Saturday, December 22, 2018

A Special Knock at the Door of Pope Emeritus' Benedict - #PopeFrancis arrives for a Christmas Greeting!


A special knock at the door of Pope Emeritus' Benedict XVI's home as Pope Francis made his usual Christmas visit.
The visit occurred on Friday evening, for an exchange Christmas greetings.

This has become a yearly event since his election, where Pope Francis visits the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, for a pre-Christmas greeting to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis has often visited the Monastery on many occasions in the past year and often prays with the Pope Emeritus.
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Here is a Video of a Christmas visit from a few years ago: 

Wow #Breathtaking #Acappella version of "O Holy Night" in an Empty #Church by Home Free goes VIRAL - to SHARE

Home Free’s version of "O Holy Night" is amazing singing a cappella in this beautiful church. Founded in 2000’s by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp, Home Free puts anyone in the Christmas spirit with this classic - and a Reminder to Fill the Churches Everywhere not just at Christmas but year round!
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Wow Pope Francis Donates Incubators to Hospitals for Newborn Babies - A #ProLife Christmas Gift!

Pope Francis donates incubators to Roman hospitals
 Pope Francis gives two neonatal incubators to Roman hospitals as a special Christmas gift, one of which will be sent to assist newborn babies in Ethiopia. Getting into the giving mood surrounding Christmas, Pope Francis has donated a pair of neonatal incubators to two Roman hospitals. The Pope’s Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, delivered the gifts on Wednesday morning, and blessed them during a special ceremony. Incubator for Roman babies One incubator was gifted to the Fatebenefratelli Hospital on the Tiber Island, bringing its total of neonatal intensive care units to 30. In a statement, the hospital said it treats some 600 newborn babies in intensive care every year. Of these, around 80% are premature births of “extremely fragile yet amazingly strong babies who require very specialized care and constant love.” One for babies in Ethiopia Pope Francis gave the other incubator to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital. This Christmas gift will be sent to a hospital in Ethiopia, as part of a joint project with the Doctors with Africa CUAMM organization. Pope Francis received the General Electric HealthCare neonatal incubators from representatives of Bayer, a pharmaceutical company, during the General Audience on 21 November.
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2 Years Ago Pope Francis also visited a Neo-natal Unit and held some New Borns: 

Pope Francis "...Civil Protection never ceases to remind us that the defense of human life.." to Security Forces - FULL TEXT + Video


ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO VOLUNTEERS OF CIVIL PROTECTION

Paul VI Hall
Saturday, 22 December 2018


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I am happy to meet today the components and operational structures that make up the National Service of Civil Protection. I greet the representatives of the voluntary organizations, the scientific community, the Fire Brigade, the Police and Armed Forces, the local, regional, state institutions and the companies that provide essential services. I thank the Head of the National Department for his presentation of the Italian Civil Protection; and I also greet the delegations of foreign states present here.

On this beautiful occasion, rejoiced by the proximity to the holy Christmas, our thoughts and our prayers can not forget the people who this year have been victims of disastrous phenomena, as we feel the desire to remember those rescuers who - even recently - have given his life to save that of others.

Today, at this multicolored assembly, rescuers and rescued people participate together with many ordinary citizens who have decided to make available to the community their skills and their free time, with commitment and generosity, ensuring the full operation of a system that constitutes the most complex and articulated form of public solidarity to protect individual and collective security.

The Italian territory is characterized by the beauty of the landscape and by the richness of the historical-artistic heritage. These wonderful elements unfortunately coexist with situations of danger and vulnerability, which often add up creating situations of very high potential risk.

Today the sciences and technologies are able to help us to know and predict many natural phenomena, but these assessments are not always able to translate into preventive interventions that could drastically reduce the damage to people and things.

Thus, the Italian Civil Protection never ceases to remind us that the defense of human life and the protection of the territory and infrastructure are not only occurring in emergencies, but also and above all in forecasting and prevention activities and in the subsequent phase of return to normality that despite everyone's commitment, it is sometimes longer and more complex than one might imagine.

You first, operators and volunteers, you know well that, as I said in the Encyclical Laudato si ', "ecological culture can not be reduced to a series of urgent and partial answers to the problems that arise with regard to environmental degradation, exhaustion of nature reserves and pollution ". Instead, we need "a different look, a thought, a politics, an educational program, a style of life and a spirituality", because "to seek only a technical remedy for every environmental problem that presents itself, means isolating things that are connected in reality, and to hide the real and deeper problems of the world system "(No. 111).

For these reasons, the most important mission of civil protection becomes that of education, so that in time of peace each citizen is trained to know the places of daily life and, in this way, can adopt behaviors that reduce risks for themselves and for others. In this sense, initiatives that are carried out in schools with children and young people, which will be tomorrow's citizens and volunteers, are particularly useful. I always ask young people to commit themselves to love and protect nature and to spread the value of coexistence, to ensure that everyone's daily commitment can live in a more supportive and therefore safer world.

The territorial institutions are entrusted with the task of planning the correct use of the territory, in some cases also trying to remedy possible errors committed in the past, very often due to lack of knowledge, and to provide for its management and constant maintenance. Equally important is the preparation of civil protection plans and their dissemination: they are indispensable tools for planning prevention interventions and organizing the response in emergency situations. Often the exercise of these functions involves the assumption of great responsibilities, to which correspond few resources and procedures that are not always linear.
Civil Protection, which more and more often is called to operate even outside the national borders, is a system organized on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity, and this is why it represents a peculiarity that could inspire other sectors of public life. Sitting quickly around a table to agree and implement effective choices, overcoming individualism in view of a shared goal, can become the method to respond with greater appropriateness to the needs of the population from the perspective of the common good.

On this road it becomes easier to keep in front of the eyes not only the problems, but also and above all the people, sensing their mission as a qualified and qualifying service for the whole community.

With this spirit, I wish you to celebrate Christmas with joy and peace of heart. May the Lord bless you and the Virgin Mother protect you. And I ask you, please, to pray for me. Thank you.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Sat. December 22, 2018 - #Eucharist in #Advent


Saturday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 198

Reading 11 SM 1:24-28

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
"Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD."
She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm1 SAMUEL 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8ABCD

R. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
"My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory."
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
"The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes."
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
"The LORD puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world;
he raises up again.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts."
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
"He raises the needy from the dust;
from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
and make a glorious throne their heritage."
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:46-56

Mary said:

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever."

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.

Saint December 22 : St. Chaeremon : #Bishop : #Martyr



St. Chaeremon
BISHOP
Feast: December 22


Information:
Feast Day:December 22
Died:250
St. Chaeremon was Bishop of Nilopolis, in Egypt. During the anti-Christian persecution instituted by Emperor Trajanus Decius (r. 249-251), Chaeromon was quite elderly. Chaeromon and some companions fled into the Arabian Desert and they were never seen again. The bishop and his companions are listed as martyrs. (Image Source: Google)