Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sunday Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, April 18, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - 3rd of the Easter Season

 Third Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 47
Reading I
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Peter said to the people:
“The God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,
the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus,
whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence
when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One
and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death,
but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
Now I know, brothers,
that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment
what he had announced beforehand
through the mouth of all the prophets,
that his Christ would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
 Responsorial Psalm
4:2, 4, 7-8, 9
R.  (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
    you who relieve me when I am in distress;
    have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
    the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
    You put gladness into my heart.
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep,
    for you alone, O LORD,
    bring security to my dwelling.
R.  Lord, let your face shine on us.
R.  Alleluia.
Reading II
1 Jn 2:1-5a
My children, I am writing this to you
so that you may not commit sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep
his commandments.
Those who say, “I know him,” but do not keep his commandments
are liars, and the truth is not in them.
But whoever keeps his word,
the love of God is truly perfected in him.
Cf. Lk 24:32
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lk 24:35-48
The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them 
in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have.”
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of baked fish; 
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint April 18 : St. Apollonius the Apologist, a Martyr of Rome whose Defense of the Faith, is Called one of the Most Priceless Documents of the Early Church

St. Apollonius the Apologist
a Martyr whose Apologia or defense of the faith, is called one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perenis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between Perennis and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints) 

Pope Francis Receives Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, who said “Pope Francis is the voice of the most marginalized people..." VIDEO

Pope Francis on Friday, April 16, 2021, received in audience the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, and discussed migration and refugee issues.
Pope Francis said "Thank you for what you do." Filippo answered, "Thank you for having me. Thank you for what you say and what you do. Without you we also would not be able to do our work." Filippo Grandi is the head of the UN Refugee Agency. He held several meetings in Rome with authorities about refugees.

The UN Refugee Agency is often in communication with the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Holy See, established by the Pope. (Romereports)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi praised Pope Francis’ holistic approach to global displacement and the needs of the most vulnerable, including those forced to flee their homes, as expressed in the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti, during a private Audience at the Holy See today.

The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of strengthening cooperation between the Holy See and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in welcoming, protecting and integrating asylum-seekers and refugees during his visit to the Vatican City.

His Holiness, handing over to the High Commissioner a signed copy of his message for the celebration of the 54th World Day of Peace, shared his concern over the extent of global humanitarian emergencies. More than 80 million people are forced to flee conflict, persecution and violence, with the poorest countries bearing the brunt of the world’s refugee crisis.

“Pope Francis is the voice of the most marginalized people: refugees, the forcibly displaced and migrants”, Grandi said. “His tireless commitment has made a concrete difference in the response to those who are fleeing major humanitarian crises, by providing a safe place and effective assistance for integrating the most vulnerable in receiving countries”, he added.

UNHCR is looking forward to extending its existing partnership with the Vatican in line with the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees, which aims at sharing responsibility with those countries hosting and supporting the largest numbers of displaced people.
The Pope has repeatedly denounced these problems and supported refugees and persecuted people throughout the world. 

In February 2016 he visited the border between Mexico and the United States. In April of that same year he traveled to a refugee camp in Greece and brought several of its residents to Italy. He then met with a group of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh in 2017.

Top 10 Quotes of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to SHARE - Powerful Quotes to Change your Life!

1. Every human being is loved by God the Father. No one need feel forgotten, for every name is written in the Lord's loving heart.
2. Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.
3. Truth is not determined by a majority vote.
4. In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration.
5. Children truly are the family's greatest treasure and most precious good. Consequently, everyone must be helped to become aware of the intrinsic evil of the crime of abortion. In attacking human life in its very first stages, it is also an aggression against society itself. Politicians and legislators, therefore, as servants of the common good, are duty bound to defend the fundamental right to life, the fruit of God's love.
6. Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom means embracing a life completely devoted to love, a love that enables you to commit yourselves fully to God's service and to be totally present to your brothers and sisters, especially those in need.
7. Because the truth of God is love, conversion to God is conversion to love.
8. With the Rosary, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, model of faith, in meditating on the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel, so that it shapes all our lives.
9. The new evangelization ... begins in the confessional.
10. Friends, do not be afraid of silence or stillness. Listen to God. Adore Him in the Eucharist.

Biden Administration Cancels Bioethics Advisory Board - Taxpayer Funding will Now be Used for Research with Unborn Baby Body Parts

LifeNews reports that the Biden administration announced that President Joe Biden will make Americans fund research using body parts from aborted babies with their taxpayer dollars.
It is overturning a pro-life rule President Donald trump put in place barring taxpayer funding for federally-funded studies involving the use of fetal tissue taken from babies killed in abortions.
During his administration President Trump put in place a new bioethics advisory board recommending that the government reject funding for 13 of 14 research projects that plan to use aborted baby body parts
However, on April 16th, 2021 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially revoked the ban on using aborted baby parts in research.
Biden’s NIH released a notice saying that the agency was overturning the Trump administration’s policy that required all applicants for NIH grants involving fetal tissue from elective abortions to be reviewed by an ethics board. The notice indicated Biden was cancelling the ethics advisory board.
“NIH reminds the community of expectations to obtain informed consent from the donor for any NIH-funded research using human fetal tissue … and of continued obligations to conduct such research only in accord with any applicable federal, state, or local laws and regulations, including prohibitions on the payment of valuable consideration for such tissue,” the notice reads.
A prominent pro-life group immediately condemned the decision.
“Biden and Harris, working hand-in-glove with radical appointees like Xavier Becerra, are moving rapidly to pay back their abortion industry allies and wipe out pro-life progress made under the Trump-Pence administration,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “From day one they have sought to expand abortion on demand, funded by taxpayers, against the will of the strong majority of Americans. Now they would force Americans to be complicit in barbaric experiments using body parts harvested from innocent children killed in abortions, with no limits of any kind. Pro-abortion Democrats push this deeply unpopular agenda at their own political peril.”
Pro-life scientists indicated research with aborted baby parts is unnecessary.
Dr. Tara Sander Lee, senior fellow and director of life sciences at Charlotte Lozier Institute, added: 
“The HHS decision to resume experiments using the body parts of aborted children defies both the best ethics and most promising science. Exploiting the bodies of these young human beings is unnecessary and grotesque. Fetal tissue was not, and has never been, used for polio or any other vaccine, nor  to produce or manufacture any pharmaceutical. There are superior and ethical alternatives available such as adult stem cell models being used by countless scientists worldwide to develop and produce advanced medicines treating patients now, without exploitation of any innocent life. All scientists should reject the administration’s attempts to prey on fears related to the pandemic to advance the practice of harvesting fetal tissue.”
Edited from LifeNews and SBA List

Mass Shooting in Indianapolis with 8 People Killed - US Bishops say "...let us pray for renewed reverence for the gift of life...and work towards peace.” FULL TEXT

A gunman (pictured above) who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis was a former employee. Police named the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Hole (age 19), who began shooting "randomly" almost immediately after exiting his car, according to police. Seven people were also injured and the gunman apparently killed himself before police arrived.

U.S. Bishop Chairman Calls for Easter Response to Mass Shooting in Indianapolis

WASHINGTON — Following the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued the following statement:

“Tragically, we awoke to learn of another mass shooting today, this time in Indianapolis, that has reportedly left eight dead and several wounded. As we heard at Mass yesterday, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted’ (Ps. 34:19). We again need prayer and concrete acts of charity for the families, and for all victims of violent crime. 

“Again and again, we react in horror to these violent acts, but many cannot agree on how to stop them. The bishops continue to support a number of policy measures to try to reduce homicides and suicides.[1] In this Easter season, when we are reminded that there is always hope, even when we seem to be at a dead end, I would ask our political leaders, and all people of good will, once more to examine this issue and propose prudential solutions. It is good that President Biden and some leaders in Congress are drawing renewed attention to this. For a comprehensive and long-lasting path to peace, it will take bipartisan cooperation. In the spirit of Easter, let us pray for renewed reverence for the gift of life, and faith that by the grace of God, we can always begin again and work towards peace.”  

Source: USCCB

US Bishops' Pro-Life Chairman Statement on Abortion Pill Policy Change "...a woman’s health, future fertility, and life are placed in serious jeopardy." FULL TEXT

U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee Chairman on Chemical Abortion Pill Policy Change

APRIL 16, 2021 

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that they will no longer be enforcing the “in-person dispensing requirement” for the chemical abortion pills during the remainder of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This requirement was put in place by public health officials over twenty years ago, under President Bill Clinton, as a necessary precondition to ensure that pregnant women do not have contraindications that would make the abortion pills even more unsafe and possibly deadly for the woman. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

“It is difficult to see the FDA’s decision to not enforce important safety protocols as anything other than callous capitulation to the requests of abortion activists without regard for the health and safety of the women involved. An in-person evaluation by a medical professional is necessary to accurately determine the age of the baby (abortion pills are only approved for use in the first 70 days), whether the pregnancy is ectopic (which the woman has no way of knowing on her own), and to test and treat for Rh-incompatibility between mother and baby. Without this information and proper treatment, a woman’s health, future fertility, and life are placed in serious jeopardy. With this decision, not only are women being sold the lie that abortion will solve their problems, but also that chemical abortion is a safe and easy way to go about it. By pushing women away from medical oversight, abortion advocates are luring women into isolated, unsafe, and medically unwise decisions. The inalienable dignity of women and their unborn children deserves so much more.”

Source: USCCB

Bishops of Brazil Statement "We cannot be silent when life is threatened, rights are disrespected, justice is corrupted and violence is established..." FULL TEXT

Release CNBB: The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) released this Friday, April 16, the message of the Brazilian episcopate that gathered, online, at the 58th General Assembly of the CNBB, addressed the people at this grave moment.
In the text, the bishops affirm that given the current situation that Brazil is going through, especially in times of pandemic, they cannot remain silent when life is “threatened, rights are disrespected, justice is corrupted and the violence is established”. The bishops assure that they are pastors and that they have a mission to care. “Our hearts suffer with the restricted participation of the People of God in the temples. However, the sacredness of human life requires us to be sensible and responsible ”, they say.
In the message, the bishops reiterate that at the present time they need to continue to observe the sanitary measures that concern the face-to-face celebrations. They gratefully acknowledge that families have been a privileged space for experiencing faith and solidarity. “They have found in the initiatives of our communities, through subsidies and online celebrations, the possibility of experiencing the domestic Church intensely. United in prayer and care for life, we will overcome this moment ”.
The bishops affirm that the three powers of the Republic have, each in its own specificity, the mission of leading Brazil in the dictates of the Federal Constitution, which advocates health as a "right of all and duty of the State" and that the moment demands competence lucidity. "Discourses and attitudes that deny the reality of the pandemic, disregard health measures and threaten the Democratic Rule of Law are unacceptable," they say.
They also make a strong call for the unity of the Churches, entities, social movements and all people of good will, around the Pact for Life and for Brazil: “Let us assume, with renewed commitment, concrete initiatives for the promotion of solidarity and solidarity. sharing. The journey towards a new era is challenging, however, we have the privileged opportunity to rebuild Brazilian society on the foundations of justice and peace, following the path of fraternity and dialogue. As Pope Francis encouraged us: “the Easter announcement is an announcement that renews hope in our hearts: we cannot give up!”.
We expect new heavens and a new earth, where justice will dwell. (2Pd 3.13)
Moved by the hope that flows from the Gospel, we Bishops of Brazil, gathered online, at the 58th General Assembly of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil-CNBB, from April 12 to 16, 2021, at this grave moment, we addressed our message to the Brazilian people.
We express our prayer and our solidarity with the sick, with families that have lost their loved ones and with all those who suffer most from the consequences of Covid-19. In the certainty of the Resurrection, we bring in our prayers, particularly, the deceased. At the same time, we express our deep gratitude to health professionals and to all the people who have donated their lives on behalf of the sick, provided essential services and contributed to facing the pandemic.
Brazil is experiencing a deepening of a serious health, economic, ethical, social and political crisis, intensified by the pandemic, which challenges us, exposing the structural inequality rooted in Brazilian society. Although everyone suffers from the pandemic, its consequences are more devastating in the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
This reality of suffering must find an echo in the hearts of Christ's disciples [1]. Everything that promotes or threatens life concerns our mission as Christians. Whenever we take positions on social, economic and political issues, we do so as required by the Gospel. We cannot be silent when life is threatened, rights are disrespected, justice is corrupted and violence is established [2].
We commend the testimony of our communities in their tireless and anonymous search to alleviate the consequences of the pandemic. Many brothers and sisters, bishops, priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay Christians and lay people, moved by the authentic Christian spirit, expose their lives in aid to the most vulnerable. With Pope Francis, we affirm that “prayer to God and solidarity with the poor and the sick are inseparable” [3]. Community initiatives for sharing and solidarity should always be encouraged more. It's Time to Care!
We are pastors and our mission is to care. Our hearts suffer with the restricted participation of the People of God in the temples. However, the sacredness of human life requires us to be sensible and responsible. Therefore, at that moment, we need to continue to observe the sanitary measures that concern the face-to-face celebrations. We gratefully acknowledge that our families have been a privileged space for experiencing faith and solidarity. They have found in the initiatives of our communities, through subsidies and online celebrations, the possibility of experiencing intensely the domestic Church. United in prayer and care for life, we will overcome this moment.
In civil society, the three powers of the Republic have, each in their own specificity, the mission of leading Brazil in the dictates of the Federal Constitution, which advocates health as "the right of all and the duty of the State" [4]. This requires competence and lucidity. Discourses and attitudes that deny the reality of the pandemic, disregard sanitary measures and threaten the Democratic Rule of Law are unacceptable. It is necessary to pay attention to science, encourage the use of a mask, social distance and guarantee vaccination for all, as soon as possible. Emergency assistance, worthy and for as long as necessary, is essential to save lives and boost the economy [5], with special attention to the poor and unemployed.
It is necessary to ensure greater investments in public health and due assistance to the sick, preserving and strengthening the Unified Health System - SUS. Systematic attempts to dismantle the social protection structure in the country are inadmissible. We strongly reject any initiative that attempts to release government officials from the application of the constitutional minimum budget in health and education.
Education, weakened for years by the absence of an efficient national educational project, suffers even more in the context of the pandemic, with serious consequences for the future of the country. In addition to effective state public policies, engagement in the Global Educational Pact, proposed by Pope Francis [6], is essential.
We are also concerned about the serious problem of the multiple forms of violence spread in society, favored by easy access to weapons. Disinformation and hate speech, especially on social media, generate boundless aggression. We note, with regret, the use of religion as an instrument of political dispute, justifying violence and creating confusion among the faithful and in society.
The care for the common home deserves constant attention, submitted to the voracious logic of “exploitation and degradation” [7]. It is urgent to understand that a preserved biome fulfills its productive function of maintaining and generating life on the planet, respecting the right balance between production and preservation. Desertification of the land arises from the desertification of the human heart. We believe that "human freedom is capable of limiting technique, guiding it and placing it at the service of another type of progress, healthier, more human, more social, more integral" [8].
It is increasingly necessary to overcome social inequality in the country. For that, we must promote the best policy [9], which does not submit to economic interests, and is guided by fraternity and social friendship, which implies not only the approximation between distant social groups, but also the search for a renewed encounter with the poorest and most vulnerable sectors [10].
We make a strong call for the unity of civil society, Churches, entities, social movements and all people of good will, around the Pact for Life and for Brazil. Let us assume, with renewed commitment, concrete initiatives to promote solidarity and sharing. The journey towards a new era is challenging, however, we have the privileged opportunity to rebuild Brazilian society on the foundations of justice and peace, following the path of fraternity and dialogue. As Pope Francis encouraged us: “the Easter announcement is an announcement that renews hope in our hearts: we cannot give up!” [11]
With faith in the Risen Christ, the source of our hope, we invoke God's blessing on the Brazilian people, through the intercession of São José and Nossa Senhora Aparecida, patron saint of Brazil.

Brasília, 16 de abril de 2021.

Dom Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo
Arcebispo de Belo Horizonte – MG
Presidente da CNBB

Dom Jaime Spengler, OFM
Arcebispo de Porto Alegre – RS
1º Vice-Presidente  

Dom Mário Antônio da Silva
Bispo de Roraima – RR
2º Vice-Presidente

Dom Joel Portella Amado
Bispo Auxiliar do Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Secretário-Geral da CNBB


[1] cf. Gaudium et Spes, 1.
[2] cf. CNBB, Mensagem ao Povo de Deus, 2018.
[3] Papa Francisco, Mensagem para o IV Dia Mundial dos Pobres, 2020.
[4] Constituição Federal, art. 196.
[5] cf. CNBB, OAB, C.Arn´s, ABI, ABC e SBPC, O povo não pode pagar com a própria vida,10 de março de 2021.
[6] cf. Papa Francisco, Mensagem para o lançamento do Pacto Educativo Global, 12 de setembro 2019.
[7] Papa Francisco, Laudato Si´, 145.
[8] Papa Francisco, Laudato Si´, 112.
[9] Papa Francisco, Fratelli Tutti, Cap. V.
[10] cf. Papa Francisco, Fratelli Tutti, 233.
[11] Papa Francisco, Mensagem 58ª. AG CNBB.

Saint April 17 : St. Kateri Tekakwitha - “Lily of the Mohawks” and Patron of Ecology and Natives and Mohawks (Canada)

Born:1656, Ossernenon, Iroquois Confederacy (Modern Auriesville, New York)
Died:17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada
Beatified:22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine:St Francis Xavier Church, Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada
FEAST DAY is April 17 in Canada and July 14 in the USA

In 1656,  Kateri Tekakwitha known as “Lily of the Mohawks” was born of an Algonquin mother and Mohawk father in Ossernenon in the Mohawk Valley, now known as Auriesville, New York. Kateri was four years old when the horrible European disease of smallpox devastated her village. Many perished along with Kateri’s parents and younger brother. She survived the deadly disease but her eyesight was greatly affected and her face ravaged with smallpox scars.

Because of Kateri’s near blindness, she held her hands in front of her to feel her way along and protect herself from injury. It was from this characteristic she was renamed Tekakwitha or “She moves things”.

In 1667, 11 year old Kateri Tekakwitha meets the Jesuit Missionaries in her uncle’s cabin. By this time the village had moved to the north side of the Mohawk River to Caughnawaga, now known as Fonda New York. As a young girl, she helped with the meals, collected berries from the woods, made baskets, did beadwork and strung the wampums. With the coming of the missionaries Kateri found comfort and understanding of her situation in Christianity and began her dialogue with Father James de Lamberville and expressed the ardent desire for Baptism in 1666, and was subsequently baptized in 1676 at the age of 20.

In 1677, Kateri Tekakwitha traveled from the Mohawk valley to the north eastern part of the Territory to the village of Kahnawake and the Mission of Saint Francis Xavier on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River. Father de Lamberville had given her a letter for the Superior of the Mission.  The words of this letter were, “ I ask you to please take charge of directing her; it is a treasure which we are giving you.  Guard it well and make it bear fruit for the glory of God and the salvation of a soul which is certainly very dear to Him.”  A few months after her arrival, she received her First Holy Communion on Christmas Day at the age of 21.

In 1680 with her health failing, she became gravely ill and on April 17, 1680, 24 year old Kateri Tekakwitha died. Soon after her death and because of her faith in Christ, her scared face was restored to its former beauty and softness. She was buried in a wooden coffin next to the wooden cross where she prayed on the banks of the great river.  The favors and miracles obtained through her intercession began immediately.

In 1717, the Mohawks of Kahnawake moved to their final and present day location where Kateri’s remains were housed in a sacred chest of polished wood in the sacristy of the Mission.

On Saturday December 6, 1884 the Bishops and Archbishops of the United States of America of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore addressed the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XIII to institute the process for the beautification of Catherine Tekakwitha. Letters were submitted by various Indian tribes, petitioning the Introduction of the Cause of the  Servant of God, Catherine Tekakwitha to the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XIII.

In 1931, after years of preparation the cause was instituted by the Most Reverend Bishop of Albany, Edmund Francis Gibbons and in June 1938, the Historical Section of the Congregation of Rites at Rome declared that the documents of the case of Tekakwitha were complete, genuine and trustworthy, that they established Tekakwitha’s renown for holiness, and a solid basis for final judgement that her virtues were heroic.

On January 3rd 1943 his Holiness Pope Pius XII offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Then he  solemnly proclaimed: It has been proved in this instance and for the purpose under consideration, that the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, Love of God and Neighbour, and the cardinal virtues, Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude and subordinate virtues of the Venerable Servant of God, Catherine Tekakwitha, were heroic.  Pope Pius XII signed the DECREE in which Catherine Tekakwitha was “Venerable”.

In 1980,  Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified by Pope John Paul II and declared “BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA”.

In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha.  He signed a decree approving a miracle attributed to Kateri for saving the life of a young boy, Jake Finkbonner who suffered from a flesh eating disease.The official date for her canonization ceremony was October 21, 2012 in Rome Italy. St Kateri Tekakwitha’s Shrine is located at the St. Francis Xavier Mission in Kahnawake. Text from

Friday, April 16, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, April 17, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter
Lectionary: 272
Reading I
Acts 6:1-7
As the number of disciples continued to grow,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews
because their widows 
were being neglected in the daily distribution.
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,
“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.
Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,
filled with the Spirit and wisdom,
whom we shall appoint to this task,
whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.”
The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,
so they chose Stephen, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit,
also Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
and Nicholas of Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
They presented these men to the Apostles
who prayed and laid hands on them.
The word of God continued to spread,
and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem increased greatly;
even a large group of priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
Responsorial Psalm
33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
R.    (22)  Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
R.    Alleluia.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
    praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
    with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
R.    Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
R.    Alleluia.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
    and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
    of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R.    Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
R.    Alleluia.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
    upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
    and preserve them in spite of famine.
R.    Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
R.    Alleluia.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ is risen, who made all things;
he has shown mercy on all people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jn 6:16-21
When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea,
embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum.
It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.
When they had rowed about three or four miles,
they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they began to be afraid.
But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.”
They wanted to take him into the boat,
but the boat immediately arrived at the shore
to which they were heading.
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion
At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint April 17 : St. Stephen Harding a Confessor and Abbot of Citeaux who Established 13 Monasteries


St. Stephen Harding


Feast Day: April 17
Born: Dorset, England
Died: 28 March 1134
Major Shrine:
Church of St. Stephen Harding in Apátistvánfalva, Hungary, district of Szentgotthárd.
Confessor, the third Abbot of Citeaux, was born at Sherborne in Dorsetshire, England, about the middle of the eleventh century; died 28 March, 1134. He received his early education in the monastery of Sherborne and afterwards studied in Paris and Rome. On returning from the latter city he stopped at the monastery of Molesme and, being much impressed by the holiness of St. Robert, the abbot, joined that community. Here he practised great austerities, became one of St. Robert's chief supporters and was one of the band of twenty-one monks who, by authority of Hugh, Archbishop of Lyons, retired to Citeaux to institute a reform in the new foundation there. When St. Robert was recalled to Molesme (1099), Stephen became prior of Citeaux under Alberic, the new abbot. On Alberic's death (1110) Stephen, who was absent from the monastery at the time, was elected abbot. The number of monks was now very reduced, as no new members had come to fill the places of those who had died. Stephen, however, insisted on retaining the strict observance originally instituted and, having offended the Duke of Burgundy, Citeau's great patron, by forbidding him or his family to enter the cloister, was even forced to beg alms from door to door. It seemed as if the foundation were doomed to die out when (1112) St. Bernard with thirty companions joined the community. This proved the beginning of extraordinary prosperity. The next year Stephen founded his first colony at La Ferte, and before is death he had established thirteen monasteries in all. His powers as an organizer were exceptional, he instituted the system of general chapters and regular visitations and, to ensure uniformity in all his foundations, drew up the famous "Charter of Charity" or collection of statues for the government of all monasteries united to Citeaux, which was approved by Pope Callistus II in 1119 (see CISTERCIANS). In 1133 Stephen, being now old, infirm, and almost blind, resigned the post of abbot, designating as his successor Robert de Monte, who was accordingly elected by the monks. The saint's choice, however, proved unfortunate and the new abbot only held office for two years. Stephen was buried in the tomb of Alberic, his predecessor, in the cloister of Citeaux. In the Roman calendar his feast is 17 April, but the Cistercians themselves keep it on 15 July, with an octave, regarding him as the true founder of the order. Besides the "Carta Caritatis" he is commonly credited with the authorship of the "Exordium Cisterciencis cenobii", which however may not be his. Two of his sermons are preserved and also two letters (Nos. 45 and 49) in the "Epp. S. Bernardi". Catholic Encyclopedia

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Church Leaders Meet with Prime Minister of Ireland to Discuss Re-Opening of Churches and Importance of Faith to the Spiritual and Mental Well-being - FULL TEXT

Meeting between the Taoiseach and the Church Leaders Group (Ireland)
15. APR, 2021
The following statement was published by the Government Press Office:
The Taoiseach today met with all island Christian Church Leaders:
Most Rev Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of all Ireland 
Most Rev John McDowell, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of all Ireland
Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland  
Rev Dr Tom McKnight, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and
Very Rev Dr Ivan Patterson, President of the Irish Council of Churches
The Taoiseach praised the Church Leaders for their ongoing contribution to peace building, and recognised the work that Churches undertake on an ongoing and daily basis at community levels in Northern Ireland. 
The Taoiseach and Church Leaders had a very constructive discussion on Northern Ireland, including a shared and grave concern at recent incidents of violence on the streets. 
The Taoiseach and Church Leaders agreed that the causes of the recent violence are complex, – but reiterated that it is essential that calm, measured and positive leadership be exercised at every level – political, civic and community, for all the people of Northern Ireland. 
The Taoiseach and the Church Leaders discussed the complexities and sensitivities around implementation of the NI/Ire Protocol and the commitment to uphold the B/GFA in all its parts and to disrupt life in NI as little as possible.
The Taoiseach and Church Leaders recognised the 1921 centenaries as profoundly important and sensitive moments in engaging with the shared history of these islands and agreed that it would be important to promote a sensitive, inclusive and respectful approach in the marking of those centenaries still to come. 
In this context, the Taoiseach welcomed the Church Leaders’ St Patrick’s Day message reflecting on the centenary of partition and of the formation of Northern Ireland, which highlighted the valuable opportunity they provide to recognise different perspectives on our history in a way that explores what can be learned for today and contributes to reconciliation and healing on the island.
The Taoiseach discussed with the Church Leaders the Government’s Shared Island initiative. Both the Church Leaders and the Taoiseach recognised  the importance of dialogue, engagement and respect for all communities and traditions on these islands in fostering reconciliation through the framework of the Good Friday Agreement.
The meeting also focused on a number of issues relating to social cohesion, in particular the need to ensure that, as we build towards recovery following the pandemic, that it is inclusive and balanced, leaving no one behind. 
The Taoiseach referred to the Government’s intention to publish a National Economic Recovery Plan. The Plan will outline how Government will help people return to work, and support sectors which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and who will face particular challenges during the recovery phase.
The Taoiseach stressed the importance that, as we plot a pathway through recovery and beyond, there is a need to move beyond uniquely economic measures in gauging our progress as a country, to ensure a more holistic approach, which encompasses people’s quality of life. To this end, work has begun on developing an overarching Well-being Framework for Ireland. This was welcomed by the Church Leaders who noted the link to the work being done through the Irish Inter-Church Meeting with DCU on ‘The Economics of Belonging’.
The Taoiseach and Church Leaders agreed the pandemic has posed challenges for all of our citizens in terms of their mental health and wellbeing and recognised the importance of faith to the spiritual and mental well-being of many people and communities and look forward to the time when church services and other in-person activities can resume.

Powerful Prayers to Saint Bernadette - Novena Prayer to the Visionary of Lourdes whose Body is Incorrupt and Patron of Sick and Families -

A Novena is a powerful prayer to be said over 9 Days. Saint Bernadette, feast April 16, was the visionary of Lourdes, France, where Our Lady appeared to her. Lourdes is a sanctuary for the sick and has millions of pilgrims every year.
St. Bernadette is the patron of the sick and families. Her body lies incorrupt in France. 
Dear Saint Bernadette, Chosen by Almighty God as a channel of His Graces and Blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, you gained for us the Miraculous waters of Spiritual and physical healing.We implore you to listen to our pleading prayers that we may be healed of our Spiritual and physical imperfections.
Place our petitions in the Hands of our Holy Mother, Mary, so that She may place them at the feet of Her beloved Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that He may look on us with mercy and compassion: (Make Petition)
Help, O Dear Saint Bernadette to follow your example, so that irrespective of our own pain and suffering we may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours.
As we await the Mercy of God, remind us to offer up our pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind.
Pray for Saint Bernadette, that like you, we may always be obedient to the will of Our Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility we may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that have been so grievously wounded by our sins.
Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Pray for us.

Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
O Mary conceived without sin,pray for us who have recourse to Thee. (Say (3) Three Times)

Vatican Co-Sponsors Conference "Exploring the Mind, Body and Soul" with Message from Pope Francis and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Sangay Gupta, Chelsea Clinton and More

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and The Cura Foundation “Unite to Prevent”
Global Leaders in Science, Faith, Medicine and Technology Gather
for the Fifth International Vatican Conference
(FULL LIST of Speakers Below)
Press Release: VATICAN CITY and NEW YORK, April 15, 2021— The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation’s Fifth International Vatican Conference will be held on May 6-8, 2021. The conference will unite the foremost leading physicians, scientists, leaders of faith,
ethicists, patient advocates, policymakers, philanthropists and influencers to engage in powerful conversations on the latest breakthroughs in medicine, health care delivery and prevention, as well as the anthropological scientific and cultural impact of technological advances.
The new virtual format three-day conference, originally scheduled to take place at the Aula Nuova Del Sinodo in the Vatican City, will be presented in dynamic, short-segment programs.
This event is the fifth in a series over the past decade aimed at exploring and enhancing crossdisciplinary collaborations to advance human health. The series has reached a wide global audience and included then Vice President Joe Biden addressing the 2016 conference in person.
In 2018, Biden also addressed the #UniteToCure conference by video.
 This year’s conference will gather together a formidable group of speakers across all disciplines in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to share their insights about health, humanity and the future of
Moderated by the following acclaimed journalists:
• Katie Couric, award-winning journalist, founder, Katie Couric Media and co-founder, Stand
Up To Cancer.
• Moira Forbes, executive vice president, Forbes.
• Max Gomez, Ph.D., senior medical correspondent, CBS2 New York.
• Sanjay Gupta, M.D., award-winning chief medical correspondent, CNN and neurosurgeon.
• Richard Lui, anchor and journalist, MSNBC/NBC News.
• Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., Emmy® Award-winning host, “The Dr. Oz Show,” cardiothoracic
surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
• Amy J. Robach, co-anchor, “GMA3: What You Need to Know,” and “20/20” reporter,
“Good Morning America” and ABC News Platforms.
• Robin Roberts, co-anchor, “Good Morning America,” ABC and president, Rock’n Robin
• Meredith Vieira, Emmy® Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor; founder and
CEO, Meredith Vieira Productions.
• Ron Winslow, freelance medical and science writer and former Wall Street Journal medical
A full list of confirmed speakers is available on the conference website and as an addendum. (see below)
Conference organizers will also spotlight a conversation on “Bridging Science and Faith” by bringing together top physicians, scientists, leaders of faith, ethicists and theologians to explore the commonalities between religion and spirituality and health and wellbeing, as well as examine
the relationship between the mind, body and soul. The discussion will delve into the anthropological and cultural dimensions of being human and look for areas of convergence between the humanities and the natural sciences. Discussions around the importance of empathy and compassion, ethical implications of advances in technology, including artificial intelligence,
and the impact of innovation on anthropology are among the many areas where dialogue must occur. This important conversation is made possible through the generous support of a grant
from the John Templeton Foundation.
In addition to the John Templeton Foundation, conference supporters include Sanford Health,
Celularity, Akkad Holdings, The Helmsley Charitable Trust, Sorrento Therapeutics, Aspire Capital Partners, Hackensack Meridian Health, T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and
Compassion at the University of California San Diego, United Therapeutics, Alliance Global Partners, The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, Moderna, Inc. and many others.
The conference will close with a message for the participants from Pope Francis. 
“We must consider the interplay between mind, body and soul if we hope to build a more
equitable health care system and improve human health care globally,” said Robin Smith, M.D.,
M.B.A., founder and president of the Cura Foundation. “Providing an opportunity for experts from diverse disciplines to have a dialogue and share information and compare perspectives in a
dynamic way and in partnership will inspire hope for patients, families and communities around the world. We often describe the conference as Davos but for health care; a multi-disciplinary
approach that mobilizes global leaders to examine the world’s most pressing health challenges.”
Conference topics will address technology and new innovations in health care and how to make quality health care available and affordable, how to improve human health by addressing the
mind, body and soul and how together with empathy, compassion and through the arts, we can make the environment and the world a better place. We will talk about the revolution of
telemedicine, the need to provide care to rural and underserved communities and delivering care and treatment into the home and into the community through technology and innovation that will
last far beyond the pandemic. We will learn about cutting-edge therapies, examine new regulatory paradigms in regenerative medicine, explore the medical risks of loneliness, and the
importance of improving health and wellbeing, caring for others and helping people age with dignity. Complete descriptions of all conference topics are available on the conference website.
“Once again, we bring together scientists, physicians, health care providers, social workers,
religious leaders of many different beliefs, representatives of law and industry, scholars of ethics,
anthropology and philanthropy, and others, all representing different perspectives on the world,”
said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. “No one
approach can solve the perplexing and critical challenges of our times. More lenses are needed to
bring into focus a complete picture of being and existence.”

Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, head of the Science and Faith Department of the Pontifical Council
for Culture, said, “Together we will focus on advances in medical innovation and the creation of
healthier communities and build bridges to catalyze the creation of new, interdisciplinary
approaches and partnerships for improving health, wellbeing and understanding human uniqueness.”
To learn more about #UniteToPrevent, The Fifth International Vatican Conference, please
visit:,, Follow us on Twitter and
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Council for Culture on Twitter: @VaticanCultura and
Facebook: Join the virtual conversation with
#UniteToPrevent and #UniteToCure.
The Cura Foundation leads a major global health movement with the passionate purpose to improve
human health. Cura unites public and private sectors, partnering with doctors, patients, business leaders,
philanthropists and thought leaders to collaborate and create breakthroughs around the world. The
foundation drives change by raising public awareness, supporting research and educating the next
generation of thought leaders and medical professionals about innovations in medicine. The Cura Foundation is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, public and tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of
the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please visit:
The Pontifical Council for Culture is a dicastery of the Roman Curia charged with fostering the
relationship of the Catholic Church with different cultures. Established in 1982 by Pope John Paul II, the
Council is committed to the dialogue with many realities in their relation to culture and faith such as Art,
Music, Cultural Goods, Cultures in the World, Mysticism, Atheism, Economics, Language &
Communication, International Cultural Bodies, Sport and Science. For more information, please
The Science and Faith (STOQ) Foundation is a Foundation under Vatican law promoted by the
Pontifical Council for Culture. The Foundation aims to give continuity to the activities of Project STOQ,
which emerged from the collaboration between the Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Roman
Universities following the Galileo Commission and the Jubilee of Scientists in the year 2000. Among the
aims of the Foundation are research and study of the themes of dialogue between science, philosophy and
theology; realization of conferences and other activities of high cultural and scientific value, even at the
popular level; publication of works of merit on the main arguments of the science-faith dialogue.
Stem for Life, a Cura Foundation is the educational and advocacy subsidiary of the Cura Foundation
and is devoted to fostering global awareness of the potential for regenerative medicine to treat and cure a
range of deadly diseases and debilitating medical conditions, as opposed to merely treating their
symptoms. The Foundation stands at the forefront of a fundamental shift away from traditional drug
treatment in favor of amplifying the body's natural repair mechanisms to vanquish disease. For more
information, please visit:
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FULL LIST of Speakers:
Addendum - The Fifth International Vatican Conference Speakers 2021 as of April 15:
Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D., senior rabbi, Jewish
Council of the Emirates and Association of Gulf
Jewish Communities.
Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., former principal
deputy commissioner and acting chief
information officer, U.S. Food and Drug
Micah Aberson, executive vice president,
Sanford Health.
Gina Agiostratidou, Ph.D., program director,
Type 1 diabetes program, The Leona M. and
Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Rick Anderson, president and general manager,
North America, DarioHealth.
Stéphane Bancel, CEO, Moderna.
Justin L. Barrett, Ph.D., president, Blueprint
1543, honorary professor of theology and the
sciences, St. Andrews University, School of
Nir Barzilai, M.D., The Rennert Chair of Aging
Research, professor of medicine and genetics
and director, Nathan Shock Center of Excellence
in the Biology of Aging, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine.
Marc Benioff, chair and CEO, Salesforce.
Paul Bloom, Ph.D., Brooks and Suzanne Ragen
Professor of Psychology, Yale University.
Emma Bloomberg, founder and CEO,
Albert Bourla, D.V.M., Ph.D., chair and CEO,
Otis W. Brawley, M.D., Bloomberg
Distinguished Professor of oncology and
epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University.
Dan Buettner, founder, Blue Zones.
Jonathan J. Bush, Jr., executive chair, Firefly
Deepak Chopra, M.D., founder, The Chopra
Foundation and founder, Chopra Global.
George Church, Ph.D., founding core faculty
and lead, Wyss Institute, Harvard University;
professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School;
professor of health sciences and technology,
Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of
Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D.,
Craig-Weaver Professor of pediatrics and
professor of health policy, Center for
Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt
University Medical Center and professor of law,
Vanderbilt School of Law.
Chelsea Clinton, D.Phil., M.P.H., vice chair,
Clinton Foundation.
Kelly L. Close, co-founder and chair of the
board, The diaTribe Foundation.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director, U.S.
National Institutes of Health.
Cindy Crawford, model and entrepreneur.
John F. Crowley, chair of the board and CEO,
Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.
Ray Dalio, founder, co-chair and co-chief
information officer, Bridgewater Associates,
New York Times best-selling author of
“Principles: Life & Work.”
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., professor of
psychology and psychiatry, and founder and
director of the Center for Healthy Minds,
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Grand Hospitaller, H.E. Dominique Prince de
La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, Bailiff Grand
Cross of Honour and Devotion in Obedience,
The Sovereign Order of Malta.
Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., Distinguished
University Professor and past president, MD
Anderson Cancer Center.
Joseph M. DeVivo, president, hospital and
health systems, Teladoc Health.
Spencer P. Eccles, co-founder and managing
partner, The Cynosure Group.
Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C., Ph.D.,
visiting assistant teaching professor, department
of theology, University of Notre Dame.
Michael E. Farkouh, M.D., Peter Munk Chair
in Multinational Clinical Trials; director, Heart
& Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence;
vice-chair, research and professor of medicine,
department of medicine, University of Toronto.
Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Kolokotrones
University professor and chair, department of
global health and social medicine, Harvard
Medical School; co-founder and chief strategist,
Partners In Health.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director, National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S.
National Institutes of Health.
Judy Faulkner, founder and CEO, Epic.
David Feinberg, M.D., vice president, head of
Google Health, Google.
Rev. Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D., John A.
Creighton University Professor and chair,
department of medical humanities, Creighton
Renée Fleming, soprano; arts and health
advocate; artistic advisor, John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts.
Robert C. Garrett, CEO, Hackensack Meridian
Rebekah E. Gee, M.D., CEO, Louisiana State
University Health Care Services; former
secretary, Louisiana Department of Health.
Marilyn Glassberg, M.D., division chief of
pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep
medicine; senior director of clinical research for
strategy and growth, department of internal
medicine, University of Arizona College of
Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D., president and CEO,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Richard and
Susan Smith professor of medicine, Harvard
Medical School, director, Dana-Farber/Harvard
Cancer Center.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder, the Jane
Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace.
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., resident fellow, American
Enterprise Institute and 23rd commissioner, U.S.
Food and Drug Administration.
Andre Goy, M.D., physician-in-chief of
Oncology Services, Hackensack Meridian
Health; chair, John Theurer Cancer Center;
founding chair of Oncology, Hackensack
Meridian School of Medicine.
Kurt J. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., Todd and Linda
Broin Chair for Diabetes Research; director of
clinical trials, The Sanford Project, Sanford
Research; and associate professor, pediatric
endocrinology, Sanford School of Medicine,
University of South Dakota.
Sanjay Gupta, M.D., award-winning chief
medical correspondent, CNN and neurosurgeon.
Robert J. Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., founder, chair,
and CEO, Celularity.
Katherine High, M.D., president, therapeutics,
Marc Hodosh, founder and co-host, “LIFE
Donald Hoffman, Ph.D., professor emeritus of
cognitive sciences, University of California,
Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., director, National
Center for Injury Prevention and Control, U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ryan Howard, founder and CEO, 100Plus.
Mark Hyman, M.D., head of strategy and
innovation, Cleveland Clinic Center for
Functional Medicine.
Elder William K. Jackson, M.D., General
Authority Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP.
Henry Ji, Ph.D., chair, president and CEO,
Sorrento Therapeutics.
Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., president, Compassion
Carl June, M.D., the Richard W. Vague
Professor in Immunotherapy and director of the
Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, Perelman
School of Medicine; director of the Parker
Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, University
of Pennsylvania.
Cigall Kadoch, Ph.D., professor, Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School;
founder, Foghorn Therapeutics.
Dean Kamen, president, DEKA R&D, chair
ARMI, and founder, FIRST®
Allen J. Karp, executive vice president,
healthcare management and transformation,
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Kerry Kennedy, president, Robert F. Kennedy
Human Rights.
Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., president, Thomas
Jefferson University, CEO, Jefferson Health.
Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., president and CEO,
JDRF International.
Jacquelyn Kulinski, M.D., director of the
preventive cardiology program and associate
professor of medicine, Medical College of
Samarth Kulkarni, Ph.D., CEO, CRISPR
Timothy A. Lash, president, West Health
Policy Center.
William W. Li, M.D., president, medical
director and CEO, The Angiogenesis
Peter Libby, M.D., cardiovascular specialist,
Brigham and Women's Hospital and
Mallinckrodt Professor of medicine, Harvard
Medical School.
Dan Liljenquist, senior vice president and chief
strategy officer, Intermountain Healthcare.
Shelley Lyford, president and CEO, Gary and
Mary West Foundation.
Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director, Center for
Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food
and Drug Administration.
Brandon Marshall, NFL athlete, co-founder,
Project 375 and founder, House of Athlete.
Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., director, DukeRobert J. Margolis, M.D., Center for Health
Policy, and the Robert J. Margolis, M.D.,
Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy,
Duke University.
Gary Mendell, founder and CEO, Shatterproof.
Jamie Metzl, J.D., Ph.D., founder and chair,
Matthew Might, Ph.D., professor and director,
Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute,
University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Maria Millan, M.D., president and CEO,
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Princess Dina Mired, immediate past president,
Union for International Cancer Control; patron
of SIOP; honorary president of EORTC; special
envoy for NCD’s Vital Strategies; member of
WHO Expert Group for the Elimination of
Cervical Cancer.
William C. Mobley, M.D., Ph.D., associate
dean for neurosciences initiatives, and interim
director of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and
Compassion, department of neurosciences,
University of California San Diego.
Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean,
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and
Policy, Tufts University.
Michael Murray, Ph.D., president, Arthur
Vining Davis Foundations.
Julien Musolino, Ph.D., associate professor,
department of psychology, Rutgers University.
David B. Nash, M.D., founding dean emeritus
and the Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon
Professor of Health Policy, Jefferson College of
Population Health.
Timothy O'Connor, Ph.D., Mahlon Powell
Professor of Philosophy, Indiana University.
Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme, president and
CEO, Samaritan’s Feet International.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state,
David A. Pearce, Ph.D., president of innovation
and research, Sanford Health.
Andrew Pecora, M.D., CEO, Outcomes Matter
Innovations and director, Celularity.
Joe Perry, lead guitarist, GRAMMY® Award winning songwriter and co-founder of the
American Rock and Roll Band, Aerosmith.
Rosalind Picard, Sc.D., professor, MIT Media
Lab; chief scientist and chair, Empatica
Renato Poletti, president, Science and Faith
(STOQ) Foundation and president, Foundation
for Heritage and Cultural and Artistic Activities
of the Church.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president,
Pontifical Council for Culture.
Elder Dale G. Renlund, M.D., Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints.
David C. Rhew, M.D., chief medical officer and
vice president of healthcare, Worldwide
Commercial Business, Microsoft.
Walter Ricciardi, M.D., full professor in
hygiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore,
Rome; president, Mission Board for Cancer of
the European Commission; president, World
Federation of Public Health Associations.
Sheri L. Robb, Ph.D., professor, Indiana
University School of Nursing.
Robert S. Rosenson, M.D., Director of
Metabolism and Lipids, professor of medicine
and cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at
Mount Sinai.
Frank J. Sasinowski, J.D., M.P.H., director,
Hyman, Phelps & McNamara.
Roy Schoenberg, M.D., M.P.H., president and
co-CEO, Amwell.
John Sculley, managing partner, Sculley
Stephen Shaya, M.D., managing director,
Akkad Holdings; executive servant leader, J&B
Jerrell W. Shelton, chair, president and CEO,
William Shrank, M.D., chief medical and
corporate affairs officer, Humana.
Bernard Siegel, J.D., executive director,
Regenerative Medicine Foundation.
David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., professor, department
of genetics and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn
Center for Biology of Aging Research, Harvard
Medical School.
Robin L. Smith, M.D., founder, president, and
chair, Cura Foundation and Stem for Life; vice
president and director, Science and Faith
(STOQ) Foundation.
Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F.
Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard
Medical School.
Edward A. Tenthoff, managing director, senior
biotechnology research analyst, Piper Sandler
and Companies.
Cristian Tomasetti, Ph.D., associate professor
of oncology and biostatistics, Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of
Public Health.
Monsignor Tomasz Trafny, head of science
and faith department, Pontifical Council for
Culture, and general secretary, Science and Faith
(STOQ) Foundation.
Donato J. Tramuto, founder and chair, Health
eVillages; founder and chair, Tramuto
Foundation; author and health care activist.
Stephen Trzeciak, M.D., professor, chair and
chief of medicine, Cooper University Health
Care, Cooper Medical School of Rowan
Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, vice
chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences and
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., president,
Samaritan Health Initiatives; former
Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug
Administration and 12th Director, National
Cancer Institute.
Warren J. von Eschenbach, Ph.D.,
associate vice president and assistant provost;
associate teaching professor, department of
philosophy and department of information
technology, analytics & operations, University
of Notre Dame.
Jill Weimer, Ph.D., senior director of
therapeutic development, Sanford Research.
Michael R. Yeaman, Ph.D., professor and chief
of molecular medicine, UCLA School of
Medicine; director, Institute for Infection &
Immunity, Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA;
chair, medical sciences, Guthy-Jackson
Charitable Foundation.
Shaykh Asim Yusuf, M.B., Ch.B., chair, British
Board of Scholars and Imams and fellow, Royal
College of Psychiatrists.