIMIR, PRINCE OF RUSSIA, EQUAL TO THE APOSTLES: “Prince Vladimir was the first to embrace and choose the Heavenly Kingdom together with the Russian people. I say, ‘with the people’ because there were separate individuals before his time who were joining themselves to the heavenly kingdom, like his grandmother Olga, Theodore and John – martyrs of Kiev, and others. But Vladimir was the first to set out on the path of the Cross along with his whole people. For him, this could not have been but related to a big inner struggle, a struggle that was spiritual and more intense than the one endured by the Serbian King Lazar and by the last Emperor of Russia. Those two, being raised Christian, only had to choose from two options – to stand firm or not on the established path of Christian self-sacrifice. But at that time, the pagan Vladimir, a son of a man called “the wild leopard” had to decide on a completely new path, completely unknown in Russia until that time. That man who would not hold back from any earthly pleasures, who reached the limits of every looseness, debauchery, uncontrolled blood-thirstiness, thievery, violent vengeance – had to die with his old soul and start living with a new one. According to the words of Christ, ‘He who loses his soul shall save it.’” See PICTURE of St. Vladimir. See also: July 15: Saint Vladimir I of Kiev: Patron Saint of Russia.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Brice, the Patron Saint against Intestinal Disorders, may come to the aid of those affected by cholera in Cuba. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster: Cholera Map of Cuba Extract from Cholera reaches Cuba’s capital: “The BBC has learned that a patient has been diagnosed with cholera in the Cuban capital, Havana, days after three people died in a rare outbreak in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo. More than 50 people were infected and about 1,000 have received medical attention. The authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals are prepared to isolate patients. They say people became ill after drinking water from contaminated wells. But it is not clear what the source of the cholera is. Most of the cases were in Cuba’s south-eastern Granma province, more than 750km (470 miles) from Havana. Hundreds of medical professionals from that area, including nurses, have worked and continue to work with patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected after a devastating earthquake in 2010.” See also: Officials: 3 dead in Cuban cholera outbreak, Cuba scrambles to fight rare cholera outbreak. VIDEO: The Story of Cholera. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America:Haiti,Chile.
Saint Brice: Patron Saint against Intestinal Diseases (Feast Date: November 13) Extract from Saint Brice: “An orphan rescued by Saint Martin of Tours, and raised by Martin‘s clerics. Though ostensibly a spiritual student of Saint Martin, Brice became so wild, wicked, proud, ungrateful, and disorderly that some thought him possessed by a demon! He became a priest, but was a vain, ambitious one with contempt for Martin. Many advised Martin to kick him out, but Saint Martin said that if Jesus could deal with Judas, he could deal with Brice. On Martin‘s death in 397, Brice was designated to succeed him as bishop of Tours, France. However, the people of the diocese revolted, substituted a priest named Justinian, and Brice left town to avoid a stoning. Justinan held the see for over 30 years, during which Brice came to his senses, and began to lead a pious and admirable life. . . .” See PICTURE of Saint Brice. November 13 – Saint Brice: Patron Saint against Intestinal Diseases.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Genevieve, the Patron Saint against Disasters, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in India. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster: FloodingMap of IndiaExtract from In Assam, the Brahmaputra River Remains Uncontrollable: “As much of India baked in blistering temperatures, anxiously awaiting the belated monsoon rains, the landlocked northeast struggled with the exact opposite problem. An unprecedented surge of continuous rain – the worst in over a decade – led to heavy flooding in Assam, which has submerged thousands of villages, swept humans and livestock away, wrecked homes, property and villages and displaced nearly a quarter of a million people. . . . The northeast, which shares 96 percent of its borders with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, is one of the world’s most diverse regions, inhabited by at least 220 ethnic groups speaking almost as many languages. Still, it has just three percent of India’s 1.2 billion population, most of them packed into the narrow state of Assam. For decades, the region has been better known to outsiders as a place where small insurgent groups have struggled against Indian forces in a quest for independence. With time, public fatigue and fragmentation of the rebels, as well as incorporation by the state, these movements are abating. The flooding has shown once again the inadequacy of the system to handle the region’s most powerful entity, which respects neither borders nor barrages. Assam has the country’s greatest number of river embankments, despite its relatively small size. Yet these have failed to stem the deluge. Experts like Professor Dulal Goswami of Gauhati University have consistently contended that the embankments are poorly designed and maintained and end up as human shelters, since they are among the few patches of dry land, instead of flood control measures. . . .” See also: India floods leave 95 dead, millions homeless, Floods kill 77 in India’s Assam state. VIDEOS: Dozens killed by floods in northeast India, More than 70 die after flooding in north east India. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand,Pakistan,
Saint Genevieve: Patron Saint against Disasters (Feast Date:) Extract fromExtract fromSt. Genevieve: “St. Genevieve was born about the year 422, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St. Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of a crowd gathered around the man of God, who singled her out and foretold her future sanctity. At her desire the holy Bishop led her to a church, accompanied by all the faithful, and consecrated her to God as a virgin. When Attila was reported to be marching on Paris, the inhabitants of the city prepared to evacuate, but St. Genevieve persuaded them to avert the scourge by fasting and prayer, assuring them of the protection of Heaven. The event verified the prediction, for the barbarian suddenly changed the course of his march. The life of St. Genevieve was one of great austerity, constant prayer, and works of charity. She died in the year 512. . . . She dressed in a long flowing gown with a mantle covering her shoulders, similar to the type of garments the Blessed Mother wore. One of the symbols of this saint is a loaf of bread because she was so generous to those in need.” See also: January 3: Saint Genevieve: Patron Saint against Disasters, Drought.