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Wishing our Holy Father Emeritus Papa Benedict XVI a Blessed 92nd Birthday! 16 April 2019

Wishing our Holy Father Emeritus Papa Benedict XVI a Blessed 92nd Birthday!
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The day of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth has been seen by some as a sign of Divine Providence. It was certainly a sign of things to come.   The future Pope Benedict XVI was born on Holy Saturday, 16 April 1927.   His birthplace is Marktl-an-Inn, a tiny village less than an hour’s walk away from Altoetting, the most important Marian Shrine in Bavaria.

1927 was the year Charles Lindbergh completed the first ever solo flight across the Atlantic.   The Pope in Rome was Pius XI – the successor to Pope Benedict XV.

As Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger celebrated his 85th birthday, his last as Pope, with a Mass in the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican.   It was April 16th 2012.   Reflecting on his long and eventful life, he claimed he was “facing the final stretch” of his life’s journey. “I do not know what awaits me”, he said.   “But I do know that the light of God is there, that He is risen, that His light is stronger than all darkness, that the goodness of God is stronge,r than every evil in this world.   And this helps me to proceed with confidence.   This helps us to move forward”.happy 92nd birthday papa benedict 16 april 2019 with heart .jpg

 

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Congratulations Papa Francisco! Happy 6th Anniversary of your Election – 13 March 2019

Congratulations Papa Francisco!

Six years ago, on 13 March 2013, the Pope “from the ends of the earth” stepped out onto the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica to the cheers of the tens thousands of people in St Peter’s Square.

On this the anniversary of the beginning of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the ad interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti looks back at those six years, saying that “love, mercy and courage are the key words to understanding this pontificate.”copngratulations papa 13 march 2019 6th anniversary of election the pope of love mercy and courage.jpg

Reflecting on election night, he says, “the first thing that comes to me was amazement, surprise.   I think the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a complete surprise for all of us.   I remember the expression of amazement when the Camerlengo announced the name of Bergoglio and Francis, surprise because [he is] the first Pope with the name of Francis, the first Jesuit, the first Latin American.”

Gisotti goes on to tell Vatican News, that with this pontificate “we are really witnessing God’s surprises”, in what the Pope says and in what he does.

In his job, the ad interim Director has seen at first-hand how Pope Francis interacts with the people he encounters.   He gives an example of the Pope’s Papal Visit to Panama for World Youth Day, saying, “to see the emotion, people crying, people crying when encountering Pope Francis, his proximity, above all to the poor, to the ill persons, to the weakest, is a manifestation, truly the manifestation of the love, the mercy of Jesus, of God and the people feel it.”

The Press Office Director says that what strikes him is, that along with this witness of mercy and love is Pope Francis’ courage to confront the most difficult of issues.
He calls to mind the Pope’s commitment to dialogue for peace and above all, the Pope’s commitment “to fight this terrible scourge of the sexual abuse of minors.   This commitment for me is an example for all of us to confront, without fear, the most difficult challenges.”

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Blessed John Henry Newman cleared for Sainthood!

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Pope Francis on Tuesday 12 February, authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to promulgate 8 decrees including those of Bl Cardinal John Henry Newman and Blessed Sr Mariam Thresia and thus, cleared the way for their Canonisation.

The Pope received in audience Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorised him to promulgated two decrees on miracles for sainthood, a decree on martyrdom and 5 on heroic virtues.

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
A miracle attributed to the intercession of Cardinal Newman has been recognised, clearing him for canonisation.

Born in London on 21 February 1801 and died in Edgbaston on 11 August 1890, the noted theologian and poet was first an Anglican priest and later a Catholic priest and cardinal, who was an important figure in the religious history of England of his time.

He was one of the leading figures of the Oxford Movement that originated at Oxford University in 1833, that sought to link the Anglican Church more closely to the Roman Catholic Church.

He is revered by both the Catholic as well as the Anglican Churches.

As a Catholic priest, he founded the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Edgbaston, England.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman on 19 September 2010, in Birmingham, England.

Perhaps the hymn and poem that Blessed John Henry is best known for is, “Lead kindly light.”Lead Kindly Light no 2 14 feb 2019 Bl john henry newman 25 jan2019 for the conv of st paul.jpg

Blessed Sr Mariam Thresia
Pope Francis also recognised another miracle, clearing the way for the canonisation of Indian nun, Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, the foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Family (CHF).
The nun belonging to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church was born in Puthenchira on 26 April 1876 and died in Kuzhikkattussery on 8 June 1926.

She is known for her extraordinary charity, especially a preferential love for the poorest of the poor.
She was declared venerable on 28 June 1999 and was beatified on 9 April 2000 by St Pope John Paul II in Rome.bl_maramthresia.jpg

The other decrees on the causes of saints are as follows:

– the martyrdom of the Ecuadoran Servant of God, Victor Emilio Moscoso Cárdenas, a Jesuit priest. He was born in Cuenca (Ecuador) on 21 April 1846 and killed, in hatred of the Faith, in Riobamba (Ecuador) on 4 May 1897.

– the heroic virtues of the Hungarian Servant of God Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, Archbishop of Esztergom and primate of Hungary.   Born in Csehimindszent (Hungary) on 29 March 1892, he died in Vienna (Austria) on 6 May 1975.

– the heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God John Baptist Zuaboni, a diocesan priest, founder of the Secular Institute Society of the Holy Family.   He was born in Vestone on 24 January 1880 and died in Brescia (Italy) on 12 December 1939.

– the heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God Emanuele García Nieto, a Jesuit priest.   He was born in Macotera (Spain) on 5 April 1894 and died in Comillas (Spain) on 13 April 1974.

– the heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Serafina Formai (born: Letizia), founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Good News.   She was born in Casola Lunigiana (Italy) on 28 August 1876 and died in Pontremoli (Italy) on 1 June 1954.

– the heroic virtues of Colombian Servant of God Maria Berenice Duque Hencker (born: Ana Julia), foundress of the Little Sisters of the Annunciation.   She was born in Salamis (Colombia) on 14 August 1898 and died in Medellín (Colombia) on 25 July, 1993.

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Pope Francis’ 82nd Birthday Cake

I hope we don’t have indigestion with such a big cake!”
Pope Francis joked Sunday as he celebrated his 82nd birthday (December 17) with health care providers and families assisted at the Santa Marta Dispensary. The children presented the Holy Father with a huge cake.happy birthday to you - pope francis 82nd birthday 17dec 2018

In words of thanks to those gathered, the Holy Father said that if Our Lady had lived in Rome she would have surely taken Jesus to this dispensary.

He noted that “working with children is not easy but it teaches us a lot.”

“It teaches me, that in order to understand the reality of life, you have to lower yourself, as we lower ourselves to kiss a child. They teach us this. The proud, the proud cannot understand life, because they are not able to lower themselves.”

“All of us,” Pope Francis continued, “professionals, organisers, nuns, all – give many things to children but they give us this announcement, this teaching: to lower oneself. Lower yourself, be humble and in this way you will learn to understand life and people. And all of you have this ability to lower yourselves. Thank you so much for this, thank you so much!”

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Blessed John Henry Newman may be canonised as early as next year, the Herald has learned

Blessed John Henry Newman could be Canonised as early as next year after a second miracle was approved, the Catholic Herald has learned.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said in an email newsletter last week that it “looks now as if Newman might be Canonised, all being well, later next year.”

Fr Ignatius Harrison, the Postulator of the Cause, confirmed to the Catholic Herald that there were now just “two more hoops” for the Cause to jump through before Newman is Canonised – approval from a commission of bishops, and a declaration by Pope Francis.

“I am praying for next year, but there’s no way of knowing,” he said.

Another source with knowledge of the Cause told the Herald that panels of both the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints had judged the healing of a woman to be miraculous.   The Canonisation is likely to take place after Easter 2019.

The Archdiocese of Chicago had investigated the inexplicable healing of a woman who prayed for Newman’s intercession after suffering with with a “life-threatening pregnancy”.   Doctors who treated her reported that they had no explanation for her sudden recovery.

Blessed John Henry Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from Anglicanism of the 19th century.

He was already an esteemed Anglican theologian when he founded the Oxford Movement to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots, before converting to the Catholic faith.

He was renowned as a brilliant thinker and was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.

He died in Birmingham in 1890, aged 89, after founding the Birmingham Oratory.

His prolific and original writings have led to many to call for him to be declared a Doctor of the Church.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman in Birmingham in 2010 after the Vatican approved the first miracle, the inexplicable healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan, an American who recovered from a crippling spinal condition.

“He compasses me round 
and bears me in His arms. 
He takes me up and sets me down.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

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PRAYER FOR CANONISATION of Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

God our Father,
You granted to Your servant,
Blessed John Henry Newman,
wonderful gifts of nature and of grace,
that he should be a spiritual light
in the darkness of this world,
an eloquent herald of the Gospel
and a devoted servant of the one Church of Christ.
With confidence in his heavenly intercession,
we make the petition for his Canonisation.
For his insight into the mysteries of the kingdom,
his zealous defence of the teachings of the Church
and his priestly love for each of your children,
we pray that he may soon be numbered among the Saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Nihil Obstat: Fr Pat McKinney S.T.L.

Imprimatur: + Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2018 STATISTICS.

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 2018 STATISTICS.

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CHURCH’S 2018 STATS SHOWS US THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 1.2 BILLION CATHOLICS, 414K PRIESTS 116K MAJOR SEMINARIANS, 66 MILLION STUDENTS, 5,287 HOSPITALS (without including the dispensaries, leprosaria, homes for the elderly or chronically ill…making the Church the largest health care provider and charitable institution in the world). Lord, send us holy, faithful and apostolic laborers to your vineyard.

Below you have the complete report of the Information service of the Potifical Mission societies.

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Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – As every year, in view of World Mission Day, which this year celebrates its 92nd anniversary on Sunday, October 21, 2018, Fides News Service offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December…

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Thought for the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Thought for the Day – 14 October – Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Today, 14 October 2018, in Rome, Pope Francis will Canonise the following (announced on 19 May 2018):

– Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini), Supreme Pontiff;

– Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr;

– Nunzio Sulprizio (1817-1836) Announced by Pope Francis on 19 July 2018:   Details here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/pope-francis-announces-that-he-will-canonise-blessed-nunzio-sulprizio-in-october/

– Francesco Spinelli, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Institute of the Sisters Adorers of the Most Holy Sacrament;

– Vincenzo Romano, Diocesan Priest;

– Maria Katharina Kasper, Virgin, Founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ;

– Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesús (née: Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa), Founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church.

Let us ask our new Saints to pray for the Church and the whole world!

Saint Nunzio Sulprizio, Pray for Us!saint nunzio sulprizio - pray for us 14 oct 2018

Saint Pope Paul VI, Pray for Us!saint pope paul vi - pray for us.14 oct 2018

Saint Oscar Romero, Pray for Us!st oscar romero pray for us - 14 oct 2018